I’ve never been a really physical person. I considered myself in fairly decent shape, but I’m coming to realize a few things.
- That was a filthy lie.
- A lot of my good health was because I was walking to and from my day job. Not to mention downtown on most of my off days. I no longer live close enough to downtown to do that.
- I’m thirty-fucking-two, and my metabolism is slowing down.
- There’s a litany of health issues plaguing the women of my family. Like, heart issues and diabetes. I’m not trying to go out like that.
- I’m starting to breath heavy when I walk upstairs.
Guess who has two thumbs and doesn’t like the way this story is shaking out?
So I decided I needed to do something about it. Actually, I decided I need to do a lot of things about it. My diet is shitty, and I don’t exercise beyond a fifteen-minute yoga session in the morning. I’m fully aware that I’m going to have to fix both of these issues if I’m going to get my body to a place I’m happy about it again.
Don’t worry, I’m not turning this into a healthy living blog. I’m not going to start posting pictures of my body to show my progress and shame other people. I’m certainly not writing this to shame anyone. I’m writing this because there are some things I know to be true, and this is one of them.
Writers have a reputation for not taking care of ourselves. And we need to cut that shit out. Part of that is dispelling the image of an overweight writer sitting at a desk, consuming inappropriate amounts of black coffee and red wine.
I’ve decided to take up running. Why? It’s cheap, easy to get started on, and Natalie Goldberg runs. And this time of year, when sugary coffees and Santa shaped cookies abound, there’s nothing I’m going to do about my diet. My hope is that on January first when everyone’s talking about how they’re going to get some new shoes and pick up running, I’ll already have thirty days of a habit built. That’s my only goal right now, thirty days of trying.
And that is going to be the cornerstone of my success. I found a simple, start running plan on Pinterest, and it’s easy to follow. It includes rest days, and it takes no more than fifteen to twenty minutes out of my day. I have not bought a lot of expensive workout stuff, my old leggings and a pair of Sketchers slip-ons work fine for me. If I stick with it, I’ll buy new shoes. That itself might be enough to encourage me to stay with this.
I think it’s important to note that I’m not doing this to look better. I love my body, and I don’t think being fatter than I used to be is going to change that. I didn’t take off my clothes to take a shower and feel sick when looking at myself. I hate hearing those stories, you know? Of people starving themselves, killing themselves, because they were disgusted by their own bodies. This is the greatest gift I have in this world, a healthy body. So I should act like it.
If there’s something you don’t like about your life, and you want to make a chance, you might be thinking of making a New Years Resolution. Many people are this time of year. Let me give you some advice.
If you didn’t do it in 2018, nothing magical is going to happen on January first.
If you get new shoes and make big plans to take up running in the new year, you will most likely be left with a pair of expensive shoes and your same old habits.
Do you want to make a change? Make a plan and start today. Do you want to start running? Find the sneakers you know you already own and go for a walk after work. Tomorrow, go for a walk and run for a few minutes in the middle. Find a walking to running challenge. Start slow, make it something achievable, and start today.
The exact same advice applies to any goal, including writing. If you passed on Nanowrimo, and you’re planning on starting your novel in January, start today. Take fifteen minutes, sit down and start free writing. Get some thoughts on paper.
Don’t wait, start today.
Make it accessible.
Do it for the right reasons. Do it because you love yourself and you’re worth it.
You do those three things, and you can do literally anything.
So, what are you starting today?
Station 86 is shocked when a Khloe assassin begins killing members of the all powerful council. Officer Sennett Montgomery and Councilman Godfrey Anders swear to find the assassin after Godfrey’s wife is falsely accused. But the killer, and the council itself, are not what they seem. Neither, as it turns out, is Sennett’s daughter.