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I stopped by the gym last night for the first time in 2007. (I had a short work-out and then cancelled my membership for the end of the month.) If you’re a regular at the gym you notice every January how busy the place gets. There are plenty of people with New Year’s Resolutions to make some life style changes. Lots of people are interested in losing weight or cutting back on their debt. We are encouraged to rid ourselves of unnecessary burdens.

Around our home the upcoming move has forced us into another kind of diet, and boy are we losing weight fast. I call it the ’stuff diet’. We are simply getting rid of all kinds of ’stuff’. There are boxes of things we don’t need, kitchen items we have never used and more things to hang on our walls than we have room for. We needed to get rid of the extra stuff. We should have done it long ago. But like many others we get lazy and just keep taking in and never giving out. Over the years as we got a bigger house we stored more things. And now we have gone on a crash diet. I would suggest doing it more gradually. Start with one area and work away at it.

  • What have you not used in the last year?
  • What clothing have you not worn in six months? (Keep that winter coat, you just never know when the snow might come.)
  • What kitchen items, utensils, and empty margarine containers can you throw out?
  • What box of knick-knacks can be donated to Goodwill?
  • What box of photographs can be reduced in half by just sorting our the good ones or passing them onto family and friends?
  • What about your freezer? For a week, make every meal with stuff that’s been in the freezer since the last ice age.

You get the idea. I’m sure that even by losing a few extra pounds you’ll feel much better. And remember, you’ll need that space in time for the spring garage sale season.


4 Responses to “Do you need to lose some weight?”

  1. on 07 Jan 2007 at 9:27 amRuth

    How true! We free up so much time when we have fewer possessions to look after. When we go on vacation to a cottage, I am always amazed at how little we really need to have a good and relaxing time. But it is a challenge to live simply in our material culture.

  2. on 08 Jan 2007 at 12:01 pmRyan

    I sooooo need to go on a stuff diet… great, now another big task ahead :)

  3. on 15 Jan 2007 at 3:53 pmTodd

    I must admit, the one thing that I envy about your move is the “stuff diet”. Just watching it happen makes me eager to empty out some corner or other of my own home.

  4. on 04 Feb 2007 at 7:29 pmPastor John

    Yes, I do need to lose some weight, but thanks to your thoughtfulness I have been able to acquire a gym membership at a ridiculously low price as well as a very good rate for my main squeeze! (Lynn!)
    Thanks! Missing you and thankful for all the things you have done for us over the years.
    Who knows, I may become so healthy that you will not recognize me the next time we meet, but you can be assured that I will probably still have most of my stuff!

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