I put on a few pounds over the winter. Shocker. This was THE most brutal winter that I can ever remember and my painting literally kept me sane, I think. On the down side, there’s not many calories to be burned from moving a paintbrush around a canvas or piece of watercolor paper. I caught the gain early enough (or so I thought) and went back to my tried-and-true weight loss routine of counting calories and using my pedometer. This time though, it didn’t work. Two weeks passed and I didn’t lose a single ounce, so I decided that instead of my ‘usual’ plan I’d best mix things up a bit. So, I bought a Nutribullet and replaced my usual breakfast with a smoothie. Slowly, the weight started to come off. Thank goodness for my friend Laura’s blog because she posts some pretty fantastic smoothie recipes; she’s also the one who gave me the thumbs up on the Nutribullet, too.
The last couple of pounds that I needed to drop ended up coming off, basically because I worried them off. This was around the time of the photo shoot and I swear my stomach was so tied into knots that entire week I simply couldn’t eat very much. When I did get my appetite back I started craving peanut butter. I wanted to slather it on everything! Up late one night I found myself at Katie’s dessert blog over at Chocolate Covered Katie. If you have a massive sweet tooth like I do and are trying to eat clean, head over to her site IMMEDIATELY. She is such an asset to our community here. When I used to diet I would simply avoid foods that were triggers, instead finding an acceptable substitute (powdered peanut butter). While I do still eat powdered peanut butter, I’ve found that I can be completely satisfied by having a little of the real stuff when it’s combined with a banana. Taken directly from Katie’s site, all I do is cut a ripe banana in half and add two tablespoons of peanut butter and a dash of cinnamon. Mash everything together and then start whipping it with a spoon. Before you know it, you’ve got peanut butter frosting that you can add to toast, Vitatops, english muffins, waffles, or just eat it right off the spoon. It makes quite a bit and has a real peanut butter flavor to it, and it lasts me a couple of days.
I have started the painting for my part of the project with Brooke (my friend and photographer). I decided to use an image from the shoot that was NOT released to the public. Here’s a peek of this week’s work:
I will be done with the painting next week and then it will be handed over to Brooke so that she can do her part. I cannot wait to share the finished image with you!