#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Self-Imposed Quarantine :)

Nobody panic.  I’m suffering (as dramatically as possible) from a garden variety head and chest cold–not the dreaded E-virus.  (Thank heaven.)  Reports of my imminent demise have been greatly exaggerated.

In order to prevent my own personal pandemic (Spokandemic?), I’m staying home from Weight Watchers today–with considerable regret, I might add.  You see, I’ve finally broken through that darned plateau I’ve been grousing about for a while now.  Yep.  The scale is moving again, and in the right direction this time.  What made the difference?  Truthfully, I’m not sure.  (But I’m not giving this virus any credit, period).  I upped my water consumption, took a closer look at my portion sizes (tracking what I eat is one of the most powerful tools I’ve found), cut my exercise back from one hour to thirty minutes, and added in some light hand weights.  Basically, my take on the situation is: now that I’ve lost a major chunk of weight, the process has slowed down, which is normal, and a little less food is in order.  Although I may add more exercise later on, it would be something different, and in split sessions instead of all at once.  Several of you, including Karen Cotton, suggested varying the workout, even in small ways–thanks for that; it does seem to be helping.

OK, so, once again, the internet ate part of my original blog.  And thanks to this cold, I pretty much have no idea what I said.

I will, however, address the wolf story.  :)  A wise Native American man told his grandson that there were two wolves inside him, always engaged in mortal combat, one good, one bad.  The good one would, of course, promote kindness, integrity, courage, etc.  The bad one, as you might expect, represented the opposite aspects of human nature, like greed and cowardice and meanness.  The worried little boy asked, “Which wolf will win?”  And the grandfather replied, “The one you feed.” 

Pretty smart grandpa.



61 comments to “Self-Imposed Quarantine :)”

  1. Brenda I
      · November 19th, 2014 at 12:36 pm · Link

    I’m sure the weather is frigid up there, so you’re right to stay in. Eat lots of soup, salad, and tea. The cold has to probably run its course.

    Feel Better Soon!

  2. Patricia Stout
      · November 19th, 2014 at 12:37 pm · Link

    Hope you get to feeling better. I also am on Weight Watchers and have faced the dreaded Plateau, several times, but some how and some way I figure it out and start moving the scale downward as you said. Much success and hope you are feeling better soon. :wink:

  3. Tammy
      · November 19th, 2014 at 12:37 pm · Link

    Wow, it’s still hanging on. So sorry to hear the cold is hanging on, but glad to hear you are not letting it get you down. Hang in there and get better soon.

  4. Judy Eagle
      · November 19th, 2014 at 12:38 pm · Link

    I am sorry you are still not feeling well, sometimes those darn old bugs can seem to hang on forever. I think you are wise to stay home. It may be you are feeling better enough to go but you would still be dripping germs. :)

    Hang in there.


  5. Chris
      · November 19th, 2014 at 12:38 pm · Link

    Feel better soon

  6. Alison
      · November 19th, 2014 at 12:39 pm · Link

    Hope you feel better soon! I got my book in the mail. Thank you so much!

  7. Diana E.
      · November 19th, 2014 at 12:41 pm · Link

    Sorry your still ill, get well soon. Glad to hear the scale is going down once again, good for you!!! Blessings.

  8. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · November 19th, 2014 at 12:50 pm · Link

    That’s best to stay home. Don’t want to spread the germs. And you need to take care of you.

  9. Gloria
      · November 19th, 2014 at 12:52 pm · Link

    Linda, you may well have lost the weight because you’re sick, but…do give credit where credit is due, and embrace the loss, no matter how you got it. Use it to your advantage and go from there…right on down hill…on the weight loss, not your health.

    You’re a positive person, so…use the bad, (cold), and embrace the good, (weight loss).

    Feel better.

  10. Kimmy
      · November 19th, 2014 at 12:54 pm · Link

    Congrats on breaking the Plateau!! Varying your workout is always good. You have to change things up to jump start your weight loss again. I have been dieting, and have dropped about 45 pounds. Hubby called and said he stepped on some scales and according to them he is at 164 from his normal 190. I told him the scales had to be wrong. Then I got to thinking, because of me dieting, I have been cooking healthier, making less so that we have smaller portions, we have added more water to our diets, and our son and his soon to be 2 year-old son, have moved in with us, with us doing the babysitting while he is at work, so we are chasing him around more and taking him to a place in town that has indoor bouncy castles, and let me tell you after 2-4 hours of doing the bouncy castles and chasing him, we have burned A LOT of calories. I have now talked my hubby into a gym membership where we can work on toning, that offers classes in Zumba, Yoga and spin. He has agreed to go with me to Zumba!! I am super excited about that!!! Wow! didn’t mean to write so much, just wanted to share what has been working for me, as well as, hubby who really didn’t need to lose the weight.

  11. Gwyn Beams
      · November 19th, 2014 at 12:56 pm · Link

    keep up keeping on,hope the cold is better soon. :-P

  12. Lois Rotella
      · November 19th, 2014 at 1:02 pm · Link

    Hope you feel better real soon. Have plenty of fluids, soup and tea with lemon. Rest is very important also. Take care. :(

  13. Dixie Hadley
      · November 19th, 2014 at 1:09 pm · Link

    Linda, Hope you are completely well SOON. Take care and we will be praying for you

  14. rita hutcheson
      · November 19th, 2014 at 1:15 pm · Link

    So glad you are on goal again, but sorry you are sick. But think of it this way you can get that nasty cold out of the way and then get on with your life. I agree changing up your excerise program helps cause if you are like me it can be boring and then you do less. Changing it up keeps it fresh.

  15. Lynn
      · November 19th, 2014 at 1:25 pm · Link

    YAY I knew you could do it!!

    Hope you are feeling better soon

  16. roz goodenough
      · November 19th, 2014 at 1:26 pm · Link

    The ‘common’ cold can sure make you feel miserable. Just spoil yourself & drink a lot of liquids and stay warm. Blessings sent to you.

  17. Patricia Taylor
      · November 19th, 2014 at 1:26 pm · Link

    Cutting back on exercise when you are not feeling well is a good idea. Your body needs to be concentrating on getting well. Hope you feel better soon. The yo-yo weather is playing havoc on my sinus condition which makes my head feel a bit numb. I don’t have a head cold I just feel like I do.

  18. Lindy Park
      · November 19th, 2014 at 1:37 pm · Link

    I hope you get to feeling better and germ free quickly! Do remember to get lots of rest as that’s the key in fighting the dang germs. God bless you.

  19. Pam paterakis
      · November 19th, 2014 at 1:56 pm · Link

    Keep the fluids flooding and get well soon!

      · November 19th, 2014 at 2:11 pm · Link

    I hope you get to feeling better soon. Glad you have started losing that weight again. I know how you feel when that scale does not go down.

    Take care of yourself.

  21. linda gwiazdowski
      · November 19th, 2014 at 2:12 pm · Link

    get well soon prayers for you

  22. Leanna
      · November 19th, 2014 at 2:19 pm · Link

    Thank you for not going out in public when you are sick. I wish more people would do this.

  23. Peggy Casey
      · November 19th, 2014 at 2:34 pm · Link

    Feel better! Great news on the weight loss!

  24. Ann Bartholomew
      · November 19th, 2014 at 2:49 pm · Link

    Hope you feel better soon. Congrats on your weight loss!
    While you are staying in you can catch some of the Christmas movies on Hallmark channel. I’m rereading my favorite Christmas books – The Lawman’s Christmas is the tope of the stack.

  25. Gloria Jenkins
      · November 19th, 2014 at 3:31 pm · Link

    Congrats on your weight loss! I hope you are feeling better soon.

  26. Jennifer Damone
      · November 19th, 2014 at 3:44 pm · Link

    I sure hope you feel better soon! I think we are all finally on the track to getting better after almost 5 weeks now. Congrats on your success with Weight Watchers. I was very successful on it many years ago. I don’t know why I ever stopped. I know I need to exercise, but I just can’t seem to get myself to. I always feel better when I do exercise. Just can’t seem to find the motivation. Have a great week! :-)

  27. Marilyn Costich
      · November 19th, 2014 at 3:59 pm · Link

    Have you tried Yoga. That is going to be my next project. I do not go to Weight Watchers but a good friend lost about 80 pounds and is able to keep it off by walking about 3 miles almost daily.

  28. Vicky
      · November 19th, 2014 at 4:02 pm · Link

    Wise grandfather, indeed. Feel better soon.

  29. Debbie C.
      · November 19th, 2014 at 4:09 pm · Link

    Feel better.

  30. Donna Colton
      · November 19th, 2014 at 4:09 pm · Link

    Feel better soon! In northern Michigan, its snowing! Going to be a long winter!

  31. Terri Shortell
      · November 19th, 2014 at 4:20 pm · Link

    Sorry to hear you’re sick but glad you broke through the weight plateau. My kid and I are suffering from the chest congestion thing too. Appears to be going around. Hope you feel better soon.

  32. Ruby Norwood
      · November 19th, 2014 at 4:29 pm · Link

    I hope you feel better soon, just drink plenty of fluids and plenty of rest and soup of course!!

  33. Carolyn S.
      · November 19th, 2014 at 4:31 pm · Link

    I liked the wolf story. I hope you feel better soon! :)

  34. Gram
      · November 19th, 2014 at 4:36 pm · Link

    Time is about the only thing that will really take care of that cold…plus all the other stuff you are doing :-)

  35. Lorraine Pitts
      · November 19th, 2014 at 4:41 pm · Link

    Praying for a speedy recovery!!!

  36. Valerie Campbell
      · November 19th, 2014 at 4:45 pm · Link

    Hope you feel better soon :)

  37. Darlene
      · November 19th, 2014 at 5:28 pm · Link

    Thanks for telling us the wolf story! Hope you feel better soon :)

  38. Rita Crofoot
      · November 19th, 2014 at 5:46 pm · Link

    You are smart to stop and analyze. Hope you feel better soon.

  39. Judi Schultz
      · November 19th, 2014 at 5:47 pm · Link

    Feel better. :0)

  40. Brenda Ireland
      · November 19th, 2014 at 6:09 pm · Link

    Sorry your not feeling well but take heart you could be in Buffalo and need to get out. Get well soon.

  41. Dennis
      · November 19th, 2014 at 6:20 pm · Link

    Stay warm, drink plenty of fluids and enjoy the rest!! I hope you can write while you are feeling under the weather.

    Hang in there kiddo!!

  42. Christina Callahan
      · November 19th, 2014 at 6:45 pm · Link

    I hope that cold goes away quickly and you start feeling better soon.

  43. Norma Stanforth
      · November 19th, 2014 at 7:51 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, so you Self-Imposed Quarantine. that is probable a good ideal.
    My Klebsiella Pneumaniae is back and i haven’t got over the other time this makes four time with pneumonia and my lungs are all ready damage. Linda i pray that you get to feeling better real soon.
    As always your friend,

  44. Roberta
      · November 19th, 2014 at 9:03 pm · Link

    Feel better soon, Linda and thanks for the diet tips.

  45. Roberta Giordano
      · November 19th, 2014 at 9:16 pm · Link

    Hope you feel better soon . Congratulations for finally breaking the plateau !! Have a great week !

  46. Bridget
      · November 19th, 2014 at 9:19 pm · Link

    Feel better soon!

  47. Shirley Meyle
      · November 20th, 2014 at 12:17 am · Link

    Dear Linda,
    I too am suffering with a head cold, over a week now. Hope you’re better soon. Keep up the good weight loss. :lol:

  48. Janet Clark
      · November 20th, 2014 at 12:32 am · Link

    Congrats on breaking that plateau…..that is wonderful.
    So sorry that cold is still hanging on…….we have the Flu bug here in the Coulee and personally I would much rather have the cod than that flu! stay in and get well!

  49. Kelley Morrow
      · November 20th, 2014 at 1:46 am · Link

    Linda hope you start feeling better soon. Stay in and feed your good wolf and feed your cold!!!

  50. Rose Marie Moran
      · November 20th, 2014 at 6:41 am · Link

    Have you ever tried Tai Chi. Live in a Senior apt. bldg. and one of the residents leads us 3x a wk. They say the breathing part is the better of the exercise.

  51. Eriko
      · November 20th, 2014 at 9:30 am · Link

    Rest, rest, and rest more! Allow your body to heal. May you feel better soon, so you can enjoy next week’s Thanksgiving festivities!

  52. Joyce M.
      · November 20th, 2014 at 11:06 am · Link

    Hope you are feeling better and congrats on the scale moving in the right direction.

  53. Lea Williams
      · November 20th, 2014 at 4:17 pm · Link

    Hope you are feeling better. Have heard that wolf story before.The first snow did not amount to much except make it slippery driving into Spokane this morning. Coming home was easy though. Am glad your scale is moving in the right direction. Blessings

  54. Virginia H
      · November 20th, 2014 at 4:37 pm · Link

    So sorry to here you have been sick hope you are doing better. It is that time of the year. Around here its cold for a while then it warms up. Never know from day to day what the weather is going to be no wonder everyone is sick. So glad you scale is moving mine is to but in the wrong direction.

  55. Terrie Fulk
      · November 20th, 2014 at 9:58 pm · Link

    Hope you get to feeling well soon. I am glad to hear you have finally broke your plateau. I also would like to thank you for the wolf story. It was inspiring.

  56. Nadine Spradlin
      · November 21st, 2014 at 8:46 pm · Link

    So sorry that you are under the weather ,hope you feel better soon .. We got a cold remedy ( where else ) off Face Book this week it is 1/4 tsp cinnamon, one tps. honey, mix well take twice a day for three days .the cold should be all better .we’re trying it .

  57. Risemary
      · November 21st, 2014 at 9:44 pm · Link

    Get well soon Linda! Congratulations on the weight pendulum swing in your favor! When will your next original book be released? Happy Thanksgiving from Texas!

  58. Gloria
      · November 23rd, 2014 at 4:38 pm · Link

    Linda, here it is…Sunday afternoon, and I pray you’re feeling much better by now and able to enjoy some of the weekend.

    Take care!

  59. Carol L
      · November 24th, 2014 at 5:59 am · Link

    Glad to hear it wasn’t the virus. Hope you heal quickly. Congrats on breaking your plateau as well Linda. My sister went through this too. She continued her exercising but changed it up. Drank more water and for her, it broke her plateau. Have a greast week and get better. :-D :oops:
    Carol L

    • Carol L
        · November 24th, 2014 at 6:00 am · Link

      Lol. Hit the wrong little smiley there. :)
      Carol L

  60. Valdi M
      · December 3rd, 2014 at 1:47 am · Link


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