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I Believe in Treats!

Monday, July 26, 2010

emoticon emoticon emoticon Yes! I really do believe in treats! And having said that, let me add that a "treat" is not necessarily a Snickers bar, but as delicious as those are, sometimes there are better, and more satisfying, treats that you can chose for yourself!

You step on the scale some morning and realize that you have lost 10, 20 or 30 pounds! YOU DESERVE A TREAT! Maybe for you guys it could be a new pair of tennis shoes, or a new shirt, or some hot-shot thingamajig for your computer; but regardless, it's something you want! I didn't say NEED here, I said WANT. And for you gals, how about a pedicure, new hair style, a pair of jeans or slacks? We all have our eye on something! Maybe you are just sooooo close to your goal that it's time for a really, really special treat! How about a cruise? Or a week-end all alone for the two of you. No kids, no pets, no worries. OK, you might come back a pound heavier, but I'll bet you will be raring to go!

If life is going to be full of restrictions and you never get to splurge or do anything fun, would it be worth it just so you could be slim? Yes, you probably would be quite healthy; but life is meant to be enjoyed. It's why most businesses are closed at least one day each week -- it's why employees have a day or two off from work. It's to keep people motivated, dependable, and healthy. There is more to your body than just numbers on a scale, there is also the brain where all this good stuff stems from. Give yourself a break every now and then. It's not like committing "diet suicide" I'm just talking about a little treat. Keep your spirits up and the pounds will take care of themselves.

Here's to a "Happy" Healthy Lifestyle! emoticon

  
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LUNADRAGON 7/31/2010 4:41PM

    Well said, I just got a bunch of treats in the last few days - new smaller size clothes: dresses, pants, tops!

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VITCHY-VICKI 7/28/2010 8:12AM

    emoticonidea I need a treat - oh wait I am getting a new kitchen now I guess I need to lose some weight and get ready for my next Treat.
Thanks for the blog Eve


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MYRTLEBEACHWINS 7/27/2010 5:24PM

    Add my vote anytime you do something good for your body, soul or mind. I have looked forward to splurging on a special healthy food treat each week at the grocery store. There are a few things that I would normally not purchase but now I add a 'special healthy new' item to my cart. It's been fun trying new things along the way. I learned that asparagus is great on the grill. Keep it up, we are all worth it!

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PSMITH3841 7/27/2010 10:07AM

    I like the way you think! " I BELIEVE!!!!" Hmmmm, now I need to think up my next treat! emoticon

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BLESSED2BEME 7/26/2010 10:25PM

    I agree! Can't wait for my next treat:)

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JANLEEW 7/26/2010 9:22PM

    I agree! Treats are marvelous, especially a pedicure. Keep moving, keep tracking1

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DEBRITA01 7/26/2010 9:21PM

    Loved your blog and your outlook. We all perform better when we receive some type of reward or positive reinforcement. And I concur, life is for living and that includes TREATS!

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Never turn your back on your scale

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

emoticon I was elated the other day when I stepped on the scale and saw the reading of 141.6! Starting out ages ago I was at a high of 162, so I had inched past my 20 pound loss and was on a roll. I stepped on the scale this morning and I was a little dismayed to see "145."

It didn't get there all by itself, folks. It's completely MY FAULT. I've been busy concentrating on helping my fiancee clean out various and sundry portions of his home, something he had failed to do when his wife passed away.Sometimes, tired and depressed we grabbed whatever was handy to eat -- and when have you EVER seen what was handy be the healthy choice??? emoticon

Then some of the more pleasant times was when I was taken to meet one of his sons for the first time......Mexican food, and while it is definitely a favorite of mine, for me it comes with a guarantee of a half to a one pound gain! I didn't order a margarita (probably LOTS of sugar in that) and had a light beer, but even so the scale jumped from 143.6 up to 145! So, all you Sparkers; while you are out there having fun, pay attention to what goes in your mouth, cause it will darn sure end up stuck somewhere on your body!!!

I guess the moral of the story is: "You are what you eat!"

  
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SWISSBAKER 7/24/2010 2:00PM

  Hi, Eve. Mexican dinner was awesome and I really loved meeting you. It was rotten of "georgey porgy", Insisting that we all go to that evil mexican restaurant..... emoticon....Call me & let's go do it again, real soon. Love John," Georgey porgey's" oldest son.

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SWISSBAKER 7/24/2010 2:00PM

  Hi, Eve. Mexican dinner was awesome and I really loved meeting you. It was rotten of "georgey porgy", Insisting that we all go to that evil mexican restaurant..... emoticon....Call me & let's go do it again, real soon. Love John," Georgey porgey's" oldest son.

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SWISSBAKER 7/24/2010 2:00PM

  Hi, Eve. Mexican dinner was awesome and I really loved meeting you. It was rotten of "georgey porgy", Insisting that we all go to that evil mexican restaurant..... emoticon....Call me & let's go do it again, real soon. Love John," Georgey porgey's" oldest son.

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 7/22/2010 11:14AM

    I like the analogy a SP friend had BLT's can be dangerous (Bites, Licks, Taste)... Yes everything counts...

You will get back to that 141 in no time! Thanks for sharing!

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LIS193 7/21/2010 5:10PM

    When we are busy, eating tends to be an afterthought... you're right, hat is handy is not always the best choice :(
On the bright side: you had some nice times with your fiance and his family, the damage is not that bad and you caught it in time to un-do most of it.
Make a plan, get some healthy snacks to have handy and keep smiling! Time with family and friends is precious.
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PSMITH3841 7/21/2010 1:56PM

    Boy, you're right...It will stab you in the numbers every time!!!!!...But, I'm not worried, you'll get that loss back! You have good work ethic, it's just that you sort of forget sometime..... emoticon

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CATLADY52 7/21/2010 1:40PM

    Even if you eat too much of the right things, you can read it on the scale. The key is moderation. Even if it does taste good! emoticon

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PARKERB2 7/21/2010 10:54AM

    I'm in the high 50's right now so I can't wait to get down in the 40's. I'm sure you will lose the small gain as well as more in the next week or so. Keep Sparking.

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Sneaking up on my Goal

Monday, July 19, 2010

emoticon Sometimes everything just seems to go right! My progress since joining SparkPeople seemed to go at a very slow snail's pace, steady, dependable but oh, so slow! Now, suddenly, I don't know what's changed in my life, but I see pounds dropping away and it's leaving me breathless and feeling oh, so good!

It seems just last month I was complaining as my scale was inching toward 148, and it took hard work and a very restrictive watch on every bite I ate to get it to inch it's way back down into the more comfortable 144 - 145 range that I was used to seeing. A couple of times I would even dip into the 143 range........ but now! I stepped on the scale Sunday morning and did a double take: 141.6 and I couldn't take my eyes off those numbers! Whatever I'm doing it must be right, and I am most definitely on a roll.

I've signed up for a cruise in October and figure by then I'll be in the 130's! This is really, really what we all aim for.

  
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PSMITH3841 7/20/2010 3:25PM

    emoticon Way to go, my friend....You're not sneaking, you're Marching up to your goal!!! Yay You! emoticon emoticon

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FOOFYDEN 7/20/2010 1:26PM

    emoticon Happy for you ...You are going to look and feel stunning on that cruise...keep up the good work,,,,hugs Den

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CATLADY52 7/20/2010 11:26AM

    I'm happy that you are finally off a peak and into the valley. It is satisfying to be nearer your goal. emoticon

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 7/20/2010 4:37AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon on the weight loss. My weight has been very slow and stagnant. I hope some of your 'magic' comes my way!

Enjoy the cruise in your 130s!

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LUNADRAGON 7/19/2010 11:47PM

    Woo hoo~! You are getting there! You are making it a reality and you rock!
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DESERTFLOWER8 7/19/2010 9:13PM

    That is just SUCH great news! I am SO happy for you! There really does not seem to be any logic one can apply to the tick of the scale..it does seem that persistence in the face of disappointment is the long term key..doing what you should on a consistent basis works; it just seems to work on its own time frame. CONGRATULATIONS on your persistence!!!

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ANNANN63 7/19/2010 8:28PM

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NANCYCA555 7/19/2010 8:11PM

    This is exciting news! I'm so happy for you that your healthy eating and exercising plan is paying off, and you are going to look TERRIFIC on your cruise. Thanks for posting this, too, because it is really encouraging for me since I've been battling a bit of a weight hurdle myself.

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Feeling Cool

Saturday, July 17, 2010

emoticon Our temperatures have been running way, way above 100! So is it any wonder that I'm trying to think of something COOL? As it happens, I have always yearned to go to the East Coast of the good old USA and see the fall color as the trees turn from green to beautiful hues of gold/red/rust/orange! And this year my dream will finally come true.

Browsing through various cruises and tours that offer spectacular displays of the fall color, I (and my fiancee) finally decided on one that will touch on Canada Nova Scotia and the New England States. I can hardly wait to experience the fun of another cruise, take pictures of the wonderful memories I'm creating and also the luxury of travel on a cruise. You know, little things like the bed turned down each night with a melt-in-your-mouth chocolate laying on the pillow, plus the exquisite gourmet dishes the chef will offer at each and every meal -- all without me having to even enter the kitchen! And of course, there will be the walks around the deck and hitting the gym each and every day -- otherwise I'll return home round as a pumpkin.

So now when I see the temperatures soaring, I get out my itinerary and scan the cool places I'll soon be visiting -- makes me cooler just to be thinking of October.

  
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PSMITH3841 7/19/2010 1:17PM

    Sounds ideal! If you get to Philly, give me a yell! emoticon

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MYRTLEBEACHWINS 7/18/2010 1:18PM

    WOW, Color me jealous! What great plans. Enjoy, enjoy and enjoy it again.

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VITCHY-VICKI 7/18/2010 7:16AM

    emoticona cool breeze emoticonand in emoticonOctober my favorite month.
emoticonso when is the big day for the two of you is it October??
Have fun and think of us
God's Blessings
Vicki

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 7/18/2010 5:53AM

    Sounds like a fabulous trip! I go on my first trip and first cruise in January and I'm told they are great! Glad to hear about the pleasure you have found in them!

Like you - the heat has been up high too ... makes it hard to think about exercising. Thinking cool is a good idea!


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FOOFYDEN 7/18/2010 2:13AM

    ahhh that is a cruise I have contemplated,,,but think I have had my share of cruises for this year. I like your keep cool thoughts plan too. We haven't had too much summer here yet seems to have only hit us in the last 2 or 3 weeks so still enjoying the sun and the warmth,,,been walking the girls ( min poodle and mastifxdane] in the evenings after my second shift at work when it is cooler,,,days are getting shorter and not sure I am up to walking in the dark with the rather large bear that has been snooping about lately,,,enjoy your thoughts of luxury,,,ahh how do we exist in a world where we have to put our own napkin on our knees,,,LOL

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BLESSED2BEME 7/17/2010 11:44PM

    Woo Hoo! So excited for you:)

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LUNADRAGON 7/17/2010 4:10PM

    Well, I am in Connecticut on the east coast, my friend, and today, and the last few weeks have not been cool in the least. In the fall, and winter, that is another story. Just keep thinking cool thoughts, or watch a snowy movie!

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How Do You React?

Saturday, July 10, 2010

emoticon How do you react when you learn that someone you loved very much has deceived you, or found he/she didn't trust you, or did something they knew would upset you -- but did it anyway? Do you face them and have it out right then and there? Do you sulk and pout for a bit and perhaps say nothing, just kind of hold it in and put yourself in a bad mood? Do you think of a way to get even? Or do you try to analyze just what this is all about and try to get to the bottom of it?

Regardless which of the ways you decide to handle it; and perhaps you do not react in the same way each time -- did you ever once stop to think how your reaction was going to affect your day or perhaps your week? If you sulk and pout you may end up feeling in a lousy mood, slightly depressed, for a week for at least several days. Do you know what that will do to your motivation and to your energy level? If you go to the person upsetting you and face it, have it out right then and there, you may feel messed up for a day -- but then you'll bounce back and be more or less back to normal. Analyzing something of this nature usually does you very little good, because analyze all you want to, it's not going to tell you WHY the person did what they did. A one on one is the only way to learn something like that.

I recently went through a situation like this, and as it happened in the evening I pouted and brooded over it for the evening, and even the next day was hard for me; it seemed to hang over my head like a black cloud. I did not have the chance to speak to the person who actually activated this feeling, but I was able to talk to another of the people who were affected. It didn't make me feel a lot better initially, but the more time I have, the feelings have begun to clear up and I find I am able to kind of shrug it off as something that happens once in awhile. It does not matter if you deserve it, or if you were innocently attacked -- it happens. Live with it, put it in it's place in the back of your mind, but don't dwell on it and let it rule your life. That's giving the other person way too much power!

  
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FOOFYDEN 7/13/2010 4:22PM

    Sometimes we can't change how something makes us feel...We will all deal with these situations in our lives. You never know what things other people are going through that maybe makes them act out of character or inappropriately. I once read a book called SO STICK A GERANIUM IN YOUR HAT AND BE HAPPY.. where she speaks in a humorous way of the straw that breaks the camels back or individual breaking points......life will give us hardships and sh** but sometimes that fertilizer helps our plants to grow..sometimes you just have to push on and be extra good to yourself. Don't give anyone else the power to make or break your happiness................Hoping you get through this tough time surrounded with all the love and support from caring friends.
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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 7/13/2010 4:49AM

    Great Blog! I live with a motto that life is too short to allow 'strife' in our lives. If someone urks me, I either speak out, ask questions or I let it go - all depends on the circumstances. Choose your battles / fights wisely as one saying goes... some are just not worth our energy.


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HELLORITA 7/11/2010 10:38PM

    Everyone has there own baggage. I cant always figure out the other person but I can help myself. Sometimes we are put in very difficult spots though. Age usually helps in these matters. As I have gotten older I am lucky I am alive and much more is good with the world no matter what.

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PSMITH3841 7/11/2010 10:28AM

    I've got one of those situations going on right now...I wish I could figure out how to get that black cloud to dissipate! Discussing it didn't go as well as hoped and the after effects were even worse (not discussing it was tough, but much better than the after shock)...I see months of therapy in the future.... but of course, not for me! emoticon It's not ruling my life yet, but it is seriously cramping my carefree, smiley style! Yikes... emoticon emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 7/11/2010 7:24AM

    emoticonwe all need to yield and think about it first sometimes then decide what to do but like you said don't dwell on it. Sometimes I have a hard time doing that but then I think Life goes on.
God Bless
Vicki

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DIANE7786 7/10/2010 11:45PM

    Great attitude.

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