I’ve been doing Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day shred for five days now and I am SORE. Cancer, two back to back surgeries, radiation and the resulting 45 pound weight loss left me weak and even more klutzy than usual, which is SCARY considering how Klutzy I was to begin with! I’d been working out, but only sporadically, due more to my crushing writing schedule than desire. Now that I have a few minutes to breathe,  I finally decided it was time to get serious.

If you’re gonna get serious, Jillian Michaels seems like a good choice. Plus, my friend of many years, (even though we’ve only met once), Linda Sherwood ,was doing it, and enjoying the benefits, so I jumped on the bandwagon, purchased a DVD and started the program. I have a gym membership and a great workout buddy, but my desire is to run, so I thought I would give this a shot to build some strength before I hit the road. The last thing I want right now is more doctor’s appointments!

Getting stronger in any area of your life takes commitment. And sometimes, often times, it takes pain as well. Writing four books in a year was both exhilarating and painful. But my writing has improved in a million little ways. I was working on a proposal the other day and by the time I finished it, I barely recognized the writing—my style and voice improved more in the last year than it had the five years prior. I’m currently working on the copy edits for the third Summerset Abbey book, Spring Awakening. The book made me cry when I wrote it and even now, I shake my head over the growth in my writing. The pain was worth it.

I’m hoping that 30 Day Shred is going to be worth it, too!

On the Blog: What does the 30 Day Shred and writing have in common? From @teribrownwrites (Click to Tweet)

On the Blog: Strengthening your writing muscles can be as painful as strengthening your real ones. From @teribrownwrites (Click to Tweet)