All About Michelle Butler
Michelle Butler has made becoming a healthy writer a priority in her life. She is nearly 50 pounds down from her highest weight ever and is committed to getting back to a healthy weight for the first time since the age of 20 and making lifetime at Weight Watchers. Luckily, she finds healthy cooking a creative outlet, enjoys classes at the gym such as Zumba, step, body pump (weight lifting), body flow and pilates and is always willing to try new things at least once. One of these days, she’ll learn to appreciate running, but until then the elliptical will remain her favorite piece of exercise equipment.

Michelle writes regency-set historicals and dabbles in other genres and nonfiction. She has served as president, treasurer and programming coordinator of local RWA chapters, presented workshops at the chapter level and been active in Music City Romance Writers, Heart of Dixie, Austin Romance Writers of America, Washington Romance Writers and The Beau Monde. For years, she compiled the second sales column for RWA’s eNotes.

She loves to travel and has done so extensively in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe. She has seen Beau Brummell’s Mayfair townhouse, ridden in a gondola in Venice and climbed the Pyramid of the Sun in Mexico. Butler graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in history and Latin American Studies and earned an M.A. in history from the University of Texas at Austin. She currently resides in the Washington, D.C., area.
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Michelle's News & Fun Facts
  • A huge fan of classic girl books and all great stories, Michelle has
    visited former homes of Louisa May Alcott, Jane Austen, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Lucy Maud Montgomery, J.K. Rowling, Shakespeare, and many other authors.
  • She is never far from a fresh cup of tea and has a collection of tea
    pots, cups and great teas from across the world.
  • Her manuscript "Honor's Redemption" recently placed second in the Sheila 2010 contest's historical category.
  • She presented a Healthy Writer Workshop at the 2011 WRW Retreat
Blog Posts from Michelle

Happy New Year!

I had a wonderful 2013.  Ten, twenty, thirty years from now, I will remember 2013 as the year I became engaged to a wonderful man one wintry day and married him on a beautiful, fall day in Florida.  I might remember that it was the first year of a new job that I might still consider a good career move.  I may not remember it for what is bringing me down today.  On the last day of 2013, I saw the largest number on a scale I have ever seen when weighing myself.

Yes, I am not feeling very healthy or writerly on the first day of 2014.  I’m feeling pretty fat.  A negative voice wants to take over my head, and the fat feeling could take over everything if I let it.  That’s pretty stupid.  See the first three sentences of paragraph one.

But, I do need to find some motivation or energy to try once again to get healthy and fit.  Getting into the healthy weight zone seems impossible right now, but I know I feel better (and look better) when I am overweight as opposed to obese.  My fabulous husband and I look forward to a long, happy life together. and getting healthy and fit will make that likelier.

The DH (dear husband) is filled with a lot more determination, optimism and hope about starting a good Weight Watchers run than I am right now.  I don’t want to bring him down, and I do see the need to change some ways.  The new(ish) job referred to in paragraph one is still pretty stressful at times, and I need to do better stress management in 2014 than 2013.  I’m contemplating trying to workout some mornings during the work week.  This means getting up earlier, and that is not appealing.  That said, my preference for going to fun gym classes after work did not work for me last year.  I have to find a way to make sure I work out more.

The summer heat of 2013 stopped my typical walks during my lunch hour, and I need to do that more often.  The DH gave me a fitbit, to replace the one I lost when I was wedding dress shopping, for Christmas, and I need to set that up.  Having the fitbit show that I was pretty close to 10,000 steps for the day could inspire me to walk around at night until I made that goal.

The DH and I do eat out way too much.  In addition to the added expense, I know it greatly increases our calorie intake for the day.  We must be better about that this year.  I’m halfway through deciding what dishes to make in my next cooking marathon.  I’m going to have to come up with a Kessler rule about eating out for the next few months at least.  Perhaps I should limit myself to eating out only once or twice a week.

The DH and I have agreed that we must make getting back on a health and fitness kick our priority in January.  This even included the both of us making doctor’s appointments.  I shouldn’t admit this, but I haven’t seen a doctor in at least 10 years, and that was in a walk-in clinic.  I think my last physical was in 2000.  I know I’m not the only one who can say something like that, but yes, I’m due.  I know that my biggest health issue is my weight, and I just kept saying I’d go to a doctor when I conquered that.  Even at my lowest less than two years ago, I kept putting it off for a skinnier day.  Madness.

If anyone still comes to this blog, they might notice I haven’t posted since Labor Day.  I do think this blog has helped me a lot in the past, and I want to see if it can do that again.

Here’s to a healthier 2014!  2013 was a tremendously happy year, and that is even more important than healthy.  But, it is time to prioritize getting healthy again.  Happy New Year!

Happy Labor Day

Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer, always gets me thinking about new starts and new goals.  I know it’s from the 19 times that fall meant the start of a new school year.  I just get rid myself of that association even when school has been in the past for more than a decade. […]

We Shook on It

This Sunday the fabulous fiance and I were having another conversation about how we should eat better, exercise more, etc.  We’ve both had some accomplishments with the latter this summer, but it is so easy to fall off the wagon especially when you throw in some work travel. So, in the midst of the chat, […]

Morning vs. Evening Exercise

My fabulous fiance is getting back on the health and fitness wagon this week.  He just made a Whole Foods run to buy stuff for healthy lunches, and he intends to start his morning runs again this week.  He is very much a morning exerciser.  I’m not certain I’ve ever seen him work out in […]

Ugh!

I only made it to the gym once this week.  After such a successful several weeks culminating in confirming that I’m at least one size down, I slacked off this week.  At least three days could be attributed to work.  I worked late twice this week and then had to give up a precious Sunday […]

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