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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!

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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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    Thanks for the well wishes. We had a great honeymoon, but have had a number of disasters since we got home. We are ready for things to settle down a bit...
    3 days ago
  • v PACEKA1
    I'm finally catching up and just read what you wrote to me earlier this morning. First, I can't imagine what you must have gone through, or even what you still must go through, loosing your dear son Josh. He sounds like he was an amazing boy who grew into a wonderful young man. One of my friends on Spark lost her 18 year old daughter 6 months ago. It just tears at my heart and makes me feel so very lucky to have my children with me, even if they don't check in very often. I know they are fine and doing what I taught them to do.

    I thought I'd write a note to Crystal later this week. She's just too raw to talk right now and I know she's taking care of everyone else but not herself. That's just who she is, and you and I are familiar with that kind of behavior because I believe that's exactly what we do! Tom and I are going on our vacation next week - after we get back we'll see if we can't come up and sit with the kids or something. I agree with you, it needs to be talked about but people seem to back away from that.

    You would have been an excellent MIL because you understand that your son would choose the right person for himself. I have always been open minded and accepting of the people my children have brought into our lives, even the ones I wasn't too sure of. It wasn't my place to judge. I have a great son-in-law and two wonderful daughter's-in-law and they are family, same as my children.

    So I learned something important today and I hope to carry it with me from now on. These uncomfortable situations will continue for a long time, but I have all the power within myself to stop being uncomfortable! Lesson Learned! Have a wonderful evening.
    3 days ago
  • v PACEKA1
    Yes, things went surprisingly well (considering) last night and today was also crisis free. It seems we all stopped interacting with that crazy family - and all they could do was huddle together. I'm sure there was a lot of gossip going around but who cares. Tom and I had 3 of my children with us and William and the grandsons came by every so often. Crystal isn't doing well but that's to be expected.

    So crisis averted and we're on to our own life. I told Tom yesterday that he might still be trying to "do the right thing for others" but going forward, I was going to start "doing the right thing for me". I think he just might be on board with that!
    3 days ago
    Oh honey, you would do just fine alone. Actually you would be surrounded by your friends so you would never be alone. That is how I feel, I have incredible neighbors, friends and family…I love to play "introvert" and when I am out, the "extrovert" shows up. I got the best of two worlds. Loving my space and being alone, I don't know how I would be if I got into a serious relationship Bobbi. I am so set in my ways, I just love not having to answer to anyone whenever I feel like not communicating. I was never alone until I was 47 years old. College, marriage. Period. After 20 years of unhappy bliss, I walked out of a bad marriage and thought I need to try to find out who I was without anyone telling me how I should be. It was truly an eye opener. I was the copy of my mother who never opened or paid a bill, never worked and never ever wondered where the money went. Oh yeah, HUGE MISTAKE!
    3 days ago
    Absolutely. Please take a picture of your project you are painting. Did you get a before photo?
    I think that is an adorable idea to come up with a cute little gift box for a guest and put the lucky sticker under their chair or plate. I will do that and tell my client the last minute as a surprise extra. I just ordered a rustic rectangular old wooden plant box that I will use for the table centerpiece to hold all the pumpkins, candles, and whatever I decide to use. I don't want to make it tacky so I am considering using all white pumpkins, white pillar candles, white waxed pinecones and anything unique accessories that would look fab on the table. Then I would fill space with indoor green plants.I ordered a strand of tiny white lights (battery operated) as you suggested too. Decorating the room(s) I will use colors of Thanksgiving and go nuts searching for treasures at Home Goods, hospice, online, maybe your gallery (hint hint,) etc.
    This new gig is really a good one. I quoted her less than I normally charge, because she is an acquaintance and this is such a less strenuous/stressful job, I didn't want to scare her what I normally charge. It's fine, I am doing it more for than the experience than the $$$ in her case. But if she starts in with me decorating her home as in redoing the floors, etc, my rates will go up.
    4 days ago
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