App vs. App: How Many Steps per Day

So, after all the travel and umpteen course meals over the summer, you’ll not be surprised to learn that I gained a few pounds (mostly worth it, for the record).  With a trip to the Seychelles booked for September, I thought it was high time to get my butt in gear and start a diet and exercise regime (after all, it’s worked in the past).  Knowing cardio was probably going to be my best way forward, I downloaded the Couch to 5K app and off I went.  In addition to logging my calories (sticking close to a limit of 1200 calories per day) and 30 minutes of cardio, I managed to finally link my fitbit and the MyFitnessPal app yesterday.  It’s interesting to see the difference between how many steps my iPhone thinks I took vs. the actual number according to my FitBit.

With a loss of nearly two pounds this week, I’m hoping to keep the momentum going.


11787493_10155820830150627_522539376_nWhat works best for you?

Work all day, market all night.

Ever since Life After Joe came out, I’ve tried to put at least an hour day into some effort towards marketing.  The timing of this is usually after work when I always have tons of energy #sarcasm.  As I’m easily distracted, this time almost always devolves into putting time towards many of my other seven projects and I keep wishing there were more hours in a day!

Preach, Titus Andromedon.



Day 2, Blogging Challenge: 20 Facts About Me

20 Facts About Me.  (Well challenge, we’re going from 0 to 100, aren’t we?)

1. I like to sing. A lot. In the car, on the street, in the stairwell…for no random reason. I sometimes wonder what it would be like to be in a band. I’m sad I haven’t been to karaoke in a long time.

2. I almost always have girl friends as part of a trio. Leigh, Crystal. Bridget, Rachael. My train girls. Mae and Adelaide. Cora and Cami.  I’m looking for my next set right now…

3. I will probably not have kids. I don’t have anything against the MANY MANY couples I know that have had, or will have children, but it’s just not for me.

4. I want to climb the Tetons. I want to summit the Grand. After looking at for 2 summers in a row, it’s high on my list. There is a climbing school that makes this possible in a week.

5. It takes me an insanely long time to fall asleep most nights. I can count on 1-2 hours if it’s a weekday, maybe less on the weekend.  This has been a part of my life for years.  Insomnia is no one’s friend.

6. When I’m retired, I want to live a Golden Girls style life with all of my various friends close by and take a ton of college classes.

7. I want any of my books to be made into a film so bad, sometimes it’s all I can think about.

8. Although it’s been awhile, I still write fanfiction and I love it. Don’t knock it until you try it. It’s how I got started writing.

9. I don’t have a gallbladder. My first (and only) surgery took place a few years ago in Dubai.

10. I sometimes wonder if I’ll ever be able to finish all the novels and projects that are floating around as ideas in my head.

11. I really think my readers are amazing. I sometimes wonder what would’ve happened if I had waited for a traditional publisher / agent and realize I would’ve missed out on meeting so many cool and talented people.

12. 2001 and 2007 were the best years of my life – in those times I have never been more productive or got more accomplished. I wish every year could be those years.

13. I think Sprite (or 7UP) should only be consumed if it is freezing cold.

14. I will never press an elevator button with my finger – I always use my knuckle.

15. A Life Less Ordinary is my all time favorite film.

16. I honestly believe my husband and his cat were related in a former life.

17. I have a birthday twin – she was born the same day, same year in Australia. We found each other when I lived there and are friends to this day.

18. I once showed Harrison Ford to the ladies room when I was temping at Warner Brothers.

19. I can ballroom dance.  While my skills are a little rusty, I need to get back on a dance floor.

20. I could live on salmon sashimi.

Want to know anything else about me?  Just ask!

Personality Insights from my writing (Room 702)…

Same test again, this time with the first page of Room 702.

You are heartfelt, rational and strict.

You are imaginative: you have a wild imagination. You are philosophical: you are open to and intrigued by new ideas and love to explore them. And you are calm under pressure: you handle unexpected events calmly and effectively.

Experiences that make you feel high efficiency are generally unappealing to you.

You are relatively unconcerned with tradition: you care more about making your own path than following what others have done. You consider taking pleasure in life to guide a large part of what you do: you are highly motivated to enjoy life to its fullest.

Very different results!  I guess the personalities of Room 702 (yes, a character) and Liz McNeil are quite varied.  I wonder what both mean about me…

Personality Insights from my writing (Life After Joe)…

Oh internets, never stop my procrastination.  The IBM Watson Personality Insights service uses linguistic analytics to extract a spectrum of cognitive and social characteristics from the text data that a person generates through blogs, tweets, forum posts, and more.

Curious, I plugged in the first page from my new book, Life After Joe.  Here were my results:

You are sentimental, somewhat compulsive and can be perceived as shortsighted.

You are laid-back: you appreciate a relaxed pace in life. You are empathetic: you feel what others feel and are compassionate towards them. And you are assertive: you tend to speak up and take charge of situations, and you are comfortable leading groups.

Your choices are driven by a desire for well-being.

You are relatively unconcerned with achieving success: you make decisions with little regard for how they show off your talents. You consider helping others to guide a large part of what you do: you think it is important to take care of the people around you.

Hmm… There was also a visualization of personality insights.

What were your results?