Day 19 Of The 30-Day Creative Gathering

Day 19. 2019 C.G., 8 x 8, watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold-pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.
Day 19. 2019 C.G., 8 x 8, watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold-pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

This looks better in person. The table is deeper, and the flowers are brighter. And the vase looks more blended. I used Caran d’Ache water-soluble crayons, and a LePen. I had fun working on this. The vase was last, and it started out white. But the shadows weren’t working. I tried to give it form, but that didn’t work either. I added color, a touch of shadow, and left it at that.

I met with the nutritionist last week. The 2-month follow up. I’m moving on to the next phase of eating, which basically means I can add citrus and raw vegetables. So exciting! Haha, no really. I have been missing salad! Crunchy, crispy, fresh. Tonight I am having grilled shrimp lettuce wraps, with Butter Lettuce. Mmmm. Hahaha.

At the time of the office visit, I had lost 22 lbs. But I had only lost a pound or two in the previous two weeks. Great news is, it was all fat, no muscle, or other body mass. More good news I am in the normal range as far as weight and BMI. My fat % is 37, but she would like it to be at 32%. My BMI is 25 and under 27 is good. If I can lose a bit more, get to a certain percentage, it is more likely that I will keep it off. True for everyone. That percentage also makes it more likely that you will keep diabetes, heart, and all of those related problems at bay. 

I can still only manage to drink about 48 oz. of water a day. I’m not even drinking tea lately. So my goals are to up the water intake, reach that 64 oz. goal daily goal. Lose a bit more, and maintain my eating habits. Which isn’t hard, I just can’t eat much. I think I eat about 1/3 of a cup at a time. And I still have to be careful about what I eat.

She suggested some low cal dressings. Bolthouse Farms. They are made with yogurt, so they are in the refrigerated aisle. They make creamy dressings that are low cal, low carb, low sugar. And you get a bit of calcium and protein!

4 thoughts on “Day 19 Of The 30-Day Creative Gathering

  1. Val van der Poel

    good news about your health! I would miss having fresh veg too. wishing you continued success with your recovery

  2. laurelle cidoncha

    A beautiful bouquet…you have a knack for color and uplifting art! As to your health update, as they say in Spanish “poco poco,” little by little, step by step…you are getting there, Sheila. The worst is over. My goodness, it’s a hard way to lose weight, but you will be that much healthier when this is all over. You appear to be healing as the doctor believes you should; so you’re doing all the right things. Hang in there…you’re getting there!!! Big hug!

    1. Sheila Post author

      LOL, thanks so much Laurelle. It is a hard way to lose weight, and I didn’t even really want to lose weight. Well, maybe a little. I actually weigh now, what I did before Pete got sick and went through treatment. I gained weight all year long. Long days, worry, stressful driving, eating a lot of junk. LOL. I AM coughing much less. And it will keep improving for the next three months. So that is the best thing. 🙂 But now that I have had the surgery, I will do what it takes to reach the “optimum condition”. Hahaha. Thanks for your encouragement Laurelle. Means more than you know 🙂 Hugs 🙂


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