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Did someone mention a new year?

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

At the gym, timing is everything. Although I wake up really early (4:35 AM) to get to my spinning class on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, the crowd has changed in the last month. There are just more people, which is good and bad. Early morning exercise classes are usually exempt from the rush, but there is still a noticeable increase in those classes, too.

Having to fight for a stationary bike, treadmill, shower, or locker may not be a big problem for lots of people, but such competition tends to reduce my enthusiasm for going to the gym in the first place.

Anyone else feel the same way I do?

Oh, and lest you think that I haven't explored alternatives, I have. I have everything I need to work out at home, but I am MUCH more motivated to work out when the bed isn't upstairs calling my name in a cozily seductive voice. The gym is on my way to work, and even if I have to go into the gym to get my morning shower, I have to go in.

  
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CWELLS67 2/2/2011 10:38AM

    My motivation suffers every year because of the cruddy weather and lack of sunlight. I am going to try to get some exercise time at home, especially around flexibility and core strength, but it's so difficult!

And yes, I'm back, and I hope to keep moving forward! Thanks for the encouragement!

-christopher

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DUTCHPETE641 2/2/2011 10:25AM

    Glad to see you back my friend.
I know the feeling about going to the gym. I started doing things at home because after work it is just to busy to be fun.
And it takes twice as long to have to wait for stations to become available.
Keep at it!
Pete

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Waiting, waiting, waiting? For what?

Friday, November 26, 2010

I have to admit, I'm a procrastinator about some things. Even writing this, a few short paragraphs, delays my goals just one bit longer. Odd.

Almost two years ago, I made the decision to pursue a PhD, and suddenly, I was a student again. I have really enjoyed this challenge, because I always wanted this degree. Now that I am in a self-directed portion of my program, I have been struggling with getting motivated and completing key components of my movement forward.

Lately, though, I have been working on this procrastination issue, because I now have a goal larger than any I have ever entertained. When I visited Spain for the first time, I fell in love with Valencia... and I'm going to move there when I finish my degree. That means that I now must operate with a laser focus to concentrate on what's important, eliminate obstacles (ummm, and sometimes that obstacle is ME!), and begin to move into my future self.

Here's what I envision for the "future me" that will be looking at me in the mirror in a few short years:
- happy
- fit, healthy, and active
- lifelong learner (and in January I start working on my Spanish-speaking skills!)
- not concerned with the "stuff"
- focused on relationships and people in my life
- an adventurer

There. Now I've put in writing for the world to see. I have many accomplishments behind me, but being able to see the mountain top over the first ridge still means that there is a major hike ahead of me. The sooner I get moving, the sooner I reach the peak! Who's going with me?

  
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CWELLS67 11/26/2010 10:13PM

    Good question! The future me is emerging, and many of those things are already quite visible in the person I am right now. The time spent on my PhD is a step in reaching for my dreams. And when the time arrives, I plan on being better than ever!

I am very happy, and very blessed by a strong optimistic streak that helps me stay pushed to the top when other things weigh me down. The last three years have seen many changes in my life (divorce, two out of three kids in college, and new relationships), so that my mentality is definitely a positive one. Writing this post was a way for me to capture my aspirations, so I can stay focused on the life I want to lead!

Ahhh, Valencia. The food there is so simple and clean, and the climate is very similar to N Florida and Atlanta. The people are so pleasant, the culture is rich, and the sights are astounding. To top it all off, I found a tourist website for the city that provides free downloadable guides for hiking around the region in the local hills, as well as bi-monthly events magazines in Spanish and English. I'm so excited!

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GRNISHADE 11/26/2010 9:47PM

    OK - so why are happy, active, lifelong learner, etc reserved for the future you? There's no time like the present! Don't worry, be happy!

A PhD is certainly a challenge at any age! The climate in Valencia looks to be very close to that of north Florida! What a history! (I looked it up on wikipedia). The birthplace of paella! How exciting!

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CWELLS67 11/26/2010 8:50PM

    Muchas Gracias! I am well supplied with resources, as well as friends at work who are native Spanish speakers. I am hoping that I can get an interactive resource like RS to practice, but those are usually quite pricey. I'll just start saving pennies now!

-c

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IMREITE 11/26/2010 8:31PM

    i put off some goals too. i reached a few of them by breaking it up in smaller parts and making myself plug away a little at a time.

As a side note i am a spanish agent where i work. i studied it it school. I also picked up some tapes and videos from the library. My company offered usage of the Rosetta Stone
i had usage of it for about 6 months so i made a goal to do 20-40 minutes of it 5 nights a week instead of doing 26 units of work in 1 month. By the time i started working customers i was ready.

Buena Suerte!

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TWINKIEQUEEN 11/26/2010 8:25PM

    BUENO!!!

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Another week at the beach...

Monday, June 21, 2010

Last week was a working vacation on Wassaw Island, GA, and I was a leader of the research crew. We had our hands full, and saw lots of loggerhead sea turtles, turtle tracks, and stars as we patrolled the 7-mile beach at night. I've attached two pictures to my page, but my eyes are closed on one of them (bummer!).

I'm still recovering my sleeping patterns, but that should only take a day or two. My eating patterns suffered more, because I was not in control of the menu or the food available. When we ran out of food, there was no store on the island to buy more... Not really a huge setback, but just a minor frustration.

Overall, a fantastic week!

  
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CWELLS67 6/21/2010 2:39PM

    I know - that's how I feel. This particular island is about as far away from my regular work environment as it can get. I work in a large building with gray walls, gray carpet, flourescent lights, and no windows. The beach, on the other hand, is no air conditioning, lots of sunlight, sand in EVERYTHING, and lots of bugs. To be honest with you, I would take the beach any day!

I am very thankful to be one of the leaders on this project... it's probably where I am most authentic in my life!

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RRP546 6/21/2010 2:09PM

  really tough another week at the beach

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So many silly tasks

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

You know, there are days when I feel a little overwhelmed by the minutae.

I know that time is the essential factor in many of the overwhelming events in our lives, but I also know that I get just as much time as the next person.

I wish I was a person that only needed six hours of sleep a night to feel refreshed, or that my focus was like a sharpened sword carving up my day into one successful accomplishment after another, but that's hard for me to maintain for terribly long. Instead of the sword, I think I get a meat pounder some days, and I just beat the snot out of what I have to do.

Ah, well. I have accomplished much in my life so far. The future looks pretty promising, and I'm a very optimistic person. There's just so much to do!

  
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RINDY64 6/8/2010 10:20PM

    Some days, some problems call for a meat pounder instead of a sword! Or maybe even a sledge hammer! emoticon

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MTNHIKER1971 6/8/2010 8:54PM

    Hang in there buddy, brighter days ahead and keep the eyes on the prize... U



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Out of my happy place... Urg.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Lately, solid sleep has eluded me. I know that part of this is due to the backlash of finishing a very intense cycle of work and school (I'm a Ph.D. student), and I'm trying to take a week to chill before jumping in with both feet again.

Unfortunately, lack of sleep also depresses my mood, and being blue makes for some really long days.

While sleep and being in a funk are (hopefully) temporary, I'm just hoping that my normal, healthier pattern of sleeping and optimism return quickly!

  
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MTNHIKER1971 6/3/2010 12:52PM

    Keep that funk in funky town. It's hard to do, that's for sure, but try to focus on the bright side of life.

http://www.youtube.com
/watch?v=WlBiLNN1NhQ&playnext_f
rom=TL&videos=YRXrpSk2lPI

Hang in there, brighter days ahead!

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RINDY64 6/3/2010 9:56AM

    Lack of sleep is no fun (this from an insomniac). Hang in there....you'll get some good sleep soon!

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JAQUILLIN 6/3/2010 9:35AM

    I hope so too...sleep begets sleep. Once you have a good night of sleep, you probably will enjoy more. Good luck!

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LISAALLGIER 6/3/2010 9:26AM

  emoticon, Just hang in there, and things will get better soon. I hope you have a great day!!

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