Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Occupational Hazard

So I've been dieting and exercising for the last about 10 months. I've never been much of a physical exertion person, not a sports-playing guy or avid hiker or whatnot. I was an inside kid in a family that was largely made up of inside kids. We read a lot. I write a lot. These are generally sedentary activities. As I slouched through my thirties, it got...well, bad. And last year, I had one of those check-ups where the doctors and nurses give you stern, stern looks about your behavior. Not fun.

So I joined a gym, cleaned up my act, started eating better. All good things, right? Yep. I've lost some weight, I'm feeling fit and connected to my body. All very good. Except...well...I'm a morning writer. And mornings are my only time to get to the gym. I haven't perfected my cloning techniques yet so...I've had to choose. Be healthy. Or write more.

The scales been tipping to the Be Healthy side of late, but now that I want to get more writing done this summer...something's got to give. Why does it seem like you have to choose between being healthy and being a writer? I think, on some level, I stopped going to therapy because it was working too well. I was getting sane and that was getting in the way of the work. That can't be good.

So now I'm trying alternating: one day of gym, one day of writing. Let's see how long this lasts.

40 comments:

Art said...

Funny, I've gone through the very same thing in the past year and half.

I started really ramping up the gym time after my 40th birthday over a year ago. (6 Days a week 5:30AM before the day job.) I've lost over 40 pounds and I feel so much healthier.

However, as you mention, working out is suddenly this huge block of time that is consistently in the schedule - and taking place in during the time I usually used to write, blog, etc.

I still haven't quite got it down, yet.

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RVCBard said...

Two words: tape. worm.

Exactly!

dramadaily said...

I'm with you on this. I've found myself getting up earlier and earlier to make time for both. Throw a child into the mix and making time for reading, writing, and running in the am gets even more insane. I've wanted to write a post for a while called 'Exercise: It's good for your heART because I've found I'm at least able to work through things I want to write about in my head while I'm working out, which can help me prepare, in a way, for later when I sit down to write. Congrats on committing to an exercise routine!

Freeman said...

I should write a post about these red yeast rice and omega-3 pills I take all the time. And the salad I eat every day now. Or the fact that I've divorced beer.

I wonder if anyone ever read Sam Shepherd is cholesterol number in the 60s?

Courtney said...

it's a really hard balance. I usually think if I write OR exercise in a day, then it's a success, but I rarely achieve both. Now that I'm pregnant I imagine the balance will only grow more difficult. Good luck finding your own balance!

Green+Silver LP; said...

Is it really that difficult to keep the balance? I want to become a writer, but.. if I'm going to have to sacrifice my health for it, is it really worth it ?
Some advice would be greatly appreciated .

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Always found it difficult to write in the morning - my inspiration seems to peak at night.
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Yeah, I am totally going to tell my partner that's my excuse for not exercising...I have to write!

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Eureka. Must not be able to work since it seems to easy and logical.

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John St. Croix said...

Oh yah, I know exactly how it is! I've been on a new diet recently and it seems to really have affected my relationship with my work and even more so, my relations with my friends

john
http://youngtheatreartist.blogspot.com/

Los Angeles theater said...

One day on and one day off at the gym is not a bad idea in general. I have found that taking ten minutes at t he end of my workout to sit in the sauna helps me organize my thoughts for the day...have you tried that?

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Mother of Invention said...

I have a sleep apnea, so I have to make exercise a top priority. By the time I get to the gym, change, work out, shower, and come home, sometimes 3 hours are gone. It's a major investment of time, but I don't have any choice. I spend an hour on the stairmaster every day I work out, which is a lot, but I find that it is valuable as meditative time. I come to a lot of valuable realizations about my directing and teaching while I'm doing it, so that is something.

Chris Ryder said...

Maybe a little "laugh therapy" would help. It's been shown to have definite health benefits.
I had a chance to get some the Book of Mormon tickets when I was in New York over the summer. It was everything that was advertised, down to the crass bits about genital mutilation. I was expecting that, so I still found it very, very funny.
I should say I've been a fan of South Park since the days of Jesus vs. Santa Claus, and I thought the South Park movie was great. I didn't have a problem finding tickets, btw. I saw several other Broadway Shows while I was there.
Go see it if you can. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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Chris said...

I found something else that might help with your laugh therapy regimen. During my last trip, one of the other shows I saw on Broadway was How to Succeed in Business. It's a really funny show, and watching Harry Potter dance and sing just adds to it.
The How to Succeed in Business Broadway tickets I found were a great buy!

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