Balancing Fitness and Writing
If you look up the definition of fit, I assure you my picture won’t be there. Weight has been an issue my entire life and now that I’m moving into my late forties, everything is a challenge. Last year everything flipped on me and I found myself exhausted, not sleeping, gaining weight and generally feeling blah. Exercise was impossible. On top of that, I couldn’t find the balance between exercise and getting writing done. It always felt like a choice. And honestly, I chose writing.
I finally went to an endocrinologist and my lab results gave me direction. I switched to low carb/high protein eating and added a supplement and prescription. I had my energy back and some weight loss, but I still needed to get regular exercise in. I still struggled finding the balance. If I walked my neighborhood, it was a good forty-five minutes. Biking was about twenty, but it was uncomfortable. I’d use videos, but it still took time out, plus showering. Beyond writing, I’m a wife and mom. The house, husband, and kids needed my time and I just couldn’t figure out how to get it all done.
Then came Carrie Underwood.
I don’t remember where or what I was reading, but she mentioned that when she is on tour, she has a bike pedal machine that lets her get some cardio in. She could use them under a desk or on the floor while watching TV or whatever. That really got me curious. I went on Amazon and saw the one she mentioned, plus other versions that were similar. I liked what I saw, so I put it on my Christmas list.
The bike pedals have been an answer to prayer. Before I shower and get started with my day, but after the youngest is off to school, I go on my tablet as I watch the news. I won’t allow myself to do that unless I am pedaling. I can usually get 45 minutes of reading done, but more than that, about 4500 steps. Once I’m dressed for the day, when I do devotions, read emails, and even write, I keep the pedals under the table. I go much slower, but pedal as I can and I often get a couple more thousand in. By the end of the day while also doing wife and mom things, I’ve had between 8-11k steps in for the day. I feel great, I go to bed exhausted, and I’ve accomplished all my goals.
I realize I need to incorporate some upper body strength to it, but for now, this works. We now have a second set of pedals we keep in the family room. As the kids are doing homework on the computer or watching tv, they pedal. It’s kept us active this winter, something that has always frustrated me as we never seemed to be able to figure that out once our pool closed in the fall.
I’m wrapping up the last book in my Surrendering Time series, and I’ve asked readers what surrender issue they would like to read about next. The answer was loud and clear---they want to read a contemporary romance who struggles with weight. I am really excited to start plotting my next series, and I will definitely write what I know when it comes to that surrender.
If you are struggling with exercise, I hope something here encourages you. Your health is important. I pray you find an answer like I did.
Is eating well and exercise a struggle for you? If you are a writer or otherwise have a job that requires you to sit down a lot, how do you stay active?
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Entangled: Surrendering the Past
Book #2, Surrendering Time Series
“You need to leave me alone. It’s the least you can do.”
Carla Rowling has been given her dream of attending cosmetology school. The gift is so generous she feels unworthy because of choices she made as a teen. The pressure mounts as Carla juggles school, is a single mom, helps her best friend Jenna plan her wedding, spends time with boyfriend Will Marshall, and deals with the fact that her son's father is back in their lives.
Will Marshall is the one Speculator Falls resident everyone can count on. His truck deliveries are reliable. He's the first to help friends like Ben Regan with boat work or be a card partner with Bart Davis. Will's ready to settle down with Carla, loving her is natural. He's bonded with her son, Noah. But when Carla starts cosmetology school, she puts emotional distance between her and Will.
Can Carla release her past and create a future full of highlights, or, will she burn her options worse than a bad perm?
Amazon (Kindle and Print): http://www.amazon.com/Entangled-Surrendering-Past-Time/dp/0692713476/
Entangled is book #2. Although it can standalone, if you’d like to read Entrusted: Surrendering the Present first, click here: https://www.amazon.com/Entrusted-Surrendering-Present-Time/dp/0692709177/
Julie Arduini loves to encourage readers to surrender the good, the bad, and ---maybe one day---the chocolate. She’s the author of ENTRUSTED: Surrendering the Present, as well as ENTANGLED: Surrendering the Past. The last book in the series, ENGAGED: Surrendering the Future, is coming soon. She also shares her story in the infertility devotional, A WALK IN THE VALLEY. She blogs every other Wednesday for Christians Read. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two children. Learn more by visiting her at http://juliearduini.com, where she invites readers to subscribe to her monthly newsletter full of resources and giveaway opportunities.
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