GOLFGMA's SparkPeople Blog GOLFGMA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Instant Motivation My Sister and I took our Mom, who resides in a facility for Alzheimers patients, to get her glasses sized. <BR> <BR> My Sister shared with me a comment one of her daughters in law had told her regarding seeing me recently. The comment was that she noticed I had lost a lot of weight, but that, I should stop now thinking I did not need to lose anymore. She also had added that I was one classy lady. Of course, that made my day. <BR> <BR> I loved the comment but I will continue to get some ... Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:20:42 EST Making Goals <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Planning goals and having direction in anything we do , especially this weight loss journey, is the smart thing to do! Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:04:39 EST Pizza Anyone? According to the USDA, over 50% of Americans eat outside the home on any given day. One of the most popular food choices is pizza. I love pizza and I am so glad we can still have pizza and make it healthy. <BR> <BR> How about a pizza with brocolli and pineapple making it a high fiber choice? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> or, a vegetable and maybe add some chicken for some protein? <BR> <BR> <img src="http... Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:58:37 EST I Could Never Do It Again! I ask you to use your imagination as I tell you what happened to me today. I have been trying to put some clothes together having lost 15 pounds since January. <BR> <BR> I went to the dressing room to try on two dresses. Both were simple and looked like they would just slide on. The first one was easy and went on just fine. Well, of course it had this year's fashionable bell sleeves. As I looked it over I wondered how are you supposed to eat in these without dragging sleeves in food if... Fri, 15 Sep 2017 21:47:31 EST The Plan <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Be open minded when setting goals. If your plan isn't working when trying to reach your nutrition or weight loss goal be willing to try something new. <BR> <BR> I've done this and it works! Tue, 12 Sep 2017 19:47:55 EST Ditch The Overload I had to <em>246</em> when I read an article titled "End Back Pain Forever". The funny thing I laughed at was the very first suggestion. <BR> <BR> The first suggestion? Clean out your purse! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I can see why this might be a problem. Hanging a heavy weight off one side of your body stresses your entire skeleton as it tries to compensate. The suggestion was to weigh your bag on ... Mon, 11 Sep 2017 20:48:43 EST Elevate To Minimize This is about a tip I read that might help to stay on track when eating dinner out. The suggestion was needed because restaurants serve such big helpings and more than we should eat at one meal. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> These appetizers would make a meal by themselves. The suggestion was to order an ap... Sat, 9 Sep 2017 18:34:53 EST Don't Waste It Our Spark Coach blog today is to tell how I consider I waste time and tell some ways I will improve. <BR> <BR> I think I waste more time while on the computer than any other thing. I spend at least an hour or two each day , some on Spark People and some playing games. <BR> <BR> If I push myself I could spend part of that time each day with exercise, Actually I do spend time on You Tube and On Spark People doing some work outs each day. <BR> <BR> I have learned a lot about time management... Fri, 8 Sep 2017 21:07:01 EST Confused? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So many ways to lose weight it can be a little confusing, OK a lot confusing! Even here on SP I see people using plans other than the suggested good nutrition plan SP provides for us to follow. <BR> <BR> At least one of the articles I just read here suggests we are all a little different and no one plan is right for all. The article suggest if you are not losing weight after following the... Wed, 6 Sep 2017 09:00:48 EST Mechanical Masterpiece <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Our bones come together at our joints. The end of each bone is covered by a layer of cartilage that glides smoothly and acts a a shock absorber. Tough bands of tissue (ligaments) hold your joints together. <BR> <BR> The body has several types of joints for example: <BR> Hinge joints - in the ends of your fingers or your knees. They allow one kind of back and forth movement. <BR> Ball and... Mon, 4 Sep 2017 15:55:06 EST Three Pounds! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When you step on the <em>192</em> in the mornings, you can assume that about three pounds of your body weight is CALCIUM, most of it packed into your bones and teeth. <BR> <BR> FYI: Calcium is also present in extracellular fluid (the liquid around body cells), where it performs the following duties: <BR> <BR> Regulating fluid balance by controlling the flow of water in and out of cells... Sun, 3 Sep 2017 09:53:56 EST I Wish I May, I Wish I Might I wish I could be STRONG! I want to be physically strong , spiritually strong and have amazing willpower. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A few muscles would be appreciated. Would love to hit the golf ball much farther! Would love to move a heavy table even when DH is not at home to help. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> More ... Fri, 1 Sep 2017 20:15:48 EST Osteoporosis As a senior I have become more aware of this dreaded bone disease. Today in the Senior Lifestyle section here on Spark People I read some good ideas for insuring we don't have to let his happen to us. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Exercising was listed and was no surprise. It is nice to visit he Y and see more seniors there than any other group. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 31 Aug 2017 21:05:03 EST Just A Reminder <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I read several blogs this morning with confessions and woes about being off track with eating and or exercise. <BR> <BR> Though this might be a good reminder for some to copy and tack onto their refrigerator. Wed, 30 Aug 2017 16:44:20 EST Obstacles <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We run into obstacles every day on our Spark People journey. I think for most of us it seems to be <em>56</em> . <BR> <BR> Lucky for us Spark People has articles on how we can overcome wasting time by articles on ways to save time with multi-exercises and recipes to help us in the kitchen, even ways to exercise while doing our cleaning, playing with the kids,outside chores. <em>252</e... Mon, 28 Aug 2017 20:42:45 EST Stay Positive Well, today I was accused of being an optimist. I didn't deny it. The friend I was playing with hit a shot she didn't like and I commented that it could have been worse. I knew it barely escaped going into the woods. I agreed with her and said yes, to me, the glass is always gonna be half full. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I like to stay positive and try to solve problems as they come. I do get disappoi... Sat, 26 Aug 2017 21:02:38 EST To Do List <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I like this for every day. What could be better? Fri, 25 Aug 2017 19:29:44 EST Shaking A Bad Mood Ever wake up and feel as if something is wrong and you don't really know why? Who knows what puts us in a funky mood? A Spark People article I read today had some answers for shaking a bad mood. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 24 Aug 2017 15:28:54 EST Time Time? Where does it go? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Anyone else feel like this? Wed, 23 Aug 2017 08:03:01 EST Table Talk <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Emotional eating can get the best of us in trouble if we make bad choices. Get a hobby that you love and spend time there instead of hitting the fridge for a foodie binge. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> If you are having a snack think fruit or veggies with a healthy dip, yogurt and please watch portions. <BR>... Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:01:40 EST Don't Waste Time <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Divide those seconds into minutes and the minutes into sections of 10 and it leaves lots of time to get some short segments of exercise in each day. Spark people can give us lots of ideas for spending those 10 minute small workouts. There are several videos to select from at the top of this page. I love walking in place while watching TV or doing body exercises such as push-ups or lunges.... Sun, 20 Aug 2017 21:25:24 EST Achieving More <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I like this because It makes me realize that with our commitment and persistence we have developed a stability that is strengthened. Everything we learn on Spark People isn't just about losing weight. We realize what strength and self control we actually have. Mine is better and my confidence level is higher. Sat, 19 Aug 2017 20:05:49 EST Exercising <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We should all be grateful. I remember a few months of not being able to stand for 15 minutes without pain. <BR> <BR> Our bodies need care and good nutrition to work well and be healthy. Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:47:49 EST The Road To Success <img src=""> <BR> Certainly not on the road to losing weight. If we want it bad enough we can use self control and get there! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We're not perfect and sometimes we may give in a little but, we can get back on track and sooner is better than letting too much time go by. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosa... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:50:32 EST The List Goes On Spark People coach asked that today I list ways I have noticed improvements in myself since using the site. The list could go on and on but here are a few of the things I've noticed. <BR> <BR> 1. Within a few weeks I began to feel better. <BR> <BR> 2. Checking my food each day let me realize the foods I had been eating were not healthy and had too much fat. <BR> <BR> 3.. The support and motivation I received from other SP friends kept me going as I read their blogs and got tips from t... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:34:28 EST One At The Time <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm thinking this goes along with what our coach is telling us in making small commitments. Each day choose a workout and 10 minutes here and there, choose each meal carefully and when we get into this habit it becomes easier to reach goals. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <e... Mon, 14 Aug 2017 20:19:49 EST Stronger <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am not sure I agree with this statement. I find that after making exercise a daily habit it does get easier. I like the way I feel after exercise. I know that my body is working better not to mention, my appearance makes me happier. <BR> <BR> Go Exercise!! Sun, 13 Aug 2017 14:12:19 EST Three Words Well, three words plus three more. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What could be better? <BR> <BR> Thanks for reading. Sat, 12 Aug 2017 15:05:32 EST My Sparkversary Today is my 6th year on Spark People! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My life is so much better now and I am learning new things still! <BR> <BR> 2017 has been my best year for losing and I attribute that to joining challenges that make me want to push harder physically and I've definitely watched the balance of foods I eat more closely. <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</... Fri, 11 Aug 2017 19:16:13 EST Stay Firm <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Don't be tempted to eat those processed foods that add calories of fat with little or no nutrients for a few minutes of taste. Your mirror <em>204</em> will tell and your body won't work as well as it should. <BR> <BR> Treat your body good and it will definitely treat you better! <BR> <BR> <em>185</em> Thu, 10 Aug 2017 18:35:53 EST Discipline <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is a goal for each day. We have the opportunity to reach goals if we master discipline. Wed, 9 Aug 2017 20:10:22 EST Think 10 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Finding this to be so true. It's easier to find 10 minutes here and there throughout the day when you are short on time. Joining the Small Commitment Team has made me realize this again. Tue, 8 Aug 2017 19:41:29 EST Special Day Yesterday was a special day for our family. My Mom tuned 95 years young! We hosted an afternoon party to celebrate. <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> Mom has Alzhiemers but very early after arrival she noticed some watermelon my Sister had brought and it must have triggered a childhood memory. She let us know that was what she wanted. It was her day so we made sure she got watermelon. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 7 Aug 2017 09:29:07 EST Success <img src=""> <BR> <BR> To fulfill the dream we must work to make it happen. Sat, 5 Aug 2017 16:41:06 EST Pose <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Insecure anyone? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Be content to try improving yourself and don't give up if it doesn't happen as fast as you desire. Fri, 4 Aug 2017 08:06:04 EST Today <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's getting pretty darn close. Enjoy! Thu, 3 Aug 2017 21:00:49 EST Humor According to psychologists humor can be wonderful for our health. Here are funnies meant to bring you laughter and joy for today! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 2 Aug 2017 18:39:18 EST Your Book <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Each day is like a fresh page to fill with things ,people, accomplishments, new places, new action, favorite friends, family outings. The list goes on and on as does our story. We are definitely writing a book. I want one that will be interesting for my great grandchildren to read. <BR> <BR> <em>149</em> <em>149</em> <em>149</em> <em>149</em> <em>149</em> <em>149</em> ... Mon, 31 Jul 2017 20:26:02 EST Confidence <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> These two work together. Believing you can is necessary to get the job done. Arrogance will eventually bring those who practice it to a point where they will fail.. No one is perfect ALL the time. Sun, 30 Jul 2017 14:17:27 EST ALWAYS <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I think Honest Abe had it right! Choose your own goal and commit yourself to making it a priority for your heart and health's sake! Sat, 29 Jul 2017 09:32:32 EST Dreams <img src=""> <BR> <BR> No gain without pain! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 28 Jul 2017 09:07:53 EST Healthy Choice <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It is a good feeling when you do something kind to your body! I think I heard my body say <em>304</em> . Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:17:17 EST Your Goal <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When you put that goal on paper and make it public it can be scary because no one wants to fail. Being held accountable is a great way to motivate me and I join challenges to scare me into doing what I should to meet the challenge. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Everything we need to do is in this little squa... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:56:39 EST Let.It.Go! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I broke a streak yesterday when I failed to make my 10,000 steps per day. The streak had continued since Tuesday, June 13. <BR> <BR> It was amazing. The sky did not fall! <em>54</em> <BR> <BR> I <em>102</em> good last nght. <BR> <BR> Today I have the chance to start another streak! <em>521</em> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:42:35 EST Time Will Tell <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have been on Spark People since 2011 and have not met my goal weight. I have met my original goal but when I reached it I realized I could do better than that. I think I will reach my weight goal before 2017 ends. Sun, 23 Jul 2017 20:33:35 EST Integrity Webster's defines integrity as the quality or state of being complete or undivided, adherence to a code of moral,artistic, or other values. <BR> <BR> In relation to our being on this website we should be completely decided to do the right thing to improve our healthy living. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR>... Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:32:13 EST Tough <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I think they are key in most places. In the gym sometimes we have to be tough to complete the round. Sometimes you gotta be tough to even start the exercise. Wed, 19 Jul 2017 16:31:08 EST On Being Positive <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Be an optimist or I like to think of it as being positive. Where our health is concerned we need to stay in the positive mode at all times. Our health should be one of our highest priorities. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A pledge well worth remembering. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.... Tue, 18 Jul 2017 17:14:25 EST Power Promise <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Friends, I believe this to be true and I am pushing to get there. I need to lose 7 pounds to get to my next goal. I think I can. I think I can . Mon, 17 Jul 2017 14:22:36 EST Excuses My Spark Coach task today was to write what my excuses were for not exercising. <em>38</em> . Guess my excuse is the most common one given <em>56</em> . Having said that, after 6 years on Spark People I have overcome the time challenge. I now can't remember a day when I didn't get at least 30 or more active minutes and most days more. I love the way exercise makes me feel and I like to get the exercise in early in the day so I will have more energy for later and I know I will feel ... Sun, 16 Jul 2017 22:06:41 EST