Saturday, 27 August 2011

Writing + Weight loss = same/same

A guest post today, from Allison of Life in a Pink Fibro. (Her blog is my absolute fave.)

Allison is a wonderful writer, whose blog is full of gems of advice for bloggers and writers. If you are not following her, you should be.

I know what I should be doing. I know how it goes. Little by little. Bit by bit. One step at a time.

Only I’m not doing it. Writing, that is.

I have this plan. I’ll write 500 words a day. That’s not too much to deal with, right? Baby steps. I do the 500, I write it down. I see my results on the page. Just like deciding I’ll do a little bit of exercise every day. Write it down. See my results on the page.

I’ll avoid the bad stuff. The ‘naughty’ stuff. Like Twitter and procrastinating and Pascall’s Chocolate Eclairs (I swear these are writing fuel… no, really). But I don’t. Instead, I sit down and think ‘I’ll just have a tiny bit, surely that won’t hurt’. Before I know it, the whole afternoon is gone. And so I give up for the day. “I’ll start tomorrow,” I swear to myself. Sound familiar?

Four weeks ago, I started a weight loss challenge. I was full of good intentions. I would exercise at least three times a week. I would stop drinking chocolate milkshakes with my boys. I would find a way to cook their dinner without eating enough for three people during the process. But then life got in the way. The boys got sick, work got busy, we started renovating a house. I didn’t take stress into consideration when I was planning my virtuous, lolly-free existence. I haven’t finished the damn challenge. Kind of essential for success.

As for writing… let’s just say that the novel I started writing 18 months ago remains stuck. In the middle. The sagging, stodgy middle. I didn’t take life (or blogging) into consideration when I was planning my best-selling-author future. I haven’t finished the damn book. Kind of essential for success.

There are so many areas in life where our intentions don’t quite meet up with our actions. A little slip in the time/space continuum and, whoops, there goes the plan. Budgeting is one area. Raising tidy, quiet children appears to be another (or maybe that’s just me).

But all we can do is to keep trying. Start every day afresh. Start thinking that this will be the day that’s different. What’s the alternative? To give up? Quitters don’t write novels. Quitters don’t get fit and healthy.

I’m no quitter. I’m starting again. Tomorrow.

I hope you enjoyed this guest post? Make sure you pop over to the The Pink Fibro and say g'day!

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  1. Way too familiar I am afraid! I hope you get your 500 words today and I manage to stick to my 1200 cal. Today is a new day, full of hope and new beginnings x

  2. I was thinking along similar lines this week. The thing is I know I have a long way to go, but I figure at least I am giving it a go. To keep trying and not admit defeat. Addressing my excess weight and getting the writing done are two big issues I am constantly tackling. But like you, I am not giving up either. Go you good thing!

  3. Kids can be tidy and quiet? I'm doing something wrong!!

  4. I love that in both the writing and weight loss example there's a sad, saggy middle...

    Yes, tomorrow is a new day!


  5. Stay on the bike Mrs Fibro. Stay on the bike.

  6. Thanks for having me Lucy! Am concentrating on both of my sagging middles...

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  8. I'm not starting tomorrow, I'm starting today... right after I eat this biscuit! No, seriously, I just feel so much better when I eat well... and feel pretty bad after a few glasses of wine ie last night... groan. Good luck with your writing 500 words a day, takes SO much discipline to write fiction... so much easier to write short stuff with an imposed deadline.

  9. Ah, all so true. I have exactly these two problems. I also have a coffee mug which says "I'd give up chocolate, but I'm no quitter".

  10. I'm bored to death with my own procrastination.

    I'm thinking I need a Procrastinator's Swear Jar...A dollar for every minute spent off task...Actually better make it 10 cents per min...

  11. See, this is why I rarely make plans.
    Also, I'm ignoring my excess weight for now. It'll disappear when it's ready I reckon. Probably around 2053. In September.

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  13. What a timely post - in bed at night when I can't sleep I make all these plans to exercise and write. I fall asleep full of the promise of the next day's activities and when I wake up there is too much procrastinating to do!

  14. Couldn't agree more! They call me "Half-Job-Becci" and now I've discovered Twitter and a million blogs I just have to read, my dream of becoming a published writer is floating away along with the fight to diminish the waistline. And here I am again doing my best work on Comments! Well sort of.... Good luck!

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