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34 lbs down and the ticker is still movin' woot, woot..thanks Spark People!

A lovely memory of our recent Christmas getaway to the Biltmore Estate in Ashville, N.C. We loved it

is so grateful to have morning walks like this!


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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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  • v PACEKA1
    I am excited to have Judy available to help me with chalk painting. She is so clever like you and Fredie! She had several pieces that she was going to paint and create into something special.

    I'm sorry you're still not feeling your true self yet. I don't know anything about the thyroid and how it affects the body. But I do know about working too much and 6 days a week is too much - add doing laundry and other household chores on your only day off. That has to be taking a toll on you!

    When I worked I was putting in a good 60 hours/week minimum and traveling quite a bit. I loved my job, but I was too tired to do much else - even knitting was hard. I have no words of wisdom, I know you need the gallery to do well but maybe it is time to think about something else. I hope you make loads and loads on your chalk painting class - that is a great idea and something creative for all those spoiled rich people hanging out in Florida for the winters!

    Hope your night was peaceful and wishing you a good day tomorrow. I'll put out to the universe that you need a couple of customers to make big purchases!!!
    2 hours ago
    Darn Darn Darn Bobbi! I am so sorry business has been slow as molasses, it must be driving you nuts! Day after day with slow sales, just that can wear you out completely. But if your spirit is calling you to do something different, go for it. And to teach your talent to others, what a grand idea! SO tell me how you go about it. do you work out of your Gallery or on your lanai? And do you ask your students to bring their own small piece to paint or do you supply something and use that as a sample? What fun it would to teach something that is so you, your forte and so much fun! My business hasn't picked up either though I did contact a few of my previous clients and asked them to write a referral on our neighborhood website we have here in Marin. I am not panic YET, but would feel more comfortable to add a couple of more clients part time.
    I do have my friend, Toni who is so extreme business minded that is putting a good word out there for me, and I have advertised my services on a couple of websites.
    SO the word is out, and the Universe has the message, it is the waiting game, I am patient and hopeful, I am keeping my fingers crossed.
    18 guests this Saturday night is not a small group. But good for you to extend such a beautiful invitation in your humble abode. Don't the ladies ever help with clean up???? ;o)
    3 hours ago

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    Why does it seem we haven't spoken to each other in ages? I miss ya darlin'! Is life treating you good? What's new? How's business, and most importantly, how do you feel?

    3 hours ago
    Yes, I will be leaving next week for a short stay with a friend in the SW, then we'll go on a cruise. When I return I'll have only a few days to pack up for my month-long getaway from the cold. No...as you know, this isn't a result of luck -- we choose how we want to spend our money, right?
    1 day ago
    Part3: today will be a quiet one, not much going on. Lucy Lou and I will be hanging out, it's too early to figure out what I will end up doing.. just need to get up and start our day on a walk. See you later alligator!
    1 day ago
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