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This is incredible! It's NOT a bird...

Sunday, October 19, 2014

This is incredible! It's NOT a bird...



This parrot is in fact a female model who posed for Johannes Stötter, a fine art body painter. Using breathable paint, he spent hours painstakingly turning this woman into the image of a parrot, brushstroke by brushstroke. The model’s arm forms the parrot’s head and beak, and her legs form the wing and tail feathers. Remember: always take a closer look as things aren’t always what they appear to be.

Artist/photo | Johannes Stötter Assistant | Freund Nathalie
www.johannesstoetterart.com/
(Once you see her, the bird disappears.)


10/18 - 124.3
10/19 - 125.0
10/20 - 124.0
10/21 -
10/22 -
10/23 -
10/24 -
10/25 -

  
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DJ4HEALTH 10/20/2014 10:32PM

    took me a while but now I see her too.

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DONNABRIGHT 10/20/2014 9:25AM

    It took me a minute but I do see her. Thanks for sharing the website.

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/19/2014 11:35PM

    Fabulous!

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MSLZZY 10/19/2014 10:52PM

    emoticon That is amazing!

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IRON_RESOLVE 10/19/2014 10:40PM

    Pretty Awesome!

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DBEAU57 10/19/2014 8:28PM

    Wow -that is truly incredible!

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 10/19/2014 6:31PM

    That is hard to believe, but when you know I could see the arms.

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 10/19/2014 6:21PM

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OLDERDANDRT 10/19/2014 6:02PM

    Incredible is a great word for this!! I finally could see her! That's was some painstaking work!! For painter And model!!
Keep maintaining, my friend!! You are doing great!! (((HUGS)))

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CAT609 10/19/2014 5:45PM

    pretty amazing

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ROBBIEY 10/19/2014 5:27PM

  This is great, I saw the leg, but I did not see the arm.

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When I die and get to heaven . . .

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Recently I was asked, "is maintaining harder than losing the weight?"
The following is my reply:

I don't want to scare you, so I will try to say this the right way.

It's all a battle - but remember always, YOU are worth the effort.

I am almost 63 and never knew until the last year or so that thin people struggle all their lives to keep their weight. I know because I started asking every thin person I have contact with. Then I apologize to them because I never knew. I was never thin enough to have their struggle - just maintaining my overweightness was hard enough.

Some days it just doesn't feel worth the battle so I let go and indulge myself. When I get to heaven and Our Lord asks me, I'm going to tell Him that Chocolate was wonderful, lima beans not so much. Cake & Cookies YES. Lima beans & onions I could do without, lol.

Have you ever seen a thin person covet your dessert? I actually feel sorry for them - at least I know what it tastes like and whether or not it was worth the calories! If I die tomorrow, I am so thankful that I took advantage of what I could enjoy today!

I feel like Scarlett O'Hara - I'll deal with it tomorrow, lol.

love you,
linda

10/11 - 123.3
10/12 - 124.3
10/13 - 123.8
10/14 - 125.8
10/15 - 125.4
10/16 - 124.2
10/17 - 124.8
10/18 - 124.3
10/19 - 125.0

  
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DJ4HEALTH 10/21/2014 3:29AM

    emoticon emoticon blog!! emoticon

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JUJUH51 10/13/2014 8:00AM

    Awesome blog!!! Thank you for all of your inspiration and motivation!

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GOULDSGRANITE 10/12/2014 6:00PM

    Throw out deprivation and Enjoy some of everything in Moderation! Own your choices. Bravo to you Linda! emoticon emoticon

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MARY1313 10/12/2014 5:20PM

    CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP!!!! You are awesome for putting YOU first!

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OLDERDANDRT 10/12/2014 10:50AM

    So, what your saying is that life is work! teehee Yes it is! And I think you are doing a grand job!! Anyway, our wt. will fluctuate even if we're being perfectly good!! You're doing wonderfully, Linda!! Spark on!! (((HUGS)))

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 10/12/2014 10:16AM

    I was there once and yes it is hard to manage, you kind of let go and before you know it you have gained 10#s and then more.

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MSLZZY 10/12/2014 8:15AM

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I am NOT a number on the scale - repeat as needed, lol

Friday, October 03, 2014

I know - it sounds so simple, but I still forget it all the time.

Thanks to all my spark-buds for trying to remind me of this. As Carrol said, "maintenance is NOT for sissies!"

No, it doesn't get easier. But I am worth the extra work to stay where I am. I have several days within the last 2 weeks that I didn't track & log my foods. Yes, you don't see that because I even quit changing the Nutrition Tracker to show I wasn't tracking.

Two shopping trips and I think my MoJo is back - don't know why, nor do I care. As long as I am "me" again, I am happy!

Onward we go in our shared journeys to better health! Thanks for staying on this journey with me!

10/04 - 124.2
10/05 - 123.9
10/06 - 123.4
10/07 - 124.2
10/08 - 123.0
10/09 - 123.0
10/10 - 123.3
10/11 - 123.3

  
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TRENTDREAMER 10/6/2014 10:34PM

    "Two shopping trips and I think my MoJo is back - don't know why, nor do I care. As long as I am "me" again, I am happy! "
* It's called "retail therapy" for a reason

Continued success to you!

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MSLZZY 10/3/2014 9:58PM

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DBEAU57 10/3/2014 9:51PM

    I feel ya, hon. All week I've been seeing the same pound over and over that crept back on, but today it was finally gone again. So now I'm back to where I was LAST Saturday! Is maintenance as hard as losing it in the first place?

I don't care if you've had a bad week. We're only human. We all need to step back sometimes and restart. And you're still my hero!!!

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GOULDSGRANITE 10/3/2014 5:00PM

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 10/3/2014 2:45PM

    Sometime you need to remember the NSV's and it makes that old scale less important.

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OLDERDANDRT 10/3/2014 1:48PM

    You can, will and are doing this thing, Linda!! You really are Not a number on the scale, but that scale is a great tool to help you know how well you are staying put where you belong!! Use it. Don't become a slave to it! Love ya, my friend!! Looking forward to when I'll be fighting to maintain right along side of you!! (((HUGS)))

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4ANEWME2DAY 10/3/2014 12:44PM

    "The scale will not define me." emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IM_HIS_PRINCESS 10/3/2014 11:52AM

    i needed to hear that today! I am NOT a number on the scale!

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A new 5% Challenge for a New Me!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Every new 5% Challenge gets a new blog.

Yesterday we started the Fall 5% Challenge and I was up a bit at 124.5 but a new challenge brings a new me!

Go SUDs!!

9/20 - 124.5
9/21 - 123.9
9/22 - 122.8
9/23 - 122.9
9/24 - 122.5
9/25 - 123.0
9/26 - 122.6
9/27 - 122.8

9/28 - 124.0
9/29 - 124.4
9/30 - 124.4
10/01 - 123.9
10/02 - 123.8
10/03 - 124.0

  
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DBEAU57 10/2/2014 9:23PM

    You're doing great!

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OLDERDANDRT 9/21/2014 3:32PM

    No worries, Linda!! Fluctuation is the way of the human body!! Keep up the great work!! (((HUGS)))

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STONE815 9/21/2014 3:23PM

    You go girl!! emoticon

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SHERYLDS 9/21/2014 2:51PM

    Cheering you on to VICTORY.....I know you can do it.

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MSLZZY 9/21/2014 8:00AM

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You are off to a good start!

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2014 Fall 5% Challenge team is now officially closed :(

Thursday, September 11, 2014

I'm sorry, I left my blog the last 3-1/2 weeks so anyone wanting to could join the Fall Challenge. I learned today, the Challenge is officially closed now. Anyone that is interested may sparkmail me and I will keep your name for the Winter Challenge which will start either Dec or Jan.

The weeks since the Summer Challenge ended were rough for me. August hit me hard and heavy with hot & humid weather here in Mississippi. No excuses, just fact. So I am bouncing around - it happens. Life will always happen and quite often get in the "weigh" so all I can do is keep on trying.

My mother always told me I was the "most trying child" emoticon emoticon

9/07 - 124.0
9/08 - 123.8
9/09 - 124.2
9/10 - 124.0
9/11 - 125.2
9/12 - 124.6
9/13 - 124.4

9/14 - 125.9
9/15 - 126.6
9/16 - 125.7
9/17 - 124.6
9/18 - 124.6
9/19 - 124.6
9/20 - 124.5

  
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AALLEY2 9/15/2014 7:04PM

    emoticon ready as i'll ever be!

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/12/2014 12:33AM

    Funny I thought most trying child was my position !

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