About Me

About Me

Linda Bartosik...
First steps of a beginning writer/artist/illustrator. 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!

Days 4 & 5

Day 4 was yesterday and I was a little bit concerned about getting 10,000 steps on a Saturday. Working only 3 hours and knowing I'd want that afternoon nap on a rainy day had me worried. I compensated by staying at work and doing two cardios and 20 min of yoga. Then I grabbed a cup of Dunkin pumpkin and drove home. Um, yeah, as soon as I got in the door the chair beckoned and I settled in for a nap. After waking up my husband wanted to go out to dinner, and then the grocery store. Arriving back home for the evening, this was my result:

 

Knocked it out of the park on a Saturday! Sugar count was 22g of added sugar for the day.

Today is day 5. Again, being Sunday, I was worried about making my goal because I didn't work at all today. I woke up and had 2 cups of coffee and breakfast, read the paper and watched most of Sunday Morning (favorite way of spending Sunday morning). Then my husband and I went to Koko to work out. I just did my regular 1 cardio, my strength workout (in which I received a perfect score, I might add), and my 20 minutes of yoga. Then we came home and while my husband cooked today's food, I went to get gas and and a few things at the store. Upon arriving home it was that dangerous 1:00 hour – the chair beckoned and I settled in for a nap during the Giant game. About 2 pm I had a cup of coffee and headed outside to clean the garage, decorate, and put away yard furniture for the winter. I came back in, showered, and settled in my chair to write this post.

My total as of now is 10,983. My point of telling you what I did today is not because I think you're interested in how I spend my time, but to illustrate the point that this challenge is pointing out that I don't have to go over and above what I naturally do throughout a typical weekend. Over the past 5 days I learned that I probably get 10,000 steps just doing what I normally do everyday and not pushing for it. In many ways that's comforting because a goal of staying “outta the chair” that I had set for myself a few years ago when I gained 30 lbs by retiring to my easy chair, has been accomplished

How are you doing? Do you find yourself doing 10,000 steps naturally or do you have to work to get it? Either way you learn something about yourself. And if you are not meeting the goal naturally, don't beat yourself up. Just try for an extra thousand a day. Read Michael Wood's article on Checking In On The 10,000 Step Wellness Challenge and remember:

 

And so, as another day goes by, another 10,000 plus steps are on the books, I'm feeling pretty accomplished, and…I have written.

 

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