December 2, 2008

When I heard that I'd been selected as Shape's new Weight Loss Diarist, I was overjoyed...for about 10 minutes. Then self-doubt creeped in, replacing my elation with panic. I'd just agreed to spend the next 12 months getting in shape. What was I thinking?! I've never managed to stay on a diet for a week, so how was I going to stay on one for an entire year? I also couldn't remember the last time I had exercised-could I really commit to 52 weeks of workouts?

As I put my fears about the next year aside and began working on my current script, I realized that I do have self-discipline-I prove it every single day when I sit down at my computer to work. Even on bad days, when I'm tired or bored and there are a million things I'd rather be doing, I make room in my life for my writing. Now I just need to apply that same dedication to getting healthy. It's not going to be easy, but I know I'm capable of doing it.

And just like that, my joy came back.