Random Fitness Goal

In December of 2021, I started thinking about New Year’s resolutions. I was thinking of setting a fitness goal. I don’t personally connect with the idea of losing weight as the goal. I am more inspired to keep going if my goal to accomplish is something tangible beyond stepping on a scale.

Seth, and I were already walking daily, so I wanted to build on that. I settled on training towards a personal half triathlon. Using (not so perfect) math, I guesstimated needing an hour walking, an hour biking, and an hour swimming to accomplish this.

Pictured above is my bike set up. I asked for the stand for Christmas. My first time on the bike, was pretty humiliating. I had planned to ride it for 20 or so minutes. At minute 11, I practically fell off of it. I didn’t allow that to stop me from trying again. My new short term goal was to make it to 20 minutes period. I started using 5 minute increments.

I would bike for 5 minutes, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for a couple of weeks. The third week, I stepped it up to 10 minutes each time. From there, I varied it. I might do 10 minutes on Monday, and 15 minutes on Wednesday. On Friday, I would go back down to 10, or if I was feeling more energetic, do 15.

During this time, Seth and I were still walking daily. We would walk 1 mile in the morning before work, and another after. There were a couple of times during late winter to early spring, where we’d walk 3 miles in one day.

By spring, I could easily bike for 45 minutes straight multiple days a week, and was still walking 2 miles a day. The only thing I was missing, was a pool.

This summer, my family rented a house in the Outer Banks for a week. My entire side of the family was there, plus some extra family from Seth’s side, and my sister’s. There were almost 20 of us in this house. It was chaotic and awesome at the same time.  I knew there was a pool, and was lucky to discover there were bikes as well.

Before this trip, I had walked and biked on the same day, but never incorporated swimming. Since I had no idea how much the swimming element would impact me, I decided to try for a quarter triathlon to start. I walked for 30 minutes, biked for 30 minutes, and swam for 30 minutes.

Seth brought his electric skateboard to the beach, so he kept me company and encouraged me on my bike ride. When I finished all three, I was exhilarated, and decided to try for the hour of each, before the week was over. Using my Fitbit, I walked my 3 miles in a hour, and then I biked for an hour. Now, at home, in my garage with a fan blowing on me, 12 miles in one hour on the bike is doable. At the beach? With the hills and the heat, I ended up finishing just over 9 miles in the hour. Then I swam for my hour, but your guess is as good as mine with how many meters I managed either time in the odd shaped pool. Either way, I am proud of myself for setting a goal and for the most part, reaching it.

Another fitness/wellbeing thing I’ve been doing is something called the 5 Tibetan Rites. I’m up to doing each movement 9 times. The goal is to eventually hit 21 times. When I started, I rushed and got up to 17 times, but I was dying and hated it. Now, I’m slowly working my way up to the 21. I plan to continue this, but I’m not sure if I want to also keep trying for more triathlon type goals. I still walk daily, and could bike if I wanted to, but I have no desire to join a gym for access to a pool. One thing I know about myself, is I won’t go.  So, what should I do next?


Hi blog. Long time, no see.
A lot has happened since the last time I posted. Main thing, a global pandemic. We stayed at home, working and doing school virtually. During this time, we also sold our home, and bought another.

One thing I haven’t done, in the months/years since My Perfect Fix came out is, write another book. Well, I haven’t released another book is more accurate.
After The Fix Series, I switched genres, and wrote a middle grade fantasy book. My youngest was my beta reader. My first draft was done, and I sent it to my agent. Going the traditional publishing route seemed to make more sense versus self-publishing. My agent loved the concept.
He only wanted me to make it longer. Thing is, it was April, 2020. In the U.S., over 50,000 people had died. My main character was contemporary 12 year old girl. I didn’t know how to make my book longer without writing COVID into it. I’m not sure when, if ever, I’ll return to this book.
So, instead of writing, this is when I decided selling our house and buying a new one would be a good idea. Thankfully, it was an awesome idea, and we’re thrilled with our new house. Only, any thoughts of writing (or not writing), took a backseat to prepping, staging, showing, and then selling our old house. Then, finding and buying our new house in a crazy market.
Week after week, we made offers on houses. Offer after offer were rejected. We were so lucky to finally find and get our new house. To sweeten the deal, we would have offered the sellers our first born. Since they knew him (true story), they asked to rent back instead. Our previous house was already sold, so we ended up camping out at Seth’s mom’s house. It was an adjustment, but well worth it to get the new house.
With everything going on, my not writing didn’t seem odd. I kept telling myself once we were settled in the new house I would start my next contemporary romance or women’s fiction book.
Next month, we’ll have been here for a year. We are unpacked and pretty darn settled, and I’m still not writing. I’ve started, and stopped writing two different books. I remember once hearing writing was like a muscle. Since it was like a muscle, regular exercise (writing) was the best way to improve your craft, and avoid writer’s block.
I bought a journal, with daily prompts in March. Since then, I’ve written in it almost daily. I’m exercising my writing muscle. Problem is, these entries are a paragraph or two at most. I’m hoping this blog will be my next step in exercising my writing muscle.

Fix Her Up & Flip My Life

Love watching home improvement shows?

You’ll want to read these DIY inspired romances!

If Finley Reeves is an expert at anything, it’s making mistakes. She proved this true by falling for and marrying the wrong man. Ten years later all she has to show for it is a divorce… and a broken heart.
Needing not only to get away, but also to start over somewhere new, she buys a fixer upper that’s one step away from being condemned. Deciding to tackle this project alone might be her biggest mistake of all.

That is, until Noah Thompson shows up at her front door like a knight in a shining tool belt. Determined she doesn’t need any help, she pushes him away until he makes her an offer she’d be crazy to refuse.

A fun & sexy Contemporary Romance (age 17+)


Releasing May 25th!

Six years is a long time. People change. Life goes on.
For Elias Hargrove it’s been a time of reflection and growing up. He’d like to think he’s not the same person that walked away from everything, leaving the people closest to him without an explanation. Nonetheless, some reactions are impossible to predict.
Clarke Mayville hasn’t had an easy life. Raised by her elderly grandparents, she fell in love and got pregnant while still in high school. As much as she yearned to get out of town and be something more, life continued to interfere, leaving her a desperate single mother, and broken inside. Finally engaged to a man who could give her everything she needs, a ghost from her past comes walking through the door.

Flip my Life is a Standalone Romance.

Releasing June 1st!

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Lisa N Paul

Author Interview & Spotlight

What inspired you to start writing?

I have always written. But my first book was inspired by a friend.

What is one thing you wish you knew before you published your first book?

Billy Joel wrote a song called, The Entertainer. In that song he explains how it didn’t matter how successful he was at the moment because if he didn’t keep up his momentum, he would be forgotten within seconds. I wish I would have known how difficult it was to keep the momentum going in this industry.

What is your current favorite book? (since I know we all have more than one 🙂 )

Gah!!! That”s such a hard question!! Off the top of my head, I would have to say, Motorcycle Man by the fabulous Kristen Ashley.

Do you have any book signings coming up? (if so, when & where?)

I have one signing in the near future – It’s in Pittsburgh, PA in May 2017

What is one of your secret (or not so secret) obsessions?

French Fries (mmmm)

Book Spotlight!

Thursday Nights (The Charistown Series)

Thursday Nights is the first book in The Charistown Series.

– Synopsis – 

Pain can leave even the strongest of people weak and hollow. But when fate brings two weak souls together, will the love they find mend the fragments that are barely holding them together, or will the weight of their past finally cause them to crumble?
Max DeLucca has spent seven years trying to forget the betrayal of his past. He lives his life from day to day never looking forward and never looking back. The walls around his heart keep anyone from getting too close and prevent him from feeling too much…until he meets her.
Her entire life, Janie Silver searched for the kind of love that wouldn’t leave her broken and more importantly, wouldn’t leave her behind. She longs for a love that can heal the wounds of her past and give her the future she knows she deserves. She thought she was looking for something that just didn’t exist…until she meets him.
Danny’s on Main is where their story begins. A neighborhood bar where strangers become friends, friends become family and some … become lovers
… it all started on Thursday Nights

Family Traditions

When I was a little girl, I would sneak into my parent’s room and play with my mother’s jewelry. With a ring on each of my fingers, and necklaces draped around my neck, I’d stand in front of her mirror in a pair of her heels.

I’d pretend I was all grown up, married to a handsome prince and with a family of my own. In many ways, my childhood daydreams came true. While my husband may not be royalty, he still treats me like a queen and we have three (sometimes) adorable children.

All those years ago, standing in front of my mother’s mirror, I never would have guessed that one of the rings I played dress up with would play a part in my wedding.

My great grandmother was the first owner of our family ring. Her name was Marie-Antoinette (no relation to the one who lost her head), and she was given it in 1908. This ring was a gift from my great grandfather to celebrate the birth of their third child, an old fashioned push present. That child was my grandfather.

The ring, a large sapphire, surrounded by diamonds was passed to my grandmother, Marie-Louise, after my great grandmother’s death in 1964. My grandmother held it for my mother until 1977, and one day my older sister will inherit it.

Our wedding tradition was born in 2000 when my older sister Kimberley was married. The tradition of the family ring piggybacks off of another wedding tradition. Ever heard of something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue?  Well, three out of four ain’t bad.

Since then, my Belgian cousins Benedicte, Charline, and I have each worn the ring in our own weddings. It’s my mother’s wish that our children and their offspring will all have the opportunity to one day have her ring be a part of their weddings.

It made me think, what’s stopping anyone from starting a cool family tradition of their own? Sure, this ring has been in my family for over a hundred years, but our wedding tradition with it is only sixteen years old.

So, if you’re interested in vintage jewelry I found a cool place to check out. Start your family tradition today!