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  • Catching Up

    5/26/2016 8:25:29 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    On these first few days of summer, I use the time to catch up on long neglected chores. I usually do a thorough house cleaning, minor home repair, and run errands. If I am not careful, I end up working harder than I would if I were at school. This year, the vacation comes early. I am glad for ... Read more

  • Making today AWESOME

    5/26/2016 5:28:33 AM, by JSTETSER

    I am making today a great day with a positive attitude! I am going to love myself, and all those around me. I will embrace my mistakes as learning opportunities! I will not accept defeat. I will question things and move forward in important areas! Today I will bloom where I am planted. ... Read more

  • Thursday

    5/25/2016 11:39:56 PM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Have a blessed day sending light love joy and happiness to all thanks for all your support and love... Read more

  • Important Insight

    5/25/2016 9:21:36 PM, by KATHYGBENNETT

    Weight loss involves a lot of downtime. You can only eat healthy 3-5 times a day. There's a limit to how much exercising a day the body can take in a day. It is pointless to keep weighing yourself every time you breathe. Enjoy the rest of the day and have a good time and just move around more.... Read more

  • Vacation is BOOKED!

    5/25/2016 3:45:34 PM, by JUNESHOPE

    298 We haven't had a 'real' vacation in probably 16 years. All our trips usually consist of going to visit family members. 610 Well, today I changed that. We moved to TX from Seattle WA 2 years ago, and I miss the Washington fresh crisp air, when I would walk out of the house every morning... Read more

  • No Ticks on ME!

    5/25/2016 5:27:16 AM, by JSTETSER

    Are you hiking down the trail or walking in the woods with kids or a dog? Consider putting oil on your skin first. I have found that a lightly scented body oil (I use the CVS moisturizing body oil) has kept me tick free all season long. My husband has had numerous ticks, but I have had none. I... Read more

  • Happy Hump day

    5/24/2016 11:13:21 PM, by CHIBIKARATE

    The whole reason my brother is so ill is neglect from his dr. the hospital refuses to treat him and the accidents at the rehab have a great day... Read more

  • Mother Attacks Again

    5/24/2016 7:48:39 PM, by KATHYGBENNETT

    My 86 year old mother has decided we need to get together for Memorial Day. Since i stated it's not my turn to host a dinner. I did Thanksgiving, Christmas, my grandson's birthday and Easter. There's a 45% chance it won't be raining at meal time and we need a new grill. My sister refused to have it ... Read more

  • I will RISE UP!

    5/24/2016 5:20:19 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today is my day for self reflection and remembering my goals. Once again, I can be the priority. I have spent the past month focusing on my children and helping them. If I am going to help them, I have to be strong and healthy. I will rise up! 1. Drink that 8 glasses of water every day! 2... Read more

  • Productive day

    5/23/2016 7:47:55 PM, by KATHYGBENNETT

    Our power went off last night and when it came on, the cable wouldn't work in the living room. I had to call to get it fixed. The cable company called me 3 times to tell me 3 times that the service had been restored in my area and I had to tell them each time that the cable box does not work, nothin... Read more

  • GD was in her first dance recital yesterday

    5/23/2016 9:20:10 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    good Morning; Seeing my GD up on stage in her first performance. She was so proud. I brought flowers for her. I made a big deal about her and thanked her for inviting Nana and grandpa. The performance brought back memories of her mother. Afterward, we were invited to lunch. I made good choices the... Read more

  • Two new doctors

    5/23/2016 5:26:32 AM, by JSTETSER

    Two new doctors, Full of hope Ready to heal, able to cope With the pressure and problems From a world full of wounded More than eight years of study now has concluded. I am so happy and proud of you For your deep dedication, And the love that's true! ... Read more

  • A good day

    5/22/2016 8:49:15 PM, by KATHYGBENNETT

    Got some more yard work done today. Spent 3 hours working on the yard and had to ake up time for walking but I got it done!... Read more

  • Graduation emotions

    5/22/2016 5:08:06 AM, by JSTETSER

    Happy to see this day come Sad to say goodbye to Spartanburg and friends here. Thankful for great experience and the many people who helped make this day possible. ... Read more

  • Gods Day

    5/22/2016 12:24:02 AM, by CHIBIKARATE

    He is showing improvement in the hospital they broke 2 teeth he got 6 stitches 2 black eyes and a huge knot on his cheek with severe lacerations because they new he was a fall risk and never answer his call light for 30 minutes so one time he slipped on water and one time he fell and the first t... Read more

  • A Day of Rest

    5/21/2016 8:20:05 PM, by KATHYGBENNETT

    After 2 days of yard work with more to be done I took today off to recover. I did get my steps in today but no other exercise. Weather permitting I will get some yard work done tomorrow. We did not do anything last year but keep the yard mowed because my husband was in rehab after a complete, displa... Read more

  • Summer Challenges

    5/21/2016 10:53:56 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    During final exams this week, I worked on my personal challenge list. Here is what I have so far: 1. Complete a 5 mile walk. 2. Try Yoga 3. Read an enjoyable novel just for the fun of it 4. Add 5 more strength training moves at the gym 5. Finish the certification program that I have bee... Read more

  • First the Awards

    5/21/2016 8:34:17 AM, by JSTETSER

    Graduations are a process. It's saying hello to the new life, and goodbye to classmates and professors who have been influential in the past four years. Last night was the beautiful and tasty awards banquet. Today is the graduation. The graduation journey continues!... Read more

  • Yard Work

    5/20/2016 10:32:34 PM, by KATHYGBENNETT

    I have been doing yard work I haven't done in the past 5 years because of injuries and allergies. We worked over 4 hours yesterday and today lopping of branches and sawing with a small hand saw. The calorie tracker doesn't give a calorie burn schedule for that. I have sore muscles that I didn't know... Read more

  • PLAY TIME

    5/20/2016 2:39:25 PM, by RENIESSPARKIN

    I had so much fun Tuesday evening! My second to the youngest grandson, Cage-age 9, was in a play at his school. 185 He belonged to Robin Hood's gang who was trying to rescue Cinderella. 32 85 352 188 The children did a remarkable job and made me laugh all the way through. 246 246 2... Read more

  • This Summer

    5/20/2016 6:00:57 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    I ran across this yesterday. It actually brought me to tears. This summer, I am consciously going to look for her. ... Read more

  • Graduation Journey

    5/20/2016 3:26:56 AM, by JSTETSER

    I'm on my way! Logan Airport in Boston is 90 minutes away. Medical School in SC, along with Matt and Nora are 4 hours away from me. He has come soooo far! His dreams and goals will take him so much further. Here's a photo from seven years ago, graduating from Tulane in New Orleans with h... Read more

  • TGIF

    5/20/2016 2:45:58 AM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Wishing things would be so much easier praying for everyone hugs... Read more

  • Love that this is working so well.

    5/19/2016 11:43:58 AM, by JUNESHOPE

    185 I am so excited, and it's not just about the weight coming off. It's about getting my body healthy. Getting all the hormones, and machine parts working together the way they are supposed to. I don't want to hurt my organs with drastic fast weight loss, or pills. My utmost goal is to get each... Read more

  • thunderstorms - lots of rain -but just staying mellow

    5/19/2016 10:47:27 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; guys working on cable installation working in the rain. It was not as noisy yesterday as I had expected. they are doing the street. It was garbage day. Their trucks would leave and come back. They kept parking in front of our garbage container. So finally, I moved it across the stre... Read more

  • Begin Again!

    5/19/2016 5:29:20 AM, by JSTETSER

    There was a time in my dietary commitment where I was constantly losing. I had Type II Diabetes, and wanted to be able to control it by diet, exercise and my physician's help. I would commit to eating right, and fall off the wagon. I'd get back to my commitment, then fall again and again and again... Read more

  • I have much to do today in my house today but

    5/18/2016 8:28:55 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; we woke up this morning with a ditch witch in front of our house. They are putting in cable and knew they would get to our home sometime. The neighbors have informed me that the noise is deafening. Oh well, I want to work on one of my bedrooms which I use as storage to down size thing... Read more

  • Working on Summer Challenge List

    5/18/2016 6:01:08 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    Our exams started on Monday. Yesterday, I had to proctor an English exam and watch the "overflow" area where kids went who didn't have an exam. During the exam, we aren't allowed to use technology, except for brief periods to send emails to ask questions, or to report an emergency. However, we... Read more

  • Conquering myself

    5/18/2016 5:23:51 AM, by JSTETSER

    I'm my biggest enemy and my biggest friend. If I want change to come to my life, I need to respect myself, Work with those weaknesses Use my strengthss, And never stop smiling, trying and caring, Both for myself and for others.... Read more

  • Less knee pain

    5/17/2016 8:55:51 PM, by KATHYGBENNETT

    I am making progress with my knee. I still have a lot of pain but now I can walk over 15000 steps before it really starts bothering me. I am trying to leave the narcotics alone as much as I can. I've 1 in the last 7 days. My next goal is to reduce the use of NSAIDs for my knee. I measured the circum... Read more

  • just got back from gym

    5/17/2016 8:48:46 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; My DH has changed his exercise routine. He goes in the morning. He likes to talk in the morning b/4 he leaves for work. I got up and went on my regular gym routine. I am not changing for him. I have to exercise when and how it is beneficial to me. He gets needy but I have to come... Read more

  • Hiking Mt. Chocorua

    5/17/2016 5:29:55 AM, by JSTETSER

    Saturday in Northern New Hampshire was a beautiful day. We drove over to Scott Rd in Albany, and found the quiet trailhead to Chocorua. The Hammond Trail is more than half a mile longer than the busy main trail, but we prefer it. We hike through an old growth forest of tall pines. The trai... Read more

  • re: Summer Clothes LOL

    5/16/2016 5:17:29 PM, by JUNESHOPE

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  • Monday xrays

    5/16/2016 4:23:47 PM, by KATHYGBENNETT

    Left home at 7:30 to get to my xray appointment. Stayed off the freeway rush hour traffic and made pretty good time. I had to drink 32 ounces of water and be otherwise NPO for the tests. fortunately they did the renal ultrasound first. Then I had 5 other tests. I got home home at 11:00 and checke... Read more

  • wonderful HB for DS but found out some news about a friend

    5/16/2016 8:44:08 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; The small HB party for my son went well. He is more positive that he is getting a Cpap machine. I wish he could get one tomorrow but it will be over a week more. He looked so exhausted. He was cordial and very social with the family. DD came and was very nice to her brother. The g... Read more

  • Create beauty

    5/16/2016 5:20:21 AM, by JSTETSER

    One great way to make a house a home is to create a beautiful table. The other day, while in the Patchwork House Quilt Shop, I bought this lovely butterfly star for my mother's table. I will not be down at my mother's house for a few days, so I decided to put it on my table. Beauty is not dif... Read more

  • I Like Healthy Food"

    5/15/2016 3:07:37 PM, by KATHYGBENNETT

    My husband has been eating my high fiber low cal snacks, and drinking up my sparkling water. When I ask him why his answer is always "I like healthy food" So today I was in the mood for spaghetti and we were at the grocery store anyway I bought 93% lean ground beef and whole grain pasta to make the... Read more

  • My Summer Challenges?

    5/15/2016 9:51:27 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    As I was reading blog posts today, I realized that I have been thinking of myself as a beginner. It is time to think of myself as beyond that stage. I need to learn to push myself a little harder. I have learned that I am able to do some little sprints, but I have to take it easy on my joints. I am ... Read more

  • The Patchwork House

    5/15/2016 6:09:09 AM, by JSTETSER

    I found the most beautiful shop full of fine quilts and handmade crafts. The Amish Quilts are so creative and skillfully sewn by hand. Irene also carries curtains, bags, placemats, wall hangings and other goods made out of cloth. I have been in many quilt shops in my life, but this one by far,... Read more

  • I Can do it

    5/14/2016 9:22:25 PM, by KATHYGBENNETT

    It has been a struggle every day this week to get my steps in. Today I was ready to to give up and have a snack. i decided to get a few more steps in first. Then I was close enough to my goal to keep pushing and I got all of them in. This accomplishment took my desire for a snack away. I's tired now... Read more

  • success stories

    5/14/2016 1:22:42 PM, by JUNESHOPE

    248 9 I love reading the success stories under 'community'. It is so motivating to see so many other people be successful with their weight loss, who were around the same weight as I am. 550 A lot of people I read that were successful, also turned to a whole foods, mostly plant based diet,... Read more

  • Good Weigh In

    5/14/2016 7:15:24 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    I didn't weigh in while I was sick. I had gained two pounds when I weighed in at the doctor. I was a tad swollen from allergic reaction. I skipped last Saturday morning's weigh in. Now, I figured that since I hadn't done my entire 150 minutes this week that I would be lucky to have maintained. But,... Read more

  • Misadventures of the first camping trip

    5/14/2016 5:18:51 AM, by JSTETSER

    The misadventures of the first camping trip I'm a person who loves nature and I love to camp, hike, bike and kayak. Our first camping trip of the year is a comedy of errors. I packed 6 jackets, but forgot my hiking boots. We stopped in at an LLBean store, and bought me some new boots. ... Read more

  • It's still working

    5/13/2016 11:29:07 AM, by JUNESHOPE

    67 So things are going great. Last week my weight stayed the same, but I wasn't surprised. It was a very busy social week of events, and I think we had to eat out 3-4 times. Thankfully they were nice upscale restaurants, which offer healthier options than cheap restaurants. So I was still able t... Read more

  • Sparked with memories

    5/13/2016 5:17:35 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today I'm going to make some memories! I'm going to reach out and live my life to the fullest! No regrets! Happy Friday, Spark Friends!... Read more

  • Sparked with memories

    5/13/2016 5:17:34 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today I'm going to make some memories! I'm going to reach out and live my life to the fullest! No regrets! Happy Friday, Spark Friends!... Read more

  • Rough day

    5/12/2016 9:45:27 PM, by KATHYGBENNETT

    Had a hard time getting started today, then spent 4 hours working stuck in a conference room. Turned down the muffins, strawberries (I'm allergic to strawberries) and pizza. Then had to drive home to pick up a disc of my mother's MRI and take it to a doctor in Overland Park Kansas then to Grandview ... Read more

  • End of the Year Tired

    5/12/2016 8:15:06 PM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    Ran across this and had to share because it is definitely true! This is my last full week of classes...I just want to curl up and sleep for at least a week! ... Read more

  • NSV

    5/12/2016 6:00:13 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    I went for my first walk in awhile. I dug out the belt pack that I wear in the summer to carry my phone and keys. Guess what? It's too big!!! I treated myself to a new one! I figure when you outgrow your belt pack (even after I pulled it as tight as it would go....you deserve a treat, right? 2... Read more

  • The Ocean Busy Book

    5/12/2016 5:19:36 AM, by JSTETSER

    After an hour of thoughtful research and discussion, I decided that I would make my busy books by theme. Here is my first book The Ocean. The 4 pages of the book have the ocean in them. All of the finger puppets can be stored in the treasure chest. The sailboat can move across the ... Read more

  • Mystery Solved

    5/11/2016 8:14:52 PM, by KATHYGBENNETT

    I always wonder when I look in the mirror to see if I've lost inches I can't see it. Then it finally dawned on me that the mirror doesn't reflect what isn't there. It only shows what is still there. I wish I had a dress form for my body before I started losing weight. I envisioning maybe wire m... Read more

  • what a fabulous day yesterday!!

    5/11/2016 8:00:34 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I went to my GD dress rehearsal and it was wonderful. I was one of only 2 people to have come. My GD was over the moon. My GS saw me there and went to his teacher and pointed to me. I went into his room b/c he wanted to come with me. Teacher released him so he joined me to watch h... Read more

  • Grocery Shopping and Double Antihistamines Don't Mix :)

    5/11/2016 5:48:08 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    First of all, thank you all for listening to me whine for the past couple of weeks. My daily blog posts were my way of keeping my sanity. The entire time that I was not well, I didn't break down and eat a bunch of comfort food. Even though I was miserable, I did ok with my nutrition. There was all k... Read more

  • Finger Puppets for Lina

    5/11/2016 5:28:19 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have found a common bond with my 2 year old grand daughter by making her finger puppets. She just loves these little creations. I make busy books and put the puppets in them. Lina creates her little stories in her mind with the puppets. Here are a few of the characters: The elephants ... Read more

  • Small goals and determination

    5/10/2016 4:24:25 PM, by JOANNA1205

    I know I haven't really tried losing weight in a couple of years, I have had some health issues with my PCOS, bad back and chronic pain but yesterday I was thinking and reevaluating my life as I sat in my chair with the heating pad on because my back and neck was hurting. I came to the thought, eve... Read more

  • Been to gym & feeling good

    5/10/2016 1:18:21 PM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; got a call from did. GD is having a dress rehearsal of her dance recital coming up soon. Since I am already picking the grand kids, I have decided to go early and see the dress rehearsal. I remember when I was working, I did not come to all the activities b/c of work. Same is true... Read more

  • Finally! Relief! - Day 8

    5/10/2016 5:34:10 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    I actually made it through the day yesterday without feeling all itchy. I didn't need the day time antihistamine or any of the creams. In fact, there was barely any itching at all. Best of all...I got to work out! I did 25 minutes on the recumbent bike. It was the first time I had worked out i... Read more

  • A song in my heart

    5/10/2016 5:23:42 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have decided to be happy. I have decided to sing I have decided to trust God in everything! No matter the weather sunshine or rain, Faith in my Father is never in vain! Today if your troubled, fearful or stressed, Lean on the Lord Jesus, Find that place of rest. ... Read more

  • Hard Work

    5/9/2016 10:02:57 PM, by KATHYGBENNETT

    It takes a lot of hard work to lose weight. It is not easy. You have to be aware of every bite you eat plus exercise. It is a long lifelong journey to lose and keep it off. You have to keep your motivation and enjoy life on the way. Sometimes the scale will reward your efforts. Sometimes the scale w... Read more

  • Getting Better?

    5/9/2016 11:36:59 AM, by NANCY-

    Argh!!!! The antibiotics mostly worked, still have a pocket about the size of a large marble at the back of my jaw. So another call to the dentist is warranted. Mother's Day was fine. Wonderful would have been the descriptor if I didn't have issues. My eldest called and asked how was I doing... Read more

  • had a wonderful weekend and workout

    5/9/2016 11:11:29 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; it is amazing when I put myself first and take care of me, everyone around me fall in line. I have noticed this time and time again. So why do I not keep them up and fall off the wagon and put myself lower in pecking order. The answer is the way I was raised. Even though I have be... Read more

  • Day 7 - We tried to make it a nice Mother's Day

    5/9/2016 5:47:39 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    Our original Mother's Day plan was to drive up to Asheville and spend the day. But, I just didn't feel well enough to do it. So we stuck around and went to what I thought would be a nice brunch at a local restaurant - which is (or was) one of my favorites. They were totally disorganized. They b... Read more

  • My BIG Solar Success!

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

    Today is the day that I have waited for since last May. We have searched to find a solar company that could work with our home, installing solar panels on the roof of our home in order to lessen our electricity consumption from the grid (public electric company system). We are lessening our depend... Read more

  • Mother's Day

    5/8/2016 5:34:47 PM, by KATHYGBENNETT

    Had a nice mother's day with my kids, my sister, and my niece. We went to Sweet Tomatoes so if anyone overate, it was on salad and veggies. I feel full but not overstuffed. My husband was shocked that there was no meat but after we got home he said that it was a nice place and he would like to go th... Read more

  • Day 6 - bit of a relapse

    5/8/2016 9:45:55 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    Spent yesterday moving my daughter's larger boxes and other things to a storage building close to the college. At 10:00, I was supposed to take my daytime antihistamine. The alarm went off, I opened my bag to get my pill...low and behold, it had fallen out somewhere. So, I had to do without until I ... Read more

  • Happy Mother's Day

    5/8/2016 9:22:10 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I got flowers and a facetime from my grandkids this morning. My DH gave me a poem. I am going to the gym today. I will also take a lovely bubble bath later. I do not want to go out to dinner b/c I am doing so well on my program. Going out for a meal locally does not have the bang ... Read more

  • Mama's Flowers

    5/8/2016 5:20:04 AM, by JSTETSER

    My mother taught me a lot about caring for plants-how to overwater them. Her best flowers are made of silk. I bought a few lovely plants for her last year at Joann Fabrics-silk, of course. I kept 2 silk geraniums for myself. Every year, I add them to my garden in places where there is no color. ... Read more

  • Bingo Night

    5/7/2016 6:29:47 PM, by KATHYGBENNETT

    Have to go to Bingo at church tonight because I a one of the sponsors. Never have any luck at bingo. We are supposed to bring our own snacks. I a taking a sugar free drink and pan to stay away from others snacks. I will also be taking pictures to stay busy.... Read more

  • Just received flowers from my DS

    5/7/2016 12:44:57 PM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; What a day so far! My DH is running errands and giving me the day to myself to watch horse racing. It was a thing I did with my grand father. As a child, I liked the attention. But as an adult, I found out that my grandfather was a scum bag. He had two families living with in bl... Read more

  • Day Five - Turning the corner?

    5/7/2016 7:31:32 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    For two days in a row now, I haven't had any new spots. My doctor said that this itchy nasty rash would take anywhere from 5 - 14 days to heal. On three the thought of 11 more days made me want to crawl in a hole somewhere, but by the evening of day four, I was feeling much better. This mornin... Read more

  • Spark Friends are the BEST!

    5/7/2016 6:09:01 AM, by JSTETSER

    Spark Friends are the best. I wish that I got to see more of you. You are such an inspiration to me. You motivate me to eat right and keep moving by telling me your stories. You encourage me when I struggle with food, family and tough situations at work. You listen and give advice when I just d... Read more

  • Success!

    5/6/2016 7:41:53 PM, by KATHYGBENNETT

    Went to the doctor today and he said he was going to put me back on metformin and cholesterol medicine. The he looked at my labs and said we should wait. My A1C was in normal range and my cholesterol was just a few points high. Told me to continue checking my blood sugars and stay on low carbohydrat... Read more

  • Day Four

    5/6/2016 3:28:06 PM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    I was just miserable last night. I turned into a raving lunatic. I was just done being itchy and doped up. My poor husband....he's such a trooper. I dug around in the back of my drawers to find a pair of pants and a t-shirt that hadn't been worn in so long that I KNEW it didn't have any of the... Read more

  • Added more water to my day and I lost weight

    5/6/2016 8:30:35 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; sometimes, I expect stress to stop. My life is stressful, but I do not have to take ownership of it. I have accepted stress as a partner but I need to let go sometimes daily. My DH came home with information that his manager who was wonderful was moved into another organization. D... Read more

  • The Mother's Day Respect Effect

    5/6/2016 5:21:42 AM, by JSTETSER

    Everyone loves to be noticed and appreciated. I have noticed that Moms love to have someone notice that yes, they are a mom. This weekend is a wonderful time to let your Mom, and moms that you may see just how special they are. Many women who lovingly raised children never gave birth. They a... Read more

  • Exhausting Day

    5/5/2016 10:43:28 PM, by KATHYGBENNETT

    Had to work 3 hours this morning then had to pick up y 4 year old grandson. we took him to the park to burn off some of his energy. Not sure it helped. He had a good time but I've never been so glad to see my daughter-in-law when she picked him up. I will do it again when the need someone to watch h... Read more

  • been to gym and heard from DS

    5/5/2016 10:24:39 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; DS sent a text to his dad telling him that he and his wife are doing much better. I am not sure what has all happened. He is supposed to be in counseling and so is his wife. I do not ask questions. He acknowledged that he is coming to his HB later this month. Good sign that he rem... Read more

  • An attitude of gratitude for Mom

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

    An attitude of gratitude for Mom Take time today to appreciate your mother and your children. This Mother’s Day can be great when you take the time to appreciate your mother and your children. What if no one sends you a card or calls? Keep that attitude of gratitude. Be kind to others, and ap... Read more

  • Feeling so FREE

    5/4/2016 11:29:32 PM, by JUNESHOPE

    38 I can't even describe what I'm feeling, because I am so amazed with it myself. The only way I can think to describe it, is that I feel like I now see food the way I think all these 'normal' people do. (And by 'normal', I mean people that don't have binge eating issues, constant cravings, or bat... Read more

  • Holding Steady

    5/4/2016 8:09:02 PM, by KATHYGBENNETT

    Worked this morning and 2 shopping trips today but managed to get my steps in and strength training. I am trying to hold steady with my steps in the 16000 step range. That is I'm sure a whole lot more steps than my doctors think I am getting. They never asked and I haven't volunteered. Just got my w... Read more

  • Day 3 of Recuperation

    5/4/2016 6:00:19 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    The rash is no longer spreading on my legs and tummy. My husband and I did some cleaning to try to remove what ever is irritating us (he has a bit of it too.) I am a little itchier today, and have some new spots on my neck. I think that I must have been exposed to the irritant as I cleaned up yester... Read more

  • Starting Small

    5/4/2016 5:19:33 AM, by JSTETSER

    It is early May, and normally here in NH, nothing should be planted, but I have started small with the heartiest of crops, knowing that there could still be frost at night. There could even be snow. Seeds grow into plants that can feed us, but we must nurture them along. Babies grow into a... Read more

  • Small Successes

    5/3/2016 8:39:48 PM, by KATHYGBENNETT

    Talked to my mother last night and she kept bragging about how well my niece is doing on weight watchers. My niece told her she had lost some weight and walked 14000 steps. All could think about is that I walked over 16000 and Spark People doesn't cost anything but i a genuinely happy for my niece a... Read more

  • Allergic reaction update

    5/3/2016 6:59:21 PM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    I thought my doctor was over reacting. I didn't think it would hurt to work out. In fact, I was going to do a few minutes on the bike. UNTIL I carried the groceries up the stairs. I felt like I had run 5 miles. OK...I guess the doctor is right. I will follow orders. But I must say that I am going... Read more

  • Made it to the 240's!

    5/3/2016 12:33:46 PM, by JUNESHOPE

    240 Ever hear there's more than 1 way to skin a cat? (I know...gross thought right?...sorry) 467 Well, most my dieting career I've always yo-yoed with cutting out bread. "Low carb, high protein", and I would lose weight pretty quick. So I learned that it was the only way I could lose weig... Read more

  • Been to gym already & feeling good

    5/3/2016 8:57:59 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; Slept well. Had a long talk with DH about handling stress better at work and with his health problems with his parents. We got word that MIL is having breathing problems. She has been home for a week. This is not a surprise. She does not have a health nurse visiting her or any soc... Read more

  • Sweet Enough!

    5/3/2016 5:25:52 AM, by JSTETSER

    I grew up thinking that adding sugar to things was a way to show love. My Mom added extra sugar to coffee, tea, baked beans and, of course, presweetened cereal. I was 55 before I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes, and took the time to learn how to eat differently. I had to upgrade my expectatio... Read more

  • Pain Report

    5/2/2016 7:47:21 PM, by KATHYGBENNETT

    It is 6:44 pm and I haven't had to take a pain pill today. I have my steps in so i don't anticipate needing one later. Maybe the cortisone injection is starting to work. Still need to work on getting my blood sugars back down but they are trending closer to my normal.... Read more

  • Allergic Reaction

    5/2/2016 6:51:28 PM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    I have a little rash that started behind my left knee on Thursday. By this morning I was totally miserable and knew that I needed to see the doctor. I made my appointment and off I went late this afternoon. Apparently, I am having a nasty allergic reaction to something...could be anything. ... Read more

  • Why I Blog

    5/2/2016 5:31:48 AM, by JSTETSER

    Years ago when I remarried, family members refused to acknowledge my wedding. I felt the strong unspoken, judgmental words “No matter what you do, you will never be happy!” “This marriage will fail!” “You should have stayed with my ex husband!” “We are not happy, and GOD is not happy w... Read more

  • No motivation Today

    5/1/2016 7:37:14 PM, by KATHYGBENNETT

    I have not been motivated to walk today. May be weather related. It's been cloudy, damp and cool all day. i decided that I would get in as many steps as I could because some steps are better than no steps. I got myself up every hour to walk for 10 minutes and got in over 16000 steps!... Read more

  • SP is sending tracking information

    5/1/2016 11:45:26 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    I have noticed messages saying that the information from my id is going to advertisers. I never saw the messages before.... Read more

  • First Day of a New Month

    5/1/2016 9:12:37 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    I am up early. Sometimes, I just wake up, come into my living room with a cup of coffee and enjoy the peace and quiet of my life. This morning, I am planning out my week on Evernote. It is nice to see that the craziness of the end of school subsides a little next week. Right now there are no a... Read more

  • Your Everyday Story Matters!

    5/1/2016 5:15:10 AM, by JSTETSER

    Dear Friends, What you do with your today matters. If you choose to, you can make today just a little better than yesterday. It's all up to you! You can fly with those who lift you up and thrust you forward. You could sink with those who drag you down. I am choosing to fly today. I am loo... Read more

  • Eating Out

    4/30/2016 8:43:03 PM, by KATHYGBENNETT

    Went to dinner today with a friend. Had a wonderful time and good conversation. Had a sandwich with green beans as my side. I ate half the sandwich and brought half home to my husband. Actually had room for dessert but I felt so good after eating I declined dessert. also the cortisone injection I go... Read more

  • Going Well

    4/30/2016 4:15:52 PM, by JUNESHOPE

    4 I love love love everything that I am making. The majority of it is Vegan with plant based protein, but I do have a meal, here & there, with a small portion of animal protein. I honestly never thought I would enjoy a plant based menu, but I actually like my meals without meat, more than the ones... Read more

  • Finding the Bargain at the Goodwill Store

    4/30/2016 5:41:24 AM, by JSTETSER

    I love my $1 LLBEAN sweater that I bought at Goodwill Store in Concord. I can remember going into thrift stores in the past and leaving frustrated. I knew that goo bargains were hiding all around me, but I just couldn't find them. Here is my plan for finding those elusive great deals! 1. Re... Read more

  • Dear Weight Loss Fairy

    4/29/2016 7:03:18 PM, by KATHYGBENNETT

    You really haven't come through for me. I am having to work hard to lose weight and I am succeeding. Why don't you come tonight and wave your magic wand and remove about 20 pounds. i t would help help a lot. I would still have weight to lose, maybe you could up it about 60 pounds. you know my 45th h... Read more

  • just came back from my GD's Spring recital

    4/29/2016 2:27:37 PM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good afternoon; I just came back from a recital of my GD. She was a flower. DD made the costume for the recital. It was wonderful!! I got there early and soon as my GD saw me she waved at me. Her parents came in much later. They also left early so I went over to GD and told her how wonderful she... Read more

  • Goals for next month

    4/29/2016 5:50:41 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    My goals for next month are to continue working on this month's goals. The end of the school year really hurts my routine, so I have gotten a little off track, but I will continue to improve on those. This month, I want to try a beginner yoga class. We have one at my gym on Tuesdays (during th... Read more