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Bobcat right outside our pergola he came out of the wetlands good thing the cats are inside cats!

Beautiful Josh and his girlfriend Andrea on our Florida beach at sunset..I think of him always!

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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 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!
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Member Since: 6/18/2009

SparkPoints: 53,901

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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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9/27/2015 10:38:14 PM

No worries about missing my MOD announcement! Thank you for the wishes on my MOD. We are kind of settling down again into a routine. I'm hoping that something will come up soon. As much as I like it here in the country I'm ready to live in the city again where everything is more accessible, especially health care.

That's awesome that you lost 10% during the last challenge! That's double the amount that the challenge is for. I know it'll be tough sitting out the next few competitions but I know you can do it. Just be cognizant of what you eat, get some exercise in and you'll be fine. I'm your cheerleader like you're mine! emoticon emoticon

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9/27/2015 6:43:02 PM

hello dear one ..
thanks for the update on the weekend ..
I was at the cottage .. getting ready for carpenter to come deck in almost half of the yard .. I need some grass space for my hammock and to play botchie ball ..
the firepit area is already cemented so it really is easy to keep tidy ..except for the ash leaves that have decided to fall and stay .. last trees to get their leaves in the spring and the first to say .."that's it .. I'm in need of a rest .. see ya next year !!"
raked up gallizions of leaves ... filled the fire pit area 5 times and burnt them but still had 10 huge bags for recycle .. I'm not used to raking leaves .. haven't had to for 15 years .. when you live in the country a riding mower with a bagger is the ticket .... lol
I honesty enjoyed my three hours putzing in the yard ... then as I was ready to leave realized other than sweeping the front deck and washing the windows I neglected the leaves there .. oops .. well here's hoping for an east wind then the leaves will end up in the bay .. yee haw ..

Sounds like a great evening out .. a warm up at the hosts home then out for a spoil me meal .. honestly with a discount like that who could cook ??
Food prices here are nuts .. through the roof .. I don't mind paying for quality but I refuse to pay through the nose for chemical laced produce and meats ..
I'm wondering what your "season" will be like .. I know a few snow birds that are staying in the snow .. a 75 cent dollar doesn't buy much in Florida .. I'm praying this wont effect you that the northern states snow birds will flock in by the droves and buy up all your treasures ..
must really be tough for the local retailers that have purchased inventory and then watch it sit ..
the future will unfold exactly as it is supposed to .. hang in there .. you might have to relocate if you cant get any one to listen to reason as far as parking and visual exposure .. that wouldn't be great .. lots of work ..then again if you are in a lease could be expensive ...
we are still really slow here in the oil and gas industry .. thank goodness potash is working so that keeps the wolf away ..
Well I'm home unpacked .. laundry in .. supper just a simmering .. garden tomatoes washed and cored .. on 3 cookie sheets in the freezer ( about a quarter of my crop this year ..)
so I'm going to have a cold beer .. would be so much better with popcorn .. but no .. I'm going to half behave .. I honestly need to kick my own rear first thing in the morning .. knock the dust off my tread climber and start with my Vega shakes for breakfast and lunch .. with fruit and veggies for snacks .. I need to donate some of me to someone that needs it ... lol

enjoy your Sunday .. thanks for thinking of me dear friend .. huge hugs to you and DH ..

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9/25/2015 10:06:09 PM

Popping in to say hello. Hope you enjoy your weekend. :0)

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9/25/2015 1:12:02 PM

Thanks for the friend add! I will add you right back! Have a truly awesome weekend! emoticon

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9/25/2015 11:32:11 AM

Thank you so much for your support my friend. I love my husband, but for so long he has been my best friend and I truly think that was just too much pressure for him. He was young when we married and had never had a serious relationship. I hope we can both find happiness in whatever form that takes. Of course right now I have to take it second by second, but I'm prepared for when my emotions shift again. Thank you.

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