(in informal golf) an extra stroke allowed after a poor shot, not counted on the scorecard. (online dictionary)

December 2017 – January 2018 was not counted on the scorecard. My role of 11 years ended at a company I was an employee for 16 years. It was the holidays after a milestone birthday. I celebrated the start of one milestone and the ending of another. The celebrating didn’t really include extensive cardio exercises or golf. It did include a lot of champagne, cake, and amazing food. Also a new strength training routine and I learned my way around a weight room.

January began with a new role and a new waistline (also a new roll). Despite the extra poundage I was “over the moon” happy with my new beginning.

Now as we enter into March – I’m giving myself a mulligan. I’m settling into my new responsibilities at work so now it’s time to get back into a work -out routine.

My goal this year is to get back to my solid “thickness” and ditch the low dosage blood pressure medicine. Wish me luck!


Team Sport

I get by with a little help from my friends.

I’ve been struggling staying committed to working out. Some days I’m in beast mode. I spring out of bed- get on my gear and work out like I have a future “court” date with Serena.

Other days I’ll turn my workout time into a leisurely stroll down social media and the only thing doing reps is my pointer finger scrolling. So I had to think when have I been most successful?

Accountability challenges. Yes, so I reached out to a friend, got down on bended knee and offered her the role. She said YES! We set our parameters. Online Zumba game for 45 minutes and 30 minutes strength training. I chose 6 days/week –she being an overachiever chose 7 days.

Yesterday marked one week in. So far so good for both of us. For example, there was a day that I started running errands at 8am and returned home at 9pm. I just wanted to be one with the couch and chill. But no…I dragged my tired butt to the guest room and cranked out 54 minutes of Zumba with wrist weights.

Later in the week, due to my schedule I broke the Zumba in 2 (25 min parts). The other bonus is this plan is helping me hit my Fitbit goals too.

I’m excited and motivated. I’m glad I didn’t give up trying to figure it out. Sometimes you have to keep trying things out until you find what works.


Head Games

Get your head in the game. Your inner coach yells. Stay focused on what you’re eating and working out.

Yet get out of your head when the workout is kicking your butt and you tell yourself you can’t do it.

Or when you tell yourself one bite of cake or one piece of candy won’t hurt. Except it never stops at one bite or one piece. It’s a negotiation with your brain that’s lost the minute you open your mouth send that savory piece of heaven southward.

Which is it? Head in or Head out? Ugh! It’s like a bad case of hokey pokey.

As if that wasn’t enough, I was hoping to start 2 a- day- workouts. But that second workout must have lost its invitation in the mail.

Strangely, I’m not having abandonment issues. I just can’t get my head in the game and clock in.

Fingers crossed that next week I can make it happen.

Moderation is Key

I am a live-out-loud all in kind of person so portion control can be a challenge. Both with food, time, and emotion.

My first thought, regarding food, is to start with a smaller plate. My second thought, is to actually use a plate! I usually snack directly out of the bag or container. Therefore I’m not conscious of how much I’m eating. My nutritional coach gave me some great advice. Cut 250 calories from food and burn 250 calories from exercise daily. 500 calorie daily deficit x 7 days is a pound a week. I will hold myself accountable by checking here weekly.

In life I’m going to experiment with taking bite size potions out of life. I’m hoping by doing that I’ll be more in the present and less overwhelmed. My goal for July is establish a routine and go small. Wish me luck!


No is a Complete Sentence

As I get my workout together and test my knee, I found the need to be more vigilant with my food intake. Everyone talks about reading labels and it’s really the easiest thing you can do to help get fit. For a week I made sure to read labels. No added salt – no added sugar.

I was amazed at how many foods have these two ingredients added. Like majorly…

I will also add that going the no salt –no sugar route didn’t significantly adjust the taste. Doing this with moderate exercise netted me a 1.5 pound loss. Reading is Fundamental.

Getting my Fitness Groove Back.

4 months ago I sprained my knee a couple of hours after running a 5k. This is the longest it has taken me to recover. My right knee has given me trouble over the years. 6 years ago I had a lateral release. I just can’t seem to get this knee healthy.

About a month ago I finally went to the doctor to get it checked out. Luckily, I didn’t tear anything but I was still suffering a bit from issues with my patella. My doctor told me to try and start running again. Of course I didn’t. Just not ready to test it out.

I did get a little more active. Playing tennis and I went back to the Bar Method. I ordered KT tape and I love it. Support without the bulkiness of the brace.

Last week I went on a Royal Caribbean cruise to Key West, Cuba and Mexico. Empress of the Seas is a smaller ship with a decent fitness center. Except this ship was sold out. So it was a little hard to get a treadmill. I had to work out in order to keep pace with my eating! So I gave the knee a shot on the jog track on deck 6. First, half mile I only walked. Second, half-mile, I walked and ran! I did about a mile and a half. Then I went back to the fitness center. Waited for a treadmill and got in ½ mile running on an incline! I had some pain later and swelling but nothing I couldn’t manage (especially with Biofreeze). Also, on this cruise I tried Zumba again. I went through the hour class without any pain.

So now I have the confidence to introduce more running into my routine. Which is desperately needed. Good news, I only gained 2 pounds on the cruise. Bad news, I am at my heaviest weight in years. 4 months until my birthday celebration. It’s time to start training for gold.

Back in the Swing of things!

I didn’t play golf all summer.  I don’t know if it’s the southern heat or my lack of passion since Tiger Woods went on hiatus. Then I was invited to LudaDay Weekend in Atlanta, GA .  LudaDay weekend is a 3 day event during Labor Day weekend is hosted by actor/entertainer Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and benefits The Ludacris Foundation. The aim of the foundation is to inspire the youth through education, memorable experiences and helping the youth help themselves. The focus is what Ludacris calls the “3Ls”: Leadership and Education, Living Healthy and Going Green programs, and LudaCares.  Help Youth help themselves.

The 2nd Annual “Grass is Always Greener” Golf Tournament was held at Crystal Lake Golf Course in Hampton, GA. Crystal Lake Golf Course was designed by Denis Griffiths who borrowed a bit from Scotland with a good bit of deception and links style bunkering.

If you’re in the Atlanta area, I highly recommend going to this course. The staff was awesome and the course amazing.

Getting Golf Fit – By the Numbers

This year’s golf goals include getting golf fit. This year I’m doing it by the numbers. First, The Whole 30 program to help me form healthy eating habits. This program is all about eating non-processed whole foods. I did a test run in January and it helped me kick my sugar habit. I decided to give it a go again in February. So far so good, although I thought not having King Cake on Fat Tuesday was going to be the knock out punch.

The second part of my plan is the Couch to 5K app. I am really enjoying this app. I like interval training and I really like how it incorporates my workout playlist. I’ve even recruited some co-workers to join me.

I’m actually having fun getting golf fit.

Surround Yourself With Good Energy

I was recently introduced to a young golfer. Her enthusiasm for the game is contagious. After going almost half the year without playing, she had me on the range one day and playing 9 holes the next day. She is determined to help me improve my game. I am excited and energized to play the game again and to keep your posted on my progress.

Tiger’s Back. I’m Inspired

Absolutely I love this game with or without Tiger. But reality is that I’m obsessed with golf when he’s in it. So imagine my pure joy that the Hero World Challenge supporting the Tiger Woods Foundation is featuring the man!

And then this happens. A celebrity golf day and my Fairy Golf Father Alonzo Mourning is playing. So I trot over to Isleworth to walk several holes with big Zo. I’ve never been to Isleworth before so it was super exciting to walk a new course. I will be out there several times this week.

Tiger’s LisaHeroChallengeback. I’m back. Tis’ the season!


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