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  • Starting Each Day Right

    10/21/2016 5:20:38 AM, by JSTETSER

    In order to make the most of my days , I start each one with the following: The Bible-I set my intention to live in peace and love. A prayer for helping strength. A song that lifts my heart and head. Exercise to motivate my body to move. A healthy breakfast. How do you start your d... Read more

  • TGIF

    10/20/2016 11:12:42 PM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Have a great and blessed day hugs... Read more

  • The last Kayak ride

    10/20/2016 5:17:40 AM, by JSTETSER

    Every year my friend Yvonne lets me keep my kayak at her lovely lake house. I drop it off in early May and pick it up in late October. Every week I go for a visit and a ride. Usually I have the lake to myself. I grew up with a summer cottage on a lake, but a much busier lake than Loon Pond. I ... Read more

  • Gentleness

    10/19/2016 5:20:12 AM, by JSTETSER

    Remember to be kind and considerate today. Our attitude shapes the attitudes of others. There are people who will need to hear something to warm their hearts. ... Read more

  • Spreading a Positive Message!

    10/18/2016 5:20:21 AM, by JSTETSER

    One way that I love to send positive messages at schools is to help my students create murals. The students pick the theme, we research ideas and then voila! Some of our themes in the past include Racing to Learn, Growing a Garden of Manners, The Crayon Box, The Pumpkin Patch, Learning is a Hit! ... Read more

  • Wonderful morning!!!

    10/17/2016 12:29:08 PM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; yesterday I had a very hard work out. I do not think my body was ready for it. I decided to take care of myself. DH was having some issues. Not sure what they were even now, he got really fussy. I came back from the gym just worn out. I knew I did not have the energy to handle DH... Read more

  • Politics in the Classroom

    10/17/2016 5:22:11 AM, by JSTETSER

    Currently I am teaching my student about voting and the three branches of government. One thing that I stay away from is taking a side. In the household where I teach, there are some very strong beliefs and politics are important. I stay away from offending anyone with my beliefs. I am not in ... Read more

  • The Wise Old Owl and my Studies

    10/16/2016 5:43:47 AM, by JSTETSER

    Last weekend, I spent some time taking an online class for my school. It is a course that I have done before, so I kept the TV on as I worked. The news show helped me to understand the material. The Trump bus scandal was breaking, and I learned a lesson from The Donald. My training was the Se... Read more

  • received a package from in-laws with a guilt ridden note

    10/15/2016 9:36:03 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; DH & I are doing quite well. But DH received a note with a package of old Christmas ornaments that his mother wanted us to have. The note told of us of the hard ordeal that they are having clearing the house of 70 years. DH is the only sibling who is still working full time and we ... Read more

  • Getting Out of My Own Way

    10/15/2016 5:50:54 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday I felt the pain from my injuries, and as hard as I tried, I was not a pleasant person. The harder I worked, the less I got done. I needed to step away from my responsibilities and just relax. That is a tough one for me. I took a long hot bath with epsom salts and them went to my ... Read more

  • I am over jet lag

    10/14/2016 8:25:18 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning, it is amazing how good you feel when you finally get over jet lag. I am most proud of how I handled this jet lag. Normally, I get so frustrated with the lack of a good sleeping schedule that I overeat out of frustration. I did not do this at all. In fact, I have been very strong on... Read more

  • Sparked Reflections

    10/14/2016 5:24:45 AM, by JSTETSER

    It is not what we do, but how we think about what we do that makes a difference. After joining SparkPeople, I started writing a daily blog. This practice has caused me to look closely at my eating, hiking, and my life in general. I have written down my hopes, dreams and fears here. I have share... Read more

  • H pylori infection

    10/13/2016 8:04:19 AM, by VANILLAMAMA

    Wednesday I found out my EGD biopsy came back positive for H pylori. It causes stomach problems. I never thought I had a issue just cramps once in a while and some GERD going on. Well now I am on 10 days of antibiotics before I get my surgery. Antibiotics In general give me stomach issues but two ... Read more

  • Riding along

    10/13/2016 5:14:46 AM, by JSTETSER

    Riding along on a beautiful day, All was bright with nothing gray. Just when I was sure and confident My need for God not evident I hit a little bump in the road, Fall on my face like a heavy load! Just a moment in time reminded me Trust God, not self, for eternity. ... Read more

  • Just . . . unbelievable

    10/12/2016 6:38:02 PM, by 1CRAZYDOG

    I may be inactive here in the next few days. My daughter, Clara, was in an auto accident today. No apparent injuries, thank goodness, but I am waiting for Jason to come home and we're going to get her. Apparently she was on the way to a restaurant and got hit . . . I don't know from the re... Read more

  • How I went from Signed On to Signed Off!

    10/12/2016 2:03:50 PM, by METROKITTY

    It all happened yesterday. Here I was totally following these massive instructions given to me by the MetSet (dietician supervised) program. Struggling with them, but 95% following them. The big struggle was: 1) hunger; 2) their very complicated albeit delicious recipes; 3) super time-consuming ... Read more

  • A guess this jet lag is taking a toll

    10/12/2016 8:50:27 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; woke up and feeling great. Took my BP - WOW it was so high. It has to be this crazy sleeping pattern. It is not food. I am getting sleep but not all at once. I really thought my body could handle it. But I am going to try to take supplements that I take when I am not sleeping. ... Read more

  • Appreciate those who help you!

    10/11/2016 5:20:43 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday several people went out of their way to help me. Tonya in CVS searched high and low until she found the coconut oil. Jack at McDonalds made me a specialty breakfast sandwich with fewer carbs. I thanked them and then called the company that they worked for. When you build a fire of ... Read more

  • Doing well - jet lag still part of my challenge

    10/11/2016 4:09:05 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I just decided to go with the flow and not fighting the irregular sleeping patterns. I have lost more weight. I think because I am watching what I am eating but I am active more. I will sleep 4 hours get up and then take another 4 hours after I get tired. I know this is effective b... Read more

  • Day 3 of Weight Loss Phase

    10/10/2016 2:06:41 PM, by METROKITTY

    Well, if I lose 2 lbs per week, I might be where I want to be in June, 2017 I figured. The instructions I got said older people like me may only lose 1 lb per week. I am only on Day 3 and I have already lost 5 lbs. That is because I did a lot to lose weight in the 9 days leading to the start dat... Read more

  • spent the evening with grandkids

    10/10/2016 9:33:02 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    good Morning; feeling tired this morning still b/c of jet lag. Grand kids missed us so much. Grandson had a temperature. He saw us and really perked up. I was supposed to babysit him today if he did not go to daycare.But he woke up with no fever and was great this morning. Kids get over things ... Read more

  • Determination.

    10/10/2016 5:08:49 AM, by JSTETSER

    Keeping on keeping on. Not giving up! Sometimes we may get tired, but don't quit eating well and exercising. How will you show your healthy determination today?... Read more

  • confessions of a fat housewife

    10/9/2016 12:12:56 PM, by SUGARSMOM2

    I bought another cookbook . my hubby went ranting and ragin around the house . A another cookbook what do you need another cookbook for ? I have more cookbooks then caters has little liver pills and believe me he has a lot of them . I had had many phases of being a wife and mother like van gol and h... Read more

  • Moose in the morning

    10/9/2016 5:23:16 AM, by JSTETSER

    Of all the woodland creatures, the moose are the most mystifying. Maybe it's those eyes so big. Maybe it's the gangly almost awkward appearance. Sometimes they appear to be innocent in a silly kind of way. Other times they appear majestic. M moose has not been shot by my ... Read more

  • Preparation Phase was "intense"

    10/8/2016 1:48:26 PM, by METROKITTY

    My Metabolic Reset and Weight Program is in 4 Phases. Phase 1 is Preparation and the written directions I received said it was "Intense" with no details given about what that meant. When I read it I thought that maybe people with food addiction issues or emotional issues that were wound up in eati... Read more

  • Gastric sleeve

    10/8/2016 10:11:00 AM, by VANILLAMAMA

    Good morning ladies and gents. I wanted to update you on my progress. As of Monday I decided to have a gastric sleeve done. My surgery date is set for 11/14/16. I know I can do this and do it well. The smaller stomach will keep me on track better. I have been tracking my calories and I put new goal... Read more

  • DH is so calm and relaxed

    10/8/2016 9:34:50 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I just hope DH stays calm and relaxed as he goes back to work soon. I love it. What an environment to be in when my household is calm. I need this environment so much. I got into meditation on vacation. I meditated this morning. I am going to work hard to keep meditation going. I... Read more

  • Beauty

    10/8/2016 9:19:35 AM, by SISNEROSMD

    Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size But when I start to tell them, They think I'm telling lies. I say, It's in the reach of my arms The span of my hips, The stride of my step, The curl of my lips. I'm a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, ... Read more

  • Meditation Week 1

    10/8/2016 8:50:20 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    My October challenge is to meditate at least once each day. I began my daily meditations last week a couple of days before October 1st. I am now getting into the habit of meditating after I read my devotional or motivational message each morning and I have an alarm set to help me to remember to fin... Read more

  • Making it through Matthew

    10/8/2016 5:49:30 AM, by JSTETSER

    Mat and Nora live in Ft. Lauderdale, and chose to stay put with their two little children. Gabby, the newborn, just got out of the hospital after recovering from viral meningitis. They bought a generator with a credit card, planning to return it if it was not needed. The storm hit, they los... Read more

  • Back from vacation - lost 4 lbs

    10/7/2016 7:13:19 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; so sorry to hear about all the weather problems. Send my blessings to those in danger for them to get to shelter. Where my DH and I were had much weather issues too. We were safe and thoroughly enjoyed being away. We both needed it. Glad to be on US soil. I love to travel but I l... Read more

  • Aches need rest

    10/7/2016 5:18:45 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today I am taking another rest day. After the bike accident on Wednesday, my body is still recovering. I'm going to get back on the bike for a few minutes and enjoy the fall foliage, but nothing crazy. My body needs some rest and recovery time today. ... Read more

  • Aches need rest

    10/7/2016 5:18:43 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today I am taking another rest day. After the bike accident on Wednesday, my body is still recovering. I'm going to get back on the bike for a few minutes and enjoy the fall foliage, but nothing crazy. My body needs some rest and recovery time today. ... Read more

  • Gamboling like a Goat!

    10/6/2016 6:38:20 PM, by RENIESSPARKIN

    Hello All: 213 I had surgery on my right foot about six weeks ago. Most of it healed up without a hitch, but... 198 40 46 42 The doc had to slice off some of the bone along the outside of my foot (I'd broken it at some time and didn't heal correctly). The surgical site final... Read more

  • Do It NOW

    10/6/2016 5:31:23 PM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    This afternoon I got a little side tracked after school. I had a parent meeting and then stopped to chat with a colleague about a new app that she is using in her classroom. Another colleague had a crisis that she needed help with. Before I knew was 4pm. I had planned to change clothes... Read more

  • Meeting the pavement head on

    10/6/2016 5:26:05 AM, by JSTETSER

    Last night I went head over heels in my bike. There was no love involved in this fall. Just an unfortunate face plant on the pavement. Ouch! Neighbors stopped. The ambulance took me away, and nothing was broken. I'm on my way to school soon to talk about bike safety and answer questions from ... Read more

  • Being Better than My Best

    10/5/2016 5:25:32 AM, by JSTETSER

    Two months ago, I thought that I was doing my very best. I was on a good schedule, but it was not good enough. I was working out, eating healthy foods, but my Type II Diabetes was not fully under control. My doctor told me that he wanted to put me on medication. I decided that I wanted to... Read more

  • Adventures in After School Walking

    10/4/2016 6:05:22 PM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    I had my whole afternoon schedule planned. I took my workout gear, my shoes, and even my water bottle. I planned which way I was going to drive to my favorite walking park and then the shortest route to the grocery store afterwards. I was all set. I missed the exit coming home from work. ... Read more

  • Overcoming the Tiredness

    10/4/2016 5:27:16 AM, by JSTETSER

    I'm up at 4:45 and out of the house by 5:45. By 2:00, I am tired. Most days, I could sit on my couch in front of the stove, take a nap, but I take a walk when school is out instead. The changing of the seasons and a busy life can drag me down if I let it. Please let me know if you have an... Read more

  • Wow...gotta have an after school snack

    10/3/2016 5:20:26 PM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    I have had this happen twice in the past three school days. The day is long, I had a filling but low calorie lunch. I am so tired that I can barely drive home. I get home, my sugar is too low. (70) I am thinking that I am going to have to eat a snack at my desk right after school. We have ... Read more

  • My best Life Now

    10/3/2016 5:23:00 AM, by JSTETSER

    Sometimes I forget to prioritize my time. I do what I want to when I want to. I forget to lift the weights and get in the strength training. Other times I leave out the deep breathing and meditation that helps to lower my BP. Today's goal is to find a way to make these two activities into da... Read more

  • Walking in the woods

    10/2/2016 5:19:42 AM, by JSTETSER

    Walking in the woods on a lovely day Not in a hurry, just finding our way We're going to Church-about 5 miles, Telling our stories all the while Enjoying this day in early Fall, Loving this weather Our Sunday together. Photos found on Google. Our colors are not quite so... Read more

  • Day 3 of Preparation Phase

    10/1/2016 3:43:34 PM, by METROKITTY

    I have to say I woke up happier today than I have felt in a lonnngg time and with more energy. Signing up for a semi-expensive nutritionist-supervised ketogenic diet was a dive I took with intuition and faith. It just felt right in every way. It's time to get dead serious as I have only been... Read more

  • My toughest cleaning job

    10/1/2016 5:39:17 AM, by JSTETSER

    In my house, one area must get cleaned four times in a year. I know that I should clean it more often. It's my desk. Whenever I'm near the desk, work starts calling my name, and I stop the cleaning to answer emails or finish something that I can do later. Yesterday I just dedicated 2 hours and... Read more

  • Better for my Back!

    9/30/2016 5:22:59 AM, by JSTETSER

    I'm making changes for the Health of it! This year, I decided that I would listen to my body and change the way that I carry my school books, computer and pocketbook. Rather than carry it on my shoulder as I have for years, I bought a storage box on wheels. What a difference it makes! I have... Read more

  • Metraset Program - Intake Appointment

    9/29/2016 7:31:34 PM, by METROKITTY

    So today I had the initial appointment to enter the Metraset Program, which is a weight loss program in Seattle that uses ketogenic weight loss. (Seattle Program). It was an hour long appointment and I may have been there longer. Felt like I had a 100% personality match wi... Read more

  • Take the shot!

    9/29/2016 5:19:54 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday I helped to insure that my winter will be a well one. I got the flu shot. Did you know that taking the shot is the best way to keep your body strong against the flu? I'm doing all that I can to stay strong so that I can see my beautiful little grand babies!... Read more

  • Guidance

    9/28/2016 4:37:46 PM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    I start each morning by reading a devotional type book. Right now, I have a little book called 52 Weeks of Conscious Contact that I am reading. Each week, I read and ponder about different values. This week's value is Guidance. Today's lesson was all about accepting guidance. Yesterday, I ran a... Read more

  • Baby Gabby

    9/28/2016 5:32:10 AM, by JSTETSER

    Gabby is now 3 weeks old. Gabby update: the doctors told Nora & Matt is when she was admitted to the NICU on 9/19/16 she was very sick. Now we know it was viral meningitis & that the doctors weren't sure she'd pull through. In their aggressive treatment they put her on Acyclovir, an antiviral whi... Read more

  • Great Debates with ME

    9/27/2016 5:35:03 AM, by JSTETSER

    Last night I had a great debate with the two me's. The healthy me vs. the practical me. Are you going to eat the chocolate or have a cup of herbal tea? Are you going for the walk or clean the house? Are you going to be happy or complain because things aren't going your way? The healthy m... Read more


    9/26/2016 5:02:10 PM, by KATHARINE01948

    272 NEW TEAM sometimes its just fun to get a way from everyday life . come and join me . lets chat about one of your favorite soap .s ... Read more

  • Changeing habits with the changing seasons

    9/26/2016 5:32:29 AM, by JSTETSER

    Finally, it's fall. Time for the fall makeover. There are things that I do to help me have a healthy change. 1. Evaluate my eating plan, and change at least one of my downfalls. I am added more water. Every time I get into my car, I have a tall glass of water. I have to drive from the sch... Read more

  • Pass the Cheese Please

    9/25/2016 9:29:12 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    Last night we had Cincinnati chili for dinner. I shredded a little fresh cheese to use as a garnish. After dinner, I got to thinking about cheese and dairy. I have pretty much given up on dairy (ok, cheese is a weakness - but we'll get to that later.) I am drinking and cooking with almond mil... Read more

  • Gabbi Update

    9/25/2016 5:32:52 AM, by JSTETSER

    Gabby was born a strong, healthy little girl on 9/15/16. Three days later, she developed a high fever, and was in back in the hospital. On Friday, 9/23, the fever is gone, but our little grandbaby is being tested and checked out for possibly having a spinal meningitis. Gabby’s parents Mat a... Read more

  • Family Teamwork! photos addded

    9/24/2016 6:13:04 AM, by JSTETSER

    I don’t know about your family, but sometimes, maybe most of the time, all six brothers and sisters do not agree on the care that my mother should receive. This past week, I was happily surprised at how well we worked together. My Mom fell of Wednesday. My brother John took charge since he w... Read more

  • Family Update

    9/23/2016 5:32:54 AM, by JSTETSER

    Thank you so much for your prayers and concern. My mother had a very interesting report. The scan of her brain showed that the Glioma (small tumor) in her brain is gone. No explanation why. Also, my mother is blind in her right eye. After the bump on her head, her eyesight has returned a bit. ... Read more

  • Please say a prayer

    9/22/2016 5:22:16 AM, by JSTETSER

    Dear Spark Friends, Please pray for the youngest (6 days old) and the oldest (94 years old) members of my family. Baby Gabby is in the hospital with a fever. My mom fell yesterday, and has some bleeding in the brain. Thank you. ... Read more

  • Disappointed

    9/21/2016 7:43:45 PM, by FSM19520

    Second week in a row I gained weight (3lbs). Why?... Read more