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January 2, 2014

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Okay, so 2013 didn't quite end up the way I thought it would, nor is 2014 starting that way, either. But, I have faith that with hard work, dedication and devotion (and perhaps a little support from my friends) I will achieve all that I desire.

Thanksgiving day went really well for me; a nice dinner with family, lots of laughter and simple joy. I came home alone (my husband headed up to our cabin after dinner for deer season) and got ready for bed. The dogs and I were all snuggled in, ready for a wonderful night's sleep, a little Mozart playing in the background; when I get a phone call. It was my sister, telling me that my mother had passed away.

Although it was a shock to get this news on Thanksgiving evening, I can't say that it was really that great a surprise. She'd been getting progressively more ill for the past four years, and we knew that with her current "perfect storm" of medical issues, it was inevitable... I just thought she would last another year. It was not to be. She head a heart attack and drifted peacefully from this world in her bed.

So, as you might imagine, this derailed my "good eats & exercise" program. My motivation went in the toilet, and I really didn't have any interest in staying on track. The death of a loved one takes a toll I was not prepared to pay. I'm still a little fogggy about the whole situation, but better now.

Then, my husband and I took the dogs and headed to Florida for two weeks to visit with his family there. I got some much needed beach time, writing time at poolside, and really delicious meals. And before you ask, no, I did not count calories while we were gone. I get one vacation a year, and that, coupled with my mourning process - well, I ate and drank just about anything I wanted, when I wanted. I must say though, those Shrimp Belvedere (shrimp stuffed with Swiss cheese and wrapped in bacon) were mighty tasty! I have no remorse; as I said, I was on vacation.

But, on the drive home, my husband and I talked a little about my mother's passing and how I was determined not to die the way she did. I want to die a healthy, vibrant, curious, courageous and energetic person - preferably while in the middle of having some grand adventure, rather than pathetically in my bed. We agreed that it was time for me to really apply myself to this goal of healthier living.

So, even though I did indulge in our traditional meal of lobster, crab, cheese, wine and brownies on New Year's Eve; I also umped online and joined a local gym. I found that I have difficulty motivating myself to workout all by myself. I need the gentle peer pressure to stay on track. Also, that fact that I'm paying that bill, helps with motivation, too. My husband has also agreed to join me in working out to my Yoga video three times per week.

Armed with all this support, I intended to begin my day with my Thursday writer's group meeting, and then a jaunt to the gym. But, again, things don't always work out as I would like. Last night, I was overcome with a horrible hacking, coughing cold thing. And this morning, I barely have the energy to walk up the stairs to my home office, let alone dig my car out of six inches of snow so I can go to my meeting and the gym! I feel like crap!

So, I'm taking cold medication, and have resolved that for today, watching my calories and drinking fluids will be enough. I will work at getting to the gym again tomorrow, after my morning financial meeting. After that little get-together, it will be good to work off some frustration.

So... am I perfect - heck, no! But I am determined, and plowing forward.

Negatives: Being sick; not making it to the gym; low energy; being surrounded by far too much snow!

Positives: I have a job I love, which also gives me the ability to work from home; which means I can be sick and still be productive.

Gratitude: Musinex; Orange Juice; a warm house; snuggly dogs; lots of editing work; a supportive husband.

Goals: Edit WTW; new ink to FW; employment letter for GL; GWPB outlines; gym tomorrow; eat intelligently.


Restart Day Thirteen

Friday, November 15, 2013


Negatives: Well, yesterday I was so tired, I didn't do any exercising. But I got back on track today; and my husband is away all weekend, so I'll have plenty of time to add extra time to the treadmill. I was too tired to do any of my own writing; I was just focusing on getting work done. I'll catch up this weekend.

Positives: A birthday promotion for one of our authors gained two new orders. I got caught up on my sleep, napping mid-day yesterday, and I went to bed at a reasonable time, as well. I'm not sure if you can actually "catch up" on lost sleep, but it sure felt nice to be well-rested this morning! I finished the round two edits on H and delivered it to the author; he was thrilled. Only two more steps for him before we go to press. My son is feeling back to normal; no lasting effects - I'm a happy mom. I stayed within my calorie count limits.

Gratitude: A healthy son. A supportive husband. Joyful work. Terrific friends. Snuggly dogs. Sunshine.

Goals: Round two edits for SCFN. Walk the dogs. Review and swag for NS's friend in India. Author meeting tonight at 7pm. Follow up with SS and CD on status. Draw up account contract, bookshop accounting. Marketing & newsletter. Flip the bedroom. Eat intelligently. Add words to my NaNoWriMo project.


Restart Day Twelve

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Negatives: I spent four hours at the emergency room with my son last night. Fortunately, we discovered that his problem wasn't as serious as we had suspected, and he was sent home without major complications. However, this meant that I didn't get to bed until 3am. My husband's alarm went off at 4am. I went back to sleep and got about three more hours before the dogs woke me up for breakfast. My energy stores have been depleted. I didn't have the energy to do my regular treadmill this morning; but I will make the attempt to do it later this afternoon. Because I was gone all night, I didn't get to spend any time with my husband - but we'll make up for it when he get back from his hunting trip on Sunday, I'm sure.

Positives: I had a wonderful writer's group meeting last night. I made some really nice progress on my editing work on H yesterday. I've only got 60 pages left; and I received the second round edits from the author on SCFN. It's gratifying to see those books coming closer toward publication. I am excited about the meeting tomorrow with a new children's book author. I was able to walk the dogs yesterday, and keep within my calorie counts.

Gratitude: Wonderful friends and family who are supportive and kind when we have to deal with something like the ER. It's nice to have loving people around me and my son. Working from home and the flexibility it gives me to nap in the middle of the day, if I need to do that. Modern medicine that can belay fears about a greater problem, and solve nearly everything... I'm in awe of what doctors can do today, as compared with fifty years ago! Sunshine... even if it is cold, the happy brightness elevates my mood.

Goals: Make it through today, working as best I can on little sleep. Complete second round edits on H. Begin second round edits on SCFN. Walk the dogs. Stay within my calorie count goals. Get on the treadmill, if only for just ten minutes. Be aware of what my body needs, and nap if that's what it's asking for to get back to full steam ahead!


Restart Day Eleven

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Negatives: My body was really dragging during my treadmill time this morning, thirty minutes felt like sixty. Perhaps I was a little fatigued from helping my friend move yesterday. No matter, I got in the minimum thirty minutes, anyway. No writing or editing accomplished yesterday. What was I thinking, trying to schedule myself so full on a day I was going to be out most of the day? Live and learn, I suppose. I am secluding myself in my office all day, until it's time to go to the writing group at 7pm. I should be able to catch up on work and writing today. I learned that a dear friend is going to have heart valve replacement surgery soon. This is serious stuff, and I'm worried for him.

Positives: I had a nice visit with my friend JK all day yesterday, while helping her move. I'm happy that I'm healthy enough to help when she needs me. My friend, JS, is going in for heart surgery soon, but I'm pleased that he's walking into it with such a positive attitude. He is certain all will go well, and has great confidence in his doctors and hospital. That's 80% of the deal, as far as I'm concerned. I'm glad that I live close enough that I will be able to spend time with him before, during and after his surgery. The business is going well, and we are growing at a steady pace. Even though it was super cold last night, I took the dogs for a walk; not a long one, but at least we all got out. I finally got around to making my appointment for my annual physical - a couple months late, but at least I'm going!

Gratitude: Modern medicine that can help my friend's heart, and help him to live longer. My son, who always seems to know the right things to say. Down and fleece clothing to make walking the dogs in the cold months more bearable. Having the creative outlet of writing to allow me to cope with stress. Good friends who are always there to make my life more enjoyable. A wonderful husband. Snuggly dogs.

Goals: Catch up on editing work and NaNoWriMo writing. Eat intelligently. Writer's group tonight.

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Restart Day Ten

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Negatives: Due to the cold, rainy weather, I didn't walk the dogs yesterday. That's two days in a row; bad dog mommy! It snowed last night, but as long as it doesn't rain, I'll be able to get them out today. I have all the cold weather clothing to make it happen. No ab workout yesterday; I really need to figure out why I can't get motivated to do this. I know it will help, but it's not happening - perhaps I need to build in some sort of reward system until it becomes a habit. I'm open to suggestions!

Positives: I got 75% of the royalty statements complete yesterday. It's not a process I'm good at, nor enjoy; and I'm thankful that I only have to do it twice a year! But, what it showed me is that we sold more books that I thought - and that's always a good thing! I completed both back covers for FM and H, and the authors are happy with the results. I put FM on pre-order, and orders have already begun to come in. H has been on pre-order for a while, and the orders are stacking up. SCN will go on pre-order this week. And, I got my laundry done. Clean clothes are a good thing! Also, I stuck with my calorie counts, too. I'm helping a friend move today - so I'll get in some extra exercise.

Gratitude: I'm pleased to work with such inspiring authors - and it's nice that I am appreciated for my efforts on their behalf. They're a great bunch of people. Two nights of really solid sleeping; I feel better when I sleep well. Cheese and chocolate - what more needs to be said!

Goals: Help J move today, stay warm doing it. Second round edits on H. Letters to SS and CD about project status. Edits on CTT. Walk the dogs. Ab workout. Complete royalty statements. Draw up account contract. Bookshop accounting. Order books for upcoming signing events.


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