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  • 2 months progress

    1/22/2017 10:39:36 AM, by VANILLAMAMA

    I know this is a little late but I was sick this last week. Here is two month progress after my sleeve .... Read more

  • Gabby Update

    1/22/2017 5:18:59 AM, by JSTETSER

    Little Gabby is 5 months old now, and she is growing into a fine little girl. Unfortunately, the ultrasound last week shows that the ventricles in her brain are not removing enough of the fluid in Gabby's brain. On February 14th, she will have an MRI for a different look at the brain. If th... Read more

  • Gods day

    1/21/2017 11:08:12 PM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Send out love today and wish everyone has many blessings hugs... Read more

  • Trip to the Zoo

    1/21/2017 6:59:42 PM, by ALOHATST

    Today was a very active day for me and felt great! I started my day with water fitness for an hour and then brought home breakfast as a treat. My munchkins requested to go see the animals, so we had a spontaneous trip to the zoo. Such a great time and kept me active in more than one way. Truly a gre... Read more

  • Ode to Change!

    1/21/2017 4:17:09 PM, by GROWINGINGRACE

    Wow! Can't believe how long its been since I've been on here. Emotionally, I still go up & down with my weight, esp with big changes. Seattle took me by surprise. It's beautiful here, but boy was I not prepared for the winter grays. A body just needs the sun to thrive! People shut down here in wint... Read more

  • Boy I thought this weekend would be negative

    1/21/2017 9:49:51 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; DH came home from work in a negative mood. He has a new manager which is hard for him to keep changing. this is his 4th in four years. there were other disappointments at work. But he got up this morning upbeat, I am so relieved. The weekends are horrible when he is in a bad mood... Read more

  • The Storytime Flip

    1/21/2017 5:04:46 AM, by JSTETSER

    This week's story time changed completely! I have been Skyping most of my story times with Lina, and then mailing her a small book in the mail. She LOVES receiving the mail, and let's face it. You can never have too many books. Never! As I started in with the first story, Lina got up an... Read more

  • Life is like building a snowman...

    1/20/2017 5:21:07 AM, by JSTETSER

    Life is like Building a Snowman Building a snowman is just like building a healthy life. First, you have to take the time to start the journey. You make a few plans, and with great enthusiasm, you sstart in on the project. Maybe the snow is not working quite as you expected. Not to worry, y... Read more

  • Life is like building a snowman...

    1/20/2017 5:21:05 AM, by JSTETSER

    Life is like Building a Snowman Building a snowman is just like building a healthy life. First, you have to take the time to start the journey. You make a few plans, and with great enthusiasm, you sstart in on the project. Maybe the snow is not working quite as you expected. Not to worry, y... Read more

  • Interesting changes in my preferences

    1/19/2017 8:45:08 PM, by ALOHATST

    So I coming home from my water fitness class tonight and it was weird. I enjoyed my class and glad I have kept with it, but definitely worn out afterwards which I know is a good thing. However, when dealing with two three year olds demanding all my attention it can be taxing at times. No complaints ... Read more

  • just watched the documentary - about letting go of stuff

    1/19/2017 9:13:28 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good morning; DH has been anxious about his new boss. We went to New Orleans to get him to relax. He did. I usually buy something from our trips for us or our grand kids. I just saw all this stuff - Christmas was just a few weeks away. Do they need to accumulate more stuff? I did not buy anyth... Read more

  • Feasting!

    1/19/2017 5:35:58 AM, by JSTETSER

    Feasting! To feast means so many things to so many people. It signifies total enjoyment and to sumptuously indulge. I am learning to feast without overindulging. I intend to be taking time to enjoy my life and my food. I can feast my eyes on the beauty around me. Meal time is meant to b... Read more

  • The MAJOR upgrade!

    1/18/2017 5:19:16 AM, by JSTETSER

    Sometimes, you need to make a big change to get the results that you want. This is true in life, health, love and in crafting. I had to upgrade to a new machine. I’m at a point in my crafting where I needed to make a big step. I bought an embroidery sewing machine. It is a big deal to me! ... Read more

  • Care

    1/17/2017 10:04:25 PM, by ALOHATST

    I have never been very good about keeping New Years resolutions. I am hoping to be successful this year in making some changes in my life in regards to being healthier, improving my relationship with food, and changing my thinking. Somewhere along the way I stopped taking care of myself and stopped... Read more

  • Big Results from Little Hikes

    1/17/2017 5:10:00 AM, by JSTETSER

    This weekend, I decided to take two short hikes rather than one big hike. We saw lots of ice on those hikes! Saturday’s hike was up Bearsden Rd in Athol, MA, Sunday’s hike was up Wapack Mountain, and Monday’s hike was in Fox Forest in Hillsboro, NH. Splitting up the hikes was due to ... Read more

  • Tomorrow Starts Today

    1/16/2017 2:16:55 PM, by ALOHATST

    I'm at a crossroads in my life where I feel I need to make some changes. I've fought my weight all my life and now reach the point where I reached my highest weight two weeks ago at 284lbs. I have had my cardiologist tell me to seriously consider having bariatrics surgery. This means no offense to a... Read more

  • Time for change

    1/16/2017 12:27:24 PM, by DEPOTMODE

    Starting over from a different place. I re-injured my back in November, and have had another round of oral steroids. Also more muscle relaxers, all to tide me over until I can see my neurosurgeon...in March. (Not happy about that, let me just say.) Anyway, I have gained weight due to this back injur... Read more

  • Time for change

    1/16/2017 12:27:23 PM, by DEPOTMODE

    Starting over from a different place. I re-injured my back in November, and have had another round of oral steroids. Also more muscle relaxers, all to tide me over until I can see my neurosurgeon...in March. (Not happy about that, let me just say.) Anyway, I have gained weight due to this back injur... Read more

  • Progress

    1/16/2017 9:25:28 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    It's the middle of the first month of 2017. I decided to check in on this month's goals. I am making progress on my Long Term and Short Term goals for 2017. I have tried a couple of new recipes with Asparagus. I like it best when splashed with a little garlic infused olive oil, sprinkled with ... Read more

  • "I have some dreams!"

    1/16/2017 5:20:41 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yes, just like Martin Luther King, I have a dream...a healthy dream! 1. My dream is to live a long and healthy life with great mental acuity. I purposely get up early, and stretch. I write a blog and learn something from SparkPeople. 2. My dream is to keep hiking long into my 80's. I make... Read more

  • Counting on the Farm

    1/15/2017 5:10:57 AM, by JSTETSER

    Counting on the Farm For the past four months, I have worked on creating a new book for my grandchild Lina Marie. I used the design from a book that I made earlier for my grandchild Shiloh Rose. One day I will apply to become a jurried New Hampshire crafts person. I will submit a perfected ve... Read more

  • Rewarding Boundaries

    1/14/2017 9:43:40 AM, by NANCY-

    Setting boundaries can be viewed as being restrictive. However boundaries actually brings about rewards. Define your reward when you set the boundary. -Boundary- No phone calls between 8pm and 9am. -Reward- Peace and me time. My sister would call early in the morning, to chat, whe... Read more

  • Feeling Fantastic with Fiber!

    1/14/2017 5:26:05 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yep. I added it. I consciously decided that I could add more fiber to my diet by taking those fiber tablets. My husband was told to add fiber, and so I did too. I started last week by eating one tablet. It was a little chalky, but tasted fine. Feasting with the fiber really is a fa... Read more

  • Mind Shift

    1/13/2017 2:48:52 PM, by MICHELLERDA

    Recently, I've been focusing on how I look at and think about things....particularly weight loss. Now, I've always been a glass half full kinda girl. I know, I know...that isn't good. Instead of focusing so much on numbers on a scale, I'm paying attention to how I FEEL. I'm sleeping better... Read more

  • 212

    1/13/2017 7:03:23 AM, by VANILLAMAMA

    This number is haunting me. I've been this weight since the 1st. I have been swimming a half hr to a 45 mins a few days a week. I get my steps in (usually 10,000) daily. I stay within my calorie range per my surgeon. I would love to be down under 210 any day now! I'm started to feel mentally draine... Read more

  • Lesson Learned

    1/13/2017 5:57:31 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    I wish that I had my camera. I didn't get my walk in last night until 7:00. My husband went with me for a little walk around the neighborhood. (Neighborhood walks are shorter because it is hilly...but they are good workouts.) We got in just a tad bit over a mile. Lake Hickory is at the e... Read more

  • There's no getting even

    1/13/2017 5:10:44 AM, by JSTETSER

    That old law about 'an eye for an eye' leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing."~Martin Luther King Jr. Today is a good day to think about kindness and gentleness and forgiveness. We live in a rough world that sometimes causes pain. The best thing to do is s... Read more

  • Babysat grand kids last night

    1/12/2017 5:01:11 PM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good afternoon; DH has been having anxiety about his job again. they re-organized again. His new manager is someone he does not perceive as a good guy. this matters to my DH b/c he likes to have a relationship with his managers. He is old school and believes in loyalty. I am praying his anxiet... Read more

  • Great weekend for a Grandma!

    1/12/2017 5:21:03 AM, by JSTETSER

    My DIL was able to get a good deal on some last minute tickets, and is coming home for MLK weekend. Horray! I finally get to meet my little grandchild Gabby. She's four months old now, I just need to hold her in my arms and let her know that I love her. She is such a beautiful little baby! ... Read more

  • The Tee Shirt Quilt

    1/11/2017 5:23:06 AM, by JSTETSER

    Currently, I am working on creating a tee shirt quilt for my husband and I. This quilt will chronicle our hikes in New England. It includes two of our stays at AMC huts, and the yearly trail work that we do on Mt Monadnock with the Society for NH Forests. It also includes NH State Parks where we ... Read more

  • The Closet CRASH!

    1/10/2017 5:24:11 AM, by JSTETSER

    The other day while sitting in the kitchen, I heard a loud CRASH coming from my bedroom. Opening the closet door, I discovered that my 8 foot long closet rid had fallen from the wall, and I had a huge mess! What a shock! What a major job ahead of me! Apparently, My clothes weighed too much... Read more

  • Move it Monday

    1/9/2017 5:18:43 PM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    It was really hard to get out of my nice comfy blanket after my afternoon nap. BUT, I did get up and hit that recumbent bike this afternoon. I did 30 minutes on a higher resistance level. I am now staying with levels 2, 3, and 4. It was a little slower workout...but harder for me. Move it Mond... Read more

  • got up and went to the gym early

    1/9/2017 12:19:22 PM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; after my exercise I got super dizzy. I was not expecting this. I remember last year I had an occurrence during this time of year. I have sinus problems due to the extreme cold and then in my state we have high allergy season going on. I came home and felt better in an hour. My DD ... Read more

  • SPARK BIRTHDAY 5

    1/9/2017 5:19:34 AM, by JSTETSER

    Happy Sparkverary to me! Here I am getting married in 2007! I had about 10-15 pounds to loose. Not a big amount. I had lost and found those 10 pounds many times! Five years ago, I started tracking my food and learning about Type II Diabetes, and how to improve my health. I wanted... Read more

  • Snowy Weekend

    1/8/2017 5:34:19 PM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    Yesterday, here in the foothills of NC, we woke up to 9 inches of fluffy white snow. I was supposed to be in Raleigh for a workshop, but it got cancelled. However, it was converted into an online training, so I spent most of the morning taking the class. Afterwards, I went outside to enjoy the... Read more

  • having a relaxing day after the gym

    1/8/2017 3:52:29 PM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good afternoon; This morning I went to the gym and did a great work out. I ended up taking a nap b/c I was tired after the workout. Over all the weekend has been very relaxing and refreshing after a very busy holiday season. Have a good day. 104... Read more

  • Gentleness

    1/8/2017 5:12:42 AM, by JSTETSER

    Sometimes we all have misunderstandings. People get angry and say things that are unkind and untrue. Sometimes we need to overlook the matter with a gentle attitude, and forgive. Gentleness is "the quality of being kind, tender, or mild-mannered:" It is having a soft and tolerant attitude. ... Read more

  • Cold here DH is not in a great mood.

    1/7/2017 1:25:21 PM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good afternoon; I am busy on my laptop doing much organization. I am getting ready for tax time. I just received my turbotax. Dh is organizing his office. He did not sleep well so he is grouchy. I have no problems every one has a bad day. He went to Weight Watchers and lost 5 lbs in one week.... Read more

  • Helping in Fort Lauderdale

    1/7/2017 5:05:02 AM, by JSTETSER

    My son is a resident surgeon at the Fort Lauderdale Hospital. Yesterday that hospital was ready for the victims of the shooting. They worked together as a team to care for the physical and emotional wounds of the shooting at the airport. This was a day when his whole family felt the stress an... Read more

  • I upgraded to premium!!!!

    1/6/2017 9:17:24 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I hated the advertising b/c it made Sparks so slow and so visually noisy. I try so hard to keep my environment's noise level in my life low. I like more quiet in my life. The web site is faster. To me it is worth the cost. TY Have a good day!! 104... Read more

  • Sparked by the UnFriend!

    1/6/2017 5:12:29 AM, by JSTETSER

    Facebook has created a new social group: the "unfriends". I was unfriended in the most ungracious way. A relative let me know that she was a very strong Christian, and that my opinions were, for all intents and purposes, wrong. Since I was vocal about not voting for the incoming president, sh... Read more

  • sugar, Sugar, SUGAR!!

    1/5/2017 9:06:40 PM, by ESSENTIALLYME

    I like tea, hot or cold, and I like it sweet. I always thought that I did ok with the sugar in it. Until today. I put an empty bowl on my wonderful scale and I spooned in about the sugar I put in my teas. It weighed 12 grams. So I figure it's probably closer to 15 because we use a pour sugar... Read more

  • Sparked by my DREAM!!

    1/5/2017 5:19:13 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today I'm sparked by dreams as I take steps to make them a reality. I've lost weight, and now I'm taking time each day to exercise and consciously watch my eating. I am not pushed by my past! I'm motivated by my future, and who I will become! Life is a balance. ... Read more

  • Inspire me, keep me on track.

    1/4/2017 8:12:30 PM, by SHEVAUN2

    For my inspiration, to get started, I looked for quotes that I could put on a sticky note and add to my mirror each week. This will keep my mind on my new routine/habits. This weeks sticky note: ... Read more

  • Any luck with B12 cocktail shots?

    1/4/2017 7:37:54 PM, by ESSENTIALLYME

    My brother has been going to a weight loss clinic for 2 months and has lost about 20 pounds using Phentermine. One of the side effects is insomnia, which I already have, so I don't want to try that. BUT the same clinic gives these B12 cocktail shot. They call it MIC EXTREME and in it is : • ... Read more

  • What am I waiting for?

    1/4/2017 7:35:05 PM, by SHEVAUN2

    I was waiting to learn what I could about a plan so I could implement it in steps. To my dismay, there is so much inundating information on the WEB that I keep going backwards. I really do not want to buy more books that tell you so little. Then I saw this sign: How much clearer can th... Read more

  • My Son Sam

    1/4/2017 5:04:12 AM, by JSTETSER

    Sam and his daughter My oldest son Sam just loves his little girl. He married later in life, and then he and his wife waited 5 years to have their baby! He has waited so long to have this lovely little girl. His response is usually “go have your own baby.” I don’t really blame him. E... Read more

  • My Son Sam

    1/4/2017 5:04:09 AM, by JSTETSER

    Sam and his daughter My oldest son Sam just loves his little girl. He married later in life, and then he and his wife waited 5 years to have their baby! He has waited so long to have this lovely little girl. His response is usually “go have your own baby.” I don’t really blame him. E... Read more

  • My New Plan

    1/3/2017 5:11:01 AM, by JSTETSER

    Renewing the commitment Every year at this time, I like to renew my commitment to health. I take my healthy habits and give them an upgrade. This commitment is my priority for wellness and weight management. It also helps me to manage Type II Diabetes. 1. Drink water throughout the day. ... Read more

  • My New Year Goal is simple...

    1/2/2017 12:13:25 PM, by MARION-S

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  • Long Term and Short Term Goals

    1/2/2017 9:05:49 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    I like to set new goals each month. This year however, I am taking a look at the big picture. I guess this means that these are my Long Term Goals: 1. Incorporate more of the "Super Foods" (as defined by the American Diabetes Association) into my diet. * I will accomplish this by trying... Read more

  • First Hike 2017

    1/2/2017 5:13:05 AM, by JSTETSER

    The day was a New England gem! Blue skies, freshly fallen powdery snow and temperatures were in the low 30’s. On other New Year’s day hikes, we have experienced much different conditions. The weather was wonderful for a winter hike! John and I volunteered with the Society for the Protection o... Read more

  • Jan 2nd - Weekly Plan

    1/2/2017 4:57:53 AM, by IVORY1825

    Gotta know how I'm going to do this thing! Since I'm jumping back in, I want to start slowly. Here are my goals this week: Track food Run 3 and 5 miles Be on Spark daily It also helps me to have a dinner plan (in no particular order): Fish stew (NYTimes recipe) Steak and sl... Read more

  • New Plan (poem)

    1/1/2017 5:04:36 AM, by JSTETSER

    A new year, and I new plan- I’ll be as specific as I can! Setting a time frame will help me win Being happy with the changes that I see within. I’ll tell the world how I want to change The time is now to rearrange! In 2017, I will write down the food I eat No, I promise that... Read more

  • New year, new attitude

    12/31/2016 12:22:00 PM, by VANILLAMAMA

    So I got the gastric sleeve on 11/14/2016. I feel good. I have only had a few bad days since the surgery. I also weaned off of pain killers early due to a rash. I made it back to work two weeks after surgery. Thank heavens for where I work and them working with lifting restrictions. I am proud to... Read more

  • Happy New Year

    12/31/2016 9:28:51 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; this vacation of my DH was going well until my laptop developed a virus. He is upset b/c he will be working on my laptop all day. He keeps telling me that I have to give him my laptop so he can work on it. He needs it for most of the day. I am going to take down the Christmas dec... Read more

  • Just one more...

    12/31/2016 6:04:10 AM, by JSTETSER

    “Just one more story, please!” “Just one more story, please!” It is our weekly story time, and I am Skyping with my grand daughter Lina. Currently, we are reading the stories of Eric Carle and Jan Brett. Often, Dr. Seuss sneaks in there, along with some nature stories by Dean Bennett. I re... Read more

  • Happy New Year

    12/30/2016 4:22:03 PM, by MARION-S

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  • Welcoming 2017 Choices

    12/30/2016 10:45:39 AM, by NANCY-

    'They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.' -Andy Warhol PIXIE-LICIOUS posted this in her feed and it struck me. Sure sometimes stuff happens, but thankfully we get to choose our reaction. If I get cut off on the highway, do I get angry and esca... Read more

  • Decluttering the House

    12/30/2016 5:18:23 AM, by JSTETSER

    I love pretty things, and am a connoisseur of elephants. I have a huge collection of them in my kitchen. There comes a time when too much is just, well, too much! It is time for me to thin down, and share the wealth. Having clutter complicates life. Today is a day for me to thin down and thro... Read more

  • This New Year

    12/29/2016 8:05:42 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

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  • Learning to Listen

    12/29/2016 5:31:26 AM, by JSTETSER

    On Tuesday, I was tired when I got home from Maine. I had a lot of work and responsibilities to take care of. When my Mom told me that she had no one coming in on Wednesday, I was not looking forward to the 3 hour round trip to visit her. Then I took a minute to listen to my heart. My mother nee... Read more

  • Learning to Listen

    12/29/2016 5:31:26 AM, by JSTETSER

    On Tuesday, I was tired when I got home from Maine. I had a lot of work and responsibilities to take care of. When my Mom told me that she had no one coming in on Wednesday, I was not looking forward to the 3 hour round trip to visit her. Then I took a minute to listen to my heart. My mother nee... Read more

  • Shopping score!

    12/28/2016 5:12:36 PM, by ESSENTIALLYME

    I'm not a fan of day after Christmas shopping, until now. I went to Kroger (grocery store where I live) on Monday. They had their turkeys on sale for 59 cents a pound. I paid 8 bucks and change for one. They had pork tenderloin on sale for $1.49 a pound. Again, 8 bucks and change for one. So a littl... Read more

  • Rewriting negative self-talk

    12/28/2016 4:45:32 PM, by SHINING_ON

    I like to think I'm not a terribly negative person as a rule. I tend to find hidden silver linings, look on the sunnier side of life, annoy others with my endless optimism. That is, where anything not concerning myself is concerned. I'm very negative about myself, unfortunately. I lack co... Read more

  • had a marvelous Christmas this year

    12/28/2016 10:04:32 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    good Morning; This morning DH is in a shopping mood to get things he really does not need. He has a couple gift certificates but when he goes shopping he spends much more than the value of the GC. I have always had this problem with him. He has no concept of restraint when it comes to money. Oh... Read more

  • Love at Christmastime (poem)

    12/28/2016 5:31:44 AM, by JSTETSER

    Christmas Love Your love makes me happy For you are so kind And together we’re stronger together with our love and joy combined. We hike every mountain And cross every vale We try lots of new things And eat lots of kale. God blessed me with you, John, It’s clear t... Read more

  • Where I have been and where I am going.

    12/27/2016 7:25:37 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    I joined the Holiday Challenge to maintain my weight through the Holidays. I have a little three pound plateau that I have been fighting for what seems forever. But, for the challenge, the idea is not to try to lose weight over the course of the challenge. The goal was to maintain. I thought this w... Read more

  • Setting My Intention

    12/27/2016 6:13:11 AM, by JSTETSER

    I take the time each morning to set my intention. I decided that today I will look forward and not behind. Today I will be kind to all I come in contact with. How will you live today?... Read more

  • Christmas Lessons

    12/26/2016 6:33:19 AM, by JSTETSER

    Lina had a difficult time when she tried to bring the nativity lamb home from church. No, that is not your Christmas present!... Read more

  • Creating Christmas

    12/25/2016 5:14:24 AM, by JSTETSER

    Christmas is both something that unfolds before us, and also something that we plan for. It is creating Christmas traditions with a tree, flowers and special ornaments. Holidays are special because of the time and love that go into the preparations. After the preparations are done, then it’s time... Read more

  • Christmas Eve not going good. MIL in hospital

    12/24/2016 9:19:02 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I had these fantasies that this was going to be the best Christmas ever. I really had my fingers crossed. But we got a phone call, my MIL who is 90 is not taking her meds again properly and she got the flu. She has refused some of the procedures that the doctors want to do. She is b... Read more

  • The Season of Surprises!

    12/24/2016 5:51:07 AM, by JSTETSER

    I had two wonderful surprises yesterday. First, my blood pressure was in the "very healthy" range. It was 116/62, despite the season's stress, I've managed to take time to do my deep breathing and get in my daily walks. It makes a big difference! Second, I got a mysterious Christmas card! It ... Read more