Tuesday, January 01, 2008

A New Year, Ta-Ta to An Old One!

Happy New Year! I hope 2008 keeps you all healthy, happy and knitting!

There are only 2 things I can think of that I'd like to accomplish in 2008. Here they are;

  • Knit ONLY from stash
  • Lose 17 pounds and MOVE
The stash - I have a closet full, literally full to the brim with yarn. That makes me crazy. I was always a "buy as you go" kind of knitter until I found blogland. I wanted to try everything you were all talking about, but, now I have to use it up. I really can't stand having that much in there. Ravelry has been great for ideas, so I'm trying to get the yarn paired with a pattern so in 2008 I can empty out that closet.

I went to the Drs. again just before Thanksgiving, my 1 year checkup, and dang if he gave me heck again for not losing the 17 pounds I've lost and gained 3 times in that 1 year. I think it's the meds, he thinks it's me. So, I've joined SparkPeople (awesome website), I'm TRYING really hard to make myself do 30 minutes of cardio every other day and the 2 days of strength training. I live 30 minutes from the Y and don't live where I want to go out and walk around the neighborhood by myself so I've been trying Leslie Sansone's video's. I've been doing them for 2 months or more and haven't lost a pound. Heck, I haven't lost an ounce. Funny how everyone tells you all the stages of your life that you're going to go thru but no-one ever warns you that when you get ready to go thru *menopause* you could have a heart attack, you need to move more than you need to watch what you eat and that you'll get fat where you've never been fat in your life! I have always been on the thin side until I hit about 45. Now I have hips, thighs and a belly like never before and it's making me really mad. I have acne (they call it *menopausal acne*, great name huh?), my joints hurt from all the meds I'm on to lower my triglycerides and sometimes I wonder what's going to happen next.

Okay, enough of that, but you can see why I've been missing in action for awhile. I didn't start this blog to whine but I can't even get a knitting project going that is interesting. Life is going to be better in 2008, I'm going to get healthier in 2008 and I'm going to lose this weight in 2008!

I forgot to take pictures of the Christmas gifts I made, but, they were for the Baby Girl and her best friend so maybe I can get a picture for the next post. She is in New England for a week, flew all by herself the Saturday after Christmas to go spend a week with her cousins and Aunt and Uncle. She's really hoping to see snow (she was too young when we moved South to remember the snow) and to go sledding. So, when she gets home I'll try to remember to post the pictures.

Happy Knitting and I'll try, once again, to post sooner next time.

Sheri in GA


Kathy said...

For some people, menopause or not, it's hard to lose weight and still eat sensibly. The doc shouldn't be so hard on you - you are trying, you've changed your eating habits, and that should count for something.

happy New Year!

StringPlay said...

Don't get too down on yourself - for the stash or for the exercise. You've really worked hard (it sounds like) to get healthy. Your doctor was just probably wanting to make sure you stay vigilant about it. I know you're serious. You'll do great. We'll all cheer you on. As to stash: well at least you've got a lot of good yarn there - ready and waiting whenever a project comes along. And seems like there is about one every minute!

Beth said...

I'm knitting from my stash, too. We can inspire each other to keep working through it. Really cute dog pictures!

Susan said...

Hopefully your doc meant to be supportive too. Or maybe not. Maybe he's an excellent physician with a horrid personal manner. You've done so well. Don't beat yourself up..bruises hurt and are not the least bit attractive. I think I have taken every cholesterol med on the market except for the one I'm not taking on a try out basis (Crestor) They all trashed my joints and muscles and my doc pulled me off them. Eventually we settled on Zetia and Gemfibrozil. It's now within normal limits, but of course he wants better and says a lot of folks have tolerated the Crestor. Actually I started taking it awhile back but got sick and didn't know if the pain was from the flu stuff or the Crestor so I stopped it and just started again.

Hang in there hon and take cheer from the fact that you have a really good stash.