I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Mine started off cold and snowy on Friday, but by Sunday afternoon it had warmed up a bit which I was grateful for! While it might only be the end of October, last week it felt more like December with snowfall almost every single day and cold temperatures. Thankfully it’s supposed to warm up this week which I’m very happy about. While it’s always tough to know that shorter days and colder weather are coming as we head into winter, it feels especially hard this year with everything else going on in the world right now.

This weekend I spent a bunch of time knitting. My therapist suggested I find a few things to do when I’m feeling extra anxious. Knitting has been one of the activities I’ve taken up. It’s the perfect thing for me to do because it keeps my mind occupied by following a pattern (less time to dwell on the things that I’m anxious about) and it also keeps my hands busy. It’s such a good distraction for me. I’m making things that I’ll be able to donate to a couple different agencies in Calgary to distribute them to people who need warm clothes. My favorites to make right now are mittens and hats. They’re small projects so they don’t take forever and it’s fun to try new yard like the blue stripes in the mittens.

How cute are these striped mittens I finished knitting this weekend? For years I’ve been intimidated by mittens, and as a result have been putting off trying to make them. I was feeling brave a month or two ago and decided to give them a try for the first time. They ended up being a lot easier than I was expecting. It’s another good reminder for me that the things that I think are big and scary and hard to do might not actually be that way. If you’re also a knitter I used the World’s Simplest Mittens pattern from Tin Can Knits. If you’re looking for an easy to follow mitten pattern for your first attempt, I highly recommend it.

I did a really fun workout on Saturday morning. I’m still loving my Peloton app subscription. I honestly don’t know what I would do without it. While I can definitely make my own workouts (I’m a personal trainer), there’s something so much more easier about letting someone else come up with a workout. All I have to do is follow along. This workout was all about the single leg deadlifts and Arnold presses. Of course the instructor for this workout was Andy Speer. He’s definitely my favorite when it comes to strength workouts on the Peloton app.

I also got in some quality reading time this weekend. I’m still working on Stealing Home (affiliate link) – the first of the Sweet Magnolias series and The Guest List (affiliate link). I really enjoyed the first season of Sweet Magnolias on Netflix so I thought I would try reading the books too. I’m really like Stealing Home so far. The Netflix series stays pretty close to the book so far.

Sunday afternoon I headed over to my boyfriend’s place to spend some time together. It actually warmed up a bit on Sunday which I was happy about. Tt wasn’t too cold when we took his dog, Winston for a walk. For the record, trying to get a good selfie with a dog is a lot harder than it looks! This was the best one Winston and I were able to get. There were a lot of terrible blurry ones.

Who’s your favorite Peloton instructor? Last really good book you read?

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Weekend Highlights: Anxiety Distractions + Dog Visits
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