Winter is a difficult time in which to lose weight; your progress can be hampered by weather conditions. If you’re anything like me, I tend to hibernate in the winter and curl up with a good book. Therefore in the winter months, combining weight loss and writing can be difficult.
1. It Takes Time: In a world where everyone wants instant results, it’s just not possible when it comes to both writing and losing weight. Years ago, I joined one of those famous weight loss programs and lost 10 kilos in 6 months. Great result, however, no sooner did I stop the program, but I gained all that weight again (and more). I learned the hard way that doesn’t work; instead slow progress is still progress. Little things over time, do add up.
2. You Need to Stick to a Routine: It may sound monotonous, but the only way to make any real progress is to have some kind of routine and stick to it. Writing and lifting weights every day, stretching, etc., should be as much of a habit as cleaning your teeth. It becomes so common place that when you don’t do it, you’ll notice. Once the habit is broken, it’s difficult to get back into the way of things again.
3. It’s Hard Work: Learn to push yourself. There are days when you won’t feel up to it. Those days can be really hard because writing (and sometimes exercise) can be a solitary endeavour. You have to learn to be your own motivator. In both writing and weight loss, you need to be in it for the long haul – it’s so easy to give up when you are not seeing instant results. That’s when you need to ask yourself how badly do you want it?
4. Sometimes You May Need Support: No, I’m not talking here about your underwear (although, mind you, this does help), I’m talking about one or more people encouraging you to reach your goals. Find someone who is prepared to undertake fitness with you, become a beta reader, accountability buddy, mentor, or perhaps join a group of like-minded people (a gym class, writers group). As keeping fit and writing requires determination, sometimes a little encouragement from others can go a long way.
5. You May Need to Try Something Different: Sometimes we can grow stale; things that used to work and give us results may not work anymore. We may grow tired of a particular genre or writing longer works. We may not see the same progress walking every day used to give us. We need to change – our mind/body demands it. Broaden your outlook and try something different; experiment. Step out of your comfort zone. It will give you renewed enthusiasm and a reason to keep you motivated.
Do you struggle with writing and/or exercise during the winter months? What routines do you have? Do you find it hard to keep fit on your own?
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