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Balancing work with training.

Saturday, January 31, 2009 by  
Filed under Daily Blog

January
31
2009

It sure feels good to be off from work for an entire week. In addition to my usual day-to-day duties as Network Administrator, for the past few months I’ve been working on several other major projects for work. One of the reasons I’m pretty good at what I do for a living is the same reason I’ve had success with my ongoing transformation: I tend to be very single-minded, focused and determined when I have a task in front of me. This intense focus is a double-edged sword. It has been challenging at times to balance my work life with my training. I tend to get very wrapped up in what I’m doing, and if I’m working on a problem it takes a good deal of self-discipline for me to tear away from it. Often I’d have to force myself to stop what I was working on and go lift. I can’t tell you how many times I was frustrated with a problem, only to have the solution present itself immediately after training. It’s amazing how exercise can clear one’s mind; I think employers who understand this and support their employees who exercise and live a healthy lifestyle are very wise to do so. I’m lucky in that respect because my bosses and co-workers seem to understand all of this. Of course they remember the “old” me, and have witnessed my ongoing transformation firsthand. When I was hired I was obese, out of shape, a chain smoker, a heavy drinker and a pothead. Over the years I’ve managed to overcome all of those things, and adopting a healthy diet and performing regular exercise is what allowed me to do so. Thankfully this fact was was not lost on my employers.

OK, enough about work! Tomorrow’s daily news update will be a big one, but it will also be my final update until I return from vacation in one week (February 9th). Enjoy your Saturday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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