Saturday, February 14, 2015
Have continued to work on the ghans in the previous post (just scroll back for the pictures), and am itching to start a new project....some yarn is calling my name
Hope you're all safe and warm indoors, as the last several days have been brutally cold. I think about those living out in the elements without a roof over their heads and hope they somehow are protected from the elements. Am so grateful for all those who've sent donations in lately for Bridge and Beyond and am working at catching up on writing and scheduling the blog posts.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
hungry vacuum, posted story HERE The shawl was for a friend of my Daughter's who's going through chemo.
Recently started this shawl/scarf. I say either or, as it might not be large enough for a shawl? We'll see when completed. The pattern calls it a shawl. I started this long ago and frogged it. The handspun just wasn't showing up very well in the original pattern, and it's better here .......though still not great. Plus the color is off a bit, it's really more gold then the picture shows. Strange how that happens sometimes.
Bridge and Beyond, but had to frog about half of what you see here in the picture. Kept having issues........pathetic since it's just garter stitch, but somehow my fingers and brain weren't playing nice together....typically in the evening after a Martini....hum...So, haven't taken an updated photo, but it's currently about twice this large with the colors stripes slightly different. I do like the color combination.
Both ghans, and the shawl/scarf were projects I took on the road during January and February when hubby and I traveled to Hilton Head, SC. Love going there in the winter. No worries about a sunburn, but you also don't have to shovel snow.
That brings me sorta up to date. While away I did yoga for the very first time and enjoyed it. A beginners class at the resort where we stayed. I don't remember it all, and wonder if doing just a few things still is good...or if doing things in a particular order is part of the benefit? Anyone know? I also used exercise equipment for the very first time. A couple of days were too windy and wet to walk outside so I did some walking on the treadmill, road the stationary bike, and used an elliptical. I also enjoyed that and wished I had a reasonable or predictable schedule enough to perhaps get a gym membership..........or maybe buy some equipment for here at the house.
Hoping to get back into blogging more in 2015, and hope you all are doing well. Tell me what you've been doing.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
I've not been one to make New Years Resolutions, sometimes I think about goals...in a loose manner, nothing written down, nothing hard and fast. It seems lots of folks get down on themselves if they're not able to get their New Years Resolutions.
Most of you know several months back I began walking in order to reduce pain and swelling in my knee from arthritis, as well as bring down my cholesterol which was too high. I've been successful with both of those quests. A bonus has been weight loss, which I've learned reduces the stress to ones knees. In fact, I read a single pound of weight loss reduces stress to each knee by 5 pounds. That's HUGE and has made a real improvement for me.
My Fitbit has been a big help with keeping me on track and I enjoy the friendships that have developement with Fitbit'ers. People encouraging each other, virtual walking buddies is indeed very helpful. Stats prove people with walking buddies, exercise buddies both in person and virtually do better with their goals than those that try to meet the goals/weight loss solo.
So, my plan for up coming year of 2015 is to continue. I've been a bit lax of late, in that I've not walked daily as I was before. The cold weather has made it more difficult as have the holidays. So, need to re-double my efforts on that. For anyone out there wanting a walking buddy, virtually...sing out. We can share Fitbit profile links, or connect on facebook or here. I was religious about recording my food intake until the last couple of months, so need to regroup on that score. Again, stats show you're more successful if you do keep track of your meals. Not only for weight loss, but if you're watching your sodium level, or cholesterol, or carbs...any specific item like that.
So I vow to be more consistent with my walking,
To be more consistent with recording my food,
To be available for others who want/need encouragement....
Tomorrow I'll post something about part 2 of my quest for the New Year, so please check back in. Don't want to be too wordy here.
I wish you all a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Years