As a woman of a certain age, the weight has been creeping up on me as I've looked on helplessly. I do my good ol' Jillian Michaels DVDs at least 4 times a week, and am up and down 3 flights of stairs all day at school, but it's not enough. And last summer I barely rode the bike.
The first week of January I decided to get serious. I'd keep up the same exercise (and will bike again when it warms up), but realized the variable I needed to change was the diet. I decided to basically cut out sugar and flour- gulp, my favorite food groups. My incentive was, if I lost 5 pounds by the end of the month, I'd treat myself to yarn. You can see by the photos of what I purchased, I made it- 7 pounds!
I'm going to keep it up. The best and most unexpected thing: For about a year whenever I sat for a while, in a chair or the car, and then got up, I was stiff and staggering like an old(er) lady when I got up. Also my knees were painful off and on especially when taking the stairs. After about 2 weeks on the elimination diet- the stiffness and pain were gone! Hmmmmm.....I googled 'stiff joints and sugar', and sure enough, there is a lot of information on the connection. Much of it anecdotal or holistic, but I'm sure there must be a reputable scientific reason somewhere.
I ended up ordering the yarn on a great Craftsy sale. At top is Cascade 220 Superwash Sport in 'Blue Velvet' and 'Daffodil' for this, and second photo is bulky Cascade Eco+ in 'Butternut' for this- oh la la!
My black and white shawl collar cardi is looking good. So much more fun to work on than D's endless sweater.