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  • Just got back from gym

    6/30/2015 8:11:49 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I did not sleep very well. I had things on my mind. So I went to gym early. yesterday, I worked hard inside house and outside the house. Have repair man coming this week to fix things in our house. 224 I hope repairs go well. This week is hectic and not as calming as I would lik... Read more

  • Live, Love and HIKE

    6/30/2015 5:39:04 AM, by JSTETSER

    Hiking brings me so much joy and peace! This is the time set aside to reflect on my life, and to distress. This is my time to plan. To hike is to live. To hike is to love myself, and do something very good for me and my family. Next big hike: the Carter Mountains in Northern NH! ... Read more

  • Tuesday

    6/29/2015 11:30:34 PM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Have a blessed week and stay very happy enjoy life hugs... Read more

  • Have roofer coming and electrician also

    6/29/2015 11:21:59 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; My Dh was upset to find our roof leaking. He used to do roof work while making money for college. He says he can fix it. I said no- I do not want you on our roof. I hired someone from Angie's list. Hopefully all will be completed this week. Had a good weekend. I have much today t... Read more

  • A good night"s sleep

    6/29/2015 5:45:00 AM, by JSTETSER

    There are times when I struggle to fall asleep and stay asleep. I have found a few things that really help! 1. I stretch before going to bed. During the last hour of being awake, I stretch. Now my hubby also joins me! This also helps me stretch. 2. Calming music, tv, or book reading. No t... Read more

  • Staying Strong

    6/28/2015 11:26:31 PM, by JUNESHOPE

    361 535 534 In the Midst of a lot of family visiting for an extended visit, I have found myself challenged by the food choices they continue to want to make for their time here. We're in San Antonio TX....they want good Mexican & good BBQ! LOL and of course pizza & desserts. 36 The good ... Read more

  • sleep so well my vitals are fantastic

    6/28/2015 10:25:50 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I have always heard that a body needs good quality sleep. I can testify that even if you eat right, exercise, you still need good quality sleep. I did my vitals: BP 115/82 glucose 81 83 85 on a fast. I have been monitoring my vitals daily for years. I always want to have the f... Read more

  • AMC Mohican

    6/28/2015 5:54:50 AM, by JSTETSER

    Blairsville, NH has a treasure~ It is the AMC Mohican Center. We spent 3 days and two nights there recently, and loved it! I was the main speaker, and I spoke on the topic of Aware of the Bear. We also hiked with family members and had a great time. If you hike in NH, be aware t... Read more

  • Why am I doing all this?

    6/28/2015 5:49:36 AM, by ALICELAND

    Today's challenge was to figure out the deeper reasons why I want to lose weight and get fit. I am not sure I know myself. But here goes: 1. I am embarrassed by my weight. I don't want to see people from my past at reunions and such because I feel as if I have failed in some very important w... Read more

  • 2015 5%Summer Challenge

    6/27/2015 7:38:24 PM, by DONNA_W

    I enjoyed participating in and was successful with the 2015 5% Spring challenge. I did loose 5% of my weight and I was one of three 'last firecrackers standing' I also was lucky enough to win a Spark Cookbook, so now I have lots of new ideas for all the veggies I am getting from my CSA. For th... Read more

  • Home again

    6/27/2015 6:01:59 PM, by JSTETSER

    Dear Friends, We are back home from a speaking engagement in Jersey, and visiting my son. Tomorrow I will post photos of our trip! ... Read more

  • woke up in such a positive mood!

    6/27/2015 11:19:33 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I got a great sleep after sleeping with one eye open when we were watching our grandkids. DD invited us to go to the children's museum today and we declined. DH & I talked about it. DH wants to spend his GC he got for father's day. I feel so bloated today - it is b/c when the g... Read more

  • CSA provides lots of veggies and a challenge for creativity

    6/27/2015 9:58:58 AM, by DONNA_W

    Picked up this week's CSA share. I did manage to use up all the vegetables from last week except for a half a head of Napa cabbage which I will use this week. Anyway here's what I have for this week and will be looking for lots of new recipes to try. Anyone have favorite recipe for rhubarb or ideas ... Read more

  • A better week

    6/27/2015 9:23:57 AM, by SOSIREGIME

    I did much better monitoring my eating this week and staying on track. Cut back on the wine and slept better as a result. Still have to get back to working out. I hope to give you an update later this morning. Last night was a bit of blowout, but we were feeling celebratory. Plan for the ... Read more

  • Steady as she goes...

    6/27/2015 8:30:47 AM, by ALICELAND

    Consistency is working. I'm pleased to say I'm staying on my program and losing weight and getting fit. I am finally allowing myself to imagine life as a slimmer me. And a stronger me. Although I have tried Spark several times before and always lost interest after awhile, this time feels differe... Read more

  • what a morning!

    6/26/2015 6:52:30 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning! It is a good morning. Yesterday last afternoon, I get a call from my DD, the moving van finally came. She asks if I can watch the kids for a couple hours. DH comes home and tell DD that if having the kids stay over night would be more helpful. DD jumped on the opportunity. In an... Read more

  • Down 8 lbs since restart!

    6/25/2015 9:57:10 AM, by JUNESHOPE

    244 Down 8 lbs since my restart earlier this month! 224 Noooooo 227ING Me!... Read more

  • plumbing coming today

    6/25/2015 8:55:15 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; we have been having problems with our hot water heater leaking. DH talked to some people at work to get a tankless hot water heater. Does any one have any experience with one? 213 I just got back from the gym. I insisted in going so these distractions do not interfere with my p... Read more

  • New Jersey Sparking!

    6/25/2015 5:43:39 AM, by JSTETSER

    today my hubby and I drive down to New Jersey to speak for the AMC on the exciting subject of Aware of the Bear! I have never been to the AMC Mohican Center before, so this should be a real adventure! There are so many people who need to be taught proper bear etiquette. Bear need space! ... Read more

  • New Spark Team for folks with Type 2 Diabetes

    6/24/2015 7:08:14 PM, by JEANETTESTING

    Do you or someone you know have Type 2 Diabetes? I created a Team just for us..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/m
    yspark/groups_individual.a
    sp?gid=65360 Or search for Type 2 Diabetes Support.... Read more

  • went to see movie

    6/24/2015 12:16:45 PM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; If you get a chance to see this movie, do go. It was wonderful - animated about emotions of what one is thinking. My DD begged me to go and I did. It was a good movie. 345 Yesterday, I was physically exhausted, but I slept so good last night and I feel great today. 224 I feel po... Read more

  • Somethings from nothing

    6/24/2015 5:34:45 AM, by JSTETSER

    This summer, my goal is to make somethings from nothing with the help of my good friend Nancy Barnaby. We are going through the fabric that we bought years past, and putting it to good use. Our first project is to make sturdy handbags like the one that Nancy bought in Sri Lanka. ... Read more

  • Days 15- 21

    6/23/2015 8:05:28 PM, by AMBER_TTC

    Whew! What a LOOOOOOOOOOOOONG stretch of work! I had a really crappy couple of days at work. We were short staffed and had some very trying patients. However, I kept my chin up and worked my hardest at maintaining a good attitude. I will admit, to my coworkers, I was honest with how I felt about hav... Read more

  • We have a large toad befriend our gardens

    6/23/2015 8:23:29 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; My Dh and I have worked hard to use organic stuff in our yards and gardens. We have creatures which many yards do not have due to pesticides. When I see these creatures who both my DH and I grew up with, we are really pleased. We used to play with them as kids. 243 I just came ba... Read more

  • Why I keep Sparking

    6/23/2015 5:30:30 AM, by JSTETSER

    I was in a difficult predicament. On January 3, 2012, I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, and needed to make major life changes. It was time to take my health seriously. I needed to start monitoring my food intake, lose the extra 10 pounds, and make some lifestyle changes. I also needed to add mo... Read more

  • Poison

    6/22/2015 11:24:44 PM, by JUNESHOPE

    341 Walking down the isle's at the grocery store, and seeing foods that I used to eat that did nothing but make me gain weight & feel terrible, just made me think about how toxic they are, and that they are truly poison to me. 265 289 491 45 I'm trying to retrain my eating habits. Eve... Read more

  • Waterloo - it happens

    6/22/2015 12:24:39 PM, by SOSIREGIME

    Ok - no more grandiose designs. No more diets. No more excuses. I have got to get this thing back under control. And by "thing" I mean my butt. 246 Seriously, I have got to lose some pounds, and I have a deadline. We are going on a biking trip this fall. I already have the pants for th... Read more

  • Baby sat last night

    6/22/2015 11:07:59 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; My GS is getting so big. He is a powerful baby. He is a sweet baby but he is so tall and weighs close to his older sister. 224 I slept very good last night. I needed it b/c I have not been sleeping well - allergies. today I am doing chores and running errands. DD sent both my DH... Read more

  • Thankful Monday Morning

    6/22/2015 5:36:21 AM, by JSTETSER

    Well, it's back to work again! I am so thankful for the health to get out of bed and go to work. I have a car to get me there. I have the mental understanding to care for kids. I like what I do! I love the people that I work with! There is only 1 more day of school after today. I have ... Read more

  • saw DS new place

    6/21/2015 5:24:31 PM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good evening; What a day. Internet down. Just got it up. Saw DS's place yesterday- nice compared to other one. We talked quite a bit. He told me ex is posting his daughter's picture all over the internet. On some sites - ex has his daughter sitting on other mens lap. DS was upset about it.... Read more

  • Suck it up Buttercup.

    6/21/2015 9:19:10 AM, by NANCY-

    Time has a way of getting away from you. It's been over a month since my last post. (Why does this sound like a confession?) I could offer excuses.... Yes, there have been legitimate reasons, illness, blood glucose running high, pain, etc, etc. But I have just stayed at the pity party and haven... Read more

  • Rainy Rememberances

    6/21/2015 6:10:20 AM, by JSTETSER

    The gentle rain Watering my lawn and garden Brings a Peaceful quietness to this day. I think about my father and the wonderful childhood He gave to me and my siblings.... ... Read more

  • talked to DS

    6/20/2015 12:05:08 PM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; The VA Crisis center is monitoring him. I could not believe the relief that I heard in his voice. They told him the same things that I have been saying but b/c the messager is different he is listening. We are going up to see his new place. I guess they are going to couples cou... Read more

  • Sunshine!

    6/20/2015 5:33:05 AM, by JSTETSER

    Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy Sunshine in my eyes can make me cry Sunshine on the water looks so lovely Sunshine almost always makes me high If I had a day that I could give you I'd give to you a day just like today If I had a song that I could sing for you I'd sing a song... Read more

  • School skipper

    6/19/2015 8:27:55 PM, by JSTETSER

    Today I took the day off and hiked Mt. Monadnock with my husband. I jus needed a break from the school drams.... Read more

  • Another great day

    6/19/2015 1:19:20 PM, by JUNESHOPE

    Healthy Eating551 a little walking 313 Good Choices make for a guiltless head & a good nights sleep. Staying strong and doing it right! 386 NOT 521... but ...I AM doing it! 9... Read more

  • yesterday I got a deep tissue massage

    6/19/2015 9:12:23 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I was limping profoundly yesterday. I got a great massage and boy did I get worked over. I knew it was the right method. I walked out of the room not limping. I believe in massage. I have seen it help me over and over again. 243 I told the masseuse that I have been carrying m... Read more

  • Is feeling great, strong & determined.

    6/18/2015 1:15:04 PM, by JUNESHOPE

    104 I have been feeling great. The more the weight comes off, the better I feel, and the more I want to stay on track. 192 Yesterday I looked at my weight charts on SP that showed all my weigh-ins since 2010. From 2010-to now, my weight has fluctuated between 233-268..over & over again. ... Read more

  • more drama with DS

    6/18/2015 9:54:38 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; DH & I are looking for a solution, but it is slow going. DS actually got in touch with a VA crisis team to get evaluated. Not sure what that is all about, but I hope it works. DH came home yesterday from work. He is so tired of all this drama. I am too. My program is not sufferi... Read more

  • Never mind the scale

    6/18/2015 6:20:00 AM, by ALICELAND

    One evening of unhealthy foods and wine made a real setback on the scale. Yet, when I think of the evening, I realize I did better than I would have three months ago. I nursed two glasses of wine over three hours, interspersed with some water. I showed restraint at the buffet table and did not st... Read more

  • Growing up with Daddy

    6/18/2015 5:27:36 AM, by JSTETSER

    My family was a safe haven for me. A place for me to find the wisdom, love and joy that I needed to grow up. I have tried to provide that same place for my children and grandkids. Kids can live without the electronics and money. They cannot live without the love.... Read more

  • program on a roll

    6/17/2015 12:01:03 PM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I am really on a roll with my program in spite of distractions. My DS had issues yesterday. My Dd wants me to go the movies. Normally I jump on the band wagon, but I have to watch popcorn smells. It is a food that I crave badly in that environment. I told my DD I had other things... Read more

  • Day 14: 2 weeks into the rest of my life

    6/17/2015 8:18:38 AM, by AMBER_TTC

    Well, I am 2 weeks in. I've officially lost 6 lbs. I wanted more, especially after I sweated like a beast on that hike two days ago, but alas, it was not more. I think the sodium I had in my dinners may be a culprit. Some victories I've had in the last two weeks: My house is more organize... Read more

  • Blast from the past

    6/17/2015 5:39:51 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today I was quite surprised when a friend sent me this lovely photo of my son Sam from many years ago. He has changed so much over the years, but still has the same gentle spirit. ... Read more

  • Day 13 -Lucky 13

    6/16/2015 9:41:44 PM, by AMBER_TTC

    Super quick and short one. Yesterday I took my dogs for a gorgeous 5 mile hike. It was gorgeous!!! My hips are a bit sore today! :) Today I tried a recipe that turned out amazing! It was for chocolate chocolate chip cookies. But, intead of being naughty, they are made with black beans (ins... Read more

  • I lost some weight

    6/16/2015 9:02:44 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; my focus is not to lose weight as the number one item. My goal is to eat clean, exercise, watch stress and put myself first. The side effect is weight loss. My BP is 117/80 this morning. I take no meds except for hypothyroid. 243 521 306 381 I talked to son yesterday - what... Read more

  • Creaky Joint

    6/16/2015 5:29:56 AM, by JSTETSER

    I currently am experiencing pain in my sacroiliac and my right ilium. (Tail bone and hipbone) area. I have been to my doctor, massage therapist and chiropractor. I am doing exercises at home too. spark friends, do you have any suggestions on what works for you? Maybe less time sitting or bre... Read more

  • Clarity already!

    6/15/2015 8:25:01 PM, by JUNESHOPE

    224 I've only been back on the low carb plan for a couple of days, but already feel so much clarity & energy. 353 It's amazing how much more energy I have when I don't eat starchy carbs, like bread & pasta. I expected it after a week or two, but after just a few days it's amazing. I'... Read more

  • Day 12 -Realization & Habit, it's all coming together!

    6/15/2015 8:34:51 AM, by AMBER_TTC

    First off -I have to say, day 12! This is the longest I think I've truly "stuck" to something without going completely off the wagon. As I'm having my breakfast and vitamins this morning, I'm celebrating that fact. There's my apple, 2 tbs Simply Jiff peanut butter (lower sugar and salt),... Read more

  • Grand kids gone and it was good

    6/15/2015 8:01:53 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; My grandkids are good eaters. I fed them grilled fish. GS likes people food. GD has always eaten well. She loves salad. A typical breakfast for my GD is eggs, blueberries and tomatoes. I remember my typical breakfast as a kid was sugared boxed cereal and as many bowls as I wanted t... Read more

  • It's Raining in Paradise!

    6/15/2015 5:28:56 AM, by JSTETSER

    Usually we think of paradise as a place with the sun shining, But not today. It is raining here in my little piece of paradise. No need to fear the rain! It is also a gift from God. Learn to love the rainy days as well as the sunny ones!... Read more

  • Day 11 -Smiles and Sunshine!

    6/14/2015 11:31:10 AM, by AMBER_TTC

    Today as I stepped on the scale I had a wonderful moment. 11 days in, 6 lbs down! Now, my official weigh in day is not until Wedensday, but I weigh myself daily to keep myself accountable. I know that when I see increases, I am more mindful of what I'm taking in (especially salt, as I know that... Read more

  • DS surfaced He says he is ok

    6/14/2015 9:32:28 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I got a text msg- saying he is ok. Fiancée' and him having problems. Her mother is very interfering and she is very stressed looking for a teaching job. Ex is still going after her on social media. DS can be very hard to live with. I told them they need to go to couple counseli... Read more

  • Sparking with my Brother John

    6/14/2015 5:41:09 AM, by JSTETSER

    I come from a family of 6 kids, and I can still hear my mother calling us to come in for dinner, Johnny Jackie David Donna Randy Mandy Dinner time at our home was a special time where everyone got to share about their day. John, of course, went first. I've always looked up to him,... Read more

  • What happened?

    6/13/2015 11:03:59 PM, by SKYGIRL21

    In 2011 I was down from 264 lbs to 198 lbs on my way 158lbs. In late 2010 I had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Due to poor medical advice I was rapidly accelerated through almost every medication and insulin there is for diabetes. I was constantly sick from these medications and never wanted t... Read more

  • grand kids here - we are having fun

    6/13/2015 3:30:16 PM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good afternoon; I just put the kids down for a nap. they were really tired. Grandpa and I are keeping them busy. I got my DD Little Tikes doll house out and my GD is having so much fun. I also have Grandma's house which was my DS for my GS who is too young to play. He just loves picking up the... Read more

  • free diet books

    6/13/2015 2:37:57 PM, by JUNESHOPE

    Did you know you can get free entire book downloads from amazon, for weightloss stuff? (maybe other subjects too, I've just always looked up health/diet stuff) (do not click 'kindleunlimted'...you have to pay a monthly service for that.) To get free books, follow these directions: ... Read more

  • Great Success Stories

    6/13/2015 1:09:59 PM, by JUNESHOPE

    Great success stories with "Walk-Away-the-Pounds" DVD's. Scroll down and see all the stories listed underneath the "submit your story" bar. Lots of motivational before & after photos. www.walkathome.com/success-sto
    ry/... Read more

  • Day 10: Set Goals! Achieve Dreams!

    6/13/2015 11:26:26 AM, by AMBER_TTC

    Today is my off day with my hubby. We're gonna do chores aroudn the house and then go for a hike or something together before having my siblings over for a pizza and movie night. Yesterday I started to consider something. I want to work in critical care when I get my RN. I'd LOVE to work in th... Read more

  • Day 9 -Count Your Blessings!

    6/13/2015 11:18:13 AM, by AMBER_TTC

    What a night of work! It was hell. We should have had another CNA (3 total) and the one they sent me was pretty much useless (and hid the WHOLE shift) so that two of her RN's kept coming to me to help them. I kept answering her bed alarms, her monitor alarms (that keep track of heart rate and blood ... Read more

  • Life is a Climb!

    6/13/2015 5:37:06 AM, by JSTETSER

    Is life full of stress and pain? Are you weary from the struggle, and Keep looking for the gain? Look at your life as though it was a hike Soon you will see vistas and views that you like! Don't be discouraged by sweat and work Don't be afraid of dark dangers that seem to lurk. ... Read more

  • Happy Friday! 4 more days!

    6/12/2015 5:47:54 PM, by ALLYCANDOIT

    Only 4 more days until the end of school! Whew! 198 It's in the 90's every day will kids who literally bounce off the walls while driving down the road. So far I've managed to keep them in their seats. I cheated last weekend and ballooned up 4 lbs. It took me all week to get 3 back off. So I... Read more

  • Have much to do to get ready for grandkids

    6/12/2015 7:43:09 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I got down from the attic - my kids Little Tikes dollhouse. I had to wash it all from the dust and dirt of being stored for 2 decades. I put all the pieces in the dishwasher. I have the blue roof house and grandma's house. We are watching the kids this weekend. I want to have this... Read more

  • Dialing it back

    6/12/2015 7:27:29 AM, by ALICELAND

    I think I got over-excited as I began my fitness program. The healthy eating has been okay but my body is sore from all the new exercises. Some of my goals are too ambitious and just make me tired and negative when I miss them. I'm in a real slump. For the past couple of days I have been resting... Read more

  • For the Love of Caterpillars

    6/12/2015 7:15:26 AM, by JSTETSER

    For the love of caterpillars The students at JFES love their caterpillars! They love them so much that every single day on the playground they search and find as many as they can and name them Cat, Catie, Katiepillar, Sticky and Furry. The caterpillars and inch worms are their favorite pets! Th... Read more

  • Day 8 -Sun Love!

    6/11/2015 6:27:55 PM, by AMBER_TTC

    Greetings Sparklers!! Today Is GORGEOUS outside!!! Dang!! (It makes it really really hard to sleep during the day when it's this pretty out!) I got 7 hours of sleep after a less than ideal shift, but I had mostly great co-workers so it wasn't too bad. The sleep felt amazing, but I got warm... Read more

  • Can any one answer this question about tricare?

    6/11/2015 3:52:30 PM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    I know this college graduate who is 22 has a father who is a retired military. She said she was taken off medical insurance at 21. I know our health insurance which is not military takes dependents to age 26 on your parents health insurance. Can't a unmarried person be put on her parents ... Read more

  • So I am now at 49....

    6/11/2015 1:02:05 PM, by JUNESHOPE

    535 Oh how time flies..... 24 I had to actually use the calculator to see how old I really am... My husband is always upping my age by a year, so he can say I am 2 yrs old than him... So I double checked on the calculator to see how old I really am.... LOL Once, for the whole year, I thoug... Read more

  • Working on program has become automatic

    6/11/2015 8:58:21 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; Just came back from gym. worked hard, tracking food and also went and bought food on way back from gym. I love it when I can take care of myself and my stressors have been giving me a rest. 224 My niece sent me an email. Her nodes are 3 mm but she still wants a needle biopsy. The s... Read more

  • 8 days and counting!

    6/11/2015 5:37:06 AM, by JSTETSER

    There are 8 more days of school, and the kids are getting restless for summer vacation. This is a time when we all need to take a deep breath, and find ways to keep everyone on track. Kids and adults get nervous about the changes. Students are looking at uncertain summers. There are teachers... Read more

  • being left out

    6/11/2015 12:47:26 AM, by JUNESHOPE

    Family came to visit and 'they' enjoyed playing together and going to Sea World, going swimming, etc., 312 342 361 363 185 and then theirs me..... 15 feeling huge... staying home because these activities just are not fun for me at this size. 90 My 3yr old actually caught an upper r... Read more

  • Day 7 -One Week of Discovery

    6/10/2015 11:45:36 AM, by AMBER_TTC

    It has started off as a great day! 1. I love my room -it's clean, organized, peaceful and easy to make to look "pretty" (throw pillows). When hubby gets up to shower, it takes all of 3 minutes to fully make the bed and put the pillows back and the ENTIRE room looks amazing. Just from having a n... Read more

  • Having a wonderful day

    6/10/2015 10:59:46 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; Went over to DD yesterday. she called and told me that I did not have to babysit today. I asked her that I can bring over stuff that she left at my house. I told her I would not stay. I went over - her house has a wonderful feel to it - nice and homey with her stuff there and organi... Read more

  • Feet and Type II

    6/10/2015 5:32:21 AM, by JSTETSER

    I am having problems with my feet at night. I have shooting pain in my feet while I am trying to sleep. Is this the start of Diabetic nerve damage? Is there any natural cure? ... Read more

  • Questions for this Summer

    6/9/2015 11:58:02 PM, by BAYBNJOE

    I see an endocrinologist at least twice a year to check my labs: cholesterol, triglycerides, creatinine, fasting blood sugar, blood urea nitrogen, and, of course, my 3-month blood sugar average, lovingly known as the A1C. My endocrinologist is a wonderful, knowledgeable man, but he doesn't rea... Read more

  • Inner Peace -Day 6

    6/9/2015 12:22:47 PM, by AMBER_TTC

    Today I was going to go for a hike or to the gym. I wanted to get my burn and sweaty-goodness on. But then I realized that 1) it was going to rain (making my hiking trails unmanageable....and you're not supposed to hike on them when they're wet anyway, it ruins them) and 2) I need to do some major c... Read more

  • Been to gym already

    6/9/2015 9:46:42 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    good Morning; DD called me yesterday-Mom can you watch GS Wednesday. SIL stressed- the movers are not coming this week. In fact, they have not even left California. SIL made all the mover arrangements but did not pick a competent mover. We have had 5 moves with former employer. It is still not... Read more

  • A simple gift

    6/9/2015 5:30:15 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday I took 2 hours and made a simple dress for my 7 year old niece Kylee. I think that she will like it! ... Read more

  • Day 5

    6/8/2015 8:01:31 PM, by AMBER_TTC

    I survived my stretch of work. :) Its been almost a month since I've had to work 5 in a row..... thank you paid vacation time. :) This stretch I've munched on apples and peanut butter as my snack and while my brain kept saying i was hungry (and no, it wasn't because I was thirsty -it was my fat brai... Read more

  • got needed sleep last night

    6/8/2015 9:25:35 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; watching my grandkids really took much energy. DD & I worked on getting GS to sleep by himself which we succeeded. DD was worried that SIL would interfere with the process. I heard DD instruct him to leave GS alone when he is trying for a nap. Both DD & I were the ones to put... Read more

  • Fresh From the Garden!

    6/8/2015 5:25:06 AM, by JSTETSER

    The lettuce, chives, basil and radishes are ready for eating. There is nothing that tastes quite as good as the fresh veggies from my garden! I have about two seeks worth of the head lettuce. Hopefully other things will be up by the time it is all eaten!... Read more

  • Day 4

    6/7/2015 6:53:54 PM, by AMBER_TTC

    Back on track with the blogging!! :) Well, last night I had a splurge pizza...and from my friend feed on Spark today it looks as though most of my friends also splurged on their eating. LOL I had dominos pizza (and I logged it into my calories). It wasn't as good as I was hoping for....but that... Read more

  • Day 3

    6/7/2015 6:46:00 PM, by AMBER_TTC

    I got really busy yesterday and didn't blog. I came home from work and made breakfast for the hubby and I. He stepped on the scale yesterday and was really discouraged. 240 lbs was his "never again" weight, and he found he actually weighs 251. I reminded him though that we are starting, and although... Read more

  • Housekeeping and fitness

    6/7/2015 10:49:14 AM, by ALICELAND

    Somehow I have to make these two things mesh together because I know that, in the short and long run, having a cleaner house will reduce my stress and make cooking easier. I am thinking of trying to make doing housework part of my daily "exercise." Spark People talk about how you can use the skill... Read more

  • already been to gym

    6/7/2015 10:08:43 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I needed to get back to my schedule of exercise. DD and SIL came in last night. They are packing up to move to their new house. Bless my DD's heart, she is like me organizing the morning so she can put everything in her car. My DD doing most of the work; SIL is very unorganized th... Read more

  • Just an ordinary day

    6/7/2015 5:45:53 AM, by JSTETSER

    Just an ordinary day with the ones I love Is a great gift from the Lord above. Friends and family to have and to hold Warms my heart and keeps out the cold. With little hands and big hands locked in together- A circle of love that goes on forever. This love creates joy-that’s why ... Read more

  • thank you for all the advice

    6/6/2015 9:00:10 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good morning; what I know I would do and a frightened, panicked 22 year old would do is two different things. Up until January of this year, I never even talked to her. Her mom and I were not talking for her entire life. Her mom was a piece of work who never gave her positive support. She was... Read more

  • Revised Goals

    6/6/2015 5:31:14 AM, by ALICELAND

    After listening to the Spark Coach message today, I am rethinking how to re-set my goals so that I have some short-term, and long-term achievable goals. Long-term goal: I will get my A1C under 6 and keep it there. Short-term goal: I will get my A1C lower than at my last checkup by my appt. in... Read more

  • Let it RAIN!

    6/6/2015 5:15:38 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today I was hoping for sunshine, but rain came instead. Let it RAIN! We need the rain, and I can adjust my plans. No need to be depressed. Sometimes our biggest and best blessings are things that we did not ask for! ... Read more

  • Need some opinions

    6/5/2015 5:56:06 PM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good afternoon; I talked to my niece this afternoon. She is having a hard time with out her mom- who died of Thyroid cancer in April . She has been panicking wondering if she has Thyroid cancer- she is 22 and has 2 nodes which were found in an ultrasound. I told her I have nodes but they are j... Read more

  • precious sleep

    6/5/2015 8:12:48 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I was sleep deprived yesterday, but got a good night sleep last night. GS cooperated last night. Dh was a big help. I was so tired I fell asleep as soon as I hit the pillow. DH let me sleep and he tended to GS. GS just slept longer 3 hours at a time instead of 1 hour the night ... Read more

  • Care Giving and Mama

    6/5/2015 5:34:59 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have a wonderful family and I love them very much. My mother is 93, and I take care for her every week. As I help her, I’m also learning how to care for myself. You see, as the caregiver, I carry the “motherload”, and other members try to make themselves dependent on me. Finding the bal... Read more

  • boy I do not know how parents with young children do it

    6/4/2015 8:00:02 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I bow to the parents who have young children. Last night my GS did not sleep much. He is teething- He threw up a couple times yesterday. DH & I played tag team taking turns with GS last night. GD would not sleep in the bed we had for her b/c she missed her mom. I am going to... Read more

  • Too much summer time

    6/4/2015 6:17:10 AM, by ALICELAND

    I am going to finally have to break down and clean house today. I've tried all week to avoid it but I am all out of excuses. Most importantly, I finally have time these days to take on a big project. I almost see it as putting the house on a diet too. So much stuff and no place to put it! I am ... Read more

  • seeing myself in a new light.

    6/4/2015 5:25:37 AM, by JSTETSER

    I used to think of myself as fat. Now I am healthy and strong. I am in shape! I used to see myself as a struggling person. Now I am successful and prosperous. I can do the jobs that are before me through the strength that God gives me each day. I used to see myself as depressed ... Read more

  • Got up early to get work done b/4 grand kids awake

    6/3/2015 7:15:10 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

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  • TeamWork!

    6/3/2015 5:35:50 AM, by JSTETSER

    Working together to make a profit So often, we are much better as a team than we are as separate players. Today I am going to talk with a woman who crotchets scarves and hats in hopes that she will consider making them in the colors of my mittens. Hopefully her frilly scarves will go well ... Read more

  • Good thing it was a working weekend

    6/2/2015 11:43:00 AM, by ALLYCANDOIT

    It was great we wound up working last weekend because dear husband came down with a bad cold. Hate to miss something really fun. Started back running yesterday. Very easy and it worked out ok. Won't run today but will do so again tomorrow. Just going to try to ease into it. Loved it! I... Read more

  • Wasting Time

    6/2/2015 7:45:42 AM, by ALICELAND

    I waste a lot of time just sitting at the computer thinking about things, looking at recipes, reading emails, just looking around. It's what I do when I'm tired or bored. I need to do something active instead- like clean house or do a quick yoga stretch or two. Time isn't at a premium now that it ... Read more

  • yesterday was a super busy day

    6/2/2015 7:28:00 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    good Morning; I get up super early just to get my stuff done on the computer b/4 my GS wakes up. According to my pedometer, I walked 3 miles yesterday. that is how busy my GS is. He is so very active. DS got her appliances and locks changed on her house. She is also putting together a bed fo... Read more