It's easy to get all the salt and carbs you could want in a pinch. There are plenty of opportunities at every street corner, never mind your own cupboard. I face every one of those temptations too and it is a battle. I am happy to say that today, six weeks in my battle is a little less strenuous, thanks to a regular daily approach to fixing my health.
So how did I get started? The answer is that I got started over a long period of time. Months. Let me explain; I have known for years that i was massively overweight. I have seen what this kind of weight can do to a person in the stroke that one friend had that left him with only half of his body functions. Another who died and yet another whose speech is a mess for life. I also have kids whom I wish to see grow up and enjoy them and their children with. So theres the motivation. But even with all of that I still wouldn't get started with real change in my life.
I had to reach the bottom. feelings of things inside my body that were not right. Tiredness that was taking over me and rendering me to every couch and chair I could relax on. And the worst for me was the program after program that seems to hit us about how to loose weight. 30 day, 60 day, 90 day, 100 day programs…drink mixes from a can, meal packages prescribed by someone who has never even seen me, and worst of all was my doctor who is a good forty pounds over weight herself telling me how to loose weight.
I gave up.
Then I saw a program about juicing. The aim was not to loose weight but rather to simply get healthy again. Cleanse out all the garbage in my system and start from the basics. It made sense to me. It clicked, as they say. That same night I ordered my Breville stainless steel juicer (because stainless steel is easy to clean and that makes it all easier). Then wit the handbook that comes with the Breville Juicer, I was off to my local grocer to stock up on leafy greens, roots and seeds and that was the beginning.
The key, for me, was to go cold turkey, deal with my demons head on. I couldn't survive with a inch in method, it had to be all or nothing. And it wasn't about weight loss, it was from the beginning about getting healthy and seeing marked measurable changes that I could reliably count on as fact.
Within a week I began to see the pounds dropping off at a rate of approx a pound a day. That was pretty motivating all by itself but even mores was the energy and clarity I was enjoying, and still am.
The way to get started is to get started. Simply put. The running and exercise began after my third week, when I was sure the food aspect was taking hold and for real, then I could ramp up the process by getting active. That was by beginning walking a kilometre a day, then two and now I am into a full kilometre walk, then a full kilometre run at 145 beats per minute and the last kilometre cool down.
I have not felt so good in twenty years.
I never set out to tell anyone how to do this. It's not my goal. Everyone is different and everyone should consult a health professional before starting and during. I share because I hope someone is inspired to get started. To seek in their own body a real and marked
The new and final
Return to Canoe Lake
(formerly : Across Canoe Lake)
36"c48" oil on canvas
There are times when you have to face up with a situation and make the hard decision. Such is the case with two paintings that have dogged this artist for over a year. Across Canoe Lake and Low sun on pine tree. (pictured here)
I know every painting has to breath it's own breath and have it's own expression, but every time I look at these two there is always something calling out for change. I don't mind revisiting paintings for small accents or touch ups but to me these two are calling for a total makeover, so to say. In fact, by post time of this blog it has already begun. The skies are different, the water has changed colours and the general yellow tones are now more earthy and "cozy", I am feeling better about them. Very radical changes in deed.
This has happened in the past, and when it has it is a bit uncanny how then and only then does someone surface saying "ah but I was about to buy it the way it was...".
In the end I have to follow my own soul on it. I have to do what I feel is right or I'm cheating you and myself. It has to be said that in a selfish sort of way I do paint for myself first. I must feel pleased and fulfilled with it and it's message. So let's see where it goes with these two. Stay tuned. I promise I will post an update to this blog when they are done so you can see them in their final state. I'll be interested to read your comments if you have any.
In painting as in life, and painting is so much like life, one sometimes has no choice but to wait. There are times when you can fly though things and be done with it asap. Most of the time the result is a painting which is good.
Now for the patient part. When you think a painting is done, finished, complete you are going to hang it, shoot it, post it, etc, etc. But later it hit's you, it's not done! You have a wave of what I call Post inspiration. This is where you see your painting from totally objective eyes. You notice things you didn't notice the first time around. Such was the case for "Changing Colours". The second wave of inspiration didn't come for three years! Without a doubt I truly feel satisfied now with this painting and the work is done. Finished, complete.
I cannot let the passing of Steve Jobs go without saying my two bits.
For thirty years I did my utmost to expose my paintings to as many people as possible. I used conventional Galleries and agents. Without going into the politics of that whole game I want to devote this post to the Steve Jobs effect on my career as an artist.
By making the internet as available as he has with Apple products and challenging others such as IBM and Google to better themselves...Steve Jobs and Apple have singlehandedly opened the door for an artist like myself to put my work in front of thousands of faces each and every day. Therefore virtually sidestepping the gallery system, with some respectable exceptions.
Thank you Steve Jobs, I will miss you. But your legacy lives on.
The Artists Journey
This is my blog page and it is where I get to be the opinionated man that I really am. The views are my own.
I invite your replies and comments, on my virtual welcome mat.
This sketch above became this finished painting below
The Pine Tree Painter.
How did I become known as the Pine Tree Painter? You could say I paint a lot of Pine Trees, that would be true. I paint a lot of other things too, but Pine Trees, Spruce Trees, Birch and others seem to be a continuous string in what i do. I just like the way they stand there like a custodian of the land. or a greeter to nature. So, I continue down the path with the Pine Tree Painter name on my head, It's ok.