It's 10:30 in the morning where I am, and I'm proud to say that I've already gotten 1,100 words down in my novel-in-progress AND I just walked and did arm exercises for 30 minutes. This is more than I've done (exercise-wise) in a LONG ass time, so I feel really good right now.
What's the secret, you might be asking? I got up early. (Woo hoo!)
This is pretty much what it looked like:
That, and I've been doing more "positive thinking" work lately, and I have to admit...it does make a difference.
I'm not usually an early riser. I get up around 7:30 to help my youngest be out the door for school at 8:15. I start my writing day at 9:00. But I've been finding--especially during this busy holiday season--that my days get waylaid and before I know it, I'm on the phone or answering emails, or running out to do errands. I get home sometime in the afternoon, and my creativity is spent for the day. So this morning, when my husband got up to run at 5:00, my one dog kept scratching at the door to go outside. By the time I let him out and back in again, it was 5:45 and I decided to just get up and get going. I'm so glad I did! I had 1,000 words down by 8:00. Made myself a breakfast of Cream of Wheat and 2 clementines (I love these little guys!) and got my youngest on the bus. Then....came in, caught up with my mom and sister then changed and got on the treadmill for 30 minutes. All of this before 10 a.m.!! I'm so happy, and physically I feel great.
I know this may not sound like much to those who love exercise and get it in every day, but for someone who struggles with this sort of thing, it's major.
And my thinking has a lot to do with it. I've been working on telling myself I'm worth the effort lately. I'm worth taking care of myself. God wants this for me. My family wants it, too, so I feel more motivated to get some sort of exercise in than I have in a while. And I'm trying to take it easy on how hard I hit the exercise button. I'm taking it slowly, and that's fine.
I hope anyone reading this is having as good a day as I am. We'll see what tomorrow at 6:00 a.m. brings, but for now, all is right in my world.