Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Around the Bend...Around the Table ;-)

I was at Barnes and Noble last night, teaching my writing workshop, when one of the employees mentioned that my March release was out already and in the store. And even better, on a table for New Releases! I hadn't received my author copies yet, so I was beyond thrilled to see the book--a nice big fat trade paperback, with the bonus re-release of THE OTHER WIFE inside.

So if you're in your local store and see AROUND THE BEND, write to me and let me know. I'll enter everyone who writes to me into a contest to win a Shirley Jump mug and a copy of one of my backlist titles. If you take a pic I can put on the blog--hey, that's three entries for extra effort :-)

BTW, yes, I am still doing Jillian Michaels' Making the Cut. I took a few days off because of a trip to Ohio to speak (it's really hard to stick to a diet on the road) and then Valentine's Day (seriously, was I going to turn down dinner out and chocolate? ;-), then being sick for two days. But I was back on it today, and thrilled that my four days of deviation didn't make me gain any weight back.

I've only got a couple days left on the program, and in that month, I went from a size 8 to almost a size 4 (as you can see in the pic; ignore the big 80s hair...damp air is not my friend, LOL). Depends on the brand, but the pants/jeans I bought this month were 6s and 4s, and so were the skirts. I actually fit into a pair of shorts I wore on my honeymoon, and I was 20 pounds lighter then--but not in shape, LOL.

I haven't decided if I'm going to do another 30 days or not. I think it all depends on my time commitments over the next month. Making the Cut takes about an hour and a half every morning (an hour of circuit training, fifteen minutes of cardio, plus warm-up and cool-down) and there are days when that hour and a half is really hard to find.

Back to work--book due at the end of the month, so I'm basically writing all day! :-)



  1. Anonymous9:40 AM

    OMG, Jillian Michaels should give you royalties! You've convinced me to buy Making the Cut. (btw, I think your hair looks great, but I am a child of the eighties...)

  2. Sadly, our local Waldenbooks went out of business. But I took my camera to WalMart and Meijer. No "Around the Bend" yet. Do you think those two stores will carry it?

  3. I've seen Jillian's DVD's at Target and have been tempted, but you're the first one who has convinced me they're doable. Having a whole library of exercise tapes and DVD's, I can pop one in or listen to walking exercise tapes and walk the talk. It helps to measure progress and write the steps (pedometer) taken or minutes of exercise done to track what's working and figure out where and when to kick it up a notch. Keeping a food diary for 2 months gave me the opportunity to fix my munchies time and substitute a no-calorie item or other reward to head off temptation.

  4. Bummer about the Waldenbooks, Cathy. I haven't been out shopping lately (I know, what is WRONG with me? LOL) so I don't know if Wal-Mart et al. are carrying AROUND THE BEND.

    And thank you to the other commenter--you should see my high school pics. Lots of big hair :-) Thanks for the compliments, toO!


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