Friday, March 18, 2011

Jillian Michaels' Writing Boot Camp

Trying to reach those health resolutions I set back in January, I've been exercising a lot. My friend recommended Jillian Michael's 30-day Shred workout video, and let me tell you, it is killer.

Still, it seems to be working, so I've started imagining Ms. Michael's as my personal trainer to help me reach my writing goals. Here's what I'm hearing:
  • "Come on people! If you want to write for only 20 minutes a day, then you've got to WORK! It can replace hours at the computer, but you can't stop. You have to TYPE! You can't stop typing!"
  • "I know it's hard. It's hard for me. But when you're done and you see the results . . . it's worth it people!"
  • "Okay, this is our last speed-writing circuit. When it's through, I want to see your hand CRAMPING!"
  • "When it hurts the most, that's when you're accomplishing the most! Keep writing! Come on, just give me five more words . . ."
  • "You're probably thinking I'm a crazy person, it wouldn't be the first time I've been called that, but I get results! And when you see what you can write, and you see what you can accomplish, it will influence every other part of your life!"

I'm inspired, people! I hope you are too. :)

*Note: These are not real quotes but rather parodies stemming from a half-crazed mind in the throes of one of her killer workouts. 

**And a heads up for a week of fun and silliness starting March. 28th. Vicki over at Rambles and Randomness and I are planning daily prizes, easy entries and lots of fun to celebrate our 1 year mark together. And we just added an AWESOME prize. Details coming soon!

16 comments:

Brenda said...

I think Jillian would also add something about getting rid of distractions, e.g., "Shut down that browser. Come on, you can do it. Twitter and Facebook will not go away ane you need to focus!" At least that's what she'd say to me. :)

Joanne said...

You know, Janet, I think you ought to lead a conference, or a writing course! Your motivation here makes me WANT to cramp my hand from writing!

Happy Friday :)

Guinevere said...

This is too funny. I've done the 30 day shred before, and you sound spot on, too... :)

Lynn said...

Love it! I'll have to check out that 30 day shred. Sounds very motivating. And I agree with Joannne. You could make a motivation video for us of you, just sayin.

Elana Johnson said...

I so need a Jillian, both in my writing life and my baby-beluga-sized life. Good for you for working out and writing more!

Laurel Garver said...

I love your visualization here. "Give me five more words..." Priceless.

The Golden Eagle said...

I'm inspired now! :)

Great post.

Kenda said...

Janet, this is a classic! I don't have the workout video, but we do watch the tv show "The Biggest Loser" every week where she drives people to tears and more all the time, and you have so nailed her! I had to laugh when I read this. It's Jillian's voice to a T.

Good luck on doing her workouts. Hope you survive (and your writing, too)! Thanks again for the laugh...

Bethany Elizabeth said...

:) Motivation comes from the strangest places, doesn't it? But I like the relationship between working out and writing - writing can also feel like a physically exhausting exercise, can't it?

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Dude, that was great writing inspiration! Love the Jillian Michael's spin. Talk about motivation!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Too funny!

Congrats on winning on the Operation Awesome contest. Your pitch really did rock.

I'm going away for Spring break during your contest. :(

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Great post! I'd like to lose 30 pounds in 30 days and write a novel in 30 days...That would be awesome!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Janet .. bootcamp - great thoughts .. just knuckling under .. and I love Sharon's thoughts .. suit me too.

It is - just getting on and doing it .. cheers and enjoy the weekend .. Hilary

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Medeia Sharif said...

I need more motivation as a writer and exerciser.

Have a great weekend.

Kelly M. Olsen said...

Just the pep talk I needed, Janet. Thanks for channeling Jillian for this post...she ROCKS!