GOLFGMA's SparkPeople Blog GOLFGMA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community The Shakedown <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What we need to do to protect our health is, according to an article, I've just read is eat less packaged food. Also, according to the article, complications from high blood pressure, such as heart attacks, heart disease and stroke, are already starting to become more common in middle age. People are developing high blood pressure younger and younger and we're eating more convenience food containing salt. <BR> ... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:55:15 EST Burn Fat Faster with <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Chile peppers have capsaicin, a compound that may help kick-start your metabolism. Sprinkle red chile flakes on your stir fry a few times a week. <BR> <BR> Personally, I love a few in stews and some of the bland tasting vegetables (green beans) and in dips (spinach dip). Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:20:05 EST CONFESSION OF A SPARKER <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Constantly looking for ways to overcome the weak times! Sun, 14 Sep 2014 23:22:12 EST Golf Guffaw <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The golfer stood over his tee shot for what seemed like forever, looking up, looking down, measuring the distance, figuring the wind direction and speed. Generally, he was driving his partners nuts. <BR> <BR> Finally one of his exasperated partners said, "What is taking so long? Hit the ball!" <BR> <BR> "My wife is up there watching me from the clubhouse," the guy answered, and I want to make a perfect shot."... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:21:26 EST A Wedding - Almost? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> On a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon, Rory stood on the first tee at Maple Chase Country Club. He had just pulled out his driver when a young woman in a wedding dress came running up to him, crying. <BR> <BR> She slaps him in the face, turns and runs away. <BR> <BR> Rory turns to his golfing friend and says calmly, "I don't know what is wrong with her. I told her, only if it rained". Fri, 12 Sep 2014 19:29:52 EST Believe <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I don't believe any goal would succeed if you didn't believe you could do it. I am always optimistic when starting a goal that I will make it. We have to believe in ourselves and NEVER GIVE UP! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 22:25:36 EST It's A Dirty Word! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sweat is a rather dirty word, but, it sure does have good results. Sweat rids our bodies of toxins and that's a good thing. Sweat means we are exercising and that's a good thing. Exercising means we are burning calories and that's a good thing. Am I beginning to sound like Martha Stewart? Yep, you're right and that's a good thing! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:02:11 EST Less is better <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I need this reminder this weekend . There is a box of chocolate covered almonds staring at me every time I go in the kitchen. A good friend (or is he) gave me these and it is so hard to throw something that good away. I am afraid if I eat one I won't be able to stop at one. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Maybe my grandson will come by , as he often does, and will take care of them for me. Sat, 6 Sep 2014 14:47:38 EST No Excuses <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We have all been guilty off putting off our workout, starting diets on Mondays, saying it's too hot, or too cold. An excuse is always available, but, so is a good choice! <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <em>332</em> <em>332</em> <em>332</em> <em>294</em> <em>294</em> <em>294</em> <em>260</em> <em>260</em> <em>260</em> <em>318</em> <em>318</em> <em>318</... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 14:13:19 EST Laughter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I do like to hear laughter and I think the sweetest sound in the world is hearing a young child laugh. I know many of you have probably been to "Daily Spark" and seen the video of the small child who was laughing at someone tearing a paper into shreds. The child laughs until he can't. Have you enjoyed that type laughter lately? <BR> If you haven't check out the TV show "America's Funniest Home Videos". I can ... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 19:51:04 EST It's No Secret! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sounds so easy, right! <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 3 Sep 2014 07:38:15 EST Good Mood - Good Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I know we read about releasing endorphins when we are physically active. I absolutely believe this to be true. Sometimes I really put off my workout and then after I finally get it done I wonder why I didn't do it sooner! <BR> <BR> <em>185</em> <em>185</em> <em>185</em> <em>185</em> <em>185</em> <BR> <BR> BE HAPPY! Tue, 2 Sep 2014 21:18:14 EST Dare To Compare <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hmm....I think I would look better with muscles! <em>362</em> Mon, 1 Sep 2014 23:02:16 EST Jim Not John! <img src=""> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:06:39 EST Don't Do It! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I think we sometimes think because the weekend is here we can reward ourselves. We have taught ourselves to celebrate weekends. The problem is sometimes once we cave in we keep thinking once more won't hurt until suddenly we are carrying around an extra five pounds and then just give up. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Take it easy this Labor Day holida... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 22:32:31 EST A Mousy Day! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The moral to the story: Too many hamburgers will kill you but exercise will make you stronger! The woman in this picture is related to my mother, I think. <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful holiday weekend! <BR> <BR> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:35:09 EST The Patient Said What? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 23:23:12 EST Cheers! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> WORKS FOR ME! <em>91</em> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 22:19:52 EST Be Happy <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Saw this and stopped to think about it and somehow I can't decide if this should be true or not. When I am happiest it usually is for a reason. I suppose ALL things can be taken from us. I know good health can and especially if we don't plan what we eat and how active we spend our time. I think, however, sometimes happiness is just for a short time and the memory off it is all we will ever have because it is... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 23:18:20 EST Choices <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My feeling is to give it all I can, on the days I can, for as long as I can. <BR> <BR> I choose to follow the plan! <em>521</em> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 19:59:26 EST Life Is For Living Moments! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hope all my SP friends are having those magical moments that take your breath away and become memories that last forever! <BR> <BR> Hugs and happiness to all! Sat, 23 Aug 2014 22:11:32 EST Just A Shout Out! As I sit here wiping sweat (yes, the liquid stuff) I have to give a shout out to a workout you can find here on SP. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> The workout is a video (love those) and it lasts 30 minutes. It is a walking video you can follow for an in home (in A/C) workout. <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> The guest video workout is by Jessica Smith. You will walk, tone and stretch all in this workout. <BR> <BR> I promise if you want a good way to start your day and get the metabolism going t... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:30:21 EST Something To Think About <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:56:26 EST Never! Never! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Never give up because its gets you absolutely no where. Regret is a feeling that can keep us downhearted for a long time. When we are in a funk it rubs off to those around us and , quite possibly sends them seeking other kinder people to hang out with, so keep trying, as in the quote, if you get knocked down seven times get up eight. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:41:50 EST It Only Hurts For A Little While <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I think I can vouch for the words to the song and to the message from this motivational quote. Recently I started using a resistance band workout I came across on you tube. It only lasts 10 minutes but is filled with 6 or 7 strength training exercises. The trainer suggests doing the video 3 times. The first time I could only do it one time, however, now I look forward to it and know that I have gained strengt... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:22:11 EST Put A Little ______In Your Life! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This simple little truth can HURT a lot, and, or, HEAL a lot! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 07:58:45 EST Because We Care! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Can anyone relate! Sun, 17 Aug 2014 13:44:39 EST Fast And Furious? Not! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My point is: No matter how fast or slow, persistence will get you there any way you choose as long as you do it. Sometimes we have to stick our neck out to reach the next phase in this healthy journey. Stick your neck out to try something new when you reach a plateau. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 16 Aug 2014 07:12:50 EST Chocolate Is A Dirty Word! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Chocolate in moderation is fine and fun! <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend Spark Friends! <BR> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 08:06:34 EST It's What Good Friends Do! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> On Thursdays we play a tournament where we are divided into teams of four. Each foursome is chosen using golfers with different skill levels trying to make teams about the same for all to have an equal chance to win. Having played in this type tournament for years I was thinking today about how one person can make a difference in either encouraging the team , or, making everyone uncomfortable. I love it when tea... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:31:36 EST Blogging <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I read an interesting article about blogging and <em>525</em> . The article gave five reasons for blogging away pounds. <BR> They were: <BR> 1. Blogging keeps you accountable. <BR> 2. Blogging helps uncover patterns. <BR> 3. Blogging helps you tap into inner feelings. <BR> 4. Blogging provides support. <BR> 5. Blogging celebrates your success. <BR> <BR> In this article the writer mentioned... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:05:21 EST That Little Black Dress <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have burried a few pounds and want to bury more with my SP journey. <BR> <BR> Maybe I'll wear the aggressive red work out clothes to make my charge into the world of slimmer ladies. <BR> <BR> Come on along! <BR> <BR> <em>331</em> <em>331</em> <em>331</em> <em>331</em> <em>311</em> <em>312</em> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 22:21:30 EST DUH! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Me thinks the answer is "a big fat NO, Homer"! <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 18:05:44 EST Not Acceptable! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Giving up is just not acceptable! We have all learned that one bad day does not allow us to give up. We focus on getting our healthy habits back in focus. How do I know this? After gaining three pounds (not in one day,lol) I am ready to get back to the routine that was working for me and get rid of three pounds. <BR> <BR> Rain, rain go away so I can walk and play! <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 21:42:59 EST It's My Spark People Anniversary! <BR> Today I am celebrating my Sparkversary! I joined Spark People on August 9, 2011. I have learned so much about healthier living and tried so many fitness workouts, met so many kind and faithful spark friends and changed many things in my life style. <BR> <BR> The family doctor who recommended the site to me is no longer practicing medicine, but, I owe him gratitude for introducing Spark People to me. Thanks Dr. Holland! <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://phot... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 08:07:03 EST Make It Yours! <img src=""> Fri, 8 Aug 2014 21:33:05 EST TRY,TRY, TRY AGAIN! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Anything is possible if we try. Absolutely nothing will happen if we don't at least try. If we try and fail there is an opportunity to try again, and again, until we get it right.. Get it right the first time, but, don't hesitate to keep trying if you don't! Thu, 7 Aug 2014 18:29:22 EST LOVE YOURSELF <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just thinking about how often I find fault with something about myself. I am too short for my weight, too quick to speak without thinking, too insecure around people I don't know very well. <BR> I don't like my nose, however, using reason I know that some of these I have too accept. Some of these I can change and I will be working on those here on SP and other inspirational places. <BR> <BR> <em>521</e... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 22:12:10 EST Do You Have One? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just read an article here on SP about exercise buddies. The article suggests you might be able to find one in your own family. It goes on to give several Mother-Daughter teams and interviews from the buddies. All of the family members had lost weight and felt the competition and support helped them to stick to their meal plans. <BR> <BR> The article is found under the wellness topic. Check it out! Tue, 5 Aug 2014 20:30:00 EST Aiming For The <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I really am a "wanna be" after all! Mon, 4 Aug 2014 09:42:06 EST Will Wishes Come True? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I wish I could........ How many times have we been guilty of saying this and thinking of a smaller waistline, or a more toned body? I'm sure I have several times. The truth is the possibility is ours to make wishes come true, at least, part of the time. We can't change the shape of our body but we can make it look better and know o... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 23:09:06 EST Signs To Live! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I think the problem is time. We have added so many things into our daily life we don't have time (or take it) to live healthy anymore. It is so easy to grab junk food in order to meet our timed lives. Maybe we aren't planning ahead like we should. Snacks could be healthy for us and our family if planned and prepared ahead and ... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 06:51:41 EST You are invited....... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I hear people complain about being overweight and I tell them about SP. Some have tried , but, do not have the patience to work around all the ads to track food, and take advantage of all the free articles and videos. I think they just give up too soon. It doesn't take THAT much time to learn the site and be able to get around. In the end persistence pays! Fri, 1 Aug 2014 08:51:13 EST Walk! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I LOVE to walk. I like walking in nature best of all, and sometime I like to just feel the outdoors surrounding me. <BR> <BR> Some walks are fast and furious when listening to my playlist especially for that type walk. <BR> <BR> I much prefer walking on the golf course after the golfers are done for the day where I can change the scenery each day and I am not walking in circles like I do at the local park. ... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 06:53:15 EST Free Rent? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> You only hurt yourself when you refuse to forgive. <BR> <BR> Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself; I am the Lord. Leviticus 19:18 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:33:44 EST Enjoy This Life! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We are only as young as we feel and I am feeling so young right now! Going to my grandson's 16 th birthday party this afternoon where we are invited to swim, fish, ride boats or j... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:33:19 EST An Apple For Today <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I know I repeat myself, but, are we listening yet? <BR> <BR> Have a happy, happy week! Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:32:27 EST Willpower <img src=""> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:16:33 EST He,He.................... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Are we obsessed with scales?! Mine are getting lonesome these days. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 22:22:26 EST Peace <img src=""> <BR> <BR> These things have I spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John16: 33 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:22:15 EST