Long time no chat, right? When I declared myself on vacation a month ago, I never expected this date to appear so quickly…but here we are! 🙂
I took some time off in an effort to get rejuvenated—and to get my health back on track. I had a food-borne illness this summer (not contagious or anything) that has led me to have some rather serious food intolerances. As a result, I have been struggling almost daily with what I can eat and how to cook differently. I am a curvy woman with a love of buttery foods…and chocolate—thus the curves—-but many of my favorite foods have had to go bye-bye. No more chocolate, no more wine, no more cheese, and no more bread. I read this no-no list as I type and wonder what is the point of eating without this list??? LOL
Seriously, I know I am more healthy without the no-no list; thus, I am trying desperately to get a handle on healthy cooking recipes that involve something more than grilled chicken. Did you know pumpkin can be made into a delicious low-fat spicy soup?? Me either, until last week. Ah, the joys of new healthy choices…..dang, I miss chocolate and bread. LOL
However, I have used my time off well and have had some success with getting my health headed in a better direction. Since mid-July, I have lost 20 pounds and am in the process of learning new ways to eat and function. Unfortunately, I am not all the way better yet (meaning I can’t eat the no-no list in any portions whatsoever….so sad), but I am actually not sure what that would look like any more. I don’t want to go back to my previous diet, so I guess I am charting a new path, minus Godiva….say it ain’t so!! However since I would settle for feeling mostly normal and being able to sneak chocolate, I think I can do it. Plus, I have improved enough that I can contemplate doodling again so I consider that to be a big deal.
However, I am going to come back to doodling very slowly….I have spent most of the last few weeks trying to reduce my stress—do you know how hard that is without my chocolate???? Notice a theme here???—-and that means, taking it all slow.
I am extremely grateful for your support while I was vacationing/gone/missing chocolate/eating pumpkin soup/not drawing/and generally “relaxing” without stimulants of a
chocolately delicious nature and I am hoping to be back in the swing of releasing images in a week or two. In the meantime, check out the new challenge starting tomorrow—–organized by my delightful coordinator, Melissa…I would be lost without her. 🙂
Now, I have one other dilemma—adding slightly to
my stress that feeling that shall be unnamed and unmentioned lest it come back full force…
My clear stamp manufacturer moved locations (they are still in the USA) but due to the changes in staff and location there continues to be a delay in delivery of new and old stamps–in fact, at present, I have literally only 3 or 4 stamp sets on hand…I have 3 new images coming soon in rubber, but I have no idea when they will arrive—I apologize for that, but it is not within my control. 🙁
So, for now, there is a continued delay in the clear stamp availability but I am going to try doodling again and see if I can come up with some new digis in a week or so. The challenges will begin again, starting tomorrow, and I am going to try and pop in to visit the Facebook group more often. I am leaving that for last as time allows.
I hope that each of you are well and able to eat chocolate. Have a piece for me and I will see you soon—hopefully with good news on clear stamps and a new digi or two. 🙂