Friday, October 26, 2012

Healthy Writers Club: Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Photo Courtesy of Shallee McArthur
Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you achieved your fitness goals this week, and I can't wait to tell you about my foray into the world of stand-up paddleboarding.

I have decided to segment my milestones into three different categories each week: body, mind and spirit. Here is my progress:

BODY

I attended my first stand-up paddleboarding lesson on Sunday, and I also rented a board and went paddleboarding through the mangroves with a good friend yesterday. I was completely nervous the first time I paddled out, but the boards are way more buoyant and stable than I expected. It wasn't long before I made the leap into actually standing on the board, and paddling came fairly naturally once I figured out the proper stroke technique.

Photo Courtesy of ingridtaylar
The physicality and grace was exactly what I thought it would be, and I felt determination solidify inside me as I balanced and stretched and succeeded.

I want to be good at this.

MIND

I have been between manuscripts for a few months now; the stress of my everyday life has been so overwhelming that the last thing I have wanted to deal with is a new project. However, a conversation with my fabulous agent this week finally inspired me to jump back on the wagon. I decided to start a project I've been marinating on for about a year now, and I can already feel those creative juices beginning to flow again.

The project will be a YA Magical Realism called THE PUREST SHADE OF WHITE, and it will star polar bears, zoos, ghosts and snow. I think this picture pretty much sums it up:

Photo Courtesy of Me
I have been playing with this novel's characters for so long that they already feel like good friends. I can't wait for them to finally tell me their story.

(Want more story hints? Check out my brand new Inspiration Board on Pinterest: THE PUREST SHADE OF WHITE.)

SPIRIT

As part of my journey of getting reacquainted with myself, I made it a point to stretch myself this week. I visited the Lowry Park Zoo and the Florida Aquarium, and I took my parents on a Tampa Ghost Tour. I spent time with amazing friends I've barely seen since college, and I allowed myself to be distracted by beautiful things like oak trees and art festivals. I soaked in soul-soothing music, and I took time to listen to the things I was feeling--even when they weren't happy or convenient. I'm keeping a journal again these days, and that has been helpful, too.


Here are my weekly Healthy Writers Club milestones:

1. Weekly Stats: Two paddleboarding sessions; two cardio sessions; two ab, bun, arm and leg workouts; three long walks

2. In-Flight Entertainment Favorite: I'm the type of person who puts a lot of weight in songs and song lyrics. The Zac Brown Band came through for me at the perfect moment this week with the entrance of "Goodbye in Her Eyes" into my life. I have played that song many times since then, and I have smiled and cried and sung along with it more times than I can count.

Here's a link if you'd like to check it out:


3. Coolest moment: Feeling that knot of determination solidify inside me when I stepped onto that paddleboard on Sunday... I was a little afraid I'd been putting too much emphasis on how important this lesson was going to be to me, but that moment told me I'd been exactly right all along.

4. Hardest moment: The two-year anniversary of the car accident that nearly killed my husband, our two dogs and me was this Tuesday. (You can read more about it here.) So many things have changed since that moment that I couldn't decide which facet I should mourn first.

How did your week go? Any healthy milestones or set-backs? I'm looking forward to visiting your blogs, and I hope you have a great weekend.

15 comments:

Escape Artist Linda said...

Okay, but you can't come here and do it! You know that right? They're mean here about paddle boarders. Really mean. I think it looks like great fun and I'd be happy to join you!
So you go, girl, go...and if you ever come over here to show us your stuff, we'll protect you! : )

Chantel said...

Love that song--and your honesty. Healing begins with making eye-contact with the woman in the mirror for more than thirty seconds.

It seems you've got a wonderful start...have a lovely weekend!

Jaye Robin Brown said...

Whooo - read your car crash post. You always bring tears to my eyes Lisa - such intensity in your writing. Whoa. Take a breath.

Okay.

I'll share:

Body: I've lost 7 lbs over the last 2 months and am thrilled. I have 20 more to go and I have faith in myself.

Mind:I'm working on a new WIP and challenging myself. I've always loved the little I know about Jimmy Carter post-presidency, and my MC is a Habitat volunteer and obsessed by him. So I'm reading biographies. Method writing.

Spirit: I'm allowing myself to feel the good about all the good thing that have happened in my life lately. I don't always do that very well. And I also just chose 2 angel tree kids to gift at the holidays. That makes me feel amazing.

Yolanda Renee said...

Lisa Ann,

I won't be posting my usual Healthy Writers Club post due to all the Halloween blog hops, but I did lose another pound, now down 3. I did get in another 3 days of yoga, but was down with an ear infection for half of the week, so it wasn't a great week, but not all bad either. I've made up my mind to do the NaNo and completely get away from my current WIP to start a new project, just to see how far I can get with it. But I may slow the blogging, or at least keep it more simple.
I read about your accident. Horrible experience, but glad for the happy ending. Love that you are moving forward! Thanks for sharing! Can't wait to read The Purest Shade of White. Oh, and I really hate that your are so proficient with comma's, because I am NOT!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I would just fall right off that paddle boat.
Sounds like you are treating yourself to some fun adventures.

Charlie Holmberg said...

Oh my gosh!! I never read the car accident post, how scary! So glad you guys were okay! :O

And props on paddleboarding... I want to try it now!

Gwen Gardner said...

My daughter just went to Australia and learned to paddle board. She loved it, but said it was kind of eerie with the helicopters flying over every 30 minutes looking for sharks. Sounds like you're doing great, Lisa Ann. Keep it up, girl!

Jess said...

Great job with the paddle-boarding~ I'm uber jealous! And I love the sound of your new project. Keep up the good work :)

Angelina C. Hansen said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. It's encouraging for me to read what you're doing and what others are doing to keep moving forward with the writing. My journey to publication threw up a brick wall. I'm not sure how I want to attack that, so I'm taking a step back and allowing myself some time to think it through. Next week I'll start swimming again and since I'm part fish, I can't wait.

Best wishes with the new project. Paddle on!

Shallee said...

The paddleboarding looks like fun! Hugs on your hard moment. You seem like you're getting to a good place, I hope.

Julie Luek said...

I started breaking my Healthy Writer posts like this a couple weeks ago. To me, health is so much more than just the physical. Good for you for being holistic in your outlook. I want to try paddleboarding! I'm so envious. Have fun. :)

alexia said...

Wow, great stats! And I've seen a lot of your Pinterest pics - very exciting to be working on a new project!

This was not my best fitness week, but I ended strong with doing hard-core abs Friday and today, and a 30 minute run Saturday. Consistency is my biggest challenge.

Tara Tyler said...

wow, you are an inspiration! i love reading about your progress, it's motivating & shaming at once! i will do better this week!!

LTM said...

shew. Tough times, my friend ((hugs)), but it sounds like you're coping exceptionally well! Being with family helps, I'm sure. And wow! Paddleboarding! What a COOL sport!

I LOVE the magical realism idea with polar bears. That sounds like a winner for sure. Best to you in everything~ <3

Dinda Amanda said...

Banned complain !! Complaining only causes life and mind become more severe. Enjoy the rhythm of the problems faced. No matter ga life, not a problem not learn, so enjoy it :)

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