Sowing… Something Strong? April 26, 2017

Hey there!

Ever get to the moment of accounting, and wonder exactly what you’ve been doing?

Yup, you guessed it. I’m there right now.

You see, I’ve significantly upped my daily activity level, and I’m using my new-t0-me phone to do it. Last Saturday, I walked and/or hiked 7.5 miles, most of it with my son. Sunday, I went to the Y on what is often a sedentary day for me, and biked 6.5 miles (after a 40 minute session in the weight room). Monday, I kicked off my Baby Steps to 5K program (also on my phone; if you have a Samsung phone and haven’t checked out Samsung Health, and want to be more fit, it’s got LOTS of options).

Despite that strong start on Monday, I’d only slept a couple of hours, and I tanked out a bit early, not quite making my recently upped 6,666 step/day goal. On Tuesday, I didn’t make either the word count goal or the activity goal of 99-111 minutes.

I know I did move both days – but there’s a certain disappointment that comes with “not cutting it” when you’re “keeping score”. I know that’s not logical, because I definitely moved both days, and I did have three consecutive days with intense activity levels. But I still wanted to make those goals…after all, that’s why I set them. =)

But they’re goals, not requirements. And my body, mind, and soul are telling me that, despite the imperfect start. My muscles are pleasantly achy, in a way that feels strong and alive beneath my padding, which can sometimes be numbing. I’m aware of those muscles, and their willingness to move me, if I only provide the impetus. My posture is a bit straighter, these last days. I’m being more mindful of what I’m eating without dieting – more of the veggies and grains I love, in new combinations. I downloaded a series of tai chi lesson videos that were recommended by my instructor, Sal. Now I can finally learn the form on my own, little by little, rather than following along in class, but not able to replicate it once I’m home.

It’s a similar thing with writing… lots happening, and a lot of it mostly invisible from the top, yet essential for foundation building.

So it’s deeper than the numbers – but then, it usually is.

Have you ever had an experience like this, when the “score” only hinted at the progress?



  • Story a Day May: Main Project: Create basic sketches for flash fiction stories (999 words/less, with exceptions) exploring July’s Still Nameless: Kifo Island #8, using #StaD prompts. Side Project: Reread Cowled arccreate basic sketches for drabbles (100 word stories) based on existing notes and prompt words. Primary goal. There’s a newly available checklist, so I’ll be getting to work on that through the rest of the week, so I’ll be ready with at least the first few days by Monday.

Social Media:

  • #atozchallenge: Confirm scheduling, and add link and branding to each day’s post. Respond to comments daily, and visit 3 other participants at least 6 times/week. Primary goal. Shared and linked through U; 21/26 complete; no visits made or comments answered yet this week.


  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, bedroom, living room, bathroom, and kitchen. Complete two 27 thing flings each room, each week. One 27 thing fling on porch and in yard each week. At least five General Hometending rounds per day, 5 times/week. Secondary goal. Hometending rounds: 2/5 for the week.


  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Primary goal. Canoodling, chatting, videos. Took myself out for a workout on Sunday, attended write-in later that evening.

  • CampNaNo: Interact with cabin mates 5/week: attend write-ins and visit forums once weekly. Secondary goal. Attended write-in. Cabin visits:1/5.

  • Career Furtherance: Complete Patreon profile and launch site. Draft CV/cover letter and revise. Assist my Acomplice in his efforts to launch his cottage industry. Tertiary goal. More label stuff; investigated and discussed a few options, and clarified what he wants first.


  • Journal and meditate five mornings and three evenings each week. Primary goal. Morning: 2/5 complete; evening 0/3 complete.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 99 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly; 111 minutes (1 hour, 51 minutes) twice weekly, and 7 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc.). Secondary goal. 99: 1/5; 111: 1/2. Strenuous: 7 hours, 36 minutes/7 hours; cardio; weights; Baby Steps to 5K program workout 1/30.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Smart Change: Reread Chapters 3 and 4/ complete/worksheets; create an approach plan, going forward. Simmering, but think I’m getting ready to move forward on this one.

  • Intuitive Eating: Reread early chapters; consider how to incorporate into Smart Change. Simmering this one, too.

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  1. That comment you made (“lots happening, and a lot of it mostly invisible from the top, yet essential for foundation building”), really resonated for me. Especially when we’re busy, sometimes pulled in different directions by our own dreams and our connections and commitments to others, it’s helpful to remember that we may not be able to recognize all that we are accomplishing. And that each small step can lead us forward — in surprising and unexpected ways. May the coming week nurture you as you nurture others!

  2. Looks like a good week. Especially with the moving. I’m trying to do more of that. I have the Samsung Gear Fit, a combo of a fitness band & smart watch, and it notifies me when I’ve been inactive for at least 50 minutes. So, I try to get up and move at least that often. And yesterday while the kids were playing, instead of sitting on the porch while reading, I walked up and down in the driveway. I got a little over 6k steps for the day, including when I was picking up sticks in the yard(I think I only have a few more loads to move finally).

    • My Samsung Health app has a link for that, but I didn’t know what it was. So glad you told me.

      An inactivity monitor is a neat feature to have. Writing can be very sedentary, but I’m getting to a point where it feels better to be moving than not (right now, for instance, after tai chi and some walking, my butt hurts, so I’m inclined to get up more often. I’m also planning to bring the standing desk into the bedroom, where I often write while watching TV…I can spend some time standing.

      I’m glad you’re making progress with those danged sticks.

      I won’t finish every thing this month, but, overall, it’s been a busy, productive time, with lots learned, so I’m happy.

      • I’ve thought about trying to stand while I write, but we don’t seem to have any surfaces at the right height. The last couple days I have been walking up and down a section of our driveway while reading outside. Which has gotten me to my daily step count. That did aggravate my knee yesterday, though.
        I got all the sticks moved this morning, but we still have a small pile of cut up wood to move. I got to some of it today but my hip and back were bothering me, so I stopped after a couple trips with the wheelbarrow.
        I won’t get to everything either, but I have managed most of it.

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