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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 ...

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 5 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."

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Member Since: 6/18/2009

SparkPoints: 49,781

Fitness Minutes: 32,540

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:
7-10-11 174 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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5/17/2015 8:54:17 PM

Thank you for the confetti goodie. emoticon

Just saw it, I'm still learning my way around.

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Thank you for the motivation and support! Let's work hard towards our goals together emoticon emoticon

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5/15/2015 9:25:04 PM

So good to hear from you my dear ...
the weather still stinks .. still freezing at night and cool and cloudy during the day .. our road to the highway was almost impassable Wednesday .. I saw a big wet yucky looking spot coming up .. so Momma Bear put her truck in 4X4 and goosed it .. holy crap .. right in the middle of a 500 foot mud hole .. dead stop .. crap .. now what .. well in the old days if you could keep your vehicle rocking .. you might just get out .. well that's what it took .. 8 miles into our closest little town .. spent $10 at the car wash trying to get the mud out of the wheels .. I have a 2011 Limited Ford F150 .. pretty white rims and low profile tires but not so pretty jam packed with blessed mud and gunk ..
out of the car wash and heading down the highway .. Holy crap cant get over 40mph the steering wheel is going nuts .. whole truck is shaking .. Lordy .. back to the car wash .. another $6 .. there was loads of mud still in the rims ... back on the hwy ..( by this time momma bear is really late .. the phones even ringing .. where are You )
still have mud issues .. but was able to get up to 55mph so hobbled my way into town 40 miles .. pulled it into our shop and up on the hoist .. my goodness I had another 100 pounds of mud .. my son washed it all out then took it for a drive to make sure I was good to drive it .. I was beginning to think I had really caused some damage getting out of the bog !!
So you see my life sure isn't boring .. always an adventure even on my way to work ..
We are still quiet .. have some bids for some potash work .. but oil and gas are still on hold pretty much .. its so darn wet that the road restrictions are back in place ..
Glad you are fairly busy .. its scary at our age to be uneasy about tomorrow but what to heck can we do about it .. not a darn thing .. this old bean counter me has had the reins pulled in on spending for 7 years .. we do okay and about the time we think or spend a little larger than we should .. the universe reminds us who is the boss .. lol
just have to keep on keeping on that's all we can do ..
Just want you to know you are always in my prayers .. always ..
My husband is busy restoring an old truck 1933 Dodge Brothers .. keeps him busy which is good ..
We have a much welcomed long weekend this weekend as well as your Memorial Day .. we celebrate the Queens Birthday .. always the 3rd Monday of the month .. her actual bday is the 24th .. mine is the 25th .. so there you have it I was almost royalty ..!!

Have an amazing weekend pretty lady .. take some time for you and DH .. by the way I found some "slap your momma " when I came home from AZ .. OMG its wonderful .. I had bought 3 .. gave one to my son ..one to my daughter and me of course .. they are all complaining that they are almost out !!
It is so blessed good on popcorn popped in coconut oil .. wowzers .. cant thank you enough ..

Take good care .. enjoy your weekend .. huge love filled hugs doll .. now go cause a little trouble .. and watch for magic .. xoxoxo

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5/15/2015 12:04:48 PM

Happy Friday! May your weekend be full of adventure and cheer, and may the start of next week be a long ways from here.

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