GOLFGMA's SparkPeople Blog GOLFGMA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Just In Case............ Just in case I oversleep tomorrow like I did this morning it means I won't have time to spend on SP. Scheduled to leave for Charleston, SC by 9:00 and I still have to pack in the morning! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Will be walking on board the cruise ship and hopefully trying to keep the food under control. <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great weekend. Be back next Thursday afternoon. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> for now. Thu, 3 Sep 2015 20:52:15 EST About Health <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There are many ways to achieve good health and lots of information here on SP and other places. When we get in a slump it is good to review these and get back on track with anything that revives our interest and commitment. Wed, 2 Sep 2015 07:00:34 EST I Run <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Actually, I walk. I walk fast as I can with a bum knee. I need to keep this ole knee in shape so I can recover from surgery scheduled for December. New knee come quickly. <em>198</em> Tue, 1 Sep 2015 10:27:05 EST Success <img src=""> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 15:07:48 EST Glory <img src=""> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 07:22:39 EST Mind Over Body <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The most important part of any goal is believing in yourself! <BR> <BR> I believe it! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 19:10:12 EST Great Friday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It was a nice surprise when my DD called and wanted to play golf today. I guess I would have to say she is my favorite person to play with. <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> I played 18 holes yesterday with our senior group and with my bum knee was a little afraid to play again so soon, especially, knowing I was to play again tomorrow. <em>198</em> After nine holes the knee wasn't really hurt... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:34:08 EST What Are We Doing Wrong? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Americans spend $70 billion a year in the health care system to treat obesity and related medical conditions. <BR> <BR> It's not that we aren't trying to trim, tuck and tone. Americans spend $33 billion a year on weight loss products and services. <BR> <BR> What we are doing wrong is simply eating too much and not being active enough. We try to lose weight to improve appearance when th... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 19:53:57 EST Getting Ready I find myself with a couple of things on my mind lately. <BR> <BR> One is getting ready for a cruise with my friend and next door neighbor. Kay has been a friend in an extended family sort of way since her son is married to my much younger sister. We became friends from their wedding , then became golf friends, and Kay being a widow wanted someone to travel with her to Europe. My DH doesn't like traveling so I was encouraged to go and now I find that I am planning on a cruise to the Baham... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 21:16:39 EST Simple Why not make this matter of exercise simple? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 13:29:25 EST Another Tip <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Putting a wooden spoon over a pot will keep it from boiling over. Mon, 17 Aug 2015 08:54:40 EST Neat Idea <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Another in my tips blogs.......use air freshener to clean mirrors. It does a good job and better still, leaves a lovely smell to the shine. <BR> <BR> Ahh....nice! Fri, 14 Aug 2015 09:23:33 EST What To Do This tip is a good one : <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> To easily remove burnt on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to a boil on stove top. <BR> <BR> Mon, 10 Aug 2015 21:38:11 EST The Good Ole Summertime? Summertime is great until these pesky guys appear, but, read below for a solution. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> To get rid of itch from mosquito bites, try applying soap on the area and get instant relief! Sun, 9 Aug 2015 08:28:16 EST Who Knew? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> To prevent egg shells from cracking, add a pinch of salt to the water before boiling. <BR> <BR> Stay tuned I have another tip straight from the files of Martha Stewart. Sat, 8 Aug 2015 13:50:13 EST It's A Keeper My friend made this salad for us this week while we were visiting her. <BR> <BR> Layered Fruit Salad <BR> <BR> 3 cups low fat graham crackers crumbs <BR> 1 cup non fat yogurt <BR> 16 oz fat free cream cheese <BR> 1/3 cup sugar <BR> 1 1/2 cups frozen strawberries <BR> 3 1/2 cups fat free Cool Whip <BR> 6 cups sugar free strawberry jello ( 1 large and 1 small) <BR> <BR> 1. Preheat over to 350 and spray a 9 X 13 pan with cooking spray (fat free) <BR> <BR> 2. Mix graham cracker crumbs and y... Fri, 7 Aug 2015 19:54:35 EST Just a few..... Vacation this week was so much fun! Now I have to get back on track with eating because I was not so good for the last three days. My friends wanted to go to the new "Paula Dean " Restaurant in Pigeon Forge, Tn and , of course, most southern country food is rich in calories. <BR> We were able to find a few things reasonably healthy to eat like poppy seed salad, green beans and roast beef, but, we also had on our table mac n cheese, meatloaf with cheese sauce, squash casserole, corn bread ... Thu, 6 Aug 2015 20:29:10 EST All About The Fat! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Your body has 30 to 40 billion fat cells. Each is like a collapsible thin-walled tank. If you eat calories that you don't need for immediate energy, most of these are stored as fat. <BR> <BR> Shortness of breath may be the first sign of strain placed on your body by excess fat. That's because, as fat accumulates, it can crowd the space occupied by your organs. Fat accumulations in your ... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 07:27:18 EST "Let's Get Physical"! We've all heard it a thousand times...but...we need it goes. <BR> <BR> Research shows that people who include physical activity in their weight-loss programs are more like to keep their weight off than people who only change their diet. Physical activity promotes weight loss and improves your strength and flexibility, lowers your risk of heart disease, helps control blood pressure and diabetes, can promote a sense of well-being, and can decrease stress. <BR> <BR> Plus, it... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:53:19 EST The Burden <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hope is like the sun,which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us. <BR> <BR> Samuel Smiles <BR> <BR> Had a thought when I read this of wishing I could cast a shadow that was 15 pounds smaller than my current shadow. The burden would be gone. <BR> <BR> I am working on it Spark friends and I don't give up easy. <BR> <BR> I will <em>386</em> Sun, 26 Jul 2015 21:50:33 EST Need Motivation? These are a few tip that always help me and I have them printed for daily review! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 20:47:32 EST Busting Out Decided today to start using the Spark Coach to help me get losing again. Not only have I not lost in about a month, I have GAINED a total pound! <BR> <BR> This will be about living up to goals, tracking food and measuring, drinking my water and getting quality food in my daily menu. <BR> <BR> My personal problem will be coping with a bad knee and trying to do exercises to strengthen my thighs and quads to help the knee function and be ready for a knee replacement in November. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 22:11:50 EST Got Nabbed! This evening around 7:00 I decided I really needed a nice long walk to end a day of meeting schedules. We had church from 10 to 12:30, lunch and free time until 3:30, visit with Mom until 5:00 , visitation at funeral home, then dinner at local restaurant and home again. It was still about 90 degrees , but, I felt I just had to get out for a walk so I dressed in my coolest clothes, got my phone and ear plugs , set my <em>335</em> and I was ready. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> It was hot... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 22:12:02 EST The Ups And Downs This has certainly been a week of ups and downs for me. <BR> <BR> On Sunday we decided we had to freeze corn on Monday. I was ready and happy to get started early, even before I took time to check on my teams here on Spark People. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> DH and I were able to get 5 dozen ears done in about 6 hours. We decided to do 5 dozen more on Tuesday. On Tuesday morning I awoke and had a headache like never before <em>198</em> . It took medication to help me get started moving... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 22:18:45 EST Need Motivation? I love before and after pictures and always think..yes, that could be me! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Got to get it done! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Forward! <em>381</em> Tue, 14 Jul 2015 16:12:52 EST Making The Effort <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Getting back to our fruits and vegetables ( 5 servings daily) is an effort we need to practice if we are really wanting to change to a healthier lifestyle. Fri, 10 Jul 2015 20:52:05 EST Worth It All! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Physical strength is absolutely worth the effort! <BR> <BR> Sore is good and it only hurts when we first begin and really makes us feel better about ourselves! Wed, 8 Jul 2015 19:59:20 EST YES and NO! I believe we need the right mental picture in our minds for success at this game of getting healthier. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tue, 7 Jul 2015 08:41:37 EST About Heart Disease <img src=""> Thu, 2 Jul 2015 19:16:35 EST Not The A's, Nor The B's But The C's <img src=""> Wed, 1 Jul 2015 20:52:34 EST A Grandma's Dilemma <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I received a text message from my grandson this morning and our messages back and forth made me realize that I am a little out-of-it when it comes to texting with teenagers. It went a little like this. <BR> <BR> Zach: What ya doin today? <BR> <BR> Me: No plans <BR> <BR> Zach: Mind if I come hang? <BR> <BR> Me: Come on down. <BR> <BR> It is also common that they do... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 20:33:44 EST About Giving Up... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there. <BR> <BR> Will Rogers Wed, 24 Jun 2015 20:03:23 EST The Big Ones <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Don't be afraid to give your best to what are seemingly small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves. Dale Carnegie <BR> <BR> I think this is certainly relative to our getting healthier. Each little habit we change to make life healthier will make the total bod... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 17:04:42 EST Leave It To Judy.................... When I read this quote by Judy Garland I though how appropriate for many who struggle to have the hourglass figure. I have an apple shaped body and it will never be an hourglass figure. I accept that and have to try and keep it in the best shape possible, healthy and fit to do the things I enjoy. <BR> <BR> The quote: "Always be a first- rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else." <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 22 Jun 2015 20:48:14 EST Having To Overcome I think the single hardest thing for me to overcome has been learning to drink water. Never got into this habit too much until Spark People. <BR> <BR> I have learned that I need this water for my joints, and I do want better skin. I have found that the more exercise sessions I have the more water I want, so, this is killing two birds with one stone. I am now in the habit of drinking 16 ozs. four times a day and other times too because now I have the taste for and need it. <BR> <BR> Quo... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 16:05:22 EST Loyalty <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This morning while reading my devotional the word steadfast was used and I thought about all the word means. I then checked with Webster's to get an accurate definition. <BR> <BR> Steadfast: Not subject to change, fixed in place, firm in belief, determination, loyal. <BR> <BR> I can relate this to our journey to better health. While it sometimes may seem as slow as the turtle <em>134... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 14:17:52 EST Just Saying................ <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The goal is to look something like the lady in picture below. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> With commitment and work we can do it too! <BR> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> Sat, 13 Jun 2015 15:16:54 EST And Sista , Did It Rain As some of you who have read my blogs know, our golf club has a Monday afternoon captain's choice tournament . Last week we had to cancel at the last minute because of a thunder storm. Last evening we got started and had played 2 holes when the bottom fell out. My partner and I were on a short par 3 right beside a church. We went to church! We were able to be sheltered from the storm until the rain let up enough for us to get back to the club house. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 22:07:06 EST A Weekend Gone Are you wondering how did the weekend go so fast? Me too, but here is a recap of mine. Saturday was nice with golf beginning at 9:30 in a foursome of friends. My grandson was waiting for me to finish so he could have lunch-out with me. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lunch with Zachary was at Applebee's! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <B... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 22:25:26 EST In Or Out? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Gotta get it right the first time! Fri, 5 Jun 2015 07:56:46 EST Yea or Nay? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The decision is up to us! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We can all be winners with the right motivation! <em>381</em> Thu, 4 Jun 2015 20:35:49 EST Commit <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sounds so simple, doesn't it? <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> It isn't simple but........ <em>381</em> Wed, 3 Jun 2015 21:48:27 EST Thought for Tuesday <img src=""> Tue, 2 Jun 2015 22:17:05 EST Fun Planting I just love having plants around in the Spring and Summer months. Recently spent some time filling pots around our patio. My DH decided to get into the activity and I had to laugh once when I told him I was ready to plant the Marigolds. He asked which were the Marigolds and when I answered those were the yellow ones near the green planter. He said he had just finished planting those and he had. The only thing strange was he didn't want to disturb the pansies that were still blooming, ins... Fri, 29 May 2015 18:57:45 EST And It Happened Today I have been waiting, and hoping , and trying and it finally happened today. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I lost another pound! <em>244</em> Wed, 27 May 2015 21:38:05 EST Don't Forget! <img src=""> Mon, 25 May 2015 07:00:34 EST Regrets.......... So many times since I started my journey here on Spark People in 2011 I have regretted that I waited so long to be kind to my body. I am not the person I was that August when I was borderline in having to begin medication for high cholesterol and needing to get sugar under control. Thanks to SP for being able to track my food and for tips in exercising control and for all SP friends for the encouragement to get it done. <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 24 May 2015 23:00:52 EST Tips For Today There are only three! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> to ALL! Fri, 22 May 2015 20:50:43 EST Feeling The Burn! We have all heard fitness instructors talk about feeling the burn. I certainly felt it today. My DH and I pulled weeds , dug hard ground and planted a zillion flowers today. We planted Begonias, Salvia, marigolds, petunias and several others. From 8:00 to 1:00 this went on and then after a shower and lunch I went to Lowe's and purchased a few more which we were able to get in the ground by 8:00 PM. <BR> <img src=" Tue, 19 May 2015 23:21:09 EST And There HE Is........ <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Was so happy and extra proud to see my grandson graduating tonight at Salem Baptist Christian School. <BR> <BR> Will celebrate again tomorrow at a party for him! <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> Fri, 15 May 2015 22:18:39 EST