Thursday, October 14, 2010

Day 6-the stephen king diet, lol!

Finally, I can see results on the scale, and I almost cried, I was so happy! I have lost 3 pounds! I can see that's about normal for a week's worth of diet/excercize, I just wish I would lose more faster. I guess a lot people wish that, but still it's something, it's a success and even though I'm not at the place that I wish I was, it's still progress.
And speaking of progress, for the last 2 days I've let the writing slide by so I was hoping to get back on track with that today.
I also started incorporating something in my routine that I think kind of goes with the theme of using writing and everything as a backdrop to this diet-weight loss plan. In one of Stephen King's newest collections, 'Just After Sunset', he writes a story I think is simply titled 'Excercize Bike', where a man, in an attempt to lose weight after his doctor tells him his cholesterol is too high, buys and uses an excercize bike. This being a Stephen King story, you know there's a journey ahead for the man who can travel long distances on a stationary bike. The interesting part is that
a) you can begin a story with a very simple premise: a man trying to lose weight via an excercize bike. It takes the 'what if?' principle that writers every use to begin a story, to continue the story, to end the story. In this case, 'what if?' this bike took this man on a journey? 'What would happen if..." 
b) the bike actually takes him somewhere. When you are on an excercize bike, sometimes you tend to zone out, or at least I do, as your body does the work sometimes your mind wanders. the guy tracks his miles on the bike on a map, trying to reach a certain destination he's found while his mind sort of leaves his body.
So I decided that I'm going to try something like that. I want to pick a destination first, I'm not sure where I'm going to 'ride' to yet. I'm having trouble trying to find a table where I can look up how many miles I've ridden on the bike right now. You'd think it'd be right out there, but no. The bike we have is kinda old and the screen on it doesn't work and doesn't tell you miles or calories. Gonna go look.

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