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/ Meeting AMAZING People http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6401850 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e9902e89-b415-463a-a736-d0e6cc1e1f89.jpg"> <BR> I met some special people at the NH Living History Event yesterday. Here I am with Elizabeth Keckley, Mary Todd Lincoln's dress maker. (Estelle T Barada) <BR> I also met Harriet Tubman. My uncle's home was part of the Underground Railroad, and I was quite interested to talk with her. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1010e5fa-d8fe-4b4d-8736-4aabb3bb57ea.jpg"> <BR> The Li... Sun, 20 Aug 2017 05:00:58 EST Take The Step! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6401535 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e6195f29-420d-470d-a3bb-5afa72afbad0.jpg"> <BR> It's the start of the school year, and I want to challenge you to take a step towards better health. Let's start by counting our steps for one week, and then take the highest number and use it as your goal. Every week, try to beat that best. Record your numbers, and see just how high you can go over the year. <BR> Find opportunities to take steps towards better health. How many steps in a mi... Sat, 19 Aug 2017 05:20:11 EST My Summer Bootcamp http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6401198 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fee577a2-f570-41ea-a9c1-f455c871255b.jpg"> <BR> In June, I created a plan to get in better shape, and lower my blood sugar #s. I have Type II Diabetes, and control it mainly with food and exercise. In June, I had to add Metformin to my healthy plan. I did not like it, but I also realized that it was time to create a new plan for success and better health. <BR> Summer is my favorite season, and I took the time each day to work out. I don't... Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:22:47 EST Fact Check http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400827 We hear so many different voices, it's easy to believe a false one. Every day we need to be reading and learning in order to recognize the false statements. <BR> That's what happened to me recently when my brother David send me an article stating that "A; Gore's utility bill for his mansion was over $30,000." Incredible! How could that be? <BR> Come to find out, over 10 years ago, it was true, but just like the rest of us, Al Gore has made some upgrades to his home. "My home runs 100% o... Thu, 17 Aug 2017 05:37:39 EST Revolutionary Time Travel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400417 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/17d5688b-381d-430a-886d-a29d7bedbd0f.jpg"> <BR> I have some exciting weekend plans. Traveling through time to 1920 has shown me how much has changed, and how much has stayed the same. The Old Governor Benjamin Pierce and his wife, Anna Kendrick Pierce were a hard working couple that faced many challenges. Benjamin's first wife Elizabeth died two days after childbirth. Anna raised little Elizabeth as her own. Benjamin held down two jobs-wor... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 05:13:07 EST Free Food Costs Me Pounds! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400024 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2f7f4bb4-bb10-4d6c-99a1-954d2953bb7c.jpg"> <BR> My biggest temptations come in the way of the free food at the start of the school year! For some reason, I have to go into those buffets put on by the school district and the PTA prepared to either put a lot on my plate, prepared to dump it, or just stay away from the area completely. <BR> <BR> I have to remind myself <BR> "Jackie, you're not hungry!" <BR> "That food is not good for you! Ju... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 05:21:33 EST Find A WAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6399627 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dc082969-9b25-485d-878c-9ef56f28bdcf.jpg"> <BR> I have some plans that are very important to me. Plans for my health, and my upcoming retirement. Things are not falling into place as easily as I hoped. <BR> With my health, I had a great plan for exercise until I bruised my toe. Who knew that a small member of my body could have such a major affect on everything else. I can't run right now. Walking my full route hurts the toe even more. ... Mon, 14 Aug 2017 05:12:46 EST Focus on the Goal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6399252 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/aa463e05-54f4-4d49-907e-4095d299c738.jpg"> <BR> What is it that you REALLY want to accomplish this month? <BR> I want to see my glucose #s drop. <BR> I want to get out and walk/run/bike/kayak every day. <BR> I want to stay in excellent health, and be able to share hiking with my grandkids. <BR> I'm going to follow one course until I'm successful. Today I have a bruised foot, but I'll let it heal, and then get out walking, then running. Tod... Sun, 13 Aug 2017 06:04:46 EST The New Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6398924 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6e70073f-6a20-479a-b3c8-1b2783488265.jpg"> <BR> The new school year is about to begin, and that requires a new teaching plan. I also need a new exercise plan for my life. <BR> My summer boot camp has been very good for me, but I must change for the school year. <BR> My workout time will move to the afternoon, and I will add some exercise in to my school day with the students as well. I'm looking at the President's Council on Fitness, Sports a... Sat, 12 Aug 2017 05:47:29 EST Lina is Turning 4! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6398524 Turning Four! <BR> I remember when you were born. You were so cute and so small. <BR> Quickly you've grown! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/823c8ded-98b2-4ad9-a675-c988180f2217.jpg"> <BR> You turned one, and loved watching you learn to crawl, then walk and talk. You could wave bye-bye when your Mom and Dad went to school and work. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d638e554-39fc-4604-82ba-98203ad703bd.jpg"> <BR> At two, you were swimming and laug... Fri, 11 Aug 2017 05:17:24 EST Enjoying a beautiful world http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6398291 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7de689d0-8885-47be-bad3-4f2537f09afd.jpg"> <BR> Never take Nature for granted! Thu, 10 Aug 2017 13:30:53 EST Camping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6397816 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d11dacf2-f17b-41a8-b050-100289472f0a.jpg"> <BR> What a beautiful day to be out in nature! #deliciousdailymoment Wed, 9 Aug 2017 09:10:19 EST Evans Notch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6397417 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d2c390f7-1e7e-4164-b225-9dd44c4d85a9.jpg"> <BR> Evans Notch in Maine is a great geographic place to visit! Tue, 8 Aug 2017 09:28:12 EST Evans Notch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6397416 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a1cc0155-6e88-4bd9-a0a6-bb74396d148f.jpg"> <BR> Evans Notch in Maine is a great geographic place to visit! Tue, 8 Aug 2017 09:27:37 EST Evans Notch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6397415 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2e427cdb-fcb1-4826-89bb-cb299448588b.jpg"> <BR> Evans Notch in Maine is a great geographic place to visit! Tue, 8 Aug 2017 09:26:50 EST Evans Notch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6397414 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5140a3f0-6e7b-40ce-8d6c-e906fa341766.jpg"> <BR> Evans Notch in Maine is a great geographic place to visit! Tue, 8 Aug 2017 09:26:48 EST A New Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6396927 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5e9c7865-f8a8-4e27-a05a-fcdb284fa045.jpg"> <BR> Find one way in which you can improve your life in a small way. It's a brand new day of possibilities! Mon, 7 Aug 2017 06:15:00 EST A New Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6396923 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a7791073-7edb-4296-9671-77046a762f67.jpg"> <BR> Find one way in which you can improve your life in a small way. It's a brand new day of possibilities! Mon, 7 Aug 2017 05:55:39 EST Sparks and SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6396553 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/82267225-443d-47c9-b612-0c3db07e883e.jpg"> <BR> It only takes a Spark to get a fire going, and SparkPeople has fueled a healthy change in my life. Thanks! Sun, 6 Aug 2017 06:20:27 EST The Mutant Squash in my Compost Pile http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6396189 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9e998779-df84-4e91-b888-5cd190e05096.jpg"> <BR> My compost pile is full of squash seeds from a year's worth of dinners with squash that I've bought from the grocery store and farmers markets. <BR> I have been amazed that the squash from my compost pile are the largest and healthiest squash in my garden. No other squash vines have produced anything yet. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f0098104-65e5-45fe-85be-7a9c7a99ae84... Sat, 5 Aug 2017 05:01:09 EST I Feel Your Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6395800 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fb44609a-cdb3-4958-8082-f7f4d89f6ad3.jpg"> <BR> Yesterday's ceremony was thoughtful, moving, and beautiful. I sat towards the back with coworkers. My heart was touched when your daughters spoke about their dad, their hearts broken as they held hands, sharing their loving stories, and we all cried for their pain and their loss. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/60189b15-2865-43f2-b29d-5802c4f33629.jpg"> <BR> I went down t... Fri, 4 Aug 2017 05:22:26 EST The Athlete in Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6395393 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5f9f93b1-c505-4380-a471-d46424b7b942.JPG"> <BR> A shift in my thinking has begun! I no longer look at myself as an old person, sick with high blood pressure and Diabetes. I am an athlete! <BR> My body is the Temple of God! <BR> I am strong, and I feed my spirit, soul and body with good quality food. <BR> I am able to meet the challenges in my life. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ec02ddff-4468-42ca-815b-092f2e45e93... Thu, 3 Aug 2017 05:08:01 EST If you can dream it... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6394976 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f8bde3e2-19ab-4171-a191-9d003c61e6c8.jpg"> <BR> I have a dream to gain greater health, and control Type II Diabetes. <BR> This summer, I kicked my workout plan into high gear. I planned my own Boot camp training! Every day, I'm up at 4:45, and I start with my Spark Time. <BR> After that, I get in my exercise routine. <BR> Rather than pay for a gym membership, I decided that I could save the time and money, and workout from home. <BR> 1. ... Wed, 2 Aug 2017 05:16:10 EST Reach For The New! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6394511 Every day we make the decision of what is most important to us. The answer to that question is seen in how we spend our time, what we put in our mouth, and what we say. <BR> Today make a decision that you KNOW will make your future healthier and brighter. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e68f6d7e-771b-46a9-bc53-267473304baa.jpg"> <BR> So much of our future depends on us! Don't let the decisions of the past keep you down! This is a new day! A day with new possibilities... Tue, 1 Aug 2017 05:01:30 EST The Friends of SPARK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6394082 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ba83c3ab-3957-4cde-9e55-4ca1d4cb86b1.jpg"> <BR> Why do I visit SPARK every single morning? It's my encouraging friends who take time to help me through my day! I care about you, and you care about me! <BR> 1. My 5 AM visits make my day! I may not be able to get out and visit people often, but I get to visit my Spark Friends every day! <BR> 2. I learn something new every day! Learning how to live a healthy life in spite of having Type II... Mon, 31 Jul 2017 05:13:43 EST This House http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6393713 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/845537bf-99cf-415b-9628-c4c283c61b1c.JPG"> <BR> This house is a place of miracles and healing love. <BR> This home is a place of joyful and sincere prayer. <BR> Faith, hope and love abide here. <BR> Have no fear about the impossible circumstances, <BR> because the faith of the people in this house works by our love. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/05d907a3-0510-4206-86d7-3a028ff0f93a.JPG"> <BR> I hope that you will say the... Sun, 30 Jul 2017 05:05:07 EST Letting Go of Others Expectations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6393345 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/79ed74f4-4114-4aff-ac6a-fa9d1baf92c3.jpg"> <BR> Today I feel the pressure of people who I love. They want me to make them happy, and I cannot. Some times I have to choose between my good health and their happiness. Most of the time, I make the right choice. Life is a balance between giving and receiving. I find that letting go and trusting God to make others happy helps me to live a life of joy and freedom. I cannot make everyone (or anyo... Sat, 29 Jul 2017 05:16:38 EST Gabby update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6392968 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e86b522f-3848-4480-aeaa-4d025c6a1e7a.jpg"> <BR> Little Gabby is doing well. Having Nana with her almost every day has brought a relaxed and fun spirit to her life. Mom was very careful about taking Gabby to the grocery store, but Nana takes her our, and washes everything with a Clorox wipe. They go, and have fun. <BR> Mom had Gabby on a very healthy diet. Clearly, Gabby likes the relaxed version just fine! <BR> Gabby Girl is happy and gro... Fri, 28 Jul 2017 05:03:34 EST My Morning PEP Talk! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6392578 Listen UP! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/78de6c90-0b5c-42c5-bda6-7d861c307cae.jpg"> <BR> Come on now, Jackie! It's time to get serious about your health and your goals. Do you want them or not? If so, listen up! <BR> You have to change your cheating ways, Baby! <BR> No more little extra bites of food that you don't need. <BR> Eat your portions and be satisfied! <BR> You have to change your lying ways, too! <BR> Don't tell me that it doesn't matter when you eat a... Thu, 27 Jul 2017 05:12:24 EST Change my Thoughts, Change My Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6392141 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8a89ab9d-cd27-44ef-b42b-63e6e41565cb.jpg"> <BR> Today I'm making a change. I'm changing my mind in order to change my eating habits. I've allowed myself to eat a few things that are keeping me from my goal. My goal is to have my A1C level back to the 5 range. Currently it is at 7. I have Type II Diabetes, and the A1C test is a blood test that provides information about a person's average levels of blood glucose, also called blood sugar, o... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 05:30:27 EST Living the History http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6391908 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/057b047e-8e3b-4fc5-a8a5-950e7fcdb9ad.jpg"> <BR> The dress isn't done yet, but I will be Anna Kendrick Pierce (mother of President Franklin Pierce) from Hillsboro, NH at the Living History Event 8/19-20. Tue, 25 Jul 2017 13:16:13 EST Start with a Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6391722 <em>252</em> <BR> Every morning, after I take time to read the Bible and pray, I Spark. I need to connect with my Spark Friends, and to hold myself to the high standard of health. I log what I ate for dinner last night, and what I'll eat for breakfast, read an article, write a blog, say hello to a few friends. Finally, I also log exercise that I didn't get to log yesterday. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b8239f85-fbf4-4d32-816c-29a65a97bd5e.JPG"> <BR> It only ta... Tue, 25 Jul 2017 05:16:26 EST Mom's House http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6391284 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2369effb-0539-464f-8d9d-7aa1c968b15d.jpg"> <BR> The house is quiet as I listen to my moms rattle breathing, her snoring and the clock. I watch her faltering steps. The tv is way too loud. The kitchen needs some deep cleaning. The floor that my ex-husband put in needs replacing. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ac273598-e7c2-4248-b82f-89d04b879e78.JPG"> <BR> I've lived elsewhere for 4 decades, but she has called this pl... Mon, 24 Jul 2017 05:38:29 EST Weekend with Mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6390855 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cd9cbab8-053c-4936-b611-8f1e7622e2f0.jpg"> <BR> I have been helping my mom with cooking, cleaning and some fun since Friday. My brother who lives with her went camping. It's been a great 3 days! I've been able to get to know my mom on a whole new level. Sun, 23 Jul 2017 05:29:18 EST I'm Enough! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6390066 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d0a11799-c5ee-408f-8ae7-90aef6086a38.jpg"> <BR> If only I had more... <BR> time, <BR> money, <BR> patience, <BR> ability, <BR> then things would be okay. They would be better. <BR> Not true. If you have a case of the "if onlys", you will still have it when you have more of whatever you have right now. <BR> I'm enough, and you're enough. We were created in the image of God, and that makesus more than enough, actually! <BR> <img src="htt... Fri, 21 Jul 2017 05:14:59 EST The Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6389667 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5104ed19-cdfb-4859-b9d0-09c3fa85aa00.bmp"> <BR> The journey to the summit is often a long trek that starts with lots of preparation. First choosing the mountain, then choosing the trail. After that, I pack the 10 essentials: <BR> Navigation (map and compass) <BR> Sun protection (sunglasses and sunscreen) <BR> Insulation (extra clothing) <BR> Illumination (headlamp/flashlight) <BR> First-aid supplies <BR> Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candl... Thu, 20 Jul 2017 05:02:42 EST Fear NOT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6389240 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b4a7c469-cf75-416b-a3fd-2fd52bee423a.JPG"> <BR> Fear can cripple you, or catapult you into to success. Fear kills more dreams than failure ever will. <BR> I was afraid of Type II Diabetes. I've seen the damage of people losing their eyesight, then toes, then their legs. That fear drove me to learn more about the disease, change my diet and my lifestyle. Now I have a healthy respect for this disease. I will never underestimate what Type I... Wed, 19 Jul 2017 05:11:20 EST The Little Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388821 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d39c7384-86ed-460c-a086-bfb0b198a3ca.jpg"> <BR> Sometimes it's the little things that make a big difference. <BR> I have enough flowers in my yard that I can put some of them on my table. I love having a simple vase of daisies to brighten up my home. It's amazing how my eyes are drawn to those spots of beauty. My day is a little brighter because of the little things. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/afd9d2c8-3241-4dc... Tue, 18 Jul 2017 05:10:26 EST Saving Money and Looking GREAT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388386 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d62b0c82-aab9-4ea2-980e-ecca613e214c.JPG"> <BR> Why am I so happy? I'm Saving Money and Looking GREAT! <BR> Are you looking to save some money on clothing, and household items? Try GW's! <BR> Goodwill is my favorite place to shop. It took me some time to learn a few things that has helped me. <BR> 1. Right inside the door at the in doorway, GW's sets up a rack with lots of the "color of the day". These items are half price. I always chec... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 05:14:48 EST Morning has broken! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388019 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5c239d83-772b-4519-8de1-cf4a84b433e4.jpg"> <BR> What a beautiful day! Sun, 16 Jul 2017 07:55:03 EST Mt Washington http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387837 Today I am at the foot of Mt Washington, helping people hike safely. <BR> I will write more tomorrow. Our weather was not as good as this photo, but I love the photo! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/79b12403-2b4f-4f6c-a529-ccdacb32ddf0.jpg"> Sat, 15 Jul 2017 18:34:40 EST Pinkham http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387204 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5fb64bc7-979f-4950-af14-4aac6e3fc0ff.JPG"> <BR> Several times a year, John and I volunteer at the Pinkham Notch Visitor's Center, at the foot of Mt. Washington. Mt. Washington is known for having the "World's Worst Weather". Actually, it is the world's worst RECORDED weather, but still, the weather is bad. There is still snow on Washington, and we will probably see 100 people hike up over rough terrain to find the snow patches and ski. Mai... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 05:44:25 EST Wow! It's WORKING! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6386784 I created a plan, and worked the plan. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2c0f6065-7525-442a-962b-32fc618b7cee.jpg"> <BR> My glucose # is down to 129 yesterday (7/11/17) after exercise, and I am absolutely thrilled! Today before breakfast & exercise, it was 139. I started working on making changes to my diet and exercise on 6/21. My glucose # was 184 that day. Now I am seeing great results. I also added Metformin to my regime. It's all working together to help me ... Thu, 13 Jul 2017 05:42:02 EST The "Helpful" Gift http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6386348 Laura and her family are in a dillemma. It's summer, and they have no money for a vacation. Laura is in college to become a RN. Currently she an LPN. (Someone correct me if I got that backwards). Her kids are teenagers now, and want to have some fun. <BR> Since Laura & Chris have an anniversary coming, we bought them a tent. They have never tented before, and we're never quite sure if this is a good gift or not. we will soon find out. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.co... Wed, 12 Jul 2017 05:10:03 EST Changing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6385906 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/05a4ac33-6e9e-4842-95ec-9bf9e2cf438a.jpg"> <BR> The first step towards getting to where you want to be is deciding that you're not going to stay where you are. Sometimes it takes bravery to make a change. Sometimes it takes confronting old fears that have crept into our minds. I was afraid of going on medications for Diabetes. I had seen a video that showed a person going on Metformin, then needing Insulin shots, and becoming obese, then lo... Tue, 11 Jul 2017 05:45:47 EST A Great Day For A Hike! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6385472 Sunday was a great day for a hike! Since the rhododendrons are starting to bloom, John and I made the trip over to Fitzwilliam to enjoy them on a superb summer day. We got to the State Park at about 11 am, with lunch in hand. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a846141a-4d43-41ce-90cd-e6c77746e994.JPG"> <BR> John on the Rhododendron Loop Trail. Rhododendron bushes behind him. <BR> <BR> Heading down the Wildflower Loop Trail, we stopped frequently to admire the lo... Mon, 10 Jul 2017 05:18:38 EST My Summertime Boot Camp Training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6385074 The day that school got out, I started right in. I decided that I got enough sleep, and was up at 4:45 as usual. I have things to accomplish this summer. I want a fit body, and I want my glucose numbers down in the 120 range, rather than the 180's. I am dealing with Type II Diabetes, and know that my glucose numbers need to stay in a healthy range. <BR> Rather than pay for a gym membership, I decided that I could save the time and money, and workout from home. <BR> 1. Interval Traini... Sun, 9 Jul 2017 05:27:59 EST Life Is Good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384690 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/756e53fe-4ece-483c-81ee-51289c266272.jpg"> <BR> My life is a good life because God is a good God. Every day, I acknowledge His presence in my life. No, I am not always in a church, but I thank God for all that He has given to me as I do my stretches, walk, run, swim and hike. <BR> I have problems, but I choose to keep my focus on the good things in my life. <BR> I have a great family! I love my husband, kids and grand kids, and they love m... Sat, 8 Jul 2017 05:26:28 EST Positive Self Talk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384302 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fe99faad-56cd-4760-b7a4-d338c0f8208f.jpg"> <BR> What do you tell yourself about the world that you live in? Is it a good place, filled with good things, or is it the pits. Are you ready to fight, run, or dance? Our own thoughts and focus can add to the ongoing stress in our lives. This thoughts you think can raise your blood pressure and compromise your immune system. Thoughts can bring success or failure to you life. <BR> <img src="htt... Fri, 7 Jul 2017 05:46:32 EST The 1820's Dress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6383912 I love history, and in late August, my husband John and I will play the parts of The Old Governor Benjamin Pierce and his wife Anna Kendrick Pierce. The Old Governor is already dressed, thanks to a loan from a friend. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/91ec544a-30a9-4ef4-a88f-2a959f865358.jpg"> <BR> I have a lot of work to do! In the end, my dress will looks something like this <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/deeee808-2039-4310-8156-e6d090a68611.jp... Thu, 6 Jul 2017 05:36:09 EST