Long time, but not forgotten

Hey! I haven’t written here in a REALLY, REALLY long time. I’ve been busy at the blog on my own website – Annie Anderson Blog. Might I suggest you travel on over there and have a look?

Be blessed,

{ write * design * blog }

Posted in News

American Idol: Amanda Nails It!

I don’t know if you watch American Idol, but I love it. One of the few shows I’ll watch regularly. Music is one of my favorite pastimes and this week on American Idol, Amanda Overmeyer nails it!

She has a very cool edgy blues style voice that is totally Joan Jett or Pat Benatar-ish (2 of my favorite ’80’s rockers, btw) and tonight she rocked the house with Joan Jett’s “I Hate Myself for Loving You.” Sweet! The song really showed off her style and her voice. It was a great song pick for her.

My other two favorites in this years contest (for the girls) are Ramiele Malubay and Syesha Mercado. I keep missing the guys on Tuesday nights, last night because I was sick in bed, so I really can’t say much about them. From what I have heard, though, I think it’s David Archuleta and Jason Castro.

And I’m sure someone out there disagrees me – I’ve seen tonight’s comments on the AI message boards 😉 but that’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it!

So – it’s been way too long since I posted here. Sorry about that. Between school, family and everything else, I don’t always have time to for my “side” projects. But I’ve got a plan to keep on top of things here so expect to see more posts again soon. Of course, you can always check out my other sites like Annie Anderson | Blog, where I spend much of my time lately or the new Weight Loss Papers blog.

See you soon!

Posted in American Idol, Fun!, Music

Reading List: February 2, 2008

On the Reading List Bookshelf this week –

    1. Prevention’s Shortcuts to Big Weight Loss by Chris Freytag
    2. Fast Women by Jennifer Crusie
    3. The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards
    4. The False Fat Diet by Elson M. Haas
    5. Perspective Made Easy by Ernest R. Norling
    6. Don’t Look Down by Jennifer Crusie

I’ll be back with more soon!

~ Annie

Posted in Reading List, Updates

Free Report: Overcome Writer’s Block

Although I’ve already posted this elsewhere, I wanted to share it here as well.

If you haven’t been over to my 30 Day Challenge blog lately, you might not know I recently posted a series on Overcoming Writer’s Block. It got such good reviews, I made the posts into a downloadable report. It’s free and if you’re a writer of any kind – including writing a blog – I encourage you to check it out.

Just go here to my new Annie Anderson Blog site, fill out the form and then check your email for the download link and password you’ll need to access the report. It’s an Adobe PDF document so you’ll need Acrobat Reader to view it.


~ Annie

Posted in Blogging, Links, Main, Updates, Writing & Design

13 Things I Enjoy

Just to add some additional interest to this blog, I’ve decided to participate in a meme I’ve been reading on others blogs for a while. It’s called the “Thursday 13” and here is my entry for this week. Hope you have fun! And do leave your link in the comments if you’ve participated too!

Thirteen Things about Annie

1. Beach combing
2. Reading
3. Bike Riding
4. Taking Pictures
5. Doodling
6. Writing
7. Gardening
8. Music
9. Cooking
10. Singing

Links to other Thursday Thirteens!

(leave your link in comments, I’ll add you here!)

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

Posted in Blogging, Fun!, Life, Links, Main, Thursday 13

Reading List

New Reading List for 9/10 – 9/16:

• Your Portable Empire by Pat O’Bryan
• Adobe CS2 Bible
• Made to Stick by Chip Heath & Dan Heath
• Net Words by Nick Usborne
• Don’t Make Me Think by Steve Krug
• Blogging by Biz Stone
• The New Rules of Marketing and PR by David Meerman Scott

I’ll be back later this week with more including some exciting new updates!

~ Annie

Posted in Reading List

Quick Update 9.6.07

Gosh! I bet you guys feel like I dropped off the planet, huh? I’m so sorry!

Since August 1st, I’ve been participating in an online training called The 30 Day Challenge. So I’ve been busy blogging over there at my 30dc blog, doing the lessons and of course, working on my regular stuff – writing, real estate and design – along with taking care of the kids. Lots of stuff going on, needless to say!

Anyway, I’m using a new software (well, it’s not new, just new to me) called MarsEdit that allows me to blog from desktop to any of my blogs I wish! Very cool little app. I’m lovin’ it. So expect to hear from me so often from here on out that you’ll likely get tired of me!!! 😉

And now I’m off to bed. It’s late, tomorrow is Friday and three of my kiddos have been sick all week. Looking forward to the weekend!

Take care!
~ Annie

Posted in Blogging, Life, Main, News, Updates

Reading List

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a Reading List for the week and I’m later in the week than usual but here it is nonetheless (it’s a really short one!):

1. Harry Potter and The Deathly Hollows by JK Rowling
2. The Four Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris

And that’s it!

There are more books on the shelf but that’s all I’ll counting on for this week.

Now, where is that UPS truck . . .

Posted in Main, News, Reading List

The Weight Loss Papers, 2

It seems a lot of people are finding this blog using keywords and searches that include weight loss, vegetarian, lose weight, Isagenix and many related terms. So, thank you for arriving here! I hope you enjoy your look around. Please feel free to subscribe to the RSS feed (I recommend using Bloglines – it’s a great little service!) or to just bookmark me and visit every now and then. (Daily is good! 😉 )

So, The Weight Loss Papers is about my journey to losing that last little bit of weight the is almost as stubborn as I am. Last week, I did the first in the series (feel free to check it out below) and I’ve also written some reviews on the Isagenix products which I am using in conjunction with my plan. Now, I’m not following the Isagenix plan to a “T” – and if you’re an Isa fan, please don’t shoot me – because that didn’t work very well. I was not achieving the results I wanted to achieve.

Doing things my own way is part of that stubborn streak, I think.

Here’s what I do –
I’ve mostly become a vegetarian, although I do eat a small amount of meat (organic, grass fed if possible) with very little to no red meat at all. I tend to eat chicken or salmon with the occasional pork chop but I only eat it about 3 times a week. I have been using “meatless” meats when possible and I tend to prefer the Garden Burger brand of such items. They make a bbq riblet that is really good. There are also some “turkey” meatballs that even my family likes.

Anyway, since I’m not a breakfast foods type of person to begin with, I find it really easy to stick with the IsaShake for breakfast, as their plan calls for. But instead of having the second shake for dinner and eating a good, healthy lunch, I have he second shake for lunch and eat a good, healthy dinner.

The problem for me has been that I only eat about 180-240 calories at a time so a shake for dinner leaves me hungry no matter what I do. Since I tend to eat several small meals in a day, a strict diet of one meal and 2 shakes is closer to a starvation diet for me where you actually skip meals like breakfast (which does NOT work, by the way).

My plan is a shake for breakfast about 7am, a small snack at mid-morning of about 180-240 calories, shake for lucnh, another small snack about 3pm or so and a dinner of about 400-600 calories around 7pm.

Many diet plans will advise you not to eat after about 7pm. And that’s fine for most people but I’m a nightowl, so I find that rather difficult to maintain.

I also exercise, usually twice a day, for about 20 minutes each time. Once mid-morning and once in the evening. I use the Tony Little Gazelle. It’s relatively low impact so my lower back doesn’t get too stressed.

I don’t follow the 9-day cleanse or the 30 day Isagenix plan, either. I have created my own version, coupled with some stuff I learned from Tim Ferris’ website that’s like a mini-cleanse, if you will. I’ll explain more about that in the next update.

Since I started doing it this way, I’m rapidly losing the inches and feeling better than I did when I followed the Isagenix plan exactly. If you’re not having the results you want with it, I recommend finding a way that works for your type and lifestyle.

As always, if you have questions or comments on weight loss or Isagenix, please feel free to contact me and I’ll do my best to answer your questions. If I don’t know an answer, I’ll find someone who does.


PS – Here’s a picture I created to help motivate you towards achieving your goals, whether they’re about weight loss or anything else.


Posted in Health, Life, Main, News, Reviews, Updates, Vegetarian, Weight Loss Papers

I am a stubborn woman . . .

First, I owe you an apology.

It seems there is a reader who is frustrated with my choice of content here lately and so I’d like to take a moment to tell you all that I’m sorry if you feel that way. It’s never my intent to alienate you or provide things that aren’t worth your time.

Now, I know I can’t please everyone all of the time but being the stubborn woman I am, I’m sure as hell gonna try! 😉 So please, if there’s something you like or don’t like, please do let me know.

And as always, check back regularly because things are always changing.

Secondly, I’d like to take a moment to thank you for reading this blog. I appreciate all of you and am always delighted to hear from you whether you post a comment here or email me directly. Even if it’s to tell me you don’t like what I’m posting.

Please realize this blog is always changing. I try to update it and post relevant stuff as often as possible. Sometimes there is a long pause between my posts and other times I post almost daily. But that’s the whole beauty of such a website – constantly evolving.

Many of the things I’ve posted lately are programs I enjoy and am involved in. I post them here because I figure that if I like them, someone else might as well and as my whole purpose here is to help you by giving you tools that will allow you to create the life you truly want, well . . . I just don’t know any better way to do that.

If you haven’t checked out the programs I’ve posted, that’s ok. But I encourage you to do so as many of them are free to join and you never have to become a paid member. However, there are a few in which you will benefit most when you join as a paid member. Many will give you some great benefits as just a free member. It’s up to you to decide, of course.

In the next few days I’ll be posting Reading Lists (it’s *really* short this week!), more notes on my weight loss adventure, and of course, I’ll be posting about my results with the 30 Day Challenge. If you didn’t get my PS on yesterdays post, let me repeat it here –

The 30 Day Challenge is totally *FREE*! Ed Dale and Dan Raines will be teaching everyone, step-by-step to create their first $10 online. And all you have to do is join and follow along.

So, keep on eye on this spot. Lots of good stuff coming.


PS – Here is a blurb straight from the home page of the 30 Day Challenge –


In a nutshell… The Thirty Day Challenge is about making your first $10 online. For a full 30 days we are going to be showing you exactly how to start your own Internet business and generate your first income online without spending a dime.

That’s right, this is going to cost zip, diddly, nothing, nada, ziltch. The entire training program is free, and you won’t have to spend a thing to get your business started and begin making money. No credit card required.

Posted in 30DC, Blogging, Life, Main, News, Updates