Artist's Way

Sparkling Path Walkers

My Culinary Artist Date. Mint water, 1/2 avocado and cheese sandwich on whole grain, salad with organic spinach, strawberries, cantaloupe, grapes, tomatoes, croutons,and cheese.

Greetings fellow travelers,

I began my introduction to “The Writing Diet” by Julia Cameron with a lot of gusto utilizing the 7 Tools! They are:

The First Tool: Morning Pages
The Second Tool: The Journal
The Third Tool: Walking
The Fourth Tool: The Four Questions
The Fifth Tool: Culinary Artist Dates
The Sixth Tool: HALT
The Seventh Tool: The Body Buddy

I knocked it out of the park by writing 7 days out of 7 days Morning Pages. I enjoyed writing my Morning Pages in the morning and getting a lot of emotions out. I am so glad to be continuing this tool from “The Artist’s Way” and “Walking in This World.” Morning Pages are an excellent way for me to get current and to be in the now.

I discovered an easy way to keep a food journal by adding entries of what I ate in my calendar on my cell phone. I carry my cell phone everywhere I go and it’s really convenient. I could select the time I ate and in the title just list all the things I ate for my meal. It’s also easy to track the water that I am drinking as well. Six days of this week I drank a full 8 glasses of water. I use a memo app on my phone when I want to write my feelings about eating on the go.

I walked five 20 minute walks this past week despite the raging heat in the 100s. I either walked at night with my boyfriend when it was cooler or walked inside my apartment building. The night was full of fireflies and racing bunnies that would dart from the bushes.

I utilized the Four Questions a couple of times. Thinking first instead of grabbing food and putting it in my mouth. It gets me to pause and reflect on whether I am hungry or not or whether I could be making a better choice.

My Culinary Artist Date was at Good Harvest Market in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. I drank Mint water and ate 1/2 avocado and cheese sandwich on whole grain, salad with organic spinach, strawberries, cantaloupe, grapes, tomatoes, croutons, and cheese. I was able to get 69 cents off my purchase with my Good Harvest Market card.

Using HALT (Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired) I often find myself eating when I am lonely. I spend a lot of time on the computer seeking a connection. Then I usually think of food. Awareness I believe is the first step in addressing my eating patterns.

I not only have one body buddy but three body buddies who are so encouraging and supportive. Together we are the Sparkling Path Walkers and we lift each other up as we are all going on this journey to greater health. Each of us has all gone through “The Artist’s Way” and “Walking in This World” together so we have 24 weeks walking alongside each other writing our Morning Pages and doing Artist’s Dates. We are all each close to each other. I am so honored to have such loving people I can turn to. I think the relationship I have with these women is fabulous and is the best part of going on this “Writing Diet.”

Also, I have the love and support of several people going on “The Writing Diet” journey with me in The Artist’s Way Circle on Facebook  This special circle brings such joy to my face. Everybody in both my face to face and online circle are a wonderful support system to surround myself with.

Warm regards,