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is so grateful to have morning walks like this!

is working out of the home office today while the hubs mans the consignment gallery...I LOVE our home and working out of it! Stay sparky my friends!!

Orange is one of my favorite colors...so happy!


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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
    Good morning Bobbi:

    Another painting project sounds wonderful. You do such amazing work in bring life back to furniture.

    Yes, today will be a busy day all around. Honestly, I am feeling a bit worn out, and Faith really hasn't been any trouble at all. She helps clear the table after dinner, completely takes care of herself, and it was such fun to watch her play with Daisy last night. She hasn't been getting up early enough to go for our walks in the morning but she's enjoying play times with Daisy. And yes, it's good that she can make friends with a sweetheart like Daisy who only wants to please!

    Only a few more days before Norway and so much to do before then. But, I guess what gets done, gets done - the rest can wait until I get back, right! Colin will have school work to do while we are there so our evenings will probably be quietly spent in the hotels and that's just fine with me!

    Wishing you the best day ever!
    2 hours ago
    Alice Joy, (aka mom,) told me she would really enjoy some type of egg dish Sunday morning. SO instead of a salad, I will come up with a quiche with a graham cracker crust. Easy peasy. I will serve it with a toss green salad, watermelon, bacon (mom's favorite) and bake that coffee cake she loves so much. Yeah, that is what I will do. But I love your salad recipe....and will keep that one for another time.
    I also need to whip up a barley stew so she can bring that home for some dinners. She wants to be in sun, it has been terribly cold non stop in the city....and that could depress anyone after awhile.
    12 hours ago
  • v PACEKA1
    I am happy to help anyone you know who is having knee replacement surgery. Probably the best thing that ever happened to me because it has made me work so hard that I am stronger than I have been in years and years.

    How's this for a surreal experience. My ex picked up Faith at noon today for a visit to the Science Museum. I told him he and Colin (who was going to join them) were welcome to join us for dinner - we were having tacos. They did - and there we were, one big happy family having tacos around our (Tom and my) large dining room table. Before he left, Mark (the ex) invited Tom to come up and spend a couple days at his home (he lives on 5 acres in Northern Minnesota). I think just maybe I have visited the Twilight Zone!

    Faith and I are taking the bus downtown (Minneapolis) tomorrow to have lunch with Jessica. It's our last day with her. When we get home Tom and I will take her to a really fun park. Tomorrow is suppose to be mild temps and light humidity. She was so cute tonight playing ropes with Daisy - she made up a game and every time Daisy caught the rope she won an award! That child has such an imagination - and now she has me hooked on cooking shows!
    12 hours ago
    Bobbi, I do keep my friend's list open but to be very honest, there has been no one that I seem to connect with, at least for a long time now. I just fairly cleaned up my list and took away anyone that hasn't been active or I haven't heard from in months....I don't know Bobbi. I guess I also rarely correspond with anyone new....It takes two, and to be honest, I haven't really done a whole lot on my part. My mind is truly filled up right now and so is my life. I have developed some amazing friendships and also ended a few as well. It is hard for me to relate to anyone that doesn't seem to try to improve their lives or at least go on that direction. I just don't have the stamina to be around people that whine their ways through life....Don't I sound awful, but I am being very truthful. I think after I know Lucy Lou is truly recovering correctly, and the muck has settled, I will figure out a few things. Not to worry though, I will never stop being a "soul sistah" Bobbi. Our connection is quite unusual and wonderful at the same time. Hugs love......
    13 hours ago
    CeCe Paints are sold anywhere around here. I need to buy it online...SO great to know about this company...Thank you Bobbi! ;o)
    15 hours ago
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