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34 lbs down and the ticker is still movin' woot, woot..thanks Spark People!

We are stronger than we think and braver than we know!

Beautiful Josh and his girlfriend Andrea on our Florida beach at sunset..I think of him always!


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My personal beliefs: 'Your focus is your reality' and~
'The truth shall set you free!'

I live in the land of perpetual sun..Florida..it's great here most days except during hurricane season...then not so much!

I am a jewelry artist and as we all know.. in that field.. presentation is everything. I also love to read and write and have to stop myself from writing a book everytime I communicate!

We lost our only child..a son about 9 years ago very traumatically so I now know for sure that every day we have with our family and our friends is a gift.

My hubby and I try to support and appreciate all of the lesssons that Josh taught us in his 22 short years! He was our epi-center in this universe and we continue to support his many many young friends who we now look at as our own!

Viva Josh! He would be my biggest fan in this weight loss journey.

I have been thinking about presentation and just what that means.. (even in our every day life) quite a bit lately, and I've decided presentation applies to us as individuals also.

It's a sad fact, and I really hate to admit it, but in this superficial world...it is unfortunately true that people do make assumptions about you as a person based on your appearance. Not me...I've always been much more attracted to brain power but I'm probably in a small percentage.

I realize this presentation thing is on target, because now that I have gained a good 60+ lbs over the years people do react differently than they did when I was a petite 115 lbs. back in the day.

Actually I don't care so much about people's reactions as I have a wonderful group of super friends, but what I do care about is my own health and my own reaction to the person I see when I see myself in a full length mirror.

She isn't the same person I see in my mind's eye. In fact I really don't even recognize that portly little image staring back at me with her big brown, somewhat sad eyes.

Sooo, it's time to get motivated and not look at this journey as a diet but as a new way of living life! I'm looking forward to it and know that I will gain many new friends to share my journey with along the way!

I could write you so much more....but I have to show some restraint!

I'm sending you all good wishes and looking forward to sharing the journey with like minded Sparkies...heres to our health and happiness!

Update: November 29, 2009

How lucky I am to have found SparkPeople! I've met the most AMAZING like minded friends that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing!

You ALL have helped me in some way or another in my weight loss journey. Thanks for your hand holding during some of my more difficult blogs...yes grief is a nasty little emotion to deal with! You have helped me process it and have encouraged and supported me to continue on living life as it was intended to be enjoyed.

34 pounds down the crapper...to date...I'm SO joyeous and so thankful..and you can betcha I plan to keep on losing, blogging, and sharing my goals my world, and my dedication to SparkPeople...you ROCK my world! Whoop da!

Borrowed the page of a dear spark friend Sparklingme176

"There comes a time in your life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad, and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right, pray for the ones who don't. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living."

I love this!

Update: 6/27/15

Another 5% Summer Challenge has started today! A good time for me to start challenging myself to get back on the 'health wagon'...I've lost and gained a good 50 pounds over the 6 years I've been a member of Sparkpeople. One step forward...10 steps backward...BUT the important thing is I REFUSE to give up on myself! I will kick start this challenge by eating RAW which I did very successfully back in 2009. On that program I was literally losing a pound a day...woot..woot!

I've been under bone crushing stress for the past 5 years fighting so hard to hang onto our house against an illegal foreclosure action. I'll never quit fighting for justice against the lying, cheating, robber baron bank and I pray justice prevails!

Stress causes weight gain there is NO denying it. I'll work hard to change the way I react to it through meditation, yoga, pilates and purposeful movement. Let's make this challenge a success my goal is to lose 10 pounds in 8 weeks! It's ON! Thanks so much for your support my sparkling friends it means the world to me!

Member Since: 6/18/2009

Fitness Minutes: 39,606

My Goals:
I want to aim for a naturally healthy way of life.

Choosing food by the health benefits it will give my body rather than just the taste of it.

I'm tired of being suckered in by clever advertising or the convenience factor in just throwing fake food down my throat and still being hungry because it offers no nutrients!

So there, I've said it and made it public and I hope I inspire you to join and help me on my journey!

I need your encouragement especially with exercise...I hate it, but know how important it is to do daily!

My Program:
6-18-09 Joined SparkPeople
Weight loss: 10 lbs.

10-01-09 Start 7 day RAW challenge finished 10-7-09
Weight loss: 8 lbs. WHAT? Yes..8 lbs GONE in 7 days!

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THE BEST LIFE I CAN LIVE!! Yay Sparkpeople!

Weigh In Record:
12-31-15 202 lb. want to consistently lose 1-2 lbs weekly. This IS a test for a stubborn body that likes to hold onto it's fat reserves..but I'll never give up...NEVER!

Personal Information:
I live in sunny south Florida, some may call it the tropics. Have since 1979 so we are official squatters by now. My hubby and I owned a large construction business back in the day and if I do say so myself..were quite successful at it. Problem is...when you have oodles of $ you don't appreciate it, nor do you have the time to enjoy it because you always feel you need more...then you have to live up to the lifestyle and protect it and it goes on and on...it actually can be highly overrated. Now we live a more modest lifestyle and are happier than we have ever been! It's true..love is all you really need!

Other Information:
I am basically a people person, although being a writer I need lots of alone time, it's just the nature of the beast. I've always been slightly type A..but I'm happy to say that as I've gotten older I find many of the manic things I thought important aren't.. where do you work, what's your title, what kind of car do you drive....actually all of that is just an illusion....it should be who have you been kind to today, what did you do to make someone else feel good,?How did you take yourself out of your own little world to make someone else's better...that's what I'm talking about! I love to read..since we've lost our son, right now I can't get enough knowledge on the afterlife. I've always believed the spirit lives on..have since I was a little girl. Some of my friends look at me with that oh, boy...there she goes again look on their faces...but I don't care, they get to be enlightened with my learnings even so...it's all about karma in the end...we are all connected to each other!

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  • v PACEKA1
    I'd say you've taken the high road many times. I can see how much you've tried, over and over again. I don't understand why men so easily allow themselves to be manipulated by their mothers. I have two sons and while I might express my opinion when asked, and even occasionally when not asked, I don't think I have ever made them feel that I must come first.

    When I first married my sweetie he had a step-daughter whom he had raised since birth. He called her his daughter. She was 20 or 21 and very well built. She would sit on his lap, lean up against him in what I thought was an inappropriate manner, and kiss him on the mouth. I said to him, please tell her to stop; this is making me very uncomfortable. He said, that's why she's doing it. And the behavior continued. I was always second for so many years. Fortunately for me, my husband had a pretty severe anxiety attach and was on medication for 3 years which somehow finally opened his eyes to what his step-daughter, his mother, and his family was doing and how hurtful they had all been to me. I hope your husband wakes up one day and understands. I think they don't have to agree with us, or even fix things; but once they acknowledge the negative behavior toward us it feels so much better!

    Good luck and I think you should pamper yourself for a long time - you've earned it!
    10 hours ago
    I just got back from my walk and found your goodie awaiting for me. Thank you darlin'. Lucy was happy to see me when I picked her up. Our walk was wonderful and now she is relaxing in my garden. I have Hospice in the afternoon and I will be taking her back to her home beforehand. I know she is well loved by her family but when too much drama is going on, she is put on the back burner so to speak. So I am there to rescue her for the time being. As long as I get my Lucy Lou fix, I am a happy camper. hugs love!
    16 hours ago
  • v PACEKA1
    It sounds like most of your vacation has been successful, and you were prepared for the messy part in the middle. Ours was also very successful. We had several issues that we usually don't have but the most important part, at least for me, was the visit with the kids and that went perfectly. I miss those little ones so much but I am truly grateful for having a few days with them!

    I think you are smart to take your time going home. I'm starting to re-think the way we travel. My husband likes to drive until he drops and I'm not so sure that's good for us any more. We are going out to Wyoming in late September to the ranch we stayed at last year. It was a beautiful place and we made friends with the woman who owns the ranch - she was 82 years old and still working her ranch! Amazing. Her daughter lives there too and does the heavy work but Beverly still takes care of things. It's about 900 miles so we're stopping about 2/3's of the way - should be an easy drive.

    I'll have to look into Drury Hotels - that's a new one for me! Save travels.
    20 hours ago
    two out of three letters on your THINK………………….HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH
    1 day ago
    All though Lisa is very lovely, she is self absorbed and territorial to a bat. That is why I backed off even hinting that I would love to keep Lucy. Forester, her contractor that works one end of the estate to the other end and then starts all over again, knows Lucy very well. And he told me today that Lucy never greets people as she does with me and she sulks terribly when I leave her at her home. Oh, that last one was a rough one to hear but I get to see her every day so that is my gift for me. Bobbi Anne, I wish you lived close by…We would have a field day every day….xoxoxoxo
    1 day ago
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