Three weeks into January. Time to assess progress toward my New Year’s goals.
Want to know what I’ve discovered? My goals are in direct conflict with one another. Yup. I mean, what was I thinking?
What are those two opposing goals? Walking more and writing more. The trouble, of course, is that one requires sitting on my butt at the computer for hours at a time and the other requires that I …uhm… don’t.
Since I no longer teach school, I’m not doing yard duty and the Hokey-Pokey every day. Getting enough activity every day has been a challenge. I do 45 minutes on the elliptical four times a week, walk, do yoga, but it’s not enough. How do I know? The scale is inching up over the past few months. Oh, and I’m monitoring my steps with a new fitbit.
You see, just to get to 8000 step minimum goal I’d set for myself yesterday, I had to walk around while checking emails on my smart phone. And I had to jog in place or dance all the way through Jon Stewart last night. Whew.
The writing goal? I intend to make serious, quantifiable progress in rewriting my NaNo novel. I will submit a chapter or two to my critique group every month with an eye toward finishing this second draft by year’s end.
This treadmill desk is an option, of course. But until I win the lottery, I’m guessing that dancing during the nightly news, Antiques Road Show and Downton Abbey will have to do.
I’ll keep you posted.
6 thoughts on “To walk or to write, that is the question”
Well, if you have a smartphone you can use a dictation app. That way you can walk, and talk. After you’ve finished recording your thoughts you can send it to yourself in an email. Voila, already typed you! 😉 😀
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Not sure that works for editing, but thanks for the tip. I’ll keep that in mind. I guess folks wouldn’t realize I was talking to myself. 😉
Well, it would require editing after it’s been imported into a word document, but that could be done after your walking. My kids do this all the time with their school essays. It saves them hours of typing. Just a thought though!
I know exactly where you are coming from. So much to do and so little time and what there is to do does not count toward exercise! ~Elle
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Nice new theme! And I know EXACTLY what you’re talking about. My writing went by the wayside the years I was training for marathons and whatnot, and my butt’s getting bigger while I edit. I do stand up at funky desk I’ve made. Can’t hurt, right? RIGHT?!?
RIGHT! Standing is better than sitting. On the other front, I am making decent progress on the editing goal of one submission per month to LMW. January done. February sent in today. Now to work on a column. 600 words. How hard than be?