Hi-didlee-day, a writer’s life for me.
And more often than not, that’s nothing to sing about.
Especially while maintaining a “normal life” (marriage, bills, house upkeep, raising children, impressing bosses at the old day job).
With the stress of trying to run my startup publishing company, keeping up with the “normal life” stuff, and working on three books, it’s bound to happen that I’m going to put on a little weight.
Over 40 pounds since February, to be exact.
I fit into none of my pants.
But how does a writer go about losing weight when the very antithesis of his/her existence is exercise and food truly is fuel for the brain?
The key is, a little app my wife discovered called Steps.
As long as you keep your phone on your person at all times, it tracks how many steps you’ve taken in a day. And the goal is always to take at least 10,000 steps a day.
When you consider that on an average workday, we take less than a thousand steps a day (assuming you work in an office), ten-thousand is a high bar to meet.
So, how do I reach 10,000 steps a day? First of all, allow me to dispel the notion that I meet this goal every day. But most day of the week I do. How?
I walk on my breaks and lunch at work instead of sit in my car or the break room. But I consider walks, by nature, a waste of time. That’s why I walk with a book. Everyone’s like, “I don’t know how you do that; don’t get hit by a car.”
First of all, I’ve learned how. It’s easier than you think. Second of all, I stay on the sidewalk. So unless someone’s reaching on the floorboard for that last french fry and runs me off the sidewalk, I’m sure I’ll be safe.
Writers should be the standard setters for weight loss. Why? Not because we have time – we don’t. But because by nature, we’re goal oriented. We function best under deadlines. That’s why this Steps app is the best for writers. It’s hard to call it a day if I haven’t reached my goal of 10,000 steps. Just the other night I had 1,500 more to go so I jogged in place by the bed while watching Parks and Recreation before crawling into bed.
Also, I think the healthier we are as writers, the more oxygen we’ll be getting to the brain and the more ideas we can come up with and energy we can must to knock out just one more chapter before bedtime.