Thursday, September 25, 2014

Writing & Health ~ 9 Things Jogging and Writing Have in Common

I've never jogged before - I've always been a walker.  You know the type. I put on my ear buds and causally walk around the neighborhood taking it all in.  I may or may not break a sweat.



But now that I'm older, what once worked and kept everything in shape, (or close to it), doesn't.  My husband, being the coach he is, decided to take me under his wing and get me into shape. His workout regiment included jogging and weight lifting.  I was so intimidated!  I shuttered at the thought of either one.  He reassured me there was nothing to fear and that after I mastered those two, we were going to add  biking, swimming, and hiking.  

I fainted at the very thought.

It's not that I've never exercised before.  I enjoy aerobics and the elliptical machine ~ Loved the elliptical machine because of the perks of watching tv while working all that unwanted weight off. Add the big plus that I'm securely tucked away in the confines of my home, behind closed doors, no on-lookers, no jeerers, no judgement, no pressure.

I feel like that with writing sometimes.  As I progress in my writing adventure, it gets a little harder, there's a little more pressure, people may, (big gasp), actually see what I write and Not like it.

That's really what's bothering me about this new exercise regiment.  I'm afraid.  Fear is telling me all kinds of things.


"You can't do this."
"You're too old to start something new."
"You're embarrassing yourself."
"People will talk about you."
"Everyone's looking at you and judging you."
"All this work really isn't going to pay off."
"It's better to stick with something you know."
"You don't have what it takes."

With my husband's help, I've set short and long term goals.  We track my progress at certain intervals and readjust the workout program to specifically fit my abilities while maximizing the time spent.   Each week, new goals are added while accomplishments are celebrated.  

For example:
  • Week 1 - Goal - Jog 1 mile  
  • Interval - Jog 1 mile without stopping.  (Took a few days before I could jog 1 mile without taking several breathers)
  • Interval - Pick up Pace (What took 30 minutes the first day, (no laughing please), only takes 15 now.)

The first day I started, it was all I could do to keep my focus.  I wanted to stop, try something different.  I didn't plan on it being so hard!

I would set my sights on one streetlight, then a mailbox, and the next stop sign.  As I got closer to each object, I would forget what was behind and refocus on what was ahead.  For the first week, this is how I got through each mile.  Forget talking and carrying on a conversation, I was doing good to breathe.

I found that I gained strength from my husband's continual encouragement.

"Find a pace that's comfortable to you."
"Don't worry about what other people are doing."
"Keep your focus."
"You're doing great, you're almost there."
"Halfway - if you made it this far, you can make it back."
"I'm so proud of you!"

As I stumbled-walked-jogged the first week, I felt like I weighed a ton. The time seemed to drag on and the stretch of road seemed to never end.  BUT... the next week ~ not so bad.  AND... now, I feel lighter, the time passes quickly, I've decided to increase my distance (I'm up to 2 miles)... only in a few weeks.

It took commitment, sacrifice, and accountability.  But it's so worth the results.

So what does all this have to do with writing?  Everything ~ all the same principals apply.


JOGGING/WRITING GOALS

  1. MAKE A PLAN
  2. SET GOALS
  3. HAVE INCREMENTS/INTERVALS WITHIN MAIN GOALS
  4. STAY FOCUSED
  5. BE COMMITTED
  6. HAVE AN ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNER
  7. FIND RESOURCES THAT ENCOURAGE, ARE INSIGHTFUL, HELPFUL
  8. FIND A PACE THAT BEST SUITS YOU AND YOUR ABILITIES
  9. DON'T COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS
  10. WORK HARD EVERYDAY
  11. CELEBRATE YOUR VICTORIES!
WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS?
 WHAT ARE THE VOICES OF FEAR SPEAKING TO YOU?

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

HEALTHY LIVING ~ How to be careful with your words ~



Words have power, the power to build up or tear down.  As a writer, I try to choose my words carefully. 

 It's easier to see them on paper.  Many times words have stumbled out of my mouth before I gave much thought to what I was saying.  Afterwards, I would agonize in regret wishing I could gather them back.  

But words aren't like that.  Once they've been spoken, they linger... sometimes, FOREVER!

That's why we should be so careful with what we say.  

I've come up with a few ideas that help me.  I would like to say that these have eradicated the problem, but it hasn't. Everyone has those days when stress, exhaustion, or sickness will give you LLS (Loose Lip Syndrome).  And before you know it, out pops a couple of things you end up regretting.

How to Avoid LLS: 

  • Instead of focusing on the negative, find something positive in every situation.
  • Instead of complaining, find one thing, then another, and another to be thankful for.
  • Realize that everyone has a weakness, (yourself included), give them a break.  A little mercy and grace go a long way and you'll appreciate the next time someone does the same for you.
  • When people are just down right mean, find humor in it, (without laughing in their face).
  • Fill yourself up with good words before you get out the door or come in contact with another human.  (My Bible is my source and I also listen to Joyce Meyers every morning as I get ready for work)
  • Place a few quotes around your home and memorize them.  What goes in always finds its way out.  Make sure it's good stuff.
  • When you do say something you shouldn't, be quick to apologize!








How do you avoid LLS?

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Let me know if any of these suggestions worked for you.


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Thursday, September 11, 2014

WRITING & BLOGGING 101: Some of my favorite writing blogs.

As a writer/blogger, things are always changing as technology ever increases, markets change, readers follow new trends, etc.  Keeping up with those can be challenging.  You can't spend all of your time reading every blog, book, or article.  Find some that you really enjoy reading.  

Following a few specialty blogs each week that are dependable, enlightening, and up-to-date can make the difference in your success or failure as a writer.  They can also help direct your writing path as you ponder what type of writer you want to be.

A few of my favorites include:

The Write Life




















What are some of your favorite blogs?

If you would like to share them, (even if it's your own), please leave a link in the comments section.

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