#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Various and Sundry Things

In other words, this blog will probably amount to a hodge-podge of Random Linda Thoughts and Observations.  :)

Weight Watchers.  Sigh.  The battle continues.  I’m still stalled out, and more determined than ever to break through this plateau, no matter how long it takes.  :)  The fact is, I’m very happy with my body these days, and loving my exercise bike more every time I pedal my way through a podcast or blast of music.   The food plan is something I can not only live with, but love–for the rest of my life.

Speaking of podcasts, I just discovered a new and very helpful one, called Halfsize Me–very good information and inspiration for those of us battling the proverbial bulge.  The info is solid and sane–last night, I listened to two, one about a current Weight Watchers leader who had lost just over 135 pounds and has–and here’s the challenging part–kept it off for seven years.  I want what she’s having.  :)

I’ve been examining my eating habits, etc. lately–you’ll recall the sugar-free gum threat if you’ve been with us for a while–and found I’d gotten a little lax on my water-drinking (back to the sloshing-figure app for me).  My WW leader and others tell me that can cause a problem, even with regular exercise.  Another podcast guest reminded me of the addage about drinking half one’s body weight in water, in ounces, thank God, not pounds, and I’m doing that.  (And NO, I am not telling how many ounces that is.  :) )

I believe I mentioned my Taize (there should be an accent mark above the ‘e’ but I don’t know how to make it happen) fascination.  Just between you and me, I thought Taize was the name of a composer.  (Blush.  You can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl.)  Turns out, Taize is actually a Christian community in France.  :)  In any case, I’m totally hooked on the music, which is sort of like Gregorian Chant (I also love GC), but not, because I can understand the words.  It’s very soothing–prayer in song.   

We’re celebrating a fabulously sunny day here in Spokaloo.  The more of those, the better.

Have a good weekend, friends of mine.  There’s still time if you haven’t entered this week’s contest–all you have to do is comment.  Winners will be announced on Monday and a new round will begin immediately.

Be a blessing.

45 comments to “Various and Sundry Things”

  1. Heidi
      · November 7th, 2014 at 3:01 pm · Link

    Half size me is a GREAT podcast! I also enjoy Jillian Michaels’ podcast.

  2. Brenda I
      · November 7th, 2014 at 3:01 pm · Link

    Sometimes that weight seems to stall but keep positive.
    Have a very good weekend.

  3. Jeannine Klimt
      · November 7th, 2014 at 3:02 pm · Link

    Keep pushing on the WW. I missed my meeting this week and no more. It’s amazing that even only having lost 10 lbs I feel so much better. Still a long way to go but it’s nice to see the look on my husband’s face. And even better the Wow from my daughter who has not seen me this weight for along time! Off to the walking path. Have a great weekend Linda. And always thank you for an uplifting message. :)

  4. Dennis
      · November 7th, 2014 at 3:04 pm · Link

    Have a great weekend!! Keep on keepin on!!

  5. Andrea Lammly
      · November 7th, 2014 at 3:09 pm · Link

    Don’t worry about that plateau. We hit those now and again but with your faith and good habits you’ll be on the losing side again soon. Happy weekend Linda. We are getting some snow flurries here in Vermont today. Time to curl up with a good book and a cup of tea. :)

  6. Chris Baker
      · November 7th, 2014 at 3:17 pm · Link

    Have a good weekend

  7. Teresa
      · November 7th, 2014 at 3:19 pm · Link

    Have a GREAT weekend – it is supposed to be very cold but sunny here in west central Indiana!!

  8. Debra Wright
      · November 7th, 2014 at 3:35 pm · Link

    Struggling with weight loss too. Up 3 pounds ďown 2 . Lol! Kind of like that country song Two steps forward three steps back!

  9. Dixie Hadley
      · November 7th, 2014 at 3:39 pm · Link

    Linda, Another great blog filled with all kinds og interesting and fun information. Thanks for taking the time to let us know what’s going on in your corner of the world. Weather here in north Georgia is still warm through the day and cooler at night,perfect for sleeping. The fall colors are breathe taking beautiful. What a glorious picture. Stay warm, continue the success at WW and I look forward to your next post.m Have a fun week end.

  10. carole
      · November 7th, 2014 at 4:28 pm · Link

    Hi! I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Were having nice fall weather here in north fla. windows open and a breeze its going to get down to 30’s tonight so i’ll have a fire going! You may want to cut down on excerising also drink water is important. Keep up the good work!

  11. Lynn
      · November 7th, 2014 at 4:50 pm · Link

    Have a great weekend girl! Yes, I’m having the same problem with my weight, but working on it. I have other issues that make exercise hard, but hey, I do what I can. I find that if I can just MOVE it helps! lol Oh, and can DEFINITELY tell when the water isn’t up to the right levels! Not happy with my body yet, but getting there – very slowly – and it’s going to take a good bit of time because I have BUNCHES to lose….(like 100+). My sister was able to lose hers in less than a year… but unfortunately, I don’t have her stamina and abilities (or money! :))

    I thought Taize was just a misspelling of taz.. like a tazer gun! ROFL! So I’m WAY back in those thar hills!!

    Have a great weekend to ALL!!

  12. Gloria
      · November 7th, 2014 at 5:14 pm · Link

    Linda, I hope you have a good and Godly weekend.

    Don’t worry about the WW, as you have done good and keep doing good, and you’re in better health than before, so…it’s all good.

  13. Crystal Carney
      · November 7th, 2014 at 5:20 pm · Link

    Just hang in there & you will finally get to where you want to be.

  14. Sandy D
      · November 7th, 2014 at 5:41 pm · Link

    Keep up the good work.

  15. Jane Goldsmith
      · November 7th, 2014 at 5:50 pm · Link

    Water consumption does make a BIG difference in how your (my) body reacts. At least the sloshing body is virtual!

  16. therese
      · November 7th, 2014 at 5:51 pm · Link

    Hope you have a great weekend!! :wink: :-|

  17. Debbie C.
      · November 7th, 2014 at 6:28 pm · Link

    Have a wonderful weekend!!! Taize is wonderful, I actually attended an evening of Taize prayer. I highly recommend it.

  18. Ruby Norwood
      · November 7th, 2014 at 6:41 pm · Link

    Linda, You look great and I know you feel good by the way you talk about exercising so don’t let WW get you down. You will bounce right back because you have the will power and you always do. I enjoyed the blog today a lot of good info. Keep up the good work and have a great weekend..

  19. Carol S
      · November 7th, 2014 at 6:56 pm · Link

    I love sunny day’s. Have a good weekend.

  20. Joyce M.
      · November 7th, 2014 at 7:05 pm · Link

    Just hang in there and you will beat your plateau.

  21. Christina Clark
      · November 7th, 2014 at 7:14 pm · Link

    Here in Portland, Oregon we also having a really wonderful day. Lots of sunshine. Feels great. Have a fantastic weekend.

  22. Lois Rotella
      · November 7th, 2014 at 7:32 pm · Link

    Next week we in the east are suppose to get a cold wave. Have a wonderful weekend.

  23. Terri Shortell
      · November 7th, 2014 at 7:54 pm · Link

    Good luck with WW. I’m sure you’ll soon start losing weight again. The GC chant sounds interesting. I listen to Native American woodwinds to relax. Very soothing and there are some amazing artists out there. Hope everyone has a great weekend. Good luck on the giveaway. :-D Blessed be.

  24. Harriet Vick
      · November 7th, 2014 at 8:01 pm · Link

    I love your posts! They are uplifting!

  25. Valdi M
      · November 7th, 2014 at 8:43 pm · Link

    One of hardest things for me to do was to give up Diet-soda. I was like a nicotine addict. I would quit for several months and then one sip and I was right back to drinking a 12 pack a day. I got hooked on diet pop while we were stationed in Germany. You do not drink water there unless it is bottled. Now I can happily say I have not had a carbonated beverage for over 9 years. Water is now my go to drink. I never thought I would like water , just plain water, but now I enjoy water and a occasional glass of ice tea. I give my 125 weight loss credit to drinking water. It really is the best.

  26. Sherry Wallace
      · November 7th, 2014 at 9:03 pm · Link

    Saw today where another arctic vortex is comeg our way from Canada next week! Seems we had quite a few of those last winter, but it’s not even winter yet

  27. robin griner
      · November 7th, 2014 at 9:15 pm · Link

    I really like your blog. I am from that area and now reside in Kentucky, so anytime you want to talk about the area I’ll read about it.

  28. patricia hann
      · November 7th, 2014 at 9:25 pm · Link

    Have a great weekend.

  29. Darlene
      · November 7th, 2014 at 9:35 pm · Link

    I wouldn’t stress over the plateau too much. Muscle weighs more than fat so maybe you are building more muscle !!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend :-D

      · November 7th, 2014 at 10:03 pm · Link


  31. Roberta Giordano
      · November 7th, 2014 at 10:16 pm · Link

    Have a great weekend !

  32. Leanna
      · November 7th, 2014 at 10:25 pm · Link

    Drinking large amounts of water is so good for you. I get fewer bladder infections when I am good about drinking water, it helps with your appetite and good for your skin. Plus so many other reasons. Have a great weekend!

  33. Juanita Rice
      · November 7th, 2014 at 11:06 pm · Link

    Have a happy weekend, Linda. :)

    • Dixie Hadley
        · November 7th, 2014 at 11:12 pm · Link

      wow! it’s getting cold here in Georgia tonight. Hopefully it will be nice tomorrow since we have a fund raiser Classic car show to attend. Hope everyone is enjoying their week end also.
      I’ll be taking my bottled water along :-) Look forward to seeing the new winners next week.

  34. Laura VanGuilder
      · November 7th, 2014 at 11:17 pm · Link

    I had not heard of Taize. I will have to check it out.
    I love your books and emails.
    Best of luck with WW. (I may have to look into that too since my weight has reached new heights. :oops: )

  35. Carol L
      · November 8th, 2014 at 3:35 am · Link

    Just keep positive Linda.It can be so frustrating but all you have to do is ride that frudtration out with your bike. :) I’m so bad about dri king water. I sure do have to try more. Hope you have a fabulous weekend.
    Carol L

  36. Linda Lattin
      · November 8th, 2014 at 12:56 pm · Link

    I am also on WW and I know how frustrating it can be when you get on the scale and haven’t lost anything, but I wanted you to know what an inspiration you have been to me in my travels to lose weight. Reading your articles is what started me on my WW journey in the first place and your sharing has kept me going. I have now lost 34 pounds and I feel wonderful. I sincerely do not believe I could done it without you. As you say, it is a lifetime journey and thanks to you I am now on it. I am sure that I am not the only one you have helped but I am very grateful. God Bless.

  37. Lisa Wedge
      · November 8th, 2014 at 1:07 pm · Link

    If you want to use a letter with an accent and you are using Microsoft Word:
    1. Click on Insert (on the menu bar at the top)
    2. Click on Symbol on the drop down menu.
    3. Select the font you are using.
    4. Scroll through the various letters and symbols, click on the one you want.
    5. Click on Insert. The letter or character you selected will appear on your document.
    6. Click on Close.

    In the Symbol menu, there is also a code that can be used for the letter selected, in the case of é, the code is alt+0233.

    By the way, I’m 81 years old and whether or not a word has the appropriate accent makes no difference to me – life is too short to worry about the small stuff. I just like to pass on information when I have the opportunity.

  38. Patricia Taylor
      · November 8th, 2014 at 3:21 pm · Link

    I’ll have to check out the podcast Halfsize me. I’ve been trying to go without sugar that contain added sugars every other day and on the other day limited to 30 grams and I lost 3 pounds. I lasted almost 3 weeks and then Halloween set me back. Will start again tomorrow. I can resist most sugars but chocolate and desserts are my downfall. :(

    • Patricia Taylor
        · November 8th, 2014 at 3:22 pm · Link

      I meant foods with added sugars. Geesh…

  39. Teresa Wilson
      · November 8th, 2014 at 3:51 pm · Link

    Happy Sloshing, pedaling and chewing! Keep up the good mojo…happy weekending to all! :wink: :-D

  40. Peggy Casey
      · November 11th, 2014 at 3:40 pm · Link

    Another beautiful sunny fall day here in Mead. Did you see the glorious sunset last night? I walked out of Yokes just in time to see the beauty of it… I took a picture but unfortunately I couldn’t get it without McDonalds in the foreground… lol

  41. Lorelei Sawtelle
      · November 12th, 2014 at 9:51 am · Link

    You are a constant upbeat in the music of my life. Thanks partly to your transparency with your struggle with weight! I’ve recently lost 15+ pounds. Which means I only have 81 more to go!

    Thank you so much!

  42. mary D. Wornick
      · November 12th, 2014 at 2:31 pm · Link

    I feel like i can handle any thing after reading your post and listen to you talk about your day. How you handle things keeps me going and i have a wonderful sister who prays with me every day helps me see a new tomorrow.
    Have a wonderful day and god bless and keep safe.
    Bye for now
    Mary D. Wornick

    • Dixie Hadley
        · November 12th, 2014 at 3:30 pm · Link

      Thank you sis. Praying daily with you “feels” like so little, yet I know prayer is the answer that will get you through this terrible life trauma. One day at a time and you will make it through this difficult and painful time. Linda is indeed a wonderful inspiration to us all. So keep reading these post and be encouraged. God is listening to all our prayers and every day will bring new hope.
      Love you Sis,

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