#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Another great weekend

I’m all rested up and ready to roll–every time I ride my exercise bike, I feel a little better.  (Why didn’t I start SOONER?  Guess there’s no sense in asking that question.)  I once heard Covert Bailey say that if the effects of exercise could be contained in a pill, it would be the most prescribed of all medications, hands down, and I believe it.  The list of benefits goes on and on–better brain, better energy, better moods, better bones…amazing.  I’m adding strength training this week–thanks to my friend, Jean, for seeing the mention on the blog and sending me a wonderful and delightfully clear book called, “A Cup of Strengthening”–it’s simple, it takes 15 minutes, and one doesn’t have to be a world champion athlete to do it.  (I’m a lot of things, but athletic isn’t one of them.)

Wow.  I’m so excited about all the positive changes going on in my life, I can hardly express it.  I’m also happy to report that this week’s weight loss was nearly three pounds–one for each day I rode my bike–and nearly as much as I lost during the whole three-week induction program.  :)  I really like the Food Lovers plan, but it’s important to say that, like any such life-changing program, it’s challenging at times.  There ARE a few rules, like lots of water and keeping a food journal, portion sizes, etc.  Almost every food I really like can be adapted to it, though, and I don’t even crave sugar, which is a miracle.  Wendy and Jeremy and I had lunch at the casino yesterday–I had wonton soup, and it was delicious.  Our family luncheon on Thursday was great fun, too–we dined at the Onion, which is one of our favorites, and it was so EASY to follow my new way of eating.  I had French onion soup, which I LOVE, along with a green salad, dressing on the side.  Wendy’s birthday is coming up soon, and we’ll be celebrating for sure–probably at another restaurant.  Next Saturday, she and I will attend another play, “Rock of Ages” this time.  Since “Jersey Boys” was so terrific, I have high hopes for this show as well, though I know little to nothing about it.

And I’m so enjoying being able to see my lovely daughter more than a few times a year! 

The guest bathroom is almost finished, and it’s SUCH an improvement, I can hardly believe the difference.  The pounding, etc., hasn’t been all that hard to endure–so now we’re planning on more projects.  :)  Next to be tackled:  the room down the hall that will be my office–the carpet needs to come out and be replaced with hardwood flooring, and the walls will be painted.  My closet is in line for a major overhaul, and so is my craft room, but lots of sorting and decluttering will have to be done first.  The plan is, I finish this book, then take a week to ten days to clear clutter before starting the next one.  I have lots of help, but when it comes to sorting clothes, art supplies, books and the like, the buck stops here.  :)  Nobody can do that for me, of course, because they don’t know what to keep and what to give or throw away.  So I’m pushing up my sleeves and wading in there, because decluttering is another big priority for 2013.

Jeremy and I are planning to start seedlings pretty soon, too, and the compost is coming along nicely.  I’m looking forward to juicy tomatoes and oodles of bright flowers.  :)

Busy, busy, busy–that’s me.  No complaints here: I’m thriving!

And now, I’m off to Parable for a few hours, to meet up with Zane and Brylee and the rest of the Parable/Three Trees bunch.

Be well, be safe, and be kind.

Holy moley, I think the sun is trying to shine!  Yeehaw!

6 comments to “Another great weekend”

  1. Kathleen O
      · February 4th, 2013 at 2:01 pm · Link

    Congrats on the weight loss… Mmm you are making my mouth water at the mention of French Onion Soup. Have not had this in a long time.. Think I will make some for lunch…
    I have a busy week and I need to get cracking and get off my computer to get things started..
    Have a good week all…

  2. Juanita Rice
      · February 4th, 2013 at 2:02 pm · Link

    And life is good!! Stay happy, Linda! :)

  3. Ange
      · February 4th, 2013 at 2:49 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, Congratulations on the weight loss!! A question on your daughter; how is her writing coming? I know you are so proud of her accomplishments and just wondered if there is anything new happening?

    Also, the first thing I do every day is get online to see if you have a new blog! They inspire me every day!

    When should the next book be coming out? I always get them the day they come out and read them in one sitting. I will admit I’ve had to start reading on my tablet because my book shelves are overflowing! I can’t bare to throw any of them away and have re-read them all several times.


  4. Pam Brewer
      · February 4th, 2013 at 4:53 pm · Link

    Congrats on the weight loss. Your enthusiasm for exercise and its effects are contagious. I have begun, slowly, to add more movement to my day, thanks to you :)

      · February 4th, 2013 at 10:32 pm · Link


    Congratulations on the whole life style change. You embarrass me, because although I plan to do something positive, I ofttimes find myself bogged down and sitting here with a book (the last 2 read were Big Sky River and Ragged Rainbows) and most likely something sweet or carb laden. UGH. At least I do get entertained while being catatonic.

    I think The Onion is one of my favorite places to eat at when visiting “home”. Will def have to do it when we come to town on the 16th.

    Thank You once again for your gift.
    Char :wink:

  6. Christine Gaskill
      · February 5th, 2013 at 12:39 pm · Link

    Congrats! I wish my scale would drop instead up climbing…
    My grandpa made a wonderfull French Onion soup, just red onions, wine, water and beef boulion. And he used swiss cheese shredded on top. Yummmm…. I will have to make some this week !


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