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2/2/07 1:42 A

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i have seen people at the gym watching portable dvd players while on the bikes, treadmills, ellipticals, etc. i've almost convinced myself to get a cheap one and a netflix sub. admittedly that helps not even a little with the crafty stuff... maybe you could become the first person ever to make a quilt while swimming the breast stroke?

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1/31/07 11:26 A

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stationary bike = great.

usually, i ride while watching the daily show or colbert report. if i don't pedal like a balls-out-maniac, i can still hear the tv without turning it up.

but, you can do lots of stuff while on the bike. knitting and embroidering if you go a bit slower, but for longer periods of time; reading at whatever speed you like.

if you use a treadmill or something else, check and see if it has a book rest. a lot of them do. alternately, you could get audiobooks, plop them on your ipod, and listen to whatever catches your fancy as you exercise.

and, if you don't want to, say knit and pedal, try looking at your schedule. i'll bet there's some chunk of time that you can set aside for "you" time to knit or read or whatever you want. can you get up a bit earlier each day? what do you do, say, after ten, when you probably aren't exercising but might not be sleeping?

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1/30/07 5:36 P

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these are all really great suggestions. i've had this mindset that my reward had to be material, but a better reward might be guilt-free couch time with some knitting needles or a novel.

it's funny about reading on the treadmill - when i was in grad school 5 years ago i was in great shape because i did TONS of reading for class while on an elliptical trainer outfitted with this tray thingie that held my book and highlighter. i tried reading my book on the elliptical trainer at the gym this week, and i couldn't because now i'm all old and blind... oh to have the vision and fitness of my misbegotten youth!

"That's why we call it a struggle/ You're supposed to sweat"


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1/30/07 4:42 P

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I think it's important not to give up the hobbies you enjoy if you want to stick to your plan. You don't want exercise to become this thing that's keeping you from doing what you love.

What about alternating - knit 2 rows, do 15 sit ups, knit another 2 rows, do 15 squats...etc. That's how I clean the house if I have a magazine I want to read. 1 article, do the dishes, 1 more article, put laundry in, etc.

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1/30/07 4:19 P

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Maybe you could use reading & knitting as a reward for exercise? Like, you did your exercise for today, so you get to read/knit for a couple of hours?

I know what you mean, though, because I spend a LOT of time on the computer putting my zine together/networking/collecting stories/messing around.

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1/30/07 3:48 P

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I've kind of been struggling with this- I'm working on crocheting a big blanket, and well...I want to finish it but I also "want" to exercise.

last night the blanket won.

I guess you can try to incorporate the 2 - read while on a bike or treadmill. Maybe use crafts as a reward? Or do crafts on your off days?


For me, fitting in the eating well part isn't so hard - and I think once you get used to doing it it's not so bad. But yeah, the exercise is something that'll take up more time.

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1/30/07 3:44 P

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i tried bringing this up on the knitting & dieting board, but it didn't really get addressed.

how are you all doing with reconciling sedentary interests (for me knitting, embroidering, reading, watching movies) with your activity levels and weight loss? since starting this program in earnest i haven't been reading as much, and i'm afraid that i'll never knit again if i become an active, fit person because being an active, fit person seems to take sooooo much of my time. how can i stay literate and still lose weight? how will i ever learn any new stitches or finish any projects if i'm at the gym or cooking healthy meals all the damn time? frustration! ack!

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