#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Rise and Shine

It appears I’m back to my old schedule of getting up early, so I have a running start on the day.  And I could not be more grateful.  Last night, I prayed, “Please wake me up at such-and-such a time”.  Didn’t even set my alarm.  You got it–I opened my eyes five minutes before I wanted to wake up.  I rolled out of bed and the first–okay, the second–thing I did was eat an apple.  One of the best lessons I’ve learned on Food Lovers is that it’s very important to have a bite of something fairly nutritious as soon as possible after getting out of bed.  Why?  Because it kick-starts the metabolism.  Once I’d eaten, I got a bottle of water and put in twenty very easy minutes on my exercise bike–while listening to today’s episode of the Daily Audio Bible.  Multi-tasking at it’s best.  :)  After that, I made breakfast and read my devotionals, and now here I am, yammering away at you.

In terms of exercise, my goal is 30 minutes, five days a week, on my trusty bike.  According to a book I’m reading, called “Spark”, people who exercise early in the day have way more energy and are more productive than they’d thought possible.  (Works for me, because there’s a LOT I want to do before the final curtain.)  This time, it isn’t so much about getting skinny–though I’d certainly welcome any help I can get in that particular endeavor–but about taking care of myself, being as healthy as I can.  (Some of you will remember our New Year’s discussion about what we could do NOW to be better off five years from now.  Losing weight and exercising were part of it for me, in addition to cultivating my relationship with God.)  I’ll be adding light strength training soon, again to keep myself strong and healthy from here on out.)

I promised a report on the Bio-identical Hormones–I met with a pharmacist at Riverpointe yesterday, and we went over my lab results together.  Turns out I’m lacking two important hormones and barely limping by on a third–as I suspected.  The magic potion is being whipped up as we speak, and I should be able to start taking the hormones themselves within the next few days.  The pharmacist confirmed everything Suzanne Somers said in her book about bio-identical hormones–if they’re out of balance, it’s next to impossible to lose weight, no matter how you eat and exercise, and depression is a common problem as well.  Bingo.  (And God bless you, Suzanne–you’re not only beautiful, but smart as the proverbial whip and willing to share your wisdom.)

Yes, I ended up choosing Food Lovers over Suzanne’s plan, which is called “Somersizing”, if you’re curious, but I’ll be trying out some of her recipes, you can bet on that.  The ideas are similar, after all.It’s just like God to clue me in through somebody like Suzanne (mistakenly perceived by many as a dumb blonde) instead of–well–my doctors–He’s got quite a sense of humor.  :)  I’ll keep you posted on my progress, although the pharmacist reminded me that while I will feel better in some ways within a few days, this is a process, not a quick fix, and it takes about six months to balance out.  (One of the hormones not only stops bone loss, it restores bone density!  How come nobody told me THAT?)

Obviously, there are big changes coming my way.  All I’ve got to say is, “Bring it!”

Lastly, I’m thinking of the “question” I raised, about what I would and wouldn’t change, if I could go back in time.

Things I would change: I would be a LOT kinder to myself and others.  I wouldn’t waste so much time and energy worrying.  I would be more consistent, especially in my spiritual life, and start exercising.  I would laugh more, cry more, and take more risks.  Instead of leaping into situations that seemed like a good idea at first, I would ask for God’s opinion.

Things I wouldn’t change: Bringing Wendy Diane Miller, my brilliant and beautiful daughter, into the world, moving from Pocket Books to Harlequin, where I am living happily ever after.  Adopting my dogs, cats and horses.  Taking care of my mom.  Spending time with my dad, especially during the last few years of his life, and establishing a relationship with Edith, my stepmother.  Writing about cowboys instead of knights in shining armor.  :)  Traveling all over the world and living in London, Florence and Venice. 

I could go on and on, of course.  More could be added to both lists.

But it’s a start.

I’m off to Parable for a few hours, then I’ll be celebrating Mom and Jerry’s birthdays, stopping by the grocery store and–phew–probably taking a nap.  :)  After all, I was up early.

God bless and keep you until we meet again–and for the rest of your life.  Every one of you is a blessing to me and mine.

 Be kind.  For some people, a smile is literally a lifesaver.

17 comments to “Rise and Shine”

  1. Hilda
      · January 29th, 2013 at 12:07 pm · Link

    Linda, I have to admit, I missed the old days when I could fire up the computer when I got to work in the morning and check your Website and you already had posted your kind thoughts, funny stories (about your critters, mostly) and updates on your adventures and books. It was also a great way to start the day! Speaking of day, have a GREAT one!

  2. Betsy B.
      · January 29th, 2013 at 1:07 pm · Link

    Hi Linda-
    glad to see you taking care of yourself. It’s important for caregivers to do that. Has your Dr. mentioned increasing your D3 intake-we’re on 1000 mg 2x a day for bone strength and other things.
    Love reading your books. Hope that your day goes well!

  3. Juanita Rice
      · January 29th, 2013 at 1:32 pm · Link

    “Writing about cowboys instead of knights in shining armor. :)”

    And we are so happy you decided to do that! :) You certainly know those cowboys!

    Happy day, everyone!!

  4. kathy copeland
      · January 29th, 2013 at 2:21 pm · Link

    I know your having a Great time with your Mother and brother!Being with family is always the Best time! Thanks for all the info on bio-identical hormones; sounds like your on to something. Can hardly wait to go to Parable again.

  5. Anne Little
      · January 29th, 2013 at 3:13 pm · Link

    Thanks for the info on bio-identical hormones. A few years back when menopause kicked in, I asked my Doctor about hormone replacement therapy, he said no. When I asked why he said that years and years ago women didn’t take them because 1. their was none, and women survived without them. And 2. Breast cancer ran in my family.

    This does not sound like a sythetic hormone though, more of a natural one. So I am going to bring up the question again. I want to be as healthy as possible, comfortable too. And feeling as if I have a blow torch sometimes is not my idea of healthy or comfortable.

    I did not know that you lived overseas at one time. Wow! I have always wanted to visit the UK. I love history and I think I would be treading on clouds if I had the opportunity. You should share some of those experiences here. I know I want to hear about them. I love all of your books. Cowboys are my special favorite, mix a little American history in it and all the more happy.

    Remember, where your weight, health and excercise is concerned “Slow and steady wins the race.” We are cheering you on here.

    I wouldn’t mind hearing about low cal recipes either. I am always looking for something new to add to the menu. Today breakfast was a container of Greek yogert. I kept thinking how old and unexciting it was while I was eating it. I think my taste buds are in a rut.

  6. Shari Grant
      · January 29th, 2013 at 3:42 pm · Link

    It sounds like a busy and full day ahead for you. You should be so proud to be doing well on your weight loss program. Best of luck. You have already beaten the odds by staying on it this long.

    I love your thought provoking questions. When I look back, I think if I could go back and change one thing it would be to know myself better before entering into a relationship with someone else. I started dating in junior high school, went steady all the way through high school, met my first husband first year of college and was 19 when my husband and I were married. He was seven years older and we had dated for just short of one year when we walked down the aisle. We had four children in the next five years and were divorced two years after baby number four and seven years of marriage.

    I have thought about it a lot over the years even after a second marriage and two more children. What went wrong? He was my best friend. We could talk about anything and everything and enjoyed each other’s company. But, I completely lost myself in him and his life. I wanted to be everything he wanted me to be. In retrospect I had not given myself time to know who I was and what my goals were, what I believed in and what I wanted to contribute to this life. Babies came so soon we did not have time to get to know each other at that deep level of understanding either. Before we knew it we were inundated with debt, never got enough sleep, and lost sight of each other. He was struggling to pay bills on a teacher/coach’s salary and I was struggling to take care of four little ones as if each one was the only one, take care of our home, and be the perfect wife. Once the physical fire died down from exhaustion more than anything else, I realized, I didn’t know me. I didn’t know him. I realized I let the physical love be the whole love. Now I know it is only the surface of something that has to be much deeper in order to last through the difficult times.

    The second thing I would change, we needed to communicate better. I never wanted to hurt his feelings. We never talked about anything important that was coming between us. I sometimes think that if we had gotten through a couple of rough years, we would have been okay. We liked and respected each other enough to rekindle physical love and to grow in a more spiritual love. At the time I thought if I couldn’t get out of the relationship I would simply suffocate and die. Although I am not unhappy with my life since that decision to get divorced, I regret not working harder at my marriage. One positive, however, is that we have remained friends although both of us remarried and I could not have asked for a more dependable, caring father for my children.

    When I think about what I would never change it is being a mom. I have been so blessed to have six bright, healthy, children. There has never been another single thing that has had a more profound and transforming impact on my life than my children. My grandchildren are a close second.

    • Norma Stanforth
        · January 29th, 2013 at 4:07 pm · Link

      Shari, what you said, about your ex-husband is wonderful and with having a good relationship with him, is great for the children. God bless you for that.
      Norma Stanforth

  7. Kathleen O
      · January 29th, 2013 at 3:47 pm · Link

    Linda, I am have been out of touch for a bit. But I am sorry to hear you are having some medical problems. I know what it is like to not feel well and not know what is the matter with yourself.

    As to what I could go back and change. It would be a very personal decison I made over 28 yrs ago. It has followed me all my days. I have tried each day since to make it up to myself. Somedays I win the battle and other days it is a struggle.

  8. Debra
      · January 29th, 2013 at 4:01 pm · Link

    Love the line “Writing about cowboys instead of knights in shining armor”. I’m very glad you did too. lol

  9. Norma Stanforth
      · January 29th, 2013 at 4:36 pm · Link

    Linda i am sorry that you are having so many health problems, i pray that your will get to feeling better.

    One think that i wish that would of been better is that i could of had a relationship with my dead son’s children i tried every way that i could think of. When my so was alive and they needed something from him. They would call me, for me to call my son, them he would call them and they would tell him what they needed. They had his phone number but they would not call it. I tried every way i could think of to have a relationship, with them. I prayed about it all the time, i just don;t know what to do.
    God bless each and everyone, with love through Jesus.
    Norma Stanforth

  10. Janet
      · January 29th, 2013 at 6:08 pm · Link

    Linda…you are such an inspiration to me. I am proud of your enthusiasm
    I hope I can follow suit.

  11. Ellie
      · January 29th, 2013 at 6:09 pm · Link

    :wink: I so look forward to your daily blogs. You give me plenty of inspiration and I adore you for it. That whole apple thing actually works. Unfortunitely I don’t keep said fruit around in my house but thanks to you I will. Have a happy and blessed week.

  12. Harriet Vick
      · January 29th, 2013 at 7:17 pm · Link

    Linda, You are a very wise woman! I miss you!

    • linda
        · January 30th, 2013 at 11:14 am · Link

      I miss you, too. Are you still working at the rubber stamp store?

  13. Lois Rotella
      · January 29th, 2013 at 7:22 pm · Link

    You really got me thinking about looking at my life. I would never change the friends I have. I also would never change the love the family had for each other even with our differences. I would tried more things even if it made me nervous.
    I miss hearing the stories of the animals. How is Bernice doing?

  14. Sherry Wallace
      · January 29th, 2013 at 8:51 pm · Link

    Wish I could get up early & be going strong, but I’m just a night person. My regrets, hmm, well, if I could go back to childhood, being the oldest, I would make a certain to forge a closer & stronger relationship with my younger sister & brother. We are fine now, but miss all those wasted years :-(. I would also attempt to give my son a much better father, like one with true cowboy strength & values! I wouldn’t change, for anything, though, God’s greatest gift to me, my only child, my son :-). Also wouldn’t change the incredible loving experience of all my pets from my first cat, Taffy, to my 2 yellow labs, grey cat & horse I have now!
    Thank you dear lady for your kind words & inspiration – you always encourage us & stay so positive :-). I am grateful for you in my life, my health, family & animals – life is good !!

  15. Billiesue Sanders
      · January 29th, 2013 at 9:34 pm · Link

    I so much enjoy and appreciate your inspiring words. And I love your books!
    If I could go back and change something in my life, it would be to have shown more affection to my family when I was younger. Only in the past few years have I told my aunts, my cousins, and close neighbors that I love them. I wish I had done it earlier.
    Thank you for sharing.


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