Tuesday, January 18, 2011


I have decided that this year, I am really going to try to get a handle on my weight and fitness. It is a problem that a lot of writers face because it is really butt in chair and hands on keyboard. However, various instruments of torture such as the rowing machine are currently doubling as clothes horses, silent marks of shame. (Actually my youngest and my dh use the rowing machine and are constantly changing the settings). Plus I don't really like working out in the basement...
I do walk dogs but that is not really shifting the flab. The diet remains on going but again the flab stays. Plateauing is no fun. The only thing to do is to up my workouts. So I have purchased several fitness dvds.
First up -- Jillian Micheals 30 day shred. I figure I can do 30 days (I am on Day 2). It can't hurt. Level 1 just about killed me yesterday (to my surprise -- obviously dog walking is not doing as much as I had hoped!) However I will get better. The workouts are only 20 minutes long...or that is what it says. Pure torture lasts much longer.

With writing, I continue to go back to basics. Stimulus reaction units aka motivation reaction units or how you show feeling. Something happens, the characters reacts to it. The character can't react and then have something happen. If several somethings happen and the character does not react or react appropriately for the time and place, things feel off. It can be in your head and not on the page. But it is about wringing the last drop of emotion out. It is so easy to assume I know these things and realise that I have forgotten.


Donna Alward said...

I'm with you on the shred...well, not the exact dvd but with more activity. Love the program, and finally got a handle on the food culprit. It is not always easy but I do give myself free days and I do not cut anything out completely.

Would love to be where I was in 2006 and able to maintain it.

Morton S Gray said...

My husband and I are using www.myfitnesspal.com to record our exercise and food consumption and it is working. We have both lost 5lbs so far. Mx

Marguerite Kaye said...

I find that wringing the last drop of emotion out of your characters tends to leave you feeling totally wrung out yourself, and the last thing you feel like doing then is a workout.

I definitely suffer from writer's bottom, and like everyone else resolved to fix it from the start of the year - I chose diet and pilates. Neither working so far, diet ruined by wine which I need because I'm exhausted wringing emotion out of my characters!

I see from your tweet yesterday that we share an editor. I think she's wonderful too, but she does like her last drop of emotion.