I recently committed to working on my golf game as part of my New Year's Resolutions. I promised I'd practice or play once a week. I decided intelligently to practice first before playing as it's been months since I've 'played'. My pitching wedge and sand wedge worked beautifully almost flawlessly. I was chipping spot on, from 30 or 90 yards, I was hitting the green and landing between 12 to 24 inches from the hole. The next week I warmed up and decided it was time to break out my driver, I mean if last week was so phenomenal imagine how far I was going to send this 'little white ball'. Send it I did, it sailed down the fairway almost 100 yards. Yup that's right no farther, with all that muscle and execution my drives, most of the time, barely drooled away from the tee to hitting it, yup an impressive 100 yards down the range. What is it about golf that makes it such a maddening game? I'm being sarcastic, but I think it's easier to return to a cheating lover than to return to the sport of golf.
I was stiff and sore from spending so much time at the range and while the first week I didn't mind because my short game was satisfying, this past week, I was not happy. I mean I've been stiff and sore from a workout and never felt disappointed, in fact, I remember feeling proud that I had 'pushed' through and made the effort. I say remember because the other half of my New Year's Resolution of getting to the gym and working towards running a 5k has fallen short. Now that my golf swing has left me feeling burned, I am more motivated to work on running, running as far as I can from my game!
Though anyone who has caught the golf bug knows the addiction, my determination to return to the range is already calling me and yet the call to return to the gym I've again put on hold. Thank goodness Christine and I are offering monthly gift certificates for those of us that are determined to make 2016 a year to remember. If we fall short of our goals for the month it's OK because next month is a new month and a chance to begin again!
I have two weeks left to January and still time to get my physical fitness going, in fact, perhaps I can blame that on my drive and suffice it to say if I were more physically fit my drive would send my ball farther . . . that aha moment! My motivation to get to the gym and then return again to my cheating lover, Golf.
Read some Smart tips on staying motivated on Christine's blog post here: http://www.ninedineandwine.com/fitness-tips-for-golf/be-smart-stay-motivated
I read somewhere that a breakthrough year requires breakthrough goals. I don’t agree with that. Events happen to us that we never asked for and they require strength from us that we never knew we had. ‘What a difference a year makes’ http://www.ninedineandwine.com/blog/what-a-difference-a-year-makes
my recent blog post about how being diagnosed with Diabetes 2 in 2015 pushed me to address my lifestyle choices with my diet. Determination and medication helped me to get rid of forty pounds. While everyday is a challenge to maintain that lifestyle it has become less of a conscientious choice to more of a sub-conscience decision.
It got me to thinking, what would a breakthrough year become if I did set breakthrough goals for myself? I’m one of those peeps that in January run to the gym, February I’m walking to the gym and by March I’m paying for the gym membership and thinking that still counts as being there. What if I made fitness a goal for the year as part of my lifestyle, less of a decision and more of a part of my daily routine? Setting monthly goals instead of looking at the entire year I hope will keep me inspired. Christine has challenged us and asked us for 3 goals for the New Year: http://www.ninedineandwine.com/fitness-tips-for-golf/merry-fitness-everyone.
Christine agrees with me that making monthly goals will make it easier to stay on track. We are rewarding each month one individual that has reached his or her goal for that month with a $10.00 gift certificate from Sports Authority. At the end of the year the person that has made the most improvement for 2016 will win a $100.00 gift certificate. Email or post your fitness goals for January to be part of our 366 Mindset for 2016. My goals for 2016 are (1) Run a 5K (2) Play or practice golf once a week (3) Stretch daily, which I watch my dog do and so there’s no reason I can’t.
Life doesn’t always go as planned, as noted in my photo, trying to get my dog, Charlie to sit, but we can’t lose our sense of humor. Never forget that today is a gift, and tomorrow is a promise to try again.
My daughter is getting her driver's permit soon and I'm thinking I'm going to need more than holiday cheer to get me through this! A fainting Christmas tree is the least of my concerns. Thank goodness dogs don't drive!
May your holidays be filled with love and happy surprises!
"May the lights of Hanukkah usher in a better world for all humankind" Anonymous
Tonight the first night of Hanukkah, I'm praying for Peace. May your holiday and everyday be filled with warmth, love and light. Christy Kingsly
"Holidays help because they come with stories, and the Hanukkah story is good for relaying that the divine pervades everything, even darkness" Anonymous
November 2014 I was not feeling good. I knew I had been playing Russian roulette with my glucose levels and the game seemed determined to beat me. I had difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep, I was always tired and most terrifying was that I was getting severe pain, sharp shooting pain in my feet. I went to my doctor and was told that the pain in my feet was from Diabetes and if I continued on the current path I was on with my eating and drinking the pain could and would travel to other organs in my body, specifically my heart. That was my wake-up call.
I was put on a fairly new medication that I would inject once a day. I began by cutting out diet soda, which was really difficult. Surprisingly without changing anything else in my diet I lost 9 pounds! "Diet" soda it turns out not only spikes your insulin levels but adds weight!
A couple of months later it was time to take my diet to the next level. I gave up everything I was addicted to. Yup, you know the routine. I stopped drinking, gave up sugar, and kept my carb intake to no more than 30 grams a day and only ate them before 3:00 pm. Dinner was protein, salad and vegetables.
November 2015 I've lost a total of 40 pounds. I've dropped my BMI to 23% from a whopping 38% but most importantly I've gotten my glucose levels from a fasting of 180 to 92. I do feel significantly better. I'm 53 years young and I'm thinner than I was when I was in my 30's. The medication I'm on, I believe, has helped me to stay the course as well as help me to melt body fat. While I don't enjoy having to inject myself daily (as well as have to pay for the medication) I do think it works. The pain in my feet is gone, the exhaustion is gone and the foggy brain is gone, unfortunately my short term memory is gone too! Hey, no one has it all.
Christine has been a strong supporter of my plight. We are now working to create an on-line web based workout that will take my body to a stronger level. We will make this opportunity one that our readers can also join in on. Stay tuned!
I feel blessed that I was able to take back control of my body. I do have an occasional drink and once a month I'll have dessert or eat french fries. I will say that everyday it is work. The holidays are here and the temptation is everywhere it won't be easy to abstain from the holiday cheer. I will be very careful with what I gobble on Thanksgiving.
(You can check out Christine's blog post "Beware of How Much You Gobble" here: http://www.ninedineandwine.com/fitness-tips-for-golf/beware-of-how-much-you-gobble)
Wishing everyone a healthy and happy Thanksgiving! Stay focused and remember it isn't about the food, it's about spending time with those you love and being healthy. We all know the right thing to do and if we forget, tomorrow is always a new day to begin again!
Recently I received an email from Stephanie Hamburger, Executive Director, Play For PINK, thanking me and others who through their efforts have helped to grow Play For PINK. Stephanie wrote, "Please know that each of you is the key to our success and we are incredibly grateful for your continued support and dedication. We are so proud of how far we have come together and look forward to presenting BCRF with another record setting contribution this coming December." I was touched to be a part of such an outstanding group of dedicated individuals.
In her email she attached an ad the New York Times ran thanking the many committed donors for their generosity in support of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. "Thanks to their generosity, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation is awarding $48.5 million in grants to 240 of the world's leading scientists across the globe in 2015-2016." What is even more impressive to me is: "By spending 91 cents of every dollar on research and awareness programs, BCRF remains one of the nation’s most fiscally responsible charities. BCRF is the only breast cancer non-profit with an “A+” rating from CharityWatch, together with Charity Navigator’s highest rating of four stars 13 times since 2002."
It feels good to be able to help others and it brought me tremendous joy to be this year's Play for Pink's Golf chairwomen at Spring Brook Country Club. With the support of our members on September 18th we were able to raise over $8,000.00 for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. While I know that October is the national Breast Cancer Awareness Month; I also know that breast cancer doesn't take the remainder of the month's in the year off, every 74 seconds someone in the world dies from breast cancer. I'm privileged to be part of Play For PINK and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation's #BeTheEnd.
Thank you for taking the time to read this blog and here are ways you too can help to make a difference, no amount of time or money is too small! Please find the attached ad that ran in The New York Times and also a link to donate to be a part of this charity just by shopping at Amazon!
Help us raise money every time you shop on Amazon. By using this link, Amazon will automatically donate a percentage of every transaction to Play for P.I.N.K.
Golf always feels like Halloween to me. I never know what my swing has in store for me. Occasionally it's the sweetest swing ever often it's the scariest I've ever seen. The one constant for me is the game is always fun. Golf is purely a mental game, the less I care the better I play. My daughter long ago decided that she enjoyed the game too but wanted to take her game to the next level. While I was happy for her that she had found her sport I knew better, the road she was going to travel would be paved with more potholes than New Jersey's roads.
Currently my daughter is in a deep pothole and it's one that she has created solely within the five inch space between her ears. We have all talked to her and shared our thoughts and experiences with her to help her move from this space she has created. Unfortunately this is one of those times when I can't help her. I have to let her fail and fail miserably because only then will she be able to build the ladder it will take to climb from the pothole in her mind.
Wise words were shared with me long ago when she was a baby, "any phase your child is going through whether it be a good phase or bad, think of it like a fever, sooner or later it will break." True words indeed, right now her game has a fever but in time the fever will break and then the world will see the pro she wants to be.
Trick or Treat Scary or Sweet in Golf, as in life, you never know what you're going to get. Swing through!
Making new friends. It sounds easy, like golf, it looks easy, but it's not. Improving your game takes time, dedication, attention, and practice. Making new friends takes time, dedication, attention and a willingness to be open to another person's likes especially when you don't like what they like. Playing golf with strangers is an opportunity to decide if you want to invest the time getting to know the players, and become friends. At worst you'll be playing golf, which we all know that a bad day of golf beats a good day of work, at best you'll have a lot of fun and make a time to play with your new friends again.
This week's blog is therapeutic for me as I'm going to be playing with some ladies I've recently met through my daughter's school. I'm feeling anxious, not only because I haven't played golf in several weeks, but also because I don't know any of these women. Most of them come from other countries, Thailand, Singapore, Mexico, Armenia, to name a few so I'm pretty certain they won't be disappointed meeting 'another crazy American', I can't be the only one?
I've blogged for two years writing mostly about the fun and awesome opportunity the game of golf can bring to one's life. I know that once you take the chance, you'll never regret it. However, it is extremely difficult to put yourself out there, when you don't know the players and you don't have confidence in your swing. How do I know? Because I'm thinking of all the reasons why I can't possibly fit this opportunity into my schedule this week. Ugh, alas, as the saying goes, "sometimes opportunity only knocks once", wish me luck, I'm going for it!
5. No one in the state knows that cars come with horns! Like a dog that doesn't bark, no one ever honks.
4. They drive faster than NJ drivers; you don't have to be solely in the left lane either, you'll get past by on the right.
3. Their windows are tinted so you can't see if they're driving, putting on make-up, texting or even awake, you just have to trust.
2. They allow u-turns and if you're making a left the guy making the u-turn has the right away, and you never make a left by exiting right (something only NJ drivers are familiar with). And the number one reason to LOVE Florida, I live here now ; ) OK seriously and obviously the real reasons to love FL, Sunshine, Golf (even if you're playing with your spouse) & the Beach!
Christy Kingsly lives in FL.
Married 16 years to a great guy, has a wonderful daughter and the most adorable dog ever!
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