Graduated from art school in 2000 & have been keeping going creatively ever since - although sometimes by my bootstraps. I write fiction & poetry (& this). I draw & paint, & I cook, & I travel as often as I can. I know the world is not always friendly or conducive to the creative life or to the open heart, so I'm just working on keeping my inner fire alight, hoping that people like me can all help keep the bigger light burning too. May we all have the good fortune to enjoy health, happiness & creative fulfilment!
I still haven't lost that much actual on-the-scales weight on this here five-two diet; just over a stone, in around six months (and that's including a month off after the flu and a couple of shorter breaks). But I have changed shape so much; it's really quite odd.
My boobs are still the same size, hurrah. But I've had to take two pairs of trousers in at the waist. And when I tried on the two shirts I thought I was going to have to let out - to see how much I needed to let them out by - I found that I don't need to let them out anymore.
And three pairs of jeans that were close-fitting, bordering on tight, all through the upper third are now comfy at the waist and loose in the thigh.
I know raving about diets is a problem for some people. I've never been a dieter before, much less a diet fangirl. If you know me, you know I'm definitly not a closet anorexic with horrendous denial issues... But it is really satisfying to lose weight, off the bits that needed to lose it, painlessly and straightforwardly, like this. And to feel so healthy on it (at least now I've shaken off that miserable flu and its aftereffects).
I'm enjoying my days off, although aware (from the degree that I've slumped) that I had indeed got very, very tired lately. I'm doing some writing and some sewing, I'm having a lie-in in the mornings, and yesterday I had lunch out and made a batch of fudge (which came out a bit funny, but still tastes good). Writing, sewing, cookery; all very fulfilling creative acts.
Life is okay, yep, I think so... And realising how tired I've been getting has made me decide that if I possibly can, this year, I'm going to have a full two weeks away in Greece, instead of the one week I have ended up with the last few years. It's worth committing a bit more money to, to get that utter peace, the pine-scented clean air, and the swimming in the sea and reading as much as I want... So if I get the chance, this week, I'm going to try and book that.