#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Despite appearances….

I have not been abducted by aliens and subjected to strange cosmological experiments.  :)  (This is a running joke between Sister Sally and me–we text each other pictures when we wake up in the morning with especially bad hair, and it’s our theory that aliens are responsible.  Either that or we’re sleeping in a head-stand.)

No, the truth is, sometimes time just gets away from me, and this is one of those weeks.  Monday, I had a doctor’s appointment, Tuesday, a blood test.  Nothing to be alarmed about–I’m having my hormone levels tested in order to take the bioidentical kind I talked about recently.   Once I have anything to report, I will.  I suspect that millions of women–and men, too–suffer from the same problem.  I refuse to take synthetic hormones–I’m not sure responsible doctors even prescribe them anymore.  Bioidenticals are completely natural, made from soy products and similar things, and instead of supplementing, they actually replace the natural hormones our bodies are deficient in.  That’s GOT to be good, right?  I’ll keep you updated.

The book continues to unfold, albeit more slowly than I’d like.  Every word is chiseled directly into my heart, and sometimes that is painful. 

I don’t know if I reported my results following the three weeks on the Food Lovers induction program or not, but one way or another, here it is.  I lost four pounds and some five-and-a-half inches, and while that might not sound like a lot, I’m thrilled.  Why?  Because I can LIVE with this.  Today, for example, I had shrimp, a hard-boiled egg, and avocado, with a drizzle of light Catalina dressing–and it was great!!  My fast carb—tadah!!!–was a glass of red wine.  :)  What’s not to be happy about???

I will choose this week’s winner this afternoon, Jenni will notify her (or him) and tomorrow I’ll make the announcement, along with a new contest.

I’m off to Storyland.  Be well, be blessed, and be kind.



15 comments to “Despite appearances….”

  1. Ellie
      · January 23rd, 2013 at 5:30 pm · Link

    Bravo for you and your weight loss quest. :-) I agree about the meds. You do what works for you, keep us posted.

  2. Sherry Wallace
      · January 23rd, 2013 at 5:30 pm · Link

    YeeHawwww!! 5 1/2 inches is just awesome!! That’s more significant than lbs anyway!! Way to go, girl :-).
    The newest book is sounding like it might be a tear jerker. All ends well, though, in your stories :-)

  3. Marianne
      · January 23rd, 2013 at 5:30 pm · Link

    Congratulations on your dieting success. I have loss fifty pounds. For me it has been a bite by bite, meal by meal effort. Being able to purchase new “cute” clothes and physically feeling better have helped keep me motivated. Cheers to the thinner you!

  4. Hilda
      · January 23rd, 2013 at 5:42 pm · Link

    Congratulations, Linda! You are doing so well! I pray you have the encouragement and willpower that you need to keep it up. I also hope your success will hit me in the heart and the head at some point and I start exercising soon!

    Happy writing! I’m so intrigued by your next book, wondering if it’s anothere Big Sky book or a new series or a standalone, or ….? Have fun with it! Hilda

  5. Janice Hougland
      · January 23rd, 2013 at 6:04 pm · Link

    I envy you your stick-to-it-ness! I’ve been losing weight, but very slowly (the doc actually said slow is best at my age), which can be disheartening. But I feel better, my clothes fit looser and I’m sleeping better so it’s all good! The only exercise I am able to do is walk…so I’m a walking fool these days! At least I have my precious Yorkie, Maggie, with me to keep me company. And lately I’ve invited a couple of other neighborhood women to walk with me and so that is promising. So good luck to both of us, Linda! :wink:

  6. Lois Rotella
      · January 23rd, 2013 at 6:21 pm · Link

    Congrats on your new style(diet). I am trying to eat better and healthier. I plan on doing some exercise( a little ) at a time. I really enjoy Sky Mountain River. Looking forward to the next book.

  7. Juanita Rice
      · January 23rd, 2013 at 6:30 pm · Link

    “Every word is chiseled directly into my heart …..”

    And that’s what makes you the writer you are.

    I got the book and the bracelet. I love it! Such a pretty accessory and not to be worn only for dress-up. Thank you!! :)

  8. Linda Richards
      · January 23rd, 2013 at 6:51 pm · Link

    Congrat’s on the weight loss! I have used bioidentical hormones for years and find the topical creams work best and appear to be one of the safest options in hormone replacement therapy… All the best to you!

  9. linda gwiazdowski
      · January 23rd, 2013 at 7:52 pm · Link

    congrats on the weight loss.love your books always waiting for the next one.

  10. Gloria
      · January 23rd, 2013 at 11:02 pm · Link

    Linda, I could tell you all kinds of things about HRT, and all good. I know this sounds crazy, after baring my heart and soul in yesterday’s Blog, but I’d prefer to tell this privately.

    Congratulations on your weight and inch loss. You should have shown us a before, during, and then…an after picture when you get to where you want to be. I like before and after pictures, of anything and everything.

  11. Jerri Brown
      · January 23rd, 2013 at 11:41 pm · Link

    I have used bio identicals for ten years.
    The best place in Spokane is Riverpoint Rx.
    They even mail them to you. I have used both the creams and drops and both work well.
    For me personally the results are astounding, I don’t know
    what I would do without them.
    Good Luck

  12. Anne Little
      · January 24th, 2013 at 12:23 am · Link

    I knew I was not alone in believing Aliens were responsble for bad hair days! I also think they are responsble for the disappearence of ice cream from my freezer during the night time hours but as of yet I am unable to find anyone who admittedly has had simular experiences. You would think they would be smart enough (coming from another planet) to wash out the bowl and spoon but evidently not.

    Congrats on the weight loss and lifestyle changes you are making for you. I know how difficult this road is from experience.
    I will share with you what my Doctor said about the slow progress of weight loss, “Slow and steady wins the race.” and “Don’t dwell on it overmuch because it tends to defeat progress.”

    I am re-reading Don’t look now, Never look Back and Once last look. I have read this series a few times now but I have run out of new stuff to read so I am back to the old until I can get out to the book store or order online. Don’t you hate the last week of the month when cash flow dwindles or bitterly cold days when you are more or less stranded inside? I know I do.
    I have actually considered knocking on my neighbors doors and asking if they any really great page turners they could lend me. I would too, if I didn’t think they would think I was nuts. I guess I could just fess up to a reading addiction but still…..
    Maybe its time to start another cross-stitch project, but the truth is I have grown a little bored with it over the winter. Yikes! I have bared my soul to much here. Sorry.

    • Anne Little
        · January 24th, 2013 at 12:29 am · Link

      Okay, maybe its not nice calling ones kids Aliens for swiping ice cream but it sounds better then Gremlins, goblins, and thiefs. And it only happens when they visit and I really don’t mind because someone other then ME is eating it. But should anyone have found the comment offensive I am sorry. And I most certainly do not believe little green men are raiding my freezer. :mrgreen:

  13. Norma Stanforth
      · January 24th, 2013 at 11:04 pm · Link

    Congratulation, Linda 5 1/2 inches is a lot good work, keep it up. :-P Take care and God bless you.
    Norm Stanforth

  14. Rebecca (Becky) Hicks
      · January 25th, 2013 at 2:45 pm · Link

    Congrats! Keep up the good work! I empathize.

    I look like my mom & her family–little short, round people. Lost bunches when my esophagus was rebuilt–6 wks liquid diet will do that. Lost 60 lbs (!) over three yrs. Then it slowly crept back, not all but–. :( Now I’m working on portion control–that’s what happened after the surgery–eat too much>get sick! The thing is, it is S L O O O W. At 68 that IS the best way, maybe for all ages. The point is to work to be healthy.

    Also, I’m learning not to apologize for how I look. That is HARD to do. But we are all worthy of respect, especially when we try to be kind, thoughtful people. I may just be a short, round, nice person!!! :-D

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