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  • Food taste soooo good!

    8/4/2015 11:22:38 PM, by JUNESHOPE

    550 4 Since I have been eating "clean", food is starting to taste sooooo much better. 492 I just had a fabulous dinner!! And it was so simple. Normandy blend of steamed veggies, salmon, and couscous. But it all tasted amazing. 474 Today I was about to reach for chocolate ice crea... Read more

  • went to gym this morning

    8/4/2015 12:33:02 PM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning -almost afternoon here. I am downsizing. I am doing it not fast b/c I have other stuff to do. I am beginning to feel lighter from giving away, throwing out and giving their stuff to my kids. My DH is letting go of some of his "stuff". He is the closest to a hoarder that I know. He... Read more

  • Tuesday

    8/3/2015 11:51:18 PM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Have a wonderful and blessed day sending light love joy and happiness namaste... Read more

  • seeing my calories

    8/3/2015 5:04:18 PM, by JUNESHOPE

    17 I've really began to crack down on my tracking, and using the spark daily food tracker, I see just where calories can sneak in. Little sneakers!! 387 This is truly motivating me to work harder to stay within my range. It's much easier to plan ahead, and stick to what I've already logge... Read more

  • We took 8 boxes of stuff to DS

    8/3/2015 9:02:29 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I never know what happens to my DH. He wanted to get the stuff out of the garage, but got so fussy on the way up to DS house and back. I think he did not want to go but he had told DS that we were bringing the stuff up. 75 miles one way. I drove on the way back but he was still f... Read more

  • Lina dreams

    8/3/2015 8:35:04 AM, by JSTETSER

    I dream of Lina every night and day, Of the songs we would sing, and the words we would say. I dream of giggles and silly games And learning all of her babies' names. Dreaming if Lina is the best part of my day- I'll see her soon, and then we will play! ... Read more

  • earn 500 points

    8/2/2015 8:15:04 PM, by JUNESHOPE

    If you haven't done this yet, I highly recommend it. I saw it, and decided to do it for the quick 500 points, but once I was going through it, I was very happy I did. Spark people offers so many different avenues to increase weight loss and motivation. I'm motivated even more, just after re... Read more

  • Visualize Yourself Where You Wanna Be

    8/2/2015 2:12:21 PM, by GEMINIGEM6

    I definitely believe the mind is a very powerful thing. As I mentioned in my last blog, I have been working on changing my thoughts, therefore changing my life. For me, it's necessary because my thoughts have been so negative about myself and my life overall for a long time. I see much more clearly ... Read more

  • Just got back from gym

    8/2/2015 10:46:10 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I did a great strength training workout and then did my treadmill session. Came home really satisfied. I have much to be grateful. When things in my life are going well, I stop and list how I am grateful. I try to stay in the present and let go of tomorrow. I am a planner, but th... Read more

  • Learning Experiences

    8/2/2015 8:43:13 AM, by JSTETSER

    Learning experiences No matter who you are, No matter where you come from, Some things in life are not going to go your way. Learning to live with the frustrations in life are just part of the game. My learning experience happened today happened with our A Liner camper. Somehow the wa... Read more

  • I'm in LOVE!

    8/2/2015 1:03:16 AM, by JUNESHOPE

    129 I just discovered the Spark recipe-calculator... IT IS WONDERFUL! I can type in any made up recipe, that I've concocted, and it will tell me all the nutritional values & calories. It's amazing. recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe
    -calculator.asp 17 After keying in my favorite mea... Read more

  • babysat my grand kids last night

    8/1/2015 5:18:45 PM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good evening; getting much done - a relaxing day. talked with DD - she is going to organize the rehearsal dinner for me. She has been to many weddings & can do it better than me. I gave her a budget that is reasonable. DH & I are paying for my DS best man for his suit he is too rent and a hotel... Read more

  • stuck

    8/1/2015 2:53:04 PM, by JUNESHOPE

    198 Ug....I'm stuck between 253-254...driving me insane! 234 I'm trying to not be to bothered by it because of this months prescriptions for the pneumonia I've had.....which I AM FINALLY OVER!! I know they caused water weight, and the steroids caused weight gain as well. BUT STILL!! NOT ... Read more

  • Busy Vs Productive

    8/1/2015 12:08:10 PM, by JSTETSER

    Brandon and Dylan love to fish more than anything else. Perhaps they don't always catch the big ones, but they always have a good time trying! We should have the same attitude towards our lives!Busy vs productive Being busy and being productive are two very different things. Which one are ... Read more

  • good news on two fronts

    7/31/2015 9:22:26 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; My DH just called me and asked me - did you buy me new jeans? I asked what does the label say by the belt. He told me- Dear you are wearing size 34 waist jeans. He is just over the moon!!!! I went through his drawers and got his big clothes out and put his new size in. 250 He ha... Read more

  • Fishin' with the boys

    7/31/2015 7:42:43 AM, by JSTETSER

    Brandon and Dylan love to fish more than anything else. Perhaps they don't always catch the big ones, but they always have a good time trying! We should have the same attitude towards our lives! ... Read more

  • Need spreadsheet help

    7/30/2015 4:39:56 PM, by ARTISTICJEN

    I'm trying to set up a spreadsheet I can use to menu plan. Yes, I've downloaded and tried some, weren't really helpful. Tried setting up one myself, I've never been so frustrated. I spent hours and have nothing to show for it except an explanation of what I want. I'm sure it's not hard, but spreadsh... Read more

  • Feeling great - just got back from gym

    7/30/2015 9:03:19 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I feel great this morning. I was having cravings yesterday about food. It always surprises me when it happens. It is usually something bothering me. It is my son. I have not heard from him in nearly a month. He has occasionally answered a text -very sharply. I truly want him ... Read more

  • Inside the A Liner

    7/30/2015 5:40:21 AM, by JSTETSER

    The inside of the A liner So many of you asked about the inside of our new chateau that this post is dedicated to showing you just that. It is roomy enough for two people to be comfortable in good weather. We will soon find out how it is when it rains out too. This is not a trailer for more... Read more

  • Slept well and am energized

    7/29/2015 9:23:24 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I am doing Sparks while I am watching a recorded version of American Greatest Talent show. I feel great today. I worked out hard yesterday. Did many chores and slept well. I have gone through my DH clothes and have removed the "big" clothes b/c he has lost 65 lbs. He has been ... Read more

  • Our Pooped-out Pop-up

    7/29/2015 5:38:51 AM, by JSTETSER

    Camping can be so much fun when the equipment works fine. Our pop-up camper served us well until it was time to go home. The camper got stuck in the upright position for the third time. The first time, we were on Mt Desert Island in Acadia National Park. The second time, we were on the Kan... Read more

  • Change is good!

    7/28/2015 9:43:14 PM, by VELMOOSE

    This has been a summer of change so far. I left my job at school at the end of the school year and started working full time for the Girl Scouts of the Green & White Mountains a couple days later. It has been a whirlwind of pre-camp, three weeks of camp and now hleping out at another camp and gett... Read more

  • Aaaaaaarrrrgh.

    7/28/2015 6:58:22 PM, by SOSIREGIME

    I'm very discouraged today about my weight. I exercised like a fiend on my vacation last week. Lots of great biking - so much fun! And I still managed to gain weight. I think it might be time for a trainer. More later, maybe. I'm off to home to cook a healthful dinner.... Read more

  • Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life

    7/28/2015 1:43:45 PM, by GEMINIGEM6

    Hello all! I have been gone a minute but am back & ready to support and be supported while on this journey. I did really well back in 2013 by losing 48 lbs and have since regained the weight. I am not interested in looking back or making excuses or having a pity party. I am moving forward and livin... Read more

  • Just came from gym

    7/28/2015 8:52:48 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I did not sleep well so I got up and went to the gym. I feel better because I went to the gym. Getting my exercise early in the morning, sets a good tone for my day. 386 My Dh has been having trouble focusing lately. I talked to him last night. He has been busy at work. I am encou... Read more

  • Turning Two!

    7/28/2015 5:39:11 AM, by JSTETSER

    What an exciting world it is when you're two! The whole world is beautiful and new And there's so much for a little girl to do! ... Read more

  • Nicole vs. IR

    7/27/2015 7:21:53 PM, by NICOLEJOURNEY

    i just joined spark people. I am 21 years old and I was recently diagnosed with insulin resistance. I have had trouble with my weight for as long as I can remember and I'm happy that I finally have answers. My goal is to lose between 50-70 pounds. I am working very hard to get there. But sometimes I... Read more

  • Cutting my hair!

    7/27/2015 6:57:54 PM, by JUNESHOPE

    67 259 ARRRGG...it' so hot. I do like the look of my long hair, but it's so sticky hot that I just can't stand it. I've never had such long hair before, it goes down past my bar-strap now. So I'm kind of stoked that I FINALLY grew my hair out!!!.....BUT I CAN'T STAND HOW HOT IT IS. I just live ... Read more

  • Sitting in the Stillness

    7/27/2015 5:33:57 PM, by JSTETSER

    Sitting in the Stillness In the stillness of the Forest I take time to sit and woods, Feel the fire Hear the birds And breathe in the early morning tranquility. Captured by the quietness Alone, but not lonely Doing nothing, but not bored Restored with peace within While si... Read more

  • Dinner went well and DH calmed down

    7/27/2015 10:48:16 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; DD had called and said they would be late. GS had gone down for a nap he needed. GD was so happy to see her grandparents. She is very at home in our house. We played with kids. I got a good chat with DD. Even DH had a good talk with SIL. SIL seemed more mature than we have seen h... Read more

  • Weighing

    7/27/2015 9:10:28 AM, by BUTTERFLIES4ME

    I have tracked my food for 100 days today 30 I have to work on this weighing every morning. I let that scale set the tone of my day 227 .... Read more

  • Dh is going over board on this dinner

    7/26/2015 1:40:11 PM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good afternoon; I am going to try again and see if I lose this too. DH is now making appetizers and a cheese tray with steaks as the main course. I have told him this is your daughter and SIL not the Queen of England. He says I never let him just do. He can not see that this is all unnecessar... Read more

  • Just got back from gym

    7/26/2015 11:05:13 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Lost blog entry again.... Read more

  • Bountiful Garden - Zucchini

    7/26/2015 8:44:51 AM, by NANCY-

    This is the time of year that gardens get blessed with too much zucchini. Thankfully I do like it, but my answer has been to make zucchini bread and harvest while they are tender and small(tiny). The recent fad of spiralizing had caught my attention. Zucchini as pasta? Why not! I used a gadg... Read more

  • what a difference

    7/25/2015 1:21:44 PM, by JUNESHOPE

    204 I wrote a week or so ago that I was noticing my face in the mirror seemed to glow with good health. 551 I thought it was just from healthy eating. I also had not been eating any bread. I had decided earlier this week to add small amounts of bread/wheat back into my diet. I noticed my ... Read more

  • DH has been tense due to weigh in today

    7/25/2015 10:59:48 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; Dh goes to Weight Watchers and they weigh in weekly. He has not lost weight for 2 weeks and is so anxious. He went on a walk this morning Very early to see if he could lose weight on the scale. I have chosen to stop this merry-go-round of the cycle of weighing on the scale on a sc... Read more

  • My Lina Trip!

    7/25/2015 5:44:54 AM, by JSTETSER

    Soon I will get to see my favorite little person! I try to be patient, but it is hard to be far from those that you love the best. She is such a lovely little girl, and she is growing soo fast. Gramma's coming down to see you Lina!... Read more

  • contractors

    7/24/2015 10:04:39 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; a couple weeks ago- we got new hot water heaters. Our city has a rebate program. With program, the city inspector has to come out. Well, both hot water heaters did not pass inspection. One is leaking carbon monoxide. We have carbon monoxide detectors. TG. I was so calm this mor... Read more

  • Scared of Losing Weight?

    7/24/2015 6:21:18 AM, by ALICELAND

    I know this sounds silly, but I realized last night that part of me wants to stop and stay right here--down 22 lbs. My goal weight is still 28 pounds away but all of a sudden I seem to be having "cold feet." I guess I'm afraid of changing that much. I don't want to not wear all of my favorite clothe... Read more

  • The Simple Butterfly Beauty

    7/24/2015 5:38:11 AM, by JSTETSER

    Don't wait to be wowed by the big bursts of beauty. Make time for the little miracles- Around us every day Like the simple little butterfly.... Read more

  • Ode to More Moving!

    7/23/2015 9:21:53 AM, by GROWINGINGRACE

    Yep, at it again! I applied for opportunity back in March, didn't get it. only to have the organization call me, months later, asking if i'd be interested in a more senior level position. Of course, I said yes! The Pacific Northwest! That fresh air, the water, that mountain ( a hiking we will go!!) ... Read more

  • just dragging today - got phone call at midnight

    7/23/2015 8:35:43 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I was sound asleep when my phone rang. It was DS's GF. DS was having a bad night and she said that he wanted to come home. He was not in a rage, but just upset. GF was calm. I told her to give him the phone. He would not come to the phone. So I thought, well I am going to try ... Read more

  • Making Progress!

    7/23/2015 5:56:40 AM, by JSTETSER

    I worked with the Monadnock Trails Week (July 17-21) and it was a huge success! We logged 953 hours of work with 72 participants and worked on 6 different trails this year. Maybe I don't look big and strong, but working as a team always makes us more effective and stronger!... Read more

  • low calorie/low carb cookies

    7/22/2015 11:00:06 PM, by JUNESHOPE

    Just wanted to share something that my Mom brought over today. She got them from Marshalls. They only have 60 calories for 7 wedges (cookies), and only 12 carbs. They are fairly large wedges too... and yes 7 is a serving! They are very light, lightly sweet, lemon flavor. They... Read more

  • a clean house

    7/22/2015 12:13:35 PM, by JUNESHOPE

    436 I love a clean house.... and I actually enjoy cleaning to a certain point.... but for some reason, I put it off until even I can't stand it anymore... LOL It's a really strange cycle. 435 9 The one great benefit of needing to clean all day, is that I usually lose weight while doing i... Read more

  • Been up early and getting chores done

    7/22/2015 11:22:25 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good morning; I have much to do. I have company coming. I am still downsizing. I have gotten half of the attic done. My garage is full. I am getting rid of these cardboard boxes from one of 5 moves. My DH had just begun to sort and get rid of stuff. He is beginning to see the value of this e... Read more

  • Stress and Getting over it.

    7/22/2015 6:12:30 AM, by ALICELAND

    Today's Spark Coach assignment was to think of ways to deal with stress. I think I know some ways that work ( yoga, for instance) but some days I'm too stressed to use them. How stupid is that? When I get stressed- usually about work and my job-it becomes almost impossible for me to "turn my head... Read more

  • Wild Blueberries

    7/22/2015 5:41:58 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday I hiked Mt. Monadnock for the 4th day in a row. we found some beautiful blueberry spots, and enjoyed some of the best organic blueberries that this world has to offer. They were so good, I will go picking after work today-no Monadnock climb included this time. Here is a photo from ... Read more

  • OMG...the whiskey cake from

    7/21/2015 9:13:20 PM, by JUNESHOPE

    4 Went out to lunch with my Mom today. She wanted to go to a restaurant called "Whiskey Cake". They are known for their roasted veggies, and of course their Whiskey Cake. I told her I would love to have some roasted veggies, but I wasn't going to eat any cake. Well, I reach to get my credi... Read more

  • Been to gym and have done many errands

    7/21/2015 10:45:35 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I was having stinky thoughts for the past two days. It was a mood I was in. The old me would have overeaten and then felt sorry for myself for over eating. But I started reading on web and books that I have, I know that moods are human that everyone has and they pass. I have to ... Read more

  • Moderation

    7/21/2015 6:02:38 AM, by ALICELAND

    Today's Spark Coach topic is moderation. It is not a concept that comes naturally to me even though I'm a Libra and should be able to figure this out. I tend to beat myself up for mistakes and set goals that are too difficult to maintain. I'm doing better this time around and slowly, all the Spark... Read more

  • Teams Work!

    7/21/2015 5:43:21 AM, by JSTETSER

    For the past 3 days, I have worked on the Monadnock trails, giving my little bit of good. Since I am not a muscular person, I often wonder how much good my little bit did. At the end of three days, I look back at the work that our team, all giving their little bit of good did, and it is impressive... Read more

  • Exercise

    7/21/2015 1:51:29 AM, by JUNESHOPE

    Monday & Friday 354 - Zumba (LA Fitness) Tuesday & Thursday 237- Aqua-fit (water aerobics) (LA Fitness) Monday - Friday 307 Walk-away-the-Pounds with Leslie Sandstone DVD 328 & weight training (at home) Getting Fit! 362 ... Read more

  • Can't seem to get it together

    7/20/2015 8:16:19 PM, by ARTISTICJEN

    Trying to come up with a meal plan. I know me, I know if I don't plan things out, I won't stick to it/make the changes I need to. there's just so many variables I have to take into consideration. I've see a dietician, she wasn't much help. She even said she had ideas, but had no advice on the d... Read more

  • Things are changing..and that's ok.

    7/20/2015 6:49:21 PM, by JUNESHOPE

    204 The last few days when I've looked in the mirror, I've noticed my face looks more pure & clear. I just thought I was having a couple of 'good' days. But when I got up today, and looked in the mirror again, that 'look' is still there. I'm not thinking about it when I glace in the mirror, I usu... Read more

  • You are going along just fine and you get hit on the side of the head

    7/20/2015 4:08:40 PM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good afternoon; Thank Goodness for the support of friends that I met on Sparks. I found out some concerning information that blind sided me. I had to really think about this. One has to forgive! Someone stole a precious item from another family member. It was done when the person was young ... Read more

  • just lost my blog entry

    7/19/2015 9:16:11 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    good Morning; I just got back from the gym. I had written quite an entry, but it did not get to Sparks when I tried to add it. I hate this when the webpage doesn't work. have a good day!! ... Read more

  • just lost my blog entry

    7/19/2015 9:16:10 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    good Morning; I just got back from the gym. I had written quite an entry, but it did not get to Sparks when I tried to add it. I hate this when the webpage doesn't work. have a good day!! ... Read more

  • Hitting the Trail!

    7/19/2015 5:56:03 AM, by JSTETSER

    This weekend, I am hitting the trail in a different way! I volunteer to help maintain Monadnock Trails! Monadnock is the most hiked mountain in the Western Hemisphere, perhaps the world. I am working on the most hiked trail on this beloved NH mountain. I am not sure if this makes the White Dot T... Read more

  • Refocus: Macro to Mini!

    7/18/2015 10:56:14 PM, by AMBER_TTC

    I know that I, like I'm sure many people, have the same issue with goal setting. We dream big. In those glorious dreams, we inevitably set ourselves up for failure. I am done with feeling like a failure. I've become an expert at it.... and frankly, I wish to diversify my expertise. Instead of ... Read more

  • Smoothie Love!

    7/18/2015 7:35:34 PM, by AMBER_TTC

    After an ugly realization about just how addicted I am to proccessed foods, and how horribly strong my cravings are to sugars, carbs and all manner of bad food for me; I decided to do a "reset" on my body. I know that once I get fully emersed in the low GI/completely healthly lifestyle that I crave ... Read more

  • My little bit of good

    7/18/2015 4:51:50 PM, by JSTETSER

    Sometimes just doing what we can do is all that we should do! ... Read more

  • I decided to weigh myself and I lost

    7/18/2015 1:51:38 PM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good afternoon; I do not weigh daily or even weekly. I weigh when I can objectively look at the results and have no side effects like slipping. I have learned that the scale is not the tool I need for my program. I go by my clothes and a tape measure. 220 For today, I am focused and am trackin... Read more

  • I have been getting rid of my stressors

    7/17/2015 11:13:26 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I am slowly getting rid of my chronic stressors. The latest is my doctor with her family as her staff. She was a nice person, but her staff were not professional. I worried what they were doing with my medical records. 198 I lined up another doctor that was recommended to me by di... Read more

  • Cutting back from "too busy"

    7/17/2015 5:28:11 AM, by JSTETSER

    it is time for me to be satisfied with what I can get done in a day. I use many time saving skills to fill my day with all the important things that I want to do, but now I have to cut back from "over-doing". I need to make more time for my hikes and enjoying nature. Sometimes I just need to "be" ... Read more

  • maintaning while sick

    7/16/2015 2:57:54 PM, by JUNESHOPE

    527 Blasted walking pneumonia. I've had 2 steroid shots, and am also on a number of other medications. I have another follow-up doctor appointment tomorrow to go over blood work. I'll probably be given another breathing treatment since my lungs still sound awful. 273 The doctor is trying ... Read more

  • got a surprise yesterday evening

    7/16/2015 12:06:18 PM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; my DD called and she was close to the house. she said do you want to see your grand kids. We said sure!! they came over and we played for 2 hours. Then they left, my GD cried and did not want to leave. I gave her a book for her to read in the car so she stopped crying. I miss ha... Read more

  • Looking towards the Light

    7/16/2015 5:35:26 AM, by JSTETSER

    Every day we have a choice: What will we focus our attention on? We can look towards the gloom and doom, and allow it to bring us down. OR We can look towards the light. I suggest that looking towards the light will fill your heart and soul with good things and brighten your day. If ... Read more

  • Having a wonderful day!!

    7/15/2015 4:03:55 PM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good afternoon; Went to the movies and saw the newest minion movie. I now know where my granddaughter gets some of her lingo. It is a movie for 8 and above. there is much humor which our generation can understand. 334 Last night my DH brought home roses for me. I asked him what was the occ... Read more

  • Reporting In

    7/15/2015 9:46:01 AM, by NANCY-

    As I sit here a tiny, invisible Norman Bates is going all "Psycho" on my left big toe. Those stabbing pains are not too pleasant at all. Neuropathy sucks and it seems to be traveling up my legs. Thankfully the pool has stairs and a ramp. So exiting the pool is not a problem. Besides the stabbing... Read more

  • Her heart is singing because of the new Singer!!

    7/15/2015 9:24:05 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today I drove down to see my Mom, and give her the new machine. Needless to say, she is thrilled. Her heart is singing because of her new singer ,... Read more

  • Her heart is singing because of the new Singer!!

    7/15/2015 9:24:04 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today I drove down to see my Mom, and give her the new machine. Needless to say, she is thrilled. Her heart is singing because of her new singer ,... Read more

  • Her heart is singing because of the new Singer!!

    7/15/2015 9:24:02 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today I drove down to see my Mom, and give her the new machine. Needless to say, she is thrilled. Her heart is singing because of her new singer ,... Read more

  • New Challenge

    7/15/2015 7:10:27 AM, by ALICELAND

    I'm feeling stuck on the scales and kinda sluggish about exercise. Time for a challenge. So... I joined the 30 day challenge to bust through this plateau. I am still way too focused on the numbers on the scale. I need to think about some of the other goals, I guess. I have some big deadlines... Read more

  • How are YOU!

    7/14/2015 3:53:40 PM, by LARAESTAR

    Hi Sparkfriends! I know I have been MIA for a while but I'm still rockin' and rollin'! I'm in the process of moving, planning a wedding, starting back to school, and I have had a house full of kids for the last three weeks! I am busy and stressed but it's A okay because it's all temporary! How ... Read more

  • what a change in DH

    7/14/2015 9:41:59 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I had to figure out what was bothering him. He does not talk about his emotions, but just makes it very obvious that something is going on. I usually have to play 1000 questions. But as I have gotten older, I observe, think about what events that has happened in the last week. No... Read more

  • The new Singer

    7/14/2015 5:45:46 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday I took you on a tour down Memory Lane concerning the old treddle Singer sewing machine that I learned to sew on. Today I will talk about the new Singer that I will be giving my Mom tomorrow. Mom loves the old. She will wear an old coat or shirt until it is completely worn out, and w... Read more

  • low blood sugar...scary

    7/13/2015 1:21:33 PM, by JUNESHOPE

    467 I'm not counting carbs, I'm just not eating pasta or wheat, and not a lot of grains, like rice. My carbs mainly come from fruit, veggies & what's in dairy. 24However, for the past few days I began having pretty bad dizzy spells, and yesterday started feeling quite nauseous while in the... Read more

  • DH was in such a mood this weekend

    7/13/2015 8:55:10 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; It was not always easy to enjoy this weekend. We have gotten much chores done. Dh was not in a great mood. When he gets like this he blames me for this or that. I think it has to do with age. He gets so insecure about this time of year. I have to do something to get him over thi... Read more

  • The old Singer

    7/13/2015 5:39:25 AM, by JSTETSER

    One summer, Many years ago, my mother taught me how to sew on "the old Singer". I loved using my feet to try to keep the machine moving forward at an even clip. My mother was a good seamstress, and eventually, all my projects ended up being finished by her. Time went on, and I bought my o... Read more

  • been to gym already - sleep good

    7/12/2015 12:00:54 PM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I am much happier when I have gotten a good sleep along with a good workout. DD asked us to go to a farmer's market this morning, but we declined to do exercise. I know if I do not make my program first it falls through the cracks. 224 So far, I am working hard for my program. L... Read more

  • Gotta love all you wonderful people.

    7/12/2015 7:57:29 AM, by NANCY-

    220 The supportive and caring comments on my recent blogs meant the world to me. Even when things seems to be going backwards... you all help me keep looking forward. May Sunday's Sun shine many blessings on you all.... Read more

  • Try New Foods!

    7/12/2015 6:15:35 AM, by JSTETSER

    On my journey towards health and wholeness, I have had to keep myself open to try new veggies like lambs quarters and the garlic scrapes. The other day I happened to bring a snack to my mother's house that she had never tried. I brought hummus. Like a trooper, she gave it a try, and found out tha... Read more

  • I'm back!!!!!

    7/11/2015 8:16:50 PM, by MICKEYSMOM4

    I'm back after taking a long hiatus, a few years actually. I was doing so well and then LIFE happened. We, hubby and I traveled a bit going to Israel to join up with our daughter-in-love Kris who was stationed there. She showed us lots of sites. I found I wasn't able to walk about every day and I h... Read more

  • FINALLY! 254!

    7/11/2015 1:08:34 PM, by JUNESHOPE

    224 It feels like I've been at 255 forever... but actually I weighed in at 255 on July7th, and today, the 11th, I hit 254. For some reason it just seemed longer than it actually took. 8 But I am very pleased to be on the 'lower' side of the 250's....which means that the 240's are just aroun... Read more

  • wonderful morning not too hot yet

    7/11/2015 12:10:20 PM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I am out on my porch hearing the birds. I love time like this. Spent time with grand kids last night. They are growing up so fast. 247 DD sends me texts all the time over calling me up and talking to me. I know this generation like texting but I feel it is annoying when I am ... Read more

  • Changes - Where's my Paddle?

    7/11/2015 11:24:14 AM, by NANCY-

    As one goes through life, one learns that if you don't paddle your own canoe, you don't move. --Katharine Hepburn I have felt like I have been without my paddle. Diabetes is a progressive disease, While sick my A1c was 8.1, thankfully it has returned to my norm of 5.9. It seems like there is ... Read more

  • Better yourself and those around you!

    7/11/2015 10:24:07 AM, by AMBER_TTC

    Well, I am a happy camper. a week ago I went to weigh myself, and I was up 4 lbs. FREAKOUT ENSUED! Well, I'm now back to where I was. It took a week (it clearly wasn't just water weight), but I'm back. Whew! Today is my father-in-law's retirement party, so it's a good thing I'm down. :) I don't plan... Read more

  • You can do it!

    7/11/2015 5:57:17 AM, by JSTETSER

    The journey is a long one. For many of us, a healthy lifestyle is a life-long journey. The nice thing is that you don't have to do it alone. Having spark Friends is a wonderful way to keep the journey fresh and interesting. It reminds me of something that I di 2 years ago. I worked on Tr... Read more

  • Husband in Hospital

    7/10/2015 9:29:08 AM, by JUNESHOPE

    234 So it's been a whirwind for a couple of days. My hubby fell on the racquetball court & broke his wrist/arm. It was broken in a way that it could not be reset, so they had to go in and do surgery and put a plate & screws in. 198 My husband is a TERRIBLE patient! He's sweet as can... Read more

  • Mosquitoes in house

    7/10/2015 9:02:45 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I am sitting doing my blog and a mosquito lands on my hand. I have a mosquito bite on my forehead. My dh loves to grill on our patio, but he leaves door open too long. 198 I have reminded him many times. He finally saw a mosquito land on him in the house. Does any one know of any... Read more

  • Vacation's Over

    7/10/2015 6:07:39 AM, by ALICELAND

    Just missing a week of tracking food and exercise makes it difficult to get back in the routine. Overall, I did a pretty good job of eating healthy and walking during my vacation and did not gain too much to lose in a few days. I am now down 20 pounds--feels like a real milestone. But I have to ge... Read more

  • No smell from Mr. Skunk

    7/10/2015 5:51:11 AM, by JSTETSER

    Well, the skunk saga continues. Our skunk friend has not left our yard, but he has moved from the back yard to the front. We are hoping that he is just a traveling skunk, and will be gone soon. We are calling him "Gypsy". He is eating the grubs that live in our yard, and for that we are thank... Read more

  • Had words with DS about daughter decision

    7/9/2015 9:27:37 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I feel strong today. I have a list of people stressors who I check off when I handle them. When I was going to the counselor trying to understand my DS 's PTSD, she told me that to get DS to own his recovery you will need to break ties. I sent an email yesterday discussing his ... Read more

  • Im sticking to my own ways

    7/9/2015 6:59:44 AM, by SUNSHINE-GIRL

    I have had steady weight loss but can sometimes get stuck but, being diabetic, I was having low blood sugar readings in the afternoons. Friends give their views - you don't eat enough, eat more carbs, eat more protein. So, I decided to try the Slimming World diet which allows carbs but also ... Read more

  • Mr Skunk Needs a New Home

    7/9/2015 5:50:02 AM, by JSTETSER

    This week, a young skunk made his way into our yard. He was living under our deck until we put mothballs around the edges of the deck. Now we are not sure if he is living in our woodpile. We have only seen him in the daytime, and he seems to ignore us. When we make loud noises, he does not... Read more

  • So Excite!! Medication changes and great news

    7/8/2015 5:50:48 PM, by JEANETTESTING

    I was dreading my 3 month follow up with the doctor yesterday. I didn't think i had been doing well with my diet and exercise for the past month. Well, the scale didn't move any but the best past is my A1C is now 6.8! On 3/25/2015 it was 8. Woot Woot!!! So Low Carb/High Fat is working. I s... Read more

  • Takin' a ride on the motivation train to Successville!

    7/8/2015 12:43:39 PM, by AMBER_TTC

    I understand why people get addicted to drugs. The high... its amazing. My drug of choice? Preparation. It's not a real popular drug on the street, but it's famous with housewives and successful people everywhere! In my continued efforts to overhaul my whole existence, I am now working on my fo... Read more

  • staying on track

    7/8/2015 11:32:56 AM, by JUNESHOPE

    44 I got through my daughter's birthday party with success. I only ate 1 small piece of cake, and froze the leftovers for a treat on occasion, & for my daughter's sweet tooth. 480 I had about 2 bites of pizza...it wasn't good, so it wasn't hard to say no to it.. It was at chucky cheeses, b... Read more

  • So Far, So Good...

    7/8/2015 9:59:53 AM, by -LINDA_S

    This LCHF plan is working well for me. The calories add up faster with more-than-usual fat, but I really am less hungry and am moving toward just 2 meals a day and not eating after late afternoon. This will be thrown into chaos to some extent by my birthday festivities. I will not eat bread at di... Read more