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Going Back to School: The Next Step to a Healthier and Happier Life

Sunday, February 16, 2014

I went to college for English and History and now have a job to make most history majors envious. I work for a nationally recognized and accredited museum, you've probably seen it featured on C-Span, History Channel, or Nat Geo. I am the reservations department; I plan tours, outreaches, events and schedule staff. The volunteers are incredible, some of the visitors are fascinating, but I walk away from my job most evenings irritated and worried. I'm tired of waking up at odd hours of the night worrying about an upcoming tour or a complaint I received about a docent. For the sake of my sanity, it was time for a change.

After work tomorrow is my first night class to become a veterinary assistant. A job I could have pursued without 4 years of college. I know the job will probably be hard, seeing cases of animal abuse and sick animals; but I have never been happier than when I work with animals.

Over the years I've built up a rather successful pet sitting business. I've watched award winning standard poodles, cooked meals for animals with sensitive stomachs, survived two agonizing week caring for a dog with cancer, and many more. I take care of the animals so sick the owner's don't feel safe putting them in shelters while they're away. You don't even want to think about some of the messes I've cleaned up over the years.

But, I like the job and I'm pretty sure I'll like being a Vet Assistant. Maybe it's crazy, I'm picking dog vomit over a big desk and unlimited coffee. I don't think my education will end here, I'd like to start grooming classes and possibly become a certified dog trainer. Monday night it all begins and I'm a little terrified.

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JULIAMOONCHILD 2/16/2014 12:34PM

    You have the most important thing in the world going for you when it comes to this career change - PASSION!

I think you are going after your heart's calling and therefore will do great. Set your fears aside if you can, for you are being ever so smart in trying something out that you surely love. The only thing that you could have possibly failed at is not trying .... and you have already passed that test with flying colors.

I am only disappointed in one thing about this blog ... OK, it's not really the blog, but the fact that you don't live right next door to me. Imagine how happy I would be to go on vacation for the first time in YEARS knowing that I had you as my next door neighbor ......whom I could TRUST completely to take care of my 4-legged Children while I was away.

Wishing you much enjoyment and success as you pursue your passion!

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TWEETYKC00 2/16/2014 12:25PM

    I hope everything works out well for everything you want to do.

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GONNALOSE5 2/16/2014 11:13AM

    Good luck and much success and happiness to you. Don't feel terrified, a little apprehension is a good thing, it means you want to do your best. emoticon

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PROUDNM1987 2/16/2014 11:10AM

    I think that is AWESOME!!!!!!! I love animals myself and wish I would have gone to school myself for anything that had to do with animals!! Good for you for pursuing what will make you happy!!! Best of luck to you!! I am anxious to hear more as you head forward!!!!!

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Planet Fitness, please change the channel.

Saturday, February 01, 2014

I enjoy working out at Planet Fitness. I've never been one for classes and prefer to go in do my cardio and weighlifting and be on my way. I normally end up watching one of the shows while I complete my workout, mostly Pawn Stars. But, the other day I ended up in front of the food channel. Why is the Food Channel even on at the gym? Where are these people who enjoy salivating over meals while they're trying to get in a decent workout?

It's after a long day at work, no dinner until after I make it home. A measly granola bar consumed a half hour prior to the gym. And, suddenly I'm watching a show about Super Bowl snacks. Followed by Cupcake Wars! I didn't know a reality show about cupcake existed, but after a while even cupcakes with salmon and caramel can begin to sound good. By the end of my workout it felt like my stomach was trying to eat itself.

On Monday, I'll be sure to steer clear of the workout machines in front of the Food Channel.

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KITRONA 2/1/2014 9:52PM

    That's so weird! I would think they'd want to have the channel on anything BUT the Food Channel! Maybe you can ask them to change it if that ever happens again. Obviously somebody did that to get it changed to the Food Channel.

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DMEYER4 2/1/2014 9:32PM

  I know what you mean. It is hard to work out while watching all these foods on tv. the commercials are just as bad

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Dear Overweight Girl at the Gym...

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

I read this blog a year ago and it has continued to stick with me. By the time I read it, I was already considered at a healthy weight. But, it made me think of how insecure I was when I first started going to the gym. And, back to my college days where I avoided the workout room like the plague. I just think this is a wonderful blog post, and think it's worth the read.

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GYPSYGOTH 1/30/2014 8:50AM

    Really nice! As an editor, the wrong words and typos made me cringe and wish bloggers used proof-readers, but the sentiment was lovely. Thanks :)

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JENRAQTAY87 1/29/2014 5:38PM

    Thank you for sharing this!

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KITRONA 1/29/2014 5:32PM

    What a great blog! Thank you for sharing it with us.

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KENSHO 1/29/2014 3:07PM

    I just finished my first hour long workout. I did it at home on my own exercise machine..not at a gym but it was my first time EVER working out for an hour. Funny to stumble on to this blog on this day. It made me cry and made me feel great all at once. Thanks.

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SILVER_WOLF1221 1/29/2014 3:01PM

    That was completely awesome! thank you for sharing!

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HUSKERLAND3 1/29/2014 2:39PM

    Truly inspirational. Thanks a million for sharing.

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BRAINYBLONDE5 1/29/2014 2:27PM

  THIS WAS SO INCREDIBLY AWESOME TO READ! thankyouthankyouthankyou for sharing with us!

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BEEANDHAM 1/29/2014 2:20PM

    Very cool!

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PICKIE98 1/29/2014 1:52PM

    Thank you.

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Exercising at Dark With a Dog

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Since the days grew shorter Tana and I's walks and runs occur in the morning before the sun is up and after the sun is set. I live i the country and don't have the luxury of sidewalks or even shoulders on the road. I've always worn my headlamp and reflective clothing, but was always concerned about Tana being visible enough. A reflective leash and collar just don't seem to be enough. Last weekend my mom went out to REI and came back with a solution.

I've been using this light for the last few days, mine is white, and it's been fantastic. It clips onto the collar and you can squeeze once for a constant glow or twice for a flashing light. I've been using the flashing setting. I feel like we're both much safer with the light clipped to her collar.

I'd be curious to know what other people have used and found effective. To all of the other nighttime runners and walkers, be safe and remember visibility is incredibly important!

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SUZIPAM1 1/21/2014 10:19AM

    love the light - wish i could have one like that

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what can I say? I love to eat.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Over lunch last week my co-worker told me she could never diet the way I do because she's too much of a foodie. I tried to explain to her that this isn't a diet, its never been a diet it's a life style change. And since I made this change its increased my appreciation for food. And today as I was making my snack, I realized what she wasn't seeing. This beautiful plate is under 200 calories, it's far more food and tastes far better than the chocolate bar she might eat. This is the difference between processed food and good real food. And, it's time more people realized it.

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KENSHO 1/29/2014 2:58PM

    I would take your plate over a candy bar any day. Thanks for the visual!

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ADARKARA 1/29/2014 2:53PM

    so many people don't understand that eating healthfully doesn't mean steamed broccoli, brown rice and poached chicken breast!

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SUZIPAM1 1/19/2014 3:01PM

    dont let her be a diet downer - you eating so well too - keep it up

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