#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Call Me Crazy

You wouldn’t be the first.  :)

When I first started to get active physically, I had to basically force myself.  Ride the exercise bike.  Walk around the pasture a few times.  Etc.  Since the scale at Weight Watchers wouldn’t budge (not in a downward direction, that is), no matter how much I moved, this really required some grit–every ounce of Lael I have in me.  I’m a checklist kind of person, as some of you know from previous blogs; if I follow the darned instructions, dammit, I expect to see some results!  In general, the whole experience has been about trust and acceptance, with little visible reward.  (Except that I have lost and kept off 52 pounds for almost two years now–mustn’t forget that).

Although I’m stronger and firmer these days, I still don’t have the proverbial washboard abs, not that I actually expect that, at my age–66.  The real change is more mental than physical; I now LOVE to ride my bike, walk when it’s not too hot and smoky out, park at a distance when I go to the store so I can get in those extra steps.  I faithfully strap on an electronic belt every morning, and wear it for 30 minutes–and while I can forget the washboards, I’ve developed a much stronger core.  (This is the lazy woman’s version of doing crunches.  That, my friends, ain’t ever gonna happen.)  And, as of yesterday, I have a little elliptical machine under my desk, so I can pedal when I stop to think, which is often.  :)  Besides any health benefits this may achieve, I find this helps enormously with my ADD.

An update on the audiobook I mentioned yesterday, “Wake Me Up”, by Lyn Ragan.  It’s a heartrending story, and I’m 9 chapters in.  I will definitely be finishing this one.

Tomorrow is Weight Watchers day.  I’ll check in with you on Thursday, if not tomorrow.

Know that you are safe in the Heart of God, every moment of every day, no matter what your circumstances.  Nothing you’ve ever thought, said or done can seperate you from His Love.  If you don’t believe me, just ask Him.

36 comments to “Call Me Crazy”

  1. Joanne B
      · August 4th, 2015 at 1:07 pm · Link

    Good for you keeping that weight off for two years. I think most people have to force themselves to start to exercise. It’s hard to continue doing the same thing day after day so it’s good that you do different things.

  2. Sherry Wallace
      · August 4th, 2015 at 1:07 pm · Link

    Yes, God’s love is endless & all consuming. We just need to remind ourselves often of this – so blessed☺️

  3. Teresa
      · August 4th, 2015 at 1:10 pm · Link

    love your blogs!! So inspirational just when I seem to need it!!

  4. Andrea Lammly
      · August 4th, 2015 at 1:12 pm · Link

    Amen. Your words are very uplifting and give me the boost I needed today.
    Hope your day is a great one as well.

  5. Gloria
      · August 4th, 2015 at 1:16 pm · Link

    Well Linda, you’ve come a long way in just the time I’ve “known” you and I’m proud of you. Keep it up and you may get those washboard abs yet. Who knows? And God is good and he may reward you with them for your hard work.

    Good luck tomorrow, and remember, muscle weighs more than fat and flab.

    • Gloria
        · August 5th, 2015 at 12:35 am · Link

      Linda, I just found out this morning, that my deceased ex-husband’s fraternal twin brother passed away last night. Please say a prayer for all his family.


  6. Patricia Taylor
      · August 4th, 2015 at 1:17 pm · Link

    Thank you for the words of encouragement.

  7. DONNA
      · August 4th, 2015 at 1:20 pm · Link

    It sounds like you have done well on WW – even on weeks the scale doesn’t move. Keep up the good work!! And keep those books coming.

  8. Ruby Norwood
      · August 4th, 2015 at 1:24 pm · Link

    I think it is wonderful that you have kept your weight off for two years, and yes God is good. I always feel better after reading your blog. Good luck on your weigh in tomorrow.

  9. Diana E.
      · August 4th, 2015 at 1:36 pm · Link

    Your truly a inspiration, Linda. Exactly what I needed to hear right now! Blessings.

  10. Niki Davis
      · August 4th, 2015 at 2:00 pm · Link

    I most definitely can understand your grief. I would ask that you pray for my mother-in-law who is in the hospital with pneumonia. She is 89 years old and very precious to all of her family. She is our matriarch. My husband, her oldest son, is very close to her and having a very hard time with this. I can understand his pain as I went thru this very same situation 14 years ago. It is something I will never forget. My plans for the future is to download all of your books I don’t have and spend an entire weekend reading them. Just have to wait till I have some extra money as paying hospital bills myself. I have a plan and will get there soon. Hey, there is always Christmas and I usually get Amazon gift cards.

    I started walking yesterday with a couple of friends of mien. It took a while to find someone to walk with me but I kept looking. It is way too hot for my husband right now as heat can make him physically sick. Hopefully once the weather cools off he will join our group. Stick with it as perseverance is the only way it will work.

    Keep up the good work and the faith. You will always miss your little girl but she is now watching over you.


  11. Leanna
      · August 4th, 2015 at 2:26 pm · Link

    I love how much better I feel if I exercise, plus it’s very good for your bones.

  12. Dixie Hadley
      · August 4th, 2015 at 2:35 pm · Link

    Thanks once again for an informative and inspirational message. I can hardly wait to see your post each time. So happy for you that you are doing so well at WW. It sounds as if your heart is being held gently in the Master’s Hands as you journey through the loss of your faithful friend.
    Looking forward to your next post ,until then take care continue doing what you’re doing. It works :-)

  13. Diane Blaser
      · August 4th, 2015 at 3:08 pm · Link

    Congratulations on your weight loss Linda! I admire your dedication to your exercise plan and healthy diet! I’m trying to eliminate sugar slowly but surely. When I cheat I get nasty headaches so I have great motivation to leave the sweets at the grocery store. Keep up the good work!

  14. Virginia H
      · August 4th, 2015 at 3:11 pm · Link

    I hate to ride the exercise bike but I do sometimes in the winter when I can’t get out and walk. I do try to walk a few days a week, if I mow the lawn I believe that is my walk for the day because I push mow for about and hour or so. Today was spent in town at Walmart and Kroger and that was my walk for the day, does that count? Husband is on night shift for a couple of weeks and has got my routine all turned around. :cry:

  15. Jennifer Damone
      · August 4th, 2015 at 3:15 pm · Link

    Great job on your weight loss journey!

  16. Louise McCourt
      · August 4th, 2015 at 3:53 pm · Link

    I know you are proud of your weight loss. Five years ago I went to the doctor and weighed 254 pounds. All of my numbers were way off the page..So I started giving up one thing a week…started with potato chips…each week I gave up a “habit”. Hardest were my Cokes and peanuts…today I weigh 142 and I feel so much better…so keep up the good work…it is worth it….
    Again, thank you for years of great reading…

  17. Eriko
      · August 4th, 2015 at 4:05 pm · Link

    You are amazing! !

  18. Dawn Roberts
      · August 4th, 2015 at 4:18 pm · Link

    I had lap band surgery several years ago due to health issues and loosing the weight was the best fix. Diet and expertise didn’t work as I was not disaplend enough, but I have lost 5 dress sizes (50 lbs) and kept it off. However, I struggle every day with wanting something I know I can’t have, bread/bagels being the hardest. But I refuse to take a pill daily if I can control it. And at 51 yrs old I have to really pay attention. It never gets easier, we just get better at seeing the signs

  19. Renae Kinsey
      · August 4th, 2015 at 4:58 pm · Link

    U are not the “norm”- do u know how hard it is for people to lose and keep off weight?! Good for you! And again, love your blogs almost as much as I love you!! Miss u!

  20. Evelyn Baldwin
      · August 4th, 2015 at 5:01 pm · Link

    Thank you for your updates and time! Jesus holds my hand every moment! God Bless you. Have a nice week.

  21. Lorraine Pitts
      · August 4th, 2015 at 5:04 pm · Link

    You are so right!!! Our Heavenly Father loves us unconditionally!!! I have recently became a vegan, my daughter has been one for years. I got stuck on the scales, it just wouldn’t move down, so I took a cheat day. That jump started something and the scales went down. I am not suggesting you do this, just telling my story. I love your books!!! Thank you for hours of great reading. Praying for you!!!

  22. Jo-Ann Baker
      · August 4th, 2015 at 5:18 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, per my Sister and Niece who have both lost half there self’s. You need to change it up alittle. If you walk in morning also walk in afternoon or do everything back wards. Your body has a way of remembering when ,where,what you do. Just thought something different in to make it think. Just a thought.
    Have a great week.

  23. Lois Rotella
      · August 4th, 2015 at 5:39 pm · Link

    Your blog gives me thoughts to continue my movement to move it. Continue even when then don’t seem right.

  24. Kathryn Riley
      · August 4th, 2015 at 7:14 pm · Link

    Congratulations on losing 52 pounds!!!! And you’ve managed to keep it off. You inspire us all with your books, and now you’ve added grit to the package. Amazing!


  25. Roberta Giordano
      · August 4th, 2015 at 9:55 pm · Link

    Congratulations on keeping the weight off. And thank you for reminding me that God is always there ,

  26. Lynn Hogan
      · August 4th, 2015 at 10:02 pm · Link

    So, what’s an electronic belt and what does it do? New one on me

  27. Melaine
      · August 4th, 2015 at 10:13 pm · Link

    Linda, a 52 lb. weight loss is huge! Congratulations and I know that you will keep going down. I just turned 70 this year and it has taken me 13 months to loss 60 lbs. Even with the exercising at Curves (love that place) and walking regularly I may never be toned again. At my age, the skin just doesn’t want to get back in shape. But, I’m not giving up. :0)

  28. Donamae Kutska
      · August 5th, 2015 at 12:12 am · Link

    Way to go on keeping the weight off!

  29. Terri
      · August 5th, 2015 at 1:00 am · Link

    Congrats on the weight loss and keeping it off. That is fantastic and gives me hope that I can lose my extra weight also.

  30. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · August 5th, 2015 at 6:07 am · Link

    I know what you mean about physical activity being addictive. Isn’t it the most invigorating feeling? Gives you more energy, physically and mentally, for the whole day. Helps with deep sleep at night too. Good luck!

  31. Shari Rogers
      · August 5th, 2015 at 8:14 am · Link

    What you said today was exactly what was needed in my life.
    Thank you for being able to put into words that which most of us only hope to think.

  32. diane wade
      · August 5th, 2015 at 9:06 am · Link

    I need some of the motivation you have for the weight loss. lol

  33. Effie R
      · August 6th, 2015 at 1:48 am · Link

    Good luck on getting past your plateau! You have done very well so far, so don’t give up now! Maybe you need a change in your menu? I know I need to do that from time to time just to shock the system! Hopefully at your WW meeting they gave you some suggestions on getting past this plateau!

  34. Lorelei Sawtelle
      · August 6th, 2015 at 9:44 am · Link

    I’ve been going to the gym and walking on the treadmill for a few weeks now. When I started there were a few REALLY HARD days. Like one Monday morning when I had to hold onto the handles and walk with my eyes shut for most of the 400 calories.

    Thank you for your encouragement. I’m thinking I’d look reasonable at 52 pounds down!

  35. Teresa W
      · August 6th, 2015 at 10:52 pm · Link

    Linda, thank you so much for your continued words of encouragement! You go, girl!
    Remember, God loved you (and me) SO MUCH, HE didn’t want to live without us. We are HIS Beloved!

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