My good friend and artist, Amy, is part of the 37 day challenge (please click the link to read about it). “The object of the challenge is to do something small that is doable, actionable, recognizable and to do it consistently for 37 days.” For Amy, she is challenging herself to cut the sugars down in her daily diet. Although, I am not doing the “challenge”, I have had a wake up call.. ironically on the same day that Amy started her challenge. I had my physical on 3/30, and yes, I am overweight. The blood work came back showing high cholesterol and a bit high on my sugars.. in other words, if I don’t clean up my act, I’ll end up a diabetic. Ok.. so just seeing the “D” word really scared the beans out of me (not the having a high LDL number didn’t) so……..I called a Nutrtionist, set up an appointment and asked her to be my partner in helping me really change my “weighs”. So, now I have this one on one relationship with her.. No weekly Weight Watcher classes that I’ve done dozens of times. Don’t get me wrong.. WW is a great program and very sensible and I have been succesful on it several times… see the key word is “several”.
I learned so much from my Nutrionist, Kim, that really opened my eyes.. and it really comes down to the sugars/carbs in our diets.. and of course portion control. She also told me that the USA is the only country that spends billions of dollars of trying to figure out how to make foods sugar-free and fat free and we are still the heaviest country. She says I should be taking 10,000 steps a day… “excuse me, what did you say”? She gave me a pedometer… I got up to over 4000 which included my walk. It takes 5 miles to take 10,000 steps… gulp! I can only imagine how many steps I did when I wasn’t active.. maybe 500. I have to promise myself that I will not get obsessed with this..or I’ll burn out. I just have to incorporate my changes into my life and if I miss a workout one day, I won’t beat myself up. I will not deprive myself, but I will not over do either. I am excited to meet Kim every month now as my personal coach to getting healthy.
Since my 3/30 physical, I have considerably cut my sugars/carbs, bought a used Elliptical (omg, that is hard to do) and have dropped about 7 pounds in 14 days. I started my walking again too. If I do the elliptical everyday I will get bored and give up.. So, between walking, elliptical, weight training, that’s should give me some rounded workouts. I’ve also started to take a mult-vitamin every day, since my results also showed I was a bit anemic.
Thanks, Amy, for sharing your challenge which led me to share mine, which, believe me, isn’t easy. Dieting has always been a secret for me.. maybe if I don’t tell anyone I’m dieting and if I fail, no one will know. WHOA!…. where did that come from? Today, I am brave. Maybe sharing our experiences will help others share theirs and get it off their minds, chests, shoulders, butts.. whatever you want to get it off of.
I’d love to hear from anyone who is also trying to get healthy and their trials and challenges.
Ok.. now for some ART:
Have you ever used decorative napkins as a background in your work? They are just so beautiful. Using gel medium, they just “melt” onto your surface.
Here is a napkin before separating the 3-ply layers and below that, are the results of a small 6×6 canvas that I used it on for a background.
Separate the 3-plys in the napkin. Spread gel medium on the canvas and lay the decorative napkin on top as a whole or rip it.. then brush more medium over it…be careful to to brush too much or the napkin will tear, but that may be what you want too. I added paint applied by circle shape and through a doily, music paper and music paper with a resin coat (under Mona), polymer clay heart that i made and sewed with wire, ceiling glitter, the Mona Lisa angel is from ArtChix Studios collage sheets.. LOVE THEM!
Thanks for listening and stopping by.