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9/7/14 2:44 P

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I don't think writing has hindered the fitness much, except maybe in November cause it takes lots of sitting to get 100,000 words in a month, and few extra lattes.

Oddly, the struggle of the recent past has been the on the feet job. Because I'm on my feet 5-6 days a week (and don't take all of my breaks cause i'm bad about that), when I'm not working I don't wanna exercise. My feet, legs and back already hurt just from work so then it's hard to get motivated to do anything else. I actually like working out, it's just getting to actually do it that's the struggle on any given day.

That and when I do spend a lot of time sitting, not as much of it is writing. I should work on writing more and being distracted online less.


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9/3/14 12:41 A

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I agree with the butt-in-chair approach to writing, but there also *must* be periods of renewal and inspiration. That can mean yoga, meditation, going for a walk through a park or a forest, or even just around the block to clear your head.

Walking is so great for your body, and I find it really helps me creatively.

So Walk-in-woods, then Butt-in-chair!

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8/19/14 11:39 A

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You should check out The Writing Diet by Julia Cameron. Based on the premise that writers are insightful and inward-looking, we can also use these qualities to lose weight. There is also a Writing Diet team here on Spark.

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8/16/14 8:19 A

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I really struggle with balance. It is something I continually try and work on, but if I'm writing, I'm usually not working out as much. I gained quite a lot when I first started writing more frequently.

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8/12/14 1:21 P

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I do a workout 5 days a week at work (60 mins in our gym at work, one week treadmill, next week elliptical). But I have found that since starting this first book, I have lost weight. I write at night, after hubby goes to bed (I'm a bit of a night owl..hubby not so much! emoticon ). Before staring to write I would set in front of the boob tube and read on my tablet. This, I discovered, lead to a LOT of mindless snacking. When I'm writing my hands are busy thus no snacking! It seems to be working for me. emoticon

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8/12/14 11:13 A

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I started walking for an hour every morning before I get dressed for work (computer job), then I walk for 15 mins for my morning break, 30-45 mins for my lunch break (Depending on how long it takes me to eat) and another 15 mins for my afternoon break.

So that works out to two hours a day on weekdays, one hour at least on the weekends.

If nothing else, walking breaks up all the sitting I do and gets my blood flowing. It's not healthy to sit in one position all day long even if you're not overweight.

My goal this week is to track my nutrition EVERY day to make sure I'm not over my calorie range. With all the walking I'm doing I should be losing weight faster so it must be the nutrition. (Baby Steps)



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8/12/14 10:03 A

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It has helped me get back to the gym.

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8/12/14 10:01 A

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I find that if I don't exercise before writing, I don't exercise.



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8/12/14 9:42 A

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When it comes to writing, we're often told we need to BIC-HOK-TAM. For those that don't know what that means, it means: Butt in chair, hands on keyboard, typing away madly. As you probably can visualize, our fingers get the workout but the rest of not so much.

Despite the sedentary nature of our art, has your writing helped you with your weight loss journey? Has it hurt it?

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