Healthy Writers Club: "Call Me Maybe" and So On

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Well, I officially suck at NaNoWriMo, but I had a good week nonetheless. I hope you guys did, too!

Here is my weekly progress:

BODY
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Wow, I really like riding my bike. Like, a lot. Like, way more than I thought I would. I managed four bike rides this week, and I covered more than 33 miles. (I would have gone on more rides, but I went out of town for two days, and I've been busy nursing a hangover for the past 48 hours. Definitely don't bounce back like I did in my twenties... ;))

I also attended my second stand-up paddleboarding lesson this past weekend, and I've nearly perfected what they call the "pivot turn." (I just call it "the turn that makes me fall off the board in the middle of Davis Island Harbor.")

MIND
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Did I mention I suck at NaNoWriMo? In terms of the tortoise and the hare, I have always been the hare. But NaNo is filled with mutant hybrids that combine the dedication of the tortoise with the speed of the hare, and I just don't know how to hang with that.

Oh well. I expected as much when I started, and I will not let NaNoWriMo defeat me!

SPIRIT
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Geez, I'll be honest. This transition to Florida from Colorado is one of the most difficult things I have ever undertaken in my entire life. But I keep reminding myself that it's okay for me to NOT be okay right now. And I shouldn't be okay tomorrow, either--just like a butterfly can’t spring from a chrysalis 30 seconds after entering it. I need to take the time to let my insides dissolve, and I need to take the time to let them completely reform again.

You don’t have functional wings just because you feel a little twitch of muscle in your shoulders.


Here are my weekly Healthy Writers Club milestones:

1. In-Flight Entertainment Favorite: I made a conscious choice to forgo music on my bike rides this week, and I really, really enjoyed the silence. It gave me a chance to actually listen to my thoughts for once. And that was nice.

Oh, and I finally broke down and gave into my love of "Call Me Maybe" this week--especially the U.S. Olympic Swim Team's version. Best three minutes and twelve seconds ever.


2. Coolest moment: Realizing that I'm actually starting to look forward to my bike rides now. I've mapped out this gorgeous route along the water in South Tampa, and I can't wait to visit it.

3. Hardest moment: I hit a wall last night, but I'm back today. And I've started collecting inspirational quotes on Pinterest. (Check them out here.) They help, too.

How did your week go? Any healthy milestones or set-backs? I'm looking forward to visiting your blogs, and I hope you have a great weekend.

Healthy Writers Club: NaNoWriMo Madness

Is it really Friday already? And is it really November? I feel like I've been stuck in slow motion for the past few months; I can't believe Halloween is already over!

Before I get into my weekly milestones, I just have to share this cute picture of my nephew and me at the pumpkin patch this week. He's certainly worth a move across the country, don't you agree?

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Here is my weekly progress:

BODY

No stand-up paddleboarding this week, but I will be attending my first on-the-water yoga class this weekend. I'm hoping to someday be this girl:

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In the absence of paddleboarding, I went on three long bike rides, and I also did one super intense cardio session followed by arm and ab work. (Not my best week, but I'm still fighting that stupid cough and sore throat that has plagued me since I moved here.)

MIND

Oh my God, it's NaNo time. Are you guys freaking out or what?? 

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I've never done NaNo before; I've actually purposefully avoided it, because I take deadlines--even self-imposed ones--so seriously that I often talk myself into panic attacks. However, I have resolved this year to use NaNo as a framework for getting some work done on my new manuscript. I'm not going to hold myself to NaNo's ridiculously high word count, but I am going to check in over there and use its guidelines to remind myself to get some words on paper. 

Are any of you taking the plunge? If so, please find me so we can be buddies: Lisa Ann

SPIRIT

I'm hanging in there. It certainly is an adjustment to realize I'm not just in Florida on vacation, and I'm still struggling with the idea that I live here and my life is unalterably different than it was a few months ago. It's also difficult to jump outside my comfort zone, as I settled into a pretty comfortable daily routine in Colorado.

Being surrounded by friends and family helps. This week, I went to the pumpkin patch for family portraits, watched a ballroom dancing competition with my good friend Mel, attended my first silent film (Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens) with Mel and my dad, caught up with some friends I hadn't talked to since the move, and helped my sister and brother-in-law take my nephew Trick-or-Treating.

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I have also been thinking about caterpillars a lot, and I've made my peace with the fact that you need to stay in the chrysalis for awhile before you are able to become a butterfly.


Here are my weekly Healthy Writers Club milestones:

1. Weekly Stats: Three 5+ mile bike rides; one cardio session; one arm and ab workout

2. In-Flight Entertainment Favorite: Mumford & Sons. Surprisingly amazing cardio music

3. Coolest moment: For the first time this week, I had a moment where I looked down at my legs and realized they felt strong. My arms are starting to feel strong, too, and that's certainly a new development for me. They haven't felt like this since I stopped spin class two years ago.

4. Hardest moment: My body just can't seem to get well. I have been in Florida for nearly a month now, and I have been "sick" in some way for more than three weeks of that time. First it was a sore throat, then a fever, then a runny nose, then sneezing, then coughing. I woke up a few days ago to feel ANOTHER sore throat, and I almost had a meltdown. No way I could have handled starting the cycle over again!

How did your week go? Any healthy milestones or set-backs? I'm looking forward to visiting your blogs, and I hope you have a great weekend.