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  • binge PAIN!!!

    12/17/2017 11:56:42 AM, by ESSENTIALLYME

    I'm moping, I'm hurt, I'm upset, I'm angry, I'm depressed. So I'm eating. Friday cookies and chips and crackers Then yesterday french toast 30 grande caramel latte 41 giant soft pretzel 40 2 hostess ding dong 29 10 ounce cherry coke 24 chocolate, lots o... Read more

  • Money Can't Buy A True Christmas

    12/17/2017 7:02:48 AM, by JSTETSER

    Money cannot buy a true Christmas. It cannot buy contentment and kindness. It cannot buy patience and tolerance. It cannot buy Baby Jesus in the manger. It cannot buy fidelity and commitment. Money may put presents under the tree, but it cannot buy joy and happiness. Money cannot buy ... Read more

  • spoke too soon my son and family are still here

    12/16/2017 10:18:32 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; my son had a super anxiety attack yesterday morning. He had a super disturbing nightmare about a mission in Iraq. He did not sleep all night but woke up with the scenes still in his head while he is awake. We talked but he was very disturbed with the dream. Much I do not know what... Read more

  • family drama crap .....

    12/16/2017 9:27:56 AM, by ESSENTIALLYME

    I grew up with an abusive alcoholic father and a very strong mother and 4 siblings, 2 older and 2 younger. (girl, boy, me, boy, girl. so I'm a middle child, AND a middle daughter.) We were all very close, stood together against my fathers drunkenness. Mom divorced him when I was 24, after us ... Read more

  • Listening to My SparkFriends

    12/16/2017 6:07:37 AM, by JSTETSER

    My one word of advice: Listen to your SparkFriends. I have grown as a person and gained much better health from listening to them. Now let me explain a bit about my Spark journey. I have been Sparking for 8 years. I started by using the food journal, and then the exercise journal. Every d... Read more

  • What a wonderful break!!

    12/15/2017 8:36:51 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good morning; DS says they are all going home today. This is such a wonderful break for us. We need to have our house back and be able to manage my own schedule. They are not great guests. I need to get the house ready again for Christmas Eve. I really like to have my house organized and clean... Read more

  • Slow but sure wins the race?

    12/15/2017 5:56:21 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    I am still working on my personal challenge for December. I did get 10,000+ steps two days in a row, so I am getting there. Yesterday was the last day of final exams. I got home about an hour earlier than usual. So, I put on my walking gear and headed out on that brisk, sunny afternoon to get ... Read more

  • Silencing the voice of temptation

    12/15/2017 5:13:06 AM, by JSTETSER

    My new challenge is learning to ignore the temptation of eating too much food through the holidays. Just a few small strategies go a long way. Today I worked at a desk where a wonderful teacher left a candy bar for me. It took me lots of strategizing to leave that snack alone all day long. ... Read more

  • my hobby

    12/14/2017 12:30:13 PM, by ESSENTIALLYME

    Well one of them. The one that I do the most. I sew baby blankets and give them to my local soup kitchen/ thrift store. I don't take it off my taxes, I don't put my name on them. and I don't brag about it. I have told people what I do, but to me, it's kind of like saying I give at my church. ... Read more

  • sleep well and holiday coming back

    12/14/2017 8:04:31 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I am getting my lists of stuff done. I am not watching baby much so I can actually get the stuff done. I needed a break. I was at a grocery store yesterday, my favorite cashier told me about her recent visit to her family thinking that this time it would be a good visit. She enter... Read more

  • A Merry & Affordable Christmas

    12/14/2017 5:14:29 AM, by JSTETSER

    I'm on a mission to help my family have a Merry Christmas without going broke. A meaningful Christmas does not have to involve giving until it hurts or sets the family into financial crises mode. 1. Create an event! use your imagination to make a party festive with simple things. I bou... Read more

  • Long time no see!

    12/13/2017 9:24:43 PM, by SYZYGY922

    I am back here, and I couldn't remember why I left last time, but I looked at my last blog entry and remembered. I stopped coming here when I got sick. In March 2015, I developed some neurological problems that quickly became completely debilitating. I lost partial vision for four months. I develope... Read more

  • December Challenge Progress

    12/13/2017 7:10:39 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    I have hit 10,000+ steps 5 of the 12 days of December. That is not quite 50%. This challenge is harder than I thought. This cold weather isn't helping much either. I just have 2.5 days of school left this semester before a nice long break! I CAN do this! ... Read more

  • So far so good

    12/13/2017 6:41:49 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; yesterday - I just had it with my son and DIL. I went to my son. this is like high school. I am done. Get a divorce - I need to have harmony in my home. I deserve it. I did my time with my family in my 20's - I will not do this again in my 60's. I just want my grand daughter to s... Read more

  • Writing for Fun

    12/13/2017 5:19:54 AM, by JSTETSER

    Blogging myself happy! Why blog? These days, I'm alone but not lonely. Blogging keeps me connected to people. I came from a large family and lived across the street from my cousins. There were always lots of friends around. For most of my life, I've lived close to friends and family. Unt... Read more

  • what I am grateful for this season

    12/12/2017 5:49:14 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I am grateful for my health and flexibility of spirit. this is not the Christmas so far that I have planned. I had to think how I could turn this around to be something I could call Christmas spirit. My DS and my DIL are here with their baby. they are two stubborn people and that i... Read more

  • The First and Second Snow Storms

    12/12/2017 5:25:06 AM, by JSTETSER

    The fist snow is a magical time. The world is covered in white, glistening diamonds. There's a hushed quietness that comes with this soft blanket. I feel like a playful child again as I shovel the snow from the driveway. All of nature is full of the wintery wonderland. I know that snow is a... Read more

  • more baby like ....

    12/11/2017 1:52:40 PM, by ESSENTIALLYME

    Babies are so cute. ... And determined. They see something that they want and they go for it. It doesn't matter how long it takes to get it, or how high it is. They want it, they go for it. Have you ever had the pleasure of watching a baby learn how to walk? They roll. They scoot. They c... Read more

  • there is so much going on in my house - I have had to regroup

    12/11/2017 10:20:55 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; TG for counseling that I had at various times to get through trauma in my life. the latest is my DIL with all her issues and then my son which has issues from Iraq and his disability. I have learned to filter comments which are intended to be hurtful. My DIL who just started couns... Read more

  • Choose Happiness!

    12/11/2017 5:25:36 AM, by JSTETSER

    I choose Happiness I choose to see the good in others. I choose to be thankful. I choose to make changes in my life every day. I choose to ignore petty problems. The glass is half full, and my life matters. When I choose happiness, others feel love, acceptance and contentment. ... Read more

  • fickle gallbladder .....

    12/10/2017 12:46:20 PM, by ESSENTIALLYME

    I have a perfectly normal functioning gallbladder that likes to spasm because it can and wants too. Sometimes, .... well all the time, it's my fault. In 2007 at the wonderful age of 40 I got mononucleosis. And it really loved me, so much it never left. Half of my lymph nodes swelled, includi... Read more

  • new program at WW

    12/10/2017 8:07:12 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I just had a long conversation with DH. He is on WW and has had ups and downs like every one else. At his meeting, he is told that he can have unlimited corn. I still can not figure why corn. That is the more GMO foods in our food change. I agree I do not understand their program.... Read more

  • My December Challenge

    12/10/2017 7:31:08 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    I am not making the progress that I hoped on my December challenge, but I am making progress. I did lose 1 pound last week, so I guess that is good. I have made my 10,000 steps 5 out of 9 days thus far. That is 55% of the time. I also did four sessions of strength training. (I get up a little ... Read more

  • Small Victories and Snow on My Chair

    12/10/2017 5:36:14 AM, by JSTETSER

    It snowed all of Saturday and long into the night. The roads were not good. Still, I was happy to see the first real snowfall come. The whole world looks clean and white. Maybe I won't be sitting in my chair on the deck, but I'll brush it off when a shovel the 4 inches of snow off the deck, an... Read more

  • unexpected company came

    12/9/2017 8:31:49 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; We have our grand kids here. It is very challenging with them to keep them interested in activities. did not have the problem same time last year. My DIL called and wanted to come this weekend with baby. My son and her had words. Long story- she is going through counseling and al... Read more

  • Attitude is EVERYTHING!

    12/9/2017 5:40:09 AM, by JSTETSER

    Our attitude can bring us higher or lower. I've seen both the positive and negative of this truth. Christmas can be a season of stress. Today I'm bringing my 95-year-old Mom out shopping. Now THAT is stressful! I choose to do it in a gentle and kind manner, and take her home when she shows s... Read more

  • week one lunches planned

    12/8/2017 11:16:23 PM, by ESSENTIALLYME

    About a month ago I started really planning suppers and buying what was needed and realized how wonderful doing that is. And how much time and money that is saved! Breakfast is always just a grab and go kind of deal. Hubby eats a Clif bar, child 1 has a breakfast drink, child 2 has cereal. I'm n... Read more

  • Grand kids coming for the weekend

    12/8/2017 12:36:19 PM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good morning; we are excited. They have not seen our tree or the lights outside which their grandfather has taken such pain to provide for their pleasure. they used to spend more time with us by this time of year, but my daughter and her family have many friends now. they love to entertain with t... Read more

  • Ask The Magic Question!

    12/8/2017 4:35:56 AM, by JSTETSER

    My Magic Question: What can I do today to bring lower blood sugar levels tomorrow? I found this question in the article My Magic Question: What can I do today to bring lower blood sugar levels tomorrow? I found this question in the article A solution My Magic Question: What can I do toda... Read more

  • weird lunch

    12/7/2017 1:46:17 PM, by ESSENTIALLYME

    I like simple. I like easy. I like buddha bowls. I like grab and go kind of meals. One of my faves for lunch is triscuits, nuts, cheese and fruit. Simple and easy. The other day I was grabbing it and realized my triscuits were stale. Not good. So my brain farted and came up with somet... Read more

  • since the cookies

    12/7/2017 7:34:37 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning, my neighbor who has the DH with chronic illness- contacted me. She has not done anything to help herself. She is just waiting for someone to save her again. this is how her husband liked it. He did everything for her. Her biggest enjoyment is shopping. I am in a good place and I ... Read more

  • Aware of the Bear

    12/7/2017 5:23:11 AM, by JSTETSER

    Aware of the Bear Understanding and respect are the keys to understanding bear behavior. There's no reason to fear the bear. Bears don't care all that much about people. They mainly care about our food and their cubs. 1. Bears are not interested in people! When people understand the... Read more

  • My animals .....

    12/6/2017 4:34:14 PM, by ESSENTIALLYME

    Today I'm going to share my furbabies with you. I have a lot. First is Fenix. He's 13 years old, laid back, sleeps the days away and snores. He has a blue and a green eye, a grey spot on his head and on his shoulder. He has all his legs, he's just got one tucked under. We got him ... Read more

  • neighbor's DH has gotten worse

    12/6/2017 6:26:00 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I went over to my neighbor's. I brought them some holiday cookies. the DH has Parkinson's Disease and dementia. She was a mess yesterday. She looked worn out. Her husband does not sleep, hallucinates, shouts at night- thinks someone is out to get him. He is falling and hurting himse... Read more

  • Jones Rd Stonearch Bridge

    12/6/2017 5:22:07 AM, by JSTETSER

    Not too far from my home, there's a lovely stone arch bridge. Every year, neighbors decorate the bridge for the holidays with an evergreen chain with red bows. On Saturday, I was out for my afternoon walk and came upon Abby and Jeff preparing the bridge for its winter adornment. I stopped and hel... Read more

  • Keto ... no more ....

    12/5/2017 2:15:12 PM, by ESSENTIALLYME

    This is my second time trying the Keto diet. The first time was beck in the spring. I got so overwhelmed and stressed about the numbers and what I couldn't have that I just stopped. But I didn't really quit. I researched. I studied. I learned. So I started again on November 18. But I was ... Read more

  • Made holiday treats and delivered to neighbors last evening

    12/5/2017 8:53:26 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I used to do this every year with the neighbors. Lately the neighborhood has changed. We just recently got 3 new neighbors. the housing market is good and so people are down sizing and moving away. It is sad b/c we knew these people for years. My DH & I wanted to greet the new neig... Read more

  • Overcoming Overeating At Home

    12/5/2017 5:15:46 AM, by JSTETSER

    The urge to eat: sometimes I have a tough time not eating when alone at home. Telling myself NO! in front of the mirror is something that I'd rather not do! There are times when just say NO doesn't work for me. My plan: 1. Carry my drink with me! I can fill up the cup as I go. If ... Read more

  • Progress on December Challenge

    12/4/2017 5:55:18 PM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    So far, I have made my 10,000 step goal 3 of 5 days. On the other two days, I was very busy and active, I just didn't get in my steps. But, so far, 60% of the time I have made my goal. Today, I did a Leslie Sansone Miracle Mile walk. It is on YouTube. Since I haven't worked out in about six we... Read more

  • Overcoming Overeating at parties

    12/4/2017 5:23:27 AM, by JSTETSER

    The urge to eat Sometimes I have a tough time not eating at social events. Overcoming overeating is a discipline! Telling myself NO! in front of others is something that I'd rather not do! My plan: 1. Carry my drink with me! I can fill up the cup as I go. If something like herbal te... Read more

  • Father in laws memorial ......

    12/3/2017 11:18:14 AM, by ESSENTIALLYME

    My father in law passed away a year ago, very quickly. .... He had fallen and got banged up pretty badly one weekend, mother in law took him to the er. They patched him up, but said he needed to see an orthopedic surgeon, so they made an appointment a couple days into the week. On the day of hi... Read more

  • No, I'm not Santa!

    12/3/2017 5:50:36 AM, by JSTETSER

    Christmas is a time of love and good cheer! It's a great time of giving. Sometimes It's a time of very high expectations from others. I cannot meet all of the Expectations and Etiquette of Christmas. This year, I've given a lot of thought to how I need to act (my etiquette) and expectations. ... Read more

  • Sunday Challenge

    12/3/2017 5:21:43 AM, by MARION-S

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  • It's a crepe kind of day ....

    12/2/2017 1:53:43 PM, by ESSENTIALLYME

    Well It's really a whole batch of homemade chocolate chip cookies with a 2 liter bottle of cherry coke, and maybe some vodka, kind of day. Actually that was yesterday, today is more of .... I'm exhausted and sore kind of day. .... but cookies and soda would be nice. Yesterday I had the... Read more

  • Vitcim or In Charge of my Destiny

    12/2/2017 11:03:07 AM, by NANCY-

    I have been trying to take charge of my actions. Lately I have let myself feel more like a victim,however I control my actions and reactions. I am in charge no matter what life throws at me. I succumbed to the post holiday letdown after Thanksgiving with a head cold that is producing copious a... Read more

  • A December to Remember

    12/2/2017 5:53:55 AM, by JSTETSER

    This December, I'm going to have some tangible goals that I know I can reach. For the last few months, I've drifted away from the practice of having monthly goals for my health. My excuse has been my job and my family. Who has time for themselves with a busy job and family? I'm sure that many... Read more

  • Need to work on this

    12/1/2017 7:25:46 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; it is now December. I have a trait that I am determined to work on. It is impatience. My DH was trying to tell me something that was happening at work. He now has a tendency to go on and on. I say cut to the bottom line. It is just that I have heard so many stories over the years ... Read more

  • Monthly Challenge For December

    12/1/2017 5:39:20 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    My goal for this month is to start a streak of 10,000 streaks per day. I want to see how many days in a row I can get in this many steps. I have been too sedentary since my little virus in September. I never quite got back on the workout train. I need to get up and get walking. Today is ... Read more

  • Making My Holidays Special

    12/1/2017 5:15:00 AM, by JSTETSER

    This week I started my yearly tradition of personally handing out Christmas cards and small gifts to friends. My holidays seem so much richer when I take time to talk with friends and hand them a card that I created. I have lots of friends that I seldom take time to acknowledge in a pers... Read more

  • TGIF

    11/30/2017 11:18:21 PM, by CHIBIKARATE

    My daughter will be here in 2 weeks what a joy so excited have blessings coming your way... Read more

  • creamy garlicy brown butter sauce

    11/30/2017 6:14:51 PM, by ESSENTIALLYME

    I have a recipe for pork chops with a brown butter sauce and I was making that tonight. But I got lazy and decided to just wing it instead of getting the book out, then finding my glasses, then finding the page, then getting the measuring stuff ..... So. This is what I did. In a small sauce... Read more

  • Thankfulness Day 30

    11/30/2017 5:37:37 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    Today is the last day of my thankfulness challenge. I wrote something for each day. On this last day, I want to express my gratitude for SparkPeople and it's Sparksters. Thank you all for reading and responding to my little gratitude blogs each day this month and for being so positive with you... Read more

  • Dealing with Diabetes

    11/30/2017 5:06:32 AM, by JSTETSER

    don't ignore it. It won't just go away. It silently creeps up and one day will overtake your ability to enjoy this world, if you let it. I chose to face Type II and change my life for the better. I've cut out most sugars and carbs. It's a daily battle, not too much different from what an... Read more

  • Thursday

    11/29/2017 11:47:07 PM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Days a blessing have fun be safe and send out love hugs... Read more

  • Came back from gym refreshed

    11/29/2017 7:24:20 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; yesterday was a rough day for me. I had very little sleep. I had a list of things to do. I did not have much energy due to the lack of sleep. I needed to be careful not to overeat. I decided to forget about the list and just do something that I could manage and focus on to stay on ... Read more

  • Thankfulness Day 29

    11/29/2017 5:52:57 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    Today I am thankful for having a roof over my head. Even though it needs some work, I just love my little house. I love the trees out front and what is left of the trees in the back. One of my favorite places on Earth is the wrap around deck that my students built for me a few years ago. ... Read more

  • Choose to Change The World!

    11/29/2017 5:21:30 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today I choose to change this world. I'll start with me, and let it spread! I'm changing my helpless attitude. I DO have power over the chocolate. I can eat just one, or eat none. I'm going to encourage at least one child and one teacher. I'm going to let them know how wonderful and po... Read more

  • Happy Hump Day

    11/28/2017 11:09:27 PM, by CHIBIKARATE

    May your day be bright and filled with joy... Read more

  • Tuesday

    11/28/2017 4:03:59 PM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Have a blessed day... Read more

  • Good I did!

    11/28/2017 2:32:57 PM, by ESSENTIALLYME

    I had to go to Sam's and Walmart today. Our buildings are side by side with a thin parking lot in between, so I parked in that place. Figured I get a few more steps that way. I did good in Sam's, instead of grabbing a package of chocolate, I got the great big monster size container of pork sk... Read more

  • Taco Tuesday

    11/28/2017 10:37:04 AM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Gave a blessed day be kind to some one... Read more

  • Thankfulness Day 28

    11/28/2017 5:43:31 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    Today I am thankful for my monthly mani-pedi. I love my time when I can just sit and relax and chat about nothing. I love having my feet worked on and the comfort of knowing that my pedicurist is keeping a watchful eye (she is trained to work on diabetic feet.) I love coming out of the salon and fee... Read more

  • Looking a Little Like Christmas

    11/28/2017 4:52:38 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have not gone to extremes yet. I took one hour and started the long process of transforming my home into a winter wonderland. I love the process, but I just can't do it all right now. Also, I live far from my grandkids, and there will be no little eyes to dazzle with my lights and cute littl... Read more

  • I have an addiction .....

    11/27/2017 3:20:36 PM, by ESSENTIALLYME

    I'm a boredom eater. I crave sweets. And I believe there is no such thing as a bad cookie, seriously, they're all wonderfully delicious! So while I'm sitting and watching tv, or playing video games, or sewing, I want to eat. I have been know to eat a whole bag of chocolate in one day, becaus... Read more

  • I am in Heaven

    11/27/2017 1:46:40 PM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good afternoon- Netflix has a documentary on Barbra Streisand - there are so many songs from concerts. It is so calming. I am in love!!! It is new on Netflix. I did not get much down time this weekend with teething baby. I just needed this! Me time!!! 244... Read more

  • Thankfulness Day 27

    11/27/2017 5:43:28 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    Today I am thankful for this whole process of learning to be grateful and practicing the attitude of gratitude this month. Throughout this month, I looked at each day in a whole new way. I found that I actually started looking at my day with a positive curiosity. I noticed even the small thing... Read more

  • My Old Friend

    11/27/2017 5:07:24 AM, by JSTETSER

    Look at your body as your friend. My Old Friend I can look At my body As an old friend Who needs my help, Or an enemy Who frustrates me In every way With its frailty And inability to cope. Old friend, I shall try To be of comfort to you Until the end. May Sarto... Read more

  • Remembering to Be

    11/26/2017 8:07:13 PM, by DARINGDAWN

    Staying in the moment is hard. Here it is barely past Thanksgiving and the Internet has decided that Christmas is imminent and if I haven't begun shopping yet, I am way behind. I admit I bought in to the hype and started making my list, but then I remembered, I don't have kids at home. I buy gifts ... Read more

  • disappointed belly .....

    11/26/2017 11:55:15 AM, by ESSENTIALLYME

    I'm trying a low carb, high fat diet. And it's been going good. But ...... I'm not a morning person. So my old way of breakfast eating was simple, grab and go kind of stuff. Well that stuff is a no-no on low carb. So I've been eating eggs. I don't think my stomach likes eggs everyday. The... Read more

  • This weekend has been a learning experience for the parents of our GD

    11/26/2017 11:35:35 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    good morning; We are trying to give these first time parents confidence with baby. She is teething and quite a challenge. they are so afraid to do something wrong. I show them how to put your baby down in a safe place. You do not have to hold them all the time if she cries. We have our playpen ... Read more

  • Thankfulness Day 26

    11/26/2017 7:49:49 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    I am so grateful for my wonderful husband. I am pretty sure I married the sweetest, funniest, most patient man on Earth. He is my rock. I don't know what I would do without him. I still get a little skip in my heart when I see his car pull into the driveway in the evenings, or when he gives me... Read more

  • An Important Question for my Vegetarian SparkFriends

    11/26/2017 6:11:09 AM, by JSTETSER

    Question: Do vegetarians ever need High Cholesterol medications? Dear Vegetarian Friends, Last night I watched two very informative programs on eating a healthy diet. Both seemed to say that if I eat a vegetarian diet, I would never have High Cholesterol. My Type II Diabetes would quickl... Read more

  • Thankfulness Day 25

    11/25/2017 6:31:56 PM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    I am thankful for my neighbors and the crazy shenanigans we get into. This is a picture of the bonfire we had last night. Everyone took their tornado debris down to the lake lot to burn. We turned it into a party. When Mother Nature gives you a tornado, turn it into a bonfire! ... Read more

  • Each Day a Little Better

    11/25/2017 4:22:06 PM, by DARINGDAWN

    If you are looking for perfect, keep looking because you won't find it here. I am happy just being human. Today being human included eating a Coffee Roll that was perfectly crispy and doughy and sweet and then taking a 1.25 mile walk with the Bassets. I'm not setting the world on fire with my healt... Read more

  • thanksgiving was a mess . granddaughter is the cause .

    11/25/2017 4:03:40 PM, by SUGARSMOM2

    we where planning just him and i for dinner but plans quickly changed . first we where to host our grandson and daughter was going to visit her daughter in south car. all well and good . then daughter waned to change up plans . seems grandson wanted to go to see his nephews and play games with them ... Read more

  • thanksgiving was a mess . granddaughter is the cause .

    11/25/2017 4:03:36 PM, by SUGARSMOM2

    we where planning just him and i for dinner but plans quickly changed . first we where to host our grandson and daughter was going to visit her daughter in south car. all well and good . then daughter waned to change up plans . seems grandson wanted to go to see his nephews and play games with them ... Read more

  • Gabby is Walking!

    11/25/2017 5:40:20 AM, by JSTETSER

    It's been a very tough first year for little Miss Gabriella Allice. First, she fought Viral Meningitis and then needed two operations before a shunt was in place. Here she is in March after the second surgery. She spent a lot of time in the hospital during her first seven months of life. ... Read more

  • saggy pants .....

    11/24/2017 6:03:56 PM, by ESSENTIALLYME

    Last month our weather started getting cool and my size 12 jeans where just too tight to wear for long. So I broke down and bought a new pair, in a size 14, just one. Then 2 weeks ago I decided I really needed another one, size 14. I was so upset, heart broken, mad, angry, disappointed, and a wh... Read more

  • After the Fast: Refeeding and Thanksgiving

    11/24/2017 3:31:06 PM, by 50YEARS50MONTHS

    My husband warned me that I shouldn't eat anything heavy when I broke my fast. He was right! I did as the book (The Complete Guide to Fasting, by Dr. Jason Fung) suggested and had a very small smack first, and then followed with a meal an hour or so later. But my meal was way too heavy. I ate little... Read more

  • Had a lovely thanksgiving dinner

    11/24/2017 9:08:04 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; Dinner was a huge amount of food. DH wanted to do all the cooking and menu planning. We had 4 people and he cooked for at least 12. I had told him that he was preparing too much, but he was on a mission. It was excellent. I ate moderately. I had decided that I was on a roll with ... Read more

  • Thankfulness Day 24

    11/24/2017 6:14:43 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    Today I am thankful for new traditions. My 21 year old daughter wants to go Black Friday shopping with me. My husband and I always did Black Friday shopping when the kids were little in order to stretch our Christmas money. We usually do a little early morning shopping now, but no longer get u... Read more

  • Use criticism as a springboard.

    11/24/2017 5:28:56 AM, by JSTETSER

    When they push you down, rise above it. Spring up! Don't stay down. Acknowledge the criticism, but don't let it discourage you. Let the remarks teach you things about yourself that you might not see right now. Criticism can be our friend if our attitude is right. ... Read more

  • Recap of My Fast

    11/23/2017 12:00:34 PM, by 50YEARS50MONTHS

    I haven't blogged in a couple of days. I really wanted to, but it has been CRAZY TOWN around here. I expect many of you can sympathize. I fasted for 7 full days, and then broke my fast in the afternoon of the 8th day. This was the first long-term fast I've done. By the numbers: Weight... Read more

  • Thankfulness Day 23- Thanksgiving Day

    11/23/2017 7:21:59 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    I am so grateful for our Holiday traditions. We travel up home every other year. This is our year to stay home. When we are home, we try to go to the Biltmore for their wonderful Thanksgiving buffet. If not, we stay home and I cook for our little family. The Buffet was all sold out this year, there ... Read more

  • Happy thanksgiving to all!

    11/23/2017 6:52:38 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I am up early just to get time to myself. My son and his family are here. Baby is teething. Mom is distraught and son is not enjoying himself due to in-law issues yesterday. I say oh dear. This season is not a happy one for me naturally- I have had to work to make it happy for me ... Read more

  • Mom's Banana Bread

    11/23/2017 5:14:43 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday I shared a special moment with my Mom and helped make her favorite banana bread for Thanksgiving dinner. She's been making this simple recipe all her life! As a child, I saw her make banana bread from scratch with the bananas. The day came when she needed to have a sweet bread quickly... Read more

  • Happy Thanksgiving

    11/23/2017 1:35:04 AM, by CHIBIKARATE

    May your day be filled with love and joy and that we are all thankful for all we have love to all... Read more

  • It's not about the Food.

    11/22/2017 9:07:05 AM, by NANCY-

    I am one that prefers to attend rather than host. So stressful. I realize that stress was self-induced because of my wanting everything to be perfect. Perfectly clean house, present the perfect meal, ... etc. I did have hosting Thanksgiving foisted upon me, when suddenly we needed to relocate... Read more

  • Thankfulness Day 22

    11/22/2017 6:50:18 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    Today is the beginning of my 5 days off. I am Thankful for this time with my little family. This year, it will be just three of us here in North Carolina. My son is spending Thanksgiving with his grandmother and extended family in West Virginia. I am thankful for the tradition of spending ever... Read more

  • The Best Dish to Serve at Family Gatherings

    11/22/2017 5:55:23 AM, by JSTETSER

    I'm serving up a double portion of forgiveness. My family life has been less than perfect. I have to take my family in small doses. When I see them, I try to remember happy times and work to create love and acceptance. To do this, I forgive. Forgiveness is the oil that makes relationships wo... Read more

  • Happy Hump Day

    11/21/2017 11:26:59 PM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Have a wonderful week and be blessed sending light and love... Read more

  • Thankfulness Day 21

    11/21/2017 5:56:46 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    Today I am truly thankful for my Thanksgiving Break. This is my last day of school this week. I really need the time off. My daughter will be home from college late this evening. My husband is taking 1/2 day tomorrow. We will all be under the same roof for the first time in weeks. I plan to turn off... Read more

  • Commit to be FIT!

    11/21/2017 5:15:16 AM, by JSTETSER

    In pursuit of good health Every day I mindfully pursue better health. In one or more small ways, I take time to improve my life. My favorite ways are: Go for a walk outside. encourage a friend in their pursuit of good health Say no to mindless eating. Eat a healthy meal, and stop ... Read more

  • Extended Fast: Day 6

    11/20/2017 6:52:00 PM, by 50YEARS50MONTHS

    Today was an easier day than yesterday, even though I went grocery shopping. Yesterday I was just... something. Anxious, maybe? That's not really the best word either. I don't know. But I wasn't comfortable, and I was wondering if I would make it until Wednesday. Today, of course, was Monday, s... Read more

  • Thankfulness Day 20

    11/20/2017 4:24:15 PM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    Shhh....don't tell on me, but I actually stared out the window during class today! Would you like to know why? I was awed by the beautiful Carolina Blue sky! Today, I am thankful for our blue skies here in the Carolinas. Where I grew up, the sky was very seldom every blue. It was so polluted i... Read more

  • going well with visit from DS and wife

    11/20/2017 8:12:11 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I am so glad that both of them are in counseling. My DS has stopped smoking - it has been nearly 2 months, he is eating clean which he never did and has lost 15 lbs. and he is in counseling and finally getting validation on the problems in their marriage and with his in-laws. He was ... Read more

  • 140 and Going Down!

    11/20/2017 5:19:45 AM, by JSTETSER

    Well, I'm happy to see my glucose # going down to the range that I want it. 110 is perfect, but it has been in the 160's during the summer, and I had to add Metformin to my regime to see that # move! I eat a low carb, low sugar diet, and get lots of exercise, but genetics were not working with... Read more

  • Extended Fast: Day 5

    11/19/2017 3:06:40 PM, by 50YEARS50MONTHS

    Still chugging along on ny extended fast! I'm feeling good, and my blood sugar and weight continue to drop. In fact I skipped my nighttime dose of Metformin last night -- and my morning reading was the lowest morning reading yet, so I'm feeling really good about that. Yesterday I had to go to t... Read more

  • BREADLESS french toast

    11/19/2017 10:10:25 AM, by ESSENTIALLYME

    Yep, BREADLESS french toast and its delicious! I came across this recipe the other day.
    log/sweet-omelet But it calls for flour, and I'm trying to reduce my flour consumption, so I just used eggs and coffee creamer. It's insanely good! The creame... Read more

  • Thankfulness Day 19

    11/19/2017 8:21:49 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    Today I am thankful for football. How I enjoy watching my team play. It doesn't matter if they win or lose, what matters is how football can bring people together. My team played on Facebook last night. My husband and I streamed the game onto the tv and watched in the man-cave downstairs. Whil... Read more