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  • Gods day

    12/4/2016 12:17:06 AM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Remember to always say I love you as you leave the house hugs... Read more

  • Mt. Major-an easy hike!

    12/3/2016 5:18:25 AM, by JSTETSER

    You don't need to climb a dangerous peak to get amazing photos! Most of my pictures are taken right on Mt Monadnock. Yesterday I hiked Mt. Major, which has little elevation gain, but great views of Lake Winnipesaukee. Hiking is great exercise, and easy on the joints. The biggest things ... Read more

  • Christmas season going great!

    12/2/2016 7:35:45 PM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I have really gotten into the spirit. I am handling the temptations better this year than other years. DH and I have been communicating better in the last couple months. I am so glad b/c it was exhausting. I am doing well at the gym. DH is not constantly complaining about his job ... Read more

  • Exhaustion

    12/2/2016 4:48:58 PM, by SHINING_ON

    Soo... the first two days of the diet overhaul went well in the sense that I stuck to my plan well. My significant other has been very encouraging. In fact, when I was sort of "slipping" a bit last night (mentally, I mean) he handed me an apple so I wouldn't be tempted to go hunt for a snack on my o... Read more

  • Prepare for the Winter Wonderland!

    12/2/2016 5:15:45 AM, by JSTETSER

    Im dreaming of the Whites this winter! Hiking in the White Mountains of NH, on quiet, snow covered trails with the cold, crisp air filling our lungs is a beautiful experience. While dreams are important, planning and preparation will keep the dream from becoming a nightmare. This article will he... Read more

  • TGIF

    12/1/2016 11:28:48 PM, by CHIBIKARATE

    I hope everyone has a wonderful day I am pretty sad please be blessed... Read more

  • Inspiration from a blog and a challenge to you.

    12/1/2016 5:45:53 PM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    I was inspired by a recent blog post to come up with a "keep moving" during the holidays themed schedule. I thought that I would share. Move it Monday - just move. Bike, walk, dance, whatever. Mondays are the hardest day I face as a teacher. I usually just want to curl up when I get home. T... Read more

  • Diet Overhaul

    12/1/2016 4:02:14 PM, by SHINING_ON

    I will have to write more on my experiences when I have more time and if people are interested, here's the skinny (don't I wish! har har). I met with a physician, a behaviorist, and a dietitian Tuesday evening as part of my enrollment in the medical weight loss program. Yay! First hurdle overc... Read more

  • Transformed!

    12/1/2016 5:13:44 AM, by JSTETSER

    The 30 days of thankfulness has made me a kinder and more thankful person. Thank you to each person who gave a part of their day during November to be thankful and also to read my blogs. I am truly blessed to be surrounded by such great Sparks! ... Read more

  • #30 Innocence

    11/30/2016 5:23:06 AM, by JSTETSER

    #30 of Thirty Days of Thankfulness I am thankful for the innocence of young children. When I look at these lovely little girls, I see sweet, gentle spirits that come from living in a loving home. I know that every moment with a young child is not bliss, but I love looking into the eyes... Read more

  • And another new record... but not a good one! Ugh.

    11/29/2016 11:26:12 AM, by SHINING_ON

    I missed my weigh-in yesterday, so I did it this morning: 344.0 Umm... well, that sucks. I was supposed to be losing weight and here I am gaining it. Now 344 is my highest weight yet. Sigh. When I first started paying attention to myself it was 337. That's a 7 lb gain overall. I'm struggling no... Read more

  • #29 Light and Love

    11/29/2016 5:09:39 AM, by JSTETSER

    Day 29 of the 30 Days of Thankfulness I am thankful for the light and love that shines in all of us. Today, let's all take the time to recognize that light in someone else.. Take a moment to value that Spark go God in your friends, family and coworkers.... Read more

  • Move it Monday

    11/28/2016 5:27:25 PM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    It's funny things that we take for granted isn't it? Forest fires happen in other places. Forest fires are something we hear about on the news. We were never in any danger here, but the smoke was thick and it was real. Me and my asthmatic self are very grateful for the rain! I am sure everyone else ... Read more

  • #28 Kids and Gabby Update!

    11/28/2016 5:34:16 AM, by JSTETSER

    Day 28 of 30 Days of Thankfulness I am thankful for cute, inquisitive children. I learn from kids! They teach me how to teach them (when I listen carefully). We make seasonal bulletin boards, based on their interests and their plans! I am especially thankful for my baby Gabby Alice. She wa... Read more

  • Holiday Challenge So Far

    11/27/2016 9:30:21 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    We went up to WV for Thanksgiving. I got to spend two days with my entire family. We went up Thursday morning and came back on Saturday morning. I weighed myself this morning. I have maintained. :) My goal for this Holiday season is to maintain. I joined a Holiday challenge through my in... Read more

  • Went back to gym after gout flare up

    11/27/2016 9:21:59 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; it felt good. I did not sleep much this weekend, but I got up and wanted to test my foot. I only had a flare up with one toe. I have been taking supplements for gout and had even a tea made for gout. I am going to see my doctor too. I really count on my feet for my exercise and thi... Read more

  • #27 Timing

    11/27/2016 5:44:55 AM, by JSTETSER

    Day 27 of 30 Days of Thankfulness I am thankful for the many experiences that put me where I am today. Some of them were unpleasant, but I am not complaining. God has used them to make me a better and more compassionate person. I have allowed the Lord to teach me important lessons through the ... Read more

  • 800 calorie Blood Sugar Diet - latest HBA1c results

    11/26/2016 1:00:09 PM, by SUNSHINE-GIRL

    Seems like a long time since I last posted a blog and I have just been reading through my last one in September 2016. I was surprised at how unsure of everything I was. Was this diet really working, would my diabetes improve, I even talked about taking a break from it but was unable to revert back... Read more

  • Brief Update

    11/26/2016 8:47:48 AM, by SHINING_ON

    I have a computer program running in the background (for my research) and I'm sipping black tea (not coffee! oh my!). I'm also AWAKE by 7am... it's as if I'm a whole new person today, hah! It's been a busy rollercoaster of the past two weeks, and I frankly have no clue where it even went. I don... Read more

  • #26 Creativity and Craft Fairs

    11/26/2016 5:42:24 AM, by JSTETSER

    Day 26 of 30 days of Thankfulness I am thankful for creativity and the time to make mittens and hats, Smittens, finger puppets, and Christmas Tree Napkins. Today is the Washington, NH Craft Fair. Stop in and say hi to me! I am set up right inside the front door!... Read more

  • thanksgiving was a success!!

    11/25/2016 12:38:16 PM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    good morning; late yesterday, my DS and my DIL finally came down. She was having morning sickness. We had a wonderful relaxing conversation and meal. My DIL is having severe stress from her mother. Her mother says she had a very easy pregnancy and does not understand why she is not having one. H... Read more

  • #25 Authors

    11/25/2016 5:55:34 AM, by JSTETSER

    #25 of 30 Days Of Thankfulness. I'm thankful for great authors like Nicholas Howe who I spent an hour talking with on Wednesday evening. ... Read more

  • #24. Thankful!

    11/24/2016 5:40:19 PM, by JSTETSER

    Happy thanksgiving everyone! ... Read more

  • Holidays and families

    11/24/2016 12:04:25 PM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; My DS and his wife were coming down and still may come down for Thanksgiving. But SIL is having morning sickness, she is pregnant. It is no biggie. there will be other Thanksgivings, my son and her live 75 miles away. Her mother is getting involved and tells her pregnancy is easy. ... Read more

  • Have a wonderful Thanksgiving ALL!

    11/24/2016 11:24:40 AM, by RENIESSPARKIN

    I'm so THANKFUL for all my SparkPeople friends (& family) on this special day. I pray all will be able to join with their families/friends and enjoy it to the fullest, too! 252 223 381 426 428 576 53 578 579 580 215 321 353 355 356 362 213 4 334 253 Luv you all & may t... Read more

  • #23 Protection

    11/23/2016 5:17:27 AM, by JSTETSER

    Day 23 of 30 Days of thankfulness I'm thankful for God's hand of protection on my family. We are held in the palm of His hand. Today as people travel to their Thanksgiving destination, I will be praying for you! ... Read more

  • Find the time

    11/22/2016 6:33:20 AM, by MARION-S

    John F. Kennedy "We must find the time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives."... Read more

  • #22 a Minor Miracles

    11/22/2016 5:21:19 AM, by JSTETSER

    Day 22 of 3o Days of Thankfulness The other day, a minor miracle happened to me. I got a call from my credit card company saying that my card may have been compromised. It had been used in Webster, Massachusetts on Saturday night at a pharmacy. I had not been to Webster, and let the woman know... Read more

  • Tuesday

    11/22/2016 12:00:20 AM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Hope for a beautiful day had a very hard day and it brought me to tears I have been strong and wanted my family to be with or talk to me sinv=ce my brother died but once again all my sister and her family care about in money I knew snd it breaks my heart... Read more

  • #21 The Lighter Side

    11/21/2016 5:11:36 AM, by JSTETSER

    Day 21 of 30 Days of Thankfulness I love the lighter side of life! Often when hiking with friends, we will find a silly sign. This is really more amusing than confusing. One arrow is pointing up the trail while the other is pointing down. We just stood in the middle to make things loo... Read more

  • Monday

    11/20/2016 11:47:06 PM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Have a blessed week and remember to be happy and let someone know how much you love them hugs... Read more

  • #20 Forgiveness

    11/20/2016 5:58:19 AM, by JSTETSER

    Day 20 of 30 Days of Thankfulness I am forgiven. I think of the words of the song Yesterday: I said something wrong, and I long for yesterday. We were in the middle of that conversation, while my husband was driving and I posted something that I now deeply regret. My words had much more mea... Read more

  • Shocker of a Week

    11/19/2016 6:52:11 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    This week started off as a normal week. I knew it was going to be stressful because we only have 7 class periods until Thanksgiving break and the project my students have been working on for 12 weeks was due on Friday. (Technically, they are giving presentations so we did 1/2 on Friday and the other... Read more

  • #19 The AMC

    11/19/2016 6:04:00 AM, by JSTETSER

    Day 19 of 30 Days of Thankfulness I am thankful for the Appalachian Mountain Club. This is the oldest conservation group in the US. They work to protect forests on the Eastern US, maintain trails, get kids of all ages into nature. Education, Conservation and Recreation in nature are their 3 ... Read more

  • Saturday

    11/18/2016 11:14:30 PM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Have a very blessed day and thank you for all your kind words and thoughts hugs be blessed my friends... Read more

  • Just relaxing - I have my tree up

    11/18/2016 4:10:11 PM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    good afternoon; It has gotten cold here. There is a cold front coming in. I love it. I prefer it cooler than hot this time of year. My DD had to buy a snow suit for her kids b/c she is having Thanksgiving in an area that has snow. I am ready for the season. I will decorate my Christmas table ma... Read more

  • #18 Gabby Update

    11/18/2016 5:18:09 AM, by JSTETSER

    30 Days of Thankfulness, Day 18 I am thankful for praying and caring people. My grandchild Gabriella Alice is 2 months old, and has gone through some significant health challenges. I am so thankful for the people who have prayed for her, and let me know how much they care. Gabby just had ... Read more

  • #17 people who help!

    11/17/2016 10:06:08 AM, by JSTETSER

    #17 of 30 days of Thankfulness. I am so thankful for Mary and the dedicated people at LifePath. My mom is in her own home because of their help! ... Read more

  • turkey lunch with grandkids

    11/16/2016 10:02:19 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning. DD just telephoned me. She never does this- it is always texting. But a phone call, she says the kids are so happy to have turkey with you. I have not had anything to eat yet- saving it for the turkey at school. I am not going to have all the trimmings. DD thanked me for doing t... Read more

  • Binge Made Me Sick

    11/16/2016 8:36:56 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    I got scary news from the doctor yesterday. I have to go to the hospital for some tests. The doctor's office called at 9:00 on what was going to be a long day anyway. I didn't get home until after 5 and I was here by myself last night because my husband was out of town. I stress at... Read more

  • #16 Loving Attitude

    11/16/2016 5:17:20 AM, by JSTETSER

    #16 of 30 days of Thankfulness A loving and positive attitude. Mothers Theresa says it best! ... Read more

  • #15 Mountains!

    11/15/2016 5:06:25 AM, by JSTETSER

    Day 15 of 30 Days of Thankfulness I am so thankful for mountains to climb! Always having a terrific time! Whether peaks in the East or peaks in the West, The views from the summit are always the best! ... Read more

  • Day 14 So Thankful for Solar!

    11/14/2016 5:20:30 AM, by JSTETSER

    30 Days of Thankfulness #14. Our Sun Run solar panels were installed right after Christmas, 2015. We have been very happy with our leased solar panels, and we love not paying an electric bill. Currently, we have lots of electric credits in our account. By the end of August, we expected to ha... Read more

  • #13 Home

    11/13/2016 6:07:33 AM, by JSTETSER

    30 days of thankfulness #30 I'm thankful for home. Be it ever so humble, it's where I chose to live and lay my head. There's something special about going back to my little piece of heaven after a time away. Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz got it right. There's really no plane like home! ... Read more

  • #12 Smiles

    11/12/2016 6:23:33 AM, by JSTETSER

    30 days of thankfulness #12 I'm thankful for the smile on my face when I hold my grandchild, or talk with a friend or family member. A smile conveys acceptance and love. Whenever there's joy in a relationship, there will be a smile. Whenever I teach, I try to smile and let the class know that I... Read more

  • # Miracles!

    11/11/2016 5:28:56 AM, by JSTETSER

    30 Days of Thankfulness #11 I am thankful for miracles. They are around us every day. The beautiful sunrise and a baby's smile are both miracles to me. Today my family needs a miracle of healing, and I hope that you will pray with me for it. Little Gabby was diagnosed yesterday with hydro... Read more

  • Fear of hunger

    11/10/2016 4:52:00 PM, by SHINING_ON

    Have you ever 'gone hungry'? I'm not talking for a meal -- or even a day. I'm talking about the constant, stabbing hunger that takes over your brain after, in my experience, 48 hours or without substantial food. Maybe, like me, you were a child who grew up in neglect (if so, I'm so incredibly sorry.... Read more

  • I got an invitation to a turkey lunch

    11/10/2016 8:19:50 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I love spending time with my grand kids. My daughter sent me an invitation to the thanksgiving turkey lunch at their school. I have two grandkids so I will have to manage 1/2 time with each. the problem with be with my grandson who wants to go home as soon as I see him. I am going ... Read more

  • I got an invitation to a turkey lunch

    11/10/2016 8:19:44 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I love spending time with my grand kids. My daughter sent me an invitation to the thanksgiving turkey lunch at their school. I have two grandkids so I will have to manage 1/2 time with each. the problem with be with my grandson who wants to go home as soon as I see him. I am going ... Read more

  • #10 Good Books!

    11/10/2016 5:25:53 AM, by JSTETSER

    30 Days of Thankfulness #10 I am thankful for good books. They have changed my life! I've met some wonderful people, and gone to some amazing places through my books. My world has expanded and I've come to understand people and cultures that I would not have otherwise known. I've always got a ... Read more

  • what wonderful concession speeches

    11/9/2016 12:30:03 PM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good morning; I pray the positivism and the politeness comes back to our country. Have a good day!... Read more

  • #9 A New Day!

    11/9/2016 5:08:34 AM, by JSTETSER

    30 Days of Thankfulness #9 Today is a new day. I'm not excited about the election results, but Donald Trump is our new president. Today I'm shocked, and tomorrow, I will unite and hope for the best as we move forward, and hope for the best for the USA. In four years, we get to repeat the proc... Read more

  • MIL getting more senile

    11/8/2016 7:57:32 PM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    I get this letter from MIL going up & down on me. Are you mad at me? I have not gotten a letter from you. I want to hear about your trip. DH says to ignore her- she is getting more senile. She said that she has neighbors that she visits with and goes to meetings at the assistant living... Read more

  • #8 a Giving Heart

    11/8/2016 5:14:40 AM, by JSTETSER

    30 days of Thankfulness #8 I am thankful for parents with giving hearts. As I grew up in Athol, Mass, my father found ways to both raise the family and help the community. My Dad was a Boy Scout leader for many years. My two older brothers attained the rank of Eagle Scout. My Dad always ... Read more

  • 30 Days of Thankfulness #7 Health Care

    11/7/2016 5:07:27 AM, by JSTETSER

    30 Days of Thankfulness #7 I am thankful for good medical and holistic health team. I have a doctor who I can trust with my life. Dr Alfredo Perez at Catholic Medical Center is a wise and capable doctor who is able to work with me to keep me healthy. I know that he and his dedicated staff have... Read more

  • went to movies

    11/6/2016 5:17:13 PM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good evening; DH & I went to see Dr Strange. I was not sure if I would like the movie, but I enjoyed it. Now I am just relaxing. DH is not relaxed today. I have to be patient and just go with the flow. We remembered to change our clocks backward. It has been raining all day. I did not sleep well... Read more

  • 30 Days of Thankfulness #6

    11/6/2016 4:58:40 AM, by JSTETSER

    I am so thankful for people who work in the health insurance field, and are willing to take the time to help me understand the complexities of choosing a good health insurance policy that works best for me. Thank you Roger for taking 2 hours, listening patiently and waiting as I ran the numbers bef... Read more

  • Grand kids coming this morning for most of the afternoon

    11/5/2016 9:20:25 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; DD called and asked if we would babysit. Any time at our choice, she has company here. Her DH and her want to spend time with them. DH and I discussed it. I have learned that DH has to be ok with the decision. He had been ornery at times when our grand kids come. I asked him wha... Read more

  • One Whole Year of Spark People

    11/5/2016 7:01:35 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    Tomorrow, I will log into SparkPeople for the 365th time in a row. That is one whole year of logging in every single day. As I reflect back on that year, I see many ups and downs. I see pounds lost and gained. I see a scary diagnosis and positive support groups. Mostly though, I see someone who feel... Read more

  • 30 days of Thankfulness #5

    11/5/2016 5:08:14 AM, by JSTETSER

    30 days of Thankfulness #5 I am thankful for the strong Christians of today and yesterday. Today John and I went hiking up Clark's Summit in Deering, NH. It was a great short hike on a windy, sunny day! We discovered this plaque on the top of the mountain. Clark Poling was a Chaplin i... Read more