FLORIDASUN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=FLORIDASUN FLORIDASUN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Monday...Monday...why do you have to be SO SHORT? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206641 Most of you know that my Monday's are my Sundays since I have to work on Saturday. <BR> <BR> I totally LOVE this guy! AND....the sentiment is SO TRUE! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f04fd847-a995-4c0c-acc6-43da482bc4f4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> DH had a construction job to start today. He pressure cleaned the pool deck and tomorrow will fix the cracks and then the next day roll on a zyleen sealer...probably 2 coats. The rainy afternoons won't help his time schedule so ... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 20:59:05 EST Starting to feel back to my ornery self...thank heavens! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6203952 Wow...so very grateful to be getting back to my normal self. That was some nasty flu bug that reared it's nasty head last week. <BR> <BR> Little bumps in the road like this remind us that our health is our biggest blessing. We almost always take it for granted until something goes haywire then we wonder what the heck happened. <BR> <BR> All the more reason to cherish your precious body and take care of it by eating correctly and exercising. My walking program went out the window when I g... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 19:36:42 EST Sunday and feeling a little better from this nasty cold~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6201987 <em>213</em> Howdy my dear sparkies! Yes...I'm still here..kicking pretty slow... but getting a little better every day. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I've had LOTS of down time from this nasty flu that has held me captive in our home for the last seven days. Normally I would be biting at the bit to get out and about...but honestly I've felt so punk I've been more than happy to just chill in the air conditioning. <BR> <BR> I really have to say that my DH has been the 'angel guy' in picking ... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 12:47:09 EST Uh OH...nasty cold with cough! :-(( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199428 Drat...at our last dine out group last Saturday we had a sickie that spread his evil bug throughout the group! WHY do people who are sick insist on mingling with the healthy? This guy was hacking all night and finally he went into his bedroom where he should have been the entire time. <BR> <BR> I really never get sick but this must have been a very POTENT bug because...... <BR> <BR> It only took about 24 hours before I was hacking my head off. I had to stay home today from work. I just... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 19:51:22 EST Week 1 and still attacking healthy habits list! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197535 <em>9</em> I have really been pushing myself to get in my 60 minutes a day on my treadmill. There is NO reason for me not to do it. It sits in our leisure room and the house is nicely air conditioned. The treadmill has the capacity to do circuit training, incline settings and a burst button to do interval spurts and even a fan is built in! All in all a GREAT exercise motivator. <BR> <BR> I call my exercise buddy 'Slim'....she calls me 'Fluffy'! <em>15</em> <em>315</em> <BR> <BR>... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 11:56:41 EST DH's 50th high school reunion coming up...I'd better 'step it up' on the weight loss! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6195162 Hello to all of my sparkling friends! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I hope your 4th of July holiday was fun! We were very low key this year. Lately our lives have been so full of activity we just wanted to enjoy some down time at home. We watched the fireworks on television...WOW...what a spectacular display in New York! <BR> <BR> We also sent a few grumbles to the idiots next door for setting off firecracker after FIREcracker after FIRECRACKER next door. The guy that lives there with his... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 10:30:39 EST What happens when you can't save a good friend from herself?!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6193811 <em>213</em> Lets face it. You all know I have some wacky friends! <BR> <BR> For the most part I like wacks~they are always more interesting than practical people who actually think things through in a logical and mannerly order. I have lots of wacky friends and I love em all. <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> Like my good friend M...who I have known for almost 30 years. I'll miss her a bunch because she is moving half way across the country tomorrow with a guy pretty close to 20 years her s... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 21:38:19 EST Back to my healthy routine! It sure feels GREAT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192641 <em>198</em> Whew~y it's been a hectic few weeks! I'm so happy they are in the real view mirror and we can once again push forward. <BR> <BR> I always turn to my crafts when I get stressed out and I find that concentrating on them puts me in a meditative state of mind. I love to do meditation whenever I can squeeze in a few minutes but it's really hard for me to calm my 'monkey mind' with just breathe...so putting focus on my jewelry design, or some other craft is just as effective. <B... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 21:21:50 EST Case Dismissed Without Prejudice...but is this a GOOD thing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191745 <em>213</em> Hello my luminous sparklers! What was scheduled to be a 6 hour trial in the 'save our home' fight ended in a fizzle. We are home an hour and a half latter. <BR> <BR> The bank knew that no way, no how, could they prove standing to win this case so they took the wimps way out they filed to dismiss. <BR> <BR> I mean REALLY...if you can't prove your case in SIX long years...you should NOT be offered another bite of the apple. <BR> <BR> They have screwed this case up every whic... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 11:02:31 EST Honestly....you CAN'T make this stuff up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190173 <em>213</em> Hello my dear sparklers! Thank you SO VERY, VERY much for your prayers and encouragement during this very stressful time in our world. As most of you know...we have our Summary Judgement hearing coming up next Wednesday 6/29 @ 9 a.m. <BR> <BR> This will be the culmination of a long HARD six year fight between us and GMAC/Ocwen/Us Bank fighting to 'save our beloved home' from an illegal foreclosure action. <BR> <BR> As you know FL has run rampant in foreclosures. We were hi... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 21:20:27 EST What would a stress free life look like? Would I lose weight more easily? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188909 Sooooooo~ I've been thinking....can you smell the smoke burning? <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> When stressful things are in front of me...I always feel better if I have a back up plan. It's not that I'm not hoping and praying that things go our way and justice prevails and the heroine gets her kiss from the hero...but let's face it...I've been walking this crazy ole' planet <em>432</em> long enough to be a realist. <BR> <BR> Or maybe it's because I've been married to a semi negative spouse wh... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:51:54 EST The Lee Cty. Courtroom 'Docket Experience' is not a pleasant one! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187769 <em>29</em> Well....chalk one up to another experience on my 'do NOT like' list! <BR> <BR> Today was quite the experience going to Civil Court for the docket sounding on our 'save our house' fight. <BR> <BR> I could not sleep so got up at 5 a.m. I had intended to get up at 6:45 because we were told the court appointment was 8 a.m. It turned out to not be until 9 a.m. but that was okay because with our early start...we certainly didn't have to worry about being late...for sure! <BR> <BR>... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 17:39:51 EST Docket Sounding on our 'Save our Home' Fight 6/22 @ 8 a.m. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187182 <em>213</em> Well the almost big day has arrived! Our attorney drives over from W. Palm Beach to meet us for the docket sounding tomorrow then our Summary Judgement 'Save our Home' fight next Wed. 6/29. <BR> <BR> It's been a LONG SIX YEARS of fighting this illegal and fraudulent foreclosure action against us. <BR> <BR> It hasn't been easy...but nothing worth really fighting for ever is....is it? <BR> <BR> Our attorney tells us he spoke to the plaintiff's attorney and he told him that h... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 21:42:17 EST 2nd day of compiling proof of our illegal foreclosure action for our upcoming Summary Judgement tria http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6184023 <em>198</em> Why is protecting your rights and your good faith against corporate behemoths so darn hard? Why do the upper elites circle their wagons to protect other elites without question think they can get away with covering fraud and crimes...no questions asked from the lowly middle class? I mean after all...what good are they other than paying for the lifestyles of the rich and famous? <BR> <BR> This is where our country is at today and I've had a belly full of this junk! No wonder... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 12:48:37 EST 'Stress' is not my friend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181427 Hello dear sparklers! It's been a stressful week. I'm trying really hard not to let it consume me but it's hard to accept that we as tiny little humans don't have a whole lot of control over the forces of life. <BR> <BR> Say it 'Ain't so...can I hear an "I'm the master of my destiny!" <BR> <BR> Don't we wish? I took my dear friend to her birthday luncheon on Friday and it was fun and sad at the same time. She is one of my oldest and longest known friends here in FL. She is probably one... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 12:44:49 EST High end merch coming into our consignment gallery makes me a happy camper! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6177739 The things I do to get cool stuff in our consignment gallery. It's really above and beyond the call of duty...but we do what we need to do to separate ourselves from the masses don't we? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c8c9c674-e2dc-4b7f-872c-8a6bc02d27ab.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I get all giddy when really beautiful high end stuff comes in like this last million dollar + household received Saturday. <BR> <BR> It won't be without a whole lot of work still ahead of me...t... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 16:16:56 EST Wrap up on Charleston love...what a CITY! :-)) AND a 'Southern Charm' celebrity spotting! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6177003 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/543d56d0-51a8-4b19-9f3c-0955087fbe13.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm still dreaming of our Charleston experience! Wow...did I LOVE <em>26</em> that sweet little city! The cobblestone streets, the horse drawn carriages, the 'I DO care how I turn myself out' attire...all so charming! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/11bc3248-9a3e-4c1e-bed9-120460e99290.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I know exactly why they created a reality show called 'Sou... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 15:50:17 EST Charleston LOVE with pics! So much to share! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6174511 I've managed to put the month of May and all of it's sadness aside. Thank heavens for May 20th which is our anniversary so that was a bright glimmer in the darkness. Most of you know that we lost our beloved son Josh on May 16th and then his birthday is May 31st...just a sad sad time. Thank you all so much for your encouragement and your support and your comfort...I must say I receive so much more from you than the crowd we hang out with...not a word from them...nada...tells me who my REAL... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 14:49:06 EST Charleston...my new love affair with a city! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6173719 <em>213</em> Hello to my sparklers. I'm trying to distract myself today since it's a very sad day for me. It would have been our Josher's 33rd birthday and I always wonder what he would be doing now, if he would have a film-making career underway as was his big dream, if he would be a husband and a father? Losing a child, especially an only child (Josh was the only child my current hubs and I had...I have a daughter by a very early marriage but we are not in the least bit close...sadly..... Tue, 31 May 2016 11:29:28 EST Such a joyful vacation! Epcot and Charleston...Epcot blog & pics today :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172554 <em>213</em> Howdy my sparklers! Such an amazing celebration of our 38th anniversary in Epcot and Charleston ...although we had to cut our vacation a day short because of that stinker Tropical Storm Bonnie who is now barreling towards Charleston and Savannah today. <BR> <BR> I'm CERTAINLY not going to have to worry about melting in the rain...BUT...it's just not that fun to wander around soaked to the core all day. <BR> <BR> Especially since S. Carolina and Savannah are considered t... Sun, 29 May 2016 16:25:25 EST One day delay...the joys of the self employed...vacation tomorrow! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168255 <em>213</em> The joys of the self employed...right? <BR> <BR> I've been working very hard to get isome really GORGEOUS furniture into our consignment gallery. A potential client called us about two weeks ago then came into our gallery last week to scope it out. She has just recently moved here from MA having sold a large and BEAUTIFUl Cape Cod farmhouse style home. She didn't have pictures of the items but referred me to the realtor's website of the newly sold home. The furniture made m... Sun, 22 May 2016 17:19:24 EST Nothing better than celebrating a long term anniversary with your BEST~EST friend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167157 So far so good! A lovely day with my dear hubby! We got up early exchanged really sweet anniversary cards (his all romantic...mine sarcastic and sassy)...some years I'm into romance about the cards I get for him...some years I'm into sass..this was one of those years....I've had plenty of years to switch up the message! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> This years card shows a little sweetie older couple on the front and says..."If I hadn't found you.... <BR> <BR> inside: I'd probably be drivi... Fri, 20 May 2016 20:08:47 EST May 20th...38 years with my sweetie pie...happy anniversary to US! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166418 It's a rough ole' world out there for married couples to stick it out through thick and thin! But I think we are really in it for the long haul...38 years tomorrow...I feel so thankful! <BR> <BR> Thankful to have a loving and supportive husband. Thankful to have had a loving and good father for our Joshua. Thankful to have a buddy that I know has my back through the challenges that this world throws at us sometimes. <BR> <BR> Thanks honey...for putting up with your bossy, little scrappy ... Thu, 19 May 2016 16:07:39 EST Our dear Josher's Angel day was today...still SO lost without that beautiful guy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164443 Ten years ago this date our beloved son Josh earned his angel wings and flew home. It was the biggest shock of our lifetime and the deepest gash to our hearts. <BR> <BR> I miss you my angel guy...I miss you so very much! You brought your dad and I so much happiness for the time you could share with us. You crammed so much living into your brief 22 years! <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> You graced this earth with a huge circle of friends that memorialized you in ways that were so touching to you... Mon, 16 May 2016 22:03:54 EST A pleasant hosting of our dine/in dine out group! Gasp..sometimes the group gods smile! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163353 Last night was my turn to host our dine/in dine/out group. I've been putting it off for as long as possible but it really isn't bad when you just host the hors's'douvres and make the reservation for the restaurant of your choice. <BR> <BR> This is basically all of the clean up I had with dirty dishes...SCORE! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/557b6f8c-67fc-47b0-95dc-c72e7b51fdfc.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Not that choosing the restaurant...in itself is always... Sun, 15 May 2016 10:43:39 EST Hosting the group this Saturday and FINALLY made anniversary plans get~a~way! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161493 <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <em>337</em> <BR> <BR> At last...we have decided on where to go to celebrate our 38th wedding anniversary this May 20th! Can you even IMAGINE 38 years with the same person...one that you work with also? <BR> <BR> Me either...ha..ha! But persevere we did and we are stronger in many ways for the rough and tumble set of life challenges we have gone through...together. <em>88</em> For that I'm eternally grateful! <BR> <BR> After all...I'm not the easies... Thu, 12 May 2016 12:07:03 EST I made the best out of Mother's Day...somehow it will never quite be the same. :-(( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159363 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4d183bd7-d0fc-44ce-aa82-22dc2091725a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The hubs got me this beautiful blue orchid for Mother's Day and a beautiful card to go along with it. He is SO very sweet and kind to me! <BR> <BR> He knows orchids are my all time favorite flower in the entire universe! This is because it was a beautiful white orchid that our beloved departed son Josh got me for his very last Mother's Day gift to me. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos... Mon, 9 May 2016 11:40:53 EST My friends call me 'Dr. Bobbi' because I have such a bedside manner...LOL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6157552 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f86b42be-7ccd-4178-a6b1-92d60e272768.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here I am with my two most favorite sisters in our group of friends! Why do I love these women...because they are unpretentious both still working in stressful high powered jobs but enjoying that work and are fully engaged with the world. <BR> <BR> I'm not saying if you aren't working full time you aren't engaged with the world...but with our group of friends I do have to say since most of... Fri, 6 May 2016 10:50:22 EST Sunday...wonderful Sunday! An interesting morning visitor for coffee! :-)) Healthy Dressing YUM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153971 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/acf7f095-592b-4f60-85f5-76cc645d427d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Look who joined us this morning out on our patio for coffee! Isn't he a pretty guy? I'm not even sure exactly what type of bird he is...I've never really seen an all blue bird. I'd guess a blue heron...ha..ha...easy guess right? <BR> <BR> One of my FAVORITE things on the planet is sitting out on the lanai when it's cool enough.... to enjoy the sound of the wind blowing through the Cypres... Sun, 1 May 2016 11:13:07 EST As days go...today was a real pisser..that's all I could come up with! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151015 <em>213</em> Hello dear sparklers! <BR> <BR> We all have em....what I call 'pisser' days. Pardon the bluntness but it's really all I could come up with! <BR> <BR> We checked our consignment gallery messages and DH said there was one of the grossest and strangest messages he's ever gotten in our almost 42 years of being self employed. <BR> <BR> At first I didn't even want to listen to it...but then...as often happens with me my curiosity got the best of me and I had to play it back. <BR>... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 21:07:48 EST A working weekend...sorta...from my laptop at home. :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149423 <em>213</em> Howdy sparklers! No rest for the wicked and the righteous don't need it! <BR> <BR> Is that how the saying goes. I just finished responding to three potential customers that sent pictures of items they would like to consign with our consignment gallery. This is a lot of back and forthing~via e-mail. I've learned I have to be explicitly specific about asking about the quality of items people want consigned since pictures hide a million flaws. I now have to say "does the ite... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 18:35:03 EST Yesterday eve was an EVENT! Went to get my permanent makeup refreshed...still hurt like..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6147503 There are very few things that I'm vain about. <BR> <BR> And probably fewer things that I justify spending some fairly big bucks on. <BR> <BR> I would say that great hair color and the best haircut I can get (yep beauticians that are truly skilled in FL is a gamble) <em>20</em> are at the top of my list. <BR> <BR> Good REAL food is a priority and I will also seek out reputable vitamins also. I'm into liquid vitamins whenever I can find them now. <BR> <BR> When we had our kitty ... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 20:50:25 EST Yesterday I managed to stay on track even at a friends cook~out...I'm getting better! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6145242 <em>9</em> Little by little I'm getting better at this nutrition tracking thing! I love the mobile app for my I-Phone. It makes it all the more easy...you really have no reason NOT to track! <BR> <BR> We went over to one of my oldest friend's (she's not old...ha..ha...our friendship is <em>334</em> ) home last night and met some new people that are her neighbors. We met with one of the sisters we had been with the night before who was there also. <BR> <BR> We ALL laughed and joked w... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 21:06:12 EST Sunday movie matinee and then dinner at a friends house tonight...no cook day..woot..woot! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6144348 <em>4</em> Hello sparklers...happy Sunday! It is SO beautiful in sunny SW FL today. In the 60's and almost no humidity in the morning so the PERFECT time to head out for a walk! <BR> <BR> Last night was a total fail on my calorie count! Went 400 calories over my highest range of 1550...so NO weight loss today! I wonder why...ha..ha! But I'm back to it today and just have to realize there will be times when I'm going to go over my ideal calorie range but it's no excuse to throw in the to... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 17:05:34 EST Woo~hoo nothing perks me up like hair color and a hair cut! Still rockin' my tracker! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6143471 <BR> <BR> Gulp...I'm SO bad at selfies...SO BAD...I make that fake daffy smile every single time! BUT...I do like my new hair color job and my little gal made me a bit shorter for the summer. NOTHING perks me up like a color/cut job. HA...HA! Had you thinking right? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fcea8075-8500-42f9-aa8e-aa9983d6e017.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here is a pic that the hubs took while we were out eating...weird how the color shows so differently than it d... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 10:43:55 EST New arrivals to our consignment gallery..woo~hoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6142089 Hello dear sparkies! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> You remember from my last blog how excited I was to receive some 'penthouse model home NEW' furniture into the gallery. The little lady and her husband bragged it up like it was worth a million dollars. The pictures she showed me seemed to confirm her boast. <BR> <BR> WELL....pictures...as I've learned before....mask a million defects! The furniture was to come from a very high end gated golf development just down the road from where we live... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 10:03:06 EST Still tracking! Surprised....??? me too! :-)) Thanks sparky friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6139429 <em>347</em> Ahhh...sparkpeople! Where would we ever be without you? Can you even imagine a more supportive framework to help us achieve our health goals AND...with FRIENDS supporting us every step of the way! <BR> <BR> I feel like my goals and thoughts and emotions are so important to my sparkling friends...just the same as theirs are to me! <BR> <BR> This is as it should be! As I relate my day to day experiences with my fleshy friends and line those engagements up for a reflection o... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 21:29:48 EST Received some more beauties in the consignment gallery...more to come! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6137378 We have been hopping busy at work lately. Just when I thought things were slowing down because season is waning. Usually by Easter in SW FL the streets are wide open from congested traffic, the restaurants don't have hour long waits because they won't accept reservations and we are back to our five day work week. <BR> <BR> This year things are still perking along. I don't know if there are just more people that live down here year round now or the snowbirds are staying longer because it's... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 20:27:06 EST Our Spark Nutrition Tracker..who knew I'd love it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6135899 <em>20</em> Okay...occasionally you CAN teach an old dog new tricks. I've been a loyal sparker since 2009. Yes...a seven year sparker...still plump...up and down... on the scale..but still kickin' and doing my best to GET with the program. <BR> <BR> I've tried many many methods to drop this dad blasted weight and I've been successful...for small spurts in time. <BR> <BR> But the thing I always try to do is re~invent the wheel. Why? Do I think I'm smarter, wiser, luckier than the sou... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 22:20:47 EST A restful day off today with consignment bookwork, still doing great on my healthy for ME plan! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6135023 <em>213</em> Howdy sparklers! <BR> <BR> Okay today is only day 4 of my 'healthy for me' new plan...but 4 dedicated days of eating mostly RAW and staying anywhere from 1000-1500 calories is GREAT for me. <BR> <BR> I usually lose interest by day 2..ha..ha! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I keep telling myself this is NOT a diet..I totally rebel on diets...so I'm telling myself that this is the key to HEALTH and it's totally for my benefit! <BR> <BR> So far...so good! <BR> <BR> I ate my RAW sa... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 20:23:54 EST Yesterday was a VERY weird day..but I lost another 2 lbs as of weigh in this a.m. woot! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6133842 <em>9</em> It's amazing how resilient the human body is! Just by giving it the LEAST bit of a chance for health it immediately responds! I'm so grateful and amazed! <BR> <BR> I made up my mind that as of April 1st..I was going to stop <em>227</em> being the victim of my own laziness and excuses and GET with the program of HEALTH! <BR> <BR> Of course I've had LOTS of encouragement from my wonderful sparkling friends that serve as WONDERFUL role models. As I read their blogs I'm thinki... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 09:42:35 EST Yesterday was a winner...winner.....chicken dinner! Lost 2 lbs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6133123 <em>104</em> Yesterday I was SO on track with my eating and it paid off with a -2 lb loss on the scale this morning! <BR> <BR> I also love all of the suggestions from my dear sparkling friends about taking my goals a little slower than trying to cram them all into one massive plan. <BR> <BR> I am SUCH and 'all or nothing' type of gal. I get SO fired up when I start a new project or a new adventure that I sometimes forget to realize that Rome wasn't built in a day. <BR> <BR> Following my... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 09:31:20 EST Today is the DAY! Starting my 'healthy for ME' journey and thats NO April Fool's joke! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6132433 <em>213</em> Howdy Sparklers! <BR> <BR> I've been thinking about this day for a good long time! <BR> <BR> What am I going to do to take better care of me, myself, and I? <BR> <BR> When am I going to realize that I am important enough to pamper? <BR> <BR> What old unhealthy traits do I have to kick to the curb, and which healthier traits can I replace those self defeating characteristics with? <BR> <BR> I'm STILL a work in progress...yes I am. There are SO many things that I've neglect... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 10:03:29 EST A REAL wake up call on how obesity really affects our health and happiness! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6130260 I'm not at ALL a judgmental person. We as humans come in all shapes, colors, and sizes and I love us ALL! But I do get concerned for people's health and happiness when I witness what happened yesterday in the movie theatre. <BR> <BR> We went to see the epic Batman versus Superman movie. DH wanted to go a WHOLE lot more than I did. I'm not really influenced by movie reviews that all dissed the movie it's more of a Ben Affleck thing. He's not and never has been my favorite movie actor. H... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 15:54:38 EST My white orchid from dear Josh always manages to bloom on Easter & Mother's Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6128643 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/be7747a5-4f98-490c-a44d-4a4a251f25f5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Happy Easter to all of my lovely sparkling friends today! I love Easter...and since I've learned to love it without all of the sugary sweets that I always used to associate the holiday with I'm much happier! I love that it marks the day that our savior arose from the dead. I grew up Southern Baptist and went to church 4-5 times a week whether I wanted to our not...it was expected and not ... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 12:38:08 EST So much fun scoping out the consignment competition...AND a few new (old) pieces coming in. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6125976 <em>244</em> We are FINALLY getting our act together and have cleaned out our fairly large storage space where we put the overflow pieces of our consignment furniture. This has been QUITE the costly endeavor and was a bad idea from the get go. We got the storage space about 4 years ago to put overflow items from outright furniture buy outs that don't have to go on the consignment floor right away. This space was conditioned air and was about 10x20 sf. It also became a storage spot for a... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 14:11:04 EST Users and manipulators...oh my! :-(( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6123572 Good Sunday morning my dear sparklers! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I often blog through my feelings on circumstances in my life that puzzle and concern me. For some reason putting the thoughts that cause me angst that keep rattling around in my head to paper help me puzzle through the crazy antics I see. <em>29</em> <BR> <BR> As most of you know our dinner group is full of colorful personalities! And I say colorful as in TECHNI~Color! <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> Most of our group (20 when ... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 12:35:54 EST WAIT till you see what came in our consignment gallery today! Yep...it's all here in the La~La lan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6122371 <em>213</em> Howdy dear sparkling friends! I hope you had a safe and happy St. Patricks Day. We used to use ANY holiday as a time to pub crawl with friends...but not these past few years. I have a distinct uneasiness about big drunken crowds now. I guess I AM growing up at the ripe ole' age I've arrived at. <BR> <BR> Don't get me wrong I still enjoy a fun time out every once in awhile but the big glitzy New Year's Eve celebrations where you get all dolled up and then go out and spend a... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 17:03:08 EST The Friday night group and the PERFECT buddha clock to add zen to our leisure room! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6117758 <em>213</em> Happy Saturday evening dear sparklers! <BR> <BR> We went to the Friday night groups dine in last night. I had just gotten my hair done and was feeling a little feisty! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/faf5c965-5370-41b6-9fae-33706f9989af.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My roots are a little rudy but they calm down after the first shampoo. As I've told some of you before my hairdresser is the cutest little thing. A millennial by every measure of the term. <BR> <... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 20:52:25 EST A terrific day at home being my best creative self! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6115307 <em>244</em> There is NOTHING better than being able to take a day at home working on my creative outlets! <em>214</em> <BR> <BR> Since we have started rotating days at the gallery today was my day at home. I felt a little guilty about this because it is after all....DH's birthday and WHO wants to work on their birthday?!? <BR> <BR> But he was fine with it...I even offered that I go in but I have an appointment Friday and that would interfere...so he said let's just keep the schedule ... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 16:10:36 EST