You know those mornings when you wake up and you can’t even really tell what time of day it is because it’s so dark and dismal and rainy outside, so you ignore the voice in your head telling you that it’s time to get up and just keep snuggling under your blankets until finally you sit up enough to glance at the clock and half the day has already flitted away on you?
I never thought I’d have those kind of days with a toddler in the house, but there you have it. This post is over an hour late because every member of my family slept in until 10 this morning. Yikes.
(In our defense, it’s so dismal and rainy out that it looks like it could easily only be five or six in the morning…:P)
Health and Body Image Goal
So I’ve been wandering around the internets, speaking to friends on Facebook, and researching different exercise programs. I’ve gotten the basement clean enough that I can once again use it as an exercise area, and on Sunday night I was pretty gung-ho to wake up early and give a try to a newer program that a friend suggested: Focus T25.
Now here’s the thing…I woke up Monday morning feeling pretty much like crap already. I’m not sure what the problem is, but the last few nights I’ve woke up feeling pretty much like I got beaten with an aluminum bat. But I dragged myself out of bed and threw on my exercise gear and went down to give the program a try.
Before I’d hit three minutes into the video I was considering giving up.
I’m not sure if it’s just that I’m so out of shape at this point, or if it had something to do with my body not feeling right, or if the program really is just way more intense than it appears to be, but I just couldn’t keep up. I had to do the modified versions of every single move, excepting for a couple that I had to skip all together. By the end of the half-hour program I felt like complete and utter hell.
The experience made me decide that I’m going to try a couple of different things this week and find something that suits me before really diving in and starting a scheduled program. That sounds smart, right? Today I’m going to try the first video in the Turbo Jam series (that is, if I can ever get up and get caught up in all the stuff I missed while my entire family and I were comotose).
In addition to my little adventure with pain and misery yesterday, I started my determination into eating (and drinking) better. I’ve cut out pop all together, only to be imbibed with certain special foods (I can NOT drink anything else with pizza, I’m sorry), I made myself a healthy breakfast, and we had a (mostly) healthy dinner. All in all, I stayed within a decent calorie limit for the day, so, yay!
As mentioned yesterday, my supernatural romance is off to the publishers and I am eagerly awaiting my rejection letter (:P). Since completing the editing on this manuscript I’ve been focusing on finishing the transcription of my many notebooks. There is editing involved in this, of course, but the real enchilada is my zombie apocalypse, which I will return to editing very shortly in the future. I have one notebook (which is only half full) to finish transcribing, and then I can finally focus my energy on this manuscript. Yay!
1,000,000 Word Goal
Anyone who was reading last week knows that I set myself a mini-goal this past week…that was to beat my former weekly word count record (which was about 24,000) by aiming for 30,000. Well, I am pleased to announce that through a combination of morning pages, blogging, notebook transcription, and The Artist’s Way exercises, I managed to wrack up a record-setting 33,696 words! I’m very pleased, and with that week gone my yearly total has creeped up to 288,499! Not bad, hmm? I might just reach half a million yet.
That said, my word count may slow down again for a little while because once I get that last notebook transcribed I intend to focus my energy on editing my zombie apocalypse. I’m hoping that if I put most of my eggs in that basket, I’ll be able to finish it before NaNoWriMo starts this year, thus freeing me up to start something completely new. That’s the plan, anyway…wish me luck!