#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Four weeks and counting

As of tomorrow, I’ve been back in Weight Watchers for a full month–how time flies when you’re counting points.  :)  I’ve lost a little more–hurray!–and sure am enjoying being able to wear my jeans again. 

This afternoon–at last–I have my first EMDR* therapy session, and I’m so excited.  I can’t wait to tell you about it, but I might have to use the hotel computer while in Seattle to blog, because my new laptop hasn’t arrived yet.  (Errrrggh!)  Maybe it will come today–you never know.  Since I lack any kind of technological talent whatsoever, I need Chris to set the gizmo up for me.  (Think good thoughts.)

I see by the itinerary for this weekend that Debbie and I are signing books on Saturday, the 23rd, at the Kitsap Naval Base in Silverdale.  (Life is full of surprises.  :) )We’ll be there from 2 to 4 pm, so if you live in the area, come see us!  And bring photo ID; it’s required for entry to the base.

On the hobby front, I’m still pretty much stoned.  :)  (Just kidding.)  The ebay shipments continue to arrive–what fun.  I’m making pendants for a few close friends and relations–nothing fancy, just gluing a bail onto the back of the stone and adding a chain–guess you could say my jewelry is therapeutic, instead of decorative.  :)  I’m wearing malachite today, because I want to focus on my writing goals, and this is one inspirational gemstone.  I now have a lovely obsidian sphere in the center of my kitchen table–obsidian absorbs negative energy, and heaven knows, there’s plenty of that in the world.  Since obsidian is extremely powerful, it’s good to mellow it out a little with some rose quartz, the stone of gentleness and love.  And while I’m on the subject of stone benefits, a bit of citrine placed in the far left hand corner of your house, from the front door, will help you to prosper.  My favorite, though, is still flourite–just touching it lifts my spirits.

Be sure to comment, by the way, because there’s a new contest this week.  And remember–the Barnes and Noble and Amazon gift card giveaway begins next week.  Again, all you have to do is comment.  :)

I finished listening to the Mary Roberts Rinehart mystery, “The Album”, last night.  I enjoyed the story, but the narration left something to be desired; the book was set in the U.S., but everybody had an English accent.  Go figure.  Obviously, this did not deter me, and the woman’s voice was pleasant to hear.

The Zero Point soup turned out very well, by the way–I included cabbage, onion, garlic, chopped celery, canned tomatoes and mushrooms, and threw in a few left over veggies, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower and spaghetti squash, to use them up.  That way I could feel virtuous on two counts: thrift and healthy eating.  Another great trick, picked up at a WW meeting from another member, is adding canned green beans (drained) to low-point Progresso soups.  (I happen to LOVE vegetables, which gives me an advantage on the weight-loss front, and adding veggies really bulks up a meal.)

Time to wrap this up and get some writing done.

Be safe, be well, and be kind.

What goes around, comes around.  :)

*EMDR means Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing


51 comments to “Four weeks and counting”

  1. Laura Ann Harris
      · November 19th, 2013 at 2:27 pm · Link

    Linda, such encouragement to me to hear Weight a Watchers is working for you. I have a pair if jeans I would love to fit back into. Keep up the great work!

  2. Diana E
      · November 19th, 2013 at 2:29 pm · Link

    Looking forward to hearing all about how your treatment goes. I know what you mean about computers, my daughter has to get mine all set up. Have fun on your trip to Seattle with Debbie, she’s another of my favorites. Blessings.

  3. Pam B
      · November 19th, 2013 at 2:39 pm · Link

    Wishing you continued success with WW. I’ve been on the program since Jan 1 and have lost 80 pounds !! I have amazed myself.

  4. Judy Eagle
      · November 19th, 2013 at 2:41 pm · Link

    Stones are sounding very interesting. I hope your laptop arrives!!

  5. rosemary
      · November 19th, 2013 at 2:49 pm · Link

    Hi Linda…where do you purchase your stones. I like the mystery of it all – ebay?

  6. Juanita Rice
      · November 19th, 2013 at 3:27 pm · Link

    I’m so close to Silverdale!! Would love to see you and Debbie, but it’s not to be this time. Know the two of you will have so much fun together. :)

  7. Ruby Norwood
      · November 19th, 2013 at 3:30 pm · Link

    Linda keep up the good work on your weight watchers diet. I am like you I love my vegetables. Stones are interesting but I just don’t have time for it. I spend all my extra time for reading. I do hope your laptop arrives before you leave.


      · November 19th, 2013 at 3:36 pm · Link

    Linda that is good you have seen results with your Weight Watchers. Keep up the good work during these holidays & trips you are taking. Have fun with Debbie. Safe travel.

  9. Alice Johnson
      · November 19th, 2013 at 3:41 pm · Link

    Thanks for the info on the green beans added to Progresso soup. I am a WW member also, 16 weeks this week & had lost 18 lbs. Go back on Friday. That is my meeting day. The ladies are all so helpful & supportive. The soups are an absolute must for weight loss! Or they seem to be with my group. Hope you have a great leader, I surely do!

    Love stones, we lived in Colorado Springs in the 70’s (my husband in the Air Force) & did a lot of collecting. Buying, finding & I became hooked on the Semi precious stones. Have a great collection now! Enjoy ♥

  10. Marlene Kubick
      · November 19th, 2013 at 3:56 pm · Link

    I’m trying to get back into my jewelry making. I really need to make some pieces for Christmas gifts. It’s a very relaxing hobby, plus it helps to avoid the “munchies”. When I’m working on jewelry I keep saying “I’ll get something when I finish this”. I say that over and over until it’s time to turn in for the night, without munching on anything!!! Best of luck on the diet. I’m right with you. :-P

  11. Suzanne Mongan
      · November 19th, 2013 at 4:15 pm · Link

    Congrats on the continued weight loss. I hope you have a great week!

  12. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · November 19th, 2013 at 4:23 pm · Link

    How I would love to come to your and Debbie’s book signings.

    Good luck on your continued WW success. ~Deborah

  13. Gloria
      · November 19th, 2013 at 4:26 pm · Link

    Linda, I think my son needs some kind of stone. He is very down and out right now. I asked if he was in even more pain, or tired, or depressed, or all of them and he said ALL.

    Please say some prayers for him to feel better.

    be safe on your trip.

  14. Patricia M Hann
      · November 19th, 2013 at 4:57 pm · Link

    Great to hear you are doing well. Have a fun trip.

  15. Patricia Drennen
      · November 19th, 2013 at 4:59 pm · Link

    Have you ever seen or worn Larimar?

  16. Renae Kinsey
      · November 19th, 2013 at 5:15 pm · Link

    You could really teach me a lot about gems or stones I mean! I am happy for you with your weight loss!! My jeans are a bit tight myself. I remember at weight watchers I made black bean brownies. They were good and that adds fiber! Wish I could go to your book signing but I will look forward to your charity luncheon in Las Vegas

  17. Ellen
      · November 19th, 2013 at 5:16 pm · Link

    Linda, have you ever tried Yoga?
    I started one year ago instead of taking osteoporosis medication. I really like the gentle class that I take. The “me time” is greatly appreciated and I feel calmer and stronger.
    Two classes a week have really helped me.
    Hope you have a good time in Seattle.

  18. Joyce M.
      · November 19th, 2013 at 5:22 pm · Link

    Sounds like you are doing great. Have fun on your trip.

  19. Lois Rotella
      · November 19th, 2013 at 5:37 pm · Link

    Linda you sound very busy !! Congrats on your WW !! I should look into it because there are some jeans I would like to get into also. Your jewerly making sound interesting. I did not know that about the different stones. I need to look into that. Have a good time with Deborah. Hope you receive your laptop today also.

  20. Leanna
      · November 19th, 2013 at 5:42 pm · Link

    I hate waiting for packages. Good job on the weightloss.

  21. Jo-Ann Baker
      · November 19th, 2013 at 6:03 pm · Link

    Your awsome! I going to reread the Creed and Mckettricks again. Love them ! Waiting for new books from you as I have read them all. Thanks agian for the great stories!

  22. Amy Monk
      · November 19th, 2013 at 6:07 pm · Link

    I enjoy reading your books so much. I can hardly wait for Big Sky Secrets to come out.

  23. Lea Myers Williams
      · November 19th, 2013 at 6:46 pm · Link

    Your stones are intriguing to me. I never have paid much attention to them. Hope you have a good time with Debbie. She is another favorite. Blessings

  24. Jennifer Damone
      · November 19th, 2013 at 7:12 pm · Link

    Good for you for sticking with Weight Watchers! Hopefully the holidays won’t present too much of a challenge for you, they always do for me. So many foods we only eat once a year! Hope you have a great week!

  25. Pearl Eveleigh
      · November 19th, 2013 at 7:15 pm · Link

    I am in Weight Watchers too. Good luck with it!

  26. harriet vick
      · November 19th, 2013 at 7:20 pm · Link

    If only I weren’t working this Saturday. I would have tried to show up for the book signing and surprise you! Have fun with Debbie!

  27. Tinna
      · November 19th, 2013 at 7:35 pm · Link

    Would love to meet YOU at a book signing. Thanks again for writing books!

  28. Vicky
      · November 19th, 2013 at 7:38 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, I really enjoy reading your blog. I especially like learning about the stones and their powers. I have a citrine ring, and could use some prosperity. I think I will go find the far left corner of my house. Thanks for the tip! Safe trip, Vicky

  29. Bridget
      · November 19th, 2013 at 7:47 pm · Link

    I love stones and all their beautiful colors. Just reading your blog makes me want to get a few new ones. Have a good trip!

  30. Christina Ennis
      · November 19th, 2013 at 7:55 pm · Link

    fantastic job on your weight loss journey wish you much success. It’s a great feeling. Have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving

  31. Sheila
      · November 19th, 2013 at 8:56 pm · Link

    Really enjoy your blog. Great information that you are sharing about the stones. I also have to say you and Debbie are two of my favorite authors.

  32. Gloria
      · November 19th, 2013 at 9:04 pm · Link

    Linda, I was watching Antique’s Roadshow Monday night and they had an item made from it and it was very old, and large. They said the stone was rare, and scarce, and from what I saw when I put BlueJohn stone in the search engine, it told about a mine in England. I didn’t read all of it, but I think that is only one of maybe 2 places it is found and they only let them mine so much a year, since it is scarce. They say they mostly use it for making jewelry these days.

    I hope you can find out more about it if you’re interested. It is beautiful!

    And, if you get any and make a piece, or pieces, of jewelry out of it, I hope I will finally win your contest and win one of those. Now, that would be very special!!!

  33. Roberta Giordano
      · November 19th, 2013 at 9:16 pm · Link

    Hope your computer comes today ! Love learning about the stones thanks. Have a fun time with Debbie !

  34. karen
      · November 19th, 2013 at 9:22 pm · Link

    Linda good for the weight loss. I started back to WW in Sept. I am taking it slow this time and have lost 14lbs. In fact I just got home from my meeting. I know myself and I wont’ do great during the holidays. My goal is to just keep from gaining any back.

  35. Norma Stanforth
      · November 19th, 2013 at 9:24 pm · Link

    Hi Linda and everyone, I hope you have a good turn out for your book signing on the 23. i wish i lived close and was able to come to your book signing i would sure love to see you i have always enjoyed you books. Everyone i hope you have a great week and GOD blessings.
    As always your friend,

  36. Connie Johnson
      · November 19th, 2013 at 9:27 pm · Link

    My sister and I are going to try WW after Christmas, we both have over a hundred pounds to lose. Good luck.

  37. Emily
      · November 19th, 2013 at 9:27 pm · Link

    Love to hear about your stones. Sounds as if you are having a great time with them.

    Love, love, love Brussels Sprouts! My very favorite veg. :lol:

    Hope your laptop arrives and that you and DM have a great time together. Nothing like having a great friend to do things with!

    Be safe, be well……………

  38. Cheryl Messer
      · November 20th, 2013 at 12:20 am · Link

    Linda, after you start your EDMR, could you please enlighten us (especially some of us health field curious people) what this entails and does?? Thanks!
    That soup sounds YUMMY! I love veggie soups, we make a lot of soups (my 11 year old son and I), sometimes we roam around the produce department and just decide what to ‘add’ that looks good. And the soup will turn out green or something. Not pretty but will take so delicious! Keep up the great work on WW. My mother lost 80 pounds in 1 year sticking to that lifestyle and has maintained it off for over 2 years now! :-D

  39. Sandra Wheeler
      · November 20th, 2013 at 12:48 am · Link

    I really enjoy your blogs and especially the ones about the stones you work with. My Uncle used to work with stones and would go to Needles, Calif. to search the desert for them. Would love to know the meaning of all the stones. Where would I find that, do you know?

    • linda
        · November 25th, 2013 at 2:58 pm · Link

      There are a number of good books on the meaning of gemstones. I like “The Crystal Bible”, among others

  40. Denise King
      · November 20th, 2013 at 2:51 am · Link

    I was wondering if you have any plans on coming to Philadelphia, Pa.would Love to meet you.I’m also glad you’redoing well with weight watches, so until next time take care.

  41. Jennifer Hermann
      · November 20th, 2013 at 8:38 am · Link

    Congratulations on the weight loss. WW does work! Hard to keep to the points when you are on the road so keep up the good work!

  42. Jeanne Corrigan
      · November 20th, 2013 at 12:53 pm · Link

    I would absolutely love to see you and Debbie at a book signing. Actually my Mom and I did meet Debbie here in Houston a few years ago. When it was out turn to get an autograph, Debbie actually got up and walked over to my mom, who was in a wheel chair so they could take a picture together. Mom was a huge fan of both Debbie and you, Linda! So, anyway, come back to Texas! I know there are many who would love to meet you!

  43. Rosanne Bolton
      · November 20th, 2013 at 5:09 pm · Link

    I love the WW cabbage (vegetable) soup. I haven’t been to WW in many years but still favor some of their recipes. Good luck with you ww. It can be fun and waiting for you next book. Take care of yourself and enjoy you book signing with Debbie, wish I was there but I live in north west Florida.


  44. Crystal
      · November 20th, 2013 at 8:37 pm · Link

    Enjoy your visit with Debbie!!! I can’t imagine the fun you 2 amazing authors have : ))) I will be testing tomorrow for my Phlebotomy exam so wish me luck!! Today I turned 31 so another year has gone by and I went home after work yesterday to the surprise of my husband going and picking up a Bassett Hound!!! After losing Dottie I haven’t gotten me a new puppy but Ginger sure is sweet!!! Gotta love them animals!! Have a wonderful week! No blog today so you lab top must not have came in…. ( think good thoughts crystal although no blog) lol have a good time : ))

  45. Bess
      · November 21st, 2013 at 12:02 pm · Link

    Your “book” He’s the one is nothing more than soft porn & so below your usual standards. I’m sorry I wasted my money on it. It went straight into trash can. I will not purchase any more of your books, nor any from the other authors in the book. Where was the plot? It takes creativity to write, just filling in with graphic sex doesn’t count. Are you trying to imitate Fifty shades of grey? It was disappointing.

    • linda
        · November 25th, 2013 at 2:57 pm · Link

      Unfortunately that’s an old book and I can’t prevent them from being re-released.

  46. Jean Burkacki
      · November 21st, 2013 at 9:15 pm · Link


    Just wanted to you know that I have most all your books and some I have 2 and 3 of :). I give away my extras. I really get into the stories, sometime I’ll look up from a book and have to refocus and remember where I’m at! :-P

    Keep up the good work on the WW diet. My Mom loved that diet. I, myself, lose better on high protein and veggie diet{ except corn and potatoes}. :-D

    Have a wonderful holiday season. :-P

    Be safe and may God be with you and your family always. :-D

    Love, Jean

  47. Shirley M
      · November 24th, 2013 at 1:12 pm · Link

    Hi Linda,
    On the obsidian item, we used to live near Yellowstone Natl park and there is a huge mountain of it about 5 miles into the north entrance. They used to have a sign there but now it’s closed off by the road with guard rails. Too many visitors taking souvenirs. Thought you’d like to know. Have a great Thanksgiving.

  48. Susan Murra
      · November 24th, 2013 at 1:59 pm · Link

    I too am going to Weight Watchers, been in since Jan 2013 have lost a total of 21lbs to date. I’m feeling so much better and able to where clothes I haven’t worn for a long time.
    Take it one day at time. :wink:

  49. Brenda Cates
      · November 24th, 2013 at 2:27 pm · Link

    Just getting back into reading again and finished McKettrick’s Pride. I love your books and this one made me cry, you have a wonderful gift. Good luck with WW.

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