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I've been creative writing all my life, though with various haitus(es) along the way. IFrom 2010 I started this blog and enjoyed sharing writing and other information with everyone. illness and bereavement supplied the more recent hiatus.

Sunday 14 August 2011

Blog-Oliday and the No Diet Diet

I'd like to say A BIG THANK YOU to all my followers
and WELCOME to all my new followers.

I've scheduled this post just to let you know I've decided to take this forthcoming week off
as a blog holiday.

And here's why...
I was reading an article the other day about the No Diet Diet by Professor Ben Fletcher, Dr. Karen Pine & Danny Penman and it made a lot of sense.

The No Diet Diet (Revised/Updated Edition)Like me you probably have a habit of sitting in front of the television or the computer with a cuppa and a biscuit/cookie. However, if as the book suggests, we didn't watch television or sit in front of the computer for an evening or two each week and instead wrote a letter, or went for a walk or sorted that box of papers we've been meaning to deal with for ages, then we have changed the pattern of behaviour that led to being sedentary (and stopped ourselves scoffing loads of caloric yummies) without even thinking about it.

The book apparently (as I have yet to read it) provides a structured, 28-day programme for breaking bad habits and forming better ones

And best of all, unlike other diets, it doesn’t require willpower to make it work.

The concept struck me as brilliant, not just for dieting, but also for stimulating other aspects of one's life such as writing. When we get stuck in a rut, as I have done recently, we become creatively stale. A change in routine can be all we need to re-ignite that pilot light to our muse.

Have you heard of this book? 

BTW If I'm missing any BLOGFESTS do let me know as I really enjoy them.
I have already written and prescheduled my entries for:


  1. Enjoy your break, and I wouldn't mind knowing how the book works out for you.

  2. I've not heard of this book but if the concept helps your writing then why not and all the best!! Yay for you! Enjoy your break! Take care

  3. Enjoy the fresh air! I know I get a little antsy when I've sat in front of a screen for too long. And I'll be on board for the Star Trek blogfest, too.

  4. Hi Madeleine .. enjoy the break .. and talk about being organised for up and coming blogfests - so you don't miss out!

    Enjoy the space, the sorting etc etc and any walks you can get in .. happy days ..Hilary

  5. Dieting has to be balanced with exercises. Wonder if the book can help.

  6. Sounds like a good book. I do something similar myself. Always on the go helps. Enjoy your break.

  7. I have not heard of the book but I'd like to say that, this fall, I was giving some thought to physically moving my workstation in order to facilitate work on a completely new project. I have been in a terrible rut for almost a year and I'm ready to kick it in the a**.

    Enjoy your holiday!

  8. Haven't heard of this particular book, bur I HAVE heard of other ones, training us how to break our bad habits...and in about the same number of days. Sounds like a great idea to me and you're very smart to give it a try! I'm guilty of doing the same things you mentioned...watching too much TV, being on the computer, but not WRITING! Thanks for the info! I'm so glad I stopped by today!

  9. I hope you enjoy your time off! Will miss you!

  10. Great idea. I've decided to do more 'meditation', which for me involves doing full-body stretches by candlelight and staring into space. hehe

  11. I haven't heard of the book but it makes sense. Have a great break!

  12. I haven't heard of this book, but I definitely see the benefits of spicing up life by shaking things up a bit. Sometimes we all need a holiday. Enjoy yours. :)

  13. I'm always up for trying out new things. I'd like to lose some weight and this doesn't sound too hard.

  14. I guess I should say happy holidays :)

    Do let us know if this programme worked for you.

  15. I haven't heard of this book, but the premise does make a lot of sense. I will be taking my blogcation from 8/20 to 8/29 with posts prescheduled and attempts to check up with comments when I am able to. Hope you achieve some of what you are trying to do.

    Tossing It Out

  16. Enjoy your break. I'll miss ya :)

    Yes, shakeups are helpful. Sometiems i pick up the netbook and go out. The change of scenery is really helpful. Sometimes I actually take days off. Also helpful.

  17. No, Madeleine,

    I haven't read this book, but I believe in the philosophy. As a matter of fact I have been posting weekly, on Tuesdays, on how to break the munchies habit and to get away from the computer and MOVE.

    I fell into the pattern of the past few years since I began writing and packed on plenty of pounds. Well this April I took control of my life again, pulled myself out of the binging rut, and completely change my way of eating.

    I am now 57 pounds thinner and I have never felt better. I don't miss the sweets, chips, burgers, or fries. I feel great.

    And it's not as hard as many think. Maybe just the first few weeks as you break the sugar and carb addiction.

    Enjoy your week off....

  18. I hadn't heard of this either. Happy reading :)

  19. And I'd like to say a big 'thank you' for accepting a comment from shy, humble, unassuming me :)
    You're taking a week off? Madeleine, say it aint so. Of course, if I read that book, I wouldn't be getting much exercise...Enjoy your break :)

  20. I'm taking this week off too. Great minds think alike! Enjoy your break.


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