TORTILLAFLATS's SparkPeople Blog TORTILLAFLATS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Week 7, Our Final Week in the Land Of Oz. We are up bright and early to drive to Mt Kosciuszko. Joan and I are singing our way down the road, all 209 miles of journey. What fun! But underlying feeling of (it is almost over. I don't think either one of us thought it would effect us so much. As the thought enters my mind, I tear up and then Joanie catches me and there we are bawling as we travel down the Alpine Way to the town of Bright. It is so beautiful along here and I can only imagine what it would be like if it was fall an... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 19:53:49 EST Week Six of our Austrailian Trip Today we head to the state of Victoria in Australia. We have to cross the Murray River on a small ferry because their is no bridge in that area. I love the fact that their ferries are free. It is just a small ride across <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Onward we go to Mt. Gambia where we decide to stretch our legs at the visitor's center. It was very interesting and we learned so much history of the area and about the culture. We hat... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 20:24:51 EST Week 5, Coober Pedy and beyond, Penguins too It was sad to say goodbye to the wonderful town locals who quickly became our friends. But I am so glad to one again be heading to where the dirt and grime is gone and get back to the wonderful salty air. Some people were made for the desert and enjoy it and wouldn't want to live anywhere else but give me the trees and the seas and mountains. It makes me come alive again. I just have to get through one more night at Coober Pedy. What a strange name---It is so hot there that the city is b... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 00:37:28 EST Who Says Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend---Australia in Mintabie Mintabie is a small settlement of about 200 to 250 people. It is known for its Opal mining. <BR> Our group of trekkers had an absolute ball there. Well sort of. Finding the opals was fun. but it was a hot dusty place sitting out in the desert <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We were there for a whole week and our eyes were filled with the joy of findin... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 19:42:37 EST Aging with a few laughs! Someone sent this to me and I thought how true, I hope you enjoy it. <BR> <BR> Well, my jokes didn't come through and they were great sorry! I will try and figure out what I did wrong. OK, I think I got it now, they are at the bottom of the blog. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> As I've aged, I've become kinder to, and less critical of, myself. I've become my own friend. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have seen too many dear friends leave this world, too soon; before they understood the grea... Thu, 30 May 2013 12:35:16 EST The Amazing Boab Tree, Australia. Well, here we are bouncing down the Gibb River Road. It is one of the worst roads I have ever been on! Joanie is laughing at me because I have to hang onto the steering wheel real tight to keep my head from bouncing against the ceiling of the camper. Like she said, its a good thing our dishes are not china, we would have nothing left to eat off of. <BR> <BR> Here are just a few of the things we saw. First is a fresh water crocodile. Ann warned us to be very careful because they even lik... Wed, 22 May 2013 17:52:20 EST Swimming With The Whale Skarks We are just finishing our first week on the road through Central Australia. Lots of highlights but the most amazing day was the day we went swimming with the whale sharks. They are huge, hence where the name comes from. They look like they have a poke a doted shin and it is rough as the roughest sandpaper. They didn't mind us being in the water with them. In fact I think they liked teasing us by brushing up against our legs. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 19 May 2013 00:03:39 EST On The Road Again Today is the beginning of a new 6 week Trek traveling in campervans through Central Australia. <BR> <BR> Joannie and I were in a hurry to get started so we left them all in the dust. We left Albany and are heading to Perth with a stop at the wood shed. That will be about 259 miles which will take about 4 hours driving time. Speed lihit is 110kilometer/hr which in America is 68 miles an hour. We have our CB radios on and my handle is Leadfoot (can you guess why?) <BR> <BR> Two hours lat... Sun, 12 May 2013 15:01:34 EST Photos of birds seen on our Australian Trek Our trek is coming to an end and their are so many highlights. Here are just a few of the birds we ran across. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> cheeky waders <BR> <BR> <img src=""> red - capped plover <BR> <BR> <img src=""> splendid fairy wren <BR> <BR> <img src=""> red necked a... Wed, 8 May 2013 19:29:14 EST Week 5 of the Bibbulmun Trail We have left Pemberton behind and heading 121 miles (195km.) to Walpole. The first day we follow the Warren River and through the Kari Forest. We stopped for lunch by the Cascades. It was really gushing today because of all the rain, but not nearly as beautiful as it is in the winter when the waterfalls I hear tell, are amazing. We sit beside the river sharing some cheese and crackers we brought from town. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <B... Thu, 2 May 2013 01:58:37 EST Week 4 Trekking, Day 2 The warmnth of the sun was already making its way into the tent. I lazeily turned over and pulled my bag up over my head. Then I remembered, Today we would hike into Donnelly River Village. Hurry up slow pokes, I am so anxious to hit the trail today. I already fixed oatmeal with blueberries and nuts. Come on, lets get going! <BR> <BR> I thought I heard thunder this morning but when I peaked out it was a bunch of Kangaroos (running, hopping) what ever you call it. It sounded just like... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 14:06:39 EST Trekking on to Week 4, No Possums in my Bed Here we go again! It is really hard having to leave Balingup! My feet are tired from all the walking and I am having to hogtie Joan to get her out of here. She love the hampers and platters. LOL And Bonbon, she wanted to take every scarecrow she saw home with her. Saying goodbye to CJ was hard too. She had to leave early and will be missed by all. OK finally, back packs on, binoculars on my neck, sunglasses and most of all bug spay for those pesky little insects. Here we go! <img s... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 13:42:03 EST The How's and Why's Of Trekking, The Bibbulmun Track We are winding up our 3rd week on the Bibbulmun Track, and look forward to starting week 4. As I sit here and relish every inspiring sight that we have come upon, I am in total awe! Every creature we have ran into <em>134</em> <em>148</em> <em>201</em> <em>219</em> <em>88</em> <em>172</em> has been an awesome experience. <BR> <BR> I think this one stole my heart <img src=""> and can you see anything as beautiful as th... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 12:44:35 EST Koalas, Gum Trees, Yellow Kangaroo Paws and Even A Wombat On Our Way To Dwellingup! We have finely arrived at Mt. Wells campsite. Sitting on an old stump, Joan and I share about the past 4 days. We have been soaked by a rain storm, trampled through swamps and creeks. We eat our last rations of Beef Stew and are very thankful that tomorrow night will be spent in a real bed with a nice hot shower. I tell Joan I hope there is lots and lots of hot running water. <BR> <BR> I saw so many different types of Gum trees today. They are so beautiful in bloom. <BR> <BR> <img src... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 23:24:39 EST What A Day, Virtual Bibblemun Trail After climbing out of our sleeping bag and tent and having a good breakfast of oatmeal, walnuts and dried apricots I grab my backpack for another days hike. We are surrounded by so much beauty. Here are a few pictures that I took on the trail today. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Can you see Joan walking in front of me on the trail? We are in the Mt. Dale area. It is 546 m. which to us Americans is 1,791 feet. <BR> <BR> <img... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 14:04:16 EST Week 2, Virtual Trek in Western Australia, Whew, I am so tired I know I will be the first one out tonight. My shoulders ache from carting my back pack, My legs ache from walking almost 30 miles today. And talk about sore feet, I wish there was a spa to soak in. (oh, well,) it's not got to happen out here in the bush. I better get that tent up! <BR> <BR> We started our day at the Kalamunda Northern Terminus on the Bibblemun Track. We had to sign in there and state we were walking the trail. We will travel to Dwellingup, for o... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 18:57:54 EST Hmmm, A Love Affair, In My Future! NOT!!! Psst, Don't tell my hubby! <BR> <BR> It all started back in January when I was swelling up like a balloon. My Doctor made me go A.S.A.P. to see a cardiologist. Now he was a nice enough guy but let no man mess with my <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> He looked at me very sternly and said to me that if I kept going the way I was I would have a stroke within the year. Wow, That did shake me up. So for the first time, (I have been t... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 18:40:18 EST Wk 1 - Bibbulmun Track Virtual Trek April 1, 2013 <BR> <BR> <BR> Life is so good, that is what I was thinking as the breeze gently tugged at my face. It is hard to believe that I am actually on a river cruise on the Swan River in Western Australia. <em>67</em> <em>463</em> <em>388</em> <BR> <BR> We are in the town of Framantle. It is a wonderful little sea port. We have so much packed into todays outing. First we went to the old prison to check out all the ghosts and see it all for ourselves. Am I a true believ... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 18:10:22 EST With Tears in my Eyes and a smile on my Face, I write this Blog Today is a red letter day for me, I am grinning from ear to ear but I also have tears in my eyes as I think about my victory today and the journey I have traveled the past 4 years. To some of my Sparkfriends this is old news but to most of you it will be all new. It all began 4a little over 4 years ago when I thought I had came down with a cold, I fought it for about a week with it getting worse but then it would go away and then hit harder. <em>189</em> It must be pleurisy I kept tell... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 19:16:51 EST My Veggie Challenge Blog! try it, you will like it! <em>267</em> <em>370</em> <em>369</em> <em>368</em> <em>367</em> <em>291</em> <em>284</em> <em>373</em> <em>372</em> <em>371</em> <em>485</em> <BR> <BR> I has been so hot in most areas and the tomatoes are ripe for harvest. We are not so lucky in the area I live. It has been a very cool summer but last week end it jumped from the high 60s to 96 degrees and boy, did we suffer. It made me think about cooling off and what to eat on hot days. <BR> <BR> Now it just so happens th... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 17:43:19 EST I Love What Vitamin F Does For You > <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> Why do I have a variety of friends who are all so different in character? How can I get along with them all? <BR> <BR> <BR> I think that each one helps to bring out a "different" part of me. <BR> <BR> With one of them I am polite. I joke with another friend. <BR> I sit down and talk about serious matters with one. <BR> <BR> With another I laugh a lot. I may have a coke with o... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 14:07:46 EST Can you eat to many veggies? <em>267</em> <em>485</em> <em>140</em> <em>291</em> <em>284</em> <em>258</em> <em>147</em> <em>210</em> <BR> <BR> The Chair exercise team has a challenge going on eating our veggies! Now I love veggies so this one is easy for me. I love asparagus, roasted with a little olive oil and garlic. YUM! I also love Broccoli steamed with a splash of pepper and some onion. Red, green and yellow Peppers in a stir fry. bring them on. <em>267</em> <em>485</em> <em>258</em> Add some o... Wed, 23 May 2012 20:08:53 EST A NEW YEAR, A TRIBUTE, AND A BIG THANK YOU This week I had my <em>505</em> . In all actuality, it has only been 1 year. For those who know me it has been a very hard year but I am very happy I have been here. My weight tracker shows that I am 49 pounds smaller than I was at this time last year. Now that is a big <em>244</em> for me!!! <em>334</em> <BR> I have been down to this number several times during the past year but then after trips to the hospital and all the fluids they pumped into me, I would have to start all over ag... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 13:40:04 EST MY NO EXCUSE PLEDGE, GIVEN TO ME BY A FRIEND Sunday, April 15, 2012 <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, <BR> 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. <BR> I ple... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 14:39:07 EST Just One More Self Talk Here I am again. Sitting at 260 and wanting so very bad to drop below 250. Why is it such a struggle for me to get below that magic number? I yearn to see that scale read 249. And yet every time I get this close or even down to 253 I sabotage myself. It doesn't make any since to me. I really do want to make it and then set another goal. But it feels like almost panic. Does this happen to any of you? <BR> <BR> I did it again last night. I stuffed my mouth with things I would not norm... Fri, 6 Apr 2012 13:27:35 EST Seeing Myself Through The Eyes Of The Future Time, New Years Eve, 2012 <BR> <BR> I fly down the stairs with ease, my emotions are raging as I get ready for the time of my life. <BR> Jerry is taking me to a family reunion where I will get to proudly show off my new me. It has been ages since I saw some of them and I was making the scale scream at over 300 pounds. But now, I have dropped into onederland and it feels so good. I have bounce to my step! Hard to believe I was on a walker in 2011. <BR> Food is no longer what I l... Wed, 30 Nov 2011 13:14:05 EST Retarded Grandparents RETARDED GRANDPARENTS <BR> <BR> After Christmas, a teacher asked her young pupils how they spent their holiday away from school. One child wrote the following: <BR> <BR> We always used to spend the holidays with Grandma and Grandpa. They used to live in a big brick house but Grandpa got retarded and they moved to Arizona. Now they live in a tin box and have rocks painted green to look like grass. They ride around on their bicycles and wear name tags because they don’t know who they are a... Sun, 28 Aug 2011 00:36:47 EST Are you ever lectured from the grave? I am writing this for one of my challenges I am involved in. We are supposed to write about some of the struggles we have that affects our eating. <BR> <BR> I think one of the things that impacted me go way back to my childhood. I was raised as I know a lot of you were to clean our plates <em>4</em> . If I heard the statement, " You eat all of that food, Don't you know their are kids starving all over the world that would love to be able to eat that liver, okra, spinach," etc. Now... Wed, 24 Aug 2011 19:05:26 EST Did you hear me talking to SELF? From last Thursday through Sunday I was on a killing spree, well not really, I was just eating things that could surely shorten my life. Now the question is What happens to throw you a deep curve and make you forget the things you want desperately in your life and send you on an eating binge. I tried to get back control but it wasn't working. <BR> So I decided to have a little talk with WILLPOWER, "Hey Willpower" I shouted from the deep crevices of my soul. " Where are you, where did ... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 17:06:43 EST Buying A Mature Womans Bathing suit BUYING A MATURE WOMAN'S BATHING SUIT <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> When I was a child in the 1950s, the bathing suit for the mature figure <BR> was-boned, trussed and reinforced, not so much sewn as engineered. They were built to hold back and uplift, and they did a good job. <BR> <BR> Today's stretch fabrics are designed for the prepubescent girl with a <BR> figure carved from a potato chip. <BR> The mature woman has a choice, she can either go up front to the <BR> maternity department and... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 01:59:31 EST How can this be? It has been 12 weeks since I came back to Spark. And really, it was my <BR> first sparking because when I had joined in 2009 I didn't understand <BR> what I was to do or how to get around this website. It was easier this <BR> time . <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> the site ask me how much weight I wanted to lose each <BR> week and oh, how I wanted to say 3 to 5 pounds a week! Now being the bright person that I am <em>334</em> I knew that wasn't realistic so I thought about it. and then I t... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 17:48:59 EST Gone was the feeling of guilt, Big victory Last night I had a night of boredom and restlessness. I started out by just eating a Lean Cusine for dinner. My hubby had went to a Mexican Fiesta fundraiser banquet where he helped serve the food. Maybe that was part of it. Could I have felt deprived not being able to join in on the fun and food. I tried to fix the eating by nibbling on popcorn. That didn't work, then I broiled some cheese on my diet bread and had a glass of milk. There was 2 hot links in the refrigerator calling my n... Sun, 15 May 2011 15:15:50 EST 2nd time around I'm finally back. How did I get to here from 2009? Same weight as I started with way back then. I really need to thank Tublady for taking the time to send me an email and get me back on track. Since my heart attack I am unable to do much. I have been trying to watch what I eat but dear hubby is not very good at cooking. He trues hard ! <BR> With renewed hope I am going to get back to healthy eating. This site seens a little easier to follow this time. I printed my grocery list ... Thu, 14 Apr 2011 13:38:17 EST How long will it take me to learn What is it like living on a roller coaster? Well I can sure tell you, at 61 years young I have been up and down so many times. Then I woke up, after having a major heart attack and decided if I ever want to enjoy life again I must finally get a grip and do something about it. <BR> Though this body is fighting me with all it has I will win!! I can do this and most importantly, I want to. I am thrilled to have found this site and am looking forward to sharing my journey with all of you... Sun, 3 May 2009 14:14:49 EST