#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


What happened to Monday?

I had the best of intentions, but you know what they say about good intentions.  :)  I was mainly caught up in the current project, THE MARRIAGE PACT, which will be followed by a special Christmas title (brand new) for this year, and we had the usual number of figurative fires to put out.  One of the horses has been having tummy problems, so we have to keep a close eye on her.  Naturally, this is stressful for Mama–that would be me–but thanks to my EMDR techniques, mentioned on previous blogs, I’m not so easily rattled as I used to be.  :)  (Of course there’s always room for progress.)

I’m doing GREAT on Weight Watchers–some of you asked how last week’s weigh-in went–down 1.8 pounds.  This week, I’m probably going to skip the meeting, because I don’t want to interrupt the writing flow.

Anyway, I love the Simply Filling program madly, truly and deeply–most of the foods I like are on the plan, and there’s almost no point counting.  I say “almost” because we’re allowed 7 points per day for things that don’t qualify as power foods (chocolate and wine, for example) but the really cool thing is, I’m earning Activity Points now, too.  This means I can have a glass of wine or two–5 oz, carefully measured–and still lose weight.  In previous WW forays, I never touched the Activity Points, because I didn’t trust myself to figure out how many I was really entitled to, but now–hallelujah–there’s this handy-dandy little device available called an ActiveLink.  I wear it during waking hours, and it records my actual movements and awards points accordingly–I’ve already earned 4 of my 6 point target by riding my exercise bike while I listened to the Daily Audio Bible.  (www.DailyAudioBible.com)

I know exercise is good for me on multiple levels, not the least of which is keeping my moods from roller-coastering, giving me more energy, and doing great things for the heart and lungs, among other very important organs.  I just haven’t been able to get myself to do it–until now.  Yeehaw!  I’m rolling!

On the journaling front, I continue to be amazed by the rewards of writing down at least 5 things I’m grateful for every single day, reading the one daily-devotational book I alotted myself this year (as some of you will remember these particular books have an alarming tendency to morph into teetering stacks), Marianne Williamson’s, “A Year of Miracles.”  Frankly, I’ve always thought her stuff was a little too new-agey for my tastes, but these devotions are solid and very inspiring, and my highlighter has been getting a good workout.  Perhaps the best discovery, though, is the question I ask myself as I begin my Morning Pages each day, which was inspired by Danielle LaPorte’s wonderful book, THE DESIRE MAP–

Here’s my version of the question: “How do I choose to feel today?”  For instance, this morning, I chose to feel productive, grateful, in the present moment, etc.  There’s no magic here–but answering that question focuses my attention on what’s going on inside me–I don’t always know, since, like many of us, I ‘live a short distance from my body’, as one great writer put it and how I’d like to feel.  I’m getting great results from this, even if they are a little difficult to quantify.  :)

A closing note: those of you who are sending your stories about how you met your love to the blog are certainly welcome to do that, but the actual contest is going on over on Facebook, on my page there.  Just an FYI.  :)

As for the ongoing blog contest–have you commented?  :)

50 comments to “What happened to Monday?”

  1. Teresa Fordice
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      · January 14th, 2014 at 1:34 pm · Link

    Big Sky Secrets = Done – now waiting on next great series to come my way!!



  2. Diana E
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      · January 14th, 2014 at 1:47 pm · Link

    Congratulations on doing so well on your Weight Watchers program. I’m glad to hear your really into The Marriage Pact, will look forward to that and the Christmas book too.
    Blessings.



  3. Patti
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      · January 14th, 2014 at 1:48 pm · Link

    Thank you for your recommendation of Marianne Williamson’s book. I was think about getting that. I thought it might be good to read before sleep. I think Danielle LaPorte’s says, ‘How do you want to feel today?’ I like your idea of saying ‘How do I choose to feel today?’ I am almost done with Big Sky Secrets. Thank you; I am enjoying it. I especially love Highbridge and Quinn.



    • linda
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        · January 16th, 2014 at 2:41 pm · Link

      You’re right–I changed Danielle’s wording to How do I CHOOSE to feel because it works better for me.



  4. marilyn
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      · January 14th, 2014 at 1:50 pm · Link

    today sounds like a busy day, hope the horse is feeling better. have a great evening, and congrats on the activity points!



  5. Hilda
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      · January 14th, 2014 at 1:59 pm · Link

    Yay, I got your post this morning, so apparently all is well and normal! (are the two synonymous? LOL)

    I hope everyone got a chance to read Big Sky Secrets. It was wonderful, if too short for my liking. Linda, there was something about the last couple of chapters that just delighted me. It might be obvious to some, but I can’t quite put my finger on it. Ah, to meet a man who actually has a personality and knows how to use it -no longer on my bucket list at my age, but still a nice dream.

    Anyway, I LOVED it!



  6. Marie Jones
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      · January 14th, 2014 at 2:04 pm · Link

    Well Linda you did get me to thinking. How do I feel today? Well at first it was a deep sadness. A friend of mine battling cancer lost her fight during the night. I was weepy this morning. But then my hubby out of the blue started to hum Elvis’s ‘Love me Tender.’ Little did he know that was my friends favorite song! You see my hubby was in a coma for 8 days and had an NDE back in 2006. Ever since he well, how can I put this? Communicates with those who have passed on.
    That humming brought me peace. I know my friend got her wings and was saying hello.
    So how do I choose to feel? Peaceful that a beautiful persons suffering came to an end, grateful for my hubby being here and joyous to know that this life isn’t all there is. There IS a loving and tender place that awaits us, if only we believe.



    • linda
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        · January 16th, 2014 at 2:42 pm · Link

      Thank you for sharing such a beautiful insight.



  7. Ruby Norwood
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      · January 14th, 2014 at 2:19 pm · Link

    Big Sky Secrets was just like all the others Linda. I hate to see that series come to and end. Love all of your books. The series Parable Montana, The Montana Creeds, and The Kettricks you just can’t beat those books..



  8. Juanita Rice
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      · January 14th, 2014 at 2:20 pm · Link

    I do believe I did, but going over there right now to check on that. :)

    Happy Tuesday to all!



  9. Dotty Weis
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      · January 14th, 2014 at 2:34 pm · Link

    I am just going to begin reading the Big Sky books and want to know if I need to read them in any certain order or can I just pick up one and read it
    Dotty



    • linda
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        · January 16th, 2014 at 2:43 pm · Link

      Most people like to read them in order–there should be a list here on the website.



  10. Janie
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      · January 14th, 2014 at 2:49 pm · Link

    Hope the horse continues to get better. I’m not a horse person but I know one and she’s devasted when something’s wrong. I just finished Big Sky Secrets and State Secrets, thoroughly enjoyed both. How do I choose to feel today? I like that!



  11. Gloria
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      · January 14th, 2014 at 2:58 pm · Link

    Linda, I am so glad to see another Blog from you. I hadn’t gotten one since January 3rd. I saw where you commented on same Blog comments on the 8th. And, that was it.

    I’m just glad to get this one.

    I hope the horse is better by now.

    Take care!



    • linda
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        · January 16th, 2014 at 2:44 pm · Link

      Skye’s better, but we’re keeping an eye on her.



  12. zola udell
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      · January 14th, 2014 at 3:38 pm · Link

    Hello, I missed you and am glad everything is good with you. I realize you are a super busy lady with many interests. Sometimes you have to drop some things and deal with the higher priorities. Keep doing your things and share those good things when you have the opportunity.



  13. Renae Kinsey
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      · January 14th, 2014 at 3:39 pm · Link

    Glad you’re enjoying some activity points!!! Happy to see your progress!!!! I’m striving for some changes myself! Always enjoy reading how you are!!! Just for back from a week cruise with a vineyard owner so needless to say we had good food and better wine!! Time to do more activity! Ciao Bella!



  14. Carol Miller White
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      · January 14th, 2014 at 3:46 pm · Link

    Linda, congratulations on continuing to do well on Weight Watchers :) I finished your latest book. Thank you another great read :)



  15. Jaime Brooks
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      · January 14th, 2014 at 3:46 pm · Link

    Great job on WW I loved reading Big Sky Secrets.



  16. Shawn Oxendine-Walter
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      · January 14th, 2014 at 5:02 pm · Link

    So glad to hear that you’re doing well on WW! My bff lost 50 lbs. on it in the 2nd half of 2013. I’ve been reluctant to start from shear laziness and love of food but I need to start and do something. :)

    Happy writing!



  17. Virginia Horton
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      · January 14th, 2014 at 5:12 pm · Link

    So glad you are doing well with weight watchers. I am trying to exercise more because I need to loose weight but I don’t have any luck loosing any. I have a bad hip so I need to exercise more. I have an exercise bike but hate to ride it, so boring. I would reather walk two miles but lately all I can manage is a mile and half, because the hip gives me so much trouble and I know riding the bike is earier on the hip. I try to listen to music while i ride it, but its still boring.



    • Ruth Wilson
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        · January 16th, 2014 at 5:44 pm · Link

      You need to mix up you find a quick exercise routine you can actually stick to this will help you in the long run. Try a like of a routine like 30 min each. Bike, walk up stairs, then walk down stairs side ways. I have a bad left knee, hip & shoulder have been though physical therapy water exercise as well, for both knee and shoulder. Or make up your own style of a routine. I have done a lot of exercise that has worked well for me in the past.

      I love all of your books can wait to see what comes next.



  18. Denise King
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      · January 14th, 2014 at 5:23 pm · Link

    Good evening Linda, so glad you’re weight watchers is working for you.I just bought Big Sky Secret and hopefully I will get to start it this weekend. Have a good evening.



  19. Lois Rotella
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      · January 14th, 2014 at 5:36 pm · Link

    Tomorrow I plan on going to my first Zumba class. I will see if I like or do it. How is your horse doing? Glad to hear that the writing is going well. Have a great day !!



  20. Cecelia Kelsey
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      · January 14th, 2014 at 6:34 pm · Link

    I find that quote of “I live a short distance from my body” interesting. It gives me something to think about and digest. Thank you!



  21. Leanna
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      · January 14th, 2014 at 6:51 pm · Link

    I’m looking forward to The Marriage Pact. You are doing so good with Weight Watchers! Keep it up!



  22. kathi cauley
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      · January 14th, 2014 at 7:20 pm · Link

    I love the Desire Map. Thank you so much for that. Just yesterday morning it helped me recognize the most wonderful and “state” I was in and eat to live in. Interesting enough, just after I got on the scale and had lost weight
    But this time the good feelings came first, thanks to you and the Desire Map.



  23. Norma Stanforth
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      · January 14th, 2014 at 7:34 pm · Link

    Linda, i always think it is great when a person is able to take the weight off and keep it off. You it is real ease to put weight on but hard to take it off so a so i applaud you. It is a true statement what every your mind set is that is what your day will be.
    Hope you all have a great day and blessing to you all.
    As always your friend,
    Norma



  24. Sal
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      · January 14th, 2014 at 8:22 pm · Link

    I love what an amazing multi-tasker my wonderful sister is! Listening to Daily Audio Bible, riding her exercise bike and earning points for wine!! You go girl!!!



    • linda
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        · January 16th, 2014 at 2:46 pm · Link

      Gotta have my vino



  25. Gloria
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      · January 14th, 2014 at 9:41 pm · Link

    I went back and read the Blogs I’d missed, so I want to congratulate Lyla Pedersen and Anita C on their win.

    I didn’t realize I could go back to previous Blogs, especially when they never showed up in the first place, so…I learned something new today. I enjoyed “catching up”.

    Congratulations to you, too, Linda…on the weight loss, and on being on, not one, but two, Best Seller lists!

    To all the ones who have their Christmas decorations taken down and put away…CONGRATULATIONS. Taking the decorations down is like weight…it is easy to put them up, like puttign on weight, but when it is time to take them down, or take off weight, it is hard.

    It was very easy for me…I never put any up in the first place. I was home alone, saw no one, and saw no need to do any decorating for just myself.

    Maybe by this coming Christmas, I’ll be better to myself and do it just for me and Jesus. But, He won’t really care if I don’t.

    Now…about that weight :oops:……..

    Thanks to Hilda, I have Big Sky Secrets, but haven’t started it, yet. I have to go back and make sure I read all of the previous ones. But, I can’t figure out just how many came before this one. On one thing I see, it says 5 in all, and other things show 5 before Secrets, so…I’m confused.

    Thank you, Linda, for all the good reading.



    • Gloria
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        · January 14th, 2014 at 9:42 pm · Link

      WHEW!! That is long, but…it is for 2 or 3 previous Blogs. :-D



    • linda
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        · January 16th, 2014 at 2:47 pm · Link

      We swapped servers, and that caused some dropped blogs.



  26. judy
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      · January 14th, 2014 at 10:02 pm · Link

    Just order the Big Sky Secrets. Should be getting it. Glad you are doing so well on Weight watcher.



  27. Connie Johnson
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      · January 14th, 2014 at 10:33 pm · Link

    Great job on WW, my sister and I just started this week.



  28. Lea Williams
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      · January 14th, 2014 at 11:07 pm · Link

    I really have been pressuring myself to get more exercise. So I started yoga at the Y. I will do some other things there. I thought Yoga was going to kill me, much more strenuous than I thought. I should have ridden today but just had things I had to do. One thing was to go stay with an older friend of ours with stage 4 cancer so her daughter could run errands. We had a nice visit. Blessings



  29. Marlene Kubick
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      · January 14th, 2014 at 11:34 pm · Link

    So happy to hear WW is working for you.

    I’m reading Big Sky Weddings and it makes me want to visit Montana in the worst way. As a child my parents and I traveled alot and my dream is to go back throughout the West again :-D . Maybe someday.

    I want to start writing a journal too. I like the idea of writing how I feel. I have a problem getting started each day. Maybe if I write about how I feel it will jump-start my day. Thanks for the idea. Have a great week. Hope your horse is doing better. :-P



    • Marlene Kubick
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        · January 16th, 2014 at 12:00 am · Link

      I just finished Big Sky Wedding. My queston, is there a man, anywhere, like the men in your novels? At 67, I have yet to meet a man anything like them. Loved the book and looking forward to “Secrets”.



      • linda
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          · January 16th, 2014 at 2:48 pm · Link

        I wouldn’t mind meeting one myself!



        • Hilda
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            · January 16th, 2014 at 3:29 pm · Link

          Ditto! I’d love to meet such a man who actually picks ME!!!



  30. Deborah Rae Nelson
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      · January 15th, 2014 at 12:42 pm · Link

    Half way through Big Sky Secrets. Love it. Then I’ll listen to the audible.com version.



  31. Patricia Taylor
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      · January 15th, 2014 at 6:55 pm · Link

    Love your idea about choosing how you are going to feel today. I need to work on that.



  32. Amy Monk
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      · January 15th, 2014 at 10:01 pm · Link

    Linda, I had the pleasure of meeting you several years ago at a book sighing at Sugarhouse Barnes and Noble in Utah. I am still using my pet food can cover. Are you planning another trip to Utah any time soon? I have enjoyed all of your books and am looking forward to the next series but hate seeing the “Big Sky” series end.



  33. donna harris
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      · January 16th, 2014 at 10:23 am · Link

    I’m glad to hear that your Weigh Watchers and your exercise is doing good. I have a treadmill and a exercise bike but lazy to use them. I did at first for my at home therapy when the therapist said if I do my exercises at home I wouldn’t have to come there anymore. Well I was in therapy from the Oct 2005 to summer of 2011 and I just got burned out. I do have say if it wasn’t for therapy and all the hard work I did, I wouldn’t be walking today. So keep up the good work with you diet and exercise and it will pay off. Good luck!!
    I hope your horse is ok! Did it have colic? Or maybe constipated, lol!!! Sorry inside joke. If it was my horse I would be full panic! I worry about everything.
    I love Christmas stories, can’t wait till this comes out.



  34. susan Leech
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      · January 16th, 2014 at 10:50 am · Link

    Great another wonderful book to look forward to reading. I love the BIG SKY series very much. sue Leech



  35. Joyce M.
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      · January 16th, 2014 at 12:19 pm · Link

    I have found that for losing weight your state of mind is the most important factor.



    • Marlene Kubick
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        · January 16th, 2014 at 2:04 pm · Link

      That’s for sure. I had some health problems last year and needed to lose weight. I decided to not use the four-letter-word…DIET. Instead I just decided to listen inward. I ate anything I wanted but in small quantities. Whatever I wanted for breakfast…just less. Not hungry until maybe 2-3 pm. I make a BIG salad with olive oil, italian seasoning and apple cider vinegar. That would actually be the start of my dinner. After I have that I start to think about my dinner entree. But, I’m not all that hungry so I eat less. My favorite place for dinner is Texas Roadhouse. I order a half-slab of ribs, salad and loaded baked potato. I eat all of my salad and a roll. When I get my entree I deal with my potato and cut a couple of ribs off. By then my salad and roll have settled and I eat most of my potato and 1-2 ribs. The inner voice says “okay, you’ve tasted everything so save some for later. I’ve been known to make 3-4 meals with those ribs and what’s left of my potato and a big, new salad. I lost 34 pounds and only gained 2 pounds during the Holidays. I didn’t miss a single cookie, cake etc…..I would remind myself, isn’t one cookie, small slice, taste or a spoonful better than none? When the weight started coming off it got a lot easier to ration out the “stuff” since I didn’t deprive myself of one thing. That’s my story and I’m sticking with it!! It’s worked. Sorry for the long story but I thought I’d share. Maybe someone else will find this helpful. I’m trying Linda’s thing about the journal and what I’d like to feel each day. H :lol: oping for good results on that end. :)



    • linda
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        · January 16th, 2014 at 2:49 pm · Link

      I agree 100 percent



  36. ,carole
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      · January 16th, 2014 at 5:10 pm · Link

    I’m doing pretty good myself on W.W. I was doing a happy dance for I tried on a pair of jeans that were too tight and they fit me now…glad your doing good on it too! I work nights so this diet fits in my schedule and all! Its a life-style not a diet! Anyways, hope your horse is feeling better-have a good day!



  37. CathyShouse
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      · January 17th, 2014 at 12:21 am · Link

    Like you, Linda, for weight loss I don’t want to have to tally up things for the points totals. Tuesday, I said to my doctor, “Tell me what to eat.” He handed me an eating plan and I’m simply eating from the selections that are on it. I guess I’m more of a rule follower than I realize. It’s rigid and there are times I wish I hadn’t asked. lol



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