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

I'm looking forward to a joyous Christmas, can't WAIT for our winter get~a~way in North Carolina :-)

is chasing her tail around BIZ~ZY! Getting ready for my Annual Christmas Craft Party it's been going strong with my girlfriends since 1992...now THERE'S some history!


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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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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!

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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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    Oh, next door to me is an empty lot, or actually the back of a cottage that the owners have decided to let the deer go crazy and did not turn it into a garden or build another cottage on the property. SO I look out to openness, I love it. I don't have to look at another building, thank God.
    3 hours ago
    A local artist made this candle holder that is hanging above my sing out of sea glass. I usually have a candle lit there at night but totally forgot to do it when I was snapping the photos. And Lucy Lou does love this cold weather. She is so happy when it is brutally freezing, and so miserable in the summer heat. Her personality really does come out in the winter, It is my first winter with her and I just love it!
    You are so perspective my friend. The area rugs do seem to work. because of their size, they don't fight with each other one bit. And the painting. You and I with the same taste love it! I found it in a very high end vintage home furnishing consignment store in the city years ago and found it hidden in the corner. It was painted by someone local. I got a fantastic price on it and had to bring it home. I use to have it hanging in my office but when I painted my foyer/hallway, it went beautifully with the color I had chosen. I love it when it is the first thing you see when you walk in to my cottage.
    3 hours ago
    As I mentioned to you before, my heart goes out to you and Don, especially now, during this season where everyone seems to be in that "joyful" holiday mode. Yes it is all about family but you and Don are together and you have a beautiful life. Moving somewhere else is just a geographical change, your demons follow you everywhere. Grief is just horrendous, it doesn't really ever go away. Sometimes it lays asleep and then wakens up and starts turmoil in one's spirit without any type of warning. It hurts, really badly. Don maybe would benefit in grief counseling perhaps? I just don't know what else I can say dear friend. I am just so sad for the both of you!
    1 day ago

    Comment edited on: 12/2/2016 1:36:37 PM
    bobbi, My heart sunk when I read about Don and his emotional turmoil with Josh's computer/room. It is tough...so tough. I just cannot imagine that feeling of such loss....I think you both are incredibly strong for building a life just the two of you together with Josh's spirit always with you both...I don't know if I could. I don't know if I would be as strong. IT is something I don't even want to go there....
    I just got home from Hospice, busy busy...xmas! And you know, people were so friendly and kind to one another, I witnessed such lovely gestures with strangers amongst strangers...I wish it could always be like this but you know as well as I do it never is. And especially with our political future, Oh MY...what will happen to all of us????
    Are you busy at the Gallery?
    2 days ago
    I just looooove your comment Bobbi! Thank you! ;0)
    2 days ago
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