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  • so exhausted

    3/30/2015 4:33:26 PM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good afternoon; daughter is gone until next trip near summer. I have been washing so much b/c of pink eye. Someone told me - why are you do all of this. by the time, they come back no virus will be alive. I did 6 loads yesterday but I still have to do all the toys, etc. Have you every heard t... Read more

  • It's Complicated.

    3/30/2015 9:05:08 AM, by NANCY-

    Recently there have been very insightful blogs, that have opened my eyes. I apologize for not providing links. So much emphasis is placed on just "DO(ing) IT". That focus is mainly on the diet and exercise. Very little thought is placed on our current health and what is going on in our head. Sure... Read more

  • Who are you listening to?

    3/30/2015 5:29:55 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today, as you look at your responsibilities, consider your health as a true responsibility. When that voice inside says: "You are too busy to go for your run/walk/gym!" Just ignore it. Get out there and move!... Read more

  • New Week

    3/29/2015 11:36:51 PM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Enjoy your new week hugs... Read more

  • New Week

    3/29/2015 11:36:51 PM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Enjoy your new week hugs... Read more

  • Buds & blooms with weight loss

    3/29/2015 1:55:17 PM, by JUNESHOPE

    126 As spring time appears, and I see buds on all the trees, and flowers blooming everywhere, it gives me a new awareness of starting fresh. I worked outside all day yesterday, on my backyard, and I can't wait to work out there more. I have made that "my new healthy hobby"....landscaping my ... Read more

  • what a morning!

    3/29/2015 11:22:27 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I am still on food plan and did raking leaves for my exercise. This morning, I got up late - 7:30 am. DD is busily disinfecting everything again. Now SIL and GD has pink eye. They are off to urgent care again. She kept apologizing. I said sweetie, this happens. She says we h... Read more

  • Sparking my Spring!

    3/29/2015 6:38:20 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yes, there is still snow on my favorite mountain, but that does not keep me from making my plans to hike to the summit. Snow might bring some difficulty, but difficulty is just opportunity in disguise. I am looking forward to more mountain hikes very soon. I can get my exercise on the road... Read more

  • A satisfying Saturday!

    3/28/2015 5:48:26 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today is a beautiful day! I took the time to clean my house during the week, so today I can get out! While I won't get to climb a mountain, I will travel into Concord, NH to get the taxes done, and do some shopping. I will also get a good walk in on the streets of the city. Maybe I won'... Read more

  • Updating my about me page....

    3/27/2015 7:21:57 PM, by DREAMYBUBBLES

    This is so old....but keep in in it got reviewIn my early twenties I gained weight from depression and an inactive lifestyle. I''m an emotional eater. I''ve gotten the psychology of it down...well, at least usually I do. But I still relapse. And I need to change my other habits - exercise to be succ... Read more

  • Regaining Strenght

    3/27/2015 1:48:19 PM, by NANCY-

    I could choose to be upset about what hasn't happened so far this year, However I am thrilled with the turnabout this week. Things are finally turning around for me. While I am still weak, getting out and about is improving my mood and encouraging me to increase my stamina. Mucus is still coming ... Read more

  • I see my daughter juggling like I did

    3/27/2015 9:00:07 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; My DD has her hands full. The difference is that my DH was more helpful and easier to train. My SIL is not there yet. I stay out of their discussions but I know my DD will succeed with him. He wanted them to go to so many more daycares to check out when DD had already picked one ou... Read more

  • No longer the same!

    3/27/2015 5:23:31 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today take a moment and realize just how far you have come! Honor yourself today, and take another step forward to a new you! Don't you dare slip back to the old ways! The best is yet to come!... Read more

  • My reasons to loose weight

    3/26/2015 5:07:00 PM, by DONNA_W

    When I started this recent effort back at the end of December, told myself it was all about health. I do think that it is but really pushed me to get started again was seeing myself in a video my husband was capturing for me. I could not believe how I looked, and it was not a look that I liked. ... Read more

  • things very busy today

    3/26/2015 12:56:26 PM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good afternoon; I went to the gym very early this morning TG. I came home and DD says baby has pink eye. We have gotten all the bedding and toys he touched disinfected and washed. I did not have a cup of coffee until 10:30. We took DD to urgent care b/c she said her eyes are red and itching... Read more

  • Sewing for Easter

    3/26/2015 5:31:03 AM, by JSTETSER

    Every season brings a new reason for me to sew. I found an easy way to make a nice little play dress from a tee shirt. Here's Lina's new dress! I have to hunt for the photo, but should post it soon.... Read more

  • what a day yesterday was and today is calmer

    3/25/2015 2:35:42 PM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good afternoon, Grand son is teething and not in a very good mood. I feel sorry for him. I thought baby tylenol would help, both parents said no. I do not interfere with rules they set for their kids. Grand daughter helped me pick up leaves this afternoon. Both my DD and SIL has been in and... Read more

  • Whose heart are you holding?

    3/25/2015 5:24:17 AM, by JSTETSER

    Last week, my son Matty, a third year medical student, called to tell me about an amazing experience he had. While on his surgery rotation, he was part of a team of doctors who did an esophageal surgery on a man. This man had cancer of the esophagus, and the team needed to take part of the intesti... Read more

  • dream

    3/24/2015 2:29:12 PM, by VANILLAMAMA

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  • Chronic Snooze Hitter

    3/24/2015 11:02:23 AM, by MRSYATES84

    I am notorious for pushing my alarm till the last minute and it is because I insist on staying awake till past 10:00 p.m. some nights. I really need to work on bed by 9 p.m. and up by 6:15 a.m. or even 5:15 a.m. on the mornings I want to run. Anyone have any tips for a chronic snooze hitter? A... Read more

  • The Last of Choice Words

    3/24/2015 5:20:10 AM, by JSTETSER

    Asking questions like: “I like the way that you asked that question. It shows that you have put a lot of thought into it. I learned something from the question.” In the democracy of education, we learn from one another. All members are valued and supported. The sharing of ideas is part of... Read more

  • Sleep Journal

    3/23/2015 7:17:23 PM, by DONNA_W

    I joined the sleep challenge as I had been having some trouble falling asleep. I always thought it was easy for me to fall asleep and get 8 hrs. But since I have been looking at it and my fitness tracker keeps terack of my sleep, I find that I am generally not getting enough sleep. Well I w... Read more

  • Two Workouts

    3/23/2015 11:15:22 AM, by MRSYATES84

    Good Morning and Happy Monday!! I was thinking about getting up early in the morning and doing a run training session before work. Then doing a strength training workout after work each day. I thought it would be nice to sort of break up my workouts! Does anyone else do two workouts a day?... Read more

  • One step forward, one step back.

    3/23/2015 9:06:36 AM, by DEPOTMODE

    I sometimes feel like I'm in some sort of loop I can't get out of. We got back from Disney, and bam! I'm sick again. I struggled with an upper respiratory something-or-other for a week, then went to the doctor last Monday. It's a sinus infection. This has been a rotten six months in terms of being i... Read more

  • sister was sending me texts last night

    3/23/2015 7:30:25 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning, this is the happiest time of my life with my grandkids. My sister last night starting sending texts that I do not care and nobody loves her. I responded kindly at first but then got impatient. I told her that I have my daughter here with grand kids here. I can not text now. Bu... Read more

  • More choice words

    3/23/2015 5:36:03 AM, by JSTETSER

    Choice words can build a sense of agency in the child. Those powerful words help a child understand that they have the power to develop strategies to solve hard problems that keep them caught in the struggle of trying to explain themselves in writing. It helps them to learn how to answer the “Wh... Read more

  • watched a DVD about the area James Herriott loved

    3/22/2015 8:18:16 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I got a DVD about the area in Northern England where the James Herriott books and TV series were located. What a beautiful area! I told DH we have to take a hike there some day. There are walking trails. 224 DD called and says every one is excited to come. We have our family r... Read more

  • Choice Words

    3/22/2015 6:42:20 AM, by JSTETSER

    Choice words: How our language affects children’s learning by Peter H. Johnston It is important to learn the language of influence in order to create a productive classroom. These words help to build emotionally and relationally healthy learning communities. Rather than saying “Good job!”... Read more

  • 2015 Spring 5% Challenge

    3/21/2015 6:26:45 PM, by DONNA_W

    I am a first time participant in the 2015 5% Spring challenge. I have found I really respond to these challenges very well I just successfully completed the "New Year-New You - 1 lb a Week Challenge til 3/22" For this challenge my plans are as follows: Nutrition 1. Eat in range of 1... Read more

  • Four Simple Questions to always ask at Dr Visit

    3/21/2015 7:11:19 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday I visited my new doctor, and she commented on how much she liked my sheet that I gave her. Doctors (as well as most people in general) can read much faster than I can talk. By giving them a sheet with the information that I want her to have, nothing is left out, and she has more time to ... Read more

  • so many irons in the fire.

    3/20/2015 10:03:05 PM, by JUNESHOPE

    198 I've got so many things going at one time, that my weight loss program seems to be stuck in neutral. 328 I am in the process of getting my home gym up & running, but it all hasn't been delivered yet. 378 379 I'm trying to get my yards back in shape, now that spring has sprung, a... Read more

  • Wrong Direction

    3/20/2015 9:22:49 AM, by NANCY-

    Went to the doctor for a check-in visit. Got some good news. Most of my lab work is right on target. Vit D just needs to be upped a bit, but my diet has it near normal levels. Wow! Blood pressure is a bit high, but with this stuffy head and craving for salt it wasn't too bad. Now for the bad part.... Read more

  • Embracing the Storm!

    3/20/2015 5:17:12 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today I go to the Dr. To find out what is going on in my body. Whatever it is, god will give me the strength to handle it. TGIF... Read more

  • Rebirth of a Phoenix

    3/19/2015 3:01:09 PM, by VALKYRIA-

    "It’s marvelous to grow bored of a pattern, because it means you’re ready to let go of an old scenario and envision something that’s more in alignment with who you are in present time. Likewise, when you’re feeling disappointed and let down by life – I believe what you’re really be... Read more

  • Hmm..

    3/19/2015 1:22:29 PM, by VALKYRIA-

    Thank you all for your support. Unfortunately, some people in my family are the least supportive and are actually pretty controlling and emotionally abusive if I let them be, so I have to find support outside of my family. I've been doing really well, seeing my therapist, finishing my degree, g... Read more

  • Just came back from gym

    3/19/2015 10:21:54 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I am relaxed - having a tea and watching the Diane Sawyer special on Sound of music which I recorded. I loved that movie. What memories! Today I got to work on my cabinets - got to get some more supplies. 224 I am learning to de-stress. Yesterday afternoon, I raked leaves. I am ... Read more

  • good Plans

    3/19/2015 5:37:11 AM, by JSTETSER

    We all need good plans to follow to. Patience and persevenance are key to reaching goals. Stay strong, and keep your eyes on the prize! ... Read more

  • I got the job!!!!!!!!!!!11one

    3/18/2015 4:31:18 PM, by VALKYRIA-

    So I got the job :D !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And it's way better money than I thought it would be. And the hours seem convenient for my schedule. And I can work all the overtime I want. Holy heck yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My schedule is 2:30-8 mon, wed, fri, sat... but I might go in earlier, like 12-... Read more

  • Having a low key day and feeling good!

    3/18/2015 3:17:06 PM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good afternoon; I been doing chores all morning. Now I am going to paint my bathroom cabinets with oil based paint. They need a new look. The original paint is oil based but white. It has yellowed some. I am going to replace it with oil based dark brown color. Any hints before I start. Have... Read more

  • Take Action!

    3/18/2015 5:34:54 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today is the day that I look at my dreams and take a few steps closer to them with my actions.... Read more

  • The undead has come back to life!

    3/18/2015 3:01:11 AM, by VALKYRIA-

    Happy Drink-Alcohol-til-you-pass-out
    -Day. I didn't participate.. but my roommate did. He is so hungover he had to call off of work (yikes) and is now worried about the security of his job (double yikes). My interview is in less than 7 hours and I'm nervous!!! I did extremely w... Read more

  • Whoa -- glad I just had a small blizzard

    3/17/2015 7:04:21 PM, by DONNA_W

    My husband and I are both trying to loose weight but every so once in awhile we get a treat. This week it was a blizzard to celebrate finishing the taxes. A small blizzard is 580 calories. I did manage to fit it in my calorie range for the day and enjoyed every bite. Of course my carbs and fat w... Read more

  • happy St. patties day

    3/17/2015 6:33:34 PM, by VANILLAMAMA

    So tomorrow marks 6 weeks of eating right and working out. I've dropped a total of 20 pounds so far. (I won't change my weight until Thursday) I've found satisfaction in reaching my calories and tracking everything I eat. Some days are good and some days are not so good but you have to take the go... Read more

  • Feeling Green

    3/17/2015 8:19:59 AM, by NANCY-

    May you always have walls for the winds, a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire, laughter to cheer you, those you love near you, and all your heart might desire. Not Irish, but I love the way the Irish celebrate life even through there were struggles. Many of us struggle to los... Read more

  • A day at home

    3/17/2015 4:51:39 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have not taken a sick day in 2 years, and today will be my day! I have not given myself a break to build up my body in a while. I am looking forward to a day of rest, reading and pampering! I have a cold, and am looking for your favorite home remedies. Please let me know what you do to build ... Read more

  • Weight Loss Surgery?

    3/17/2015 3:01:17 AM, by LARAESTAR

    *Sigh* I have received quite a bit of phone calls today from various departments with the Bariatric wing of my local hospital since my last patient education seminar on Gastric Bypass Surgery. The office knows that my current insurance plan does not cover the procedure but they do want to... Read more

  • Cross-Fit

    3/16/2015 3:20:37 PM, by VALKYRIA-

    "When the tide goes out, you can see who has been swimming with no clothes on" Hello Sparkrfiends!!!! So everyone I know has been going through a rough time lately. I could go into my analyses, but this is not the place for it. It's okay. A little destruction is necessary for better w... Read more

  • yesterday was such a happy day

    3/16/2015 2:37:58 PM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good afternoon; DH and I went with my DS and his fiance to see the venue for their wedding. My DS is engaged and really coming up with such great ideas and watching the cost. My DD called this morning. She offered her kids to be part of the ceremony- ringer bearer and flower girl. My DS was so... Read more

  • optimism!

    3/16/2015 5:36:09 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today look for what is good in your life and in this world. Have an awesome day!... Read more

  • Is it soup yet?

    3/15/2015 11:28:39 AM, by NANCY-

    WATERMELLEN makes some interesting soups. She sparked my interest and opened my eyes to the soup world. One soup, I found on surfing the web, piqued my palate was a Roasted Sweet Potato and Garlic Soup Recipe. www.oprah.com/food/Roasted-Swe
    et-Potato-and-Garlic-Soup-
    Recipe The creamy s... Read more

  • busy day but going to gym first

    3/15/2015 7:49:02 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; Yesterday DS and fiance put a deposit down on a venue for their wedding. He came back proud. I saw a happiness that I did not expect, but was glad I saw it. I was beginning to wonder if he would even get emotional about the wedding. The MOB is going overboard. She is paying for... Read more

  • Face your Fear!

    3/15/2015 6:18:23 AM, by JSTETSER

    "Are you paralyzed with fear? That's a good sign. Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember one rule of thumb: The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it." -- Steven Pressfield, writer I have r... Read more

  • Happy Pi Day

    3/14/2015 7:53:52 PM, by DONNA_W

    Pi = 3.141592653 March 14 is Pi Day every year but this year is special and will not happen again until 2115. The magic moment today was at 9:26 AM. What were you doing then? I was on I95 heading to the Naturescaping event at Johnathan D. MacArthur State Park to join other plein air painters... Read more

  • about to go and do yardwork

    3/14/2015 10:47:44 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; After my physical end of last month- My doctor put me on a weight loss program. She said you are not getting any younger-even though you exercise up to 6 days a week, you need to get weight off your joints. I have been on her diet for 1 week- doing good. I think she gave me the dis... Read more

  • Disrespect

    3/14/2015 5:43:56 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday was a tough one. I have a few students who can be very disrespectful when they don't get their way. They tend to ruin the fun of other kids with their demanding attitude. It is really a shame that I find myself changing activities of the well behaved because of two students who cannot g... Read more

  • My Top 10

    3/13/2015 10:43:01 AM, by LARAESTAR

    It has now been a few weeks since I started over and I never believed I would get here. The scale is FINALLY tipping in the right direction. I think the main thing that has helped me is slowing down. When I used to work out, I would spend all day at the gym and just work myself to death until I w... Read more

  • Sparky

    3/13/2015 5:31:36 AM, by JSTETSER

    We have a very special pet, and his name is Sparky. He is 26 years old now, and is still going strong. When I think of Spark People, I think of my Sparky. He just keeps on going. What a great little box turtle. ... Read more

  • Having a hard time waking up

    3/12/2015 10:00:35 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I have already been to the gym, but my mind is in a fog. I normally wake up really good and mind awake. I have to work on taxes today. I am still yawning even after a cup of coffee. 334 I am working hard to keep my stress level down. When I had a physical - my doctor told me to w... Read more

  • It's the little things that count.

    3/12/2015 9:40:51 AM, by NANCY-

    All the little things add up. Rituals/habits provide a foundation and make it easier for us to stick with it. Set a time for exercise, mediation. Plan the weekly menu. These things are doable for life.... Read more

  • Home Gym

    3/12/2015 6:22:54 AM, by JUNESHOPE

    This is HUGE for me. I've wanted a home gym for as long as I can remember. I am in the process of setting up a small home gym. It won't have a lot in it, but enough for me. 314 Stair stepper 549 Mini-tramp 314 Elliptical Machine 324 Stationary recumbent Bike 328 and a weig... Read more

  • Ready or not...

    3/12/2015 5:34:37 AM, by JSTETSER

    It's that time of the day... Time to head out the door and face my challenges. Work time. Prep time is over- I just have to choose how I will live out the day. I choose to be happy I choose to eat good food. I choose to exercise. I choose to be my best. Ready or not- Here I... Read more

  • AHA!

    3/11/2015 2:19:51 PM, by RENIESSPARKIN

    Hello, Gang! Things are finally looking brighter physically 311 , mentally 58 , and meteorologically(?) for me 67 after my lovely, pirouette 351 and swan dive 356 on the loose rocks out front while walking Charlie 313 last October. I'm getting out and about walking 363 (maybe no... Read more

  • Planning a Green Menu

    3/11/2015 10:51:50 AM, by NANCY-

    Wow I didn't realize that it had been that long since I had posted a blog. Let's just say I have had issues (of my own making). I love to celebrate and next week there are two things to party about. March 16th I will have been smoke free for six years. To celebrate, my nails painted green. Th... Read more

  • Asking for advice

    3/11/2015 10:08:10 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I finally got 3 emails from my niece who is caring for my sister who is dying of cancer. She is overwhelmed. Her mom is bitter and angry. she throws tantrum and calls names and yells at my niece. She has become more violent and starts throwing things. She has always been verb... Read more

  • Because I'm happy

    3/11/2015 5:37:42 AM, by JSTETSER

    Every day at least one child will ask me "why did you do that?' Perhaps it was singing a silly song or laughing or smiling. I like to tell them this: "I did it because I'm happy." Many people do not realize that joy is great motivation. What do you do just because you're happy?... Read more

  • Pool was 84 degrees

    3/10/2015 11:30:45 PM, by DONNA_W

    I love going in the pool especially this time of year. My husband recently bought a pool thermometer that transmits the temp so we can read it inside. We have solar heat for the pool but it does cool down over night to about 73. I usually go in at about 4 PM and now I know why, by then the solar... Read more

  • Streaks, streaks, streaks

    3/10/2015 1:23:10 PM, by MEREDITHB51

    Today marks 100 days that I've managed to log into SparkPeople and spin the points wheel. Not such a big deal, right? Except it is. Though logging in doesn't always result in tracking, it often does (actually, always for fitness, not 100% for food). And it often leads to a review of my goal boar... Read more

  • got a call from doctor

    3/10/2015 8:08:15 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I now have a UTI. From my physical the results came back, but I thought I had a yeast infection. Oh, well, now I am taking meds. I feel better but really never felt bad b/c I had this cold for over a week. I did go to the gym this morning. I was given a very powerful antibiotic.... Read more

  • Vote women, vote!

    3/10/2015 5:33:48 AM, by JSTETSER

    Vote women, vote! Today women take the right to vote as a given. Many years ago, voting women were very unusual! My grandmother Harriet Paige Bullard voted at the New Salem, MA Town meeting with her best friend Beatrice Faye Hunting on February 5, 1917. This was considered a bit scandalous si... Read more

  • I am back, after a very, very long break.

    3/9/2015 8:22:12 AM, by GREASE31

    I am back, after a very, very long break, which seeems to, have lasted forever, & @ times, has felt like, it!!!! !!!! !!!!. Recently i have, bin admitted to, Grantham Hospital i, initially went in, there with 2, badly swollen legs, caused by cellulitis, & i also, had an ongoing, chest infectio... Read more

  • Still snowing, still sparking!

    3/9/2015 5:32:38 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday it snowed again. This has been such an over-snowed winter for us. There was no reason to get upset, though. The snow did not accumulate, and it looked so pretty coming down! Keep a good attitude! Spring is coming! ... Read more

  • Jawbone up24 fitness tracker

    3/8/2015 10:01:37 PM, by DONNA_W

    Received my tracker last Wednesday and gave it a good workout on the next day, so I know I can get to 10,000 steps.. I made 13000 that day but I have to say it really effected my sleep as my muscles while not in pain felt kind of twitchy. The sleep monitor has been pretty interesting. ... Read more

  • I am almost back to normal

    3/8/2015 8:50:57 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; This cold or whatever my GS gave me just took for a loop. My DH said to me that you are never sick. I am back going to the gym. Daylight savings time did not give me any problems this morning. I am taking Vitamin C supplement which helped greatly. 224 My niece and my sister are n... Read more

  • This year so far has been a blur.

    3/8/2015 8:22:58 AM, by DEPOTMODE

    Started the new year off with a bang--came down with the flu. Yes, I'd had the flu shot--was around a newborn at Christmas, and wanted to help with his immunity. I also had gotten the adult pertussis vaccine for the same reason. However, both my husband and I came down with the flu (strain A) right ... Read more

  • Today's changes

    3/8/2015 7:10:59 AM, by JSTETSER

    today I will be going to Church instead of XC skiing. Today I am taking breaks during sewing and doing lots of exercises during the break. Today I am taking life a little easier and enjoying the changes. Change is good, and I can respect my body by giving it a break rather than pushing too... Read more

  • Changes and Adjustments

    3/7/2015 6:30:22 AM, by JSTETSER

    It is time to make changes in my life. These are NOT the changes that I had wanted at all. My hands are being affected by carpol tunnel syndrome. XC skiing is not helping he situation. 329 sewing is not that helpful either. I will be limiting both. When I sew, I will take frequent brea... Read more

  • Saturday

    3/7/2015 12:23:33 AM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Be blessed love all of you thank for all your help and love it is working hugx and prayers and blessings to all 252... Read more

  • test blog

    3/6/2015 10:24:26 AM, by MERYBEARY

    this is a test... Read more

  • Welcome Back

    3/6/2015 8:52:41 AM, by MOJOSOUND

    It has been a while since I have blogged. I have been through some cycles of being "good" and some cycles of being "bad". As of January 1st I have been "good". By "good" I mean: 1. Log everything (food, exercise, weight, etc.) 2. Try and eat out no more than once per week - this a goal that... Read more

  • "the Bully"

    3/6/2015 5:36:55 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday during outside morning recess, "the bully" went into action, sitting on the legs, then back and then neck of a much smaller child. I was not very happy at all. In fact, all that I had learned about using encouraging words was forgotten at that moment. What did I say? I told my littl... Read more

  • One month down...

    3/5/2015 8:07:19 AM, by RHAYS01

    ...and I'm surviving! 213 And SPRING is right around the corner!... Read more

  • Pain: Don't ignore it!

    3/5/2015 5:33:28 AM, by JSTETSER

    Pain in our body is like a light on the dashboard of our car. When the light is on, don't ignore it. Find out why the light went on. I have had some pain in my hands and arms, originating in my shoulder. I took some hot baths, had my husband rub my back and did lots of stretches for 2 weeks wit... Read more

  • Sticks and Stones

    3/4/2015 5:39:16 AM, by JSTETSER

    I am reading the book Choice Words by Peter H Johnston, and just want to leave you with a good rendition of Sticks and Stones: Sticks and stones my break my bones But words could never hurt me And this I knew was surely true and truth could not desert me. But now I know it is not so I... Read more

  • Good Appointment

    3/3/2015 3:54:11 PM, by MRSYATES84

    Since I was diagnosed with PCOS I haven't had a single good doctor's appointment. I always left the office wanting to cry. But this morning I walked out of the office high as a kite with being happy. My blood pressure is finally down (not as low as it needs to be but getting there). My doctor is hap... Read more

  • Feeling much better

    3/3/2015 10:44:41 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I am feeling much better. I still have a little cough on occasion. I went back to the gym and did a light program. It felt good to be back. I still have no taste buds so I am not very hungry. I am drinking tea. My DD called and said they put a contract on a house. One my SIL ... Read more

  • Sparking some encouragement!

    3/3/2015 5:38:12 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today is a great day to speak words of encouragement to yourself and to others. Give the world a smile!... Read more

  • Non Scale Victory - needed smaller bathing suit

    3/2/2015 1:38:05 PM, by DONNA_W

    Today I went to do my water jogging and my bathing suit which admittedly was getting too big and stretched out was soaking wet. I had hung it to dry outside and it was the victim of a heavy downpour. So I went looking for a backup bathing suit. Found one that I purchased last year but then did no... Read more

  • Not the hike we hoped for

    3/2/2015 5:36:50 AM, by JSTETSER

    Our hike up Sandwich Dome was not meant to be. Part way up. my husband experienced constricted airways and trouble breathing. We turned around after 30 minutes of our hike. We have heard of too many people pushing themselves into a tragedy. We refuse to be one of them. ... Read more

  • not feeling too well

    3/1/2015 10:14:39 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; GS came with a running nose and congestion. Now Nana has the same. I had a cough last night. I did not get much sleep. Was planning to start exercising, but have decided to stay in and stay warm. 24 I am going to take a hot bath. I want to wash all the baby stuff and get ready... Read more

  • Sparking with JOY!

    3/1/2015 5:52:15 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today is a great day! I am hiking up Sandwich Dome in NH. This is a 6-7 hour climb. It is the toughest winter hike that I have attempted. Yes, I am thrilled! I am ready for the challenge, and Sparking with JOY!! ... Read more