#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Weight Watchers, angels and rocks

Weight Watchers results: down .8.  Not a huge loss, but I’m happy, as always, to be headed down instead of up.  :)  (At least when it comes to weight.  Bestseller lists are another matter.)  After the meeting, Jenni and I had lunch at one of our favorite places, Casa de Oro, which, obviously, is a Mexican restaurant.  I don’t know why I ever bother to check the menu in these places, because I always, but always, order the same thing: a chicken enchilada, rice and beans.  The great thing about WW is that I can still have my favorites–there are no forbidden foods.

I do believe the angels arrived on schedule last night–I felt a definite shift in the atmosphere.  Thanks to Jeremy, I now have the proper white flower, a rose, for the project.  I’m using a flameless candle for the first time, and I’m loving it.  No fire danger, no wondering if I remembered to quench the flame, etc.  I’ll probably invest in more of these Linda-proof candles, as they come in lots of sizes and gorgeous colors.  I’m excited about the angels’ visit, and I fully expect to see changes.  Things like this tend to be very subjective, however, so an event I think is amazing might sound pretty so-so to you.  We shall see.  This visit lasts through April 9.

My experience with gemstones and crystals seems to be deepening all the time.  I can’t get over how beautiful they are, richly colored and complex, transparent or opaque, and so often lit from within.  I’ve mentioned my go-to de-stresser, moss agate, before–honestly, when I hold these little green wonders in the palms of my hands, it’s as though I’ve just been hugged by my guardian angel.  Since they do tend to scatter and fall out of the bed, as I’ve said before, I’ve hit on a fairly simple (not to mention obvious) solution: I put them into small organza bags of the sort I use for my handmade soap.  That way, they’re easier to contain and yet the energy is not diluted in any way.  I’ve recently acquired some absolutely gorgeous glass boxes to display and energize various stones–the lids are pyramid-shaped.  Since a lot of you have asked where to buy stones, etc., I’ll be listing some of my sources on tomorrow’s blog–most are Etsy or eBay sellers, though I also love to shop at my local shop, Wonders of the World.

Finally, Jenni asked me to clarify the rules for our weekly contest so new people will not be confused.  Each week’s contest begins on Monday and ends on Friday.  There are two winners: both receive an autographed book by moi, and a second prize, which changes monthly.  All you have to do is comment on at least one of that week’s blog posts.  Stay tuned.  :)

Well, that’s my wit and wisdom for today–such as it is.

May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

72 comments to “Weight Watchers, angels and rocks”

  1. Emily
      · March 26th, 2014 at 6:32 pm · Link

    So glad that the angels arrived. Isn’t that just the greatest? Yeah!

    Proud of your weight loss, I agree going down is much better than going up!

    Have a great week.

  2. Dawn Roberts
      · March 26th, 2014 at 6:35 pm · Link

    I’m sure you that the name of the resturaust means House of Gold, and you order the exact same thing as my daughter always does. And Italian is always chicken parm, we do get into ruts don’t we? But congrats on the weight loss, happy thoughts coming your way! :lol: :lol:

  3. Cathy
      · March 26th, 2014 at 7:00 pm · Link

    Congratulations on the weight loss, I have been on a 1200 calorie diet and am trying to loose 40 lbs, so far so good. My Mom, Sister and I love your books and are always ready for the next one. :mrgreen:

  4. judy
      · March 26th, 2014 at 7:00 pm · Link

    Glad about your weight loss. It is a lot better to go down then up.

  5. Linda (Lindy) Park
      · March 26th, 2014 at 7:05 pm · Link

    And you as well, Linda. One can always use God’s power to fuse with our own to get through each day.

  6. Juanita Rice
      · March 26th, 2014 at 7:06 pm · Link

    Happy Spring and congrats on the continuous weight loss! :)

  7. Marsha Paul
      · March 26th, 2014 at 7:08 pm · Link

    Wonderful news on the weight loss!
    Don’t you just love the angels! And the gemstones!

  8. Mary Ann Miller
      · March 26th, 2014 at 7:09 pm · Link

    Sounds wonderful and enlightening path you have chosen :)

  9. margie
      · March 26th, 2014 at 7:16 pm · Link

    angels are always around us ! glad to see you found yours. good luck with your weight loss. patiently waiting for your next book , I am currently re reading TATE AND LOVING IT ALL OVER AGAIN

  10. Christina Keach
      · March 26th, 2014 at 7:19 pm · Link

    I just ran across this & think its great. It’s fantastic to hear your experiences with some of the same things I “experiment’ with. Very cool. Right now I’m working with a lot of rose quartz & aventurine (sp). If you’ve never held a Shiva lingam stone, seek one out.
    Congrats on the weight loss! I’m off to your archives to read more about the Angels!

    • linda
        · March 27th, 2014 at 11:18 am · Link

      My daughter recently gave me the shiva lingam (sp?) and I love it.

  11. Holly Senecal
      · March 26th, 2014 at 7:20 pm · Link

    I say good on you for losing weight no matter what the number!
    I love gemstones as well and have been reading up on them more lately.
    Best to you. :)

  12. Deb Purcell
      · March 26th, 2014 at 7:21 pm · Link

    Not sure how I missed your blogs! So glad I saw your tweet today! I did weight watchers before. It does work! I believe I will join again since I seem to be gaining since my back injury. Congrats on the weight loss!

  13. Christina rzeczkowski
      · March 26th, 2014 at 7:23 pm · Link

    Congrats on the weight loss. I’m.so glad the angels showed up…have to remember we all have angels around us all the time

  14. Betty Savage
      · March 26th, 2014 at 7:25 pm · Link

    I have been dieting since August and have lost 30 pounds…10 to go! Feels great to see that number on the scale go down and down. Best wishes, Linda.

  15. marian rojero
      · March 26th, 2014 at 7:33 pm · Link

    Good job on the weight loss 8)

  16. Betty Hamilton
      · March 26th, 2014 at 7:36 pm · Link

    Great work with weight watchers!! Keep up the good work.

  17. Barb C
      · March 26th, 2014 at 7:38 pm · Link

    Mexican food is always a good choice!! Congrats on the .8 :)

  18. Anita C
      · March 26th, 2014 at 7:48 pm · Link

    Contrats on the weight loss. Loss is loss and the amount doesn’t matter (at least to me!) Your angel visit is awe-inspiring and is something I will very likely try myself when I gather the right tools. Today has been a bit difficult, so to de-stress, I’m taking my moss agate with me wherever I happen to be tonight and probably tomorrow. I enjoy hearing about your crystals and the way you can feel their energy. I can sometimes, sometimes not, but I always, always try!

    • linda
        · March 27th, 2014 at 11:20 am · Link

      When I feel stressed, I hold three tumbled moss agates in each hand, and it’s like a tranquilizer.

  19. Laura Van Guilder
      · March 26th, 2014 at 7:49 pm · Link

    8 pounds down is awesome! I need to do some of that too. I have reached a # I never thought I’d see. Yuck! :oops:
    Keep up the good work! :-D

  20. Lela F
      · March 26th, 2014 at 7:57 pm · Link

    Good to hear of ur weight loss. So hard for me to do and I need to terribly bad! What got u started with the rocks?

  21. Norma Stanforth
      · March 26th, 2014 at 8:00 pm · Link

    Congratulation on your weight loss, that is wonderful Linda. You are doing great work, keep up the good work. I sure will be glad when it get warm weather and stays warm. Blessings to all.
    As always your friend,

    • Gloria
        · March 26th, 2014 at 9:55 pm · Link

      How are you doing, Norma? I pray you’re better.

  22. Terri Shortell
      · March 26th, 2014 at 8:01 pm · Link

    Congrats on weight loss. I agree about any loss is a good loss when it comes to weight. I can’t wait to hear more on the angels. It is fascinating. I really want to try it. Have a great day and looking forward to all your new books.

  23. Jayne
      · March 26th, 2014 at 8:05 pm · Link

    I find the angel experiment so interesting. I would love to find out more info. Keep me in mind when/if you do forward the angels!

  24. Rita
      · March 26th, 2014 at 8:08 pm · Link

    I think I have missed a blog day not sure what the angels are about, but I will stay tuned and catch up.enjoy your week, all.

  25. Lori
      · March 26th, 2014 at 8:21 pm · Link

    I love mexican, thankfully, I don’t have to worry about losing, I have a hard time gaining. Enjoy your angels visit and happy writing

  26. Tonja Jasinski
      · March 26th, 2014 at 8:25 pm · Link

    Congrats on your weight loss, and hopes for continued success

  27. Amy Monk
      · March 26th, 2014 at 8:29 pm · Link

    Looking forward to the new series to begin but hate to see the last one end. The people in the books feel like old friends. With there being six books we really got to know them well. I enjoy your books so much. I hope you write for many, many more years to come. I loved meeting you in person at a book signing in Ut.

  28. Deena Hays
      · March 26th, 2014 at 8:33 pm · Link

    Wow Congrats on your weight loss. I am in ww also @ work program. I have lost 30 lbs but others have lost a lot more. Angles r all around us.

  29. Lorraine Pitts
      · March 26th, 2014 at 8:39 pm · Link

    Glad you are still doing good on WW. I love all your posts and I feel good after reading them. Have a good week!!!!

  30. Judi Schultz
      · March 26th, 2014 at 8:55 pm · Link

    Thanks to you, I’m renewing my interest in the lore of stones. Thank you.

  31. Sherry Marks
      · March 26th, 2014 at 9:03 pm · Link

    I can’t wait to hear how the rest of your visit with the angels goes. I would love to learn more about the stones you mentioned. I’m glad things are going well with your weight watchers. Stay well and God bless:)

  32. Ruby Norwood
      · March 26th, 2014 at 9:18 pm · Link

    Great job with the weight watchers Linda, because a loss is a loss no matter the amount. I am looking forward to hearing more about the angels. We all need angels looking out for us.

  33. Debbie Koziel
      · March 26th, 2014 at 9:22 pm · Link

    great job on Weight Watchers!

  34. ,carol
      · March 26th, 2014 at 9:25 pm · Link

    Good job that your down 8! I don’t really go by the scale for I can fit into my size 6 and 10’s so I’m a happy lady! Anyways, like to hear about gems, its very interesting! Have a nice day!

  35. Susan Barton
      · March 26th, 2014 at 9:27 pm · Link

    Extraordinary blog this week. Wishing you determination and continued success in your weight loss journey.

  36. Lois Rotella
      · March 26th, 2014 at 9:36 pm · Link

    Glad to hear about the weight loss. I love mexican food also. I only I wish for right now is warmer weather and my sister in law gets well. Wishing everyone a wonderful thrusday.

  37. Wilma Frana
      · March 26th, 2014 at 9:41 pm · Link

    I’m glad about your weight loss. I know how hard it is to loose weight.

  38. Patricia Hann
      · March 26th, 2014 at 10:04 pm · Link

    I am glad to hear of the weight loss. This is one time when loss is a good thing. I am like you I generally get the same thing too. But with me I am scared if I ordered something else it would not be as good. I don’t get to go out a lot so we I do I want to enjoy it.

  39. Ola Norman
      · March 26th, 2014 at 10:04 pm · Link

    Good job on the weight loss. It’s much harder to take off than it is to put on!

  40. Gloria
      · March 26th, 2014 at 10:08 pm · Link

    Congratulations Linda! I think I’ve found every ounce and pound you’ve lost. But, I’ll be nice and not ask you to stop losing so I’ll stop “finding”…I’ll just try harder on my end…the end that forks in the food.

    My Daddy’s mama has told me that she has seen and talked to my granddaddy several times. She said she’d wake up and he’d be standing at the foot of her bed, and he’d tell her that everything was going to be OK. This would be after she’d be worried about something.

    I used to go on trips of necessity way back in the day, and I’d work two jobs through the week, and every weekend, but one. I’d travel on that weekend, once a month, and most of the time, I was fine.

    One time, I had car trouble and the 5 hour trip turned into 8 hours, and as I had to be at work on Monday at 9 AM, I couldn’t stop, and couldn’t afford to stop if I’d had time. But, I remember seeing an overhead bridge way off in the distance, and the next thing I knew, I was driving under it. Either God was driving that car, or He sent an angel to drive it for me. So, I believe!!!!!

  41. midge watkins
      · March 26th, 2014 at 10:30 pm · Link

    I also like Casa de Oro. I’m a crisp shell taco fan. I like
    enchiladas, too.
    Especially with lots of melted cheese. Best one I ever had was
    filled with crabmeat! So glad you’ve had angels visiting. I’ve
    been told that when you ask God for help, he sends angels to
    assist you. I don’t see them, but in many situations, I sure
    knew they were there. I’m going to lunch with a friend at
    Red Lobster tomorrow and then need to do some serious wt
    loss (20 lbs) for my grandson’s wedding July 5th. Could use some sisterly prayers. Keep up the good work!

  42. Lea Williams
      · March 26th, 2014 at 10:48 pm · Link

    I too have found what you lost. Even working out. I know its what i eat so …………….I love Mexican. Have a couple of special places I like around town. The one on the west end of Airway Heights is Really good. Glad the angels have arrived. Blessings.

  43. Roberta Giordano
      · March 26th, 2014 at 11:07 pm · Link

    I find I am only seeing your blog one day a week. How do I get all of them. Don’t know what you are talking about with the angels? Congratulations on your steady declining weight

  44. cindy friedman
      · March 26th, 2014 at 11:15 pm · Link

    Good luck with the food style change. I know that it is difficult. For the past 50 years I have tried and failed. But I haven’t given up. And you are right, .8 down is in the right direction.

  45. Linda Kroesche
      · March 26th, 2014 at 11:17 pm · Link

    Great job with WW! Can’t wait for your next book!

  46. Fran Fee
      · March 26th, 2014 at 11:47 pm · Link

    Congratulations on your weight loss. Keep up the good work. Slow and steady will win the race to shed pounds.

  47. Angela Wendt
      · March 27th, 2014 at 12:38 am · Link

    Dear Linda,

    Going to a Mexican Restaurant isn’t that bad. I used to follow Weight Watchers but didn’t want to go to meetings (I have anxiety issues) so left them. I have also decided to take the weight loss journey.

    I have been watching my intake of food and trying to get some exercise here and there. I have physical ailments that slow me down when it comes to exercise and the pain it tends to cause for me.

    I was using caloriecount.about.com (which is free). On that site I watched MANY different aspects of nutrition. With watching the intake of food- I have found that two of the things that are watched the closest on websites are the protein and fiber. This information caused me to watch very closely foods I’m eating and how much of those two items are in them.

    I am using an armband like they use on the Biggest Loser and so now am using myfitness.com because it will sync with the information from the armband. On Myfitness I can put in a recipe I put together and it will tell me what nutrition was in the recipe.

    I have gotten to where I eat flax seed, chia seed, & quinoa with my foods for the added nutrition. My children (daughters-5 & 7) and husband don’t even notice when I sneak in those healthy ingredients. When I’m low on fiber or protein, I have a snack of a 1/4 nuts- soy are my favorite because of the fiber/protein/and crunchy snack like quality.

    Sorry about all the information. I’m excited about is learning about nutrition. Of course I didn’t care much about learning when I was young.

    You are my favorite writer, and I’ve read my share. I even got my mother addicted to your books. She is 70 years old. I have written a few things but nothing compared to you.

    Good luck with your goals in weight loss- don’t forget to drink lots of water!!

    Angie Wendt

      · March 27th, 2014 at 1:13 am · Link

    Congratulations, every little bit is good! Have a great week. Blessings.

  49. Chris
      · March 27th, 2014 at 4:10 am · Link

    Congratulations on the weight loss. Any movement down should celebrated!

  50. Dorris S
      · March 27th, 2014 at 5:38 am · Link

    Congrats on weight loss. I am working on the same thing and every pound counts!!

  51. Sally Sweet
      · March 27th, 2014 at 6:17 am · Link

    I used to have a moss agate I wore almost daily just as decoration, but now I am musing that its appeal to me probably was greater than I realized!! Hmmmmm. And now WW is seeming to have the same intrigue for me….

  52. Jo-Ann
      · March 27th, 2014 at 7:41 am · Link

    Hi, I send Angles to watch over all my family an friends. My son’s Birthday is April 9th. So have a wonderful day that is a good day for me. I was blessed with a son! He is 38 years old now. lol Have a wonderful day an my the Angles watch over you!

  53. Kay
      · March 27th, 2014 at 8:26 am · Link

    Congrats on the weight loss. I lost 20 pounds on WW and believe it to be the best weight loss system available. As you said, there are no forbidden foods!

  54. Renee LaCaze
      · March 27th, 2014 at 9:14 am · Link

    I think it is wonderful that you’ve lost 8 pounds. Maybe I need to try weight watchers. I think the experiment with the angels is awesome. I wish I could feel a pressure change. I hear that is a gift that not everybody has. Let us know how your experiment turns out. Good Luck with everything.

    • linda
        · March 27th, 2014 at 11:21 am · Link

      In this case, it was 8/10 of one pound. :)

  55. Brenda
      · March 27th, 2014 at 9:20 am · Link

    Way to go with the weight Linda!

  56. Bethann Andolina
      · March 27th, 2014 at 9:26 am · Link

    I LOVE your books!!! Keep it up on WW’s. I lost ALOT of weight on this program

  57. marilyn hurst
      · March 27th, 2014 at 9:29 am · Link

    Glad to hear that the angels are visiting and that you are feeling empowered by the stones. I love having my crystal etc around my house and have had several set into jewelry so that I can wear them. Have a great Thursday, Arkansas is having rain and thunderstorms this afternoon so we’re going to be really wet. Stay safe and dry.


  58. tommie morris
      · March 27th, 2014 at 10:32 am · Link

    Just finished the delightful BIG SKY series (Parable,Montana)Whichever it is called !! One of my favorites, but I am always sad to end a series that I am enjoying!! A pound here & a pound there, soon add up, so take each one with pride!!!Good for you!!! I have a black pearl I got in Hawaii, I need to find a setting for it! I love different stones, & gems.Ok, that’s my rtake for the day! Have a great week-end!!!

  59. mary hemmerling
      · March 27th, 2014 at 12:16 pm · Link

    Im happy for you and your weight loss. Im work that way also, down. :-P :roll:

  60. Dotty Weis
      · March 27th, 2014 at 2:26 pm · Link

    Hi Linda
    I love reading your blog keep up the good work with WW

  61. Jessica Laas
      · March 27th, 2014 at 2:51 pm · Link

    So proud of you for sticking to WW. Keep up (or down) on the the good work in both weight and books.

  62. Angela Wendt
      · March 27th, 2014 at 3:15 pm · Link

    What is the angel thing about?

  63. Laura Davidson
      · March 27th, 2014 at 4:14 pm · Link

    Congrats on the weight loss – even if it’s only .8. Every little bit counts!! Great job!!

  64. Vicky
      · March 27th, 2014 at 4:39 pm · Link

    Interesting post today. Would like to know more about the visiting angels.

  65. Cathy Fortier
      · March 27th, 2014 at 4:42 pm · Link

    Congrats–Keep it up on the weight loss! :-P

  66. Terrie Fulk
      · March 27th, 2014 at 5:13 pm · Link

    I am fascinated with your angel visit. It is awesome to hear there are beings out there watching over us. I love flameless candles. Like you said they are safe and also child proof. Hope the rest of the week goes well.

  67. Cheryl Lemon
      · March 27th, 2014 at 11:35 pm · Link

    Was just at my WW meeting. I lost 3.4 lbs this week. So happy. So happy the angles came to visit.

  68. Nadine Spradlin
      · March 28th, 2014 at 3:32 pm · Link

    Congratulations , Linda, on your weight loss. I’ve always thought that different stones & rocks have a certain character ,sea shells too . I have a few that I’ve collected over the years. there is beauty in most everything if we’ll just take the time to look for it . oh I also like looking at trees . God is real & so are Angels, once while driving in heavy traffic and rain,plus going down hill , all the drivers in front of me started putting on brakes when I did the same nothing happened the car was so close to the one in front of me I closed my eyes and said GOD help me . when I opened my eyes my car was stopped & turned at such an angle that it had just missed the one in front of me . So yes I’m a Believer ! Hope your weekend is filled with Sunshine and all good things . please excuse the rambling……….

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