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Saturday, July 13, 2013

A good week


Rainy Saturday here. I'm not even going to bother packing my car for the Farmer's Market. Who is going to show up on a day like this? I didn't even get up to go shopping for veggies this morning, and I seldom pass up a chance for Saturday morning market! Rain, rain, rain, rain, rain, rain............

Small victory on Friday. I had my first check in with Weight Watchers and I have lost three pounds, woo hooo!  My tipping point last week that got me to the meeting in the first place was when I could not find one single pair of pants that I could button. For my check in, I wore a favorite pair of pants that would not button the week before to the meeting, and they were loose! The best part is looking back over the past week at my journal entries and seeing the small changes I am making in my eating habits and exercise. It's not like we are bad eaters, we eat very healthy food, but my portion choices are out of control. All I did this past week was cut down the portion size. I still ate chocolate and drank beer and had bread and ate out in restaurants. I just watched how much I ate. Instead of sitting with the bag of almonds in my lap in front of the TV, I measured out a one ounce portion, ate that, and was satisfied. One piece of dark chocolate a day instead of a handful of chocolates. Also, Wesley and I have gone out walking every day, steep steep hills and I am making good food choices and thinking about what I put into my mouth before it goes in there. If I write it down and see what I am eating, I am accountable, and I make good choices. Its the random eating and heaping large portions that has been my problem. I used to have an insatiable metabolism and could not get enough to eat, but those days are gone baby!

"Is this food really worth the points it will cost me and is it worth writing down in my journal? Do I really want it?"
my mantra.

I got three bravo stars at the meeting and yes I am four years old and yes I was excited to get them and put them in my journal, haha! I was asked to present my journal I made and even got a star for that. It is such a head game, but fun and it works for me. I celebrated by treating myself to a really great lunch at the cafe next to WW meeting space. It was a good day. And then our friend Corky came to stay for the weekend, and we played Skyrim! Life is good :-)

I have been asked to do props for four more shows at The Artscenter and also asked to do an art installation for Hidden Voices. It's nice to know I have some money to look forward to and not have to worry about making something, getting it out of the kiln, taking it somewhere and hoping it will sell. Clay seems to be less and less important to me these days. Sometimes it is a real pain in the ass. I am less and less in love with it and more and more interested in getting back to work for money, instead of working so hard and hoping something might sell. It's gotten really old! I think I am just feeling some burn out.  I did go ahead and pay my dues for the studio tour and will continue to make some nice ornaments and jewelry, but I have a good inventory of barns and don't foresee making many more. I picked up a few from Lark and Key last week, it was nice to see them again. They still have a good selection and they are displayed beautifully in the gallery, I just overloaded them, so a few came back with me.

We have just a few more weeks with Wesley before she goes back to school so I am spending time with her, feeding her well, and being lazy with her on these gloomy rainy days. I'm just being a mom right now, and loving it! There will be plenty of quiet time soon enough for studio work....... is she really going to be a college junior?!  eek!

Hopefully I can knock off three more pounds in the coming week! I'll let ya know

11 comments:

Michèle Hastings said...

It's great that the jobs you are getting are creative ones... way better than a 9 to 5 office thing.
Love your WW journal, a great idea to make your own... I may have to steal that one. Keep up the good work!

oldgreymare said...

yay you! Keep talking about it. I need to be inspired and motivated out of this slump...

Christine Covert said...

It's all about recognizing how satisfaction can come in small doses. You'll love it when a T of ice cream is better than 1/2 cup!!!

smartcat said...

Congratulations! You may be just the kick in the pants I need to get going on some weight loss.
You'll come back to more clay when you are ready to....meanwhile you are fortunate to have jobs in the arts.
Have you seen any blue skies yet?

Tracey Broome said...

Michele, nay on the 9-5, I don't do that, and steal away it's fun!
Hey Suzanne, someone else inspired me, hope I can do the same:-)
Christine, a smaller amount seems to be just fine, I just needed a reminder to eat less!

Tracey Broome said...

Hey Suzi, I'll keep blogging about weight watchers, maybe it will inspire you!

Susan Wells said...

Fancy 3# a week!!! Nice work Mama!

Amy said...

Yeah you! I think it's so true that sometimes breaks are needed in clay--- however long.
Went to Lark and Key today and managed to not buy anything today! Met Sandy which was great and I'll say more in my blog in time. She was saying how great your daughter is.... agreed! Didn't buy a thing either. That will change in time tho.... :)

Tracey Broome said...

Thanks Susan!
Hey Amy, Wesley is a great girl, she's quiet but a sweet girl! Thanks for saying so :-)
If I had the money I could spend a fortune in that gallery!

cookingwithgas said...

Hey, I love that you tell all. If stars are a motivation than by all means use them.
I am done in by this rain.
I crave a day of Sun and a night sky full of stars.

Tracey Broome said...

I know, Meredith, I am missing our Carolina blue skie so much! It smells like a swamp around here....