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Walking the talk

It’s that time again — the new year. Welcome to 2015!

Traditionally, this is when we all make resolutions and yadda yadda yadda. Instead of doing resolutions per se, I’m setting out to make some changes by doing a few things differently. If you’ve read my blog in the past or known me out in the real world, a lot of these may sound familiar. Well, this year I’m taking a different approach: Small moves to reach bigger goals, if that makes sense. And there’s no timetable on any of this.

Here’s the objectives:
1) I want to do more with less. Or maybe a different way to look at it: I would like less stuff, but higher quality stuff.

For example, I have about 8 coats. One I called “a bar coat.” Another is a light coat. There’s a heavy coat. A ski coat. A suit coat. You get the idea. And you know which one I wear 99% of the time? A pea coat with a zip up “sherpa” hoodie underneath. When it’s really cold, I add a scarf to it. So, I’d like ditch most of these and have a few really nice coats. Same with hats. And shoes. And clothes in general.

I’m also going to go through my kitchen stuff, ditch a lot of the excess there, and start replacing it with All Clad stuff. No rush, mind you … but a pot here. A frying pan there. You get the idea.

2) I want to be healthier. To get to this goal, I need to eat better and exercise smarter.

This means I’ll be eating more paleo again (I actually like it/feel better when I eat that way), but none of that worry/guilt/superiority mentality that I’ve seen in so many blogs that eventually turned me off it. Basically, quality meat and veges with occasional stops for pizza and Primanti’s. Want 1000 Island dressing on a bunless burger? No problem. The point here will be less eating out, less super processed food, and no guilt when I do decide to eat junk.

The workouts will be a return to kettlebell training, with some basic weight training and walking during work hours thrown in until it warms up and I can go biking again. The other part of this will be lots and lots of stretching to keep my lower back from seizing up due to sitting too much at work.

My only real “vanity” goal here is I’d like to bench 275 and have a sub-34″ waist again by the end of the year.

3) Marathon not a sprint. Like most people, I have a bad habit of wanting results NOW NOW NOW, and I get frustrated (and quit) when I don’t get them as fast as I would like. So, I’m going to pare down what I try and do in a day, focusing on the most important stuff first (cooking/stretching/exercise) and anything after that is a bonus. On my weekends, I’ll do projects.

4) See what’s out there. I’ve neglected my exploration side for way too long. And this isn’t just about visiting new places … I’m going to apply for new jobs. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not unhappy with job nor “looking to leave” nor in danger of losing my job or anything like that — but there’s no harm in seeing what’s out there from a stable base, either. Maybe I’ll find something that really inspires me. Maybe I won’t and I’ll stay where I am. Who knows? But I’ll never know without seeing what’s out there.

5) Block/Hide with extreme prejudice. We’ve all seen those posts about “how to deal with negativity.” And maybe it’s right. Instead of letting various social media posts get to me, I’m going to hide/block the posts or hashtags instead of letting them linger or arguing about them.

Again, there’s no timetable on any of this. A fix here. A change there. And slowly but surely, all of these changes will get me to where I want them to be.


The New Year, resolutionized

OK, this post won’t be as fun as the last one — but since a bunch of folks are typing out their hopes and what they want to accomplish in 2009, I figured I’d join in. So, here’s what I’m gonna try and do:

1.) When I opt to do something, I’m gonna devise a plan on how to accomplish it. This sounds really stupid, but it’s what separates talking out of your ass to getting things done. I mean, think about it — how many times have you heard someone talk about losing weight, but if you press them on it, they have no idea of how they are going to do it. Same principle here, except I will formulate a plan and have dates that I would like to have things done by.

2.) Cash stash: I’m gonna open up accounts for stuff like Christmas, taxes, insurance, car tires and house projects — and pull like $75 a check, divide it up, and be ready for them when they come. Yeah, I’ll be livin’ leaner, but I can hang.

3.) Slow down on the fast food: I have a very bad habit of grabbing fast food on my way to work. At like $6 a shot for a value meal (plus raiding the vending machines at work) that shit adds up (not only on the wallet, but on the gut, too). Money spent here could easily go into my Cash Stash fund. So, in order to accomplish this, I’m going to cook lunch and dinner for the next day when I get home from work the night before.

4.) Ride like the wind: I’m really psyched for mountain biking this year. REALLY psyched. I haven’t really ridden hard in the past few years because of schedule changes, high gas prices, etc. But, I bought myself a cycling trainer (which just arrived), and I will do cardio on my cyclocross bike instead of using the machines in the gym, which bore me to tears. And, if I come home angry from work, I can hop on the bike and ride for a half hour. I’ll probably drop about 5-10 lbs. before I start slogging it out on the wet trails come spring. I’m also going to try my hand at road biking.

5.) Get the geekatorium ready to go: I have an extra room in my house that I’m going to turn into my Geekatorium. In this room will be all of my computer stuff, my framed Star Wars/Army of Darkness movie posters, etc. I have not set up a timeline for this quite yet, as I don’t want to overwhelm myself — however, I’d like to get it done by September.

6.) Bloggin’: I’m going to write more parodies and satire in 2009 for 2 reasons:

  1. It’s really fun. Way more fun that writing serious stuff.
  2. Some of the comments you guys throw back at me make me laugh really, really hard.

7.) Flushing out old ideas: My old buddy over at Blabs of Steele and I are talking about opening up another blog site to really unleash our inner geeks (cause, you know, we’re not nerdy enough as is). This will include stuff that is so horrible that only the true lovers of nerdom will really dig it. So, I hope to get with him and flush out these ideas sometime in March, after I’m drinking again (cause our best ideas always come out when its late at night and we’re drunk). If we do do this, I think we’re gonna have to get some contributing writers — and I’ll be volunteering some of your asses later — cause I know a bunch of you will want to join in the fun. It’ll be a blast.

8.) More trips: I want to visit some more “haunted” locations, and pay a visit to Drey in NYC, and Corey and Jim (and a slew of other folks) in Philly.

Think that’s about it. I pretty much think that other things, like the dating world, the job situation, etc., is relatively out of my hands (I can hold up my end and ask women out or shoot out a resume, and that’s it) — so I’m just gonna focus on the things that I can change and let the Gods take care of the rest.

Wish you folks out there the very best for the 2009.

Oh, and I’m declaring 2009 to be the Year of the Fett — so let’s get ready to kick some ass and take some names!

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