A Personal Journey


As I sit here in my den, I am surrounded by them – novels and dictionaries, romances and mysteries, cookbooks and children’s books.

For a moment I am struck by just how diverse my reading tastes are, ranging from Native American philosophy to Debbie Macomber’s Blossom Street series.

My love for mysteries is obviously an addiction.  The shelves are full of them, including a complete set of Agatha Chrisite’s mysteries – each edged in gilt and leather bound.

Georgette Heyer’s mysteries and romances fill another shelf, and Dorothy Sayers is a favorite.  Cyril Hare and Josephine Tey also fall in line.

Don’t get me wrong, I love many contemporary mystery writers as well, but my roots are firmly placed within the British Golden Age.

Out of the books on these shelves have come holiday meals, bedtime stories, and snowy afternoons wrapped in an afghan before a roaring fire.

And who has not reached for a book on a rainy day?

Books have taught me so many things through the years – way more than the knowledge one can find between their covers, although that would certainly be sufficient for me to reach for them.

They have allowed me to fill time in so many places – on the beach, in a doctor’s office, or at a bus stop.

My family certainly ate better, healthier, and more seasonally because of the cookbooks on my shelves.

I have books that were passed down, books given to me as gifts, and books no one else wanted that I now cherish.

From here I can see books I have read once, twice, three times and more.

Some of my books are like family – Jane Austen’s complete works, a collection of Mark Twain, and a shelf full of Dickens to name a few.

The Jane Austen is actually a new edition, so what did I do with the one I purchased with my food money when I first went off to college?  I passed it on to a young girl in my church, thinking I might inspire within her a new tradition.

Today my latest release, A Tired Older Woman:  Loses Weight and Keeps It Off!, has been uploaded onto Amazon.

Between its covers, I detail a very personal journey, as I fought to lose the excess weight that had accumulated on my person over a number of years.

Within its pages I outline the process that allowed me to lose over 50 pounds and keep them off for over 5 years.

My hope is that by sharing my own methods and experiences I may help others to achieve a similar weight loss success in their lives, for that’s another thing books have been known to do.  They can save lives.

Please let me know if you believe that this one has saved your life or the life of someone you love.  I would love to hear from you!

May my weight loss and maintenance methods help you to be healthier, lose weight, and feel better, too!!!

Annie Acorn

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6 Responses to A Personal Journey

  1. Andre Arnett says:

    Weight loss can be a long and lonely journey especially as we get older. It is always good to see someone who has had success which can inspire us to see that it can be done and that we can do it. Thanks.

    • Annie says:

      Thanks, Andre. The important thing is to keep trying. Extra pounds usually slip up on us, and yet, we tend to want them to come off quickly. Slower weight loss can improve the chances of long term success.

  2. cecelia doane says:

    Enjoy this particular post for several reasons: I am also a reader but do just love books, the whole tactile experience. When I was in Catholic elementary school, prior to each school year, I would go with my parent to purchase and pick up my books for the coming year. Race home loaded down with the books, and once in the house, revel in the smell of the new schoolbooks, proceeding to read through all of them. As an adult, poring over used/older finds, via yard sales, library sales, etc., became a pastime. When living in St. Petersburg, FL, the infrequent joy of heading to the huge second-hand bookstore in downtown St. Pete and spending the entire day wandering around the stacks, finding treasures, was a special pleasure, making sure to be home by the time the children arrived home from school. I agree that some books can truly stir those ‘little grey cells’ (H. Poirot), actually result in real ‘aha’ moments, prompt serious thought, sometimes lead to a more mature outlook of life, a broadening of one’s outlook about all things. Nowadays, one can still love the traditional book but electronic reading can provide enjoyment also. There is room in the world for both ways of reading. The idea is that persons are still reading. I am on a tangent. The second reason why I enjoy this particular annie acorn post: Thank you for publishing for others accessible first-hand information about losing weight responsibly. As a senior who needs to lose more lbs. than the little bit I have this past year, I will follow your posted link, read and endeavor to apply the information…a responsible thing to do, indeed! Thanks Annie!

    • Annie says:

      Thank you, Cecelia for such a beautiful comment. It really resonated with me – my books are also cherished friends and I’m addicted to used book stores!

  3. Jean B. says:

    Just bought my Kindle copy! Looking forward to reading!

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