#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Happy Birthday, Sally Lang

Sally Jean, I love you.

Today was Weight Watchers day, and I was down two more pounds!  This brings my total to 45–those little losses, week after week, month after month, definitely add up.  :)  I am very grateful, of course, not just for the program and my success so far, but for what didn’t happen, but surely would have if I hadn’t chosen to return to the plan I knew would work for me.  I might have been 45 pounds heavier by now, perish the thought.

Jen had a wonderful time on her trip to Scotland, though naturally she’s tired and still suffering from jet-lag.  She did attend WW with me this morning and guess what–after all that traveling, she not only hadn’t gained any weight, she’d lost just under a pound.  Pretty good, me thinks. 

As is our custom, Wendy, Jen and I went to lunch after the meeting–we were starved, since none of us like to eat before we weigh in.  Silly, I know, but that’s the nature of the beast.  Lots of members want to be weighed on the same scale every week–I have plenty of quirks, but that isn’t one of them.  :) After lunch, I shopped for groceries, a task I’ve been putting off for days, and now have a lot of healthy stuff on hand, such as raw vegetables (which, fortunately, I love), low-fat hamburger, etc.  I have a new discovery to report, too–Torani’s sugar-free syrups.  They’re designed to add to coffee, but I like to put the salted carmel or black cherry in a big glass of my favorite soda, RC Cola-10.  The Irish Cream flavor is great in a mug of java–and not a single calorie to count.  (The RC, obviously, has 10 calories.)

Last week’s winners, hang in there.  Your prizes will go out tomorrow.  Just a note regarding contests: If you didn’t get an email informing you that you’d won, you didn’t win, even if you happen to have the same name as someone who did.  We seem to have some confusion going on this time.  :)  As usual, new winners will be chosen and announced on Friday.

Due to those computer problems I told you about on Monday, and the time it took to straighten them out, I didn’t get much writing done this week.  I hope to do better tomorrow and Friday. 

I’m listening to a book about reincarnation, Dr. Brian Weiss’s new one.  Very interesting.


enjoy its energy.  I do regret that I didn’t know about gemstones and crystals and pyramids when I was younger, but I was too busy being skeptical, I guess.  :)

Be well, be brave, and be kind. 

41 comments to “Happy Birthday, Sally Lang”

  1. Lorraine Pitts
      · May 21st, 2014 at 11:31 pm · Link

    Congrats on the weight loss, so happy for you. Have a great day tomorrow.

  2. Terri Shortell
      · May 21st, 2014 at 11:36 pm · Link

    Congrats to both you and Jen on the weight loss. Proud of u both. I’ll try the syrup. It will definitely give me a no guilt treat. Hope the computer problem gets better soon. Know the aggravation it causes. The weather here is hot and humid so I hope yours is better. 8) 8)

  3. Gloria
      · May 21st, 2014 at 11:41 pm · Link

    I’m glad you’re continuing to lose. And, that you had a good lunch with your family. Jen is your family, isn’t she?

    Happy Birthday to Sally Lang!

    Ya know, I didn’t know they had RC’s way out there. I guess I thought it was a southern thing. If I ever get to fix my store building and open it up, I am going to sell RC’s and Moon Pies. It will be like an old general store…sort of.

    I will congratulate last week’s winners, although I still don’t know who won. I must have missed something somewhere.

    Have a great night, Linda, and have a wonderful writing day the next two days.

    • Sal
        · May 23rd, 2014 at 11:13 pm · Link

      Thanks Gloria!

  4. Rita Crofoot
      · May 22nd, 2014 at 12:15 am · Link

    Nice that you haves such good news to report regarding weight loss, and congrats to Jen to for losing while traveling, that takes some real creativity.I really need to get serious, just wanting to lose doesn’t work, and I know it, but……..Those couple of lbs that you forgive also add up the other way.I am always in awe of how much you read and listen too, your house and ipad, must be so full of books.

  5. Diane Vought
      · May 22nd, 2014 at 1:17 am · Link

    Congratulations at WW!!

  6. Lois Rotella
      · May 22nd, 2014 at 6:24 am · Link

    Great news on the weight front. This past weekend I bought some gems. So I am starting small. Looking forward to the new book coming out next week. Have a great day .

  7. Marcy Collins
      · May 22nd, 2014 at 6:30 am · Link

    Congratulations on the continued success in WW…that is awesome! I will look for the syrups you mentioned as they sound great to use to sweeten without additional calories and I have seen RC Cola in our stores here in NW Ohio. Hope the rest of the week is great and have a Happy Memorial Day!

  8. Jo-Ann
      · May 22nd, 2014 at 7:21 am · Link

    Happy Birthday Sally Lang:)
    Loved to Win!
    Love your books, reread them often!

    • Sal
        · May 23rd, 2014 at 11:14 pm · Link

      Thanks Jo-Ann!

  9. Laska Bull
      · May 22nd, 2014 at 7:31 am · Link

    Congratulations!! on the WW. Awesome!! Now a picture of the new You. Would love to see the changes.
    Anxious for the new book on Tuesday…

  10. Betty Hamilton
      · May 22nd, 2014 at 8:19 am · Link

    I am so glad that you up-date us about your progress with WW. It has given me the boost that I needed to get back on my own diet! TY!! Also TY for the heads up about Dr. Weiss having a new book out. I have read all his older ones and wasn’t aware that he had a new one out!! Thanks again and have a great week-end. :-P

  11. Marilyn Hurst
      · May 22nd, 2014 at 8:45 am · Link

    Glad to hear Jean had a wonderful time and that Weight Watchers is working for all three of you. I hope you have a wonderful week and get caught up with the writing. Happy Memorial Day Weekend, just in case I forget to say it later!

  12. Ruby Norwood
      · May 22nd, 2014 at 9:20 am · Link

    I am glad to hear that you have lost 45. Linda , that is a lot of wait. so proud of you and the others also glad that Gen had a good trip. Take care!!!

  13. judy
      · May 22nd, 2014 at 9:25 am · Link

    Congrats on the weight loss. You are doing real good.

  14. Virginia Horton
      · May 22nd, 2014 at 9:28 am · Link

    Congrats to the both of you on the weight loss. So glad you are doing so well. I know how hard it is to loose weight and keep it off. I haven’t lost a pound but just happy I haven’t gained any.

  15. Ellen
      · May 22nd, 2014 at 9:29 am · Link

    My husband is a diabetic. He uses the Torani syrups to flavor his oatmeal every morning. :-P

  16. Brenda I.
      · May 22nd, 2014 at 9:34 am · Link

    Congratulations on your Weight Watchers achievements! That’s rocks keep up the good work! I hope that Sally has a great birthday! Glad to hear Jen had a good trip to Scotland and hope that she will feel rested soon.

    Take care.

  17. Emily
      · May 22nd, 2014 at 9:50 am · Link

    Congratulations on your WW loss. That is always great news.

    Have a great day writing. Also have a great week-end.

  18. Joyce M.
      · May 22nd, 2014 at 10:05 am · Link

    Congrats!!! That is a terrific achievement!

  19. Leanna
      · May 22nd, 2014 at 11:36 am · Link

    I’m looking forward to The Marriage Pact.

  20. ,carol
      · May 22nd, 2014 at 11:41 am · Link

    congrats on your weight loss…love it for you feel so much better and W.W. to me is not a diet but a life-style that you can live with all the time, I’m not depriving myself from the foods I like to eat-glad Jen didn’t gain on her trip, anyways have a great weekend-I’ve got to work all weekend but will spend sometime with my family and don’t forget to thank a veteran or someone who is serving our country now, for our freedom!

  21. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · May 22nd, 2014 at 12:10 pm · Link

    Congrats, again, on your WW success.

    Have your latest release on preorder and can hardly wait.

  22. susan speed
      · May 22nd, 2014 at 1:54 pm · Link

    I am so impressed with your Weight Watchers successes! It takes a lot of dedication, tenacity and commitment to achieve such great results. Your blood pressure and blood sugars must be improving as well with the weight loss. I admire your success.


    • linda
        · May 25th, 2014 at 11:49 pm · Link

      Thanks, Susan. I admire your glass work!

  23. DIANA E
      · May 22nd, 2014 at 3:08 pm · Link

    Congratulations to both you and Jen, wonderful being on vacation and not gaining any weight. Hope the rest of the week is better writingwise, Linda. Blessings.

  24. Debbie C
      · May 22nd, 2014 at 4:23 pm · Link

    Wow!!! Congrats on the weight watchers!! What an inspiration you are. Have a very blessed weekend!

  25. Sharon S.
      · May 22nd, 2014 at 5:32 pm · Link

    :wink: Congrats on the weight loss. That is great. I just finished the last CDs from the Stone Creek group. Sam is still my guy. Of course Rowdy is pretty great too. I’m halfway through the 2nd of the Orphan Train books, with Emma and Steven. I’m so happy I decided to revisit all the old books because it has been so long (1990) since I read them, I don’t remember them…well except how the last one ends and I’m really excited to get to Carolyn.

    Again, thank you, Linda for all your wonderful times.

  26. Valdi M
      · May 22nd, 2014 at 5:47 pm · Link

    Sometimes not gaining is better than losing. I remember the old WW program when you had to eat liver 3 times a week. I lost then because I just didn’t eat when liver was on the menu. :( I have lost a lot of weight in my lifetime and now just not gaining seem like a victory to me. Hope all continues to go well with you.

  27. Suzanne Mongan
      · May 22nd, 2014 at 6:18 pm · Link

    Congratulations on the weight loss. Keep up the good work, and I hope you have a great Memorial Day weekend.

  28. Tracy Garratt
      · May 22nd, 2014 at 6:42 pm · Link

    Way to go on your WW progress,you are making me think it is time I also rejoin the program.

  29. Norma Stanforth
      · May 22nd, 2014 at 9:09 pm · Link

    Congratulation to both of your on your weight lose, that is so wonderful. Congratulation to the two winners. I am so glad that Jen had a great trip. Happy Birthday Sally Lang, hope you had a blessed day, Linda you always have so great things on your blog so glad to be a part of you blog. Blessings to all.
    As always your friend,

    • Sal
        · May 23rd, 2014 at 11:15 pm · Link

      Thanks Norma!

      • Norma Stanforth
          · May 24th, 2014 at 8:20 pm · Link

        Sally Lang, you are so welcome. Did you have a great birthday?

  30. Pamela Devereux
      · May 22nd, 2014 at 11:37 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday Sally!!! I hope you had a great day.
    Jen, Glad to hear you had a great time in Scotland. If you took pictures, maybe you’ll think of posting some.

    Linda congrats on losing 2 more lbs!!! It is not easy but you are sticking with it.

    As for having computer problems, I hear you. Yesterday was a long day spent with hubby going in for a test. By the time we got home, I was tired. Went to get on the computer & I couldn’t get into my mail, facebook or a search engine. I turned it off & went to bed. Got up this morning, still the same. Now the firewall is not working. Spent 3 hrs & 45 mins on the phone with a tech helping me fix the problems. He was great so I’m going to give a shout out to Andre.

    Have a blessed day!!

  31. Kelley Morrow
      · May 23rd, 2014 at 1:23 am · Link

    Linda congrats on your WW journey! Just wanted to let you know I’m so grateful that you desire and take the time to really connect with your fans. It makes your stories that much more precious! Can’t wait to read the new book. Hope ya’ll have a great Memorial weekend!

  32. Juanita Rice
      · May 23rd, 2014 at 1:24 pm · Link

    Everyone I ever knew who went to WW went to lunch after the weekly meeting. Some continued to lose, some didn’t. :) WTG, Linda.

  33. Jessica W
      · May 23rd, 2014 at 2:00 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday Sally!! I hope its a great one!! Great job on losing the weight! I find that if you drink a ton of water and jump on the treadmill or just go walking the weight tends to come off. Just be sure and not eat a ton of salt during the water intake or you will retain it :) I’m so jealous of Jen right now! I’ve always wanted to go to Scotland!!

    • Sal
        · May 23rd, 2014 at 11:15 pm · Link

      Thanks Jessica!

  34. Peggy Casey
      · May 23rd, 2014 at 5:13 pm · Link

    Keep inspiring us with your weight loss. I haven’t started a program yet and keep bouncing up and down within the same 5 pound bracket.

  35. Norma Stanforth
      · May 26th, 2014 at 9:05 pm · Link

    Hi everyone i hope everyone has a very safe Memorial Day, honoring the men and women who has fought and still fighting for to keep us safe. God bless them and God bless you all.
    As always your friend,

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