Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The F Words ....

Some lovely peeps have already commented and entered my competition for the sneak previews of Kate Morton and Tara Moss's upcoming novels.
I would love to give you all a book, so I have a problem ... Should I give both book samples away to one lucky winner, or split them so two people get a RAK?
Let me know your thoughts. Oh and entries close at 5 pm on Friday.
In other news, I am now on Day 3 of my Flab to Fit challenge inspired by Diminishing Lucy.
My arthritis has flared up so I haven't done a lot of exercise but I'm certainly watching what I eat and drink.
And today, I'm off to do zumba, followed by a stretch class at my local Fernwood  gym this afternoon.
It's funny because I have to be really careful with exercise. I have ankylosing spondylitis, which is something I was born with - I have the gene for it unfortunately. However, my condition was only diagnosed in my 30s, when the symptoms became impossible to ignore.
As a bonus, I also have fibromyalgia, which makes the pain worse.
Diagnosis probably took about six years once the stiffness and pain got really bad.  Before then the aches and pains had always been put down to other things - small bones, growing pains, gym injuries, hours spent writing or taking notes when I worked as a journalist.
Yes ironically, I have chosen one of the worst professions for someone with arthritis and back and joint pain. Writing.
At Selwa Anthony's Sassy conference recently, her personal-trainer-turned-author Grant Hyde explained how simple things like sitting hunched over a laptop, or at the wrong angle at a desktop, or cross-legged as I type,  causes aches, pains, and work-related injuries. So writing plus arthritis is probably a recipe for disaster.
Luckily, my arthritis improves with gentle exercise. So that rules out, say jogging or step classes, but I can do resistance training, pilates, yoga, stretching, walking, swimming and other fairly low impact exercises. So there is really no excuse.
I really thought that Zumba would be too ouchy, but I find it really good. Because you're constantly moving and don't need to jump or leap unless you really want to, it's low impact.
I've done a few classes so far, and they are so much fun. And yes, I get those wonderful endorphins that lift my mood immediately. Best of all, my Fernwood gym offers at least one Zumba class a week, where kids can work out with their Mums. My two adored it, and it was another fun thing we could do together.
So wish me luck on my journey, and I'll try to keep it honest by posting regularly.
And don't forget to vote: One Book Giveaway or Two?

I want to get back to the fit, fun-loving chick who was brave enough to pat a tiger! Wish me luck ...


Ms_MotorbikeNut said...

Tough choice going by a lot of the comments so far in your other post for the give away it seems like people love Tara Moss more then Kate Morton.

I would keep the packs together that way people who have never read Kate Morton but love Tara Moss can get a sampling of both.

Having said that the choice finally lays with you since your the one running the give away but my vote is for 1 winner.

It may seem selfish but as I said people who love Tara Moss still get their cuppa and can discover a whole new author with Kate Morton

(((( Hugs ))))

Unknown said...

OOh - I'm so glad to hear that you're keeping up the Zumba! THat's great! And also that you found a good class close to you...

Am also gearing up to return to the classes as I need to lose all the weight I gained stuffing my face in Taiwan - ha! ha! :-)


Unknown said...

Okay, I'm going with Motorbikes_Lady's suggestion - a double treat for followers.
And Hsin-Yi I doubt you would need to .. I saw how gorgeous you look in that number your MaMa helped you get in Taiwan. xo

Anonymous said...

You are going to get there Bronnie, don't give up!

Anonymous said...

Hello! I stumbled across your blog on the Fat 2 Fit hop. I just wanted to wish you well on your healthy journey. You'll get there! :)

Thea said...

Oooo I love that photo of you with the tiger!
And one more thing...damn arthritis!
Good luck getting fit, I'm joining you. x