Reporting in on My Time Away Last Weekend

I’m pleased with the way things went while I was away on business. My plan for success that I mapped out before I left made all the difference!

By taking time before I left to plan for success, I came home successful—go figure! LOL!

And I lost a pound while I was away. Considering I was only gone for 3 days, I’m claiming this as victory!

Here’s a recap:

  • I got up extra early on the day I left so I could be at the YMCA and work out at 5:15. I’m definitely not a morning person, so I was shocked at how much that helped start my day off right. I was less tired during the long day, and slept better the first night (when I usually have trouble sleeping).
  • Because I knew there would be food temptations, I had some healthy snacks in my room and in my computer bag.
  • I rearranged my plate at the buffet line—filling it so full of the wonderful salad choices and vegetables that I really was full by the time everyone else was heading back for dessert.
  • Finally, by telling certain people what I was doing and what my goals were, I was met with cheerleaders and lots of folks who helped me stay strong.
  • The one thing that didn’t work out as well as I’d hoped was the exercise. There wasn’t a place to work out so I could only squeeze in a short 30-minute walk.

I’m leaving again tomorrow for another trip—this one is five days long—so I’m hoping that all these strategies continue to help.

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Edie Melson is a freelance writer and editor with years of experience in the publishing industry. She’s a prolific writer, and has a popular writing blog, The Write Conversation. In keeping up with the leading edge of al things digital, Edie has become known as one of the go-to experts on social media for writers wanting to learn how to plug in. Her first book, Social Media Marketing for Writers took less than a month to move into the best-seller category on Amazon. As a sought after writing instructor, her heart to help others define and reach their dreams has connected her with writers all over the country. She’s the co-director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, as well as a popular faculty member at numerous others. Edie is also the Social Media Coach for My Book Therapy. She’s a member of numerous professional writing organizations, including the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, The Christian Pen, The Christian Writer’s View I and American Christian Fiction Writers. She’s also a regular contributor on, a Writers Digest top 101 websites for writers, as well as a regular columnist in Southern Writers Magazine. Married 30+ years to her high school sweetheart, Kirk, they have raised three sons.

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