#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Hydrated to my shins and other news

Hey, some days I come up with better topics than others.  :)  Today’s blog title refers to my newest toy, an iPhone app called WaterMinder, as I believe I mentioned on Monday.  Interestingly, I’ve taken to downing a couple of big glasses of H2O before I even have my morning coffee–I wake up thirsty.  Since ordinary water lacks pazzazz ( and I MUST have pazzazz), I’ve been adding sugar-free flavorings of the kind one usually adds to java.  Works like the proverbial charm, for me at least.

Weight Watchers?  Don’t ask.  I started exercising again this week, on a regular basis, and I went UP two pounds.  Yikes.  I half expected this, being a WW veteran, but it still threw me a little.  I’m only human, after all.  (Oh, man, am I ever ‘only human’, but that’s a topic for another blog.)  Naturally, I plan to continue–as previously stated, this ole cowgirl is a member for life.  (Which is different, alas, from being a Lifetime Member.   I’ll get there, you can bet your favorite saddle on that, but it’s going to take a while.) 

The week has been a busy one–like all the rest of my weeks.  Bet it’s the same on your end.  :)

I’ve just started my good friend Lisa Jackson’s new book, CLOSE TO HOME.  Yes, an actual book.  It’s shaping up to be a ghost story–yeehaw!!!–and I’m already in its thrall.  In fact, I have to be careful not to pick it up when I have other things to do–it’s that good.  I’ve known Lisa and her sister, Nancy Bishop, for many, many moons–they are the most creative, friendly and all-around classy women you can imagine.  Years ago, Debbie Macomber, Lisa and Nancy shared a room (we were all seriously poor at the time) while attending a Romance Writers of America conference–I forget where, but I have a vague recollection that it was San Francisco.  Lisa and Nancy had already checked in and taken off to register for the conference and hobknob with other friends when Debbie and I arrived to find a note from Lisa waiting on one of the beds.  It read, “Don’t eat the peanuts on top of the mini-bar–they cost NINE BUCKS a jar!”  And since today Lisa is one of the most successful writers in the biz, that memory always makes me chuckle.  (Although by now mini-bar peanuts probably cost three times as much and the price probably gives Stephen King pause.  I mean, there’s ‘expensive’ and there’s ‘just plain ridiculous’.  Furthermore, nothing in the mini-bar is going to be part of my Simply Filling program–except maybe the diet sodas and fifty-dollar bottles of water.  Spending that much would make me feel like a darn fool.)

Well, I’m off to eyeball your comments, drink more water–I’m going for the shoulders, by George–eat something healthy, and WRITE.

God bless.





53 comments to “Hydrated to my shins and other news”

  1. Dennis
      · August 28th, 2014 at 11:49 am · Link

    I’m drinking water!! Is it ok to add a little scotch?

    • linda
        · August 28th, 2014 at 11:56 am · Link

      Sounds good to me. :) Too bad I quit drinking back in February.

  2. Dawn Roberts
      · August 28th, 2014 at 11:50 am · Link

    We have always taken snacks when going to hotel. Not cheap, just frugal!

  3. Jeannine Klimt
      · August 28th, 2014 at 11:54 am · Link

    I appreciate so much your comments about the mini bar!! Traveling with teenagers on a budget it was always ALWAYS a trying time to convince them things in the room are not free!! I too have been working out with my husband and went up exactly two pounds but am on the way back down and remember muscle is much denser than fat and burns more calories to maintain!!! I am also walking more as our Rottweiler is now on a diet. She has hip issues(in all ways evidently) so the Dr has made it clear 105 lbs is too much so we are both going to try and lose 25 lbs! Have a wonderful day Linda!
    And thank you for the book recommendation!

  4. Maggie
      · August 28th, 2014 at 11:55 am · Link

    Good work with the Weight Watchers and exercising. I think when you first start exercising, your muscles hold onto a little water so don’t get discouraged. Hard not to I know.
    Good luck :-D

  5. Gwen
      · August 28th, 2014 at 11:58 am · Link

    There was a woman last week in my WW class who lost 115 lbs in 20 months but said the hardest part had been the last 6 months because she would lose 2 and gain 3 then lose 2 and back and forth. I thought I wish I could lose any since I have had 5 steroid shots in 4 months in my left knee that needs to be replaced. My body is so messed up.

    • linda
        · August 29th, 2014 at 11:58 am · Link

      Be kind to yourself. You have enough to worry about right now. Once you’re back in the saddle, you can think about Weight Watchers.

  6. Pam paterakis
      · August 28th, 2014 at 11:58 am · Link

    Have a fun filled day! Enjoy a book you didn’t struggle to write and enjoy the memories.

  7. Laura Ann Harris
      · August 28th, 2014 at 11:59 am · Link

    Keep up the exercise and water consumption Linda! You’re doing great.

  8. Goldie Hale
      · August 28th, 2014 at 12:03 pm · Link

    I just finished Close to Home. Read Lisa Jackson’s To Die series. They are wonderful. Of course, you books are wonderful also. I do not like to get yours on Kindle because I re-read yours. Now I am waiting for The Marriage Charm.

  9. judy
      · August 28th, 2014 at 12:15 pm · Link

    I love Lisa Jackson books. I love yours just as well. I am waiting on the next marriage bride book.

  10. Violette Ruffley
      · August 28th, 2014 at 12:24 pm · Link

    Always ready to jump in with advice, that’s part of being 87 fast approaching 88 ~ we figure we know a lot! :wink:

    Start you AM first glass with hot water and fresh squeezed lemon or lime juice. There are many health benefits of lemons that have been known for centuries. The two biggest are lemons’ strong antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting powers and their use as a weight loss aid because lemon juice is a digestive aid and liver cleanser. Lemons contain many substances–notably citric acid, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, bioflavonoids, pectin, and limonene–that promote immunity and fight infection.

    Have a glorious dear lady. :-P

    • linda
        · August 29th, 2014 at 11:59 am · Link

      Great advice!!!

      · August 28th, 2014 at 12:29 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, I drink water all day long. I fill a gallon jar every 5 days that I keep in frig. So keep up the drinking of water, it is good for you. I also walk 3 miles 5 days a week too. Good for the body & mind.
    I like Lisa Jackson books too. Been a while since I read one. But I have all your books too. I go back and reread yours. Take care.

      · August 28th, 2014 at 12:37 pm · Link

    Morning Linda,

    I too have been struggling w/ weight gain since i quit smoking in ’08. Normally I weighed 125; then I jumped up to 160. I tried everything in the book; about 3 months ago i heard this man, Dr. Michael Kapler speak: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNCGkprGW_o. I’d heard all this stuff before but I had ‘backslide’ if you will. Bottomline, this morning i weighed in at 147, I am beginning to feel more agile again, my memory is clearing up and my energy level is up. You might wish to give him a listen also. Takes an hour. All the best to you on your health journey – IMHO, nothing more important. :roll:

    • linda
        · August 29th, 2014 at 12:01 pm · Link

      WOW! Thanks–I’ll definitely check it out. And congratulations on your success.

  13. roz goodenough
      · August 28th, 2014 at 12:37 pm · Link

    I should try WW as I have gained 10# since retiring! (And I wasn’t small to begin with!) I love your water app stories. I’m not smart enough to own a smart phone. I’m afraid if I bought one I’d need a class to learn how to use it! I’m lucky I learned how to use my new laptop with Windows 8! Thank you so much for all your wonderful books. Your stories take me away from the sad state of our world today. Bless you.

    • linda
        · August 29th, 2014 at 12:02 pm · Link

      Trust me, I’m a real techno-phobe. If I didn’t have a few youngsters around to help, I’d be out shopping for a dumbphone.

  14. Virginia Horton
      · August 28th, 2014 at 12:45 pm · Link

    I have already fixed my water this morning and walked the block two times which is about a mile, which I think is pretty good since I had a hip replacement four weeks ago. Keep in mind when you exercise you gain muscle and it weights more but it best to have muscle then fat. So when you start exercising you will gain a few pound but they are good pounds.

  15. Nadine Spradlin
      · August 28th, 2014 at 12:49 pm · Link

    Didn’t Lisa Jackson have a sister that was a writer too ? My sister in law goes to WW her weight goes up & down . when it’s up she has to pay a penalty , she has gone from size 18 to a 10 . I glad that you take time for things that just for you .Have a good day

    • linda
        · August 29th, 2014 at 12:03 pm · Link

      Yes, Lisa’s sister is writer Nancy Bush. Sometimes, they collaborate, since they’re close and very brilliant. :)

  16. Rita Crofoot
      · August 28th, 2014 at 12:51 pm · Link

    Great blog, keep up with the exercise, and you know it will all level out , goog to keep your body guessing

  17. Ruby Norwood
      · August 28th, 2014 at 12:52 pm · Link

    Linda, I drink water all day, but I put Lemon or Lime wedges in mine. You talking about your book “Close To Home” how you want to keep on reading that’s how I feel when I read one of yours, and there is a few more authors that I feel the same about. You are doing great with WW along with the exercise you will be able to tell a big difference. Take Care!!

  18. Maria Sanchez
      · August 28th, 2014 at 12:58 pm · Link

    Linda, now you have me curious about the WaterMinder app that I’m going to get it. Looking forward to Hydrating!!!
    BTW – Any chance of another Mojo book! I really enjoyed those books!

  19. Linda Wilson
      · August 28th, 2014 at 1:27 pm · Link

    I have been drinking more water, since your blog, which is good, thanks.
    Enjoy your weekend

  20. Kim Rudisill
      · August 28th, 2014 at 1:38 pm · Link

    I downloaded an app on my droid to remind me to drink water. :cry: Sadly, it doesn’t have a picture of a body. You have to put how many cups of water that you want to drink a day. At the start of the day, you have empty glasses. As you drink water, you click on a glass and it fills with ‘water’. Sometimes when people talk about apps for their Iphones, I wish I were a part of the apple nation. Then again, I like being different!

    Keep hydrating :mrgreen:

  21. Lois Rotella
      · August 28th, 2014 at 2:11 pm · Link

    Love your blogs. I also love water with a lemon slice and ice. It gives me a pick up. I buy thing when we stay st hotels. I also hope they have a mini fridid and microwave.

  22. Carol S
      · August 28th, 2014 at 2:38 pm · Link

    Happy drinking( water that is )!

  23. Diana E.
      · August 28th, 2014 at 2:39 pm · Link

    Seems like starting exercise does that to us, doesn’t seem fair does it? Maybe it will mean a big difference next week. Keep up the good work, Linda. Are you starting to feel water logged???
    I like Lisa Jackson, too. Take care, looking forward to your next book. Blessings.

  24. Teresa W
      · August 28th, 2014 at 2:40 pm · Link

    I hate exercising, but PT at the VA have gotten it set up so I can do once a day. Then do whatever in the afternoon. The guys are more into it than I. Its fun though when u can work with someone else. That about the peanuts tickled me. Can’t wait to get back to home territory & start finding author signings & such close to home. Seeing some of yall would be fun. :)

  25. Dotty Weis
      · August 28th, 2014 at 2:44 pm · Link

    You know muscle weighs more than fat but keep up the exercise anyway

  26. Janet Finlayson
      · August 28th, 2014 at 2:49 pm · Link

    love you blogs…. always a good read, whether it a happy, funny one, like today, or even a sad, unhappy one, it’s nice to know that you will share things going on in your life with us, and let us share in your happiness and unhappiness, (HUH), but just know that you have many, many friends and loyal readers out here that so enjoy sharing your life experiences.
    Keep up the great work with WW, you’ll inspire many of us to do the same for ourselves one day. Be good, and if you can’t do that, Be safe. :lol:

  27. Alison
      · August 28th, 2014 at 2:54 pm · Link

    I like the Mio flavors for my water. Orange is the best!

  28. Leanna
      · August 28th, 2014 at 3:18 pm · Link

    Drinking water is good. My doctor told me that was why I was having so many bladder infections. I am rereading the Montana Creeds right now. I read Logan and am now reading Dylan.

  29. Peggy Casey
      · August 28th, 2014 at 3:39 pm · Link

    So Linda, I need some advice… I used to love writing when I was in high school and college, then life started happening and I got so busy that I rarely had time to take a bath, let alone sit down with paper and pencil. I am thrilled that my oldest son, who just started college at Lewis and Clark State has been following in my footsteps and started writing in high school and so far has 2 books in the works and is taking an advance writing class this semester… I am excited to see what he has created, although he says I won’t enjoy reading it as it is a rather dark science fiction/fantasy… but with him gone and only one left at home half time… I am finding myself with more time on my hands and actually have thoughts floating in my head rather than flashing through like lightening… so my question is, what would you recommend I do to start the writing process as I am really rusty on writing anything more than a shopping list! Do you ever do workshops or know of any good that I can tap into locally? I live in Mead so if you know of any groups or resourses that are worth my investing time into please let me know!
    Thanks for your inspiration!!!
    Peggy Casey :roll:

    • linda
        · August 29th, 2014 at 12:07 pm · Link

      Peggy: join a writers’ group if you can. Often libraries have information on such gatherings, and there’s always Meet Up. If you write romance, I definitely recommend that you join RWA–Romance Writers of America. They have a local chapter and you’ll not only meet some great people, you’ll learn a lot. Plus, they can point you to a lot of terrific resources. Most important of all: WRITE. Just get out a notebook or get on your computer and write. It primes the pump.

  30. carole
      · August 28th, 2014 at 4:04 pm · Link

    Hi! Drink lots of water when you exercise, add lemon or lime or orange, love doing this for I can’t stand just plain water! Anyways once your body notices the changes you’ll start losing again-have a good week! I finished too good books this week one by Diana Palmer, her new one Invincible, love her books! and Swan Point by Sherryl Woods another good one but I love the Magnolia series! I didn’t want both books to end! Lisa Jackson’s book sounds like another good one-got to check to see if my library has it! Well got to run so have a great weekend!

  31. marilyn
      · August 28th, 2014 at 4:22 pm · Link

    have a great week!

  32. Marilyn Fish
      · August 28th, 2014 at 6:26 pm · Link

    I too have experienced a 2lb weight gain when I begin working out while on WW. I think it has something to do with muscle weighing more than fat: just forge ahead. Have a good week.

  33. Norma Stanforth
      · August 28th, 2014 at 6:29 pm · Link

    Linda, i am glad that your water with sugar-free flavoring had so proverbial charm. I am sorry that you gain two pounds, but don’t worry it will be off the next time you go.
    Hope everyone has a wonderful week. God’s blessings.
    As always your friend,

  34. Ann Bartholomew
      · August 28th, 2014 at 8:09 pm · Link

    I once read that we are dehydrated when we wake up. It does make sense; we’ve just gone 7 – 8 hours without any water. My doctor says I’ve gained muscle which weighs more than fat. The good side is wearing clothes I couldn’t before started to exercise. Keep up the good work.

  35. Fran F
      · August 28th, 2014 at 8:17 pm · Link

    Glad to see you talking about hydrating. Since I live in the desert, I always take water with me in my car. It helps us stay healthy.

    Better luck next week with the WW weigh-in.


  36. Roberta Giordano
      · August 28th, 2014 at 8:57 pm · Link

    Water is very important to drink everyday. My hubby spent the other day outside in the hot and humid weather and did not drink all day. Got very sick that night almost had to take to hospital. Now I have him keep a water bottle with him wherever he goes.

  37. Susan Lee
      · August 28th, 2014 at 11:00 pm · Link

    I enjoy your blog almost whatever it is about. today it was a good reminder to drink more water. I don’t drink enough lately. I just got a new cell phone and I will have to try to find out about this app and start using it. sigh! I an so technically challenged so lots of luck to me with that.

  38. Juanita Rice
      · August 28th, 2014 at 11:20 pm · Link

    Love the expensive peanut remarks! I’m with you, Linda! :)

  39. Lea Williams
      · August 29th, 2014 at 12:40 am · Link

    When I read in a hotel I stayed in not too long ago, what the “free” bottle of water cost, I about had a hissy. No way. I just can’t drink straight water. I get Clear from Walmart. Its about 28 cents a bottle. Its carbonated and flavored, no calories. I drink several a day and have one by my bed. I wake up in the night so dry I couldn’t spit if I had to. It works for me. Gave a riding lesson today and Wrangler threw a front shoe. He stumbled and about went down. Scared us both. Bob will fix his foot up tomorrow. Absolutely love giving lessons to young people to learn how to ride and how to take care of a horse. Take care – Blessings

    • linda
        · August 29th, 2014 at 1:30 pm · Link

      You give riding lessons? I might be your next student. Seriously! Send me an email at llmfb@msn.com if you will.

  40. Terri Shortell
      · August 29th, 2014 at 1:21 am · Link

    I stayed in a hotel recently w a minibar. Could not believe what they charged for the items. Ridiculous. Lol. The book you’re reading sounded good to me too. Glad to hear it’s as good as it sounded. Definitely need to read it. Hope everyone is having a great week. Really need to check into the water app. Sounds helpful. Good luck everyone.

  41. Willa Easley
      · August 29th, 2014 at 1:28 am · Link

    A busy week at my end?? Oh yea .. I live in Napa, CA. 6.1 earthquake anyone? LOL

    • linda
        · August 29th, 2014 at 1:30 pm · Link

      Yikes! I hope you’re okay.

      • Willa Easley
          · August 30th, 2014 at 7:43 am · Link

        Yes, I’m physically and emotionally okay. My kitty cat had a rough time for a few days, but she’s back to her normal nosy, mischievous self! Downtown Napa and some of our older historical homes badly damaged. As to my personal loss? I now say I have a lot less items to dust!

  42. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · August 29th, 2014 at 7:49 am · Link

    The exercise is good for the heart and mind, not just the waistline. Keep it up :wink:

  43. Valdi McCoy
      · September 6th, 2014 at 8:03 pm · Link

    Once you get accustom to drinking water your thirst is never satisfied with anything else. Water is the best. Plain ice cold water is better than anything.

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