Thursday, March 26, 2009

Why No Knitting?

As I sat down to write a blog post today, it suddenly struck me that I haven't shared any knitting in a while. The reason is simple: I haven't been knitting!

You may recall a couple of weeks ago I posted about my rather sudden realization that I had put on a good bit of extra weight in a short span of time and my plans to rectify that before it turned into a real problem. I wrote about it here not from any belief that anyone really cares to hear about my weight-control efforts, but rather just to force myself to make it more real. I thought it might give me a bit more motivation to stick with it.

Yesterday marked the three-week point for what started as a "diet." I'm very happy to report that I have stuck with it 100%. In the past three weeks, my diet has consisted of fresh fruit, steamed vegetables, small portions of lean proteins, a bit of whole grain and rice, and an occasional small serving of low fat dairy. The only moment of cheating I had was when I gave in to the allure of a little piece of crispy chicken skin from a lovely little roast chicken that was tempting me with its alluring smell. The piece was about a square inch and no joke, it left me lightheaded and weak in the knees. Oh my. So good!

As I progressed through the past three weeks, what started as a diet/weight loss plan morphed into more of a healthy eating program. Nutritious low-fat food, lots of water, daily vitamins - you know the drill. I also began to layer on more exercise. I went from extra walks with the pup and more bowling in the first week, to the addition of a 10-minute morning cardio routine in week two, to a second 15-minute cardio routine and 10 minutes of free weight work for the upper body in week three. I've been working in the yard and doing more housecleaning as well. Now it's gone from a healthy-eating goal to more of an overall fitness goal.

In just this short three-week timespan, I've gone from feeling ten years older than my age to feeling as good as I did when I was ten years younger. My energy level is much, much higher than it has been in a really long time. I'm sleeping well and waking up easily.

So what does this have to do with knitting? Well, the thing is, I find it really hard to sit still. I spend a little time at my computer each day of course, and then there's mealtime, but other than that I've been going non-stop from the moment I wake up until shortly before I'm ready for bed. Everytime I think about sitting down for a while to knit, I get a little antsy. I sit down and flip through a book for inspiration for a new project and before I know it I've set the book aside and am heading off to clean the garage or some such thing.

I'm sure I'll get back to knitting soon; I can't imagine going too long without it! I have been spindling for a few minutes here and there and will have some new handspun to show off before long. I've also got the cashmere I've been promising for this Spring underway and so before too long there will be new colors to show off and new items coming to the shop.

I must go now. I've been sitting here way too long. Gotta keep moving!


BeadKnitter said...

Sounds like spring fever to me. Enjoy it while you can!

Sheri said...

Oh, how I envy you! I've been trying to lose 20 pounds, which turned into 30 pounds, for 2 years. Long story short - had a heart attack (49), quit smoking, menopause, the whole shabang and now have to get rid of it but it won't budge! Please post your progress. It'll give those like me the push we need to get on with it.
Sheri in GA