Writing And Exercise

Writing and Exercise

I went to the doctor yesterday for my annual physical. They always ask so many questions that I sound like a broken record and everything becomes a blur.

There’s of course one question they always ask: “How much exercise do you get a day?”

What I actually said: “Does chasing preschoolers around count?” Even if I had a gym membership, it would be collecting dust. My job is demanding and my students are physically draining. Trust me, I’ve been getting a good workout this year.

What I wanted to say: “I’m a writer and blogger. Exercise is not part of my vocabulary.”

During the warmer months I’ll take the dog for a walk and go swimming, but during the colder months? No. I don’t step foot outside unless I absolutely have to.

Before work and after work I tend to sit at my desk on the computer writing or blogging. Occasionally I will sit on the couch with a book.

Most of my downtime is spent playing video games or watching YouTube or Netflix.

But since we all need exercise in our lives, here are some fun ways to get fit.

Shake it out.

Hand writing a lot? Loosen that pencil grip and shake out those hands! I don’t really know what that will do, but I’m sure it’ll get the circulation back in your hand.

Flex those fingers.

Typing? Flex those stiff fingers. Again, I don’t know what that would really do either. You could always crack your knuckles, but I know that’s bad for you, so… Pretend I never mentioned it.

Carry some books.

Books can be heavy when together. Take a bunch in your arms and carry them up and down the stairs. I assume that would be good for upper and lower body strength. Plus, if you have a Fitbit it’ll boost your steps.

Do some squats.

Okay, this is a legit suggestion. I have a bad knee and constantly sit on them. If you’re at your desk and start feeling uncomfortable or your legs fall asleep, stand up and do some squats or jog in place.

It’s no gym, but it’s a start.

Also, take these “suggestions” with a grain of salt. I’m no fitness buff.

July Camp: Day Five

Almost One Week Down…


Raph's Note


I went away for the Fourth of July with my boyfriend and his family. This meant I had to leave poor Raph behind. Of course, I was only gone for one full day. However, Kris took good care of her. She was at work when I came home and when I went down to the basement to say hi to Raph, I found this note. It says:

“Hi Mom! I drove Kris CRAZY this morning when she was trying to write while I was out. You would have been proud! Despite that, she gave me some AWESOME cucumbers and lettuce. She did not, however, change my pool water. You should get on that. I’m sure you had fun in NH, but I bet you missed me! Love, Raphie.”

Now, as you all know, Raph is a turtle, not a dog or a cat. When I first got her, I did a lot of research on turtles. Everything said turtles have no memory at all. They only remember who feeds them and what hurts them. That’s it. Other than that, they don’t really “feel” anything else.

I was surprised when I went down to take her out because as soon as she saw me, she seemed to get really excited. She tried walking through the glass wall of her tank. She always does that when she sees me because she knows when I come down stairs it either means she’s getting food or she gets to come out of her tank for a bit. So I thought nothing of it. But when I took her out, she kept curling up by my foot. I kept moving her away so she could get some exercise, but she kept coming back. Finally, I picked her up and put her on my lap while I wrote. She actually stayed there. I was surprised because she hates sitting on my lap. I think she hates it because it’s not a flat surface and, since we were sitting on my desk chair, it was high up.

So Raph isn’t a cat or a dog, but I think there is some sort of bond between the two of us with all the interaction I give her. So I don’t really believe all those people on Google who said turtles don’t feel anything. I think she noticed that I was gone. Or maybe I’m just over-thinking this? Oh, well. I’m going to pretend that she missed me. 🙂

Anyway, I wrote while she sat upon my lap. I was right on par with the NaNo count, but my word count…I was behind. By a lot. NaNo is 1,613 words a day, I’m trying to get 2,500 words a day. Because I missed yesterday (and I haven’t been writing 2,500 words a day…) I needed to write about 7,000 words in order to catch up to my own goal. According to my goal, I should be at 12,500. I wrote as much as I could before my cousins came over (but I kept getting distracted…) I wrote a total of 2,027 words leaving my Camp count at 7,630. Not bad.

I’ve been trying to write for at least one hour every single day. I had about three hours to write and even though I kept getting distracted, I did in fact write for a full hour…I think. I’m pretty sure. I don’t see how I couldn’t have written for at least one full hour.

Anyway, tomorrow my goal is supposed to be 15,000. Do we think I can catch up? Eh, we’ll see.