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Posted by Elizabeth Comeau  October 23, 2013 06:46 AM

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I'm a fits-and-starts kind of gal.

I will dive head-long into something for days, weeks, or months on end, and then abruptly just stop.

I get these wild ideas in my head and decide I just HAVE to do that. Some of my friends tell me I'm impulsive -- I like to think I'm spontaneous and creative.

When someone tells me I can't, it makes me that much more determined to do whatever crazy thing this person thinks is beyond my capabilities.

I'm a writer (I know, NOT breaking news, Elizabeth). Pair my need to write with my fits-and-starts personality and you get... well, Elizabeth squared.

You see, these fit-and-starts, when it comes to writing, show themselves by fluctuating between a desire to write ALL OF THE THINGS and then absolutely nothing at all.

Not that I don't want to write; it's just exhausting sometimes. Especially when you are a fits-and-starts gal who finds it hard to refrain from writing when she wants to. So I'll write for days on end, every free second I get.

And then, I'll be tired. And burned out. And in need of a break from writing.

It's a never ending cycle, really: Intense work followed by rest.

But writing, like running, is a funny thing. And if you take too much time to rest (or not enough) you'll wind up in worse shape than you were before.

And so I have to work -- every day -- on finding the middle. Where is that place with just the right balance?

It's taken me years to realize that I must write, at least a little bit, every day in order to keep myself sharp.

It's the same with running -- because even though right now only running 3-4 miles a day feels like torture, I know it's the best way to not exhaust myself or get bored.

What I really want is to run 26.2 miles again right now. Immediately.

But that would be like trying to write a novel at a typewriter without a ribbon.

Right now? I'm working on putting that ribbon back.

Staying fit is an important part of staying healthy. This blog will offer exercise tips from experts as well as share the personal journeys of Globe staff members committed to fitness. No matter your age or energy level, we invite you to join in and share your own story. How do you find time to work out? What are your daily challenges? Let us know and read along -- and together, we can all get moving.


Elizabeth Comeau is a social media marketing manager at She will be blogging about her personal fitness journey and using a device called a FitBit to track her weekly goals and progress (see below). Follow her journey and share your own. Read more about Elizabeth and this blog.

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