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The Thanksgiving Poem!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

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TWAS THE NIGHT OF THANKSGIVING,
BUT I JUST COULDN'T SLEEP.
I TRIED COUNTING BACKWARDS,
I TRIED COUNTING SHEEP..

THE LEFTOVERS BECKONED -
THE DARK MEAT AND WHITE,
BUT I FOUGHT THE TEMPTATION
WITH ALL OF MY MIGHT.

TOSSING AND TURNING WITH ANTICIPATION,
THE THOUGHT OF A SNACK BECAME INFATUATION.
SO, I RACED TO THE KITCHEN, FLUNG OPEN THE DOOR,
AND GAZED AT THE FRIDGE, FULL OF GOODIES GALORE.
GOBBLED UP TURKEY AND BUTTERED POTATOES,
PICKLES AND CARROTS, BEANS AND TOMATOES.

I FELT MYSELF SWELLING SO PLUMP AND SO ROUND,
'TIL ALL OF A SUDDEN, I ROSE OFF THE GROUND.
I CRASHED THROUGH THE CEILING, FLOATING INTO THE SKY,
WITH A MOUTHFUL OF PUDDING AND A HANDFUL OF PIE.
BUT, I MANAGED TO YELL AS I SOARED PAST THE TREES....
HAPPY EATING TO ALL - PASS THE CRANBERRIES, PLEASE.

MAY YOUR STUFFING BE TASTY,
MAY YOUR TURKEY BE PLUMP..
MAY YOUR POTATOES 'N GRAVY HAVE NARY A LUMP.
MAY YOUR YAMS BE DELICIOUS.
MAY YOUR PIES TAKE THE PRIZE,
MAY YOUR THANKSGIVING DINNER STAY OFF OF YOUR THIGHS!!

  
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TRISTAROSE 11/11/2011 8:45PM

    Cute poem ... Thanks for sharing.

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Hugs, Carol

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JLPARKHURST 11/11/2011 7:35AM

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VITCHY-VICKI 11/11/2011 6:38AM

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Happy Thanksgiving
Vicki

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ARTJAC 11/11/2011 12:18AM

    fantastic emoticon

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SOHARDTOLOSE 11/10/2011 7:04PM

  So much truth to this poem. I just informed family members today that Thanksgiving Dinner is going back to the basics. I will not be making all the casseroles with all the cream soups, fats & sugars this year. We will be having a healthy pumpkin dessert. No baked pies, cookies or cakes.

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Pondering Thoughts. . .

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

emoticon They say you never miss something until you've lost it. But I sure would like to be missing a few pounds about now.

A moment on the lips - forever on the hips!

Your dog is your biggest motivator to "get out there and walk" and also your very best friend, with you if you are thick or thin, always waiting for you, always loving you!

emoticon If cookies make you feel guilty - think how wonderful a salad will make you feel! Try one tonight.

emoticon When you step on the scale in the morning and see that it hasn't moved -- remember why you thought you had to have that bag of potato chips!

emoticon Remember how healthy and slim it made you feel to realize you had a good workout at the gym! Keep that feeling!

  
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ARTJAC 11/10/2011 3:28AM

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OLDERDANDRT 11/9/2011 3:54PM

    Good thoughts and good logic! You are absolutely right! Thanks! emoticon

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STILLFLYIN 11/9/2011 12:37PM

    You reminded me of what I forgot at the grocery store. Salad greens. I can eat healthy with other veggies, but I've been craving the salad greens lately.

Thank you!

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CAROLEE1945 11/9/2011 8:22AM

    I absolutely love the photo on your spark page!!!

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JLPARKHURST 11/9/2011 7:34AM

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VITCHY-VICKI 11/9/2011 6:52AM

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Vicki

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I Should NOT Have Eaten the Pizza!

Saturday, November 05, 2011

It seems I always sabotage myself -- or rather my husband does. I was so proud and happy with everything on Friday because I had lost a whole pound after being at the higher weight for several days!

But when dinner time rolled around and I suggested ham and cheese sandwiches for us -- hubby said he wanted PIZZA. I gave in..... and of course he didn't stand over me and threaten me to eat my half, did he? No -- I did that all by myself. I knew going in that the scale would be back up the pound -- and it was!

Why do I do this? Why does anyone do it? I see it on a daily basis as I check into my various Teams and see one or more members tell me what they ate the day before and "how they shouldn't have." But, what's done is done, and it's just me that will have to get that pound back off again -- not my hubby, not my friends, I am the one that is totally responsible. No use pouting, just bite the bullet and try to do better today. I guess you could look at it as your treat for the week, or for the month (or however often you allow yourself a treat). You DO allow a treat now and then, don't you? emoticon

  
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NORAHNICK 11/8/2011 6:29PM

    I don't knoooooooooooooooooooooow why we do it!!!!! I can be perfectly fine, not wanting anything other than my 3 square meals of the day and then a friend or co-worker will suggest getting ice cream or a bakery treat and I practically run out the door to go get it even though I may not even want it. Siiiigh.

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VITCHY-VICKI 11/6/2011 7:47AM

    I do the same thing let my hubby cook and I say I am only going to eat a little but then there is only a little bit left and ask if he is going to eat it and he said he had enough but I can't see putting one bit in the fridge so I eat it now how dumb is that but it is my fault don't like to throw it away and don't want to put that little of stuff in the fridge so I eat it - treat myself I do it to many times so now hope to only do it once a week and see if that works
Thanks for blog
Vicki

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TRISTAROSE 11/6/2011 6:09AM

    It happens .... have a better today!

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CATLADY52 11/5/2011 10:47PM

    If you don't treat yourself you feel deprived and eventually resentful. So, I say go ahead! emoticon

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ARTJAC 11/5/2011 8:55PM

    i do the same when we go out for a meal i always say i am not going to overeat but i always do i just think why waste it enjoy it emoticon

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LYNETTEMOM 11/5/2011 1:00PM

    I must confess that I allow other people's choices to influence me: "If they can, why shouldn't I?" but yup, it is my choice and me who pays the price. I don't deprive myself but try to make good choices most of the time. Indulgences are certainly part of my usual. One of my good friends still tells the story of a women's retreat we went on years ago, and when we discovered there was no chocolate to be had, I nearly lost it! WHAT KIND OF WOMEN"S RETREAT DOESN'T INCLUDE CHOCOLATE??? THAT IS INSANE!
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STILLFLYIN 11/5/2011 12:37PM

    If you don't do it all the time, enjoy it!

I have a piece of good dark chocolate every day. I've found that I can resist a lot of stuff because I know chocolate is normal for me. I also occasionally treat myself with other foods that I don't normally eat, but enjoy it better if it is not contingent on the calendar or as a reward that I had to earn. Of course, the secret is to not do it too often.



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LIS193 11/5/2011 12:20PM

    I'm not sure why we do this but for some silly reason we DO :(
We had a fast trip north and we ate at our favorite places... the bread and olive oil at Macaroni Grill on Thursday had me up all night and feeling fragile all day yesterday. Back to good home cooking today! (a pound and a half of trael bloat to get rid off...)

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Vacation Highlights - with photo's

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Not long ago DH took me on a 2 week+ vacation throughout New Mexico and then touched into the corner of Colorado before heading home. I went through some of the photo's he had posted on our website, and chose a few that I especially liked and will explain below the photo where they were taken. If interested, our website can be viewed at: delange.org

This photo was taken in the Carlsbad Caverns. It was one of our first stops, so I'm showing these first.
Also taken in the Caverns, this particular formation was entitled "Devils Spring."
This one in the Caverns looked like the perfect setting for Halloween -- good thing we got there the beginning of October, it would have been spooky!
OK, last one for the Caverns -- there were many different color variations, but I found it was rather difficult to capture the picture the way my eyes saw it.

Next stop on our trip was Roswell, NM -- I told you we'd been abducted by the aliens, and here is the proof.
I threw myself on their mercy and begged them to let us go. They didn't budge, so I began telling them about "Spark People" and how they should endeavor to live a healthy lifestyle. Don't know why but shortly afterward they let us go.

One Sunday we took a drive through one of the National Forests and stopped to take a photo of what we had been driving through. Sorry we didn't get some of the shots we saw as we were driving along. Many times the roads had no pull-overs.
Looking back down at the White Sands National Monument, this shot was taken at Sunspot, which was where we went on our Sunday drive. Beautiful country here and in the next shot you will see a close-up of some of the white sands drifts where the formations seemed endless -- on and on just dazzling white!


Our last stop was at Mesa Verde and this particular photo is of Cliff Palace. We actually took the tour that hiked right down to it. It's hard to believe the life of the people back thousands of years ago as they made their homes in these cliff dwellings.

Hope you enjoyed the little tour! Didn't want to put in too many as sometimes these can get boring.

  
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VITCHY-VICKI 11/3/2011 6:51AM

    Love the pictures would have loved to go with maybe one day I will get there thanks for sharing
Vicki

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ARTJAC 11/2/2011 11:56PM

    i realy liked all of the pictures emoticon

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STILLFLYIN 11/2/2011 7:24PM

    Gorgeous! Thank you for sharing.

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CATLADY52 11/2/2011 4:15PM

    They are great. I like the Mesa Verde shot because it does make one stop and really think about living there.

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It's the Little Things That Count

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

When you make the decision to attain a Healthy Lifestyle, or when you make that decision to get to a healthier weight, you know you can't reach your goal in just a day. It took time to get where you are today, and it will also take time to reach your goal.

All the hard work in the world isn't going to help if you end up just wearing yourself out, so that when you reach that magic number on the scale, or slide into that "dream size" you have in mind for yourself -- you are worn out, just totally exhausted and it's the end of the end. You've seen it happen before, when a person defeated all odds of winning, maintained the straight and narrow, never allowing temptations to get the better of them. You may think that a person who had reached their goals that way deserved a big pat on the back.

Perhaps you would be right. But to my way of thinking, if you bound yourself too tightly with rules and restrictions, even when you hit that magic number that you were striving for -- you didn't really win. The price was too high and you gave up too much. It's not human nature to "never" indulge, and do you really want to see a certain number on the scale, or wear a certain dress size -- at the cost of never again eating another bite of some of your favorite foods?

Even in the Bible it speaks of moderation in all things. So don't go crazy and drink an entire 6-pak of beer (if beer is your thing), and if you're absolutely gone on pizza, especially meat lovers, or piled high with pepperoni -- don't say you will never let another morsel pass your lips. Ice cream is your weakness? You don't have to eat a gallon to find satisfaction. MODERATION is the key here. It is the little things that count..... by that I mean give yourself little treats now and then as you are on the road to success. Don't eat an entire pizza, be happy with a piece, or even a few bites -- to go along with a bowl of soup or your salad. Whatever food it is that brings a smile to your face should not be banished from your menu for the rest of your life. Where is the joy in that -- but instead of pigging out and going off the deep end, savor the taste with one or two bites. You probably won't believe it, but eventually you will reach the point where you can so "no" to some of the very same food that you think you'd die for. It no longer has such a drastic hold on you.

There was a time when I could not pass a candy dish filled with chocolate covered raisins. My obsession for them lasted for years; but strangely enough they no longer hold any power over me. I may stop once in awhile and pop one in my mouth -- most of the time wondering as I do it what the big attraction was. You know when things like this happen to you that you are well on your way to a truly healthy lifestyle.

I don't know if I will ever reach that magic number, but I do know that a lot of things have changed in my life. Most of the things that seem to have made a difference are little things in themselves -- but they add up in a big way!

  
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SUGARSMOM2 10/31/2011 5:15PM

  yes . we all would love to just say tomorrow i am going to be one hundred pounds thinner and get up in the morning and be that weight . we all know that this can not happen . it takes work and you have to do it to lose the unwanted weight . it is not easy it is hard and you have to change not just your diet but your life style . If you want to change your weight and keep it off . do not be upset worth doing yes . you can do it .

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LYNETTEMOM 10/31/2011 4:51PM

    my bf likes to say "everything in moderation.... including moderation"

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CATLADY52 10/27/2011 5:28PM

    I agree with you wholeheartedly. I'm not looking for a perfect body, just one that gets me around to enjoy life. emoticon

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TLOVESC1125 10/26/2011 2:13PM

  This was so good to read thank you for sharing! emoticon emoticon

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STILLFLYIN 10/26/2011 12:06PM

    EXCELLENT blog!

I have to hold a really tight diet due to food allergies and sensitivities. I used to feel sorry for myself and ate all the fatty and sugary substitutes for the real things that most people take for granted. With SP, I finally figured out that I was doing myself no good.

Since joining SP, I have figured out what I really want and ways to have that in a healthy way on a regular basis.

I'm also a big believer in moderation and keeping moving. It will likely take a long time to get to the weight/size that I would like to be. I'm not worrying over it. I'm no longer medically obese and one day I won't be overweight.


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OLDERDANDRT 10/26/2011 11:19AM

    How very true!! It's amazing, too, when we find that realization about certain things not having that hold on you any more! It's fun and inspiring! You know, I get so upset at seeing no movement on the scale, but at the same time, glad it's coming off slowly & I'm not really being too, too strict with myself and I still find that some things that I was Just not going to "give up" I don't even want any more! emoticon Great blog!!! emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 10/26/2011 7:29AM

    Love the blog and I gave up soda but don't miss it at all now to give up a few sweets would be good but like you said have a bit then move on that is what I am going to do and see if I can get to my goal and if I never see the magic number that is ok I am healthy - and have a lot more friends here at sparks
Vicki


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ARTJAC 10/26/2011 1:08AM

    i agree with you have a treat now and then emoticon

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LIS193 10/26/2011 12:43AM

    Great blog! Moderation is key and over time our tastebuds change and old favorites are no longer that...

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