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  • I Got the Shot!

    10/16/2017 5:03:21 AM, by JSTETSER

    Sunday I took the time to get my flu shot at my pharmacy. The flu shot is the best way to protect yourself against getting the flu. And washing is important. Getting plenty of rest, and eating a healthy diet are also important. Still the best way to protect against the flu is to get the shot.... Read more

  • New week

    10/16/2017 12:45:00 AM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Sending light love and prayers and blessings have a marvelous day... Read more

  • 10 Slow Breaths

    10/15/2017 5:51:59 AM, by JSTETSER

    10 slow breaths 3 times a day is my way of calming myself, centering myself, and lowering my blood pressure. According to, Deep breathing can release stress and provide other noticeable health benefits. You will likely feel calmer after performing deep breathing exe... Read more

  • Gods Day

    10/14/2017 11:57:38 PM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Have a blessed day sending light love joy and some happiness to all hugs... Read more

  • Benefits of sleep

    10/14/2017 7:33:15 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    One of my first goals for this school year was to consistently get at least 7 hours of sleep. I have established a routine and I stick with it. I have noticed a couple of changes since then. A couple of pounds just seemed to "melt" off. Mostly because I no longer crave sugary sweets all the ti... Read more

  • Benefits of sleep

    10/14/2017 7:33:15 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    One of my first goals for this school year was to consistently get at least 7 hours of sleep. I have established a routine and I stick with it. I have noticed a couple of changes since then. A couple of pounds just seemed to "melt" off. Mostly because I no longer crave sugary sweets all the ti... Read more

  • In The Arms of Love

    10/14/2017 5:08:16 AM, by JSTETSER

    The arms of love There are days when life's journey gets long and hard. I get beat up a bit and discouraged by the fight. Then I come home to your welcoming arms where I'm safe and secure. The arms of love There are days when life's journey gets long and hard. I get beat up a bit ... Read more

  • Beck Pink Day 13 - Cravings

    10/13/2017 8:07:38 AM, by NANCY-

    There are some really great blogs out there on this day. I have always been bothered by the "NO CHOICE" aspect of this. The truth, to me, is that I do have a choice. I thought I had "NO CHOICE" when I smoked and then gave into the craving or when I craved something sweet The craving had the po... Read more

  • Friday the 13th

    10/13/2017 5:16:40 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today is a good day. This is the day that God has made! This is a day of joy and hope. Never let a day scare you! I hope that you will look at this day as a great adventure. That's what I'm going to do! Maybe I'll climb another mountain! ... Read more

  • Thursday

    10/12/2017 11:31:59 AM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Prayers and light to all hugs... Read more

  • Beck Pink Day 12 - Practice Hunger Tolerance

    10/12/2017 10:40:21 AM, by NANCY-

    I do this all the time when fasting for a blood test or procedure. But since I am medication, I revisit Day 11 Hunger, Desire and Cravings. I really should practice Day 11 more so I can more easily recognize my hunger level which will allow me to be more attentive to my food intake. Thanks f... Read more

  • Family love in small doses

    10/12/2017 5:18:32 AM, by JSTETSER

    I dearly love my family, but we have a few differences. BIG differences. Sometimes we argue with each other and express those differences. Recently one of my brothers came home to visit after 3 years of being away This past weekend I was out of state celebrating my son's birthday. I could ... Read more

  • Beck Pink - Days 10 & 11 (plus venting)

    10/11/2017 9:54:33 AM, by NANCY-

    I'm struggling with the making time for Beck and my meditation. The meditation is only 20 minutes and how much time do I need to devote to Beck. Time spent on SP is a habit, so that is not a problem. Why cannot it be the same for Beck. "Failing to plan is planning to fail." - attributed to Ben... Read more

  • Fall Foliage

    10/11/2017 5:18:05 AM, by JSTETSER

    There's something lovely about being in New Hampshire in October. The warm and brilliant leaves and the cool air are just enough to get me out for a walk, bike, kayak or drive. There's no place more beautiful than on top of a mountain on a beautiful Fall day! Driving home from wor... Read more

  • Toxic relationships

    10/11/2017 12:02:40 AM, by ILARIAMARCUCCI

    So, all this working out lately has gotten me to thinking about all the toxic relationships we can be in without realizing it. They can be with anything, or anyone but because we are involved and don't have the right perspective or the hindsight to see it for what it is or was. There was a girl ... Read more

  • Showing kindness

    10/10/2017 5:16:07 AM, by JSTETSER

    Everyone needs and wants kindness. There are times that I'd rather give some of my relatives a good swift kick instead! After acknowledging my frustrated feelings, and see their needs, I remember that I'm no better than they are. I would rather receive the kindness than the good swift ki... Read more

  • High school

    10/10/2017 2:01:41 AM, by ILARIAMARCUCCI

    This past week I picked up the slack and took some last minute shift in emergency situations at work. My bosses are great and always show their appreciation for what their staff does especially in situations like this. They have been following my progress and cheering me on. So I received a than... Read more

  • Tuesday

    10/10/2017 12:54:09 AM, by CHIBIKARATE

    We started a few of the funerals here in Las vegas am deeply saddened by the senseless loss of life sending light and love... Read more

  • Beck Day 9 - EXERCISE

    10/9/2017 8:55:18 AM, by NANCY-

    "Use it or lose it" is an expression that I have often heard. And Oh my is it true. September was horrible for me I was ill and had problems breathing. (Head cold settled into my chest.) With almost 4 weeks with no activity, I am slowly regaining strength. Walking is still challenging, but thank... Read more

  • Rough Couple of Weeks

    10/9/2017 6:51:57 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    It has been a rough couple of weeks. I had a nasty virus that really hit me like a ton of bricks. Honestly, if you get it, make sure to stay home at the beginning. People who don't are the ones who end up at the doctor with something much worse in just a few days. Everyone I know who stayed home tho... Read more

  • Taking Care of ME!

    10/9/2017 6:12:53 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today I have to stop. I've been in high gear for weeks, and the list of responsibilities is long. If I want to stay healthy, feel good about myself, I have to say NO to others and take time for me. People will be disappointed in me today. I'm sure that I'll hear about it. I like to p... Read more

  • New week

    10/8/2017 11:21:57 PM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Thank you to all our heroes who helped in the mass shooting you are appreciated and loved... Read more

  • Beck Day --- oh dear

    10/8/2017 1:46:12 PM, by NANCY-

    I do not know what happened to Day 6 ...apparently is it languishing out on the internet somewhere. 198 Oh well, that is not the end of the world so here is a brief recap of Day 6 and then 7 and 8. Day 6 I love doing Beck as a group... my Beck Buddies, you are my coaches. Reading blogs ... Read more

  • Each one teach one

    10/8/2017 7:20:23 AM, by JSTETSER

    I took the time to pick apples with Shiloh Rose yesterday. What fun!... Read more

  • God day

    10/7/2017 11:38:29 PM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Trying to get back into a normal pace this murderer really got to me sending love and light to all prayers for the blessed brave men and women who were killed last Sunday you are heroes love and peace... Read more

  • New Jersey Birthday!

    10/7/2017 7:21:16 AM, by JSTETSER

    My first-born turns 40! I can hardly wrap my mind around it. I still think of him as a child! Happy birthday to my firstborn son! You've added meaning, and so much fun. As I've learned to love and care for you, God has answered my prayers, more than a few! Now you're married with a... Read more

  • 10K Steps a Day-One Step at a Time!

    10/6/2017 5:19:35 AM, by JSTETSER

    Well, I'm putting my best foot forward with this challenge! Every day I try to get in 10,000 steps. Many days I fail in my attempt. Even trying makes me successful. My school schedule has changed dramatically, and I'm not getting out for my beautiful walks ass much as I used to. I've chan... Read more

  • The universe is against me!

    10/5/2017 1:34:57 PM, by ILARIAMARCUCCI

    I've been trying hard to get to the gym this week but have only gotten in1.5 of the 5 I wanted. It seems like I get called into work right before or while I've been at the gym. But not going to let that stop me. Today I'm going to clean, work out and get ready to go to work (meaning take a nap) I ne... Read more

  • Beck Day 5 - Eat Slowly and Mindfully

    10/5/2017 9:32:10 AM, by NANCY-

    Last night I was blessed with the opportunity to eat out with my eldest son. My husband, middle son and I drove up to this lovely restaurant. I do have a dining out rule... drink or dessert. Choose. I was thinking about a cosmopolitan martini, then decided I wasn't in the mood for a drink. D... Read more

  • Out on a Limb

    10/5/2017 5:05:23 AM, by JSTETSER

    Well, this time, I really did it. I tried to help a student and it really backfired. I followed the rules. I had the consent of the team. At the last minute, an important backed out, and I looked like a very foolish person. Life goes on. I'd rather be at fault for trying and hung out ... Read more

  • Beck Days 2, 3 & 4

    10/4/2017 12:29:35 PM, by NANCY-

    Day 2 Ah my "food plan",, mostly whole foods plant based. I was pleasantly surprised that hubby asked about doing more vegan meals. I will be planning a menu that will be repeatable, drawing from Engine 2. Back up will be the food plans done with a friend. Day 3 "Eating while sitting" is... Read more

  • I'm too young to start acting old!

    10/4/2017 5:10:17 AM, by JSTETSER

    After a medical procedure like a colonoscopy, I don't want to do anything. I just want to sit. I just want to avoid drama. I just want to have a day to myself. Maybe it's what I need. Just a few minutes of quiet. Right now, I feel old. I'm 61, and that's too young to feel old. Maybe wh... Read more

  • Hump day

    10/4/2017 12:38:05 AM, by CHIBIKARATE

    I am safe not so much for some of my friends we are devastated here by the shooting but we are a loving community and we will be stronger it is with a heavy heartbroken heart and tears that I ask for you to pray for us in Las Vegas Thank you... Read more

  • The Colon Cleanse

    10/3/2017 5:24:12 AM, by JSTETSER

    According to my nurse, this is the test that people avoid the most. It's not fun, and it's not pretty, but it's important. Every ten years, I go in for a colonoscopy, which requires a day of cleansing of the bowels before hand. A colonoscopy is one of the best ways to spot or help preven... Read more

  • The Premium Spark

    10/2/2017 5:18:57 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday I decided to take the trial use of the Spark Premium, and I'm glad that I did! I have been on Spark for a few years and thought that I'd seen it all. I found that the Spark Coach motivational 3-minute talks help me to gain a better grasp on what I'm facing! One of the best benefi... Read more

  • Day 1: Record the advantages of losing weight

    10/1/2017 11:09:04 AM, by NANCY-

    The advantages.... Why? So we can set boundaries. Read the following this morning. ~~~~~~~~~~~ Boundaries Fences are built to keep valuable things safe--to keep children and pets from escaping or running headlong into danger. Roadways have painted lines to keep cars in their own lane, and h... Read more

  • Walking & Meditation

    10/1/2017 5:10:52 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today I'm hiking in the hills doing Mindful Moving Meditation. I am taking parts from the SparkPeople's Walking meditation guide, which I found here:
    /wellness_articles.asp?id=894 Did you know that meditation can help lower blood pressure, relieve stress and ... Read more

  • saga with the in-laws continue

    9/30/2017 11:38:45 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; boy have I learned my lesson to stay out of it. I got another email this morning. This one was to inform me that FIL is going to pay for nurse. Why did they not do this in the first place and leave the family out of it. They were hoping the family members would cough up the money f... Read more

  • Beyond my control

    9/30/2017 5:10:21 AM, by JSTETSER

    There are some things that I just have to leave in the hands of God. They are beyond my control. I love to organize life so that things turn out well for everyone, but it just doesn't happen. My son is having a birthday soon, and I'm making the trip down to New Jersey to visit with him. I... Read more

  • Feeling Better so on to Goal 4

    9/29/2017 9:28:40 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    I haven't added a new goal from my book for a couple of weeks because I got really sick. But my goals so far are: 1. Getting 7 hours of sleep each night - I have been pretty consistent with this. I have established a bedtime routine and stick to it. 2. Planning my meals - I am doing well wi... Read more

  • an update with DH's family

    9/29/2017 8:42:47 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    good Morning; I know I have experience with his family for years. My SIL sends a note stating that they have decided to hire the nurses aide for $700 a month to relieve my husband's sister b/c she needed the relief. In the note, no one stated if the money is coming from the FIL's savings account o... Read more

  • Head Games - The most powerful tool for losing or maintaining weight is between our ears.

    9/29/2017 8:39:15 AM, by NANCY-

    I'm revisiting Beck with the Beck Team. Whether it is your first time through or a repeat, there are a lot of great tools that we can utilize. Retraining my brain is is an arduous process. Things like to remain the same., but things, habits, choices must change to get different results. “If ... Read more

  • Invasion of the body snatchers

    9/29/2017 6:23:21 AM, by ILARIAMARCUCCI

    I look at my face in the mirror and it's like looking at a whole new person. I'm not sure how I like the changes in my face. It makes me feel I'm not me and I don't like looking in the mirror. Does it ever get any better? Do you ever get used to the new person staring back at you and not feel like... Read more

  • Ask, Seek, Knock!

    9/29/2017 5:19:28 AM, by JSTETSER

    Ask and it shall be given to you! Seel and you shall find! Knock and the door shall be opened to you. Well, today is a very happy day! I have hunted for, asked the school staff for them, but I ended up empty-handed. I did not give up! I asked the principal again for pedometers. She asked ... Read more

  • Doctor Visit

    9/28/2017 3:33:57 PM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    I did get to the doctor today. I have an upper and a lower respiratory infection. In fact, he said if I had waited any longer he would have had to tell me that I had at the very least bronchitis or even pneumonia. I got in there just in the nick of time. I am now being treated as though I have ... Read more

  • got another letter from sister-in-law

    9/28/2017 1:09:06 PM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; on going issue with DH's family wanting $700 a month for a nurse for his Mother to administer medicine so his sister does not have to do it. DH pushed back and then I got involved. The parents have enough money for this type of care, but father does not want to spend the money in hi... Read more

  • Running on Empty

    9/28/2017 5:10:23 AM, by JSTETSER

    Running on Empty Tuesday was a normal day. I was riding into work when I noticed it. My gas gauge was very low. Okay. It was a very tiny bit above empty. I was taking the back road shortcut to work, and I had no gas. I had 5 extra minutes to turn around and get gas that is 5 miles in the ... Read more

  • I am an Athlete!

    9/27/2017 9:52:35 AM, by JSTETSER

    I am an Athlete! Yes, I am! I didn't plan to become one, but I realize that in order to be a healthy person, I had to become an athlete. A shift in my thinking has begun! I no longer look at myself as an old person, sick with high blood pressure and Diabetes. I am an athlete! My bo... Read more

  • what a day yesterday with MIL

    9/27/2017 7:48:35 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; DS texted that the AC went out the night before. They had to contact the MIL again. She was not very nice and did not take the seriousness of the situation. She has a handyman which is available to fix stuff for her. The guy came out and did not fix the AC. DIL had to go to mother... Read more

  • Whew. Got stopped in my tracks by a Mac Truck!!

    9/27/2017 5:51:38 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    It started last Thursday with a tickle in my throat at the end of 3rd period. I thought that it was the result of having a day full of lectures. I drank more water. By Friday, my throat was on fire. There is nothing worse than a sore throat for a teacher, but I went to school anyway. After sch... Read more

  • how to get back on track

    9/26/2017 7:06:42 PM, by KWESTANULWUT

    damn I was doing so good not having fast food and the last 2 days I have had mcdonalds wendys chips chocolate cookies and mochas I need to get back on track and today my sugar was over 230 which since I been diagnosed I have had it at 180 or below and that was just from chips a cookie and a half a b... Read more

  • For Amy (...and if I'm being honest, for me, too)... Keepin' it Real

    9/26/2017 7:21:39 AM, by _RAMONA

    When I joined SparkPeople, I thought it was because I wanted (needed) to take control of my weight and my health... and for awhile this remained a truth I could comfortably live with. I was undeniably fat (morbidly obese), and I was chronically ill. Interestingly, while the weight was my most o... Read more

  • Never Miss a Morning

    9/26/2017 5:12:27 AM, by JSTETSER

    My secret to staying slim is that I never miss a morning time. I get up and start the routine. Even if I go back to bed an hour later, I get up and put on my clothes. If it's a weekend, it's my workout clothes, In this photo, I'm at the foot of North Brother Mt in Maine. I love to hike! ... Read more

  • Longest Streak Ever

    9/25/2017 8:16:16 AM, by MOJOSOUND

    I have been following a low carb/high fat/moderate protein diet since July 29, 2016. Over this time I have lost almost 50 pounds. I have energy and I have health. My A1c came down to 5.7. My cholesterol and blood pressure have come way down. I am off all medications. It works for me with my hi... Read more

  • Walking 10 K steps a day!

    9/25/2017 5:04:38 AM, by JSTETSER

    Every day I track my steps on a pedometer on my phone. I am finding that tracking my steps is very motivating. I used to go for long walks, now I have to get in my exercise in spits and spurts. A little here and there really does add up! I'm amazed at how many steps I can walk in a day! ... Read more

  • Azteca

    9/24/2017 11:06:19 AM, by ILARIAMARCUCCI

    So a while ago I went to Azteca for luch. I went to track it and found I couldn't because there was not nutrition information for them anywhere. So So I emailed them asking why everyone else had nutrition information but they didn't. I received a full nutriton information listing. I'd post it h... Read more

  • Sunflowers in my Garden

    9/24/2017 5:37:30 AM, by JSTETSER

    Every year, I grow a row of sunflowers at the back of my garden. Truthfully, it is just for the fun of seeing them grow. It is a lot of hassle to harvest the seeds. I'd love to hear from other people who grow Sunflowers. How do you harvest your seeds? It is a lot of work for me. Here ... Read more

  • do we ever get a break

    9/23/2017 11:08:03 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; we got an email from my DH's family. MIL is not taking medicine and had another attack- which we knew. she came back from hospital to her assistant living facility. She has lost her short term memories, confused and taking her medicine out of order or not at all. Her daughter who l... Read more

  • The Sum of Small Efforts

    9/23/2017 5:09:10 AM, by JSTETSER

    Every day I get up and walk, bike, lift weights and get in good exercise. I take the time to eat healthy food. I drink my 8 glasses of water. In fact, I'm drinking some now! I know that all of these small efforts will keep the Type II Diabetes under control, and I will experience success:... Read more

  • So not feeling it

    9/22/2017 11:48:47 PM, by ILARIAMARCUCCI

    I went to the gym today but wasn't feeling it. I couldn't concentrate or get into the groove so after 45 minutes I left. Motivation sorely lacking. I don't feel as bad as I should because of my morning walk at Point No Point. Dinner was fabulous however. My mom made a really great beef vegetabl... Read more

  • Changes

    9/22/2017 5:09:00 AM, by JSTETSER

    The season is changing, and so am I. It's time to put the kayak away for the fall and winter. Fall is in the air, and school is in full swing again. More of my time goes into classroom planning, and I have to work hard to get in my walks. Columbus Day weekend, I'll go to New Jersey to visi... Read more

  • Had a very good day yesterday

    9/21/2017 9:38:01 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    good Morning; DS went back home and waited for repairmen to come. they were in the house only a short time and we are not sure they fixed it. MIL has a repairman for her rental. I was very pleased how DS handled everything. DS went to counselor. He came out of it feeling good. He came back and... Read more

  • Rise UP!

    9/21/2017 5:18:35 AM, by JSTETSER

    When the world knocks you down, Remember to rise up and keep moving forward! ... Read more

  • Pineapple upside-down cake

    9/20/2017 5:37:55 PM, by ILARIAMARCUCCI

    Yesterday at work I had to make 2 pineapple upside-down cakes. One was supposed to be for my family, but it's my favorite and didn't think I could resist the temptation. I took it to my vet. I still had some of the yummy stuff on the bottom and the scale showed it, I'm proud of myself for resist... Read more

  • Commuter Biking Day 1

    9/20/2017 3:57:39 PM, by SHINING_ON

    I currently weigh over 300 lbs and I'm very out of shape. But for 2 years, I've wanted to start using non-automobile transit to get to and from work/school. This summer, I finally embarked on the walk+bus combo after learning that walking 2.2 miles a day one way wasn't something I could do easily or... Read more

  • kids here again- they lost their AC yesterday

    9/20/2017 9:34:04 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; we have the house all in order for vacation but kids called and their home was 100 degrees inside. they called MIL to fix AC since she still owns house. she is taken her good old time. they have no status and it might be days before she gets it fixed. they came here to stay until ... Read more

  • kids here again- they lost their AC yesterday

    9/20/2017 9:34:02 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; we have the house all in order for vacation but kids called and their home was 100 degrees inside. they called MIL to fix AC since she still owns house. she is taken her good old time. they have no status and it might be days before she gets it fixed. they came here to stay until ... Read more

  • Reaching for the Higher Life

    9/20/2017 5:13:44 AM, by JSTETSER

    It's time to get up and reach for a better life, a higher life indeed! Making changes daily is now my creed. Every day I learn about my life in healthy ways These small changes that I make are what really pays. I know that I'm not perfect, but better I will be I'm losing the low life... Read more

  • Beach Baby

    9/19/2017 5:09:05 AM, by JSTETSER

    It's so nice to see Gabby enjoying a day out! After a year of struggling for her little life, now she is strong and healthy. They still watch her closely, but turning one was a celebration. Yipee!... Read more

  • Turning One!

    9/18/2017 5:09:24 AM, by JSTETSER

    Our miracle baby just turned one year old! Now I'm One! It's been a tough year, I was sick but now I'm better and I will pick to run and play like a cute little chick! I'm the miracle baby, and don't you know people prayed and prayed because they love me so, when I got b... Read more

  • Spark Party NH

    9/17/2017 5:02:58 AM, by JSTETSER

    Saturday was the annual SparkPeople get-together for my New Hampshire group. 68ANNE, MINILOVER and I had a wonderful time! I have to say, SparkPeople are some of the most interesting and uplifting people I know! This was the smallest group of Sparkers that i have been with, and loved it. I di... Read more