Here’s What I’m Currently Up To:


Well, admittedly, I didn’t get much writing done this week. It’s been rather hectic to say the very least. The blog, however, is now set and running! I have three authors already set up to feature on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and I’m waiting on tons more to get back at me with the interviews and what days are good for them! On that note: I should say that I’ve noticed, unlike most other competitive industries, the “Authoring Gang” is made up of the sweetest, nicest, most helpful people! God Bless the writers! As of right now, I also happen to have 10 followers on my blog, and this is only the first week up and running. Stay tuned, because I’ll be doing video interviews for two amazing bands here shortly in addition to my author features and regular posts!


I’m up to 507 likes on Facebook! I feel this is huge. I’m already halfway to a thousand fans and followers on that page. I finished my last promotion, which was to giveaway 3 free, signed copies of ‘The Southern Dictionary.’ The lucky winners were: Andrea Hicks, Tammy Wise-Young, and Dawn Sneathens. Congratulations to those winners! I hope y’all enjoy the book! I have already begun my newest promotion, which is for a chance to win on of my cookbooks- I will giving one of each away, also signed. I’m trying something new and going with rafflecopter this time. So make sure that you enter for your chance to win! You can find it on my promotions page, right here on this blog- just a few clicks away! haha!

Weight Loss

Let’s see…what else? Well, for those of you who know me on a personal level or have me as a friend on Facebook, you know that I have been trying to lose weight. Today marks the end of week eight- basically, two full months- since I have set myself upon this weight loss journey, and I have to say that I’m rather pleased with my results so far. I was a bit ill last week, and so my results were awful at my last weigh in! I was rather discouraged, but I didn’t give up and well, here we are a week later!

For those of you who haven’t been following along, I started this out eight weeks ago at 155 pounds. This may not sound like much, but I’ll be honest- I was pretty chunky. See, I’m only 5’2 (when I stretch…haha), and that put my BMI at 28.3, which is not good. As a matter of fact, that just so happens to be in the overweight heading towards obesity range. Granted, I’ve been told I carry my weight well, but that doesn’t matter when I huff and puff trying to play tag with my daughter or get winded taking a one mile walk. Truth is, I felt disgusting. I didn’t gain all of that weight, by the way, just sitting on my bum. A little over three years ago I was only 110 pounds, thin, and fit. Then I had my daughter, and like a lot of women, I just never lost the weight. I kept saying “oh, it’s just baby fat- it’ll go away on it’s own,” but living a poor man’s diet and having no room in a one bedroom apartment to exercise just kept the weight right where it was.

Anyways, I spent the first seven weeks walking, jogging, lifting dumbbells at 5 lbs a pop, and dong basic core exercises. This past week I have improved upon my routine. I got myself a bike- I have always loved, loved, LOVED bike riding- and for one week now I have been riding almost every day. I’m doing at least 4.5 miles a stretch, and I have topped out at 7.8 miles in one ride. I’m still working out with dumbbells, but now I am mostly using the 8 lb ones that my dear husband got me. I’m also still working out my core.  Dieting? Well, I wouldn’t say I’m dieting. The southern diet just simply doesn’t allow for it. I have, however, been keeping healthy, delicious snacks like Alouette Portion Sized Cream Cheese, rice cakes, popped corn cakes, fresh fruits, and veggies in the house, and have been trying a few little things to help me along. Things like: only eating out twice a month; substituting one meal of pork or steak for chicken or fish each week; baking my chicken instead of always frying; and things like that. I also count calories, but I don’t beat myself up if I go over my daily limit- just so long as I burned more than I ate.

How has this been working out for me? Pretty well, I think. On week seven, I was down to 138 lbs, which puts my BMI at 25.2. That is only 0.2 points away from a healthy,  normal BMI. In week eight, I am down to 137 lbs.  A few days ago I was down to 135, but I think I’m building on muscle. Ah, well, 137 is pretty good, and that makes it a total 18 lbs lost. I have also lost (in these eight weeks) a total of: 3.5 inches off the largest part of my stomach; 5 inches off my waist; 1.5 inches off my hips; and 1 inch off my thighs. My calves and arms are building muscle, also. :)I hope I don’t bore y’all with all of this weight loss stuff, but hopefully it’ll help someone else who is thinking about losing weight or actually trying to lose weight see that they can, indeed, do it!


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. adtrosper
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 16:30:07

    Congratulations on the weight loss and everything else! It can be hard to lose that baby weight. With my first two, I lost the weight with little effort. But after my third, the weight hung around. I am 5′ 2″ as well and I weighed 175. I’ve been working on it too and I am down to 150. Doing it the same way you are. Not really dieting but trying to make healthier meal choices and exercising.

    You are doing great, keep it up!


    • dixierants
      Aug 31, 2012 @ 17:17:13

      Thank you! Congrats on your own weight loss as well! That’s really fantastic! I’ve done a lot of experimenting with exercising and other tips on losing weight without having to diet. I’ve actually scheduled a blog about it on Sunday, so if you want to see if any of the tips work for you to, just head on over on Sunday. haha. If I missed anything, definitely tell me! I’m always open to new weight loss ideas that mean I don’t have to stop eating my delicious, fattening southern food 😉
      Good luck on continuing the weight loss! With three children to take care of, I think the fact that you have time to work out at all makes you my hero! haha! 🙂


      • adtrosper
        Aug 31, 2012 @ 17:24:58

        I will definitely check out your blog on Sunday. 🙂

        I attribute the time to write and exercise to my husband. He is wonderful at fielding the kids and refereeing their arguments and such when I need to exercise or write. 🙂


        • dixierants
          Aug 31, 2012 @ 18:26:32

          that’s great! My husband does the same thing for me! It makes a HUGE difference! I think if he wasn’t so supportive of me, I’d have literally no free time whatsoever. Thankfully, I only have one little one right now (although we’re hoping to start trying again soon!), so it’s fairly easy for him to handle her 🙂


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