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

LOVE these little guys! Actually ALL animals!

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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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Add in strength & Flexibility at least 2 days per week

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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
    Thank you for the Spark Goodie - happy 1st day of the 5% Challenge back to you. Daisy and I started out with a bang - we took a 52 minute walk this morning. I haven't been that ambitious in well over 3 weeks! Maybe life is settling down some.

    Thanks also for the suggestion on healthcare. We did check into Obamacare but it would cost us about $250/month for $6300 deductible insurance. We are both on social security and there just isn't an extra $250/month. Tom hasn't been to a doctor in over 2 years so we'd never even get close to the $6300 - although I am actually rethinking this decision. We have 60 days to sign up, and I think we can do it during open enrollment so he has insurance for 2017. Just another problem - and right now I'm just so tired of problems. And somehow it's MY problem - seems like everything is! Oh well, that's why we're the stronger gender, isn't it!

    Sending lots of positive thoughts and energy your way for your dinner tonight - I hope it all goes amazingly well.

    22 hours ago
  • v PACEKA1
    Just read your comment on my blog - Thanks for your support. We are always told to "seize the moment" and "don't put off till tomorrow..." . But right now I believe what Tom and I need most is the boring day to day routine that feels familiar to us. There has been too many crazy things this summer. And shortly after we cancelled everything Tom got a call from his Doctor - one of his tests came back too high. They will do another blood test in a month, but by then he won't have any insurance. I think it's probably related to the stress we have been living with this whole summer, and the fact that my DH hasn't been taking as good care of himself as he should be. So I am giving him a month to get out and exercise and start doing some of the other things he needs to do! All I can do is suggest - but I think this time he will listen!

    Hope your dinner party goes really well tomorrow - I'll be anxious to hear about it!
    1 day ago
    At first I thought you were playing "matchmaker" and trying to set me up with this fancy smancy gentleman!!!!!! HA! Ya know Bobbi, don't cha just love it when people connect with you in such a magical way. I could feel that happened just reading your connection with this man and how wonderful you told him about Meetup.com! And I just suggested the SAME THING to a new friend I found on my walking path…I will blog about her today .
    Just got home SHOPPING for two of my clients for 4 hours, I have spent a fortune need to invoice them right away to get my $$$$ back. You know how that goes. Anyways, Lucy is a love, life is good and today was spectacular! DO tell me about yours sweetie! hugs, fredie
    1 day ago
    Yes, My Friend, you are so right -- We're gonna shoot for the bull's eye this time! Let's make this Challenge "The One!" emoticon emoticon
    2 days ago
  • v PACEKA1
    I agree, we all need that down time every so often. Your place in North Carolina sounds just perfect. When I was growing up my parents had a cabin on a lake about 70 miles north of us. Now it's a booming metropolis but then is was truly a get away. And yes, we can only manage a few days. I could probably go maybe 2 weeks but Tom is stir crazy in about 3 days! So we compromise - and made it 2 days of driving and 5 days at the cabin!
    2 days ago
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