GOLFGMA's SparkPeople Blog GOLFGMA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community The Good Day Happened! Things finally turned around today. My knee felt good enough today for me to decide maybe I could play <em>278</em> again. I played with a brace on the knee and was able to play the entire 18 holes. I really was surprised at how much better it felt. It was wonderful to be outside on a <em>67</em> day with friends. <BR> <BR> The next absolutely great thing that happened was that while I was resting after the <em>278</em> my DH came in the house and said please come outside th... Sat, 2 May 2015 20:40:55 EST Rough Week On a personal note this has been a rough week. <BR> <BR> Sunday night while going up our stairs I twisted my knee. This has happened in the past since I have torn cartilage and it sometimes slips around. Most times I can treat it and in a day or two it is better. This time I'm thinking something is different. It is better but I am not able to do my routine exercises, can't play golf and I keep forgetting and do something that hurts the knee. <BR> <BR> My mother , who resides in an ass... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 08:18:09 EST The "Ticker" <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Interesting facts about the human heart. <BR> <BR> The Ticker <BR> <BR> 100,000=the number of times your heart beats in one day <BR> <BR> 35 million=number of times your heart beats in one year <BR> <BR> 2.5 billion= number of times your heart beats in a lifetime <BR> <BR> 6 quarts= amount of blood in the human body <BR> <BR> 20 seconds= the time it takes for all that blood to circulate through the body <BR> ... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 13:20:52 EST Diamond Anybody? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A diamond is a piece of coal that stuck to the job. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The greatest calamity is not to have failed, but to have failed to try. <BR> <BR> Something to think about, huh? Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:06:40 EST Not That Bunny! Found out today that I am not that bunny that keeps on going, and going, and going. I had a streak going for 115 days of exercising 30 minutes or more each of those days. Reached my limit this week with running back and forth to check on Mom, being frustrated with not getting help for her as we had expected and trying to keep other comittments. Just too tired today to keep it going. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 22:37:33 EST Move It! Plan It! So many of us have good intentions. We dream of that perfect figure, reaching our perfect body weight and getting in shape to run a marathon. For some the intentions stay but without action it will never become reality. Every goal requires a plan. The planning can happen on Spark People and many other sites that help motivate and give support. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We need to get up in the mornings and get out and into ... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:09:22 EST Money Matters <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One of the hardest things to teach our children about money matter is that it DOES. Thu, 23 Apr 2015 22:44:17 EST Your Face? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The smile on your face is the light in the window that tells people that you are at home. <BR> <BR> Share a smile and make someone's day today! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 08:35:55 EST The Ups And Downs <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Life is like a ladder. Every step we take is either up or down. <BR> <BR> I think the weight scale is comparable. Every day we weigh it is either up or down. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> <em>192</em> <em>192</em> <em>192</em> <em>192</em> <em>192</em> <em>192</em> <em>192</em> <em>192</em> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 16:44:19 EST Attitude While reading a Spark person's blog this morning there was a comment that perhaps some people need to dismiss changing jobs for changing their attitude. That caused me to think to myself "yes, I can see that" and thus, this idea of what if we could all improve ourselves by adjusting our attitudes. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 09:13:06 EST Beauty <img src=""> <BR> <BR> INNER BEAUTY NEVER GROWS OLD. <BR> <BR> When I saw this I thought about people I know who have what I think of inner beauty and came up with these reasons for why I think of them in this way. <BR> <BR> 1. Honest and stand up for what they feel is the right thing to do in all situations. <BR> <BR> 2. Always smiling and wanting to make others feel good. <BR> <BR> 3. On the look out for ways to help elderly o... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 20:08:31 EST Post Exercise It is important to supply the body with food after exercise. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And the answer is......carbohydrates preferably within 20 to 30 minutes. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Don't forget to drink water every 15 minutes to replace what the body loses while with sweating. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 11:18:03 EST Why Do We Do This? Why do we exercise? You might expect the first reason to be lose weight and that is a really good one if overweight, however there are more and I was reminded today when I read an article giving ten good reasons to exercise. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 10 Good reasons to exercise <BR> <BR> 1. Release endorphins (feel good hormones). <BR> 2. Speeds up metabolism and burns calories faster. <BR> 3. Improves state of health which streng... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 10:36:30 EST It's Finished! I am so happy to have finished my first really long streak. Yesterday I completed 100 days of at least 30 minutes per day of active exercise. There were no rest days (not recommended I'm sure) but I am glad I did it. I am now in a routine and find it hard not to want to keep going. <BR> <BR> This time I will choose a challenge maybe with a shorter time span. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> <em>248</em> <... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 22:24:09 EST Be Daring Do you find yourself doing the same thing week in and week out? If you look at my page you'll see that I am guilty of that a lot. I was not going anywhere fast with my weight loss for a lot of last year, but in January I joined a different team on SP that was issuing some challenges and started doing some different workouts, some on SP, some from You Tube. They were out of my comfort zone and sometimes I had to stop because I could not keep going but I am so glad I did. I can now do lots... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 23:30:21 EST Making A Point! I am constantly looking for inspiration to make me want to go on when it seems so easy to give up, but, here I am with only two days left in a 100 day challenge and today will be hard. I will be going with friends to practice playing golf at a course we will play in tournament on Saturday. The weather is a little unlikely and as soon as we are done I will go with family to honor a beloved family in another visitation service regarding my the death of DH's uncle. Sharing my inspiration for ... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 08:10:52 EST Love To Walk Walking is something I have learned to love since joining Spark People! <BR> <BR> We have a great park in my hometown and I love to walk there. Ours is similar to the one pictured with kiddie playground, picnic shelter and a gazebo, a little stream running along side to make it a peaceful place to be anytime. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Another place I love to walk is on the golf course. We can't walk when we're actually playing... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 19:23:55 EST My Choice In thinking about a message I might want to send to friends I selected a quote I found. I don't think life should always be about me, but must confess it seems hard not to put oneself first. I want to be a supportive friend to others. To do that I have to put them first and that is a challenge for one who wasn't born perfect. I know where I can go when I need strength only then can things get going in the right direction . <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 7 Apr 2015 08:36:22 EST Easter Blessings <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Rejoice! Sun, 5 Apr 2015 21:25:22 EST ONCE AND FOR ALL I listened to a most beautiful song this morning and thought of my Spark Friends especially those in the team " I can do anything through Christ". <BR> <BR> Sending the address for you to listen if you wish. There is a place to click to hear the song. <BR> <BR><BR>riends/ . <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 3 Apr 2015 12:19:37 EST Simple? NOT! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Golf looks so simple , right? <BR> <BR> Then why do I wake up sometimes remembering my game from yesterday looking like this? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have a feeling tomorrow morning I will be looking even worse. In tournament play today my team struggled from the first hole all the way to the 18th. We even had a bogey on one hole and this is unu... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 14:42:22 EST D-fence In an article I read today in a health book it was stated that though Calcium may be the major construction material in bone, vitamin D is the foreman that makes sure it's being used efficiently. Adults need 400 to 800 IU (under age 50) and 800 to 1,000IU (over age 50) daily. <BR> <BR> The best part of the article suggested the easiest way to get your dose is by spending 10 to 15 minutes outdoors each day before applying sunscreen. To see how strong your D-fence is, ask your doctor to have... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:33:07 EST My Signature Sunday Today was an "up and down" type Sunday. I awoke this morning at 4:30! Yes, I know, bummer. I decided I had time to sleep a little longer, only, the little longer was too long and I had to change my routine in order to get in breakfast and devotionals. Arrived at church with 4 minutes to spare. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> After church and lunch, I hunkered down to visit my Spark People teams, read blogs, post yesterdays challenges and read articles. I usually spend at least an hour on SP... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 20:33:38 EST Rules For Living <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I think this says it all! Thu, 26 Mar 2015 23:16:06 EST Medical Answers <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Gaining strength, healthier hearts, less pain seems like a good way to go to me! Wed, 25 Mar 2015 18:26:35 EST It Is A Fact! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Looking good isn't the only good thing we get from eating healthy. Feeling good and having energy for everyday living is a positive! Tue, 24 Mar 2015 18:43:03 EST "Gotta Love Them" <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Enjoyed blueberries, strawberries and oranges yesterday. Does that make me a "fruit cake"? Now WHEN I'm called that I will just smile and love it! <em>246</em> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 08:39:09 EST It's No Secret It really is very simple. We just have to move more than we sit! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I want to find a tee shirt with this written on it front and back! Wed, 18 Mar 2015 21:38:46 EST SUCCESS <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Be consistent, be patient! Mon, 16 Mar 2015 07:28:08 EST Spark People Happiness <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>192</em> <em>192</em> <em>192</em> <em>192</em> <em>192</em> <em>192</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <e... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 14:17:23 EST Discipline <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sometimes the bridge may look a little scary but taking the first step leads to victory! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 14 Mar 2015 17:34:39 EST I Say "Fitness"! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Being Fit is feeling good! Fri, 13 Mar 2015 18:05:50 EST Because of YOU! In a blog yesterday I admitted my reluctance to do my strength and toning workouts. I promised myself I would do better, or, at least try. This morning when I did my cardio I thought about the blog and my promise aaannnnd, you know what, I decided I did not want to have to say to my SP friends that I was still being lax in doing the strength training,so, because of you , I did a couple of resistance band sets of 12 repetitions. I could name names but, you know who you are if you are read... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 20:07:33 EST A Dilemma My predicament is that now I have my cardio workouts in a routine manner I can't seem to get motivated to do strength and toning as I should. My problem seems to be I am doing the 10,000 steps per day and at least 30-60 minutes of active fit minutes 7 days a week. I know that the recommendation is 2 to 3 days of Strength training and at least 3 of cardio but the challenge I signed up for on the team "Lose To Win" is a streak challenge. Dropping a day means starting over as day 1. I am los... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 17:57:28 EST Sundays My Sundays are very much the same. Breakfast is pretty much at the same time as any other day, but, from there my day is not the same as a week day. I still start with devotions, breakfast, then Spark People but the next hour is getting ready for church. <BR> <BR> Church for us begins at 10:00 with Sunday School. From there I am caught up in wonder as we learn each week a little more from God's word. Today was no exception. <BR> <BR> Singing songs of praise is one of the things I love a... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 15:21:35 EST Learning Things I blogged last week about the fun workouts I am doing while watching the "Kelly and Michael Show" on TV . Somehow while watching something interesting the time flies and before you know it 60 minutes is gone. I like the fact that the show airs at 9:00 so the workout gets the metabolism going for the rest of the day. <BR> <BR> In the current events part of the show Kelly read from the newspaper that the morticians in New York were running out of bodies to practice on and made an appeal to t... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 14:08:24 EST Short Version! They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Don't have time today for the thousand words, so, my short version for making healthier choices in pictures: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> No thanks would be the choice here! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yes, please to these! <BR> <BR> Happy dining to all! <em>4</em> Thu, 5 Mar 2015 10:28:45 EST Got A Little Carried Away I love Mondays! On Monday evening each week three of my friends and I get together at 6:00 to play Canasta and sometimes we switch to other card games. We break after an hour or so and have our little social refreshment time. We take turns providing the refreshments and tonight is my night to provide. <BR> <BR> Our usual thing is to have a dessert and some little snack to go with it such as potato chips, crackers or nuts. Lately we have been trying to keep this healthier and the potato c... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 13:19:04 EST The Day With Family My sisters and I were so looking forward to this day. We had a call from a cousin last week asking us to save today for a visit from her and her sister. We had not seen them since last March, but, had contact via phone, email and facebook. They were coming from different directions since they live in two different counties. <BR> <BR> The cousins are my Mom's deceased sister's daughters and they wanted to see Mom so we all met at the assisted living facility where Mom resides. Pictured b... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:49:19 EST Fun Workout! Actually, a better description would have been "funny" as in ha, ha. <BR> <BR> I enjoy watching the talk show "Live With Kelly And Michael". This morning I happened to think of it in time to see only half the show. Decided to walk and exercise while I watched the show. I am so used to the Leslie Sansone workouts I can remember the knee lifts, kick-backs, up and back, etc.. Got started with those and then there was a commercial and I was not interested in watching that , so, I started r... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:10:06 EST Finally! Today was the day! Finally got the Aria scale set up and I am glad the wait is over. The advocate who helped today was very kind and took me through the process . <BR> <BR> My only regret is that my weigh in today was at an odd hour. I think I actually stepped on the scale for the four times for calibrating the scale around 5:00 PM. This is not the time of day I would usually do a weigh in, but, it will all come out OK when I establish a regular time. <BR> <BR> Will let you know how thi... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:41:17 EST Clearly Confusion! I am finding myself a little confused about water intake. I have spent some time trying to decide if you can drink too much water. I know that some people can because, I have a friend who was drinking so much trying to lose weight she drank more than her kidneys could handle and wound up in the hospital. <BR> <BR> In one article the following statement made sense: Our bodies contain from 55 to 78% water. To function properly, the body requires between one and seven liters of water per d... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 08:29:52 EST Surprise! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> According to the "Weather Chanel" we were to possibly get some snow on Wednesday evening. This morning at 6:30 when I first peeped out my window snow was falling and it was such a surprise. The picture above is from my kitchen window looking north. <BR> <BR> Picture below is from the south side of our house and even though the snow doesn't show up in the photo it was still coming down in a fine mist. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:37:08 EST Weekly Update This week has been so different from my normal week. The snow that came in on Monday had me rushing out for milk and bread like thousands of others. First time I had ever seen the grocery store out-of-milk! <em>466</em> <BR> <BR> My exercise routine was different since everything was inside with no outside long walks. Between workouts on You Tube with Leslie Sansone and Jessica Smith I was able to get in my 10,000 steps daily and at least 90 minutes of fitness minutes. I now have a s... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 08:36:19 EST Survival Images When Winter time blues begin to get my "goat" I have a few images in mind to get me through to Spring. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Seeing signs of Spring flowers underneath the layer of snow we have he... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 19:20:05 EST Hold On A Minute! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Less to do with exercising and more about what you put in your mouth. <BR> <BR> When I first saw this statement I did a double take to see who was putting down exercising. Quickly saw this was not the case. <BR> <BR> The article went on to state the true benefit of exercise is how it makes you feel. No matter how often we exercise, if we are not eating healthy our weight will not shift. Making an effort to MO... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 09:16:42 EST "The Aria" <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was so excited. Heard about the fitbit aria from a SP friend and decided it would be my next healthy purchase. This scale was to be another way to stay accountable. Connected to my fitbit tracker account it would send my weight to my Spark People account each time I used the scale. <BR> <BR> The first time I tried the set-up everything went well, I thought. The software downloaded fine and the scale was wo... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 09:54:00 EST Wishing For Team Support I know how much talking via comments, blogs and ect. has helped to keep me active and trying harder to improve myself has been. I want to get my team involved in supporting each other on our team page with getting to know each other through our team post and comments. I am encouraging with a challenge this week to walk 15 minutes each day and post whether they did it. <BR> Next week the challenge will be to post at least one blog. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 16 Feb 2015 09:01:57 EST Pop - Pop! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Some interesting facts I read today about one of my favorite foods. <BR> <BR> 1. A single portion of popcorn contains more antioxidants than all the fruit and vegetables most people eat in a day noted in a study by Scranton University. <BR> <BR> 2. Popcorn also has a large amount of vitamins; folate, niacin, riboflavin, thiamine, vitamin B,A, and K as well as being a source of iron, potassium, zinc, and polyphe... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 16:20:41 EST My, How times Have Changes I was having a little snack tonight before bed time and I had to smile to myself and think how a few years ago I would not have been eating applesauce. Applesauce was for when the children were small. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Now I am often eating applesauce for one of my two fruits per day. Tonight I added raisins because I had no fruits on my tracking food list. <BR> <BR> Ahhh, it is so good and so handy in little cartons ... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 22:47:53 EST