#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Me again :)

Okay, the news at Weight Watchers was good again yesterday–down 1.2.  I have lost, since last October, just over 35 pounds.  And all without suffering or feeling deprived.  My only regret?  That I didn’t join sooner.  Or, better yet, simply stick around in the first place.

Of course I knew all along that WW was the plan that worked for me–I resisted going back for a long time.  I’m not proud of it, but I believe I was looking for the classic easier, softer way.  The turning point came when, seriously considering bariatric surgery, I attended a seminar at a large local hospital.  At first, while the surgeon was speaking, I was sold, ready to sign on the dotted line and go the distance.  Then, thank heaven, it was the nutritionist’s turn at the podium.  When she started listing all the possible complications, some of which are really drastic, well, let me tell  you, I knew for sure that this was no easy solution.  It definitely wasn’t for me.

In my head, I heard my late dad say, clear as could be,  “You know what to do, Sis, so just do it.”  And I did know.  Weight Watchers, much as I didn’t want to face going back (again) in defeat (again), was going to be WAY easier than a gastric bypass, or a sleeve, or a lap-band. 

Don’t get me wrong, though.  I’m not against weight loss surgery.  For many people, it’s a lifesaver.  We’re not talking vanity, here–these folks, after all, are not worrying about how their jeans fit–they’re trying to survive.   

Why didn’t I blog yesterday?  Well, I intended to–you know what they say about good intentions and the road to hell–but by the time I’d gone to the WW meeting, picked up a few art supplies at JoAnn’s, gone to lunch with Jenni and Wendy, and paid a brief visit to Wonders of the World, an excellent source of gemstones and crystals (as if I needed more), I was sorely in need of a nap.  Such are Wednesdays, methinks.  Around here, we refer to them as Mental Health Days.

What I’m reading: GROWING UP PSYCHIC, by Michael Bodine (younger brother of well known psychic, Echo Bodine).  This is a great book and, moreover, it’s not only well written, it’s funny.  I love this guy’s wit–he described one person as being “a few fries short of a Happy Meal.”  Love it. 

 I’m also planning to finish the new Harlan Coben yarn, MISSING YOU, which has been languishing on my bedside table for a week or longer.  Just wanted to savor it a while.  :)  This guy is one of the best suspense writers in the business, for my money.

What I’m listening to: CIRCLE OF WIVES, by Alice LaPlante, a novel about a dead bigamist and the surprised (make that shocked) spouses he leaves behind.  The story is fresh and unique and I’m enjoying it a lot.  Was the serial-husband murdered?  Probably.  Time, and more listening, will tell.

What I’m writing: THE MARRIAGE CHARM.  :)  This week, I’ve been plotting the story.

I can’t believe it’s almost the weekend.  Already.  How does this happen?  :)


Be well.



41 comments to “Me again :)”

  1. Lorraine Pitts
      · April 3rd, 2014 at 1:55 pm · Link

    Congrats on the weight loss! Love your blogs be they late, early or in between. Thanks for hours of reading.

  2. Susan Eaton
      · April 3rd, 2014 at 1:56 pm · Link

    Weight Watchers has always worked for me, too. Hang in there. I am proud of your 35 pound loss! Keep it up.

  3. Laura Ann Harris
      · April 3rd, 2014 at 2:18 pm · Link

    Linda, so glad you weighed the options and made a good decision for you and your health. Keep up the great work!

  4. judy
      · April 3rd, 2014 at 2:19 pm · Link

    Glad you are still going to weight watchers. Nice blog today.

  5. Linda Romine
      · April 3rd, 2014 at 2:33 pm · Link

    Can’t wait for the weekend!!!

  6. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · April 3rd, 2014 at 3:12 pm · Link

    Glad the WW, healthy approach to lifestyle change is working for you. Go girl!

  7. Virginia Horton
      · April 3rd, 2014 at 3:14 pm · Link

    So glad you are doing well with WW and 35 lbs is a lot, wish I could loose that much it would help my hip. I went to the doctor yesterday for blood work and I hadn’t lost any weight during the winter but hadn’t gained any either so I guess that is a plus. Hope everything keeps going well for you. You are doing great.

  8. Dawn Roberts
      · April 3rd, 2014 at 3:16 pm · Link

    I just saw on Facebook that there is a new book, The Marriage Pact. But u didn’t write down when the release date is. I understand this is a new series? Can’t wait!

    • linda
        · April 5th, 2014 at 11:50 pm · Link

      It will be released on the last Tuesday in May.

  9. Ruby Norwood
      · April 3rd, 2014 at 3:43 pm · Link

    Congrats on the weight loss Linda. I think you made the right decision by choosing weight watchers.

  10. Diane McCarthy
      · April 3rd, 2014 at 4:03 pm · Link

    Congrats Linda for the great progress. I’m at the stage now where I need to get back to WW myself. I joined about 12 years ago and lost approximately 20 lbs. stopped going and added that plus back. It has become quite obvious that I need to lose weight again. I have trouble playing with my 3 year old grandson and now he has a baby brother that is gonna want to play in a couple of years. Thank you for being an inspiration to me to try it again. :-D

  11. Tia
      · April 3rd, 2014 at 4:12 pm · Link

    Congratulations on finding a program that you love.
    Just found out that The Marriage Pact will be in my shipment of books next month. Looking forward to reading it.

  12. marilyn hurst
      · April 3rd, 2014 at 4:37 pm · Link

    Mental health days at my house are Saturdays! I go out antique hunting, have coffee with a friend, play with my puppy and read… all other things have to wait! Good job on the WW loss and every person has to find their way, I’m doing really well on Dr. Furhman’s eat to live and like you don’t feel hungry. Have to get back to work! Have a great weekend!!!

  13. Debbie C
      · April 3rd, 2014 at 4:54 pm · Link

    Congrat’s on the weight loss!!!

  14. Patty C
      · April 3rd, 2014 at 5:02 pm · Link

    Congrats on the weight loss Linda! :) You said you like Michael Bodine style of writing. Let me tell you that is EXACTLY why I love your books. They are well written, definitely funny, and Ms. Miller, you have a lot of wit. :) Please keep writing. From one of your MANY biggest fan.

  15. Nancy
      · April 3rd, 2014 at 5:10 pm · Link

    Congratulations on your weight loss thus far! I joined WW in September and have only lost 20 pounds, but, I haven’t done the Simply Filling plan yet. Perhaps I should give that a try! Your comments give me hope that more weight loss can be on the horizon. :wink: Love, love, love your blog and your books!

  16. Judy Manning
      · April 3rd, 2014 at 5:43 pm · Link

    Love Harlan Coben. Downloaded the new one but haven’t started it yet. You should check out Lee Child and Robert Crais too, if you like mystery writers.

  17. Marcy Collins
      · April 3rd, 2014 at 6:33 pm · Link

    Linda congratulations on another success at WW! The background behind how & why you went back is very moving. I have known several people who have gone through the surgeries and have indeed suffered problems that were indeed life-threatening. I am also impressed that you are able to read and/listen to more than one book at a time…but all the ones you mentioned are on my TBR pile. Have a good weekend!

  18. Gloria
      · April 3rd, 2014 at 6:48 pm · Link

    Congratulations on the weight loss. I’m still finding all you lose, I think. I don’t know why, though. My “baby” brother and I loaded some old building materails today and then…had to unload it in less than 12 minutes. We were 5 minutes over getting out of there so they could close. We asked how much we left at the dump and she said a TON. That is 4,000 lbs we’ve handled today, ’cause we handled it twice.

    And, then…when I got home, my neighbor and I walked over a mile, and I took an icecream bucket with me and dug up a bunch of teeny-tiny Jonquils I found on the bank at the back side of my property the other week.

    All in all, I should have lost something, but I didn’t. :(

    The weather has been beautiful all week, so far, but it is supposed to rain tomorrow, and I am grateful to God for all the sunshine and 80 degrees weather. He is soooooo good!

    Speaking of being short a few fries…(I wish I had some)…but, my brother says that a lot. The other day, I told somone that a person’s peanut butter wasn’t cruncy, and she thought it was funny. I was just tired of “hauling” that load of bricks that was always short one, and tired of the elevator that never went all the way to the top.

    I should have said that the person’s crunchy peanut butter was short of few nuts, but……………….

    I hope you got rested up from yesterday, and are ready to go again tomorrow.

    • Gloria
        · April 3rd, 2014 at 9:07 pm · Link

      That was supposed to be CRUNCHY.

  19. Paula L Rollins
      · April 3rd, 2014 at 6:51 pm · Link

    Wow..great for you losing weight is not easy….keep up the great progress….love that you take time to craft and live life….but even happier to hear you still are writing great stories for all of us…..have a great week

    Paula :-P :-P :-P

  20. Nadine Spradlin
      · April 3rd, 2014 at 7:02 pm · Link

    Congratulations Linda on your wt. loss. I know a few women that had the stomach surgery several yrs. go and are now as big as they ever were, one even bigger . the temp. here today was a warm 84 ,Beautiful day ,had fun shopping in short sleeves & sandals. Have a meaningful & happy week end, do something just for yourself .

  21. Lois Rotella
      · April 3rd, 2014 at 7:12 pm · Link

    Congrats about the weight loss. I think slow but sure is the way. It is the healthy way. It took a long time to put it on and will be a long time taking it off. Being happy also helps with the process and having family around also helps.
    Happy writing and reading !!

  22. Sandi Hill
      · April 3rd, 2014 at 7:41 pm · Link

    Congrats on the weight loss. You go girl!!!!!

  23. Diana E.
      · April 3rd, 2014 at 7:49 pm · Link

    Good for you, Linda. You’re an inspiration to all of us. If we don’t hear from you tomorrow, have a wonderful weekend! Blessings.

  24. Rita
      · April 3rd, 2014 at 7:53 pm · Link

    Thanks for the in depth reasons you have been motivated with your weight loss. You should be so proud,35 lbs is no small feat.You have inspired me to get on what has worked for me in the past, and to quit doing it halfassedly.

  25. Kelley Morrow
      · April 3rd, 2014 at 7:59 pm · Link

    Linda, I love these facets of your life you share with us. You are such a great talent! Can’t wait for the new story :-P

  26. Eileen Tallach
      · April 3rd, 2014 at 8:37 pm · Link

    Bikini Weather soon-check
    Read a beside book-check
    Focus on self-check
    EAT RIGHT-check check
    WELL DONE Miss M!!

  27. Patti
      · April 3rd, 2014 at 8:54 pm · Link

    I am glad to hear you are doing well. Alice LaPlante was a guest on a local radio show today. It sounds like an interesting story.

  28. Beverly
      · April 3rd, 2014 at 10:02 pm · Link

    I like it..Wednesday mental health day!

  29. Terri Shortell
      · April 3rd, 2014 at 11:09 pm · Link

    Congrats about the weight loss. You deserved your mental health day. Glad you enjoyed it. Hope the weather there is better than here. Storms and tornado warnings. :cry: God bless.

  30. Sherry Marks
      · April 4th, 2014 at 12:22 am · Link

    Well I was just thinking the same thing about how the weekend is almost here again. I truly don’t know how this week got away from me. Congratulations on the weight loss, it sounds like you are on the path to success. I excited about the new book and it will definetly be going into my collection of your books. Stay well and God Bless.

  31. Chris
      · April 4th, 2014 at 2:55 am · Link

    Hi Linda,
    Congrats on the ongoing weight loss.

    In your blog you mentioned you picked up some art supplies. What sort of supplies and what sort of art do you do?
    Regards Chris

  32. Jo-Ann
      · April 4th, 2014 at 7:28 am · Link

    Hi LInda, Good for you on your weight watchers. My sister has been on it for years and did great.

  33. midge watkins
      · April 4th, 2014 at 9:16 pm · Link

    Wow! What a great job you’re doing on
    WW. A friend of mine and I did some fence moving on Wed.
    and since that, my emphysema is much better. Now that
    the weather is better, maybe I have a chance of losing that
    20 lbs. by July for my grandson’s wedding. Have a great

  34. ,carol
      · April 4th, 2014 at 11:33 pm · Link

    Hi! I love W.W. now I joined way back in 1972 and so many changes for the better, glad your doing so great! I’m at my goal weight which is fine or me at 60 and so glad that I we don’t deprive on what we want to eat and have fun with my friends, I don’t call it a diet its a lifestyle. My daughter is doing well on it too! Have a great weekend!

  35. Peggy Casey
      · April 5th, 2014 at 1:20 am · Link

    Hi Linda, Again, congrats on the weight loss. I was one of those people who had the health issues that required drastic action. I had a gastric bypass almost 7 years ago. I am the first one who will say it is not the easy way. Did it work? Yes. After my surgery and subsequent weight loss I was no longer diabetic, no longer did I encounter 50 episodes in an hour when I quit breathing in my sleep, my blood pressure went down, and on and on. But as my weight continued to go down I started to discover that I was very weak and shook like a leaf in the wind. I had run out of fat and my body started eating the muscle in my body. I was in a bad spot because my insurance was not accepted by the team of docs that you met with in the hospital downtown, I too had sat through their meeting before I learned that my insurance required that I go through a doc who was practicing out of Holy Family. He was an excellent physician, did a great job with my surgery and after care, but then 6 months post surgery I received a call from his office on a Thursday canceling my appointment for the following week due to the fact that my physician had moved his practice to Wyoming. Since that time I have been winging it on my own with my primary doc and have done okay, unfortuantely, when I started having the issues with my body loosing too much weight I gradually started to increase my caloric intake, trying to concentrate on making those calories count, eating what protiens my body could tolerate. My life was very complicated during this time, I was going through a divorce and in all honesty, I was enjoying being 45 and being able to wear a bathing suit and not be embarrased… it was during that time that I reconnected with my childhood sweetheart, Pat M. I am not sure if you know Pat, although I know that you are friends with his step-sister, Sally P. from Northport. Pat did what any farm boy would do when he saw a skinny woman weak and shaking… he fed me, and fed me, and fed me… I am still pre-surgery weight, but being happy, stressed, busy, etc…. I have fallen back into some of my old eating patterns and not having the medical team to help me work through the issues I have encountered I am sad to say I am probably at least 35 pounds more than I my prime weight.
    I am so sorry. For some reason I ramble when I comment. What I should have said is, I went through the surgery, as did my daughter who has an entirely different set of medical complications. She successfully lost her weight, but is now facing further complications similar to what I went through. The doc is now treating her with high concentrations of vitamin supplements trying to build her body back up. I see her trying to not follow the path I took which led to too much weight gain, but at the same time, the docs and I are working on supporting her through with healthy protien choices and setting up for her to receive follow up care from nutritionists and the surgeon’s team that she went through in Seattle.
    I do appologize to you and your readers for my ramblings, but having had so much first hand experience with the potential complications of these weight loss surgeries I encourage each person out there to do as you are doing and following the Weight Watchers program. I had great success on Weight Watchers after I had my daughter 27 years and 4 kids ago. Unfortunately my health had gotten to the point where I had to do something more drastic, as many others have to do and went the surgical route. If you are at all able to loose the weight without going this path please do so. I know several others who were in situations similar to that of myself and my daughter which required going the surgerical route and most have had great success with it, but in speaking with each of them, most share my opinion that if there is any way you can loose the weight through following a good, monitored diet plan, please do so! If you do end up having to go the surgical route, research the team who will be doing the surgery, but more importantly, the follow-up. As I mentioned earlier my surgeon closed his practice and left his patients high-and-dry, struggling to do the best you can with the resources available. The nearest support available to me through my insurance was in Seattle so I did it on my own and made plenty of mistakes. I am at the point now, where I am starting to encounter many of the health issues that led to my surgery initially. I need to get smart and come and join you and the rest of the gang at the local Weight Watchers and take control the sensible way before I find myself with serious complications from letting my old eating habits creep back in. Who knows, perhaps you will see me next Wednesday! If not, please keep up the great work and keep inspiring each of us with your success!
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Peggy C
    Mead, WA

    • Peggy Casey
        · April 5th, 2014 at 1:24 am · Link

      Oh my~ I need to learn not to write anything late at night…
      My high school English teacher; Carol Fuller; would have her red pen out editing away! She always told me I write way too much and ramble and roam my way through my stories~ She would have had a hayday with this one!

  36. Joyce M.
      · April 5th, 2014 at 11:55 am · Link

    You are being very sensible in your weight lose. Keep up the good work.

  37. Sharon Smith
      · April 5th, 2014 at 4:54 pm · Link

    Congrats on results from Weight Watchers. I’m a member too. Down 22 lbs. 8 more to go. It does work. Stick with it. And never give up. I also enjoy reading your books. :)

  38. Sue Gahagan
      · April 8th, 2014 at 6:11 am · Link

    Good for you. I did have by-pass surgery and regret it every day. The weight I lost is about back and the worst thing is that the healthy foods are a problem to eat. One bite and they can get stuck and usually do. When that happens it hurts for a few minutes to several hours, and I mean really hurts like a knife in my back. If I knew the then what I know now, oh well “Life is Good.”. Keep up the good work.

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