GOLFGMA's SparkPeople Blog GOLFGMA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community It Took Me By Surprise Take a peek at my geranium pictured below. Unless you have very good eyes you may not see the surprise I am I referring to. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had reached my hand into the dirt to see if it needed more water. When I did , all of a sudden I saw something and heard it as it flew by me. I yelled and my DH came to see what was going on. I told him a bird flew from under the geranium and that it wa... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 21:14:47 EST Knee Pain <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have had knee pain, gone through surgery for it and continue to be very careful with how I manage exercise and my lifestyle to accommodate my right knee. <BR> <BR> Physical therapy is the best thing I have ever done to make the knee stronger. <BR> <BR> It was interesting today to read a couple of other suggestions: <BR> <BR> 1. If you are plagued with a dull knee ache and you spend mo... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:08:58 EST Continuing Research In my quest to improve my nutrition regarding the specific deficient level of magnesium intake I have found foods that contain magnesium. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=" Mon, 20 Jun 2016 11:26:36 EST Hypetension and Magnesium? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Recently I found myself with a granddaddy of a headache. Mine was connected to the beginning of Shingles. Since then I have been talking to different people who have had similar problems and stumbled upon a maybe solution. It seems that not getting enough magnesium could be contributing to the problem. I track my intake of magnesium and sure enough I never get enough in my daily nutriti... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 15:27:01 EST Summer Salad Recipe <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Rainbow Pepper Medley <BR> <BR> 2 med green peppers, julienned <BR> 2 med sweet red peppers, julienned <BR> 1 med sweet yellow pepper, julienned <BR> 1 small onion, chopped <BR> 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded, finely chopped <BR> <BR> Vinaigrette: <BR> <BR> 1/3 cup canola oil <BR> 2 tablespoon tarragon vinegar <BR> 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard <BR> 2 teaspoons caraway seeds <BR> 1 teaspoon salt ... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 13:49:40 EST I'm Thinking (Don't Be Scared) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This week I lost 2 pounds. I exercised by walking, strength toning, golfing and also stayed below my calorie range each day. <BR> <BR> I'm thinking I can do this next week also <BR> <BR> I'm thinking I can do it! <BR> <BR> <em>277</em> <em>274</em> <em>370</em> <em>291</em> <em>550</em> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>332</em> <em>323</em> <em>278</em> <em>317</em>... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 10:01:57 EST Beginner Walking Read an article here on Spark People regarding the proper way to walk. I think it is an excellent reminder for all. <BR> <BR> The 8 Keys to Proper Fitness Walking <BR> <BR> And you thought walking was simple! There are a lot of things to keep in mind. This quick list summarizes the info above so you can get out there and put one foot in front of the other! <BR> <BR> Stand tall, with your shoulders back, head and neck aligned with your spine, and abs pulled in. <BR> <BR> Push off ... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 21:20:11 EST Not An Easy Blog To Write Last Saturday evening I began having these stabbing pains in my head on the left side. They were so severe I went to the emergency room hoping to get relief. This was a holiday weekend so staff was short and the wait was long. A nurse took my symptoms and said someone would be with me soon. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After a couple of hours a PA came , talked about what the pain could be leading to an... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 17:46:53 EST Getting To The _____Of The Matter While most people say "getting to the heart of the matter." I'm thinking "getting to the fruit of the matter." <BR> <BR> I love fruit! <em>265</em> <em>277</em> <em>289</em> <em>488</em> <em>289</em> <em>491</em> <em>482</em> <em>482</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> And the fruit I like best <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 27 May 2016 12:58:05 EST So Far So Good Mondays are a busy day for me and today was no exception but I managed to get in some exercise. Below are pictures of some examples of ways I like to get my exercise. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I live by a golf course and many days I like to walk there mostly late in the day when the golfers are gone. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> ... Mon, 23 May 2016 16:39:49 EST Wednesday Workouts Today was cross-training day or rest day for the "5K Walking Challenge Team". I like taking my rest day on Sunday so I did the cross-training. <BR> <BR> I started with a <em>311</em> walking workout by Leslie Sansone. We did knee lifts, kick backs, arm exercises and had our hearts beating at a good pace. <BR> <BR> Next I spent 30 minutes on my recumbent bike <em>324</em> where I used the level 6 workload and had the sweat rolling. <BR> <BR> Spent some time outdoors practicing ... Wed, 18 May 2016 20:33:13 EST I Am A "Swinger"! I am so excited about my new exercise. I may have mentioned I purchased my first kettlebell last week. Today was cross-training day on my "Walk 5K Challenge" so I looked up some videos to try and found a few for beginners. I have a feeling I will feel the results tomorrow, or so, I have been warned. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 16 May 2016 19:43:45 EST New Challenge It's been almost two weeks since I joined the "Walk 5K Challenge". I have enjoyed it and since there are days when we do strength training I am more consistent with cross training at least two times weekly. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This week while shopping in Marshall's (one of my faves) I came across a kettle bell and it was on sale . Decided it was time I purchased it since I had been wanting one fo... Fri, 13 May 2016 12:59:20 EST Fun For All Loved the trip to Myrtle Beach with my daughter. We took several walks on the beach and since she is a runner they were fast walks. Nice of her to walk some with me after she ran 2 miles. <BR> <BR> It was interesting to see the different ways people enjoyed their time there . I loved seeing families enjoying time together. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I'm sure this fisherman was enjoying the perfect weather. <BR> <i... Wed, 11 May 2016 16:24:31 EST Funny That I Thought Of This <img src=""> <BR> <BR> While my daughter and I were walking on the beach today we saw a couple of guys doing push-ups and I remembered this little comic from a blog a year or two back. I was encouraged to think I am not just starting this journey. I am now well on the way to healthy! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Tue, 10 May 2016 13:22:19 EST And Away We Go! Mother's Day is wonderful! My daughter is taking me on vacation for my Mother's Day gift. Myrtle Beach, SC is our destination. <em>298</em> <BR> <BR> We will be there for 4 beautiful days. The forecast shows no <em>257</em> and plenty of <em>67</em> . <BR> <BR> My son decided to get in the act and delivered his gift of <em>528</em> . I'm sure there will be time for hitting the outlets. <BR> <BR> I will be on the road tomorrow so I will wish all my Spark friends and Mothers'... Sat, 7 May 2016 20:42:59 EST Excuses <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The point to these messages is : If you really want to be healthy strong enough you will find the way to make it happen if you are truly committed and "never give up." Thu, 5 May 2016 08:55:35 EST Self Assurance <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We can be healthy whether we are skinny or not. If your blood work shows cholesterol , sugar, and blood pressure in the right numbers accept your body even if it isn't in that model perfect shape. Love the body you have and take good care of it! Mon, 2 May 2016 09:30:46 EST Commitment <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It is useless to say we are going to do something unless we are committed mentally and physically to the task! Fri, 29 Apr 2016 07:36:33 EST The Best <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I agree with this statement. Nothing makes me feel better than to get outside and get active. Coming in tired makes me realize I did my muscles, my heart and my mind a big favor and "that's a good thing." <BR> <BR> Doctors are good but it's up to me to make these six the best! Wed, 27 Apr 2016 20:32:22 EST The Party Friday night, April 22 was party night at my house. This was a party for "Ladies only". We started the party with food and getting to know each other. Some of the ladies were relatives, some were church friends, couple of golf buddies and one from high school so, they didn't all know each other. This did not keep us from having loads of fun. <BR> <BR> The party was held to show jewelry by Premier. Our jewelry expert allowed us to try on and model anything from the line. We then told... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 22:46:10 EST Please Don't Tell <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I love my DH, but love my golf too. <BR> <BR> OK, you can tell! <BR> <BR> He knows I love him best. Wed, 20 Apr 2016 14:34:22 EST Commitment <img src=""> <BR> <BR> You either do it or not. There is no in-between! <BR> Tue, 19 Apr 2016 08:59:19 EST How About That <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wife: Did you notice how the opera singer's voice filled the hall? <BR> <BR> Husband: Yes. I noticed that a lot of people left to make room for it. <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> <em>335</em> <em>335</em> <em>335</em> <em>335</em> <BR> Thu, 14 Apr 2016 20:28:30 EST The New Challenge One of my team challenges for today was trying two new workouts. I , of course, went to google for suggestions. I looked at a list on "You Tube" and decided to try Tae bo. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I found that this is a combination workout combining martial arts and boxing. I also found it to be fast! I kept up as best I could and it wasn't more than a few minutes until I was sweating and panting. <... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 17:26:48 EST Wishing Many of us spend half of our time wishing for things we could have if we didn't spend half our time wishing. <BR> <BR> Reading this I couldn't help but relate it to my quest for losing weight. My thought was simply....I gotta get busy and get it done not wish and worry for it to just happen. <BR> Mon, 11 Apr 2016 19:54:21 EST MONDAY <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Prisoner: You mean they're going to hang me? <BR> Guard: Yes, on Monday morning. <BR> Prisoner: Can't you hang me on Saturday? <BR> Guard: Why don't you want to hang on Monday? <BR> Prisoner: Well, it seems like a terrible way to start the week. Fri, 8 Apr 2016 20:31:36 EST Can't Beat It! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Chocolate milk was a childhood favorite of mine and I wish my Mom had known what others now know about this popular drink. Personal trainers are now recommending the low-fat chocolate milk as a recovery drink because of the protein and other nutrients it supplies. It is also rich in calcium and vitamin D, which fights osteoporosis, and if you mix your own using unsweetened cocoa powder, the... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 19:56:02 EST Think About It! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that crushed it. <BR> <BR> I was thinking of friends and how much they mean to us. I am missing one of mine who recently lost her battle to Cancer. Encouraging you to think about and enjoy your friends while you can. <BR> <BR> Friends are made by many acts___and lost by only one. Fri, 1 Apr 2016 08:35:57 EST Humility Loved this quote! <BR> <BR> Humility is a strange thing. The minute you think you've got it, you've lost it. Tue, 29 Mar 2016 08:16:19 EST Children! Little Susan was mother's helper. She helped set the table when company was due for dinner. Presently everything was on, the guest came in and everyone sat down. Then Mother noticed something missing. "Susan," she said, "You didn't put a knife and fork at Mr. Larson's place." <BR> <BR> "I thought he wouldn't need them, ' explained Susan. "Daddy said he always eats like a horse." <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 26 Mar 2016 08:18:23 EST Comparing Natures' Comparing a kind outgoing nature to a reserved or cold nature. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Cold and reserved natures should remember that, though not infrequently flowers may be found beneath the snow, it is chilly work to dig for them and few care to take the trouble. <BR> <BR> Having said that, I have wi... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 09:20:10 EST Genius <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Genius is only patience. <BR> <BR> Use disappointment as material for patience. <BR> <BR> We would all like to have the healthy bodies we've seen in magazines or on TV, but we don't get them overnight, nor do we get them by fudging here and there. Doing each day what we can and using patience we can make progress toward our goal. Mon, 21 Mar 2016 09:00:38 EST Did not Realize One of the Co-leaders in our Winston Salem team recently set up a topic for us to post the number of times we eat out. I have posted each day and this morning decided I would count the days I had eaten all three meals at home. Boy, was I surprised! <BR> <BR> Of the 18 days completed, I ate all three meals at home only five times! I am retired and don't have to be away from home for meals , or so I thought. Thought back to why and realized that almost every week after playing golf a few o... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 09:42:23 EST Ideas <em>3</em> Ides are funny little things. They won't work unless you do. <em>58</em> Thu, 17 Mar 2016 07:19:48 EST Would You? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> She: Do you love me? <BR> <BR> He: Yes, Dear <BR> <BR> She: Would you die or me? <BR> <BR> He: No-----mine is an undying love <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> Here's to love---------the only fire for which there is no insurance. Mon, 14 Mar 2016 22:44:57 EST Can't Be All Wrong <em>128</em> <BR> Nothing is all wrong. Even a clock that has stopped running is right twice a day. Thu, 10 Mar 2016 14:59:28 EST WHY? Why must we have memory enough to recall to the tiniest detail what has happened to us, and not enough to remember how many times we have told it to the same person. <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> Wed, 9 Mar 2016 19:49:27 EST To Be,Or Not To Be The way too be happy is to make others happy, <BR> Helping others is the secret of all success--- <BR> in business, in the arts and in the home. <BR> <BR> To speak kindly does not hurt the tongue. <BR> <BR> My father in law, when he was in his nineties, was disappointed that he could no longer get out on his farm tractor and work, but, he decided if he could do nothing else he could always be kind to others and I saw him do this in many ways. He always spoke to people he met, no matter wha... Sat, 5 Mar 2016 16:02:41 EST Was Thinking.......... This morning I was thinking of all the things I wanted to include while sending praise and thankfulness to our God who has blessed mankind in so many ways. I realized there is no way we can ever express the gratitude due Him, but we can show gratitude by expressing it in our life with joy. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 19:58:42 EST Only In New York? A man rose from his seat in a crowded bus so a lady standing nearby could sit down. She was so surprised she fainted. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "When she recovered and sat down, she said, "Thanks." Then he fainted. <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 1 Mar 2016 09:47:10 EST Imagine That! Mrs. Williams wasn't very happy about having her tooth pulled, but the dentist assured her there was no choice. Nonetheless, every time he went to put the forcepts in her mouth, she clenched her teeth. <BR> <BR> Whispering to the nurse, the dentist tried again. At the instant he approached her, the nurse pinched Mrs. Williams on the bottom with all her strength. The woman's mouth opened wide, and the tooth was pulled. <BR> <BR> "Now, " the dentist said when it was over, "that wasn't so b... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 10:36:42 EST OK..So It got personal! This morning while answering Spark Trivia questions the one regarding the names for Heme-iron came up. Have answered this one before,but, couldn't remember the answer so, of course, I guessed. I was wrong! <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> FYI: There are two forms of iron, Heme iron and Non-heme iron. <BR> <BR> Plant foods such as grains and vegetables are the main sources of non-heme iron in your body. <BR> <BR> Heme iron in meat, fish, and poultry contribute about 12% of our dietary iron nee... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 12:33:20 EST C H O C O L A T E ! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just reading this article made my mouth salivate! <BR> <BR> Health Benefits of Chocolate <BR> <BR> Cocoa, the main ingredient in chocolate, has naturally occurring chemicals called flavonoids, which contain antioxidants, which are great for you generally but particularly when your body is fighting infection - they inhibit inflammation. And cocoa also has phenylethlamines, which act as a m... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 07:21:22 EST Definition Left over from Valentine......Definition of a Kiss <em>212</em> <em>212</em> <em>212</em> <em>212</em> <BR> <BR> It is a noun because it is common and proper <BR> <BR> It is a pronoun because she stands for it <BR> <BR> It is a conjunction because it joins together <BR> <BR> It is a verb because it may be active <BR> <BR> It is a preposition because it has an object <BR> <BR> It is an infinitive because it expresses action <BR> <BR> It is an objective because it needs no e... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 21:31:15 EST Morning Coffee <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Bob: Every time I have a cup of coffee, I get a stabbing pain in my right eye. What should I do? <BR> <BR> Friend: "Take the spoon out of you cup." <BR> <BR> (This could happen at my house) <BR> Thu, 18 Feb 2016 07:40:05 EST Punishment Amen! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The little young lady of the house, by way of punishment for some minor misdemeanor, was compelled to eat her dinner alone at a little table in a corner of the dining room. The rest of the family paid no attention to her presence until they heard her audibly praying over her repast with the words: "I thank thee, Lord, for preparing a table before me in the presence of my enemies." Tue, 16 Feb 2016 09:17:14 EST February 14, 2016 <img src=""> Sun, 14 Feb 2016 15:57:22 EST The IRS <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A businessman who was near death asked that his remains be cremated and the ashes be mailed to the Internal Revenue Service with the following note attached: "Now You Have It All." <BR> <BR> <BR> Did you hear the one about the man from the income tax bureau who phoned a certain Baptist minister to say, "We're checking the tax return of a member of your church, Deacon X, and notice he list... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 10:00:24 EST What's A Mother To Do? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Mother: Eat you spinach. It will put color in you cheeks. <BR> <BR> Daughter: Who wants green cheeks? <BR> <BR> <BR> Phew! <BR> <BR> Jed: Your sister is spoiled, isn't she? <BR> <BR> Ted: No, that's the perfume she uses <BR> <BR> Tue, 9 Feb 2016 10:56:37 EST