Yikes, I have been doing pretty well with my 10,000 steps goal since starting on Friday. I find it much easier to walk when I have all day to squeeze in the 10,000 steps I need. Today it was back to work and back to reality. Even with squeezing some extra steps into my day I left the office with a dismal 3,000 steps on the pedometer. That was a pretty big wake up call as to the sedentary nature of my job sitting behind a computer all day. I’ll work on finding more ways to add steps during the day…but my punishment for sitting all day was walking 3.5 miles on the treadmill tonight.
I hate the treadmill…even with listening to a book on CD it was still boring and I kept checking the pedometer, sure about a dozen times that I must be at 10,000 steps. I started off bundled up with plans to walk outside. The weather is really really chilly for Texas this week, so I decided to try the fitness center at the apartment complex. As luck would have it, there was a free treadmill. I survived..I whined…but I’m still staying on target to do 10,000 steps a day!
Tomorrow night I am taking another big step. I am taking the first 5 pages of my novels for a review by the writing group. Not that I think any of them are book editors, or critics, it’s more like taking my pages and tossing them to the mercy of strangers. I know I write quite a bit on my blog, Facebook notes, Twitter, I don’t have any trouble rambling online. But to put my words on a page and show them to strangers is a bit scary. You see, I long ago convinced myself that the reason people say they like my writing is because they like me. I have no idea if these people like me, they’ve met me once and even I am not that good at making a first impression. So tomorrow night I will pass out the start of chapter 1, sit there while the *critics* read my 5 pages and blush uncontrollably no matter what they say. It’s a start and part of achieving that goal of writing/publishing a novel.
Today I purchased a Groupon Coupon (try saying that 3 times fast) for $20 to have a night of painting at place called Painting with a Twist. It looks like a fun night, and I would pay more than $20 for movie and snacks. Why the heck not give it a try?
JD is on my mind tonight as the TCU Horned Frogs are on TV playing in one of the Bowl games. I can remember several years ago JD listening to the Frogs play on the radio. Who would have thought they would be on national tv tonight playing in a bowl game? For you JD..wherever you are.. “Go Frogs!”
Write your first draft with your heart. Re-write with your head. ~From the movie Finding Forrester