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  • Holding Steady

    5/4/2016 8:09:02 PM, by KATHYGBENNETT

    Worked this morning and 2 shopping trips today but managed to get my steps in and strength training. I am trying to hold steady with my steps in the 16000 step range. That is I'm sure a whole lot more steps than my doctors think I am getting. They never asked and I haven't volunteered. Just got my w... Read more

  • Day 3 of Recuperation

    5/4/2016 6:00:19 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    The rash is no longer spreading on my legs and tummy. My husband and I did some cleaning to try to remove what ever is irritating us (he has a bit of it too.) I am a little itchier today, and have some new spots on my neck. I think that I must have been exposed to the irritant as I cleaned up yester... Read more

  • Starting Small

    5/4/2016 5:19:33 AM, by JSTETSER

    It is early May, and normally here in NH, nothing should be planted, but I have started small with the heartiest of crops, knowing that there could still be frost at night. There could even be snow. Seeds grow into plants that can feed us, but we must nurture them along. Babies grow into a... Read more

  • Happy Hump day

    5/3/2016 11:06:34 PM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Sending love be kind to everyone hugs... Read more

  • Small Successes

    5/3/2016 8:39:48 PM, by KATHYGBENNETT

    Talked to my mother last night and she kept bragging about how well my niece is doing on weight watchers. My niece told her she had lost some weight and walked 14000 steps. All could think about is that I walked over 16000 and Spark People doesn't cost anything but i a genuinely happy for my niece a... Read more

  • Allergic reaction update

    5/3/2016 6:59:21 PM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    I thought my doctor was over reacting. I didn't think it would hurt to work out. In fact, I was going to do a few minutes on the bike. UNTIL I carried the groceries up the stairs. I felt like I had run 5 miles. OK...I guess the doctor is right. I will follow orders. But I must say that I am going... Read more

  • Made it to the 240's!

    5/3/2016 12:33:46 PM, by JUNESHOPE

    240 Ever hear there's more than 1 way to skin a cat? (I know...gross thought right?...sorry) 467 Well, most my dieting career I've always yo-yoed with cutting out bread. "Low carb, high protein", and I would lose weight pretty quick. So I learned that it was the only way I could lose weig... Read more

  • Been to gym already & feeling good

    5/3/2016 8:57:59 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; Slept well. Had a long talk with DH about handling stress better at work and with his health problems with his parents. We got word that MIL is having breathing problems. She has been home for a week. This is not a surprise. She does not have a health nurse visiting her or any soc... Read more

  • Sweet Enough!

    5/3/2016 5:25:52 AM, by JSTETSER

    I grew up thinking that adding sugar to things was a way to show love. My Mom added extra sugar to coffee, tea, baked beans and, of course, presweetened cereal. I was 55 before I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes, and took the time to learn how to eat differently. I had to upgrade my expectatio... Read more

  • Pain Report

    5/2/2016 7:47:21 PM, by KATHYGBENNETT

    It is 6:44 pm and I haven't had to take a pain pill today. I have my steps in so i don't anticipate needing one later. Maybe the cortisone injection is starting to work. Still need to work on getting my blood sugars back down but they are trending closer to my normal.... Read more

  • Allergic Reaction

    5/2/2016 6:51:28 PM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    I have a little rash that started behind my left knee on Thursday. By this morning I was totally miserable and knew that I needed to see the doctor. I made my appointment and off I went late this afternoon. Apparently, I am having a nasty allergic reaction to something...could be anything. ... Read more

  • Why I Blog

    5/2/2016 5:31:48 AM, by JSTETSER

    Years ago when I remarried, family members refused to acknowledge my wedding. I felt the strong unspoken, judgmental words “No matter what you do, you will never be happy!” “This marriage will fail!” “You should have stayed with my ex husband!” “We are not happy, and GOD is not happy w... Read more

  • No motivation Today

    5/1/2016 7:37:14 PM, by KATHYGBENNETT

    I have not been motivated to walk today. May be weather related. It's been cloudy, damp and cool all day. i decided that I would get in as many steps as I could because some steps are better than no steps. I got myself up every hour to walk for 10 minutes and got in over 16000 steps!... Read more

  • SP is sending tracking information

    5/1/2016 11:45:26 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    I have noticed messages saying that the information from my id is going to advertisers. I never saw the messages before.... Read more

  • First Day of a New Month

    5/1/2016 9:12:37 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    I am up early. Sometimes, I just wake up, come into my living room with a cup of coffee and enjoy the peace and quiet of my life. This morning, I am planning out my week on Evernote. It is nice to see that the craziness of the end of school subsides a little next week. Right now there are no a... Read more

  • Your Everyday Story Matters!

    5/1/2016 5:15:10 AM, by JSTETSER

    Dear Friends, What you do with your today matters. If you choose to, you can make today just a little better than yesterday. It's all up to you! You can fly with those who lift you up and thrust you forward. You could sink with those who drag you down. I am choosing to fly today. I am loo... Read more

  • Eating Out

    4/30/2016 8:43:03 PM, by KATHYGBENNETT

    Went to dinner today with a friend. Had a wonderful time and good conversation. Had a sandwich with green beans as my side. I ate half the sandwich and brought half home to my husband. Actually had room for dessert but I felt so good after eating I declined dessert. also the cortisone injection I go... Read more

  • Going Well

    4/30/2016 4:15:52 PM, by JUNESHOPE

    4 I love love love everything that I am making. The majority of it is Vegan with plant based protein, but I do have a meal, here & there, with a small portion of animal protein. I honestly never thought I would enjoy a plant based menu, but I actually like my meals without meat, more than the ones... Read more

  • Finding the Bargain at the Goodwill Store

    4/30/2016 5:41:24 AM, by JSTETSER

    I love my $1 LLBEAN sweater that I bought at Goodwill Store in Concord. I can remember going into thrift stores in the past and leaving frustrated. I knew that goo bargains were hiding all around me, but I just couldn't find them. Here is my plan for finding those elusive great deals! 1. Re... Read more

  • Dear Weight Loss Fairy

    4/29/2016 7:03:18 PM, by KATHYGBENNETT

    You really haven't come through for me. I am having to work hard to lose weight and I am succeeding. Why don't you come tonight and wave your magic wand and remove about 20 pounds. i t would help help a lot. I would still have weight to lose, maybe you could up it about 60 pounds. you know my 45th h... Read more

  • just came back from my GD's Spring recital

    4/29/2016 2:27:37 PM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good afternoon; I just came back from a recital of my GD. She was a flower. DD made the costume for the recital. It was wonderful!! I got there early and soon as my GD saw me she waved at me. Her parents came in much later. They also left early so I went over to GD and told her how wonderful she... Read more

  • Goals for next month

    4/29/2016 5:50:41 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    My goals for next month are to continue working on this month's goals. The end of the school year really hurts my routine, so I have gotten a little off track, but I will continue to improve on those. This month, I want to try a beginner yoga class. We have one at my gym on Tuesdays (during th... Read more

  • Finding my own healthy and running my own race*

    4/29/2016 5:20:07 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yes, I'm Running my Own Healthy Race! *Truthfully, I am not much of a runner. I love to hike and to walk. Occasionally, I run with a purpose. . I run when it’s about to storm and I’m on a mountain. I run when I’m late. I run whenever I have to. Mt Washington 2014 I am walking fast a... Read more

  • Doctor's Visit

    4/28/2016 5:40:33 PM, by KATHYGBENNETT

    Went to the doctor today and reviewed my x-rays. He said i have severe osteoarthritis with bone on bone pain and a very large Baker's cyst. I am trying exercises to stretch my ham strings of both legs. He gave me a steroid injection but I won't know for 48 hours if it will do any good. He also ga... Read more

  • Weight is coming off

    4/28/2016 11:46:15 AM, by JUNESHOPE

    244 The weight is coming off and I couldn't be more happy about it. It's only been 1 & 1/2 weeks, and I'm down 8 lbs already. My blood pressure is so much better, and the rosacea (red cheeks) have already calmed down to a faint pink. I'm no longer drinking cows milk, or anything animal dairy, exc... Read more

  • Spa Day

    4/28/2016 5:48:19 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    Yesterday was a nice spa day. I had a facial wax and a mani-pedi. I was so relaxed when I got home that I could barely move. This is a stressful week. I sure needed that pampering. Sometimes taking care of ourselves is more than just working out, eating right, and planning...sometimes its just a nic... Read more

  • Yes we can! Yes we will be happy!

    4/28/2016 5:16:01 AM, by JSTETSER

    Focus. Find those things in life that bring you joy, and keep your heart close to them! Get out in nature, and let go of your worries! Give God your concerns, and cast all your care on Him. When we live at peace, we are happier and healthier. Yes we can, yes we will be happy!... Read more

  • Knee Relief

    4/27/2016 8:59:54 PM, by KATHYGBENNETT

    Going to doctor tomorrow about my knee. This is just a consult because while the doctor takes my insurance the hospital he operates in does not take my insurance. Hoping he can give me some non surgical relief. I know i eventually will have to have surgery but not sure I am ready to be in the hospi... Read more

  • Got the best night sleep in over a week

    4/27/2016 9:55:44 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; yesterday even though I exercised, I just felt so tight and not able to relax. I scheduled a massage. I slept like a baby last night. I feel so great. The miracle of sleep. Going to my GD spanish recital soon. We are watching my GD & GS this weekend b/c DD & SIL want the whol... Read more

  • Root Canal

    4/27/2016 8:13:34 AM, by NANCY-

    All went well though I do look like a chipmunk prepping for winter on one side of my face. That puffy cheek has removed wrinkles too. Now what to do about the other side of my face, hmmmm. Novocaine is wonderful and I didn't feel a thing during the procedure. With half my mouth numb, it was qui... Read more

  • Yes, I can! and yes, I will stay healthy!

    4/27/2016 5:27:59 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yes I can and yes, I will stay healthy! Today I’m looking at what I want to have in my life. I want good health. If I have learned one thing in this life, it is that if you don’t eat right and exercise, your body will suffer. I want to enjoy my upcoming retirement, and I intend to stay strong p... Read more

  • My Pre-Prom Week

    4/26/2016 5:43:44 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    This next couple of weeks are going to be difficult. I am going to stay in as much of a routine as I can. The end of the school year plays havoc with my schedule and my routine. I just schedule everything and hope for the best. Yesterday, we got a private donor to buy all the prom food with th... Read more

  • I can, I will!

    4/26/2016 5:21:03 AM, by JSTETSER

    I can find ways to receive good medical help, and I will live a healthy life! Yes I can, and yes, I will! It might be a long road, but that's all right! Last night I got good news. I’m normal! Well, at least my mammogram came back that all is fine. I was amazed! For the past 25 years, ... Read more

  • Personal Goal Met

    4/25/2016 7:38:47 PM, by KATHYGBENNETT

    When I discovered in the last of January that I had lost weight to 222 pounds it gave me motivation to lose more. It gave me hope to get under 200 pounds. I made it! Now i have reset my personal goal to get to weight on my driver's license. They never ask me how much I weigh and I never volunteered ... Read more

  • Just got back from seeing MIL and her situation

    4/25/2016 8:56:07 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; DH & I walked into her long term care room and visited all day. MIL was in a wonderful mood. Why? Besides us visiting- the facilities were fabulous - staff was so pleasant, she had friends where she could socialize with people her age- they have activities. She had wonderful meals... Read more

  • Changing my Mind

    4/25/2016 5:30:42 AM, by JSTETSER

    There are some big changes ahead for me. My son is moving to Southern Florida and starting a new life as a resident in a great hospital. My mother is 94, and may not outlive me. I will retire from my job one day. The first way to prepare is in my mind. It is time to change the way that I thi... Read more

  • Starting over again

    4/24/2016 10:11:31 PM, by GRATEFUL_DAWN

    I have been away for a few months. I gained back the 24 pounds I had lost so it is time to start over again. My plan is to start my mornings by logging into Sparkpeople for inspiration, walking 10 minutes, eating a healthy breakfast and tracking what I eat throughout the day. I, also, plan... Read more

  • April 24, 2016 picture

    4/24/2016 4:26:15 PM, by KATHYGBENNETT

    Had my husband take some picture of me to document my progress... Read more

  • April 24, 2016 picture

    4/24/2016 4:26:15 PM, by KATHYGBENNETT

    Had my husband take some picture of me to document my progress... Read more

  • Weekend in Margaritaville (Charlotte, NC)

    4/24/2016 2:03:36 PM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    We spent the weekend in Charlotte because Jimmy Buffett played at the ampitheatre last night. I just can't put into words how much I needed this weekend. The last couple of weeks are very hard, so a little trip to Margaritaville before the big finish at the end was exactly what I needed. I am rested... Read more

  • There’s No Second Nature

    4/24/2016 5:16:30 AM, by JSTETSER

    There’s No Second Nature By Jackie Stetser We need to teach children of all ages to love and respect the creatures of this world because there is no second nature. This is all we get! I take time out of my busy life to give naturalist presentations because I want to see people understand how... Read more

  • New wardrobe

    4/23/2016 4:48:45 PM, by KATHYGBENNETT

    My husband and I have decided to go thrift shop shopping next week for clothes. We no of a thrift shop that has really nice brand name clothes. We will get bigger clothes for him-he needed to gain weight and smaller clothes for me. Don't want to spend a lot on clothes that will hopefully be too big ... Read more

  • Making the most of changed plans

    4/23/2016 5:31:31 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday was meant to be a hiking day. Our backpacks were ready, and we were on our way to Monadnock when it started to rain. We opted to save the hike for Saturday, and go visit my Mom. What a great day we had! I was surprised to see my mom at 94 doing needlepoint with her crafty friend ... Read more

  • Doctor's visit

    4/22/2016 6:30:39 PM, by KATHYGBENNETT

    Finally went to doctor to get the ball rolling to get something done about the knee pain. Go to ortho next week. I have pain pills to help me make it till then. So far if it is working I would really be hurting if i hadn't taken it. i mentioned that I'm trying to lose weight, he said that will be re... Read more

  • I finally get it!

    4/22/2016 1:37:52 PM, by JUNESHOPE

    551 45 140 Finally learning just how important fiber is. It's now one of the first things I look at before I buy or eat anything. I used to be scared of fiber and my GI system. But eating healthy with high fiber, is working out great for me, and because of some different health documen... Read more

  • Learning to Ask

    4/22/2016 5:47:29 AM, by JSTETSER

    If you read my blog yesterday, then you know that I spent the day getting a mammogram. I have dense tissue in my breasts, and always get called back. For over 25 years, I have going through this process, and wanted a change. I wanted to go in, get the mammogram, have the technician read the scan,... Read more

  • Got an update about in-laws from several emails yesterday

    4/21/2016 10:14:13 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; MIL still in hospital kept telling doctor that she wants to go home. She is in Physical therapy and occupational therapy and is fighting it. She feels she does not need it. Normally, MIL is very passive but not now. Both FIL & MIL on waiting list for assistant living and very unhapp... Read more

  • My Mamogram Complaint!

    4/21/2016 5:48:34 AM, by JSTETSER

    The time has come for me, once again, to have a mammogram. I know that detecting breast cancer in the earliest and most curable state could save the lives of many women.There are three methods of early detection that all women should practice: monthly breast self-exams, annual clinical breast exami... Read more

  • rainy morning but sun has come out

    4/20/2016 1:11:34 PM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good afternoon; MIL's recovery is not good. She is not allowed to go home. She has had too make attacks and her heart can not take any more. FIL is lost without her, but he is holding his own. FIL can be difficult at the best of times. 24 I am having a positive day and getting chores done. H... Read more

  • Still enjoying it.

    4/20/2016 11:53:54 AM, by JUNESHOPE

    272 I been watching a ton of documentary's about food and health. I can honestly say that I feel completely comfortable with being flexi-vegan. I'm flexi because I will eat an egg from time to time, and still allow fish, occasional chicken, and if out with friends and they're getting ice cream, a... Read more

  • Walking it off!

    4/20/2016 5:24:40 AM, by JSTETSER

    The other day I got stuck in the rat race of doing too much, and draining our inner resources. My recent costly mishap with the credit card (see Tuesday’s blog) left me shaken and a bit discouraged. I needed to get out and walk it off. I needed time a space to think and to forgive myself f... Read more

  • Got a little creeped out this afternoon

    4/19/2016 7:44:43 PM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    Tuesday is grocery day. I go across the street from school to the new grocery store to pick up just what we need for the week. Today, I got home, got the groceries put away and realized that I had forgotten the hamburger buns. Our plan for tonight was to grill lean beef hamburgers on whole whe... Read more

  • A Better Day

    4/19/2016 5:02:40 PM, by KATHYGBENNETT

    Today at work I saw someone I used to work with all the time that I don't see very often now just working 2 days a week. I walked up the hall to wear she was sitting and she looked at e and said "WOW, you look fantastic!!" This made up for my mother not noticing a 50 pound weight loss.... Read more

  • Had a wonderful work out this morning

    4/19/2016 1:36:20 PM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good afternoon; I am feeling very up beat today. I got some new books to read. I love books. If any one has any great titles to share, please post. I am reading a book about the TV series of the "Golden Girls" and another one about the Broadway play "Hamlet", I love paperbacks. After I am do... Read more

  • BIG Credit Card Mistake!

    4/19/2016 5:19:31 AM, by JSTETSER

    Money is a private matter for me, and I seldom write about it. Yesterday, however, a big mistake came to light, and I am still in shock! Many months ago, I went paperless with one of my two credit cards. Actually, I asked for both the statement over the internet, and a copy mailed to me. I rece... Read more

  • Calling in-laws today

    4/18/2016 7:34:55 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; planning to see in-laws. DH is going to see what the status of his mother. We are not sure if she is still in the hospital or home yet. His family does not call and give us an update on her status. One time they told us we put her status on FACEBOOK. 28 Had a huge thunderstorm... Read more

  • Grandma's world

    4/18/2016 6:07:17 AM, by JSTETSER

    Grandma's world is a special place Filled with the wonder and the face Of the little child Who is in my arms She fills my heart with love and charm. Grandma and baby and all the love, It feels like heaven has come down from above. I could stay here forever if you could stay sm... Read more

  • Yesterday's Walk on the Greenway

    4/18/2016 5:51:58 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    It was just too nice a day to stay indoors. I worked on my new little garden patch early in the morning and then talked my husband into heading up to the Greenway to walk. I enjoyed the new views of the lake. And my usual view of my husband. (Who is always ahead of me - he has a ve... Read more

  • Dear Mother:

    4/17/2016 11:33:27 PM, by KATHYGBENNETT

    It's too bad that I have been such a disappointment to you since before i was born. Get over it. That was over 62 years ago. I can't help the birth defects I was born with. I can't help the things I inherited from YOUR side of the family. How do think it has made me feel to have heard from you... Read more

  • New Jersey Baby

    4/17/2016 6:00:57 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday I had the privilege of welcoming little Shiloh Rose into the world. She's already 3 weeks old, but it didn't matter to me. Today was my turn. I had to take care of my mother before I got to visit with my grandchild. She is sweet and cute and she smiles when I hold her. Who... Read more

  • Day 13 of the 100 Day Dash

    4/16/2016 11:32:53 PM, by JEANETTESTING

    Today was the first nice day we have had in awhile so the family decided to go find some parks to play in together. ... Read more

  • Daytripping

    4/16/2016 9:48:50 AM, by NANCY-

    What wonderful weather for a trip about 40 miles north to Northhampton, MA. Venturing into little shops, getting warming sunshine, temps in the comfortable 60's (16C). Temptations could abound, but they did not. I peered into a chocolate shop and choose not to enter. Nothing there for me. Lunc... Read more

  • I hate when my DH competes with me in weigh loss

    4/16/2016 9:05:30 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    good Morning; I have called my DH a braggart b/c he goes overboard at times about how fast he can lose weight. Well today he has lost 3.8 lbs this week. I actually have plateaued due to stress. I sometimes tell him to keep his lost to himself. But today I am in a good mood, my grandkids are com... Read more

  • Mid Month Revisit of My April Goals

    4/16/2016 7:26:02 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    I have found that if I don't check my goals in the middle of the month, I lose track of what I was trying to accomplish. I go back and re-read my journal to get a feel of what I was thinking when I set those goals. I am finding that doing this is really helpful for me. If you don't have a journal - ... Read more

  • Teach Your Children Well

    4/16/2016 5:31:29 AM, by JSTETSER

    ”Teach your children well” Do those words remind you of an old song by the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young? I remember long, lazy summer days listening to those words on the radio while in my teens. Little did I realize that I was teaching lessons to others by the way I lived my life. When... Read more

  • New Fashion Trend

    4/15/2016 1:19:22 PM, by KATHYGBENNETT

    OK everybody, I'm starting a new fashion trend. The weather is getting warmer and it's tie to pull out the short pants capris, crop pants etc. and sandals. Two different doctors have told me that I have lymphedema of my legs. The treatment is support stockings and elevating my legs. I watched openin... Read more

  • doing much better this morning

    4/15/2016 8:33:29 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I got word that my brother died on Wednesday afternoon. When my SIL called, I think it had not hit her. She sounded so relieved and even lighter in her demeaner. I do not know how I would react in her shoes. She saw her husband of 29 years die before her eyes since October last year... Read more

  • A poem for my son

    4/15/2016 5:23:02 AM, by JSTETSER

    Dr. Nora, Dr. Mat- You move so much, you’ll never get fat! Residency for the next four years, You’re heading south and packed up your gear. You are starting to settle down Buying a house and live in one town. With one child and the next on its way Gramma love it- time to play! Tha... Read more

  • Life happens

    4/14/2016 6:47:01 PM, by KATHYGBENNETT

    I was doing well a few years ago. The I tore my rotator cuff. Almost recovered from that and I broke my right wrist. Then my father had a stroke and dies a few months later.. The I fell and tore the meninscus of my left knee. Had to have surgery and continue to have a lot of pain, the doctor says... Read more

  • 100 Day Dash!

    4/14/2016 12:07:48 PM, by JEANETTESTING

    Yes, been awhile since I have blogged! I am still using Sparkpeople and participating in some SparkTeams. I am still work with Humana and LOVING it! I didn't think I would ever find another job I liked so much. It is time for the 100 Day Dash again. That is a 100 day long challenge for everyone... Read more

  • I need to cut my DS off again

    4/14/2016 8:22:05 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; with all the stress from my brother dying and then my MIL in health crisis. DS and DIL going crazy. she throws him out of the house and his MIL comes to the rescue. He is coming to me for sympathy. DIL is a mess but so is my DS. Just found out that neither of them are in counseli... Read more

  • NSV - blood glucose levels

    4/14/2016 5:57:33 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    I was a little disappointed last week that my weight has hit a plateau. I did some body measurements, I have lost 1/2 inch off of my hips but everything else stayed the same. I tried to bask in that small victory, but alas, it just wasn't enough. This morning, I realized that my morning blood g... Read more

  • Spark the Art of Savoring!

    4/14/2016 5:26:51 AM, by JSTETSER

    The Art of Savoring Do you take time to relish the joys of life? According to Gary Kunath, “A major contributor to fun and happiness is the art of “Savoring”. This is the practice of slowing down so that you can take great pleasure in the simple things of life. Savoring is scientifically pro... Read more

  • Flexi-Vegan

    4/13/2016 11:24:23 AM, by JUNESHOPE

    41 There may be an actual word for it, I don't know.. but I am eliminating all animal based dairy products and red meat, and eating fish & chicken only sparingly. I've watched Forks Over Knives several years ago, and liked what I saw the first time, but didn't think I could follow such a plan... Read more

  • Simple Pleasures

    4/13/2016 5:30:02 AM, by JSTETSER

    Simple pleasures are the best! There are many things in life that can bring great joy if we take the time to acknowledge them. Today I am going to list 10 of them. Please add to my life: 1. Feeling love from a friend, mate, child or stranger. Love is essential to having a happy life! 2... Read more

  • where do I begin?

    4/12/2016 2:30:24 PM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good afternoon, My brother doing worse - day by day at the most. I have made collages for the service. they are finished but are drying. I have to package them and send them to Georgia. Got a call MIL in intensive care. Family says not to go up there yet. She is holding her own. DH moody and ... Read more

  • Ladies can you lend me your ears for a wee bit .

    4/12/2016 12:48:00 PM, by SUGARSMOM2

    as i sit here i am wondering . why is the world full of so much hatred . why can we not all get along ? I must join in the battle and add my voice to those of a famous rock star and he canceled his concert . the reason gay rights and what the law stands upon . it is wrong to discriminate against any... Read more

  • Don't Major on the Minors!

    4/12/2016 5:32:41 AM, by JSTETSER

    Don't live an overcrowded life! Figure out what is important to you, and do it good! For years I thought that I could do it all, and it just did not work. I had to say NO to the dreams of others from time to time, in order to accomplish my own destiny. Do you want to be able to bloom? Spen... Read more

  • still a loser!

    4/11/2016 11:17:06 AM, by ALLYCANDOIT

    Hi all. Just checking in briefly. I am truly so busy working out and taking care of myself I don't have as much time to sit on my caboose and post! LOL I'm down 24 lbs so far. Happy as a clam. Would love to see it go faster but I'm changing for a lifetime so I know slow is better. ... Read more

  • Good Goes Around

    4/11/2016 5:31:40 AM, by JSTETSER

    "I may not remember what you said, I may not remember what you did, But I will never forget how you made me feel." Maya Angelou There are people in my life who have been very good to me. My mother is always gentle and kind. My father was the best encourager ever. I have friends who neve... Read more

  • what a morning- I am handling things better b/c I got a good sleep

    4/10/2016 8:59:24 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I talked to SIL and my brother yesterday. Hospice nurse says he will not last much longer. I then spoke with SIL for over an hour. I was glad that I Face Timed said good bye to my brother. 50 years old next week. My DH says you sure have had a lot of death in your family: Your mot... Read more

  • LIFE worth, not NET worth

    4/10/2016 5:28:13 AM, by JSTETSER

    What do you put first in your life? What do you value most? Is it the things or the people around you? I have found that the best way to get the most out of life is to do three things: I put God first by taking time in prayer and meditation. I read the Bible and live by it. I also take time... Read more

  • got a text from my sister in law about my brother

    4/9/2016 11:01:10 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I called right back but she did not answer. My brother is dying of cancer. I spoke with him a month ago - he could hardly speak due to chemo. I was told he probably would not be able to speak more due to where the cancer is. I expected to go and see him but my hip injury put the s... Read more

  • Plateau Plan

    4/9/2016 6:43:21 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    Thank you to all you Sparksters who offered advice and encouragement yesterday. I certainly was discouraged by this little plateau that I am on. I have compiled your advice and have created a plan for next week. 1. I am going to weigh and measure all of my food next week. 2. I will stick to... Read more

  • 94 healthy reminders...

    4/9/2016 6:12:36 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have 94 wonderful reminders of how to live a healthy life. My mother turned 94 this week, and today I am going to celebrate with her. My Mom always made time for her kids, grandkids and now the greatgrands. She speaks well of everyone. She is not a worrier. My Mom is willing to tr... Read more

  • That Pesky 1/2 Pound

    4/8/2016 5:56:51 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    My scale and I are having quite of an argument at the moment...I am wrestling with 1/2 pound. This 1/2 pound just doesn't want to hit the road. No matter what, the scale just tends to go down and then back up. This is very frustrating. Has anyone else been in the same situation? What did you do to ... Read more

  • My Creative SPARK!!

    4/8/2016 5:22:22 AM, by JSTETSER

    Little Lina is going to become a big sister in September, and we have to do something special to welcome the new baby. Lina got a quilt with a Dr. Seuss theme that she just loves. She still takes it with her everywhere. We decided that the new baby would love to have a quilt and wall hanging ... Read more

  • had wonderful time with grand kids

    4/7/2016 11:41:08 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; We played - we read. DD was there for about an hour. I spoke again to DD. Normally she defends her DH, but she told me some things that I feel she is getting worn down. I sent them a set of glassware for her b/c they still have jelly jar as glasses. The glasses were sitting on h... Read more

  • MY COOKING SPREE

    4/7/2016 5:30:15 AM, by JSTETSER

    Every once in a while, I have a day when I have the time and resources just to cook ahead. Yesterday was that kind of a day. I had the day off and my husband was recouping from cataract surgery. I wanted to stay home to help him if he needed me. It was cold enough to have the woodstove going, so I... Read more

  • What I have learned about cheese

    4/6/2016 7:17:55 PM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    A few weeks ago, I stopped buying shredded cheese. You see, cheese is a weakness of mine. I truly believe all the new research that indicates that cheese is as addictive as cocaine. I decided that I would take the time to shred my own cheese. You know what, my inherent laziness is paying off. ... Read more

  • Having a busy day!

    4/6/2016 8:50:20 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; My GD facetimed me and asked to pick her up from school. Mommy needs help. I talked with DD and she has a committment at work and her DH is on business trip. I am looking forward to it. GD tells her mom - Nana is my best friend. I was watching a morning show yesterday about what... Read more

  • Eyes

    4/6/2016 5:19:20 AM, by JSTETSER

    Eyes that look and see my heart, eyes that remember when we're apart. Your eyes see beauty in my life, Holding the love, rejecting the strife. Your eyes imagine what can be, I know your eyes are looking at me. My husband had cataract surgery yesterday and is fine today. I am so... Read more

  • Learning

    4/5/2016 5:58:49 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

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  • Developing the routine of healthy

    4/5/2016 5:40:10 AM, by JSTETSER

    There are some things that I do every single morning to keep my life on a healthy course. Often, I prepare for a healthy start before I go to bed. I have my clothes chosen, my coffee in the coffee maker so that all I have to do is press the button on the maker. I have everything ready to make a sm... Read more