overworked...and I actually talk about dieting...

Not me..
My art.
rookie mistake.
All 'artists' out there know what I am talking about.
You got an idea.
You are working it.
It's coming together.
It looks good.
you keep working it..
you start thinking.
Just a little more and a little more.
and then...
you've killed it.
instead of luminous it looks muddy.
Instead of inspired it's flat.
Or words that I can't say.
I was sooooo angry.
It's a mistake you make when you haven't drawn in a long time.
knowing when to stop.
Important in food.
Important in art and
important in life.

and quick note.

About dieting...*gasp.
If your bad days are outnumbering your good days then instead of focusing on owning your choices...you may want to focus on setting a cap and sticking to it.
I could, conceivably, own my choices all the way back up to 262 lbs.
That isn't a lifestyle....
It's a downhill slide.
The one thing that worked for me was knowing that on Sunday through Friday it was thus and such calories.
On Saturday it was this much.
However much that is...and not going over it for any reason.
Hell or high water.
Because when it comes down to it, the one thing that is going to get you to your goal is setting limits for yourself and not letting anything get in your way..not bad moods or anything.

You have to set the food and exercise apart from a bad mood.

Let's just say:

If you are in a bad mood...and you were formerly an alcoholic....
You couldn't pick up a six back 'just this once'.
Everyone knows that is a mistake for an alcoholic.
Well, if you are (or were formerly) morbidly obese...I would say,
The same goes for food.
That's all.
Have a great night...


Rettakat said...

Excellent point, Chris. I hadn't thought of it that way before. To focus on setting a limit and sticking to it, not focusing on the owning it part.

We all like to feel so proud of ourselves for owning it (ha ha, better speak for myself) but that can end up being a trap, if we stay there, and don't go on to correcting that which we have owned!

I had to laugh about the overworked art... I am in the middle of experimenting with my new Neocolor II's, and was taking pics of each step. But just last night was shrinking from posting the pics cuz it was not turning out like I saw in my head.

Oh well, we learn from the duds, too. I've read that it takes 7 duds to turn out 1 masterpiece. I tend to think it's true, LOL!


Anonymous said...

I have come to depise the phrase, "I'm not on a diet, this is a lifestyle change." ugh.

The bottom line is, if you're trying to lose weight--you better take in less than you use.

Workin on that... And the lifestyle thing, too. :)


Alexia said...

i love what you said about the bad mood. so often i would excuse overeating for my mood. and it continued: pound after pound after pound.
i should have just taken a walk :)

thanks, chris.

Tammy said...

I totally, completely agree with you. Now if I would just put it into practice....consistent practice!!! :)

Jack Sh*t, Gettin' Fit said...

For me, it's not so much the food I'm eating as the way I'm eating. I get into trouble when I eat too fast, or too mindlessly. When I eat when I'm not hungry or because I'm bored. I'm discovering that those bad habits can bite you even if your food choices aren't as horrid as they once were.

Excellent post.

Robin said...

I read this earlier and my brain couldn't come up with a decent comment, so I decided to let it simmer and come back. Since then I've thought about the times I've overworked things. For me, that often means overthinking stuff. Over analyzing. Sometimes you can break something apart so far that it no longer makes sense. You lose sight of the cohesiveness of the whole. You started out with great intentions but you didn't stop when it was making sense, and you end up with nonsense. Have you noticed that it is easier to break something apart than it is to put it back together? When you get to that point you just have to start over. I guess that is like you and your painting. You can't undo it. You just have to get a fresh canvas and go again. Hopefully, this time you will recognize the stopping point when you see it.

Michele said...

Great post. I like to think of the limits as boundaries that keep me on my path moving forward. That mental image has helped me.