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Hello...Sparkies:

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 ...
Hello...Sparkies:

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 5 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!
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Member Since: 6/18/2009

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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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I AM DETERMINED & ACCOUNTABLE! I WANT
THE BEST LIFE I CAN LIVE!! Yay Sparkpeople!

Weigh In Record:
7-10-11 174 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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MOMMABEAR121
1/29/2015 2:37:57 PM

Love your cover page .. helmets on !! We will get through this my dear .. sending you all you need !!




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ZEN_WOMAN
1/28/2015 6:58:01 PM

Thanks for checking in. I am doing pretty well. I am back to working out most days and still doing the Paleo thing 90% of the time. I feel pretty good but would like to get back to 190 again. I am still hovering above 200. Losing a pound that lasts has been hard. But my mid section looks great and has a litle definition. My upper body is almost where it should be but I need to lose the inches in my thighs and but to get into smaller pants.

With time I am sure it will happen. I just need to focus on being consistant and not over do anything. I have bootcamp Tues/Thurs and TRX class on Fri. Then I play it by ear Mon and Friday in the gym and then "try" to get in one day on the weekend.

Need to be more consistant with my weekend workout so I do not sit around all day watching tv. This is true.

Talk to you soon. Hope everything is going better for you.

MJ-




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SCOOTER4263
1/26/2015 8:05:34 AM

Well, I've been doing the FMD for one week and I'm down 2.5 pounds - not bad, considering I did a really poor job of adherence to the program. I didn't eat off-phase things, just failed to eat as much as I was supposed to due to poor planning.

Took two hours (!) last night to carefully plan out every meal and snack for this week, including shopping list, and then discovered I have potential jury duty, which can only make it *more* complicated.

Anyway, I'm definitely doing one whole 28 day cycle. At first the hardest thing was no cheese - that faded, but I still dearly miss butter ... and gin.



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ALIHIKES
1/25/2015 7:42:33 PM

Thanks so much for your comments on my blog! I really appreciate your insights into my bad experience with massage. I am waiting to hear from the business owner or masseuse (I had my massage on Friday afternoon so I think they will likely respond on Monday or Tuesday)



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MKACILLAS
1/24/2015 6:02:33 PM

thanks for the birthday goodie Bobbie! Yes i felt Justin and my mom and dad were singing to me from up above. Hope you feel better soon. Love you! emoticon



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