Posted by: Mr. Miller | 2015-07-29

Healthy Momentum

I weighed myself this morning and am down six-and-a-half pounds since July 2. For most people that shouldn’t be that big of a deal. I mean: it’s not as if I jumped on Facebook to let everyone know (although people certainly post a lot more mind-numbing content than that.)

Yet here I am sitting in front of a keyboard.

So what’s the secret? (And I’ve no doubt someone is probably thinking, “Please don’t say diet and exercise. Please don’t say diet and exercise.”)

Sorry, but that’s exactly what I’m going to say. And seriously? Is it really a secret at this point?

Diet Changes

One thing I’m not going to do is tout the benefits of Atkins, South Beach, going vegan or any of the other latest dietary fads. While there are certainly benefits to those diets – as well as the Wheat Belly Diet and Paleo-Diet – I’m not going to be that douche on a soap box claiming that if I can do it, you can do it too.

Essentially, I haven’t really done anything yet except hopefully start on the path to doing what doctors and experts have said for years: eat healthier.

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Posted by: Mr. Miller | 2015-06-25

Facing Challenges

There is simply too much good in this story not to share it. At the same time, I think we all could use a reminder that despite the struggles or problems we face in our lives – facing them head-on, with a good attitude and a solid team is the only option.

Case in point: Hugo

Hugo was born with a rare medical condition, juvenile xanthogranulomas disease. He was also diagnosed with autism and is completely non-verbal. However, I’m not here to retell his life story. You can read more on this little guy in the article Mother teaching world about child.

Service dog and his boy at a Spartan Race

A boy and his dog and a pair of Spartan Finisher Medals

What I am here to do is talk about Hugo’s recent accomplishment of finishing the Special Spartans run: an obstacle course race designed to test resilience, strength, stamina, and ability to overcome adversity. In addition to earning his Spartan Finisher Medal, it must also be noted that Hugo’s dog Koda became the first service dog to have earned the medal as well.

As I said: teamwork.

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Posted by: Mr. Miller | 2015-06-22

Dr. Ben Carson, presidential candidate

Warning: the following is political in nature and should not be read by anyone.

I was recently approached by someone asking my opinion(s) of GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson. To be honest, my first inkling was to go off on the guy for something stupid he said a couple of months ago (see below) but I held back. It didn’t seem like the time nor the place and here’s why.

For one, politics has become so polarized that merely expressing an opinion on anything political doesn’t spur debate but rather creates a basis for labeling. In favor of the death penalty? Obviously you’re an out-of-touch conservative. All for gay marriage? You bleeding-heart liberal.

I’ve seen friendships erode and families split simply because someone aligns themselves with one political party and another does not. It’s pathetic. Having an opinion – or better yet (or worse?) expressing that opinion – shouldn’t divide us.

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Posted by: Mr. Miller | 2015-06-11

All work and no play? No thanks.

First off, let me start out by saying that I’m not here to tell anyone how they should live their lives. Trust me, I’m one of the last people on this spinning space rock who should be giving advice on what’s right, what’s wrong and/or how people should make their social, career or familial decisions.

However, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about work-life and careers – specifically about those individuals who spend 60+ hours a week at their job or at the office. In doing so, my mind inevitably has to ask: Why? Is it worth it? What exactly do they get out of it?

Years ago I met a guy who was a store manager at a big retail chain. This mid-to-late 20-something year old consistently put in 60-hours a week and at one point actually bragged about working seventeen days straight. (And no, he didn’t get paid overtime. He was salaried.)

More recently, I’ve been noticing that my Outlook in-box is filled with more emails sent after 10:00 p.m. than sent between 9-and-5.

somEEcard about being overworked

This one from wordthy.wordpress.com seemed appropriate.

Why? Are employers actually expecting that kind of “dedication” from their employees? Are the employees, themselves, so career-driven that they would take on so much extra work, forgo friends and family, all in pursuit of a promotion, a bigger paycheck and, ultimately, more work?

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Posted by: Mr. Miller | 2015-05-20

An Autistic Girl at McDonalds

This is probably going to be more of a diary post than a blog post. As to what the difference is between the two, well, that’s probably negligible. I guess when I write longer blog posts, they’re meant for everyone to read; a larger audience. In this case, I don’t know, it might be just for me. Either way, I just feel a bit compelled to write about an experience.

I was just at McDonalds for lunch and there was a large group in the dining area – a couple of adults and about seven kids. Yet even before glancing over at them or giving them any sort of attention or acknowledgement, I knew that at least one of them was special needs and more than likely autistic.

It was the stimming.

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