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Resolutions and Rededications for One Day.

What happened!  I was so motivated, again.  I had all the best intentions, I bought all the right stuff.  Clothes, equipment, I even got a cute water bottle.  Glass of course.  I started out dedicated and gung-ho.  This time it was going to be different.  Again.

I did great for two weeks.  I rode my recumbent bike every day.  Then that next week, I missed one day, then the following week, after I missed two days, I quit.  So much for it becoming a habit after 21 days.  That seems to be an urban legend.

After 10 days of recriminations and self-reproach, I have started again.  Last night I found my exercise clothes, they had gone missing.  With resolve I approached the bike, dug deep and said, “Let’s do this.”  It really wasn’t so bad.

I have done harder things in my life, I don’t know why I am so resistant to doing regular exercise.  Once I start, I actually feel better after a few days, so exercise has everything going for it, and yet I persist in resisting.

If doing something over and over will create a habit, I have made a habit of resisting some things that are good for me and embracing other things that are not great.  It does seem to be human nature, but there are some people who have developed the self-discipline to exercise regularly and make healthy food choices.  I really admire them.

This morning I remembered something my dad said years ago, after he had quit smoking.  He said that he didn’t have the self-control to stop smoking forever, he woke up every morning and told himself that he was just going to not smoke today.  He had the strength to choose non-smoking for one day.  This morning that is what I decided.  I exercised yesterday and I can do it today.  I am not going to worry about tomorrow.

Let me know your thoughts.  I know we all have things we resist doing, maybe this idea will help you too.

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  1. When I graduated x-ray school in 2009, I weighed over 220 lbs. I joined an all ladies gym here in town in 2014 and I would religiously go 4 days a week. I got down to 162 lbs the summer of 2016. But then when I started working full time, I couldn’t go as often. Now that my daughter is in dance and doing other classes with her theater program, it’s become too costly to continue the gym membership. I had a hysterectomy in Dec. 2016 and ever since then, my weight as fluctuated and now I’m back up to 169 lbs. Granted, it’s still better than the 220 lbs I was walking around with in 2009. When I was at the gym, there was a ton of support and encouragement from these women. Now that I don’t have that anymore, I have slipped and I have become very unhappy and mad at myself for doing so. I would like to lose 10-15 lbs. I will get there eventually. I just got to find that right balance. Sorry to ramble. 🙂

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Announcing that I have finished a book with the working title of “The Fairy Fort.” I am currently pitching it to publishers. Keep checking back to watch the progress of my newest novel.

Here is a quick glimpse of the story.

Sarah Doherty is an 18-year-old living in rural Ireland at the tail end of the Great War. Plagued by severe epilepsy, she is protected by her parents and lives a sheltered, secluded, lonely life. The Fae, local Irish fairies, interfere with her life. She falls forward a century in time through the local fairy fort of standing stones. She had a seizure in 1918 and woke up in 2020. The 21st century world includes life-saving prescriptions, physical comforts and the independence and freedom she seeks. The locals are welcoming and Andy Mclaughlin, a handsome young historian, is intriguing. She doesn’t want to return home.

Then a letter arrives from Boston divulging the story of Sarah and Andy’s lives that are deeply entwined in the previous century. They are not yet in love but as they seek to verify the letter through online resources, they feel a growing obligation to their unborn family and to each other. What would happen to their posterity living in Boston if they don’t return to 1918? Even if they do make it back, her parents can never know what happened to her or that would change everything.

This Young Adult time-travel romance explores the question: Do we have the freedom to make choices or is free will an elaborate illusion?

This is my third book. I love reading time travel romances. I am an advocate for epilepsy awareness because my 43-year-old son has intractable epilepsy. As a genealogist specializing in Irish research, I live part of the year in the village where the story is based. I wrote the book to help young adults understand that difficult situations can change your life. Sometimes miraculously.