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I Have a 20 Year Old?

Rittler kid #1 turned 20 today. As with most newbie parents Caleb rocked our world when he was born. He was and is awesome. Seriously. If you know him you like him. When Caleb & Josh were little I called them Butch & Sundance after Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Butch
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Fat to Fit: The Start

I am sometimes known as a forward thinker. At Blue Ocean Ideas I'm tasked with helping our clients see a different future and develop the strategy to get there. As much as I love to look forward, looking back is often the best fuel for creating the strategy and moving forward.
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#2 at 17 — The passage of Time

Rittler kid #2 turned 17 today. Josh Rittler, or as he is known among his friends and on twitter, @Rat_Rittler. Elise and I have no idea where the nickname came from but it stuck with his friends and then family starting a while ago. Josh is a great man. He's hilarious,
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Fat to Fit: The Awakening

My December 2010 post surgery plan was twofold: Let myself recover for as little time as possible so I could get active again Figure out a plan for getting & staying healthy The first step came easy. The doctor had said no running for eight to ten weeks but that I could swim
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Fat to Fit: The Beginning

I was 260lbs on June 29, 2010. Here's a pic from that date: That was the high water mark. Ironically, my half marathon time was 2 hours at that point. That's not blazing fast by any means but I think I discouraged some people I passed along the way (unintentionally as
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Missing Maggie

  Missing Maggie It's not the phone call from your dad that you expect after relaxing for two weeks in Stone Harbor on the Jersey shore. Maggie is on the way to the hospital in an ambulance, Timm found her unconscious in a bathroom at a movie theater. In my mind there are a
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40 in 40: Lesson #37

40 in 40: #37 I left work at 1pm yesterday. Grabbed Josh, rushed home, threw some clothes in a bag, jumped in the car, and headed to Blacksburg. My friend Tim Hartin had gotten us tickets for last nights Virginia Tech/North Carolina game. So Josh and I road tripped for 5 hours,
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40 in 40: Lesson #35

40 in 40: #35 I'm waking up at 5:30am tomorrow morning. Going to eat an energy bar, drink some coffee and drink a little gatorade. Strap on my lucky running shoes. Then drive downtown with my cousin, John, and run 26.2 miles. And right now there isn't a single thing that I can do to
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40 in 40: Lesson #27

40 in 40: #27 One of my sons went through a difficult experience recently. It was not something he had anticipated, not a situation he wanted to be in, and changing the situation was going to be painful. No parent wants to see their kid deal with a painful situation. But pain is inevitable
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40 in 40: Lesson #7

40 in 40: #7 I've been eating breakfast at the Towson Diner on Friday mornings since September 3, 2004. That was the first week of middle school for Caleb. Since then I've had one child in middle school and we have breakfast together Friday mornings. Caleb has done it. Josh has done
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