Get up off your authorial butt – #BOOKBLOGWALKERS

This week I signed up for #BOOKBLOGBLOGWALKERS. It’s just one of those fun author things where a bunch of people who don’t know each other root together to better ourselves.

In this case, it is to get off our butts.

I have to admit that I’ve gained nearly ten pounds since I started writing three years ago.

But guess what? Just walking for 30 minutes a day since October second, I’ve lost almost three pounds.

Isn’t that awesome?

I’m also getting a little help from home, because my peppy poodle is in on the fun. If I try to sit down now, she goes and gets her leash. Nope. She’s not going to let me get lazy… and if I try to stop walking after one turn of the neighborhood (about 1/3 of a mile, ten minutes) she stops and refuses to come in.

Nope… not messing with a seventy pound dog with attitude. Anyway, she’s right. Mommy needs to get up off her butt more often.

I have to admit that I missed October first due to “life” getting in the way, but so far, I’d say it’s been fun… and losing pounds just by walking… can’t beat that!

What about you? Wanna sign up? Come on, walk with me a bit. It’s easy, and you’ll feel better, too.

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27 responses to “Get up off your authorial butt – #BOOKBLOGWALKERS

  1. Congrats to you! I, too, am a dedicated walker. Writers do need to get up and about once and a while. It can be a veeeery sedentary profession.

  2. Fantastic idea. Anything extra I can do to help with my ‘healthy eating’ thing will only make me feel better as time goes on. ^_^

  3. I’ve got a pedometer that works like a champ. It tells me how many aerobic steps I’ve taken each day in addition to the total. It also gives me an idea of the number of calories I’ve used while walking. My husband has a Fitbit. He loves it, but it’s a bit more high tech and expensive. I didn’t need it to motivate me, but it works for him.

    Studies have shown that people who own dogs that need walking get more exercise than those who don’t. So it seems that owning a dog is a good exercise program unto itself.

    Carrie also mentioned walking on a treadmill while writing. My husband’s office is looking into installing treadmills for people to use during meetings and while they’re working. They already have standing desks. It doesn’t replace a hard workout, but it certainly gets people off their butts. I sit on a physioball when I’m at my desk. Great for posture.

    Good for you and your exercise program! I lost 25 pounds a year ago by getting off my butt, taking smaller portions, and using the MyFitness Pal app on my iPhone to record meals and exercise. The weight has stayed off (I’m at my pre childbirth weight), and I’m now starting strength training to add a bit of muscle.

    Good luck to you!

  4. Hubs and I do walk most every day, but I’m also thinking I should look into a “standing” desk to help ease the strain on my back…. Kudos to you for taking that walk — which can lead to ideas and breakthroughs for the writing, too.

  5. I blame it on my kid making me comfort-eat, not my writing. 😉

  6. What a great idea! I think half my problem is I’m a cat person, not a dog person. My cat has no second thoughts about curling up beside me in my big easy chair while I tap away at the laptop keyboard. With the colder weather heading this way, and since I am leery of those slippery sidewalks (I sprained my ankle a few years ago when I slipped on ice), I will have have to be one of those mall-walkers, but I’ll have to make sure I get there early before the stores actually open so I won’t be tempted to spend money! lol

  7. Great. Now that the weather is going to be c.o.l.d.e.r. I’m going to walk? The truth is I have to start walking because I sit at my computer all day, true, but I am also planning a trip early next year and am supposed to start walking to build up my stamina for that. The timing of your post couldn’t be better. 😉

  8. Does no-one feed those poor fishies? They go into a feeding frenzy every time they see me!

  9. Good for you! We have a puppy who loves to go walking. It’s very difficult to say no to that puppy face 🙂

  10. Good for you. And congrats on the weight loss. Every day I take my laptop to my treadmill and strap it onto its shelf so that I can write while I walk at a slow pace. Gets me off my fanny and is much better for my back. I can’t take sitting for too long. Drives me crazy. 🙂

  11. Sounds fun and healthy. Will give it a try. Good motivation since I’ve been telling myself to do this for months. 🙂