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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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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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    Lisa's divorce is a difficult one. The ex has hired one of the meanest and most expensive attorney in San Francisco. So there is a good chance she may not be able to stay in the house. In the California Law, Community property happens if you are married 10 plus years. She was only married 6 and it was her second marriage she is only in her early 40's.
    I will agree, I can't imagine Michelle's relationship with that guy is going to last…I just don't feel it and I know either do you.
    "A saint representing Mother Theresa?" Bobbi where do you come up with these sayings?????They are absolutely hysterical.
    Well I just got back from my talking to my newest client Carol. She definitely wants me to do her Thanksgiving table and decorate her downstairs for the holiday. She will be gone most of October and will be coming back Nov 7 so I will be doing her table on the 9th. Next week I will start doing vignettes around her home. Fun project!
    How has your Monday been?
    5 days ago
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    6 days ago
    Nope, been there, seen it…when peeps drink a tad too much, usually all hell breaks loose. So Bobbi Anne, I wouldn't contact these so called "friends" to see if they are coming or not.I would just not plan of having them, period. Just a very rude response of not responding to your lovely gesture. BTW, are you cooking or is it BYOF…..?
    Hair spray. I remember that one.
    You know, you have so much talent that if you ever wanted to get out of the "gallery" business, you could always go back to decorating residential homes and charge a fortune per hour. You are so incredibly creative Bobbi, I wish you were my partner in crime! We would create such a great reputation, people would have to wait months for our services!!!!! I was just telling Kathy that people come into people's lives usually for a great reason (s) and that you and I were put together cause there are many reasons why. First and foremost, to be creative together. Don't cha tink?
    7 days ago
    Lisa has two children. Both are teenagers. Finn, the 13 year old son is suppose to change her water daily and feed her. He forgets the water and I hate to think if he forgets to feed her. He does love Lucy but seriously, how much time does a 13 year old want to spend with a doggie especially one that lacks energy at the most? Daughter, special needs. Aspergers. Need I say more?
    7 days ago

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    Keep your Thanksgiving ideas coming Bobbi! I think I will be needing plenty of ideas knowing this particular Hospice Volunteer. Carol is a lovely lady and has volunteered over a year now. She has hinted to me that she has no creativity and needs help but never came right out and asked me until this past Thursday. So if it is just the table, great. If it is her home, even better? But I am always looking for ideas for table settings. I love the idea of battery operated twinkle lights! Fabulous. And our leaves are beginning to drop, fantastic colors. What type of spray do you use to preserve them? So special you and Joshie collecting them. You know, when you mention your beloved Josh, my heart just does a number on me…
    We do get fall here. My Japanese maple in the garden turns a bright red before dropping its leaves. I would love to preserve those babies too.
    Well, my client had a list for me to do more work, more research, more shopping. I thought she wanted to use me less to save money for her birth of her daughter. But it seems not the case. Fine with me if you catch my drift honey bunny! Alls well, ends well.
    So, was it busy in the gallery? Remember, more Thanksgiving ideas appreciated! love ya toots, so much!
    My heart hurts over Lucy Lou!
    7 days ago

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