Friday, November 9, 2012

Healthy Writers Club: "Call Me Maybe" and So On

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Well, I officially suck at NaNoWriMo, but I had a good week nonetheless. I hope you guys did, too!

Here is my weekly progress:

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Wow, I really like riding my bike. Like, a lot. Like, way more than I thought I would. I managed four bike rides this week, and I covered more than 33 miles. (I would have gone on more rides, but I went out of town for two days, and I've been busy nursing a hangover for the past 48 hours. Definitely don't bounce back like I did in my twenties... ;))

I also attended my second stand-up paddleboarding lesson this past weekend, and I've nearly perfected what they call the "pivot turn." (I just call it "the turn that makes me fall off the board in the middle of Davis Island Harbor.")

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Did I mention I suck at NaNoWriMo? In terms of the tortoise and the hare, I have always been the hare. But NaNo is filled with mutant hybrids that combine the dedication of the tortoise with the speed of the hare, and I just don't know how to hang with that.

Oh well. I expected as much when I started, and I will not let NaNoWriMo defeat me!

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Geez, I'll be honest. This transition to Florida from Colorado is one of the most difficult things I have ever undertaken in my entire life. But I keep reminding myself that it's okay for me to NOT be okay right now. And I shouldn't be okay tomorrow, either--just like a butterfly can’t spring from a chrysalis 30 seconds after entering it. I need to take the time to let my insides dissolve, and I need to take the time to let them completely reform again.

You don’t have functional wings just because you feel a little twitch of muscle in your shoulders.

Here are my weekly Healthy Writers Club milestones:

1. In-Flight Entertainment Favorite: I made a conscious choice to forgo music on my bike rides this week, and I really, really enjoyed the silence. It gave me a chance to actually listen to my thoughts for once. And that was nice.

Oh, and I finally broke down and gave into my love of "Call Me Maybe" this week--especially the U.S. Olympic Swim Team's version. Best three minutes and twelve seconds ever.

2. Coolest moment: Realizing that I'm actually starting to look forward to my bike rides now. I've mapped out this gorgeous route along the water in South Tampa, and I can't wait to visit it.

3. Hardest moment: I hit a wall last night, but I'm back today. And I've started collecting inspirational quotes on Pinterest. (Check them out here.) They help, too.

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.


Julie Luek said...

You sound so self-aware and willing to dig in and do the work for your complete person. That's great.

I have to admit, the US swim team's version converted me too.

Shallee said...

I'm so with you on NaNo. I'm so far behind! But I'm going to keep plugging away at it, and get as much as I can get!

Glad you're enjoying your bike rides! I went running without music this week, too, and it really is nice just to be alone with your thoughts for a bit.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I LOVE this blog!! I am so glad that I found it. I would love to hear your stories from your zookeeper days sometime.


alexia said...

I admire you for biking - I just cannot get into bikes. I'm having a decent exercise week. I've been doing this great ab set and I've done it 3 times already. I plan to go running once or twice over the long weekend.

Ha, Call Me Maybe is kind of addictive! I love the video by the Harvard Baseball Team... or maybe it was Yale, can't remember. Hilarious. This one is super funny, too. What airline lets you dance down the aisles? Maybe it was a private plane?

Deana said...

I feel your pain about moving. The move from KY to AL has been really hard for me. I know it's not the environmental change like you had, but it's still been hard. I hope it gets better for you;) Oh, and I suck at NaNo too!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Even tortoises finish the race!
And you're not in your twenties? Fooled me...

squirrel_e_girl said...

Just keep on keepin' on!!!

The transition from we to me is tough...excruciatingly tough actually...but it sounds like you're right on track...some good days, some bad days, lots of beyond bad days and then the bad days begin outnumbering the beyond bad days and then, finally, the good days will beat out the bad days...and your wings will be strong and sure and beautiful.

p.s. I'm now following you on Pinterest...please forgive the multitude of repins. I couldn't help've got lots of super cool stuff :)

Tara Tyler said...

colorado is on a whole higher plain from florida! the air in florida is thiiiiick! and the warmer weather will thin your blood eventually...i lived in fl and missed the change of seasons so much! but as i get older, winter is less appealing...

you are stil diing well with your goals, just for trying!

steady as she goes!

Melinda Braun said...

I am kinda sucking at NaNo too. But something is better than nothing. I'm still going to try to make 50K words, but it might end up more like 35K. ugh.

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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