First step, better sleep patterns! Check... (in theory at least. We will see how things go tonight.)
Second step, eat better!!! Holy banana balls have I been eating badly! I don't know if it was stress that made me not just slip off but dive off in massive cannon ball vigor and determination from the eating better wagon, but boy o boy do I have to climb back on, strap in and hunker down for the ride. Sheesh! What the hell was I thinking?!? Now I know a lot of people say this, but it is actually true. I am not doing this just to lose weight (though I know that will happen as I am seriously overweight) but I want to get healthy. I want to feel better! I want to be able to spend a whole day in the studio working hard and getting shit done without having to take major breaks because I don't have the stamina or physical ability to keep going and then when I get home all I want to do is fall into bed and sleep away the hours because I am so tired. That has just got to go! Also, I need strength in my limbs to do the kind of work that I do and I have been noticing that my strength is growing more and more pathetic. That is NOT cool. So, time to make sure that what goes into my mouth is better in quality, smaller in quantity and will give my body what it needs and no more or less!!! This of course means that I have to hit up the Weight Watchers to start with while I do some research on my own to gain knowledge about what is good for me and all that jazz. I will be employing the help of my Doc as well to make sure I do this right!
So Step 2 is making with the eating well and getting healthy, check. (again in theory at this point as it is going to take a while to see results but this is the face of a determined woman!)
Step 3 is to up the activity in a major way. I am heading to the gym tomorrow to get a membership and hit the pool again for the first time in a long time. I can't wait! I miss swimming and I know it's something that I can do without wanting to quit before I even start. I am not someone who likes to get hot and sweat and when I swim I don't notice that I am hot or sweaty because I am in the water. Yes, when you think about that, it's pretty gross, but I am going to sweat like a pig in that pool and revel in every damn minute of it! I plan on adding some cardio and such after a few weeks to up the anti as I get more in shape. I'd love to eventually pick up a Karate/Martial Arts class and actually be able to do it someday (someday being before my 42nd birthday as my 41st is painfully nigh!)
And last but not least, I am back to my art! I am finishing up a stone piece that I started at the end of the semester just to get my creative mojo going again. It's actually coming along better than I thought it would. Click the pic to the left to see a few process shots as it goes along.
I also have a grant to create more luminaries in the "Illuminated Text" series. I have about a year to do them as there will be an exhibition in September '16 and I have to have them done by then. So this summer I need to get a good chunk of work done so that I can finish up anything that needs more attention next summer as I can't count on working over the semesters.
So that's me for now. Summer is here, the studio is a mess, the plan is laid and the potential for great things is there.