CAN ONE WRITE A BOOK AND DIET AT THE SAME TIME?
The answer is yes, and I’ll tell you why.
Before my Landlord galleys arrived, I was "tweaking" the glitches in the scanned versions of my Ellie Bernstein/Lt. Peter Miller "diet club" mysteries, TROW DARTS AT A CHEESECAKE and BEAT UP A COOKIE, for backlist publication. Naturally my thoughts turned to how many readers will actually buy these updated versions, and will my publisher negotiate with the fantastic cover artist, Peter Caras, who created the covers for my mass market paperback editions, and my…
Don’t turn away, guys (or click off this blog). Don’t pretend you never think about how you’d look in spandex and/or jeans that mold your butts.
So I’m happily tweaking, eh? And thinking about when these books first came out. Thinking about the pretty clothes I wore to my booksignings and conferences and my one TV appearance – someday I’ll tell you about my first -and last- TV appearance! Thinking about the straight black skirt that molded MY butt, and the skin-tight jeans with Mickey Mouse as a cowboy embroidered on the back pocket (in those days you could see my back pockets because I tucked my shirts in).
Thinking how I actually said "No, thank you" to Diane Mott Davison’s brownies, when we did that Denver booksigning together.
Thinking about the skinny T-shirt Tom and Enid Shantz gave me, as a gift, when I signed Beat Up a Cookie at the Rue Morgue.
Thinking about how that skinny T-shirt fit!
Without a bra, even.
Recently, some really nice people sent me pictures from last June’s Murder In The Grove conference.
So, okay, you can look in a mirror and fool yourself. You can look in a mirror and see what you want to see. But you can’t hide from photos. No matter which way you turn a photo (even upside-down), you can’t change your appearance.
So, for the record, I’m back on Weight Watchers. And writing a new book.
Recently, when Julia Buckley interviewed me for her blog, she asked the following question: Deni, you used to be a Weight Watchers lecturer. I’ve joined Weight Watchers three times, and each time my starting weight is higher. What would group leader Ellie Bernstein say to me?"
My answer: It took Ellie two tries to reach her goal weight. The first time she attended a party and saw her ex-husband and his new wife — a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader — at the party, and she scarfed up the party goodies like a recently-repaired Hoover. Then she binged for weeks, always planning to go back on her diet "tomorrow." When she finally rejoined Weight Winners and reached her goal, she called her experience "WW II" — "Weight Winners II." As for what Ellie would say to you, she’d say, "You’re a wonderful person, thoughtful, intelligent and talented, and you deserve to be healthy and attractive. But losing weight isn’t everything. Be proud of who you are and what you’ve achieved." She might also quote Dave Barry, who said "The leading cause of death among fashion models is falling through street grates."
Julia also asked: Can we ever eat what we want to again and still lose weight? Keep in mind that what I WANT to eat is a big chocolate cake.
My answer: Eat as much chocolate cake as you like. Just don’t swallow it.
Remember my blog entry on "Walking the Dog"? Remember how I said if you write one page a day,