Saturday, 16 January 2016

Resolution... absolution...


A couple of years ago I resolved not to eat sugar anymore. Well, I wasn't so strict as to give up alcohol or things where there just had to be some sugar, but yep - I pretty much gave up sugar for the past two years. No desserts, no chocolate or sweets. no fizzy drink (US = soda), no salad dressings or breads etc that contained sugar. Felt great (no afternoon grogginess), but the downside was that weight just fell off me and I actually found it hard to stay a normal / healthy size.

This year I've resolved to eat sugar again, but just be sensible about it. Why am I rambling about sugar and resolutions? Because on my 11 hour flight back to LA from London I was sandwiched between two men who were taller and all-around larger than me. They took the armrests and maybe 20% of my seat! I spent the first part of the flight being as passive-aggressively moody as only a Brit can be until it started to dawn on me that I wasn't just having to tolerate these guys squishing me, but that they were having to tolerate the moody redhead in the middle.

So....I softened... and came up with my New Year's Resolution for 2016 - a different kind of self-improvement - tolerance and patience. Or to put it a better way - to be nicer in situations like this! Poor blokes. I felt guilty for my huffing and tutting. Sure, it was annoying that my expensive flight procured me less than a whole seat and no armrests but when is an 11 hour flight ever comfortable? They were after-all doing their best to give me space, and be nice to me - I knew that.

I had a free morning so I sketched and coloured this drawing for fun and to practice using Photoshop (drawing like this is still quite new to me - see others from last year here).

Hope you see the humour in the drawing and see that the bad guy in the image is me - the angry Brit in the middle, sandwiched between two men who actually did have these looks of trepidation on their faces.

In other news, I did my year's end 'round up' in my last post here! Stay tuned for new works soon and thank you so much for those that continue to read my blog and participate on FB and Instagram. I appreciate each and every one of you.

cartoons about flying, cartoons about fat people, fat people on airplanes, fat people flying

8 comments:

Wyn Frazier said...

That's why I try to always get an isle seat! Great resolution by the way. :)

Caroline McFarlane-Watts said...

Thanks Wyn Frazier! That's the smart way to go! :) x

Studio Kaufmann said...

Can it really be that easy? Might give up sugar to see what happens.Love your cartoon :)

Caroline McFarlane-Watts said...

Hi Studio Kaufmann, the thing is, my family have a skinny gene, so I have always been very thin and find it hard to gain much weight. When I gave up sugar (in order to not get tired so quickly in the afternoons) it made me even thinner! So... I think it's good to lessen sugar intake but be warned that if you have a metabolism like mine it may make you lose a lot more weight than you would want. I am currently 90 lbs (approx 6.5 stone) and ought to be about 8 lbs heavier...

petrevena bennett said...

I don't eat any artificial or refined sugars, I use substitutes like brown rice syrup and barley malt instead, (which you can make plenty of amazing and awesome heathy desserts with)

petrevena bennett said...

I don't eat any refined or artificial sugars, I use substitutes like brown rice syrup and barley malt instead which are way healthier for you, plus you can make some pretty awesome desserts with them. :)

Stephanie Kilgast said...

Being nicer is always a good resolution :)
We lack of kindness in our world.

Melody said...

Being nicer...that's a great idea ~ I surely have room for improvement there! :)
giving up sugar,... that would NOT make me nicer ~ no sprinkle of sugar in my tea would make be grumpier than being squashed in the middle seat on a long flight!
I love your work, it makes me smile, inside and out! :)))))

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