GOLFGMA's SparkPeople Blog GOLFGMA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community The Day With Family My sisters and I were so looking forward to this day. We had a call from a cousin last week asking us to save today for a visit from her and her sister. We had not seen them since last March, but, had contact via phone, email and facebook. They were coming from different directions since they live in two different counties. <BR> <BR> The cousins are my Mom's deceased sister's daughters and they wanted to see Mom so we all met at the assisted living facility where Mom resides. Pictured b... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:49:19 EST Fun Workout! Actually, a better description would have been "funny" as in ha, ha. <BR> <BR> I enjoy watching the talk show "Live With Kelly And Michael". This morning I happened to think of it in time to see only half the show. Decided to walk and exercise while I watched the show. I am so used to the Leslie Sansone workouts I can remember the knee lifts, kick-backs, up and back, etc.. Got started with those and then there was a commercial and I was not interested in watching that , so, I started r... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:10:06 EST Finally! Today was the day! Finally got the Aria scale set up and I am glad the wait is over. The advocate who helped today was very kind and took me through the process . <BR> <BR> My only regret is that my weigh in today was at an odd hour. I think I actually stepped on the scale for the four times for calibrating the scale around 5:00 PM. This is not the time of day I would usually do a weigh in, but, it will all come out OK when I establish a regular time. <BR> <BR> Will let you know how thi... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:41:17 EST Clearly Confusion! I am finding myself a little confused about water intake. I have spent some time trying to decide if you can drink too much water. I know that some people can because, I have a friend who was drinking so much trying to lose weight she drank more than her kidneys could handle and wound up in the hospital. <BR> <BR> In one article the following statement made sense: Our bodies contain from 55 to 78% water. To function properly, the body requires between one and seven liters of water per d... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 08:29:52 EST Surprise! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> According to the "Weather Chanel" we were to possibly get some snow on Wednesday evening. This morning at 6:30 when I first peeped out my window snow was falling and it was such a surprise. The picture above is from my kitchen window looking north. <BR> <BR> Picture below is from the south side of our house and even though the snow doesn't show up in the photo it was still coming down in a fine mist. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:37:08 EST Weekly Update This week has been so different from my normal week. The snow that came in on Monday had me rushing out for milk and bread like thousands of others. First time I had ever seen the grocery store out-of-milk! <em>466</em> <BR> <BR> My exercise routine was different since everything was inside with no outside long walks. Between workouts on You Tube with Leslie Sansone and Jessica Smith I was able to get in my 10,000 steps daily and at least 90 minutes of fitness minutes. I now have a s... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 08:36:19 EST Survival Images When Winter time blues begin to get my "goat" I have a few images in mind to get me through to Spring. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Seeing signs of Spring flowers underneath the layer of snow we have he... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 19:20:05 EST Hold On A Minute! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Less to do with exercising and more about what you put in your mouth. <BR> <BR> When I first saw this statement I did a double take to see who was putting down exercising. Quickly saw this was not the case. <BR> <BR> The article went on to state the true benefit of exercise is how it makes you feel. No matter how often we exercise, if we are not eating healthy our weight will not shift. Making an effort to MO... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 09:16:42 EST "The Aria" <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was so excited. Heard about the fitbit aria from a SP friend and decided it would be my next healthy purchase. This scale was to be another way to stay accountable. Connected to my fitbit tracker account it would send my weight to my Spark People account each time I used the scale. <BR> <BR> The first time I tried the set-up everything went well, I thought. The software downloaded fine and the scale was wo... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 09:54:00 EST Wishing For Team Support I know how much talking via comments, blogs and ect. has helped to keep me active and trying harder to improve myself has been. I want to get my team involved in supporting each other on our team page with getting to know each other through our team post and comments. I am encouraging with a challenge this week to walk 15 minutes each day and post whether they did it. <BR> Next week the challenge will be to post at least one blog. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 16 Feb 2015 09:01:57 EST Pop - Pop! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Some interesting facts I read today about one of my favorite foods. <BR> <BR> 1. A single portion of popcorn contains more antioxidants than all the fruit and vegetables most people eat in a day noted in a study by Scranton University. <BR> <BR> 2. Popcorn also has a large amount of vitamins; folate, niacin, riboflavin, thiamine, vitamin B,A, and K as well as being a source of iron, potassium, zinc, and polyphe... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 16:20:41 EST My, How times Have Changes I was having a little snack tonight before bed time and I had to smile to myself and think how a few years ago I would not have been eating applesauce. Applesauce was for when the children were small. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Now I am often eating applesauce for one of my two fruits per day. Tonight I added raisins because I had no fruits on my tracking food list. <BR> <BR> Ahhh, it is so good and so handy in little cartons ... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 22:47:53 EST A Must Do! If we are serious about eating healthy and losing weight a "must do" is eating breakfast. Eating breakfast revs up your metabolism and stops you from eating later. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Healthy fats will help you to keep going and going............. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Include proteins and whole grains. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 15:31:56 EST Emphasis On................ The emphasis will be on "calories in versus calories out" in this blog just reminding us to keep this important balance in mind. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>3... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 10:12:51 EST On Being Grateful <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today while reading an article here on SP I read an interesting fact regarding being grateful. <BR> <BR> Researchers are finding that people who show and express the most gratitude are happier, healthier and more energetic. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Grateful people report fewer symptoms such as headaches, stomachaches, nausea, even acne and they spe... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 21:14:20 EST Looking At Comps Comparing photos of what we could look like if we get the weight off. I have to say it set off triggers. I want to make these changes happen for real! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> ... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:48:11 EST Zippety Dooh Dah! In my opinion yesterday was a zippety dooh dah day. The sun was shinning and outside was calling my name. I bundled up with fuzzy gear and warm gloves for the 40 degree temperature. I grabbed my recorded playlists on iphone and headed out for a brisk walk. <BR> <BR> It wasn't long before I was walking beside a babbling brook. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In our neck of the woods we're seeing small signs that Spring is on the wa... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:33:06 EST A Tip Or Two Mt tips are just those that we hear every day on Spark People, but I need the reminders constantly to stay on track. Since pictures speak stronger than words here's talking to ya! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Start with a plan. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Exercise feels so good once you get going! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:18:10 EST Ready For Valentine If you are in the floral business you are probably gearing up for a busy February 14 th. If you are still looking for the special person to spend that day with you might want to spend the time improving the physical appearance. Any excuse is a good one for getting more fit! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 25 Jan 2015 14:48:15 EST Surprise! Surprise! I don't know if this is something new or what, but, today I had a text message on my phone recognizing me as an over-achiever for Fitbit! <BR> <BR> I had 12,925 steps for yesterday. I have had more than that on other days so, I am still thinking this is something new. <BR> <BR> This evening when I synced the Fitbit I had 13,974 steps, so, I will be waiting to see if I get another message. <BR> <BR> Anyone know what is going on? Wed, 21 Jan 2015 22:26:45 EST Challenge Accepted Recently I noticed when I am syncing my Fitbit at the end of the day the dashboard breaks down the number of steps, shows the hours of the day when I am most active and the graph shows in green when I have achieved the highest level of exercise. <BR> <BR> I have let seeing this green post which says Champ be my motivation and I challenge myself to, at least, reach this champ level each day. I have to reach at least 30 minutes of very active exercise to meet the challenge. <BR> <BR> I wa... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 08:27:00 EST It's A Start With the New Year came a decision to buckle down and be serious about my healthy habits. Having experienced what changing my habits has brought about since 2011, I know what changing more could do. <BR> <BR> This year I will do more aeroboic exercises <em>312</em> even on <em>278</em> golf days and see what I can accomplish. I will also do more strength <em>362</em> and toning. <BR> <BR> The first two weeks have gone well and I am at the place where I want to meet daily goals i... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 08:07:34 EST Brain Power As we grow older we need to keep brain function from declining. We need to exercise the brain just as we exercise for physical improvement. <BR> <BR> We can also eat foods that help stimulate our brain for healthier living. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Blueberries help protect the brain from oxidative stress and may reduce the effect of age related c... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 08:14:12 EST Danger Flu Is Here! Had not heard of much flu in our area until this past weekend. We have diagnosed cases in our community. We all know some of the prevention tips. Here is one of the most important after the flu shot tip. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wishing all a healthy Winter season! Wed, 14 Jan 2015 13:15:59 EST Give One Today Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It may be the only sunshine he sees all day. <BR> Quoted in "P.S. I love You" <BR> <BR> A smile confuses an approaching frown. Author Unknown <BR> <BR> A smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks. Charles Gordy <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Keep your smile bright wi... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 08:41:44 EST Ideas To Live By When I want something new such as a piece of furniture or something else for the house I go to the internet and start looking and pricing. <BR> <BR> Today I went looking for some motivation and the results were as pictured: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 16:01:11 EST ARE MY VITAMINS SHOWING? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's OK. I don't mind if you see them! <BR> <BR> I am hibernating because of the cold here in NC. I need help when this is all I can blog about. <BR> Maybe I should sing Annie's song "Tomorrow, Tomorrow" and hope for <em>67</em> . Fri, 9 Jan 2015 13:31:33 EST Little Extras The extras I am referring to are condiments. Condiments are food but sometimes they can add calories that jeopardize our losing weight. <BR> <BR> One tablespoon of creamy salad dressing <em>181</em> can add 80 calories, a regular tablespoon of Mayo has 100 calories. <BR> <BR> There are other condiments we can use for less calories that don't give up taste like mustard (only 9 to 15 per tbsp), reduced fat mayo (about 25 per tbsp), light salad dressing (15 to 25 per tbsp), pickle relish ... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 18:53:12 EST Please??? NO! While browsing for more healthy ways to start my New Year I came across an article that suggests cutting back on drinks that are too caloric. It was very disturbing! I guess it was probably right though. According to the article our fancy coffees can be a meal in a cup . It also noted that America's collective rise in weight has coincided with the growth of it's coffee cups. <BR> <BR> Did you know Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino (16 oz. with whole milk and whipped cream) equa... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 20:31:29 EST Braving A Craving It seems sometimes like our life is all about craving this or that. Sometimes it's food, sometimes clothes, beauty or maybe just status. Of course , on this site we're all about food and fitness so in looking for answers I found some suggestions . <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 1. Determine what you're craving. Then ask yourself if you're stressed, bored, frustrated, sad. If so, you're eating to fill an emotional void rather tha... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 11:56:34 EST Build Balance There is an important part of fitness that we often neglect. It's balance. My husband suffered a stroke in 2004 and has had balance issues since that time. In September Dr. Bey, his neurologist, sent him for some physical therapy to improve his balance. It is remarkable what just a few minutes a day could do to improve his balance and make him feel better about himself. As a result he started trying other exercises and now, wonder of wonders, he is walking several times a day and gaini... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 10:05:44 EST Workout! One of my favorite workouts is a 12 minute fat burning workout by Jessica Smith. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 12 minute Jessica Smith Power Walk At Home <BR> <BR> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 09:44:59 EST Can't Get Enough Most people don't get enough exercise. The most common excuse is "not enough time". I have used that excuse myself, however I now feel most anyone can find the time if we try. Thirty minutes of light activity a day is all that is really necessary. Three 10 minute walks will do it. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Strength toning can be done seated. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 09:31:30 EST Predicting Your Future "The best way to predict your future is to create it." <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I want my future to include all of ... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 20:30:15 EST Remembering <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Reading Luke 2: 1-20 reminds us of the glorious birth of our Savior. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The Wise Men came. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> JESUS! <BR> <BR> Praying that all have felt the "Spirit of Christmas" on this day set aside to celebrate His birth! Thu, 25 Dec 2014 18:29:14 EST Christmas Card to Spark Friends <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thanks to all who have made this year fun. I appreciate all your comments, support and look forward to 2015 to continue this healthier journey. <BR> <BR> Merry Christmas! Wed, 24 Dec 2014 18:18:48 EST Finding Christmas <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One of our Sparkers had a blog one day this week regarding finding the joy in Christmas. I thought about how many of Christmases past where I didn't find that joy. I was tired of cooking, cleaning, wrapping, shopping and was pretty miserable at times. <BR> <BR> It is strange, but, now our family doesn't exchange gifts. Instead we take the amount of money we would spend buying at least 5 gifts and buy for fam... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 21:39:26 EST About Courage "Courage is the ladder on which all other virtues mount." <BR> -Clare Booth Luce <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Joshua 1: 9 Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:40:41 EST CHANGE "Change before you have to." Jack Welch <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:54:14 EST It's Time Realizing that this month is half over AND this is the last month of 2014. Time for a new year and making decisions regarding what we want to achieve in 2015. I would definitely want to raise my goals and do better especially regarding strength toning. A few reminders for getting there. Wish me luck? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://phot... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:56:49 EST Small Gestures "Things don't have to change the world to be important" - Steve Jobs <BR> <BR> Just thinking of all the ways I see people doing nice things for others during this Christmas season. I'm sure they are there doing these all season, but, somehow knowing we are more conscious of the gift given us in our gift of the Christ child, makes it special during this time. I will be looking for ways I can pay it forward this season. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 15 Dec 2014 09:10:06 EST NAUGHTY OR NICE? Shopping can get a little hectic when the time is getting near to December 25th and we haven't completed our Christmas list. This seems to be a time when personalities show whether we are naughty or nice. In a very crowded store people see you and make a judgement when you show impatience or unkindness. Be kind to those around you and to store cashiers who take a lot of abuse from impatient customers when through no fault of their own you may be held in a long line. <BR> <BR> Following a... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 07:28:41 EST HANG ON! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Christmas is such a busy time and it is easy to get caught up in all the shopping, baking, wrapping gifts and trying to make it to family gatherings and keep everyone happy. It is also a time when it may be hard to keep calories in check and be too busy (we think) to get our regular exercise in each day. <BR> <BR> My advice is to remember we have already been given the greatest gift, the perfect gift in the birt... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 18:45:45 EST PERFECTION "When you aim for perfection, you find out it is a moving target." George Fisher <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tue, 9 Dec 2014 18:30:58 EST Making A Difference <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sometimes making a d... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 10:37:44 EST DESTINY <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Which road will I take? The truth is we create our future! Good habits make for good futures! <BR> <BR> Fri, 5 Dec 2014 07:23:27 EST INSPIRATION "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." _ John Quincy Adams <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 4 Dec 2014 07:00:04 EST Discipline "Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments." Jim Rohn <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Controlling wha... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 18:57:48 EST Time Changes "They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself." <BR> Andy Warhol <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Time does change us but we must redirect as needed and that is defi... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 11:33:45 EST Expectations "High expectations are the key to everything." <BR> Sam Walton <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Set your goal high and KNOW that you CAN reach it! We have to believe it before we can achieve it! Sun, 30 Nov 2014 14:05:15 EST