My Two Bags

For the last three months, I’ve gone everywhere with my purse and two other bags: my gym bag and my knitting bag.

I never thought I’d say that, but then again, I’ve surprised myself a lot in the last few weeks.

Let me explain.

For the longest time, I always thought I was too busy to work out and get healthy.

My work schedule isn’t a radically weird or difficult one, like those of nurses or doctors or police officers. But it is a little weird, and it changes often – sometimes sources want to do interviews at like 7:30 a.m. (a horrible hour of the day, don’t you think?) or sometimes I’ll have to cover a concert that isn’t over til almost midnight.

So when could I fit in the gym? When could I fit in making a healthful lunch at home when, on some days, it feels like I only have time to hit a drive-thru?

But, as I said in my original weight loss column, I finally got serious about doing these things. I made being healthy a priority. No matter what my day looks like, no matter how late or early I’m at work and what responsibilities I have to do afterward, I make sure I go to the gym, for at least 45 minutes.

Now that I’m roughly three months into this, I can’t remember what used to take up my time.

I just know I don’t leave the house now without my gym bag, packed with my workout clothes, sneakers, hair bands, my iPod, and some spare change in case I want to buy a water from the vending machine.

From the middle of August to the middle of September (basically, right at the heart of figuring all this weight loss stuff out), I took a beginner’s knitting class. Since then I have knitted six scarves and three dishcloths. I’ve also managed to watch more Bette Davis movies in the past three months than I have in…well… a while. Now that my favorite TV shows are back on, I don’t feel so bad watching them, because instead watching and eating, I’m keeping my hands busy making scarves that I plan to give away as Christmas gifts.

No matter where I go, I’m ready for either working out or pulling out a bit of knitting to do, thanks to my two bags. My point is: there’s time for working out, for eating better, for taking care of yourself – and even a bit of knitting – so long as you make it, and therefore yourself, a priority.