GOLFGMA's SparkPeople Blog GOLFGMA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community My Jumpstart I am halfway through the "Jumpstart Your Workout Challenge". After 15 days I can see some difference in the way some of my clothes fit and I love it. <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> The first few days were pretty hard because I was trying another challenge and finally decided I had to drop one or the other. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Some of the things in the challenge I liked: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Push ... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:50:15 EST Expert <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Those of us who are older need to remember this when dealing with children and younger adults. <BR> <BR> I get upset when I hear golf friends taking about someone who is learning and want to remind them of how awful we were when learning. <BR> <BR> Being kind to others of any age or experience is always a good thing to do. <em>381</em> Sun, 26 Mar 2017 21:36:49 EST Your Weekend <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thinking about all my Spark People friends and hoping you all have the very best weekend ever! <em>247</em> Sat, 25 Mar 2017 08:23:38 EST It's Friday! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Even as a retired person I still love Fridays! <em>26</em> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:06:52 EST Honest <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So today as soon as I finished playing golf I went with a golf friend out to lunch and had turnip greens. You can never get too many greens! Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:03:15 EST Rules <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Something to think about! Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:42:17 EST You Can't! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happiness is like jam. You can't spread it without getting some on yourself! <BR> <BR> Think about it. Doesn't it feel good when you make some one happy. Ever feel that spontaneous hug from a child you've made happy? How about the tears from an elderly person when you gave them the hug? <BR> <BR> I love hugs and smiles and thumbs -up! <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>2... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:23:32 EST Move It! <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> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 15:43:43 EST Sunday Blessing <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sun, 19 Mar 2017 08:15:39 EST Fill It With Fun! <img src=""> <BR> Saturdays are always nice for me . Most times I fill it with fun things and I hope all of my Spark Friends find fun things to do today. My suggestions: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sp... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 09:13:35 EST Tomorrow <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A fresh start is always waiting for us. Begin this and every day on a positive note and fight off negative thoughts and feelings. We don't need those for they are worthless! Fri, 17 Mar 2017 10:02:33 EST Role Model <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thinking that I might be a role model makes me want to be a better person. How about you? <BR> <BR> A little chorus we sang at church last Sunday comes to mind: Make me a servant, Make me a witness. <BR> <BR> My three go -to pleas are to be: Humble, Just and Merciful to all. <BR> <BR> I am a work in progress. Thu, 16 Mar 2017 07:54:16 EST Tough Times <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have had some tough times lately and I know from at least two SP friends they have had some too. For me, an unexpected accident(not my fault) that totaled my car, Medical problems resulting, financial stress with replacing the car, DH got sick, then I got Flu. <BR> <BR> Here's the thing: with God's help we made it through. According to the book of James, chapter one, we will have tria... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 09:23:40 EST Don't Worry <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Worrying is like walking around with an umbrella waiting for it to rain. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I repeat, don't worry! Tue, 14 Mar 2017 16:05:03 EST Not Acceptable! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I like exercising! What I don't like is situations or people who try to get me away from exercising. I have been called names because I want to exercise every day. Most of these people are what I call lazy. Some try it a few days and then make excuses for why they quit such as too sore, my knees won't let me do it , or, I don't have time. <BR> <BR> I have very little patience for excus... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 18:17:12 EST Today <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I would like to make every day in 2017 jealous! Mon, 13 Mar 2017 13:16:02 EST Progress And A Win Spark Guy asked in program notes today that I should not rely on the <em>192</em> wholly for motivation to keep going. He named several ways we could track our progress such as desiring a <em>265</em> instead of the <em>495</em> we used to want. Another thing was having our bodies accustomed to exercising and feeling like we need it to feel good now that it has become a habit. <BR> <BR> I was happy to hear all of these because I have had days such as he described when you did al... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 20:33:10 EST Five StepsTo Success <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is a good reminder of what I need to do to get to my goal. The end results can be so rewarding. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 11 Mar 2017 12:55:47 EST My Best Decision <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This happened for me in 2011 when I joined the fun here on Spark People. Each year has intensified my quest to be healthier. <BR> <BR> I really think this year will be my best ever if I continue reaching goals such as I have since January, 2017. Thu, 9 Mar 2017 20:02:04 EST T V Exercise One of my challenges this week was to get some exercise in while watching TV. This has always been a habit for me. In a one hour TV show I like to exercise for 10 or fifteen minutes, then rest for a few and get up and go again. This morning I decided to do this while watching "Kelly Live". <BR> <BR> Suggestions: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 8 Mar 2017 19:02:19 EST Fruit For Today <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Don't worry about the crown, just be sweet inside. The crown can come later in my opinion! Tue, 7 Mar 2017 20:21:39 EST Am I A Wanna Be? You bet I am a "wanna be"! I want to be like this somebody! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have met lots of people who made me feel good. I have had people come up and say something like "who does your hair , it looks so pretty" and it is enough to make my day. <BR> <BR> I want to be someone who can make a person feel good about themselves. Mon, 6 Mar 2017 22:12:26 EST Streak Broken Well, it happened. Had a good streak going for all of 2017. Had met goals each day and lost some weight only to catch the flu bug this week. <em>527</em> <BR> <BR> I was disappointed but, realize these thing happen. I plan to rest for a day or two then get back into a routine. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Sun, 5 Mar 2017 19:29:12 EST My Vision Board <img src=""> My date for losing 16 pounds beginning Jan 1,2017 until Dec 31, 2017 <img src=""> I will be smiling in my new clothes. <BR> <img src=""> My golf game will improve with all the exercise I will be doing between now and then. <BR> The rest of the s... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 19:38:20 EST Smarter Than A .....Grader? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sometimes we need to be more like the young children. They are usually ready to jump in anything that looks like fun on the playground. They are continually active, laughing and having fun. Maybe this is why I love doing SP videos. I feel as if I am part of the crowd having fun. <BR> <em>224</em> Thu, 2 Mar 2017 07:41:32 EST PUSH! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This i certainly true if you really want to make losing weight happen. Going at a speed you have always gone is not going to do it either. Push to a new level in walking, or on your bike, or whatever exercise you do. <BR> <BR> In strength training , at some point, we have to increase the weight of dumbbells and increase the repetitions to create the "push". <BR> <BR> I've created some pu... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 18:11:35 EST Hurray For New............. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Now is the time to start for that new ending! <em>381</em> Tue, 28 Feb 2017 06:49:20 EST Good Morning <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today can be a good day! We can make it happen for those we meet and ourselves. A smile, a compliment, wave at a neighbor, fix a special dinner for family, call an elderly person jut to say Hello. Doing good feels good. <em>381</em> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:42:51 EST Life's Problems <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Maybe you are like me and spend way too much thinking about all the "what if's". I can think of many times over thinking something and, in the end, losing an opportunity I should have taken. <BR> <BR> I have to confess though, I have chosen a few opportunities I should have dismissed. I have learned from those mistakes and become wiser with each one. <BR> <BR> To sum it up: "that's li... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 20:06:04 EST Progress and Such My Spark Coach task for today is blogging about my progress and goals. <BR> <BR> In January I decided to set some higher goals. I'm surprised that I am managing some challenges and meeting my goals each day. <BR> <BR> I joined the Fir N Fiber challenge and have got in 25 to 30 grams of Fiber each day so far. I had never done the program for new members so I am currently doing it. I have also been able to get 5 or more fruits and vegetables each day. Those are the new ones, but I am wal... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 22:38:27 EST The Headache Continues What to do, what to do............. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> On February 8, when another car making an unsafe turn hit me and another driver my world seems a little topsy, turvy. <em>415</em> <BR> <BR> My body is still sore to the touch in several places and yet I need to be about finding something to drive. We have a friend in auto sales and he has been trying to help us but we can't seem too find anything comparable to the Toyota, Avalon we had at a price we want to pay. <em>234</... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 22:14:40 EST Healthy Action <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sounds like a healthy lifestyle to me! Wed, 22 Feb 2017 21:17:41 EST Where Does The time Go? My Spark Coach task for today is looking at the ways I may waste time I could be exercising and making good plans for healthy meals. <BR> <BR> Honestly, I feel pulled when I am home to decide if I should spend time doing laundry, cleaning, cooking and other chores around the house. My sisters and I scheduled days when we visit Mom (aged 94 and in a skilled nursing facility) so that someone checks on her each day. I also volunteer at a local food pantry on each Tuesday. I still love to pla... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:54:57 EST Anwering The Problem <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Are you exercising <em>311</em> and exercising <em>332</em> and still not losing weight? <BR> Maybe the little guy above is right! Could the answer be a nutrition problem? For me it could have been. Cutting my calories by getting in veggies and fruits each day made a difference. <BR> <BR> Another thing I am working on is upping the strength training. Cardio first and then the stren... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 21:17:29 EST Where I Want To Go After Plateau Busting Challenge Today I am finishing the plateau busting challenge. <em>244</em> I am so glad I did this challenge. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I lost some weight, 4 pounds, in the month I was participating. <em>192</em> To me about the best thing I did was bring my fat percentage down almost 3%. When I saw that on my Aria scale today I was happy, to say the least. <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> Where I want to go after finishing this one is to head straight to the challenge page and select another chal... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 19:02:04 EST Don't Be Disappointed <img src=""> <BR> <BR> “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain <BR> <BR> If you're thinking about it, do it! You'll never know if you don't try! Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:31:57 EST Fat Vs Muscle <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I liked this illustration. I noticed on my last weigh-in on my Aria scale that my fat percentage was down 2%. I am reaching for 6 more. Sigh, I know it won't happen today or tomorrow but, hopefully sometime in 2017. That's the plan. Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:38:59 EST My Last Set Back My last setback was Christmas and <em>495</em> and <em>494</em> .My challenge is to tell you how I would change the setback if it were to happen now. <BR> <BR> I am in a good place right now and I still have the opportunity to eat cookies and candy, but, my will power is strong enough now to refuse them. <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> I have lost 4 pounds since January 1 and that has given me the will power to refuse the goodies because I like the way I feel. Lighter feels so much better ... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 21:49:21 EST Routine <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I've been in the "Plateau Busting Challenge " lately and until I changed some things I was making no progress. The changes were adjusting my nutrition and varying my exercise. I had some good habits but had been depending on the same things for a long time. I'm guessing my body got too... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 08:56:24 EST Valentine Wishes <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hope all my SP friends have a day filled with Love. Love for others brings joy and happiness unlike any thing chocolate cam accomplish! <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:21:35 EST Thanks <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This was certainly me this past week when I was hit by a car making an unsafe turn . The impact caused my airbag to explode and breathing became so hard. I have cuts and bruises to remind me for days to come and I am so grateful for God's presence and knowing He kept me from worse condition. Sun, 12 Feb 2017 21:23:27 EST Be Inspired <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The thing I want to address from this inspiring visual is "trust the process". I see so many people who start a new regime, and if, after a week or two they haven't loss a pond or two they quickly look for something else. Bet we could find several different diets here on SP. <BR> <BR> There is no easy way to get rid of fat (I know, I hate the three letter word also). Good nutrition a... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 10:36:37 EST My Stressors Today in the Walk Challenge the program was relating to stress and what causes it and we need to turn the stress to a positive. Stress releases hormones that will keep us from losing the weight we are striving toward. Well, that was not good news because my stress level was sky high on Wednesday. <BR> <BR> What caused my stress on Wednesday? Have you ever been in an automobile accident? If so, you will understand the stress. The accident happened in heavy commute time (5:30 PM) when a m... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 21:41:16 EST Proven Way <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This looks pretty simple. We should be able to burn about 310 calories a day if we are consistent with our exercise. Maybe burning it in five days so we can rest a couple of days. We do need to keep our calories low and consistent also. Seems to me this should work. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I am ready to bus... Wed, 8 Feb 2017 14:30:53 EST Less <img src=""> <BR> Easy to see where we are going with this. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Eating less processed food is key to knowing exactly what we are really putting into our bodies. I am much too guilty when time is limited. How about you? Tue, 7 Feb 2017 19:09:38 EST My Workout Routine As part of my Spark coach daily task I was asked to tell about my workout routine. Currently I am active every day. My routine is to get 10,000 steps daily as part of our Fitbit challenge. Another challenge is doing 30 minutes of active exercise which is easily done with the walking. At least twice each week I work on strength training. <BR> <BR> I am retired and I have the time to do this workout routine. There are times when I have to push myself, but, it always makes me feel better t... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 21:25:36 EST Your Choice <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wishing just won't get us that wonderful, athletic, toned body. We have to work and work hard for it! We have to have a plan and be committed to the plan. Mon, 6 Feb 2017 15:39:25 EST Fall In Love <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We strive for physical beauty, hopefully for health and that includes keeping our mind alert and ready for good conversation, having a spirit that is kind to others and a soul that has respect for ... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 19:33:49 EST Percentages! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Until recently I wasn't paying much attention to percentages. I was keeping my calories lower than those burned every day. I started looking closer at all my records, especially the percentage chart at day's end. The three 50,30,20 were not in balance. The carbs were a little over, the fat was way over and the protein was under. It was pretty easy to see I needed to work on percentage... Sat, 4 Feb 2017 08:15:58 EST Tried It! This morning as part of the Walking Challenge our task was to do a stretching routine. It was only a few minutes but, oh, it felt so good. <BR> <BR> It made me think to look for more stretches and here are a couple I tried. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The wall stretch is supposed to benefit the heart. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <... Fri, 3 Feb 2017 19:39:47 EST