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Motivation Monday: Fooling Yourself (If You Don’t Believe It)

“Get up. Get back on your feet; you’re the one they can’t beat and you know it.”

One of my favorite Styx songs has a powerful message. Keeping believing in yourself and working toward your goals. Happy Monday!


Review – Leslie Sansone: Walk It Off in 30 Days

When I purchased Leslie Sansone’s You Can Do Yoga, I also got Leslie Sansone: Walk It Off in 30 Days as part of my effort to mix strength training in with cardio and stretching. I’d resisted (so to speak) the idea of getting back into resistance training, but thanks to my participation in a group comprised of motivated, health-minded women, I felt inspired to give it a go.

LeslieSansone_WalkItOffLeslie does not disappoint in this DVD, which alternates aerobic days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) with toning days (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday). It’s both a departure from and an extension of her previous efforts, featuring familiar moves like skater, double side step, knee lifts, and cha-cha on the “burn” track. However, she and her team of walkers also use 3-pound wrist weights to enhance the workout as they switch back and forth from brisk walking to “boosted” walking. In a few places along the way, they also “bounce” to increase heart rate.

If you’re into squats, you’ll love the toning track of this DVD. Leslie spends most of the workout on variations of squats while using weights (right now I’m using 5-pounders) to execute moves including rowing, chest press, and bicep curl. For those who are new to squats, she talks you through the entire segment, making it easy to modify and build up your strength as you go. It definitely takes your workout to a much deeper and more difficult level, but even after just two weeks, I’ve noticed significant progress. Overall, I feel stronger and have observed muscle definition in the legs, arms, and abs (thanks to a grueling, final sequence of curls, crunches and even a Pilates move). She follows up the ab workout with a nice stretch on the hands and knees where you extend one leg back and the opposite arm straight out in front, then switch.  The toning workout ends with an wonderful stretch where you lie on your back with arms out over your head, and legs slightly apart with feet flexed — the perfect reward for hanging in and getting it done.

When my schedule allows, I workout once in the morning and once in the afternoon, alternating Walk It Off with You Can Do Yoga, since each session is only 30 minutes. But Leslie sure knows how to make every minute count! If you want to kick up your exercise regimen a notch, I highly recommend Leslie Sansone: Walk It Off in 30 Days.  I’ll check back in with a progress report in two more weeks.




A Reader’s Impressions of ‘Water Signs: A Story of Love and Renewal.’

Received this wonderful feedback via email yesterday from a reader after returning from my interview with John Ricciutti of Radnor Studio 21.  No matter how many times someone reaches out with positive things to say about Water Signs: A Story of Love and Renewal, I still get the same feeling of exhilaration and accomplishment. Once upon a time, publishing a novel seemed like an unattainable dream. Then the internet and advanced technology came along and made it all possible. I’m grateful for the many doors this novel has opened for me, including becoming the co-founder of Writestream Publishing and Writestream Radio Network. Thank you to all who have supported me in my endeavors!

9780996653176I bought your book (Water Signs) and I am half way done. I cannot  believe all of the similarities to my life in Pennsylvania.

-I previously worked in Wayne, PA on Swedesboro Road and Devon
Park Drive.
-I used to rent houses in Sea Isle City and my kids go down to
Ocean City every year with their families.
-My husband used to work at the Power Plant in Eddystone for
-My sister’s name is Monica and I call her Moni.
-Two of my sons live in Media – one on one side of Linvilla
Orchards and the other on the other side.
-We are still Phillies and Eagle fans.
-I bowled at the Showboat Casino many moons ago.
-I love Wawa and wish they had them here in Arizona. If you live  near a Wawa you are going there at least once a day.
-Three of my kids graduated from Cardinal O’Hara High School.

The lists just goes on and on. I can’t wait to finish the book. You are a wonderful author. You keep me wanting more!

If you would like to read the ‪#‎secondedition‬ of ‪#‎WaterSigns‬, it is available on in Amazon Kindle and paperback. Email me with your thoughts at And don’t forget to post a review. 😉


Interview with John Ricciutti of Radnor Studio 21

I’m grateful to be invited back for a third time to talk on-camera with John Ricciutti, local Radnor Township PA talk show host at Radnor Studio 21. Lisa and I have had the pleasure of appearing on John’s show twice: when we launched Writestream Publishing LLC in June of 2015, and in April of this year when we returned to share our progress.

Today, we’ll discuss what to look for when choosing an independent publishing company, along with Lieutenant Keith Schneider’s book, To Guard My Every Neighbor. Since Lisa is dealing with a sinus infection, I’ll be flying solo and will post photos later. At this point, I’m not sure when today’s broadcast will air, but I will post the video as soon as I have it.

Thank you John for another wonderful opportunity!

UPDATE: I had a blast, as always. John posed some insightful questions  and we ended up doing a longer interview than originally planned. When the video goes live on You Tube, I’ll share it here, but in the meantime, some photos from the day.

With two of our Writestream Publishing books and those of other authors we discussed.

With two of our Writestream Publishing books and those of other authors we discussed.


Grateful to have spent several minutes discussing this important book from Lieutenant Keith Schneider.

Grateful to have spent several minutes discussing this important book from Lieutenant Keith Schneider.

I am thrilled to have been able to share my book with John's audience.

I am thrilled to have been able to share my book with John’s audience.


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