Revising takes way longer than I expected when I got started on it. It’s a bit frustrating. But when I got my new office all set up and sat in there on the first morning, I found that I just couldn’t sit and edit on the computer. The system I eventually settled on was going through each scene and rewriting them on paper (with changes). Because I can be very tactile when it comes to paper and pens and whatnot, I’ve only been able to concentrate for more than five minutes if I use a real wooden pencil. Which means lots of sharpening. And then of course I have to retype everything. But I’ve been very happy with my results so far.
Welcome to the brain of a writer.
Somehow, maybe because of the time it takes to go from brain to pen, I’ve always written better by hand. So, it’s slower, but I’m less likely to need 5 or 6 drafts this way. And I suppose that’s an acceptable trade. But between that and the fact that I’ve been working, there was no way I was going to get the thing ready for the ABNA deadline.
I felt like things were moving slowly, but I wasn’t quantifying it in any way, so it was just my impression. So I sat down and figured out how many pages I’d edited and how many pages there were total. And things really were moving slowly, though 10% isn’t such a bad number. It was nowhere near 100% though. In the end, the important thing is that I’ve been learning to quantify things so that I can hold myself accountable for my writing time. I put a nifty little progress bar on here, and I’ve been keeping a log in Joe’s Goals (which I love). So if I go more than a day without working on things, I can see it visually. And that should help tremend0usly.
I took one of those tests that tell you your learning style back when I was tutoring. And the conclusion was that I was all of them, with a little bit higher score in Reading/Writing. As a tutor, it meant that I could translate things into different learning styles. But when it comes to how I work, it means that I’m visual for some things, aural for others, tactile for others. Like how I won’t remember how to get somewhere (even if I’ve been there dozens of times) unless I actually drive there myself. And if I don’t have a place for bills to be right in front of me, I forget that I need to send people checks (this is one of those things that I particularly hate about myself). And when I’m editing something, I have to print it out and do it on paper, usually with a certain pen or pencil. It can be frustrating sometimes to try to figure out a new system when I’m trying something I haven’t done before. But eventually I hit on a system that works. And for now, the cobbled together progress bar + logbook + office hours thing seems to be working.
Though, it makes me curious. I know other writers have to have weird quirks like my pencil thing. I wonder how many different weird writing rituals there are out there.
So, after one week of making the whole weight loss thing totally just about as public as it can be, I’ve discovered two things.
1. Water makes a lot of difference.
2. I like doing things for points.
Keeping track of my goals with Joe’s Goals seems to be working wonderfully. I still don’t always fit things in, but there’s just something about knowing I’ll get 2 points for every 32 oz of water that makes me want to do it. And while I started out chugging that 32 oz at bedtime, I’m starting to get to thte point where I’m drinking 64 oz without any chugging. So that’s pretty impressive. And I like having a way of actually keeping track so I objectively know how I’m doing.
Also, I’m amazed by the difference that just drinking water has made. Yes, I worked out a couple times during the week, but not significantly. So basically, all my weight changes were water related. At first I went up (since my body wasn’t used to all that water, so I think it was trying to hoard it), and I even hit the dreaded 200 again. But that didn’t last very long. The next time I weighed myself, I’d lost 5 lbs. So apparently, my body caught on to the whole water thing and stopped hoarding it all. Because I hadn’t really exercised between the two weighings. Hopefully, that 5 lbs isn’t all that water will do for me.
And another positive note, this puts me almost back to where I was before my uncle died and I gained almost 10 lbs. I’m looking forward to being back there.
Current Weight: 195
My goal for last year was to lose 50 pounds. That averaged out into a monthly/weekly amount that was still considered safe by the Surgeon General, and since I was about 70 pounds from my ideal weight, it seemed like a good goal.
I lost 20 pounds.
It sounds decent, when it’s all added up like that. I lost 20 pounds. Lots of people would love to lose 20 pounds. But when your goal is 50 and you lose it like a yo-yo, up and down and up and down, slowly gaining progress one pound at a time, it gets disheartening. So this year, I’m trying a few things that are new.
1. I’m going to tell everyone how much I weigh. I know. It’s scandalous. A woman talking about her real weight. But maybe if other people are watching my scale too, and they’re seeing the weekly number instead of a daily number, there will be people who can offer encouragement. Or admonishment. Hopefully, there won’t be another week this year where someone dies and I gain 10 pounds (it was totally caused by the soda-fest that is my grandparent’s house).
Current Weight: 198
Goal Weight: 165
2. The Wii Fit/Wii Fit Plus recommends at least checking in and doing a balance test every day. I want to try to do that. If I can get into the habit of making time every morning when I get up, maybe it won’t be so easy for me to just stop working out whenever I get sick or depressed or lazy. I generally prefer working out at night, but it’s too easy for things to get busy and working out to be forgotten. I’m going to get an account at Joe’s Goals so that I can track my working out.
As far as a workout program, I like the workouts from My Fitness Coach, but it’s not compatible with the Wii Fit board, and the girl I borrowed it from asked for it back. The Wii Fit Plus, is a huge leap forward from the Wii Fit, though there are still issues that I have with it. I’ve learned to weigh myself at the end of a workout. It makes the passive aggressive weight comments quite a bit easier to take. I’d still like to try EActive stuff, but we had to get rid of Gamefly, so it’s not likely to happen very soon.
3. Baby-ish steps. One of the articles I read recently about resolutions was talking about breaking them down into 12 smaller tasks and focusing on one for each month of the year. So, for January, I’m focusing on drinking water. And that means NOT drinking soda except for on Fridays, which are our D&D game nights. I’m going to put a row on Joe’s Goals for the water stuff too.
We’ll see how this Weight Loss Wednesday thing goes.
EDIT: I discovered last night that our Wii Fit Plus has a nice huge rub mark on it. So it won’t play. So, it looks like I can do my body tests with the Wii Fit Plus channel, but I’m stuck with original Wii Fit workouts or something else. We do have an exercise bike in the living room and I have hand weights, so I could use those. It’s all still just a matter of making time.