Friday, December 12, 2008

A wing and a comfortable chair

Before unemployment struck my home, my husband and I faithfully attended a local gym. At least three times a week, we put on our sneakers, charged up our IPODs and drove across town to climb on the treadmills and workout with the weight machines.

On Mother's Day this past year, Curt bought me a small set of weights for our home to rest beside the treadmill we purchased in place of renewing our gym memberships. My gym now waits for me in an unused bedroom as do the weights.

I used to have muscles that actually sculpted my arms. When I wore sleeveless tops--which is quite often here in Florida, I wasn't too embarrassed.

But like anything, if I don't exercise my muscles regularly, I lose my tone.

My underarm wings are growing. I might just take flight soon.

My writing skills need to be exercised too much like the flab on my arms. The saying,"Use it or lose it" rings true when I don't stick to a routine for writing.

Yesterday, I sat down to write a few short stories and found myself struggling. So I created another space apart from my office where I know I can write uninterrupted. Today I'm putting those muscles back to use.

Are you staying in shape with your writing or have the holidays taken their toll with your writing as well as your physical regime?


Donna M. Kohlstrom said...

I'm afraid to admit that health issues and holidays have been my excuse for not writing. Yes, I too, am getting "writer's flab"! LOL! I'm working on my writing plan and redesigning my writing sanctuary for the New Year. Yes, this too sounds like an excuse not to write, but it also is my inspiration to begin again.

KelliGirl said...

Right now I think I'm the person who joins the gym but is overwhelmed by the vast selection of machines from which to choose. What machines should I use and for how long? start? Should I do upper body? Or lower? Or cardio? Frustrated and confused I leave the gym, go home and take a brisk walk.

That's where I am with my writing. I am overwhelmed with how to really get stared on the "writing for submission" treadmill. What do I write? Do I write first and then submit? Query? The comfortable place for me to write is for my blog. I suppose I'm exercising my muscles, but it's not as directed as I'd like.

Anonymous said...

Good question. I never really had a workout routine...always good intentions though. I can see my writing schedule being ignored a little during this holiday season. But it will soon be back on track.

Melissa Marsh said...

Too funny! I actually blogged about the exercise/weight gain thing today, too.

I think I'm doing ok on both counts - the writing and the physical exercise. The key is to keep it going!

AnooCre8ion said...

Like KelliGirl sometimes I am overwhelmed with how to really get started on 'writing for submission.' However I have been flexing my writing muscles pretty often. I almost stopped when I didn't have the use of my laptop but I remembered good old pen and paper.

BTW Teri, you are one of the winners in my Cool Christmas Giveaway. Congrats. Stop by when you can and email me with your address so I can post your prize.


Renee Collins said...

I am dying to get to the writer's gym! But, since I moved here closer to my family, I can barely get a free second. I too sat down to write for a little while yesterday, and found myself just doing some nitpick editing instead. No new material.

*sigh* I really need to get cracking.

Rose Mary said...

I have to say that my writing has been in mostly 'off' mode since Thanksgiving. But, I do seem to get a lot of inspiration this time of year, and usually include Christmas in my novels.

Even when I am writing on a regular basis, I am constantly interrupted in our crowded household and can never get time alone to really concentrate. A 'writing space' is a goal that I am working toward.

Angie Ledbetter said...

Go girl, get a jump on them New Year's resolutions! I plan to "tone up" the writer's muscles after the holiday crush. But at least blogging's a good step. *waving at you twice...once with a hand, the other time with my arm flap*

Leon Basin said...

I just started to hit the gym again. This is after 6 months downtime. I feel great!!!

Sassy Granny ... said...

I break out in a cold sweat anytime the word "gym" is spoken. All those skinny bodies in thong spandex workout gear give me hiccups!

So ... I walk 5 out of 7 mornings; briskly. I try to write as often.

I've got wings too, not to mention extra-cheeks (top and bottom).


giddymomof6 said...

This is my first break in 8 months! LOL! those muscles are stretched to the limit. I'm taking a vacation and then heading back to work when I can think clearly again! LOL! This was a neat analogy! I loved it!

Janna Qualman said...

I'm not. I need to build up my endurance again, with writing and other aspects of my life.