one day by David Nicholls

Morning Coffee | Me Against My Mind

one day by David Nicholls

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

Good morning, everyone! How’s your week been?

As I mentioned in last week’s Morning Coffeethis week has been all about getting myself back on track again after the extended Christmas break, and in that respect, I think promising to update you all with my progress every week was possibly the best decision I could’ve made. Er, possibly not for you, obviously: I mean, I’m not sure how interesting the minutiae of other people’s workout plan are to anyone, but it’s definitely helped me, that’s for sure.

Honestly, I had the very best of intentions, but my missing motivation is… well, still missing, basically, and I woke up on Monday morning to howling winds, pouring rain, and a powerful urge to pull the duvet over my head and go back to sleep. I’m pretty sure the only thing that got me out of bed and onto the treadmill was the knowledge that if I DIDN’T do it I’d have absolutely ZERO progress to report in this post, so I guess making myself accountable did the trick!

progress report

(The word count is the overall total, by the way, not a weekly one!)

This month (or what’s left of it, anyway), I’m mostly concentrating on getting back into a routine, and kick-starting the running habit again, so my main aim has been to try to do something every day, rather than worrying about how far/fast I manage to go. I figure 20-30 minutes of actual running has to be better than telling myself I HAVE to run for an hour, and then ending up not running at all, because I’ve managed to convince myself I just don’t have time for a full hour.

Not even I can pretend I can’t possibly squeeze in a 20-minute workout, so that gets me onto the treadmill (and when it stops snowing/raining horizontally, will hopefully get me out of the house), and once I’ve started, I’ll always manage another 10 minutes at least, so it’s definitely better than nothing. I’ve been fairly successful in making running a habit in the past (Just in case anyone thinks that’s something I should be congratulated for, no need: it’s purely because I have an over-developed guilt complex…), so I know I can do it again: it’s really just a case of me against my mind, which keeps trying to convince myself that I JUST DON’T HAVE TIME, OMG!

Lack of time is also the main barrier I have to overcome with my book writing: even more so now that I’m back to creating daily content for ShoeperWoman.com. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy writing about shoes, and feel really lucky to get to do it for a living, but there’s no denying that it feels much more like “work” than writing for this blog does, and I find than when I’ve been writing all day anyway, the last thing I want to do is write some more in the evening. Again, the thought of having to admit that I didn’t make any progress at all on The Book was one of the main things that persuaded me to do it, and, as with the workouts, I generally find that once I get started, I’m fine: it’s the getting started bit I struggle with.

(Again, don’t be too impressed by my progress this week: quite a few of those words were ones I’d written before!)

Anyway! I didn’t intend these posts to become totally devoted to tracking my progress with those two goals, it’s just that not much else has happened this week, what with the snow and the dark, and the January, so I’m hoping you’ve all got something a bit more exciting to report. How was your week?

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COMMENTS
  • Fran

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    Hey, even if you’d written some of the words before, editing them is still good work on the book! Well done!

    January 17, 2015
  • I think it’s a pretty tremendous effort to even think about writing a book when you’ve got three blogs to maintain, one of which has daily content – I didn’t realise that, that’s intense! And 11,000 words looks an awful lot to me, so there. I feel like I’ve just got through the longest week ever at work, but hey, my house wasn’t put up for imaginary sale again today – so starting this weekend on a high 😉 Just went out to take some outfit photos and almost died from cold. Ah, I hate winter. It’s not even like there’s snow here to make it pretty.

    January 17, 2015
  • Nice post. I will be reading the next in this series. Goodluck with writing the book Amber.

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    January 17, 2015
  • Getting back into a routine is the hardest part for me. And, making myself accountable, even if to the Internet, makes it more motivating. At least it’s a start. My week was similar as far as getting back to the regular everyday goes. Hope your weekend has been a good one. 🙂

    January 18, 2015
  • Stacey

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    I like these progress updates. If nothing else, they’re helping me with my guilt complex and to find my missing motivation. I’ve been trying to come down with some sort of sickness this past week (nothing serious, probably a cold even though I’m acting like it’s ebola) so I’ve been a real slacker on my exercise. But honestly, the most I do exercise wise is 30 minutes a day. I really suck if I can’t find 30 minutes to do my time. I do the same thing you do starting out, if I can make it to 20, surely I can do another 10.

    Not today though.. Today my ebola demands I sleep.

    January 18, 2015
  • d

    January 23, 2015
  • Do you actually like running? If you don’t, could you find something else to do instead? I LOVE running, I hate all others forms of exercise. I know I should do them but time/2 kids/work (when I go back)/running a home etc means that I do what I love and sod the rest. Working on my core strength (yada yada) would make me a better runner (and maybe help with the post-baby belly) but I just can’t fit it in so I don’t force it.

    Can you do kettebells or a DVD or something that would entice you, leave you sweaty etc? I never get the sense that you enjoy the running and it’s a tough thing to keep up with if you hate it. I know, I have a sister who does it but hates it and boy oh boy when she comes do I kick her ass 😉

    January 23, 2015
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