Monday, February 13, 2017

Entangled by Julie Arduini ends 2/20

Please welcome Julie Arduini to my blog this week. Julie is giving away ENTANGLED in choice of paperback or ebook. Read on down to see how to be entered.

Balancing Fitness and Writing

Julie Arduini

If you look up the definition of fit, I assure you my picture won’t be there. Weight has been an issue my entire life and now that I’m moving into my late forties, everything is a challenge. Last year everything flipped on me and I found myself exhausted, not sleeping, gaining weight and generally feeling blah. Exercise was impossible. On top of that, I couldn’t find the balance between exercise and getting writing done. It always felt like a choice. And honestly, I chose writing.

I finally went to an endocrinologist and my lab results gave me direction. I switched to low carb/high protein eating and added a supplement and prescription. I had my energy back and some weight loss, but I still needed to get regular exercise in. I still struggled finding the balance. If I walked my neighborhood, it was a good forty-five minutes. Biking was about twenty, but it was uncomfortable. I’d use videos, but it still took time out, plus showering. Beyond writing, I’m a wife and mom. The house, husband, and kids needed my time and I just couldn’t figure out how to get it all done.

Then came Carrie Underwood.

I don’t remember where or what I was reading, but she mentioned that when she is on tour, she has a bike pedal machine that lets her get some cardio in. She could use them under a desk or on the floor while watching TV or whatever. That really got me curious. I went on Amazon and saw the one she mentioned, plus other versions that were similar. I liked what I saw, so I put it on my Christmas list.

The bike pedals have been an answer to prayer. Before I shower and get started with my day, but after the youngest is off to school, I go on my tablet as I watch the news. I won’t allow myself to do that unless I am pedaling. I can usually get 45 minutes of reading done, but more than that, about 4500 steps. Once I’m dressed for the day, when I do devotions, read emails, and even write, I keep the pedals under the table. I go much slower, but pedal as I can and I often get a couple more thousand in. By the end of the day while also doing wife and mom things, I’ve had between 8-11k steps in for the day. I feel great, I go to bed exhausted, and I’ve accomplished all my goals.

I realize I need to incorporate some upper body strength to it, but for now, this works. We now have a second set of pedals we keep in the family room. As the kids are doing homework on the computer or watching tv, they pedal. It’s kept us active this winter, something that has always frustrated me as we never seemed to be able to figure that out once our pool closed in the fall.

I’m wrapping up the last book in my Surrendering Time series, and I’ve asked readers what surrender issue they would like to read about next. The answer was loud and clear---they want to read a contemporary romance who struggles with weight. I am really excited to start plotting my next series, and I will definitely write what I know when it comes to that surrender.

If you are struggling with exercise, I hope something here encourages you. Your health is important. I pray you find an answer like I did.

Is eating well and exercise a struggle for you? If you are a writer or otherwise have a job that requires you to sit down a lot, how do you stay active? 

Julie is giving away a copy of her book to one lucky winner. Answer one of the questions above to be entered in the drawing. Don't forget to leave your email address so we can contact you should you win. 
 


Entangled: Surrendering the Past

Book #2, Surrendering Time Series
Julie Arduini
 

“You need to leave me alone. It’s the least you can do.”

Carla Rowling has been given her dream of attending cosmetology school. The gift is so generous she feels unworthy because of choices she made as a teen. The pressure mounts as Carla juggles school, is a single mom, helps her best friend Jenna plan her wedding, spends time with boyfriend Will Marshall, and deals with the fact that her son's father is back in their lives.

Will Marshall is the one Speculator Falls resident everyone can count on. His truck deliveries are reliable. He's the first to help friends like Ben Regan with boat work or be a card partner with Bart Davis. Will's ready to settle down with Carla, loving her is natural. He's bonded with her son, Noah. But when Carla starts cosmetology school, she puts emotional distance between her and Will.

Can Carla release her past and create a future full of highlights, or, will she burn her options worse than a bad perm?

Purchase Link:
Amazon (Kindle and Print): http://www.amazon.com/Entangled-Surrendering-Past-Time/dp/0692713476/

Entangled is book #2. Although it can standalone, if you’d like to read Entrusted: Surrendering the Present first, click here: https://www.amazon.com/Entrusted-Surrendering-Present-Time/dp/0692709177/


ABOUT JULIE ARDUINI:
Julie Arduini loves to encourage readers to surrender the good, the bad, and ---maybe one day---the chocolate. She’s the author of ENTRUSTED: Surrendering the Present, as well as ENTANGLED: Surrendering the Past. The last book in the series, ENGAGED: Surrendering the Future, is coming soon. She also shares her story in the infertility devotional, A WALK IN THE VALLEY. She blogs every other Wednesday for Christians Read. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two children. Learn more by visiting her at http://juliearduini.com, where she invites readers to subscribe to her monthly newsletter full of resources and giveaway opportunities.


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21 comments:

  1. Yes, eating healthy and exercising is a struggle for most of us. Before I retired, I would grab a meal from McDonald's most days and my job as a cataloger in our library often involved a lot of time sitting. After I retired I didn't eat the fast food and I was outside much of the time. I have lost several pounds and I am thrilled! I do, however, understand the dilemma that working people face every day!
    Blessings!
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Connie,
      Thanks for reading and sharing! I remember when my dad retired, he lost weight quickly and it concerned us. Then he admitted that most of his working life he stopped often at the donut shop. Once he retired, he couldn't sneak there, so no donuts!

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  2. I have struggled with weight for all my adult life, though more so now as I'm older. I love food, and don't really eat healthy like I know I should. I want to incorporate some changes, but funds and my oldest balk at that. I don't exercise much and really need to at least pick back up walking with my neighbors Shepherd again this spring. I spend most of my day sitting in my chair on the computer, reading or driving. I love the idea for your new book, and your others sounds good too.
    annby at centurylink dot net

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    1. Andrea,
      The bike pedals I use are inexpensive and have made such a difference for me. It is nothing for me while reading or answering emails, even watching tv to get in 4000 steps just pedaling. I hope you check my books out, and thank you for reading!

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  3. Exercise no do it on a daily basis. Eating yes a little because I'm on a tight budget.cheetahthecat1986(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Kim,
      I sure wish healthy foods were the cheap ones and the junk foods would be pricey. That would make such a difference for everyone, I think. Thank you for leaving a comment!

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  4. I, too, have struggled with weight all my life. At 75,I felt I needed to really get fit so I am on a plan to eat right. I have lost close to 30 pounds. I have a lot more to lose and exercise isn't easy for me. The best I can do is walk in my building.
    nlgriggs902atgmaildotcom

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    1. Good for you, Nancy! You are on the right track. I believe the best progress comes slowly. Keep it up!

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  5. I, too, have struggled with weight all my life. At 75,I felt I needed to really get fit so I am on a plan to eat right. I have lost close to 30 pounds. I have a lot more to lose and exercise isn't easy for me. The best I can do is walk in my building.
    nlgriggs902atgmaildotcom

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  6. Yes I have weight issues. I have had them all my life. Thanks for sharing with us I'll read comments to see if anyone has advice. Thank You.

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    1. I am a Feedburner Follower also iamabho (at) gmail (dot) com

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    2. Linda, if you don't have a community, that helps. I am on MyFitnessPal and Fitbit. I do challenges on Fitbit and they are a great group to help cheer me and make me feel less alone. If you are on anything, including social media, I'm @JulieArduini. Come find me!

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  7. Thank you, Debbie, for having me today. I look forward to giving away a copy of Entangled!

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  8. I too struggle with my weight. I'm very intrigued with the bike pedals you talked about, Julie. It sounds like a GREAT way to exercise! I believe you said you bought yours on Amazon. May I ask what brand Carrie Underwood recommended? Also, what kind did you purchase and is there a seller on Amazon you would recommend? If it's not too much to ask, could you please posibly provide an Amazon link? That would be fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing! I'm excited to find out more about the bike pedals. ~Alison Boss

    I am also a Feed Burner follower.

    nj(dot)bossman(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi, Alison! I wish I remembered where I read that interview from Carrie Underwood, and what brand, but I know it was on Amazon and I think in the $90 range at the time? Mine is much cheaper and I have no issues with it. I'm not sure if a link will work here, but mine is https://www.amazon.com/Platinum-Fitness-PFP2200-Exerciser-Electronic/dp/B00P1ANC0Y/ It is the same company, but I don't think mine is deluxe. I don't think mine folds. But I love it! Thanks for reading!

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    2. Julie, Thanks so much for this information! I so appreciate it!!! ~ Alison

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  9. That sounds like a great idea. I wonder how it would make my knees feel? Food for thought, and thanks for sharing. I am a feedburner follower.
    bcrug(at)myfairpoint(dot)net

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    1. Hi, Connie! I have very bad knees, they dislocate often. I have never felt better.

      I appreciate you "stopping by!"

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  10. I've been trying to use the stationary bike while I read! Getting or staying in shape seems to be a problem for all of us. jarning67@hotmail.com

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    1. I have a bike as well, and I can only read when I have my tablet, and even then it is a challenge. The bike pedals have made a huge difference for me. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment!

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