Why You Should Track Your Exercise

First Half Finish


I used to track exercise by placing a star on a twelve month calendar. I could see how many days I worked out in one glance. It was nice. It worked. I thought that was good enough.

I like to track things: My to-do list, my exercise, my writing, my children’s antics. I downloaded Run Keeper (free) so I would know how far I was going during runs and walks and so I could keep track of my weekly mileage.

The app provided kudos when I’d beat my best time or best pace or furthest distance. I quickly became obsessed with beating my last time.

A few nights ago I did a hill that is quite tough due to its steep grade. It is approximately 2.5 miles round trip.  I start by going down. It is too steep to run down without the old knees taking a beating. The return is up, up, up with no level spots to ease sore muscles. Not a one. And it hurts. So of course, I like to do it because I know what muscles I’m working and it’s great exercise. I hate it for the endless up journey, but once I get to the top, I’m proud I did it.

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Tip of the Iceberg

bigstock-Tip-Of-The-Iceberg-Floating-In-48266303The iceberg. A beautiful peak floating in the ocean. Just like most things that have a peak, it also has a wide base. Unlike a mountain where we see the massive width before we get to the top, the iceberg hides it base. When the Titanic struck the ol’ berg people didn’t think too much of it. It was, after all, a tiny ice mound compared to the hulking metal monstrosity they were safely aboard. We all know how that turned out. The dark blue waters hid the bulk of the iceberg.

What do icebergs and customer service have in common? Hidden depths of massive proportion. Depths that can open a ship like a can of sardines and sink an associate in a barrage of complaints. Continue reading “Tip of the Iceberg”

Let Your Imagination Run Wild

Stifle your brain and the white page will drive you mad.

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Let your imagination run wild. Sometimes it will be scary, sometimes insightful, and usually, just plain far-fetched. The best thing about letting your imagination run rampant is the fodder it provides for articles, short stories, and novels.

One small comment, sometimes one insignificant word, can give me a complete visual of an idea that I can use in my writings. Sometimes, it may be nothing more than a bizarre picture stuck in my mind meant not for writing in a story, but for giving juice to the creative side of my brain.

This weekend provided one of those sparks during a family gathering. Continue reading “Let Your Imagination Run Wild”

Ask and You Will Be Answered

My last post focused on networking, basically how inept I am at that task. However, I felt I had learned good tips and was prepared to tackle the task once again at the AWP Book Fair.

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I was confident.

I had my website up.

I had my professional email.

I had brand spanking new business cards (they arrived the day before – that new).

I had a pep talk.

Even though I felt ready, that little niggling of anxiety tickled my core. So when, AWP tweeted: “Ask questions now.” I jumped. “What’s your best networking tip?” And answers came. Bless the people who responded. Continue reading “Ask and You Will Be Answered”

Networking – What Not To Do

In case you haven’t heard, the AWP (which is held in Seattle this year) is opening the Bookfair on Saturday to the general public, for free. If I were adept at adding music and video, there would be song and dance inserted here. Since I’m not adept, just pretend, and be thankful I cannot record myself singing and dancing.

In previous years when I’ve tried networking it didn’t go so well.  Let’s flash back to an old blog post (from a now defunct blog I used to have) and let this serve as a lesson in How Not to Network: Continue reading “Networking – What Not To Do”

Hop Aboard and Go or Chart the Path First?

Every writer asks this question at some point or another. Should I fly by the seat of my pants or should I create a map so I know how to get where I’m going?

We all take to the internet or email other writers we know. Or we attend writer’s conferences/workshops or book signings in the hopes that those before us will enlighten us with the definitive answer to which is best.cropped-2012-10-06-13.14.39.jpg

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