NaNoWriMo. Dieting. And Running.

Today is the first day of NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month. I have several seventh-graders who are attempting to write 50,000 words during the month of November. I told them if they succeeded we could have a pizza party, and if their parents are willing we might even be able to go to Chuckie Cheese for a celebration. Writing that much in one month, even if is crap, is an accomplishment. Oh, and the other end of that deal is that I have to try it, too. That’s around 1,666 and 2/3 words each day this month. I’ll give it a whirl, knowing that it will be a really bad novel since I’ve never attempted fiction before in my life. I think I am going to try to write a six-page short story each day, so that they all fit together into one big story. We’ll see. Supposedly the whole point is just to get people to write, then encourage them to revise and edit in December. Mine may have to be revised and edited over the summer if it’s even worth keeping.


Today is the first day of the big ol’ diet.

Breakfast: banana, 8 oz. juice, 8 oz. soy milk, two flax-seed capsules, one cinnamon capsule

Lunch: peanut butter sandwich, vegan vegetable soup, apple

Snack: yogurt, two twizzlers

Dinner: I have somewhere between 100 and 400 calories left, so dinner will be slim pickings!


I went to my follow-up appointment for my ankle today, and the doctor essentially said I can run as far and as fast as I can. I don’t have to wear my heel cups when I run, and I just have to do my exercises for about another six weeks. This is excellent news for the half-marathon training and for the full-marathon training! 🙂

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