One topic that I find myself thinking about fairly frequently these days is – of all things – exercise. My husband Franklin and our son-in-law Jeff began exercising together over a year and a half ago when the first gym opened in our Michigan town. The two of them have made fantastic progress – Jeff has lost over 100 pounds and Franklin has lost over 50. Even more importantly, Franklin has gone from seeming somewhat-scarily fragile to the tower of strength he has always been in the past. This has been a major inspiration, as you might expect.
So 8 months ago, I started going to the gym about three times a week. I don’t like it, but I’m doing it. My chief motivation is that I don’t want to be the only one in my family to give up whenever we go anywhere. I guess that is happening. I have gotten a bit stronger and my endurance has increased. But I’m not getting much better at this point. I think perhaps I need to get a trainer to advise me on a good program to follow. This all strikes me as totally surreal in some ways. I was quite sure that I would never do any regular exercising. Yet here I am! I hope I can continue.
The worst problem with exercising is that my mind is insufficiently exercised while my body is getting it’s turn. I don’t really like television very much, so I don’t pay much mind to the TVs in the gym. I hoped I would be able to read my Kindle from the treadmill, but it hasn’t worked out. So mostly my mind just concentrates on the exercise itself – really inspiring thoughts along the line of “Just half a minute and I will be 30% finished!” I really would like to have something else to think about. Just recently, I’ve been thinking about knitting on the treadmill. What should I work on when I get home? Can I make this interesting feature work, and if so, how? I haven’t had consistent success with this yet, but a couple of times I have actually managed to have a few minutes pass without my noticing every single second of it. Hopefully I can improve this skill!
Not much news on the knitting front … Hopefully soon!
So there will be at least one photo in this post, here is a picture of the latest “tube” I’ve knit for Meg which is of an already-public colorway. It’s the colorway called Totally which will be listed for sale soon.