#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Wednesday rambles…

We’ll be announcing last week’s winner as soon as she (or he) has been notified by email.

Mom and Jerry’s birthday celebration has been moved to Thursday–their actual birthday–and we’re all going out to lunch.  So, yesterday I was able to stay home and complete a chapter and, trust me, that really feels good.

I believe I mentioned the book, “Spark”–if you aren’t a believer already, when it comes to exercise, this one will convince you.  I have only been riding my stationary bike for a few days, soon after I get up and nosh on the forementioned apple, but I can already feel a difference.  I LOVE this.  It took me forever to get started–procrastination is a bug-bear for me–but I’m so glad I finally did. 

When you think about it, it was no wonder I took so long to begin exercising, because I kept telling myself I HAD to do it, like it was a punishment or something.  Now, I think, “Yeehaw, it’s time for a bike ride!” and rub my hands together in anticipation, and, guess what?  It’s easy, because I believe myself!  “Spark” reconfirmed for me something I already knew but didn’t always apply–that what we tell ourselves in the privacy of our own heads is vitally important, negative thoughts equal negative experiences, and vice vera.  The book also shed some light on the procrastination problem–exercise helps that, too, it seems.  Pressure and stress release certain hormones, and that’s why procrastinators tend to put things off until their darkest and most desperate hour is upon them…believe me, I’ve BEEN there, too many times…because they’re unconsciously trying to crank out the necessary brain chemicals to get the job done.  ADD people are especially prone to procrastinate, because we’re so easily distracted.

In any case, I’m getting too old for the flying-by-the-seat-of-my-jeans approach, and I don’t mean that in a bad way, because the older I get, the better my life is, no two ways about it.  I’m already discovering, even at this early stage of the game, that if I take the time to exercise, my mind is sharper and I’m ready to write.  Naturally, it helps to remind myself constantly of all the very good reasons I want to take better care of myself.

Exercise–and I was thunderstruck by this revelation–actually changes the brain!  I mean, WOW.  Getting the heart rate up a little bit will physically alter–and improve–the three pounds of gray matter behind our foreheads.  Holy Brainiac, Batman!  Stop the presses!

I’m off to Three Trees and Parable to meet up with my characters, Brylee and Zane, but I’ll post the winner’s name later.

Next week’s contest is actually an assignment–get out a piece of paper and write down, as quickly as you can, 20 things you could do to make your own life better.  You don’t have to post all 20 in your comment–pick the three that seem most important AND most doable.

In the meantime, do somebody a good turn–and all the better if they never know who did it.  :)




13 comments to “Wednesday rambles…”

  1. Sherry Wallace
      · January 30th, 2013 at 11:54 am · Link

    Oh how right you are!! I am the WORST when it comes to procrastination!! Somehow I do manage to get things done, but always at the last minute. Didn’t know about exercise changing the brain, but certainly makes sence. My grandparents farmed right up into their 90s, so I believe in being active. So proud of you, well on your way to whipping that body & mind into being sharper than ever !!
    Have a very blessed day,

  2. LindaFH
      · January 30th, 2013 at 12:24 pm · Link

    3 Things to make my life better are:

    1. Get over my fear of driving. I stopped driving over 30 years ago because of dizziness from low blood sugar. Drs didn’t understand hypoglycemia back then unless it was a diabetic person so my dizziness was considered to be all in my head or from nerves.

    2. Eat in a timely manner ala Food Lover’s Fat Loss to control my blood sugar so the dizziness stays far far away. (I bought FLFL when it first came out and it’s been a lifesaver.)

    3. Strengthen my abdominals to help support my low back. If I’m very lucky some of my back pain will go away and life will be easier.

  3. Hilda
      · January 30th, 2013 at 1:12 pm · Link

    Linda, THANK YOU for the reminder about exercising being addictive. I was “there” 10 years ago. Even if I got home at 11pm, I could not retire for the evening without doing at least my short 30-min Richard Simmons Sweatin’ To The Oldiest. It made me so happy! Pray for me, that I get the addiction again soon! Thanks for a wonderful, wonderful blog today!

  4. Kathleen O
      · January 30th, 2013 at 2:01 pm · Link

    Sounds like an interesting book.. I will have to check it out. I did my walk today after my therapy. All those tight tissues get a release from both the therapy and my walk. Gets the blood flowing.
    Have fun with the birthday peoples..

  5. Janice Hougland
      · January 30th, 2013 at 2:47 pm · Link

    Definitely, more exercise is no. 1 on my list of things to make life better for myself and my hubby. It will relieve stress as well as make my health better. It’ll be better for my dog too ’cause she needs more walks. I feel battered by the negativity in the newspapers and TV and by the crime in our neighborhood…so I need to work on positive stuff, including the books I read, the shows and movies I watch, conversations I have with my spouse and neighbors and other family members…and God. And I guess the third goal I have is to write all of my grandchildren often so that we really get to know each other (they are all living several hours away from us).

  6. Ida C
      · January 30th, 2013 at 2:51 pm · Link

    What a wonderful posting today. 3 things I really need to do, start regular exercise, lose weight and keep at it!!! It would be good for everything that ails me. Going to go downstairs and get on the exercise bike now! Enjoy your birthday celebration. Enjoying your messages.

  7. kathy copeland
      · January 30th, 2013 at 4:34 pm · Link

    My three things are 1.Make sure I do more for others, 2.Take better care of myself, by exercising, watching what I eat. 3.Worry less, laugh more, Hug and Kiss the people I love more.I’m sure there are many more things I could list but this is a start.

  8. Norma Stanforth
      · January 30th, 2013 at 6:20 pm · Link

    Linda, my 1st Is staying in touch with God more through praying more, and reading God word more than i do.
    2nd Exercise, more so i will not loss any more strength than i have lost.
    3rd Stay in touch with family more. Just got word that my husband’s sister is in the hospital and doctors only give her one week to live. She just found out she has cancer all over her body. Please pray for her.
    God bless my special friends on here.
    Norma Stanforth

  9. Lois Rotella
      · January 30th, 2013 at 8:25 pm · Link

    This question is thought provoking. 1. I will be better to myself. 2. read my bible more often. 3. Keep in touch with my family and friends.

  10. Billiesue Sanders
      · January 30th, 2013 at 9:48 pm · Link

    Thank you for an inspiring message today!
    Three things I can do to improve myself include:
    the same one that most everyone lists, exercise. I began walking daily on Dec. 18 and have done it since then. I have learned to make a note in my journal, next to my blood glucose level. That would be my second goal–to keep that number low. And finally to share more activities with my grandchildren.

    Blessings to you.

  11. Lori DeLong
      · January 30th, 2013 at 10:41 pm · Link

    1. Exercise more to get healthy. 2. Keep up plan for getting bils paid off and staying organized. 3. Spend more time with family.

  12. Gloria
      · February 3rd, 2013 at 10:55 pm · Link

    The three things I’d choose to make my life easier is……

    1) Stop procrastinating. Linda, if you think it is a problem for you, I can tell you if procrastinating paid, I’d be richer that rich.

    2) Get to exercising. Another procrastination on my part.

    3) As for the third thing, I’m still procrastinating about which one to choose, as there are so many.

    As the realtor says…Location, location, location. My problem is…you guessed it………….

  13. Tia
      · February 3rd, 2013 at 11:37 pm · Link

    The top three that are high up on the list and can see myself doing are meditate, shop less, and do cardio everyday. These are the ones that I can build on to have positive results in all areas of my life.

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