#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Weight Watchers and Homespun Philosophy

Today’s Weight Watchers meeting was a good one, and I lost a full pound to boot.  Gotta love it.

Speaking of love, I’m so grateful to and for all of you, so ready with prayers and encouragement, even though most of you are going through trials of your own.  Reading the comments, I noted that several of you have lost pets and/or beloved family members in the last few months, and a lot of you are dealing with health or financial difficulties.  Still, you were and are willing to extend kind words and prayers to each other and to me.  Such generosity truly touches my heart.

A few days ago, I mentioned the bracelet experiment.  Basically, it goes like this: you put on a stretchy bracelet and, the first time you catch yourself complaining, you move the bracelet to the opposite wrist.  The goal is to go for 21 full days without having to switch wrists.  An important note: things you think don’t count as complaints.  Only the verbal ones do.  I haven’t had to move the bracelet, not because I’m especially angelic, but because the simple presence of that bracelet makes me think before I speak.  I might just wear it, or one like it, for the rest of my life.  According to the author of “A Complaint Free World”, Will Bowen, this experiment can be a total game changer.  Why?  Because of quantum physics.  

No, seriously.  Words have substance, they are energy.  What we talk about, like what we think about, shapes our experience in very real ways.  If you complain aloud, you are actually re-enforcing the very things you don’t want.

Skeptical?  Let me ask you this: what do you have to lose by giving it a try for 21 days?

33 comments to “Weight Watchers and Homespun Philosophy”

  1. Evelyn Baldwin
      · March 9th, 2016 at 7:44 pm · Link

    Thank you, Linda for your encouragement! Got to get that braclet for sure! Really have to count my blessing, instead of my physical pain and depression concerning the pain. Always love your post! God Bless you, your mommies and puppies! Sincerely, Evelyn

  2. Gloria
      · March 9th, 2016 at 7:46 pm · Link

    I’m not wearing a bracelet, but I’ve been thinking and the other day, just yesterday, in fact, (Boy, time flies when you’re having fun, and when you’re not), I noticed every good thing that happened to me, instead of all the bad, and it added up.

    I’ll list them all in another comment.

    Linda, Prayer is about the only thing we can do for free anymore, and even it cost our Lord, but to us, it is free…to give, to receive, to share, and I, for one, am glad I can pray for your family and everyone else.

    Congratulations on the weight loss. If you should need it, I found it.

    • Gloria
        · March 9th, 2016 at 8:31 pm · Link

      My good things from yesterday…I found a parking space close to the stores, not once, but 3 times.

      Two of them were at the same store when I had to go back the second time. When I got my few groceries at Walmart, a cashier was out in the main isle waiting for me to check out…no long lines.

      The first store I was in, a lady let me go in front of her because I only had a couple of items. The second time I went back to that store, another lady told me I could go in front of her, because I only had a couple of items. I thanked her and said…This is the second time today, in this store, this has happened to me, and then, the lady who was already placing her groceries on the belt told me to go in front of her while she emptied her buggy.

      I said…Three times in the same store, this is great, and one of the ladies said it must be the sun. I thought, Yes, or the Son.

      I went to the PO and had a box of books by Debbie Macomber, LLM, and someone else, all from Hilda.

      And, my son, who is disabled, felt well enough to try to clean his living room. Usually, it is all he can do to get off the couch.

      God is sooooooooooooo good!!!!!!

      A friend who runs a restaurant gave me some slaw when I asked to buy some after hours. The good things just went on and on yesterday. They were just little things in the scheme of life, but being thankful for them instead of fretting over the bad stuff, well…it made a much better day.

      The only thing I had to complain about was…I didn’t win that lottery last night. :wink: Of course, you have to buy the ticket…the winning ticket…to win. :lol:

      But, because of you and the complaining bracelet, I had the notion to look for good stuff instead of all the bad. Thanks, Linda!

      And, now…I’m going to complain while I tell A truth…I don’t really have to look for the bad, it finds me all by itself, but yesterday was a good change for me. I pray it lasts.

      • Gloria
          · March 9th, 2016 at 8:32 pm · Link


      • linda
          · March 14th, 2016 at 9:26 pm · Link

        Keep it up, Gloria. Good changes begin on the inside, and then they spread to the outside. For too long, I had it backwards.

        • Gloria
            · March 14th, 2016 at 9:30 pm · Link

          Thanks Linda.

  3. Lucy Brewer
      · March 9th, 2016 at 8:00 pm · Link

    My daughter says I complain alot. I do have a lot of health problems.I’m in pain.Maybe I should get a bracelet .Proud of you for losing. I know how hard that is.I have the opposite problem. I can’t gain.Believe me,it’s just as hard.

  4. Lois Rotella
      · March 9th, 2016 at 8:28 pm · Link

    I try to say positive things. If I am about to say a negative thing I think twice. I am generally a psi time person.

  5. Lauri Claes
      · March 9th, 2016 at 8:42 pm · Link

    I try not to be a complainer but we all have them days where nothing seems to go right. So I am going to give this bracelet thing a try. Thank you. I hope everything is going well and the pups are doing good

  6. midge watkins
      · March 9th, 2016 at 9:12 pm · Link

    I made it through your blog today, even though it was a little
    blurry since I had cataract surgery this morning. Should be
    clearer tomorrow. I like your bracelet idea. I’ve had a little
    sign on my mantle for years that says ” Cowboy Logic: taste
    your words before you spit them out”. Good reminder.

  7. Virginia Horton
      · March 9th, 2016 at 9:39 pm · Link

    Yep I think I need to get me a bracelet, just before reading your post I was complaining about Dish network not making it easy to do things on line the way their site is laid out. Yep going to have to have a bracelet. :evil:

  8. Leanna
      · March 9th, 2016 at 10:22 pm · Link

    I love this bracelet challenge.

  9. Roberta Giordano
      · March 9th, 2016 at 11:08 pm · Link

    Okay you convinced me to try the bracelet so where do I get it,please

    • linda
        · March 14th, 2016 at 9:28 pm · Link

      Search acomplaintfreeworld.org, and you’ll find it. Also, I’m going to be giving away some bracelets right here on the blog.

    • Lorelei Sawtelle
        · March 15th, 2016 at 3:41 pm · Link

      Any bracelet will work. Even an old rubber band will do the trick. Just remember to switch wrists instead of beating yourself up if you slip and make a negative comment.

  10. Deborah Nelson
      · March 9th, 2016 at 11:22 pm · Link

    I think there’s a tipping point theory connected with spreading the positive vibes.

  11. Teresa Wilson
      · March 10th, 2016 at 2:52 am · Link

    Prayers are ALWAYS answered, seen or unseen, immediate or at the appointed time, no matter what. (and, while I haven’t been able to verify scripturally yet) I just know…..have to burn ALOT of calories :lol: Are definitely heart healthy & change the landscape of the soul and are World changing!!

  12. Ruby Norwood
      · March 10th, 2016 at 7:29 am · Link

    Linda, I’m going to try that bracelet change!! I have several little stretchy beaded bracelets, I guess that will work. I also wear one now, that we had made up for my nephew who has Thyroid cancer
    that has( NO ONE FIGHTS ALONE ON IT) which I wear all the time. So I guess that one will be ok!!!

    • linda
        · March 14th, 2016 at 9:29 pm · Link

      That will definitely work!

  13. Michele J
      · March 10th, 2016 at 8:50 am · Link

    Thank you Linda and Gloria for opening my eyes with your posts. I’ve been looking at thing the wrong way and jumping on the band wagon just because I’m irritated. I think I need to look at the whole picture and I’ll see the positives and look and listen before I complain. Thank you both for making my Thursday a better one because I’M going to do it. :)

    • Gloria
        · March 11th, 2016 at 7:18 am · Link

      you are welcome, although I’m not sure what I did. It’s nice to be thanked, anyway.

      Have a good weekend, one and all.

  14. Ann Bartholomew
      · March 10th, 2016 at 8:50 am · Link

    This sounds like a wonderful reminder to stay positive. I’m afraid I may wear my bracelet out when I hear all the political news – it’s sad to hear and see the way some of our candidates behave in public.

  15. Jane G
      · March 10th, 2016 at 9:23 am · Link

    Until I can get out and get one, I think I will wear a virtual bracelet for awhile. :lol: Hope things keep going well for you and your readers!

  16. Eriko
      · March 10th, 2016 at 9:33 am · Link

    I love the complaint reminder bracelet! What a wonderful easy way to always think …. before complaining! Thank you for this tip!

  17. Prairie
      · March 10th, 2016 at 10:59 am · Link

    What is considered a complaint? Is stating something negative a complaint? I think I wouldn’t last one day let alone 21 days.

  18. Lynn Hill
      · March 10th, 2016 at 11:07 am · Link

    Congrats on the removal of that pesky pound!! :-D I have a issue with my knee and my back and I catch myself complaining and then I try and stop myself before it comes out of my mouth. I may try this bracelet idea and see if I can even make it a day LOL.

  19. Mae Logan
      · March 10th, 2016 at 1:54 pm · Link

    A few years ago, just after I lost my husband, I decided if I couldn’t say something nice, keep my mouth shut. And if my thoughts were not on the right track, shape them up. Would have been easier with the bracelet to remind me. Good luck with the weight loss.

  20. Peggy Casey
      · March 10th, 2016 at 4:32 pm · Link

    Linda, thank you for sharing this idea! I love it! I haven’t been wearing a bracelet yet, but I have had one on in my imagination and it does help one think before speaking. I have been trying to finish up my move back into town… the good news is that the move places me closer to your WW group that you where sharing with me about when we were speaking at the book signing last month. I have been so busy moving that I haven’t had time to eat much other than fast food… my awesome son is getting sick of the junk food too and got his smoker moved over a few days ago so we have enjoyed hamburgers and steaks off the smoker and tonight we will have chicken… I am excited to get the bbq grill moved over this weekend so we can grill up some nice lean meat on the run… Have a wonderful weekend and pray for sunshine! LOL… I don’t appreciate the challenge of having all my belongings “washed” as we move them. Bracelet almost had to move on that one!

  21. Rita Crofoot
      · March 10th, 2016 at 5:48 pm · Link

    I am in, Linda, I will do 21 days no complaints, I have a nice gem stone stretchy bracelet, maybe they will help too

  22. Nadine spradlin
      · March 10th, 2016 at 6:33 pm · Link

    At first I thought you were going to ay snap the bracelet on the wrist . moving it sounds much better, this I’ll try for sure THANK YOU .So glad that your new family members are working out well .pets are very much family !

  23. Lorelei Sawtelle
      · March 12th, 2016 at 10:45 am · Link

    A veritable miracle in only 3 weeks.

  24. Debbie Bleege
      · March 13th, 2016 at 1:07 pm · Link

    Sounds awesome. I’ll give it a try What a great way to make your self aware of complaining. Sometimes you don’t realize it.

  25. Melaine
      · March 13th, 2016 at 6:00 pm · Link

    Such good advice! Negative thoughts do create negative results. The same can be said for positive thoughts, so lets all do our best to think positively about ourselves, our lives, and the lives of family and friends.

    Have a wonderful week, Linda!

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