Dance to the Tune

It’s not too late to wish everyone a happy new year even though we are almost to day 4 of the new year.  I’m glad that the holidays are over.  There’s only so much junk that a person can consume before one goes into carb overload. 🙂  Most people make resolutions to lose weight or curb other bad habits during the new year. 

Back last summer,  I(we) started a new way of eating. I lost seven pounds over  a period of several months and that was eating whatever I wanted during my eating period.  The way it works is that you fast during a 19 hour period  and eat only during a 5 hour period of a 24 hour day.  You can pick whichever 5 hours works best for you.  Our eating period is from 12 o’clock noon to 5 in the evening.  The Doctor who came up with this program has a book and a website if you would like to read more about it, go to:   The plan is called Fast-5.  There is a book on the website you can download  and print out for free.  I ordered Dr. Herring’s book from Amazon. Look the book up on Amazon, there are several favorable reviews.  Seven pounds doesn’t sound like a lot but I lost inches…and it’s safe because you do not lose muscle.  During the holidays, I know that I have gained back some of what I lost.  This is our first day back on it since Thanksgiving. I am actually looking forward to getting back on the plan because I feel better.  It’s actually easier for me to not eat anything during the non-eating time because when I try to cut back, I think I’ll eat  just a nibble and it’s always more than you planned.  This way, you eat ONLY  during the 5-hour period.  At first, you eat everything you can during that time but after being on the plan for a while you find that you can’t eat as much as you once did.  It takes a lot of determination and persistance to stay on this plan but after the first few days, it becomes easy to do.  If you decide to try this, come back and leave a comment and let me know how it’s going for you. 

OK—on to “Dance to the Tune.”  I named it this because it looks cheery and happy…another piece on Canson paper.  It has several layers as I didn’t like my first attempt and started over.  I dripped red oxide and dioxazine purple Liquitex acrylic ink over it along with acrylics and water-soluble crayons.  I also used a dip pen in the purple ink to draw the lines.  



8 thoughts on “Dance to the Tune

  1. Rosie January 4, 2011 / 1:10 pm

    Happy New Year Mary!
    That 5-hour plan sounds interesting, but also quite tricky. I work with DH, mainly at home, so I am not sure how I’d cope with that. But, I’m gonna go check out his book and website. After all, if it makes you feel better (and you are really honest, aren’t you?!!) and it has worked for you, then I might just try it for both of us!


  2. Janet January 4, 2011 / 1:57 pm

    The eating plan sounds interesting. I’ll take a look at it when I leave here. I didn’t do too badly during the holidays even though I ate a lot of stuff I shouldn’t have.

    Love the new painting! You’re right about it looking happy and cheerful. You use such great colors.


  3. lee January 4, 2011 / 10:32 pm

    the plan does sound interesting, usually 12 to 5 is when I am hungry, I rarely eat after supper, and I am not to hungry in the am. Imight try it, and I will definitely check out the book. Also love the colours.


  4. Rosie January 5, 2011 / 2:54 pm

    Loved that plan Mary – I have downloaded the book and spoken to Nick about it. We have pals with MS and I have told them to go check it out too!
    Now onto your linking ???
    Have the page you want to link to open in a separate tab. When you are writing your post, highlight the name of the site you want to link up to and then click on the little chainlink symbol in the bar above where you write your post…
    Clicking on that will open a new window. Click the little box that says “open in a new window” cos you don’t want people to leave your site, do you? Then copy and paste the url of the site you want to link to and paste it into the address line in that new window. Get it? Then click save and check when you preview your post!
    Hope that helps! xo


  5. Artswebshow January 5, 2011 / 7:07 pm

    It sounds like a good plan.
    I suppose the science of it is that your stomach will shrink over time.
    Pretty much as you stated.
    I’d try it but my plan works great. lol
    I run a mile every night and do weights.
    Plus my active job and the availability of fresh ingredients help


  6. Jane January 6, 2011 / 8:51 pm

    Yes, the plan sounds interesting, congrats on finding it and making it work. I also really love your painting! Your colors are gorgeous!


  7. sukey January 7, 2011 / 8:54 am

    yes, i too love this new painting!


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