Friday, April 18, 2014
SAVOR MEALS MORE...When we eat too fast, it stresses the body, causing it to produce an excess of cortisol and insulin, which diminishes calorie-burning, according to the author of the "The Slow Down Diet". It also makes you more likely to overeat. The brain literally demands that you eat more when it doesn't register that it's basic needs for taste, pleasure,aroma and satisfaction have been met. Try taking double the time you spend on meals.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
I have enjoyed the month of April just and doing my thing. I had this streak going. From April 1st through April 10th I had reached step totals of 10,000 or more daily. On the 11th of April I only got 5,076. Sad, but I can't remember why I messed up that good streak. Since then I have had more than 10,000 every day, but, alas, I will not be able to say at the end of April that I had a month-long streak. I can say that I averaged more than 10,000 because most days I had 11,000 to 14,000 and I am happy with that.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Arrived at Augusta National on Wednesday, April 9, around 9:30. The par 3 tournament was not starting until 12:00, so, we had time to visit the golf shop and tour the grounds for awhile. The crowd was tremendous. The management was ready for the crowds and there were 4 lines set up just to get folk into the golf shop to purchase gifts, etc. This was done hurriedly for we were packed like sardines.
While our driver (my golf friend's son) took our purchases to the car for us we were to grab sandwiches for our lunch. We had heard about the famous pimento cheese sandwiches sold exclusively at the Masters Tournament and had all decided we would try one. The sandwich was good , but, probably was not so good for our health.
After walking around for a bit we went over to the first green to watch the players as they approached . The first threesome to tee off was Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, and Rickie Fowler. On par 3 day the players let their families join them and several of the wives acted as their spouse's caddy. All three of these players had their children with them. The children were having a ball. The photo below shows the players on the green. Webb Simpson had closest to the pin in this group (72 inches) which was later capped by another pro.
In the next group to come through Luke Donaldson had his two daughters with him and Phil Mickleson had two youngsters with him. When Luke Donaldson marked his ball one of the daughters picked it up. He replaced it and again she picked it up. When he took it to replace it again she started crying. This is when Phil Mickleson stepped in , gave her a hug and distracted her so Donaldson could finish his putt. It was so nice to see the players as fathers and husbands and in a different mode.
We had a wonderful time and to me, the best part was seeing the children. We saw lots of amazing shots made by the players, a few that went into the water, but the best part was seeing them with their families and seeing these fathers show off their children. Bill Haas had a tiny infant and I would have to give him an award for having the biggest smile as he held the small child for all to see.
We're planning a trip to Pine Hurst in June to see "The Open" but as we returned home today we decided it might be a "let down" after attending "The Masters".
Monday, April 07, 2014
It is the night before heading to The Masters and I am super excited.
I watched the coverage of the Drive, Chip and Putt contests today and was so impressed with the younger golfers. I was also happy to see some of the PGA pros come out to support the group. Bubba Watson brought his little boy with wife, Angie, down to see them and after an interview he went out and shook hands with the contestants. Sure hope I get to see him.
On Mon, Tue and Wed we are allowed to carry our cameras , but, they are not allowed on official scoring days. Wednesday the three par contest begins at 12:00 but gates open at 8:00 and I have a feeling we will be there for the gate opening.
Friday, April 04, 2014
Normally Thursday is one of my favorite weekdays. On Thursday's our home golf course hold a captain's choice tournament and we have 30 t0 50 players. Yesterday it was cloudy , but, according to our weatherman the rain that was showing on our weather map was way high and would never reach the ground. We had played only two holes until he was proved wrong! Yep....
We are diehard golfers so out comes the rain gear and we continue. On the next hole I realized I had forgotten to bring my Fitbit Zip. This is major for I usually have most or all of my 10,000 daily steps when we complete 18 holes. I called my husband and asked if he could please come , bring Zip, and get a cart and come on the golf course and bring it to me. He reminded me he wasn't home but in a town near us. Since we live next door to the golf course I was able to run home at the 9 hole turn and get the Zip.
I walked all I could on the back nine and only got 7,000. All ended well however, because when my DD came over for the visit we had planned to carry my mother out to dinner DD mentioned she had not had time to get her daily run in. We decided there would be enough daylight left after the visit with Mom to go to the park. We walked 1.5 miles in 35 minutes and both felt better. At the end of day I had over 14,000 steps on the tracker and burned 1940 calories.
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