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  • Better for my Back!

    9/30/2016 5:22:59 AM, by JSTETSER

    I'm making changes for the Health of it! This year, I decided that I would listen to my body and change the way that I carry my school books, computer and pocketbook. Rather than carry it on my shoulder as I have for years, I bought a storage box on wheels. What a difference it makes! I have... Read more

  • TGIF

    9/30/2016 12:56:22 AM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Sending light love joy and love to my friends thank you for all your support hugs and for making me feel I count... Read more

  • Metraset Program - Intake Appointment

    9/29/2016 7:31:34 PM, by METROKITTY

    So today I had the initial appointment to enter the Metraset Program, which is a weight loss program in Seattle that uses ketogenic weight loss. http://metreset.com (Seattle Program). It was an hour long appointment and I may have been there longer. Felt like I had a 100% personality match wi... Read more

  • Take the shot!

    9/29/2016 5:19:54 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday I helped to insure that my winter will be a well one. I got the flu shot. Did you know that taking the shot is the best way to keep your body strong against the flu? I'm doing all that I can to stay strong so that I can see my beautiful little grand babies!... Read more

  • Guidance

    9/28/2016 4:37:46 PM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    I start each morning by reading a devotional type book. Right now, I have a little book called 52 Weeks of Conscious Contact that I am reading. Each week, I read and ponder about different values. This week's value is Guidance. Today's lesson was all about accepting guidance. Yesterday, I ran a... Read more

  • Baby Gabby

    9/28/2016 5:32:10 AM, by JSTETSER

    Gabby is now 3 weeks old. Gabby update: the doctors told Nora & Matt is when she was admitted to the NICU on 9/19/16 she was very sick. Now we know it was viral meningitis & that the doctors weren't sure she'd pull through. In their aggressive treatment they put her on Acyclovir, an antiviral whi... Read more

  • Great Debates with ME

    9/27/2016 5:35:03 AM, by JSTETSER

    Last night I had a great debate with the two me's. The healthy me vs. the practical me. Are you going to eat the chocolate or have a cup of herbal tea? Are you going for the walk or clean the house? Are you going to be happy or complain because things aren't going your way? The healthy m... Read more

  • LETS CHAT ABOUT ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE DAYTIME SOAPS

    9/26/2016 5:02:10 PM, by KATHARINE01948

    272 NEW TEAM sometimes its just fun to get a way from everyday life . come and join me . lets chat about one of your favorite soap .s ... Read more

  • Changeing habits with the changing seasons

    9/26/2016 5:32:29 AM, by JSTETSER

    Finally, it's fall. Time for the fall makeover. There are things that I do to help me have a healthy change. 1. Evaluate my eating plan, and change at least one of my downfalls. I am added more water. Every time I get into my car, I have a tall glass of water. I have to drive from the sch... Read more

  • Pass the Cheese Please

    9/25/2016 9:29:12 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    Last night we had Cincinnati chili for dinner. I shredded a little fresh cheese to use as a garnish. After dinner, I got to thinking about cheese and dairy. I have pretty much given up on dairy (ok, cheese is a weakness - but we'll get to that later.) I am drinking and cooking with almond mil... Read more

  • Gabbi Update

    9/25/2016 5:32:52 AM, by JSTETSER

    Gabby was born a strong, healthy little girl on 9/15/16. Three days later, she developed a high fever, and was in back in the hospital. On Friday, 9/23, the fever is gone, but our little grandbaby is being tested and checked out for possibly having a spinal meningitis. Gabbyís parents Mat a... Read more

  • Family Teamwork! photos addded

    9/24/2016 6:13:04 AM, by JSTETSER

    I donít know about your family, but sometimes, maybe most of the time, all six brothers and sisters do not agree on the care that my mother should receive. This past week, I was happily surprised at how well we worked together. My Mom fell of Wednesday. My brother John took charge since he w... Read more

  • Family Update

    9/23/2016 5:32:54 AM, by JSTETSER

    Thank you so much for your prayers and concern. My mother had a very interesting report. The scan of her brain showed that the Glioma (small tumor) in her brain is gone. No explanation why. Also, my mother is blind in her right eye. After the bump on her head, her eyesight has returned a bit. ... Read more

  • Please say a prayer

    9/22/2016 5:22:16 AM, by JSTETSER

    Dear Spark Friends, Please pray for the youngest (6 days old) and the oldest (94 years old) members of my family. Baby Gabby is in the hospital with a fever. My mom fell yesterday, and has some bleeding in the brain. Thank you. ... Read more

  • Disappointed

    9/21/2016 7:43:45 PM, by FSM19520

    Second week in a row I gained weight (3lbs). Why?... Read more

  • Tame the Sweet Tooth Challenge - COMPLETE!!

    9/21/2016 12:34:30 PM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    For the past 21 days, I have participated in the SparkPeople Tame the Sweet Tooth Challenge. Today is the last day. Honestly, I had been through the challenge before, but I didn't make many changes. THIS TIME? This time I can see a big difference. I can get through the sugar cravings with a lit... Read more

  • The Struggle to Summit Mt. Washington

    9/21/2016 5:19:30 AM, by JSTETSER

    Of all the 4K foot peaks that I have climbed, Mt washngton is the most memorable. It is a daunting peak, and too me 5 tries before I actually summated. The failures taught me so much more than the actual trips to the summit. Let me explain why: 1. I learned to let go of an important dreams and... Read more

  • Good Day Today

    9/20/2016 10:34:39 PM, by FSM19520

    I feel that I had a good eating day. I stayed within most od my goals. I'm looking forward to my weekly weigh-in tomorrow.... Read more

  • One Small change =Big Results

    9/20/2016 5:21:22 AM, by JSTETSER

    Before every meal, I drink a tall glass of water. I also have a glass of green tea first thing in the morning. When I drive down the road, I have more water. My weight and my glucose numbers (I have Type II Diabetes) are lower. I feel great, and it's because of more water in my diet. ... Read more

  • The Gift

    9/19/2016 5:32:31 AM, by JSTETSER

    About 20 years ago, Shelley gave me this vest. Johnny, her son, was in my day care, and I was studying to become a teacher. She found the vest in a thrift store, and gave it to me. I have worn this vest in every classroom that I have taught in. Today I wore it on Peace Sunday as I teach Lesso... Read more

  • Knowing It vs Realizing It

    9/18/2016 7:35:36 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    I have a saying, "There's a difference between KNOWING something and REALIZING something." We all have various facts and lots of knowledge bouncing around in our heads, but we don't always get the reality of that knowledge. Yesterday, my husband and I spent the morning in town. I grabbed a pro... Read more

  • Learning Lessons from Jack (O'Lantern)

    9/18/2016 6:01:56 AM, by JSTETSER

    Just about everyone in the USA has cut up a pumpkin to create a Jack O'lantern. I suppose that it is a cultural thing for us. Here is the lesson that I want my friends at Smith Memorial Church to remember about the Jack O'lantern. 1. We all come from the same pumpkin patch. God picks us, and c... Read more

  • HAVING A SENCE OF HUMOR

    9/17/2016 4:01:44 PM, by KATHARINE01948

    20 198 rOY and I were traveling to the camp ground . Roy started to hummm. This started at least 3 months ago . If I ask Roy any question . I get this m-m-m like a humming effect in yoga meditation . 414 I was baffled . Not to mention Annoying . I said Roy . what are you doing ???? ... Read more

  • Before School Program learns about manners!

    9/17/2016 6:32:02 AM, by JSTETSER

    There's no babysitting here! This is more than free play! Kids have the opportunity to learn and to grow in the areas that they choos. Kids create welcoming doors for teachers and murals with messages that set the tone for the whole school. At circle time, kids talk about both how to gro... Read more

  • Meet Gabby photo added

    9/16/2016 5:23:33 AM, by JSTETSER

    The birth of a baby is a very special event. Today I am blessed to have another lovely little life in the family. Meet Gabriella Alice, born on 9/15 at 7:30. She is 8 lb 1 oz and 21 inches long. Thank you Lord for a beautiful little girl! I will post the photo as soon as I can!y 251... Read more

  • Temptations Everywhere!

    9/15/2016 6:01:47 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    As part of my "Tame the Sweet Tooth" Challenge, I came up with a plan to keep a little tick sheet on my phone to keep track of every craving that I power through. The idea is that I will look at the sheet each Saturday morning and then move $1 for each tick on that sheet from my checking account to... Read more

  • Waiting, waiting

    9/15/2016 5:20:48 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today should be the day and I'm waiting to hear about the birth of my grandchild. Lina will be a big sister. I will be a gramma again. New life is coming to planet Earth. Lina is thrilled and so am I. ... Read more

  • Active And Interested

    9/14/2016 5:26:10 AM, by JSTETSER

    Staying active and Interested has been my key to a healthy life. I hiked all of the New England 4,000 foot peaks and am now working on the 52 With a view. Along the way, I've met many interesting people, and have found ways to help groups like the APpalachian Mountain Club and the NH Forest Socie... Read more

  • 800 cal Blood Sugar Diet, week 10 weigh in

    9/13/2016 11:09:06 AM, by SUNSHINE-GIRL

    Starting weight 10 weeks ago 79.2 kg Started and of week 8 at 76.3 kg (167.5 lbs) Now weigh 75.0 kg (165.3 lbs) Lost 0.2 kg or 1/4 of a pound Starting HBA1c 8.2 in May August HBA1c 6.6 Only 0.2 kg but it is still a loss. I had a bit of a set back last Thursday, got very weepy and ups... Read more

  • The Habitual Eater

    9/13/2016 5:19:14 AM, by JSTETSER

    Much of my eating is out of habit, and some of this habit has to change! I grew up eating ice cream every evening. I still feel the urge to eat SOMETHING every it. Why not be satisfied with herbal tea? I tell myself. I want to eat at exactly the same time. Now I have a tall glass of water... Read more

  • Cleaning My Desk

    9/12/2016 5:16:39 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today I will do it. Really. I will take everything off my desk, and thenlace what is needed back on the desk. It's not going to take me more than 30 minutes, but it is the LAST thing that I ever get to. Today is my dat! What will you do that you've been putting off? ... Read more

  • Learning to walk

    9/11/2016 9:37:13 AM, by JSTETSER

    Learning to walk Watching the toddle learn to walk, Trying to protect her from bumps and bruises That life will give her as she moves along. "I've got this, Mom!" She seems to say as she moves confidently along. But I know She'll fall down and cry Before too long. She will... Read more

  • Fall Challenge

    9/10/2016 7:06:42 PM, by VALKYRIA-

    Today I am committing to this challenge -- tracking my calories every day no matter what, and sticking to my fitness schedule: Fri: 9:30 AM - Morning walk Sat: 9:30 AM - Morning walk Sun: Morning stretching 10:00 PM - Evening Workout - Strength Training and Swimming Mon: 9:30 AM -... Read more

  • Roughing It

    9/10/2016 1:57:12 PM, by JSTETSER

    Roughing it This weekend we are camping at the Lost River Valley Campground north of Lincoln, NH in our A Liner camper. We have Electricity, water (hot and cold in our camper), and showers close by. Thereís a sparkling little spring just 50 feet from our camper, and I loved listening to it cr... Read more

  • The Things I Learn - Sometimes the Hard Way!

    9/10/2016 1:23:53 PM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    As you may remember, I am doing the Tame the Sweet Tooth Challenge. Well, last night, I really wanted some ice cream. I had all the right justifications - it was hot outside, I had a tough week, I am home by myself - no one will know. I talked myself out of the ice cream, but treated myself to... Read more

  • GS turned 2 - nice HB

    9/9/2016 1:01:47 PM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good afternoon; this week has been busy. GS was so excited was running around. Now I have to go to his school for grand parents day. I have to split b/w GD & GS classrooms. I have to bring a snack for them to have when they get out of school. I have had to organize my day so I get everything d... Read more

  • Grapes. Today's Substitute will be Grapes

    9/9/2016 5:35:14 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    Ahhh those wonderful peaches that I have been eating all summer are now gone. What will I do to curb my sweet tooth? Grapes! Grapes were on sale at the grocery store. They are a wonderfully sweet little things are perfect to pick up and snack on when I want something sweet. I realized yesterd... Read more

  • Opening my heart to 9/11

    9/9/2016 5:21:38 AM, by JSTETSER

    Of all the tragic days that have passed, 9/11/01 has been most difficult. I purposely shut my heart's door to keep myself safe. I ignored memorial services and avoided programs to help me with grief and pan. This year, I have watched part of one special show, and will hike with friends to the... Read more

  • Long, lonely road

    9/8/2016 5:31:02 AM, by JSTETSER

    Long and lonely lanes Quiet and peaceful places to play Perhaps I am on a side road, But one day Iíll be on the main road someday I have not forgotten my dreams, hopes and goals I keep them in front of my eyes And I will see them fulfilled in my life, With the help of a loving G... Read more

  • good thing I am positive

    9/7/2016 9:59:16 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning- got a nice hair cut from hairdresser that I have gone to for at least ten years. She is super depressed and has lost interest in eating. She looks like a stick figure. I go there every month but yesterday I was aghast. we talked. Her husband and her are separated. He was cheating... Read more

  • Sugar Cravings

    9/7/2016 5:44:51 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    Usually, I want a sweet treat after dinner and again about 30 minutes before bedtime. Last night, we had a late dinner, so I only had the one craving. I just talked myself through it. I thought about those 12 step programs and living minute by minute or day by day. I told myself that I could ... Read more

  • Changing a bad habit

    9/7/2016 5:19:34 AM, by JSTETSER

    I had created a problem for myself. I love to try to shorten my drive to work to the shortest possible time. I had been rolling through the STOP signs rather than stopping Until I police officer saw me at 5:45 in the morning, and had a talk with me. 227 Today I will stop. Sometimes, yo... Read more

  • going to get a hair cut

    9/6/2016 9:44:15 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    244 Good Morning; I have been having a thinning hair problem, but I think I have started growing back from hair. My hair thinning is due to Thyroid and all the stress that has been in my past. I am slowing getting rid of stress. Right now my biggest stressor is DH. We had a huge talk yesterday. ... Read more

  • 800 cal Blood Sugar Diet, week 9 weigh in

    9/6/2016 7:53:43 AM, by SUNSHINE-GIRL

    Starting weight 9 weeks ago 79.2 kg Started last week at 76.3 kg (167.5 lbs) Now weigh 75.3 kg (165.5 lbs) Lost 1kg or 2 lbs. Starting HBA1c 8.2 in May August HBA1c 6.6 This is a total loss of 4 kg or 9 lbs in 9 weeks which is not a great loss considering some people are losing that i... Read more

  • Getting it all in

    9/6/2016 5:19:43 AM, by JSTETSER

    Life is busy every day I work hard, and then I play Caring for kids and eating right I want to do what is right And then of course, hubby and mother, And don't forget the sister and brother With all the love and responsibility ME time seems like an impossibility Yet I must ... Read more

  • Taming the Sweet Tooth

    9/5/2016 8:35:10 PM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    Years ago, I quit smoking. I have been a non-smoker way longer than I was a smoker. It was just a college thing mostly. But, about a month or so after I quit, I found a pack of cigarettes in my car. I smoked one...it made me sick. I never smoked again. Today, in a moment of weakness, I scarfed ... Read more

  • Mt Washington

    9/5/2016 5:39:53 AM, by JSTETSER

    Mt Washington, NH on Saturday 9/3 Today I am volunteering at the AMC Pinkham Notch Visitors Center, helping hikers stay safe on the trail. It's a perfect day for hiking here, and we expect o see thousands of hikers pass us on their way to the Mt Washington Summit. I will get out for a short ... Read more

  • Had a HB party for DH

    9/4/2016 10:22:06 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; it was fun having the family here. DS and his wife came. DD and her family. It was a wonderful time. The grandkids was so much fun. We had a nice healthy meal. Both kids were having such wonderful conversations. Both kids picked up a big change in their father. DS says it is ha... Read more

  • Comfort Zone to End Zone

    9/4/2016 9:52:31 AM, by JUNIORSSISTER

    I've been off my groove for 2 years now. Trying several different times to get back on track etc. Not being able to figure out how I fell so hard. Thanks to Beth Team Indy, who really brought some light on my struggles. She said it's a Comfort Zone, (See Team Indy for Beth's post). It makes so muc... Read more

  • Bad Carb Day

    9/3/2016 8:51:49 PM, by FSM19520

    When I eat out all day I eat too many carbs. Today was a bad day.... Read more

  • Little people

    9/1/2016 5:25:25 AM, by JSTETSER

    It is so important to treat each person, no matter the size, with love and respect.... Read more