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Guest Blog: Robin Kaye

kaye_author-photo-2The book girl is happy to have Robin Kaye guest blogging today. I LOVE both Romeo, Romeo and Too Hot to Handle and cannot wait for Breakfast in Bed. Thank you, Robin!

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I’m Robin Kaye and I’m the author of three boos, Too Hot to Handle and Romeo, Romeo are available now and Breakfast in Bed will be released in December.

I’m thrilled with my career and with all the great reviews I’ve been getting about I’ve been getting about both books. It’s really a dream come true, but everything has a down side. For me, it’s gaining weight.

thth-cover-21I love to write and believe me, I feel as if I’ve spent the last few years of my life sitting in front of a computer. When I’m not working, I drive my ballerina daughter an hour and a half each way 4 or 5 days a week to her pre-professional dance school or I do the teaching part of home schooling her so that she can dance 30 hours a week. That doesn’t give me much time for exercise or anything else for that matter. Unfortunately, my lack of movement has had an effect  on my waistline. It also doesn’t help that while Twinkle Toes dance, I sit at my favorite Starbucks writing and drinking soy lattes. I’ve decided to change that – not the soy lattes, just the lack of movement. I need to get off my butt.

I’ve always been a little strange when it comes to how I work. For years, I’ve sat on an exercise ball instead of a desk chair. For me it’s all about not throwing out my back and taking special care of that slightly inflamed vertebra in my neck. It forces me to sit up straight which helps keep my back and neck from getting sore, it allows me to bounce around when I get bored. I’m told that sitting and bouncing helps to strengthen the core muscles – not that I’ve seen any evidence of that personally. But, I have found bouncing can be hazardous to my health if I’m not careful. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve almost lost my balance, and come close to breaking something. For the sake of argument, let’s go with the strengthening of core muscles reason for sitting on an exercise ball instead of the fun of bouncing. It makes me sound so much more enlightened.treaddesk7-2

Last summer I was in the Chicago area, meeting with my publisher and visiting my cousins, one of whom happens to be a leading cardiologist. We were talking about my inability to lose weight and my cousin, the doctor told me about the treadmill desk. What an amazing idea! She said people were actually able to walk and work at the same time. Since people were originally nomadic, we were built to walk 8 to 10 hours a day at a slow pace, now we sit on our butts for 8 to 10 hours a day and then kill ourselves at the gym for an hour a few times a week. She told me that my genes have good memory and that the problem isn’t eating too much, it’s not moving enough. She explained that for people like me, working out for an hour at the gym isn’t going to cut it. Since that’s what I did for a few years, I know this to be true. I decided it made sense and I went out a bought a tread desk.

treaddesk2-2 It’s a treadmill with a platform built around it and the desk legs themselves are hydraulic so they can be raised to walking height or lowered to sitting height with the press of a button. I’ve been walking whenever I’m working at home and I’m able to comfortable walk 1.3 miles per hour while working. I try to get about 4 miles a day in at home before taking off with Twinkle toes. I’d like to say I’ve lost weight, but to tell you the truth, I’ve been too busy to even check the scale. I’ve decided that’s going to change. I’m making my revisions for Breakfast in Bed and once that’s finished, my plan is to see how many miles it takes to write a book. I’m going to keep track of my mileage on the 4th book in my Domestic Gods series and with any luck, lose some weight.

You can follow my journey on my website RobinKayeWrites.com. I think it would be a great way to keep me walking my way toward The End and my goal weight.

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Thank you, Robin, for sharing with us. I totally want one of those desks! To order Robin’s book click on the following links:

Romeo, Romeo

Too Hot to Handle

Breakfast in Bed

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