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Great advice from Sparkies!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

POSTS by Sparkies that I would like to remember:

One of my recent posts…”Success lies with the right attitude. Knowing you will be successful is the start. Attitude is everything.”DENNISBISHOP

“I'm only as far away from my goal as I allow myself to be.” ROKA_GIRL

“When you get down and out because the scale says you only lost one pound, take a moment and think about what a pound of hamburger looks like. If you can't visualize, go to the freezer to check it out.” SPROUTDL

The next two are from the spark page journal of sparkie REBCCA:

“Sometimes a thought or concept strikes a cord and makes an imprint. The most recent one for me was the offering that a rich person is not a person who has the most, rather a person who needs the least. I have traded shopping for gathering things to give away. It has pleased me to find that I seem to be finding greater gratification in simplifying my life than in getting something new. There are treasures to be found in this lesson for me” by REBCCA

1. Be Impeccable With Your Word
Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.

2. Don't Take Anything Personally
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you wonít be the victim of needless suffering.

3. Don't Make Assumptions
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

4. Always Do Your Best
Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.

“I believe that when you push yourself to do the best that you can do, physically or otherwise, you get results. Even if pushing, for you, is to walk up one stair. When we push ourselves we ultimately feel better about who we are” MISSLEAH


Attitude and the puzzle

Monday, April 24, 2006

Weight loss can be very tiring - just the mental state of awarenss can often zap our energy. I know that I think about my goals and objectives and about my plan about 70% of my waking time - it is a puzzel - for me to be very efficient and successful. I was sooo happy to loose those two pounds a week ago Sunday, after 3.5 weeks of being on a plateau,stuck against a wall --- then my scale says that I gained back a pound this past week. It is incredible! I hated the scale...... - but not myself - because I KNOW that I am making progress - my clothes are continuing to get loose and baggy - I had to put two pairs of pants into the fat closet yesterday! And my friends and co-workers continue to give me compliments on my "new look". Plus, last week was my most intensive exercise week this entire year. I put in over 600 minutes of cardio! And I did not go over my calorie limit once! After 4 months on this plan, you would think that I had seen it all. Well, all it did was make me go out and buy one of those little kitchen scales. I am weighing everything this week! I want to make sure my calorie count is EXACT! I am eating a Turkey Wrap at Sub Way (220 calories) for lunch each day because I will not have to verify the size or calorie count of that meal. I will do a poached egg on dry toast for breakfast each day - cause the nutrition info is locked in too. That leaves me, dinner and a scale. Whoopeeee. Come Sunday we will see what happens. I am not down at all - a little pee'd off, but very determined to win. Attitude, Attitude, Attidude (Like Location, Location, Location) HA


The secret of weight loss

Monday, April 24, 2006

Reprint of article by Rebecca Pratt, "The Key to Weight Loss Success" as found in the Nutrition Section of the Spark Resource Center.

[Finally -- here it is. You have been waiting to hear these words for years...or at least as long the zipper on your skinny jeans hasn't budged. The key to weight loss success! It's not a shake, a supplement, or an exercise gizmo. You have it already- right at your finger tips.

"If I had to pick the most important thing people can do for weight loss, it would be keeping a food record," says Betty Kovacs, M.S., R.D., nutrition coordinator at St. Luke's Roosevelt Obesity Research Center in New York City. "This is the one thing that I can say has been proven to work for every single person."

Studies show that people who keep food journals lose more weight and keep more of that weight off in the long run. The National Weight Control Registry-– an ongoing research project tracking more than 3,000 people who’ve lost an average of 66 pounds and kept it off for five years– found that keeping a food journal is the one strategy used by the majority of successful dieters. In fact, in a study of 685 dieters conducted by a health insurance company, the best predictor of weight loss throughout the first year was the number of food records kept per week.]


Does weight loss help your game - depends

Friday, April 21, 2006

There is no doubt that less weight has to help your swing - but more importantly your endurance. It is real easy to tire on the last 4 to 5 holes - the less weight you are carrying and the more healthy you are, the better you will do on those finishing holes. My problem this year is my hip. I went through (right) hip replacement surgery December 20, 2005. Have been very serious about my recovery process (physical therapy) in hopes of being back at 100% by June 1, 2006. It does not appear that I will be 100% until next season. I am told it will improve with time - but that it is a long recovery process, even with constant therapy.

I was able to get out on the course yesterday afternoon. The hip is coming along better and better each time I go out (3 times so far since April 1st) -but there is still stiffness and pain that restricts my motion and zaps my energy. I expect that will be the case throughout this year. It is still early, I do not know what affect it will have on my handicap. We will see. I am just happy to be able to golf and enjoy the fellowship of my friends and mother nature on the course. So far my scores have been 92, 93, 84. I am a 12.0 handicap - four years ago, before my hip started driving me crazy, I was a 6.3 hcp. I have a game scheduled for Sunday, weather permitting. We will see how it goes at that time
I will down in Florida, visiting my parents May 4-8th. I will golf a couple of times while down there.
I would like to golf respectfully for a trip with the guys up north June 22nd to 25th. I will work hard to be in the great shape for that long weekend.


Wet Golf course

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Was able to get out again on Friday afternoon, 4-14-06. Shot a 93. Stony Creek's course was VERY wet - no roll! You had to earn all your distance! It was cart path only, so I did a great deal of walking on a tender hip. But did not tire until hole 16... hit the par three 17th in regulation and made a par on 18 from out of the trap! This could get fun!


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