Previously on this column, I wrote about realizing I’m a workaholic. More recently, while doing an interview with my co-writer of the Cyberlove series, we both realized (not that it was a shock) that neither of us have what you would call… a balanced adult life.
We stress constantly about meeting deadlines, meeting expectations, and not letting readers, ourselves, or editors down. That stress results in poor sleep, high anxiety, unhealthy eating, way too much coffee consumption, and me hunched over my laptop all day and forgetting to do things that generally give me peace. For example, eating actual meals, sleeping, and working out.
I’m not a health nut or a CrossFitter or someone who thinks my body is a temple, but I am definitely someone who benefits from the endorphin rush of a good hard work out. When I was a teenager, I was really into sports and fitness. I’d wake up and run miles, strength train every day, and felt great doing it.
Well, I still feel great doing it but I have two jobs and a million excuses as to why I don’t have time to do things that make me feel good. Which is the primary reason why, this summer, I wanted to make sure I *made* time to do those things. A solution came in the form of quick 10 minute workouts (running in place, pushups, crunches, pull-ups, burpees, plank, etc) in between writing sprints with Roan Parrish. It not only gives me an energy burst, but it rips me out of the “MEH EVERYTHING I WRITE IS MEH” lethargy that usually comes around 8PM when I finally have time to put in some words.
One day, Roan did the routine with me and it resulted in a conversation about the #RomanceFit hashtag (created by Christina Maria Rose to encourage romance readers and writers to track their daily activities), and us creating Team Swole—a FB group for readers and writers with health goals. We motivate each other by stating our goals and checking in each day to hold each other accountable about whether we’re making steps to keep them. We’re all about the team work.
It’s a body positive space full of people who have goals varying from getting in more steps, eating healthier, working out twice a week or even five times a week, and in my case—gaining 20 pounds and getting super swole.
I am the first to say that I *usually* don’t follow my own routine due to the stress of 1) dealing with car accident stuff and 2) packing and moving in the past 3 weeks and 3) forgetfulness, BUT I am back in the game now and I know I have my Team Swole squad to motivate me every day.
Also, hitting all my steps will get me to Aragorn in the LoTR walking challenge. 😉