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If I was a sculptor, but then again . . .


Friday, August 30, 2013

If I was a sculptor, but then again . . .

Who knows. I think I've become a sculptor, a sculptor of me - sculpting my own destiny.



I’ve been on a ‘losing streak’ this summer. In our Team, Over 60 with 100 - 200 pounds to lose, I lost 8.5 lbs in our summer weigh in challenge. I am thrilled.

What has been different in my life this summer? How have I lost that weight and what have I done differently?

What’s been ‘different’ in my life is (and this is a “News Flash” for my teammates) an extreme amount of personal stress, problems within my home, a lot of ‘unhappiness’ since May. So what does Babs do when she’s stressed? In the past, I turned to food. I deserve comfort; right? I do deserve comfort, but this time I was determined to find it somewhere BESIDES food.

I enrolled in an online fine arts class. You should see the smile on my face just typing those words. Oh, and I’m not wiping chocolate off my mouth, and I’m not rinsing peanuts and/or Snickers down with lots of diet sodas either. Fine arts. Who woulda thunk that would do it??

Art has been my passion since I was a child. I love it. As my teammates know, Art resides underneath my bed. He was my first, and only, attempt at sculpting. Why haven’t I don’t more sculpting? I had so much fun. I flew to Indianapolis to create Art about 9 years ago. He’s such a cutie - a little old for me, but adorable. One of these years I’ll make clothes for him.

Why not ‘sculpt’ me, my destiny, my future, my life - and without food as my main focus? Why not do something that makes ME happy rather than unhappy?

The ‘comfort’ of poor food choices is only for a moment, instant gratification. Then it becomes guilt and a burden. I have to ‘carry it’ around with me. Been there. Did that. I am now ‘sculpting’ my future, sketching what I want my life to be - now and into retirement. I couldn’t be happier. It shows in my choices of what I decide to put into my body. It shows in the fact that I am exercising - ME! Imagine that. I just can’t wipe this smile off my face.

“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free” Michelangelo

I used to take weekly painting classes. They were terrific. I could draw, paint, chat with friends and eat - all at the same time! The shop where I used to take classes closed. I continued eating. I should have continued taking classes!

My ‘fine arts’ class is through Craftsy. I had never heard of them. They offer all kinds of online classes, i.e. jewelry making, cake decorating (Let’s not go there!), sewing, quilting . . . I clicked on ‘fine arts.’ I knew immediately which class it would be for me. “Perspective in Landscape Drawing” I clicked on ‘meet the instructor’ and I knew immediately - this is for me!

You see. When I grow up, I want to be an artist.

“One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.” Leonardo da Vinci



Happiness. Smiles. Feeling good about me. Doing something for ME. That’s all it took. Well, not exactly ‘all it took’ but it played a major role in my weight loss - - and so the sculpting began.

I’m drawing my happiness from within. I’m sketching landscapes, as well as sculpting a way of life that I will continue into my retirement. I’m painting a bright future for myself, and I have high hopes of leaving behind wonderful memories of a smiling grandma, a grandma who is happy. Paint my world happy!

A change of attitude. Reworking my ‘diet’ - as in ‘food plan’ - and daily smiles for myself and my grandchildren.

“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” Henry Ward Beecher

“For me, painting is a way to forget life. It is a cry in the night, a strangled laugh.” Georges Rouault


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DOLLIE6 9/4/2014 6:07PM

    This is so great. It touched my soul. I love to draw.

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SPEDED2 8/29/2014 12:35AM

    Thank you for sharing your plan. emoticon

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CTUPTON 7/18/2014 12:44PM

    YOU are AWESOME! Please continue to describe your art. chris

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AUNTALICE2 7/13/2014 12:45PM

    I didn't belong to SP went you wrote this blog. It is so inspiring! I had such a negative day yesterday and this just brings me up. Looking for more of your wonderful blogs!! emoticon

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SUE_2U 3/11/2014 3:20PM

    That is an awesome idea. I joined Craftsy a long time ago for the yarn art, but I didn't know they had painting classes. I should get back into it. emoticon

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IOWAGRAMMA 9/3/2013 1:29PM

    So sorry I was away from SP when you posted this up, Barb, and didn't get to it until today. I love your "new view" and attitude. It's wonderful to see that huge smile on your face and to know you are finding happiness in all the right places! Keep up the great work you've been doing and remember to keep enjoying life and all it has to offer you! Hugs and love!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GRANPATTIE 9/3/2013 11:22AM

    Babs, what a great blog! I'd missed it. They roll off the screen so fast(on the side of the team page) and then they're gone and no one knows they're there. I think that happened with my last one, or last few.

Anyway, WOOHOO for YOU-HOO! I'm so glad you signed up for a class that makes you so happy. I've signed up for a couple but haven't taken them yet. They're knitting things. And to tie the art and sculpting idea to what we're all working on here....genius!

Just loved it. And so well written!

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BUTTERFLYANGEL4 9/1/2013 8:17PM

    WHAT A AWESOME BLOG.......IT WAS HEART FELT AND SO HONEST AND FULL OF TRUTH FOR YOURSELF AND FOR OTHERS.......ISN'T IT INTERESTING WHEN ALL OF A SUDDEN WE GET IT.....YOU GOT IT....KEEP DOING WHAT YOUR DOING....YOU ARE A INSPIRATION TO MANY......NOW I KNOW THE WHOLE STORY ABOUT ART.......I KNEW THERE WAS MORE TO THE STORY THAN WHAT I KNEW.......LOVE YOU...JUDY emoticon

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JAOTAO 8/31/2013 12:00PM

    What a wonderful, heartfelt blog. It brought tears to my eyes. I love the quote you shared about Michelangelo -which if we look at our own bodies is so true, I celebrate your joy and your passion ... you deserve all the fun and happiness in the world. I'm so happy you are able to take that inner smile and reflect it back out to the world. I am so pleased to have met you and call you friend! Love you Babs, Jackie

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TORTILLAFLATS 8/31/2013 1:36AM

    Oh Barb, you brought out the big smile on my face too! I can read the joy you are experiencing from your art! I am so so proud of doing something just for you and for the weight loss.
I know you lost your fur baby and that was stress and also would make you unhappy but I don't know what else you were going through. You carried it and hid it well. You know I am here for you anytime you want to chat.

This Blog should win an award. Stay joyous and keep pushing! It looks good on you!

Hugs, Gail

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JOANOFSPARK 8/31/2013 1:12AM

    emoticon That is so cool...and good for you... :) emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BELDONDOG1 8/31/2013 12:53AM

    Babs, I am so proud of you and so happy for you!!! It has to be a wonderful feeling to be so involved in something you love!!
“For me, painting is a way to forget life. It is a cry in the night, a strangled laugh.” Georges Rouault This is so beautiful to me--it expresses how I think you feel.
Good Luck, hon!! (hugs) Noel

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JILL313 8/30/2013 11:27PM

    OMG Barb, I had no idea you were going through a stressful time at home, etc. So Happy you' ve-discovered a way to let the steam off without turning to food and emotionally trying to eat the stress/problems away. it's wonderful you're enjoying your new Art Class so much!! We all need something we enjoy doing and it's especially wonderful that you're also very good at drawing, painting, sculpting, etc. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Such a well-written blog that comes from your "Heart". I think you are such a kind terrific person and friend. Please talk to me anytime you need to talk it out as I'm a really good listener and can be very objective when it's something others are going through. You express yourself so well with words, that's also a talent.

Hugs & Love,

Jill

PS Enjoy the Long Weekend!!

Hugs & Love,

Jill

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NANCYPAT1 8/30/2013 9:44PM

    So pleased to hear that life has provided you with an alternative to food to supply some comfort. Keep up the GREAT work.

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SPEEDY143 8/30/2013 6:16PM

    emoticon art is food for the soul and when our souls are satisfied we tend to make better choices. Love your attitude Barb emoticon your smile is contagious... continue to draw and eat a emoticon YOU are glowing emoticon emoticon

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LISBETHSALANDER 8/30/2013 3:03PM

    So pleased for your weight loss and that you have found a new way to "feed" yourself. I think you're right, art feeds the senses and sometimes I think that in the past I was using food to dull my senses because it is like they have come alive again. Love your quotations, too. Beautiful blog. Best wishes for good health and happiness.

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ESILBO 8/30/2013 2:44PM

    JUST GREAT BARB, GOOD FOR YOU. emoticon FOR SHARING. I WILL LOOK INTO CRAFTSY. I NEED SOMETHING ELSE IN MY LIFE RIGHT NOW.
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LISE

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GOLFGMA 8/30/2013 1:46PM

    Great that you found something you love. I used to take art classes and I would get so involved in a landscape I would forget to eat anything for hours. emoticon

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ERINLINDSAY83 8/30/2013 1:22PM

    This is an awesome post! Good for you for finding an alternative way to comfort yourself! Love it! Enjoy!

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