Wednesday, December 1, 2010

NaNo for words and NoNo for sweets

Last month I participated in NaNoWriMo, that crazy experiment where you try to write 50,000 words in a month.

Also, last month, I decided that my weight loss method of thinking really hard about losing weight while sitting on the sofa, snacking, was not working for me and I needed to try something else.

The problem with weight loss was I would look at the amount I wanted to lose and think I could never do it. It would take months. It would be hard. It would require constant vigilance and attention on my part.

Hmm, a lot of the same things I thought the first time I did NaNoWriMo.

And sure, writing 50,000 words or losing x number of pounds might seem insurmountable at the start. But what I decided is I couldn't only concentrate on the big numbers.

In NaNoWriMo it was a matter of getting those 1667 words a day.

For losing weight it was a matter of keeping my calorie count low, one day at a time.

So, how'd I do?

I wrote 50,000 words in less than a month. And I lost ten pounds (so far, I'm not done dieting yet).

What once seemed impossible, is now within my grasp. So, take that first step - you never know where it might lead you!


  1. Congrats on both! Wow, on the weight loss. I'm still working on that one. I've lost like 6 or 7 pounds.

  2. Thanks, Kim. It's a hard time of year for either losing weight or sitting down and getting a lot written. But no reason those things can't happen, right?

  3. Yes, it's so much harder this time of year but like you said, there's no reason why we can't do these things.

  4. Good for you, Christine. You're an inspiration.

  5. When I suggest NaNo to authors, I always point out that even if they fail to write the whole 50,000 words by Nov 30, they will still be ahead because they wrote 10,000 words (or whatever).
    I also have a lot of weight to lose. (More than 10 lbs) I admit that I never thought of applying the same rule. i.e. better some than none, to weight loss. Thanks for the tip.