GOLFGMA's SparkPeople Blog GOLFGMA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Spark People Saved The Day Move over Martha Stewart because I have Spark People and "that's a good thing". <BR> <BR> I had a friend who came to visit for a few days and I knew I would need to plan meals carefully. My friend Kathy only comes to visit once a year now and I really wanted it to be special. Kathy had ovarian and cervix cancer a few years ago and has spots in her lungs still and will be on medication for controlling this for the rest of her life. She has become diabetic, suffers from Gerd, Diverticulos... Sun, 22 Apr 2018 21:16:11 EST Celebrate <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It takes many steps to get to our goals. Celebrate each one. Think positively every day knowing you have the strength to accomplish your plans! Thu, 19 Apr 2018 06:49:23 EST Overcoming Pain I'm wondering if any of my Spark friends are having or, have experienced severe pain in the hand and would know how to overcome this. I began feeling this type pain a month or two ago and just assumed it was arthritis but all of a sudden the pain has become much worse and feels like a throbbing pain at times. I saw my Physician on Friday and have an appointment with a specialist on April 23, but right now I'm thinking I may call and see about moving it up if possible. <BR> <BR> <img src=... Sun, 15 Apr 2018 10:49:15 EST Still Learning Our lives are a learning experience. As we go through good times and bad time we are taught that we are strong and can do things we never knew we would be able to accomplish. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 13 Apr 2018 08:16:17 EST Litttle Steps <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I love walking. For someone in my age group and with a bad knee I think it is one of the best. I do realize that it takes more than just walking to get where I want to be physically though since I want to be as healthy as possible. <BR> <BR> The other thing I need to consider is the foods I use to fuel my body. I need vegetable and good protein each day and in portions that keep me healt... Wed, 11 Apr 2018 07:10:28 EST About That Goal Needed a little reminder and just in case you do I hope this helps. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Let's be decisive when we should finish. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today is here! Time to start! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> ... Sun, 8 Apr 2018 21:02:23 EST You Got It? I'm speaking of something we all need within us to reach our goal to lose weight and be healthy. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There are lots of success stories here on Spark People and most tell exactly how they did it! Lucky us! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 6 Apr 2018 19:51:13 EST Visualize <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I read an article on visualization here on Spark People today and it has stayed with me. The thing that seemed to stand out in my mind is being positive always regarding our goal. Seeing yourself finishing the goal will keep you going for it. After you have seen it in your mind it becomes a thing that will happen and you accept this and make it happen. Pretty cool! <BR> <BR> <img src="... Tue, 3 Apr 2018 18:46:39 EST Oh, The Fun! It was a lovely day in our little town on Saturday and we had children lined up for a fun day. For the past 5 years we have had a Easter egg hunt for kids at our local park. Included in the fun his year was egg hunt, games, balloon animal fun, bunny wrapping, sack races and face painting. The day ended with a hot dog supper which was free to all who came. <BR> <BR> Pictures are of the fun day! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 2 Apr 2018 19:41:33 EST EASTER <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 1 Apr 2018 07:41:04 EST Good Advice I met an old friend yesterday while having lunch at a local cafe. It had been years since I had seen him and we used to be next door neighbors. After remembering old times and our parents (all deceased now) we were saying our goodbyes and he gave me some advice <BR> <BR> "Just remember", he said, "a smile goes a long way". <BR> <BR> I needed a few this morning, but, I hope to remember to give them personally as many times as I can. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 30 Mar 2018 13:11:26 EST Wanted-Needed There are two important parts needed to reach my goal. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And the second one: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And the result will be: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and <em>521</em> Wed, 28 Mar 2018 17:23:14 EST Oh, How I Love It! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It is no secret that I like to walk, golf course, inside, treadmill, anywhere is fine. My daughter and I love to walk when we go to the beach. Those walks are great times to talk about how things are going with both of us. <BR> <BR> Walking can be a family affair and I can look back and think of all the times I would walk with my Dad when we would walk to his garden and then wal... Sun, 25 Mar 2018 17:58:31 EST The Key <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am not speaking of a literal key like this one. I am thinking of the invisible key we carry within us, The key we can use in many ways. This key could be called confidence. Our strength to get and reach goals is the mind-set that we can do what it takes and stay focused every day to that belief! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 24 Mar 2018 13:04:08 EST Don't Be Weak <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This makes so much sense to me. Worrying what others think and if it opposes what you think or if they don't agree with you is not important in the long run. We have the right to our opinions as they do theirs. The get even approach to someone who spoke badly of you or did something to try you and hurt you is their nastiness and others will see that. We don't need to respond at all. Le... Fri, 23 Mar 2018 17:19:55 EST Bring It On! When I look back to the first of this year I can see this has been my most rewarding year on Spark People. I have increased my fitness minutes , lowered my food intake and kept closer to the percentages suggested. <BR> <BR> I feel more confidence in myself because things seem so much easier. I love the 10 minute approach and have used minutes while waiting on other for exercise, used minutes while watching TV . I enjoy walking and would consider it a bad day if I didn't get my 10,000 step... Thu, 22 Mar 2018 21:13:49 EST Effort <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We read these words every day on Spark people, effort, motivation, persistence. Staying focused on them can help us reach our goals. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Many of us are striving each day to reach a steps goal. My personal goal is 10,000 or more and it's true that every step counts toward burning a... Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:54:11 EST Making It Work <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is the only way we can be successful reaching our goals. Stay focused and keep your mind on the end result. If you care enough you can make it work. <BR> <BR> Tips to live and have results: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>38... Fri, 16 Mar 2018 20:56:09 EST Emotional Eating Disorder? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When I checked in to Spark Coach today we were asked to write about a time when we overate and then just lost motivation and gave up. <BR> <BR> I haven't given up,but, this whole week has been a week of emotional eating for me. My dear Mother passed away on Thursday March 8. This was not unexpected for we knew the last three weeks she was not eating or drinking much at all. She lost weig... Tue, 13 Mar 2018 22:59:01 EST Ole Abe Was Right <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I think Abraham Lincoln was right and if we put heart into the goals we are trying to reach success will be ours. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Keeping focused on the goal with reviewing morning and night would help us keep our goal current and know how much we need to do each day to get there within the time... Mon, 12 Mar 2018 22:39:07 EST Dignity <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Deciding what kind of beauty to strive for is a way to choose a goal you can work on all of your life. I would love to be one whose heart is so full of love for others she hasn't time to participate in social media and would never sling mud about another on Facebook. Sat, 10 Mar 2018 20:41:04 EST That's The Idea <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This suit me to a Tee (pun intended)! Sat, 3 Mar 2018 20:13:08 EST Enough Please! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We have had more rain than usual since January and when I saw this quote I decided I have heard enough complaining and done enough complaining about the weather, so, I will take this alternative to complaining and try to turn on some smiles and see what I can do to improve any situation I find myself in. <BR> <BR> One will be <em>311</em> and I can do this inside when it is raining. <BR>... Thu, 1 Mar 2018 17:53:07 EST Chuckles and Chuck (Golf Friends) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Chuck had played an 18 hole round and the game was off. He was feeling down and didn't even go to the clubhouse, just opened the trunk of his car and was changing his shoes when a policeman came over and asked Chuck if he had just played hole #18. <BR> <BR> "Did you happen to hook your tee shot?" the policeman asked. <BR> <BR> "Yes, I did," replied Chuck. <BR> <BR> "Did your ... Mon, 26 Feb 2018 15:18:29 EST One At A Time <img src=""> <BR> Sometimes life can be a little overwhelming. This has happened to me a few times and that's when I learned this lesson. Seems I am in that position once again. My Mother's health has been a real concern lately. <BR> <BR> Since a fall in December when she broke her hip her health has been in decline. Mom has Alzheimer's and has now basically quit eating. She is only taking a little nourishmen... Fri, 23 Feb 2018 07:44:50 EST Exploring Yoga As a follow-up to my yesterday blog! I tried Yoga today! It was only a short video introducing Yoga to the beginner. I found the video here on Spark People. This was a Cindy Joseph video. Below are some of the poses I tried. Couldn't keep up with the video, so, had to try on my own after watching. I think the deep breathing must be what is so great about it for relaxing. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <B... Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:07:39 EST Where To Start As a senior I am constantly seeking ways to stay in shape that are also safe for my aging body. I am seeing the following words everywhere I look for ideas, aerobic, resistance, flexibility, balance and range of motion. <BR> <BR> Today I decided to look for ways to be more flexible and kept running across Yoga articles. Now I am even more interested in maybe trying some Yoga moves. It seems Yoga can be good for stress, flexibility and range of motion. Hmm, I can get aerobic exercise jog... Mon, 19 Feb 2018 20:12:58 EST Attitude Having a positive attitude Is easier than you think. When we wake up each day we can choose to meet it with determination to do the best we can with situations that come up that day. Stay positive knowing it is the only way to accomplish your best work. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 21:24:07 EST My Happy My happy can be described as a mood change. Have you even been in the house and walk outside and it feels so nice you lingered and just really didn't want to go back inside. A <em>67</em> day will do that to me. I can walk and walk and be in a wonderful mood! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 13 Feb 2018 20:56:10 EST It Needs To Be Said I know I've read articles here on SP about setting goals. There are several things we are warned about. The one I'm thinking of is setting our goals to meet reality. I am beginning to see why the small 7 day challenges , and the 30 day challenges can help with this. Too many times we set our goal so high , the reality is the goal is impossible to reach. The disappointment is then more than we can handle. These small weekly challenges are reachable. The 30 day challenges are also, but ev... Sun, 11 Feb 2018 12:41:28 EST What It's All About Something I have learned at Spark People is how to be healthy and I now know it's not just about the ............. <img src=""> I have discovered food tastes good with very little added fats and that my body feels better also. <BR> <BR> I have also found that the more I use my body exercising <img src=""> the better my joints feel and I ... Sat, 10 Feb 2018 22:53:02 EST Keep It Going, Going, Going! To be successful in anything we do we need to learn persistence. Many times we start thinking we are never going to get this done and at the first trial we give up. This is never going to help us change anything. We have to keep trying as if our life depends on it. After all, it could make the difference to save our life or not. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> All our days are not going to be good ones. The... Wed, 7 Feb 2018 17:51:25 EST Are You There? Are you in that stage of your journey called commitment? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Many of us complain about not reaching our goals and why it is so difficult. We quit complaining when we realize we don't get what we want; we only get what we are 100% committed to. Unless we are fully committed we have no hope of bringing healthier bodies into reality. <img src=" Tue, 6 Feb 2018 06:42:16 EST I'm Thinking! OK, it's Monday morning and I have to get my mind in gear and decide what I will do with Monday, and then what I will do with the rest of this week, this month , this year. We can start over any day of the week but Monday seems like a good time. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I can't put it off and no one can ... Mon, 5 Feb 2018 09:38:06 EST Desperate! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This morning before 8:00 I realized my Fitbit Zip was missing. Normally I am wearing it just tucked into the top of my bra or in my sock. When I realized this panic shot through me <em>198</em> We are in the 5% Winter challenge. I need my steps <em>311</em> counted to help the Teddy Bears! I was wearing it when I went to bed last night, so, the first place I looked was in bed. It ... Fri, 2 Feb 2018 21:46:14 EST AGE? Today was one of <em>198</em> days. I am hosting a baby shower this weekend for a family member. I found a cute idea and wanted to try it. It would be made from a styrofoam cup by cutting the top off, cutting out some of the center and putting holes in the cup to run a blue ribbon through the holes, then,lacing the ribbon like in a shoe, tying it in a bow and it looks like a baby bootie. <BR> <BR> I gathered the ribbon, cup,scissors and went looking for my single hole punch. I looked... Wed, 31 Jan 2018 22:53:45 EST Attitude Makes A Difference I find it true that people with a positive attitude can, not only, be better for themselves,they can also inspire me. They never quit even when struggling with some hard life situations they seem to find energy and courage to keep going. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 30 Jan 2018 20:16:10 EST Just A Little Yesterday afternoon I had been in the house all day doing chores, getting my workouts in and had finally reached the end of chores. As I looked out and saw the number of cars at the golf course next door I thought it must be so nice out there. The temperature was about 50 degrees and the sun was shining. Guess I got a yen for Spring and felt like I just had to get out there. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I grabbe... Sat, 27 Jan 2018 09:41:11 EST Am I Crazy When I saw this image for some reason I laughed out loud. Am I the only one who took it as funny? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ever say to someone...Do. It. Your. Self! <BR> <BR> OK, maybe it isn't so funny. Thu, 25 Jan 2018 20:51:54 EST Three Keys! Searching for ways to live healthy? Suggestions.............. <BR> <BR> 1. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 2. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 3. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Healthy bodies are more immune to diseases. Wed, 24 Jan 2018 08:10:42 EST Doing It Again <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I re-joined the challenge yesterday because it makes me check to see if I get my fiber in each day. Eating some great fiber food and also adding foods with lots of water does a lot to keep me satisfied through out the day. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 21 Jan 2018 14:59:38 EST Hold On Sometimes you just gotta get yourself to keep going................. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:35:25 EST Time And Patience My journey on Spark People began in August of 2011. I am close to my goal and my goal changed several times. When I reached one somehow I always wanted a little more, either lose more weight, or, work on the core strength. I will never be perfect , but, I will try being better. It does take patience and it doesn't happen overnight, but persistence will get you there. <em>134</em> Slow will get you there. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 18 Jan 2018 21:56:26 EST So Sad I can't seem to quit thinking about snow for some reason. Maybe because I am surrounded by it today. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> May he rest in peace! Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:36:56 EST Need Your Vote! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm sure this is a mixed group. Here in my part of the country (South) we don't see it so much, but, we are forecast to perhaps get snow tonight. I love seeing it fall but after a day I love to see it gone. <BR> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em... Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:11:12 EST Not impossible Sometimes it may seem like a struggle............ <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and always................... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> Sun, 14 Jan 2018 19:31:32 EST So True <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I hear something like this a lot. Thu, 11 Jan 2018 18:04:31 EST Being Real About Myself I suffer from having seen my MIL, Mother and others suffer from Alzheimers disease. I will be attending a funeral today for a 76 year old best friend who suffered from frontal lobe dimentia. Spark friends, this is happening too many times to ignore that we could be next. There are ways we can help prevent this happening to us. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 10 Jan 2018 11:25:52 EST Behavior <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We all may want different things to change. Some want healthier bodies, while some want prettier bodies and many just want to be fit for doing family activities again. Whatever our reason we won't get there without changing habits and making the steps happen to take us there. <BR> <BR> I... Mon, 8 Jan 2018 21:46:52 EST Motivation Needed? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hope we have it! I'm ready! <BR> <BR> Let's go! Sun, 7 Jan 2018 21:11:38 EST