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  • got on scale and lost

    4/27/2017 8:34:09 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; Amazing with less stress- your body just knows what it needs to do. I have been going to the gym 6 days a week and eating clean. I have done that before without much results, but now the stress is less. That is the key for me. I am riding the journey like I always knew I deserved. ... Read more

  • Spring in my Step!

    4/27/2017 5:13:07 AM, by JSTETSER

    Spring in my step And a laugh in my voice, I have happiness, I made the choice! I’m on my way to a life with peace, I have the joy that’ll never cease! Why is this goodness in my life? I chose health, and refused the strife. My life is not perfect, And may never be, But I’... Read more

  • Thurs 27 April 58,4kg

    4/27/2017 4:29:58 AM, by LOWGIMEALPHOTOS

    Breakfast 7.30am Soy milk, 2 tbsps mixed berries, 5 very small chopped salted roasted cashew nuts, 3 soft dried abricots, 2 tbsp organic oats Bjorg (68% rolled oats, 12% raisins, 20% seeds: sunflower, buckwheat, squash, flax), 2 tbsps oatbran, almond essence flavouring, sucralose, 2 teas ... Read more

  • thursday

    4/26/2017 11:02:03 PM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Have a very blessed and loving day... Read more

  • I haven't updated in a while but that doesn't mean I haven't been sparking. :)

    4/26/2017 4:55:35 PM, by SHINING_ON

    So, April has been a good -- but rough -- month for me. My PhD defense is looming (mid-summer) and I'm working around the clock on that. But I've been finding more and more ways to incorporate daily workouts into my life (I'm back to swimming laps! 237). Most importantly, my SO and I have foun... Read more

  • Whoa!

    4/26/2017 8:40:09 AM, by VALKYRIA-

    I woke up today and I was back down to 391.4 :) OKAY, maybe it was just water weight. That means I only have 3 lbs to lose to be back to where I was in the beginning of April! I can do this! 12/01/16: 405 01/06/17: 395 03/22/17: 390.4 03/29/17: 388.2 04/25/17: 394.2 04/26/17: 391... Read more

  • Evening Sabbatoge

    4/26/2017 7:33:50 AM, by MA_BELLE

    I'm so frustrated. I do very well through breakfast and lunch and usually dinner. However, since Easter, I find myself splurging on high calorie foods (usually high carbs and fats) in the evening. I assign myself a portion within my calories remaining. Good intentions and a treat to my taste buds. T... Read more

  • Not enough hours in the day

    4/26/2017 7:29:31 AM, by NANCY-

    That's how it feels sometimes. Writing to me is a craft. I put thought into the written word. There is permanence, especially in the internet. It can be an arduous process, especially for a perfectionist. That being said... I am hard on myself. Self-critical, focusing on what is wrong. The... Read more

  • My Fantasy

    4/26/2017 6:28:51 AM, by MARION-S

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  • my darling DS - is learning

    4/26/2017 6:04:31 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; DS finally going to the dentist. Due to his status with his disability he has dental insurance from Tricare. the dentist office asks him for a down payment of $400 for his share of the bill. He has $3000 of work to be done. He told me all this. He is not used to paying for a dental... Read more

  • Working out with Wood!

    4/26/2017 5:15:29 AM, by JSTETSER

    It's not a chore, it's a domestic workout! I began working the woodpile yesterday. This is the family's domestic workout during the Spring, Summer and Fall. I have to take things slow and careful. It is easy to overdo and hurt my muscles with the heavy wood. John and I usually work for 1-2 ... Read more

  • Wed 26 April 58,1kg

    4/26/2017 3:15:28 AM, by LOWGIMEALPHOTOS

    Breakfast 7.30am Soy milk, 2 tbsps mixed berries, 2 tbsp organic oats Bjorg (68% rolled oats, 12% raisins, 20% seeds: sunflower, buckwheat, squash, flax), 2 tbsps oatbran, almond essence flavouring, sucralose, 3 teas Forgot to put the dried fruit in Snack 10.30am 2 Whi... Read more

  • Let me tell you what happened today

    4/25/2017 7:53:47 PM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    Right around noon today, I decided that I was totally stressed out, so I was going to walk a lap around campus. About that time one of my students came in and asked if he could get ahead on one of the assignments. I told him that he could, but if he didn't mind, I was a little stressed out and was h... Read more

  • Tues 25 April 58kg

    4/25/2017 9:45:04 AM, by LOWGIMEALPHOTOS

    Breakfast 7.30am Soy milk, 2 tbsps mixed berries, 5 very small chopped salted roasted cashew nuts, 3 soft dried abricots, 2 tbsp organic oats Bjorg (68% rolled oats, 12% raisins, 20% seeds: sunflower, buckwheat, squash, flax), 2 tbsps oatbran, almond essence flavouring, sucralose, 3 teas ... Read more

  • talked with DS last night

    4/25/2017 8:23:06 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; for those who do not know my DS is an disabled vet with PTSD, panic attacks and high anxiety. any ways, he is going to group counseling at the VA - multiple sessions per week and it is helping him greatly. Last weekend, he had an episode where it was triggered by a person that he and... Read more

  • New starting weight

    4/25/2017 8:06:31 AM, by VALKYRIA-

    394.2 A gain of almost 6 lbs :/ all of the fast food and maybe the side effects of my medicine contributed to this gain. I think I need to just take this one pound at a time and try my best to swing it downward. I might not like the number I see, but ignoring it will only lead to more gains, so... Read more

  • SparkFriends are Positive Pals!

    4/25/2017 5:13:35 AM, by JSTETSER

    I Love Having Healthy, Positive Pals! Take the time to surround yourself with positive, healthy people, and you will be both positive and healthy! Here's a photo from the NH Spark Gathering a few years ago! You are what you eat, and you become like your friends. I look at how my friends mot... Read more

  • I moved!

    4/24/2017 6:33:18 PM, by VALKYRIA-

    The move is over! Now I'm unpacking everything. I have 3 weeks until the bootcamp starts, so I'm planning to focus on eating healthy, going to the gym, fewer fast food and more homemade meals. I love my new apartment! I feel like I have a fresh start. There's a ton more light in this place, and the... Read more

  • New week, new start!

    4/24/2017 10:11:47 AM, by BUNNY59

    This weekend I had a baby shower. The pants I choose to wear had to be taken in. Guess I lost something in my waist even though the number on the scale hasn't really moved too much. It was fun celebrating with family. Hard making food choices, so I didn't over load my plates, just sampled. But de... Read more

  • crazy weekend with lawn care

    4/24/2017 8:09:47 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; My Dh decided to work on our sprinkler system. It needs to be adjusted since the new lawn. I wanted to hire someone. No he had to go out and find out that it is harder than he thought after actually breaking off a sprinkler head. He kept going back and forth to Home Depot. Left h... Read more

  • crazy weekend with lawn care

    4/24/2017 8:09:43 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; My Dh decided to work on our sprinkler system. It needs to be adjusted since the new lawn. I wanted to hire someone. No he had to go out and find out that it is harder than he thought after actually breaking off a sprinkler head. He kept going back and forth to Home Depot. Left h... Read more

  • Long Week Ahead

    4/24/2017 6:03:02 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    This week is going to be a very long week. It is our first five day week in a long time. It is also the week of our accredidation review. While we are not scheduled for an on-site visit, all that we have worked on this year will be evaluated. This is going to be a stressful week for all of us. ... Read more

  • Balance and Gratitude!

    4/24/2017 5:05:43 AM, by JSTETSER

    Balance and Gratitude! I wish that my life and my flowers were blooming, right now, but not yet. As I live out the life of balance and gratitude, I know that it will come! Today I am thankful for the health and balance that I have in my life. I am learning more about balance as I read more... Read more

  • Mon 24 April 58,5kg

    4/24/2017 4:15:07 AM, by LOWGIMEALPHOTOS

    Breakfast 7.30am Soy milk, 2 tbsps mixed berries, 5 very small chopped salted roasted cashew nuts, 3 soft dried abricots, 2 tbsp organic oats Bjorg (68% rolled oats, 12% raisins, 20% seeds: sunflower, buckwheat, squash, flax), 2 tbsps oatbran, almond essence flavouring, sucralose, 2 teas ... Read more

  • I am alittle sad today

    4/23/2017 7:08:23 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I had my grand kids over for a sleep over. It was wonderful and l love them at this age 2 1/2 and 5. We have a great time. My DD told me that she has her final interview with her alum university in a week. She wants to get this job which will mean they will move 3 hours away. It ... Read more

  • Sun 23 April 58,8kg

    4/23/2017 6:15:34 AM, by LOWGIMEALPHOTOS

    Breakfast 7.20am Soy milk, 2 tbsps mixed berries, 5 very small chopped salted roasted cashew nuts, 4 small soft dried abricots, 2 tbsp organic oats Bjorg (68% rolled oats, 12% raisins, 20% seeds: sunflower, buckwheat, squash, flax), 2 tbsps oatbran, almond essence flavouring, sucralose, 3 teas ... Read more

  • Teach Your Children Well

    4/23/2017 5:51:02 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday I got to see some of the fruits of my labor. I taught my children to value exercise, and now they are doing the same with their children. Little Shiloh goes to The Little Gym, and plays with other babies that are one year old. She learns so much in this clean, safe environment. ... Read more

  • Starting over

    4/22/2017 10:08:42 AM, by DEPOTMODE

    Well, I've now had another round of three epidural steroid injections in my lower back (L5-S1), and it's just been in the last week and a half I've been able to walk without limping. I did have a cervical MRI done--I've had some tingling in both my hands on and off for a year now, but there was noth... Read more

  • Sat 22 April 58,4kg

    4/22/2017 8:55:29 AM, by LOWGIMEALPHOTOS

    Breakfast 8am-ish Soy milk, 2 tbsps mixed berries, 5 very small chopped salted roasted cashew nuts, about 5 small soft dried abricots, 2 tbsp organic oats Bjorg (68% rolled oats, 12% raisins, 20% seeds: sunflower, buckwheat, squash, flax), 2 tbsps oatbran, almond essence flavouring, sucralose, 3 ... Read more

  • My Squats Challenge

    4/22/2017 7:33:07 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    On Easter Sunday, I challenged myself to do 50 squats every day until graduation. (The last day of school. ) I just want to see what happens. I measured myself on the first day and will measure again on the last day. No matter what, I want to do 50 squats - even on a rest day. I have made it one wee... Read more

  • Upping My Game

    4/22/2017 6:19:00 AM, by JSTETSER

    I am applying for a new job in the school where I work. I'm organizing my resume, writing about the changes that I've made in my classroom over the past year, and got a new hair cut. It's amazing how good a few changes to my life makes me feel. Looking for a new position can be a bit cha... Read more

  • neighbor called

    4/21/2017 9:16:31 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning, my neighbor who has lived with her head in the sand most of her life. Her DH was operated on yesterday. I told her to contact insurance about him staying in hospital longer. She said that she was going to do it, but she did not do it and they are releasing her DH today. He has Park... Read more

  • Aches and Pains

    4/21/2017 9:13:37 AM, by BUNNY59

    What do you do when you are too sore to do your normal exercise routine? I pushed myself with the exercise this week and I think I am paying for it today. I have arthritis in one knee and today it is bothering me (walking slow). The aches and pains of getting older. I will have to skip my regular ro... Read more

  • new electric mower was delivered

    4/21/2017 8:21:17 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; My DH decided to fire the lawn service that we have used for over 5 years. They did make a mess of our lawn when we wanted to put in grass which had become very thin. The lawn service convinced us that we need more soil. We got what we wished for with no understanding of the volume... Read more

  • A Trip to see the GrandChild

    4/21/2017 5:17:53 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today I'm on my way from New Hampshire to New Jersey-about a 6 hour drive. I'm going down to see little Shiloh Rose, and of course my son and daughter in law. Here is my poem for the baby who has stolen my heart! Shiloh Rose The friendly and fanciful face of my Shiloh Rose~ A baby floweri... Read more

  • Fri 21 April 58,2kg

    4/21/2017 4:46:09 AM, by LOWGIMEALPHOTOS

    Breakfast 8am-ish Almond milk, soy milk, 2 tbsps mixed berries, 5 very small chopped salted roasted cashew nuts, about 4 soft dried abricots, 2 tbsp organic oats Bjorg (68% rolled oats, 12% raisins, 20% seeds: sunflower, buckwheat, squash, flax), 2 tbsps oatbran, almond essence flavouring, sucral... Read more

  • Thurs 20 April 57,8kgs Restaurant tonight!

    4/20/2017 5:49:47 AM, by LOWGIMEALPHOTOS

    Breakfast 7am Almond milk, coconut cream, 2 tbsps mixed berries, 5 smallish chopped salted roasted cashew nuts, about 4 soft dried abricots, 1 tbsp organic oats Bjorg (3 graines: 60% oat, 20% wheat, 20% spelt), 2 tbsps oatbran, almond essence flavouring, sucralose, 3 teas Fairly... Read more

  • Daring for my knees

    4/20/2017 5:14:39 AM, by JSTETSER

    Caring for my knees Thank you to everyone who has given me advice on caring for my knees. I have learned new information, and have been reminded of somethings that I have not been putting into practice. I'm making some lifestyle changes, and am doing the following: 1. WebMD suggests el... Read more

  • Beck Pink - Days 9 & 10 plus "Hello, Universe Calling"

    4/19/2017 10:07:45 AM, by NANCY-

    Day 9 - Pick an Exercise Plan Working on regaining stamina. Walks and Classical Stretch on PBS. Sometimes we just have to start over. Day 10 - Set a Reasonable Goal Rome wasn't build in a day. "Hello, Universe Calling." Mindset is everything. It directs our responses. Spa... Read more

  • Yes, I Can!

    4/19/2017 5:16:06 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yes, I can! I can make small commitments and I can keep them! Maybe I can't change the whole world today, but I can make one small commitment to change myself. I can get outside and run. I can do my stretches. I can drink the water. Drink a glass of water before each meal. ... Read more

  • Wed 19 April 57,8kgs

    4/19/2017 4:28:51 AM, by LOWGIMEALPHOTOS

    Breakfast 7am Almond milk, 2 tbsps mixed berries, 6 smallish chopped salted roasted cashew nuts, 4 soft dried abricots, 1 tbsp organic oats Bjorg (3 graines: 60% oat, 20% wheat, 20% spelt), 2 tbsps oatbran, almond essence flavouring, sucralose, 3 teas Quick 15min bike ride into tow... Read more

  • Tues 18 April 58,5kgs

    4/18/2017 5:35:18 AM, by LOWGIMEALPHOTOS

    Breakfast 7am Almond milk, 2 tbsps mixed berries, 5 very small chopped salted roasted cashew nuts, 3 dried abricots, 1 tbsp organic oats Bjorg (3 graines: 60% oat, 20% wheat, 20% spelt), 2 tbsps oatbran, almond essence flavouring, sucralose, 3 teas Sedentary morning (tv and d... Read more

  • How to protect my knees?

    4/18/2017 5:13:30 AM, by JSTETSER

    How to protect my Knees? I need some help to keep me healthy! I am having knee pain while hiking uphill, running, and sometimes while walking up stairs. I do squats and try to build up knee strength. I really don't know what I should do. I am concerned that I will need knee replacement ... Read more

  • Easter Sunday Success

    4/17/2017 4:49:50 PM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    I am very proud of my success yesterday. I did make a big Easter dinner fresh with ham, mashed potatoes, broccoli and rice casserole, banana pudding etc.... I had a portion of each of my favorites and then promptly put dinner away. NO SECONDS!! I stayed within my calorie range. Today, I will fr... Read more

  • New week new beginning.

    4/17/2017 12:26:23 PM, by BUNNY59

    Well I did my best this weekend. No that is not correct I could have done better. The Easter celebration with my family was where I went wrong. But not going to beat myself up about it. It was one day but today begins a new week and a new beginning. Off to a good start. Feeling good about the week a... Read more

  • Beck Days 6, 7 & 8

    4/17/2017 9:27:35 AM, by NANCY-

    Day 6 - Find a Diet Coach Coming to SP is my diet coach. Actually my lifestyle coach. Day 7 - Arrange your Environment Most of this was done in previous Beck visits. I truly needed to see this: Sabotaging Thought: I shouldn't put my needs above the needs of my family. Helpful Re... Read more

  • Democracy

    4/17/2017 5:11:20 AM, by JSTETSER

    Democracy dies in darkness I have been asked by friends and family to give the political posts a permanent rest. I can't do it. It is not a noble thing to ignore evil and ignorance. It is wrong to ignore hurtful, sinful statements. Trump has made some decisions which are bad for America. W... Read more

  • Mon 17 April 58,2kgs

    4/17/2017 3:38:47 AM, by LOWGIMEALPHOTOS

    Breakfast about 8am Soy milk, 2 tbsps mixed berries, about 5 very small chopped salted roasted cashew nuts, about 5 dried abricots, 1 tbsp organic oats Bjorg (3 graines: 60% oat, 20% wheat, 20% spelt), 2 tbsps oatbran, almond essence flavouring, sucralose, 3 teas This morning... Read more

  • Anniversary Adventures!

    4/16/2017 6:14:06 AM, by JSTETSER

    We're been hiking through Our Love! Today is our anniversary celebration. For the past 10 years, our lives have been a big adventure of health, hikes, and love. We have met some changes and challenges head on, and are stronger together than we could have ever been separately! Hiking has helped ... Read more

  • Sun 16 April 58,2kgs

    4/16/2017 3:30:42 AM, by LOWGIMEALPHOTOS

    Breakfast about 8am Soy milk, 2 tbsps mixed berries, about 8 very small chopped salted roasted cashew nuts, 4 dried abricots, 2 dried figs, 1 tbsp organic oats Bjorg (3 graines: 60% oat, 20% wheat, 20% spelt), 1 tbsp oatbran, 2 tbsps Nutrifibres, almond essence flavouring, sucralose, 3 teas ... Read more

  • This week's progress

    4/15/2017 5:49:50 PM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    This week I only lost .2 pounds. I looked at my food diary and decided that my next step is portion control. My new "diet week" starts tomorrow. I am going to measure everything. The new week's goal is to keep a watchful eye on those portions! I can eat all the healthy foods in the world, but it do... Read more

  • Unsure

    4/15/2017 10:18:23 AM, by BUNNY59

    So i posted this as my status. Unsure? Not sure if that is a good phrase to use. Yesterday, I received my juror questionnaire. Yep, looks like I am getting called for jury duty. Well, it has been over 9 years since I was called last. Funny thing is I kept expecting this to come. But the things that ... Read more

  • Sat 15 April 58,4kgs

    4/15/2017 5:44:49 AM, by LOWGIMEALPHOTOS

    Yes, sore throat seems to have gone, phew!!!!! Breakfast about 8am Soy milk, 2 tbsps mixed berries, about 5 smallish chopped salted roasted cashew nuts, 2 smallish dried abricots, 2 dried fig, 1 tbsp organic oats Bjorg (3 graines: 60% oat, 20% wheat, 20% spelt), 1 tbsp oatbran, 2 tbsps Nutri... Read more

  • Speaking in Sparks!

    4/15/2017 5:35:08 AM, by JSTETSER

    I'm Speaking in Sparks! Since I started speaking in Sparks, my whole world has improved. Speaking the Spark means that I've learned the lingo and I'm fluent in this new language. I understand the culture of SparkPeople, and it's great! My thinking is more positive, and I'm a different person... Read more

  • Beck Pink Day 5 - Eat Slowly and Mindfully

    4/14/2017 9:41:24 AM, by NANCY-

    What a good reminder. Savoring our meals. It is amazing what we will wolf down if we don't taste it. This reminded me of using an adaptation of Geneen Roth's exercise "Two raisins, a corn chip, and a small piece of chocolate". Below is a link where she guides you through the exercise. www.... Read more

  • Remembering

    4/14/2017 9:35:42 AM, by BUNNY59

    Today is a day to remember. It was 17 years ago that I lost my mom. If feels like yesterday. She was a tough lady. Old school. But she could cook! She could feed an army. When I was younger I could eat anything and not gain weight, so yes I enjoyed her cooking. I was the last of 6 children. Her firs... Read more

  • Spring Break Begins

    4/14/2017 7:55:41 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    It is finally spring break. It started with a trip to the spa for a haircut and wax. I don't know if I have mentioned this, but I have decided to let my hair go gray. I have been coloring it for years and just decided that it was time to see what my hair looks like without all the chemicals. My hair... Read more

  • Starting Now!

    4/14/2017 5:12:59 AM, by JSTETSER

    Starting Now! Today is the day to step ahead, no need to fear, no need to dread! Start right now to make the change, Simply focus on you, and rearrange Those parts of your life that don't quite fit, It's not overwhelming,, so please don't quit! You can do it one step at a time, ... Read more

  • Fri 14 April 58,5kgs (Posh open-air lunch this midday, can't wait!!)

    4/14/2017 3:27:50 AM, by LOWGIMEALPHOTOS

    Throat still sensitive but feels like it's on the mend, keeping fingers crossed Breakfast about 7.30am Soy milk, 1 big tbsp mixed berries, about 5 small chopped salted roasted cashew nuts, 2 small dried abricots, 1 dried fig, 1 tbsp organic oats Bjorg (3 graines: 60% oat, 20% wheat, 20% spel... Read more

  • New day

    4/13/2017 1:24:50 PM, by BUNNY59

    So today was my first day back at it. I have been away for a few days. I tried to do my best with making good choices but that didn't work out so good. I did do a lot of walking, even going extra steps, or parking farther away. So for that I give myself a pat on the back. So fast forward to today. D... Read more

  • Beck Pink Day 4 - Give Yourself Credit

    4/13/2017 8:46:07 AM, by NANCY-

    This was hard at first, not so much. Being able to avoid the snack aisle consistently, now makes it a breeze. Avoiding the checkout siren, was solved by becoming a food snob. Self talk: "Only the Belgian chocolate will satisfy and I have to drive all the way, oh forget it, I really don't need it tod... Read more

  • Never Too Late To Learn!

    4/13/2017 5:09:12 AM, by JSTETSER

    Life and school are a lot alike. We have so much to learn, and so much to teach others. I have found that when I am willing to learn what others have to teach, they are much more open to learn from me. Learning can be a lot of fun when you're willing to humble yourself and try something new! ... Read more

  • Thurs 13 April 58,3kgs

    4/13/2017 3:41:25 AM, by LOWGIMEALPHOTOS

    Sore throat and cold symptoms persisting, alas. Breakfast about 7.30am Almond milk, 2 tbsps mixed berries, about 10 small chopped salted roasted cashew nuts, about 4 small dried abricots, 1 dried fig, 1 tbsp organic oats Bjorg (3 graines: 60% oat, 20% wheat, 20% spelt), 1 tbsp oatbran, 2 tbs... Read more

  • Beck Pink Days 1-3

    4/12/2017 10:55:47 AM, by NANCY-

    Wanted to post yesterday, however things got crazy busy and my computer decided I should not post anything. 198 That aside, I did do what was needed to do. Here is what I posted on Beck team board: 249 My ARC: - Live longer. - Feel better physically. - More energy to live life. ... Read more

  • Healthy Routines keep me out of Ruts!

    4/12/2017 5:19:04 AM, by JSTETSER

    Healthy Routines keep me out of Ruts! Yesterday I got home from work a bit tired, and started sewing, cooking, cleaning and, you know, all the wife work. When the hubby came home, I asked if he wanted to go out for a walk, and he said no. I'm in the routine of walking in the early evening, an... Read more

  • Wed 12 April 57,8kgs

    4/12/2017 4:41:06 AM, by LOWGIMEALPHOTOS

    Unfortunately still with cold and sore throat Breakfast about 7.30am Almond milk, 2 tbsps mixed berries, about 7 small chopped salted roasted cashew nuts, 3 small dried abricots, 1 dried fig, 1 tbsp organic oats Bjorg (3 graines: 60% oat, 20% wheat, 20% spelt), 1 tbsp oatbran, 2 tbsps Nutrif... Read more

  • Low Carb and updated Fast Food Plan

    4/11/2017 8:18:45 PM, by VALKYRIA-

    I took a diabetes education class with my friend, Cat! The dietitian there recommended that I try to get 10 servings of 15g carb, or about 150g per day as part of my plan to lower my blood sugar. I can do this! I will do this! I've updated my list of fast food so that it's a bit lower car... Read more

  • Movie " Lion"

    4/11/2017 8:54:59 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I just watched "Lion" A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family. 247 lt brought tears to my eyes in ... Read more

  • Tues 11 April 58kgs

    4/11/2017 5:14:20 AM, by LOWGIMEALPHOTOS

    Mug of hot soy milk at 3am (2nd night suffering with a sore throat, drinking alleviates it and helps me sleep, think I've caught a cold) Breakfast about 7.30am Almond milk, 2 tbsps mixed berries, 5 small chopped salted roasted cashew nuts, 3 small dried abricots, 1 dried fig, 1 tbsp organ... Read more

  • Back Into Routine Mode!

    4/11/2017 5:10:16 AM, by JSTETSER

    Back in School Getting back into the routine of school is tough. It's tough for teachers as well as students. We have 5 days of school before vacation. After vacation, there are not many days until school is over for the summer. So much to teach, so little time! It's time for me to focus ... Read more

  • Mon 10 April 58,1kgs

    4/10/2017 11:31:52 AM, by LOWGIMEALPHOTOS

    Breakfast about 7.45am Almond milk, 2 tbsps mixed berries, 6 small chopped salted roasted cashew nuts, 2 small dried abricots, 2 dried figs, 1 tbsp organic oats Bjorg (3 graines: 60% oat, 20% wheat, 20% spelt), 1 tbsp oatbran, 2 tbsps Nutrifibres, almond essence flavouring, sucralose, 2 green tea... Read more

  • Today is THE Day!

    4/10/2017 9:17:25 AM, by NANCY-

    Beck Pink starts today. Oprah and Deepak's 21-Day Meditation starts today. For me every moment is an opportunity to start anew. The beginning is always filled with optimism. It is when the newness wears off that it becomes more of a challenge. However that challenge is reduced by comm... Read more

  • Sparking at the Beach!

    4/10/2017 5:02:01 AM, by JSTETSER

    Ft Lauderdale Beach in April is a great place to get in my exercise! There is nothing nicer for a Northerner than a warm, southern beach in April. Warm temps and warm water brings out the child in me! I ran, danced and swam with my grand daughter Lina. Gabby and her Mom sat in their new sun... Read more

  • Having a lovely day with grand kids

    4/9/2017 3:23:26 PM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good afternoon; we took grand kids to breakfast. Age 5 and 2 1/2 - they were surprising well behaved. 2 1/2 year old had to be reminded of use his inside voice. My grand kids came with their swim suits. It is 66 today and they wanted to go swimming. We told them not today - too cold. No sure w... Read more

  • Realization

    4/9/2017 1:12:19 PM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    For the past year, I have concentrated on my blood glucose levels. I didn't really worry about weight. I have cut out white breads, rice and pastas, I drink my coffee black, I don't drink soda, I have increased my fruits and vegetables and I exercise. I have successfully brought down my blood sugar ... Read more

  • Glorious Sunday!

    4/9/2017 12:12:20 PM, by BUNNY59

    What a beautiful sunny day. Started my day with the power of prayer. Today is Palm Sunday and we no enter one of the most holy weeks of my faith. I pray everyday for strength to continue in my journey and to stay strong. I pray for help in bringing my A1C down. I have faith that I will reach my goal... Read more

  • Stopping What Works . . .

    4/9/2017 11:18:04 AM, by SOSIREGIME

    makes no sense. Notice how I show up here to blog about once a year? That's usually how long it takes me to totally screw up again. Things I love about working out: - confidence - comfort - I just feel better moving around in my body and knowing that others value what I value - strength ... Read more

  • Doctor's Report

    4/9/2017 5:57:40 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have been asked by quite a few people to give a more in depth report on my 7 month old grand-daughter Gabriella's last trip to Miami Children's Hospital. Last Thursday, I helped Nora with her monthly trip to MCH, and kept Lina occupied while the doctor checked out Gabby. What an adventure it wa... Read more

  • Sun 9 April 58,2kgs

    4/9/2017 3:54:10 AM, by LOWGIMEALPHOTOS

    Breakfast about 8.45am Almond milk, 2 tbsps coconut milk, 2 tbsps mixed berries, about 5 small chopped salted roasted cashew nuts, 2 small dried abricots, 2 dried figs, 1 tbsp organic oats Bjorg (3 graines: 60% oat, 20% wheat, 20% spelt), 1 tbsp oatbran, 2 tbsps Nutrifibres, almond essence flavou... Read more

  • Eff You Sugar!

    4/8/2017 4:29:45 PM, by TMALONE21

    Yesterday I watched a documentary on Netflix called "Sugar coated". During which I felt utterly betrayed. I guess I shouldn't say I was shocked. I am the poster child for the documentary. The only thing I don't have at this point is heart disease. It scared me to the point that I no longer want suga... Read more

  • Weekend

    4/8/2017 9:44:17 AM, by BUNNY59

    So Saturday is here. Time to get things done. This is my off day of exercising but still counting my steps. Hope to get things done today so I can plan my mini vacation for next week.... Read more

  • Sat 8 April 58,4kgs

    4/8/2017 9:16:24 AM, by LOWGIMEALPHOTOS

    Breakfast about 8.15am Almond milk, 2 tbsps mixed berries, about 7 small chopped salted roasted cashew nuts, 5 dried abricots, 2 dried figs, 1 tbsp organic oats Bjorg (3 graines: 60% oat, 20% wheat, 20% spelt), 1 tbsp oatbran, 2 tbsps Nutrifibres, almond essence flavouring, sucralose, 3 teas ... Read more

  • Happy Baby, Dancing Child

    4/8/2017 6:04:51 AM, by JSTETSER

    Happy baby and a dancing child, Sometimes singing, sometimes wild! Enjoying life each and every day- "Watch me Daddy, while I play!" Life is busy, sure enough, The hours are long and the work is tough. Take time to smile and sing about, No need to cry or whine or pout. Babies n... Read more

  • Packing

    4/7/2017 7:07:13 PM, by VALKYRIA-

    My brother is coming out to help me pack for the move this weekend! For the past 2 days, I've been eating breakfast and sticking to my eating goals. I do feel so much better when I spread the calories out through the day instead of eating 1-2 big meals... I know it's better for my blood sugar ... Read more

  • Planning

    4/7/2017 11:00:18 AM, by BUNNY59

    Today was the first day that I thought I didn't have the drive to do my exercise routine. I literally had to push myself to do it. But I am so glad I did. Tomorrow is an off day. A chance for my body to rest. Here is the thing, next week I am going away for a few days. I know I will be doing a lot o... Read more

  • Fri 7 April 57,8kgs

    4/7/2017 8:01:53 AM, by LOWGIMEALPHOTOS

    Breakfast about 8.15am Almond milk, 2 tbsps mixed berries, about 7 small chopped salted roasted cashew nuts, 6 dried abricots, 5 dried figs, 1 tbsp organic oats Bjorg (3 graines: 60% oat, 20% wheat, 20% spelt), 1 tbsp oatbran, 2 tbsps Nutrifibres, almond essence flavouring, sucralose, 3 teas ... Read more

  • Laughing

    4/7/2017 5:29:45 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have spent the past 2 days playing and laughing with the grandkids. What a wonderful, whirlwind of a trip. Today I head home. More photos to come in tomorrow's blog.... Read more

  • Relax time.

    4/6/2017 10:04:33 AM, by BUNNY59

    So it is Thursday and trying to finish the week strong. Another rainy day, but I won't let it get me down. Finish my Thursday work out. Planned my meals for today. Seems like a good day to get lost in a good book.... Read more

  • Grandma played

    4/6/2017 6:08:34 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have totally enjoyed playing with the kids these last 2 days. Today we will be at Miami Children's Hospital for tests.... Read more

  • Thurs 6 April 57,7kgs

    4/6/2017 2:54:52 AM, by LOWGIMEALPHOTOS

    Breakfast about 6.30am Almond milk, 2 tbsps mixed berries, about 5 small chopped salted roasted cashew nuts, 3 dried abricots, 2 dried figs, 1 tbsp organic oats Bjorg (3 graines: 60% oat, 20% wheat, 20% spelt), 1 tbsp oatbran, 2 tbsps Nutrifibres, almond essence flavouring, sucralose, 3 green goj... Read more

  • Sore!!

    4/5/2017 4:53:03 PM, by BUNNY59

    Pushed through my workout routine. A little sore from doing the resistance bands. Tomorrow is an off day so it will be good to recover. Feeling good otherwise.... Read more

  • Weigh-in

    4/5/2017 12:16:52 PM, by VALKYRIA-

    I gained 1.2 lb this week :( I know why. My cravings and portions have been out of control -- from pizza last Wednesday to fast food mega-meals, I haven't been pre-tracking and I have been eating pretty much whatever I wanted, including sugary lemonade and a soda. What the heck am I... Read more

  • losing inches and weight - why is that

    4/5/2017 11:47:59 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I have been thinking about why? I am eating right, but I have done that thousands of times. I am exercising but I have done that many many times. I am sleeping better and I have worked on this many times. I am taking care of myself like I have done before. I think the number one r... Read more

  • Spring Renewal - Think PINK

    4/5/2017 8:43:20 AM, by NANCY-

    It is time to renew and hon my Beck skills. Just as one trains for a 5K, I need to train to keep up my skills with living a healthy lifestyle. Each time through I acquire and strengthen my skills. If you haven't tried Beck, join us in the Pink Beck April Challenge www.sparkpeople.com... Read more

  • Wed 5 April 58,2kgs

    4/5/2017 2:26:08 AM, by LOWGIMEALPHOTOS

    Breakfast about 7.30am Almond milk, 3 tbsps chopped mango, about 5 small chopped salted roasted cashew nuts, 3 dried abricots, 2 dried figs, 1 tbsp organic oats Bjorg (3 graines: 60% oat, 20% wheat, 20% spelt), 1 tbsp oatbran, 2 tbsps Nutrifibres, almond essence flavouring, sucralose, 3 teas ... Read more

  • Do what you have to do.

    4/4/2017 8:54:52 AM, by BUNNY59

    Did my 35 minutes on the stationary bike and ready to face this rainy Tuesday. Slipped last night and had some crackers before bed. So before it got out of hand I brushed my teeth (they say if you do that it helps you stop eating for the night). Still didn't trust myself so I went to bed and slept 9... Read more

  • talked to neighbor whose DH has parkinson's

    4/4/2017 6:22:50 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; My neighbor has not been contacting me for awhile due to her being busy taking her DH to his appointments. She called yesterday. Her DH retired 5 years ago from working 42 years with a high tech company. He came home and just sat. He had no hobbies and barely moved out of the hous... Read more

  • Staying on the Sunny Side!

    4/4/2017 5:17:12 AM, by JSTETSER

    Staying on the "sunny side" I've been working very hard for a long time now. Tomorrow I will take time off to help my son and daughter in law. Baby Gabby needs more tests, and I'll be staying with Lina while they help the baby with an MRI and other tests. I wish that the circumstances could be ... Read more

  • Tues 4 April 57,5kgs - meal out tonight to celebrate hubby's birthday :)

    4/4/2017 3:04:57 AM, by LOWGIMEALPHOTOS

    Breakfast about 7.30am Soy milk, 3 tbsps chopped mango, about 5 chopped salted roasted cashew nuts, 4 dried abricots, 2 dried figs, 1 tbsp organic oats Bjorg (3 graines: 60% oat, 20% wheat, 20% spelt), 1 tbsp oatbran, 2 tbsps Nutrifibres, almond essence flavouring, sucralose, 3 teas ... Read more

  • :D

    4/3/2017 12:18:09 PM, by VALKYRIA-

    Today I was feeling good so I went a little bit faster at the gym. I managed to beat my personal best on my mile of jogging intervals by more than 2 minutes :) I've been to the gym 5 times now in 2 weeks... Wed will be my 6th! ... Read more