• Brian Gallagher

Breaking up is hard to do

Man oh man do I feel lethargic… listless, lazy, unmotivated... Barely enough energy to get up and go to the pantry, grab more Cheetos and fill up the mixing bowl back up to the brim, refresh the bevy, make a quick pit stop in the loo and return to the safety and sanctuary of the blanket and the couch to binge-watch Peaky Blinders on Netflix. Ah, much better.

Seriously, does this sound like you dear readers? Is it the winter blahs? The lack of vitamin D and no exercise? Or do I just need to come to the realization that (in my case at least) it’s probably got to do with the extra 12-15, oh heck let’s just round it up to 40, pounds I’m packing around the midriff. Starting to look like the Michelin Man or Mr. Stay-Puft and not just because I’m as pasty white and mushy as a bag of full-fat milk.

Like most of you beautiful people, the two of us here in Shangri-la have made a resolution to start being healthier this year. And truth be told, the bestie is rocking it. She is eating healthier, exercising regularly and has cut down on the (oh so tasty) martini consumption. I’m very proud of her efforts and she is looking tee-riffic. Me? Glad you asked. I’m failing at this just as hard as I did at remedial English and figure skating.

BUT – I really need to turn it around and I think after all the excuses and procrastination I’m going to give it a serious effort. Kick start it off for February and really give it a go. The bestie’s determination is definitely a motivator as well as the fact that I’m heading back into the hospital for surgery next week so I need to be good (yup it’s another chapter in the battle with my bone disease – I’ll have more on that in next week’s rant). Besides, after surgery, if I can’t get to the olives and the Cheetos they aren’t simply going to just walk over to the couch themselves, are they? So wish me luck my friends, as I attempt to finally become (dare I say it?) healthier. However, sadly, this means for the foreseeable future my weekday line-up will change to look a little more like this:

Martini Mondays – Mushroom Mondays

Two for Tuesdays – Tofu Tuesdays (eww…)

Wet Wednesdays – Wheatgrass Wednesdays

Thirsty Thursdays – Tomato Thursdays (with no pasta)

TGIFFF – Now just hold it right there…

With apologies to Meat Loaf (the man not the dish), four out of five ain’t bad. Right? Right. So pitter-patter, let’s git at ‘er. Wish me luck beautiful people and whatever your strategy to improve your state of well-being, I wish you all the best! Mmmm…. Meat loaf and mashed taters…


This Friday, January 31 at Union Church, 24 Maple Avenue in Ste. Anne de Bellevue, the Lakeshore Chamber Music Society presents Elinor Frey Quintet who will be performing works by Boccherini and Mozart. The doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $20 (special rate for students and seniors). Tickets are available at the door. There will also be an after-concert reception with refreshments.


As always, make sure you check out the ‘Things to See and Do’ section of The Journal for upcoming community events in and around the Vaudreuil-Soulanges area and if you have some music, art or other cool event you think I should be checking out please hit me up at kickinthearts@yourlocaljournal.ca.


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