JSTETSER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JSTETSER JSTETSER's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Mom's Banana Bread http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6433960 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a378a726-4b9d-4aa8-b2de-ffebac05c12d.jpg"> <BR> Yesterday I shared a special moment with my Mom and helped make her favorite banana bread for Thanksgiving dinner. She's been making this simple recipe all her life! As a child, I saw her make banana bread from scratch with the bananas. The day came when she needed to have a sweet bread quickly, and as a mom with six little children, she switched to the convenience of buying a boxed mix. <BR> <... Thu, 23 Nov 2017 05:14:43 EST The Best Dish to Serve at Family Gatherings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6433658 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/73ddb73b-9655-4b9d-acd6-31c83066dc38.jpg"> <BR> I'm serving up a double portion of forgiveness. My family life has been less than perfect. I have to take my family in small doses. When I see them, I try to remember happy times and work to create love and acceptance. To do this, I forgive. Forgiveness is the oil that makes relationships work. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e13f7efa-1ad7-4f7a-bb49-bd2c48d025ac.jpg"> ... Wed, 22 Nov 2017 05:55:23 EST Commit to be FIT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6433357 In pursuit of good health <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/701bceca-80db-4a94-8e5e-7b91325e7001.jpg"> <BR> Every day I mindfully pursue better health. In one or more small ways, I take time to improve my life. <BR> My favorite ways are: <BR> Go for a walk outside. <BR> encourage a friend in their pursuit of good health <BR> Say no to mindless eating. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b12e19cb-75af-4529-a519-741a142e52fd.jpg"> <BR> Eat a healthy meal, ... Tue, 21 Nov 2017 05:15:16 EST 140 and Going Down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6433047 Well, I'm happy to see my glucose # going down to the range that I want it. <BR> 110 is perfect, but it has been in the 160's during the summer, and I had to add Metformin to my regime to see that # move! <BR> I eat a low carb, low sugar diet, and get lots of exercise, but genetics were not working with me. I needed medication to keep me healthy. <BR> I've learned to accept the medication when needed. Don't be stubborn and refuse medical help when needed! <BR> My goal in life is to live a... Mon, 20 Nov 2017 05:19:45 EST Coloring her world with love and kindness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6432738 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ab6a39b1-50de-4d79-bf8e-44689850e27b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My mother is 95. Every morning, she sits down and colors. She just finished coloring Thanksgiving Day Cards for family members. I should have given her more cards to color. You would probably be receiving a card in the mail if I had. Here's the card that she recently labored over. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a9798001-e9e8-47e2-b1c1-0c9426869d85.jpg"> <BR> Mom i... Sun, 19 Nov 2017 06:30:02 EST Today will be a better day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6432456 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fb7274c3-378f-4063-ab28-2ac497d282f2.jpg"> <BR> Yesterday was one of those days when I great plans did not work out. Chaos and confusion took center stage at my house! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/738aed77-3d2d-4e81-a9f5-baf6d45e0a8c.jpg"> <BR> I could not go out for my 70-minute walk. On the positive side, I rode the stationary bike for 10 minutes and did a 5 minute Bootcamp workout. I also walked around the house.... Sat, 18 Nov 2017 05:31:27 EST I RISE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6432164 Yesterday I figured it out! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7d085c36-22e0-4992-aad2-c055dda6c2aa.jpg"> <BR> I rose above the bully in my life. I found the words (thanks to a friend) and spoke up for myself in a very firm way. It had to be done. I am a peacemaker, but in order for ME to have peace, I cannot allow myself to be pushed around. <BR> It wasn't easy, but I feel really good today. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/924da7b9-000f-45f5-b2e5... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:17:25 EST This New Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6431858 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/21274fd4-317f-4385-939d-1e8eed5d4d64.jpg"> <BR> I have no idea what this new day will bring, <BR> but I'm ready to meet it. <BR> This is a day of promise. <BR> I'll give my best, and look for God to make me a better person. <BR> I'll share what I have with others, and look for God to increase it. <BR> This will be the be my best day ever! Thu, 16 Nov 2017 05:15:46 EST First Hike in the First Snow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6431519 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/04075d79-7075-47da-83ad-2c0795344bdc.jpg"> <BR> What a beautiful winter wonderland the first snow is! I love looking at the lacy patterns of whiteness on the branches of the fir trees. <BR> Just enough snow to brighten the earth, but not enough to need shoveling is a beautiful thing! <BR> One of this world's beautiful wonders! Wed, 15 Nov 2017 05:05:13 EST My Motivation Minute PEP talk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6431218 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/52af5317-0fc6-4a91-967a-b56d7e1020b2.jpg"> <BR> Okay, YOU! <BR> You have to take it one day at a time. Forget about yesterday, and forget about the good and the imperfect parts of yesterday. I know that you're tired. I know that you're a bit discouraged, but get going, girl! Smile! This is a new day! <BR> Put down the iPad and get moving. No one can do this for you. Just start in on what has to be done. Delegate some of that work to oth... Tue, 14 Nov 2017 05:15:50 EST Give Thanks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6430887 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2e962772-58b7-47be-9556-10ab30c3c08a.jpg"> <BR> This is a great time of year to be thankful for our many blessing-Good health, great friends and family. I am thankful for my teaching position, and the many children that I work with. I am motivated every day by the loving and giving attitude of the teachers and professional staff that I work with. We are changing the world for the better-one child at a time! <BR> Creating & coloring Thanksgiving... Mon, 13 Nov 2017 05:09:41 EST The Rest Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6430577 I admit it! <BR> I don't often take a rest day. I love my exercise times! I get out for my walks and bike rides as often as is possible. I motivate others to get out and walk. I had just increased my time on the stationary bike by 5 minutes, and now my knee is telling me that <BR> "today WILL BE a REST DAY! <BR> When my body talks, I listen and respect what it is saying to me! We live in a world that likes to push us forward. I am a person with goals to reach! Today I will honor my b... Sun, 12 Nov 2017 05:58:20 EST Pedometer Power! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6430260 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2c013733-0033-42c1-9cde-d33409656f4b.jpg"> <BR> I would never have guessed how successful a little red pedometer would be in getting kids to move! All I have to do is put out the lobster pot full of pedometers out on the counter, and kids are drawn to them like magnets. They sign up, find a lanyard, attach the pedometer, and immediately start moving. <BR> The running, jumping, walking, dancing starts to fill the JFES Before School program. ... Sat, 11 Nov 2017 05:20:02 EST Say "Thank You To The! Veterans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6429964 I'm thankful for those who have served our country. Those who left their home, family and friends in order to keep our country safe. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/74dcd2b1-6825-4931-8c38-b9b7c6328f64.png"> <BR> My grandfather Arthur Gray served in WWI in the Marine Corps. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/47d0785e-bd79-4de0-b13c-245a8c8392e5.png"> <BR> My father Bill Gray served in the Army in the Korean War. My uncle Bob served in the Navy. ... Fri, 10 Nov 2017 05:30:11 EST SparkPeople Is My "Secret" Weapon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6429643 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e0cfcfbe-e90a-45cf-aab2-59c4663a3a66.gif"> <BR> I am convinced that taking the time to visit Spark every morning has helped me stay young, and control Type II Diabetes. Here's why I consider Spark my secret weapon: <BR> 1. I monitor my exercise and food every day. <BR> 2. I have an amazing support group that I visit every morning. <BR> 3. Every day I take a step forward. Every single day! <BR> 4. I have learned to set realistic goals, and... Thu, 9 Nov 2017 05:19:54 EST Staying Young! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6429318 I'm 62, and really enjoying my life. Retirement is coming up soon, and time for me to travel, hike and visit the grandkids. Here are a few ways that I'm taking steps to stay healthy (and young) enough) to enjoy my time! <BR> 1. I'm very conscious of what I eat. I work to eat high-quality, nutritious foods throughout the day. <BR> 2. I get my 8 glasses of water every day. I drink in the car, with meals, when I'm teaching, nd anytime I can. I try to have water with me at all times. Wa... Wed, 8 Nov 2017 05:24:26 EST Staying Young! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6429317 I'm 62, and really enjoying my life. Retirement is coming up soon, and time for me to travel, hike and visit the grandkids. Here are a few ways that I'm taking steps to stay healthy (and young) enough) to enjoy my time! <BR> 1. I'm very conscious of what I eat. I work to eat high-quality, nutritious foods throughout the day. <BR> 2. I get my 8 glasses of water every day. I drink in the car, with meals, when I'm teaching, nd anytime I can. I try to have water with me at all times. Wa... Wed, 8 Nov 2017 05:24:21 EST 5 Little Monkeys Learn A Lesson http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6428980 People asked for my version of the 5 Little Monkeys by Eileen Christelow, and here it is. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/586bea51-36ed-4096-a103-fb6ab4174ffb.jpg"> <BR> Adapted by Jackie Stetser <BR> Based on Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree by Eileen Christelow (1991). <BR> <BR> Five little monkeys jumping on the bed <BR> One fell off and bumped his head <BR> Mama called the doctor, <BR> And the doctor said <BR> No more monkeys jumping on the bed <BR> <BR> Four ... Tue, 7 Nov 2017 05:16:07 EST NYC Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6428638 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/466ef126-eb05-49ce-b040-377eb204647c.jpg"> <BR> My oldest son works for NYC Bridges and Tunnels. The Marathon is an <BR> "ALL HANDS ON DECK!" <BR> event. Preparation for this event is massive and stressful. <BR> I sit at home and watch the event every year. This year, I was very concerned about safety of all. I am so proud of all who participated in making yesterday's race a safe event. <BR> <BR> Thank you God for Your mighty hand of ... Mon, 6 Nov 2017 05:23:03 EST The Healthy Path http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6428300 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a9a3e995-d7d2-4687-ad26-4953e8fd18af.jpg"> <BR> Everyone's path to better health is personal. Some of us have terminal health concerns, others have lots of stress that we need to manage, and then there are those who no serious concerns, but want maximum health. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fd4fe990-20ab-4aab-b64c-4c2437676ae9.jpg"> <BR> Wherever you find yourself on The Healthy Path, take a few steps forward. Enjoy ... Sun, 5 Nov 2017 05:54:25 EST The Monkey book! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6428020 I created an activity book for my grandchildren, friends, and teachers. This book contains the following: <BR> * Five Little Monkey finger puppets in a plastic sheet to keep them together. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/55656c1a-f956-4a0d-be4f-41b08440a61b.jpg"> <BR> * Eileen Christelow's version of the poem The Five Little Monkeys, my addition to the poem which includes a behavior plan for little monkeys who need help to stop doing things that Mama asks them to st... Sat, 4 Nov 2017 05:28:23 EST Thankful for the Spark Team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6427707 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a6351bd5-8265-4e21-9d95-1a11f2977442.jpg"> <BR> The TEAM <BR> Today I'm thankful for my Spark Team. I'm thankful for the people who respond to my blog and for those who have prayed for my family during tough times. Together everyone achieves more! <BR> Together we are stronger and last longer! <BR> Together we can get through the storm. <BR> I'm so thankful for us! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/428e8de4-26e1-4749-8f1... Fri, 3 Nov 2017 05:05:35 EST Make Today Count! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6427369 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f57c5361-f54f-42d7-a254-a7df112c30c7.jpg"> <BR> Today is another day for me to do my best. I've been working hard to stick to my diet and exercise regime for a long time. None of that counts. I have to make TODAY count! <BR> The daily discipline of moving forward in my goal to stay healthy brings big results! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/48cd05b6-76f6-402b-b90a-9a95d4b52a1a.jpg"> <BR> Thu, 2 Nov 2017 05:18:29 EST Relief from the Bully http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6427023 The Bully at work has made me one of her targets. My job became very difficult for me to do, and I hated it. <BR> I recently met with my boss at school. The subject of the bully came up. I found out that I am not the only one who this person has been bullying. She is now being looked at closely. <BR> I felt very good to know that by standing my ground will also be helpful to someone else. What you sow, you reap. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ffeba349-751d-453d-8... Wed, 1 Nov 2017 05:07:02 EST Rainy Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6426702 A rainy day is a good time to sit and remember <BR> all that is important to me. <BR> Family, <BR> <BR> friends, <BR> <BR> students <BR> <BR> health <BR> <BR> love <BR> <BR> and laughter. <BR> <BR> Remember in the darkness what is the light of my soul. <BR> Remember in the rain all of the sunny days past and to come!and <BR> <BR> Looking ahead to the <BR> joy, <BR> <BR> friendships, <BR> <BR> health <BR> <BR> and happiness. <BR> Looking to the light for a bright tomorrow, learn... Tue, 31 Oct 2017 05:12:56 EST Quilting Through History http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6426366 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6e4e4164-92fc-49ba-9776-945fb8d6d1af.jpg"> <BR> Recently I was asked if quilting started in the US. It seems to some people to be an American activity. Well, it started long before the European settlers came to the US. According to the Quilting Museum UK, <BR> No one is exactly sure when quilting began, but from evidence found in the Temple of Osiris at Abydos, Egypt. It seems that people wore quilted clothing as many as 5000 years ago. <BR... Mon, 30 Oct 2017 05:08:44 EST 5 Little Monkeys http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6426064 I'm making a special book for Lina, Gabby and Shiloh. <BR> I'm going to rewrite the 5 Little Monkey poem, add some pages for the girls to color, and send them 5 little monkeys to play with. When a child can hold part of a story, the story becomes easier to understand. <BR> I've always wanted the 5 little monkeys to learn to stop jumping on the bed. Now I'll create a more positive version for anyone who would like it. It will be done soon. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.... Sun, 29 Oct 2017 06:13:04 EST Good bye Weariness! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6425767 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c2b6b723-8508-4711-b184-b9fe9e967344.png"> <BR> I'm trying to do it all, and it ain't working. I don't like the way I'm feeling, and I'll change it today. <BR> I'm missing out on my favorite walks and visiting with my friends. The exercise fuels my high energy level, and lately, I've been getting drained bit by bit. Today I'm taking back the walk, and make today ridiculously amazing! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/65... Sat, 28 Oct 2017 05:15:14 EST Standing Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6425456 I hate confrontations with overly aggressive people. I suppose that this is the only way that I will learn to take firm stands. <BR> Once again, I find myself dealing with "the school bully". She is another employee at the school. She has chosen to be disrespectful to me in front of students. Now I have to find a polite but firm way to speak up for myself. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2e777f46-bd23-4e72-af59-eda61c4799b7.jpg"> <BR> If we don't learn the lesson... Fri, 27 Oct 2017 05:09:51 EST Keep Calm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6425145 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ff980b4e-bddb-411d-ac93-7b864f639317.png"> <BR> There are days when I just want to throw a fit. I just want to make my opinion known. <BR> That's when I try to remember that silence is golden. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/61d245fe-db5f-44ed-a419-8ac81be748a7.JPG"> Thu, 26 Oct 2017 05:11:53 EST Calming Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6424814 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e6fe8016-3cc5-4e03-9984-1fa5afee5d47.jpg"> <BR> Calming thoughts. <BR> Take time to breathe. <BR> Inhale both love and compassion, <BR> and exhale the stress of daily living. <BR> Look around you at the beauty in your life. <BR> Smile at your family. <BR> Live in this moment and this moment alone. <BR> We are human beings, <BR> not human doings. <BR> If the ocean can calm itself, we can too. Wed, 25 Oct 2017 05:06:12 EST The Flannel Quilt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6424457 I'm making a quilt for an upcoming wedding. No date is set, but I want the quilt to be ready when the day comes. I started it during the summer, making use of some beautiful squares that I had bought for my mom. She didn't want to use them, so I "inherited" them. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b28a3f1f-eb9d-49e2-bebc-55fd886d11f0.jpg"> <BR> I sewed the squares together and then added an edge to the sides. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a32342... Tue, 24 Oct 2017 05:13:27 EST The "Nosey's" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6424108 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/577356e2-0e91-4f0e-8d45-1ddd8a6b1d12.jpg"> <BR> Dearl Nosey Friend, <BR> I promise that as soon as I want you to know the details of my life, you will be the first to know. I do not doubt your love for me. I just don't want to have my medical history known by all. Yes, I avoid you and your questions. Yes, I ignore and obfuscate your direct interest in matters that I choose to be quiet about. <BR> I'd appreciate your respect for my privacy... Mon, 23 Oct 2017 05:22:44 EST Pain and Persistence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6423798 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/18f57d77-587a-4700-89c4-bb50caba638c.jpg"> <BR> I was in a car accident over 30 years ago. I was hit from behind, and I'm still paying for his mistake. I have chronic back and shoulder pain. At one point, I was on painkillers, but they almost killed me. In the end, I still have pain. <BR> So I gently exercise every day and build up my muscles. I use heat and ice. I regularly go to the chiropractor and massage therapist. I persistently ... Sun, 22 Oct 2017 05:25:32 EST Yes, I can! Yes, I will! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6423496 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e82ae4d5-b4b4-470d-8312-652144347df7.jpg"> <BR> Yesterday I got home and was faced with the temptation of eating more ice cream. I had done the Spark Coach exercise of visualizing NOT eating it. Unfortunately, I also took time to think about what that great vanilla ice cream would taste like. <BR> After I sat down and wrote how I had overcome that temptation, I had to follow through, and get out for a walk and leave the ice cream alone. I had... Sat, 21 Oct 2017 05:52:46 EST Making a Motivational Moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6423197 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/523b8e55-ab82-4e49-94db-76c513d921df.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I Can SEE myself making a good choice! <BR> one of my favorite parts of the Spark People Premium is the simple visualization exercise that I do every single morning. It might take me a minute to complete this exercise, but it stays with me all day. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e35d84a4-0686-4c5d-860c-75819abd865e.jpg"> <BR> Today's visualization was this: <BR> Tod... Fri, 20 Oct 2017 05:06:07 EST Forgiveness and The Broken Road http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6422881 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/30deccf2-bda3-49fc-984b-d9c8f9df830e.jpg"> <BR> I was treated poorly in my first marriage. I married a handsome arrogant man that I thought that I could change. In the end, I was the person who changed. I became a much more compassionate and discerning person because of him. <BR> I thank God for the broken road that made me who I am today. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ef9fdf78-3cab-42f4-be96-94af7f3cb4e3.jpg"> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:08:55 EST A Simple Gesture of Kindness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6422574 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ad66891e-4226-4cce-9b78-343e0e910492.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a hectic day at school, and I was out straight! I was about to take my group out for recess when I realized that I had not been able to use the Ladies Room for hours. Emily was in her room, preparing for students when I asked her to watch my group. It was a small gesture of kindness. She talked with 22 students for 2 minutes. It meant the world to me. <BR> <img src="htt... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 05:08:55 EST My Spark Teams http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6422271 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9c95cab3-1261-45ef-899c-209acdc912b7.jpg"> <BR> SparkFriends, I need your help ! I have joined and led some great Spark Teams. The teams motivate me, and give me a reason to move forward in my health. Teams help me to go further and keep a strong focus. Going alone can be tiring, and a good team is a strength! I've also been on some dead or dying teams, that need help. The Green Smoothies Team (for which I am the leader) is not growing. ... Tue, 17 Oct 2017 05:07:37 EST I Got the Shot! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6421936 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e9a521eb-6ca5-4109-9319-f6e6b0a62b32.jpg"> <BR> 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. <BR> Here are 4 REASONS TO GET YOUR FLU SHOT from Got the Shot! <BR> To get vaccinated or not… tha... Mon, 16 Oct 2017 05:03:21 EST 10 Slow Breaths http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6421601 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/55308a12-09aa-4051-8642-2e29d6aa7b07.png"> <BR> 10 slow breaths <BR> 3 times a day <BR> is my way of calming myself, <BR> centering myself, <BR> and lowering my blood pressure. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6c84374a-dd43-4d0c-85c5-ff9c3bfc43ad.jpg"> <BR> According to LiveStrong.com, Deep breathing can release stress and provide other noticeable health benefits. You will likely feel calmer after performing deep breathi... Sun, 15 Oct 2017 05:51:59 EST In The Arms of Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6421297 The arms of love <BR> There are days when life's journey gets long and hard. <BR> I get beat up a bit and discouraged by the fight. <BR> Then I come home to your welcoming arms where I'm safe and secure. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/de60f479-d226-4609-b1ad-8155118f735f.JPG"> <BR> The arms of love <BR> There are days when life's journey gets long and hard. <BR> I get beat up a bit and discouraged by the fight. <BR> Then I come home to your welcoming arms where I'm ... Sat, 14 Oct 2017 05:08:16 EST Friday the 13th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6420989 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/27c2a6e5-b930-400e-bb6b-ca27667ae852.jpg"> <BR> 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! <BR> 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! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2031da3c-0d6a-485d-b90b-0136db30c0a4.jpg"> Fri, 13 Oct 2017 05:16:40 EST Family love in small doses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6420639 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 <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cb07bce2-23e1-4cee-9353-23709c34824b.jpg"> <BR> This past weekend I was out of state celebrating my son's birthday. I could easily stay away from my brother, but I am glad that we made the time to see each other. We managed... Thu, 12 Oct 2017 05:18:32 EST Fall Foliage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6420295 There's something lovely about being in New Hampshire in October. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4284a5bb-fc23-45be-9717-71f21ee1119b.jpg"> <BR> The warm and brilliant leaves and the cool air are just enough to get me out for a walk, bike, kayak or drive. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/962af765-ee08-4f71-8f7a-66a036ad4268.jpg"> <BR> There's no place more beautiful than on top of a mountain on a beautiful Fall day! <BR> <img src="http://photos... Wed, 11 Oct 2017 05:18:05 EST Showing kindness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6419947 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e4b777a3-1873-43f6-b18c-db0ca677af7f.jpg"> <BR> Everyone needs and wants kindness. There are times that I'd rather give some of my relatives a good swift kick instead! <BR> After acknowledging my frustrated feelings, and see their needs, I remember that I'm no better than they are. <BR> I would rather receive the kindness than the good swift kick, and that is what I do. <BR> Show kindness. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com... Tue, 10 Oct 2017 05:16:07 EST Taking Care of ME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6419600 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/34373b1c-fe27-4205-a509-f4a6a40620a6.jpg"> <BR> Today I have to stop. <BR> I've been in high gear for weeks, and the list of responsibilities is long. <BR> If I want to stay healthy, feel good about myself, I have to say NO to others and take time for me. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c0397957-c586-4f42-9209-f604c4514746.jpg"> <BR> People will be disappointed in me today. I'm sure that I'll hear about it. I like to p... Mon, 9 Oct 2017 06:12:51 EST Each one teach one http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6419281 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c76a2310-052f-430b-a19f-6ac8f7e61a42.jpg"> <BR> I took the time to pick apples with Shiloh Rose yesterday. What fun! Sun, 8 Oct 2017 07:20:23 EST New Jersey Birthday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6418955 My first-born turns 40! <BR> I can hardly wrap my mind around it. <BR> I still think of him as a child! <BR> <BR> Happy birthday to m <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/25638c84-1ff5-46e9-b82c-767847e3e475.jpg">y firstborn son! <BR> You've added meaning, and so much fun. <BR> As I've learned to love and care for you, <BR> God has answered my prayers, more than a few! <BR> Now you're married with a first-born little girl, <BR> The blessings increase! <BR> What a beautiful world!... Sat, 7 Oct 2017 07:21:16 EST 10K Steps a Day-One Step at a Time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6418598 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/421ef30d-8f03-40c9-a8c3-1b315bec1810.jpg"> <BR> 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. <BR> My school schedule has changed dramatically, and I'm not getting out for my beautiful walks ass much as I used to. I've changed my approach to getting in extra steps whenever and wherever I can. <BR> <img src="http://phot... Fri, 6 Oct 2017 05:19:35 EST