SCOTMAMA's SparkPeople Blog SCOTMAMA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community One More Step <img src=""> <BR> It's too early to get up, and you are soooo comfortable! Can't I walk later? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Yes, I did eat a few too many of my little "cashew clusters" that I like, so maybe I'd better get up and take that walk after all. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Throw in a few little extra steps when you are cleaning, i... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 19:33:34 EST FLORIDA F - First impression of Florida was that it would be hot and humid. Not true; it is a very picturesque state, lots of trees and water, I totally fell in love with the area. <BR> <BR> L - Love all the fresh seafood that is offered in so many restaurants, health food! <BR> <BR> O - Overall, it is a great state to vacation in, or to live in. The people are friendly too! <BR> <BR> R - Rich cuisine, but you can get fried, grilled or whatever, to suit your preference. <BR> <BR> I - I would con... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 20:40:59 EST JANUARY January <img src=""> <BR> <BR> J -- Just do it! Never mind all the excuses because that's what they are - excuses! <BR> <BR> A -- After you have done a walk or a workout, you'll feel so good! <BR> <BR> N -- Nothing feels or looks better than 'healthy and fit' <BR> <BR> U -- Unless you have a broken leg -- get out there and walk! <BR> <BR> A -- Active folks live longer, happier lives! <BR> <BR> R -- Results will be seen not only on ... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 01:35:45 EST New word for me -- Araprosdokians! Araprosdokians - if you've never heard of this, you are like me. But read on, they are hilarious, you've got to love 'em! <BR> <BR> Winston Churchill loved araprosdokians, figures of speech in which the latter part <BR> of a sentence or phrase is…surprising or&#8203; &#8203;unexpected. <BR> <BR> 1. Where there's a will, I want to be in it. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> 2. The last thing I&#8203; &#8203;want to do is hurt you, but it's still on my list. <BR> <BR> 3. Since light travels... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 10:56:22 EST EXCITEMENT is Contagious! <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>67</em> <BR> Yes, excitement is contagious, just like smiling or any other "positive" expression! <BR> <BR> When you are excited about something, you feel more energy <em>354</em> <BR> When you are excited you laugh more! <em>334</em> <BR> You share your feelings of excitement and happiness! <em>224</em> <BR> Excitement makes you feel energized and motivated! <BR> <BR> I used to invite someone over to my house for dinner just so it w... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 12:21:04 EST ADAPTABILITY.....and new levels of life <em>220</em> Don't let the title scare you off. Being adaptable and flexible about changes in your life is a necessary evil.....some do it smoothly, others struggle with it. <BR> <BR> <em>183</em> We all love the new little babe that is displayed with the new year (2015) in this case, on a ribbon across the chest! But it does signify a new year, new beginnings, and for many of us, changes! Sometimes changes are welcome, you have a new job with more pay, a new house, bigger - nicer, or... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 13:39:41 EST M O T I V A T I O N ! This should get your spark back where it belongs: <BR> <BR> M = Motion, movement, let's get that body going! Every step counts! <BR> <BR> O = Obvious reasons for moving around is EXERCISE, laying on the sofa it's NOT! <BR> <BR> T = Talk to those people who have made it to goal, they will tell you it's eat right + exercise <BR> <BR> I = I, that would be me (or you) and everybody -- we all need the same things! <BR> <BR> V = Vitality is what we all want. If our bodies are overweight, i... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 22:27:17 EST After a Year Apart, I get to visit my Daughter This year, the beginning of January, my only daughter flew out of New York to Italy. She had been visiting with me up until just before Christmas, then she and her fiancé flew to New York to visit with his parents until their flight left for Italy. He is a Urologist and was planning on opening a practice in Rome. <BR> <BR> My daughter never did learn to speak Italian, woe is she! She finally did get to where she can understand what the GPS is saying, somewhat anyway, and she has mastered dri... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:38:53 EST WORK doesn't always count as "exercise" Tonight I pulled off my shorts to put on my jeans before going for a walk. Even though I'm here in the Phoenix area, once the sun goes down it cools off. And I was shocked to notice my jeans felt a little "tight." As I had been losing weight slowly, but surely, I was used to the feeling of my clothing getting looser and looser. But suddenly I see this trend going the other way! Not a good feeling at all. <BR> <BR> I stopped and thought about it and realized that I had not been getting as mu... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 20:55:14 EST Getting Ready for the Holidays and Parties <em>444</em> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <em>447</em> <em>144</em> <BR> Once Halloween is out of the way, everything goes into high gear for Thanksgiving and then Christmas. In fact, all of December, for many of us, it's one continuous round of parties, get-togethers, dining out, having people over, shopping expeditions and in the midst of all that -- trying to get the house decorated for Christmas. <BR> <BR> It can all be laid out in planned steps, making the ta... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 21:45:27 EST DECEMBER means..... D -- Do it now, if you wait, it won't get done! <BR> <BR> E -- Energy is something we all need, it keeps us going! <BR> <BR> C -- Count your calories, guessing never works! <BR> <BR> E -- Enlist new exercises into your activities, it keep you motivated! <BR> <BR> M -- Memories are nice, but they are in the past -- look to the future! <BR> <BR> B -- Bring your exercise clothing with you to work, exercise at lunch time! <BR> <BR> E -- Eat right and exercise, it's a winning combination! <B... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 10:36:37 EST TELL ME..... <em>465</em> <em>428</em> <em>429</em> <em>430</em> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <BR> Thanksgiving is only a matter of days away! And have you noticed the stores barely pause for Halloween, then bam -- it's right into Christmas, it leaves us no time to be "thankful" at all. And that's what Thanksgiving Day is all about - being thankful. <BR> <BR> I'm going to share some of the things I love about Thanksgiving. Then I want YOU to tell me in a comment what some of your things a... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 13:09:39 EST Before you reach for that cookie..... OK, we all have our weaknesses! Mine is cookies and candy, not all candy, just certain kinds. <em>495</em> <BR> <BR> BUT.... before you reach blindly for that cookie, or that little handful of candies, stop for just a moment and think. Yes, you can do it! It's not like you are taking a knife and stabbing yourself, I'm only asking you to stop for a moment before you gobble it down............ now think! Do you really, really, really need that cookie? Are you truly hungry? Or is it just t... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:00:31 EST Do You Feel Like Your Progress is ON HOLD? Many of us have been members of SparkPeople for years. I happen to be one of them. My experience has been slow and steady, not a fantastic story that will hit the front page of a Health magazine, but satisfying to me. The good thing about losing your weight slowly is that you aren't as likely to be troubled with sagging skin. Although I will adjust that thought somewhat to add that aging will have a certain amount of sagging eventually, even when you are healthy and fit, it's just slower in s... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:00:50 EST The New Shower! (with photo's) No advice to give you tonight. No tips, no lectures, not even any jokes. As you know, at least those who followed the progress to the burned down home getting rebuilt, when it was all said and done we were not happy with the little fiberglass shower that was in the bathroom DH is going to use. Besides that, after being in the home for two months, they STILL had not installed the shower door -- thus making it impossible to use. <BR> <BR> As time went by we decided if this was going to be the... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 22:43:13 EST My Achievements for the Day! <img src=""> <BR> This is how I looked today, less than a month away from my 76th birthday! <BR> <BR> Today I walked 3+ miles, good for me and my dog. <BR> <BR> Today I worked in my flower garden for 15 minutes. <BR> <BR> Today I stayed within my caloric limits and got my exercise = goal accomplished! <BR> <BR> Today I overcame the foul mood I was in and made it a happy day! <BR> <BR> Bottom line is that bad things happen in everyon... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 23:45:10 EST Monday! They're not that bad! <img src=""> <BR> If that's the mental picture you have concerning Monday, perhaps you need to tweek your thinking a bit. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> True, after a lovely week-end, it may be a bit harder to get started on Monday morning, but think of it like this. <BR> <BR> We've enjoyed the week-end, but Monday gives us a whole new chance to improve on our bad habits and start for... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:25:34 EST If you can't do your usual, try something different <em>527</em> I wasn't exactly SICK yesterday, but my upper lip and right jaw was swollen. Doctors don't know why it happens, but I've been plagued with this since mid-2001 now (and no, I'm still not "used" to it). It makes me look weird and I will not go out in public when various parts of my face just suddenly swell up. The scary thing is that sometimes it happens to my tongue. Then I have a hard time breathing, can't swallow, can't talk, can't eat, can't drink -- yes, very scary! And s... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:33:48 EST Thought for the Day! <img src=""> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 11:31:52 EST Up your disposition by inviting friends over! <img src=""> <BR> OK, I admit it -- this week I've been in a real funk. Bad mood, depressed mood, cranky mood, unreasonable mood -- all of those and more! Poor DH! And he has bent over backwards trying to make me happy ! <BR> <BR> I've eaten the wrong things, gained weight, lost my activity tracker, pushed myself to the limit with work (not exercise) stressed out over things of which I had no control whatsoever and anything else you can... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:08:36 EST My New Motto <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Take the stress out of your life and everything else will fall into place! <BR> <BR> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:07:42 EST The Clock is Ticking..... <em>12</em> Ever watch the sand run through in an egg timer? It seems to be running through fast, but as you watch it, it takes a long time for 3 minutes to pass. <BR> <BR> I kind of felt that way tonight and I went over the events of my day. The day went by rapidly, but each hour that passed seemed to be in slow motion. <BR> <BR> First off, I didn't wake up at 6:00 a.m. to go for my early morning walk. Just as well, as it was still kind of rainy out. Cloudy and overcast, my sleep remai... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 02:08:00 EST The Mountain Retreat -- more or less finished! <img src=""> <BR> As you drive up to our new home everything looks so new! Freshly poured driveway, nice clean landscaping rock newly spread giving a terrific contrast between the reddish-brown rocks and the dull grayish/brown boulders. Giant oak trees were all lost in the fire and now a brave little Maple is thriving in the front yard, not much to look at so far, but one day it will be majestic! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 12:34:48 EST S E P T E M B E R S ~ Since when do you have to wait for a certain "day of the week" to start 'anything?' <BR> <BR> E ~ Even 'good intentions' are meaningless if you don't follow through on them <BR> <BR> P ~ Portion control is even more important than what the food is you are eating <BR> <BR> T ~ Time is of an essence -- that translates to "do it now" not later <BR> <BR> E ~ Eat the right foods and Exercise, it's a simple Equation <BR> <BR> M ~ Memories are wonderful, stay healthy and have more of them! ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 12:37:50 EST DO YOU HAVE THE 'RIGHT' ATTITUDE? <em>334</em> I don't expect you to walk around like a grinning fool all day, cuz then people would start looking at you like you might be an 'idiot' and they could be right on. lol But a nice friendly <em>30</em> even to yourself if a good way to stay in the right frame of mind. <BR> <BR> And if you are around the house -- hey! turn your fave music on the radio or TV. I did that last night and it is surprising how many quick little dance steps you can get in as a tune comes on that y... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:52:05 EST Weight Fluctuations Have Reasons! This past week I was pretty upset by the fluctuations I was seeing in my weight. I went from 135.2 up to 139, going up and down along the way, and ending up the week at 137.6 -- and of course I didn't blame myself -- it had to be something else! <BR> <BR> But in all honesty, there is always a reason, it nothing mysterious about it, and do not blame things like this on your scale. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Don't yell at your scale or kick it... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 18:30:06 EST My Week in a Nutshell (Aug 10-16) SUNDAY saw us travel back down to Glendale where the kitties were especially happy to see us! Holly had never had an evening alone since we adopted her, and she likes to cuddle with us at night, besides they had eaten all their food! So happy kitties! <BR> <BR> MONDAY my DH had a doctor appointment and I tried to go through the house making the decision as to what we should take back up with us. Of course two cat carriers and the dog take up quite a space, so we have limited room to haul. A... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 19:11:13 EST Beat the Downpour or Get Soaked??? <em>54</em> Yikes! The clouds were looming very close and very black. I walk with three other ladies and at first we thought we might take a different, shorter route tonight. But one of the ladies lived a bit further down the street so we took the chance to go our regular route, just over a mile. <BR> <BR> As we walked lightening flashed around us, and the other two ladies decided to call their husbands to "come and get them." My next-door friend and I decided to be brave and chance it. ... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 23:05:59 EST AUGUST Six letters to come up with appropriate (healthy, motivating) acronyms for. <BR> <BR> A - All your exercise and planning go down the drain if you binge on a bag of chips! <BR> <BR> U - Unless you are God (and I doubt you are) you are bound to slip up somewhere! <BR> <BR> G - Go with the flow, if you aren't perfect today, make up for it tomorrow! <BR> <BR> U - Unhealthy foods usually have high fat and sugar content! <BR> <BR> S - Stay with your plan, persevere and you will come out a winn... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 16:18:48 EST A Wonderful Walk at Twilight <em>354</em> This is my "Happy Dance" as I am once again enjoying the summer up in the mountains. This is my first night up here, and for now it's just me and my dog; DH will join us tomorrow. <BR> <BR> But about half hour before dark, the leash went on Amber and off we went -- not an extremely long walk, but exciting for Amber as it's been an entire year since we lived up here and there were all those interesting smells just waiting for her out there. So tonight we have no TV, but I will ... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 23:07:13 EST Last Week and What I Did Here is my Sunday thru Saturday for last week, still busy, but not so stressful: <BR> <BR> Sunday we got up early and drove to the mountain home as all my new furniture was due to be delivered by around noon. Got there right on time and not a scratch on any thing -- so good job! I talked the moving men into moving the two heavy desks we had up there already, into the office area. Turned out to be a bigger job than I thought it would be as the desk was bigger than the doorway, and we had to ... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 21:20:40 EST A Busy Week Comes to a Close <img src=""> <BR> It used to be that my week contained nothing more strenuous than deciding what restaurant a friend and I would eat at. Get up when I felt like it, leisure days, and not much to worry about one way or the other. <BR> <BR> But as progress on our home under construction progressed, my worries and stress increased. Lack of sleep, more things on the must do list. Stress galore! Hindsight is always much smarter than reality,... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 21:53:11 EST Time to Smell the Roses <img src=""> <BR> While literally "smelling the roses" is nice, I'm thinking more along the lines of taking a few precious moments of time and spending them on that person who seldom gets any special attention. Who? Why YOU, of course, Sweetie! YOU are that person who is always last in line. You shop for the food, you cook the meal, you clean up afterward, and when everyone else has gone to bed, it is you who packs lunches for the nex... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 15:16:26 EST If Dogs Worked in Offices (Photo's) Ever stopped to think how it might look if DOGS ran offices? Here is a peek at that fantasy world, and what we might expect! (you all know I "love" dogs, right?) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Secretary <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:29:50 EST Blessings for Tuesday! <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:03:33 EST Sneak Preview (Photo) I know I said I wasn't going to post any more pictures of the house until it was finished; but I'm a gal with very little patience. At the rate things are going, although there is a lot of activity, our "move in" date keeps getting pushed back. When I ask about when the carpet is going in I get the answer "not until the very end." I think the real reason is that when the carpet goes in, I'm letting the furniture company deliver the furniture. <BR> <BR> But anyway, I went up yesterday and p... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 13:50:44 EST 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