Healthy Writers Club - Dedication

Jan 25, 2013

I'm hopping in post-Zumba right now. If I were hand-writing this, my words would be a wobbly mess due to my weakling arms that are still shaking.

But man, it feels good to be more active again! In my lovely Utah these last few weeks, it's hardly gotten above freezing. In fact, the last few days we've had freezing rain. Which means not only no running, but basically no outside, PERIOD. It's killing me (and the Kiddo). My Zumba Kinect game has saved my life. At the same time, I could use the weather as an excuse not to work out. Honestly, part of the reason I stuck at it this week is because I knew I'd have to be accountable to ya'll!

Pretty sure I look something like this when I dance. (source)
I've been thinking about dedication. To achieve any goal-- write a book, get in shape, run a half-marathon-- you have to dedicate a certain amount of time and energy. Why do we do it? Especially when it hurts. ('Cause ZUMBA FREAKING HURTS.) Part of it is the goal itself: I really, really want to be less jiggly, and I really, really want to run a half-marathon. But again, why do I want those things? To feel better about my body? To have more energy to play with my kids? To have bragging rights that I ran 13.1 miles? To experience the thrill of completing a race again? Basically, all of the above. And something else that's harder to define. A determination to do what I said I was going to do.

And let's face it. Just because it's hard doesn't mean it's not fun.

We're pretty amazing, people. We've all picked a goal (healthy-wise or writing-wise) and even when it's hard and NOT fun, we stick with it. Go, you! And go, me!

Weekly Stats: Zumba 20 minutes x2; Star Wars Kinect 30 min (This is so not a cop-out. YOU try jumping and dodging and waving a light saber for half an hour.)
In-flight Entertainment Favorite: If I was from Paris
Coolest Moment: Watching my 3-year-old get jiggy with it
Hardest Moment: Every minute of Zumba after the first song

So, my friends, want to join the Healthy Writers Club? Hop on over! And let me know-- what keeps you dedicated to your goals?


J.L. Campbell said...

Hi, Shallee,
Yeah, we are awesome to decide we're gonna do stuff and stay with it, even when we want to quit. The pic of the dog and your mention of dancing made me laugh.
I have soooooo fallen off the waggon. I've tried to pick myself back up this past week, but haven't done much. I'll try harder next week. Have fun!

L said...

You are an inspiration to us all. I shall be posting my endeavours shortly, but Zumba will not feature. I think it would be too much for me at 60+, although my older sister goes to regular sessions.

Jennie Bennett said...

Zumba connect? It almost makes me want to get a playstaion. I've just been jump-roping while watching cheesy shows such as David Tutera's My Fair Wedding. I've lost 9lbs since the beginning of the year, so something must be working :)

Jessie Humphries said...

I am going to check out this Healthy Writer's Club. I need all the motivation I can get. Not to brag, but today I ran 5 miles outside in the sunshine. It was like 70 degrees! Sorry it sucketh so bad in Utah at the moment. I will be jealous of your weather come July!

Yolanda Renée said...

Wonderful achievment -- being indoors is hard but we both know what it will mean if we wait for the cold to clear.

Pat yourself on the back and soon you'll be outside running!

Keep on keeping on!

Beth Barany said...

So glad you're moving again! You've been a big inspiration to me! Love your coolest moment. So cute. Light saber workout sounds fun, too!

David P. King said...

I had a hard time figuring out what that picture was for a second, so I was worried when you compared yourself to it.

What I need is a kick in the kesser for not staying with this healthy routine. Better get back on the wagon. :)

Tara Tyler said...

ok, star wars kinect, i need to try!
then my boys will encourage me!
i'm afraid of zumba!

Julie Flanders said...

LOL, I love the pic of the dog. Sadly I don't think I look that good when dancing LOL.

I'm inspired after reading your post to get back on track with Healthy Writers. I had such good intentions and have gone nowhere. But there's no time like the present to start again.

Hope you've had a great weekend! :)

Meredith said...

Yay for healthy writers! And I haven't ever tried Zumba, but I may have to--it sounds like such a fun way to work out!

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