School is IN

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Good morning and I hope you had a great weekend!

The weather could be better these days, but I for one am not complaining. I hate the overpowering humidity usually associated with the summer here in the Chicagoland area. However, I do like the fact that my son's are out of school, probably much more than in the past.

I'm pretty good at rationalizing myself out of many things, but the one thing I can rationalize the best is not exercising. it's a fact that the humidity here can be brutal and I'm not alone in feeling like I'm wearing a wet blanket that just came out of the dryer half done on many summer days. But most people just "grin and bear" it and enjoy the warmth. That has not been the case with me for some time; I use it as an excuse to not do anything. The problem is, I use the same excuse in the winter (too cold to go out), so I end up watching TV, eating chips and hot dogs, wishing the weather would "get better".

With this new partnership with the Sun-Times and Dave Grotto, I've done some soul searching and have realized the ridiculousness of my "summer thinking". it's all just a bunch of excuses and I'm done missing out on some fun times with my family.

This year I'm even more pumped up that my kids are out for the summer. My youngest, CJ, is an early bird like the old man, so instead of sitting around watching TV until the pool opens at noon, we'll be able to go on bike rides. My best "energy" times are in the mornings as well, so the boys and I will be able to hit the gym earlier and hopefully see some better gains as we won't have to wait for equipment, etc. Also, since I'm down some pounds now, I feel better all around and more likely to act sporadically when it comes to activities with my family.

I'll end todays entry here as I have to get to the gym.  Dad's new summer school is IN.

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You are a very smart person!

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You know how it goes. The kids come along, there’s less time for you and in trying to keep up with their busy lives, your eating choices aren’t always so hot.

Greg Ortiz is a 39-year-old south suburban man who, tried, with the Sun-Times’ help, once before to get back to the athletic — and thinner — guy he once was.

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This page contains a single entry by Greg Ortiz published on June 8, 2009 8:14 AM.

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