Lifestyle Changes and Progress

I’m working on changing my sedentary lifestyle and I’ve got the perfect surroundings to accomplish that feat without even leaving home.

We have a gate which consists of a pipe bar that we use as a barrier to keep people from coming down our driveway at night. We’re going to swap the pipe out for a bright yellow chain that is easier to see, and move, very soon. We close it at night and open it in the morning.

I decided the best way to get moving was for me to walk out to the road and close the gate in the evenings and back out in the mornings to open it. I paced it off last night and it’s almost exactly 500 paces, for me, to the road and back to our back door. So, if I do that twice a day that’s 1,000 steps. If the weather is bad I can walk from room to room in the house and a round trip is 100 steps. If I do that every hour throughout the day it adds up.

I’m trying to strengthen my cranky left ankle as well as get some of this excess weight off. I’m weary of weighing over 200 pounds at 5’3″! I am quite literally twice the woman I was when Brad and I got married 46 years ago. I was barely 100 pounds, dripping wet as the saying goes. I weigh 212 now, down from 220. So, every little bit helps. Being post-menopausal and taking and inhaled steroid for asthma doesn’t help, but I’ve lost weight before and I can do it again…just not as easily as in the past.

It’s interesting that everything I enjoy doing, knitting, spinning, weaving, and reading all require me being seated, although I have been known to knit or spin on one of my spindles as I take a walk. I love my Flexsteel recliner. It has a firm seat and is great for my lower back. I can even sleep in that puppy with no problem! It’s a rocker recliner so I can sit and rock while I knit or read and work my ankle a little that way.

As I got ready to walk out to the road and open the gate this morning I discovered that the snap closure tab on the shoulder holster for my 9 mm Sig was broken. Sigh. I had forgotten how long I’ve had that Uncle Mike’s holster. Brad may have a piece to replace it or there may be a replacement part available online. Anyway, I switched to my .380 Sig and shoulder holster to walk out to the road.

Neither of us goes out of the house very far without a firearm. We’ve had break-ins out here. One house was completed stripped, including appliances, a couple of months ago less than a mile from us. We also have a fully grown cougar that thinks our 85 acres is it’s back yard and feral hogs as well. Life in the boondocks is never dull.

Published by thenerdyyarnlady

I am a Native Texan, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Catholic Convert residing in rural North East Texas since 1975 when I married my husband and this small town girl became a country girl. I was taught to knit at the age of ten and discovered the writings of Elizabeth Zimmerman shortly after I married. I learned to ‘unvent’ things as I went along, to create my own patterns and generally have a blast with yarn and needles. In the mid 1980’s I explored the idea of spinning my own yarn and eventually got interested in weaving on a floor loom. I have three spinning wheels and a 24″ four-shaft Herald floor loom that I purchased from a friend in the 1990’s. I also enjoy sewing, tatting and making rosaries. I have a work room that contains my fiber, yarn, floor loom, sewing machines, serger and rosary making supplies. I have a spinning corner in a bedroom next to my work room, both with north windows looking toward the creek.

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