Sitting Kills So Get Off Your Ass

The biggest thing on my mind lately is staying in shape. Since I signed a contract with Carina Press in October 2012, I’ve been in my writing chair more than I ever have. Good news? Four books in the Texas Nights series out between August 2013 and November 2014! Bad news? I’m starting to feel the effects of all that sitting.

And apparently sitting is the new smoking, with everyone, their nana, and their dog proclaiming: “Sitting will KILL you!”

Enough to scare the crap out of a gal.

Let me say right now that I’ve never been an exercise lover. Yes, I’ve done the gym thing, the yoga thing, and lots of other “things,” but I rarely find anything that holds my interest for more than a few months (kinda the story of my life). And when asked, “Do you run?” my normal response is, “Only if I’m being mugged.” (Which, for the record, has yet to happen.)

Walking or running legs in forest, adventure and exercising

I realize staying in shape is just like any other project. You need a plan, and then you need to work the plan.

Well, I’ve been without a plan for a little too long now. So it’s something I’ll spend time developing over the next month to six weeks. For now, I’m trying to walk between 8000-10,000 steps a day. The used treadmill I bought off Craigslist (and Tech Guy schlepped home for me) has helped tremendously.

I’m also considering dragging out my 10-minute pilates videos. I’m adding planks back into my day, and I’m making it a point to stretch every morning.

For those of you who work desk jobs, how do you keep your body strong and fit?

Today is National Jelly Bean Day. I used to not be a fan (how’s that for a convoluted sentence?), but now I’ll eat Jelly Bellies in limited quantities. What say you on the bean – yay or nay?

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  1. says

    Oh, Kelsey, I feel for you. I used to be a gymnast. When I was in college, I walked around campus and coached gymnastics, so I never really had to make time to exercise because it just happened and I stayed fit. But then, I graduated college, got married, started a desk job and had two kids. That sucked, because I was no longer active and noticed my body was responding by packing on the pounds. Right now my exercise plan is to walk. Our dog needs the exercise. The lab in her is a bundle of energy and when she doesn’t get to burn that off she is a PITA…so walking 30 minutes at a brisk pace, which gets my heart rate up, with her is my daily goal. I don’t always hit it when I have long days, but it is helping! That and eating better has helped me lose 10 pounds in the past two months! Good luck with whatever you decide. I am sure you will be successful when you put that plan in place. :-)

    • says

      Amy –

      My extra walking on the treadmill (because my outside walk is with two dogs in tow or rather they’re often towing ME) is helping some. I feel that my stamina is increasing.

      That’s SO cool about being a gymnast – could you do a backflip for me this weekend?? ;-)

      But yes, I’m getting serious about putting a wellness plan in place because if I’m not healthy, I can’t write. So the health has to come first.

      Hugs, gal!

  2. says

    I came to this crisis about a year and a half ago. Though I work from home, between my full-time job and keeping up with my book contracts, I’m at my desk ~12 hrs/day. I go to the gym every morning – alternating running on the treadmill with weight-lifting – but that wasn’t enough.I kept gaining weight, alas, and blood pressure was going up. So, last January, I used my book advance to buy a treadmill desk. I still do the gym in the mornings, but I also walk another 5-10 miles/day while working and writing. It’s made a HUGE difference!

    • says

      Jeffe –

      Thanks so much for popping in! I’ve investigated the treadmill desk, but just haven’t had the cash to take the plunge. So far, I use my time on the treadmill to catch up on reading – research, downloaded samples, and occasionally pleasure reading :-). I am, however, considering an elimination “diet” in May to work out some of the foods that might be negatively affecting me. If I do that, I’m sure I’ll jot a post or two about it.

      Hope your walking continues to work well for you!

    • says

      Jeffe – I thought about you and your treadmill desk when I read Kelsey’s posts. I wish I had one at work. Another author I know who works a desk job has a sit/stand desk. I thought that was interesting, too.

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