Monday, September 15, 2014

Day 3 & 4 & 5 - I Quit Sugar

I'm so glad that the 1st week of the 8 week I Quit Sugar program is about cutting back and learning to read labels!

I've done great on not eat candy, cakes, and pre-package foods! I'm still figuring out breakfast but I found out in a pinch I can get a Sausage McMuffin from McDonalds as it only has 2 grams in it.
Today I spent my lunch hour at the grocery store reading labels.
I picked up a salad dressing I can use - SCORE!
Picking out yogurt is tricky. The full fat is supposed have to less sugar but I didn't find that to be true. Now the first 4.7 grams of sugar don't count. Um...I can't remember why....any who ....
I found one with 7 grams - a carmel moccochino greek yogurt.
Tomorrow I'll read more and make up a list of ingredients I need to make some of the breakfast items.

Small victory:  The husband has been hiding the candy but I was taking out the last bottle of soda (the soda isn't for me) out of the grocery bag and there were 4 loose Kisses in there!!!!!!!!!!!
But I didn't eat them!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Day 1 & 2- I Quit Sugar

My blog is usually about my writing and random items that interest me but for the next 8 weeks I'll be blogging about my 'I Quit Sugar' journey.

I Quit Sugar by Sarah Wilson is an 8 week detox program and cookbook.

Why am I doing this?

My psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis is at all time red alert stage. Yesterday  I woke up with aches and brain fog. I know it's the sugar I consume.
I eat sugar every day never mind the hidden sugars in our food.
Eating sugar is eating poison. Sugar causes inflammation. Inflammation causes a host of problems.

It's time. I'm ready.

The first week is about cutting back, reading labels to become aware of the hidden sugars, and getting everything you need to succeed.

A surprise: Balsamic Vinegar is 16% sugar!!!

So how did I do the first two days?
No candy, no cookies, no cake! And there is a big bag of chocolate in the house too! I didn't have one piece! But I think I had overdosed on candy the days leading up to this challenge so just looking at it makes my teeth hurt. So it really hasn't been that hard.
Another victory was not having barbeque sauce on my pork chops yesterday or ketchup on my hot dog today.


I purchased the book above but if you can check out Sarah's website and Pinterest boards ... here are the links below...

http://iquitsugar.com

http://www.pinterest.com/iquitsugar/

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Read-A-Romance Month 2014 - Celebrate Romance by Celebrating You

I'm participating in the Read-A-Romance Month ! After reading my post, please comment to enter my giveaway. At the end of the month I'll choose the winners!

Here is my short essay on Celebrating Romance - the theme of this year's Read-A-Romance-Month! 


Romancing Yourself:

Celebrating romance is a great idea. 

But what do you do when you don’t have a significant over or if your significant other is out of town? I say, there is no reason not to romance yourself!

How?

The ole tried and true bubble bath by candlelight comes first to mind.

Buy yourself some flowers. They will make you smile every time you walk by them.

Get a full body massage. In funds are low maybe you can swing a foot massage. 

Can’t afford to travel to Paris? Yeah, me neither. Stake out a new chic cafĂ©. Buy a fancy cup of coffee and a decadent pastry. Spend an hour people watching or flipping through a magazine. Rule: No electronic devices!


Forget fast food for dinner! Treat yourself to glass of wine and a plate of the fancy cheese you always wanted to try along with some crusty bread or crackers. Listen to soft music. Rule: No electronic devices!

Questions for Me! 

1 - Describe the most daring, adventurous or inspiring thing you ever did. 
I'm not the most adventurous person as I have anxiety issues but my decision to indie publish is the most gutsy move I made. The fact that I've inspired others to take the leap is humbling. 

2 - Tell us about your journey to becoming a writer. (How did you decide to get started? Did you always know or was there a specific moment when you knew?) I've been making up stories since childhood. My best friend and I used to walk through the woods telling stories about finding a portal and where it would lead us. Eventually these stories had cameo appearance of our latex crushes. 

3 - Tell us about The (or A) Book That Changed Your Life. (Why?)
Athem by Ayn Rand is the that had the most impact on me. I read it in my teens and the theme of individuality really spoke to me. I learned how important it is to think for (and be) yourself. To question authority and not be blind to a 'crowd' mentality.


Authors You Need To Read ( you know, besides me )

Allie Boniface                      CC Mackenzie


Wendy Marcus                    Nana Malone


Jennifer Probst                   


                                                     
Now for the giveaway!
Your choice from my backlist! 
1 winner - paperback  1 winner - eBook  1 - winner audiobook
Answer this question in the comments below and I'll choose a winner at random.

Tell me something nice that you did just for yourself!



Thursday, July 24, 2014

“Our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strengths.” Charles H. Spurgeon

My social/travel anxiety reared its ugly head yesterday when I was unable to make the trip to the RWA Conference in San Antonio. 

I really thought I would be able to do it. 

I was always shy. Never stopped. I had a stutter that had me in speech classes from the 4th to 6th grades. I overcame the stutter.

And I'm so different than the girl who wouldn't attend her high school or college graduation. Different from the 22 year-old who didn't want a big wedding and said her vows at the town hall in front of a water fountain (with no water because there was a drought than year). 

Sigh... perhaps not so different

I thought I've learned to manage it by knowing my limitations without living a limited life. I keep my life pretty simple, live in the country, have great friends, and a wonderful family. I do go places... places that don't involve plane trips. I'm not scared of the actual flying but the worries of getting to the airport, going through security, missing a connecting flight, the airline losing my luggage, getting to the hotel... just to repeat the process a few days later. Worry...worry...worry

Then I worried I would be a bad roommate since I don't sleep well. I worried about be allergic to something in the hotel which has happened to me before. I worried, worried, worried

The RWA National Conference is huge and overwhelming. The crazy thing is that romance writers are the nicest people on the planet. The ladies I was supposed to present with were so kind and understanding that it sent me on a crying jag. Seriously, what is wrong me!

Because why in the hell would I chose to board a cruise ship headed out of New Jersey into Hurricane Sandy as it cruised to Bermuda and NOT get on a plane bound for a place with awesome people and perhaps great opportunities? What is wrong with this picture? 

So next time I go to the doctor I'll talk to her about it. Meanwhile, a wonderful friend messaged me a website about anxiety so I'll give that a look over. 

And when I get it over it hopefully this won't happen... 

"I remember being onstage once when I didn't have fear: I got so scared I didn't have fear that it brought on an anxiety attack." Carly Simon

but I will worry that it will....


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Transmedia Romance!

I'm super excited about being a part of this!

If you are registered for the RWA National Conference in San Antonio please think about attending this session!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Dear Sir or Madam, will you read my book?

Sorry I've been missing, but I've been working hard on The Quarterback Sneak. And truthfully I've had nothing witty or insightful to say. I was procrastinating a bit today and made this cute sign. I love the song Paperback Writer by The Beatles so I put a little twist on it. The things I do to amuse myself.... 

Saturday, March 8, 2014

And he's not even half-naked...



What a sexy pic and he's not even half-naked! There is a great Facebook page called ShowYour Soft Side that is dedicated to stopping animal abuse in Baltimore. It's a shame that a program is needed. 
Nate McCouth of the Baltimore Orioles helped out as did other men for all walks of life.
I chose this one to share on my blog because Nate looks a lot like my character Liam McQueen of The Quarterback Sneak.



   







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or check out the website here:
    http://showyoursoftside.org/