KDYLOSE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KDYLOSE KDYLOSE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ I'm really happy with this one http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6323452 Now on to framing with my extremely limited woodworking skills. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/16b6fed4-bf23-491d-bc2c-afeb40347312.jpg"> Wed, 1 Mar 2017 13:13:22 EST sunburn in February http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320977 Seeing as how the weather today was what it should be in mid-May, I had no choice but to set out on my first hike of spring on the Appalachian Trail. Boy, really saw how out of shape I'd gotten over the winter. The same climb that I could do last November with no rests, I had to stop for two long, sitting-down rests to wait for my lungs to stop hurting and my heartbeat to slow down. Leg muscles were up to it from strength training, but aerobic component is a little rusty! Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:32:40 EST Lot of people staring at me in my kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320899 Maybe I should pretend they're saying Nooo! Nooo! Back away from the refrigerator! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/68e81f69-13c6-41e9-baa1-4acb7a645ae9.jpg"> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:59:22 EST thanks for your answers about doctors http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313911 Sometimes it really helps just to know that other people have experienced the same thing and that you're not overreacting. This is the good side of the internet for sure. Fri, 10 Feb 2017 10:41:10 EST This one took me back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312957 I felt like a dirty old lady while I was painting this young man - as I worked I was transported back to when I was his age, 25, and remembering what it felt like to cuddle up to my strapping young mustached boyfriend. I wonder if this is what all those male artists are thinking... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3ea65951-e36e-4cf4-b2d4-7ad8209c60b1.jpg"> Wed, 8 Feb 2017 16:22:16 EST doctors, doctors everywhere http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312284 Is anyone else getting a bad attitude about having to go to more doctors as you get older? I went for my wellness checkup today and because of this visit I now have to see four more doctors - a urologist to determine if there's a reason I'm getting so many UTI's, a gyn exam, a sleep study to see if my CPAP is on the right settings (because I told the doctor I feel tired when I wake up in the morning, and that was his immediate response, not even considering any other reasons) and a colonoscop... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 11:34:34 EST more paintings for my show http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6306139 This model I only worked on for about two hours, then decided to leave it alone. My show will be a mix of paintings that I worked on for longer and shorter periods of time, showing both the underdrawing phase and the more finished phase. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6c24cd1f-7b94-4454-b038-1dada3a5a78d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The wall of smaller still lifes will be for those who ask "Is that all you do is paint portraits?" <BR> <BR> Very frustrating trying to get the ... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 09:50:30 EST Spark nutrition experts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6304911 Most days I don't read any of the Spark featured articles - I just track, check my friend feed and page/blog comments, and maybe blog. But lately I clicked on two articles that left me dismayed. It appears that in some cases writers are being paid to just churn out stuff that they know little about. Or it certainly seems that way. <BR> <BR> The first article was about 'fake foods' that are bad for you - processed cheese, etc. Included on this list was fake chocolate chips, which, the writer ... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 08:52:34 EST the march http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6303433 Wasn't sure I wanted to blog about this because of who might leave comments. Then it occurred to me to set my page to private and post this, and by the time I set my page back to public the next day my blog won't be showing up in the Recent Blogs list. <BR> <BR> Anyway, it was amazing to be part of this enormous crowd of people, the largest crowd by far that I've ever been in, just a massive sea of people united in being appalled by Donald Trump. I especially enjoyed seeing the other women ... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 23:10:03 EST me and Amy at the mall http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6302728 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d7a4cda8-f090-4f78-ba43-b0a5eef63b73.jpg"> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:48:01 EST sick but stayed on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301837 I'm very proud of myself this week. I've been the kind of sick - sinus infection or bug, I'm not sure - but the kind where you're too sick to do anything but lie around feeling miserable, yet not sick enough to lose your appetite. And you have lots of cravings for salt, sweet, fat and carbs coupled with feeling like your stomach can't handle proteins (except cheese!) or vegetables. <BR> <BR> Always a challenging place to be. And usually in the past I've just let myself go, gaining a few pou... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:01:35 EST pic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299070 I have finally found my purpose in life: I am the Funny Mom on Twitter, like George's mom on Seinfeld. <BR> <BR> She takes screenshots of my text messages and posts them on her Twitter account so her friends can laugh at us old people. Now I know why she was bugging me to get a smartphone! <BR> <BR> (I should add, 99 percent of our communication is still done by old-fashioned phone call, so it's not an invasion of anything private.) <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:36:56 EST my new habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296692 You know how they say it takes 30 days to create a new habit? Well, I think it's working. I went back in my blogs to find the date, and since Dec. 1 I've been copying my Evening Meal of two hardboiled eggs and a tbsp of peanutbutter into each day's tracker ahead of time and eating it at 8 pm. There's been a few evenings where I was short of calories and dropped the peanutbutter, and one or two where I wasn't hungry and didn't eat it at all, but mostly I've just been eating this meal automatic... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 12:11:47 EST learning to change all or nothing thinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295652 I'm very pleased with myself today. It was one of those days where I was hungrier than usual in the first half, and could see by afternoon that I was not going to be able to stay under 1550 calories. <BR> <BR> Many times in the past I have used this situation to stop tracking for the day, giving myself permission to go off track, eat whatever I want, and "start again tomorrow". Because the day was already ruined, right? My choices were 1550 calories or failure, and I had already failed. <B... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 22:54:07 EST Be the third donkey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295090 If you can paste this in your browser and see it, I think it's a beautiful example of thinking resourcefully to find new solutions. <BR> <BR> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpsG8OVt<BR>zcM Tue, 10 Jan 2017 05:58:58 EST Soup's on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6294605 I created a new favorite soup a few weeks ago. It started out when I had all this homemade beef-vegetable soup in the freezer but never seemed to feel like eating it. So I decided to hop it up. First I added some of my homemade split pea soup to add body, then I cooked down a head of cabbage and a big sweet onion in it, then I added two chopped-up sausages, chorizo and anduille, which I get at my health food store and are only 220 calories for a hotdog size, then some mixed vegetables at the ... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 12:50:26 EST 15 minutes of fame in the internet age http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6290953 Well, a weird thing happened in my family yesterday. My daughter, who works on Wendy's social media, had a Twitter exchange with an obnoxious customer that went viral. I mean, within the space of half a day it was all over Google news, it was read aloud by Anderson Cooper, it was written up on dozens of big media sites - People, Cosmopolitan, Ad Week, Buzz Feed to name a few, with titles like "Wendy's Just Won the Best Twitter Feud of 2017 So Far" - and it was all over Facebook. Probably good... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 07:19:05 EST Just have to share this pic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288190 Benny, my granddog, is ready to party! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c676846d-9243-4ba4-9fa0-c3cad1a7fcc7.jpg"> <BR> Sat, 31 Dec 2016 19:26:44 EST plugging along http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287853 So, after my renewed committment to reaching 140 I had about two weeks of perfect tracking, had weighed myself once and seen a 2-pound loss, then I put off weighing again because I felt like it might throw me off. But one morning I just couldn't resist and got on the scale, and there was my two pounds back. <BR> <BR> Now I know I fluctuate a lot with salt and water weight, and I know it means nothing, but it threw me off psychologically to where I kind of gave up and had a couple of bad day... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 08:40:39 EST good fats http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283898 I'm a big believer in good fats, but in my current push to get to the 140's I'm finding the only way I can consistently stay in my calorie range is to cut back on them temporarily. Where I normally use a tablespoon of olive oil to toss with my broccoli or brussel sprouts or cook my eggs, I've cut back to a teaspoon. And real mayo is something I'm never giving up, but right now I'm using a teaspoon instead of a tablespoon in my mayo-yogurt dressing. This is only till I get to my goal, then tha... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 18:42:55 EST a new word http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6281630 I've been talking about how fiddling with the numbers on my tracker helps with my mental attitude. Well, I'm finding that the words I use to talk to myself can too. <BR> <BR> SPARKS07 wrote the other day that she was home on a staycation and was feeling more "snacky" than usual, and I told her this is a great new word. Now maybe this is used widely elsewhere. but I've never heard the term before and it just struck a chord with me. <BR> <BR> Say I'm sitting at home, have eaten fairly recentl... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 09:01:53 EST a new reason http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6281142 I think most of us have a number that is the line we won't cross, the weight we'll never go back to, and for me that's been 160 for about a year and a half. Thus my panic when I realized I was no longer fluctuating in the low 150's, or even the middle 150's, but right up at the boundary line. The morning I saw 159 I was horrified and it brought back a rush of helpless fat-person feelings. <BR> <BR> Well, I've buckled down, drank all my water, tracked honestly and completely, and this morning... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 06:12:02 EST and in brighter news http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6279830 Thank you for your comments on my blog yesterday. I knew hearing from you would help, and it did. <BR> <BR> Now for the good news: one of my paintings made it into a show in a MUSEUM! Now it's only a small museum in Hagerstown, but it's very nice. They have minor works by some of the big artists. They have an annual juried show, the Cumberland Valley Artists Exhibition. Last year I didn't get in but now I did! <BR> <BR> Here's a pic of the museum. It's in the big city park where I like to... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 09:09:49 EST Yikes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6279329 Since I started Sparking in the fall of 2010, I've tended to have spurts of weight loss for a few months followed by long, long periods of just maintaining. But in those six years I have never gained, only fluctuated 3 pounds or so above whatever weight I was holding at the time. And the holding weight was slowly moving downward - glacially, but in the right direction. <BR> <BR> When I moved here a year ago I was at my lowest weight in about 25 years,152. Over the next six months it crept up... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 06:59:06 EST she offered to bring her horse too http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6277620 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c8d9279a-6e3c-4da2-ad9c-19809ee60069.JPG"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6aabbe35-dbb6-4a80-9d8a-3e926d84555a.jpg"> Wed, 7 Dec 2016 12:27:49 EST so far so good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6276821 I'm very pleased with my mid-evening meal idea so far. Instead of eating dinner and then seeing what I have left for snacks, I'm doing it the other way around - when it's time to think about what to have for dinner, I sit down and pre-track my mid-evening meal, then see how many calories I have left for dinner. In a way it's all mind games I guess but it's working better for me. <BR> <BR> Tonight, coming up with a satisfying dinner for under 300 calories was a little challenging but I did i... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 19:19:30 EST evening eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6274964 This has really been an issue lately, where I eat very carefully and controlled during the day and then go beyond my calorie range in the evening - not by that much, but by enough to stop me from losing. I try to leave about 300 calories after dinner, but somehow as the evening goes on I have a little snack here, a little snack there, and then somewhere before bedtime I get to "oh what the heck, I'll stick to my range tomorrow." <BR> <BR> This gets worse now that the evenings are dark and I ... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 18:31:01 EST Thought for the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6274206 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/790f394f-ede9-4926-9e8e-c0b4e030fc09.jpg"> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:06:04 EST My first and probably only themed painting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6273440 This one is a little different than most of my work. It started with a model I painted last spring who was wearing this rather garish costume she had sewn, but then I worked on it some more recently - I needed a painting for January, when my gallery is having a show called "It's Not Always Pretty", with work that is supposed to be "thought-provoking and confrontational looks on hard subjects including pollution, climate change, injustice, human rights, immigration, war, politics" etc. <BR> ... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 19:01:16 EST A new show! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6273154 So this co-op gallery I joined, I wasn't supposed to get a solo show until 2018 but somehow a slot came open this April and nobody in line ahead of me wanted it so I got it. Time to start churning out some work, and nothing works better for me than a deadline! <BR> <BR> There's two solo shows each month, the two artists divide up the front space of the gallery and do their publicity together, and apparently it's like junior high school - nobody else wanted to move up and take this spot becau... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 07:32:48 EST Thanksgiving roundup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6272312 As I sat at our big family Thanksgiving and looked around at my nieces and nephews who are in their twenties now and just really launching their adult lives, it struck me that I'm the old aunt they will remember mostly from these family gatherings. I thought about how we are creating memories for them now, how it's not as much about us as when we were in the middle of our lives. And for my daughter, I feel it's so important that she has a sense of our family and its values, because we've alwa... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 09:13:10 EST maybe the last fall hike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6269083 Sat up here for a really long time today and just let the silence soak in. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4712fe05-3fe8-471d-b6b1-94911659efcb.jpg"> Fri, 18 Nov 2016 18:59:57 EST after that blog I got my butt out in the woods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6262878 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5095921d-d4f3-464e-91e9-3b371fcb00fc.jpg"> <BR> <BR> On the hike to... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/45bfd4c6-f5a1-48a9-a353-b9d777f2de34.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wolf Rock overlook in Catoctin Mountain National Park Sun, 6 Nov 2016 17:01:56 EST just checking in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6262657 It's been mentioned that I've been absent lately. I do come to the site and see what my friends have posted, I just haven't had much to say. I seem to be in a very introverted, homebound period here lately. I emerge every few days to go to my exercise class and painting group, or to visit my sister or sit/attend meetings at the art gallery, but the rest of the time I can't seem to get myself out the door. I'm not depressed or anything, just feel like staying in my little cave. I tell myself I... Sun, 6 Nov 2016 07:36:13 EST Having a productive October http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6255791 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c6582b5f-5056-489b-95ae-5424be202aac.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5138ef9e-77d0-4674-a2a2-ab3671dd6006.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Still life is actually much smaller than portrait, uploader has a mind of its own. Am working on a series of still lifes I'm going to call October Window. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7467d5be-0874-485f-9df1-40640a9d769b.jpg"> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 10:20:50 EST tried to put this in my feed but I don't think it worked http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6247294 Seriously, I hope everyone in Matthew's path is okay and out of danger, but I laughed almost to tears the first time I saw this. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d53b0a7c-bcf3-48a5-9a82-070e4b228f12.jpg"> Thu, 6 Oct 2016 10:24:16 EST and another one http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6246952 I don't really like the corny costume setups but she did have an interesting, very Italian face. Been down with stomach virus since Saturday, but I did manage to drag myself in to the portrait group and finish this this morning. Now, back to naps. <BR> <BR> This nice lady just got divorced and when I said I was afraid I'd painted her looking mean, she said she was probably sitting there thinking about her ex. So I'm naming this one The Italian Divorcee. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 19:56:42 EST reasons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238649 I noticed KOTWBB has joined a challenge that poses this exercise: <BR> <BR> "List your 3 reasons/excuses on why your lifestyle (diets and exercise) plans have not been well executed in the past. Write a strategy for each one to keep yourself on track for 8 weeks." <BR> <BR> I don't like joining challenges or teams, call me a crabby loner I guess, but I do find this a very interesting topic, so I decided to write an answer. Then I realized my three reasons would have to be: <BR> <BR> 1) Pro... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 18:07:09 EST latest painting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6235916 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7cfe00aa-2a36-4ecf-b5d1-5929b820987d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is a model from a portrait group and I added the south american blanket from memory. Trying to work on smaller paintings that someone would want to hang on their wall even if they didn't know the person. Not that small - 24 x 30 inches. She will look better in a dark frame - I've been finding that the frames really add a lot, giving a border to the design. Wed, 14 Sep 2016 18:04:08 EST the difference between cats and dogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6234745 KITTY I'M HOME <BR> Oh, have you been gone? I hadn't noticed. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d0670b60-bd7e-4a8d-8c14-569e69400eb3.jpg"> Mon, 12 Sep 2016 17:44:08 EST An interesting book on the food industry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232421 I'm reading a book called "The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite" by David Kessler. <BR> <BR> I'm only about halfway through and some of it has been a little repetitive, but he has some fascinating interviews with experts in the food industry about the lengths they go to to engineer foods specifically so that we won't be able to stop eating them. Mathematical algorhythms to add the perfect "spike" of fat, sugar and salt to foods, special companies that des... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 17:49:45 EST good news on mammogram technology http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230987 I'm writing this blog in case anyone else has had the same experience. <BR> <BR> About 6 years ago the place where I was getting my mammograms got new digital technology, and all of a sudden I was having lots and lots of false positives. For several years I had to go in every six months, get three complete sets of mammograms taken while I waited in between in the dressing room for them to be read, then an ultrasound, then be told "oh, you're fine." They finally explained to me that they were... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 09:25:22 EST Thoughts on addiction, continued http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6227056 I've been writing from time to time about trying to come to grips with my compulsive relationship with ice cream. Recently I wrote about how I had gained a new understanding from a Spark article on food addiction. It explained that things we are addicted to light up the pleasure centers in our brain, and we keep repeating whatever does that. It made a lot of sense to me that this is what I'm doing: there's this feeling of bleakness, and then I hit that pleasure center with that ice cream and ... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 10:34:27 EST Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223030 This is always an exciting time of year for me, waking up to cool mornings and a hint of autumn in the air. Because summer is my least favorite time of year, something I endure, and then here comes fall which I love so much, a big treat. And I always find myself thinking Oh, it's going to go by so fast. Better get out there and try to grab it while you can. <BR> <BR> Which is funny when you think about it because each season is about three months long in this climate zone. And yet summer see... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:48:54 EST finished! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222028 My lovely niece Anna. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/79a996c8-cbc7-4ca9-99c4-ce1fef7876c1.jpg"> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 15:13:08 EST studio (aka part of my kitchen) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6215556 Two paintings underway, with good photos to keep working from and both people coming back for a second sitting. I am a happy camper! Having this to work on just gives me such a feeling of satisfaction. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/db9fb6b6-cc4e-421f-b1eb-6ad55849339b.jpg"> Wed, 10 Aug 2016 12:16:11 EST Anyone else becoming wary of tomatoes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214338 I love my homegrown cherry tomatoes and I've been eating a lot of them every day for a few weeks now. Also this week, I had a terrible flare-up of arthritis at the base of both my thumbs. This happens occasionally in one thumb at a time, and usually gets bad in the evening but is okay again in the morning. But this time it was going on for days without getting better, and was at the point where I was giving involuntary cries of pain when I tried to use my hands for a number of everyday activi... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 12:47:35 EST This may be the coolest thing anyone has ever said to me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207568 I couldn't wait to come home and tell my Sparkfriends about this one. I tried out a different water aerobics class at the Y this morning, and I went up to the instructor beforehand and asked her what equipment I needed. So she's deciding which water weights I should use and she glances at my torso in my bathing suit and casually says "you look like you work out, try starting with these." <BR> <BR> It took a minute to hit me. I get in the water and then I do a double-take and think "did that ... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:58:35 EST new habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205472 It dawned on me today that I've finally reached the point where I just don't feel like myself if I go more than a couple of days without exercise. I don't think I'll ever be as consistent or prodigious as some, but it's definitely become an important part of my life, not just a 'should'. I'm not talking hours here, some days it's the minimum of 30 minutes but it has to be intense and get everything stretched out. <BR> <BR> Also, I've really pushed these last few months to keep a salad in the... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 17:28:40 EST new painting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205380 I've been taking a little hiatus since my show, mostly because I didn't have anyone to paint - the portrait group where we hire models doesn't meet in the summer. Anyway, found an open-to-all-comers show I want to enter in Frederick, closer in to the DC suburbs, but the size limit is 30 x 30" and all my paintings are 30 x 36. So my sister kindly volunteered to sit for me again and I just finished this one at 24 x 30. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8a2ba103-de48-45... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 13:06:08 EST