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  • Intent to Improve

    3/22/2016 7:40:10 AM, by HEALTHYLU1

    I've been off-track lately. I am once again paying attention to what I eat, how much sleep I get and how much exercise I am getting. I just start... Read more

  • Confrontation

    3/22/2016 5:24:52 AM, by JSTETSER

    After many phone calls to the rehab facility where ... Read more

  • How to Do Today

    3/21/2016 9:40:52 AM, by ~INDYGIRL

    TODAY you can do it. Even if it's just for a minute, then another minute... Just make the healthy choice minutes outweigh the unhealthy ones an... Read more

  • a new week

    3/21/2016 9:12:32 AM, by MOMMY445

    my daughter and i had so much fun last week! both of us are back to school today. my good friend made it possible for us to go wherever she wante... Read more

  • The Mother Load

    3/21/2016 5:32:43 AM, by JSTETSER

    This past weekend was tough. My mother was not cared for properly, and she is not happy. One of my siblings yelled at me for not being perfect. ... Read more

  • Help!

    3/20/2016 1:04:28 PM, by KAYEGURL08

    It wasn't that long ago that I was worried about my oldest adult child because she was sleeping all day. I have struggled with depression for y... Read more

  • The broken trust

    3/20/2016 5:34:53 AM, by JSTETSER

    My mother went into a rehab unit at the Quabbin Valley Healthcare in Athol, Mass in order to become steadier on her feet and return to her home. ... Read more

  • Two Kid Parties This Weekend

    3/19/2016 10:21:29 AM, by MARIAJESTRADA

    And I will prevail. Seriously, I plan on eating protein and veggies. Yesterday, we went to CiCi's pizza and ate two pieces of pizza and salad. ... Read more

  • Packed away in my Heart

    3/19/2016 5:23:50 AM, by JSTETSER

    In my heart packed tightly away Is a happy child, ru... Read more

  • what a week

    3/18/2016 4:05:46 PM, by MOMMY445

    i have been pretty much doing stuff with my daughter every day this week. tomorrow is the first day we will both be taking a break. all of the bi... Read more

  • Getting Mom Home Again

    3/18/2016 5:26:37 AM, by JSTETSER

    Well, we got one report from the Medicare Evaluation saying that my Mom could go home now. The nursing home has not started the discharge proces... Read more

  • The Inside Job

    3/17/2016 5:18:15 AM, by JSTETSER

    Health really is an inside job, and I am in control of much of my health. It is up to ME to make good food choices and to exercise. Getting in ... Read more

  • Health and Happiness are an Inside Job!

    3/16/2016 5:28:10 AM, by JSTETSER

    There are so many simple steps to make our life healthy and happy! Drink your water, eat your veggies, be kind to others. What step will you ... Read more

  • Who Is Your Inner Voice?

    3/15/2016 5:47:39 PM, by ~INDYGIRL

    I call that inner voice that is my old negative self that wants to eat in unhealthy ways " my inner fat girl." She reminds me that I need to take... Read more

  • Lots of Walking This Weekend (Go Vote!)

    3/15/2016 8:05:48 AM, by MARIAJESTRADA

    This weekend, I walked a lot and sparked my body in... Read more

  • Gratitude

    3/15/2016 5:33:17 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today I am thankful for the people who are helping my... Read more

  • Staying Healthy For myself and others

    3/14/2016 5:32:21 AM, by JSTETSER

    Some days, I take the time to walk, Knowing t... Read more

  • taking the toughest path

    3/13/2016 6:07:05 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday was a great day for a hike, and we chose the toughest path up Mt. Monadnock. It is very steep and still icy. The views are spectacula... Read more

  • Moderation, Moderation, Moderation and Prayer

    3/12/2016 9:30:24 AM, by MARIAJESTRADA

    I am really trying the moderate path. I mean, I figured if I follow the plan below, even being hyper present and stopping when full, will me get... Read more

  • Making time for ME!!

    3/12/2016 5:22:58 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have been very busy caring for my Mom in a nursing home. Yesterday I made a special point of making Easter cards with her. Read more

  • Two Salads, Too Much

    3/11/2016 9:26:40 PM, by MARIAJESTRADA

    Well, Spark Fam., My plans to go to the zoo did not happen or at least we got there too late. I mean, the day started out well. I went to ... Read more

  • a beautiful sunny day

    3/11/2016 2:04:12 PM, by MOMMY445

    a day to get outdoors and enjoy! it is sunny and mild here today, with more of the same over the weekend. i am getting ready to spend some time a... Read more

  • Every Day Feels like a Reset Day

    3/11/2016 8:56:14 AM, by MARIAJESTRADA

    I mean, good changes are happening, and I have to stop comparing this effort from the last one, but damn! Last night was not a total defea... Read more

  • Having Faith

    3/11/2016 5:25:07 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today I accept what is, let go of what was, and ha... Read more

  • The Fruit/Vegetable Basket

    3/10/2016 11:30:08 AM, by MARIAJESTRADA

    I have been looking at my food intake, and I don't to compile a report to see that some days are waaaaay too high. Yesterday was almost a disast... Read more

  • Mom and everything else

    3/10/2016 5:30:36 AM, by JSTETSER

    This is the end of one wild week for me! My 93 year young Mom was rushed to the hospital, diagnosed with a tumor in her brain, Because the trea... Read more

  • So Hungry!

    3/9/2016 5:29:34 PM, by MARIAJESTRADA

    I am so hungry, and I don't have many healthy filler foods at home. (I will get there eventually.) Anyway, since I am avoiding the sunflowe... Read more

  • a mild day

    3/9/2016 1:41:49 PM, by MOMMY445

    working hard on my courses. my daughter says hi. she wants to do lots of things next week on march break. all the birds say cheep,cheep! i am hea... Read more

  • Holding Mom's hand

    3/9/2016 5:30:20 AM, by JSTETSER

    There is strength within our sorrow, there's beauty in our tears. We can make it till tomorrow, with the love that casts out fear. Read more

  • a lovely mild day

    3/8/2016 8:47:41 AM, by MOMMY445

    another mild day here today,with a chance of rain later on. that is okay with me and my daughter. all the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific ... Read more

  • It's All about Perspective: No Whining and Complaining, Please!

    3/8/2016 8:43:25 AM, by MARIAJESTRADA

    So, I have been thinking about this a lot lately. Here's a picture of me on Christmas 2013 when I was complaining that I wasn't losing anymo... Read more

  • Mom at Rehab Facility

    3/8/2016 5:35:53 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today will not be anything close to normal. Whatever normal is, I have the feeling that today will not be that. My hopes were high, and I real... Read more

  • Trying My Best

    3/7/2016 7:58:51 AM, by MARIAJESTRADA

    What else am I gonna do? This weekend, I had Simona's birthday party (which was awesome!), and I had a merry time. Seriously. However, I overd... Read more

  • Changes

    3/7/2016 5:37:46 AM, by JSTETSER

    My Mom goes home from the hospital today. For me everything has changed, and for my Mom, all is going back to normal. But this is a new normal. ... Read more

  • A Diagnosis

    3/6/2016 5:45:22 AM, by JSTETSER

    Not knowing exactly what is wrong can create a lot of stress. Waiting patiently is a hard thing to do. We want answers NOW at the very latest. ... Read more

  • Caring for Mamma

    3/5/2016 8:17:17 AM, by JSTETSER

    "When Mamma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy." My mom doesn't feel good. She has a tumor in her brain, and now she has fragile health. It... Read more

  • it's friday

    3/4/2016 11:03:24 AM, by MOMMY445

    a beautiful sunny day here today! woo hoo! my daughter says hi! she is looking forward to march break and so am i. i already have one activity to... Read more

  • Pray for my Mom!

    3/4/2016 7:03:46 AM, by JSTETSER

    Please pray for my Mom. Yesterday, it was determined that she has swelling in her brain. Today we are sitting here at umass medical hospital, ... Read more

  • Started with 3, Yes 3, Glasses of Water!

    3/3/2016 11:21:51 AM, by MARIAJESTRADA

    I started with three glasses of water before eating breakfast, and though that may seem like an insignificant step, it is a huge deal for me. My... Read more

  • it's thursday

    3/3/2016 10:27:23 AM, by MOMMY445

    a new day has started. let's see what it brings. all the birds say hi and my daughter sends hugs to everyone. have a terrific day,all!... Read more

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