Here’s how my typical weekday goes: After spending 8 hours at a computer on my day job, I spend a few more hours, before and after dinner, on my computer at home. I finish the night by sitting two hours in front of a television set watching a murder mystery with my husband. Afterwards, if I can keep my eyes open, I read a bit before turning in for the night. My usual bedtime hour is 12 am.

On weekends, it varies slightly because I’m not at the day job. Instead, I sit as a passenger in a vehicle for 6-8 hours (both days), stopping only to eat or to browse through a bookstore. Occasionally, I might be able to take a short stroll, but the most exercise I usually get is reaching for a book on a shelf or knitting in the car. Then, I’m back on my computer and couch during the evenings—the usual routine.

Needless to say, I’m not getting enough exercise and it shows. I’ve gained 20 pounds in the past three years! Whenever I think about exercising, though, I tell myself I don’t have the time to fit it into my already hectic schedule.

But, hey, wait a minute! I can remember when I didn’t have enough time to write a book–it was the reason I gave myself for not getting started. Somewhere, somehow, I wanted it bad enough so I found the time and now I’ve written two books! I’ve also written 88 blog posts and, in addition, I respond to emails, manage my social media, look for new publicity opportunities, and still occasionally play Words with Friends and Angry Birds on Facebook.

“If you want something bad enough, you can find the time.”

This was the revelation I had this past weekend (while sitting in a car).

So, moving forward, I’m going to exercise at least 15 minutes every day. I know it’s not much, but it’s a start. I’m declaring this to all of you, too, so I’ll keep to it. I’m also going to eat better. It’s time to get fit!

Whenever I write a blog post in the upcoming weeks, I’ll also let you know how I’m doing. And if I’m lucky, I may even fit into a bikini by the time my second novel, in Woolen Bikinis, is released this June. (Just kidding—no one will ever see me in one of those!)

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