By Liz Talley
The title sounds like something you'd read in Ladies Home Journal, huh?
Or maybe a self-screen mammogram brochure. LOL. (Note to self: schedule mammogram)
But it's more of a treatise on how to avoid really, really bad back pain. Friends who follow me on twitter or facebook know about this horrid nagging in my back that has flared into a full-out back crisis. Those of you who stay away from social media are in the dark. Well, let me light a candle...
For one thing, I'm not *that* old. I turned 40 yrs old in August and then things started going downhill. You'd think I'd get a week to get use to impending middle age, but nope. Two days after my birthday party, I'm on a heating pad. Yeah. Welcome to your 40s, Liz.
No big deal. It aches because I'm writing. I know this and accept it as part of being a person who doesn't comb her hair until after lunch and thinks yoga pants should be standard uniform for all writers (who are those nuts who say they dress professional when they sit down at the computer?) So, yeah, I understand the old back gets a little sore at times...and the old rear end spreads as a result of
At first I didn't get it. Why? Why was this happening to me when I have a book due at the end of September?
But then I started thinking about how I approached my writing. About how I sat at the computer for a long period of time. About the time I spent playing on social media. And about how I'd given up things like yoga and zumba in effort to have more time in front of the computer.
Add all those things up and you'll see I needed to reassess my writerly self.
So in order to keep you from getting twisted into a pretzel and pandering for oxycotin, I thought I'd share with you my new list for being a healthy writer:
1. Maximize writing time. I can get 2000 words done in around 2 hours if I concentrate and don't skip over to facebook or random blogs.
2. Take breaks every 30-40 minutes.
3. Start the morning with yoga or a good solid 15-20 minutes of stretching
4. Move my body in new ways. No just walking. I need Zumba, Yoga, tennis, something that uses muscles that need working.
5. Sit with feel flat on the floor when I write. No wonky foot tucked up under me or legs crossed.
Even if you don't have back issues, those five things are good for you anyhow, right? I could add healthy snacks, but I'm trying to list things I can actually do. Healthy snacks I CAN do, but not without their fatter, more fun cousin -unhealthy snacks. I sort of need the fun cousins to make life, well, tolerable.
So, I'd love to hear your advice for being healthy. What do you do to make your body happy?Leave a comment and I will choose a lucky commentor to recieve one of my Boys of Bayou Bridge books. Your choice! Or if you have those, you can choose one of my Oak Stand, Texas books. And if you have those, I'll send you the Christmas book, The Spirit of Christmas, when I get my hot little hands on it :)