FLORIDASUN
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is back to the consignment gallery trying to figure out where to place some beautiful furniture coming in...NO SPACE...yikes!




May 20 (2017) 39 years together! I made a GREAT choice in this wonderful man!


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Hello...Sparkies:

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 IMUSTLOSEIT1
    I did look up Leoma Lovegrove up, what bright sunny paintings. IF that wouldn't put you in a good mood wearing them, I am afraid nothing ever will. lol
    17 hours ago
  • v SERENASEA
    Our Seattle Times business page just had a one-paragraph blurb about the most recent Ocwen news, but just Googling "Ocwen" provides links to the story in Fortune or the NY Times.
    I would think your attorney is at least referencing that news story in his statement to the judge, pointing out that your case is just one of many homeowners who have been victims of this type of mortgage fraud. It's not as if you're a stand-alone example, for sure!

    (And thank you for my SparkGoodie!)
    1 day ago
  • v SERENASEA
    I thought of you today as I was reading the newspaper, as Ocwen was once again accused of deceptive business practices, including not sending statements and foreclosure and mortgage modification fraud. I would think that would only support your legal case, with their abuse being so widespread. In any case, it can't hurt having that back in the news.
    1 day ago
  • v PACEKA1
    Yes, it sucks getting older. I always though I had a pretty high pain threshold too but boy oh boy this latest surgery has proven me WRONG! I can handle the pain, I just can't do a whole lot else... But that's what the therapist says I'm suppose to be doing right now - letting my body heal.

    I hope your back feels better soon - I've switched to Advil and I'm due for a couple more before bed. It helps a little bit. I've at least been able to start doing a few things. Cleaned up a bit outside today and put dinner together tonight. I need to start picking up a bit of the work around here so Tom isn't so overwhelmed - although he's been so good about it all.

    I see Don has a deck job - good for you that will bring in some cash. That always takes away some of the worry, doesn't it! We sold our canoe to my son & his wife - they've been using it for a couple of years. Ordinarily I would have just given it to them but we don't have any disposable income - so that little bit of cash will give us some flexibility to go out and eat or something fun. Tom worked on the trailer for a few hours today - hopefully he will have it ready to sell by the end of the weekend. Another little bit of cash infusion. Always welcome.

    Did you ever do anything with your jewelry on Etsy? I have my shop on Vacation right now - just couldn't deal with anything. I guess it's time for me to come up with some new ideas for next holiday season!

    Sleep well my friend.
    1 day ago
  • v MARINGAL
    Holy crap, CHA CHING! Yes, that is why we are inundated with lawyers everywhere....If you are successful, well then, what can I say? Lots and lots of moolah, overflowing.
    And the competition is so incredibly stressful. I could never ever consider a field with that type of stress.
    I can't wait ti hear about your evening of friends that live in Panama. I wonder what they think of our President....YUK!
    I am just taking my girlfriend to lunch on Sunday for her 70th and also making a beef stew for my mom that she loves so very much. Other than that, I found a great table to paint so that might be on the agenda. I was going to plant my pots too but we are getting a big storm next week so I nixed that plan. I think I just need a little r&r. I feel like I have been running around a little too much and need to settle down for a bit. Next week, crazy again. When it rains, it pours in more ways than one. Ya know?
    1 day ago
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