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Mid Week Check-In

I do hate doing this. I’m writing a post, being all positive about how well I’ve been doing, because I am, and because the last few weeks have been terrible. I hate doing them, if then the next day, or the day after that, I stop being all productive. Lets just hope that doesn’t happen.

My weekly goals are fourfold this week – writing, blogging, exercise and eating. Lets take them one at a time:

Writing – 100 words per day. Monday 144 or something. Tuesday – no writing, but spent a lot of time thinking about my (potential) NaNo novel. And doing a little plotting on paper. Yeah, it’s not words, but I’m counting it as a success for Tuesday.

Blogging – 2 check-in blogs (Wednesday and Sunday), 2 book reviews, and another blog. obviously I’ve got the Wednesday check-in blog tick. I also reviewed All That Glitters by Ilana Fox yesterday. So far, so good.

Exercise – gym 1x and run 2x. I’m going to the gym tonight. Not sure how I’m going to fit in the 2 runs though. I’m going out tomorrow night, and will be too hungover on Sunday, which would leave Friday and Saturday, but I shouldn’t really run two days in a row. Well, I can, that’s probably a bit of an excuse. No, it’s not really, you do need to give your body time to rest after exercise. Oh well, I’ll work that out later. Important thing here, I’m going to the gym tonight. First time for… (other than the 1 exercise class I did the other week) way too long. Months. Still, I’m going. That’s great!

Eating – eat well and ‘fast’ one day. I must be eating well, because I haven’t really exercised this week, but I’ve lost 1lb. I’ve not been recording it, but I  haven’t been REALLY bad. Yesterday was supposed to be my fast day, but that went wrong when I went to Tesco on the way home, and got sweets for my boyfriend (who was ill at home). Wouldn’t have been so bad, if I hadn’t eaten some of the sweets, or bought some chocolate, that I also ate. Oops. Today can’t be the fast day as I’m going to the gym, nor tomorrow as I’m going out so will have a glass of wine, or two. Maybe Friday? Maybe Sunday? Hmm. Look at the good bits, I’m eating well.

So it’s going well. I’m likely to mess up the doing well, but usually October is a good month for me (with the pre NaNo ”I haven’t done enough this year/ must finish novel before NaNo starts” madness). I’m hopeful.

Yes, so I’m doing NaNo again. This will be year four. So far I’ve ‘won’ each year. Year 3 is the one that lots of people fail, so having passed that is good. This year, I’m not very confident about my novel. Yeah, I’ve only been thinking about it for a day, but I’m just not sure. It’s not my usual chick lit, so I’m not too confident, plus, I don’t really know what’s going to happen. All the novels I’ve got that I’ve written well in NaNo have been plotted out before 1st November. The one time I didn’t bother, I finished the 50,000 words, but was still only at the beginning. I need a plan.

With two weeks to go, I can’t start stressing about it yet. Probably once I start the planning, it will go swimmingly. In the meantime, I just need to get the time to do it, and try to get some writing in too. With shorter working hours, that shouldn’t be a problem. She says…

ROW80 Check-in – A Good One

Oh this has been a good week, a great week. In fact, I think I’d go as far as saying this has been the best writing week I’ve had this year.

Laura and I are still doing our tag challenge. Checking in with someone daily is really good, and really helps. It really did on Friday when I really didn’t want to write, but Laura was there pushing me through. Thanks Laura.

Woop! Lets look at my stats:

Monday – 217

Tuesday – 545

Wednesday – 250

Thursday – 1123 (One Thousand Thursday)

Friday – 172

Saturday – 332

Sunday (Today) – 284

How great is that, not only have I written every day, but most days (all but one) I’ve written well over my goal of 150 words.

This is where normally I’d up my daily word goal, but a I’m doing so well, I think I’m going to leave it low. I don’t want anything to stop this run, and maybe the pressure of having to write more might make me. Hopefully not,  but I’m not willing to risk it.

I haven’t put exercise as my goal this round, but I’m doing really well on that at the moment too. Because the weather’s been nice and dry (until now when it’s pouring with rain!) I’ve been walking some or most or all of the way home from work. It’s a 70 minute walk, but when the weather is nice, it’s fun to do. I do love London. I’m going to keep that up, who needs to push themselves to the gym when they can walk home and enjoy it?

Also this week I’ve been properly dieting. I’ve lost 4lb from last week. I know that’s a lot, but I ate A LOT at the wedding last week, so would have lot a pound or two just eating normally again. Still, this is the lowest weight I’ve been for months. I’m dieting with my mum too – I seem to be better doing things with help don’t I. At the end of every day we have to text each other with how many calories we’ve eaten and burnt (in additional to normal exercise) that day. I’m doing well. Wednesday and yesterday weren’t great (they weren’t diet number of calories, but at the same time, they weren’t put back on weight number of calories), but as I’ve been so good the rest of the week, and lost weight, I’m not bothered.

Plus there’s that thing I read a while ago, about how your body goes into starvation mode after a few days, so to diet effectively you should start-stop-start. Dunno how true it is, but it worked this week. My mum always does that, dieting Monday – Friday, then eating whatever (not going mad though) at weekends. That’s not my goal for next week (although I might read up on this to see if it does work or if it was just 1 person’s idea to sell a book?!), but if I have a day I have to go over 1,200 calories, then so be it. I just won’t go mad.