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Old 07-26-08, 12:54 PM   #1
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Central Oregonian taking control of his life

Howdy from sunny central Oregon! Thirty-eight year-old guy checking in and making some life changes. My wife and I recently sat down and reassessed my health and fitness (or rather, the lack of it) and overall happiness level and we realized that some lifestyle changes needed to be made on my part. The first thing that needed to change was my job situation. I've always been a hard-working and highly ethical person, which my company really loves. Unfortunately they love it so much that they have piled on the responsibilities to my position and I now am in a high-stress job that I wasn't when I originally started. My eating habits have become atrocious and I've been consuming more alcohol than I should when I come home to decompress from the workday. And forget about exercise!

Okay, so time for the lifestyle changes. The first thing I did was have a frank discussion with my employer about the situation, and I outlined some things that need to happen if I'm going to stay with the company. I made it clear that my and my family's mental, emotional, and physical health is more important to us than a large paycheck. So, my employer said they would take my requirements under consideration. I don't know if they will actually work with me or just cut me loose. I know they're training some new people who , by all accounts, are fairly bright individuals, so it could go either way. My wife and I are prepared for whatever happens in that area.

I've stopped consuming alcohol, period. I'm going to stay away from it for a month or two just to make sure I haven't developed a dependence. After that I'll limit myself to a beer or two on the weekends.

Beginning Monday, July 28th, I'll be riding my bicycle to and from work each day and continuing that habit until the winter starts and things start getting icy. It's not much of a commute--only about 15 minutes each way, but it's a start.

Each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday my wife and I will do some after work de-stress walking.

I'm getting back into hiking, backpacking and doing some long bike rides on the weekends. I would like to get in good enough shape to ride at least a metric century by this fall, and I am working on plans for section hiking parts of the Pacific Crest Trail also.

So, wish me luck, and I'll see ya 'round!
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Old 07-26-08, 08:19 PM   #2
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Hey Quiet Guy,
I signed up three after you and read your intro as I have of many others. I just want to say congrtatulations on taking a new look at your life and lifestyle. It is Greaaaaaaaaat that you have such a supporting wife. I realize that is not AA or a self help forum, or Oprah, but it is cool that you wrote what you did and I for one am behind you. I guess we all get a chance every day to take a look at ourselves. Some of us ignore it or blame someone else or just stick our head in the sand.
Falling off my roof 9 months ago at the age of 53, with multiple fractures and surgeries, started a major re-evaluation of my life. Some things I changed, some things I blamed others for and I still have my head in the sand, That's a nice way to say it, about other items that I need to deal with.
This seems like a great community of bike enthusiasts. I am glad I signed up!
I hope to do the El Tour De Tucson in 2009, which is a little 100+ mile ride around this town with I think about 10,000 riders, not to win but just to finish probably on my beach cruiser with the big fat white walls.
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Old 07-27-08, 08:43 AM   #3
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Hello TQM, as stevareeno said, BF isn't exactly a self-help forum, but there are a lot of enthusiastic people here who will lend a hand, and add their voice.

By the way, there is a Winter Cycling forum here--it's not impossible!

Welcome to BF, and feel free to PM me with any questions !

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