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What’s Next in 2018?

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This is week 52. The final week in 2017. This week’s topic: New Year’s Resolution.

I had set myself several goals -personal and writing – for 2017 and I’ve met quite a few of them. My power word of the year for 2017 was INCREASE. The plan was to increase my daily word count, increase social media interaction, increase the number of blog posts and learn how to use Canva. In last week’s post, I mentioned I began to write in small bites of 250 words four times a day not every day, which allowed me to increase my word count. For social media, I now post more than ‘happy birthday’ or ‘happy anniversary’. I take a more active part in conversations. That’s huge for me. I joined this blog hop and while I did not blog each week, I have blogged more this year than I ever have. I make some of my own simple social media graphics with Canva. I didn’t do so good with November NANOWRIMO. The idea of 50k words in one month is too much for me. I achieve better results with Camp NANO in April and July so I’ll be sticking with that.

For 2018, I’ve added two power words to help inspire me personally and in my writing. FOCUS and MOTIVATION.  In late 2017, I started attending an exercise and dance class at the local community center two days a week.  I plan to continue the classes and boost my weight loss efforts with healthy eating, I plan to increase my word count by 50 words (that will be 300 words), and I plan to continue everything I achieved this year. I need to focus more on Point of View, so I’ll  read craft books and take a few workshops. And, I plan to attend a couple of Reader’s Luncheons in my area and a mini-conference to get a feel for in-person author/reader interaction.

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Tracking My Fitness Goals by Alicia Coleman

One of my New Year’s goals involves increasing my physical activity and eating healthier meals.  I’ve found a program to help me.  It’s called Lose It!   A friend mentioned it in a blog post a few weeks ago. It’s a program for tracking daily meals, physical activity and participation in challenges.  Competition with others or working together to achieve common goals is encouraged in the Lose It! community.   Some of the challenges include increasing water intake,  eating more vegetables, daily log-ins or challenges to stay within your caloric budget for a month.  bathroom scale

My personal challenges are increased water intake, daily log-ins and making an effort to stay within my caloric budget.  On Saturday, I went over my caloric budget.  My family and I ate at a  favorite restaurant. The next day, I adjusted my intake and increased activity.

Since I’ve starting the program, I’ve lost three pounds.

There are Apps for iPhone, Android phones, iPod Touch and iPad for people who want to track on the go. There is also a premium program that allows connection to other fitness Apps for a better tracking experience.

Writing is a sedentary job.  Keeping your butt in the chair is good for your writing career, but not so good for your body and your heart.

What programs or activities do you use to keep fit and healthy?