Every Sundays my best friend and I are having a long walk. It can be up in the mountain or by the sea. Everything is so close. The opportunities are many. Our goal is to reach a minimum of 10 000 steps and that is not hard to get.
We are up in the mountain looking down at the town. The funny thing is when we are walking we nod or say hello to complete strangers, and sometimes many want to talk. I find that really amusing. Maybe that is strengthened because of the pandemic. But that is also a part of the north Norwegian spirit.
This time of the year you have to wear shoes with ice spikes on. To days walk was really icy, but we came down safely. It was windy and – 10 degrees Celsius, so we had to be dressed properly. Almost wool inside out.
I love these walks, because it give me so much energy. The anxiety ease of and I sleep better at nights. I am not depended on my friend, but the advantage is that we are pushing each other to reach our goal. But sometimes I have to to walk alone and then my companion is an audio book. It is not the same as the companion of a friend, but it makes the walk easier.
My previous post was pretty anxious and depressive. I wrote Trying to escape my cancer thoughts. To sum it up I was really shaken after Kate Preston`s death, and I spent most of my time running away from my feelings. I was grieving in a way even though I didn’t know her. My walking was in the beginning rather obsessive. But I decided to continue with what has become a daily habit. To make my activities even more interesting I decided to invest in a Fitbit watch. To be honest it is super motivational and helps me proceed my work for a better health.
Fitbit charge 4 watch
I decided to subscribe for a Fitbit premium membership. It is rather expensive and it costs me kr 799 or approximately $ 80. But the membership is free until September, so I have time to decide whether I am going to continue my membership or not. The Fitbit watch comes with a tiny instruction book and a charger, and the set up is rather intuitive. You need a smart phone with Bluetooth and the app need access to your location, because it is tracking your activities by using GPS. Because of this you may have to charge your phone often.
The Fitbit premium app
The app is really easy to use. The syncing between the watch and the phone seems to be automatic when the watch and the phone are close to each other. But you can easily swipe your phone when you are visiting the app and the syncing will start.
The app is very easy to use. You can choose between different premium features like health and fitness stats, guided programs, challenges and adventures, workouts and last but not least mindfulness. Your chosen health and fitness stats will be shown at the watch.
At this early stage I am following the health and fitness stats. My watch tracks steps, pulse, REM sleep, hour slept, heart rates zones, burned calories and kilometers. The only thing you must manually log is the water and food you consume during the day. But that is totally up to you.
If you want to socialize with other Fitbit users, the app comes with a “community”. It reminds me a bit about Twitter.You can write and get private messages, and you can publish public messages.
The Fitbit watch
I struggled a bit with the watch in the beginning until I learnt how to swipe the screen. I often forget to log the type of exercise I am doing. It doesn’t really matter, because it seems like the watch discover whether I am walking briskly or running, when I am in fat burn or cardio modus or not. You can choose between exercises like run, bike, swim, treadmill, outdoor workout and walk. When you “tell” your watch what you want to do, it will vibrate one time for fat burn, two times for cardio and three times for peak. You can turn these vibrations off if you like, because these vibrations use a lot of power and you have to charge your watch often. The vibrations can be turned off at the watch. In addition can you easily connect to Spotify.
My super motivational Fitbit watch
I needed a change in my life and I wanted to become healthier. My main goal is to prevent a breast cancer recurrence and my daily goal is to walk minimum 10 000 steps. Since I started to use the watch the anxiety and the depression are not that overwhelming, and I actually sleep better at nights. The anxiety and depression are still there, but easier in a way. I am often using the mindfulness feature to calm down, and I don`t struggle with fatigue in the same way as I used to. But that is simply because I have become more aware of my activities, nutrition and my water intake. And in addition I have discovered the nature and been to places I have never been before, even though I have lived in this town for over two decades. So thanks to my super motivational Fitbit watch!
I often combine knitting with an audio book or Netflix because I need something that disturb my thoughts. The distraction from music, audio books or a movie help me to continue my projects instead of hiding them and forget all about it. It has not always been like that https://wp.me/pb4jAC-b1
The stripes made themselves
Long socks 66 cm
A blanket inspired by my grandmother
The Kathrine Soerland sweater
I learnt to knit when I was just 10 years old. In my childhood there was nothing much to do in the leisure time, except playing football (soccer) or in a brass band. I did that to, but when the weather was bad I loved to sit by the window knitting and watching the waves. Inspired by my grandmother I learnt to knit from a book. I was really proud of myself when I finished of a table cloth. Looking back some of these table cloths looked like hats though! When I started to knit sweaters they were meant for me, but with time that has changed. It gives so much joy knitting to others, especially to my friends who don´t knit.
The goal now is just to relax and have a good time. The larger project, the better. And suddenly I am there where I am supposed to cast off…… Strange thing but I guess it is because I have reached a certain age…..
Hand knitting is mental hygiene
I seriously believe knitting is mental hygiene. The anxiety release, a lot of problems are solved during the knitting even when your mind is floating…..The blood pressure, pulse and stress hormones like cortisol and adrenalin decrease. You can meet your social needs if you combine the hobby with a friend(s) or meet other people in a knitting café, which is very popular some places.
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