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

I'm looking forward to a joyous Christmas, can't WAIT for our winter get~a~way in North Carolina :-)

is chasing her tail around BIZ~ZY! Getting ready for my Annual Christmas Craft Party it's been going strong with my girlfriends since 1992...now THERE'S some history!


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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 had to laugh at Kathy's comment below this one trying to figure out how to use an iPhone. I have a 6 and I love it. I even went to a workshop to show me how to use it at first, and a lot of youtube.com videos. But I got the jest of it pretty quickly and just love it! Lucy Lou is wonderful and will be with me all the way until friday. Saturday I go to Los Angeles for Kai's third birthday party. Just an overnighter, want to get back on Sunday I have a full week ahead of me. Need to find another or two jobs, so I am putting it out there in the universe. It is always slow this time of year, people would rather spend their money buying gifts. After the holidays I get a bit busy, I hope I hope....What did you do today????
    8 hours ago
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    Oh my, Bobbi; I am in cell phone hell! I almost threw it earlier today, but that is my impatience coming out. I was trying to change something on one of my credit card accounts and couldn't find anywhere how to do it so I tried calling. I got through okay and as long as I could speak my answers I was fine, but then I had to press "1" - and my goodness I couldn't find the darn numbers and hung up instead. But this afternoon I played with it a bit more - sent my first text out to my children and have gotten 3 answers so far.

    I will take snow photos next time. I didn't want to go back outside, and it's pretty much all melted now. We took Daisy for a walk and the roads and paths were all clear which was really nice.

    My idea of a perfect place to live would be temps in the 70's about 2/3's of the time, with a short spring and fall and about 1 month of winter - temps never going below 0 and snow that is beautiful, manageable and easy to deal with! I'm sure you will have fun in NC and you probably won't want to drive - isn't it pretty hilly there?
    8 hours ago
    Thank you Bobbi! Yes, I am pretty sick. I will try the chicken bone broth.
    12 hours ago
    Thank you my caring friend . I know Bobby would not want me to be like this I must find peace with this. There has been many times I would think of you and know you are still here carrying on with your life,and this was your child you lost . Mom said it is devastating losing a child.I am not keeping busy as I should I seem like I cannot move.like I am stuck in quick sand ,but I am not even struggling to get out. I think I need to go back to my counselor . I was so alive before and now death has entered within . I will call tomorrow for an appointment I need to Thank you Bobbi for stopping by !!
    15 hours ago
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    I hope you are right about the cell phone - I know my children will be happy because now they can text me and I can actually answer.... at least once I figure out how!! I'm going to sit down today with the book and the phone to see what I can do! I suppose learning something new is a good challenge for my brain, right!

    I love my new space. It's pretty plain but the doll case brightens things up. I feel like it's mine. Daisy, Sheba and I have sat in there the past couple of mornings - just reading, catching up with the news, hanging out. I'm always up 1 - 2 hours before Tom so I have a lot of time to chill before the day begins.

    We had some snow overnight, it's quite pretty but I feel like going back to bed!!! Hope you are having a great day off!
    18 hours ago
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