Wednesday, January 16, 2008

A New Year, A new me....(Part 2)

In November I became serious about getting more some exercise.

Because I'm now over 50 (yes, as in Years of Age), my metabolism is slower than what it used to be, and the doctor informed me that quitting smoking was going to slow it down even more. This is not good news to my already overweight body.

Enter new treadmill.... and the will to use the treadmill for it's intended purpose, which is to actually walk or jog on it. Since the treadmill entered our home in November I have used it pretty faithfully (enough that the husband says he's proud of me). I try for 5 days a week. I've made it 4 and I've made it 6. I think I've even done all 7 days one week. I aim for 35 minutes, but some days my knees only allow me to go for 10 or 20. The 10 minute days I do it twice during the day. While I haven't lost any weight yet, at least I'm not gaining! I thought I'd gain quite a bit with the quitting smoking, in fact my doctor told me to expect 10 to 30 pounds!! I've been bouncing in the 5 to 8 range, and considering Christmas was in there, and I did NOT ignore the chocolates.... Let's just say I'm satisfied ;)

Now that Christmas is over and I'm nearing the 5 month mark (doctor also said the weight gain would slow down and reverse in months 6 to 12 as my body adjusted). I have now added 20 minutes of Pilate's every second day. My step-daughter comes by and does them with me. This keeps us both honest.

I also have a York Home Gym, so on the non-Pilate days I'm trying to do a good 15 to 20 minute routine with the weights.

Next up will be a change in the eating habits...but as I said, baby steps!


I am knitting quite a bit. Over the past couple of evenings I knit a scarf for Pat. (That's The Husband for anyone that didn't know). I knit this one, using a Woven Basket Stitch.

Now it's back to work on Elsbeth Lavolds Blossom for me :)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Good on you for quitting smoking and moving towards a healthier lifestyle!

I love that stitch!