Resolutions and Sparks

Here we are, another new month. I see a problem with monthly resolutions. They make the months roll by all the quicker!

Last month, I did well. I wrote down everything I did for writing. Some days, even when I did write, I didn’t further my goal of getting published. These are the days new ideas drove me to scrawl furiously in my notebook because I had to know the real story behind new characters. Some day, they’ll be up at bat to have a full story, but they’re not the top of the priority list. Most days, however, I stayed focused. I’ve been working on edits for Summer Lust (in the second round now), started a synopsis for Morgan’s story (and yet still no title), and revamped CRANK for its debut last Sunday.

I’ve been busy. I got off track with new boys once in a while, but seeing that in the notebook refocused my efforts on the much needed editing phase of the other two stories. I intend to continue with this recordkeeping process through August.

On a similar note, you may have noticed I talk less of healthy resolutions now. It is not because I’ve given up. On the contrary, I’ve been doing well. I can run a 5k and am actively looking for a race that fits into my busy summer schedule. I don’t expect to win, but I want to finish, and that is very doable at this point. I’m snacking not on potato puffs, but on broccoli coleslaw with a red wine vinaigrette dressing. I don’t miss most junk foods and now grab an apple or peach after dinner instead of potato chips. It’s not a conscious choice anymore; I simply crave healthy food much more often.

My work at creating a healthy lifestyle has been focused on SparkPeople.com. I blog about my efforts there, so it lets me focus on writing in this blog. I want to make an exception today, to share with you why I love SParkPeople.com and how it helped me finally get my lazy ass in gear.

What I learned in my first six SparkPeople months (in no particular order):

1. I AM a runner. I love the breeze in my face and the sweat in my cleavage. I love the ache in my butt after a long run and I love the spring in my calves when I’m rested. Barefoot or sneakers, treadmill or roads or woods, early or late, hot or chilly, I run and it feels great. (Okay, so I’m still working on being able to stomach the hot and humid days, but it sounded good. Right?)

2. Eating a healthy diet is not the same as dieting. Eating a healthy diet is not painful or depressing or self-torture. It is something that needs to be doable forever, not just for a few weeks. Eating a healthy diet give me more energy and makes me feel… healthier. (See the note about craving healthy foods. It takes some effort, but it does happen if you stay focused on your goals.)

3. I love fruit and veggies. I fell in love, again. I always liked them and yet when I had the munchies, I’d grab a bag of potato chips and eat half of it, wondering afterwards why I was so tired and bloated. Now I grab a piece of low-fat cheddar, or an apple, or freshly chopped pineapple. When I want salty I eat a pickle, and when I want sweet I scarf down a pint of raspberries. Winter will be tougher, but raisins and pears are year-round foods.

4. I am not too old. Sure, I felt that way when I put on an extra fifteen pounds and sat in front of World of Warcraft non-stop for two years. I felt that way when a friend chased me through the woods, gave me a head start, and then caught up when I stopped, stooped over with my hands on my knees, gasping for breath a minute later. I felt that way when the stairs leading up to my office could wind me to the point of not being able to carry on a conversation. I’m not too old because those things don’t happen any more and I got carded buying wine at the grocery store again last month. (Gotta love those teenagers.)

Looking forward to those afternoon runs helps me through rough office days. It is also a great way to let the mind wander over sticky spots in the WIP while loosening up muscles when they object to sitting in front of edits too long.

It is cathartic for mind and body to simply run. And run. And run.

Ciao,
Pia

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