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

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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!

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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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    Thank you for you concern and tip about the probiotics. I do take probiotics because my tummy would be upset if I didn't take them while on antibiotics.

    Love and Hugs,
    Your virtual daughter
    7 hours ago
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    Good morning to you!

    Yes, being retired does have it's perks. You can do whatever you want pretty much whenever you want. But some days I do miss the routine of getting up and going to work - having people tell me what I need to do for the day! And I certainly miss the pay check. But those days are long gone. Sometimes I think about taking on a part time job just to get out of the house, but those thoughts pass by pretty quickly. I did that back in 2013 and it lasted about 6 months - too hard to manage around someone else's schedule of my life!

    I understand about things not working out like you envisioned (or planned). I had a good job that I liked with a company I had been with for 21 years. I was planning on working until 62, by then our home would have been paid off. But just after my 59th birthday I was "downsized" - too old to get another good-paying job and not old enough for social security. As soon as I was 59 1/2 I started taking my pension, which was smaller than I had planned. We had inherited some money after my mom passed away which is what we lived on until I could apply for social security. So, lower than planned pension, lower than planned social security and no savings left other than what I had in my 401k which is helpful but not enough to feel safe. So Tom and I live day by day doing what we need to do and fitting in what we want to do when we can! Certainly not the plan but so far it's working!

    I hope you have a great day of many sales at your shop today! Some day I hope I can get down your way and see it!
    14 hours ago
    You're so funny -- love your comments on my blogs. And I WILL tell him you said it! emoticon
    17 hours ago
    Your projects, each one sounds so amazing and so much fun. Painting fabric, I have to see this one. I never have done that, I just usually rip the damn piece out and upholster new fabric, but to paint on it, oh you need to tell me how and what the results are!!!!! I love the idea of potted plant chairs outside your gallery!!! What caught my eye with Elizabeth Gorek's gallery in Ross is that when she is open. she puts out three red stools right in front of her window where there is always a huge canvas of one of her beautiful paintings displayed. I love the simplicity of the red stools, it draws people in absolutely. Oh you need to put these chairs right in front of the gallery Bobbi!
    Well you will definitely enjoy the creative writing class. You will be a perfect student for that subject and it will definitely highlight your writing spirit. I can't wait to read some of your assignments if you would share them with me....please?
    I am taking care of Angie, my cousin's Golden this weekend. So I will be the crazy lady with two huge dogs the next couple of days....Lots of fun, love my life and love you! Hi to Don, and I would like to be a fly on the wall at your next dinner gathering...This election is doing crazy things to people...unfortunately your friends seem to be so affected by this. I wonder if any of them will decide it isn't worth the anger, and to ease up a bit and enjoy the company after the election. But I got this gut feeling your group will never be the same no matter who wins....what do you think buttercup?
    1 day ago
    Sometimes it amazes me the comments I get when I read my blogs Bobbi. And when you described my transformation, I couldn't help myself from saying out loud," Yes, I did do that, Yes, I did do that and I am still doing that." I even welled up a bit too. You describe me and my journey with such praise I am almost going to say it embarrasses me a tad. But then again it doesn't, because it is the truth. I had to do what I had to do to become who I am today. I like who I am now though still learning like all of us with each curve ball that lands in our space from time to time.
    I want you to FIND the time to transform all those tired vintage pieces of furniture just waiting to be beautiful again. And I want you to share with photos every single one. Your talent should be shown to all of us that absolutely love your creativity Bobbi. It is an honor and such a privilege to be a part of your incredible life! I am a damn lucky gal! xoxoxox
    1 day ago
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