Getting fit, knitter style

Recently I realised I’d put on weight. Now, I’m not the body-shaming type, and this in itself would not be a problem. However, if you’ve been a long-time reader of my blog you might recall back in 2011 when I fell very sick with IIH and had to postpone going to Canada by three months while I recovered.

IIH (Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension) is when the cerebro-spinal fluid in my skull stops draining properly, and though they don’t know for sure what causes it, they’re pretty certain it has to do with weight. I can confirm that I lost a lot of weight at the time and kept it off for a long time, and I have suffered no further symptoms since. Realising that I’d gained so much weight without noticing startled me, because I really don’t want to have those huge blind spots in my vision again, and I really,Β really could do without ever having a lumbar puncture ever again.

Don’t click on that last link if you’re squeamish about spines and/or giant needles like I am.

As a result, I’m back at the gym. I bought myself a fitbit with my birthday money last month and have been more careful about what I eat, since I was starting to binge on chocolate again (god, I love chocolate). I’m not super strict about it but I really don’t want to get sick again so this is the best course of action.

What does any of this do with knitting, I hear you ask?

There’s a certain patience to being a knitter that I find translates well into working out. When I’m knitting I don’t always love what I’m doing, but I keep going. I continue stitch by stitch by stitch until I get to my goal (a finished object, most of the time!). With working out, I feel I engage the same part of my brain; I don’t want to be working out, exactly, but I keep going minute by minute by minute because I know the end goal will be worth it.

Have you ever felt anything like this? Do you engage similar parts of your personality – determination, stubbornness, creativity – to things outside of craft?


18 thoughts on “Getting fit, knitter style

  1. Congrats on starting a new commitment to self! I hate going to the gym! I always feel like I am punishing myself because working out makes me feel like a failure or that I really don’t care about my body because I like to eat. I realized that I had to find something I love to do that I don’t feel as if I am actually exercising. I do yoga at a studio and I feel so accepted there and more accepting of my body and now I finally don’t force myself to exercise. Be well on your journey! I have lost 35 lbs since January πŸ™‚

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    1. Awesome, I’m so glad you found something that feels good to you. Yoga was one of the first things I did too but I never did it with other people, just in my front room. It’s so good though. Yeah, it’s a complicated emotional thing when you’re working out – especially if you feel you’re forcing yourself. I still have a knee-jerk reaction to people asking if I go to the gym to lose weight because I was bigger for a long time before I got sick and I spent a lot of energy training myself to love my body before I had to change it!

      Congratulations on the 35lbs, that’s a lot! πŸ˜€

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  2. As I know you are a reader and understand the meditative qualities of knitting, you might look at the book, “When the Chocolate Runs Out” by Lama Yeshe who more than enjoyed chocolate!


  3. Good for you for being focused, I’m afraid I fall into the ‘easily demotivated’ camp, maybe I need your knitting perspective to keep me going πŸ™‚


  4. I had to laugh when I first read this, we seem to be on similar paths at the moment with the tattoos and now trying to get fitter πŸ™‚ I’ve been actively trying since the beginning of June and have lost 23kg so far, thanks to Jamie Oliver’s super foods and forty minutes of exercise a day. I have never thought about it before but yeah I can see the need to plough on regardless in both aspects. I certainly use a lot of determination and creative license when I plan activities for my guide unit. Good luck with your fitness regime πŸ™‚


    1. Wow, congratulations, you’re doing amazing! I don’t know how much I weigh so don’t know how much I’ve lost, but I’ve shrunk two inches on my hips since I started working out, taking into account that I was bloated at the time of first measurement (so probably I’ve lost more like 1.5 inches total).

      It’s funny how we seem to be walking similar paths lately. πŸ™‚


  5. I love this little post, and you’re question so thoughtful. Knitting really does have many life lessons but I have never put the mindset it cultivates together with exercise. Very nice and good luck to you! I hope you do get to make it to Canada one day!


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