This has nothing to do with writing but has to do with a problem that more than a few writers face, because we spend so much time sitting at a computer or desk.
A few months ago, our son sent us on an Alaskan cruise and I signed up for iFly indoor skydiving. The weight limit was 250 pounds and I was several pounds over, fully dressed. I stripped down (shoes, wallet, belt, etc) and made the cut, but it was close. Seven days later, another nine pounds joined the first 250 and I decided it was time to lose weight.
I’m not willing to give up French fries, Diet Coke, and other goodies but walking seemed like a good place to start. 10,000 steps each day seemed like a good place to start.
By the end of the first week, I was drinking more water than soda and fifteen pounds were gone. That was cruise food and water weight and I knew it would be harder from that point toward. Committed to losing 25 pounds by November 2nd and our next cruise, I kept walking and stopped eating fast food every day.
After a month, I was down twenty pounds and feeling good. Veggie wraps replaced McDonald’s lunches and I cut back on more Diet Cokes.
I started walking July 3rd and got 13,266 steps. It was exhausting.
Today, I weigh 218 pounds – down more than 30 and ahead of my November 2nd goal – and I can run a mile at a time. I feel great and don’t miss the Diet Cokes, which I still drink occasionally.
My point is this, we can easily slip into a rut.
Set a goal. Start small. Follow through.