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Winners, weight and the flu bug

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Yesterday was Weight Watchers–and I gained five pounds.  Considering that I was away for two weeks, that isn’t so bad, methinks.  So I’m taking this one on the chin like a good cowgirl and forging onward.  :)  I was pretty active the whole time–wouldn’t you know, after wearing my Activelink (a little device that measures activity levels) every day, I somehow managed to lose the thing somewhere between Fort Lauderdale and Spokane?  I have a new one now, all fired up and securely fastened to my person.  :) 

Lastly, I’m going to be taking it pretty easy today because I’m feeling flu-ish–probably just travel fatigue, but I don’t want the malady to get worse.

The weather is beautiful here today; sunny and bright, though still bitingly cold.  (I admit it, I was spoiled by the warmth of Florida and the Carribean.)  Bernice and I took a little walk this morning and I nearly froze to death but I did enjoy the fresh air and sunshine, and I’m in gratitude mode for sure.

That’s today’s blog, my friends.  Stay warm, stay well, and be kind. 

52 comments to “Winners, weight and the flu bug”

  1. DONNA
      · March 5th, 2015 at 2:02 pm · Link

    The 5 pounds will come off. I wish it was bright & sunny in NJ. Its gloomy & snowing. Florida sounds good right now!!

  2. Lois Rotella
      · March 5th, 2015 at 2:05 pm · Link

    I think you did well for cruise. I am looking forward to sunshine and warmer temperatures. Right now in NYC we are having I hope our last snow storm. We are suppose to get 4 to 6 inches. It has been snowing all day. Have a great weekend.

  3. Chris
      · March 5th, 2015 at 2:06 pm · Link

    I hope it’s not the flu.

  4. Dennis
      · March 5th, 2015 at 2:09 pm · Link

    Me Thinks your correct!!! Good Job!!

  5. Pam paterakis
      · March 5th, 2015 at 2:11 pm · Link

    Stay well! I think youdid well weight wise for traveling. Enjoy the sunny weather.

  6. Lea Williams
      · March 5th, 2015 at 2:12 pm · Link

    Five pounds will drop off, Hope you get your vim and vigor back arter traveling. It always takes me a day or so to get back on track. Take care – Blessings


  7. Linda Wilson
      · March 5th, 2015 at 2:16 pm · Link

    Hope you feel better soon, we are getting snow here

  8. Diana E.
      · March 5th, 2015 at 2:17 pm · Link

    Congrats to this weeks winners. So sorry your feeling under the weather, Linda. I’ve been fighting a cold for a week now but think its getting a bit better. There is so much “stuff” going on right now, lots of friends with flu and colds. Take care of yourself. Hope your having the beautiful sunny weather “but cool” like we are. Blessings.

  9. Gloria Jenkins
      · March 5th, 2015 at 2:17 pm · Link

    I have friend’s who are snowbirds who have homes in Florida for the winter. The weather is great today in Florida you can smell the orange blossoms in the breeze from the Orchard. Here In Virginia we are having a snow storm, it is bitterly cold. Feel better soon

  10. margy hawkins
      · March 5th, 2015 at 2:22 pm · Link

    It’s pouring down rain in S. Carolina. Not a good day to walk. I’m starting back Monday to the gym 5 days a week. Had total hip replacement surgery Jan. 27th. I lost 25 lbs. from that and plan to get my strength back and lose 30 more!! Weight Watchers works!!!

  11. Renae kinsey
      · March 5th, 2015 at 2:35 pm · Link

    5 pounds is great!!! Back in the saddle and giddy-up!

    • Linda
        · March 5th, 2015 at 3:04 pm · Link

      Miss you, funny face

  12. pat Dennis
      · March 5th, 2015 at 2:36 pm · Link

    Hope you don’t have the flu. It is beautiful and 83 here in Sebring, Fl.

  13. Melaine
      · March 5th, 2015 at 3:05 pm · Link

    Hope whatever you are feeling goes away quickly so you are feeling great again. Glad you aren’t taking the weight gain to heart. Travel can definitely play havoc on the body. Congratulations for getting right back into your activity. Wish you a great week!

  14. Therese Lopez
      · March 5th, 2015 at 3:07 pm · Link

    The weather here in San Antonio has been cold one day warm the next, enough to were I have a house full of sick people!!! It will be nice when Spring hits and the weather will level off some. Hope you have a great week, love your newsletter!!!

  15. jane
      · March 5th, 2015 at 3:09 pm · Link

    Hope it’s jet lag and you’ll be “back in the saddle” all OK.

  16. Ruby Norwood
      · March 5th, 2015 at 3:18 pm · Link

    Congrats to the new winners!! Sorry you are feeling a little under the weather Linda, hope it isn’t the flu! Don’t even think twice about that little 5 lbs. you will drop it in know time.
    Hope everyone has a great Friday and weekend.

  17. Terri Shortell
      · March 5th, 2015 at 3:36 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners. I don’t think five pounds is that bad since you were out of town. Take care of yourself and enjoy the beautiful weather.

  18. Virginia H
      · March 5th, 2015 at 4:18 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners. We got up to another ten inches of snow today and another state of emergency. It started out as about 2 and half inches of rain then sleet and then the snow. So sick of winter and I want spring to come. We have spent the afternoon shoveling snow so I think I got my exercise in for the day. Now we are going to have a big bowl of chili that I made this morning.

  19. Gloria
      · March 5th, 2015 at 4:32 pm · Link

    Linda, I’m sorry you’re not feeling well, and I pray it is just from all the travel. Maybe you should try some B-12 that melts under your tongue. It works.

    Congratulations to Connie Ayers and Colleen! Enjoy your win, ladies.

    • Gloria
        · March 5th, 2015 at 4:38 pm · Link

      I forgot to tell you that I heard on the news last night that there is snow in 49 out of 50 states at this time, and that included Hawaii. The only state with no snow on the ground was FL.

      I wonder if that is a first?

  20. Roberta Giordano
      · March 5th, 2015 at 4:41 pm · Link

    For being on vacation for a couple weeks 5 lbs is not bad at all. I had a Fitbit and when I wore that thing everyday I would check after dinner to see if I got all my steps in and if I didnt I would start walking around house like crazy. Then like you I lost it I think it might of fell off when I was walking my Granddog I was babysitting. That means it’s in my yard somewhere under about three feet of snow. Who knows I may find it this Spring !

  21. judy
      · March 5th, 2015 at 4:50 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners. Sorry to hear that you are down.

  22. Juanita Rice
      · March 5th, 2015 at 4:57 pm · Link

    Linda, never fear. That extra five will just melt away. ;)

  23. Peggy Casey
      · March 5th, 2015 at 5:01 pm · Link

    The beautiful sun out there is very deceiving. I drove my son to school this morning and was blinded by it’s beauty…. but had to have the heater blasting to feel the warmth the brightness promised. Still, give me the sun over the fog any day! Love living in the beautiful pacific northwest!

  24. Lindy Park
      · March 5th, 2015 at 5:27 pm · Link

    Yes, please take care of yourself. I’m so glad you had that vacation time to rest up so don’t push it now and get sick. God bless you.

  25. Marilyn Fish
      · March 5th, 2015 at 6:39 pm · Link

    It is my experience that a quick weight gain comes off quickly when you return to your normal eating plan. Good luck, I know you can do it!

  26. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · March 5th, 2015 at 6:46 pm · Link

    Stay well and feel better.

  27. Leanna
      · March 5th, 2015 at 7:30 pm · Link

    Rest up, you don’t want to get the flu

  28. linda gwiazdowski
      · March 5th, 2015 at 8:07 pm · Link

    stay well,god bless

  29. Elma Lamoureux
      · March 5th, 2015 at 8:58 pm · Link

    It is so nice to hear you speak of Debbie Macomber as I read her books too, and think of you as “real people” just like us. Except, you have a talent for putting words on paper and we love to read them. Thank you for all the wonderful years of reading you have given me and my friends. I live in Victoria B.C. so we share the weather, and it has been a nice spring.

  30. Dixie Hadley
      · March 5th, 2015 at 9:59 pm · Link

    Sure hope you don’t get the full fledge flu. My husband and I both had it and it is a real bummer. :-(

  31. midge watkins
      · March 5th, 2015 at 10:18 pm · Link

    I just had the 24hr(I hope) flu bug last nite. I feel better now,
    just lightheaded and tired. Don’t get it tho. It’s not the best
    was to lose those 5 lbs. Take care.

  32. bn100
      · March 5th, 2015 at 10:29 pm · Link

    feel better

  33. Karen Dieffenbaugher
      · March 5th, 2015 at 10:49 pm · Link

    Would love to win….Hope you are feeling better.

  34. Margaret
      · March 5th, 2015 at 11:36 pm · Link

    The cold always feel MUCH colder when you’ve just been somewhere that’s hot!

  35. Kelley Morrow
      · March 6th, 2015 at 12:31 am · Link

    Sorry to hear you’re feeling under the weather, try to take it easy! Get well soon.

  36. Jane G
      · March 6th, 2015 at 5:45 am · Link

    Glad you had a great time. Hope you’re feeling better.

  37. Jo-Ann Baker
      · March 6th, 2015 at 7:57 am · Link

    Glad you had a wonderful Vacation. Five pounds poof you will drop that in no time. Just getting back home an on track again. Waiting for the new Bliss County book. Have a wonderful day.

  38. Tammy
      · March 6th, 2015 at 8:03 am · Link

    Weight Watchers is awesome! Thanks for being such a wonderful inspiration!

  39. Rose Marie Moran
      · March 6th, 2015 at 8:25 am · Link

    Hope you don’t get the FLU. Have been battling a cough/cold
    for over a week — not fun.

  40. Cheryl Hoffmann
      · March 6th, 2015 at 9:20 am · Link

    Sorry to hear you are under the weather. I suggest some hot tea, a biscuit (cookie), a warm quilt and a couch with a good book.
    That always makes me feel better. :wink:

  41. Ann Bartholomew
      · March 6th, 2015 at 11:58 am · Link

    After describing all the food you ate with the Macombers, I think you got off lucky with gaining only 5 lb. Now it’s time to settle back in the groove and take care of yourself. Staying inside is the only way for us in KY with 16+” of snow on the ground. Yeah for warmer temps coming up!

  42. Joyce M.
      · March 6th, 2015 at 7:31 pm · Link

    Sick, sick, sick of snow and winter in NJ. Florida sounds great right now.

  43. Colleen
      · March 6th, 2015 at 8:33 pm · Link


    My email up and running and found a message saying that I was one of thE fortunate winners. Thank you so much, Colleen

  44. Darlene
      · March 7th, 2015 at 7:52 am · Link

    Fell better, the flu is going around. :-P

  45. Julie Watson
      · March 7th, 2015 at 10:20 am · Link

    Sorry to hear you are feeling poorly. Hope that doesn’t stop you from writing! I gobble up your books then save them to re-read. As snowbirds I certainly appreciate your joy of Florida. We plan to stay till all the snow melts back home in Prince Edward Island Canada where they received eight feet in as many days. As full time RVers we have to wait till it melts and the mud dries up so we can park our rig without danger of sinking. :-P

  46. Donamaekutska
      · March 7th, 2015 at 11:58 am · Link

    Hope you had fun! :wink:

  47. Shirley Meyle
      · March 7th, 2015 at 2:44 pm · Link

    Hi Linda,
    Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit with another of my favorite authors, Debbie Macomber. She lives in Vero Beach, Fl where my grandparents used to live and it’s a great coastal town and the Indian River fruit is the best. Hope you’re feeling better soon.

  48. Carol Luciano
      · March 7th, 2015 at 6:06 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners. Five pounds is not a problem. Especially if your on vacation. Great that you had a wonderful time. I myself keep thinking if this snow doesn’t ley up I’ll never see the sun. :)
    Carol L

  49. Valdi M
      · March 7th, 2015 at 8:25 pm · Link

    Today was the first day in two weeks that I even looked outside. SOOO Sick..But the sun was shining and I felt so much better. Thanks for keeping the world turning when I didn’t care if it stopped.

  50. mary D. Wornick
      · March 9th, 2015 at 1:07 pm · Link

    Hi all,
    I haven’t been on the computer for awhile so just wanted to drop in to say hi and hope all are doing okay. For me all is good the sun is shining and its a beautiful day.
    Talk with you all later have a nice one and god bless and keep safe :wink:

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