Author Archive: Justin Dechaine

Feeling good and accomplishing stuff

Been getting up uber early every morning and doing a quick morning jog before I make the fiancee breakfast. The very first day I did it the weather was conspiring against me as it was pouring rain but I was still a trooper and made it out.

I also extended my “Tuesday and Thursday” vegetarian days and pretty much did an entire week last week before going to fav hamburger place here in Edmonton that is closing down tomorrow. For those of you who don’t know it…it’s an old double decker modified bus thats a hamburger joint up in an industrial area near Whitemud and 66th. If you got a hankering for an hour long wait…a fat cat…slow staff…a roof with leaks in it..and a decent hamburger….I strongly suggest you try it out tonight or tomorrow before it closes up.

Also been accomplishing some stuff around the house…managed to wallmounnt my TV the other day and hide all the cables through the walls into a kitchen cabinet where my xbox/peripherals are now stored. sexy ain’t it!!

Today is one of my last days off by myself before I start up that nasty work thing on Monday (ha! just kidding..looking forward to it..mostly)…the house is totally spic n span and beautiful so I might just go rent an xbox game….or I might fix up the patio….or maybe do another geocache! This weekend though I am going out somewhere nice to watch the leafs change.

More adventures.

I woke up quite early this morning to a beautiful sunrise….must remember to take photo’s of things like that…or better yet to motivate myself to get out there for a nice jog.

Weekend was great…finally tried my hand at geocaching which I’ve been meaning to do forever..I think I’ve had this GPS thing for close to a year now…I’m hoping it’s something that the fiancee and I will end up doing together and really getting interested in. Could see it just becoming a “me” thing to..I don’t mind wandering around looking silly and lost as much as she does.

I do have to go and track me down some booty though so I can start leaving trinkets at the cache spots…I hope to maybe even make my own one sometime this month. EEEK! fun.

The first cache we tried to find we couldn’t locate…we walked all over the area…got it down to a foot or two of the location…nothing though…but we then ended up walking a mile or so from our house to the next one and….


I tried to find another one with no success today as well…still got to get used to these clever little hiding spots…

Also in other news…man it’s been a beautiful few days…I feel guilty just being inside…trying to figure out what I should be doing with my last few days of freedom before a year of servitude.

My stupid neck….

You know what I hate about dress shirts…let me tell you…..they are pretty much measured in neck size…I have a huge freaking neck though…mainly to support my huge freaking head and brains… I had to go and pickup a dress shirt for an interview and it looked like I borrowed my big brothers cause I was just drowning in it…but the neck was still tight…someday I’ll get some nice tailored shirts.

My neck is also my #1 trouble spot for fat which I hate…if I gain 8 pounds 2 pounds of it is on freaking neck…it’s also the lost spot I lose weight.

Last year I made a declaration of sorts to be in the best shape of my life on my 30th birthday..and you know what..I hit it. I weighed 150 pounds, I ran in a 10k run..(got just over an hour time) and was feeling great…at my heaviest I was 185 so felt pretty decent about this. Unfortunately I’m now back to feeling somewhat unhealthy and back to about 165 or so…

A little while ago I was going through the Rockie Mountains and I saw this 60 year old guy CYCLING uphill a FREAKING MOUNTAIN…something I couldn’t even fathom trying at half his age…if I want to be doing that I need to put myself on a lifelong plan to lead a healthy life. It’s not like I am suddenly going to hit 40 and *then* decide to be healthy.

P90X and diet plans are all great too but the problem with them is that they end…it’s not a lifelong solution… I’ve already made the pseudo-decision that I don’t want to do this office work anymore…40 hours sitting on your ass a week is just far too much.

I find that I work better with my goals if I put them down in a list and put it out there…kinda keeps me honest so I’m gonna toss a few of them out there…..

Eat vegetarian on Tuesday and Thursday’s

I’ve actually been mostly doing vegetarian on Tuesdays already but want to expand this to another day of the week…I don’t think I could ever go entirely veggie eater…

Eat a proper breakfast every day

I’ve actually been doing great at this for the last 6 months or so..even in europe we ate a pretty proper breakfast each day..and now I get up everyday at 7am to make my fiancee and I breakfast before she goes off to work.

Do something physical each and everyday

I’d like to say “go to the gym” each day but I know that is setting myself up for failure…but if I can’t make it to the gym I will just go on a short jog or a long I went on a gorgeous 90 minute walk tonight that was just great…found a little quaint restaurant I didn’t know existed a few blocks from my place..found a really trendy neighborhood full of stone lions even. Might consider getting myself some weight equipment…but I’m not sure if the fiancee would forgive me if I smashed a drumbell into the hardwood floor……again……

Stop eating shit

Not literally of course…but you know what I am talking about….chips…those stupid little dinosaur gummies…oh god those things are so good….

they always say that the key to a leaner body is the kitchen…not the gym…gotta make some sacrifices. I’m actually quite happy with weaning myself almost off soda and it’s diet brothers while in europe…perrier all the way now…cause I’m classy.

So…there we go…time to get fit and active and time like the present and I am motivated to do it!

ps: Me after my 10k run last year…what a hilarious face.