Today, like many of you who actually do things to take care of your health, I broke out an exercise video - my "Ballet Conditioning" Elements video, by Elise Gulan. As part of my recovery process from the foot surgeries, I'd like to be able to walk upright while barefoot, at a slightly normal pace. You know, like most higher primates can. (THAT to the dr. who said the fused bones aren't needed for 'normal Human' movement. Yes, yes indeed, they certainly ARE.) So, seeing how ballerinas are nothing if not outright bendy, and with my long buried love of ballet resurrected by Black Swan, this was my Christmas present to myself. All I've been waiting on is reasonably stable feet :-)
So I did the first 5 segments, slightly modified for the fused joints, of course. And despite the small motions, and deliberate non-hyper pace, I was sweating, arms quivering, and leg muscles...entirely bewildered. So I treated them to swimming at Lifetime. If I can walk at all tomorrow, I'll fire up the disk and give it a day two effort. And if I can still move after that, it's an every-other day workout for me. And what, you may ask, does this have to do with Art, let alone writing?
Teaching myself a lesson, mainly. That if I can make myself do something that is guaranteed to be physically uncomfortable, but really pay off in the long run, then there is every reason to do a 30 minute mental workout daily as well. That will pay off, in more concrete ways, probably a lot sooner. I did VERY little writing this week on the WIP - 20 minutes all told. And I'm pretty ashamed of myself for that - mainly because it's the proof that I have not been sticking to any consistent routines whatsoever, and that's my Achilles heel - another part of the foot I want strength in!! On the other hand, I played with my kids at the park, got done a lot of errands I'd been putting off, and took more steps in our home to get things running a little more smoothly.
All good stuff that a 30 minute daily workout might provide even more energy for. Ahem. Now, who wants to place bets that I use writing as an excuse to not exercise?
Take care of yourselves. Drink water more, move a little more, laugh a little more, try to do both at once. Your heart and mind will thank you.
And, in repayment for you (presumably) listening to the genesis of Another goal, I will include commentary on how That is panning out. If any of you are embarking on something like this, feel free to share that in comments!! Misery luuuuuuuuuuves company ;-)