Monday, October 14, 2013

The Dark Underbelly of Writing

Hello, dear readers! 

I'm first up for a new cycle of topics here at Honestly YA, one of which is the dark underbelly of writing. I don't know about you, but the first thing I think of when I consider this topic is my own belly. Unfortunately, due to the stresses of writing, there is nothing "under" about my belly at the moment. "Over" might be a more apt description. Ha. 

You know the drill. Have to eat a nice big breakfast to get the mental juices flowing. What? The words not coming? Maybe a quick snack will help. Anything's better than sitting in front of a blank screen, right? And just when you think you might get through the day being only a little bit bad, an email pops up in your inbox, with less-than-stellar news. Bring on the brownie brittle! 

But not to worry. I was inspired by Jennifer McGowan's fabulous post last week about reaching your dreams. In it, she suggests several methods for accomplishing your goals, including one called "Five Things." In her words, "Essentially, you pick a goal, any goal—and you do five things a day designed specifically to help you achieve that goal." 

I can do that. I think. It's worth a shot, anyway. 

So without further ado, here are five things I will do each day to achieve an under-belly. 

1. Ab crunches. When the urge to snack arises, I will get on the floor and do 25 crunches instead. 

2. Elliptical. I will work out on the elliptical while indulging my taste buds by watching Top Chef. 

3. Water. I will replace calorie-filled beverages with lots and lots of sparkling water. 

4. Breakfast. I still believe breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but I will balance this meal with a relatively light dinner. 

5. No more brownie brittle. Or cookies. Or ice cream. Or chocolate. Hey, no one ever said this was easy.

So there you have it! The things standing between me and my goal. Doesn't seem as daunting, does it, when broken down into five manageable steps? 

Now it's your turn to share! What are your goals, and what five things will you do to achieve them? 



Melissa Landers said...

One of these days, I want to get a treadmill desk. That would help!

Marni Bates said...

Seriously. A treadmill desk needs to happen. Because I'm never going to give up my Thai food addiction. NEVER!!!!

Lorie Langdon said...

I'm having the same problem! Deadlines, bad reviews, writers block...I use them all as an excuse to stress eat. NO MORE! Here's to a smaller tummy by Christmas! 5 steps here I come!!!!! :D

Denny S. Bryce said...

Pintip, I was visiting with Kerri C. yesterday and a similar subject came up when we were talking about establishing routines :)...I like the proactive tone of this Five Things - here I go...1) Breakfast 2) Exercise 45 minutes a day, but can break it up into 15 minute blocks 3) Drink water 4) Eat green vegetables 4) Write a minimum of 500 new words every day! Okay, now I'm going to get this up on a bulletin board! Thanks for the inspiration!

Kimberly said...

I was just thinking this morning about making myself do some kind of exercise every time I think about snacking. It's hard because I so, so, SO like to snack.
Okay. I'm cheating here, but I'm using Denny's five things. They're awesome. I'm not saying absolutely no to any one particular thing because when you end up caving to temptation, you feel even worse.
I think setting REASONABLE goals is good. I think your absolute NO to all those yummy ice cream and chocolate stuff would set me up for immediate failure. Lol.
Great post! Let's not worry about the ugly underbelly of writing. And let's just concentrate on getting a flatter belly. Haha.
Or maybe not?? ;-)

Kerri Carpenter said...

Love this and good luck with your 5 things, Pintip! You can do it!

Hmmm, I have 2 goals - losing weight and writing more. So I'll combine my five things for the two:

1. Stop snacking after 8pm. 2. Incorporate weights at least twice a week. 3. Try (soooo hard for me) to outline your stories. 4. Try to write at least 500 words a day. 5. Don't beat myself up when I don't get my exercise/writing done that day. Instead, focus on accomplishing it the next day.

Pintip said...

Melissa, I am soooo fascinated by these treadmill desks. I don't know if I'm coordinated enough to write while I'm walking however. You've reminded me, though, that taking walks is good for figuring out plot problems. So next time I get stuck, I'll take a walk instead of snacking. Thanks for stopping by!

Pintip said...

Ha ha, Marni. I hear you. Although my addiction can be more accurately described as an overall food addiction. Any food. I love it all.

Pintip said...

You can do it, Lorie! We should cheer each other on. NO MORE is right. Starting today (right now!) I am putting on the brakes!

Pintip said...

Love your steps, Denny! I'll be checking in with you to see how you're doing. And you can keep me accountable to mine, as well. Thanks for stopping by!

Pintip said...

Kim, I hear you on the snacking. I also so, so love to snack. And yes, giving up the sweets is going to be hard, but I have more of a savory tooth than a sweet tooth, so I think I can do it. I'm going to try anyhow. No enticing me to fail!

Pintip said...

Kerri, those five steps are great! I especially love the last one. This is so important, I think. All we can do is try our best each day, and every day is a new day. You can do it, Kerri! Thanks so much for stopping by.

Steph Winkelhake said...

Work and food have always been related in my life. In college, I couldn't sit down to do homework unless I had a snack in hand. One thing I recently changed was the type of snack I eat--no more of that sweet stuff. It was hard at first, but now I don't miss the sugar. Next up is running every morning. Now that the weather's cooled down, I don't have an excuse!

Jennifer McGowan said...

I sooooo want a treadmill desk. Even though I do not have the coordination for it. I have started walking for an hour each morning after I finish my first writing sprint--it helps!

Pintip said...

Steph, that is so smart! I'm going to remember that when I succumb to the snacking urge. Good luck with your morning runs! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Pintip said...

Oooh, Jenn, a whole hour of walking! That's fabulous! And thanks for the inspiration for this post, by the way!

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