Friday, January 31, 2014

I think I should reinstate....

MAN CANDY FRIDAY!

I was perusing my Pinterest the other day (Do you follow me on Pinterest? Check it out HERE) and realized that my Brooke Moss Man Candy board was getting filled with pins. I guess it means it's time for some Man Candy again...

I decided to start things off the right way.

Robert Downey, Jr is not only a tasty treat, but a funny guy, a good guy, and a guy whose overcome his obstacles with grace. I like that in a dude. Enjoy....








Sunday, January 26, 2014

I have bones and tendons.

I know most people are born with those things. But I'd wrongfully assumed that I wasn't. After all, until recently, very few of my bones and tendons were visible. They were all hidden under a soft padding of fat.

Now.....normally, I don't care whether or not I have a padding of fat. In fact, I prefer having *some* fat. However, when that fat leads to being prediabetic and having apnea and not being able to move and play with my children......then I have a problem.

(Which is why I got Gastric Sleeve Surgery.)

But now? Now I am getting healthy. I am starting to see bumps and edges on my body that I've not seen since I was 15 or 16. Literally. This is very exciting for me.

I've decided to post before and after pics...

BEFORE:

My starting weight was 240 pounds. 

Yeah. I was big. That's why I rarely post pics of myself from the shoulders down.

YES. That's an Iceman Tee shirt. YES. That's a really bad angle.

So....sideways angles aren't really my bag, baby.

AND after:

In order to have Gastric Sleeve surgery, I had to lose preliminary weight. Between the pre-diet, and the liquid diet, I went down to 205 by surgery day.

Now it's been two weeks since surgery day, and I weigh 191.8, which is especially exciting since I haven't seen a 1 before my weight since before Obama went in office. Maybe longer. And even then, it was temporary. P.S. Isn't my daughter lovely? She's 12 now, which is a big age in my religion. She's growing up like crazy!

I'm looking forward to going back on solid foods after this week. I'm so sick of the liquid diet, I could barf. But if I barf, I will hurt my new stomach. Me no likey. My doc says I'll lose more weight once I'm getting adequate calories every day, because right now my body is in "survival mode". Translation: FEED ME OR I'LL SHUT THE H*LL DOWN MODE. P.S. That's my son. He's a teenager, and trying to kill me. But I love him anyway.

I'm so proud of the decision I've made to put my health and my family first. I have so many things I want to do with my children and husband. I might even enjoy having my picture taken with readers again! Woot, woot!

Okay, enough about me. Are all of you aware that The Art of Being Indifferent comes out soon? And I'm about 3 seconds away from sending Then & Now (Candace's story, book 3 of the This & That Series) to my editor. Squeeeee! Can't wait to share them both with you! And guess what's coming after that? Book 2 in the Fairfield series.....Layla's story! Hooray!



Thursday, January 23, 2014

IT'S FINISHED!

Book 3 of the This & That Series-- Then & Now --was COMPLETED yesterday!



Oh, I'm so excited to share it with you all! Candace's story was a labor of love that hit so many road bumps along its way. I had to stop writing a few times because of personal issues (losing our daughter, health issues, surgery, loss of my elusive muse) so finishing this story took a lot longer than it should have.

But yesterday afternoon I wrote those blessed words: The end. And now Then & Now will be off to visit my gorgeous, witty, talented editor, Meggan Connors. I can't wait for all of you to read this story. I hope you feel like Candace got the happily ever after she deserves.

Squeeeee!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

I did it.

I went under the knife a week ago tomorrow morning, and it's been an interesting road to recovery since. I'm still in a lot of pain, and trying to get accustomed to my new stomach.



(In a last minute change of plan, I went with the surgery my doctor felt was more custom fitted to my needs--a gastric sleeve--and so far I'm pretty glad I changed my mind.)

The good news is, I'm ALMOST done writing Candace's story! Woo hoo!! Not being able to eat has given me lots of writing time these days. The next week will be no different. I'm having to learn how to meet my emotional needs without eating. Which...if this week is an indication...means that I will be getting plenty of writing done.

Good thing, too. Because The Art of Being Indifferent is almost ready to debut, and Candace's story will be close behind. After that?

Well, here's a hint....

It's time to go back to where my career started.... 



Friday, January 10, 2014

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

T minus 5 days...



Squeeee. So close. My EKG, blood test, and abdominal ultrasound are all done. All that's left is surgery!


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

T minus 6 days...

Until I get my new lease on life.



I'm completely ecstatic/nervous/happy/freaked out....


Sunday, January 5, 2014

One week until I change my life...

I would be lying if I didn't admit I'm sort of freaked out to be going under the knife...



But I'm also really psyched to be starting a new chapter in my life. After 2013, and how horribly, awfully terrible it ended, I am excited to have a new lease on life. I am ready to enjoy my children and handsome nerd to the fullest, and to be more active than I have been since...since...aw, crap...maybe junior high?

Here is a list of things I intend to do in 2014, that I haven't been able to do for years--if ever--and once I lose the weight, I will be able to:

I want to take an aerial silks class. 
I want to take a belly dance class.
I want to take a ballroom dance class with my handsome nerd.
When we go to GNP this year, I want to do the 10 mile hike to Iceberg Lake without feeling like I'm going to die.
I want to swim with my kids. I haven't swum with my kids in...well, ever.
Ziplining!! I've always wanted to do that.
I want to go to Hawaii. I've always told my husband NO, because Hawaii = swimwear. 


Wish me luck, my lovely, darling, witty, awesome readers...I'll need it! And grab a copy of BABY & BUMP or APPLES & ORANGES to read while I'm down and out.

xxoo
--Brooke

Friday, January 3, 2014

Want to read about a sexy ginger?

Grab this anthology, featuring a novella from my amazingly talented editor, Meggan Connors...



HIGHLAND SONS!

So good. So sexy.

Gingers rule. Especially this one.