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Fit To Write Tips: Get Grateful

By Kelly James-EngerKelly James Enger and son
Last month, I talked about the benefits of having an inspiration file. Inspiration is critical to your success, certainly. But this month, it’s the perfect time to go a step beyond that – and think about what you’re grateful for. This applies to both your health and your writing career.
 
One recent study found that college students who focused on what they were grateful for (as opposed to those who simply recorded events that had happened or things that had annoyed them) experienced better mood, more sleep, and fewer colds than their peers. So feeling grateful may boost your immune system as well.
 
I admit, it’s hard to feel grateful sometimes — like when my strained calf keeps me from running. But then I remind myself to appreciate the fact that I’m not immobilized – and I can still bike at the gym, even if it’s not nearly as fun. Looking for that proverbial “silver lining” can keep you feeling grateful this Thanksgiving season – and the rest of the year as well. 
Author, speaker, and consultant Kelly James-Enger is a certified personal trainer and the author of books including Small Changes, Big Results: A 12-Week Action Plan to a Better Life (with Ellie Krieger, R.D.). Her book, Ready, Aim, Specialize! Create your own Writing Specialty and Make More Money, is aimed at novice freelancers; Six-Figure Freelancing: The Writer’s Guide to Making More Money helps experienced writers boost their bottom lines. Visit www.becomebodywise.com  for free articles about freelancing and more information about her.
 

Fit To Write Tips: Remember the Good Stuff

By Kelly James-EngerKelly James Enger and son
  
Remember when that story you worked so hard on got killed? When an editor rejected your pitch after you spent hours on it? I bet you do. But what about the high notes of your writing career? They may be harder to recall.
 
That’s why I suggest you start an Inspiration File. Mine includes notes, cards, letters, and emails I’ve collected over nine years. There’s a note from an editor thanking me for a “great job” on one of my first stories, fan letters from readers of my novel, and a congratulations card from my husband when I sold my first book.
 
If I’m struggling with freelancing or having doubts about my choice of career, I take a look through my Inspiration File to focus on my accomplishments instead of my rejections. I suggest you do the same.
 
Don’t focus on how far you have to go-instead, celebrate the distance you’ve already come.
Author, speaker, and consultant Kelly James-Enger is a certified personal trainer and the author of books including Small Changes, Big Results: A 12-Week Action Plan to a Better Life (with Ellie Krieger, R.D.). Her book, Ready, Aim, Specialize! Create your own Writing Specialty and Make More Money, is aimed at novice freelancers; Six-Figure Freelancing: The Writer’s Guide to Making More Money helps experienced writers boost their bottom lines. Visit

www.becomebodywise.com for free articles about freelancing and more information about her.

Fit To Write Tips: Forget Fashion

By Kelly James-EngerKelly James Enger and son
 
Some of my readers may already know of my penchant for thick, fluffy socks. I can’t concentrate, much less write well, when my feet are cold, so cuddly socks are an important part of my work “uniform.”
 
But my uniform is pretty casual. Most days I work in overalls, sweats or pajama bottoms. I’ve found the key for me is to be comfortable. Wearing pants that cut off your circulation (maybe it’s time for the next size up?) or worse, an uncomfortable skirt and toe-pinching high heels may look great, but they won’t help you meet your daily word count allotment. Opt for function over fashion, and comfort over couture. You may not win any best-dressed awards but you’re likely to be more productive at your writing desk — and that’s what’s really important.
 
 
 
Author, speaker, and consultant Kelly James-Enger is a certified personal trainer and the author of books including Small Changes, Big Results: A 12-Week Action Plan to a Better Life (with Ellie Krieger, R.D.). Her book, Ready, Aim, Specialize! Create your own Writing Specialty and Make More Money, is aimed at novice freelancers; Six-Figure Freelancing: The Writer’s Guide to Making More Money helps experienced writers boost their bottom lines. Visit www.becomebodywise.com for free articles about freelancing and more information about her.

Fit To Write Tips: Start your Day off Write

By Kelly James-Enger

Like to write first thing in the morning? That’s great, but make sure you fuel your tank beforehand. Kelly James Enger and sonYour mom was right about eating breakfast-not only does it help you maintain a healthy weight, it also improves your abilities to concentrate and remember, two important skills when you’re putting words on the page. Not surprisingly, regular breakfast eaters also report they feel better mood-wise and perform better on the job than breakfast-skippers.
 
It’s good if you have time to actually sit down and eat a hearty breakfast, but if you’re pressed for time, forgo the typical hot breakfast for fruit and yogurt or peanut butter on a whole-wheat bagel. In a pinch, an energy bar and a big glass of water is much better than nothing. Some protein, fat, and complex carbs will give you the energy your body and brain need first thing in the morning.
 
   
Author, speaker, and consultant Kelly James-Enger is a certified personal trainer and the author of books including Small Changes, Big Results: A 12-Week Action Plan to a Better Life (with Ellie Krieger, R.D.). Her book, Ready, Aim, Specialize! Create your own Writing Specialty and Make More Money, is aimed at novice freelancers; Six-Figure Freelancing: The Writer’s Guide to Making More Money helps experienced writers boost their bottom lines. Visit www.becomebodywise.com for free articles about freelancing and more information about her.

Fit To Write Tips: Drink Up!

By Kelly James-Enger
Part of eating well is drinking well, too — a lot of us are chronically dehydrated. If you don’t take in enough fluids, you Kelly James Enger and sonmay feel tired, spacey or have trouble concentrating. While I swear by the energy-boosting benefits of Diet Mountain Dew, I make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day. If you’re a coffee drinker, you need water, too — the caffeine in coffee, tea and some sodas can tend to dehydrate you.
 
The oft-quoted recommendation of eight eight-ounce glasses a day is only that — a recommendation. You may need more than that, especially if you exercise vigorously, or you may need less. The rule of thumb is to check your urine — if you’re drinking enough fluids, your urine should be straw-colored. Deep yellow means your body needs more water, so drink up.
 
 
Author, speaker, and consultant Kelly James-Enger is a certified personal trainer and the author of books including Small Changes, Big Results: A 12-Week Action Plan to a Better Life (with Ellie Krieger, R.D.). Her book, Ready, Aim, Specialize! Create your own Writing Specialty and Make More Money, is aimed at novice freelancers; Six-Figure Freelancing: The Writer’s Guide to Making More Money helps experienced writers boost their bottom lines. Visit www.becomebodywise.com for free articles about freelancing and more information about her.

Better Back Basics

Kelly James Enger and sonBy Kelly James-Enger


Have you ever hurt your back? You’re not alone-four in five Americans will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. People who sit all day-like writers-are particularly susceptible to back problems.
 
To help avoid such challenges, practice good posture, especially when you’re sitting-your shoulders should be pulled back, head up, stomach tucked in, back slightly curved. Throughout the day, do a “posture check” to make sure you’re not slumping. Use an adjustable chair that’s comfortable and supports your lower back, and don’t bend and twist at the same time, which increases the strain on your back.
 
Also, avoid sitting for long periods of time which can leave you feeling stiff and sore. Get in the habit of taking a short break from your desk every hour or so. And finally, a regular exercise program including core-strengthening moves like abdominal crunches will help your back stay strong and flexible.
 

Author, speaker, and consultant Kelly James-Enger is a certified personal trainer and the author of books including Small Changes, Big Results: A 12-Week Action Plan to a Better Life (with Ellie Krieger, R.D.). Her book, Ready, Aim, Specialize! Create your own Writing Specialty and Make More Money, is aimed at novice freelancers; Six-Figure Freelancing: The Writer’s Guide to Making More Money helps experienced writers boost their bottom lines. Visit www.becomebodywise.com for free articles about freelancing and more information about her.

Fit to Write Tips: Get Your Brain Moving

Kelly James Enger and sonBy Kelly James-Enger

Suffering from writer’s block? Can’t get the words to flow? Get away from the computer and move your body.

I find a good workout or even a short walk is enough to clear your head and give you a new perspective. Better yet, take a portable tape recorder with you. When I’m feeling stuck, I often grab my tape recorder and my dog and head to the park. I walk for a while, thinking about what I’m working on, and then dictate into the recorder. By the time I come home, I’ve got a good start on the piece, or at least some notes I can transcribe into my PC.

Sure, some people may wonder if you’re scouting for Neighborhood Watch, but consider this a great way to exercise your body and mind-and boost your productivity as well.

Author, speaker, and consultant Kelly James-Enger is a certified personal trainer and the author of books including Small Changes, Big Results: A 12-Week Action Plan to a Better Life (with Ellie Krieger, R.D.). Her book, Ready, Aim, Specialize! Create your own Writing Specialty and Make More Money, is aimed at novice freelancers; Six-Figure Freelancing: The Writer’s Guide to Making More Money helps experienced writers boost their bottom lines. Visit www.becomebodywise.com for free articles about freelancing and more information about her.


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