Accountability Wednesdays: Week 33

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I wanted to add this quick message to thank everyone for the outpouring of support over my post this morning. Ryan and I were not close, but he was always a total sweetheart to me and I genuinely believe that the world is a little better for having had him in it. Thanks to everyone who read my post, and extra-special thanks to everyone who clicked on the video I shared at the bottom of it. Please continue to spread Ryan’s video so that others can hear his story even though he’s no longer around to tell it. I think that’s what’s important. LOVE LIFE!
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A little something I want to talk about before we get down to it this week. In case you hadn’t noticed, a little thing called the “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge” has taken the Internet by storm. The challenge involves dumping a bucket of ice water over your head to raise awareness for ALS, in addition to making a donation to the cause. The whole thing caught on in an insane way, with even the biggest of celebrities (and even some big businessmen like Bill Gates) rising to the challenge. In the past couple of days the challenge began to sweep through my own family, so two nights ago I recorded the following video:

My aunt nominated me for the challenge while I’m on shift out West, so I had to get a little creative by swiping a bin from the camp cleaners and doing the challenge in the shower to avoid a huge mess, but I managed it! (Also, still totally made a huge mess…lol) My aunt also nominated my husband, whose water was colder than mine judging by his reaction, and then my daughter decided that she wanted to do it as well…too cute!

For more information on the challenge and ALS, check out this link.

Okay, with that out of the way, here’s my weekly update:

Goal #1: Lose ten pounds and become healthier overall.

As usual, while on shift, I can’t report anything concerning my weight, but I can tell you that I’ve accomplished some good things this week. For one thing, I’ve gone the entire week without drinking anything other than water and tea (with nothing in it). Literally, that’s all I’ve been drinking. The amount of pop alone that I’ve cut out should definitely be worth something. In addition to that, I’ve been so much better with the sweets and junk food, you have no idea. I’ve been letting myself have one sweet a day (a pair of cookies, or a pastry, or whatever) and that’s it. I only broke that one day, when I had two sweets.

Another thing I’ve recently begun doing is not eating supper when we get back to camp at the end of the day. My work days are 12.5-hours long, with an hour-long bus ride either way, so we’re only actually physically in the camp for 9.5 hours a day. That means that if I eat the supper there, I’m having this big heavy mean almost immediately before bed. And I was sleeping terribly. When I finally put two and two together I started to pack up my supper and take it to work the next day, allowing me to stop eating approximately 4 hours before going to bed, and I’ve been sleeping much better. It’s making a big difference.

Lastly, I’ve been very diligent about taking my gut medicine (I only screwed up one part of one day) and it’s definitely been helping. My stomach has been so much better than usual, it’s almost creepy.

Goal #2. Be more active on social media and work hard on my author platform.

Things were a little slow this week because I was busy working on other things, but there was a bit of activity the last couple of days with the ice bucket challenge stuff. Spread the word! Actually, now that I think about it, one reason that I didn’t accomplish much on this goal this week is because I was super-distracted by checking out all the celebrity ice bucket videos. Tom Hiddleston’s was truly stupendous, and Chris Pratt is definitely the funniest one yet. Go see!

Goal #3. COMPLETE my zombie apocalypse novel, Nowhere to Hide.

You guys, I did so well this week. I expected to get a chapter done a day, which would mean that I’d be done by the time this shift is over. Well, I’ve still got six days of this shift left, and guess what? I’ve only got one chapter left! In fact, by the time some of you read this post I’ll probably be done! And then it’s off to the beta-reader and hopefully I’ll be getting to work on the whole publishing bit by next shift. I am PUMPED!

Goal #4. Write 500,000 words.

Remember how I said that this goal would probably dwindle because I was going to be focusing on the editing stuff? Well I couldn’t work on any of the editing during work hours, but I could scribble stuff in a notebook during breaks and lunch, which is how I somehow (I’m still not quite sure myself) managed to write 7136 words. I’m totally stoked. I actually managed to have a successful week on all four goals, and that’s while working 12.5 hour days. How awesome am I? Totally awesome.

Accountability Wednesdays: Week 2

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Goal #1: Lose at least ten pounds and become healthier overall.

Week 2 has not been much more eventful than week 1 in terms of exercise and actual effort put forth into losing weight. I’ve been a little busy preparing for my upcoming return to Kearl Lake as of this coming Monday. I do have a few small things to report, however.

For one thing, I’ve been very diligent of late when it comes to getting lots of fiber into my system. Thus far it seems to be doing me good. It’s not a glorious kind of thing to share with the world, but I have a naturally nervous stomach that causes me a lot of problems, and I feel confident that getting a good amount of extra fiber into my diet is one of the keys to the issue.

Another thing is that I’ve spent the past week testing out my new Fitbit Flex. I plan to write a review on the device for tomorrow, but for now I thought it worth mentioning that it seems to be an excellent tool for assisting in a weight-loss program.

On the downside of things, I should own up to the fact that I’ve been drinking way too much 7-Up lately. I want to hit myself every time I have a glass. It’s a weakness. A calorically-charged weakness.

Goal #2: Be more active on social media and work hard on my “author platform”.

Again, this is a little difficult to report, but I’ll try my best. I’ve been pretty absent on Twitter this week…with my scatterbrained mind it’s difficult sometimes to remember to log in every so often. But on the upside of things I’ve been more present on WordPress. It’s been a while since I managed to find the time or energy, but this week I managed to sit down and actually enjoy some other peoples’ blogs for a change. It’s important to be a part of the community, right? Right.

Goal #3: COMPLETE my zombie apocalypse novel, Nowhere to Hide.

I’ve been working on it! I’ve been working on it! Glory be to the manuscript gods, I’ve been working on it! I’m about a third of the way through chapter 14 (of 15). I actually felt that I was doing quite well until I realized that somehow I made chapter 14 almost three times as long as every other chapter. I really have no idea how that happened, but I’m thinking that I’m going to have to split it into two chapters. And to be honest, that annoys the hell out of me. Call me crazy, call me a little OCD, but 15 chapters just seems so much nicer a number to me than 16 chapters. *eye twitch*

But insane impulses aside, I’m getting there. I have my doubts that I’ll get there completely by the time I head out West for my first two-week shift, but I’m doing what I can. Worst case scenario I’ll have the first round of edits finished up sometime in February and ready for my beta-reader.

Goal #4: Write 500,000 words.

Due to the outrageous amount of editing I’ve been cramming down my own throat, week 2 was a lot better than week 1. Between the editing stints and the blog posts I managed to write 10,558 words this week, more than twice what I wrote last week. If I can keep that pace up I’ll be doing great, though I’m a bit concerned because of the aforementioned return to working out West. Hopefully I’ll still be able to find the time required to keep my word count up.

In conclusion: things are happening, little by little, and little things pile up to create big things, right? 🙂