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Snapshot: May 26, 2015

Time: 8:08 p.m.

Feeling: Pretty good – yay! This early morning walking has really been making a difference. I love it, and I feel so energized for much of the day. Mind you, I end up going to bed earlier than normal, but that’s a good thing, since it’s something I’ve been trying to accomplish for a while now.

Eating: I’ve got spinach and ricotta sausages in the oven. Will pair them with stir fried cabbage and stir fried spinach.

Drinking: Water! Loving my water. But also looking forward to my nightly glass of Malbec.

Reading: Lots of things! I’ve been peckishly bookish all day—ever have that, when you find yourself jumping from book to book? So I’ve basically read a little bit of everything I’ve got going.

the damned

Sped through the first part of Andrew Pyper’s The Damned this afternoon. Very readable, although things kind of slowed down a bit towards the end of part I. I’ll probably finish this one fairly quickly, as long as it picks up speed again.


I’m also reading Disclaimer, by Renée Knight, for a book tour scheduled for next week. The story is compelling. The writing? Not so much. Still quite readable though.

Listening: I finished Jurassic Park in audio last week, so I moved on to Lost World this week. Unfortunately, I fell asleep while listening to it the other night, so a whole lot of rewinding is in order. My falling asleep while listening to it shouldn’t be held against it—I was just really, really tired that night (all that walking, right?) So far, though, it’s as interesting as I remembered.

Writing: Well, I’ve been thinking about it, so that counts, right?

Working: Finished off an indexing deadline last night, and have four articles to write this week and next, but otherwise the deadlines are light. Which is great because it gives me time to work on the book marketing stuff for Booktrope. And I still have to create a website and Twitter account for that particular hat.

Exercise: I’ve now gone for my early morning walk five days in a row! I’m really really excited and pleased and happy about this new routine. The best part is, I’m even sneaking in some running!

I don’t love running enough to wake up in the morning eager to go for a run, but walking’s a totally different thing. So what I’ve been doing is running just a little bit when I start my walk—and when I say a little, I mean a little! Like, maybe two minutes! Okay, I might be up to three minutes by now. What I’m doing is going just a tiny bit further every day. Building up my stamina bit by bit. Eventually I’d love to be running for half of my walking hour, but I’m quite willing to take it slow.


It all started with the 30 Day Shred.

Wait a minute. That’s not true.

It all started a month ago, on the day my sister took me out for dinner for my birthday.

We decided last year to give each other birthday gifts of a night out, with great company (each other, of course) and fantastic food. It’s a gift idea that works for us, because my sister is very specific about the gifts she wants, which I find challenging, and I’m very “oh, I like everything”, which she finds challenging.

So last month, as my birthday gift, she took me to George restaurant. I’d never been there before, so I headed over to the website to take a peek. And realized I’d probably feel more comfortable if I dressed up a little.

That’s when it all started.

I tried on outfit after outfit – and they were all too tight!

What happened?! Where did my waist go? Where did my svelte (well, sort of) arms go? I’d lost them!

Fast forward a few days, and I’m on Facebook. I see author Carrie Harris posting an update about finishing Jillian Michael’s Ripped in 30. She loved it, lost a whole lot of inches, and is doing it all over again.

Jillian Michaels. The name rang a bell, and when I went searching Amazon for the Ripped in 30 DVD, I saw the 30 Day Shred – and I realized I OWNED THIS DVD. I’d bought it earlier this year in one of those mad fits of “I’m going to start working out again, I am, I am, oh yes, I am” – and it’d been sitting on one of my shelves, unopened, gathering dust with a few other fitness DVDs I’d bought at the same time.

And that was how I ended up doing the 30 Day Shred. I have to tell you, the first three days I was in SO much pain, I could barely walk. I bravely pressed on with it, though, and relief finally came on day number 4. (So if you’re just starting out with something like the Shred, stick with it – the pain does go away.)

So what’s this got to do with running?

There’s some weird thing that goes on when you start working out again. I found myself doing really crazy stuff, like slipping in a Zumba DVD after I’d finished the Jillian Michaels workout. And when the weather got cooler, I found myself thinking about running again.

I used to run, back before I got pregnant with Dylan. He turned nine this year, so it’d been ten years since I last ran.

I took the plunge last week. I pulled my hair back, put my sunscreen on, and went for a run.

By the time I’d adjusted my headphones and took my first few steps, it had all come flooding back – I remembered how much I used to love to run in the fall and the spring. There’s just something about the wind on your face, the momentum of your legs, the music in your ears, the scent of fresh, cool fall air.

I’m very pleased to say my lungs stayed on course the whole time. My legs, on the other hand, weren’t quite up to the job, and I had to take a few walking breaks to comfort them.

Each day, though, the running just keeps getting better and better. Today I ran without taking any breaks. My thighs aren’t too happy with me right now, but I know they’ll eventually start coming around.

So that’s what happened. A birthday dinner => the 30 Day Shred => running.

It’s odd how these things happen.

logo for Readers' WorkoutsWith this post, I am SO pleased to finally be able to participate in Joy Weese Moll’s Readers’ Workouts! It’s taken me a while to get back on the fitness track – I’ve definitely needed the motivation of a disappearing waistline – but hopefully this is just the start and regular updates will follow.