Shed pounds, love your body the sassy-savvy way. What? Did I just say that?

by | May 29, 2018 | Musings | 16 comments

It’s not like I needed a new project. I am at work on a novel, after all, and it’s going very well.

Sedentary living

But over the last few years I’ve led an extremely sedentary lifestyle (I do editing from a home office, so I don’t even need to walk to the car and drive to work anymore). My weight crept up to the point where I realized I had a shelf big enough to place an egg on sticking out just below my ribcage.

And that shelf was me!

I needed to lose weight, not tomorrow, but today. I tried to exert self control but couldn’t stop overeating. I lost only four pounds, and that wasn’t anywhere near enough.

So, I began writing down my weight goal every morning, and in the evening I assessed, without getting down on myself too much, how well I’d progressed toward that goal.

Most days I hadn’t done very well. I’d slipped into mindless eating.

I was lethargic; my body was too full. I was treading water in the weight loss world.


Then, one evening, feeling defeated, I just scribbled down that I had to do something different, I didn’t know what it was, and I needed help.

The next morning I had an idea that appealed to me. A lot. It captured my imagination. It made me laugh. I believe it was a gift from the universe.

Now, almost a month later, 10 pounds lighter and feeling better than I have in years, I’m sure I’m on to something. I have more weight to lose, but I expect to be at my ideal weight in a couple of months. And since this is working for me, I think it’s bound to work for some other people, too.

Mini Meal Miracle

Thus, a new project was born: a book initially titled Mini Meal Miracle: At Last! Shed Pounds, Love Your Body the Sassy-Savvy Way. And I’m sharing the cover Stefanie Fontecha just designed for me. I’m in the first-draft stage of the book, so I don’t have contents to share just yet. I’ll keep you posted though.

What do you think? Do let me know. Please, pretty please.

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  1. Holly Whitman

    Very cool idea! Eager to see what you discovered!

  2. Karina Nishi

    Need a guinea-pig?……

  3. Mary

    This sounds deelishus! I am especially intrigued by the inspiration to do something different.

  4. Laura

    Thanks, Holly. I’ll be sharing as I go, my friend.

  5. Laura

    Yes, I do, Karina. My sister in law is going to try this out, too, so I’ll get going on writing up an overview of the plan so you can see if it works for you.

  6. Laura

    Thanks, Mary. I’m glad it appeals to you. I’m certainly enjoying the food I consume more. I’d better get a preliminary version of this little guide written as soon as possible.

  7. Mary Ruth

    Love the cover! Very appetizing.

  8. Laura

    Oh, I’m so glad, dear Mary Ruth. That’s what I thought, too. Stefanie initially created it with a wooden table-top background, which wasn’t right for this book but would probably have worked for a cookbook. I thought a shade of blue might work, so she gave me a few versions with different colored backgrounds, inluding blue, and purple was the most enticing by far. :)

  9. Dale

    Can I pre-order this book? I need an alternative to my current weight loss strategy, which is entirely based on stress and adrenaline.

  10. Laura

    Absolutely, Dale! I’ll let you know when pre-orders are set up. You can also be one of the first to try it out. I just need to write up a good overview, maybe a sort of quick-start guide to give to you and a few others who want to get going right away. :)

  11. Mary Ellen Gambutti

    Sounds wonderful, Laura! Coming at a good time if you’ll be sharing as you go, I’ll participate :)

  12. Laura

    I will be, Mary Ellen — gladly. Your response and those of other friends motivate me to get something helpful written down and into your hands.

  13. ph garrett

    Laura, please share your secret as soon as possible. As you may have noticed I have been eating like a proverbial horse since I regained my health. Everything is so tasty. Help!

  14. Laura

    I’m in the process of getting a sort of quick-start guide ready for people who want to get going with this before the book comes out. I’ll be sure you get a copy. We want you feeding that very real and beautiful horse you own, not eating like one. I think this will help you.

  15. Skye Blaine

    Deeply interesting! I can’t wait to learn more about this gift the universe gave you.

  16. Laura

    I’ll be thrilled to fill you in next time I see you, Skye!

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