Change, whatever it may mean, is on the way

Tuesday, January 6, 2009 | 12:00 p.m. CST

Change is coming.

It’s what we heard from politicians in 2008. Regardless of whether their promises are actually kept in 2009, change is on the way. At least it is for me.

In December, I graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism. As a new member of the real world, I’ll admit I’m a little nervous about the changes that are coming. I’m currently jobless, and that’s a little scary. I’m the type of person who likes to have a plan. Right now I don’t have much of one. I don’t have much but a few incomplete thoughts about what to do until June, when my summer internship begins.

Maybe that’s a good thing. Maybe one of the changes I’ll see in 2009 is learning how to let go of a little bit of that control freak in me. In the meantime, as I wait to see how things shape up exactly, I’ve made a list of some changes I'd like to see.

Here's my Nine in '09:

1. Get a job. Even if, for now, it’s part time, I’m going to need to be making some money. I’m going to start paying for more things than I’m used to, and that’s going to require some cash. So, if you’re hiring, give me a call.

2. Start a volunteer job. I want to focus my energy and find something to be really, really passionate about. It's something I'm missing now.

3. Start working toward teacher certification. When I came to college, I made a choice to major in journalism. My second choice was education. I’d love to teach high school journalism and help students put together a newspaper or yearbook.

4. Buy a gym membership.

5. Go a step further, and use it. Being in shape again sure would feel nice.

6. Travel somewhere I’ve never been.

7. Be a good long-distance friend. I need to make some big changes in this area, since I'm not good at keeping in touch with old friends. It’s going to be important this year as the friends I’ve made in college travel down new and different paths.

8. Start reading some of the books I always said I wanted to read and never did.

9. Get a dog. This goes hand-in-hand with the pesky job situation, but I sure would love a furry friend to double as my personal therapist.

Although it might be tough to control all the changes that are headed my way in the coming year, I know I can start by making some of the smaller changes that I  have control over. Who knows where I’ll be and what I’ll be doing at this time next year. I’m excited for what’s on the way, and I’ll let you know how it all turns out.

Kendra Lueckert is a former copy editor, designer, reporter and assistant news editor for the Missourian.

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Ayn Rand January 6, 2009 | 12:17 p.m.

Regarding 4, 5 and 9: Forget 4 and 5. Instead, just walk or bike instead of driving as often as you can. Make that easier by looking for an apartment near wherever your job is. As for 9, a dog will encourage you to walk even more.

Good luck!

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Charles Dudley Jr January 6, 2009 | 1:35 p.m.

Physical activity may not be key to obesity epidemic

A recent international study fails to support the common belief that the number of calories burned in physical activity is a key factor in rising rates of obesity.

A very interesting read and one of today's headlines off my own blog.

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Charles Dudley Jr January 7, 2009 | 4:41 a.m.

What is wrong Art Vandelay was that international research study information too much for you to handle?

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Mark Foecking January 7, 2009 | 8:36 a.m.

Chuck sez:

Physical activity may not be key to obesity epidemic

That follows from basic thermodynamics. About the most that an average, reasonably in shape person (I know that's kind of an oxymoron these days) can burn in strenuous exercise is about 750 calories/hour. When it's easy for a person to eat 750 calories in a few minutes, and considerable more pleasurable for them, it's pretty obvious which activity is going to make more diffderence in a person's weight.


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Charles Dudley Jr January 7, 2009 | 9:23 a.m.

Mark Foecking those are not my words but those are the very words from an international research study.

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M L January 7, 2009 | 9:57 a.m.

In the actual study there is 40 kcal / day difference in activity between the Nigerian women and Chicago women. While the weight difference was about 54 pounds between the two groups. At that difference in kcal expenditure, knowing that one pound of fat = about 3500 kcal, it would take only 13.15 years for a difference in weight of 54 pounds to be achieved, a very realistic time frame. That is certainly not out of the realm of possibility. 40 kcal / day although not a statistically significant number is certainly a physiological one when considered in the context of a chronic disease that can take a decade to appear. Now if we are talking weight loss, I don't buy that exercise or diet are very effective in the long term for a majority of people. The solution, don't gain the weight in the first place. Why being highly active allows for a finer control of weight management by not allowing weight gain is certainly an important research question that has yet to be answered.

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Mark Foecking January 7, 2009 | 10:33 a.m.

Both diet and exercise must be addressed if one is to be successful at weight loss. The National Weight Loss Registry has found that people who lose, and keep weight off for years, have made lifestyle changes, not just temporary changes. They exercise more, weigh themselves more, and exercise more dietary restraint than those who lose and gain again and again.


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M L January 7, 2009 | 10:39 a.m.

Exactly Mark. In fact they exercise on average 60 minutes a day (350 min/week) versus the ACSM recommended amount for health (150 min/week).

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