BONNYSPARKGIRL's SparkPeople Blog BONNYSPARKGIRL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community MY BLC EXPECTATIONS My Expectations for BLC26 <BR> When I think back over my 42 odd years, I realized that when I had high expectations for myself, I generally failed in most attempts. Therefore I have a basic list of expectations for this round of BLC....and here goes. <BR> „Z <em>26</em> I need to start loving myself. <BR> „Z <em>194</em> Hydrate, Hydrate ¡V drink that water <BR> „Z <em>311</em> Breath In, Breath Out ¡V go for that walk, even if only for a few minutes. <BR> „Z <em>551</em> Yummy Y... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:24:58 EST KEEPING NOTE I recently read a Spark Article about keeping a journal while you are on your Weight Loss journey. Deep down I have always wanted to do this, but somehow things get "lost in translation" and I end up giving in. My many attempts have been notebooks, Blogspot and even here on Sparkpeople. <BR> So, I have now decided to pick up where I left off, and continue marking milestones etc etc. However, I am choosing not to blog about it, but rather create a folder on my computer, and write daily entri... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:18:51 EST MY REAL PROM AKA MATRIC FAREWELL CIRCA 1989 This is my High School story/My Matric Farewell <BR> In South Africa we have a Matric Farewell. It is organized by the Grade 11's. We get a formal invitation to attend. Now I never had a boyfriend in school at all. My mom said she is not going to pay for a dress etc, unless I found a partner. Luckily my cousin, knew two guys, and they ended being our technically it was my first and only date in high school. Did we have fun, yes we did. I can still remember dancing to "They Just ... Sun, 25 May 2014 10:05:06 EST My Prom 2014 Wow having an awesome time the Weekend Challenge. I can see how well the Azurites and Mustangs get on....even with the odd monkey and elephant thrown in the mix. <BR> This is my prom in pics..... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> My dress. I was told the blue complimented my eyes. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> My hair. I decided to keep it down. <BR> <img src=" Sun, 25 May 2014 09:42:14 EST My Fantasy Prom Date So who to choose as my dream Prom Date......well this was a no brainer!!!!! Introducing, the handsome, gorgeous, amazing Johnny Depp. <em>345</em> <img src=""> <BR> Okay, so let me say this.....even if he rocked up at my door dressed as a pirate, I would still let him take me to the prom. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> So drool as mush as you like, he is all MINE <em>212</em> <em>212<... Fri, 23 May 2014 14:37:33 EST Prom Night - What To Wear?????? So this weekend its Disco Prom, Azure Style, and I am in a terrible dilema. <BR> WHAT TO WEAR? <BR> Here are my two choices! Take note, I intend to party the night away, hence the short dresses. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This is my first choice. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This is my second choice. Fri, 23 May 2014 14:30:01 EST FITNESS TEST BLC25 Wow, just 3 minutes of basic exercise and I am already exhauted. <em>198</em> . It just goes to show how unfit I really am. <BR> I never got around to doing my 1 mile walk, and considering I walk to and from work, that should have been the easy part of the fitness test. <BR> So, here is something I would like to add to my BLC goals......improve on my fitness test, and do my 1 mile walk. <BR> Mon, 5 May 2014 15:32:29 EST GOAL FOR BLC25 Every round I blog about my goals. Every round I tend to have the same goals, which I end up not quite accomplishing. <BR> So my goals this round will be slightly different: <BR> YES, I want to lead a healthy lifestyle, but there is so much more I want to achieve. <BR> <em>67</em> I want to wake up every morning, and be thankful for a new day. <BR> <em>311</em> I want to put on my takkies and go for a walk, without thinking of an excuse why I can't. <BR> <em>268</em> I want to spend ... Sat, 3 May 2014 15:11:42 EST DAY ONE - APRIL HAS ARRIVED So April has arrived, and along with that came much needed rain. <BR> As we are nearing the end of another BLC, I have decided to look back, and see where I stand in my life at the moment. <BR> I have come to realize that no matter how much you fall down, there is always someone to help you up again. <BR> Friendships are important....and this includes friends you have never met. I meet a wonderful group of friends on this BLC journey. Thank you Mustangs, you rock. <em>223</em> <BR> A... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 16:39:39 EST Love Letter To Myself My dearest Bronwyn <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> I write this letter to encourage you. I know deep down you have a longing to lose weight. I also know that, if you put your mind to it, you can. <BR> I want you to repeat those words everyday.....I Know I CAN. Promise me you will do that. <BR> What I love about you is your smile, you willingless to help others. I want you to love yourself just for being you. <BR> Remember, you can't expect others to love you, if you don't love yourself first. <BR>... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 08:27:19 EST My Virtual Night Out with the Girls I have always been fascinated by the designs of the Chinese, so this is what I chose for my dress <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Off course no outfit is complete without shoes <BR> <img src=""> <BR> and a bag for my necesities. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I am ready now for a night out. Let paint our virtual town red, or purple Thu, 13 Feb 2014 01:14:16 EST THE SCALE AND NUMBERS I look at the scale, and I wonder, will the numbers ever make me happy. Will the number ever give me hope…..or will they just remind me of what damage I have done to myself and my body. <em>192</em> <BR> I currently weigh 132.6kg, which if you do a conversion is almost 300lbs. I have been watching the Biggest Loser via YouTube, and think to myself; is that what I look like? Is that what people see, when they look at me? A person with no prospect; or hope for the future. Yes, it can be ... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 07:40:58 EST S.M.A.R.T. GOALS FOR BLC24 My SMART goals are as follow: <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> Weight Loss Goal is to loose 1kg per week. So that would be a total of 12kg for the BLC24. <BR> <em>274</em> I will drink my 8 glasses of water per day, and cut back on my coffee. <BR> <em>311</em> Exercise for at least 20 minutes everyday, and attempt a video workout at least once a week. <BR> <em>521</em> Stay connected to my team by posting to my chat thread at least 5 times a week. <BR> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 14:54:07 EST A New Year, A New Me The last month of 2013 wasn't very good to me, and I totally lost my mojo. In between work, and organizing storage for my mom's furniture, and getting all the paperwork in order, I just was not in the mood to be or eat healthy at all. <BR> That all has to change now. I had an awesome evening with friends, and we saw the New Year in with good spirits. Ended up in bed after 2.00 am. <BR> My one friend had to work today, but his partner was off, so we enjoyed the sunshine by swimming and drin... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 13:49:31 EST Spark The Season Day 1 I don't have Instagram, but I wanted to take part in the Photo A Day here goes!! <BR> <BR> DAY 1 - LIGHTS <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have had so much on my mind lately, that I haven't gotten around to putting up any Christmas Decorations. This was always something me and my mom did every year, at her house. This year, with her in hospital, it just hasn't felt right doing it without here. However, I though I had bett... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 12:20:36 EST Letter to Myself Dear Bronwyn <BR> <BR> You wake up in the morning, and wondering what the day will bring.....and things start going in the wrong direction, the minute you open your eyes. <BR> Yes, you set your alarm, with the good intentions of waking up early and going for a walk.......and, you oversleep because you didn't charge your phone, the weather is not playing ball ....excuses, excuses, excuses. <BR> You have such good intentions, but you let others dictate to you. Remember, you live in your body, ... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 01:33:37 EST WITCHES FROM THE MOVIES <img src=""> <BR> Three sisters, upto no good. Look out on Halloween night, they might be after you. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Betrayal is her middle name. She will tempt you with Turkish Delight and Hot Chocolate, but nothing she offers is for free. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> 1 Pretty girl and 7 dwarfs were her amount o... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 11:43:23 EST BLC23 - Week 2 - My far My journey so far has been sort of like a rollercoaster. <BR> I have joined Weighless, so many time......and yes I did loose weight......but as usual, life gets in the way. <BR> This is the third time I have joined Sparkpeople, and I must admit it is the best thing that I have done in a long time. <BR> I was active until Grade10, and that's when I started picking up weight. I remember weighing over 75kg in Matric.....and now I wish that is what I weighted.....but for a them 17 year old, that ... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 01:14:52 EST OCTOBER DAY 2 - INTERESTED OR COMMITTED Day 2 of 100 Days To Weightloss Challenge, we had to make a declaration on how committed we are. Here is my declaration: <BR> "I hereby declare that from this day, I will make positive choices towards my lifestyle. I am not going to let others deter me fropm achieving my goals." <BR> <BR> Part Two was to do at least one thing that demonstates I am trury committed, and then write it down. <BR> I have always had a problem with drinking my water, opting to drink a cup of coffee instead. So, how... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 15:37:44 EST OCTOBER DAY 1 We said goodbye to September, and hello to October. What does this mean for me. <BR> No more excuses of it being to dark to walk......hello, we are heading into summer in this part of the world. That means the sun rises earlier and sets later. <BR> No more excuses of "its cold to walk" Thats what sweatshirts are for....and besides its getting warmer. <BR> I guess what I am saying, and I am talking to myself.......NO MORE EXCUSES. <BR> <BR> Quite a few months back I began the 100 Days to We... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 14:44:35 EST FRUIT, FRUIT, FRUIT This might seem like a strange blog, but since I have mentioned that I love eating naartjies, quite a few people have asked me what it is and what it looks here it is. Delicious, citrusy, juicy and easy to peel naartjies. My favourite. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Its coming on that time of the year, when my favourite fruits are going out of season. I am defi... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 17:13:40 EST BLC 23 IS HERE FInally, BLC23 has arrived, and I find myself with a new team.....The Mighty Mocha Hunters. <em>106</em> <BR> The Two Main Goals for the Hunters are <BR> <em>341</em> NUTRITION - keeping track of what I eat and something I feel that I need to take seriously. <BR> <em>319</em> FITNESS - keeping track of my exercise or lack thereof, is a small step towards a life long goal of living healthy. <BR> I sat thinking the other day of what goals I want to achieve. <BR> MINOR SHORT... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 16:00:09 EST MY PLEDGE FOR THE BLC FALL CHALLENGE "Do more exercises, keep a daily Journal of my Journey and to cut back on my carbs" <BR> Above are a list of things I have pledged to do during my BLC Fall Journey....and this is how I want to go about it <BR> <em>311</em> 1. Do more exercises......currently, and I am ashamed to admit it, my only exercise is walking to and from work. Want I want to do is add some Yoga, Lower and Upper Body workouts. <BR> <em>149</em> 2. Journal of my Journey - how I feel, what I ate, what exercise I d... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 16:55:39 EST Spring - A Time For Reflection Winter is finally behind us, and we are headed into Spring. <em>87</em> <BR> Spring for me is a time of renewal, a time of reflection and a time of change . <BR> I need to CHANGE my attitude towards exercise. Exercise is GOOD for me. <em>362</em> <BR> I need to RENEW my pledge towards becoming more healthier, and to love myself unconditionally. <em>247</em> <BR> I need to REFLECT back on my journey so far, and take note of what did and didn't work. <em>48</em> <em>42</em> <BR... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 04:02:37 EST THE REST OF MY LIFE continued Another day has come and gone. The pity party that was, didn't last very long. <BR> I managed to get in 1.5 litres of water <em>194</em> , and cooked myself a healthy supper <em>140</em> <BR> So today, I have decided I am to blessed to be stressed. <BR> I am BLESSED to have such wonderful Sparkfriends <em>252</em> <BR> I am BLESSED to have such an awesome mom, who is more than just my mom, but also my best friend <em>220</em> <BR> I am BLESSED to belong to a church, that makes... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 09:27:05 EST THE REST OF MY LIFE – DAY 2-4 I was reading a blog recently about relationships, and it got me thinking. Was I in a relationship because I was in love, or because I didn't want to be lonely. Then I got to thinking, the best relationship anyone can have is with themselves. <BR> We spend hours in front of a mirror, or spend tons of money, to make ourselves look good for our partner. What happened to doing it for yourself. <BR> And if anyone asks, "why", my answer is "because I can". <BR> Yes I have tons of regrets in my l... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 09:55:37 EST THE REST OF MY LIFE – DAY 1 Today, is a good a day, as any to start thinking about where I want to be in the future. This is now my third round of BLC. I have met such wonderful friends, and have received some wonderful inspiration, and yet I still feel as though I have not reached my full potential. <BR> <BR> Beginning today, this is my mini plan of action: <BR> 1. 100 Days of Weightloss Challenge – continue with it, or even better start at the beginning. <BR> 2. Purpose Driven Life – Start reading Rick Warren’s Pur... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 06:42:59 EST BLC22 - PAMPER WEEK <em>184</em> 25 AWESOME TIPS FOR BEAUTIFUL LIFE!!! <em>184</em> <BR> <BR> 1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. & while you walk, SMILE. <em>311</em> <BR> It is the ultimate antidepressant… <BR> 2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. <em>135</em> <BR> 3. When you wake up in the morning, pray to ask God’s guidance for your purpose, today. <BR> 4. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in <BR> plants. <em>289</em> <BR> ... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 15:08:34 EST BLC22 GOALS MY GOALS FOR BLC22 <BR> <BR> 1. Loose weight. I am not going to give myself a goal, because I will be happy with whatever I loose <em>306</em> <BR> 2. Exercise for at least 5 times per week. <em>311</em> <BR> 3. Quality time with God. Have my quiet time every morning. <em>88</em> <BR> 4. Healthy breakfast everyday <em>277</em> <BR> 5. Me time – do something for me (pamper time) <em>30</em> <BR> 6. Learn a new recipe. <em>140</em> <BR> 7. Declutter <em>128</em> <BR> <BR... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 03:05:46 EST NEVER QUIT PLEDGE Saw this on one of my Sparkfriends Blogs. <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is who I am.... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 04:25:25 EST STRESS!! A young lady confidently walked around the room while leading and explaining stress management to an audience with a raised glass of water. Everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, half empty or half full? <BR> <BR> <BR> She fooled them all. "How heavy is this glass of water?" she inquired with a smile. Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz. She replied , "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that's not a p... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 10:38:29 EST RELAY 4 LIFE - AWESOME TIME AWESOME time spent at the Relay 4 Life. Didn't have to do the 5-6am shift. We were officially on the 1-2am shift, but arrived early. We started walking at 11.30pm and ended 1.30am. Yes, I walked 2 hours, and today, I am still feeling it. But what a worthy cause. The event itself was great. Each hour was a different theme. The theme that had the most laughs and fun was by far the Cross-Dressing theme. There were these big, burly men, all dressed up in wigs and dresses for a good cause. Kudo ... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 12:23:30 EST Relay for Life <link><BR>e-eastern-cape/ </link> <BR> Tomorrow morning, from 5am - 6am, I, along with a whole group of people, hope to walking around our local stadium, as part of the Relay For Life. This walk is held every year, to honour the memory of those who have passed on.....and to the surviviors. <BR> <em>390</em> <em>390</em> <em>390</em> <em>390</em> <em>390</em> <em>390</em> <BR> What an honour and privelage it will be so take part in thi... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 03:14:03 EST MY GOALS FOR THE BLC SPRING MELT OFF GOALS <em>227</em> GOALS <em>227</em> <BR> These are the goals I wish to achieve for the upcoming Spring Challenge <BR> <BR> 1. WATER, WATER, EVERYWHERE - Drink my 6-8 glasses of water everyday <BR> 2. JOURNAL - Keep a day-to-day journal of my Challenge <BR> 3. WALK, WALK, WALK - No need to say much, except to get at least some walking in everyday. <BR> 4. QUIET TIME - Spend more time on my Spiritual Walk <BR> 5. CARB OVERLOAD - Cut back on my carbs. <BR> 6. ME TIME - Time for me ... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 03:41:24 EST NOT JUST A WOMAN!!!!!!!!!! THIS IS FOR ALL MY AWESOME SPARKFRIENDS.....................YOU GUYS ROCK <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here is my motto for today and always <BR> "If you can't accept me at my worst........then you... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 06:00:36 EST BAD DAY OR WHAT!!!!!! <img src=""> <BR> This was how I felt <BR> <BR> Then I saw these two saying <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Its okay to have a bad day.........remember if life gives you lemons, drink tequilla. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Wed, 6 Mar 2013 10:36:55 EST MY DECLARATIONS "I, hereby declare that from this day, I will make positive choices towards my lifestyle. I am not going to let others deter me from achieving my goals" <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Fri, 1 Mar 2013 10:26:33 EST BE THANKFUL <img src=""> <BR> Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire, <BR> If you did, what would there be to look forward to? <BR> <BR> Be thankful when you don't know something <BR> For it gives you the oppourtunity to learn. <BR> <BR> Be thankful for the difficult times. <BR> During those times you grow. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Be thankful for your limitations <BR> Bec... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 06:36:15 EST DINING OUT.....UNDER THE SEA <img src=""> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 08:29:53 EST UNDER THE SEA <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 01:55:16 EST Way, Way Back in 1989 Way, way back in 1989, a young naive 17 year old celebrated her last year in school. Those were the days. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> SCHOOL PLAY "THE WATERBABIES" <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> MATRIC FAREWELL - WE DIDN'T CALL IT THE PROM IN SOUTH AFRICA <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> LAST DAY OF SCHOOL, BEFORE EXAMS.....THIS IS ... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 09:09:49 EST Photo A Day - Soft So, having a look around.....and apart from my cat....I couldn't think of anything soft....that is until I got to work. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Now I am a totally softie. I tend to cry at the drop of a hat. I love animals, but I can't watch animal movies, because then the tears just well up.......and I am talking about movies like Lassie Come Home. I also tend to get overally emotional. <em>46</em> <BR> I also think that I am ... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 08:33:21 EST Photo A Day - Something U Smelled I can't think of any motivating message to go with my there is none. Just pics of my favourite deodorants. <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 5 Feb 2013 08:47:22 EST My Day In Pictures This is how my day started <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This is where I wish I was, this morning <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Then I read this on Facebook <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> And I came to realize that stress is not healthy for me. So I just took a deep breath, and e... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 08:45:08 EST Photo A Day - 04 February 2013 - Hope Photo of the Day - Hope <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Picture taken of the front cover of my Womans Health Calendar 2013. Everyone hopes to one day be healthy and slim.......and that is my biggest hope. <BR> <BR> Mon, 4 Feb 2013 05:23:30 EST Photo A Day - Exit - Are you gong the right direction Are you going the right direction, as far as a healthy lifestyle goes. <BR> Day 3 - Something beginning with the letter E <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Picture taken at my mom complex Sun, 3 Feb 2013 09:01:44 EST Photo A Day - Pattern - Eating enought fruit So, the 2nd February theme was PATTERN.....this is what I came up with <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So far this weekend has been awesome. We had friends over for supper on Saturday evening, and this was dessert - Fruit Salad - are you eating enough fruit? <BR> Sun, 3 Feb 2013 08:59:54 EST Photo A Day Challenge - Fork - Using it for the right reasons? Aloha <BR> I thought I would share my photo-a-day challenge, that I am doing on Facebook and try and link it to a healthy lifestyle. I am not expert, so please bear with me. Here goes! <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> We have a theme everyday, and the 01 Feb's theme was FORK <BR> <img src=""> <BR> A fork is an eating utensil (as we all know), but are we using it to eat the correct foods, or are we using it to have "just a small piece" of cake ... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 04:46:06 EST Day 31 of 2013 - Dreams This blog I posted in June, last year. It is well worth sharing again. <BR> <BR> Saturday, June 23, 2012 <BR> <BR> I found this on my flashdisk and thought it was appropriate for all of us. <BR> <BR> Your dreams are your visions of where you'll be after the battle, your prize at the end of your journey to success. Your goals are the steps you take to finally attain your prize. <BR> <BR> Unless you're willing to work hard and establish some discipline in your life, all of your dreams wil... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 05:15:11 EST Day 31 of 2013 - Sharing My Part Of The World <em>235</em> Welcome to South Africa <em>235</em> <BR> <BR> Land of the Big Five <BR> Land of Table Mountain <BR> Land of beauty and splendour <BR> <BR> BEAUTIFUL SOUTH AFRICA <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> FALSE BAY - CAPE TOWN <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> JEFFREY'S BAY <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> PLETTENBERG BAY <BR> <img... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 05:08:46 EST