SCOTMAMA's SparkPeople Blog SCOTMAMA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Your Smile for Today! <img src=""> <BR> Pets can have a hard time fitting in or on our furniture, but it's tempting! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Is dis da right way? Or is I jus too small? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Yep, we both fit, Mom. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Somehow it looks more comfy when "you" sit ... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:40:44 EST A Hidden Calorie Burner! We all know about calories in versus calories out. The "out" amount has to be bigger than the "in" amount. And of course, you do this by putting your body through an many calorie-burning exercises as possible. Or as many as impossible, or at least that's the way it seems at times. <BR> <BR> We all know how easy the calorie in part is. Spot some food, especially sweet or salty type things, pop it into your mouth, chew a bit, and wham! scads of calories "in." I, myself, am practically a p... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:25:40 EST JULY <em>67</em> <em>259</em> <em>27</em> <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <em>195</em> <BR> <BR> July, a very patriotic month! So enjoy the fireworks, the BBQ's, the swimming and for those in AZ and NV, the Monsoon Season, which means rain and more rain! <BR> <BR> J - Just because it's hot out doesn't mean you can skip exercising & walking! <BR> <BR> U - Understand the ratio, calories in - calories out.... make the calories out larger! <BR> <BR> L - Love all those changes that are h... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 01:31:20 EST Some Days....... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Some days you're just too tired to think of anything to write about! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just like some days it's better not to get on the scale!! Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:38:26 EST Sometimes It's the Little Things We start out having a goal and sometimes the big picture gets lost in our focus of that one, and only that one, certain goal. We don't even notice the little things that are happening to our bodies, our minds, our attitudes. <BR> <BR> Take for instance, a few years ago if someone had suggested getting up at 5:00 or 6:00 a.m. just for the sake of taking a walk when it was cooler outside; I would have laughed at them. I like to sleep until I wake up normally, not to the sound of an alarm. But... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 01:16:24 EST I'm Positively Positive! <em>9</em> Positives should be shared -- so here's one! I'm down to 136! <BR> <BR> <em>268</em> Another positive -- my new home is entirely painted on the inside! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Although our rainy season is just around the corner, no rain yet! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> The good thing about that is our tile roof got installed before rain! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Flowers are all doing well! <BR> <BR> Estimated time ... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 13:30:51 EST SUMMER! <img src=""> <BR> No matter what your plans are for this summer, everyone loves summers! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Dazzling wild flowers! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Even the turtle gets rid of his shell for summer! Shed the extra clothing! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Romantic solitude ... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 17:09:43 EST Just a Quickie! (photo's) At last, the house under construction has had the stucco applied. It looks so much better now, imagine how enticing it will be when it's cocoa brown with a dark brown trim, and the reddish-color tiles are in place! Even better when we finally get doors!! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> And here is a bit closer, although I wonder looking at this if the front door will get all the attention it deserves. It will be bright red with an oval glass in it... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 12:24:21 EST I need a Brain Check-up Not really -- it's nothing a medical doctor can advise me on. Instead I'm turning to my friends on SparkPeople to help me out, like you always do. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> I have been on here way too often talking about the summer house and how the progress was not fast enough. Of course it isn't, it never is! <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> I have put most of you to sleep reading about it, but trying to give me your support even if you were bored! <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> I have said over a... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 13:18:32 EST My new quilt -- and other photo's As I have mentioned before, there are two Quilting Groups in Prescott (AZ) and after the Yarnell Hill Fire that destroyed 121 homes, they wondered what they might do to help the people who were rebuilding. They came up with the idea of donating some of the quilts they had been working on. I don't know how many ladies there are in each group, but I do know they donated 25 handmade quilts. What a generous gesture. And while they are in a wide range of colors to choose from, each has a printe... Fri, 30 May 2014 14:58:48 EST If It Is To BE ~~~~ It Is Up To ME! <img src=""> <BR> If we started out looking like this -- or even close to it, and we want to get to <BR> <img src=""> <BR> we can't depend on Santa Claus, or even God! We are the ones who got ourselves into the situation of being overweight, and "we" are the ones who will have to get us out. <BR> <BR> You can get a personal trainer! True, they will show you how to correctly do va... Tue, 27 May 2014 14:24:20 EST Strange Sunday Saturday night I went to bed sometime between 10:00 and 11:00, anticipating getting up early on Sunday morning so we could attend church. <em>102</em> <em>288</em> <BR> <BR> But, inexplicitly, instead of falling into a peaceful sleep, I found to my surprise that sleep did not come. And as I saw the hours slowing ticking away on my bedside clock, I realized instead of becoming sleepy I was becoming more energized as each hour passed. Finally, with a sigh I got up and went to the kitche... Sun, 25 May 2014 21:44:18 EST Streaks! <img src=""> <BR> I couldn't find a photo of a naked person streaking, so this will have to do! lol <BR> But, that wasn't the kind of streaking I was referring to anyway. Read on...... <BR> <BR> Streaking is when you make up your mind to do some certain 'healthy' thing or to cut out some 'unhealthy' food. Actually it could apply to just about anything in your life, from doing cleaning in your home every day..... to cleaning your face... Thu, 22 May 2014 21:31:16 EST Just a Little This and That <em>40</em> I didn't get in any noticeable exercise yesterday as I was trying my best to get some storage cabinets put together. True, buying things unassembled may cost less (because you can order from the Internet) but putting them together is not my cup of tea. Not my forte either! So far I have latches on the doors and the little things they click into on the shelves, handles on the doors, and some type of funny looking little brackets that do God knows what. <BR> <BR> Found out that... Mon, 19 May 2014 12:04:38 EST Helping me get more Exercise! <img src=""> <BR> No doubt about it -- most of us tend to be on the lazy side. We have good intentions, like this kitty who was going to do some exercises; but we fall asleep on the job! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Looking at this picture made me laugh ~~ but then I got to thinking......(one of those brilliant thought moments) "I" could use my weights while I'm laying on my bed, ... Fri, 16 May 2014 11:51:20 EST Flowers Around My Yarnell Home <img src=""> <BR> Petunias and roses in this rock planter all survived the fire -- and they thrived! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Mexican Primroses do well, and look even better with the soot from the fire! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> We were shocked when this one came back to life during the summer! <BR> <BR> <img src="http:... Tue, 13 May 2014 00:22:21 EST Holly's Modeling (photo's) Holly seems very at home in the Master Bedroom and has not had much luck with venturing out into the 'big' house, usually hides when this happens, but here are some photo's she was very agreeable to. She's curious about the camera -- actually she is curious about nearly everything! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I'm Holly, but still a little bit shy. But come and see 'my bedroom.' <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 11 May 2014 13:55:14 EST Holly's New Home (and MY new Kitty) <img src=""> <BR> Hi Sparkers! My name is HOLLY, because it was December, close to Christmas when they found me, and my one little baby. The baby didn't make it, and I almost didn't; but a nice lady was very patient with me. I was so scared I couldn't eat, couldn't drink and couldn't even go to the bathroom. She hydrated me and took care of all my needs, and after 3 days of that, I learned to pull myself together and do it myself. <B... Tue, 6 May 2014 15:24:39 EST No Sleep ~~ But full of energy! <em>40</em> Spent the entire night looking at the clock and getting up to use the bathroom. Ordinarily I would get up one or two times, but when I can't sleep, about every hour I think "I'll just go to the bathroom, then if I fall asleep, maybe I'll sleep a lot longer." Finally at 6:00 a.m. I figured I may as well get up, after all, it wasn't doing me any good to lay in bed. <BR> <BR> This has been happening on a fairly regular basis ever since our summer home burned down. My mind is jus... Mon, 5 May 2014 16:03:25 EST Happy Memories ~~ Disappointing Results How many of you have looked at the <em>192</em> the morning after a happy night out on the town with friends? Sure, all of us have done that. It's UP!!! <BR> <BR> Now suppose there are a whole bunch of happy events/memories taking place over a certain area of time. Like planning your daughter's wedding. Here we go! Shopping for a dress (lunch afterward) checking out caterers (lunch afterward) meeting with bridesmaids (lunch served) and...... well, no matter what the occasion, believe me... Sun, 4 May 2014 15:59:55 EST A Way for ME to eat more Fruits/Veggies <em>45</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>550</em> <em>551</em> <em>258</em> <em>267</em> <em>485</em> <BR> Just because all these things appeal to me doesn't mean I'm good at eating them! I find myself in a rut sometimes because I tend to eat many of the same things, day after day. Sure, they are all healthy, but sometimes it's hard for me to get enough of the dark green veggies (folate) and other than the lemon I squeeze into my water and the banana... Fri, 2 May 2014 17:04:08 EST June 30, 2013 to April 19, 2014 This blog has nothing to do with my weight, although in reality it did knock me down, and although I managed to get up and continue on, there were a few side effects. <BR> <BR> I know also, that some of you probably think I am getting obsessed about how and when the summer home in Yarnell will ever be finished. It's been such a long haul and it's far from over. <BR> <BR> But this is how our beloved summer retreat looked on June 30, 2013 after the "Yarnell Hill Forest Fire" took it's toll... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 21:10:03 EST How Good Are You At Following Directions? <em>58</em> Are you the type of person who follows directions to a T, or do you think you know best and change things around a little? Well, if you're cooking from a recipe and you add a little something or maybe leave out a little something -- it may or may not turn out as you hoped. But -- if you've decided it's time to head down the trail to a Healthy Lifestyle the little changes you make could make a big difference. <BR> <BR> I don't have a degree in this, but I've lived a long life ... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 11:53:57 EST I Think I Must Be Unique <img src=""> <BR> I think I must be unique...... which is nothing new in my life. I have B positive type blood, which only 6% of the people have. When I had to have my eye dilated for 2 or 3 months in a row, my eye did not go back down to the normal sized pupil when it was over. This happens to only 6% of the people. For the past 14 years I have something that causes various parts of my face or tongue to swell unexpectedly. Tests have be... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 23:58:59 EST THINKING! -- Always a bad thing to do <img src=""> <BR> Now if a sign like that doesn't motivate you, nothing will. But seriously, have you ever had one of those days when you just feel like you'd like to turn your brain off? <BR> <BR> I tend to over-analyze. I tend to dwell on things that I have NO control over. I tend to worry about when things will get done, if things will get done, and when they do get done, how will I handle all the stuff that needs to be done "then.... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:03:09 EST Concentrate on the Positives! Concentrate on the Positives -- and let the negatives go! <BR> <BR> Just that one little sentence could turn your whole life around. If all you thought about were the positives in your life there would be no stress eating! After all, you are concentrating on all the good things, it's when the negatives occupy your thoughts that the bad feelings come and you eat to overcome it. <BR> <BR> Not only that, but when you are concentrating on the positives you have a much happier outlook on life. ... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:20:43 EST Turning over a new leaf..... starting with my schedule <em>9</em> <em>313</em> <em>250</em> Blowing my own horn, or giving myself a pat on the back -- whatever it is, I'm super happy about it. Today I crossed over 10,000 steps; 10,331 to be exact. <BR> <BR> What caused me to change my normal 2,000 to 6,000 steps? I am just tired of losing or gaining the same one to four pounds; over and over and over! Last summer I was doing so well, and my eating habits have been right on, so that leaves the exercise. I usually only do walking mostly ... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 00:29:11 EST Thinking over my week <img src=""> <BR> Baby ducks and daffodils -- a surer sign of spring not to be found! <BR> <BR> It seems like mostly what I did last week was lament (a fancy word for worry) over the things that were not getting done on my home in Yarnell. With the temperatures rising quicker than anticipated it is even more important for them to finish up so we can move up there for the summer. I had errands to do on Wednesday and saw by the indicator... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:59:52 EST My Art for Yarnell Home <img src=""> <BR> This bright and friendly poppy painting is not large, but it won my heart as #1 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> #2 choice of the items still available. I really wanted an oak stool, but it went just before it was my turn to go up again. The quail are all over in Yarnell, so it fits the area. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Getting ... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 18:59:56 EST Instead of "Giving Up" try "Slowing Down" 2013 was a harsh year for me. We all have them, and sometimes we can snap back and stay focused. Other times, it's just one too many things and we don't snap back; we lay down and feel defeated. <BR> <BR> When you feel like that instead of giving up completely; try to continue doing some small thing, anything! In other words SLOW DOWN. It's like binging. If you are able to stop yourself from eating the whole bag of cookies or chips, maybe stopping after 4 or 5, it's still something that y... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 00:20:05 EST First Week of "my" Challenge <img src=""> <BR> That's me, trying to do some of the ball exercises. As you can see, I'm a klutz! It's the main reason I stick to walking as my primary exercise. <BR> <BR> When my weight hit 140.4 after having stayed in the 130's for over 2 years, it drove me to formulate my own challenge. Somehow it seems more personal then, and I am not doing it to please or impress anyone except myself. It may sound strange but as I am doing it st... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 12:57:44 EST Mattresses -- I need more info I've been checking on a mattress for our King-sized bed in the house being built. I remember it's been a long time since I bought the one on our bed here in the Phx area and at that time there were two box springs, sort of twin-sized each, then the mattress was one huge piece. <BR> <BR> Now I see they have these super-thick mattresses, up to 14-inches thick, and they do not come with a box spring. Do they just sit on your bed frame? Do you have to buy the box spring separately? Seems odd... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:22:29 EST How to Overcome the Negatives No, I really don't know how to overcome all the negatives that we are faced with on a daily basis. I was just hoping that by sitting down to write this blog, perhaps some magic words would just flow from my fingers, telling me how it's done. <BR> <BR> Procrastination: That's a big negative, and it can overcome practically all the good we do. It talks us out of exercising, saying we will do twice as much tomorrow. Or you go ahead and eat the dessert, everyone else is -- you'll make up for ... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 22:04:40 EST My 39-Day Challenge Why 39? Why not 30 or a month, or 3 months? I chose 39 because that will take me all the way through April, beginning with today. And I chose today because there is no time like the present. Now is the time, procrastination is just another excuse. <BR> <BR> At this point I don't know what changes I can make that will make the difference between losing and maintaining. But each time I'm faced with eating some food that is pure pleasure and nothing healthy about it, I will remember this chal... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 13:00:21 EST My Blooper and Other Info Lots of people have been wondering what it was I could have done to cause a week set-back in the building of our house. <em>40</em> OK, it wasn't me, it was DH -- but it would have been me if I had been strong enough. <BR> <BR> You see, ever since they put the tub in the master bath, I have been looking at it. It stands there with 4 or 5 inches of dirty water in it. And each time I would look I'd wonder if I would ever get it clean if they don't drain out the dirty water soon. So a wee... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:20:13 EST My CAT and other friends My cat can sleep anywhere -- and I see pictures of some of the strange places cats decide to go to sleep. Let's look at a few: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Cat in a flower pot -- well, it was there ---- and so was I. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Hope you don't want to use your printer any time soon. I got here first. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 23:16:09 EST One Day At A Time I'm quite sure some of you younger members who may read this blog will wonder exactly what I mean by "one day at a time." Sure, you understand getting tired, but usually a good night's sleep will take care of that. You can even relate to the sore muscles, etc. that may come from an especially long hike or an activity that used muscles you weren't used to using. But..... to face your life that way? It's hard to understand what it could really mean until you are face to face with it. <BR> <... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 23:32:58 EST The Joys of Being Fit and Healthy! You may wonder who I am, to be writing of being fit and healthy! Sometimes wisdom comes with age; and looking back over my life (I'm an old-timer) I can see the good choices as well as the bad. And like most people, I enjoy being a people watcher, you can learn a lot about life, just observing people; their choices, their mannerisms, the way they handle themselves and situations. <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> Even better than this would be to never have fit in those huge pants to start with. <BR> ... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 16:21:13 EST MARCH -- Make It Count! M = Make a plan (goal) and stick with it! <BR> <BR> A = Announce your goals to the world - make yourself accountable! <BR> <BR> R = Remember to follow your plan, don't skip any steps! <BR> <BR> C = Changes in your body will be your reward! <BR> <BR> H = Help others help themselves, and it will help you too! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Hard work and good choices will give you the results you want <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 14:16:01 EST February Didn't want February to get away without doing my little thing with the letters, I forget just what that is called, but I remember one of you smart people out there mentioning it. So here we go! <BR> <BR> F - F is for the fine things we have in our lives, far exceeding those of our ancestors <BR> <BR> E - Enthusiasm for growing healthy and full of energy <BR> <BR> B - Being ready to exercise and eat right regardless of the weather <BR> <BR> R - Results that are showing up give us the inc... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 13:06:33 EST I just realized I'm getting old.... I should have seen it in the mirror long ago, but I guess it's like the people who go from slim to obese without even noticing. One day you just wake up and you're FAT. <BR> <BR> And now the same thing has crept up on me when it comes to age. Slippery little critter, and thank the stars, I do age quite well. When people my junior were telling me how they could no longer clean -- not the heavy work like running the vacuum, or scrubbing out the bath tub; I sympathized with them, but in my m... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 22:14:03 EST Is it still winter? 90F for me today! <em>67</em> <em>259</em> <em>218</em> Maybe I slipped up somewhere and I'm on vacation and just don't remember! I couldn't believe it when I looked at the scale today and saw *90* and while the end of last week was nice and the temps were hovering in the low to mid-80's, that's usually how it is in the Phoenix area in the winter. But 90? <BR> <BR> I'm almost ashamed to mention the temperatures when I receive notes from friends who are out shoveling snow, trying to keep from being h... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 22:49:33 EST Uh, let's see, what can I say.... I know I haven't done a blog for a long time -- January 27th to be exact. And when you have people who follow your blogs and write to you that they miss them -- then it's time to write another. That's the reason for my "what shall we talk about" title. <BR> <BR> Today I read a blog about "What can 1 person do?" and while it's true just one person would normally find it difficult to make much of an impact, unless you happened to be in a position where you had the funds and the power to do thi... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 22:38:45 EST There's Nothing Better Than A Smile! <img src=""> <BR> For all of you people out there who can't sleep, maybe we should study the habits of CATS -- they seem to be able to sleep anywhere and anytime! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Just another good example of how easy it is for them to sleep. And read the fine print, if you need an excuse for not answering your emails -- use this one! <BR> <BR> Did you hear the story ab... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 21:14:18 EST Do your worst January -- February is right behind you! <em>27</em> <em>192</em> <em>527</em> <em>4</em> No matter if you have had bad weather, rain/snow, freezing temps, illness, a grouchy scale -- or any number of other things that seemed to pull you down; let's just blame it all on the month of January! Less than a week left and it will be in the past. And we don't dwell on things in the past, do we? <BR> <BR> <em>91</em> Start drinking all that water you promised you would! <BR> <BR> <em>313</em> Get out there and walk the... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 23:37:40 EST Just Another Blog! Here in the Land of Cactus and Sunshine I seem to have run out of topics to write about. So this blog will just be a mish-mash of various things, much the way my conversation seems to go. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I have this lovely set of stainless steel/glass pots and pans for sale as I'm trying to declutter my house. It was something the wife that preceded me had bought, and I had my own. They are much too nice to just throw out, so what... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 17:49:19 EST Parting with the CLUTTER! If you are like most of us, there is clutter that finds it's way into every room of our house. Even small spaces like bathrooms. Looking into my mind (memory) of stuff I have in my house, I would say the kitchen, my clothes closet, and the garage are the worst off. <BR> <BR> Starting in the kitchen, I had double the trouble when I remarried three years ago! Yes, yesterday was my third wedding anniversary. As I was putting some of my things in the shelves of the kitchen, I asked my DH abou... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 20:29:23 EST Life Just Isn't Fair! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Words are not really necessary on this little comic illustration, but don't many of us do similar things every day? Sure, maybe we only went over on our allowance of calories for the day by 50 -- and they say it takes 3500 calories to gain a pound. So with going only 50 calories over, we can't understand "why" we gained a pound or even two pounds! <BR> <BR> While your logic has some merit, I think somewhere dee... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 22:47:57 EST 2 0 1 4 2 = miles per day that I will walk! <BR> <BR> 0 = the times I will make up excuses not to go! <BR> <BR> 1 = the 'one' person I can count on, that would be ME! <BR> <BR> 4 = pounds I would like to lose each month! <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>243</em> <em>386</em> <em>250</em> <em>380</em> <em>247</em> <em>223</em> <em>220</em> Wed, 1 Jan 2014 17:11:42 EST Good-bye 2013 -- it's been quite a year! The first half of 2013 was relatively smooth for me. January thru March is fairly cool here -- yes, even Phoenix has it's cooler side. But comparing it to some of the COLD states it's almost like summer. I finished up painting in our Glendale home much to the relief of my DH. He knows nothing is safe from my paintbrush! <BR> <BR> We had adopted Luci (tabby cat) toward the end of 2012 and she was beginning to settle in and seemed comfortable in our home and with us. <BR> <img src="http://pho... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 12:57:35 EST