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
Now, I have one other dilemma---adding slightly to
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. :)