New goals to get out of the rut

Someone once said “If what you’re doing isn’t working, change your approach.”  That means thinking outside the box.  I don’t know about the rest of you, but this is something new to me, outside of writing.

Yes, I can weave you a yarn about an elephant riding a bicycle, or a murderer who likes to wear women’s underwear while he commits his crimes, but to come up with creative ideas on how to land a job, an interview or lose weight…I gotta tell you…I come up empty.

Some of my problem (no, I should say a BIG part of my problem) is that I’m in a state of depression due to many, many reasons, and can find no motivation.  My life for the last year has been difficult to say the least.  No matter how I keep telling myself that others have it worse than me, this is just a down time and things will turn around, it is so difficult to believe it when the depression has a hold of my brain.  I find it hard to focus on anything and finding positive aspects in life are getting fewer and farther in between.  Thank God I have my writing, my kids and my dogs to keep me going.

But putting the depression aside, I’m also overweight.  My doc says I have 35% BMI!!  Okay, I knew I was chunky but 35% BMI?  I about hit the floor.  This news, coupled with the fact I’m a Type 2 Diabetic is nothing more than a heart attack waiting to happen.  Something has to change, and the change has to start with me.

So, I’m starting Suzanne Sommer’s program today (haven’t tried that one before), and I’m going to start walking more.  And not just any walking like what I’ve been doing, but power walking – one minute brisk walking, one minute power walking like I’m about to miss the bus.  It’s the least I can do since I can’t afford a gym and my knees won’t allow running.

I figure, what have I got to lose but pounds and depression.  Great motivational factors for me.  And maybe while I’m shedding some of these nasty critters lingering in my head and around my body, maybe my life will turn in a  more positive direction.  Maybe I’ll land  that job I desperately need so I can provide for my family and not lose my home.   Maybe I can finish the edits on my book and turn it back into the publisher.  Maybe…maybe I’ll find happiness again…and getting out of bed everyday won’t be such a chore.

I took the first step today to get out of the rut…to change my life.  I stepped outside the box.  There are no more excuses.  I put it out there to the universe.  Now it’s not just me watching.  The world is waiting for me.  All I have to do is stay the course and hold on tight to my dream.


4 thoughts on “New goals to get out of the rut

  1. I am so proud of you. I understand depression intimately as I am bipolar. I am also overweight and my knees are not great. I have been told that walking is just as good as jogging but with no pressure on your knees, so you are doing a good thing. You are going through a hard time and I will continue to pray for you. Good things are in your future. God is your answer to everything. If you ever need to talk, please call me. PM me on FB if you want my number. I do miss your voice always. Love you! Amy


  2. Good on you for trying to make a change. Power walking is a terrific activity. The muscle tone you get from it will give you more energy throughout the day. You can do it anywhere, anytime. I jog with my dog, and it always clears my head. I started jogging two years ago and now I run almost everyday. I love it and can’t imagine why I didn’t start earlier. I usually get out and run before I start writing. Your blog is full of interesting info and I’m looking forward to reading it.


    1. Thanks, Kristina, for stopping by my blog and for leaving your comments. I am starting out slow as I have bum knees, but I do feel a bit better already. I know the process will be slow but I have to start somewhere.

      I hope you enjoy the blog and stop by often. I always love seeing new people hanging about. 🙂


  3. I find I get great writing ideas when I walk. I try to walk around soccer practices. I’m sure I annoy the other lazy parents sitting there in their lounge chairs… but I’m getting exercize, and thinking about my characters. One day, walking around and around my son’s soccer drills, I came up with an entire scene where my Antagonist plots to kill his brother, and schemes with his bets friend on how they will do it. I just love this scene! One of my favorites. It might not make the final draft, but it is great, solid characterization. Walking is great to get the creative juices flowing.


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