Yes, it’s been a while since I last blogged here. Did you miss me?
As many of you know that have been reading for a while, at the beginning of the year, I settled on my One Word for 2011 and it is “Discipline“. Little did I know at the time the enormity of that word and the impact it would have.
So here we are, 3/4 of the way through the year and I have some new insight to share.
I started out thinking that I would focus on the discipline in my writing, trying to write 15 minutes a day to start, trying to blog more, trying to write whatever it was that I had to say. And for the most part, I’ve kept up with that. The summer months were harder, between traveling and having an 11 year old to keep up with, sometimes finding those 15 minutes was a challenge. Yes, there were days that I didn’t get it in, and when I went for more than a few days of not writing, I found I really missed it. The cathartic release of being able to express whatever was down in the depths or just floating on the surface kept me going.
Skip ahead to May and I started working out with a trainer. Suddenly discipline took on a new look. 3 days a week for an hour I would work with him, in addition I made changes to my diet, added 1 to 2 extra days of cardio work outs, along with 30 minute cardio warm ups prior to the training sessions. 5 months later (and 2 vacations equaling to three weeks of not doing much in the exercise realm thrown in there) and I am 4 pounds away from my original goal. I am now fitting in to sizes I have seen since my high school and college days. I can honestly say at 45 I am in better shape than I was at 35, possibly even at 25. Not to brag, but when I started I could barely do 1 push up. 2 weeks ago I managed to do 100 push ups, 200 squats, and 300 crunches. Granted I was sore the next day, but the discipline of sticking to the exercise routine, the better diet (with an occasional scoop of ice cream or dessert thrown in there) has truly paid off. It has become a lifestyle change, which in some ways has even trickled down to the 11 year old and the choices she makes when it comes to eating, sometimes.
So now we come to the middle of October and I reflect back on discipline and how it has shaped my 2011. What seemed like a daunting word at the beginning of the year, now comes a little easier every day. And as we approach November I am gearing up for another discipline challenge. I will be taking part in the NaNoWriMo event. This is the National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to write 50,000 words (approximately 1,667 words per day) by the end of November and you will have a novel. It may not be well written, but it is the beginning point.
So if you see me, and I seem a little off, just keep in mind I’m living in a novel world for the month of November. I have no idea what it will look like on the other end, but keep an eye on your local bookstore shelves. You might just find me there one day.
So how’s your 2011 been?