I have a tendency to cover my spaces — and myself — with messages. Our mirrors and refrigerator are scrapbooks of photos, postcards, and handwritten notes to remind me of thoughts both profound and silly. My Converse are personalized with Sharpie messages, and most days, I wear a black leather cuff on right wrist that says “Never cheat. Never quit.” And then, of course, there are my tattoos. All of that stuff is intended to remind me of who I am and what’s important.
So Michelle Barnes’ bracelets from Adeline Mae Design are just the kind of thing I’d be happy to add to my (very messy) jewelry box. And the story of how Michelle and her partner (and mom) Sherri started their line is appealing, too: “After starting a fitness journey of their own they quickly realized nothing on the market was girly & delicate but could also be worn during an intense work out, it only made sense to make it themselves. This line is intended to inspire those on the same journey we are.”
Meet Michelle & Adeline Mae Design
What inspired you to start making these bracelets?
I’ve been making jewelry since I could hold a pair of pliers. I grew up in a super crafty family. My mom is a bestselling craft book author, and I’ve published several jewelry making books, too. When we both made a pretty huge commitment to a new healthy lifestyle, it wasn’t long until we started catering our designs to fit what we were living — to design something we loved and wanted to wear. I make all the bracelets by hand and the people that buy them are constantly inspiring me. I just made a custom bracelet for a loss of 110 pounds!
What’s your fitness background?
I’ve always been athletic, I was a figure skater, played softball, and ran track. Sadly, I kind of gave up in college and especially when I was pregnant with my daughter, I was overwhelmed and exhausted, and I gained 53 pounds before she was born! So I’m basically starting from square one in the fitness department. Currently, my day consists of 45 minutes of cardio or 20 minutes of high-intensity training and lots of weight training. I’m fighting to get my body back.
Do you have a nutrition/eating philosophy or plan you follow?
I believe in using the garden to the fullest and cooking for my family as often as possible. However, I probably should admit that this philosophy was forced by my toddler… she is a strange kid! She only eats what every other kid hates. The first thing off her plate is a vegetable, and she usually hides everything else in her lap and yells “more!” She unknowingly made me start looking at our meals differently. I really do enjoy cooking, and I love being in control of the ingredients and nutrients my family is taking in. Beyond that, I eat a high protein, low carb, no sugar diet, and I do count calories.
Regardless of #3, what’s your favorite food?
Curry. Any kind, any flavor, from any part of the world. I especially love Massaman Curry and anything with coconut milk.
Anything else you want my readers to know about you?
I just started blogging about this ridiculously hard journey at Binge There Done That. I’m aiming to lose 40 pounds and need all the support I can get.
Win Two Bracelets
Michelle and I have teamed up to give a lucky winner two of her special bracelets: one that reads “Strong” and one of our Limited Edition “Well Fed” bracelets that will be available for sale soon.
How To Enter
UPDATE: We have our randomly-selected winner and she’s been notified by email. Congratulations, J! And thanks to everyone who entered. The limited edition “Well Fed” bracelet will be available on my site soon.
The Prize: two handmade bracelets from Adeline Mae Designs
Post to comments to let me know you followed us, and you’re good to go! That’s it! So easy!
Deadline to Enter: 11:59 p.m. Central, Monday, October 22, 2012; winner will be announced Tuesday.
Why gamble on a random drawing?! Head on over to Adeline Mae Designs and buy yourself a little present right now! Her designs are beautiful and can be customized with your favorite colors — and don’t you deserve a little treat?
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