NO_SNOW_BODY's SparkPeople Blog NO_SNOW_BODY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Celebrating miracles...not weight related Today I celebrate my grandson's second birthday. He is a fighter, he is laughter, he is alive. <BR> <BR> The day he was born I received an early morning phone call from my daughter. The baby hadn't moved in over 24 hours and she was worried. She called her doctor, went to office, nurse said nothing to worry about and sent us upstairs for an ultrasound. While waiting we were told to instead head to the hospital 20 minutes away. <BR> <BR> When we arrived my daughter was taken to her room and... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 06:24:46 EST I am working on being a better me. I have joined many BLC challenges. For many I lost weight and I felt like I was succeeding. Should I have based my worth on the scale, the challenges I had faced in those teams? I did at the time. <BR> <BR> I know now that those temporary victories are not what makes me better. I discovered that if I want to succeed at being a better me it takes many different aspects. I need to have a drive that even with those challenges I didn't have. I was doing it for the team, I was doing challenges b... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 11:06:23 EST Daily reminder <img src=""> <BR> Posting on my refrigerator Tue, 10 Feb 2015 14:15:33 EST Goals for Biggest Loser 26 In the next 12 weeks I am going to concentrate on several areas. <BR> 1. emotional eating/not eating correctly <BR> 2. no night munching even though hubby does for hours on end. <BR> 3. emotional detachment from negative family comments. <BR> 4. A healthy workout plan that can be followed even on bad days. <BR> 5. at least one 5K a week. <BR> 6. one half marathon wogging along. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:07:42 EST fitness test Five weeks ago I did a fitness test, I did better when I re-did them this weekend. I am stronger and still struggling. I know that the real test is can I get up feeling better each day, ready to face the world and become a more rounded person. <BR> <BR> I test each morning is to do as well as the day before or better. Let's go Row Hard! Mon, 9 Jun 2014 22:02:15 EST Disappointed but never giving in to pity I weighed myself this morning and I am at the highest I have been in three years. I gained 36 pounds since November, 8 in the past month. I am disappointed, disgusted, angry and screaming inside. I am back over 200 and not losing it. <BR> Time to re-evaluate my life goals. I feel lousy, I ache everywhere, I struggle to stay positive, i struggle to walk. Mind you i have nto stopped working out, it has stopped working. <BR> It is time to re-organize my meals, my workouts, my priorities. I nee... Wed, 28 May 2014 10:50:28 EST I am a warrior For the almost five years I have been on Sparkpeople I have been challenged. I was challenged to begin a lifelong journey of fitness and nutrition. I meet the challenge most days with the determination of a warrior, totally focused on the battle. <BR> As I warrior I have suffered injuries that kept me out of battle for a while, a broken back from falling off a ladder, two car accidents, a torn up shoulder, a broken ankle, broken ribs, cancer, and the daily migraines that some days have me hi... Thu, 1 May 2014 12:36:21 EST I will not be defeated Life is too short to give up again. I began this journey almost five years ago. For the first couple years things went smoothly and I was getting stronger and healthier. Then life happened and I slid backwards a bit at a time. More emotionally than totally physically. <BR> I lost a friend, a pet and my spark for a while. I gained back too much and that made me slide further. I felt like I was going back to where I was, it was so bad I gain ten pounds in two weeks, and I am having a struggle ... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:16:24 EST rain, rain go away It is raining for the third day in a row. OK, it is spring and April showers bring May flowers. It was snowing this morning, not much room for flower planting. It is time to it the YMCA and do indoors, but I really want to be out in the sunshine, working in the garden, cutting the grass, climbing Rib Mountain. <BR> <BR> I have been consistent with working out every day for the past eight days. Most of those have been indoors. I have played racquetball, swam, did strength training, walked a ... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 13:47:29 EST long time gone I have been gone for a while, finding a struggle to do what I needed to. I didn't track, I didn't workout, I didn't care enough to try. <BR> I make no excuses for my lack of responsibility. Life happens to everyone. <BR> While I was gone, gaining back 30 of the 100 pounds I had lost, I learned several things. <BR> 1. if you don't care, it shows <BR> 2. you can't control the actions of others <BR> 3. tracking matters. <BR> 4. GOYB is more important as life happens around you. <BR> 5. I am u... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 18:24:40 EST No drama just a really bad day Today I lost a family member. Katie was my 15 yr old cocker spaniel. She was older than all except four of my grandchildren and was their best friend. She was a wonderful companion when life was getting to me she always laid by my side and made sure that my hand was on her head. <BR> <BR> I gave her a final bath, blew dry her fur, wrapped her in her favorite blanket and laid her to rest. I can not stop crying, I drove home with her next to me in the car as my mom had been watching her while... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 01:09:33 EST Scream break a necessary or just plain fun? Do you need one? I do, I need to walk to the highest peak and scream until I can't scream anymore <BR> . Why you ask. I need to release the anger and resentment I feel toward my family. I need to release the emotions that have me wanting to drive to somewhere to buy sweets and soda and junk food trying to stop the pain inside. <BR> I want to rip my head off from migraines and use it as a bowling ball to knock down all those pins that represent my family that is constantly thinking that they ... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 09:40:43 EST Four plus years of weight loss I started my journey with Sparkpeople over four years ago, I have learned a great deal about nutrition and about myself during that time. <BR> <BR> The first year I found it easy to track and to begin exercise, therefor I lost 75 pounds in that first year. I learned to love fruit and vegetables and the recipes I found were inventive and interesting. I put myself first and had both the time and energy to do it even after I fell just over a year later and broke my back. I was able to encourag... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 21:29:06 EST Anger, please proceed with caution I wrote this a few minutes ago and my feeling haven't changed. I will not go into what my missing post said but what I will put here is my final sentence. <BR> <BR> Please be kind in the way that you speak to those that you love and those that you don't know. Some people are very fragile and can not handle your veiled anger or nasty innuendos. Today I am one of those people. <BR> <BR> I am driving two hours to climb a "mountain" to have a scream break where no one will pay attention to th... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 12:31:39 EST New views I realized that I haven't written a blog since July. I have different challenges in my life and a different viewpoint. I am at a weight that for me is uncomfortable but which the doctor wants me to maintain through Christmas. I understand that he is correct the holiday season is tough to maintain weight and I am so stressed during those months that I do gain and lose and gain and lose and it drives me crazy. It isn't the eating it is family. <BR> <BR> I am dealing with some tough family issu... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 11:36:58 EST Love letter to myself Dear Bonnie, <BR> <BR> You are beautiful. You have a vitality that exceeds all that I could imagine possible. I watch you finding inner strength to tackle obstacles that once seem impossible. Obstacles that could bring you to your knees if you allow them to, but you don't let that stop you. <BR> I am so lucky to get to know you better. You have learned the hard way that food can be your enemy or it can be your friend. You find new ways to make eating interesting. Once you become bored with a... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 15:55:02 EST 12 week plan mine has changed since Friday Last week when I started a new BL challenge, I decided I was going to concentrate on doing a new C25K program to get back on track to run my 5Ks again, this weekend changed my focus. <BR> <BR> I have a DGD that has lived with me for the past two years due to some family issues. Her graduation was on May 30th. She walked across the stage with everyone else. The difference was at the end of the ceremony her diploma remained empty. She was short 1/2 credit in US History. The ONLY thing she had ... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 11:42:59 EST Do you feel stronger? I have been on Sparkpeople for almost four years. Sadly I have not reached my goal due to some unforeseen injuries and stebacks medically. But I feel stronger than when I began. <BR> I don't want to sit in my chair and crochet all day, or watch TV lying in bed. I am no longer in a wheelchair to shop. I can move quite quickly through a grocery store these days insted of waiting for the chair to catch up with my mind. <BR> I can walk (on most days) more than 6 miles a day. I can play racquetbal... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 11:00:12 EST New nutrition, new outlook I went to see an nutritionist a couple weeks ago. She changed the way that I eat, the way that I look at food. I know that if I stick with my new eating plan I will lose weight. I lost 7.2 pounds the first week and another pound since then. It is a lifestyle change that I need to follow. <BR> I won't say it was easy the first three days, or even the first week. Alright, it still isn't "easy". It is work like all parts of weight loss. I am trying to confuse my body and I think for week one I d... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 10:43:13 EST On my mind today is the state of Confusion I think Confusion is our 51st state, a place we have al heard of but that no one wants to visit. We visit there when our mind is weak and we need a place to go to heal. Confusion is where we find ourselves wandering when we want our bodies to work differently than they do, we visit when we can not comprehend the actions of others, their thoguht are not to be understood. <BR> I have found myself in the state of Confusion for the past few weeks, but I am now leaving it to return to my home. I t... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 15:13:40 EST Struggles of a 50+ woman <BR> <BR> Each day I awake with determination to fight back against my age, my weight and stresses in my life. I struggle and I get angry…yes angry when others say “it is easy”. It is not easy it is a fight each moment of each day. <BR> It is a struggle to not give in to the sweets that are in my house, I do not live alone and those around me are not overweight. I will not punish them for me being overweight. I provide healthy snacks, but I also provide their sweet treats. Each time I walk... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 10:51:25 EST Inspiration map- made me think positive <img src=""> <BR> I saw this today and all I could say was wow, if I could follow one pat each day by the end of the year I will be on my road to success in most areas of my life. Check out the link below and it may help change your future also. <BR> <link><BR>ration-mind-maps-1-9/ </link> Mon, 4 Mar 2013 11:17:40 EST inspiration <img src=""> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 10:48:22 EST Letter to my 16 yo self Dear Bonnie, <BR> I am writing from 41 years in your future. I thought maybe if I gave you some advice things might change out different for you. <BR> First, always remember that you are loved, and that no one can change your future except you. You want to be a nurse, don't give up because you want to escape the situation you are in. Your foster parents only see a troubled teenager, they can not understand how hard it is for you every time they degrade your birth family for mistakes that they... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 18:25:16 EST Motivation- you only need to look within yourself and a great Spark team I have been a member of many Spark Teams, some I have left because my motivation changed, some I have been with from almost day one. <BR> <BR> I didn't leave because I found others lacking in motivation, normally because I found myself and my needs changing. We all need to find that one place we can find comfort and companionship. Remember to receive encouragement, you will need to give part of yourself not stand by the sidelines and watch. <BR> <BR> It isn't easy to find the motivation w... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 15:58:01 EST Biggest Loser season and our children's future We see three young teenagers added to the mix this year. They will not weigh in, they will not receive that brutal comments that the adults do, but should they be there? I understand that childhood obesity is out of control. America in general eats too much, eats very unhealthy, too much fast food bcause of busy lifestyles. <BR> <BR> I watched the first two shows, the last one with my youngest DGD while sitting in a hospital waiting room. Her sister is fighting a nasty infection after endi... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 13:29:11 EST RIP innocence Rest in Peace my innocent child <BR> I know that you are no longer with us, you are lost to the demons in your mind. <BR> You are lost to the bullying of other teenagers, the ones that called you fat when you weighed 150 at six feet tall. <BR> The ones that told you they don't date "fat chicks" <BR> The ones that told you that they were thinner than you even though they weren't <BR> I see you lying there suffering from trying to be "thin", your heart and liver failing from lack of nutrition a... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 16:29:38 EST Keeping track during the holiday season How will you survive the holidays? <BR> <BR> I have a plan for my progress. <BR> <BR> SparkPeople as my home page for the next month. <BR> I will track on my phone when I am not home. <BR> I will allow myself one treat a week, that way i won't splurge when all of those treats are in front of me, I will have had them as I have the calories to use. <BR> I will rteach up to those that love me and ask that they try not to tempt me because the items that I love are usually only available durin... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 20:17:02 EST Crashing, how do you recover? Take the back roads. I haven't written in a long time. There are many reasons but the biggest is that I feel like I have been involved in a crash and I am still recovering. <BR> I am sore, I have constant headaches from thinking too much. I formally was speeding down the highway of life in my journey. I hit some type of obstacle and haven't been able to pull myself out of the tailspin that it caused. It is like I was broadsided- my life was flipped on it's side and I went sliding across the road and ended up no... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 05:25:16 EST Granddaughter homecoming, grandma to the rescue <img src=""> <img src="">Yesterday was my DGD's senior homecoming dance. Her friend told her not to make an appointment at the salon to have her hair done because her aunt was a stylist and would do it for free. <BR> I dropped her off at 1:30 to have it done and she walked back in the door at 5:15 with only just over an hour to finish getting ready. She looked at me and was so sad, he... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 11:24:22 EST Formally my favorite meal , demystified Oh MY My favorite meal <BR> Olive Garden <BR> 2 breadsticks - 300 cal. <BR> Chicken and Gnocchi soup - 250 cal <BR> Chicken Alfredo - 1440 cal. <BR> Black Tie Mousse cake - 760 cal. <BR> Total if I didn't eat any salad - 2750 cal. with salad (one serving) 2900 <BR> to burn these calories I would have to spend two hours on the elliptical and two hours water jogging, plus walk for an extra hour. NOT WORTH IT. <BR> OMGoodness I actually used to eat that on my birthday every year. it is over two day... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 10:16:52 EST Reaching beyond your goals each one of us set goals when we joined Sparkpeople, and they have changed as we have progressed along the way. Our main goal has always been health, but we all have to accept that that darn <em>192</em> tends to give us headaches. <BR> I have found that I have needed to reach beyond those first goals of health and weight loss to make my life more complete. I have returned to my church, I have returned to giving back to the community even when sometimes it would be easy to be selfish and ... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 13:01:12 EST SAD and winter weather coming I know that many people suffer from Seasonal Depression with less sunlight each day being a huge factor. It is harder to get out with the cold weather, we need more motivation to walk, to get into a cold car and go to the gym. It is the time to reach out to those that you don't hear from. <BR> Make sure that they know you care, that you are there to listen, to laugh, to smile and to visit if necessary. My mom has suffered from depression my entire life and every winter I spend more than a mon... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 17:50:06 EST these autumn weekends are speeding by I know that Autumn doesn't officially begin until next weekend, but the leaves are changing so to me it is autumn. <BR> I have each of the next five weekends planned. I am doing charity walks or 5Ks. I will be busy through the entire month of October. I also have to do yard work every Sunday. I love raking, taking the last items out of the garden, planting spring bulbs and sprucing things up. <BR> I also have to re-paint the shed, and the trim on it after fixing the roofing this weekend. i st... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 20:53:49 EST this explains it all <img src=""> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 20:14:56 EST BLC 20 Twelve week plan and before pic *updated* I have scoped out week by week just what I want to change to make this 12 challenge a success for me. It involves many aspects of nutrition for my mind and my body. It includes challenging both mentally and physically. <BR> Lately with family obligations I had to re-write my “new plan” of last month. I have to change what I am eating because I have had to eat breakfast on the go, I have had to have a back-up plan for lunch and dinner with family has been inventive. There is a male that comes... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 07:28:48 EST Best laid plans I sat at the doctor's office today working on my goals for the next twelve weeks. I had a plan for a change each week and hope that I don't have to change them too much. <BR> <BR> The reason i am concerned it that a couple weeks ago I made new plans for my nutrition and my fitness workouts. That was before I was running family to doctors and dentists every day(almost). For example today my nutrition was no where near my plans. I did cheap and easy because I wasn't home to prepare anything. I... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 20:52:02 EST Rearranging That word can lead to so many actions. <BR> <BR> You can rearrange your furniture. <BR> <BR> You can rearrange your books, your boxes , your dishes. <BR> <BR> You can rearrange your thoughts. <BR> <BR> You CAN rearrange your body. <BR> <BR> It takes work just like it does for every other action of rearranging. it takes a new design or vision. It needs information on how you plan to accomplish the task. It means physical activity to get everything where you want it to be. Sometimes eve... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 10:02:04 EST Autumn pleasures The crisp air in the morning. <BR> <BR> The scent of a woodburning fireplace signaling warmth. <BR> <BR> Crisp fresh apples off a tree. <BR> <BR> Carving jack-o-lanterns with children. <BR> <BR> Changing color of leaves on trees. Raking leaves with your children and watching them build leaf houses. <BR> <BR> Holiday bazaars. <BR> <BR> Holidays with family and friends. <BR> <BR> Football games where the crowd cheers for the local hero. <BR> <BR> Yes, it also signals winter coming, but ... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 16:26:29 EST Pain management Pain takes many forms, emotional, physical and psychological. I know that at different stages of my life I have felt all of them. <BR> <BR> Emotional pain when my mom chose a man over her teenage daughter. I wasn't in her head not sure why she did but it changed my life at thirteen. I lost confidence in all that I knew and felt from that day on. <BR> <BR> Psychological pain when I was assaulted at a very young age by a relative and couldn't stop the abuse for many years while living in the ... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 11:09:39 EST Have you ever given in? I was going through my clothes this morning, packing away summer and bringing out winter. I realized that it what I have done in the past four months. I have given in to accepting that I was gaining and not accepting the multitude of reasons why. <BR> <BR> I gained because once I hit a five pound gain I stopped thinking I could change it. <BR> I gained because I allowed others to influence my feelings about myself. <BR> i gained because I was too busy taking care of others to take the time t... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 09:34:08 EST pledge (Read all the way through and add your name to the bottom) <BR> <BR> Thursday, September 6, 2012 <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> ... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 17:15:12 EST BLC20 are you ready? I am, i have been planning for a new start and this is one of my motivations. <BR> <BR> I had lost several pounds in BLC18 and then I gained all plus some back due to medication after my surgery and due some long term medical issues. I refuse to allow that to hold me back now though. <BR> <BR> Last summer when i was 25 pounds thinner than I am now, my hubby said I should get a weighted backpack and some weights for my pockets to simulate some of the weight I had challenge my bod... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 16:51:52 EST full steam ahead Normally I would be more likely to be slow and easy, but today I am going full steam ahead. I will be aware of the dangers, on constant watch. I need to head into the wind and take a chance, get my strength back, get back to routines that worked before but to tune them up a bit. <BR> <BR> Do you look at your journey as something you can sail slow and easy with knowing that you will reach your destination or do you occasionally take the chance of heading in quickly and watch for the hazards? Wed, 5 Sep 2012 19:11:31 EST Day one of back to school DGD only had school for 1.5 hours today. It wasn't long enough to get my full workout in but I did get ST done. <BR> Tomorrow is a full day of school and I have it mapped out, I even have my bike route mapped. <BR> <BR> How was your day, did you reach your goals? Tue, 4 Sep 2012 18:40:05 EST Labor day, did you have the day off or part of a huge labor force that had to work? I can remember as a child almost everything being closed down on Labor Day. Grocery stores were closed, there were no big box stores, you seldom even saw a service station open and there wasn't pay at the pump. The only people working were medical personnel and police and fire departments. <BR> We had parades that weren't based on politics, they had school bands, floats, beauty queens and just plain fun. CHildren didn't expect everyone to throw candy at them, and we had family picnics. <BR>... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 18:41:38 EST I worked out and am glad for it Today was a family day, walked to breakfast, played three games of co-ed softball, had a small lunch, and now i am home resting and ready to have some fruit. Sun, 2 Sep 2012 21:40:42 EST September, make it special September is already here oh my! I plan on making September an awesome month for getting back on track, routines moving, fresh veggies for the entire month WOOHOO! <BR> <BR> The cold months are coming, hockey has begun, and I plan on moving and grooving <em>246</em> Sat, 1 Sep 2012 20:04:59 EST another great day Went bowling with grandchildren and then a 5 K this evening. <BR> <BR> DGD's heart rate is up, and she kept some food down today. <BR> <BR> <BR> Hubby is going to Badger game tomorrow that means I can spend two hours at the Y. <BR> <BR> <BR> great day!!!! Fri, 31 Aug 2012 20:13:40 EST When you have unexpected company don't let it derail your efforts I have my youngest granddaughter while her sister is back in the hospital. I was going strong on my new efforts and having her here, I need to change things up. I asked her if she wanted to go have some fun. <BR> We started the day by buying an elliptical that Wal-Mart had on clearance, not high end but for $50 it will add a workout to the house when i am stuck indoors with frequent migraines. We brought it home and then took a bike ride. She was so happy to be going 12 mph, but then she is ... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 17:45:25 EST