Sweater Parts

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#1 son’s sweater is nearly ready to be sewn together. This is the basic crew neck sweater from Erika Knight’s Men’s Knits.  I’ve made it in a midnight blue Icelandic wool which I bought, I think, at Craftsy. I couldn’t swear to it, but that’s my recollection.

I spent most of yesterday knitting while watching The Glades. I did some housework first, and squeezed in some Wii Fit, but mostly I was just sitting and knitting. I wish I could do the same today, to tell the truth. I think I had reached the point where I had to veg out a bit. Today I have church, a play, and work to do, so I cannot continue my hectic knitting schedule — but I was not bored with it by the end of the day yesterday.

In addition to knitting, I also did some thinking. Looking both at this year’s goals and at the Rich Habits, I see that the area in which I am not heading for victory this year is fitness. That is in fact the only area in which I’m not being successful. This week, the Fitbit reveals, I didn’t even hit 5,000 steps on most days of the week. This in spite of the fact that I had a very busy week (which should surely have involved more walking around) and spent only 50.5 hours at the computer.

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I think I can adopt some habits between now and the end of the year that will set me on track.

First, I will exercise 30 minutes a day. No excuses. If I am behind on work, then I am behind on work. If someone is in the house, I can take a walk outdoors. I will be firm enough with the habit of morning exercise that it will overlay the competing morning habits. I will also work hard to get an afternoon/evening walk in as a habit. It takes some effort at first, but then becomes easy. This will get my activity back in line with the Rich Habits.

Second, I will eat three wholesome meals each day, at normal mealtimes, and will not snack in between. I’ll fill half my plate with fresh produce and avoid the Evil 6, but will not be extreme about it. I’ll be freed from mindless munching, which it turns out describes quite a lot of my eating, especially on stressful days. That should get my eating habits back in line with the Rich Habits.

Third, I will track those meals with Fitbit, since I have figured out how to do that. This is one of the Rich Habits, too.

This may not allow me to reach the health goals I set in January, but it should revise my habits enough that when I set health goals for 2015 I will have a better chance of reaching them.