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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: 51,014

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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!

Add in more cardio at least 30 min. per day

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:
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!

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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6/18/2015 7:11:32 PM

Hi Bobbi!
The Tiger Monarch's are a consolidation of the team I was on for the first time or 2 in the 5% challenge and some new folks and another team. There are several great folks I've kept in touch with - Frenchifal and CMFarrell right off the top of my head. I am doing a little mental kicking myself into gear a little more for this summer challenge more on the reasons later.

Meanwhile - hope the boredom goes away!

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6/18/2015 10:24:01 AM

Hi Bobbi!
Thanks for your comment on my blog about the bread. If you don't have a gluten problem, I wouldn't make this bread. It's not really healthy from a glycemic standpoint and it's not organic. I think there are healthier whole grain organic breads out there....but they all contain wheat (gluten). Most gluten-free breads are made with things like rice flour that really isn't any healthier than white flour. It just doesn't have gluten.

I should probably work on finding a good gluten free bread made with almond flour instead of rice flour. Almond flour breads tend to be heavy and dense, but are much healthier. I guess I have my work cut out for me.

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6/17/2015 10:49:54 AM

I'm thankful you received the book .. I was wondering if you would know where it came from .. I sent Carol one too and never heard .. now I know why .. there wasn't a place to type a message either .. glad it arrived .. its a different read .. just a few minutes a day are thought soul inspiring .. enjoy dear friend .. glad you enjoyed the picture tour .. the Llamas are Poncho and Lefty .. Poncho passed away last year along with one sheep (Pepper..) still have Salt .. the little pup "Bella" is my grand dog .. Japanese Shin X with Pomeranian .. shes a year old .. the black and while little fella is Sparky he is 3 and a Great Pyrenese X with Bernese Mountain Dog .. the brindle is a Boxer cross she is my daughters dog Roxy but has been mine for 5 years since Tasha moved back from Alberta .. I think I answered all your questions ..lol

Geeze you and DH had an amazing fun adventure ..,love your energy and child like excitement .. always make time to play ..
If the gallery is quiet you have time to paint , write and play some more ..
take good care dear one .. stay cool

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6/15/2015 11:45:15 PM

Dear Bobbi,

THanks for stopping by my page and for the goodie. I have been out of town for the past 5 days and just got back and my computer wouldn't connect with the wifi at the hotel I was at, so I am behind on Spark and e-mail. I just saw your note. I spent the last Challenge with the Tiger Monarch team. I had to be assigned to a team on the last challenge, I couldn't choose because I forgot to weigh in on time the challenge before so my privilege to choose was taken away. I just had 2 busy Saturday's and I lost track of time. Well it ended up being a blessing in disguise. I too have found the past few challenges difficult for me to get my head in the game, and I found being forced to join a new team after being on the Teddy Bears since 2009 or 2010 actually really helped me out so much. I helped me be more motivated, it helped me try harder, with a new group of people, and just how they manage the team differently, in terms of it was all fresh and new really helped my motivation. I enjoyed it so much that I am going back to the Tiger Monarchs this round. I lost 12 pounds this past challenge and I haven 't lost that much in over a year or more. I found out changing things up really helps. The leader of the team is great, she is kind, encouraging yet straight forward in how she manages the team and it seems to work. So I recommend trying the Tiger Monarchs team if you are looking to try something different. I think you would enjoy it very much. We also broke into smaller groups for part of it for extra encouragement and I enjoyed that very much as well, even though that smaller team was kind of quiet. I would love it if you joined us and the team would certainly benefit to have you on it. You are an asset to anything you are a part of, that's just the way you are.

Good luck on the next challenge whatever you decide and I'll be rooting for you no matter what!


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6/15/2015 6:59:52 PM

emoticon ... for stopping by and commenting on my most recent blog about the upcoming Summer 5% Challenge! I love the Challenges and, I'm pretty sure that I would be 'lost' without them.

I really wish that you might consider being a Firecracker :-) It would be awesome to be on a team with you again!

Enjoy your SparkJourney ... wherever it takes you!!!

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