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

Here's my SWEETIE PIE...38 years of married bliss...AND we work together...how's that for AMAZING?

is so grateful to have morning walks like this!


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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
    Thanks for the spark goodie. It was quite a challenge down there. Tom kept saying "why are we only going through my stuff" - answer: It's all HIS stuff. Junk, junk and more junk. After 2 hours I said lets clean up and finish next week - oh great, he said, another day of torturing me! That man never throws anything away.

    My friend Judy sells books on Amazon.com and she makes about $500 a month, mostly profit. It's something. I used to sell a lot of things on eBay but they've raised their rates that it almost isn't worth it to me unless I were to open an eBay Store. I've thought about it but the jury's still out.

    I agree with you, if you aren't making enough on the gallery to keep it open during the slow season, it hardly seems worth your time and effort. But what a dilemma! But you have a clever mind and I'm sure you will figure this all out!
    2 days ago
  • v PACEKA1
    I totally understand how quickly the savings goes. After I lost my job in 2009 I was able to get unemployment for quite awhile because of the economy being so bad which helped, but our expenses didn't go down all that much and Tom wasn't working. I was old enough to start taking my retirement benefit from my employment - and I was lucky enough to work for a company that still had a defined benefit retirement fund. It's not a lot but it paid the mortgage.

    But when unemployment ran out and I wasn't able to find a job we had to start using our savings - my inheritance from selling my mother's house. That was the money we were going to use to fix up this house - oh well. We did have to eat. Luckily, as the savings was running out I had an offer to go back to my company as a contractor for 6 months - just long enough to sustain us until I could take social security. And I was also lucky enough to have worked 21 years for a really good company at a reasonable salary so my social security, even at 62, was okay. Now Tom's getting his too and we are finally able to live day to day on what we bring in.

    BUT - when the water heater breaks down, or when we have to pay for that vacation - back to the savings we go. I've just decided that, like you, I will always figure it out somehow so I'm going to enjoy my time now because one of these days I may not be around to enjoy anything! And if the money runs out I guess the government will have to take care of me!

    I pray each day that this house thing is resolved for you. You have been living under that cloud for way too long. And it's such a beautiful house! I hope you and Don can figure out what to do to bring in enough cash to enjoy your life without having to spend 6 days a week dealing with customers. You're a better person than I - I get tired just dealing with the few Etsy customers who always have such crazy questions!

    You will figure things out when the time is right. Everything will just fall in place the way it's suppose to work for you. It always does. Last night I thought the world was coming to an end - today I feel so much better!

    Have a good evening!
    2 days ago
  • v PACEKA1
    So nice to see you smiling face this morning. We have decided to leave that group. I feel like they get together to commiserate with each other, rather than learn and support. I don't want to commiserate anymore - I want to be happy.

    Although that's a bit of a challenge this morning. I was on my way to class last night and backed into the stupid basketball pole that's right next to our driveway - and did some nice damage to our car. Mostly I just feel stupid for doing something so dumb. But I guess mistakes happen and we move on, Right!

    The airline tickets were purchased yesterday - wow, that was sticker shock. So now I need to take a look at the book Colin gave me, watch the DVD that the Norwegian travel guy loaned us, and figure out how many days to be in each town, and how to get from here to there. Apparently, renting a car is out except for small jaunts. Gasoline in Norway is about $13/gallon! Lots of taxes to support their government (I believe they all have government paid healthcare). We will try to get it all mapped out within the next couple of weeks I think so everything can be booked - then all we have to do is go and have a good time!
    3 days ago
    Seriously, I cannot imagine what it would be like if there were TWO FREDIES around! Holy Moley, that would be something! I think I would drive everyone crazy!!!! ha!
    3 days ago
    Thank you for remembering my birthday! I have been having a great day: my 2 older sons took me out to a nice restaurant. The older one was here for a few days (he is posted in Jerusalem right now) and it was a wonderful surprise.
    3 days ago
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