So after last week’s freakish 9k+, things have slowed a little. Sunday was 805, Monday 1280, and last night 830. I hit my midpoint, and the scene following where Elodie reacts to the big reveal at the MP was REALLY HARD TO WRITE. It’s this huge emotional reaction and I swear I just slit open a vein and had to dip in a quill. I was WIPED OUT when I finished.
I need to do some work this week fleshing out a more detailed outline of what’s going on in this next quarter of the story. I have several scenes very vaguely outlined, but I need to be much clearer on what action is taking place, how the story is being moved forward. So that’s part of the plan for the rest of this week, to make sure that I have a better grip on where I’m going with it as I tackle this downward slope toward my climax. Which is totally going to change from the original plan, as I realized what I had jotted in has nothing to do with their character arcs and wasn’t really heroic. So not totally sure how that will change yet. Pot (Susan) had some great ideas on that front that are percolating and should wind up as some kinda awesome.
Regarding Operation G.I.T., was down 4.8 pounds as of Sunday. I’d been eating outside my calorie budget, working out like a maniac, so I went ahead and let Sparkpeople adjust my calorie budget for me. This morning I’m back up 2.5 pounds. Now I know part of that is water, as I physically have not consumed enough calories in the last 3 days to gain that much, but it’s a definite measure that their system is NOT right. I don’t think I could eat 1680-1900 calories a day when I was 20 (I’m 5’4″). I sure can’t do it at 31. I’m going back to what I was doing, making sure I net (with exercise) at least 1200 calories a day, and if I’m hungry after that, allowing myself to eat half of what I burned.
I’ve made it up to Expert level on New U (which is apparently AFTER Teacher, which I find weird) for the De-Stress program. It doesn’t burn as many calories as the Weight Loss program, but it’s a bit shorter, so it left me with enough time to box as well, and that does push me past what I was burning just doing the Weight Loss program. And there is no crane pose. I’m sure I’ll get bored if it doesn’t keep changing things, so after I max out my level here, I’ll swap over to some other goal. Maybe I’ll work on Core Strength next. Somebody remind me I said that after it runs me through a brutal pilates session at 6 in the morning.