Round 2: Week 5, Day 4

On March 28, 2013, in Fit and Healthy, Live Your Dreams, Novel Writing, by Bonnie Jean Schaefer

Author Goal: Write 100 Words

Work Time:  4:10-6:20pm
Results:
  611 words written

It took me a while to get started.  I cleaned my room, organized my office, tweaked my warm-up routine and did my workout before finally sitting down to write.

One change I did make first was to switch out my comfy chair with a less comfortable dining room table chair.  I’ve decided I have to earn my comfy chair back.  The way I do that is by writing diligently.  Once I write at least 100 words a day for 30 straight days, I can upgrade to a more comfortable chair.  Then when I complete another streak of at least 100 words a day for 30 straight days, I can earn my wonderfully comfy chair back.

And after sitting in that chair for 90 minutes today, I am determined to write diligently and earn my chair back!

Even though I was writing in a less comfortable chair (and noticed), I had a good writing session.  I wrote more today that I have for the past three days combined.  Progress!

To improve, I need to write earlier in the day.  Writing is my most important task, and I need to make it a priority.

Athlete Goal: Strength Training

Start Time:  2:45pm
Results:
  30:00 of Kick, Punch and Jam Workout;

3 x 20 strength circuit

I put in a Turbo Jam workout I haven’t done in a while.  It was fun but was more cardio focused than strength focused.  So after 30:00, I turned it off and picked up my 15 pound dumbbells.  I completed a 3 x 20 strength circuit of:

  • Bicep curls
  • Tricep dips/extensions
  • Sit-ups
  • Push-ups

Then I added 40 more sit-ups and push-ups to get 100 of each in for the day.

The weird thing about today’s workout is that I didn’t break a sweat.  I thus don’t feel like I worked out with much intensity, which is disappointing.

I do have a race coming up on Saturday, though, which is why I chose not to do one of the more challenging workouts in my arsenal.  I didn’t want to risk being sore on Saturday when I’m going for a new 5k PR.  Based on the “did I really exercise?” feeling after today’s workout, I don’t think soreness is going to be a problem.

 

Round 2: Week 5, Day 3

On March 27, 2013, in Live Your Dreams, Novel Writing, Speed Training, by Bonnie Jean Schaefer

Author Goal: Write 100 Words

Work Time:  11:40pm-12:05am
Results:
  137 words

Usually if I don’t write in the mornings, I don’t end up writing at all.  But I have made a commitment to write 100 quality words of fiction per day.  I thus knew I could and would follow through.

So I enjoyed my work-free Wednesday and did my normal day off stuff.  The only difference was that I turned the TV off a little earlier than usual, booted my computer up and added 137 words to my story.

I did begin writing without first going through my warm-up routine.  However, I thought through the routine during a journaling session earlier in the day.  I didn’t completely ignore it, but I also didn’t follow the pattern I’m working to establish.  I do need to follow the pattern in order to make it a habit.  I want my warm-up routine to be my trigger for creative writing, so I need to warm up before every writing session every day.

Athlete Goal: Run 7 Miles at 7:50 Pace (54:40)

Start Time:  2:37pm
Results:
  7 miles in 52:49

Low 50’s, sunny, cool.

I set a new 7-mile PR, busting last week’s record of 54:28!  I got a faster start today, averaging a 7:15 pace for the first two miles and a 7:31 pace for the next two miles.

During mile five, though, I was getting a little winded and had to slow my pace, averaging 7:45 for the final three miles.

It’s usually around mile four or five that I find a comfortable pace to settle in to, and that pace is usually a good 20-30 seconds slower than my first three miles or so.  Interesting.  I wonder what would happen if I ran the first few miles a little slower.  Would I be able to settle into a little faster pace for the duration of the run?  Would that help me end up with a better overall time?  I’ll have to test to find out.

In the meantime, here’s the mile-by-mile breakdown:

  • 1-3: 7:14, 7:16, 7:29
  • 4-7: 7:34, 7:46, 7:46, 7:44

Today was a cheat day, so I enjoyed some sweets after my run.  Back to eating one-ingredient foods tomorrow and Friday, though.

 

Round 2: Week 5, Day 2

On March 26, 2013, in Fit and Healthy, Live Your Dreams, Novel Writing, by Bonnie Jean Schaefer

Author Goal: Write 100 Words

Work Time:  12:25-1:25pm
Results:
  171 words written

I once again spent most of my writing time developing my warm-up routine.  Now it starts with me picturing my ultimate life goal:  to hear Jesus say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

Then I picture what it is I do to hear Him say well done:

  1. Seek God.  Serve God.  Share God.
  2. Love others.
  3. Stay fit, strong and healthy.
  4. Tell and sell stories.
  5. Develop Dream Doers.

Next, I narrow my vision to a day six months away when I have become a consistent writer who is confident in her ability to market and sell her books.

That leads me in to my current project, and I pick up the part of the routine I created yesterday.

The routine still needs some tweaking, but it’s working.  I have a new kind of energy about my work, and this routine fuels a passion that has been dormant for far too long.

The major problem I faced today was that I had to make myself stop writing due to time constraints just as I was getting going.  I thus need to start writing sooner so I have ample time to explore my fiction world.

Athlete Goal: Run 3 Miles

Start Time:  1:35pm
Results:
  3.3 miles in 31:48

40’s, overcast, cold.

I ran a nice, easy pace today and enjoyed my relaxing run.  It was so good getting back out there after having three straight days off!

 

 

 

 

Round 2: Week 5, Day 1

On March 25, 2013, in Fit and Healthy, Live Your Dreams, Novel Writing, by Bonnie Jean Schaefer

Author Goal: Write 100 Words

Work Time:  12:45-1:17pm
Results:
  Wrote 103 words

Most of my writing time today was spent developing a warm-up routine.  So far I’ve determined the routine will include reviewing the big picture of the novel:  its premise, main characters, plot line and setting.

It also needs to include a “what’s happening now?” section so I can plug in to the current scene easily, picture what’s going to happen and then be ready to launch into my writing once the warm-up is over.

The 103 words I wrote today only took me about ten minutes.  If I kept up that rate, I would have written 600 words an hour!

Athlete Goal: 5 x 1 Mile Sprints at 7:07/mile

Start Time:  —
Results:
  0 miles

I had to go in to work early, so that left me with no time to run.

 

 

 

 

Round 2: Week 4, Day 7

On March 24, 2013, in Fit and Healthy, Live Your Dreams, Novel Writing, by Bonnie Jean Schaefer

Author Goal: Assess This Week’s Progress

Results:

What did I accomplish this week?

  • I got up ON TIME every single work day this week!
  • I wrote 508 words of fiction to move my novel forward.
  • I published one chapter to my blog.
  • I read The Talent Code and began applying some of the practice concepts to my writing work.
  • I identified a handful of authors who are like me in that they are also single Christian women; if they can succeed as authors, so can I.

 

What was my biggest challenge?  How do I overcome it?

  • Disciplining myself to write fiction every day.
  • To overcome it, I need to create a new habit that involves a set warm-up routine (which I don’t have), a word count goal for the day and a cool-down routine (performance recap to determine what went well and what I can do to improve the next day).

 

What do I want to accomplish this coming week?

  • Establish a warm-up routine.
  • Improve my cool-down routine.
  • Write a minimum of 100 words per day Monday-Friday.
  • Edit my work on Saturday.

Athlete Goal: Assess This Week’s Progress

Results:

What did I accomplish this week?

  • Completed five fantastic workouts over the course of five consecutive days.
  • Fed myself only good fuel (no junk) on Monday and Tuesday.
  • Set a new one mile PR:  6:38!
  • Set a new seven-mile PR:  54:28!
  • Drank an average of 45 ounces of water per day.

 

What was my biggest challenge?  How do I overcome it?

  • Returning to my disciplined eating routine after allowing myself a cheat day on Wednesday.
  • To overcome it, I need a signal to let me know that eating restrictions are off as well as a signal that lets me know eating restrictions are back in play.  It could be a sign I hang in every room of my house or an event alarm I set on my phone.  Or both.

 

What do I want to accomplish this coming week?

  • Complete six focused workouts.
  • Finish a 5k in 23:00.
  • Feed myself only good fuel on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
  • Drink 50 ounces of water per day.