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If I Can Write It, I Can Lose It

Sunday, February 10, 2013

I'm a writer by profession, and I recently realized that writing a book is a lot like losing weight and getting in shape. Before I tell you why, let me stress the irony of that similarity - after all, one of the reasons I need to lose sixty pounds and set an exercise schedule is that for the past eighteen months I've spent a lot of time on my fanny, finishing two books, several essays, and a bunch of poems. But I digress.



So, how is writing a book like getting in shape?

emoticon You need a reason to get started and to stick with it. After all, assuming your book is longer than two pages, and your weight-loss goal more than two pounds, you'll be living this project for weeks, months, maybe a year or longer. I don't know about you, but to sustain that kind of effort, I need a reason. In my writing, I sometimes provide information, sometimes entertain, sometimes express my opinion. As I set about reclaiming my healthy weight and activity level, I recognize several reasons - I want to feel better, look better, be healthier, wear nicer clothes.

emoticon You need goals, big and small. Earlier this year I wrote about goals on my writing blog sheilaboneham.blogspot.c
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and many of the same principles apply to weight-loss and fitness goals. I know that I won't hit every mark, but I also know that without something to aim for, I won't hit anything at all.

emoticon You need community. As I writer, I need advance readers and editors and proofreaders to look at my work and see what I no longer see because I'm too close. As I set out on this journey, I need a community of people who are on similar paths to pat me on the back when I do well, and give me a hand up when I slip, and, yes, who gently tell me to stop whining and keep going when I feel discouraged or inclined to quit. SparkPeople, and a few carefully chosen real-world friends, provide all of that and more.

So here I go. I just rejoined SparkPeople yesterday. I'm starting a new book this week. I have lots of little goals laid out for the coming months. The big one? To look lighter and fitter for my new author photos!

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AEGISHOT 2/10/2013 1:25PM

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SELTZER111 2/10/2013 11:19AM

    I liked your analogy !! I starting writing for a local magazine and have found it really opened my creative spark !! Congratulations to you on taking steps to a new healthier you ! You can do it one choice at a time, one day at a time !

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JACKIE542 2/10/2013 10:40AM

    Welcome back, you are in the right place. emoticon

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JCKIRNER 2/10/2013 10:16AM

    Welcome back to SparkPeople! I share your goals and community needs in this weight loss game.

To answer your query from my blogpost... I'm in South Florida. My nature walks in wetlands or at the beach are each 30 minutes from home...otherwise I'm in suburbia or falling into the Everglades.

I have relatives in Raleigh area, but have yet to make it to explore the NC coast. It's on my list!

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FCARMICH 2/10/2013 10:04AM

  ok

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