GOLFGMA's SparkPeople Blog GOLFGMA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Saturday Fun I <em>26</em> getting together with friends on Saturday. Today was no exception. The <em>259</em> was showing 38 degrees at 11:45 AM and we were planning to play <em>278</em> at 12:00. It was <em>67</em> and the wind wasn't blowing so we kept our plans and played . After the 18 hole round my Fitbit showed 9,311 steps. <BR> <BR> So glad we kept those plans! <em>100</em> Sat, 6 Feb 2016 16:59:33 EST Smart Kid? Teacher: Can any bright pupil tell me why a man's hair turns gray before his mustache? <BR> <BR> Student: 'Cause his hair has a twenty-year head start on his mustache. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sometimes you wonder what kids are really learning. The teacher pointed at the <em>232</em> , turned to the six year old, and asked him what it was. <BR> He answered, "It is the flag of my country... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 22:18:53 EST No Way! Yes, Way! <BR> <BR> Today was a <em>27</em> day here in North Carolina. It could have been a good day for <em>102</em> . I had a hair dresser's appointment at 9:00. I did not go back to sleep when I woke at 5:20. <em>128</em> After getting out of bed I had <em>106</em> and my toast. I had lots of time then before getting ready to make the appointment. Decided to hop on my bike and get 30 minutes of exercise. <em>324</em> <BR> <BR> After the appointment I was kind of at... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 20:58:16 EST Join This Game This morning, while reading a blog someone wrote here on Spark People, I remember commenting that I could never imagine not having some sweet treats in my life. I would rather do more exercise and have a 1 oz. snack than do without all together. Moderation is key if trying this. <BR> <BR> Eating sugar won't cause you to gain weight as long as you do not exceed the number of total calories that you need daily. However we have to be careful about added sugars in the foods we consume . <BR> ... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 17:04:24 EST Energy Proteins provide 4 calories per gram. They can be used as an energy source. <BR> <BR> Here's a tip: Stuff a baked potato with cottage cheese, steamed broccoli, and a sprinkling of Parmesan for a meal filled with protein and good nutrition. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Mon, 1 Feb 2016 16:39:59 EST How Can It Be? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My very good friend passed from this life today. In August, her doctor noticed something in her blood work that was irregular. After other tests it was discovered that she had Cancer and it had spread to several places. Chemo nor radiation would be able save her life. <BR> <BR> It seems so unreal that we were playing golf together in October, when the above picture was taken, and now she... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 19:07:56 EST Interesting Snow While being snowed in I kept peeking out the window to see if there was anyone brave enough to be on the roads. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Saw a few four wheelers and some gocarts just playing around having fun. They were doing donut type spinning in circles. I would have been dizzy <em>33</em> like a drunk person. <BR> <BR> This snow is interesting today because with the <em>67</em> shining on it the snow looks like millions of diamonds sparkling. It is so pretty! <BR> <BR> I fin... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 13:18:11 EST The Little Green Things <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yes, Spark friends if you are going green these green peas can help you. They along with beans, peanuts, and artichokes are really good sources of magnesium. This mineral is great to supply energy to our body. Spinach is one of the best sources of iron which helps speed oxygen to our cells and gives us energy. <BR> <BR> I track my intake of magnesium in my daily food report. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 22:12:20 EST Now That''s Better............... Borrowing words from the Wendy's commercial................Now that's better <BR> <BR> I have struggled for several days to get back on track with my exercises. Today I finally feel comfortable with what I did. <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Early this morning I went to You tube and selected a Leslie Sansone walk video and for 30 minutes we walked in place <em>311</em> and did side steps, knee lifts, kick backs and kicks. <BR> <BR> After that, for most of the day, I spent time with my mother... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 23:11:27 EST If They Can............... Decided a little motivation was needed for myself today so I looked for some success mages to get me there. It always helps to see what others have done and to know it can be done. Check out these before and after photos. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 17 Jan 2016 15:45:21 EST Sharing Recipe For a Friday seafood recipe try this: <BR> <BR> Baked Haddock <BR> <BR> 4-4oz Haddock fillets (or any other firm fish) <BR> 1/2 cup lime juice <BR> 1 T. onion, dried <BR> 1-16oz can diced tomatoes <BR> 1 T. parsley, dried <BR> <BR> Place fish in shallow dish <BR> <BR> Combine lime juice, onion, tomatoes and parsley <BR> <BR> Pour mixture over fish <BR> <BR> Bake uncovered at 400 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes. <BR> <BR> Servings 4 <BR> Calories:149, Total fat:3, Fiber:1. Fri, 15 Jan 2016 11:32:38 EST "You Bet We Can!" I think January is a good time for a fresh start because, for the rest of the year, we have a plan in place to keep repeating, month after month and day after day. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> YOU BET WE ... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 10:18:18 EST TGIF! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have a great one Spark Friends! Fri, 8 Jan 2016 17:47:55 EST Think It Healthy! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thought this was a great way to start the new year on a good note. My goal is to spend more minutes exercising. <BR> <BR> My first day there is a little problem because my Mon was taken to the hospital and has pneumonia and a very bad urinary infection . We are staying with her around the clock. With no sleep last time getting even 30 minutes in today has been a struggle. I did get 30 b... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 15:32:04 EST Happy New Year <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hoping this is the best year ever for everyone! Fri, 1 Jan 2016 16:07:12 EST Fired For Health I joined a new challenge today. The challenge will be keeping to healthy foods. I have definitely needed to buckle down lately. I have read the article, looked at my menu planner and printed my shopping list. Going for it! Downloaded my motivational picture plate. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 30 Dec 2015 10:43:56 EST Looking Into 2016 It's that time of year again when we make our plans and goals for another year. My number one resolutions is making a change in the reading on my Fitbit scale. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The next will be to get back to the basics. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I want to do away with this pessimistic attitude that so many e... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 20:26:42 EST Family Christmas 2015 My sisters and I got our families together on December 20th to celebrate with my Mother, aged 94. We were in the assisted living facility where Mom has been a resident for 2 years. They have several places where families can reserve space for gatherings. We had the Activities Room where , during the week the residents meet to exercise, play bingo, and other activities. The first photo is of Mom, seated, my sisters Treva , Wanda and me on the end. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeop... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 13:53:33 EST One OF My Favorite Things! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Did I mention that I love oranges? I love to smell them, juice them and best of all eat them! <BR> <BR> A few Reasons you might like them more: <BR> <BR> 1. Oranges strengthen your emotional body, encouraging a feeling of joy. <BR> <BR> 2. They are a popular snack for athletes because they can be easily eaten for a burst of energy. <BR> <BR> 3. They help prevent cancer. <BR> <BR> 4.... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 22:33:16 EST I Tried It. I like It! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I played 18 holes in a fun golf tournament. Came home and had a thin roast beef sandwich with 1/2 cup of fresh Spinach and some blueberries. <em>246</em> Fri, 18 Dec 2015 15:36:31 EST Christmas Depression Was thinking today about the fact that so many people suffer from depression at Christmas time. My Mother was one of those. Every year my sisters and I would realize that Mom was probably going to be "sick". She would usually become physically ill and by Christmas be on medication or in bed. <BR> <BR> If you have a family member who shows any of these signs find professional help for them: <BR> <BR> 1. Sadness <BR> 2. Lack of energy <BR> 3. Loss of interest <BR> <BR> <img src="ht... Sun, 13 Dec 2015 14:17:46 EST Simple Reminder <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Every now and then I need to go back to day one and remind myself of the basics. Fri, 11 Dec 2015 08:24:43 EST Happy <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I believe this goes along with the fact that when we smile at someone else it makes us feel better (happy). <BR> <BR> I want to be this person. <img src=""> Wed, 9 Dec 2015 22:40:12 EST Habits The following are habits I am learning to better control Arthritis: <BR> <BR> Self Management. I am learning to track my pain to find out what, where and when I feel the most pain. <BR> <BR> Exercise. I have learned that the more I exercise the better my body feels and I feel better mentally because I know that I am doing something positive for my health. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Eat Healthfully. I am including... Wed, 2 Dec 2015 22:53:09 EST Happy Goal We makes goals for ourselves to get healthy, get slim, get toned but forget to set our goal to be happy and make others happy! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Be Happy! Mon, 30 Nov 2015 15:31:13 EST Grateful <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 10:56:26 EST THANKSGIVING 2015 Our family had our annual meal with my mom at our house on Sunday, November 22. We do this each year so the grandchildren who are married can share with their other families on Thanksgiving Day. <BR> <BR> Pictured are some of the ideas used this year and my favorite new recipe for 2015. <BR> <BR> Parmesan Broccolli Balls <BR> <BR> 1- 10 oz pckg chopped frozen broccoli ..............6 eggs, beaten <BR> 1- 6 oz pkg chicken flavored dry stuffing mix ......3/4 cups margarine, melted <BR> 1/2... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 10:59:44 EST My First One Today I received the first of three Synvis injections in my right knee. The PA who administered the shot said to think of it as an oil change for my knee since the drug is for lubricating the joint. <BR> It was not very painful and the only thing I noticed was a feeling of minor pressure as the medicine went in. <BR> I will be getting another next Tuesday and another on December 1st. Will know after that whether they will work or not. <BR> Was told to take it a little easy today. ... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 19:23:04 EST No One But Us! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We choose our goals and it up to us to make it happen. The harder we work at it the the faster we reach our goal! Wed, 18 Nov 2015 21:28:21 EST What We Really Need Americans spend over ten billion dollars a year on vitamins. Sadly, the amount of supplements analyzed by consumer groups that contained doses much lower or higher than stated on their labels was one-third. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Scientists are finding that when micronutrients like antioxidants are isolated and taken on their own, they don't have the same health benefits as when they are consumed natu... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 08:17:37 EST It's My Life Seems I will have to adjust my exercise routine to get past the overstretched hamstring I find myself with. Dr Lang gave me a list of therapy stretches to do for 2 or 3 weeks and I must say I agree with the guy below. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I like leg raises better. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> They all take more time ... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 10:01:20 EST Relief! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The horrible pain I experienced on Sunday evening has gotten much better. Followed suggestion for using the R. I. C. E. rule and it worked. <BR> <BR> After calling the doctor early Monday morning and getting an appointment to see him I followed the rest, ice, compress and elevate and around 6:00 Monday evening I was finally able to move a little better and walk by myself. This morning ... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 17:39:58 EST How Could I Do This? I am so bummed today! Last evening while exercising I managed to injure my right knee again. This is the knee already needing surgery. Today I am struggling just to get around my home. <BR> <em>46</em> <BR> The orthopedic doctor could not see me before tomorrow. I have an appointment with him tomorrow at 9:30. I can't drive myself and my DH is sick himself, so, a friend will be taking me. <em>220</em> Thank goodness for friends! Mon, 9 Nov 2015 19:04:54 EST Celebrating Got my 70,000 steps in early today and I am celebrating. <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> Just hanging out watching a Hallmark movie. <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> Hope all my SP friends are having a nice Saturday! <em>244</em> Sat, 7 Nov 2015 19:24:26 EST Philosophy <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I need to remember this when making daily choices. My future depends on it! Fri, 6 Nov 2015 08:01:36 EST Just Woke Up <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We have all read blogs on this sight regarding the moment we knew it was time to make some changes. For me it was a doctor's visit and my GP telling me my cholesterol and sugar was borderline and maybe I should consider medication. That was my Aha moment. <BR> <BR> After joining SP , tracking my food, and beginning an exercise program my very next visit to the GP went so well. It was my... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 09:55:57 EST BE HAPPY <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Be so happy <BR> <BR> That when others <BR> <BR> Look at you <BR> <BR> They become HAPPY <BR> <BR> Too! <BR> Sun, 1 Nov 2015 10:34:42 EST Almost! When my DH came in for lunch and said he was going to clean up our lawn this afternoon I had just finished a 3 mile workout with a Leslie Lansone video and I was feeling pretty energized so I asked if I could help. He has a vacuum for the lawn mower and agreed maybe I could help by getting all the leaves out of the shrub's and around the trees where he couldn't get real close. Started this raking process and I had my part finished after 3 hours and DH was well on the way to completion when... Fri, 30 Oct 2015 17:12:32 EST Silence <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I find this to be true and I totally enjoy silence. I especially like my early morning silence and time to study God's word, even, before morning coffee. Somehow that "ole Joe" tastes better <BR> when I am reminded where all my blessings originate. <BR> Wed, 28 Oct 2015 10:29:42 EST Courage <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Never quit because you messed up one day. Start over next day. <em>306</em> Mon, 26 Oct 2015 16:30:05 EST Life Is Brighter <img src=""> Sat, 24 Oct 2015 08:34:56 EST Like Jam <img src=""> Fri, 23 Oct 2015 21:13:30 EST About Friendship Having a friend who listens to the good and bad that happens in your life is a blessing. Having a friend to share wonderful experiences is a blessing. Having a friend with Cancer is painful and knowing there is nothing you can do is not happening. For me, I know that I can pray and I can be there if she needs me. <BR> <BR> This friend and I have played golf together for several years, played Canasta on Monday evenings for a number of years, celebrated birthdays, traveled together and can... Wed, 21 Oct 2015 08:14:09 EST Reducing Stress What to eat to reduce stress.....eggs, poultry and beef. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> They're loaded with tryptophan, an amino acid known to bring on a relaxed state . Hmnn, I'm thinking ahead for a few weeks and <em>429</em> <em>430</em> . Bet we can have the best ever <em>10... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 22:43:34 EST It's A Keeper! I have a friend from another state visiting me this weekend. She is diabetic and I was looking for diabetic recipes in our Spark People resources and found three I wanted to try. The one I liked best was listed as "Dreamsicle Dessert" pictured............. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The recipe makes 6 servings and it is so simple to make. There are only three ingredients, plus, you can make this using a ... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 21:06:38 EST Needing Zzzzzzzzz's <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Suggestions from Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine: <BR> <BR> Increase exposure to daylight. In a study of 49 working adults those with a daytime window seat were exposed to 173 percent more light, which helped them sleep more deeply and for 46 minutes longer than those without the window seat. <BR> <BR> Reason: Light helps sync the cicadian rhythms that govern sleep. <BR> <BR> Alter... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 08:26:25 EST Every Bone.... Every bone in my body is tired tonight. <em>24</em> It is entirely my fault. Decided early this morning <em>128</em> to get some <em>465</em> Fall cleaning done. Asked my dear hubby to help. We washed blinds and windows , porches, doors and shutters and these were not easy because we have two stories and 19 double hung windows. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I think it may be several days before I dare ask my for Hubby's help again. Tomorrow I tackle light fixtures. But before that ... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 19:31:41 EST Scenes Of Fall I love seeing Fall show up on our golf course each year. Just wanted to share a few from this morning. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 9 Oct 2015 17:15:14 EST Choose To Be Happy <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The way to be happy is to make others happy. <BR> Helping others is the secret of all success___ <BR> in business, in the arts and in the home. <BR> <BR> We do not know how cheap the seeds of happiness <BR> are or we would scatter them more often. <BR> <BR> Be Happy! <em>224</em> <BR> Wed, 7 Oct 2015 20:30:27 EST I Can Walk But..... Today I am seeing the doctor who will do a knee replacement for me in December. I have known about the visit since July when I went for a problem with extreme pain in my right knee. <BR> <BR> The reason for this decision is because there is no other way to fix the knee because of broken cartilage on one side. It is only when I make a wrong step or twist that I have the bad pain. <BR> <BR> For me the big reasons are: I can walk, but, I can't run! <BR> ... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 07:48:51 EST