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We are put on this earth to be kind to each other. We are not put here to judge. I LUV my sparkles!

We all have our life challenges but try to keep your eye on the sunny side of things...it can't hurt

is sending joyful and bright blessings to all of my sparkling friends! Today is the day of ultimate LOVE!


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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 10 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 learned we are not validated by others...only ourselves. I also want to be healthy and be proud of the person I see when I look into 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 almost 8 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!

Update 12/19/17

Another huge lifestyle change. We have resigned from the large group of superficial friends we have stayed with for almost 30 some years. I have finally recognized that many of these people are from our past lives when we used to own a large construction biz that put us in that glitzy lifestyle.

When we lost our beloved son in 2006 all of that money was worthless and why we continued to hang out with these same 'eye only on the money' people I will never know. In October of 2017 I said good-bye to the fakery of it all and asked myself WHY had it taken me so long.

Now I'm on a mission for REAL friends, people that offer themselves to the service and betterment of others not show off their $80,000 Tesla at dinner parties.

It's a BIG change for me. I have no family so always looked to this group as a sisterhood. Well...I will find new like minded people. Many of you are right here in Spark land...thanks for your friendship my people!

Member Since: 6/18/2009

Fitness Minutes: 39,668

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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  • v PACEKA1
    Today was just the very best of days! It was above freezing when I got up this morning - sat outside in my pj's and robe - no heavy winter coat. Then Tom suggested an adventure - so we got ourselves dressed, had some breakfast, packed up a lunch and Daisy and off we went. We stopped at his favorite park to eat our lunch - it was way more crowded than I had expected so I guess everyone needed a day away in the sunshine. Then we went up to Duluth with the idea of walking around a bit, buying some smoked trout and relaxing with a cup of coffee. Well, they were having some kind of Gallery Crawl and it was PACKED with people. It took us over 20 minutes just to find a place to park. There were 26 (Tom counted) people in line for the fish and the coffee shop was packed. So instead we got back in the car, drove along the highway (instead of the interstate) and stopped in a small town for our coffees. Daisy had the best time - every time we stopped somewhere she got out to explore. And the best thing - it is suppose to be this nice until Tuesday and all we might see is a cloudy day with possible bits of rain. SPRING has arrived!

    I absolutely love my Melt class and our instructor is so good at explaining things. I don't really like the foam roller parts; it does hurt some because you are rolling over connective tissue that has built up with lumps. You can actually feel them sometimes. So what we are doing is basically massaging those lumps, breaking them up so the blood and whatever else can flow properly.

    Yes, balance is certainly a challenge as we get older. I do balance exercises almost every day.

    Hope you had a good day at the gallery!
    2 days ago
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  • v PACEKA1
    Hi there dear friend! I will head over to your blog shortly to see all the lovely new things you've taken in. I suppose with Don on a construction job, you've been manning the gallery.

    My days have been filled with exercise - or at least it feels that way. I decided to at least make a good strong start on the challenge so I've done my 120 minutes each day and I've been up to the gym for 4 of the last 5 days taking class. After being rather lazy the last few weeks my knees were starting to bother me (hurt) including my new one which alarmed me. So I decided to just hit it hard for awhile and see if I could work it out. Amazingly I am feeling stronger and the pains have nearly gone away. The only downside to this story is that after spending 1 - 1 1/2 hours at the gym my body is tired and I don't much feel like doing anything else. I'm hoping maybe I'll get stronger and in better condition.

    We were able to take Daisy for a walk today. The weather guy said he had two good things to say about today: no snow and the highest temp we've had so far in April - 48 degrees. It should be in the 60's by now and we're expecting another big snow storm this weekend. Tonight one of my Bible Study ladies said she read in the Farmer's Almanac that April AND May were suppose to be cold, snowy and/or rainy. But it is what it is and we'll just have to keep busy inside the house!

    Hope you are having a lovely evening.
    12 days ago
    Okay here is the next step. All these tourist & the locals ( minus the people that own the million dollar homes.) I mean not a few hundred but thousands get together & with face towards the ocean moon the homeowners. Wow that would make National news !!
    I did not know home owners owned the beach front if tax payers are paying for maintenance of the beach.
    Come on lawyer Bobbie do some research on this !!
    I say this because of all the research you done on the "save your home" You did more than your own lawyer!!
    You need to put out a shingle !!
    Have a lovely day !!
    12 days ago
  • v PACEKA1
    Hi Bobbi: Sounds like you had a really great day. Tom loves to go to Barnes & Noble but I don't go with him very often - there's always a book or three that I want to buy. So good for you for getting out without making a purchase.

    Yes, it has been a brutal winter and pretty much everyone I know just wants to cry every time we hear the weather report. Daisy and I have gotten out a few times this week - we went for a walk early this afternoon and it wasn't too bad outside, but then it started snowing about an hour later.

    I'm trying to ignore the winter and get back to my classes at the gym. I took my favorite Yoga class yesterday for the first time in about 3 months, so that was interesting. I enjoyed it so much but I'm having trouble with my new knee and it's starting to worry me a bit. It's hurting more than I think it should be. Did I tell you when I went for my one year check up the Doctor found that a small piece of the cement was left inside and it's moved from the back of my knee to the front. Although I also haven't been working out as much so maybe it's just that. I thought I'd get myself back to my exercising and see how I am in a week or so.

    Tomorrow night we are hosting our Seeds group, I'm looking forward to that. Wishing you another wonder day off tomorrow!
    15 days ago
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