Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Writing Lessons, Diet Lessons

¡Bienvenidos más! Más as in more. As in more of me. 10+ pounds of glorious holiday eating. Ay caray. Time to eat better.

So what does holiday weight gain and dieting have to do with writing? Lots, as it turns out.

Holiday pounds are nothing new, especially in my "lard and love" Hispanic kitchen, and neither is the attempt to shed them. What has changed since I started writing, is my attitude toward this most loathsome of chores.

Now I can start knowing that I CAN lose weight, I CAN eat better. Partly because I've done it before, but more so because I wrote 50,000 words in thirty days.


Let me explain. In November, I participated in, and completed, NaNoWriMo where all us writer types try to write 50,000 words in 30 days. There was a time when I believed that writing that many words that fast was impossible. At least for me. That was something other writers, better writers, did. Not me.

I'm not saying this is how a better writer writes, only that I thought it was outside my abilities to do the same.

I've never been so happy to be so wrong.

So, if I can reach the monumental goal of writing a whole book in a single month, you bet I can lose the 10+ holiday pounds. It took a few weeks of bad eating to put it on, it'll take at least as long (ok, longer) to lose. But if I can do one, I can do another. And so can you.

Pick a goal, something you never thought you could do. Whether it's writing a whole book or just one killer sentence, commit to it, really commit to it, and watch magic happen.

Oh, and the best part about completing NaNo other than the life changing confidence? I brought back my were-jaguars :)

Happy writing y (not so much) ¡Buen Provecho!


  1. Thanks, Michelle! We can all use a little inspiration this time of year ;)

  2. Congrats on writing 50,000 words in a month! That's amazing. And good luck losing those holiday pounds! I'm sure you can do it. :)

  3. Thanks, defcon! And thanks for the good luck - I'm going to need it. I have kids' cookies and snacks screaming at me to eat them :)

  4. Love this post. Just commit. Beautiful.

    Way to rock NaNoWriMo!