Walking it off

My Fitbit* Flex is a few years old and was a great motivator to get up and walk. (This model is no longer available.)

After I retired (and had a change in some medication – meaning I had to change to a not-so-great insurance plan), I gained 20 pounds.  Happy?  Not in the least.

Anyway, I’ve been doing these “Workweek Hustle” events with some other Fitbit users.

These have really helped me get out of my favorite knitting chair and move.  I only know one of the people in this group but that really didn’t matter.  What did matter was that I was motivated again to do something about the extra pounds.

And last week I won! 

Big time won!  Personal best week!!

I just need to keep walking to reach my goal of losing ten pounds by July 4th.  The only downside to this fabulousness is not much knitting.  I haven’t figured out how to walk and knit at the same time without doing any damage to the knitting or myself.

*Not a paid product review.  Just my story and my own personally purchased Fitbit.


Smoosh be gone

I’ve decided to join a Smoosh Camp with Cindy to get rid of some unwanted smoosh.  Not the yarny smoosh but the fatty smoosh around my waist (aka muffin top) and other body parts.  So instead of knitting during lunch, I’ve been walking around our building.  I started walking last week when we had some warmer weather so it’s not exactly new for me.  It’s gotten cold here the past several days with strong winds but I’ve still walked.

I started knitting a lot more a few years ago to keep my hands busy in the evening when I’d want a snack.  That worked great as I didn’t snack.  I would keep my pattern on the coffee table in front of me and every time I completed a row, I basically did a crunch/sit up when I leaned forward to mark off the row.  Now all I want to do is sit and knit.  And my pattern is beside me so I don’t even have to move much to mark off a completed row.

My leather motorcycle pants are getting snug.  When I first got them in 2005, I could wear them over my jeans and pants when I went to work.  I can barely get them fastened now without the pants underneath.  I don’t have $200+  lying around to get another pair.

Weight is just a number (like age) and though I’m trying to get to a certain number, I know it’s really about how I feel in my skin and clothes.  My skin is getting tighter.  So are my clothes.

Do you do any exercises you when you knit?