#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Winners and More

Last week’s winners are: Millie and Alison.  Congratulations!  And all though you wouldn’t know it by the missing blogs, there is a new contest underway right now.  Just comment, and you’re in.

Weight Watchers: Errggg!!!  Still stuck.  (And more determined than ever.)  Starting tomorrow, I’m adding a dance routine to my normal bike ride, but my main plan is to just keep on keeping on.

Dear friends Bill Francis and Renae Kinsey visited briefly–too briefly, in fact–but I enjoyed spending time with them, however short that time turned out to be.  :)  It’s a good thing we’ll all be meeting up again in December, in Vegas, during the big rodeo.

Normally, I would write a special blog for Veteran’s Day, but this year, obviously, it just didn’t happen.  If you’ve been reading these entries for a while, you know how much I admire and appreciate those who place their lives on the line to preserve the way of life we enjoy, both veterans and active duty personnel.  Recently, I spotted a t-shirt in a catalog that pretty much said it all: “Heroes don’t wear capes–they wear dog-tags.”  Amen to that.

58 comments to “Winners and More”

  1. Gloria
      · November 12th, 2014 at 9:12 pm · Link

    Congratulations! to Millie and Alison!!!

    You will break the stand-still you’re at and go on to lose whatever it is you want to lose. I’m proud of you.

    I wrote a poem about our service people once. Do you want to read it.

    I’m glad you enjoyed your friend’s visit.

    Take care, Linda and have a good rest of the week.

  2. Christina Keach
      · November 12th, 2014 at 9:15 pm · Link

    Amen to that! Stay strong. Even plateaus have to end :) Have a beautiful week everyone.

  3. Pam paterakis
      · November 12th, 2014 at 9:21 pm · Link

    Amen! Hope you have a Blessed week snd enjoy your new routine!

  4. Tammy
      · November 12th, 2014 at 9:22 pm · Link

    Missed you this week Linda, welcome back

  5. Pamela Devereux
      · November 12th, 2014 at 9:24 pm · Link

    Don’t worry about being stuck. Just keep doing what you’re doing. You are not putting any weight one. That’s all positive.

  6. Rita McCommon
      · November 12th, 2014 at 9:29 pm · Link

    Love all your stories!

  7. Laura Ann Harris
      · November 12th, 2014 at 9:30 pm · Link

    Hope the dance routine works for you Linda. And remember to have fun with it!

  8. Gwyn Beams
      · November 12th, 2014 at 9:30 pm · Link

    enjoy reading your little letters,keep me encouraged on my non-smoking hearing about your weight watchers.i am going to start at the ymca in january,doctor said would be good to help with my weight. :-P :lol:

  9. Roberta Giordano
      · November 12th, 2014 at 9:51 pm · Link

    Congratulations Millie and Allison! I love your determination Linda . Have a great week !

  10. Mary Goodman
      · November 12th, 2014 at 9:53 pm · Link

    Love your determination ,congratulations to the winners

  11. Margy Manear
      · November 12th, 2014 at 10:05 pm · Link

    I like the sentiment of that t shirt!

  12. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · November 12th, 2014 at 10:10 pm · Link

    Hang in there with the WW. Plateaus are to be expected. :wink:

  13. Terri Shortell
      · November 12th, 2014 at 10:18 pm · Link

    Love the t-shirt you found. I need to see if I can find one for my cousin. He would love it. Congrats to the winners. Hope everyone is having a great week. Hang in there Linda, you’ll break through the weight plateau soon.

  14. Ruby Norwood
      · November 12th, 2014 at 10:29 pm · Link

    Congrats to Millie and Alison! Hang in there with the WW Linda, because you know you got this by the tail. Would love to have me a t-shirt like that one on Heroes, Dog Tags and Capes.

  15. Leanna
      · November 12th, 2014 at 10:31 pm · Link

    Dancing sounds like a fun way to exercise.

  16. Mary
      · November 12th, 2014 at 10:33 pm · Link

    Glad to hear you are not giving up on WW Linda. I am a member too and sometimes it is difficult. Thank goodness for books.

  17. DIANA E
      · November 12th, 2014 at 10:35 pm · Link

    Congrats to this weeks winners. So glad you’re keeping on keeping on. I love your determination too. Don’t freeze in the coming cold weather! Blessings.

  18. Gloria Jenkins
      · November 12th, 2014 at 10:43 pm · Link

    Dancing is a fun way to lose weight. I have a great set of DVD’s different line dancing. The DVD’s target area’s you want to tone. I also lost weight. Congrats to the winner’s. Enjoy the rest of your week.

  19. Janet Clark
      · November 13th, 2014 at 12:05 am · Link

    Hang in there Linda…those plateaus suck but you will get past it..HANG IN THERE, and good luck with the dance routine
    Bless all the veterans who have and are currently serving our country, we are the nation we are because of them!

  20. Paula L Rollins
      · November 13th, 2014 at 12:54 am · Link

    As the holidays are fast approaching take time to take care of yourself also….DRINK a glass of chilled water with a twist of lime or lemon and celery sticks when at parties during the holidays…keeps the extra pounds off and at this time of year we have less time to exercise….ENJOY life but keep writing your fantastic books because I need to read them……… :-P

  21. therese
      · November 13th, 2014 at 1:58 am · Link

    Congrats to the winners!! Love whatever you write for us every week, hope you have a great week!! Love your books so much!! Have a great week this week!

  22. Kelley Morrow
      · November 13th, 2014 at 1:59 am · Link

    Congrats to last week’s winner’s! Linda, you just have to keep your eyes on the prize, A healthier you!!! Veterans day is so special for me, my dad was in the Marines and it’s also my oldest sons birthday, who will be going to basic next summer! so just remember to enjoy every day to the fullest because hey you’re burning daylight!

  23. Teresa Greg
      · November 13th, 2014 at 3:02 am · Link

    Love getting your email every week. Congrats to the winners.

  24. Millie
      · November 13th, 2014 at 4:00 am · Link

    Thank you so much! I am so surprised to have won! Just keep doing what you are doing. What I learned, you have to switch up, you can’t eat the same thing every day, switch up what you are eating and also your excise routine. Good luck, as long as you are feeling better that is all that matter. Thank.you again, I am excited to ser what I won

  25. Peggy Casey
      · November 13th, 2014 at 4:32 am · Link

    Keep on keeping on my friend! It’s all we can do! I think I have shared the story of my 28 year old daughter who has to have brain surgery… she is the mother of my 5 year old grandson Tucker who recently spent 21 days in the hospital with complications of his Cystic Fibrosis. I know you have so many people respond to your blogs that it’s hard to remember all of us… perhaps the best way to identify myself that you will recall is to tell you that I am child 4 of 6 to Valine (Palm) Campbell from Northport… lol. Back to my message; I will be away next week. I will be going with my daughter and her husband to Seattle where she will be having the brain surgery that we have been fighting to get authorized for the past 5 years! The date is finally approaching, and not a minute too soon! The CT Scan that they did at her pre-op appointment last week revealed new challenges which took her risk factor during/after surgery from 4-6% to closer to 50-65% risk that they may encounter problems, ranging from a stroke (for which they are going to place her on blood thinners prior to surgery as a preventative measure) to the possiblity of nicking an artery and bleeding unconctrollably as a result of the blood thinners… for which contingency they will have several units of her rare blood type on hand…. We are taking sollace in the fact that she has a highly respected Neurosurgeon and team of specialist who are going to be working on her and know that God will hold her in his healing hands through out the process. I would like to ask, if I may, that your faithful fans will hold Jamie and our family up in prayer durning the next week for our safe travels to Seattle ant that her surgery Monday morning to goes well without complications and that she will recover quickly and be able to return home to spend Thanksgiving with her little boys!
    I don’t know if it’s allowed on your blog or not, but if it is, could you please allow me to share the “GoFundMe” link that has been established to help the family get through the additional expense of having to be in Seattle for at least a week if not more… hotels, parking, food, etc. all gets very expensive and this young couple is still trying to bounce back from the financial strain of having little Tucker in the hospital for 21 days just over 7 weeks ago. Due to all Jamie’s health issues as well as Tucker’s, Jamie’s husband has had to use all his vacation and personal leave pay that they had intended to live off of during this surgery earlier in the year. The stress of taking time off without pay is a stress that they don’t need and if there are generous people out there who would be willing to contribute a little money to the campaign or at least share the campaign with their friends and families I would sincerely appreciate it! If anyone cares to read the story of Jamie and help out
    the link is: http://www.gofundme.com/gyrjc8?fb_action_ids=10205126510232230&fb_action_types=og.shares

    Any help that we can get would be a blessing! Even if you are able to help with the cost of food for a day, or help cover the parking, which costs about $28 per day at the hospital! Thank you in advance for your prayers, positive thoughts and if possible, contributions! Peg

    • Gloria
        · November 13th, 2014 at 5:30 am · Link

      Peggy, I just read your comment. I know about the expense of trying to live while being at the hospital with a loved one. I can’t afford to send any money, as I barely get by, and just learned I have to start paying more for my insurance supplement, without getting more on my SS check, but I can pray for your daughter, grandson, and you and your family.

      Check to see if there is a Hope House next to the hospital. They sometimes provide a place to stay while there. I don’t know how to check into it as when my son was in the hospital, his patient advocate, or whatever they call the people who check on things to help the family, took care of it.

      Also, I have a friend whose son just had brain surgery and he is already back at home and doing well. So, keep believing and God Bless all of you at this time.

      • Peggy Casey
          · November 17th, 2014 at 8:25 pm · Link

        Gloria, Thank you! The surgery went well. I stayed home and am taking care of my grandkids and have been getting regular updates from my son-in-law all day. She just got out of recovery and is very sore, but everything went better than we were planning so we are busy thanking God for his helping hand guiding the surgical team through the day! I appreciate your prayers!!!

  26. Carol L
      · November 13th, 2014 at 5:04 am · Link

    You’re determined so just stay strong and that plateau will break. I saw that tee shirt also. I want to get them for both my sons who are in Special Forces- Army. Have a great day. :-D
    Carol L

  27. Carol L
      · November 13th, 2014 at 5:05 am · Link

    Oops, Congrats to the winners.
    Carol L

  28. linda gwiazdowski
      · November 13th, 2014 at 5:36 am · Link

    stay strong,thanks for the chance for a book,love your stories,god bless

  29. Gram
      · November 13th, 2014 at 5:46 am · Link

    The keeping on will do the trick although some days you may not feel that it does. I saw that same t-shirt somewhere :-|

  30. Dennis
      · November 13th, 2014 at 6:42 am · Link

    Congrats to the winners!! I hope there will be a time where your readers can meet and greet you. Thanks

  31. Lois Rotella
      · November 13th, 2014 at 6:45 am · Link

    Congrations ladies, enjoy !!! Keep it up you will pass this stuck time you have in your ww. How is your weather in Washington State? We on the east coast are now getting the cool weather. I just finished re reading the Christmas Brides. I enjoy reading at this time of year. It gets me in the mood for the holidays. Have a great week.

  32. Susan carter
      · November 13th, 2014 at 7:12 am · Link

    Congratulation to the winners, Keep up the good work with WW.

  33. LaVerne Ray
      · November 13th, 2014 at 7:51 am · Link

    Love your books.Reading is my favorite pastime.I am 72 and my baby
    sister got me hooked on your books before she passed in 2000. My name
    is LaVerne and her name was Shiirley.

  34. Jo-Ann Baker
      · November 13th, 2014 at 7:53 am · Link

    Way to go. Keep going but change it up. Its body memory you need to change as if you switch your workout to different times or different ways. Its like if your do your workout the same everyday your body remembers. You have to change it. Different times or walk up hill one day down the next or both different times. Its the change that your body needs like cross training. Just a thought.
    Have a great day! Thanks again for all the wonderful stories.

  35. Patricia Hann
      · November 13th, 2014 at 8:16 am · Link

    Congrats to the winners this week. Enjoy adding the dance routine to your day. Myself I love to dance and I put on the music on and dance I go. I need to add the walking to my day.

  36. Andrea Lammly
      · November 13th, 2014 at 8:28 am · Link

    Wow, I’ve never seen that saying before but I sure do like it. Thanks for sharing it. My husband reminded me of the same thing that Jo-Ann Baker said in her reply; you have to change up your routine or you won’t see any change. I had done so well all year with my indoor bicycle but I’ve hit a plateau and not going anywhere. Changed my routine this week and I am noticing a difference. Keep up your great work Linda.
    Congrats to the winners.

  37. Kay
      · November 13th, 2014 at 8:50 am · Link

    Congrats to the winners. Keep on keeping on Linda!

  38. Beverly Majkut
      · November 13th, 2014 at 9:04 am · Link

    Congratulations to Millie and Alison!

  39. carole
      · November 13th, 2014 at 9:11 am · Link

    congrats to the winners! Don’t give-up but sometimes to much of excerise can hurt you-try every other day! Sometimes eating the same thing can hurt you too that’s what my leader told me to change it once in awhile. I have a problem with cheese can’t have a lot of it and I was eating too much of it during the week-just a suggestion. Have a wonderful weekend!

  40. Donna Colton
      · November 13th, 2014 at 9:20 am · Link

    Keep that exercise program going! Here in Michigan its 20 degrees & windy! Snow is on the ground! But not as bad as the U.P. They had 2-3 feet! UGH!

  41. Brenda Bengard
      · November 13th, 2014 at 9:20 am · Link

    I did WW’s years ago and did pretty good until my back started to give me fits and then I slowly put on the weight again, but now I going the portion control route and hopefully I can loose some weight. Keep going to WW and you will get the results you want. Happy Holidays to you :roll:

  42. Brenda I
      · November 13th, 2014 at 9:45 am · Link

    Keep on keeping on with the weight watchers. Have you thought of writing a story about a soldier and an old love interest? Say she had married and it did not work out and he comes home to a western setting from war (nightmares of the things seen etc.) and they find love again and heal each other.

  43. Anna Bootz
      · November 13th, 2014 at 10:32 am · Link

    Keep up the good work, dancing routine should be fun.

  44. Rhonda Terstegge
      · November 13th, 2014 at 10:46 am · Link

    Commenting – lol. My sincere thanks to all veterans as well. We will forgive the missing blogs if you are busy writing another great book.

  45. Tinna
      · November 13th, 2014 at 10:59 am · Link

    Without vets where would we be…. Shuttering to scary to think about. Congrats to the winners! Prayers to the woman & her daughter & family keep the faith! Thanks Linda it’s a joy to read your posts…

  46. Shirley W.
      · November 13th, 2014 at 11:53 am · Link

    That is a “great” t-shirt! I would wear it with pride. My husband is a Vietnam Vet. I am so proud of him for his sacrifices. So many take our freedom for granted. I’m not one of them and yes I know you aren’t either. Love you and don’t stress the pounds.

  47. Christina
      · November 13th, 2014 at 12:49 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners!
    Hang in there Linda! That plateau will fall one day!

  48. sue Leech
      · November 13th, 2014 at 1:53 pm · Link

    I want to say congrats to the winners this time around and also to say I agree with you about the heroes wear dog tags.so true and thank you all for the freedom you fight for to keep us safe.

  49. Robin Myers
      · November 13th, 2014 at 5:41 pm · Link

    Good luck adding a dance routine. It is impressive at how much you are working. Keep up working for a more healthy you.

  50. Joyce M.
      · November 13th, 2014 at 6:16 pm · Link

    It is so hard when your body hits a plateau, but just keep the faith.

  51. Nancy H.
      · November 13th, 2014 at 8:13 pm · Link

    Keep up your good work with WW. Every bit off counts.
    Looking forward to “The Marriage Charm”. Have a great

  52. Hillary Harshbarger
      · November 13th, 2014 at 10:29 pm · Link

    Dancing is great exercise!! and its fun to boot!!

  53. Terrie Fulk
      · November 14th, 2014 at 5:55 pm · Link

    It has been awhile since I have had a chance to get caught up. I am so envious of your trip to Vegas and the Rodeo. I love rodeos. It has been years since I have been able to attend one. When I was a kid we would attend the Labor Day Rodeo in Palestine, IL where we lived. Reading about the rodeo has gotten me inspired to get back into going to the rodeos in my area and even going back to my hometown roots and attending the Labor Day Rodeo in Palestine next year. Have a great week and just keep keeping on. You have the heart and enthusiasm to do what you set out to do.

  54. Lorraine Pitts
      · November 15th, 2014 at 10:14 am · Link

    Have a great weekend!

  55. Valdi M
      · November 17th, 2014 at 6:20 pm · Link

    Amen to that.

  56. Sandi Hill
      · November 20th, 2014 at 1:36 pm · Link

    Hi Linda: Don’t get discouraged about your lack of weight loss. You have done so well and will continue to do so. I just wanted to tell you what some friends told me when I was exercising and dieting. You are exercising and muscle weighs more than fat!! Who knew???? Anyway go by how your clothes fit rather than the scale and hang in there. You will reach your goal. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Love, Sandi

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