Monday, December 04, 2006

Health and the Writer by Camy Tang

Whether you’re a writer who also works a full-time job or are a busy stay-at-home-mom, it’s hard to stay healthy. I researched and figured out a bunch of tips and tricks to help me stay in shape without carving out of my precious writing time. I also found some tips to help me have just general better health. Pick and choose which of these will work for you.

You’re not a loser

I know you’ve heard the voices:

I can’t stick with this new eating and exercise lifestyle change.

I’m too lazy.

I’m too old.

I’m not disciplined enough. (I hear this one a lot!)

Don’t let yourself get down on yourself! If you have a calorie-fest or miss exercise for weeks on end, don’t hate yourself. Don’t believe the lie of “Why bother?”

Every day is a new day. So you ate over 3000 calories yesterday. So what? Today is brand new and you can eat within your calorie range today. Don’t think about the days or weeks you busted in that one meal at that decadent steakhouse. Just get back on track.

A healthy lifestyle is not like a bank where you withdraw and deposit calories/fat/exercise. A healthy lifestyle is training yourself to become used to a ROUTINE. A healthy lifestyle is training your mind, your stomach, and your emotions to form GOOD HABITS.

Routines and habits are LONG TERM.

Don’t think about the past. It’s over and done with. Concentrate on today, making good choices today, training yourself to make better choices in future.

Camy Tang is a novelist also fighting the battle of the bulge. Find out more about her and her books at, or enjoy the read on her blog at



Blogger Melissa Marsh said...

It took me awhile to make the change to healthy eating/lifestyle, but I had to after I was diagnosed with diabetes. Now I stay on top of things, but when I DO fall (and there are days when I have a few cookies or a piece of pie), that's ok because hey, I've got to enjoy life, too. :-)

8:50 AM  
Blogger Tricia Goyer said...

Yeah, well, I just got chocolate in the mail from one of my publishers ... and I was doing so well!

12:54 PM  

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