#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

There’s an app for that…

Before I start in on today’s main topic, here are last week’s winners: Marguerite Guinn and Cathy Dixon.  (Your prizes are on their way as we speak–Jen just left for the post office.)   As always, the new round is up and running, so be sure to comment.  Eventually, you’re bound to get lucky–so to speak.

That said, I planned on writing this blog yesterday, but it just didn’t happen, as you might have noticed.  :)

Tomorrow is my Weight Watchers meeting; looking forward to it as always.  I’m serious–it’s a great gathering, with good information and lots of stories and sharing in general.  Last week our leader asked all the Lifetime Members to come up and stand in the front of the room, and I swear, that left half the chairs in the place empty!  (Lifetimers are those who have reached their goal weight and maintained it, within two pounds in either direction, for either five or six weeks, I forget which.)  Many of these folks have been at goal for YEARS, and that is MEGA-inspiring to me.   Their main success secret is obvious: they keep attending meetings, staying accountable by showing up and stepping on that scale.   That was my mistake–I’ve been a WW lifetime members between 3 and 5 times–(yeesh)–but I always got it into my hard Lael-Dutch noggin that I’d gotten this–I didn’t need meetings.  I didn’t need to write down what I ate and step on that darn scale.  Heck, no.  I could handle healthy eating on my own.

Not.  For a while, I got away with it, or seemed to.  Inevitably, though, I started to gain a pound here, a pound there.  Still blithely unconcerned, I went up a size, then another size, then another–well, you get the idea.  Was I smart enough to come back when the problem was still relatively manageable, when I could still get into my size 8 jeans without lying on my back and using pliers to pull up the zipper?  Heavens, no–that would have been too easy.  Where’s the challenge in that?  Where’s the drama? 

Knowing full well that WW is the plan that works for me,  that I always feel better in every way when I’m on it, I still did my best to avoid going back.  I explored other options–expensive food shipped in once a week–(Tofu Curry?  Seriously?)  This food was actually pretty tasty most of the time, and I lost 35 pounds, but eventually I got tired of having my meals planned FOR me.  Besides, I travel a lot.  What then?  In addition, I enjoy going out for lunch or supper with family and/or friends once in a while–what was I supposed to do then?  Hand the waitress a frozen entree and ask her to have the cook nuke it for me?  PLEASE.  Besides, it’s my philosophy that into each life, SOME cheesy nachos must fall…

My point?  I’m tired of letting food be a problem.  So it’s WW for me, from now on.  And it will be great, I must admit, to be one of those wonderful men and women who’ve reached and maintained their goal and can thus encourage and inspire others.

So, what’s up with the title of this blog?  A reasonable question.  I intended to tell you–much sooner, in fact–about a few favorite iPhone apps–so here goes.  I love Waterminder–with this one, you input your height, weight and age, and a human figure appears, just as an outline.  As I drink and record my water–a lot of us are dehydrated, you know–on-screen Linda slowly fills up with virtual liquid that actually sloshes back and forth.  (God help me, I so love a gadget!) I was one of those kids who loved to earn a gold star for some accomplishment, so filling up the figure with digital slosh makes me feel great.  And there’s the added benefit of being able to make comments like, “I’m only hydrated to my knees”, thus flummoxing the cast and crew of my epic life story.  :)

My Podcasts app certainly gets a work-out–I’m a big fan of Jim Harold’s Campfire, Real Ghost Stories Online, This American Life, The Moth, and others.  I’m always looking for new ones, too.

I use the Audible app constantly, along with the Daily Audio Bible, Jesus Calling and A Course in Miracles.

Guess I’d better wrap this blog up for today, since I still have some work to do.

Plus, I’m only hydrated to my hips.

46 comments to “There’s an app for that…”

  1. Leanna
      · August 26th, 2014 at 4:43 pm · Link

    Good luck with your continuing weight loss journey. You are doing great!

  2. Linda Holmes
      · August 26th, 2014 at 5:08 pm · Link

    I lost my job in May. I got mike bike fixed in June and I have been riding it ever since, except when its raining or really hot then I just make up for it the next day. Today I went for a really long ride. Wednesday will be short because it is bowling night. I hope I’m losing some weight doing this, but when bowling season starts I have a sandwich and fries at the bowlling alley, but for now I could eat before I go up there because I’m still not working. Well thats all for now.

    Linda H.

  3. Kathy
      · August 26th, 2014 at 5:12 pm · Link

    I know what you mean about going it alone after losing 40-50 lbs. at WW. Without the accountability every week I would make a bad choice here and there. Before you know it I had gained it all back, plus some. I never really reached my goal to become a lifetime member, but came close. It’s been 10 years since I last walked through the door at WW. I had lost around 50 lbs. and began to struggle, the scale never moved, so I quit. I’ve gained around 10 lbs. in those 10 years and have been thinking about rejoining to lose some more. Just got to get my head in the right place. I meant to comment earlier about your thoughts on writing a Civil War story. I hope you do at some point, you write wonderful family stories. That was such a difficult time for families. I also love hearing about your family, it shows in your writing. (Reminds me of a time before my parents passed away.)

    • linda
        · August 28th, 2014 at 11:49 am · Link

      Come back to Weight Watchers! It’s all new; you’ll love it.

  4. Alison
      · August 26th, 2014 at 5:20 pm · Link

    Thanks for the tip on the Waterminder app! I am going to try it.

  5. Judy Eagle
      · August 26th, 2014 at 5:48 pm · Link

    I wish you the best of luck with WW.

  6. Gwenda Underwood
      · August 26th, 2014 at 5:53 pm · Link

    Such a wonderful blog. I so enjoy your wicked, skewed sense of humor!!

  7. Pam paterakis
      · August 26th, 2014 at 6:11 pm · Link

    Keep up the good work and the tips you share!

  8. Sandra Juracich
      · August 26th, 2014 at 6:43 pm · Link

    I will have to try the waterminder app. It is great that WW works for you. My favorite apps for the last 18 months are myfitnesspal and mapmywalk. They helped me lose 50 pounds over about 12 months. I have been walking 6 miles a day for 4 or 5 days a week (17 minutes per mile). I also limited my calories to 1100 per day with a whole food plant based, no added fat (vegan) diet. It certainly worked for me and I am continuing with this program to maintain my desired weight of 98-100 pounds on my 5’1″ body. Although I have been vegan for 25 years, it is possible to gain weight with all the new vegan high fat desserts and other processed high fat vegan foods! Now I have eliminated those foods and am sticking to fresh vegetables and fruits, legumes, and whole grains. My body and mind are much happier. The fat free vegan kitchen blog is my go-to recipe source along with Dr. Neal Barnard’s books.

    Now it is time to start reading The Marriage Pact! It has been on my kindle since it was released. I was saving it for a vacation which was canceled due to our adult daughter having surgery and needing her RN mom to care for her. She is well and back in her own home with her cat. Now, mom can read uninterrupted!

    Thank you for your wonderful blog and terrific books. I look forward to your sharing with your readers. It makes the reading process more personal.


    • linda
        · August 28th, 2014 at 11:50 am · Link

      WOW!! You’re doing great!! Keep it up, and keep us posted! I’m really sold on Weight Watchers, but I know other programs work for other people.

  9. Debbie C.
      · August 26th, 2014 at 6:56 pm · Link

    I love the idea of the Waterminder app. I will definitely be looking into this. I’ve heard so many people have great results with WW but they all agreed that sticking to the accountability was the key. Good luck this week.

  10. Ruby Norwood
      · August 26th, 2014 at 6:56 pm · Link

    Congrats to Marguerite and Cathy on your win, and to Linda on her Weight Watchers and great sense of humor. Love it!!

  11. Norma Stanforth
      · August 26th, 2014 at 7:00 pm · Link

    Congratulation Marguerite Guinn and Cathy Dixon on your win, i am so happy for you both.
    Linda, good luck at Weight Watcher tomorrow,i know you will get on those scales an you will of lost more weight. Yes when you are accountable to other it helps.
    Hope everyone has a great week. God’s blessings.
    As always your friend,

  12. Virginia Horton
      · August 26th, 2014 at 7:11 pm · Link

    Sounds like a great app to me. I do drink water everyday some days more then others but we all need it. So glad weight watchers works so well for you. It did for my niece also but as soon as she quit going to meetings she gain the weight back.

  13. Roberta Giordano
      · August 26th, 2014 at 8:06 pm · Link

    Congratulations to the winners. Congratulation Linda for keeping up with your weight loss journey. And I love gadgets too so will be looking into waterminder. Thanks for the tip. Have a great week

  14. Dixie Hadley
      · August 26th, 2014 at 8:19 pm · Link

    Wow. How inspiring. I enjoyed the pep talk about WW. I have missed 5 meetings due to travel and commitments. Sostayed the same. I need to go back in order to get the scale moving again —in the right direction.
    Thanks and keep up the good work
    Dixie J. Hadley

    • linda
        · August 28th, 2014 at 11:52 am · Link

      You stayed the same??? FANTASTIC!

  15. Michele B
      · August 26th, 2014 at 8:31 pm · Link

    I admire your commitment to the program. Sounds like a winning attitude,

  16. Nadine Spradlin
      · August 26th, 2014 at 8:32 pm · Link

    congratulations to the winners last week. hope you have good results at WW tomorrow, Linda .

  17. Gwyn Beams
      · August 26th, 2014 at 8:39 pm · Link

    keep on keeping on,good luck with weight goal. :-P :mrgreen: :-P

  18. Gwyn Beams
      · August 26th, 2014 at 8:41 pm · Link

    keep on keeping on,good luck with weight goal.
    :-P :mrgreen: :-D

  19. Peggy Casey
      · August 26th, 2014 at 8:48 pm · Link

    Linda you inspire those of us who are not attending WW to stick with it as well. Thank you for being an inspiration each week!

  20. Teresa Wilson
      · August 26th, 2014 at 9:31 pm · Link

    Cheesy nachos, cheesy enchiladas, cheesy scrambled eggs (with peppers & onions), cheese Danish or coffee cake….oops, did I really say that? :-)
    You go Linda! Cant wait to hear bout your Victorious (but sloshy?) weigh in. Thx for adding a smile to my inbox today (and every day). Love hearing bout life in Lael land!
    But get back to work, lady….I can’t wait for your next release! :wink:

  21. Lois Rotella
      · August 26th, 2014 at 9:38 pm · Link

    I assume that ww is a life changing event for you. I think that is great .
    Happy for the ladies who won. Enjoy !!

  22. Kelley Morrow
      · August 26th, 2014 at 9:39 pm · Link

    Glad you’re doing great with WW and it’s great that you finally found what works for you. Thanks for the app mention, I’ll be trying that! As always I can’t wait for the next story!!!!!

  23. Rita Crofoot
      · August 26th, 2014 at 9:51 pm · Link

    Can’t write much,I have to go app shopping

  24. Diane Vought
      · August 27th, 2014 at 1:37 am · Link

    Good luck at WW & thx for
    making me laugh before turning
    out the lights. :D

  25. Sal
      · August 27th, 2014 at 1:56 am · Link

    Got the app. :) We Laels are a stubborn lot and I plan to hydrate just as much as my sister. :wink:

    • linda
        · August 28th, 2014 at 11:53 am · Link

      :) How high’s the water, Mama?

      • Sal
          · August 28th, 2014 at 12:12 pm · Link

        100% on day one…that was more water than I normally drink in a week! You are such a good role model for your sister!! :)

  26. Terri Shortell
      · August 27th, 2014 at 2:24 am · Link

    The apps sound interesting. Congrats to the winners. Hope everybody is having a great week. We have been really hot here. Calling for our hear index to hit 106. :-? Stay cool. 8)

  27. Kim Rudisill
      · August 27th, 2014 at 8:01 am · Link

    I have friends who are devoted to WW. I haven’t been able to join due to scheduling conflicts with the only meeting in my town. I am going to look for that app on my droid phone. I struggle with drinking enough water each day, and can tell when I haven’t had enough water.

    That said, I received my prize in the mail. THANK YOU SO MUCH!! I am already half finished with The Marriage Pact! Great story!! I always get sucked into your books and see myself as a bystander in all that goes on in the plot. The other book with the motivational stories, each morning before I get into the shower, I hold it up and let it fall open to a random page. It is amazing how on the spot these have been for what is going on in my life daily. Thank you again for the prize and for the inspiration to keep reaching for my goals.

  28. Brenda I.
      · August 27th, 2014 at 8:39 am · Link

    I think you have the right idea about staying with Weight Watchers. Good luck today!

  29. marilyn
      · August 27th, 2014 at 8:42 am · Link

    sounds like you are having loads of app fun! congratulations on reaching your goal and maintaining. Have a wonderful week.

  30. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · August 27th, 2014 at 9:22 am · Link

    Good luck with WW. I’ve had some many friends that the program is the solution for them. :wink:

  31. Billie Sanders
      · August 27th, 2014 at 10:45 am · Link

    I am glad to see your enthusiastic endorsement for Weight Watchers. I have been thinking about it.


  32. Joyce M.
      · August 27th, 2014 at 11:16 am · Link

    You are doing so great, keep up the good work!

  33. Lorraine Pitts
      · August 27th, 2014 at 12:20 pm · Link

    It’s my birthday and your blog just made my day! Thanks!!!

  34. Jeannine Klimt
      · August 27th, 2014 at 12:40 pm · Link

    Thank you for sharing the app information and the inspiring Weight Watchers story. I am working towards putting food in what I view as it’s correct place. It’s difficult at times but getting easier every day. Plus if I do this my husband does as well and I want him around a long long time! Have a great day!

    • linda
        · August 28th, 2014 at 11:54 am · Link

      Are you related to the famous painter?

  35. roz goodenough
      · August 27th, 2014 at 2:16 pm · Link

    YOUR BLOG IS SO enjoyable to read. It’s fun to follow my favorite author. Thank you for sharing.

  36. Diana E.
      · August 27th, 2014 at 2:20 pm · Link

    You are a inspiration, Linda. Blessings.

  37. Lea Williams
      · August 27th, 2014 at 4:03 pm · Link

    I should try weight watchers but have no self control over food. Don’t eat bad but popcorn for lunch (like toda) is not healthy. Take care, blessings.

  38. carole
      · August 27th, 2014 at 11:17 pm · Link

    congrats to the winners! I love W.W. for I don’t ever feel like I’m a diet and I don’t call it a diet either, its a life style that doesn’t deprive me of the foods I enjoy eating! I’ve been keeping it off for a while and I just don’t beat myself up if I do indulge I just get back on track///drinking a lot of water helps and I do a lot of walking, and bicycle riding! Keep up the good work! Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

  39. judy
      · August 28th, 2014 at 9:33 am · Link

    Very good comments. Congrats to the winners. Happy reading.

  40. Valdi McCoy
      · August 29th, 2014 at 7:54 pm · Link

    Other than being unhealthy, making it hard to fit into pretty clothes, impossible to feel attractive, hard to breath and making you sweat like a fountain pouring, WHAT”S WRONG WHIT BEING FAT?

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