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!

I Love My Sister!

My sister knows just when to say (send) the right thing at the right time! I have been really focused on my fitness goals for 2014. (Earn that blue lanyard!) These holidays have been – well – these holidays. It’s been full of wine and good food after good food (and I don’t mean good for you food). I had my enhanced BMI down into the Koko fit level of 29. I was 29.7 before Xmas. Today I was 31.4. 🙁 I had a great workout yesterday – lifted the most weight I ever lifted – 7700 lbs – but I was a bit discouraged. It takes a lot to get from 31.4 back to 29. Just when discouragement begins to creep in, my sister saves the day. This morning I get this text from her:

First it’s a pic of me at a pool party at her house a few years ago. Then it says:
Sister: My New Year’s Resolution is to look like my hot sister.
Me: Whoa! I want to look like HER too!
Sister: Haha!!
Me: Man – I got a ways to go before July! Let’s do this!
Sister: I’m so ready!

I was shocked when I saw the pic. That wasn’t that long ago. If I did it once, I can do it again. Now that I’m back to work and my energy and activity level are through the roof, I can lose and reshape all that I accumulated sitting “in the chair”. Depression, heartache, and pain can rob you of your inner peace, but in it’s place they deposit fatigue and pounds. After you turn sixty, moving those pounds is a whole different ball game than it was when I was in my late fifties when that pic was taken. Now I have to fight a decreasing metabolism in addition to exercising and eating right. When you reach sixty, the carbs you eat come to a fork in the road inside your body. If they go right, they turn into energy. If they go left, they are stored as belly fat. After sixty, your metabolism slows and the carbs very rarely turn right. Most, even good carbs, end up being stored as fat.

The answer? Get control of your blood sugar levels. Your body’s ability to process carbs comes down to your insulin sensitivity and your body’s ability to quickly and efficiently shuttle carbs to muscle tissue and not fat. After sixty your body loses this ability and it seems no matter how good you eat or exercise, things just don’t move as fast. If you don’t exercise it’s even worse and you begin to lose lean muscle tissue at the rate of 40% a decade while piling on the belly fat. The kicker? You don’t know it’s happening. It happens so quietly you don’t even know it until someone sends you a photo of you taken not so very long ago.

I did find a product I’ve been testing for over a month now and I’m convinced my energy level is due to this product. I’ve tried the garcinia cambogea and the many other herbal supplements recommended by the likes of Dr. Oz. Every product either contained caffeine or acted like it. It would be an additive that would increase my energy level for a few hours, but never change the way my body used the food I ate. I’ve finally found something called IC-5 from a company called BioTrust.

Check out the video on this site and tell me if it doesn’t make sense. It’s the first product that came along that does. So far I’ve lost four inches off my belly and I feel great all the time, everyday. No more need for a nap. If I do take a nap now, it’s because I want to, not because I have to to function for the rest of the day. I was actually to the point of having to plan my day around a nap or the fatigue would be too overpowering. I used to worry about having enough energy to spend a day in Boston with my daughter. That was never me. My blood sugar and insulin levels really needed attention and this product fixed it naturally, without medication. (I hate any and all medication because the side effects are scary.) With IC-5 there are no caffeine highs. I take two capsules fifteen minutes before I eat a meal – especially a high carb meal – and my energy stays level all day. So far, this combined with healthy, unprocessed food, lots of water, and my fitness program at Koko, I’m beginning to make real progress. I really think it’s possible to make it back to the woman in that photo.

The best part? I’m going to hang up a pic of MYSELF for inspiration – me – not some actress, popstar, or fitness guru. I can use myself for inspiration and that makes my goal ultra-attainable. I can’t think of a better way to kick off a new year than with fitness goals inspired by a photo of myself and not some unreal, airbrushed image from a magazine.

And so, as another New Year’s Day goes by, I’d like to thank my sister for swooping in at just the right moment, we CAN do this, sis, and…I have written.
Will you join my sis and I and set some fitness goals for 2014? Even one small change is better than doing nothing and will make a huge difference. Go for it! (Cape Cod friends – come see me at your local Koko Fit Club and we’ll do this together!)
My inspiration: (starting tomorrow – lol!)

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