GOLFGMA's SparkPeople Blog GOLFGMA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Vacation Time It's almost time for vacation. Will be heading to one of our favorite spots, Myrtle Beach, SC, on Monday for 5 days. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Will be playing golf during the day at some long and tough courses. We are ready for the action. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We have four people staying in a nice condo with all... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:36:20 EST Wisdom Our Pastor spoke on a very good topic this morning. He started the discourse with a question. <BR> <BR> The question: What do you think is meant by wisdom. He went on to say sometimes people get wisdom and education confused. He declared there were people who had many degrees, but, lacked wisdom. <BR> <BR> Our scripture was from James 1: 5-8. <BR> <BR> 5: If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6;... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 20:18:20 EST It's Big! Yesterday, August 17, 2016 was a big day for me! You see, after playing Stonewall Golf Course for 23 years, I finally had a Hole in One! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The photo is me and my playing partners. We were playing in a Captain's Choice tournament. Our team got 4 out of 5 of the close to pins. This was my very first hole in one. <BR> <BR> <em>278</em> <em>278</em> <em>278</em> <em>278</... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 06:13:03 EST Just 10 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I joined the team to find 30 minutes a day for exercise. I like the concept of catching a few minutes at the time. <BR> <BR> So far, I have managed to get more that 30 minutes per day for the month. Wed, 17 Aug 2016 07:21:57 EST The Reason <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This almost made me want to include an image of a grave with RIP on it, but, I think we are all reminded to keep exercising for the most important reason. Keeping good health is a serious matter and I am committed to doing what I can for as long as I can. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <em>362</em> <em>362</em> <em>362</em> <em>216</em> <em>216</em>... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 18:13:15 EST Pride! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was so happy to see golf included in the Olympic games this year. I was able to watch some of the action on TV this week. <BR> <BR> Each day the guys impressed me and I was so happy to see so many people in the galleries for each player. Hoping this will make the planning committees keep golf in the Olympics. <BR> <BR> Was especially glad to see American pro golfer, Matt Kuchar win the... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 20:05:48 EST It's My Fifth <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today is my fifth anniversary on Spark People. <BR> <BR> In 2011, my family doctor was saying that my cholesterol was high and wanted to put me on medication. I indicated I would rather change my eating habits rather than go on medication. He suggested this Spark People to me to check my food and mentioned that his wife had used the site and was successful in losing weight. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 15:40:25 EST Celebrating The 94th I feel so blessed that we were able to get together as family this past Sunday to celebrate my Mother's 94th birthday. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It was great that she was feeling well. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> She received many gifts of books to look at as she spends time in a nursing facility. Her favorite things are... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 08:52:22 EST FYI KettleBell Lovers I have liked KettleBell exercises since the first time I tried them. Yesterday I accidentally found a new instructor and loved her video. I was watching another video on You Tube and when it ended another started before I had a chance to close out. <BR> <BR> This one was a woman instructor and she was interesting. Her voice was very moderate and not blasting out motivation, but, I found this to be easier to understand and follow. <BR> <BR> If you love Kettle bell check it out. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 19:41:56 EST Instant Weight Loss! Did I forget to mention for Snow women only? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 5 Aug 2016 16:08:25 EST On The Lighter Side <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Men need to watch what they say when we are trying to lose weight. Right?! Wed, 3 Aug 2016 07:03:59 EST August <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Am I ready for August? Wasn't so sure about that this morning. I had plans with a friend to play golf,but, at 7:00 she called to cancel because of the heat. Sometime this month, if things go as usual, we will begin having cooler mornings and nights in the 70's. <BR> <BR> After the phone call I decided to get in my workout for the day. No sooner was that done when a friend called to say ... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 20:13:45 EST One Pound! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Oh my goodness! When I thought about this I calculated that I need to ride my bike more that 90 minutes a day to burn 500 calories. I'm thinking I need to find a way to cut 500 calories a day from my diet. Something just isn't adding up. Yikes! <em>198</em> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 14:32:49 EST Make It A Good One! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Something about Sunflowers make me feel cheerful as if it will be a good day. Wishing all my SP friends a fun filled day! Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:30:04 EST Believe <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We will never get to goal if we don't believe we can do it. <em>381</em> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 06:38:16 EST MONDAY <img src=""> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 08:42:59 EST Weight LOSS <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We can achieve our goals but, we have to work for them! Sun, 24 Jul 2016 14:08:56 EST Worry Not <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This is a "biggy" for most of us. Worry and stress can kill our good and healthy goals. Got to get this out of our lives. God is in control and has everything on plan. We only have to listen when He speaks to us. Sat, 23 Jul 2016 15:55:30 EST Be Awesome <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wake up each day to an opportunity to make this day the best day ever! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>244</em> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 08:37:03 EST Oh, What Power! The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat it's fruit. Proverbs 18:21 <BR> <BR> My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. Therefore get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. James 1:19-20 <BR> <BR> Do not merely listen to ... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 14:42:35 EST Success <img src=""> <BR> <BR> If we can dream it, we can do it! Right? <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 07:17:37 EST No Regrets <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Completing a workout is a victorious feeling! The longer the workout, and the more sweat, the better the feeling! Tue, 19 Jul 2016 07:03:35 EST New Beginning <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I believe we have a new opportunity each day to do better than the day before. Today I will take my own advice and cut out some of the fat in my daily nutrition report. Mon, 18 Jul 2016 10:27:17 EST Excuses <img src=""> Thu, 14 Jul 2016 07:20:18 EST The Laughter Came Later Blessed is he who has learned how to laugh at himself for he shall never cease to be entertained. John Boswell <BR> <BR> When I read this quote a recent experience came to mind. <BR> <BR> We were playing golf in a tournament. The day was hot and humid. My team and I had just gotten over a water hazard and were pitching onto the green. I had just hit and stepped aside for my daughter who was playing on my team to hit. About that time something bit me on the leg and I yelled and slappe... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 07:48:20 EST Pleasures <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It isn't the big pleasures that count the most; it's making a great deal out of the little ones. <BR> <BR> Jean Webster Sat, 9 Jul 2016 15:16:56 EST Vanish Toxins <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Related to my blog yesterday I believe I got rid of some toxins in my body today. <BR> <BR> After playing 18 holes of <em>278</em> in hot and humid conditions I looked about as tired as the lady in the image. <BR> <BR> After resting for a bit, I went outside and saw flowers that need old blooms removed. As I did that I saw old Bermuda grass (raunchy stuff!) in the flowers and decide... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 18:51:14 EST Summer Time Sweating! On Saturday, July 2, 2016 the day was hot in our area of North Carolina. A friend and I were playing golf starting at 8:20. The course was crowded so, we needed to keep pace with the other players hoping no one would have to wait any longer than possible. I was sweating after 3 holes and my friend suggested it was good for us to remove toxins from our body. That same evening I read an article here on SP regarding sweat. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 5 Jul 2016 07:57:05 EST Thoughts on Independance Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A forgotten French philosopher who had an important influence on the American founders concluded that a self governing state or nation is most difficult to maintain because it demands a virtuous populace. <BR> <BR> Each citizen in a self-governing state must voluntarily abide by certain essential standards of conduct: lawfulness, truthfulness, honesty, fairness, respect for the rights and... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 15:09:21 EST Weight Loss Fruits Read a suggestion for saving apples and oranges for Winter fruit and consider some of these for summer treats. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Nectarines are loaded with potassium while plums provide fiber. Love both <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Pears have high levels of pectin known to promote weight loss. <BR... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 11:23:09 EST Baby Bird <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is a picture of a baby Wren which is the surprise I wrote about in my last blog. Today I watched a Wren come flying in but, instead of going straight to the nest it stopped and hopped around as if looking for a way to get upon the planter. There was definitely food for the little one in it's beak. Finally the bird hopped onto the planter and went into the nest and came right back ou... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 18:30:25 EST 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