Struggling with your weight by Mona Risk

If you are struggling with your weight welcome to the club. Did you know that 55% of adult Americans are overweight? It’s a growing problem. Apparently weight-loss products and services average $34 billion a year.

Part of the problem is that weight management is hard, complicated by genes, environment and emotional issues. Chances are that unless we make long-term lifestyle changes to alter our eating habits and become more physically active, the pounds lost with a strenuous diet come back on, with a few extra.

The only way I managed to lose weight was to keep a journal and record everything that went into my mouth. Keeping records made me aware of the quantities I ate.

Exercising is essential. But I have never been an athletic person, and I suck at sports. Regardless, I make it a point to move as much as I can around the house, walk every morning, do my own type of swimming in the pool.

By the way I highly recommend getting a Fitbit watch that counts your steps and makes you feel guilty if you don’t walk enough.

I will never be as slim as my heroines, but I am trying to be healthy and make up for the hours I spend sitting at my computer, writing and editing!

Unfortunately, writing and publishing don’t fall under exercising. Yet it requires so much effort!

I have two new books published almost back to back:


Prince Philip’s Cinderella: Modern Princes Series, book 4
A charming jogger saves her from danger. But he’s a prince… and she comes from nothing. Should she run or risk her heart?

Not Ready Yet: The SEnator’s Family, book 4
High school sweethearts separated by life…They meet years later, successful but different, each with a heavy baggage.

A Concerned Author by Mona Risk

Do you think I will talk about politics? WRONG

About economy? WRONG

Writing, formatting, publishing, marketing? Wrong, wrong, wrong.

What concerns me is that I spend eight hours a day, sitting in my chair,
albeit a comfortable one, typing on my computer those delightful stories my
readers love.

Dear Readers, I love you so much. For you, I sacrifice my time and my
health. Seriously, as comfortable as my chair is, at the end of the day my back is killing me, although I always extend my feet on a stool under my desk.

Other than the backache, writing has generated a few nasty problems. I don’t know how and why, I woke up one day with big pouches of fat on my belly and hips. I swear I didn’t have them fifteen years ago before I started to write.

Problem number three is my most valuable asset: my eyes. I will spare you a detailed description of the eye problems I developed while sitting at my desk. Years ago people used to stare with a smile of appreciation, “Oh how nice, you have differently colored eyes, a green and a hazel.” Now all I hear is, “Do you wear glasses constantly? Do you see black spots or floaters? Did you have the cataract removed.”–No I didn’t!

Do I need to mention the thirty pounds I added since I started writing? I
have no idea how they perfidiously wormed their way onto my once slim silhouette.

But at least I produced over thirty books and contributed to
dozens of anthologies with new books.

UNFORGETTABLE CHARMERS

NOT READY YET is a a brand new book, not published individually, a delightful romance that will warm your heart and help you believe in the power of love.

High school sweethearts separated by life… They meet years later, successful but different, each with a heavy baggage. 

SWEET and SASSY BABY LOVE

Sweet and Sassy Baby Love – Babies and toddlers bring great joy, love, humor, and even conflict into our lives. But first, we need a passionate encounter, a romance that transcends time.

Christmas Babies is my contribution to Sweet and Sassy Baby Love: ER and Grey’s Anatomy in the NICU.

Dedicated to her patients, the serious Dr. Madelyn Ramsay never had time for fun. An unexpected health problem makes her realize that there’s more to life than just work. She longs to surrender to the magic of love. But can she handle the charming and secretive Dr. Nick Preston who carries his own package of disillusions? Can she allow two newborn twins to worm their way into her heart?

Changing Direction by Mona Risk

How do we act when life deals us a difficult blow? When obstacles stop us at every turn?

Often times we remained frozen in a place where moving becomes difficult or seems impossible. We focus on how we cannot do something versus how we can do something different.

Rather than being stuck in place, change direction and do something different.

As authors writing novels we call it a ‘turning point’.

In tennis championship they call it ‘momentum shift’.

I real life, we often make career shifts or life changes.

No one can predict if changes will be good or bad, but rather than being stuck in a hole that can get deeper why not try something else that can get us moving?

In my Women’s Fiction book ON MY OWN that is part of the anthology: INVINCIBLE, Strong and Fearless, the heroine Monica Roland changes directions three times in her life. These are changes requiring a lot of effort, and even support from people willing to give her a chance to move on and improve.

On Pre-Order: UNFORGETTABLE CHARMER

Lists and More Lists

I can’t function without lists. Beside my daily to-do list, an absolute must, I prepare lists before grocery shopping, before packing for a trip, before organizing a get-together. List of guests, list of food, list of drinks…

While starting a touristic vacation, I’ll make sure I have a list of the places we have to visit. I can go on and on with my lists. Are you a list maker?

If you check the Internet, you’ll notice a list of the Most Expensive Houses and the Celebrities’ Houses, presented with pictures and captions; the Weirdest Hairdos, a hilarious list; the Worst People in History; the Best-Dressed First Ladies; the Best-Rated Universities and most expensive;…

You may enjoy reading this list of Weddings in the White House:

Eighteen White House weddings have been documented:

March 29, 1812

Lucy Payne Washington (the sister of Dolley Madison) married Thomas Todd on the State Floor, probably in the Blue Room.

March 9, 1820

Maria Hester Monroe (daughter of President and Mrs. James Monroe) married Samuel Lawrence Gouverneur (Mrs. Monroe’s nephew) on the State Floor, probably in the Blue Room.

February 25, 1828

John Adams (son of President and Mrs. John Quincy Adams) married Mary Catherine Hellen (Mrs. Adams’ niece) in the Blue Room.

April 10, 1832

Mary A. Eastin (Rachel Jackson’s niece) married Lucius J. Polk in the East Room.

November 29, 1832

Mary Anne Lewis (daughter of a close friend of President Andrew Jackson) married Alphonse Pageot in the East Room.

January 31, 1842

Elizabeth Tyler (daughter of President and Mrs. John Tyler) married William Waller in the East Room.

May 21, 1874

Nellie Grant (daughter of President and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant) married Algernon Sartoris in the East Room.

June, 1878

Emily Platt (niece of Lucy Hayes) married Russell Hastings in the Blue Room.

June 2, 1886

President Grover Cleveland married Frances Folsom in the Blue Room.

February 17, 1906

Alice Lee Roosevelt (daughter of President and Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt) married Nicholas Longworth in the East Room.

November 25, 1913

Jessie Woodrow Wilson (daughter of President and Mrs. Woodrow Wilson) married Francis Bowes Sayre in the East Room.

May 7, 1914

Eleanor Randolph Wilson (daughter of President and Mrs. Woodrow Wilson) married William Gibbs McAdoo in the Blue Room.

August 7, 1918

Alice Wilson (niece of President Woodrow Wilson) married Isaac Stuart McElroy, Jr., in the Blue Room.

July 30, 1942

Harry Hopkins (assistant to President Franklin D. Roosevelt) married Louise Gill Macy in the Second Floor Oval Room (then the president’s study).

December 9, 1967

Lynda Bird Johnson (daughter of President and Mrs. Johnson) married Charles Spittal Robb in the East Room.

June 12, 1971

Tricia Nixon (daughter of President and Mrs. Richard Nixon) married Edward Finch Cox in the Rose Garden.

May 28, 1994

Anthony Rodham (brother of Hillary Rodham Clinton) married Nicole Boxer in the Rose Garden.

October 19, 2013

Chief Official White House photographer Pete Souza was married to Patti Lease in the Rose Garden.

Are you a list maker?  What type of lists do you make?

INVINCIBLE Strong and Fearless