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My sweetie pie! He's still as CUTE as the day I met him! Happy B-Day 3/9 DH you are my heart! :-))

Orange is one of my favorite colors...so happy!


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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!

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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    "I guess we all do what we need to do when we need to do it right?"

    You got that right sister! We all got to do what works for us...cause taking care of ourselves is the most important job we do!
    Good day for the home team. I went to my Social Security appointment and found out I get $500 extra every month now because I was married over 10 years and never remarried, so I am thanking my ex for part of his Social Security. Aint that sweet? Besides giving me two of the best sweeties possible in my life, I get part of his social security. Well thank you Gary, even though living with you was pure hell for 20 years!~ HA!
    Tomorrow, off to go in the City to see Mom, out to lunch and she wants to hit Nordstrom. I tried to talk Kathy in getting a stylized hair cut, but didn't work...Bobbi, we need to work on a makeover when she gets back from Norway but I think she is going to be a tough nut to crack. ;o)
    2 days ago
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    I completely understand - getting rid of Tom's toxic family has been the best thing we could have ever done! He's still struggling with the idea that his WHOLE family have believed the lies his sister has been telling about him and that somehow they all seem to believe that he didn't do enough for his mom, but I sure am happy to have them off my shoulders!

    I think it's in our very nature to put others before ourselves - and probably what we learned from our own mothers, and watching shows like Leave it to Beaver and Father Knows Best - the mom's were always in the kitchen and taking care of the rest.

    Your book sounds very interesting and I can't wait to read it. You have such a great way of expressing yourself, and fiction is truly the way to go. I with I could be more creative, but I learned business writing and it's so hard for me to think any other way.

    Have a wonderful day today.

    3 days ago
  • v PACEKA1
    Thank you for the knitting Spark Goodie, so thoughtful. I am putting together a baby blanket to work on while I am there. Small needles so it takes a lot of time and the yarn is also fairly thin so it won't take up much space. There will be lots of time on the flight over and back and also we have an 8 hour train ride on one day. I am getting excited about this too.

    And thanks for the comments about my exercising - it hasn't been easy but I'm trying to do my part now. Next week I'll have Faith all week and then 2 weeks in Norway. There will be a lot of walking probably, and all the hotels have an exercise room which I just might have to try out. Colin has started his PhD program so I expect he will have some school work to do in the evenings. I have talked with my cousin on my dad's side in Trondheim but haven't heard back from my cousin in Oslo or Stavanger - but those Norwegians get 6 weeks of vacation time each year and seem to always travel somewhere. He does know we are coming in August so I expect I'll hear something soon.

    Hope you have a good day today - is it your turn in the gallery? My PLAN is to go to the gym for Melt Yoga and then some time on the machines but man whatever I did yesterday I am feeling today. I have "scheduled" my two days at the gym so I'm going to really try to make myself go!
    3 days ago
    Yes, I did see Slumdog....long time ago, fabulous film as well. But this one, Lion, it really has tugged some heart strings somehow....Maybe it is because my sisters always claimed I was a product from the mailman, that he was my real father....lousy thing to say to me as a kid...but I was so different than my sisters that at one point I truly believed I didn't belong in my family.....That I was adopted. HA!
    3 days ago
    Very very interesting comment you posted on my blog dear one....
    3 days ago
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