Monday, January 3, 2011

Medical Mondays: This is me nagging you.


Ohhhhh it's a New Year.

Shiny, early, young and expansive in possibilities.

I'm going to take this moment away from my usual Medical Monday's post (as I am very sleep deprived and recovering from the holidays so I can do anything right now and not even the run-on sentence haters can touch me) to nag you.

Yes, nag you. I almost hosted a blogfest about it but figured that would take nagging to a whole new level.

See, I like you guys. A lot. I want you all to have fulfilling writing careers. But that takes one, itty, bitty ingredient we often forget while our muses (bless their spike heeled black boots) press our faces into computer keyboards.

A healthy body and mind.

Ha, so, did you see this coming?

What is your New Year's Resolution for keeping your writing body happy and healthy this year?

I'll go first.

1. I'm going to let gravity torture me at least twice a week (read: weight bearing exercise to reverse the rear-end drag effect of time).

2. I'm actually going see a doctor for a check up (instead of talking to weary spouse and/or self about my degenerating bits and pieces) in bland effort to shoot down the "doctors are the worst patients" myth, which is probably not really a myth but quite true, and after taking my run-on sentence pill (which is very small, naturally), I'm gonna make the appointment.

Geez, that was hard. My muscles are already sore just thinking about my resolutions.

So. How 'bout you?

53 comments:

salarsenッ said...

Like the nagging. lol It's great to keep each other in check. Best to you during 2011!!

Justine Dell said...

You know, I totally thought about having a check-up of my own this year. I saw on a tv show not long ago about how important those yearly examines are. So mark me down for one.

And I will Write. Write. Write. Write. ;-)

~JD

Vicki Rocho said...

My goal is 1000 minutes of exercise a month...sounds like a lot but it's not bad. (Except in February!)

I KNOW that exercise frees up my writing mind but I'd still been putting it off. Yesterday afternoon I got off my butt and went to the gym and I figured out how to get through a dry spot in the WIP. WOO HOO

Paul S said...

Doing a physical job 6 days a week takes care of my body,it's the state of my mind that concerns me!
Although reading your lovely posts every week is certainly a step in the right direction.
Best wishes for 2011.

Laura Pauling said...

Yes - make my yearly appt. which I always put off. And I will continue to exercise. That's not a choice. :)

Anne Gallagher said...

I cannot wait for the weather to break. At least to 35 degrees anyway, so I can get out and walk in the mornings again. It was only 19 this morning and as much as I wanted to, I couldn't bear to be out in the deep freeze.

Sarah said...

Ug. I totally neeeeeeeeded this nag. I had definitely made the plan to do the exercise ... but the part about getting a check up -- I need that, too. Thanks, and Happy New Year!

Liza said...

Yup. Thank you. Though I get more exercise now as a result of the physical nature of my job, I need to get back to a regular walking schedule. Off I go.

Kelly said...

What gravity exercise do you do?
Hee. I was just thinking...skip exercise today? No I need to exercise. But I could skip it. Okay okay I'll exercise! (especially after the neverending holiday goodies I've consumed!)
Good luck with your resolutions. Mine is same ole. Eat healthier, keep exercising, stick to a writing schedule and work on my craft so I can get agent, sell book.

Faith said...

Ahh, the exercise nag. Thankfully I teach dance classes, so I have to get off my butt and be active three times a week. I'd love to do more though, some weight training or strength & flexibility exercises. Hmm, we'll see about that...

Holly Ruggiero said...

Nag away. My favorite exercise is walking, but it’s so hard to do in the winter – but then when I get out in the snow it’s great exercise just getting down the street!

Melissa Gill said...

Two of my goals were to lose the 10lbs I found over the holidays and to get back to excersising 28 days every month, which I had been doing faithfully for 3 years, but let slip recently.

Angela Felsted said...

I'm sitting on a phone book while I type on my computer because it takes strain off my wrist. Silly, huh? I feel like a toddler.

Carol Kilgore said...

My grandfather was a doctor. I think grandchildren of doctors make awful patients, too. Happy New Year!

Tamika: said...

I bought my tween Just Dance 2 for the Wii, and I've been getting all the exercise I can handle! And its fun:)

LTM said...

OK, I don't do resolutions. I know! But I do exercise regularly, I'm trying to write every day (which isn't hard b/c I also write for a living), and I usually keep my annual doctor's visits... I like the weight-bearing thing. Maybe I'll do that! ;o)

Happy New Year!!! xoxo

Old Kitty said...

Yay!! Gravity rocks!! :-)

I'm going to the the dentist tomorrow and he will be my best friend for the next 6 months as my gums and teeth go for a makeover! LOL!! I hope that counts!

Good luck with your exercise and health resolutions!!!

Take care
x

Munk Davis said...

Few seem conscious that there is such a thing as physical morality... Herbert Spencer, 1890.

Melissa Sarno said...

I think this is the good kind of nagging :-) I usually work out several days a week, but I'm looking to make this year more about yoga, which is something I used to do a lot and have not done much recently. Good luck defying gravity :-)

Lenny Lee* said...

hi miss lydia! i always do all my doctor visits and tests mostly cause my brothers nag me bout it. ha ha. i got a really nice doctor so i could like going to see her. i just did my dentist check that we get every 6 months and i didnt have not one cavity. :) now i got sparlky teeth. im just real happy youre gonna go do a check up cause doctors could need that too.
...hugs from lenny

Matthew Rush said...

Oh man. I keep forgetting adults need to go to the doctor too from time to time.

Amy said...

I've already started a new workout program. Let me tell you my abs are killing me!

Glad you'll be around for another year (hopefully many more!)

Sarah said...

Hmmmm... it's been about 7 years since my last trip to the dentist. Darn insurance not covering dental! But, maybe I need to set some money aside for teeth cleaning instead of new boots. ;)

Heather said...

You're so right! We do need to work on ourselves as well as our writing. I have a workout regiment figured out, five days a week at least half an hour a day. And since you mentioned it, I suppose I should do #2 as well...

Tracy said...

This year I'm making an honest effort to cut out as much processed food from my diet as possible. The only problem is, I haven't eaten anything since Friday!

Okay, that's a lie. I've eaten. But it's amazing how much pre-packaged stuff you become accustomed to eating until you vow to take it away.

Lisa Gail Green said...

*groans* Oh no! Now I'm getting it in the blogosphere too!! No fair. Okay - I'm going to get healthier. I won't say diet and exercise because we all know how well those resolutions usually turn out! :D

Solvang Sherrie said...

I actually made my #1 resolution to play tennis once a week. Of course, it's been raining a LOT (which is weird for SoCal) so it might be harder than I thought!

The Red Angel said...

Happy New Year, Lydia! :) My resolutions for "keeping my writing body happy and healthy this year" is to participate in Milwordy (a challenge to write 1 million words a year), to read 24 books, and to finish my Work in Progress novel.

~TRA

http://xtheredangelx.blogspot.com

The Golden Eagle said...

Happy New Year! :)

Actually, thanks for nagging me. I need the reminder! I plan on exercising more this year--I already do exercise to an extent but some more wouldn't really hurt . . . LOL.

Bossy Betty said...

Thank you for the nagging! I needed it!

Colene Murphy said...

I love the health nagging. I actually have a plan for this month!! It's some kind of healthy body detoxy thing my boss her hubs and I are going to do for 20 something days this month. I'm fuzzy on the details for a reason. If I dig too deeply before we actually get started I will back out.

Good luck to you!

Mary Vaughn said...

Got back to my walking program and am writing 500 words a day. I'm keeping it simple.

Nas Dean said...

Hi Lydia,

I welcome your nagging, thank you for caring!

Love your wonderful posts.

Jemi Fraser said...

You're awesome! :)

We're very, VERY doctor short here in Northern Ontario and we don't have a family doctor. We're also really reticent about sitting in a waiting room at a walk in clinic or emergency room for many hours. I once waited 12 hours with a kid with multiple broken bones. *sigh* How about I promise to go anyway to keep my meds & bloodwork up to date? :)

Carol Riggs said...

No worries, I don't mind nagging! LOL I plan to be more attentive to my 3-times-a-week exercising, and get AWAY from my computer for breaks. And I gotta stop buying so many chips, because I tend to go on little salt binges. Heehee.

The Words Crafter said...

MMMmmmm, you're gonna love this. As I was reading, I was eating a piece of apple pie!

Really, though, I'm concentrating on the follow-through this year. And, eating healthier. I began this late last year and dropped 10 points off my BP.

I'm keeping it simple (goals) because I usually fail. And I don't want to fail.

Nag! Nag away!!! It means you care :)

M Pax said...

I workout and eat mostly veggie and organic. Health is important. I often come up with great inspiration while working out.

Melissa said...

Nagging is sort of good because we can all keep each other in check. I have a plan to make sure I get at least 30 minutes of exercise every day because I need to take my pets out for a walk. On top of that I'm also getting a gym membership this month for extra stuff.

notesfromnadir said...

Make sure you have fun exercising & have lots of music available while you're exercising.

Emy Shin said...

Nagging is good. Definitely. (Just don't tell my parents I said that. ;))

A lot of people their health for granted, me included. Thanks for reminding us that our body and mind are equally important. I've resolved to start exercise this year, at least once a week. Hopefully more. :)

L'Aussie said...

aH, Lydia, you are a crack up. Just what the doctor ordered. I'd let my doctor's referrals for tests get so old I had to go back red-faced and get her to re-date them. Too busy writing! But you can't write if you're dead, so I guess we need to take time out for maintenance. We even do it for our cars...

Happy New Writing Year!

Gail said...

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Jonene Ficklin said...

Thanks for the nice nudge. Actually, I decided to get some old-fashioned exercize by tackling one deep-cleaning project a day (the kind that gets your blood pumping - either from exertion or from the amount of built-up dust in embarrassing places), until my house is spring cleaned. My family and I are hoping this resolution makes it past the week, ha ha, but so far, I'm one project down! My reward is getting to write, guilt-free.

Abby Minard said...

You are so right- I'm going to continue to clean up my diet and exercise! I've been trying, even before the New Year, and I think it really does help. Thanks Lydia!

Rachna Chhabria said...

Don't mind your nagging at all, after all thats a doctor's duty, Lydia. ;)

This year I promise to take better care of my health. As for the promises where my writing is concerned,its a post by itself.

Hope you had a wonderful holiday.

Donea Lee said...

Healthy writing comes from a healthy mind, which is supported by a healthy body...ok. I get it. But, I sooooo hate the diet and exercise thing. Like, loathe it. I know that's bad. Perhaps I'll change my mind. Appreciate you looking out for us, though! Happy 2011 to you ~ :)

LeishaMaw said...

Okay, I hereby vow to dust off the treadmill. Ug. That was harder than I thought. Phew.

Walt M said...

I've always liked your sense of humor. In looking at my health in 2011, I noted that I'd lost a pound in 2010 but figured it was all hair. You make similar jokes.

As for me, my first resolution is to get onve my cold, though I've been able to write 500 words per day so far since the year started. (My wife chided that I'm too sick to do anything but write.)

Krista said...

Nice nagging is good nagging. Thanks for the reminder. I very much need a check-up. Must.get.over.fear.of.shots.

alexia said...

I'm going to start running again! Exercise balances our hermity writer tendencies!

Stephanie Thornton said...

Haha! I'm going to aim for working out 5-6 times a week instead of 4-5. I hit 30 last year and have discovered I need more cardio if I want to keep eating ice cream every night!

Also, I thought of you as I was revising the opening to my WIP. I really don't know how long it would take to die if you got stabbed in the back. Could it be quick?

Anyway, if you're ever looking for a question for a Monday post, I'd love to hear your take- it sure would be less messy than hands-on research! ;)

Priya Shankar said...

Okay, I love this post. I am so with you about a healthy body and mind! My routine is dancing for 30 mins a day- that def. gets me into shape and practicing too!

Alleged Author said...

That is HILARIOUS that you read the book you bought your hubby after you finished yours. That's exactly what I did. BTW, Anthony Bourdain's NO Reservations was wonderful! Too bad my hubby didn't get to read it yet. ;P

 
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