Then, I tried to convert calories into word count. That worked well enough that I gained five pounds in very short order. Unsustainable, even for a single month.
One of the habits I'd dropped in order to make more writing time was keeping a food and exercise journal. Since one of the most entertaining Nanowrimo traditions is coming up with ever newer, dumber, and more desperate ways to game the system, I've decided to keep my food and exercise journal in a Word document that has "Nanowrimo" in the title, and to include it in my word count.
I'm five pounds back down, but I'm about 7,000 words behind.
21,441 / 50,000
Of course--and you all saw this coming--after November is over, I'll be boiling my draft in a big alembic in hopes of turning base metal into gold.