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Routines are so important

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

I am on my third day of oil painting class and am enjoying the class. But I must say that it's hard to not do your usual routine every morning. I don't have time to walk the dogs in the morning so I miss that. DH has been doing it. But I really do miss it. I do make myself walk at the break around 1pm each day which helps a little but nothing like hiking up and down the mountain. I have complete empathy for those of you who work and fit exercise in. Our class doesn't let out until 3 o4 pm so by the time I get home I am ready for my main meal of the day. I have been doing good not snacking on all the cookies and such put out at the class. That doesn't do anything for me. And I take almonds as my snack at noon break since it's only a half hour. I would rather wait to eat a real meal until I get home. Of course I start my day with my protein drink and add some extra chia seeds to really hold me off. I do miss my regular routine though. Pushing my main meal back until 4 or 5 is doable but I am very hungry by then. Something I learned after the first day when I had a big banana and no protein for the "lunch" break is that it didn't hold the hunger as well as when I had the almonds yesterday. Big difference in hunger when they say eat protein there is good thought behind that to keep hunger in control.
well off to another day of painting. Yesterday we did fishing boats today we are doing crowds at market. Since the paintings are oil we leave them to dry but when I bring them home I will take photos and share....they are not good but having fun just the same and learning which is always good.
Do have a great day.
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    Can't wait to see your paintings, Sallie. :) I love oil painting too.

    Thank you for the encouraging comment on my blog post! Your commitment to tracking has probably had more impact on me than anything else I've read on SparkPeople. When I first found your page several months ago, I read a ton of your previous posts, plus your food journal, and I just kept saying to myself over and over, "She tracks EVERYTHING." I couldn't believe that you even tracked on the days you ate more than you wished you had. Those were exactly the days I used to avoid my tracker! So I learned a lot from reading your journey. Just wanted to thank you for your transparency--and for being such an encouraging example.

    1931 days ago
    I look forward to seeing your painting interpretations
    1932 days ago
    Glad you are managing to figure out how to make the classes work for you. It sounds like a lot of fun to me. I have some wonderful oil painting supplies I should dig out of storage in the basement and see if any of it is still any good. It has only been 20 + years since I have used any of it! I think it's time to look at it and either use it or throw it all out!
    1932 days ago
    Very good observations! Routines can be a tremendous help in our quest for health and weight management. But adding a new skill, a new class, a new environment to our experiences -- well, that helps to keep our life fresh and our brain working!! Good for you on all levels!!! -Marsha
    1932 days ago
    Keep pushing! A routine will fall into place. HUGS
    1933 days ago
  • LIS193
    We are creatures of habit :) Having a routine is good and how life seems different when something upsets the routines. Have fun in your class - you can make up for your walks next week!
    1933 days ago
    Sounds like fun. Could you get up earlier and take the dogs for a walk? That way you could get your walk in. Just a thought. emoticon
    1933 days ago
    Having fun is what is important, right? Enjoy your classes because you will be back in your routine soon enough and your dog will be happy too. emoticon
    1933 days ago
    Can't wait to see pics. And having fun is what counts. BTW, I always keep almonds with me (been doing it for years). When I get hunger pangs and not at a place where it's easy to eat healthy (car, plane, movie, shopping) I ead a handfull of almonds and it always tides me over.
    1933 days ago
    I'm a "routine" person as well, but I love trying new things.
    (I think you are making way better choices than I would)

    Think of all you are learing and all the new people you are meeting...and maybe you will be getting your passion for painting back.

    Remember it's only a couple more days
    1933 days ago
  • IRP1114
    So glad you are enjoying the class and finding ways to still keep up with your healthy eating. That is awesome. I am sure your dogs miss you too ;-)! Good thing is it is only a few days. Then you will be back in your routine :-)
    1933 days ago
    I'm glad youa are enjoying the painting. At least
    your hubby can walk the dogs till you get back into
    your routine. Our lives are realy affected by change,
    aren't they? You'll be fine. emoticon
    1933 days ago
    Sally, I painted at one time also,but not in years. I did oil & pastels. I have 2 in the kitchen of still life, my apples tumbling out of the basket, & one with straw & eggs which reminds me of picking eggs as a child at our farm & at my grandmother's house. The one I did of an elk over looking the area. one of a cabin in the winter time in the woods. we had a showing open house where they were displayed for a month. Perhaps you can set up your easel & paint the beautiful scenery from you balcony.Do they have basket weaving classes in Mexico I would think they would I took a Glass in that it was fascinating to me, I also caned. Gee Sally just hearing what you are doing is giving me the drive to get back into something I once did, thanks for the motivation. Happy painting
    1933 days ago
  • MJRVIC2000
    Routine and consistency are essential to reaching goals. This also applies to life. God cares about people the world sees as no-bodies, . God knew who they were and He knew what they needed and what they wanted. He knows about you too! Give Thanks and Praise His Holy name! Vic.
    1933 days ago
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