About Me

About Me

Linda Bartosik...
First steps of a beginning writer. Follow me on my journey. Read More...

My newest book now available on Amazon!

My newest book now available on Amazon!

Many treasures lie under the sea, but will Alistar find the one that will make ‘The Perfect Birthday Present’ for his mom? Join this adventurous little sea star and his best buddy Barnaby (a blob fish) as they travel through the beautiful deep blue sea, meeting many other creatures of the deep. When the two friends finally stumble upon the perfect present, Alistar needs to make a difficult decision, which only he can make. When he does, the little sea star learns that there are times when it is not the present that is important, but the thought behind it.

My First Cover! Now available on Amazon – Kindle & Hardcover

My First Cover! Now available on Amazon – Kindle & Hardcover

For Linda Crowley, the first day of the year had always been set aside to work on new, positive beginnings and 1970 was no different. Her husband and children were by all accounts healthy and no one even considered the terrible thought that tragedy would strike before the day was over, and life as she had known it was gone.

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My first illustrating project available on Amazon

My first illustrating project available on Amazon

Haley doesn't have a normal pet she has a goat, Ralph. He thinks he's having fun but he's causing untold trouble for Haley. Trouble seems to follow Ralph everywhere he goes only he doesn't know it. Haley's father says Ralph has to be sold!

Day 1 & 2 – Not So Bad!

Monday was Day 2 of my 21 Day Fat Burn Booster. Tuesday was rest day. I kind of liked not having to leave the house until 9:15. Maybe this is a hidden reward for doing the program.

Day 1: I had to do the first cardio treadmill program and I was a bit nervous. (I hate cardio and I don't do treadmills.) I put on my workout clothes, shut down the computer (I was working) locked the cabinets and took a deep breath. 5 minutes into the program I was pleasantly surprised to find Michael Wood, the coach in my ear, included settings for all three levels so I could see just how far apart and moderate and intermediate were. His coaching was awesome. He was gentle and made me feel like I didn't have to do everything all at once. He paced me so I could have ample time to warm up and lose my fear. By the time I got to the real work part of the program, I was thinking I could almost do intermediate. (I also didn't feel I hated cardio so much anymore.) After the cardio I was feeling buoyed and was ready to tackle the first strength workout. My excitement was dimmed by the fact that it made me do a strength test since I hadn't had one in 3 weeks. Oh well, I rebounded quickly and gave it my all.

Day 2: Rest day from exercise, but I still have to grapple with the food. Those of you who read this blog regularly know I don't grocery shop or cook and what should this food plan have? You guessed it – recipes and a shopping list. The main reason I want to conquer this is because something has to force me to give up the packaged protein diet and learn to eat real food and do it right. Well, it turns out the dinners are mainly protein and vegetables similar to the protein diet and my husband has that covered, but the rest is up to me. I have to eat things like whole grain waffles and eggs for breakfast instead of a package cereal. I have to have things like carrots and hummus for snack and things like turkey slices and a ton of vegetables in a pita for lunch. And if it's not enough that I have to shop for it and make it, I have to pack it each morning for work instead of just throwing a few packages in my bag. Well now we know where the challenge lies for me these 21 days.

But I was resolute. I vowed not to get anxious or overwhelmed when face with the shopping list. I picked something for lunch, breakfast and snacks for the week and just went to the store next door to the club and bought only what I needed for those meals. After I finished the afternoon snack, I have to admit, I really enjoyed having real food all day.

And so, as days one and two go by, I think I just might survive, and…I have written.

 

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