Stuntman And Lover Of Cheese

by Dan Bostonweeks

2005: Great Year With a Few Bumps

Well, 2005 was one of my best years of my life since I’ve been out on my own. It was a big year for personal growth and changing myself for the better. I was able to continue my weight loss and physical conditioning. While I only got down to about 225 pounds so far I’m in what I consider to be good physical condition. I was thrilled to have to depart with too many clothes that were now too big for me. That process is continuing even now and I find that at the beginning of 2005 I was a solid 2XL wearing guy (XL on undershirts and the like) but now at the end of the year I’m pushing into Large clothes sizes and some XL gear is too big for me. While I’m excited about that I know what’s looming on the horizon, most of my t-shirts are XL and that means I’ll have to part with some damn fine ones. My favorites are in that group and I’ll be very sad, but I’ll just have to find something to replace them with. I started snowboarding and riding a bike again seriously. There were a couple of bumps along the way, but I’ve been very fortunate to recover quickly from them. The high lite of the year had to be my trip to New Zealand in August. I worked my butt off to make sure that I could play hard and enjoy myself there and it really paid off. Next to the NZ trip I’d have to say the accomplishment of doing some hill climbs and training for the AIDS/LifeCycle 5 in June 2006 is the next biggest thing. That will be continuing into the new year and I’m looking forward to getting back on the bike after the rain lets up. The end of the year has been a little bit of a bumpy ride, but it’s all going to work out just fine. Our landlord told us that he’s going to sell our place. While Keith and I thought about buying we just didn’t want to rush into a house purchase at this point so we ended up renting again. We’ll move into the new place in mid-January and we’re both pretty excited about the change. I also dislocated my shoulder, but my recovery has been very fast for that and I’m already back up and active with full range of motion. There was some other stuff, but now that I think about it I’m only going to say there was other stuff and not go into detail. Sorry. I can only hope that 2006 will be as exciting and as fulfilling for me. There’s a lot to look forward to and I have a pretty full plate through June already. I know of at least two weddings I’ll go to so I’ll need to get a new suit at some point (remember what I said about clothes sizes before? yeah, that goes double for the suit I had). I’ll continue my physical training and hopefully I can push down even farther towards my final goal.