#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


I had my Weight Watcher’s meeting, and I did very well.  Wendy has now joined Jenni and I, and we made a morning of it.  We had lunch at Red Robin (I had a bowl of French Onion soup, 11 points) and went on to raid Hobby Lobby and the grocery store.  One thing about the WW plan–you have to shop more, because most of the foods you eat are fresh.  No wonder I feel worlds better!  I’ve lost 10 pounds in my first two weeks, and I had a 5oz glass of red wine every day!

Are any of you veterans or current members of Weight Watchers?  If so, please share your favorite tips, tricks or recipes in the comment section. 

Contest news: the same rules will apply every week–until Thanksgiving week, that is.  THEN, I’ll be awarding two lucky winners a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card, your choice, as well as a signed book by yours truly.  This will continue for a total of four weeks.  As always, winners will be chosen by drawing, notified, and then announced on the blog.  No special rules; just be sure to comment. 

As you might have guessed, I’m in Christmas mode.  :)  I bought cards at Hobby Lobby yesterday, along with a beautiful angel (she must be two feet tall) and a large nutcracker covered in light blue sequins.  I like to have my tree up by the day after Thanksgiving, so I can decorate and enjoy the lights and sparkle for as long as possible.  When it comes to Christmas, I have the heart of a five year old–except I no longer make a long list of desired items for Santa.  For me, Christmas is about giving–I am blessed to have more of everything than I need, so I always ask my friends not to give me presents.  (I still get plenty of them anyway–my favorites are the handmade ones.)  I like to give Jesus a present each year, because it’s His birthday, after all–this year, it was a donation to a wonderful program called Adopt A Platoon.  Along with the local animal shelters, this is a favorite charity–I have a soft spot in my heart for soldiers far from home, especially those in combat.

God bless our troops, one and all.  Freedom, as I often say, isn’t free–these young men and women fight for it–for us–every day.  So if you see a soldier, tell him or her thank you.  It’s the least we can do.

We have rain today instead of snow, but that’s okay.  I bought an old truck to use around the place, a one-ton for serious hay hauling, among other things, and today I hope to acquire a snowplow blade to attach to it.  Viva Craigslist.  :)  My handyman, Doug, went to look at the thing, so we’ll see what he thinks of it.  Around here, we often marvel at Doug’s many talents; we have yet to find much of anything he can’t do.  :)  The new rig will assure clear roads this winter, and won’t take as much of a toll on the Canadian Wrangler as using the tractor did.  Even when I don’t particularly want to go anywhere, it drives me stir-crazy to know I can’t.  I’ll be writing madly all winter, but once in a while, I’ve got to get out amongst ’em, as my grandfather, Dan Lael, used to say. 

My fondness for Hobby Lobby is a case in point.  Do I NEED more craft supplies?  Not hardly–especially now that Kat has my studio under control and I can find things.  What I DO need, is light and color and stimulation–I firmly believe this is necessary fuel for creativity, at least in my case.

Once again, I’ve rambled on.

Be safe, be warm, and be kind.  A smile and/or a gentle word of encouragement can change the course of a person’s life.


84 comments to “Yesterday”

  1. jane
      · November 7th, 2013 at 4:16 pm · Link

    Congratulations on your weight loss. I need to look into WW, I guess.

    • Laura Liberio
        · November 7th, 2013 at 10:17 pm · Link

      Linda! Do I need more yarn ? From Hobby Lobby or anywhere else? Nope, I have a small yarn shop in this one room! But I need the comfort of the color and the texture and the creative outlet after working with numbers all day. It’s my “right brain” escape room. The kids gravitate to this room too. I totally get where you are coming from. Congrats on the WW. I have never tried it, but I hear it works great when you commit to it. Still waiting on the snow here in the Finger Lakes. Be safe out there in the snow.

  2. Tia
      · November 7th, 2013 at 4:22 pm · Link

    I’ve never tried Weight Watchers. Their online program sounded interesting to me. So glad that it’s working for you.

  3. Delores Hagen
      · November 7th, 2013 at 4:23 pm · Link


    I’m a 30+ year Lifetime Member of WW’s and I want to congratulate you on returning to the “fold.”

    When one is not “blessed with perfect metabolism” one must make life style changes to accommodate that situation and I have found that WW’s is the best.

    Keep up the good work and enjoy that glass of wine, you have earned it. :)

  4. Maryjane Hoffman
      · November 7th, 2013 at 4:24 pm · Link

    Congrats on your weight loss!! Weight Watchers is great and you learn to eat right and along with exercise you can really meet your goals! Christmas is my favorite holiday and I love every thing associated with the celebration of Jesus birthday! Like your idea too of a plow for the truck! Right now we have a snow thrower but plan on finally getting a snow blower instead. Husband can’t do as much now due to cancer surgery but son and I will shovel still!! Enjoy your day!!

  5. Brenda Erickson
      · November 7th, 2013 at 4:35 pm · Link

    In the spririt of giving. I usually say no to people who ask for money, but waiting the max train at 4:45 a.m. A man ask if I had money so he could get to work. I gave it to him. I felt good afterwards. I watched him go by a ticket. I’m going to do better this year. As I will be retiring at the end of the year, won’t have much money, but so looking forward to it. I’ve saving your books, so I will have reading material, reading a lot of them over again.

  6. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · November 7th, 2013 at 4:39 pm · Link

    One can NEVER have to many craft and art supplies. That’s a fact!

    Good luck with your success at WW. It’s a healthy choice.

    Love your ramblings.

    Happy Holidays (coming up) to all~ Deborah

  7. Traci Nelson
      · November 7th, 2013 at 4:50 pm · Link

    I have also tried WW in the past, I was successful and need to go back, I found if I allowed myself the little indulgences allowed by the plan I was much more successful than trying to save up my points

  8. Leisa Sellers
      · November 7th, 2013 at 4:52 pm · Link

    Feeling fit and healthy is such a plus!! I am like you, I love the Holiday season and since I am married to a veteran, I thank them every chance I get! Also love to crochet and sew so got to get out and about to get my craft supplies! Such a joyful feeling when something i create warms others hearts and souls!!!! Enjoy your ramblings so feel free to carry on!!! Enjoy the Coming Holidays!! :) Leisa Sellers

  9. Lucy Jordan
      · November 7th, 2013 at 4:54 pm · Link

    I have lost 50 lbs on WW – still attend the meetings (so I won’t go back to my old eating habits.) I’ve met a lot of new friends at the WW meetings & I do enjoy them. Congratulations on your weight loss – keep up the good work.

    • linda
        · November 8th, 2013 at 3:07 pm · Link

      You’re an inspiration! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Dotty Weis
      · November 7th, 2013 at 4:58 pm · Link

    I have tried Weight Watchers and it really works Keep up the good work Linda and you can do it too :wink:

  11. Sue Hodge
      · November 7th, 2013 at 5:00 pm · Link

    Stay safe and warm! I also enjoy Christmas and everything that comes with family.

  12. Krista
      · November 7th, 2013 at 5:01 pm · Link

    Congrats on the WW success- it’s always nice to see those numbers drop. :)

    I threatened my husband with Christmas decorations this morning.. it was more along the lines of “If I get them out and start decorating now, we won’t be stressed to get them all done!” My suggestion was countered with “can you at least wait until Thanksgiving?” :) So I guess I’ll wait a few more weeks….

    I’m extremely jealous you have a Hobby Lobby, FYI. We’ve lost our Craft Warehouse, so we have Michael’s and JoAnn- both of which I spend too much money at. :)

  13. Carolyn Jacobs
      · November 7th, 2013 at 5:03 pm · Link

    I also go to Weight Watchers and at 66 it is a struggle but I keep trying. I like the Lean Cuisine or Smart Ones for a quick meal when I don’t have to cook for my husband. Fix some 0 point vegetables and you have a good meal. Especially like ones with shrimp in them! :-P

  14. Betsy Nulton
      · November 7th, 2013 at 5:04 pm · Link

    Congrats on the weight loss.
    Hubby is a online member and I get to benefit with yummy recipes.
    One for honey balsamic chicken is a fav I like to dribble the sauce over broccoli gives it flavor. The other is for a balsamic pork loin. He got the recipes off the WW site.

    Have a good day!

  15. Patrice
      · November 7th, 2013 at 5:10 pm · Link

    I am a veteran of Weight Watchers (2003) and I did very well to keep off the weight I’d lost for years, until menopause hit. lol But I did lose the extra weight again and even now I go back to the things I learned from WW. I use their recipes often. Good luck! It’s a great program. :)

  16. Kim
      · November 7th, 2013 at 5:16 pm · Link

    I have never joined WW. I have wanted to the last couple years but the local chapter only meets on Tuesday nights and I have had classes on Tuesday nights and unable to attend. I know I could do it online, but I do better if I am in a group setting.

    Keep up the hard work Linda!

  17. Judy Howell
      · November 7th, 2013 at 5:23 pm · Link

    You have always had a soft spot in your heart for solders far away from home. I know this for as a matter of fact. :wink: Have a wonderful Holiday season.

    • linda
        · November 8th, 2013 at 3:09 pm · Link

      Bless your heart. How are you? How’s Bill?

  18. rosemary
      · November 7th, 2013 at 5:25 pm · Link

    It always amazes me how much we have in common. Thank you for taking the time to connect with your fans. Rosemary From Texas!

  19. Kathy LePage
      · November 7th, 2013 at 5:25 pm · Link

    Congrats on the weight loss. I hope you lose all you want and can keep it off!
    Are you coming to Vegas during NFR? If so when and where are you going to have a get together? I would love to see you again!
    :-D :-D :-D

  20. LaurA Pinciotto
      · November 7th, 2013 at 5:25 pm · Link

    I’ve tried weigh watchers several times. I would Platto after about 5 week and stay there for ever. I would get discouraged and quit. Now I just eat what I want. Still need to lose 20 lbs.

  21. Iris
      · November 7th, 2013 at 5:29 pm · Link

    I really enjoy reading about what is going on in you life. You seem so much fun. Please keep writing! I am hooked on your books – it has become an addiction for me.

  22. Patricia M Hann
      · November 7th, 2013 at 5:46 pm · Link

    Congrats on your weight loss. Also since you have partners in crime, so to speak, hopefully you can cheer each other on and give hugs when needed

  23. Diana E
      · November 7th, 2013 at 5:54 pm · Link

    What a beautiful blog today, Linda. You inspire me, congratulations on the weight loss, thats great. I feel the same way about our men and women serving our country, God bless them all.
    Its been raining here but saw the sun for a little while today, a treat from the overcast skys.

  24. Juanita Rice
      · November 7th, 2013 at 5:54 pm · Link

    Adopting a platoon or one soldier…always a great thing!

    Christmas trees already set up at the malls and Christmas music playing. Did we forget The entire month of November?! :-|

  25. Gloria
      · November 7th, 2013 at 6:07 pm · Link

    Glad you lost the 10 lbs, but if you want it back, I found it. I really don’t need it, so would be glad to pass it on to anyone who wants it. :-D

    My son was a soldier for 15 years before he died. Most of my uncles were in WWII or the Korean War, some cousins in Veitnam, and 2 of my brothers were in the Service, and/or the Reserves.

    God BLESS them, one and all.

  26. Donna Lohrer
      · November 7th, 2013 at 6:11 pm · Link

    Linda, I love reading your blogs. Christmas is my favorite also. I decorate the day after Thanksgiving, thou, we get a real tree so that comes the first week of Dec. Last year, my husband came home from work and wrote me a note thanking me for making are home so festive, made me cry. Life is so good. Blessed be.

  27. Pat
      · November 7th, 2013 at 6:12 pm · Link

    A crafter after my own heart. I am always in Michaels, Jo-Ann Fabric and Hobby Lobby. I do paper crafting, such as making cards and scrapbooking. I have started a memory book of our deceased grandson whom we lost March 14, 2011. He was a Marine stationed at Quantico in Virginia. I feel like I will never get over it. Hoping the book helps me.

    • linda
        · November 8th, 2013 at 3:11 pm · Link

      God bless and comfort you, dear heart. I’m so sorry for your loss. Just remember that living well and being as happy as you can makes for the best tribute of all.

  28. Leanna
      · November 7th, 2013 at 6:12 pm · Link

    I’m jot ready for Christmas although I have started to think of gift ideas for the people in my life.

  29. Jodi S
      · November 7th, 2013 at 6:21 pm · Link

    You can never have enough craft supplies! :)

  30. Becky Johnson
      · November 7th, 2013 at 6:25 pm · Link

    As we get older we sure do have to adjust our eating habits, I am 54. I heard that one should try to eat 60% of their total daily calorie intake before 3 pm. I have been doing this for the past 10 months. I eat a healthy breakfast of fruit, yogurt and grain, and make lunch my biggest meal of the day with a large salad or smart ones meal & veggies on the side. Then have more of a snack size dinner. It’s been working great for me and I am down to my goal weight.
    Am reading Springwater Seasons and finished Miranda & Landry’s story this morning. I was so sad to have it come to an end and just had to sit there and savor it for a time. Can’t read your stories fast enough, but am so sad when I get to the end!

  31. Jeanne Wagner Shaw
      · November 7th, 2013 at 6:25 pm · Link

    Linda = sounds like my fabric stash. Do I need fabric? Nope. Want? Oh yeah!

  32. Suzanne Mongan
      · November 7th, 2013 at 6:29 pm · Link

    I also love Christmas and so did my mom. When my sisters and I were little, on Christmas morning we would sing happy birthday to Jesus, because my parents being devout Catholics always told us that even though we got gifts from Santa Claus, it was Jesus’s birthday most of all. And I also love Hobby Lobby, and I definitely don’t need any more crafts, but it seems as if I always buy something when I am there. Have a great weekend!

  33. Jill
      · November 7th, 2013 at 6:33 pm · Link

    First I must tell you that I love your books & am always anxiously awaiting the next one… Thank you for your gift. I am a WW member for the last 21 months & just hit 80 lbs. For me tracking & meetings are key for my success. They both keep me focused.. I love peanut butter – someone shared this simple recipe with me.It is a favorite.. 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter mixed with 1 6oz container nonfat vanilla yogurt. It makes 6 servings-only 3 pts… it’s great with fruit.. Enjoy & wishing you much success on your journey.

  34. Janie Kessler
      · November 7th, 2013 at 6:34 pm · Link

    The Christmas present for Jesus is a great idea. We have a birthday cake for Him and sing the birthday song. Also have gotten napkins, plates etc and bracelets to wear at that delightful store, Hobby Lobby.

  35. Barbara Brown
      · November 7th, 2013 at 6:34 pm · Link

    Love reading your web site.

  36. Joan
      · November 7th, 2013 at 7:00 pm · Link

    I have a group of friends that I have hosted a Christmas party for the past 30 years – we are now 3-4 generations in attendance. We always bought little gifts for each other, but now that we are into our 60’s, 70’s & 80’s we have started giving to a charity in our friends names. I give to The Children’s Center for Hope & Healing, a program that offers free counseling for children who have been sexually abused. Another friend gives to Meals-on-Wheels and the charities are varied. I love seeing who my friends are donating to in my name.

    • linda
        · November 8th, 2013 at 3:14 pm · Link

      Wonderful idea!

  37. Betty Hamilton
      · November 7th, 2013 at 7:00 pm · Link

    Congratulations on the weight loss! I have tried several different diets. I lost 60 lbs on The South Beach Diet and then gained it back. Then I tried Take Shape for Life through my Doctor and lost 80 lbs…and gained it back. If I could only keep it off! ;o) Time to try again!

  38. Barb Zachow
      · November 7th, 2013 at 7:09 pm · Link

    My husband and I have tried Dr Joel Fuhrman’s “Eat to Live” lifestyle for the past six weeks and will continue since it is an easy welcome change. It is not a diet per say but like WW is focused on natural, fresh fruits and vegetables, minimum meat, no eating between meals, etc. We notice our clothes loosening and walk 30 minutes daily. It is good, isn’t it, to feel more in control and yet at 66 I feel as though it is time to accept my physical self as I am.

  39. Nancy
      · November 7th, 2013 at 7:38 pm · Link

    Congratulations on your Weight Watchers success! I, too, am a member but didn’t do as well as you the first two weeks. The one tool that keeps me on track, however, is the tracker. There is no better tool to tell me when I’m behaving myself and working consistently toward my weight loss goals. Good luck!

  40. Debra
      · November 7th, 2013 at 7:40 pm · Link

    My daughter is currently serving in the US Army and I’d like to personally thank you for participating in the Adopt a Platoon and for mentioning them in your blog.

    • linda
        · November 8th, 2013 at 3:15 pm · Link

      And I’d like to thank your daughter for helping to protect our lives and our liberty.

  41. Denise King
      · November 7th, 2013 at 8:18 pm · Link

    Congratulations on the weight loss, good for you.I had a brother who was in the army years ago, so I do appreciate our armed forces. He died 15 yrs ago, same day my grandson was born, God made it so we wouldn’t hurt too much :) Christmas is my favorite holiday also. Have a good evening Linda

  42. Lois Rotella
      · November 7th, 2013 at 8:21 pm · Link

    Happy to hear about the weight loss. I have never tried WW. I think this winter I will be reading a lot. Have a great weekend. :-P :-P

  43. Sue Campbell
      · November 7th, 2013 at 8:37 pm · Link

    Linda, one of the key things I found to be most helpful as I saw. Mentioned is tracking everything. .. I love the 0 point soup, portebella sandwich and many other yummy WW foods. I have a 365 days of meals book that I found at a garage sale years ago that is my fave! Keep it up!

  44. Judy Davis
      · November 7th, 2013 at 9:01 pm · Link

    WW is a great program. I love the easy online access. The key to success is definitely the tracking!!! & you definitely have to eat all your daily points. We are taught not to eat to lose weight & then WW says you can eat!! I love WW!

  45. Pat Parker
      · November 7th, 2013 at 9:07 pm · Link

    Dear Linda,
    As a longtime WW member, the best road to success starts at the grocery store, so the things that call you so menacingly are not even allowed in the house. Next, always attend the meeting, even if you think you might have gained. Avoiding a weigh in can only lead to trouble.
    Enjoy the trip.

    Pat Parker

    • linda
        · November 8th, 2013 at 3:16 pm · Link

      Wise words, worth remembering. Thank you.

  46. Gwen Romine
      · November 7th, 2013 at 9:27 pm · Link

    My WW always said to grocery shop and look at the shelves above your head and on the bottom. The bad stuff is always at eye level. Oh and don’t stress about the plateaus you will hit. I lost 35 lbs before I had to stop because of my shoulder surgery and gel injections in my knees. I’ll get back to it eventually. Good luck!

    • linda
        · November 8th, 2013 at 3:24 pm · Link

      It’s also good to shop on the perimeters of the store, instead of the center. :)

  47. Jean M.
      · November 7th, 2013 at 9:41 pm · Link

    Hooray for the weight loss!! It does make a body feel good when we can see the pounds go down on those “evil” scales! :) My daughter got me signed up with My Fitness Pal on my cell phone. It really helps me be mindful of what I eat. :) I am ,as you are, making better choices! Love to read your blogs. Makes a favorite writer a very real person! Your gift to Jesus is such an inspiration. We do need to open our caring arms to take in our warriors. You make us “mindful” too! :) :roll:

  48. Connie Johnson
      · November 7th, 2013 at 9:47 pm · Link

    I have been on WW a few times, the thing that helped me was having what I called, cheat meal. One day, I picked Saturday, I would let myself have meal of anything I wanted and dessert. It worked for me. Gave me something to look forward to.

  49. Terri Shortell
      · November 7th, 2013 at 10:14 pm · Link

    Good job with Weight Watchers. I’ve never tried it. I have been ordered to eat low carbs and no gluten. It has been hard to get used to it. Also, I am going to start decorating for Christmas this weekend. I know it is early but my son and I love the holiday too much to wait. Happy Holiday to everybody.

  50. Linda Cholewa
      · November 7th, 2013 at 10:21 pm · Link

    Congratulations on your success with WW. I was on WW a few years ago and the point system really helped me keep track. I don’t go any longer as the meeting closest to me was cancelled and I could never keep track on line. I have switched to The 17 Day Diet, which I have had great success with as it is something my husband will follow with me.

    I am also in the Christmas mode. It is my favorite time of the year. I have been busy the last few week making some new ornaments for the tree in counted cross stitch while watching Christmas movies on Hallmark channel.
    I just finished your Christmas story, State Secrets, in the A Christmas Proposal book and am very (im)patiently waiting for Big Sky Secrets in Dec.
    Have a good evening.

  51. Barbara Martin
      · November 7th, 2013 at 11:00 pm · Link

    Weight watchers is the only program I’ve ever lost serious weight with. I need to be on it again. Lol. And it’s something you can stay on your whole life if you want to. Great job on the weight loss.

  52. debbie g
      · November 7th, 2013 at 11:00 pm · Link

    Linda you mentioned about thanking a military person. I know I am off track a little but, it is going with thoughts since last night. The CMA Awards. I Drive Your Truck, sung by Lee Brice, Won Song of the Year. WOW! It is based on the words and thoughts of a father of a soldier who died in Afghanistan 2006 while going to the aid of one of his men. He also received the Medal of Honor, postumiouly Iin 2011. His father had been interviewed on an NPR radio show on or for Memorial Day. They asked how he dealt with the loss of his son and he said, I Drive His Truck. The 1st time I heard the song, shortly after it was released, I burst into tears and said that had to be at least nominated for song of year and it WON!!!!! Not only is there a country wide thank you for the soldier, but to his father for his words, that song writers heard and wrote song and Lee Brice sang. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

    • linda
        · November 8th, 2013 at 3:19 pm · Link

      Oh, dear. I haven’t heard this song, but I’ll download it today. And I know I’ll cry.

  53. Lea Williams
      · November 8th, 2013 at 12:00 am · Link

    You make me chuckle. Being a quilter I have fabric galore. I love fabric stores. No I don’t need more but do I buy if I see, yes of course. My daughter has lost over 50 pounds but not WW, she goes to Curves and Zumba and has just started eating healthy. I could use 20 pounds and it would not hurt anything. My husband is a vetran, have a grandson is a vetran. It makes me proud. This rain is nasty isn’t it, came in sheets most of the day. Blessings……………….

  54. Carol Miller White
      · November 8th, 2013 at 12:16 am · Link

    Good going on Weight Watchers, Linda! I love Christmas, too :)

  55. Jan Buckles
      · November 8th, 2013 at 12:59 am · Link

    Congratulations on your WW success so far! You’re an encouragement. I’m thinking of joining online since I live in a very rural area (an hour and a half from Spokane) and attending meetings would be difficult. Thank you for posting about your struggles, and also your triumphs!

  56. Diane M
      · November 8th, 2013 at 4:52 am · Link

    Christmas time is almost here. I so agree Linda that it is a time of giving. I love to give gifts, and homemade are the best. At work a few people exchange gifts and all are created by our own two hands, it’s wonderful.

    Nutcrackers are a favorite in our home too. When my children were small ( they are 24 & 28 now) a favorite gift was a nutcracker. We have small ones, medium ones and somewhat tall ones. I have kept the tradition of each getting a new one at Christmas and added my son-in-law and grandson to the list of recipients.

    We will actually be having two Christmas celebrations this year. My son will be visiting from NC the second week in December. So we will exchange gifts with him them again Christmas day. I really can’t wait for this years festivities.

    Thank you for your blog. It’s exciting to see my favorite author sharing her adventures outside of her books with all her fans. I am reading the first Big Sky book right now and can’t wait to read them all.

  57. Kathi Cauley
      · November 8th, 2013 at 6:31 am · Link

    Love your rambliings. I look foward to them.

  58. Ruby Norwood
      · November 8th, 2013 at 7:17 am · Link

    Good blog Linda, and congrats on the 10 lbs. you lost.

  59. Kathy J in Ellicott City
      · November 8th, 2013 at 7:53 am · Link

    Congratulations on WW. I lost 40 lbs probably 10 years ago and kept it off for probably 7 years, it has come back, but I do know what I am doing wrong, I just can’t seem to modivate myself to work the program. Good Luck!

  60. Andrea Lammly
      · November 8th, 2013 at 8:40 am · Link

    Congrats on the weight loss. And this time of year it becomes even harder with all the goodies being baked and shared. I love to bake and I usually bake 35 dozen or more of cookies, and many loaves of fruit breads, cakes and pies to give away for Christmas. It’s a favorite thing for me do; it’s my stress reliever.
    And I’m with you on the animal shelters. We have no children so we do Christmas gifts to the shelters and our two cats as well. :)
    And I was feeling Christmas this morning so I popped the Alan Jackson Christmas cd into my car this morning for the ride to work. I have this calm about me know; just a happy feeling.
    Enjoy the day everyone.

  61. Emily
      · November 8th, 2013 at 8:49 am · Link

    Big congratulations on your weight loss. That is so great!

    I am in Christmas mode too. Just bought another Santa! :lol: I have too many Santa’s!

    Have a great week.

  62. Ida C
      · November 8th, 2013 at 9:07 am · Link

    Congratulations on your weight loss Linda. Sure wish I could get into the ‘zone’ and lose some weight. We had snow yesterday and everything is white this morning. Too early, the beginning of December if soon enough! Love reading your blog and your books. Also like Hobby Lobby, but have to go over the border to find the stores and that may not happen this year! Blessings to everyone and keep up the good work! :-P

  63. marilyn
      · November 8th, 2013 at 9:51 am · Link

    I use the eat to live diet, and it really does work! my sisters and I have been on it starting a few months ago and one sister has already lost over 30 pounds. With high blood pressure and asthma in our family we needed something that focused on healthy eating and not a lot of denial (who wants to be denied good stuff during the holidays). If you like fresh fruit and vegetables this is a great diet. I’m headed for the fabric shop this weekend to get the making of a Celtic Quilt for a christmas gift, and then to Hobby Lobby to check out wooden ornaments. We have a 1 year old in the family this year and wooden ornaments are great for the tree and small hands.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

  64. judy
      · November 8th, 2013 at 10:06 am · Link

    Congrats on you weight loss. I love your comments, they are so enlighting.

  65. Lorraine Pitts
      · November 8th, 2013 at 12:25 pm · Link

    I enjoy reading your post so much. You just put me in the Christmas spirit. Your post always lifts my spirits. Thank you for many hours of great reading making me want to be a better person.

  66. Lynne Passauer
      · November 8th, 2013 at 2:01 pm · Link

    Congratulations on your weight loss. I’ve been with Weight Watchers since January. To date I have lost 48.2 pounds. Looking forward to the morning when I weigh in. I’m hoping I hit the 50 pound mark. My tip to you is to use a smaller plate at dinner time. Good luck!

    • linda
        · November 8th, 2013 at 2:33 pm · Link

      WOW. Congratulations!

  67. Rosanne Bolton
      · November 8th, 2013 at 6:31 pm · Link

    I also love the Christmas season and love to decorate but I’m living in Florida with my sister and she’s not big on decorating. I do love Hobby Lobby, and make jewelry even tho most of my things are in storage. I also was a weight watcher and need to go back and its the best place for learning how to eat properly. I am patiently waiting for your next book to come out (Big Sky Secrets) and new books you are writing. Best of luck, have a great week
    From one of your biggest fans

    • Rosanne Bolton
        · November 8th, 2013 at 6:35 pm · Link

      P.S., Congratulations on your 10 lb weight loss. My first 2 weeks I lost 7 lbs but that was 20 years ago and WW has changed since them, Keep up the good work


  68. Shirley M
      · November 9th, 2013 at 12:08 am · Link

    Good luck with Weight Watchers. You’re doing great so far! I too love giving at Christmas and can never come up with ideas for me. Can’t wait for Thanksgiving to get here.

  69. carole
      · November 9th, 2013 at 10:01 am · Link

    Good Morning! Good job on your weight lost! I love the program for you can eat regular food, just have to watch your points-glad you have a buddy system, I have my daughter on the program with me and she and I keep encouraging each other, and I always keep free veggies in the refrig for us to munch on. One important thing is if you do go over the points just don’t beat yourself up, just start over the next day…I haven’t even started on Christmas yet, I’ve been getting out care packages for soldiers and they need to get out in the mail this week. Anyways, have a great weekend!

  70. susan Leech
      · November 9th, 2013 at 10:54 am · Link

    Love to be enter in your contest. Sue Leech

  71. Carolyn Lewis
      · November 11th, 2013 at 3:00 am · Link

    Linda, I finally got to finish a book of yours, Theresa brought it to me, I am usually sewing. I made the apron for you in thanks for the three autographed books for our Raffle. Thanks again.
    I just finished putting my husbands picture on KXLY for Veterans Day. It’s also on facebook,
    Now off to bed.
    God Bless

  72. Patricia Taylor
      · November 11th, 2013 at 4:06 pm · Link

    It is snowing here today…big flakes. For some reason I always get into a baking mood which is not good for the waist line. Hope you will pass along WW recipes for goodies.

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