What’s going on

I just thought I’d share what I am up to lately.

Knitting.  I’ve been knitting!  I am working on an OpArt blanket.  Mine will be larger since I have and plan to use 20 skeins of Knit picks Shine worsted.  I think I’ve used about half the yarn so far?  I will share a picture soon.  I always forget how nice it is to just sit and knit, and it is especially nice to be knitting a blanket when it is cold out.  Cozy.

Walking.  The last few days I’ve gotten up early, had coffee, and then went downstairs to walk on the treadmill while watching TV.  I’m only doing a half hour in the morning but I like to mess with the incline so I get a good workout.  I also got outside today for an hour on the parkway.  It was so nice!  No music or anything, just me and my thoughts and the sort of fresh air.  We are having some air quality issues here 😉  My goal is to walk twice most days, once in the morning and then in the afternoon with M.

Cooking.  I was getting lazy there but it is all turned around now.  I’ve been making lots of good stuff and tomorrow I have plans to make carnitas!  And pumpkin donuts.  And peanut butter cookies.  And homemade spicy and breakfast sausages.  And my posole-ish soup.  I guess I’m on a pork kick 😆  Speaking of soup, I can’t get enough of it!  I’ve been using up the squash in storage to make a pot of soup every week.  M won’t eat squash whole but when I blend it up in soup she really likes it.  Go figure!

On the weight loss front.  I have decided to give up on weight loss – sort of.  I’m not really giving up because I do know that I have fat to lose, but I’m going to change the way I think about it.  I bought an ebook called Lift Like a Girl and read my way through it all.  I don’t know why but it just clicked with me and things seem a lot more hopeful for me now.  I am going to focus on getting strong first and foremost.  So for my activity I’ll be lifting 3 times a week and my cardio will be walking or doing the recumbent bike.  I’d love to be running but it just isn’t in the cards right now.  As far as nutrition, I am going to keep it very simple.  I’m going to get more in tune with my body.  I’m going to eat real food most of the time putting a focus on protein, eat when I’m hungry, and not worry about it!  It has been working great for me so far, mentally anyway.  I am using my Zero scale so we’ll see how I progress as I go.  I will tweak things as I need to to get the results I want.  But honestly I don’t care how long it takes me.  I’ve lost 20 this year and gained probably 10 back – so ultimately I have lost a pound per month. So instead of going nuts and working hard for a few months and then totally slacking, I’m just going to make it as easy as possible for me to maintain changes and new habits.  If I only lose a couple of pounds a month, so be it.  And wherever I end up I will be fine with.  If I focus on getting strong and staying strong, and ultimately getting to where I love how I look, there is a lot more to shoot for than just losing weight.  There is also no end point this way as opposed to losing weight.  I will never be done because this is my life!   Anyway, I’m hopeful, excited, motivated, and feeling happier than I’ve been in the past month and it feels really good.  I’d better go knock on some wood 😆


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