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How is YOUR Attitude?

Thursday, August 12, 2010

If being happy in life is reflected by the attitude we have, then there are a lot of unhappy people out there! I mean, haven't we all gone to a restaurant and had a waiter/waitress that acted like taking your order was the last thing they wanted to do! Or when you have approached a clerk in a store and asked a question and they look at you like you are a big bother to them?

But sometimes it isn't the attitude of the 'other' people that we should be critiquing; it's our own. Do you ever catch yourself hurrying through the day, perhaps entering a store and seeing an older person right behind you coming through the door also? So..... do you stop and hold the door open for them? Or do you barge ahead, after all; you're in a hurry! Perhaps the person in front of you at checkout can't read the signs very well, and they have a TON of items, whereas the sign clearly reads "Limit 20 Items." Do you make rude remarks about them -- or do you smile and patiently wait your turn?

Life is made up of lots of situations where you can either be in a good mood or in a bad mood. It doesn't make things go any faster to be in a bad mood; but it sure does make life more pleasant for yourself and others if you lighten up and smile and chat. The next time you find yourself reflecting one of those "bad" attitudes stop and look at yourself and wonder if that's the picture you want to portray!

emoticon Smile! You might be on "Candid Camera!"

  
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CATLADY52 8/12/2010 12:15PM

    I have to admit that sometimes I am 'that idiot' who barged into me by not looking, or the one who crowded in to the line of traffic. Usually I prefer to be polite and let the other guy (or gal) in. It won't hurt me and it often saves frayed nerves. Mine.

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 8/12/2010 7:43AM

    I love to spread the smiles around! Great blog!! I consider my attitude that of positivity and gratitude - never do I let a moment go by without acknowledging this... Including THANKS to great SP Friends like you!!

Have a superb day!

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183WANTS2B140 8/12/2010 6:09AM

    When I get ruched I am not that patient with people, but most of the time I try to think "what if that was my Mama or Daddy or one of my sisters and that usually makes me look at them in another light. Good blog. Thanks for posting.

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VITCHY-VICKI 8/12/2010 5:58AM

    emoticonBlog makes you stop and think
Life is to short to always be in a hurry or mad
Thanks
Vicki

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RESOLVE2010 8/12/2010 5:21AM

  Great food for thought. My hubby, bless his big heart, holds the door for anyone and everyone coming in behind him no matter where he is, what he's doing, or how big a hurry he may be in. He's also friendly to everyone, and talks alot. I, on the other hand, could use some work at times, lol.

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Wireless Internet - Yipee!

Monday, August 09, 2010

emoticon I love my new summer home; don't get me wrong! But that trip to the Public Library every day to use their computers started to get old in a hurry. And..... they are closed on Sunday, plus even when I was there the time was limited to one hour, especially if anyone was waiting.

Finally, after putting up with it for a little over a month (I can't believe I was that patient) I called up a place to see what they could do for me. I did not have a land line, I didn't want it to use my cell phone, what were my options. Lo and behold, the answer was Wireless Internet. And the cost was exactly the same as I was paying for my cable hook-up back in the big city. Best of all, once I downloaded the disk into my computer I could also use it on my computer at home! I feel like I'm out of the dark ages now -- and back into the swing of things.
I can now check into Spark People as often as I want, write blogs, answer notes, read tips and articles -- all of the wonderful things it was stressing me out to try and get done in the meager one hour allowance of time I had before.

I'm back Spark People -- so you'll see more of me! emoticon

  
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TRISTAROSE 8/11/2010 7:23AM

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VITCHY-VICKI 8/11/2010 6:47AM

    emoticon emoticonNow we will see you more in the chat room that will be nice
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PSMITH3841 8/10/2010 10:50AM

    Isn't technology amazing????!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 8/10/2010 5:31AM

    emoticon for technology and keeping you connected to SPARK!!

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ANNANN63 8/9/2010 10:45PM

    Way to go!

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Is the Yo-Yo Scale Normal?

Friday, August 06, 2010

emoticon emoticon emoticon Have you noticed that some days you climb on the scale and are elated -- other days you climb on and are shocked/ depressed by the number? Naturally there are times when you just know the scale is going is be lower; you ate right, you exercised, everything is cool. Other times you think it 'might' be a little lower and are suprised to see a whole pound (or even more) gone! Whew! How did I do that???

What you have to remember is that lots of things are being factored into what your scale is going to read. Your water intake is one thing. Another thing is how much sodium you consumed. Your choice of food is a very important item, and, lastly -- did you exercise? I know you've heard it all before, but when you get right down to the bottom line, all of these things are important considerations, and most of what you've heard is probably true. So all of these important facts are considered, and bingo = your personal scale reading for the day!

It's great when the scale is on a downward movement, but when it jumps up a few ounces, don't become discouraged. Many times it is impossible to track what did actually cause the slight jump up in weight, the same as it's impossible to know for sure why you lost weight when maybe you had a little slip-up. It's how life works! Try to hang onto that motivation, because over a week or so, or even a month, if you are generally yo-yoing in lower numbers, well, hey! that's the name of the game -- WE ALL WANT LOWER NUMBERS! If we have to yo-yo a bit on our way to them, it's just the way life works!

Hugs to all! emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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VITCHY-VICKI 8/7/2010 7:24AM

    Been on a Yo Yo now for a while but like you said that is life.
I will find a plan that works and the yo yo will stop
Thanks for the blog
vicki

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TRISTAROSE 8/7/2010 7:14AM

    I am in the Yo-Yo mode and this time I told myself not to get discouraged, to just keep going and not give up like I usually do. Thanks for your words of encouragement as it helps to know that I am not the only one with this problem.

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183WANTS2B140 8/7/2010 7:11AM

    I know that if I weigh when I first get up in the morning the scales are going to say one thing and after my first cup of coffee they are going to say another. What I don't understand sometimes is why they show such a huge gain sometimes as much as three pounds. But I have got to get over weighing multiply times a day so thanks for posting.

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PSMITH3841 8/6/2010 9:11PM

    This blog is quite timely...this just happened to me this AM...I've been working so hard to get back on track....I set a Goal for 1 pound lost, should have been a piece of cake! Silly me, you know what they say about "best laid schemes", of course, I gained...Clothes are getting looser, I'm feeling better and we all know the scale sometimes lies....not going to worry, I'm gonna Keep on Keepin' On! emoticon

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Wrong Color? Make It Work!

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

emoticon emoticon emoticon Last night when I saw I had no plans or work planned for today, I decided to paint my guest bathroom. For some of you it might sound like a bunch of work, but for me such a prospect is cause for excitement -- decorating, even as mundane as painting a bathroom makes me feel exhilarated!

Now keep in mind that I had a color swatch with the color all chosen and all I had to do was go to the store and buy the gallon of paint. Very simple! But when I got there I decided to check out the other color options. Don't even ask why!! It's one of those unexplained mysteries of life. Actually the color I had chosen looks very bad in the light at Lowe's -- so I decided I needed something brighter, perhaps more colorful, less drab. The one I got was something with a lovely name, like Butternut Hazelnut or some such. And, as I was not at my own house last night I put the paint in my car, anticipated getting up early and having the entire job done by noon. That part went smoothly -- I got up at 6:30, eager to go. Breakfast was over and I was on my way.

However, when I opened the paint can I stared at it, aghast! The color was garish and much, much too orange looking. I had in mind more of abrownish- mustard color. Hmmmm! But the store has a 'no return' policy on custom paint and I was not about to just throw it out, so gritting my teeth, I started on the bathroom. I figured if I left the main wall with the mirror on it in the plain white it would counteract the boldness of the color. While applying it, it still looked very rash and I wondered what I might do to "fix" it. Perhaps I will try applying a faux finish on top of it, kind of tone the entire effect down.

Well, finally I was done. I cleaned up the roller and paint brush, rehung the towels and put the light switches back in place. There are still a couple of small plates to be hung that I keep in that room, and admittedly, it looks better now with the towels in place. I'll look at it again tomorrow after I get the shower curtain back up and everything in place. If it looks good, I'll take a photo and show all of you the result.

  
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FOOFYDEN 8/5/2010 3:46PM

    I tend to do things off the wall like pick those whoa what are you doing colors...funny how a couple of days of living with a color can change your perspective on it,,,,I'm sure in a room like the bathroom where there are so many other textures and stuff around it will calm down for you...even a white wall looks bright when the room is stripped...ok this all comes from the old lady that just put fire engine red peek-a-boo highlights in my hair,,,someone has to live on the nutty side,,,,

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PSMITH3841 8/5/2010 2:41PM

    Give the color a few days....it may take a day or two for the color to completely dry...but mostly that's to get you used to the change, especially if it's a dramatic color change....Are you artistic? Do you have a friend that is???? Paint a mural, or something of interest on the focal wall....frequently, you can change a minor blooper into an amazing space.... emoticon emoticon

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CAROLYNVIL 8/4/2010 9:43PM

    glad it all worked out.

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BLESSED2BEME 8/4/2010 9:18PM

    You are brave! I want to paint rooms in our house but our only experience with it so far was not the best. Someday...

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CYNCUDDY 8/4/2010 8:20PM

    Glad you went ahead and painted, you might be surprised how the color will grow on you. Did this with our half bath and a medium shade of light green. My whole family was aghast when I came home with that color but it is very bright and cheery. Will check back to see if you post photos!

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Not Everyone is Motivated!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

emoticon I suppose because I'm so excited about living a healthy lifestyle I just assume everyone wants that and strives for it! Unfortunately nothing could be further from the truth. There are those people out there, regardless of how overweight they are, or how they feel -- who simply DO NOT THINK IT IS WORTH THE EFFORT!

Does it sound logical to you? It doesn't to me.......perhaps because all my life I have strived to be the best I can be. When I was in my early 20's if I saw a pound or two creep up on me, I immediately ate a bit differently to take it off. Friends may tell me I'm obsessed with my weight and with the healthy lifestyle; and so perhaps that is true; but I would rather feel that way than to see myself eat myself into a butterball.

I have friends who declare "they want to lose weight." Then I see them going through the drive-thru at McDonalds or Jack in the Box. It's not the healthiest place to eat, far from it. So am I being overly critical of these people who declare "I want to be healthy" but then go right on eating all the wrong foods? Perhaps I am, perhaps because I have not walked in their footsteps I cannot feel as they feel. So I will admit, my place is not to judge -- but observing is another story!

  
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LIS193 8/4/2010 9:10AM

    Losing weight is hard and "wanting" it isn't enough. You need to want it bad and you need to make the effort, sacrifice your current lifestyle and be in it for the long haul.
We live in an "instant" world and a lot of people aren't prepared to put in the work to make it happen.
Don't let them de-rail you, you're doing great and you're doing it for YOU. The most you can hope for is that you're an inspiration to others, you can't do it for them :)

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CBEVNOW 8/1/2010 2:05PM

    I cannot stand fast food. I start thinking of all the junk they have in it,and i could never eat it. Arbys roast beef probley is not bad, but when i eat meat its only organic,i will only buy organic meat, just about every thing i eat is organic. I will admit that once in a while i do like Mcdonalds french fries, i dont know why but i do.Oh well we all fall sometimes dont we.LOL emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Caroline

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PSMITH3841 8/1/2010 1:32PM

    I'm with you on Fast Food...but I will admit to craving (and consuming) an Arby's Roast Beef Jr on occasion....but my car spits and sputters when I pull into that parking lot, I can't imagine what would happen at McDonald's or Burger King! Yikes!!!!! I also admit to backsliding, frequently, on the upward climb to a healthier, slimmer me....that old "sensible" switch shuts off in my brain, my eyes glaze over, and I get a major case of the "stupids"....I'm just getting over one, as a matter of fact....So, please observe...and be sure to kick my tail end when I need it! I DO think it's worth the effort, but sometimes I need some help! emoticon

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CATLADY52 7/31/2010 7:04PM

    I never could go the McDonalds , Burger King etc. route. I wanted either a Togo's or Quiznos sandwich, or go for some chicken from KFC and throw away all the skin. Not exactly healthy but I don't go out of my way to get them either.


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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 7/31/2010 6:37PM

    It' s interesting to observe what people say vs. what they do. Kudos to you for making the great choices you are making!

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VITCHY-VICKI 7/31/2010 5:47PM

    Well I am one of those people I do eat at McDonalds but for some reason can't understand why.
I know what is right and wrong but still am bad about that.
I do want to lose weight and have lost 30 but can't get my mind back on track to get the last 30 off but I do exercise a lot.
I think I am pretty healthy but over weight but like someone told me here at sparks as long as I keep trying I am on the right track
so I will keep trying and one day I will be at my goal
So I think it is worth the Effort and one day my mind will just stick to losing the weight I need to lose.
I would like to understand why I eat what I eat and if someone can help me with that please stop by my page and help me out there.
I am Motivated but some-days just can't stick to what my mind wants me to do.
I will one day be all I can be and hope you all help me.
Thanks for this blog makes me think what is important

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