SNOWTGRR's SparkPeople Blog SNOWTGRR's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community The final 45. Well I'm down to 185 pounds. I feel better, happier and just can't wait to get to my 140. Then I'll have some more plastic surgery. This time on my legs and buttocks. Then I'll really be able to move so much better. I'll finally feel like I have my body and life back. It will be a huge accomplishment on my half for myself. <BR> <BR> I love my plastic surgeon. He has done a fantastic job on my Pannuilectomy (removal of the excess skin of the stomach) and my breast reduction! If I rea... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 02:56:51 EST Walking to health So having EDS and being fused from T10 - pelvis makes it challenging to exercise. Not impossible but challenging. I have to be careful even with the seated exercise since my hips fall out of socket. I do walk and garden. Well my kids say " you don't garden you Urban Farm Mom"! Ok I also do PT. Everything I do I have to be able to start then stop and put myself back together. I'm going to try swimming a bit. Water Aerobics is difficult because I have to have some gravity to help hold me to... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 22:15:33 EST The last 40 <img src=""> So when I started I was 270 pounds. I'm now down to 195! Now for the last 40 pounds. I'm now motivated to lose it and do the plastic surgery to remove the last of the excess skin. So I've started back with my Sparkpeople tracking everything and not making excuses. I've had my breast reduction and my panniculectomy so now for the last push. I'm disabled with severe Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome type 3. So I... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 16:11:00 EST ER visits Today seemed to be my Mom's turn. She fell this morning and cut her face open enough to need stitches to close it up! So it was her time today. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 23:14:02 EST Car Accident I would love to be done with the issues from my car accident so I can get on with my life. It is really crimping my style! Thu, 22 Jan 2015 18:02:28 EST Tassie 1/30 Oh what a glorious night. Nice soft bed after that wonderful deep tissue massage and then the dinner that was made to perfection. I even still smell like the Chocolate massage oil. Love it! I'll have to get another one before we leave. I'll have to fit it in somehow. Hehehe. <BR> <BR> At least today will be nice and easy. The first thing we're going to do is a nice short easy stroll/walk. The Enchanted Stroll. What a cool name that is. I hope to see some fairy's or other cute wildl... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 05:01:54 EST Tassie 1/26 - 29 What a great day it is today. Australia Day is a blast! There was everything from shows to competitions that we were able to compete in. I passed on that but we were invited to. The music was great with such variety. We ended up at Henley on Mersey for the "real Aussie" celebration and was not disappointed. <BR> <BR> I have to say that I thought we were supposed to be losing weight not gaining it. The food there was incredible. The smells from the BBQ as well as the Gourmet booths j... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 04:09:07 EST Tassie 1/23 & 24 We all poured out of the plane and Ann found our vans for us. We sorted our luggage and piled them into the trailer. We all jockeyed about and piled into the vans and off we went! <BR> <BR> Launceston is such an interesting city. Launceston is the second largest city in Tasmania after Hobart. With a population of 106,153, Launceston is the ninth largest non-capital city in Australia. <BR> <BR> Settled by Europeans in March 1806, Launceston is one of Australia's oldest cities and is home... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 04:42:53 EST Tassie 1/22 & 23 Well first things first. A bright and early morning it was. For a good reason as well. We went on a tour to see Duck Bill Platypus. They are such interesting creatures. It's like they can't make up their minds. Bills like a duck, Fur instead of feathers and tails like beavers. Not to mention the Spurs that the males have. But I am ahead of myself. <BR> <BR> The tour started out really early in the morning. The sun was up but my brain was not. They did provide Tea & Coffee which hel... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 02:57:37 EST Tassie 1/21 Wow, after working hard to catch up with you all I had a hard time getting up for the tour. I'm so glad I did though! Here's what I learned. <BR> <BR> The Cape Wickham Lighthouse is a lighthouse on King Island, Tasmania. At 48 meters tall, it is Australia's tallest lighthouse. It is also the tallest lighthouse in the Southern Hemisphere! It is also listed on the Commonwealth Heritage Register. <BR> <BR> The lighthouse was originally established in 1861, in response to the sinking of the ... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 00:08:25 EST Recovery Recovery from major back surgery is tedious at best! The skin will heal quickly, the muscles that were moved out of the way get over it and you are feeling so much better right away that one forgets that they need to take it easy. <BR> <BR> The nerves however take the longest! It takes up to a whole year for them to truly heal and even then sometimes it takes two years. It all depends upon how much space between the ends are to see how long it will take. Have to much space and sometimes ... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 22:17:06 EST Things they don't tell you.... Well I've been on this journey since 2008. I've lost weight and have kept it off. I have to say though they never tell you about having to buy new clothes. They never tell you how happy and emotionally moved you will be when you put on a pants and find that they are about two sizes to BIG! <BR> <BR> First you stand there looking down not believing that the pants are to big. Then you look in the mirror and realize you look like you are confused about your pants size. Not in a bad way. ... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 04:26:20 EST Healing This is the part I really have a problem with. I feel better so I want to do everything NOW and I can't!! I have to remember that I'm still healing and I can't do everything I want to. I have to still use the walker, I have to move slowly, I have to baby my body. I can't drive. Going up and down the stairs is exhausting and I sleep a lot, way to much for me. <BR> <BR> I can't wait until I can drive. Then I can go to my garden and at least sit and relax there. I can also get out. It w... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 16:47:03 EST Today's Vampire I love where I go because they have great Vamps. I didn't feel a thing! Between what both doctors wanted there were so many vials! She kept apologizing for taking so much. It was way to funny. <BR> <BR> I took Milo my Service Dog and we just had a great time. He loves to go out and work. I have a couple of days to replace that blood and then on Friday I'll see if the UCIMC Vamps are any good. I hope they are. <BR> <BR> I got ahold of my friend at the community garden and we're goin... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 21:40:42 EST Vampires So starting this friday I'll be visiting the Vampires to give blood for them to hold for my surgery. I get the privilege (LOL) of "donating" 4 bags of my blood just in case I need it. I doubt I will but you never know and my doctor has found that his patients do better if they receive their own blood instead of from the blood bank. <BR> <BR> I've never had a doctor ask me to do this. So this is a new thing for me. I'm going to do it of course but I just love the verbiage they use of "don... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 03:12:23 EST CAT Makeup To today I decided to do the next park we go to. The Nitmiluk National Park. With a name like this it ought to be amazing. Well ok so everything here has been amazing so far! lol <BR> <BR> Nitmiluk National Park is in the Northern Territory of Australia, 244 km southeast of Darwin, around a series of gorges on the Katherine River and Edith Falls. Previously named Katherine Gorge National Park, its northern edge borders Kakadu National Park. The gorges and the surrounding landscape have g... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 01:22:18 EST CAT Day 12 Well here I am again and working to catch up. My knee is now MRI'd, X-rayed and I'm just now awaiting the Surgeon appointment for the Knee surgery. I'm so glad that it is an outpatient surgery and all of you will be great nurses! Of course that does mean that someone will have to push me in a wheelchair for a bit. But I'm down to 194 pounds! <em>334</em> I'm back on track and moving down again. <BR> <BR> So we ended up following Ann on one of her famous "short cuts" and if it hadn'... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 04:28:54 EST CAT Day 11 We all get up early this morning because we are all excited. We get to go tour the Argyle Diamond mine. It's where they get Pink Diamonds. <BR> <BR> The Argyle Diamond Mine is a diamond mine located in the East Kimberley region in the remote north of Western Australia. Argyle is the largest diamond producer in the world by volume, although due to the low proportion of gem-quality diamonds, is not the leader by value. It is the only known significant source of pink diamonds, producing ove... Fri, 24 May 2013 05:28:56 EST CAT Day 10 We get up and have a restful breakfast. I really hate my knee because I now cannot see my knee cap because of the swelling! The Brace no longer fits on the knee. <em>39</em> So it looks like I get to stay at the camp site tonight and do some learning on the internet. I do have the rest of you who can go and take my camera! <em>334</em> Then I can participate in the talking circle tonight by asking everyone what the pictures are. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> We didn't have any encoun... Wed, 22 May 2013 22:57:33 EST CAT Day 9 After a wonderful nights sleep we wake up early to get on the road. We head up to Derby just up the road. We stop and take a break. While Ann is making a call we look at the Boab trees. <BR> <BR> Adansonia gregorii, commonly known as the boab, it is a tree in the family Malvaceae. As with other baobabs, it is easily recognised by the swollen base of its trunk, which gives the tree a bottle-like appearance. Endemic to Australia, boab occurs in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, and... Wed, 22 May 2013 03:07:01 EST CAT Day 8 As the day breaks we have a quick breakfast and start going on with our day. The first thing that is up is the Horizontal Falls. This I've got to see. It sounds fascinating. <BR> <BR> The Horizontal Falls or Horizontal Waterfalls (nicknamed the "Horries") is the name given to a natural phenomenon on the coast of the Kimberley region in Western Australia. <BR> Despite their name, the Horizontal Falls are a fast-moving tidal flow through two narrow, closely aligned gorges of the McLarty Ran... Mon, 20 May 2013 21:41:17 EST CAT Day 7 We wake up early and break our fast with a lovely meal. I chose some fruits, toast and marmite. We pack up our belongings and all get into our campers. We keep mixing up which one we are in so we can all have time with each other. <BR> <BR> Today we leave Karijini National Park and traverse to Broome. I just love the names of the cities. We drive on up and enjoy the majestic scenery on the way. <BR> <BR> The Yawuru people, the Traditional Owners and Custodians, welcome you to Broome. A... Mon, 20 May 2013 05:41:49 EST CAT Day 6 What a wonderful nights sleep. I do love my beds. Breakfast was wonderful and really filling. After breakfast we went treking in the Park. The first place we went was the Visitor Center. <BR> <BR> The Karijini Visitor Center, was opened on June 22, 2001. The design of the building represents a goanna moving through the country and is symbolic to local Banyjima Aboriginal people. The tail represents their history, the head the future direction of the traditional owners, and Aboriginal Law... Sat, 18 May 2013 01:19:13 EST CAT Day 5 Oh my these early mornings are really getting to me. I'm really not a morning person. But at least I don't have to drive yet. I'm sure at some point I'll be asked. lol I'm just not used to driving on the left as yet. I can't wait to see the mine. I've been to 5 different mines in the US but I've never been to this type of mine. <BR> <BR> The Mount Tom Price mine is an iron ore mine located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, near Tom Price. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-... Fri, 17 May 2013 03:37:17 EST CAT Day 4 Phew! Woke up just in time to go swimming with the Whale Sharks. They are so fascinating! But first a bit about Exmouth. <BR> <BR> The town was established in 1967 to support the nearby United States Naval Communication Station Harold E. Holt. Beginning in the late 1970s, the town began hosting U.S. Air Force personnel assigned to Learmonth Solar Observatory, a defence science facility jointly operated with Australia's Ionospheric Prediction Service. <BR> <BR> The location was first used... Thu, 16 May 2013 00:37:31 EST CAT Day 3 We wake up and have a lovely breakfast and all pile into our campers to start our little caravan up again. I'm really liking this driving with walking in-between destinations. We still get enough walking in but are able to go farther. <BR> <BR> After being on the road for a bit we turn off the main highway and end up in Northampton. It is an attractive historical town, with an outstanding National Trust building. The town lies on the North West Coastal Highway. Formerly named Gwalla after... Wed, 15 May 2013 03:48:35 EST CAT Day 2 We wake up early and all pile into our caravans. Mixing it up as we go. All the luggage was found in the end and we all get a move on. Our fist stop is the lovely town of New Norcia. It is a beautiful little town that is based on a Monastery. <BR> <BR> The monastery is the heart and soul of New Norcia. From the very first years of the monastery in the 1840s, the rhythmic life of monasticism has guided the town. <BR> Following the Rule of St Benedict the monks of New Norcia live a lif... Tue, 14 May 2013 02:50:37 EST Central Australia Trek Day 1 Hi all! Better late than never I guess. I was going to take today off but it's been a good day overall but one really big stressor for me happened so I decided to come play here instead! <BR> <BR> I can't believe I'm on another trek! So I'll do the best I can. I'll have to start checking on this board throughout the day. <BR> <BR> I'm glad we stopped at The Williams Woolshed! What a cool place that was! I've always loved crocheting and knitting with wool. I ended up learning about she... Mon, 13 May 2013 05:36:57 EST Day 40 Trek I woke up this morning just loving what we did so much I did one more excursion. I went to the Torndirrup National Park. <BR> <BR> Torndirrup National Park is a national park in the Great Southern region of Western Australia. Torndirrup National Park has many impressive rock formations on the coast. These include the Gap, Natural Bridge and the Blowholes all shaped from the local granite. <BR> <BR> The area is composed of three major rock type, one of these being gneiss. We learned about t... Sun, 12 May 2013 05:19:16 EST Day 39 Trek Wow! Is it really almost over? I feel almost lost thinking about not being on the trek. I'm glad there is the Central one to do next. I love backpacking and hiking. Two things I am not capable of doing right now. Maybe after my back surgery and the year healing as well. I've really enjoyed posting/blogging this trek and am happy that others enjoyed reading what I learned. The Blogs on my spark page have pictures now thanks to Big Angel and they really make a huge difference. <BR> <BR> I awak... Sat, 11 May 2013 00:49:54 EST Day 38 Trek Lady Marsha I really have no idea what you are talking about. What prize are you talking about? I do my posts/blogs because I like doing them. I don't even remember anything about prizes. <em>24</em> Pain meds are good tonight. <BR> <BR> Well that being said we wake up refreshed and ready for the trail again. We have a great easy breakfast to fill us up so we have energy to hike. We set out to go to Wilson Inlet. <BR> <BR> Wilson Inlet is an inlet located 2 kilometers South East of th... Fri, 10 May 2013 01:11:15 EST Day 37 Trek We wake up to the morning serenade of the birds getting their breakfast. I decide to get my breakfast as well. My morning cup of Teechino and some oatmeal is just what I needed. We all pack up and out as the morning progresses. We hike over dunes and some more spectacular beaches. As we hike we see a huge rock sticking out over the tops of the trees. That, it seems, is Monkey Rock. <BR> <BR> Monkey Rock, only slightly lower than Mount Hallowell to the north, has spectacular views over Willia... Thu, 9 May 2013 01:58:41 EST Day 36 Trek Oh boy. Camping out again. lol I woke up this morning and my legs were so stiff. It took me a while to get them working again but I got them going. So I had my breakfast and packed up my backpack so I could join everyone on the trail. <BR> <BR> Today we are going to see pristine white beaches and more heathlands. Hiking down to William Bay Campsite. The first thing we see are some Kangaroos on our way to Gap Beach. <BR> <BR> The kangaroo is a marsupial from the family Macropodidae (macropod... Wed, 8 May 2013 04:41:00 EST Day 35 Trek Wow! On our 6th week already! I just can't believe it. All the things I've learned is almost overwhelming. I am getting very good at knowing which Gum tree I'm seeing and the Tingle trees as well. The rocks are always easy for me since I love to collect rocks and crystals. Australia has sure been educational for me. I can't wait to finish this week. <BR> <BR> I woke up this morning with all of this running through my head. Just amazed at the trip so far. I packed up and met everyone else to ... Tue, 7 May 2013 02:42:13 EST Day 34 Trek One more day in civilization and then back on the trek for our last week! I can't believe it! Has it really been 5 weeks? We today I decided to do the WOW Wilderness Ecocruise. On their home page is this quote and it just really hit home for me. Especially since I've hiked most of the John Muir Trail in my home state of California. <BR> <BR> “The clearest way to understand the universe is through a wilderness...” John Muir 1838 -1914 <BR> <BR> I learned that cruises and tours of the Walpole... Mon, 6 May 2013 02:59:15 EST Day 33 Trek Ahhh. As much as I love hiking and camping I do love my creature comforts as well! Showers and beds are very nice. My body really appreciates them. That being said today I visited the Valley of the Giants. It is such a well thought out way to explore the trees. I've never walked up in a canopy before and was truly impressed! <BR> <BR> The Tree Top Walk is a 600-metre walk that has a gentle gradient. It is suitable for children and all ages, including wheelchairs and strollers. Good thing too... Sun, 5 May 2013 03:24:45 EST Day 32 Trek Having slept at Woolbales Campsite we awake and get everything packed after a quick breakfast knowing we have a long ways to go until we get to Walpol and rooms with showers and beds! Not to mention other people fixing our food and delivering it to us! lol <BR> <BR> We get treking and finish making our way finally to Mandalay beach. It takes its name from the Norwegian barque Mandalay that was wrecked in 1911 off the coast of Western Australia. The ship left Delegoa Bay in Africa, for Albany... Sat, 4 May 2013 03:24:28 EST Day 31 Trek Waking up while I'm camping has got to be one of my favorite things to do. The first thing I notice is the air getting warmer. Then slowly but surely the birds start their morning vocalizations. One by one louder and louder they get. As the birds join in the talking then the buzz of the insects start to happen. No alarm clock annoyingly buzzing or clanging. Just a nice gentle awareness of the nature around you. It just fills my soul with calmness and awareness of this wonderful world around m... Fri, 3 May 2013 02:15:50 EST Day 30 Trek Northcliff was a wonderful town to stay in. The people there are so friendly and willing to help a stranger. Especially one from America. They cater to the Trekkers and are willing to do what ever is needed. I vote that it is 'the Friendliest town in Australia'! <BR> <BR> I had a great sleep and was ready to hit the trail this morning. I'm glad because we are finally going to get into some real wilderness where one is truly cut off from 'civilization'. Today we are going to follow the Gardne... Thu, 2 May 2013 02:05:55 EST Day 29 Trek ::Yawn:: This morning was way to early for me. I stayed up late watching the stars in the sky. It was great after everyone else went to bed and the lights were all off. Just amazing to see them all and I was able to see several shooting stars. I have to admit I wished for a nice easy day that was filled with learning. <BR> <BR> We break camp and start on the trail. We find Moons Crossing which is where the early settlers used to cross their cattle herds. We keep hiking and finally come upon ... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 23:51:05 EST Day 28 Trek After yesterdays flower show I woke up feeling great! I now have some buckwheat seeds and some other plants that I really wanted to have. When they flower I'll get a <em>388</em> . <BR> <BR> We have a nice hearty breakfast of Whole Wheat Waffles (say that fast three times) with fresh Blackberries and Blueberries. It was delicious and very filling. I'm glad that I'll be on the trail so I can burn off some of these calories I just ate. <BR> <BR> We leave Pemberton and get on the trail. H... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 03:49:22 EST Day 27 Trek After a really good nights rest I wasn't as sore as I thought I was going to be. Thank goodness! Because I am going to a flower show. My Mom and Son flew in to be with me and we had a blast. <BR> <BR> We went and looked at all the displays. Different companies make displays and there is a competition for them. They were so beautiful. Many different varieties and concepts for the backyard. There were Kangaroo Paw as well as other natives that I don't know the names of. There were also Orchid... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 23:19:58 EST Day 26 Trek Well yesterdays post was sidelined as it didn't seem to save. Bummer because I had a great one. Oh well! As for today I decided to get more extra exercise in than I should have. But there was no getting around it. I walked all over Pemberton taking in all the great shops there cranny poking about. It was a blast. <BR> <BR> Then I found someone who was unloading compost from the bed of their truck. Well Me and Gardening are very symbiotic. So of Course I joined in and helped. I ended up worki... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 00:18:09 EST Day 24 Trek Well my friend Lady Marcia you beat me today for sure. lol <BR> <BR> Since I slept in way to late I'm working on catching up to everyone else on the trail. I look forward to getting to our next campsite. I hear it is near a waterfall called Beedleup Falls. We walk around the actual Beedleup National Park. There is a fee for getting into the Park proper. If we stick to the trail it's free. There is no camping within the park but it is fine in the campsite near the falls. The park was created ... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 06:27:23 EST Day 23 Trek I always love the beds that's for sure. I went to bed early as I wanted to get enough sleep for the hike today. I hear there's several bridges to cross and there are supposed to be many rivers/creeks/streams to go over. I also hear there are a lot of flowers and wild life to spot as well. I'm glad that I was able to charge my camera last night. <BR> <BR> We start off early in the morning as this part of the trail is a bit harder than other places. There are many times we have to walk single ... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 02:06:56 EST Day 22 Trek The night was nice. Listening to the little critters scurrying around in the night, looking for food and working on not being dinner. The morning was overcast and the fog went down to the ground. It was hard to see your hand in front of your face. We had our breakfast and packed up making sure to check and check again to make sure we didn't forget anything on the ground. We started to hike out and get on the trail. <BR> <BR> We soon arrive at Donnelly River Village. The Village is actually a... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 03:07:06 EST Day 21 Trek After such a wonderful and restful weekend with lots of very interesting diversions including that massage with aromatherapy I am so energized and ready to go. <BR> <BR> We start our trek again and pass through the Golden Valley Tree Park. I'm very glad that I took the time yesterday to poke around as we really don't have much time to look. Also we are staying on the trail. It is still beautiful to see all the different trees alongside the trail. We keep going past the Park and come upon th... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 06:35:12 EST Day 20 Trek Oh it was so hard to wake up this morning. I slept through my alarms! I finally woke up and decided to go visit the Golden Valley Tree Park. So I made my way there getting directions from all the friendly Balingup natives. So far everyone here in Australia has been so friendly and helpful to me. I really don't feel like a stranger here. <BR> <BR> It was very interesting to see the Golden Valley Homestead. It is a house that was refurnished back to the original house in the 1990's. The origin... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 03:32:03 EST Day 19 Trek Oh what a night! It was wonderful to be clean and lay in a bed. Although I do love going to sleep looking up at the stars. I woke up so refreshed and wanted to go for a wander so I decided to go to the King Jarrah Heritage Trail. The bus ride was nice and it wasn't to far away. The King Jarrah's are so tall. They reminded me of our Sequoias in the USA as well as the Osugi Trees in Japan. All the trees are extremely tall, very old and very broad at the base. There is also a section of a Birth ... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 03:06:26 EST Day 18 Trek As we wake up in the morning I know we are ready to sleep in a bed. At least I know I am. lol So we break our fast and pack up much faster knowing that a fairly short hike and we will be in Balingup and be able to have a shower and a bed for the night. Not to forget having a pint as well at the Balingup Tavern. <BR> <BR> We hike on, going our favorite way, down hill. Very quickly though we are not really sure if it is our favorite. As difficult as it was going up yesterday it is quickly beco... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 03:20:47 EST