#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Weight Watchers Day

After missing two meetings, I finally got to one today–the bad news/good news is, I’m up 1.4 pounds.  (It’s bad news because I gained instead of lost, and good news because it could have been worse! :)  )  Plus, I felt well enough to go out in the first place, which is really good news.

The meeting was excellent, by the way–I came away re-inspired and ready for action!

My sincerest thanks to all of you for your prayers and words of encouragement–you really are the best.  Is it any wonder I love every last one of you?  I feel better with every passing day, thank heaven.  I’m super into the book–so close to finishing–and anxious to get back to it, I must confess.  However, since I missed blogging yesterday, I really wanted to touch base with all of you.

I’ll be putting in an appearance in Dallas, Texas this weekend, as I’m participating in an autographing event put on by the wonderful folks over at Fresh Fiction–a very nice news and review website.  You might want to hop on over and take a look.

I’m sure feeling sorry for all of you caught in those awful Eastern storms–WOW.  We’ve had snow, and extreme cold, here in Spokane, but nothing like what we’re seeing in the news.  Today, in fact, the sun is shining, the sky is bluer than blue, and the white stuff is melting.  However, it’s ICY as all get-out. 

This morning, while walking Bernice–Jenni normally does this but she goes to WW with me on Wednesdays–Kat spotted bear tracks in the snow.  Now, we see the occasional moose, plenty of coyotes and turkeys and deer, too, but bears?  Not so much.  Yikes.  Running into one of those big hairy critters on a walk is more adventure than I need, I can tell you that.  Anyway, Kat and Bernicie went for a ride in Kat’s truck instead of picking their way over the ice.  Bernice is a little gimpy, anyway.  (Hey, she’s almost fourteen, after all.)  She’s also developed an enlarged heart and some respiratory problems, and getting her to take the pills is a job for a better woman than I am.  Fortunately, her vet, the most excellent Dr. Steve Bauer at Latah Creek Animal Care, got in touch with the folks at the Medicine Shoppe and, voila!, Bernice is getting the necessary meds in liquid form–bacon-flavored, no less.   Silly dog.  :)  I live to spoil her.

I haven’t really been well enough to read a lot lately, so I listen to my trusty audio books, podcasts and Great Courses lectures.  Right now, I’m into “Lost Civilizations of South America”, one of the Great Courses, and it’s pretty darned interesting.  I’ve always been fascinated by stories about lost cities, vine-covered and forgotten, full of strange and wonderful things.  :)  Podcasts I’m really enjoying: Jim Harald’s Campfire and the Paranormal Podcast, both available on iTunes.  Check them out if you like spooky stuff.

I know, I know–these podcasts are quite the combination with my favorite, the Daily Audio Bible, but there you go.  A little variety makes life a lot more interesting.

Do I actually believe in ghosts?  I’m not sure, really–but I love it when somebody tries to convince me.  :)

Stay warm, my friends, and keep commenting.  The current contest ends on Monday, and a new one begins the same day.



52 comments to “Weight Watchers Day”

  1. CathyShouse
      · February 12th, 2014 at 3:57 pm · Link

    I feel the same way about ghosts. I’m not really convinced but have covered a lot of the stories as a journalist. Sometimes my sources believe it so much that I am swayed–almost. ha

  2. Virginia Horton
      · February 12th, 2014 at 3:57 pm · Link

    :) I am so happy you are feeling better. It sounds like you had a rough time of it. Don’t worry to much about that extra lb. it was because you were sick and unable to be active. I am kind of sick of the cold and snow myself but other’s have had it worse then us. It is supose to be warmer here next week so maybe I can get a few walks in.

  3. Judy Eagle
      · February 12th, 2014 at 3:58 pm · Link

    So glad you are feelng better. I live in Utah and last night on the radio they were advertising for residents of Tooele to stay indoors while police tracked a cougar that had been spotted in several areas in town. Strange goings on!!! I agree with you, deer, elk, turkeys, and pheasants but cougars and bears?

    • linda
        · February 17th, 2014 at 2:26 pm · Link

      Amen! We had cougars up at Northport–my home town–for a while. One was even spotted lounging on the steps of the Catholic church!

  4. Rosemary
      · February 12th, 2014 at 4:01 pm · Link

    based on your posts, I have decided to join Weight Watchers! I was looking for a healthy diet that was realistic for me and what I have read about WW it is a good program. I’ll keep you posted. I’m in Houston, wish you would visit for a book signing! Take care.

    • linda
        · February 17th, 2014 at 2:27 pm · Link

      You will LOVE Weight Watchers!

  5. Gwen
      · February 12th, 2014 at 4:04 pm · Link

    Ask Jill Shalvis about her bear problems…she has some funny stories. I know when I was doing WW meetings(I do it online now) I was told that you gain weight when you are sick because your body is preparing for you to have a fever and be dehydrated.

  6. Patricia Taylor
      · February 12th, 2014 at 4:06 pm · Link

    Happy to hear you are feeling better. I am reading the McKettrick series right now from book one. I’m up to book 5. I just love the McKettrick family!

  7. Lois Rotella
      · February 12th, 2014 at 4:06 pm · Link

    If I saw a bear I do not know what I would do. It has been so cold where I live that I miss going out an taking a long walk. We are going to have our 6th snow storm this winter. I am looking forward to spring flowers and green grass. Have a wonderful day and you will lose that extra pound and more !! :-D

  8. Brenda
      · February 12th, 2014 at 4:18 pm · Link

    Don’t be discouraged by the gain of 1.4 pounds. You had to eat some food when you had the cold.
    I hope all the winter mix has gone when you arrive in the Dallas area. Be sure to wrap yourself up well since you just had the cold.

    Take care and Have a Great Weekend!

  9. marilyn
      · February 12th, 2014 at 4:19 pm · Link

    Glad you are feeling better! Take care and keep pampering your self and the pup.

  10. Gloria
      · February 12th, 2014 at 4:20 pm · Link

    Linda, I’m glad you’re feeling well enough to be out. It is cold here in Upper SC, and snow is on the ground, so…not being a cook, I am having a store bought chicken pot pie for my comfort food, and eating a salad to be more healthy. It’s a good combination, kind of like your 3rd paragraph from the bottom. :wink: Oh, and I am baking, as I speak, Brownies from a mix. Nothing tastes, or smells, better than chocolate on a COLD day.

    Take care and get completely well.

  11. Debbie C
      · February 12th, 2014 at 4:28 pm · Link

    So glad to hear you are feeling better. Living here in NJ we could use all the warm thoughts we can get. The cold has never bothered me but this winter I’m just done with being cold. lol. Getting ready for at least 10 inches tomorrow. Who needs a gym when you can shovel. lol

  12. Rita Crofoot
      · February 12th, 2014 at 4:28 pm · Link

    Back to the land of “normal”. You are an inspiration to me to see all the things you do to keep your mind engaged, pod cast reading listening, etc, etc, I need to challange myself more. thanks for the mental boost. Rita :wink:

  13. Lorraine Pitts
      · February 12th, 2014 at 4:33 pm · Link

    Wish it were blue skies here, I live 17 miles from Atlanta and this sleet is no fun. Just praying we don’t lose power and especially for the homeless and less fortunate. So happy to hear you are feeling better. God bless you.

    • linda
        · February 17th, 2014 at 2:28 pm · Link

      I have been praying for Atlanta!

  14. Wendy Mathews
      · February 12th, 2014 at 4:47 pm · Link

    Glad to hear you are on the mend! I’ve come down with it, too, and it’s awful. I’m told the cough lingers for a long time….sigh. But, on the bright side, over here on the rainy side of the state, the sky is blue (for the most part!) and I spotted some daffodils popping up in my flower beds. Totally ready for spring!! Take care, and continue to get well ~ sending healing prayers your way!!

  15. Sharon S.
      · February 12th, 2014 at 4:50 pm · Link

    Happy you’re better. Oooh, ghosts. I always say I don’t believe in them, I just don’t want to meet one face to face. I love watching Ghost Hunters on SyFy channel and then Travel Channel has Ghost Adventures. Its entertaining, if nothing else.

    Sorry to hear little Bernice is a little gimpy. My Buster, (Doxie mix) has a cough that just gets worse. They put him on a steroid, liquid, and he just loves it, but it affects him one of two ways…1) He’s hyper as all get out or 2) he’s paradoid. Hiding under furniture as if he has been beaten. I weaned him off and now he’s back to normal. Still coughing, but not scared or hyper.

  16. Teresa
      · February 12th, 2014 at 4:54 pm · Link

    Glad your starting to feel better as well as the dog. Hey bacon flavored or bacon is good in proper portions. As for the weight you’ll get that off pretty quick. Your body needed extra food for the cold. Have you been to Springfield, Columbia, St. Louis or Kansas City MO to do signings? If little bro wasn’t having to PT & such I’d go down to TX make a weekend or week of visiting etc. Have fun but take care of yourself. :)

  17. ,carole
      · February 12th, 2014 at 5:09 pm · Link

    Hi! We all have a bad week but we just do better next time, glad your feeling better! Glad your dog is feeling better too! Its been cold here in north fla. so I’m ready for warmer temps, I feel for all my family and friends that live in the Chicago area,they have had a lot of snow and cold….weather! glad I don’t live there anymore! Have a great day and Happy Valentine’s Day to you!

  18. Laura Ann Harris
      · February 12th, 2014 at 5:13 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, I am Snowed in at my home in Wake County, NC. My husband got stuck in the gridlock and had to pull into a hotel. At least we have power, thank the good Lord. Loved reading your blog. Hope you get to Dallas safe!

  19. Sue Hodge
      · February 12th, 2014 at 5:13 pm · Link

    Greetings from snowy Raleigh NC. Lots of snow and sleet, just good to stay at home and read your books.
    Glad you are better!

  20. Peg North
      · February 12th, 2014 at 5:20 pm · Link

    Look forward to reading your blog. Just finished your book, Big Sky Secrets. It was a good read and I enjoyed the whole series. Thanks for all your books. I have never found one I did not like. Thanks!

  21. judy
      · February 12th, 2014 at 5:27 pm · Link

    So glad you are felling better. Just keep warm when you go out. Put a hat on, the heat goes out your head. Good comments today. :lol:

  22. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · February 12th, 2014 at 5:57 pm · Link

    There is a fascinating non-fiction audiobook you might want to listen to. It’s The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini.

    The awards it’s received:
    Pulitzer Prize, General Nonfiction, 2012
    National Book Award, Nonfiction, 2012

  23. Sherry Wallace
      · February 12th, 2014 at 6:22 pm · Link

    Glad you’re feelg better. That WW visit wasn’t bad @ all – cud have been lot worse – hang in there! We’ve had little bit of snow & ice last night, but nothing like some areas here in the Deep South. Think I’m about ready for Spring

  24. Ruby Norwood
      · February 12th, 2014 at 6:25 pm · Link

    I am so glad you are feeling better and you so have your animals spoiled. we have a little over 6 inches of snow and ice on the ground and still sleet coming down here in SC. I have fingers and toes crossed that the power don’t go off, so many have lost power and my prayers go out to them. I am so ready to get out of the house. Linda don’t worry about that little 1.4 lbs. you have been sick you have to allow for that. Have fun in Dallas and be safe..

  25. Cecelia Kelsey
      · February 12th, 2014 at 6:40 pm · Link

    Glad you are feeling better! Be careful in Dallas. They are supposed to get ice.

  26. cheryl Morgan
      · February 12th, 2014 at 6:47 pm · Link

    You did well for not exercising and nursing a bad cold! Glad to read that you are cgetting over it. Foods high in vitamin c have calories, darn!

  27. Alice Johnson
      · February 12th, 2014 at 6:48 pm · Link

    :( :wink: :wink: So glad u were able Togo to Weight Watchers! Had to spell out, Kindle Fire did not like the way I cut words short! Bummer! Just like iPhone, pain in the neck! As for the weight gain , had same thing on Fri~~·2 lb. Seem to be much slower at losing this mo! Did do the Simply Start in Jan, lost 5 lbs 1st week, 3 second week. Then. And to a screeching halt in Feb

    Did see U are having ice & snow in the NW. Also, watch those bears, 2 women have been attacked in W. FL this winter by Brown bears while out for morning walk!

    Hope U get to Dallas this weekend! Icy there also!!

  28. Marlene Kubick
      · February 12th, 2014 at 6:56 pm · Link

    Glad to hear your health is improving. Our weather on the North Coast of Ohio is improving, thankfully. We have had a couple of sunny days and it’s into the high 20’s and it seems much warmer. When the sun is shining you can easily be fooled. :lol:

  29. Eileen Kolick
      · February 12th, 2014 at 6:57 pm · Link

    I’m so glad you are better! As a health care professional I can attest to how bad the bugs have been this winter. Here in Pa we are gearing up for a bad storm but I am blessed to know I can stay home tomorrow since my employer Temple University has decided to close. Stay warm and safe.

  30. Jan Buckles
      · February 12th, 2014 at 7:00 pm · Link

    Glad to hear you’re feeling better! Have a fantastic time in Dallas!

  31. LynneW
      · February 12th, 2014 at 7:02 pm · Link

    So glad to see you are feeling better! And that weight will come off again once you have more energy and can move around like the dynamo you generally are.

  32. Norma Stanforth
      · February 12th, 2014 at 7:58 pm · Link

    So glad that you are feeling better Linda, and that you was able to go to your weight- watcher group. What you lost isn’t bad, i would say you are doing really good. Just take care of your self and don’t over do it. Blessings to all.
    As always your friend,

  33. Terri Shortell
      · February 12th, 2014 at 9:12 pm · Link

    Glad you’re feeling better. The weather is warmer here. Snow has melted quite abit. With the warm weather my water pipes thawed. Woo-hoo!!! Nice to shower in my own home and not haul water for drinking and other necessities. :oops: lol. Have a great time in Dallas.

  34. Diane M
      · February 12th, 2014 at 9:20 pm · Link

    Glad to hear you are on the road to recovery. Thankfully everyone in my family has remained well here on the east coast. The weather has been frigid and snowy, with more snow predicted for tomorrow (Thursday). My area in Massachusetts is being predicted at 6-9″ again. I suppose most new enhlandera should be used to this since anyone over over the age of 35 should remember the blizzard of ’78. We live thru that with 2 feet of snow dumped over two days on top of a couple storms previous and a couple more after. Stores ran out of milk and bread including powdered milk and bread dough. Standing
    Joke here in MA is run out ad get your milk and bread if they predict a storm.

    Stay safe warm and healthy Linda. Have a happy Valentines day. :-P

  35. Denise King
      · February 12th, 2014 at 10:37 pm · Link

    So glad you’re feeling better Linda,and as I live in Philadelphia, Pa. I’m so sick of all this snow, now they say are calling for more snow starting tonight and lasting until Friday. :’ -(

  36. Dawn Roberts
      · February 13th, 2014 at 7:58 am · Link

    I am so excited to hear you will be here in Dallas, but sad for me I work all day Sat. I’m truly bummed I can’t get to the signing, as I have read everything you have written, even have the new on one the Ipad waiting for me to finish Nerds are from Mars by; Vicki Lewis Thompson.
    Glad to hear you are feeling better, it’s been going around here in Texas badly, so bring your defenses. We have the craziest weather and it is causing many to get sick. Sleet and freezing rain Monday and Tuesday and by the weekend sunny and into the 60s. Go figure.
    Well welcome to Texas, if you have time you should check out the Perot Museum, AMAZING!!!! :) :-P

  37. Emily
      · February 13th, 2014 at 10:00 am · Link

    So glad you are feeling better. Just don’t over due as that is when you seem to get sick.

    Do have a safe trip to Dallas and enjoy, but remember to get plenty of rest and stay well.

  38. Anita C
      · February 13th, 2014 at 10:54 am · Link

    So glad you’re on the uphill swing! I had respitory influenza over Christmas time, so I can relate about feeling better each day and realizing that when that happens, just how crummy you feel to begin with. Still, rest when your body says to – otherwise you might slump a little again. Hope the Dallas signing is a good time. I’m WAY too far away or I’d be there for sure. Here in snowy Wisconsin we have a ray of hope – the temperature is warming up. A balmy 14 today, but supposed to just go up and up. Yay! When 20’s and 30’s sound wonderful, it’s been a looooong winter! Stay well.

  39. Joyce M.
      · February 13th, 2014 at 11:25 am · Link

    I’m one of those people in the east in the middle of a snow storm. I am sick of snow (especially wet snow)!

  40. Kristie Wilson
      · February 13th, 2014 at 11:59 am · Link

    Somehow here in Nashville, TN, we have missed the snow and ice. We’re “suffering” through the cold, but so far, no snow.

    Glad you seem to be on the mend. Bear tracks? Yikes!

    Just finished Big Sky Secrets. Does anyone else do this? I will at times wonder how all the folks in Parable and Three Trees are doing and what they’re up to – as if they are real people! I think it’s because you do such an incredible job bringing them to life in your books. Love it!

    Take care and have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

  41. midge watkins
      · February 13th, 2014 at 12:26 pm · Link

    With the warmer temps and snow melting, the critters are back in action. I just saw two large coyotes at the back of my property a few minutes ago. Told Mater (my cat) that he was]
    to stay in for a little while. He doesn’t like that much. This AM he shredded the toilet paper. Hasn’t done that for months.
    I hope you have a good signing in TX. Drink lots of H2O and get some rest. I think, speaking for all of us, we want you

  42. Diana E.
      · February 13th, 2014 at 1:40 pm · Link

    Linda, you take care and don’t overdue this weekend. Good to see the snow melt here, we had lots of trees and branches come down. Still have some without power for almost a week now.

  43. Sherry Marks
      · February 13th, 2014 at 5:29 pm · Link

    So glad to hear your feeling better and hope the weather is good for your trip. We are expecting more snow tomorrow and then a warming trend ahead. I’m so ready for warmer weather and all of the good things that come with it.
    Take care and don’t over due to soon. God Bless!!!

  44. Nadine Spradlin
      · February 13th, 2014 at 10:20 pm · Link

    So glad that you feel well enough to go to Dallas, we’re about 55 mi. south of Atlanta and though that we had dodged the icy bullet but last night at 8:50 our power went out .tonight at 8:30 it came back on . thank goodness we had a tub full of water , gas logs in the fireplace , and lots of good Junk food . oh well tomorrow is another day , the ice is gone from the porches & we can start the day out right Hardees here we come ! I’m waiting patiently for your next book . Lots of Luck to you . stay well

  45. Carole Sklenar
      · February 13th, 2014 at 11:32 pm · Link

    Am so glad that you are feeling so much better.I’ve been extremely blessed to have remained well this winter, but like your area, we here in KS have had some snow and extremely cold temps, but we are now in a warm spell and the foot of snow is finally melting. Am thinking that I may be able to get off the farm this weekend. Haven’t been anywhere except church in almost three weeks. Fortunately the hubby doesn’t mind getting out. Or at least he doesn’t complain about it. Just don’t want to slip and fall on the ice and mess up my new knees.

    Am so looking forward to your new book. God’s blessings to you and your family.

  46. Barbara. Arvanites
      · February 14th, 2014 at 2:37 am · Link

    Please be very careful. I thought I was over the flu last year. I went out and tried to start catching up with things. Ha! I ended up in hospital for two weeks. And in the process, shot the hell out of my immune system. NEW SUBJECT: THANK YOU, for the copy of your book. I started reading as soon as the mailman delivered it. And finished it around 2:30 a.m. Also thank you for the cowgirl earrings. Not sure as yet where I’ll ware them. A very thoughtful gift indeed.

  47. Eileen Tallach
      · February 14th, 2014 at 10:05 pm · Link

    It’s ok Linda being up a bit simply means some comfort food was in order and life’s too short to worry about a pound here and a pound there. Keep on keeping on. Moderate excerise + a healthy diet = a happy author.

  48. Brenda C
      · February 15th, 2014 at 6:15 pm · Link

    Oh yes, I believe in ghosts. I swear our house is visited by the lady that used to live here. Strange things happen sometimes. Glad you are better and back on track with WW.

  49. Patty Jenkins
      · February 19th, 2014 at 9:11 am · Link

    I just finished Wild About Harry and absolutely loved it!!! What a wonderful story. You are truly talented.

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