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Life Long Learning


Friday, January 25, 2013

I have tried to blog every day, but I'm not sure where yesterday went at all. Oops!

Today has been another up and down day. I got some crappy news at work, nothing fatal, but just frustrating and someone thought it would cheer me up to tell me about a candy sale at the bookstore. I just avoided the bookstore completely! In the past that would have been my un-doing. They have laffy taffy that I cannot say no to yet.

But this morning, I found myself sitting in on a couple classes offered by the school I work for. Since I've only been here for less than two years, I'm still getting to know the faculty and how classes are taught here. And I realized that I need to see my healthy lifestyle journey as being a life long learner. This is something I already do!

A little background. I went to college for five years. Could I have graduated in four? Maybe if I had stayed for the summer, but instead I picked up some fun classes, finished a minor and worked an amazing job that set me up for graduate school. I spent two years in graduate school, so we are up to seven years in school. After graduating from grad school, with a degree in College Student Affairs, or Higher Education, I worked at schools in Texas, New Hampshire and Illinois. After a couple years out of the classroom, even though I was always surrounded by college students, I missed the classroom experience. I missed the conversations about academic topics, and reading about interesting people, places and events. So, I started taking PhD courses. This added another year onto the seven I already spent in school. Then I worked at a job (unhealthy environment) for three years. But in my new job, I've already taken three classes. I just love learning!

So, how do I apply that to my goal of getting healthy? I have to approach the SP website like homework. I read all the emails, message posts, visit my teams and the website is always up on my computer so I can track meals. My personal goal is to get 25 SP points every day to get a bonus spin for points (can you tell I am motivated by competition) which is a goal I stole from another member of SP. I also need to give myself time to learn the new material that goes with this healthy lifestyle. I get so easily confused about calories, fat, carbs, good sugar, when veggies are in season, and so many other things! But I realize that I can't absorb this information in one day. It took me seven years to get my masters degree, why do I think that I should just know how to be healthy overnight?

When I get frustrated, I'm going to remind myself that this is a process of Life Long Learning. And the best part of SP is that the community is like being in a classroom, discussing the topics with classmates and friends. That has always been my favorite part of graduate school, and I'm so thankful that I have that again through this site! Thank you for being a part of this process, as we are all life long learners together!
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NEWRUNNER2 1/26/2013 10:12AM

    I really enjoyed your post and I like how you have connected your healthy journey with lifelong learning.

Have a great day!

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GLITTERFAIRY77 1/25/2013 5:55PM

  Let me tell you what I've been telling darn near everyone. If you have Netflix instant streaming, watch "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead" and "Hungry for Change." It didn't turn me into a juicer, but I am now a nearly obsessive label reader. I learned a LOT. It made saying no to candy, including ones that I LOVED (SweetTarts, Sour Patch Kids, even Lindor Truffles) and donuts, croissants, white bread, and especially fast food-SO MUCH EASIER. The longer I go without refined flours and sugars, the less I crave. My favorite was sour apple flavored candy. Now? Granny Smith apples are my new candy. I mean, you've seen what my weight was. You see how far I have to go. I still eat too much some days...buuuut, it's too much of healthier things.
I know I don't know everything yet, but the learning process has turned on a lot of dim bulbs in my brain.

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