You are thinking of joining the Rotund Writer Challenge? Five things to remember


Couple of days ago I published an article setting out the Rotund Writer challenge. As part of the challenge I pledged to:

  • Write 2,000 words per day Monday to Friday (or 10,000 words per week);
  • Run (move) for an hour every day Monday to Friday (on Sundays I do karate);
  • Stop eating sugar and foods that process as sugar.

People have already approached me unofficially wanting to join the challenge; they ask whether they need to run and whether they need to write 2,000 words per day. My response to this, which I though may be useful to make public, is:

  • I would love to have you do the Rotund Writer Challenge with me;
  • The only condition is that you do at least two of the pledges, preferably the writing and the physical activity ones;
  • You don’t have to write 2,000 words a day; it is your challenge and you have to pitch it to your level. You can choose to write 1,000 words or 3,000 words – the pledge is to do it and do it five days a week.
  • You don’t have to run; you can power walk, swim or cycle; you could do martial arts or dance. The pledge and the challenge is to do a minimum of one hour five days a week so that your fitness improves.
  • Cutting chocolate, sugar and carbs out of your diet (at least some of the time) is optional.

Now, I would like to mention five things related to fitness that you ought to remember if you are taking the Rotund Writer Challenge.

  • Fitness is for all – you don’t have to be beautiful, perfect and young to get and keep fit. Beauty, perfection and youth are just marketing tricks used by a powerful and growing industry trying to sell dreams. Fitness is not a dream but a necessary condition for health, happiness and fulfilment.
  • Fitter ‘you’ – the emphasis here is certainly on ‘you’. Many subconsciously believe that exercise will miraculously transform them into someone else. Metamorphosis is not an option and you will not look like a movie star or a fashion model – you will be a fitter and healthier you but will still be you. Accepting this will open the road of success – and not only in fitness and health.
  • Fitness is hard work – fitness is sometimes presented as an easy task yielding almost instantaneous results. Make no mistake – getting and keeping fit takes hard work, loads of dedication and commitment. It means regular, hard sessions, pushing your body to its limits, making time for exercise and it also means dogged persistence. Do you have what it takes?
  • There are hundred reasons not to do it – yep! You are too busy, too tired, too hot, too hungry, too…Shall we continue? No, you get the picture. But do you really need to know the hundred reasons why not to do it? No, you just need to know the…
  • One reason to do it – and this reason is you. Fitness is our natural state and it is our way to health, beauty, happiness and productive longevity.

Who wants to join me? Follow this link and leave a comment with your name and your Rotund Writer Challenge goals.

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