Last week I put out a first announcement for my upcoming Artists with Appetites Weight Awareness Group that will start in April. Reader and artist Bill, in response to the announcement, dropped me the following email:

“I’ve always been a big eater. I’m a big man and have always been strong until now. I’m almost 54 and work out most days but nothing seems to keep my consumption of food at bay. I don’t drink, I don’t gamble, I don’t have any obsessive traits other than with food. If I could just get my portions down and enjoy what I have instead of eating like there won’t be any food tomorrow, I would live a better art-life.”

Thank you, Bob. The average American male stands 5’9” tall and weighs a whopping 196 pounds. The average American female stands 5’4” tall and weighs a not-inconsiderable 166 pounds. Most folks are struggling with their weight, for all sorts of reasons that we could name. And artists are struggling even more, I believe, because of their hefty inborn appetites for life, for art, and, yes, for food.

My Artists with Appetites class-and-group is going to help a lot with this. I’m looking forward to being of help and I’m looking forward to artists helping themselves lose weight, maintain their weight loss, increase their weight awareness, and live a better life and a better an art life. Come join me.

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