Getting in Shape


“Let’s talk about your goals,” my physical trainer says. “What do you want to achieve?”

“I need to look good by July.”

I know this is very shallow. I should be trying to stay healthy all year round and I should be more concerned with having a strong heart than a firm middle. *Hangs head in shame*

“What’s in July?” he asks.

“I have to look good in front of hundreds of women,” I say, shame forgotten. “Everyone goes shopping for cute clothes and shoes. It’s the gathering of the year.”

I tried to explain the historical fashion show I’m a part of and how I’m presenting a workshop…let’s just say I don’t want to suck it in for four days.

I should have been warned by the gleam in his eyes.

“Oh, we can do July,” Mr. Strange says. (That’s my trainer’s name. Strange. I wish I wrote contemporaries so I could write him into something.)

So I woke up this morning barely able to walk after jump roping. I popped two Advil and dragged myself to the gym anyway. At one point in the workout he laughed diabolically when I was limping from the exercise bike to the mat. I swear, there was diabolicalness to it.

Then I ended the workout doing a fitness drink taste test because he insisted these were the ones that “tasted good”. I nodded politely and tried not to make a face. The grape one was better than the fruit punch.

“Take the whole bottle with you,” he offers.

“No, no.” I force a smile. “You can have it.”

He wants to start looking at a food journal starting next week to which I agreed. It’s really hard to trim down when you’re 5’1. There’s very little wiggle room. But I’m going to look good in July, darn it.

Maybe I should add a daily fitness goal to the Fast Draft goal?


  1. Katie Reus
    Apr 22, 2010 @ 08:06:22

    You can do it! You’ve got the motivation 🙂 I’ve been working out and slimming down too, but just b/c I live in the south and it’s bathing suit season 8-10 months out of the year, lol. I say definitely add a daily fitness goal. It’s easier when you break things down into smaller increments.

  2. Jeannie Lin
    Apr 22, 2010 @ 08:08:33

    Thanks for the encouragement, Katie. Are you headed to RWA this year? No bathing suits here. Plus working at home takes away the need to look decent for the office. I need some extra motivation.

  3. Dara
    Apr 22, 2010 @ 08:16:31

    You can do it! I admire anyone who exercises regularly.

    I loathe working out more than almost anything, which probably explains why I was out of breath after a 20 minute leisurely bike ride around the block 😛 Perhaps I should take that as a sign to, you know, exercise a little.

    Nah. 😛

  4. Jeannie Lin
    Apr 22, 2010 @ 08:34:09

    Exercise is one of the few things that gets me out of the house. For some reason, I also have it psychologically linked with writing more. I’ve got a whole barrel of quirks when it comes to writing.

  5. Jax Cassidy
    Apr 22, 2010 @ 13:06:58

    You can SO do it! I know you can, especially with your motivation and fitness trainer! I’ll be whistling “Ooh-la-la” when you pass by… LOL