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Count What You've Done -- Not What You Haven't Done!

Saturday, May 07, 2011

I was looking through old photo's the other day and saw this one of me when I was 30! My weight was probably around 110 or less, I didn't weigh myself very often back in those days. I looked at myself in the mirror and felt totally disgusted with myself.
But as I studied how I look today I had to be logical, because that's the kind of person I am and I realize you can't look like 30 when you're 72!

Sometimes you have to let go of unattainable goals and be realistic! When my husband died of cancer in 2001 I weighed 162. He didn't mind, and it didn't seem too important to me either. We both ate pretty much what we wanted and had our little "cocktail" parties on a regular basis also.

About 3 years ago I decided it was time for a healthy lifestyle. And although I was overweight, my problems were not as bad as some peoples. I had never gotten the habit of smoking -- a plus! I had not eaten fast food for nearly more years than I can remember -- a plus! I drank maybe one diet soda per week -- a plus! And, while I had started taking medication for high blood pressure, I did not have any illnesses to contend with -- a plus!

I lost a few pounds on my own, and then I discovered SparkPeople -- a BIG PLUS!My starting weight was 157, and reading back in my journal I remembered how I struggled with losing a couple of pounds, then putting them back on. But now I find I'm horrified when my scale tells me I've gotten up to 145! So, although my progress is SLOW, it is still progress, so I'm taking credit for what I have done. The things I have not done are not relavent -- I will reach my goal. Not everyone moves at the same rate and it's important to remember that.

Look on the bright side, and smile and be thankful for finding a site like SP!

  
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KAYWEB555 5/12/2011 9:18PM

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SUGARSMOM2 5/8/2011 10:06AM

  A Picture is worth a thousand words . HOw can i say wow . you are lovely in both pictures . You can not judge yourself . You find yourself not to our own liking . You where hot back then and honey you still have the look . so strute your little butt down the street . YOu are great . emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 5/7/2011 10:28PM

    And sweetie......you sure don't look no 72!!!!! (I know that's improper grammer, but I did that on purpose)! Wow, you just keep on keepin on b/c I know you are going to reach your goal no matter what!!! You are emoticon!!!
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VITCHY-VICKI 5/7/2011 4:24PM

    I think you look great and I would have never thought you was that old you look hot for a 72 year old person
Your doing great keep up the good work
Vicki

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THEWINNER33 5/7/2011 3:54PM

    I love both pictures. You look fantastic. My progress is slow also. But I agree we will arrive in God's own time at our goals.
Hugs, Marcia

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MPENNE 5/7/2011 2:20PM

    Love the pictures. You are just beautiful, inside and out. I think you sound like a very wise person. Thanks for sharing.

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DARKTHOR 5/7/2011 2:18PM

    I think you look fantastic. I love your attitude as well. With the right attitude, you can do anything... and be happy about it at the same time!

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Happy Mother's Day

Monday, May 02, 2011

emoticon emoticon I've heard happy thoughts about plans for Mother's Day, and I've also heard the flip side. No mother -- no grandmother, kids pay no attention any longer, gas too high to go anywhere, no time, no money and of course groans about how you'll eat too much!

I lost my Mom years ago, but I cherish the memories of how I used to drive to her home in California (I lived in Las Vegas) and my sister and I would take her out for brunch somewhere along the coast. As she got older we noticed she wasn't really eating her food as much as pushing it around on her plate, and instead of worrying about putting on extra weight, we saw the weight slipping off her frail body, ounce by ounce. But the memories are bright in my mind even today, just to see the shine in her eyes at being taken to a fancy place and looking out over the spectacular California coastline scenery!

Although I stayed with my Grandmother and although she had a couple of her sons at home who had never married, I do not remember that there was any fuss on Mother's Day. For her it was probably a day just like the rest. She would cook huge, delicious meals, we would all sit down together as a family and enjoy them and then it was my job to clean up afterward. More wonderful memories. I'm sure my granddaughter would throw a temper tantrum if she had all the work to do that I had during high school years, but the funny thing is -- I volunteered my services for most of it. I loved rules and discipline.

I don't hear my daughter talk a lot about Mother's Day either, I think the normal thing is to go to a nice restaurant to eat. Times have changed in many parts of the world, and we must adapt and go on. If I tend to reminisce about some good times of the past I try to balance out the facts of today's world with the one fact that keeps me going. I'm alive and I'm fairly healthy!

  
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KAYWEB555 5/12/2011 9:15PM

    I love to remember Mother's Day past with grand, great grand and mom. Then my little one! This year was very different because there was no one to say Happy Mother's Day except for the secret sender of a Mother's Day Card every year from the Dogs! And it was still here this year. Thanks for the memories Kay & The Pops emoticon

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SUGARSMOM2 5/4/2011 5:29PM

  oh happy thoughts of yesterday . could get lost in them . they flash through my mind like lighting on a stormy night . you can not go back but trips back home do come when i think of them . they are at a press of thought . like the button you push to watch tv. I miss them all . mom and mother in law . aunts and cousins ..

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CATLADY52 5/3/2011 5:48PM

    You can't get much better than that! emoticon emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 5/3/2011 5:53AM

    I still have my mom and I always ask her what she wants and she always says nothing don't need anything but I know she loves cut flowers so that is what she is getting again this year -
Happy Mom's Day all
Vicki emoticon

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JDAVIS1975 5/2/2011 11:08PM

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Have You Tried The Quizes?

Friday, April 29, 2011

emoticon Just discovered another way to add points to my daily Spark Points. Have you tried the one down toward the bottom of the list where you can take a quiz and earn 5 spark points?

I did it tonight on Snacking, and was happy to learn I'm a SMART SNACKER!

It's been proven, the more you participate the easier you seem to lose weight!

  
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LIS193 5/6/2011 11:26AM

    Love the quizzes - I wish there were more!

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CATLADY52 4/30/2011 8:28PM

    Not only are they fun but you can also learn from them. emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 4/30/2011 7:59AM

    I do them when I have time they are fun to do
Vicki

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MARPET44 4/30/2011 7:56AM

    I have been doing them everyday. emoticon

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LADYJAKE1 4/30/2011 12:23AM

    They are helpful and you can learn from them. When you finish you can reset the quizzes and start again.

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Would You Change Anything?

Thursday, April 28, 2011

If you had the chance to go back a day, a month, or even years -- what kinds of changes would you make in your life?

I thought about that after reading a very provoking book. There are so many things in ones life where you look back on it and realize you didn't make a wise decision, or a prudent one, perhaps financially a disaster, or even one unwise as far as your romantic life went. Would we change it if we could? Sometimes it is better to have experienced that unwise decision, regardless of the outcome. You gain knowledge from each of your bad and good experiences. If all your experiences were good ones, what would your outlook on life be? Unrealistic at best.

I know I would stay in closer communications with people from my past. I have somehow let so many of them slip through my fingers. And now, as I wonder how they are and what they are doing, I have no way of finding out.

I would live a healthy lifestyle starting at a much earlier age than what I did. I now know that it is easier to lose that 5 pounds before it becomes 25 pounds. I know that as inconvenient it may have seemed to clean my face and apply the lotion, as I age, it would have given me a little advantage in how I look to have done so.

I would have saved more money toward my retirement. We are taught that from the first paycheck we earn, we should put something away for retirement, or "for a rainy day." In our youth we scoffed at such an idea -- after all, "we" are never going to get old. We are invincible.

I would have been nicer to more people. Sarcasm may give you a moment of satisfaction, but at what cost to the person on the receiving end? Until you have walked in their shoes, you never know.

I would have allowed myself more "me" time. I can remember my doctor telling me to stop living those 26-hour days and I just laughed. Now I realize I was not invincible after all -- but again we are learning from our mistakes.

Think about it. The good thing is that it is never too late to improve ones life, and the way in which you live it. A time will come when it really IS the LAST DAY, but until that happens, there is always the present when we can improve the way we live our lives.

  
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CATLADY52 5/1/2011 2:59PM

    Right on. All we can do is live and hopefully learn. emoticon

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LIS193 4/29/2011 11:44AM

    Great blog. Hindsight is 20/20 and we always think of how we ought to have done certain things differently. We learn from our mistakes and take those lessons with us.

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VITCHY-VICKI 4/29/2011 7:49AM

    I would love to redo things from my past but the past is the past and the future is still coming - so live one day at a time is my motto right now and if I make a mistake I make a mistake that is life - thanks for sharing
Have a great life
God's Blessings
Vicki

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Exercise & Food Plan Work Together

Sunday, April 17, 2011

How many times have you watched every morsel of food that you ate, made sure it was all healthy, good stuff -- and yet you didn't lose an ounce? Or perhaps you went to the gym and had a good workout, but when you stepped on the scale the next morning you were very disappointed to see the same weight, or even a small gain.

Just maybe the day you ate good you didn't get any exercise??? Or the day at the gym was the same day you splurged on the pizza or banana split? I have had days when I was very diligent about my food, but either for lack of time or because I didn't feel well -- I wasn't able to add exercise to my regimen for that day. The result = no loss. And the same holds true for heavy exercise days -- you've still got to eat right.

When you realize how little effort it takes to combine the two, you'll be sorry you didn't make sure to get both food and exercise working together long ago. It can be as little as a 20 minute walk. Even getting down on the floor and doing several of the old standby's will do the trick. The whole secret is that you have to expend a little energy.

Give it a try -- what have you got to lose except some weight?

  
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LIS193 4/24/2011 12:47AM

    Very true!

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VITCHY-VICKI 4/18/2011 8:24AM

    emoticonand so true
We can do this
Vicki

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