Monday, January 19, 2015

Keeping It Real: I Traded Workouts for Writing

I remember back before I had my daughter and I had all the time in the world. I mean, yeah, I still had twenty-four hours in a day, but other than work, I really had no time commitments. So I ran half-marathons, went out with the girls ( alot!), took roadtrips to anywhere and everywhere, blogged,  and I still had time to write a blog about the daily musings of our lives (that was my writing outlet back then). It's funny to go back and see what I wrote about then. For instance, I seriously did a blog post about if Sun Chip bags were really biodegradable... and took pictures! Wow, just wow, let that sink in and then I'll move on...

So yeah, I had time, all kinds of time and then I had a kid. Now, I know I don't post too much about her, but my kid is awesome. It's cliche but she's seriously the most amazing thing in the world and she is my world. Nothing is better than picking her up after work and she runs to me, yelling, "Mommy, I missed you! I love you!" Seriously...!

During the year after she was born, I seriously had no life. If I did something, she was by my side. My girl and me, we're inseparable. She's 2.5 now and I can count on my hand the number of nights we haven't spent together and they were all for work.

Then we went to Outer Banks, NC for family vacation and I decided it was time to buckle down and finally lose the baby weight. And I did and it was awesome and I felt great! It was such a huge difference at the playground with my girl and I felt like I was back on track. I'd lost fifty pounds and had about twenty more to go. I was getting up at 5AM and going to boot camp then running another two miles afterward, go to work, pick up my daughter, play with her and I'd go directly to bed.

Then I found out about this crazy little world called indie authors...and I was sucked in. I read as many as I could, my mind started turning, and I started asking how this whole self-publishing worked and then I started writing... and writing... and writing. I also started teaching so the hours in my day were once again limited. I stay up late writing so getting up at 5AM was no longer feasible. I met writing friends online and then I published a book and met readers. Every free moment of mine is spent online marketing, writing, reading, editing, and the list goes on. And somehow, I gained back all the weight I lost plus ten more pounds. Sigh...

Of course, the class I teach starts up again in a two weeks and my time is going to be even MORE limited. I don't know what to do, but I HAVE to do something. I've started watching what I eat but I need to FORCE myself to do some type of exercise for at least thirty minutes a day.

I traded my workouts for writing. I love to write but I need to be healthy. Over the next few weeks, I'm really going to evaluate my time management skills and figure out what I can do with my hours in the day so that my body is happy and so is my brain.. and my readers!

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