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  • So I'm back

    10/13/2015 7:01:45 PM, by GODDESSLIL80

    I don't know how involved I'll be on the social side. I never stopped running. I still use my tips and tricks I picked up. I don't really weigh myself so I have no idea how much I weigh. I'm happier that way. My goals are strictly distance and physical. For me it has to be that way.... Read more

  • Getting there and back again

    10/13/2015 5:30:50 AM, by JSTETSER

    Hiking Monadnock with a sight impaired husband on a busy trail day is tricky! As you can see, it was a beautiful day to be on the trail. We hiked as far as we could, then turned around before getting above tree line. We were satisfied with half a hike. You just have to choose your ba... Read more

  • Tuesdasy

    10/12/2015 11:17:02 PM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Have a blessed day and enjoy the small things that we have hugs... Read more

  • Playing with my Grandchild

    10/12/2015 5:26:34 AM, by JSTETSER

    Time just seems to stand still When I sit on the floor and play with the most beautiful child in my world. Just listening to her words and Hearing what her heart is saying. These are important days. I'm hearing important thoughts. ... Read more

  • eating beans

    10/9/2015 5:33:34 AM, by JSTETSER

    Beans, beans the magical fruit. The more you eat, the more you toot! Tooting is my problem. I take Gas-X and other OTCs, but I still tootl I feel like the little skunk, but feel like the skunk has an advantage. He only toots around his enemies. ... Read more

  • I have regained some weight

    10/8/2015 7:32:47 PM, by KFREDDIE

    It is interesting to read how I felt six months ago when I was 45 lbs down from my highest weight. I was optimistic but struggling with a plateau. Today, I am still optimistic but struggling even more with a 15 lb regain. I know there will always be ups and downs. I know it is not about perfection, ... Read more

  • Attitude of Gratitude, not Fatitude

    10/8/2015 4:50:42 AM, by JSTETSER

    It's time to change my focus. Rather than obsessing my food intake I will be thankful for who God made me, and treat myself as God's temple. Fatitude is not my attitude Every day I work at making small and smart changes to my lifestyle. The plan is to keep type 2 diabetes in control and my... Read more

  • Still working on consistency

    10/7/2015 11:52:35 AM, by GRATEFUL_DAWN

    About a month ago someone got my debit card number, probably online, and started using is fraudulently. SparkCoach was one of the programs that I received monthly with that card. I miss SparkCoach a lot, but have decided to wait to start up the program again until my finances are in a better place. ... Read more

  • Following my dreams

    10/7/2015 5:23:50 AM, by JSTETSER

    Every day we have a choice on where our heart and mind will go. Will we put God first, and follow our dreams, or put worry first and follow our problems. Today I choose to fill my day with faith and love. I will follow my dreams. "Don't let yesterday use up too much of today."~Will Rogers.... Read more

  • Yes, you can!

    10/6/2015 5:31:46 AM, by JSTETSER

    It is only when you believe that you can accomplish your goals, with God's help, that you will accomplish them!... Read more

  • Fall Foliage and hiking

    10/5/2015 5:23:28 AM, by JSTETSER

    Fall foliage hiking is beautiful and peaceful. Yesterday I enjoyed a 2 hour hike through Fox Forest. It was a time for my husband to readjust to having sight in one eye completely, and one eye partially. It was not an easy hike, but it was an important one. Better days are coming! ... Read more


    10/4/2015 4:41:17 PM, by JUNESHOPE

    272 I'm going to start doing these videos. I got them from spark, but went to her own website and she has them all listed on this page with ease to find just the one you are looking for. All free of charge. 311 She has a lot of 10 minute walking videos with & without resistance bands, 8 mi... Read more

  • Type 2 Diabetes

    10/4/2015 3:37:11 PM, by JUNESHOPE

    282 So, I've gone from pre-diabetic, to type 2 diabetes. The problem is, is that I didn't find out about that 'pre-diabetic' test result, until recently, which is over a year later since the test was done. I was going through my on-line file from my doctor in Washington, and saw it. I'm surprised... Read more

  • New Hampshire at its peak!

    10/4/2015 5:34:42 AM, by JSTETSER

    The best time of the year to hike NH is this week. The foliage colors are beautiful, the air is crisp, and hiking is peak perfect. If you have the opportunity to get out and hike, you will not be disappointed. ... Read more

  • Sparking along, and all fired up!

    10/3/2015 5:30:27 AM, by JSTETSER

    Sparking along, and all fired up! Today turned cold. It never got above 48 degrees, and that meant time to start the wood stove. We do not curse the coldness, we start a warm fire, and then start cooking dinner on top of it. The house feels more home-like with the wood stove going! I am fired... Read more

  • Did better than I thought.

    10/2/2015 2:37:28 PM, by JUNESHOPE

    343 Well, I did fall off the wagon. 473 480 495 489 486 468 I was 'sort of' binging. On separate days, I went to the pizza hut buffet, Carols Jr. for a thick burger, and one night I ate 2 frozen pizzas. Oh, chinese & mexican too! I've eaten a lot of donuts, and sweets, and the only exer... Read more

  • Falling into Autumn

    10/2/2015 5:35:19 AM, by JSTETSER

    Fall is my favorite season with beautiful leaves and cool temperatures. Still, this year, the transition is not always smooth. I’m tired. I have some aches and some pains. My mother needs more attention, and so does my husband! I am spending Saturdays at craft fairs, and I miss my free time!... Read more

  • Sunrise!

    10/1/2015 5:27:20 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today I can forget about yesterday. The sun is rising on a new day. Yesterday's defeats and discouragements are behind me. Newness of life and joys are beginning. The sun is rising on a new day! I have nothing to fear. It's time to walk and run towards the newness and embrace it. Th... Read more

  • Good Use of a Bad Mood!

    9/30/2015 5:20:59 AM, by JSTETSER

    I had a down day. Yesterday I was tired when I got home. Kids at school and my 93 year old mom just wore me out. Then I saw it. My Verizon bill was $30 more than I had expected. I was ready to talk with a customer service representative! I discussed the fact that we were paying good money fo... Read more

  • The Painful Gift

    9/29/2015 5:28:57 AM, by JSTETSER

    Divorce can be a painful gift Good things are not always easy things. My divorce was the most painful thing that I went through in my life, but the needful, and therefore a good thing. I was married to a good man with a bad alcoholic problem. We have two wonderful sons who are now strong men wh... Read more

  • i want to warn you all of a company that takes your money .

    9/28/2015 4:28:47 PM, by SUGARSMOM2

    then they charge you every month a fee . you can not get them to stop charging you and they keep it up . so far i have canceled my credit card . i wioll tell you if they try to charge me next month but so far they have put 23.95 every month and 9/95 every month . i did not agree to allow this . i d... Read more

  • Special touches

    9/28/2015 5:34:34 AM, by JSTETSER

    Last night the grandkids from Maine came. We had a blast! I always love to add flowers to my table when special people come for dinner. Everyone needs to know that they are loved, and that someone will go out of their way to add beauty just for them!... Read more

  • Schnitzel Fest!

    9/27/2015 6:41:55 AM, by JSTETSER

    I set up my Smittens at the annual Schnitzel Fest here in Hillsboro, and had a blast! I met new friends and old. I was there through the cool early hours, and the heat of the afternoon. All in all, it was fun. I sold more smittens, mittens and hats than the last fair, and that is also fun... Read more

  • Hometown Fair

    9/26/2015 5:33:51 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today in Hillsboro, NH we have our annual Schnitzel Fest! Once again, I will be out selling my smittens, mittens and hats. Last weekend I sold a few, and learned a lot. Hopefully, this weekend I will sell more and have less to learn. Either way, I have a good time! I will be set up right in ... Read more

  • Beck Trek ReBoot ... Oh Well!

    9/25/2015 11:21:52 AM, by NANCY-

    At first I was thinking "Epic Fail" on doing this reboot. Then I thought what can I give myself credit for: - I did focus on and manage to be 98 % compliant with a 5 day clean eating and fitness challenge. I am prepping to do another that starts on Monday. - My two social adventures did not ... Read more

  • Take the Shot!

    9/25/2015 5:30:46 AM, by JSTETSER

    Dear Friends, Flu season is almost upon us, and now is the time to take action and stay healthy. According to my favorite doctor (yes, I’m talking about my son Mathew!) “The best way to prevent getting the flu is to get a yearly flu shot”. I know that some years the shot is more ef... Read more

  • Beck is Working

    9/24/2015 1:07:40 PM, by NANCY-

    Yesterday was an adventure to the shore. The salt air and the sound of the waves were very soothing and the gentle breeze cooled the run's rays. Hunger or thirst. It was more thirst. Water... lots of water fit the bill. (plus it saved on the bill.) Even though my choices were not what I w... Read more

  • Happy Fall!

    9/24/2015 5:38:09 AM, by JSTETSER

    My favorite mountain at my favorite time of year! Painting by Mary Iselin.... Read more

  • Sticking Together!

    9/23/2015 5:27:38 AM, by JSTETSER

    We get so much more accomplished when we work together rather than arguing or fighting. Today, make someone's day GREAT by helping out where you can! ... Read more

  • Join the parade!

    9/22/2015 5:30:50 AM, by JSTETSER

    Maybe it is time to get off the sidelines and join the parade. There is one cause that I have been looking at, and doing nothing about. Today is the day that I get off the sidelines, and join the parade. What about you? Is there anything, Spark People for example, that you care about deeply... Read more

  • Bad weekend...

    9/21/2015 2:41:47 PM, by KRISGHD38

    today is a new's what I'm telling myself after eating way too much over the weekend..why do I do it almost every weekend but can stay so good on the weekdays?!... Read more

  • using sparks app - but having a problem blogging on it

    9/21/2015 11:39:15 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; The sparks app is fast and I am able to use on Iphone. two problems, I can do everything except bonus spin and also blogging from my home page which I usually do-by the add a blog button. If you know how to solve this let me know. I want to use the app when my laptop is not avai... Read more

  • Choosing my thoughts

    9/21/2015 5:31:37 AM, by JSTETSER

    Sometimes I just need to have a little talk with myself. Self, Today you need to really watch yourself. You get upset with people who manage to make you feel small, and give far less attention to those who really love you. Why do you do that? Today has to be different. Today, look for the... Read more

  • feel 100% better!!! YEA!!

    9/20/2015 10:03:47 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I felt so bad- I was concerned that it would continue for some time. I also lost 2 pounds. I slept much and I believe that the sleep was healing. I ate light yesterday because my stomach was very sensitive. I am so glad that I put myself first and just did what I needed to get b... Read more

  • Finding perfect joy in an imperfect world

    9/20/2015 6:29:57 AM, by JSTETSER

    Sometimes life is tough. I'm sure that you have noticed it. There are times that we can't spend as much time with loved ones as we want. There's more bills that eat up the money that we want to spend on fun times. There are times when we go through sickness. Other times, there are serious relat... Read more

  • The First Step Back after derailing

    9/19/2015 2:47:06 PM, by JUNIORSSISTER

    It's been months since I've first derailed. Filled with guilt and anxiety, that I was so close to my goal and just went off track. How in the world did I do that. I am so resistant to the fact, that in order for me to be healthy, I need to eat and live a certain way. I can't eat like other people. ... Read more

  • got a stomach virus

    9/19/2015 10:16:49 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; last night was rough. I felt like throwing up but did not, dizzy, stomach cramps and diarrhea. Probably got it from my grand kids. I have had alot going on with watching grand kids, getting ready for a trip, dealing with a DH who is so exhausted coming from work and not always v... Read more

  • Listening to my Heart

    9/19/2015 5:34:16 AM, by JSTETSER

    Shhh! Did you hear that? Your heart is trying to tell you something! Our hearts can tell us so many things when we take the time to listen. It can tell us when we need to rest and take a break from the stress around us. It can tell us to be content with what we have, while striving t... Read more

  • Having an anxious day!!

    9/18/2015 2:20:03 PM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; My A/C went out in my car today. My hairdresser who I have been going to for over 9 years - told me today by the time you come back for another hair appt - her husband and her will no longer be together. Over the years, I heard about her husband. I knew if my husband was like that... Read more

  • Firm and Gentle times

    9/18/2015 5:31:45 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday started out with me needing to be tough. Someone kept ignoring their important commitment to me, and I had to hold them accountable! They had filled up their time with everything except for their personal responsibilities, and I had to speak up until this matter was fixed. Later on, ... Read more

  • Went over to DD's house last night

    9/17/2015 6:14:56 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; DD is overwhelmed. GD is not feeling well. I may have to watch her. I want to get this blog out so I can get to the gym. DD might call me and tell me that GD is not feeling well and she may not go to day care. I pray this does not happen. We are planning our vacation soon and... Read more

  • Optimism

    9/17/2015 5:32:54 AM, by JSTETSER

    Seeing the cup half full. Smiling on a cloudy day. Giving your best effort when you're tired. These are all small steps to finding the power of positive thinking. Finding the best in life and being your best every day can add joy and happiness. Today, brighten your life by chang... Read more

  • Oh what an evening and morning!

    9/16/2015 11:59:38 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I got a call from my niece yesterday evening. She is developing phobias. She thinks she has breast cancer - 2 months ago she thought she had thyroid cancer. Her mom died in April of thyroid cancer and also had rectal cancer. 198 She is so anxious and now having panic attacks. We... Read more

  • I'm still here

    9/16/2015 10:09:46 AM, by JUNESHOPE

    213 I'm still here. Staying right around 248. So this month has pretty much been a wash, with very little gain, and mostly staying the same, which is not ideal, but it's not a gain. 190 I had relaxed a little on my food program, not journaling or counting calories, and as soon as I got hom... Read more

  • Find the Beauty!

    9/16/2015 5:36:37 AM, by JSTETSER

    Every day we have a choice. To decide to listen to the voice Of joy and beauty or darkness or shame The results you get will not be the same. So look around you this very day- Listen to each voice and the words they say Choose God's voice of hope and cheer Listen to the words... Read more

  • I have not been sleeping well

    9/15/2015 10:58:21 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I have had lots on my mind. It is hard to turn off my mind at night sometimes. Even DH sounds sleepy today. I pray for my night today to be peaceful and for me to get a good quality sleep. 521 For today I and you all will have a wonderfully peaceful day and night. Have a wonderf... Read more

  • Listening!

    9/15/2015 5:25:28 AM, by JSTETSER

    Dear SparkFriends, Thank you for your help in so many areas of my life. As I start on my endeavour to sell smittens at craft fairs, you have given me advice that I am using to improve my presentation. I added a colorful table cloth and did some rearranging. My posters are here, and I contin... Read more

  • Weak moment...

    9/14/2015 6:57:17 PM, by KRISGHD38

    I'm having a weak moment..I'm Overly stressed about work today and my mind wants to emotional eat now that I'm home...I haven't over eaten, but the urge is so strong. Hardest part of this journey. ... Read more

  • Beck Trek ReBoot Days 11, 12 & 13 - Screeching Halt

    9/14/2015 10:31:53 AM, by NANCY-

    Say what? Yes I said halt, because this is where I need to focus and practice - Differentiate between Hunger; Desire, and Cravings, and Overcoming Cravings Day 11 Gauging my hunger. This is one I need to practice. being accustomed to casting aside my needs, I have totally lost my ability to... Read more

  • I have been losing sleep over rehearsal dinner- some questions

    9/14/2015 10:29:47 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; if any of you been keeping up with my blog. the Wedding of my DS has been up and down due to many factors. It was going to be very formal but DS did not want that. Bride wants a big wedding. DS says there is nothing for me. So my DH & I came up with plans for a BBQ at a casual r... Read more

  • The Set Up

    9/14/2015 5:27:03 AM, by JSTETSER

    This coming weekend, I will participate in my first Craft Fair. It's an outside event in Antrim, NH. I will be selling my smittens as well as fleece mittens and hats. I am not sure how selling winter goods at the end of summer will work, but here is my set up. I'm hoping for a cold day!... Read more