GOLFGMA's SparkPeople Blog GOLFGMA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community CHANGE "Change before you have to." Jack Welch <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:54:14 EST It's Time Realizing that this month is half over AND this is the last month of 2014. Time for a new year and making decisions regarding what we want to achieve in 2015. I would definitely want to raise my goals and do better especially regarding strength toning. A few reminders for getting there. Wish me luck? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://phot... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:56:49 EST Small Gestures "Things don't have to change the world to be important" - Steve Jobs <BR> <BR> Just thinking of all the ways I see people doing nice things for others during this Christmas season. I'm sure they are there doing these all season, but, somehow knowing we are more conscious of the gift given us in our gift of the Christ child, makes it special during this time. I will be looking for ways I can pay it forward this season. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 15 Dec 2014 09:10:06 EST NAUGHTY OR NICE? Shopping can get a little hectic when the time is getting near to December 25th and we haven't completed our Christmas list. This seems to be a time when personalities show whether we are naughty or nice. In a very crowded store people see you and make a judgement when you show impatience or unkindness. Be kind to those around you and to store cashiers who take a lot of abuse from impatient customers when through no fault of their own you may be held in a long line. <BR> <BR> Following a... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 07:28:41 EST HANG ON! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Christmas is such a busy time and it is easy to get caught up in all the shopping, baking, wrapping gifts and trying to make it to family gatherings and keep everyone happy. It is also a time when it may be hard to keep calories in check and be too busy (we think) to get our regular exercise in each day. <BR> <BR> My advice is to remember we have already been given the greatest gift, the perfect gift in the birt... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 18:45:45 EST PERFECTION "When you aim for perfection, you find out it is a moving target." George Fisher <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tue, 9 Dec 2014 18:30:58 EST Making A Difference <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sometimes making a d... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 10:37:44 EST DESTINY <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Which road will I take? The truth is we create our future! Good habits make for good futures! <BR> <BR> Fri, 5 Dec 2014 07:23:27 EST INSPIRATION "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." _ John Quincy Adams <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 4 Dec 2014 07:00:04 EST Discipline "Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments." Jim Rohn <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Controlling wha... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 18:57:48 EST Time Changes "They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself." <BR> Andy Warhol <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Time does change us but we must redirect as needed and that is defi... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 11:33:45 EST Expectations "High expectations are the key to everything." <BR> Sam Walton <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Set your goal high and KNOW that you CAN reach it! We have to believe it before we can achieve it! Sun, 30 Nov 2014 14:05:15 EST Obstables In Your Path? IF YOU CAN FIND A PATH WITH NO OBSTACLES, IT PROBABLY DOESN'T LEAD ANYWHERE. <BR> Frank A. Clark <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A reminder for wh... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 19:09:34 EST THANKSGIVING <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thanksgiving is every day! Today is the day we set aside to remember individually and together in ... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:12:23 EST The Reward " Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk." <BR> Doug Larson <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:25:49 EST Thanksgiving At Our House Celebrating Thanksgiving yesterday with family was , once again, a precious time. Mom, age at 92, was able to be with us and it was a joy to see her kidding with the younger men in the family. She was joking with all the nephews who had beards that she didn't want their hugs scratching her face. She whispered to me that she was just trying to have fun with them and make everyone laugh. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My younger sis... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:12:35 EST A Funny Thing Happened Today I have been getting ready this week for my annual family Thanksgiving. For several years we have been getting together on Sunday before Thanksgiving so the nieces, nephews , grandchildren and others can join us and still be with their in laws on Thanksgiving Day. <BR> <BR> Today I decided I could go ahead and fix some of the food (things that keep easily) so I would not have an overload of things to fix Sunday morning. I had seen a cute picture in the "Taste Of Homes" recipe book I wanted... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:38:52 EST Effortless! "About the only thing that comes to us without effort is old age." Gloria Pitzer <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:45:40 EST Universal "A warm smile is the universal language of kindness." <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> SMILE AND MAKE SOMEONE HAPPY! <em>213</em> <em>213</em> <em>213</em> <em>213</em> <em>213</em> <... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:34:07 EST MAKING CHANGES " You don't learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and falling over." <BR> Richard Branson <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My intent is to make us aware of changes we need to make in order to be healthier. Changing our food intake and upping our exercise will ma... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 09:18:03 EST Luck Defined "Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat the luckier you get." Ray Kroc <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> No body can do this for us! <em>381</em> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:04:23 EST HOPE LIVES "Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all they have." <BR> H Jackson Brown, Jr. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 15:11:47 EST End Of Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I love to feel at the end of day the satisfaction of knowing I did my best to contribute something <BR> worthwhile. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 19:19:36 EST Another Good Reason <img src=""> <BR> <BR> FYI: Eating raw vegetables such as cucumbers and celery, you'll be happy to learn they will scrub away stains! <BR> <BR> <em>100</em> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 22:08:24 EST How much is too much? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have heard and read about drinking water and even drinking too much water. I have a friend who was indeed drinking too much water and as a result had kidney problems. Her doctor had her cut back. I can't remember all the details but she is still having problems being able to expend all her water intake. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Love my water! <... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 22:49:16 EST Can We Talk? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is it! This is the reality of how we get something done. It depends on how much we really want it! <BR> <BR> The first day of the week is a good beginning! <BR> <BR> Let's "get the job done"! <BR> <BR> <em>318</em> <em>216</em> <em>324</em> <em>332</em> <em>312</em> <em>315</em> <em>196</em> <em>362</em> <em>310</em> <em>278</em> <em>185</em> <em>320</em> <em>237</em... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 22:09:27 EST One More Snag On Wednesday I blogged with the happy news I would be able to pick up the repaired computer from last week's crash. I was almost ready to take it and leave when I asked if my security had been placed back. The young man looked and said a thirty day free trial Norton had been put on the computer. The computer went back to the desk as I explained I had the Web Root security and I wanted it back and after checking he was willing to put it on the computer. This would mean a wait time of at le... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 21:30:31 EST OOPS! Have you ever had one of those really embarrassing moments when you really wanted to drop into a hole and hide? I have had several, but, today I had another. <em>198</em> We were waiting at the golf course for all who were playing in a little tournament to arrive. I try to speak to as many as I can and , you know, be friendly. <em>30</em> I saw a golfer who had driven 45 minutes to come to our tournament. I knew this because I had played on the same team with him a few times. I ... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 19:49:32 EST Hopefully, The End Of The Story Today, I had a call from "The Geek Squad" and they were able to get my computer fixed by removing everything, and I do mean everything, from my computer. Thankfully I had not saved a lot of files on the newer computer because I was keeping it cleaner. I was so glad I had a disc of the photos we took at the Masters this year. <BR> <BR> Earlier the young tech at the local Geek Squad said they might have to send it out of state to be repaired and , if so, the cost of repairs might go beyond t... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 22:49:03 EST Update on the Windows 8.1 Update The news isn't good. The Geek Squad couldn't fix the problem. The only way they told me was to completely remove everything on the computer and redo all the programs at a cost of $85.00 or more. <BR> <BR> According to them , they have received several and I might be able to get mine back by November 5th. <BR> <BR> When I asked why it happened it seems that some of the working information in the HP Envy did not work with this update resulting in the crash. <BR> <BR> I feel horrible that a... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 16:30:55 EST Beware Windows 8.1 Update <BR> <em>230</em> <em>230</em> <em>230</em> <em>230</em> <em>230</em> <BR> <BR> Several days ago a pop-up for an update for Windows 8.1 showed up on my notebook computer screen. You were given options in a drop down menu to update now, 1 hr from now, 2 hrs from now or a " remind me later" select. I did the remind me later each day this pop up showed on my screen until Wednesday when there was no "remind me later" option, only a update now option. I tried closing the bo... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:12:30 EST The Big Things <img src=""> <BR> <BR> All of a sudden , it seems, my grandson will be attending college next Fall. Where did the time go? <BR> <BR> Reminder to all - cherish each day! Tue, 28 Oct 2014 21:56:45 EST HIIT Number Two In my last blog I mentioned my latest workout craze. Today I decided that if I could do the HIIT where we run as hard as we can for seconds maybe I could go a little longer. I have always thought I would never get to be a runner because of a bad knee. Today I decided to, at least, jog. <BR> I looked at my watch at 11:10 and decided I would try this until 11:30. I was so surprised I did it! <BR> <BR> When I checked my Zipbit I had 7400 steps and the day was young. Guess you never know... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 13:22:28 EST Tried It - Like It Recently I have been doing a Leslie Sansone video workout using the interval training method and I really like it. The video is" Leslie Sansone Just WALK" featuring HIIT (high intensity interval training). <BR> <BR> According to Arthur Agastson, the heart doctor who founded the South Beach Diet, it is getting the most benefit from limited exercise time. This involves raising and lowering your heart rate over the course of a workout. The benefits are : strengthens the cardiovascular syst... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:40:37 EST Weekend Coming Up! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> How often do we think 'oh, it's the weekend and I want to have fun, so, I'll enjoy some good food'. <BR> Once started many can't quit until they have ruined all the good they did during the week. Yes, I know this because - GUILTY. I have learned through SP to control these feelings. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> With a weekend coming up I will use my ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:33:46 EST True Golf Tale The ante natal clinic at St. Mary's Hospital, Trafford, Manchester, England, was full of pregnant women accompanied by their partners and the class was in full swing. <BR> <BR> Mrs. Sally Mackintosh, Midwife, was teaching the women how to breathe properly and was telling the men how to give the necessary assurance to their partners at this stage of the pregnancy. <BR> <BR> She lectured, "Ladies, remember that exercise is good for you. Walking is especially beneficial. It strengthens the p... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:33:26 EST Take The Test I read about a woman who had a scan that showed a blotch in her lower intestine. She was surprised to find out it was an undigested multivitamin. <BR> <BR> To be sure your supplements are dissolving inside you as they should, drop one of each in a glass of vinegar. If they are still there thirty minutes later, then they are just commuting through your small intestine, where most nutrients are absorbed, and you should try another brand. <BR> <BR> We can also look for the USP VERIFIED insig... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:17:13 EST And The Answer Is............. Exercise is the answer. When done regularly, it burns fat (yea), brightens mood, fights disease, and even makes us more attractive. <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>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:35:15 EST No Surprise Here! Martin and his wife Debbie walk into a dentist's office. Martin says to the dentist, "Doc, I'm in one heck of a hurry. I have three buddies sitting out in my car waiting for us to play golf, so forget the anaesthetic, I don't have time for the gums to get numb. I just want you to pull the tooth, and be done with it! Today is Friday and we have a 10:00 tee time at the best golf course in town and it's 9:15 already...". <BR> <BR> The dentist thought to himself, "My goodness, this is surely... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:46:41 EST Cutting Cholesterol Naturally The best way to cut cholesterol naturally is by having a training plan and sticking to it. Any exercise will aid heart and health benefits but particular ones seem to control cholesterol best. The more you work out aerobically, as measured by duration or distance, the better the results. <BR> <BR> Strength training is effective for improving cholesterol by lowering the LDL and raising the HDL. In talking to teammates I think this is the area we all need the most help. I am guilty of miss... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:12:51 EST Got Headache? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have always wondered what the fastest relief for a headache was and today I ran across some useful information. Studies show that a cup of coffee and two ibuprofen gel caps provide the fastest and the longest lasting relief. Apparently the caffeine speeds delivery of the medication, while shrinking swollen blood vessels in the head. For severe migraines the combination of acetaminophen, aspirin, and caffeine ... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:10:45 EST WHY, POST, BLOG ETC.? We read here on SP and other places the answer to this question. It is simply for accountability. This is the reason it works. When we are accountable to others we have freedom and power. The power comes from others when their suggestions guide us back if we get off track. It is so much easier for others to see things we do wrong, then encourage and build up our confidence to correct and change for better. Trying on our own doesn't work as well because we can let ourselves slide into ba... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:59:20 EST Blissful! Sometimes when we are in a dour mood all it takes to turn the corner to a good mood is a single moment of quiet joy. According to Alan Hirsch, MD at the Smell and Taste Treatment Center and Research Foundation, hot chocolate does this best. Not only does the taste of chocolate boost mood because of its deep seated reward and comforting elements , but in liquid form its smell also tickles olfactory bulbs and compounds these effects. <BR> <BR> Cheers Chocolate Lovers! I'm in! <BR> <BR> <i... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:42:37 EST Have a Sweet Tooth? I confess that I love desserts. I love to bake and just a little something sweet after a meal is my idea of the finishing touch. <BR> <BR> In searching for a answer for my problem one of the suggestions was one I have seen here on SP also. The suggestions (there were two) was to have a cup of healthy soup (vegetable, Noodle, tomato) or a slice of bread with two tablespoons of dipping olive oil as a starter. Either will fill you up so you'll eat less later. Olive oil prompts the release ... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 20:13:17 EST Be Wary Of These According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, ingesting too much protein, sodium, and soda may promote calcium and bone loss. Studies point to high-protein fad diets and cola drinks in particular. <BR> <BR> If you are not careful, you can lose 0.6 to 1.0 percent of your bone density every year, which in time can leave your skeleton so brittle that sneezing could cause a fracture. Although osteoporosis has traditionally been regarded as a postmenopausal women's disease, 20 cent of suff... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 08:00:10 EST Grandmas <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Grandmas know that memories are the foundation upon which our family's future is built. My grandsons are practically grown now , but, it is interesting how they will listen to memories we have of when they were toddlers or, about their parents when they were small. I think it is important to take some family time to share memories. <BR> <BR> <em>183</em> <em>150</em> <em>226</em> <em>129</em> ... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 20:27:13 EST Find Your Calorie Requirement In a book by Efua Baker titled "Calorie Burn Workout"a way to find your daily calorie requirement is given. If I use this to calculate my daily requirement I find that I am using too many calories following those given by SP. The difference may be because this calculation takes into account the average activity level. This is the formula: <BR> <BR> Men's BMR=66+(13.7Xwt in kg) + (5Xht in cm)-(6.8Xage in years) <BR> Women's BMR=655+(9.6Xwt in kg) + (1.8 X ht in cm) _(4.7 x age in years) <B... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 09:00:52 EST New Technology <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A lady came to the hospital to visit a friend. She had not been in a hospital for several years and felt very ignorant about all the new technology. A technician followed her onto the elevator, wheeling a large, intimidating looking machine with tubes and wires and dials. "Boy, would I hate to be hooked up to that thing," she said. <BR> "So would I," replied the technician. "It's a floor-cleaning ... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 09:25:02 EST QUICK CHECK <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Use this check list to see if you are getting 30 grams of fiber per day. <BR> <BR> 1.5 g fiber X ___________________________ servings of fruit =_____________________g <BR> <BR> 1.5 g fiber X___________________________servings veggies =_____________________g <BR> <BR> 2.5 g fiber X__________________________servings whole grains____________________g <BR> <BR> 1 g fiber X__________________________... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 23:17:24 EST Get A Healthy Dose Of It! I just read this in an article titled "Get Young" - Children laugh 400 times a day on average. Adults only laugh 15 times a day. So one of the fastest, most fun ways to feel younger is to laugh. <BR> <BR> A good belly jiggler is a battery for your brain, energizing you and waking up your mind. Sounds like a good laugh early in the morning would be a good way to start the day on a positive note. Feeling energetic, enthusiastic, and alert we feel more alive thus younger. <BR> <BR> <img ... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 20:36:34 EST