giveaways, Sherrinda, weight loss

Friday Mash Up

My mind is fractured today, with no clear train of thought. May has always been a busy month, and this one is no exception, it would seem. Between graduations, end of school, work projects, new faces at work, church gatherings, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, etc…, I have trouble staying focused.

So here’s some things going on with me…not that you are really all that interested, but I just want to organize my thoughts.

Renovations: We were told our offices at work will be renovated to add more office space. Some of the work will be done 10 feet away from me. And you know what? All I could think about was the dust! After 7 weeks of daily dust from our bathroom remodel, I’m not too excited about this renovation. But, of course, it will be so nice when it’s done right. (keeps repeating to herself)

Vacation: I’ve been giddy about this since I put in for it at work yesterday. I am taking 3 days vacation in 1-1/2 weeks! And I am going to a river house with a writer friend from church to WRITE! For 3 days straight! This is a first for me. Usually I feel guilty about taking any time away from my family, but I decided that it was okay. It would be good for me. And probably for my family too!

Weight Watchers: Well, I weighed in last night and to my utter surprise, I lost one pound! I’m not sure how I accomplished that, since I ate out a lot an devoured tons of food, but I am very pleased. That brings my total to  24.6. Yes, it is slow going these days, but thankfully, it is going in the right direction.

Giveaway: I am giving away a copy of Wildflower after Winter by Katie Ganshert. You can go HERE and comment to enter, as well as read my own Wildflower story. Katie is also hosting a blog hop today featuring many women who have their own Wildflower after Winter stories. Go HERE to find the links for all those participating.

And I guess that’s it for me. I’m glad it’s Friday, aren’t you?

characters, plotting, weight loss, writing

To Plot or Not to Plot

I’ve been working on plotting a new story and my heroine and hero and not speaking to me. I can’t seem to get in their heads and figure them out, and I really can’t figure out why. Why don’t I have a passion for these two imaginary people? I have a great story idea, but these two are not cooperating in the least.

This story I’ve been thinking about is one of a series that I want to write. The series is about three sisters, one book for each sister. Maybe I am starting with the wrong sister? I don’t know, but I need to do something about it. Maybe I should start plotting a different sister’s story and see what happens. Or maybe if I plot them all simultaneously I would get a better feel for the story world as a whole. I don’t know.

Has anyone ever experienced weirdness like this? Has anyone ever plotted several books at once? Or is it just me and my weirdness?

I’m hoping to spend some good quality time with My Book Buddy (an awesome MyBookTherapy product!) this weekend and see if I can come up with some stuff to work with. Wish me luck!

p.s. I lost .8 pounds at my Weight Watchers weigh in last night. Sigh…after being hungry A LOT this past week, I just knew I had lost more. Grrrr…..I may have to break down and exercise too.

personal, reading, weight loss, writing

Fabulous Friday News

My daughter and I

Spring Break has turned out to be awesome! And here’s why…

TRIP: We decided at the last minute to go to Austin, Texas to see my daughter, who couldn’t come home for the week due to a new job. We left Sunday and came back Tuesday. We walked down  Congress Ave., walked around the Capital at night, ate good food, and spent some time down by Barton Springs. It was so good to spend some time with my fun loving, beautiful daughter.

CONTEST NEWS: I got third place in the Great Expectations writing contest! I was among good company, placing along side Carol Moncado and Susan Ann Mason.

WEIGHT LOSS: I lost 1.8 pounds at my weigh in at Weight Watchers yesterday, giving me a total of 18.4 pounds since the first week of January. Yay!

MOVIES: I went with a friend yesterday after my weigh in to see This Means War, with Reese Witherspoon. It was just the kind of movie I like…fun, action, romance, and hilarity. I’ve also rented Tin Tin and The Four Musketeers that I plan on watching.

BOOKS: I finished Love on the Range, the debut novel of Jessica Nelson. It was such a sweet love story! Now I am reading Sixty Acres and a Bride by Regina Jennings and it is really good.

WRITING: While I didn’t write on my trip, I am writing every day and making slow, but steady progress on my new WIP. My word count is not huge, but the daily writing is a HUGE deal for me…something I have been needing to get into the habit of (again).

FOOD: I made two new recipes this week. Chicken Parmesan (4 pts+) and Chocolate Chip Scones (5 pts+). Both were delicious and easy, easy to make.

So there is my Spring Break, a week well spent. How was your week?

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Friday Fun Day

It’s Friday and it WILL be fun, because the world is getting back up on its axis and becoming a little more normal. I got my computer back and am thrilled by that! My husband was sweet to let me use his, but I still felt lost without my own laptop in my lap.

The bathroom is still not done, but I’m ignoring that fact.

I weighed in last night at Weight Watchers and finally….FINALLY…am losing once again. I lost 2 pounds, bringing my total to 17.6 in weight loss. After two weeks of being at 0 in loss–and not even gain–I was ready for some progress on the scale.

And today is a special day, because…

  1. It is JEANS day! And Jeans Day always means a more relaxed day. A happier day. A fun day.
  2. It is the last day of work before Spring Break!!!!! (And since I work for a school district, I get Spring Break off!)
  3. My big projects at work are completed and I can catch up on slower paced work.
So what is so special about your Friday?

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Cranky Pants, Jeans and Other Stuff

Not me, but might as well be.

Yes, I have a pair of cranky pants that like to come of the closet from time to time. If you know me, you know every once in awhile me and the cranky pants go head to head. I don’t want to wear them, but sometimes I give in and slide them, making life a turbulent whirlpool for the people around me.

Well, at least at home. I snap a little louder at home than I do work or church. At those places, I tend to be a little more subdued. I don’t laugh as much. I complain a little more. Just plain cranky.

What’s weird is that I couldn’t put my finger on why I am so cranky until a sweet friend pointed it out to me. Uh, duh…I am having a bathroom gutted, sleeping on a mattress in the living room, and keeping my undergarments in a brown paper sack.

Hello…

I suppose that is the root of it all. I’m out of my routine. I’m not organized. There are strangers in my home every day. It’s weird that I didn’t think of that myself.

Oh…I did have some icing on my cranky pants cake, so to speak, when I went to Weight Watchers last night to weigh in. Last week I had gained nothing, but I had lost nothing…and I ate terrible! This week I have been diligent and ate well, staying under my points, and just knew I would have a good week at the scales.

Nope. Nada. I lost NOTHING! My cranky pants got tighter just thinking about the fruitlessness of being good.

So, there you have it.

But today is a new day. And I get to wear JEANS to work! That already puts a smile on my face.

So what are you looking forward to today?

personal, weight loss

I Yeild…It’s Time

It is time to take control of my life. After a visit with my doctor, I am embarking on a new journey of creating a healthier me. Yes, I’ve got to lose weight, but it is more than that. I need to get strong, get active, and get healthy–mind, body, and soul.

As I was absorbing the enormity of my task, I read Lisa Jordan’s blog where she talked about joining SparkPeople and the huge help it was to her. I immediately hopped over to SparkPeople and was blown away by the site. It is a huge community of people working their way to good health.

SparkPeople has incredible tools to aid you on the weight loss journey. The site is free and they have a nutritional tracker, an exercise tracker, plus over 200,000 recipes to peruse as you plan meals. They track your weight and count your calories according to the meals you list in the Meal Planner. It also tracks different nutritional values, such as calcium, sodium, fats, fibers, etc… There are also forums and discussion boards, as well as member pages to visit where you can read many inspiring success stories.

I’m not delusional. This site is not a going to be a miracle plan for losing weight. But it looks to be a great tool for those who need some guidance.

What have you found to be the best tool for losing weight and getting healthy?


***Stop by The Writer’s Alley tomorrow where I will interview Kaye Dacus and give away a copy of her new release, The Art of Romance. It is such a good book and you don’t want to miss the chance to get your hands on it!***

beginning, discipline, personal, weight loss

Fat Friday & New Resolve

It had been four weeks since I weighed in. Being the holiday season, and then going on my 25th anniversary trip, did not help my weight loss focus. So today I stepped on the scale boldly, knowing it would not be good, and knowing that it was enough that I had returned to the WW meeting for a fresh start. Yes, I gained about 4 pounds, but that’s okay. It could have been worse, I suppose!

So here’s to a new start.

And who doesn’t love a new start?! Everyone loves new beginnings. There is something fresh and energizing about starting anew on any given project. Maybe you are starting a new diet. Maybe you are getting an exercize regime going. Maybe you are beginning a new WIP or starting to do your revisions. All these beginnings give energy and new focus to our lives.

Sometimes when I begin to focus on one area of my life and get disciplined (doing anything with passion does take some discipline to keep going!), it seems to transform other areas of my life. Some of that excitement transforms other areas in my life like a chain reaction. Focusing on eating right spills over and makes me want to incorporate some exercise into my life. No…not like running and sweating (I hate to sweat), but taking the stairs when I can, or parking far away from the store so I can get some walking in. It’s all good, this chain reaction thing!

So what beginnings or new starts spill over into other areas for you?

P.S. I just got my copy of The Husband Tree by Mary Conneally in the mail today and I am sooooo excited! I can’t wait to read this book!!!! I just wish I could sneak it into work tomorrow. 🙂