Let’s Get Healthy: Day Thirty-four (AKA Welp, I’m Employed) #romancefit

Time on Treadmill: 30 sweaty, exhausted minutes.
Employment Level: Signed on the dotted line

Had a very pleasant interview with the nice folks who will be paying me to write assorted things for them. I think this is going to work out very well — it provides extra income, gives me enough time to write as well, and I get to do some really cool stuff by the looks of things. Can’t tell you much more than that, but altogether Nic is a happy camper.

In other news, I don’t know what is wrong with the Cameron Cats but my GOD they’re clingy today. Jessie greeted me this morning like I’d been away for months, Jeremy was doing his level best to trip me by flomping onto the floor wherever I was walking, Jasmine REALLY wanted to climb on me (and once I was in my interview gear I kinda had to discourage that because I didn’t want to show up covered in cat hair), and even JJ meowed piteously when I got home because I’d been GONE and he didn’t know where I WAS and I could have been DEAD for all he knew and how thoughtless could I BE, making him worry like that?

Yes, my eldest cat guilt trips me. On a regular basis, even.

The only one who was reasonable was Jemma, but she’s also the most laid-back cat in the house. She headbutts you once or twice a day when she wants to be petted, then the rest of the time she’s happy to snooze on a chair or sit in the window and watch the rabbits. And they’re gonna love me in a few minutes when I go up to the bedroom and shut them all out with only the Emergency Holographic House Ape (aka Ramón) for company.

Let’s Get Healthy: Day Thirty-three (AKA Sleep? What Means This Word, Sleep) #romancefit

Time on Treadmill: 30 minutes.
Apprehension Level: Xanax would be nice

So I have a job interview tomorrow that is playing hell with my ability to sleep. I’m not really worried about it — I fit the parameters easily, it’s a part-time contract position so it’s not like I’m re-enlisting with the Man, and I think I have a good shot at getting it. But I’m still nervous because this is a face-to-face meeting with strangers and I’m always a little anxious about making a good impression. And this anxiety is making itself known in a variety of ways — I can’t sleep, I screwed up two bezel settings in the garage, and of course the cats can sense this so they want to surgically attach themselves to me which, as much as I love them, is the last thing I want at this moment.

But by God I got my time in with Chuck, so I got that going for me.

Let’s Get Healthy: Day Thirty-two (AKA Screw You, Interval Training…) #romancefit

Time on Treadmill: 20 minutes.
Pain Level: Considering amputation

Clearly I overdid it on the Intensity Training yesterday, seeing as I’m hobbling around like Grandma today and cursing my knees as they curse right back at me. So yeah, only twenty minutes (AT MY NORMAL SPEED) on the treadmill because anything more would have turned me into a wobbly pile of Nicola at the far end of the track.

I have limits. I keep having to remind myself of that. I am no longer sixteen years old, nor am I Xena.

On the plus side, I delivered a pendant to my editor (she saw one that I did for a family member and asked me to make her something similar, and I’m gonna be honest, I outdid myself with this one), and came away from the delivery with over a pound of absolutely delicious brisket, so guess who didn’t have to make dinner tonight? I call that a win.

Let’s Get Healthy: Day Thirty-one (AKA So, HIIT…) #romancefit

Time on Treadmill: 30 minutes.
Pain Level: What the everloving fuck did I just do?

During this month of me walking on the treadmill every day, there have been some changes to my body. The expected ones, like my calves becoming things of beauty and my butt tightening up, were nice bennies, but once again I’m more interested in bumping up my endurance and strength than weight loss.

Except … I’ve lost back fat of all things, which doesn’t make any sense whatsoever but does make it hella easier to scratch between my shoulder blades. I decided to look this up (turns out there’s no correlation between walking and a smaller back, as there’s no such thing as spot reduction), and came across an article on interval training with regards to walking, where you can add thirty second bursts of power walking to your usual strolling speed of 2 MPH.

Ha. Ha ha ha. My usual strolling speed on the treadmill is 1.5 MPH, so bumping that up to 2 MPH is power walking for me. But I decided to try it. For my first 15 minute session I added seven minutes of walking at 2 MPH, and for my second session I added four minutes. Wow. That made a difference, if you could define “difference” as “being drenched in sweat while your bad knee curses at you in ancient Sumerian.”

I’m gonna try it again today.

Let’s Get Healthy: Day Thirty (AKA And We’re Back On Track) #romancefit

Time on Treadmill: 45 minutes.
Energy Level: Ha. Ha ha ha ha ha.

I think working in a hot garage is taking a lot out of me because man, I have been ridiculously tired all week. I’m getting enough sleep (at least, I think I am) but I wake up wiped and wind up slogging through the day until I can go to bed. I don’t feel sick, my sinuses aren’t hurting, I don’t think anything’s wrong, per se — I’m even pounding down enough water to rehydrate a fleet of camels and taking electrolytes so it’s not that.

At least it’s supposed to cool off after the weekend here in the clavicle of Texas, which is something. I plan on splitting my time cleaning, writing, and making a few new sparklies for the Etsy store (got a gorgeous pair of jade cabochons that I have plans for, muwahahahaha…), and catching up on my rest.

Let’s Get Healthy: Day Twenty-nine (AKA Back On Chuck) #romancefit

Time on Treadmill: 45 minutes.
Allergy Level: My eyes are sticking together

Didn’t quite manage the full hour to make up for yesterday, but I did get an extra fifteen minutes in on top of my daily half hour, and I’ll do the same tomorrow. I would’ve gotten it all done today but man, I was BUSY — contract editing work, then running to my rock and gem store to get some stuff for a couple of new pieces, then back to editing, then I had to feed and entertain the cats, then feed us, then go back to editing. It was kinda amazing that I was able to sandwich three fifteen minute sessions in among all of that.

But I did, and I feel good about it, and I finished the editing job, and I got two pieces soldered, polished, and in the tumbler (a pair of sterling and carnelian earrings and a pendant for a family member), and I came up with a new story idea, so yay for me. I figured an episode of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries was a good reward for all of that.

Let’s Get Healthy: Day Twenty-eight (AKA I am taking the day off) #romancefit

Time on Treadmill: 0 minutes.
Pain Level: Yeah, no

I am making an executive decision here and taking the day off from Chuck. Maybe this is a mistake, maybe not, but not only are my allergies flaring up like you would not believe, it is also incredibly painful to walk right now. The muscles up the outside of both thighs ache for some reason, and my joints — good Lord, you don’t even want to know. We’re talking hobbling and hanging onto furniture just to get around. My kind buddy J got up to get me missing silverware at the writers meeting tonight because I must have looked like I was about to cry when I discovered I hadn’t gotten a fork.

I have both knees wrapped and braces on both ankles, I’ve taken two doses of CBD oil and ibu, and all I want to do is go to bed and hopefully have a night of sleep that is moderately less agonizing than last night was.

Besides, twenty-seven straight days on the treadmill is a pretty good record, no? And if I’m feeling better tomorrow, maybe I’ll try and get an hour in with Chuck. No promises, mind you — much will depend on how I’m feeling. I don’t mind walking through a cold, but I feel so cruddy right now that I’m honestly afraid I would fall over on the damn treadmill. Health and safety first.

Let’s Get Healthy: Day Twenty-seven (AKA So. Many. Cats) #romancefit

Time on Treadmill: 30 minutes.
Ennui Level: Parisian

Why is it that every time I get hot, sweaty, tired, grumpy, and don’t want to be touched (aka any time I’ve come in from working in the garage), that is the EXACT moment that all the cats in the house decide that they have to interact with Mom in some way? Jasmine does her best to surgically attach herself to me, Jemma headbutts my hand until I pet her, Jessie does the same thing until I let her snuggle into my left arm, Jeremy starts whining about God knows what, and JJ shouts because he’s now a shouty old man.

Never mind — they’re cats, it’s what they do. In fitness news, my butt is definitely getting smaller and firmer, but I’m also developing some aches in my left thigh that make it difficult to sleep on that side (and that’s my favorite site). I’m thinking about investing in one of those roller thingies to see if I can work the knots out that way. The weight is continuing to drop incrementally, and I can now fit back into my black jeans, which is a win. More importantly, I can do 25 minutes on the treadmill at a stretch, which means the endurance is definitely coming back, yay!

Let’s Get Healthy: Day Twenty-six (AKA Oh, God) #romancefit

Time on Treadmill: 30 minutes.
Tiredness Level: not even, and I really have to go to bed

We finished Stranger Things 3 tonight, and I think it’s the best season yet, which apparently runs counter to a lot of opinions out there. My reason for appreciating this season so much is that it captures the look and feel of 1985 to an amazing degree (I was in college this year, so yeah, I remember it quite well), plus I love the deepening of the relationships between the various characters, especially Eleven and Hopper. And hey, it brings back some very fun memories of wandering around malls, back before Amazon started delivering everything to your door.

I’m also kinda delighted with something that I just realized tonight — the quasi-romantic pairing of Hopper and Joyce is not only age equivalent, but Winona Ryder is actually four years older than David Harbour. Since I get a little sick of seeing actors cast with love interests twenty years their junior, this is a nice change of pace.

Oh, as for the title of this post, I need to get up tomorrow for an interview but I’m not really tired. This should go well!

Let’s Get Healthy: Day Twenty-five (AKA Why All The Jewelry, Nic?) #romancefit

Time on Treadmill: 30 minutes.
Sweat Level: positively awash

“Nic, you’re a romance writer. Why do you keep banging on about all this jewelry?”

I’m glad you asked. See, writing is my passion, and it’s what I’m going to be doing until the day I drop dead over my keyboard. That being said, my writing process involves various kinds of crafts, jewelry fabrication being one of them. I literally cannot “just write” — I’ve tried it, and I get so boxed up I can’t even find a glimmer of a way through the story. But if I split my time between writing and fabricating a pair of earrings, the writing goes great guns because while I’m working on the jewelry I’m also mentally going over the story, padding out places and whittling away at others. When I’m finished with the jewelry I take all of that back with me to the laptop and put it into my WIP.

Also, and I hate to be blunt here, but books make money across a period of time. A book I sell today won’t pay me royalties until three months from now (or one month if it’s Smashwords). Whereas a piece of jewelry will pay me today, if I can find a buyer. And to be honest things are kinda tight in Casa Cameron right now, so anyone who buys one of my pieces is literally helping to feed my cats. If you want to see more of my stuff (sterling and otherwise), please do check out my Etsy store — there are all kinds of nifty sparklies up there right now.