Apple or Candy??? cont’d

Ann Kelly : November 11, 2015 7:47 pm : Uncategorized

As promised …here is the chart which indicates how your body reacts to sugar!


1 1/2 hours after eating the candy, your system is in the Hunger Mode….ie What is there to eat??? Whereas eating the apple has raised your blood sugar level yet has sustained it for 4 hours!

How to succeed at maintaining blood sugar levels….

  1. Eat breakfast
  2. No over eating or under eating
  3. Eat every 2 – 4 hours
  4. Exercise
  5. Relax – manage stress
  6. Reduce carbohydrates in the evening
  7. Get adequate sleep

Snacks should be a combo of protein, carbs, and healthy fats.

Hopefully this blog will “speak” to you, and will help you get off the Sugar Blood Sugar Rollercoaster!

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Avoid the Blood Sugar Rollercoaster!

Ann Kelly : November 5, 2015 7:21 pm : Uncategorized

What??? Well I have just returned from Canyon Ranch, an outstanding fitness resort in Tucson AZ, and one of the lectures I attended “spoke to me”…and I wondered if it would” speak to you” as well!

Andres Valenzuela MS, RDN, spoke about the Blood Sugar Rollercoaster that is causing obesity in our countries. He informed us that our blood sugar level should remain as level as possible throughout the day.  So, if we don’t eat on a regular schedule, and we eat foods high in sugar, our blood sugar levels will peak then crash.  When they crash, we crave anything in sight and it is usually not a good food source!!!

Check next blog……I will have a diagram illustrating the difference between blood sugar levels when eating an apple versus a candy….as well as some ideas to help you avoid the Blood Sugar Rollercoaster.  Meanwhile tuck a Kashi bar in your golf bag!


An aside….thanks to all who commented on the little pink book, Feeling Naked on the First Tee, going to China!

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Book going to China

Ann Kelly : September 5, 2015 9:01 pm : Uncategorized

Thought you’d be interested to know that Feeling Naked on the First Tee has been translated for sale in China! (biggest growing golf market in the world!) Profits from the book are going to a Rotary project in China called The Leprosy Project (yes there is still leprosy…)


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Reactions – Annabelle Ackroyd

Ann Kelly : August 27, 2015 9:07 pm : Uncategorized

Thanks to all who reacted to the last post.  A couple of these comments were – “Hurrah for Annabelle”  BC-Can

“As a women golfer, I was intimidated to be paired with a Junior – thinking that she would be so much better than I”  TN-US

“A good lesson for all ‘experienced’ golfers!!”  MT-US, and

“Congratulations to Annabelle, we hope she continues to enjoy the game of golf!” AB-Can.

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Annabelle Ackroyd – Paired with a Junior?

Ann Kelly : August 21, 2015 3:26 pm : Uncategorized

I was going to tell this story a couple of years ago…however…Now is the perfect time!

A 12 year old girl who had played lots of golf with her Dad was encouraged to go to the local golf course, see if there was an opening on the tee sheet and play golf…often intimidating for most people as you never know who you will play with.  Well she was partnered with 3 elderly ladies.  On her way to the tee box she overheard their conversation with remarks such as “Darn, we have to play with a Junior”, and “Oh, she’ll probably hold us up”.  This little girl didn’t make it to the tee box, instead she cried her eyes out in the locker room…much to the concern of the pro and then the club manager.

Now for the best ending to this story…Annabelle Ackroyd, of Calgary Alberta, who  just turned 14, has just won the Alberta Bantam Girl’s Championship with a massive lead of 29 strokes.  Earlier this season Annabelle also earned a spot on the Interprovincial Team with a 2nd place finish in the Juvenile Girl’s Championship!  Congratulations Annabelle!

If you are ever paired with a Junior – lookout! You may have the privilege of playing with a future star!

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Altered Course – a new version of extreme golf!

Ann Kelly : June 22, 2015 5:05 pm : Uncategorized

At the Royal Colwood Golf Course in Victoria, Canada, members were privileged to attend the first screening of Altered Course, thanks to member Eileen Kelly, one of the participants.  This is a new version of extreme golf created by the Golf Channel.

Months ago when the program was announced, over 10,000 applicants were received by the Golf Channel.  These applicants were reduced to 16 golfers – 8 teams of 2 golfers each.  Three teams are female and 5 are male, hailing from various parts of the world.

Altered Course is similar to Speed Golf (see previous blog) with specific and varied golf skills changed from week to week. The program was filmed in Montego Bay, Jamaica where two regulation golf courses were altered with different challenges for each session.

Eileen Kelly and Kyla Inaba have given themselves the moniker Canadian Ninjas, and were delighted to have been selected.  They have spent countless hours in the gym, on running tracks, and on the golf course increasing their skill and fitness levels in order to compete.

Tune in! – Monday nights on the Golf Channel – you may be out of breath just sitting on your couch!

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Speed Golf – Who Knew???

Ann Kelly : June 20, 2015 5:26 pm : Uncategorized

Who knew that golfers would invent an extreme version of golf??? Well… here it is! Often Speed Golf is referred to as Hit, Run, Repeat!  It dates back to the 70’s but in 1990 a formal governing body was founded in the US.  An International body was then founded in 2002 and presently there are various events around the world.

The object of Speed Golf is quite simple (Ha!) …it is to play golf as well as possible in as little time as possible.

Golfers may carry up to 6 clubs, (special bags are now available), and may carry a range finder for distance only.  They may not wear metal spikes,  are not required to rake traps, and will often take a penalty rather than search for a lost ball.

Tournaments are either 9 or 18 holes and flights are divided Men/Women, Pro/Amateur

Scoring consists of combining the number of strokes taken with the time elapsed.  (ie: a score of 85 in the time of 45.10 minutes = 131.10 – the seconds are recorded to resolve ties)

Another version of Speed Golf has been created by the Golf Channel  – called Altered Course…see next Blog!

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Memories of Turkey…

Ann Kelly : June 18, 2015 7:01 pm : Uncategorized

If you get the chance to visit Turkey – GO!  Turkey’s strong economy is based on tourism, agriculture and manufacturing.  The country’s infrastructure has improved 100% in the last 15 years – super highways, bridges, hotels, restaurants, etc!  Countless tourist attractions, from whirling dervishes in Konya, balloon rides in Cappadocia, to the underground cisterns in Istanbul, that will keep you busy for weeks!

There are hundreds of ancient Roman sites where you will see cities, amphitheaters and buildings, that continue to be unearthed by anthropologists.

There are over 1000 mosques in Istanbul – many of which used to be Christian churches.  The architecture and decorations in these places of worship are stunning. Be aware, you may not need an alarm clock as the imans will wake you before sunrise with their calls to prayer!

Hotels are ultra modern with every convenience the modern traveller could wish for.

Played on three wonderful golf courses along the Mediterranean (as mentioned in a previous blog – Turkey is replacing Portugal as a destination for golfers). What a treat!

Turkey , on the border of Syria, has taken in over 1.6 million was refugees. Admirable!

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Golf in Turkey!

Ann Kelly : April 23, 2015 1:48 pm : Golf tournaments, Travel

For many avid golfers, Turkey has replaced the Algarve in Portugal, as a golf destination in Europe.  The majority of  these new courses are on the Mediterrean east of Antalya in Belek, and have been built to encourage tourism.

The resorts are new and shiny….very up-market….miles of marble, brass, glass and stunning decor.  The International Golfing Fellowship of Rotary ( IGFR) holds a tournament each year somewhere in the world.  This year it is in Turkey and headquartered at the Regnum, Carla Golf and Spa Resort, which opened about 3 years ago.  The course here and two other local courses are being used for the tourney – close to 200 golfers.

The tournament formats are all Stableford scoring.  This system is based on the number of strokes taken at each hole. It is not the lowest score you want but the highest!  If you are not familiar with this system please look it up on Wikipedia – too complicated to explain here!

Day 1 for me ….partnered with a woman from Switzerland.  Lovely new course 15 minutes from here and we managed to come 4th out of 34! Hopefully good play will continue !

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Stunning golf course in Bulgaria!

Ann Kelly : April 19, 2015 4:14 pm : Travel, Uncategorized

Why am I playing golf in Bulgaria?  Simply on our way to play in a Rotary golf tournament in Turkey….and had heard about Thracian Cliffs Golf and Beach Resort…-and just had to come!

“You will not find a golf course like this anywhere else on the planet”. Gary Player

Framed by white coastal cliffs and the turquoise of the Black Sea, Thracian Cliffs is an unbelievably spectacular course.   Thanks to Milen Bandakov, the General Manager, for spending some time with me and sharing information on this stunning course.  (Incidentally  Milen grew up in Kazanlak, Bulgaria, the center of the rose oil industry, (see former blog) where, in May each year – the peak season for roses,  students were required to pick roses from 4 am till 10 am daily).

Development of Thracian Cliffs began 6 years ago and was open to the public 2 years later.  It has been voted the the Best Golf Course in Europe! It played host to the Volvo World Masters Player’s Championship in 2014.  Golfers of all levels can enjoy this course which offers 5 sets of tees.  There is a fully equipped Pro Shop, upscale accommodations, a beautiful beach, several excellent restaurants, a fitness club and a kid’s club.

Best months to play April, May, September, October


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