Three things, 2 of which are related, one of which is about knitting.
First up, since I’ve said this everywhere else on the internet since last night (and off the internet, too), I have been inspired to run a 5k in June (Race for the Cure). Inspired mostly by ShutterBitch and partially by watching the Biggest Loser folks run a half marathon last night (and a little by Laura’s mention of running being really good cardio). So, I will start training this weekend outside the gym.
Really, it’s an idea I’ve toyed with briefly quite a bit over the last few months, quickly dismissing it because “I don’t run”. But why don’t I run? Because I don’t think I’d like it, I haven’t really tried it, and I haven’t wanted to try it. I could totally walk the 5k right now with no problem, but where is the challenge in that? The weather is turning nice, so it’s time to mix it up and get outside while I’m getting exercise.
So, yeah, running a 5k. I may have completely lost my mind. Then again, I may decide that I like running, too. Only time will tell.
Last week I went to the doc for a routine check up, which somehow ended with me getting some blood work done just to see where my numbers were. Today the results came back and apparently my cholesterol and trigylcerides are high enough that she wants me on medication for it. *sigh* At first I was a little shocked, so I didn’t ask questions. Then I got off the phone and looked at my diet – I already have a low cholesterol diet. I need to do a little better with the saturated fat intake, but y’know.
So I called my dad – he has high cholesterol but doesn’t need medication for it. Apparently, though, my mom had very high cholesterol and wouldn’t take meds for it. That’s another medical issue I’ve inherited from her and one more reason it’s important that I get in shape and eat better. After I talked to my dad, I called the office again and asked the nurse a ton of questions, all of which she was very nice to answer. I’ll go back for a check up in a few months to see where my numbers are and if they go way down, I can stop taking the meds. And in 3 months, I can hopefully be another 20 pounds or more lighter.
I can’t help but wonder, though, if my cholesterol is high now, what was it like before I started exercising and eating better 6 months ago? Scary!
Let’s talk yarn diet. Or lack thereof. I had planned to continue knitting from stash and not buying yarn except in special cases (like a wedding shawl I’m knitting for a friend) in 2009. Well. I have failed at that miserably. MISERABLY. Seriously, y’all, I fell off the wagon so hard I may have a yarn concussion. I ordered yarn that won’t even ship until May* at one point. I don’t know what I was thinking. But, save for the one fantastic yarn club subscription I have, I am back on the diet. Same rules as before – can use gift certificate, can’t use my actual money unless something comes up I need to make for someone else (see above).
*From famous and possibly overrated indie dyer, the purchase of which I’m now questioning because I went totally out of my normal color palette. I did send an email to see if I could cancel the order. If I can’t, I am sure that I’ll find someone who is willing to buy it off me on ravelry.