Tuesday, February 27, 2018

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ADAM: Her Deal Maker is a sweet 'n' spicy romantic comedy. This romance is clean for language and while the love scenes are sexy and explicit, the book still resides on the sweet side of the scale.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

I Lost 10 lbs in 1 Week: Cut The #Sugar add the #HealthyFats #WeightLoss

It feels like I've been away forever, yet it's only been a little over two months. At the end of October, I decided to take a break from social media, and writing, in order to focus concentrated effort on Bible studies. That subject is a whole different post! For now, I want to tell you about my weight loss journey, which saw 10 lbs fall off me in a week without me dieting.

I don't know about you, but I HATE diets. Yes, I know hate is a strong word, which would tell you how much I dislike the restricted plans other people come up with that always consists of the foods I either dislike or am allergic to.

So, here was my deal. Over this last year, I found myself slowly putting on weight. As an author, I spend far too many hours at my desk in front of my laptop, which translates to a very sedentary life. Up to mid last year, I walked three and a bit miles per day. Then I ended up starting my work day before my walk, and the walk got forgotten most days until I realised one day I'd actually stopped my daily walks in favour of writing. 

In December it hit me that I was starting to look like a proper Romance writer--no offense! Over the year I'd managed to creep up to UK size 14/16 US 10/12!! This is bad news for a 47-year-old, I can tell you. I used to put my weight on around my hips, now all of a sudden it's on my hips AND belly! I knew I had to do something about it, but I was so hooked on sugar I couldn't make diets stick. Last year, I went on the LCHF--Low Card High Fat--eating plan and dropped 22 lbs in no time, but I felt like I was going to die! I started getting leg cramps and feeling lightheaded ALL THE TIME! Even my right eye began to twitch almost nonstop. I lasted a month before I dropped the diet. Then, of course, my sugar addiction saw me putting that weight back on plus a bit more. 

So, back to December...By the end of the month, I knew I had to do something or accept that I was going to be a fat, middle-aged woman. I don't think so! I don't look my age, I don't see why my body should. But, still, I couldn't seem to get my brain on board with my body's desire to get healthy again. Then I happened to be flicking through the health documentary films on Netflix and Amazon prime on the fire stick and happened upon That Sugar Film with Australian filmmaker Damon Gameau. This film served as a HUGE wake-up call for me. I knew sugar was bad for my body, but I never stopped to consider how detrimental it would be to my health. I watched the film on December 31st and started my new way of eating on January 1st. 

As of today Jan, 11th I've lost 12 lbs, 3 inches off my waist, and 2.5 off my hips without even trying. In case you haven't noticed, these results are for the last eleven days.

How did I do it?

First I'll tell you my Don'ts:
  • I don't have anything that contains added sugar. (You don't understand the enormity of this statement for me). I LOVED sugar and could not drink a cup of tea without heaping 2 teaspoons of sugar into it. I usually had a lot of tea per day--10 or more cups! So, you understand how serious I must be to give it all up, just like that, when no matter how hard I'd tried previously, I couldn't even seem to cut down on the number of cups of milky, sugary tea per day. Now I have herbal teas without any sweetenings, and I have no idea what the big deal was before...oh, yes, I do. I was sugar addicted!
  • I've cut out all processed foods.
  • Drink no pop or fruit juices.
  • And consume nothing that has added sugar or sweeteners. (I will go into this in a later post).
  • I've ditched all fake food.
What I do now:

  • I eat only when I'm hungry.
  • Stop when I'm satisfied and only eat real food.
  • I continue to drink my 2lts of water per day.
  • Drink herbal teas, coffee or tea without any form of sweetening.
  • I add loads of fat to my foods.
  • I eat nuts.
  • Lots of fruit (and still entered ketosis within the first two days of cutting sugar!)
  • I intermittent fast for 16hrs per day--counted from the last meal(dinner).
  • I've stopped thinking of my meals in terms of Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, and now think in terms of my 1st meal, 2nd meal etc.
  • I eat whatever I fancy as long as it's fresh, wholesome, and unprocessed. 
  • I eat carbs: like rice, but not pasta since it's manmade. I don't know about you, but I've never seen a pasta tree or a pasta field. 
  • My new rule of thumb is: if it can't be pulled, plucked, or picked, I'm not eating it. The only exception to this rule right now is grass-fed butter and double cream.
  • I've always been a fan of the superfoods, so I continue to use them. 
Why is this time any different?

This is my own eating plan. I eat only when I'm hungry, I've cut out all sugar and processed foods. I eat whatever I want (I'll do a post about this), and I'm comfortable and happy with this. I'm not following what some so-called expert tells me I ought to eat. I eat what I want! By this I mean, I eat plenty of fruit as well as veg, even though some of these "experts" will try to tell us fruit is bad. I'm so looking forward to my post on fruit and fructose. 

With every other diet I've tried, something went wrong. On the T-Factor diet, my skin started to dry out so I ditched it. Weight Watchers made me develop an unhealthy relationship with food. Because of my sugar addiction, I used to weigh in at WW, then go to the donut shop right after my meeting and buy more donuts than I would ever eat, take them home and gorge on them. Then eat virtually nothing for the rest of the week so the WW scale didn't reveal my eating disorder at the next meeting. 

If I'm truthful, I'll admit that I really liked the LCHF (Low Carb High Fat) eating plan, but it made me too ill. I do believe we need plenty of healthy fat in our diet--the T-Factor taught me that. 

Looking back, most of the diets--except WW because they still encourage one's sugar addiction by substituting sugar for sweeteners--I had real success because the other diets made me cut the sugar. Sadly, they all had something that forced me to give them up. Dry skin on the T-Factor, and feeling too lightheaded to function on the LCHF.

Since I loved the LCHF, and I love fruit and rice. I've created my eating plan to give me high fat, fruit, meat, and healthy carbs. It has shocked me to discover that eating all of this still allows me to stay in ketosis. I haven't dropped out once.

And, finally, the reason I know this time I've nailed it is because I asked Yeshua for deliverance from sugar addiction! And He delivered me! Thank you, Abba Father! I love you!

Next time I'll talk about the benefits I've seen so far. And it's not just weight loss.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Happy #ReleaseDay for DILLON: Her Rule Breaker! #Book 2 in the Pleasure Flights #RomanticComedy #Series #Readers

Monique: Hi, Ren and Dil, are you as excited as I am for today's release of your story?

Renée: I'm so excited, Monique. I didn't sleep a wink all night.

Dillon (cheeky grin & a saucy wink): Don't worry, I kept her company.

Monique: I'm sure you did, Dil... I'm sure you did. So, Happy Release Day!

Ren: Thank you!              Dillon: Thanks.

Monique: Shall we share another excerpt?

Ren: Good idea.

Dillon: Which one are you thinking?

Monique: How about the one when you're helping Ren to put out the stock in her lingerie boutique? 

Ren: Ohhhh... I like that one.

Dillon (worried frown): Exactly which part of that scene are you planning to share?

Monique: Don't worry, Dil. It's all good.

Dillon still looks cautious.

Monique (pats him on his muscle-toned shoulder): Trust me. It'll be fine.

Dillon still looks uneasy, but I'm the boss so...

Everything was moving along on schedule. The invitations were on their way, and most of the stock was on display. She could have emailed the invitations, but Ren wanted the tangibility of an embossed card. Somehow it made her business feel more real.
Speaking of real, Dillon sauntered into the shop carrying a large box, his black T-shirt molded deliciously to his chest, his tanned biceps flexed to mesmerizing proportions, and his black jeans hugging him just right. “Where do you want this?”
The answer that came to mind had nothing to do with the box Dillon lugged in for her and everything to do with where she wanted him. Refraining from voicing her suggestive reply, Ren pushed back her hair and glanced around the shop to find the best place to display the items.
“That would be the new season’s baby-doll nightwear. You can leave the box over there.” She pointed to the circular rail atop the dais in the middle of the shop.
As he walked by, Dillon dropped a kiss on her mouth. Ren immediately jumped back and checked to see if Shauna had caught the PDA. Thankfully, her shop assistant was too focused on her task in the window to notice the exchange on the shop floor.
“We spoke about this, Dil. Not in front of my staff.”
“Yeah, then you went and made it a rule.” He shrugged his wide shoulders, gave a slow, inevitable shake of his head. “You know how I feel about rules.”

(You can read the first shared excerpt HERE)

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

ETHAN'S TEMPORARY FLING is on #99cents #sale throughout August #AmReading #BookLovers

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He’s so sexy he has the title to prove it!

Super-hunky, weight-loss celebrity Ethan Stone brings out Dr. Karis Van de Burke’s inner bad-girl. To prove it, when Ethan accepts the challenge to persuade the sassy, love-rejected cosmetic surgeon to appear as a guest on his show, she ends up inviting him into her bed for one night of guilty pleasure instead. 

Used to women throwing themselves at him boobs first, Ethan knows his way around every female erogenous zone, but the sizzling chemistry he has with Karis blindsides him. Soon he’s convincing her to extend their one-night to another ... and another ... and...

Karis can’t resist! Yet, if Ethan discovers her secret, he’ll ditch her as fast as her ex-fiancé had – but really, what could go wrong in a one-week tangle-free affair?

“I’m positive, Mum. I’m the very last person Andie wants to share this with.”

“Your sister loves you, Kari-bear. I know she wants you there.”

“Did you tell her that?”

“What? That she wants you there?”

“That she loves me.”

“You know she does.”

“Mum, face it; she’s hated me from the day she was born.”

“She says the same about you.”

“I don’t hate Andie. She’s my baby sister.” Fifteen months apart, Karis felt more like a twin than she did a big sister.

“Then reconsider the offer and go on the show to support her.”

“You do realise it isn’t my support of Andie’s achievement they want from me, right?” Karis grabbed a carton of orange juice from the slot in the fridge door. At least, she could raise her blood sugar with the juice while she tried to find enough ingredients to make some kind of dinner. “They want to use our conflicts with each other to grab more viewers. With Andie’s temper, can you imagine what it would be like?” 

She flicked the lid and sniffed. The funky acid scent warned her off taking a sip. Tipping the contents down the sink, she flipped on the water to wash it down as she listened to her mum’s attempts to smooth the turbulent waters between her only children.

“Andie might surprise you, darling. She’s matured in the last five years, and you wouldn’t believe how well she’s done in the year since Ethan Stone agreed to work with her to lose all that weight.”

Karis paused in the process of dropping the empty juice carton into the recycling bin. That was it!

Ethan Stone.

The reason his name seemed familiar was that his producers had been hounding her to agree to appear on a segment on his health and weight loss show. They claimed to want the sisters to try to mend their relationship so Andie could have closure.

Karis knew better than to put herself within arm’s reach of her sister.

The doorbell rang.

Karis puffed out a delicious sigh of relief and binned the carton. At eight p.m., it could only mean one thing. 

“Thank the Lord—dinner.”

“What did you order?” Her mum’s chastising tone filtered into her ear. “Nothing unhealthy, I hope.”

“It’s usually a surprise. A few times a week my friend from the deli drops by with food. She knows I hardly have time to shop and takes pity on me.”

Karis practically bounded to the front door. She was star-ving. She yanked open the door, ready to devour whatever mouth-watering yumminess was on the other side and nearly dropped the phone.

Her mouth fell open. She blinked, unable to believe her eyes. For sure, something yummy stood before her, but not hers to devour—not that she wouldn’t have equally welcomed dinner in this form. She let her gaze roam down then back up again.

Ethan Stone—he of the title Sexiest Eye Candy To Lust After—towered outside her door. He was tall, far taller than she imagined from his magazine photo. At five-foot-eight—eleven in heels—she looked most men in the eye, but to do the same with Ethan Stone she had to tip her chin six inches.

She must have conjured some kind of freaky fantasy after snagging her own copy of the gossip magazine. Because there was no way Ethan Stone would be standing outside her door at eight-o-five at night in a dinner suit holding a single white rose as he unleashed that incredible smile. Karis glanced behind her to where she’d left the magazine, then back at him.

“Karis Van de Burke?” His deep intonation did something strange to her solar plexus. 

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