#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller
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Submit your questions on today’s comment section, and I’ll choose ten and answer them either tomorrow (it’s Weight Watchers day, so always a crapshoot when it comes to the blog) or Thursday.  Regarding Weight Watchers, I’ve been sticking to the points plan, drinking my water and exercising all week, so I’ve got my fingers crossed for a weight loss at tomorrow’s meeting.  :) 

I’ve discovered a new podcast that I really enjoy, and want to pass the info on to those of you who struggle with weight.  It’s called “Primal Potential”, and you can find it on iTunes or wherever you like to download podcasts.  This woman makes a lot of sense, and she has a 140 pound weight loss to back up her theories.  She follows the paleo plan, which isn’t my thing, but she’s an expert on nutrition and she has some really good pointers that will benefit anyone.  I especially appreciate her small-increment process.  She says if you go all gung-ho and get too crazy restricting your food and exercising like a maniac, you will lose weight–for a while.  Then your body will adjust to the new normal and you will have a MUCH harder time losing more.   Give her a try and let me know what you think.

Our weather is still overcast, but I believe we’re getting a shipment of sunshine tomorrow.  :)  I will be VERY glad to see it.

I’m reading the first book in Andrea Perron’s trilogy, entitled “House of Darkness, House of Light”, and can hardly put it down.  (I love that quality in a book–when it’s un-put-downable, I mean.)  The movie “The Conjuring” was based on her family’s experiences in a haunted house–I won’t be seeing that movie, by the way, because I’m allergic to violence–and the trilogy is her detailed account of what actually happened.  (Needless to say, Hollywood tweaked the facts a little.)  Since today is new-book day on Audible.com (I LOVE this site), I loaded up.  I swear, I must renew my “yearly” membership every other month or so, that’s how addicted I am!  I’ll let you know which ones I love.  :)


Winners and Weather and Points, Oh, my

This week’s winners are Karen Silver and Linda Holmes.  Congratulations, ladies.  Your signed books will be on their way to you immediately.  As always, a new contest begins today.  All you need to do is comment and you are entered to win.  Next Monday, one of the winners’ names may be your own.  :)

As for the weather, we started out with a hint of sunshine, but now the sky is overcast and, okay, a bit gloomy.  It isn’t getting me down, though, because I won’t let it. :)  I choose to focus on the many, many good things in my life. 

As I mentioned in a previous blog, I’ve been stuck on a weight loss plateau for a while now, so I switched (temporarily) from Simply Filling (Weight Watchers) to counting points.  This was rough for the first few days, but now I’ve adjusted and I’m pretty sure I’m losing weight again.  (I didn’t have any drastic gains, but I wasn’t making progress and for the last three weeks, my number has been inching up .8 and that, of course, is not good.)  I love Simply Filling and will probably alternate between plans, but, for now, I just need to pay more attention to portion sizes, etc.

In a couple of days, I’ll be recording an interview for Joshua P. Warren’s (the Wishing Machine guy) podcast, “Talk About Strange.”  (I’m pretty strange, all right, but not, methinks, in the way some of the other guests are.  Trust me, I mean this in the kindest possible way.  :))  My segment will air on February 14, and you can find the show on iTunes or any other place offering podcasts.  I haven’t been scheduled on “Strange Universe”–maybe I’m not strange enough for that one.  (Or, possibly, I’m too strange.) 

Speaking of podcasts, I’ve discovered a new one that I really like.  It’s called “Beyond the Playlist”, an interview show with a positive emphasis.  (Much as I love Dave Schrader and “Darkness Radio”, I have to change my recommendation to: listen with a grain of salt.  Sometimes, things get a little raunchy and I don’t want folks tuning in on my say-so and then being upset.  Don’t get me wrong: I personally LOVE the show, the hosts, Dave, Tim and Mally, and I listen faithfully unless I think the topic is going to be too violent or too far out.  I heard about “Beyond the Playlsit” on “Half Size Me”, which is an EXCELLENT program full of good advice on fitness and health.  OK, I’m starting to have trouble with my computer (operator error, I’m sure), so I’ll wrap this up with an audiobook recommendation: “First Frost” is an excellent novel with a touch of magic.



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