GOLFGMA's SparkPeople Blog GOLFGMA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Wednesday Musings? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Somewhere in my past? <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Need to stay away from angry scales! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Things I've learned to avoid? <BR> <BR> Wed, 9 Jul 2014 08:26:58 EST All Smiles <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My team was all smiles today when we won the weekly ladies captain's choice tournament held at our home course here in North Carolina. The weather was just about perfect. We made some unbelievable putts to make this happen and Clara (first on Left) chipped one in on a long par five for a birdie. We made putts from 50 feet away from the hole and one that was 20 feet away. It was one of those really special days... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 21:53:01 EST Change <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We can't change what's happened in our past, but we can change how we respond to those situations in the future. <BR> <BR> Isaiah 43:18-19a Sun, 6 Jul 2014 07:14:55 EST Courage <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For any who overindulged at the July Fourth cook-outs, tomorrow is a new day and good for getting back on track. Fri, 4 Jul 2014 23:09:40 EST Wiser Is Better <img src=""> Thu, 3 Jul 2014 20:24:31 EST Just "Peachy" Last week on a trip to the mountains we stopped at a fresh produce market in Cana, Va. Among the items purchased was one of my favorites , peaches. Today for lunch I decided to cut up a peach and add it to my salad. Never had I tried this . It was <em>4</em> ! <BR> <BR> Then I began looking for recipes for other ways to use peaches and found some interesting information regarding peaches. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Peach... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 20:59:41 EST Overcoming <img src=""> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:45:23 EST A GOOD DAY <img src=""> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 07:53:51 EST Ya Think? <img src=""> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 06:13:21 EST Something Wonderful <img src=""> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:38:34 EST Persistance <img src=""> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 07:14:35 EST FOCUS <img src=""> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:50:13 EST Forward Launch <img src=""> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 06:31:35 EST Someday <img src=""> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 08:22:09 EST Reward Day At Last Yesterday I posted results of a 30 day streak. The streak began on May 15. My challenge was posting 10,000 steps daily for 30 days. <BR> <BR> Results: <BR> May 15 - 17 ..........33,573 <BR> May 18 - 24..........77,421 <BR> May 25 - 31...........74,403 <BR> June 1 - 7.............77,335 <BR> June 8 -14............80,511 <BR> Total....................343,543 <BR> <BR> Now, for the re... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 20:14:51 EST Better Days After my last blog I have had a couple of better days. After getting caught in a downpour on Monday night, I had a phone call on Tuesday morning letting me know a friend had already purchased tickets for going to the U S Open. <BR> <BR> Met Spark friend Sherri01 for lunch and that is always an absolute treat! <BR> <BR> Wednesday we left at 5:00 AM for the Open. See pictures following. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 08:36:02 EST So Much For............... I know we all have a common complaint , at times, about our weathermen. They sometimes miss their forecast, right? Last week we kept having the chance for afternoon showers , 20% or 30%, and we kept getting little sprinkles that came and were gone without getting even 1/10. <BR> <em>39</em> We needed <em>27</em> . <BR> <BR> Yesterday there was a chance, according to our local weathermen, of a 20 to 30% chance of afternoon showers. Based on last week's outcome we decided to go ahead ... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 08:43:23 EST The Pot Man! In April when we went to Augusta for the "Masters" we took a side trip on the way home. We stopped at River Banks Zoo, in Columbia, SC, where they have a tour you can take of some of the most beautiful botanical gardens. While there we saw, in one of the area displays a man made of clay pots. I took a picture of it with intentions of making one at home. <BR> <BR> Today my DH and I completed the project. Meet "Pot Man". <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 6 Jun 2014 13:12:12 EST CONFESSION OF A SPARKER <em>29</em> This looks like me after blowing my food plan right out of the sky today! <BR> <BR> I brought home from the grocery store what I thought was a good find. This was a bag of sweet potato chips with no salt added. I <em>26</em> sweet potato anything baked, fries, wedges, casserole, puffs, muffins, cake. If it is sweet potato hand it over! <BR> <BR> My big mistake was taking the bag to the computer. Originally I counted out the 17 chips for a serving labeled 11 g of fat at ... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 21:11:42 EST God Didn't Make Me FAT! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I never thought God made anyone fat. In fact, I am amazed at the way our bodies are are so well designed. I agree with a statement I read in a book titled"Get Thin, Get Young" by Prevention magazine. The statement: <BR> <BR> THE HUMAN BODY MAY BE THE ONLY MACHINE THAT LASTS LONGER THE MORE YOU USE IT. BY MOVING YOUR BODY EVERY WAY YOU CAN, AS OFTEN AS YOU CAN, YOU BECOME TRIMMER AND LIGHTER INSTEAD OF HEAVIER ... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 14:40:27 EST A Little About Sunday My Sunday's have fallen into a routine lately. <BR> <BR> Sunday morning it's off to <em>288</em> <BR> <BR> Back home about 12:45 <em>56</em> <BR> <BR> A light lunch <em>551</em> <BR> <BR> Catch up with SP friends, blog, post etc. <em>220</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Exercise DVD <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> Around 6:00 dinner <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> Late afternoon 7:30 ish my outside <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> Sunday evening TV <BR> <BR> 10 or 11 <em>102</em> <BR... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 22:21:46 EST GET YOUNG <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Read an interesting article today and wanted to share this strange fact: Children laugh 400 times a day on average. Adults laugh only an average of 15 times. <BR> <BR> Simple: We have to laugh more! <BR> <BR> A good belly jiggler is a battery for your brain, energizing you and waking up your mind. According to the article you feel alive and younger. <BR> <BR> Works for me! <em>100</em> <em>246</em> Wed, 28 May 2014 21:17:45 EST Five Pounds In Five Minutes! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> You can look 5 pounds slimmer in just 5 minutes, or even 5 seconds! All you have to do is STAND UP STRAIGHT! <BR> <BR> When standing , picture stacking your body parts atop one another like a tower. Your spinal vertebrae should all stack in a straight line. Your ears, shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles should all fall in line. <BR> <BR> In all Coach Nicole's workouts she reminds us of this while keeping our c... Mon, 26 May 2014 10:12:43 EST Have You Ever......? Have you ever had a day like the below picture implies? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have had two in a row! The problem was trying to get a home computer group established so I could use my one and only printer with my laptop and desktop. I gave up yesterday and today called Geek Squad. They have always been able to help and I was happy we purchased the service in 2013 . The agent who helped today was great. He worked and wo... Tue, 20 May 2014 12:38:58 EST Just For Fun! While we were on our recent trip to the beach we had time in the late afternoon to do a little shopping. <BR> <BR> My daughter was looking for swimsuits and I was looking for a purse. I looked and looked and told my daughter that I wanted to get one that said "SUMMER". I had just purchased the necklace I am wearing in the photo. Didn't purchase the purse. Still looking. LOL <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sun, 18 May 2014 20:57:41 EST VACATION NO. 2 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This was one of the pictures I was trying to upload earlier this week. My daughter was begging me not to take a picture of her. I told her I was aiming at the flowers to the right and I WAS! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This was a beautiful sculpture at the hotel we were staying in. I love the combination of flowers and sculpture. Tried getting it wit... Fri, 16 May 2014 21:20:59 EST Vacation Fun! The "Mother's Day " vacation has been wonderful. <BR> <BR> I have so enjoyed the walks with my daughter. It has been a time for some quality talks while we walk and look back and dream of the future. <BR> <BR> The weather has been super nice the three days we have been here and forecast for tomorrow looks good. Temps have been in the 80's with plenty of sunshine. <BR> <BR> The cell phone came in hand for taking a couple of pictures today. <BR> <BR> Will try to upload pictures tomorro... Tue, 13 May 2014 23:22:39 EST SHOOT FOR SOMETHING! Recently, after being on SP for 2 years, I have discovered setting goals, or, challenges is the best motivation for me to get the job done. The first is setting a weekly goal, then a 30 day goal and it becomes like a game. <BR> <BR> Tracking the goal here on SP keeps me accountable. <BR> <BR> A tracking device is also a tool I love. I use the Fitbit zip which keeps me up to the minute on where I am with my daily goal. Purchased my Zip before the SP tracker was available . <BR> <B... Sun, 11 May 2014 05:50:59 EST MOTHER'S DAY <img src="" <BR> <BR> Enjoyed celebrating an early Mother's Day with my Mom yesterday. Picked her up at the retirement facility around 4:00 and brought her home with me to have to have a cook-out with hubby and one of my grandsons. She will be celebrating again on Sunday with my two sisters while I have another Mother's Day with my daughter who is taking me to the beach for a few days. <BR> <BR> Hope all of you Mothers enjoy Sunday,... Fri, 9 May 2014 12:37:13 EST So Excited! On Monday's at 6:00 the ladies at my home golf course have a 9 hole captain's choice tournament. <BR> <BR> Tonight when we finished and turned in our score I asked what was in? Everyone was smiling and the the owner , who was staying late, asked everyone to wait and let my daughter tell me what her team scored. Her team had beat our team by one stroke. The big secret was my DD had made a hole-in-one on the last hole. <BR> <BR> I jumped up and down like a crazy person. I was more excit... Mon, 5 May 2014 23:14:57 EST Favorites As promised some of my favorite photos from "The Masters" <BR> <BR> A standing ovation every time "Arnie" approached the green in the Three Par tournament held on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We were truly impressed with the "Amen Corner". <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR>... Sun, 4 May 2014 20:48:36 EST Three Tips = Healthy Living <BR> <BR> 1. Go for a healthy Menu <BR> <BR> Add foods like nuts, berries, olive oil, greens,chicken, and whole grains. <BR> <BR> 2. Exercise <BR> <BR> Go for regular exercise at least 3 to 4 times a week, but not more than 45 minutes to an hour. <BR> <BR> 3. Stress Management and sleep. <BR> <BR> Find ways to manage stress. Try yoga, or meditation classes. Perform deep breathing exercise to reduce stress. Sat, 3 May 2014 22:32:11 EST Just Gotta Say..... Yesterday after our home golf course hosted a captain's choice tournament for ladies only. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It was a fun time. We made new friends and were happy to see our regulars back after a season off. On my team I was playing and riding in the cart with a lady who had hip replacement surgery in December. This was her first time to play since the surgery. We used some of her shots and on hole #9 we used her te... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 18:46:23 EST A Walk In The Park It felt so good today to get in a nice walk in our local park. I live in a small town, one that is still unincorporated. The park means a lot to many of us because most had a part in helping to build it. There were many donors of money, time and energy in getting the park planned and then in keeping it running smoothly. There is a Board comprised of local people who make sure the rules are enforced and park equipment and grounds are taken care of properly. There are fundraisers held to ... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 20:35:50 EST Beautiful Day Today is a wonderful day and has so much significance in our lives. It is a time to me to feel sad knowing what Christ went through in pain, suffering and humiliation for sinners like us, even before he knew us. Wow! <BR> <BR> We sang so many songs this morning in church and each seemed to reveal how great the price paid for us. The following song seem, to me, to say it all. <BR> <BR> WHEN I SURVEY THE WONDROUS CROSS <BR> <BR> When I survey the wondrous cross on which the <BR> Prince o... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:13:43 EST Move To The Slow Lane <img src=""> <BR> <BR> SAVOR MEALS MORE...When we eat too fast, it stresses the body, causing it to produce an excess of cortisol and insulin, which diminishes calorie-burning, according to the author of the "The Slow Down Diet". It also makes you more likely to overeat. The brain literally demands that you eat more when it doesn't register that it's basic needs for taste, pleasure,aroma and satisfaction have been met. Try taking doub... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:22:28 EST The Streak That Was... I have enjoyed the month of April just <em>311</em> and doing my thing. I had this streak going. From April 1st through April 10th I had reached step totals of 10,000 or more daily. On the 11th of April I only got 5,076. Sad, but I can't remember why I messed up that good streak. Since then I have had more than 10,000 every day, but, alas, I will not be able to say at the end of April that I had a month-long streak. I can say that I averaged more than 10,000 because most days I had 1... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:48:38 EST THE MASTERS <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Arrived at Augusta National on Wednesday, April 9, around 9:30. The par 3 tournament was not starting until 12:00, so, we had time to visit the golf shop and tour the grounds for awhile. The crowd was tremendous. The management was ready for the crowds and there were 4 lines set up just to get folk into the golf shop to purchase gifts, etc. This was done hurriedly for we were packed like sardines. <BR> <BR> Wh... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:43:41 EST Now I'm Ready <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> It is the night before heading to The Masters and I am super excited. <BR> <BR> I watched the coverage of the Drive, Chip and Putt contests today and was so impressed with the younger golfers. I was also happy to see some of the PGA pros come out to support the group. Bubba Watson brought his little boy with wife, Angie, down to see them and after an interview he went out and shook hands with the conte... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 22:28:10 EST What A Day! Normally Thursday is one of my favorite weekdays. On Thursday's our home golf course hold a captain's choice tournament and we have 30 t0 50 players. Yesterday it was cloudy , but, according to our weatherman the rain that was showing on our weather map was way high and would never reach the ground. We had played only two holes until he was proved wrong! Yep.... <em>27</em> <BR> <BR> We are diehard golfers so out comes the rain gear <em>257</em> and we continue. On the next hole I ... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 08:25:38 EST ALL PURPOSE WORKOUT? One of the fitness articles on SP suggests that we turn out house cleaning into a workout. Housework can burn calories if you do it right. Just 30 minutes of moderate activity can have legitimate health benefits. Hmn...since it takes 2 to 4 hours to moderately clean my house what have I got to lose? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When you dust don't just stroll around and flip the duster here and there. I can remedy that by spraying th... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 21:41:39 EST Broccoli, Walnut Salad This recipe comes from an article titled: 10 Recipes That Can Save Your Life <BR> <BR> Broccoli, Walnut Salad <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Serves 4 - Prep time 15 min <BR> <BR> 1 bunch broccoli (about 1 1/2 lbs) <BR> 1 small red onion, thinly sliced <BR> 1/2 cup golden raisin and dried cherry mixture( Such as Sun-Maid) <BR> <BR> <BR> Buttermilk Dressing <BR> 1/2 cup lowfat buttermilk <BR> 2 Tbsp light mayonaise <BR> 1 T... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 18:17:21 EST Purpose or Pain? <img src=""> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 21:33:33 EST Motivational <img src=""> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 18:17:41 EST My Lucky Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I feel like dancing! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I feel like laughing! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I feel extremely happy and lucky! <em>137</em> <BR> <BR> The reason? I just received an invitation to go to "The Masters" in April! A good friend of mine has a son who won the cha... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 17:15:22 EST Finally! Finally, finally, finally I have something worth reporting. <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> I finally have 7 days in a row of averaging 10,000 steps. <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> The nicest thing about this , of course, is that the scale moved also! <em>192</em> <em>55</em> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> > Sat, 15 Mar 2014 19:08:21 EST Helping Tame The Sweet Tooth <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I can resist sugar when it is sitting in a bowl such as this. <img src="http://photos- <BR> <BR>"> <BR> <BR> Hidden in processed foods is harder to resist for me! <BR> <BR> We are all reading about FDA announcing new nutrition labeling to help consumers watch our intake from packaged foods. The process will take up to two years to give food manufacturers time to repacka... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 10:11:01 EST THE BIG A <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "An Apple A Day" <BR> <BR> Remembering the essential facts about the apple. <BR> <BR> Contains only 80 calories, has no fat or sodium and comes in its own beautiful portable package. <BR> <BR> Provides more fiber than most cereals and bread. About 80 percent of the fiber is soluble fiber, which reduces cholesterol. The remaining 20 percent may help prevent certain cancers. The high fiber content helps main... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 22:54:14 EST If Blue Is Your Color........ <img src=""> <BR> <BR> According to an article by Jackie Newgent, R.D. 10 natural blue corn tortilla chips have 90 calories and also may protect your <em>26</em> . <BR> <BR> Blue corn flour also contains more antioxidants than the yellow version. It's OK to eat the full-fat chips on occasion if they're made with safflower, sunflower or canola oil (full fat tortilla chips are only 2 calories more per chip than the baked kind). Fri, 7 Mar 2014 15:52:20 EST Taking A New Challenge I have learned that taking the challenges here on Spark People motivates me to keep myself accountable . This week I have signed up for the "Tame Your Sweet Tooth" challenge. <BR> <BR> I have read several articles and listened to Dr. Robert Lustig on You Tube tell of the dangers of fructose found in many of our processed foods . I am overwhelmed with all the information and I now have a new worry to consider while trying to be healthy. <BR> <BR> Right now I don't think I can ever look at... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 18:42:02 EST