I'm currently on a major deadline, plus I gave a workshop this week to some writers at a wonderful independent bookstore in Westwood, called The Mystery Bookstore. Ooh, it's such a bizzy bizzy time these days.

Right now I'm finishing up the second draft of A KILLER WORKOUT, working on the part of the book that’s always toughest for me—the diet and exercise tips that go in the front of each chapter.
The tips are challenging because I am not an exercise enthusiast, but I have to get inside the head of someone who is.

To accomplish that, I’ve been doing a lot of research about fitness, and I've learned a few new things along the way. I’ve learned enough, in fact, to make me renew my commitment to getting regular exercise in 2008.

Among my discoveries:

Women who exercise more than two hours per week can drastically reduce their risk of sudden cardiac arrest.
Yoga massages your inner organs, and lubricates your joints. It can even reduce chronic pain.
Smoking makes your skin wrinkle prematurely.
The tiny acai berry from the Amazon rainforest may be nature’s most perfect food.
Women who exercise regularly have much more sex than women who don’t. (Women who don't exercise think about sex more, but don't get as much.)
People rate you as more attractive when they think that you exercise.
You can build stronger muscles by simply visualizing yourself doing exercise.

I'm hoping that I'll start acting on all this new information, by starting the day with an acai-berry shake, taking up yoga, and making sure I get aerobic exercise several times a week. If nothing else, I should be able to visualize myself a set of six-pack abs while lying on the couch.

I do get feedback from some readers that the tips in DYING TO BE THIN helped them in some small way, by providing information and framing the message of getting and staying fit.

So that makes it all worthwhile. Who knows, I might even brush the cobwebs off my gym card and venture inside for a Spinning class.

But first, I think I need to attend a few meetings of Couch Potatoes Anonymous, just to recover from my very inactive holiday season...anyone got their number?

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Comment by Kim Smith on January 14, 2008 at 10:23pm
Love the concept!
Comment by Kathryn Lilley on January 14, 2008 at 8:23am
Thanks, Austin!
Comment by Austin S. Camacho on January 14, 2008 at 7:59am
If that's YOUR angst you're showing off in that picture, then the exercise is working. :-)

Seriously, you've spun up a perfect platform to market books in the 21st century and I suspect you're on your way to big success!

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