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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!

The Landscape of Aging

The summer cardio workouts are out at Koko Fit Club. Summer Hike is already my favorite. While I’m “hiking” on the elliptical Michael Wood fitness trainer is talking to me. Today he started with this quote:

Being fit, or getting fit, at middle age, even if you’ve never worked out before, changes the landscape of aging.

That came from some study he was citing. Anyway, I love that phrase – the landscape of aging. Aging certainly is a full landscape and when you reach your fifties and sixties you need a whole lot of tools to navigate it. The landscape of aging can have some beautiful beaches and grassy fields, but the hills, valleys and gravel pits are miserable to climb out of.

Every decade you lose 8% lean muscle mass. Bones become weak, thin and very breakable. Belly fat is a fight because we become more sedentary without even knowing it. By the time you’re sixty you could be twice the size you were at fifty – not because you changed what you do, but because of normal metabolic slowdown in those ten years.

Ever think: I still eat right. I still exercise. But I’m two pants sizes bigger. What gives? What give is that most of us aren’t aware of the little changes aging brings to our bodies. You gradually lose energy due to slowing metabolism leading to moving less. The real problem is we go on with our days and we don’t stop and pay attention to what is happening.

We need to be conscious of how we eat and how much and what kind of exercise we do consistently. Consistently. Ah…now there’s a key word in navigating the landscape of aging. Once we figure out what we should be eating and find a great way to exercise that we enjoy, we need to do it consistently. Even then, it’s downright frustrating when you’re doing all you can, but get minimal results.

Koko recommends three strength and three or four 15 minute cardio workouts a week. It works for me. I put Bikram yoga in on the off days. I make sure I exercise Monday through Friday and take the weekends off. As far as food goes for me – I eat very well, but my biggest nemesis lies in sugar. Sugar, more than salt, will cause water retention and store as belly fat. (Emptying my pink wine bottle was not exactly the smartest thing to do.)

It’s a constant struggle to balance food and exercise at any age – the thing is, after fifty, our bodies change the way they react to food and exercise. They teach us at Koko and in yoga, too, that the losses can be controlled. You can build up your lean muscle mass and lose body fat by paying attention to how your body works in these later years and doing something consistently to keep it in check.

And so, as another day goes by, the landscape of aging is a nice phrase, but it’s vast, complicated, and needs constant attention, and…I have written.


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