Time-Suck, Weight-Suck

Actually, my weight doesn’t go down no matter what or how little I eat. What I need to do is exercise. Imma start doing that Real Soon Now, a term which, in sf/fantasy fandom, traditionally means “don’t hold your breath”.

Anyway, I can spend time better used exercising to browse the fantabulous SparkPeople site. SparkPeople is a place where you can plan lifestyle changes. Some people use it to lose weight, some use it to gain weight. If my mother and I could strike a cap-and-trade deal, we’d both be happy. Some people use it to quit smoking. You get the picture. They have all kinds of strategies and awesome recipes, although I’m usually, “I can make that recipe for 20 calories per serving less.”

Posting today at Fatal Foodies on the subject of — of all things — caviar, which is kind of like Ab the Caveman posting about computer programming. As our #3 Daughter would say, “Whatever.”

WRITING PROMPT: Does your main character get any exercise? Does he or she want to?



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Time-Suck, Weight-Suck

  1. Holly Jahangiri

    August 10, 2011 at 8:54am

    Don’t worry about SparkPeople being a “time suck.” I’m absolutely convinced this is one of the keys to success – your success, not theirs. When you feel like “SparkPeople ate my brain” and “OMG, have I really been perusing this site for three days straight?” and “Gotta log that cucumber slice!” you’re in the right mindset. It’s kind of annoying, but I swear it works. Don’t sweat it. (I just gave myself this little pep-talk this morning – the scales haven’t budged in three days, despite the initial 7 – no, 8 – lbs. lost. But that means they haven’t gone UP, either! And it’s only been a week and a half.) I think the real key is the way the whole SparkPeople site starts getting you to think of nutrition and exercise in positive terms, instead of focusing on the negative thoughts and feelings that drove you there. Know what I mean? So immerse yourself for a bit and don’t sweat it. USE the trackers. Check out the free exercise videos! There’s even a great little 10 minute office workout that’ll get your heart rate up and have you stronger in no time. Nicole knows how to put you through your paces and you’ll still be smiling when you’re done!

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      Marian Allen

      August 10, 2011 at 9:45am

      I’m trying not to get too dependent on SparkPeople. I need to learn how to keep this up on my own, for myself. I lost 30 pounds a few years ago by eating sensibly and exercising, then I stopped exercising and the weight crept back when I wasn’t looking. Bad weight! No biscuit! Mmm…biscuits….

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