Nov 14, 2011

When to Take a Break & The Noughties Blogfest

I'm addicted to exercising.  I hit the treadmill and run 2-3 times a week, and I do a spinning class two times a week which I love, but I want to not hate running.  But I still kindof do.   So I keep motivating myself and telling myself that eventually I will find that runner's high, not just the runner's what-the-#$!!-were-you-thinking.

Here's the funny thing about people who are addicted to exercise.  They have a hard time taking a day off.  I would much rather do a crappy workout than miss a day.  But I have recently learned that it is important to take a break.  More than once I have figured out that if I don't take a break, my body will MAKE me take a break, and I never like the way it chooses to do so.

Because of that, I have learned how to listen to my body.  I can now tell when it is hitting the breaking point, when it is tired, when it needs a break.

Figuring out how to do this has translated well with writing.  Friday night, I was just done.  I had a couple days of not feeling stellar, pushing through helping students learn how to write rhetorically, grades, all know how it goes.  But Friday night, I had two choices - write, horribly, or re-charge and come back better.  I chose the second.

I woke up Saturday, feeling refreshed with ideas of where my NaNo needed to go.  Yes, I needed to make up some words, but I was rejuvenated.

I think that is way more important than writing crap.  Yes, I know that it is NaNo, but I can't write crap just for the sake of making a word count.

So, the question is what do you do when you are tired?  Do you take a break or have a trick of how to muscle through it?  How do you make your writing brain rejuvenated?  

I'm also participating in the Noughties Blogfest - here are my favorite movies from the 2000's -  I had to go with just movies - I couldn't even begin to conquer the music :)

2000 - Gladiator; X-Men; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

2001 - A Beautiful Mind; Ocean's Eleven; Moulin Rouge

2002 - The Pianist; Chicago; Hero; The Bourne Identity

2003 - Pirates of the Caribbean, Big Fish; Master and Commander:The Far Side of the World;

2004 - Hotel Rwanda; The Incredibles; House of Flying Daggers

2005 - Batman Begins; Mr. and Mrs. Smith; Pride and Prejudice

2006 - The Prestige; Casino Royale; The Pursuit of Happyness; The Illusionist

2007 -Juno; Transformers; Bridge to Terabithia; Hairspray; The Great Debaters

2008 - The Dark Knight; Ironman; Horton Hears a Who

2009 - Up; Avatar; Sherlock Holmes

I think there's only one chick flick there.   Pretty true to form for me :)


Jess said...

I always take a break when I need one. My physical/mental/mothering balance needs to come first, and writing come after that. No pressure, no guilt (no publishing contract either, though, which might ease the pressure a teeny-tiny bit). Great reminder to not be afraid of re-charging!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hi! Visiting from Dave's site for the Noughties Blogfest.

Murees Dupé said...

I only recently discovered that taking a break, when you are dead tired, is the best thing to do for you and your writing. Usually I would force myself to write, but I do end up only writing crap in the end. So now I just sleep or kick back when I feel like my mind is stuck.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

The Illusionist! Excellent. That film was so overshadowed by The Prestige.

Dave said...

Thanks for taking part today.

I love X-Men, The Incredibles and Juno.

Dave Wrote This

Patricia Lynne said...

There were some pretty good movies that came out in the noughties. (Popping by on the blogfest. Hi)

As for your question, usually, I have to not write. I have to occupy myself with something else, and try very hard, and usually very unsuccessfully, not to think about writing.

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

I think you're right - there are moments when it's definitely better to take a break then keep on pushing. A break allows you to recharge and come back refreshed instead of more dog-tired and unenthusiastic then you were when you finished pushing through.

Love your movie lost - so many on there I also loved!

Budd said...

great list, glad to see another house of flying daggers fan.

Jessie Humphries said...

I whole heartedly agree, we need breaks. Recharging necessary.

M.J. Fifield said...

I love so many of the movies you listed here that I want to go back and add them to my own list. To my credit, they're scribbled down in my notes for this blogfest. I was just getting too wordy and had to cut some titles out.

Rhonda said...

Some great movies on your list. I just saw Mr and Mrs. Smith for the first time the other night. My list was all funny movies. You can see it here if you want.

And an exercise break is good. I had a really long one this year with an injury - not so good.

Donna Hole said...

Love your list; I saw a lot of my own favorites there.

I think I'm always on a break :) I know I need to spend more time exercising; it just doesn't seem there's enough hours in a day for all I want to do . .


E.R. King said...

Good for you for being addicted to exercise! Part of that is living with the guilt if you don't one day. I've done yoga with a cold so many times, it's not pretty. But I always feel better about pushing through it than not doing it!

S. L. Hennessy said...

Looks like we have a lot of the same picks (and taste). Great choices!!

Anonymous said...

Excellent movie choices! Though I still haven't seen AVATAR. By choice, really.

Brent Wescott said...

Visiting for the blogfest. Love the list, but I have to say that I thought the movie version Terabithia was a let down, considering the source material is so great.