Some people have asked me how I started my weight loss. My first few months in the blog archive explain it all.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

The Devils Workshop

"Creation brings deep satisfaction and fulfillment. We develop ourselves and others when we take unorganized matter into our hands and mold it into something of beauty—and I am not talking about the process of cleaning the rooms of your teenage children."

There is a sedentary part of motherhood. I oversee piano lessons, drive and wait for kids in the car, oversee homework and computer time - you get the idea. Add to that watching TV programs, books, computer time and phone conversations and my Heine gets plenty of sit time.

I have to admit that I enjoy the sedentary part of my life. The only problem that I can see is that lounging pairs itself effortlessly to eating. The old quote: "idle hands are the devils workshop" could also be changed to idle hands and a sitting bum are Ben and Jerry magnets.

Elder Uchdorfs talk inspired me. If my problem is that I eat when I am still, creating, and keeping my hands busy can keep my mouth empty. I brought back out my crochet hooks and during conference I crocheted a lace edging around a fleece blanket. I felt immensly satisfied because I created and stayed away from the peanut m&m's.

I now want to gain a skill. I want to draw like my brother. My tallented family intimidates me and make me embarrassed to try. Drawing a duck for my daughter depressed me when I had to explain just where the beak was.

A few weeks ago I grabbed an Archie comic book and started cartooning. If I do say so myself I have got Betty and Veronica down. I attempted Ethel but have a bit of work to do on her. You would think she would be easy, but ugly is hard.

I titled my spiral note book "I Wanna Draw" and last night watching the biggest loser I filled up 8 pages of doodles. It was so much fun, very satisfying and completely calorie free. I have found that creating really does have a bigger payoff than eating...Who Knew?? I am so thankful for inspired church leaders. Heavenly Father did not leave us alone to figure it out. I feel very loved!

p.s. Thank you to you all for reading my ramblings. Your comments have meant a lot to me, I am amazed that you all came back! I really needed to do this, I have lost another 2 pounds. Being accountable to an invisible audience works wonders.


Kathi said...

You got it exactly as I did. I too listened to Elder Uchtdorf's talk and felt empowered. When I create and quilt, my vices take a back seat. Food is literally the last thing on my mind. So I've filled by quilt room with projects, ideas, things to finish and hopefully when I get those crazy urges for sweet, salty and chocolate, I'll make a detour to the quilt room and feel inspired. Thanks for your words. It's always good to know there are others with similar joys and battles.

Heffalump said...

Why wouldn't we all come back? We loved the inspiration we got reading your blog!

Lisa said...

Great words for thought... Now I feel like quilting!!!

Patty said...

President Uchtdorf's talk inspired me too, actually both of them. The one from the Relief Society session and the one from last weekend. I re-committed my self last week to take better care of this body that Heavenly Father gave me. I am so grateful for the gospel and what joy it brings. Congrats on your weight loss, I lost some this week to. Yay for us.

Yvonne said...

Elder Uchtdorf's talk was one of the first ones I read when I got home. I loved it--creativity really helps me feel better. (I am too critical of myself so his words were very helpful ; )

I agree about the whole being accountable to an imaginary audience--it has made all the difference in the world to me.

Congrats on the 2 pounds.