Now you’re back from outer space

My exile is over! It was less than three weeks but that must be about eleven Internet Years. A brief summary of goings-on:

  • Green Belt – Training has begun for our next kickboxing grades. I'm again wrestling with my inferiority complex as my friend V nailed the 75 elements of the set movement in one bloody class while I'm still struggling with the first sequence. But Grading Day is not til February. My brilliance tends to lie dormant for a few months until you flush out of hiding with a big stick and a bucket of panic.
  • Operation Tightarse – After a year of idle whinging about my tight hamstrings and glutes I decided to do something about it and dusted off all my stretchy DVDs. I'm hoping the regular yoga, pilates, etc will help my flexibility, with the main aim of kicking better. Note: this Pilates DVD is gold.
  • Soup of the Year! If you want a marshmallow-free way of consuming sweet potatoes, may I recommend this Sweet Potato Soup Topped with SautΓ©ed Halloumi and Mixed Seeds. It's a real hearty mother of a soup. Since the recipe is from a poncy supermarket it specifies own brand ingredients like frozen sweet potatoes and Five Seed Mix and chilli-infused oil, but I just used dried chilli flakes, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, and normal unfrozen potatoes. Don't be tempted to skip the halloumi and seed garnish, it really ties the room together!
  • Commercial Break – There's only 27 sleeps until the Dietgirl book comes out in the USA. Woohoo! It makes me squirm to slip into Book Tart mode, but did you know that around 180,000 books are published in the States per year? One must sing from the rooftops, HEY put doon that Steven King, have I got a tale for YOU while one still has the chance.

    So, the book is out soon and the lovely folks at HarperCollins have done an amazing job pouring my ramblings into a portable package. A package that might very well look cosy underneath your Christmas tree. Or the tree of your Mum or Nanna or Aunt Bethel or Steven the Goldfish. As they used to say on the Toyota Mitsubishi adverts, PLEASE CONSIDER.

    In January I'll be rattling around the web on a virtual book tour visiting some fabulous blogs – there'll be interviews and reviews and podcasts and free copies to be won! In the meantime we have your choice of two snazzy widgets that you can splash on blogs, Facebooks and MySpaces:

    Widget #1. Countdown clock – count down the minutes to publication day (advent calendars are sooo 1851!)

    Widget #2. Browse Inside! – Have a good ol stickybeak at the actual pages. You can even search the entire book. 13 results for "chicken", 117 results for "fat", 19 results for "arse", for example.

44 thoughts on “Now you’re back from outer space

  1. That is so fantastic! (About the book – also about being back to the land of the internet.)

    I have promptly added it to my Amazon wishlist, hoping that someone with a job will buy it for me (as I am on a strict moratorium from all things involving money so that I can pay my mortgage & buy food).

  2. Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed reading your book – as much, if not more, as I enjoy reading your blogs!!

    I read it in 2 days and have now sent it to my sister to also read πŸ™‚

  3. Oh Shauna, you’ve been away too long *sigh* It’s Mitsubishi that asks to Please Consider!


    Hope your book takes off in the States!

  4. Please consider! I had totally forgotten all about that but you brought back my childhood with that one. I feel like going and digging out some old VHS tapes and tracking one of those ads down …

  5. I can’t wait to order your book but I was oh so sad not to get the Dietgirl as superhero book cover.

  6. Already on back order at Amazon, m’dear! I think it arrives the first week of Jan, in time for New Year’s resolutions and what-not. Off to google up “halloumi”…

  7. @Dee – OH NO! It’s Mitsubishi! CRAP. I am going to have my citizenship
    revoked at this rate…

    @Amy – I hope the job situation improves soon πŸ™ I’ll let you know when
    there are free books to be won!

    @MissT – it’s a classic ad!

    @Margaret – Thank you πŸ™‚

    @babs – and thank YOU! here’s a good link for halloumi –

    @Cat – that’s really nice to hear, thanks very much!

    @Terri – I know πŸ™ There’s still some floating round though, might take
    a wee while to get delivered over your way.

  8. Oh dear – a Kata for Green belt in kickboxing? What are they trying to do? Bo-ring(and also totally useless). πŸ˜›

    Stretching for flexibility – hold each pose/stretch for over 30secs-1minute every morning. Et voila – box splits! I should really practise what I preach since my hammies are my tightest things…

  9. That soup looks mighty tasty and warming. Congrats on the Americana book release and also on your new found net connection! Welcome back πŸ˜€

  10. you’ve inspired me.. so far, i’ve turned the house upside down looking for my (australian release super hero) copy of your book *for motivation purposes* gave up and since realised i’ve loaned it to some random tight-ass and need a new copy..(to Kmart..stat !) and i’ve decided to post some vintage adventures of weightloss on my new blog AND i’ve asked my mum for new runners for christmas as one cant run in thongs. so yay ! πŸ™‚

  11. Hey,

    sounds like you’re ready chop your way into 2009.

    Is it pretty toasty in your new house?

    Here I’ve got the heaters on at night in the living room and the knee rug doing it’s thing.

    By the way, I’m still loving the full-on vege soup you posted about. I have it most days.

    Would be an interesting adventure to try find halloumi in Kyoto though. I’ll give it a try after this:)

    Hope your marketing shows results. (Is there a lot of pressure on you from the publishing house?)

    Have some whiskey for me.


  12. Wooo!!!!! Book already in my amazon wish list. I’ve got my fingers crossed that it’s under the tree ^_^ (and if it’s not I’ll be at the bookstore the day after Christmas treating myself to it!)


  13. I’m glad you announced the book release. You are one of the first weight related bloggers I found when I went searching. Can’t wait to read the book!

  14. it does seem like eleven years since you have been around – nice to have you back. Love the fancy count down clock!!!

  15. Whew…now your thumbs can get a rest…tapping away on a phone to blog gives me the crampies.

    EVERYONE’S getting Diet Girl for xmas…can’t wait ’til it comes in, gonna buy it off the shelves at B&N…will they be selling it at Barnes & Noble?

  16. Welcome back to blogland!

    We’ve missed you! And congrats on your book coming out (almost) in the U.S. It makes me wish I hadn’t ordered a copy from the UK when it first came out so I could help provide U.S.-based support.

    I am, however, trying to think of family members who might like the book for Christmas πŸ™‚

  17. Glad you’re still alive and kicking (haha! Little kickboxing pun there… *ahem*).

    Ta for the birthday wishes, much appreciated in my crazy hectic day. :o)

    Sweet potatoes and MARSHMALLOWS? Are you serious?

  18. Glad to see you back! If any Yankees are reading this, they should take it from their trustworthy neighbour to the North-buy the book! It totally rocks-and it has a kicky flip book that I’m totally addicted to!!

  19. Book Tart, hmmm? Is that like a pop tart? Maybe it’s a book bound together by two pop-tarts, printed with food coloring, and completely edible!

  20. I’m so glad you’re back! Love your widget πŸ˜‰ I’ll be in touch soon. I’m very much enjoying my bedtime reading πŸ™‚ Never heard of halloumi. Note to self: go to Britain and find some.

  21. Nice to see you again!

    I will do with your book as I do with my brother’s, move them to the front and stack them so the cover is out so all can adore them and buy them!

  22. Hey Shauna,

    i’m a 22 year old girl from germany.
    i bought your book last week because i’m trying (no, i DO it) to loose weight with weight watchers to.
    i love your book so much. it helps me soooooo much!

    Thanks for the book!!


    sorry for the bad english πŸ˜€

  23. I’m not sure if anyone else has called this yet, but I reckon you and your book will be on Oprah one day in the not too distant future. Oprah just eats that stuff up. Get it? But seriously. You. On Oprah. It will happen!

  24. DUDES… how the hell are you? sorry i am way behind with the comments.

    thanks for the book wishes! and thanks those who ordered, YOU RULE! i know lots of folk are broke right now so i will keep you posted of chances to win it for freeeeeeeeee.

    Glad you soupmakers liked the soups!

    @mistress – hope you get all your xmas wishes… running in thongs, omg the toe chaffing!

    @TK – new house is FREEZING coz it’s quite old but i love it despite being able to see my breath πŸ™‚ As for marketing pressure, no more than the usual. i put pressure on myself coz i spent so long writing the bloody thing i want to do my utmost to get people to read it.

    @Lilbet – you rawk! it’s great having foreign agents like you πŸ™‚

    @Joanne – really glad you liked it!

    @Lynn – halloumi is fab! chewy and almost rubbery but don’t be alarmed. great under the grill… or a broiler, is that what you guys call it!?

    @psychsarah – will you be my PR person!? πŸ™‚

    @Samira – thank you! Wow, you’re the first German Reader, very exciting!

    @Jo – oh man, i wish re the O. but alas i am small fish in big pond… also probably too big fish to be on american television πŸ˜› hope all is well in cowra!

  25. is it really exciting?

    yesterday i shown your book in our weight watchers meeting.
    the girls where sooo amazed about the photos πŸ˜€
    a lot of german read your book πŸ™‚

  26. Samira – yes, very exciting for me because you’re the first German I’ve heard from πŸ™‚

    Did you read the German translation or the English version? I didn’t think the German version was published until January.

  27. I’m new to your blog and already can’t wait for your book to publish on my side of the pond. Now I have something to look forward to New Year’s Eve (that’s sad, isn’t it.)

    FYI, I read your blog with a Scottish accent – well, not outloud, just in my head. I hate to tell you that means you sound like Scotty from Star Trek. Sorry, it was either that or Sean Connery.

  28. Hey there from a long time Serbian fan. Can’t wait to get a hold of your book (I live in the US now), you are a true inspiration, but then, I gather, you hear that all the time. Anyways, if you check this link out, you will learn taht your name is Nicole,a nd that you lost your weight on some mofo acai diet. I’m sure you’ve seen this kinda stuff before, but just thought you might wanna know and sue their ars off:)

  29. As a states-dweller, I just read the excerpt. Awesome. One day, when I finish grading the 140 mammalian physiology exams, the 70 quizzes, the 8 new presentations that magically turned up in my inbox, and when I complete the backlogged homework assignments of my own for this other class, I will try to get my paws on it. Then I will read it, most likely all in one day so I know the ending. Although, because I’ve been reading this blog, I sort of know how it ends (or doesn’t, as is the case)… so my usual binge reading style may be tempered.

    But the excerpt was really fantastic! πŸ™‚ I hope it does spectacularly well here.

  30. @Tiffany – That’s sweet πŸ™‚ I haven’t picked up much of an accent but I do say “wee” a lot, hehe.

    @Dunja & Rachel – thanks for pointing that out! Did you know “Nicole” left a comment here last week and THEN nicked the photos! What a bloody nerve!

    @M – Thanks for reading it! Lordy I do not envy your To-Do list!

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