Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Oil Painting & Donuts


On Tuesday nights I take an oil painting class where I am painting a cute picture of my daughter when she was 6 years old (she’s 26 now). I’ve been working on this since last September but only paint during class—the rocks in the background have taken weeks and still aren’t finished and I need to add her shoes and some leaves. My teacher is really good but still helps us out a lot and I will give almost full credit to her for making the hair look real. I still have a few weeks to finish this off (I only paint during class—can’t find the time at home) and will have to sign up for the third series of classes in April/May. I am hoping my next project to be a door—either a garden gate or door to my house. And Debi from Hawaii Bound Bandster, I love your paintings and maybe one day I’ll be as good as you are (and faster—LOL).

Now to the donut reference in the title. As I drove home around 9:30 from class, I pass a donut shop. In the past I have been know to buy 6 donuts, eat two on the way home, another two when I got home, then hide the last two for later and dispose of the box. Just so my family would not see that I actually came home with 6 (or twelve) sometimes.

Now that I can eat regular food again, I wondered. And thought. And finally stopped and bought an apple fritter. It sat patiently beside me on the short ride home. I put all my stuff away, pulled out a plate, knife and fork. Cut the donut into small pieces and then ate the WHOLE THING. I didn’t feel any restriction at all. All I could think about is how good it would have been to have a glass of milk with it (skim of course). Guess it is time for a fill. I must say I didn’t feel like eating another one though.

I know. I know. Donuts are not on the list of good stuff to eat but they are still there in real life. I just wondered what would happen and now I know. I can eat just one and not my normal 4 (with the sugar rush). In a way this is an NSV for me. Control is what I’m looking for. Another small NSV is my jeans are falling off my bum. I had to buy a belt to hold them up. I am soooo close to losing 20 pounds (0.6 pound to go), I can almost taste it. Guess I should have passed up the donut last night. But my daughter is looking so cute!

10 comments:

Band-Babe said...

You are really talented. I think having a passion (outside of food) really helps with weight control.

As I've talked about ad nauseum, I love a good treat. But, I still have to be so, very, extremely careful. One is better than four, so that's good. Restriction will help some with carbs, but it's a slippery slope those sweets are... my goal is to be at peace with all food. Because that's normal life.

Congrats on the baggy bum syndrome! Get used to it, this won't be the first time!

DawnB said...

I love the painting - you are talented. 1 is definitely better than 4 or 6 or more. That's what our bands are for - control. So good for you!

Jennifer said...

WOW!! I thought it WAS a picture! You are so talented!

Andrew said...

A really great picture.....

Debi said...

Yes, your painting is fantastic Sandy!!

I too started out taking a couple of classes, and I was only working on the painting in class. But then I decided to paint something on my own and have not gone back to class since, although I really could use some help in things like reflections in water!! My Tahoe painting would be so much better if I could get the reflection right.

However, I have not attempted to paint a human as yet!! I would like to try it at least once though.

Your painting of your daughters face and hair is fantastic!! And your rock looks real too.

Jess said...

Your donut talk made me crave one. I reached down into my desk drawer and grabbed a Double Chocolate Crisp Power Bar. It's definitely not as good as a fritter but I'm only three bites in and don't even have an inkling of a craving for one anymore.

Maybe stow a few little sweets in your purse for these situations. Even Little Teddy Graham snack packs might do for the donut craving. (My original thought was Hershey kisses but that might get messy in your purse!)

workinprogress said...

wow - love the painting! You are very talented :-)

I can very much relate to wanting to have a drink with the donut. I miss my coffee and toast :-(

Band Groupie said...

Love the painting...really well done! Time for a fill girl!

Tina said...

your painting looks wonderful. ahh doughnuts. you will eventually have more restriction and those suckers will take work to eat :) I can have a bite or two but after that...risky.

Girl Bandit said...

Oh bum...my post disappeared and I have to write it again and I can't remember how I started. I think you did really well with the donut and it is ok to have a treat every now and then. You did not eat it in the car, you did not sneak it, you stopped at one and you enjoyed it. Sounds like a major NSV to me. Oh just don't do it everyweek. Love the painting...you are very clever

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