SCOTMAMA's SparkPeople Blog SCOTMAMA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community My Accomplishments for April April was not a good month for me! I started at 134 pounds, and ended at 136.2 so I didn't go in the right direction! <em>49</em> <BR> <BR> First of all I know the rules, food coming in must be less than energy going out! <BR> <BR> Mine obviously did not have the right ratio! <BR> <BR> I checked back on my fitness tracker, and found out two important things: <BR> <BR> Minutes of exercise for April: 3,757 minutes <BR> <BR> Miles walked in April: 70.5 miles <BR> <BR> Now I just read... Fri, 1 May 2015 23:05:31 EST When the Day is Just For You!! We all talk about "me" time, and describe what we will do when that little window of time is ours. Some like to go for the mani/pedi, others go shopping, while still others read or maybe just sleep. We all have different ideas as to what we want to spend our precious time doing! <BR> <BR> Today was one of those days for me.... an entire day to do what I wanted! I must admit at first I had planned to drive to a little mountain town about 30 miles away, and just browse through antique/thrift s... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 22:56:03 EST POSITIVITY!! <img src=""> <BR> ABILITY -- you can probably do more than you think, and do it better than you think. <BR> MOTIVATION -- make an appointment to walk with a friend, try new stuff <BR> ATTITUDE - Know that you can be a success at what you are doing! Then do it! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Don't expect perfection. You may slip and slide, but stick with it, consistency counts. <BR> You didn'... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 14:23:50 EST As Life Goes On..... <img src=""> <BR> I don't know about you, or what age group you fall into, or even the condition of your body, but for me I have to admit I'm getting older. I won't say the dreaded words that I am a "Senior Citizen" but I might concede to "Active Senior." <BR> <BR> At 76 years old, I often find myself looking back over my life. I remember life up to about 40 years old when my doctor would tell me I needed to stop living 26-hour days and ... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:36:48 EST You Made the Wrong Choices......again! <em>9</em> You're so proud of yourself! The scale just showed you the lowest weight you've seen in a long time. And tonight you're getting together with friends to watch a basketball game -- celebration time! <BR> <BR> But then what happens? The crowd you're with all order beer and nacho's! You figure you can afford a "few" extra calories -- look how low your weight is..... so you order the same for yourself. <BR> <BR> After the game, the party isn't over. Your team won, so hey, let's st... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 13:57:52 EST You Know You're on the Right Track....... <em>9</em> You know you're on the right track when....,,, <BR> <BR> ** You get the results from your blood work and your doctor doesn't tell you to lose weight! <BR> <BR> ** You get those same results and you're not told to cut down on fat! <BR> <BR> ** You see terrific results on your cholesterol report! <BR> <BR> ** You step on the scale and don't cringe! <BR> <BR> ** Friends look at you in amazement when you tell them your age! <BR> <BR> ** You smile when you see your reflection... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 00:06:14 EST A Walk in the Arizona Desert I know most people think of the desert as being dry, barren and hot. And while it may be all of that, it also has hidden beauty of which the casual eye may miss. Here are some photo's taken by my husband as he went out to seek the "hidden beauty" of Arizona. Sharing this with you, I hope this brings you new understanding to the word desert. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> while it does look barren and dry, let's take a closer look..... <BR> <img... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:10:09 EST The Joys of Spring I tried to find pictures online of all the roses I bought, but couldn't find all of them. So who knows, as some of the older named roses aren't as stylish, and new favorites come in to being, you can't find them any longer. For those, I guess I'll have to wait until they are blooming and gorgeous to take my own photo. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> John F Kennedy rose, beautiful, isn't it? <BR> <img src=" Sun, 22 Mar 2015 16:39:36 EST Changing Habits You don't have to think of it as "quitting" or "breaking" a habit, simply "changing" it. Actually, changing sounds to me a lot, big lots in fact, easier than QUITTING any thing. Breaking is also a pretty harsh word. No wonder it is so hard for people to quit or break a habit. <BR> <BR> I just read a blog on "La" Mitchell, a personal trainer who has trained stars! In it, and I will quote her "What is the best way to go about breaking old unhealthy habits? <BR> Be aware of what your worst habi... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:18:22 EST I'm Thankful for..... <img src=""> <BR> I'm thankful for so many things: <BR> <BR> 1. The fact that I have a home in the mountains and can get away from Phoenix heat <BR> 2. That I have a dog with enough energy to accompany me on my walks <em>338</em> <BR> <BR> 3. That I have been able to maintain my weight for 3 years now <BR> <BR> 4. And little by little my weight is going down <BR> <BR> 5. That I am a healthy person at age 76 <BR> <BR> 6. Tha... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 12:15:54 EST To Be....Or Not To Be....That is the question "To be or not to be" a quote. Yes, we can all remember the quote, but what it was in reference to sometimes doesn't come to mind. <BR> <BR> But, speaking of quotes, that's one we could apply to our own lives. To be, or not to be. But to be what? Overweight? Healthy? Wealthy? Friendly? Active? There are so many possibilities I could fill the entire page with suggestions of what we might be... or not be. We actually make this very decision several times each day without even realizing we ar... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 11:11:14 EST Does Jogging in Place Really Do Any Good? Some of my friends jog in place toward the end of the day. Anything to get that number up on their SPAT or Fitbit. But when your goal is a certain number of steps and you find yourself jogging or marching in place to get to that number what are you really accomplishing? <BR> <BR> OK, you are moving instead of going plop on the sofa! <BR> <BR> You are burning a few more calories than if you were sitting or laying down. <BR> <BR> But does it, or better maybe; "should it" really count. I do... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 19:24:35 EST M A R C H -- it's what you make of it! In like a lion, out like a lamb! It's what they say about March..... but here's a new twist for you to consider: <BR> <BR> M -- Make the most of each and every day. It's easy to "put it off until tomorrow" but that doesn't make our journey easier, just longer. <BR> <BR> A -- Attitude will get you anything you want, and sometimes things you don't want. If you have a good attitude you'll find people agreeing with you, smiling at you, and listening to you! A bad attitude only gains you enemie... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:46:08 EST When You Feel Depressed.....or unmotivated <img src=""> <BR> Some days you're just not motivated, perhaps even depressed! <BR> <BR> It happens to the best of us. There are times when you know what caused it, but at other times it just sneaks up on you and jumps on top of you with no warning. What can you do to get yourself back on track, and not wallow in the puddle of self-pity? <BR> <BR> Of course, the most obvious solution is to visit your doctor to see if there is anything ... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 15:41:02 EST Dogs can be hilarious! <img src=""> <BR> Adopt a dog, look how much happier they are in your car than in the shelter! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Tell me what's wrong with this picture? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Never, ever let the dog do the BBQ! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Oh, ya, that makes me feel a lot b... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 11:31:27 EST Can you eat out and NOT gain weight? Eating out definitely has it's disadvantages -- they range from having no control over the amount of fat and sodium in your food, to being tempted by all the delicious sounding entrees and desserts listed on the menu. <BR> <BR> My advice is this (and remember, it's only "my" advice, it works for me): <BR> <BR> 1. Do not order anything to drink except water, or water with lemon. The reason for this is two-fold. No calories in water, and the judgment still isn't in as to whether the diet sod... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 19:42:27 EST Wearing the Right Size! <img src=""> <BR> This is how I've pictured myself the past few years. Not obese, of course, but definitely on the plump side. And now that I've lost some weight it never occurred to me to go out and buy new clothes. <BR> <BR> When I went to Florida with my daughter the end of January - beginning of February I just took along a couple pairs of the velour jogging pants, my jeans and one nice outfit. She bought me a new outfit while I was... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 19:12:10 EST You CAN Lose Weight While On Your Vacation! <em>9</em> Not many people embark on their vacation and actually "plan" on losing some weight! Of course not -- vacations are meant to be for rest, relaxation, indulging, having fun; it's not a time when you want to be reminded of calorie count or getting in a certain number of steps (or other forms of exercise) <BR> <BR> But when I learned I would be driving 1900 miles from AZ to FL with my daughter in a U-Haul 16-foot truck filled with furniture that I had given her; well, I started mak... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 00:00:09 EST To Color or Not-to-Color, that is the question Ever since I turned 62 years old -- yes, that was a LOT of years ago -- I have debated with myself on coloring my hair or letting it turn gray naturally. <BR> <BR> I used to kid my Mom when she was in her 80's that she should stop coloring her hair but the weekly trip to the salon just kept happening. I would say to her "Look, Mom, everyone knows that at 80 you are bound to have some gray hair! Why not just stop having it colored all the time." Her answer was always the same: "I like it!" <... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 19:00:36 EST FEBRUARY <em>129</em> I always think of hearts and flowers (forget the chocolates) when I think of February! After all, smack dab in the middle of the month is Valentine's Day! <BR> <BR> But for today, I'll just do my little thing on the letters in the month - FEBRUARY! <BR> <BR> F -- For all of you seeking a Healthy Lifestyle, this is for YOU! <BR> <BR> E -- Exercise is the keyword here, diet alone causes too much muscle loss to be healthy -- so get out there and move it! <BR> <BR> B -- Before... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 12:12:18 EST 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