Stuff sucks

Or if not…I am pretty darn close to one….

My recent trip to Europe really helped me gain a bit of perspective on my life and the “stuff” in it….not once did I really *want* while in Europe living out of a small yet roomy backpack for months…having everything I owned within an arms reach was reassuring to me.

It made me think back on my life, the places I lived and the things I had done…but let’s back it up even a bit further….

By the way: I am not going to be “preachy here” nor do I expect to come across as a “perfect” saint or whatever…

I HATED getting Christmas presents or birthday presents…absolutely hated it….I remember one year my parents got me a TV for Christmas…and while I wasn’t unthankful for the gesture I really didn’t want one…I would have preferred my parents spend that money on themselves or even just got me a card…I’d honestly be just fine with it.

When I moved into my first place in Winnipeg I owned just about nothing..and never even got around to really buying anything…I had a mattress on the floor…and an ugly hand me down couch….I think two plates and some forks…after about a year I eventually got evicted from the place for an incident I won’t go into here….and simply walked away…

Eventually I moved to another place down on Broadway…again..as memory recollects there was a tiny kitchen table 2ft by 2ft..a computer desk..and a huge vacant loft style place….no actual living room furniture….

When I moved to Brandon I brought a single mattress and a pile of clothes to live off of….what I really remember is having two lawn chairs in the living room of my place..and a mattress in the bedroom down the hall…I did have my gifted TV at this location though.

When I moved back to Winnipeg I moved into Place Promenade…and to paraphrase my beautiful fiancee the first time she saw my place…”I thought a homeless guy lived there”…all I remember owning was a mattress on the floor…and a stuffed chair I found beside a dumpster…I once threw a party and had to buy some card tables and chairs for my guests…..

Though we’ve never noticed it the fiancee was also the one who purchased everything we own…our tables…the bed….the couch…the chairs….the dresser….her desk….

I do own a computer desk that is solidly mine…and (as mentioned previously) am seriously contemplating reducing the entire thing to a small portable laptop…

Not sure on the point in this thread…but I know that stuff makes me feel bad and I think that “stuff” is one of the major contributors to stress in our modern lifes and would suggest that everyone try to limit it as much as possible.

ps: Along the same notes….damn I want an e-reader of some kind…hmmmmm maybe Christmas?

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 walk..today 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 fun..no time like the present and I am motivated to do it!

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