ROW80 – Round 1 – Check-in #15

Time for Wednesday’s ROW80 progress update. Another slow week thus far (hmmmm…I hope this isn’t a trend). Today was the first day since Sunday that I’ve felt half alive. Been climbing up after a nasty 3-day migraine which has thankfully subsided. I did do some story plotting/thinking (when I wasn’t blinded by pain) but not a whole lot of writing.

Writing Goals:

  • Complete outline of WIP
  • Write 1750 words a week, on average 250 words a day (can be on WIP or other writings like flash fiction, character development, world building etc)
    466 – so far
  • Finish James Scott Bell book
    In progress
  • Read 2 other writing craft books
    1 down – 1 in progress

Social Media Goals:

  • Blog – post 4 times a week
    3 down – 1 to go
  • Blog – post ROW80 progress reports twice a week (Sunday and Wednesday)
    Wednesday – done
  • Tweet/Comment on at least 10 blogs a week
  • Comment on 1 new blog per week (ROW80 or otherwise)
    Not yet

Healthy Lifestyle Goals:

  • Cardio – 3 times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Saturday)
    1 done
  • BowFlex – 3 times a week (Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday)
    1 scheduled for tonight if my head will allow it
  • Maintain a daily food/migraine journal

How are you making out with your ROW80 goals?



  1. I had a three day migraine recently. It was horrid AND I learned a new cure that was sort of odd…. peppermint oil massaged on temples and for me, tiniest bits above my eyebrows. Worked like a charm!

    Good for you, continuing along with your ROWing (even if it isn’t as speedy as you had hoped.) Great devotion to the world via your words!

    • Hey Julie, you definitely feel my pain then and I yours – ouch! I am going to pick up some peppermint oil for SURE! That would be sweet if it worked. Thanks for passing along the fab tip. Much appreciated! 🙂

  2. I like your writing goals … I need to establish and stick to mine.

  3. Sweets, so sorry you’re feeling yucky. Migraines are merciless. Wish I could hug you and make it better. Hopefully the rest of the week will be pain free!

  4. Hey, Natalie. You do what you can when you are sick and take care of you first. Feel better, rest and then rest some more. 🙂

  5. I’m surprised that you even got any workout time in after having a headache. I used to be in bed yacking for days. I am blessed by a wonderful doctor.

    Keep rocking girlfriend, and thanks for making my blog one of your regular stops!

    • For the oddest reason, they hit around 3-5 am – are insanely bad until around 2-3 pm – are usually nearly completely gone around 4-5ish allowing me to get a productive evening in and then they slowly return. Around 11 pm I start to feel the pain slowly creepy in but usually can fall asleep until they ramp up for the 3-5 am WAKE UP YOUR HEAD IS GROWING LEGS OUT OF YOUR SOCKET alarm. LOL!
      They don’t ALL run that course but…for 80%, that’s how it goes for 3 to 5 days. Weird.
      A wonderful doctor. Alas. I think I’ve tried every drug on the market and none are effective BUT I got some great tips from blog commenters to try and I am super pumped. So glad you kicked yours to the curb! Woot woot!
      LOVE your blog Jennifer! 🙂

  6. Migraines are the worst. You can’t do anything when you feel like that. You just want the whole world (and all of your fictional worlds) to go away. I’m glad it finally broke.

    Here’s to pumping up the volume for the rest of the week! Best wishes with the word count and the BowFlex (which I’m still thinking of alternate names for because BowFlex sounds like work — Master Muscler? Machine Mayhem?). Basically, you’re looking great. Keep bustin’ a move, Natalie!

  7. Well, now I feel like a major POS, because I’ve been slogging this week thanks to the “female thing,” and that’s not nearly as bad as a migraine. Glad to hear you’re feeling better, and even with them, you still got stuff done. Good luck on the rest of the week. Hugs!

    • The migraines are part of the female thing so give yourself a TOTAL break Stacy. The female thing causes all kinds of energy and motivation depletion. Here’s to a better week AHEAD when we are all fine and clear!! 🙂 HUGS!!!

  8. Uh-oh. I wish I could make those nasty headaches go away! But look how much you’ve gotten done this week and it’s only Wednesday. Holy Cow! And you came by to support me early this morning. Whew! Girl you’re amazing! Oh, and I do hopw that you and Hubby wonder out of Canada long enough to see Yosemite some day. It is spectacular. Although Yellowstone would be closer and it is awesome. Or you have your very own Rocky Mtns. which make ours pale by comparision. I know, I’ve been to Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper. So majestic. Well, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. LOL! Take care Natalie and I hope you finish your week without a headache! 🙂

  9. As a migraine sufferer, I’m sure you’ve heard it all as I have but when my hubby noticed that I got a migraine the day after I ate hot dogs I stopped eating food with nitrates and nitrites and I almost never get migraines anymore. You’re food journal is a good step. I hope you find the solution. They are maddening and time eaters.

  10. I hope you feel better! Your version of “half alive” is still fabulous. 😉 Rock it girl.

  11. I had a migraine at the beginning of the week–it wasn’t a bad one (for me) but it did take 3 days to get rid off. I feel your pain! So, I’ve had a slow week as well. I hope that you are completely recouped by now, and able to get done what you want to get done. Any writing in a migraine week is a great thing! Let me know what you find out with your food journal!!

    My kids are all home on vacation this week, anyway–so I wasn’t hoping for much writing. But you never know!

    • Oh Heather, I feel for you as well. No fun….hopefully we both have a much better week coming up although with your kids home, that might be tough. LOL! Enjoy having them home and you can always make up for it next week. There’s nothing more important than family. 🙂

  12. My MIL suffers from migraines which are triggered by odors (perfumes) and loud noises. She gets a shot, pain meds, etc, to manage one after it sets in, but does everything she can to avoid them (of course). My heart goes out to you but here’s to a good weekend – headache free! ♥

    • Awwww…thanks Bridgette. I really appreciate it. I’ve yet to figure out what my triggers are (other than my cycle) but commenters definitely gave me a few new things to try so hopefully over this year I’ll figure it out. 🙂 Here’s to a great week ahead for both of us! 🙂

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