There’s a Little Less of Me…

Than there was a year ago.  Over the past year I've lost 60 lbs. and have kept it off even when not dieting (Thank you, I heard the whoo hoo!)  I needed to lose weight because of a family history of heart disease, diabetes and stroke.  I love my husband too much to leave him early or make him have to take care of an invalid wife.  It was a long journey, but one which wasn't at all hard, much to my surprise!  

I'm going to be contributing to a weight-loss journal that Sandy Osborne is writing and I promised her I would write my thoughts down for her to incorporate, so it's easier to write to you guys than to a blank piece of paper.

Here's the principles I learned in my weight loss journey:

  1. There are a lot of good weight loss programs out there, and they all share at their core these basic principles: eat healthy, measured portions, exercise and take the time to figure out why you're eating too much, then change the patterns. 
  2. There is no magic pill, food or diet that will make weight loss require no effort.  You have to change your existing habits.  I ate too much of the wrong foods and didn't exercise… there really wasn't a mystery even though I would have preferred that there were!
  3. The things I didn't want to do were the very things that set me free from the chains of overeating.  I had to keep a food journal, which meant measuring and writing down every piece of food that entered my mouth.  I had to read up on the calorie counts of every food.  Yes, it was hard at the beginning, but within a week I knew that 1/2 cup of brown rice was 108 calories and my usual portion before had been 432 calories.  I learned a small slice of cheesecake might be 450 calories and a large bowl of melons 100 calories.  Now, even if I can't write things down I always know where I am in my daily intake almost without having to think about it.
  4. I discovered that wonderful tasting food didn't mean high calories.  Most spices are 0 calories!  Also, whole foods mean huge portions for small calories so I never felt denied.  Whole grains don't make your insulin levels spike, they take a long time to digest and keep you at an even keel (for normal, non-diabetics I don't know how it affects diabetes). 
  5. I discovered whole foods satisfy my hunger and stop the cravings.  100% whole wheat, brown rice, 7 grain Kashi Pilaf, fresh fruits and vegetables give my body real body-building, energy-producing calories and when my body gets real food it quits screaming "feed me."  The cravings stopped within 3 days of cutting out white flours and refined sugars.  The very cravings that I had been powerless to overcome disappeared totally.
  6. I discovered that eating even a little bit of white sugar, white flour and other refined foods set me up to fail.  It initiated cravings in my body that made my "dieting" very hard and uncomfortable.  When I avoided them, I literally had a hard time eating all of my 1200 calories per day allotment.
  7. I had to face the ways I used food to meet my emotional needs and realize that it never actually did.  Food wasn't my friend, my comforter, or my way to beat boredom. 
  8. I learned that it was detrimental to my body to ever drop below 1,000 calories a day.  My body would start to eat it's own muscle rather than the fat I wanted to get rid of.
  9. I learned to love the way I eat so much I don't want the foods I used to think I couldn't live without.  Best of all, if I love what I'm eating it's easy to eat that way for the rest of my life.

There's more in the program I was on, which is the Prism Weight Loss Program, www.pwlp.com.  It is a Christianity based, common sense, weight loss and support program but you don't have to be a Christian to benefit from it.  Every person inmy life that has worked the program for 6 weeks or has found incredible success at losing weight and keeping it off. 

A daughter is doing Jenny Craig's program and doing wonderfully.  A friend is doing Weight Watcher's and has lost 50 pounds.  The secret is start a program, go to the meetings and do the work and it will work for you too.

Audrey Jeanne Roberts

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Monthly Contest

For everyone that refers a friend, or links to my blog on their blog or website, please send me an email to:audreyjeannesblog@daisiecompany.com, or leave a comment on the blog to that effect and I will put you in a drawing for a monthly prize.  There's no limit on the number of entries you can submit.  I will be giving a small kit of art as my prize.  It's my way of saying a giant "Thank You!" to those who help build readership.

I will also be adding in some free downloads in the very near future so check back frequently and will post some craft ideas, thoughts on parenting, marriage, girlfriends, sneak, sneak peeks of new Daisise Company art to come… anything that pops into my head that might be of worth to you.

There will also be some links to products that I use and recommend, web sites I love… the ideas are endless (the time alotted in a day however, isn't!!!)

Hugs to all! 

Audrey Jeanne Roberts

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Making Valentine’s Day Special

 

It takes thoughtful planning to make the day special for the ones you love.  Whether you buy or make a card, plan a special dinner or whisk someone away for a special evening.  It's not hard to think of fun things to do when you have someone who is dear to you to share the day with… but what about those around us who don't?

We have very special plans for our Valentine's Day this year.  I'm "whisking" Steve away to take him up the mountain to Hume Lake Christian Conference Center for a quick 2 day, 1 night get away.  Sounds romantic (and it will be), but we have a greater purpose in mind.  We're sharing our Valentine's Day with a dear friend who lost his wife of 40 years (and the love of his life) to Breast Cancer last June.  We don't want him to be alone this Valentine's Day, so we will spend the evening with him sharing memories of Kath and how special a woman she was. 

We love Floyd very much and Kathy was one of the most special people I've ever had the privilege to know in my lifetime… all of us grieve her loss almost daily.  We're looking forward to hugging Floyd, praying with him and encouraging him to continue on in this adventure of life.  We can feel Kathy looking down and cheering us on.

Who is there in your life that will be alone and perhaps feeling unloved this Valentine's Day?  Is there a 20 something that has never had a relationship and fears she never will?  Is there a woman who was widowed some years ago?  Is there someone who is in the throes of a painful divorce?  Look around and ask the Lord to show you one person who really needs to know that they are loved and that they are special to someone.  Perhaps in doing so it will be one of your best Valentine's Days ever.

"Keep on loving each other as brothers (and sisters Laughing).  Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels withoug knowing it.  Hebrews 13:1-2 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a great one!

Audrey Jeanne Roberts

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Back in the Groove…

smajrob_mockup_notecard_env_sunflower1.pngajrob_icon_sm_twig_trellis_w_thatch_birdhouse.pngIt has taken almost an entire week to recover from the CHA show. 

Most of it was spent sleeping in late when I could and just wishing I had some energy (that's about as close to resting as I am capable of getting!)  In that week I have managed to design my blog's aesthetics and if my wonderful superhero, blogmaster Nathan can implement them for me, we'll be "prettified."

I've also managed to get two new kits ready for D.A.I.S.I.E. Company release on Friday.  One is my "Feathered Friends" which features birds in the garden and the second is the beginning of what will be a pretty large release, "English Cottage Garden I."  The image above with the English Cottage Birdhouse and trellis is from "Feathered Friends," the basket below is from "English Cottage Garden I."  As I love all things garden and I'm longing for Spring with its attendant flowers, the next best thing is to look at pretty spring images.!

ajrob_icon_sm_flower_basket_wred_yellow_lavendar.pngThe Thank You note will be available as a Itty Bitty Kit some time next week for those that didn't win it by entering my "Creating With Audrey Jeanne Contest."  Thanks to everyone that did.  It was such fun seeing your creativity on display!!!  Now.. I have no more excuses must go paint some fried chicken, mashed potatoes, tomato slices and desserts… especially CHOCOLATE desserts!!!!  This is for my 4 new cookbooks that will be debuting soon.  I'll let you know who, what, where and when soon.

Audrey Jeanne Roberts

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What a Week!!!

How do you summarize such an amazing whirlwind of a week as CHA?  The process of getting out the door exhausted us before we ever got there!  We arrived Friday afternoon and picked up my friend Karla Dornacher (www.karladornacher.com) at the Ontario airport and had so much fun catching up, that we missed our turn onto the 57 freeway and had to take the long way around to get back.  A trip that should have been 30-45 minutes took an hour and a half!  Friday night we connected up with Stacey Thomas and Andrea Wainscott of The Daisie Company for dinner.  None of us recognized each other even though we had seen pictures.  We realized how far short a single picture goes in capturing the essence of an individual… their smile, their laugh, and especally their sense of humor.  We deeply enjoyed getting to know one another and shared our vision for where we're headed with The Daisie Company. Saturday we took a single class on Photoshop for designers.  It was totally an overwhelming experience even though the instructor tried very hard to make it relevant from beginner to the intermediate level.  In retrospect it was a feat that I'm not sure could be accomplished by anyone.  Perhaps next year CHA will have her do two classes instead.  We took Lina (the instructor) out to dinner afterwards and talked late into the night.  We seemed to do that a lot of over the week, much to our dismay later on when the sleep deprivation began to accumulate.  Lina will probably be doing online private tutoring on Photoshop for artists once I get her hooked up with my Techie guru Bill Findley.  She is an outstanding teacher with a vast knowledge of the program and its application to fine art.  We'll give it some test runs and when she's open for business I'll let you know in case you'd like to have some individualized instruction. We began to see the trade show floor on Sunday and by Wednesday we still hadn't seen everything!  If you know the Anaheim Convention Center, it filled every hall and a good part of the lower basement as well.  There were art materials mfgs., scrapbook companies, craft supply companies and crafting equipment mfgs.  There were software companies and craft organizing and storage mfgs.  I can't even list all the categories let alone all the products that were there.  Later I'll write posts with in depth reviews of some of the products we saw and trend observations of note.  For anyone thinking of attending next year or this summer in Chicago, I highly recommend it.  It was a wonderful time of creativity and discovery. Finally, we participated in the Designer's Forum which was a time where I was finally able to meet some online friends and connect name, face and craft together.  I've only known names from the Society of Creative Designer's discussion group emails (which then became the Designer's Transitional Group of CHA).  It was fun to see their work exhibited for the CHA members to enjoy.  There were some absolutely amazing displays of talent there.  Alright, it's time to turn in for the evening… thanks for stopping by!

Audrey Jeanne Roberts

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The Fruit of my Labors

Audrey Jeanne’s CHA Designer’s Showcase TableWell… for better or for worse here's my rough layout for the CHA Designer's Showcase table.  We've worked late into the night the last week to get it pulled together, now we're down to the wire!!!  I still have my Press Kit (Oh joy!), brochure to hand out and Book proposal to complete before we roll out of here by about 8 PM tonight.  Yikes… what am I doing here then?!  I'll do almost anything to get out of doing publicity stuff ūüôā

Audrey Jeanne Roberts

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Shades of my Crafting Days!

I have glue gun burns on my fingers, sticky icky stuff is all over my desk and there are scraps of paper littering my clothes like a bad case of dandruff and yet I’m waxing nostalgic.¬† May it’s because it’s 1:22 AM and that was the hour I did most of my crafting when my girls were little so the memories are flooding back.¬† If I had to do this as many nights as I did when they were young I’m sure¬†the nostalgia would wear off really quickly.

¬†I’ve spent all day creating one of a kind mockups for the CHA show and I’m sure several of them will end up being crafting kits you’ll be able to purchase at D.A.I.S.I.E. Company in the not too distant future.¬† It’s hard work over¬†insanely long hours, but it’s really more like playing as I don’t have any set plan or anyone else’s agenda to meet.¬† If I like it, it goes on my table, if I don’t well… you might get it for a Christmas present next year!

The list is still way too long for comfort as we must leave by 8 PM tomorrow (correction, oh my I mean today) but I’m going to bed.¬† I’ll tackle it fresh in the morning.¬† If my digital camera works and I can figure out how to upload an image, I’ll post some pictures tomorrow.¬† I really am dying to dress up this blog, but I guess if you don’t mind, it will have to wait.

Thanks for the encouraging words and those of you that pray, please do.¬†¬† Without God’s help, I don’t have a chance of getting everything done that I need to tomorrow/today!!!¬† The most fun part about this trip isn’t the business end of it anyway, it’s the time¬†my husband and I¬†get to spend with friends old and new.¬†

We get to meet Stacey and Andrea Wainscott for the first time though we feel like we’ve known each other forever.¬† We get to spend a lot of time with my dearest friend and artist/author, Karla Dornacher (www.karladornacher.com) and our daughter Ariane, her husband Michael¬†and cousin Michael Brett¬†will be meeting up with us for an impromptu visit.¬† Sounds like an awesome time even if I don’t get that last little creation done…

Nighty night.

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My Brain is Whirling!

Last night Steve and I worked on our CHA display until after 1 AM.¬† Of course once I’m doing anything creative after 10 PM it’s nearly impossible to get this crazy brain of mine to stop thinking!!!¬† So one glass of wine, 2 benadryl (knocks me out) and at least an hour later I finally fell into a dead, dreamless sleep.

We made a lot of progress yesterday, we¬†laid out the backboard design and then built it.¬†We were trying desperately to figure out how to create shelves for displaying the crafts when we¬†remembered¬†we had some glass block store fixtures left over from an old retail venture.¬† So at 9 PM Steve grabs his flash light and goes out into one of our 2 storage containers where it took almost 2 hours¬†to find them.¬† He’s truly my hero.¬† It made all the difference in the world.

So this morning, with semi-fresh eyes I go back to work… only today and tomorrow left to do about 3 weeks worth of work.¬† Hopefully I’ll get some pictures up soon so you can see the display in progress and then the final pictures at the CHA show.¬† Back to work I go… now where did I put my coffee?

 

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Wow! what a learning curve!

There’s soooo much to learn, but I’m finally past the “I’m going to blog one day” and I’m actually set up and ready to go.¬† As my daughter would say, “Scary Biscuits!”

I plan to share tidbits of my daily life (not all that exciting but can often be hilarious) and bits of new art being created, products being designed, perhaps some craft ideas and lots of links to my dearest artist friends.

Often times, my¬†husband Steve and I will be walking together and have a discussion that I’ve thought, “Now that would make a great blog post…”¬† So sometimes that’s exactly what I’ll do…

Basically, I want to connect with you.¬† I want to know what you’re thinking, feeling and what kind of styles are attracting your eye.¬† It’s no fun designing in a vacuum and hoping it’s what will bring joy to people’s lives.¬† It’s much more fun the way it used to be for me, hanging out with the girls and showing them my latest — sometimes to raves, sometimes to “I think it would be better if…,” always to support and encouragement!

Thanks for tuning in and pass the link along to your friends.  For those that do, let me know and there will be a free gift available for download as a thanks.

AJ

 

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