What's up Wednesday

Writing is a pretty sedentary activity. Oh, I can travel or visit museums for research and I’ve been known to run dialogue through my head as I fold laundry, but at some point, my bottom has to be in the chair with my hands on the keyboard.

Which means I spend more time sitting down than most people. And that can lead to chronic writer problems like being overweight, having poor circulation and carpel tunnel woes.

So I’ve been trying to take responsibility for my own health by hitting the treadmill more regularly. Before I begin working on my new project, I walk for 30 minutes each morning. Well, I intend to, anyway. So far I have 3 days in a row. They say it takes 21 days to ingrain a new habit in a person’s life, so I have a way to go.

I’ll let you know how I’m doing next week. Since I’m not a fan of sweaty pursuits, I have to give myself a “carrot” while I submit to the exercise “stick.”I prop my cellphone on the treadmill and  read. The minutes fly by.

As women, we often put ourselves last, but I encourage you to do something for yourself today. Something that will improve your health and well being.

What will that be?

6 thoughts on “What’s up Wednesday

  1. Reading is a great motivator for me too, Mia! Best of luck–you’re already 1/7 of the way to making a new habit.

    You inspired me with your bucket list to make one of my own (I gave you credit for the idea!): http://theresaromain.com/2011/06/03/four-month-bucket-list/ I’m hoping 3 weeks will be enough time to cement some of these new habits for myself. The weeks are ticking…

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Love your bucket list, Theresa, especially the monthly date night with your hubby! My DH and I have something extra special planned for next week, but that’s a post for another What’s Up Wednesday!

  2. Marcy W says:

    Timing must be right … I too have just decided that it’s time to dredge up the self-discipline and get back to getting on my stationary bike every day, even if it’s only 15 minutes to start with. Creating habits is so hard … but in three weeks, we should be sailing along!! I will if you will . . ??

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      It’s a deal, Marcy. I feel so much better for my treadmill time and if I don’t do it early in the day, it’s too easy to make excuses not to take the time.

  3. Buttercream says:

    For me, it would have to be something as simple as SLEEP. I just need to sleep more, replenish my body during the night and feel more refreshed by the morning.

    It just so happens that much of my sleep deprievation stems from having so many great can’t-put-down-reads! So, not too much complaining here. Starting tonight, I’ll aim to have a scheduled bed time, no excuses!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      My days are so full, I have no trouble getting to sleep. Staying asleep is another matter. The dogs think when the sun comes up, it’s time to go outside. Summer means I’m a very early riser indeed!

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