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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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    I have a few places to check out here in Marin this weekend for furniture and tomorrow I am going into the city, my friend is having an Estate Sale...I committed to be a cashier for a couple of hours. So maybe she has a few things that she can give me at a fair price..But her things are very high end. She has amazing taste, a fabulous eye and I doubt if she is holding any old pieces that needs a good paint job, etc.
    I will be looking all over marin for furniture, to keep me occupied. And I can't wait to start on my bathroom vanity. I will be busy, I know it darlin'.
    BTW, our little church thrift shops are so overly expensive it is ridiculous....A tad greedy if I do says so myself.
    SO how are fric and frac, Macky moo moo and sweet devil (damn i have a blank thinking of her name...Help me out here.) Has their chest infection gone away? Oh I do hope so...and I do hope they are gaining some weight.
    Was today a good day at the Gallery? And what are your plans this weekend sweetheart. Is Michelle still in town?
    1 day ago
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    I was diagnosed with a torn meniscus in early December - although I believe I've been living with that probably in both knees for years. Something happened on Dec 9th when I was walking Daisy, but I didn't feel anything at the time. By the end of the evening I was in horrible pain and couldn't put any weight on my right leg. It was better in the morning. I could pedal the stationary bike but couldn't walk on the treadmill at all. The PA said a cortisone shot would take away the inflammation from the arthritis - and it did. But then I felt a completely different pain than I had ever felt before. And I still can't put any weight on that leg unless my knee is bent.

    The mean doctor said the pieces of meniscus were probably rubbing wrong on the knee cap, so he believes I should have them removed. It's a non-invasive surgery. Maybe he's right, but I certainly wouldn't trust anything he said. I think something went out of whack that day during my walk. So I'm just hopeful that this Doctor will listen to all of what I have to tell her BEFORE deciding what needs to be done.

    Since I have been staying off it a lot more, the actual pain is less but I just never know when I'm going to hit that perfect spot where the pain shoots and my leg buckles. That's why Tom doesn't want me to drive!

    I packaged up the curcumin this afternoon. I had a shawl to send out tomorrow too. And since it's cold and windy, I haven't been going outside with Daisy - so I spend her outside time getting a box.

    I have been doing quite a bit of research but I can't find anything quite like what I'm experiencing. And honestly, I've been so miserable these past several weeks that I'm hardly myself. I also still have a cold, or some kind of crazy sinus thing going. It's been 5 full weeks of cold pills and a stuffed up head. It's finally getting better, I haven't had a pill since 8 this morning and I can still breathe! That is tremendous progress. Seriously, I've gone through about 3 boxes of Kleenex!

    And poor Tom. This afternoon he came up to tell me about the truck - what his brother thinks is wrong with it and how much he thinks we can get for it if we sell it (which we are because I'm tired of having a truck that no one drives). All of a sudden he says "is everything alright?" Well, I hardly know what to say to that. Apparently my face is saying it all!

    Thanks, Bobbi, for your thoughts and your concern. I so truly appreciate it. Without you and Fredie and some other Spark friends, I don't think I would still be sane!
    1 day ago
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    Yes, seeing that tapeworm must have been really gross. Fortunately, I have never had that kind of experience. I guess I must have been very lucky - my most recent cats were strays my mother picked up near her house. She lived right next to a park and I think people dropped their kittens off there if they didn't want them. Both Linus and Cleo came to me that way. They were healthy enough although Cleo was always a scardey cat! Anyway, sounds like Mackey Blu is feeling better so that's a relief.

    I am finally packaging those Curcumin for you - they will go out tomorrow. I needed to go out into the garage to find a box and honestly, I've been pretty lazy these last several days. The pain is getting better so my leg doesn't ache so much, but there is something that just catches in my knee. I walk around the house holding onto door knobs, table tops, furniture, and walls. It's pretty hilarious! And poor Tom has to listen to me cry off and on. I'm trying to stay positive, I KNOW that eventually something will be done so I can walk again - it is means knee replacement now then that's what will have to be done. We are talking about buying a new car - our truck is 13 years old, I don't drive it at all and Tom doesn't want to drive it anymore either. Yesterday he said maybe we won't need a second car - as in maybe I will never be able to drive again. Well, I'm not having any of that!

    I have so many things I need to do and so little interest in doing any of them. My kids are bringing their taxes and that would be an easy task sitting for awhile. I really should get started on that!

    Hope things are picking up some at the shop. You have such lovely things, all very interesting and unique. I'm not sure we even have shops like yours up here. I'll have to check that out. I know people take clothes to consignment places but I've never seen furniture.

    Have a good evening and a happy weekend!
    1 day ago
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    Since I was the one who had to "see" it, every time Simon has a crumb of litter on his behind, I'm all "WILLLLLL, SIMON HAS WORMS AGAIN COME HOME RIGHT NOW" and he's like "It's cat crumbs, I promise!" emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1 day ago
    Part 3 I'll miss my crew, my volunteer family, but I will return eventually. Just not for awhile. Have a great day darlin' and be happy!!!! Xoxo
    2 days ago
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