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  • Camping on the "Kank"

    5/24/2018 4:53:52 AM, by JSTETSER

    We're heading out for a hiking and camping adventure on the Kankamagus Highway. The Kancamagus Highway, also known as "The Kanc," is often misspelled and mispronounced Kangamangus Highway. It is a 34.5-mile scenic drive along NH's Rt. 112 in Northern New Hampshire that is well known as one of t... Read more

  • Make Time for Yourself

    5/23/2018 9:31:36 PM, by MICKEYMAX

    You've got to make time for yourself. It takes time to make time. Sounds weird, I know, but I literally have to find the time to carve out for myself and recognize it is absolutely required for me to do that. Playing the back burner game does nothing but frustrate me, burn me out and put me in... Read more

  • My sister comes too

    5/23/2018 8:37:15 PM, by ILARIAMARCUCCI

    So have been going to the gym for almost a year now and have finally got my sister to come too. It's 1 day a week but it's a place to start!... Read more

  • Breathe In Breath Out...Move On - Jimmy Buffett

    5/23/2018 6:42:46 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    I just finished the worst year of my teaching career. First things first, it wasn't the kids. In fact, what made the year livable was the kids. But, the outside forces both professional and personal were just awful. So, allow me a bit of a rant because, to paraphrase Jimmy Buffett, I am going to ran... Read more

  • Intermittent Fasting (IF) update

    5/23/2018 4:54:58 AM, by JSTETSER

    Well, I just had my 9th day of intermittent fasting, and the discipline of eating "just enough" is starting to pay off. I feel really good! I have learned to follow the plan well until noontime. After I eat my small lunch, it falls apart. I go home, at 2, and start eating like I do on any other ... Read more

  • Time Stops for No One

    5/22/2018 9:22:23 PM, by MICKEYMAX

    Time is flying by - more quickly than I would like. We're approaching the halfway point in the year and I feel "way behind" in where I had hoped to be at this point. There are reasons upon reasons, which boil down to a lot of excuses for me. This is not to say that things have not gone wrong - oh th... Read more

  • Always choose Kindness!

    5/22/2018 4:54:58 AM, by JSTETSER

    People in this world around us are hurting. They need kindness and healing. Never be afraid to show a little kindness. It can make a person's day worth living! "How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it!" ... Read more

  • DH has calmed down - I am focused

    5/21/2018 7:48:25 AM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning, this man knows me. We talked again yesterday much. He actually pours all the beer out and he wants no beer in the house. I know this is just a start. we are on month to month toward his retirement. the goal was two years before this weekend. He is too young to get medicare yet. ... Read more

  • Summer Festival Weekend

    5/21/2018 6:11:00 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    A few weeks ago, I blogged about feeling better and having more energy. I am learning what to do with the new energy and learning to live life again. School is winding down now. We had a wonderful graduation on Friday and now two teacher workdays Monday and Tuesday before being released for th... Read more

  • What Would You Have Done?

    5/21/2018 5:09:43 AM, by JSTETSER

    The day I told my son to lie Telling the truth is important to me, but once (and only once) did I ever ask one of my children to lie. I love my sons and want the best for them. There was one day when telling a lie was the best recourse. Please tell me what you would have done. At the ri... Read more

  • stress is coming back

    5/20/2018 12:28:39 PM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    Good morning - yesterday was such a great day. I watched the wedding and then the Preakness - felt so good. My DH was just doing whatever he wanted. I really did not pay much attention to him. I noticed he was drinking beer. He was grilling and putzing around the house. I thought all was good. ... Read more

  • Stoddard Sunrise

    5/20/2018 5:07:31 AM, by JSTETSER

    Every morning for a few moments, I stop. I take the time to gaze at the sunrise over Stoddard Pond. There are never two sunrises exactly the same. I take 2-3 minutes to set my intention for the day, take a few deep breaths, then drive on. School always seems to go better after a sho... Read more

  • watching the royal wedding

    5/19/2018 7:27:46 AM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    Good morning, been up since 4 am watching the setup to the wedding. I am listening to the preacher that is talking now at the service. I love it. there is smiles in the audience b/c people in UK do not hear preaching like this. It is good to see. People need to get out of their comfort zone to ... Read more

  • I Choose Joy!

    5/19/2018 5:05:23 AM, by JSTETSER

    I can be happy or sad on any given day. I can be kind or mean. It is all up to me. How do I want today to go? I can change my willingness to learn and to listen. I can choose to stand up for myself when others try to push me around. I can choose to make today a great day. Joy isn't some... Read more

  • A Shift in Perspective

    5/18/2018 8:36:55 PM, by MICKEYMAX

    For a lot of today, all I could focus on was how much my legs hurt today. The weather could be a factor, as we have been getting a lot of rain lately. I did walk a few steps today without my cane, but for a lot of the day, I struggled, and inside my own head, I whined, whined and whined some more. ... Read more

  • I blog because I’m happy

    5/18/2018 5:16:44 AM, by JSTETSER

    About 17 years ago, I divorced my now ex-husband. Some family members understood that this was a move that I had to take for my own sanity, while others were harsh in their criticism. I was told; “It is unbiblical to divorce”. There are many things about my first marriage and my relationship w... Read more

  • There's Something Happening Here

    5/17/2018 2:08:46 PM, by MICKEYMAX

    There is something happening. I am changing. I fell into a vat of acceptance in my life and just let the status quo be good enough. The status quo has been me barely getting around, walking with a cane most of the time, limiting where I go. Not saying yes to things because I do not know if there wil... Read more

  • Growing My Garden

    5/17/2018 4:55:38 AM, by JSTETSER

    Every year we follow the same ritual. Buy seeds, start a few plants inside. Turn the soil, add the year-old manure and the mulch. Buy some seedlings, work the soil, plant, plant, plant. Water often, weed every day and enjoy the fresh veggies. Nothing tastes as good as veggies straight out of... Read more

  • spoke with my neighbor

    5/16/2018 5:13:19 AM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; My neighbor whose DH has Parkinson's. He is still in assistant living. she is meeting with doctors today. She does not want him home. she does not want to manage him any more- too much for her. she sounded depressed and overwhelmed. It is b/c her DH did everything for her and she n... Read more

  • Our Crazy Family Flower Affair

    5/16/2018 5:01:53 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yes, I started it. I should have known that I'd reap what I sowed. Our family believes that sending flowers is love's truest language. Every holiday deserves some beautiful flowers on the table. Maybe we can't buy happiness, but somehow flowers come very close! I tell my family that “If I ha... Read more

  • Learning to listen to my body

    5/15/2018 5:02:38 AM, by JSTETSER

    There are times when I just don't listen. I get aches and pains and injuries from playing too hard. I gain weight from eating too much. As I listen to my body talk, these problems will get smaller. ... Read more

  • Jackie's Granola Goodness

    5/14/2018 4:52:16 AM, by JSTETSER

    Here's a great low-sugar , whole grain granola recipe. 9 cups of oats 1/3 cup of olive oil 1 cup Pumpkin Seeds 1 Cup Sunflower Seeds (no shells). 1/3 Cup Shredded Coconut 1 cup of chopped walnuts 1/4 cup Cinnamon 2 Tablespoons of flax ¼ Cup Maple Syrup 1/3 cup raisins or... Read more

  • "Today, it's all about YOU!"

    5/13/2018 1:52:57 PM, by _RAMONA

    Even before I was a 'mom' I realized some things... the need for 'mothering' and being 'mothered' is not bound by time, age, distance, or circumstance. I also know that 'mothering' has not as much to do with giving birth, or even biology, as it has to do with: ~ nurturing ~ encouraging (hel... Read more

  • Health and Happiness

    5/13/2018 6:16:06 AM, by JSTETSER

    Happiness and health are choices I make for myself! 1. I am as happy as I choose to be. Every day I choose to forgive and overlook a wrong, I’m adding to my happiness. When I talk about the good and ignore the negative, I’m choosing joy. It all comes down to where I place my focus. Maybe I ... Read more

  • Blessing in Disguise

    5/12/2018 5:19:23 PM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    I was devasted when I found out I was allergic to both chocolate and potatoes. My allergist told me to "pick and day and quit eating them." So, I chose to give up those two items over Spring Break. At first, it was very difficult as I craved chocolate and potatoes the entire two weeks that I was not... Read more

  • The Hand That Rocks The Cradle

    5/12/2018 5:03:46 AM, by JSTETSER

    Raising kids takes dedication, patience, persistence and lots of love. I am thankful for the love and care that my mother gave to me, and the love that I was able to pass on to my sons, step-kids, grand-kids and students. Caring for another person, especially a young impressionable person, ... Read more

  • Back and very glad - now getting back to my program

    5/11/2018 8:20:09 AM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning- funeral and situation very emotional and very trying for my DH. He fell apart and had to deal with emotions that he had not used for years. there were over 75 people there and I met all his family - many people remembered me when I did not recognize them. They all said that DH and I... Read more

  • Just Enough

    5/11/2018 4:57:18 AM, by JSTETSER

    I am using the Intermittent Fasting discipline of eating "just enough" in hopes to see my blood sugar numbers lowered and my pancreas work better. Twice a week, I limit my food intake to 3 meals and snacks only if I'm really hungry. The rest of the week, I can indulge a bit more, but on Tu... Read more

  • The cute faces in my life

    5/10/2018 5:00:55 AM, by JSTETSER

    I love all the cute faces of my life They add to the happiness, cutting down all the strife. It's the sweetness and the joys I receive from the girls and the boys. What would life be without all my friends? Those who on my help they've come to depend. Some are young, some are o... Read more

  • Growing The Garden

    5/9/2018 4:59:05 AM, by JSTETSER

    First, come the compost and the well seasoned organic manure. It takes a good 10 months to take our veggie peels, coffee grounds, tea bags, grass clippings and leaves to turn into soil This year, I'm adding a few worms to the mix. Next, we turn the soil and prepare it for planting. Tod... Read more

  • Climbing Hedgehog Mountain

    5/8/2018 4:59:47 AM, by JSTETSER

    Sunday was a damp, drizzly day. Originally, John and I wanted to hike Mt Monadnock but were concerned with getting stuck on the mountain in a downpour. We chose Hedgehog because it's smaller, and we could get off the mountain in an hour or less. Hedgehog, a 20-minute drive, is also close to o... Read more

  • My DH and I celebrated our anniversary

    5/8/2018 2:09:24 AM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning- it is very early. I could not sleep b/c my mind is going about the trip we are about to take to bury my MIL. Her funeral is on our wedding anniversary so we decided to celebrate it early at home in a positive spirit. DH gave me two poems he wrote for me. This is why we have lasted ... Read more

  • once again Dh is playing this game

    5/7/2018 7:40:56 AM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning, my ds is here with his family. we spent much time with my granddaughter. Both my son and DIL feel that when they come down, they can have a break. I agree to some extent but we end up babysitting all day. they are leaving today. But my Dh tells them how much he loves spending tim... Read more

  • My journey of good health

    5/7/2018 5:08:00 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have been working consistently on lowering my blood sugar numbers, and am happy to announce that they are going and staying down. About a year ago, I had a time when my glucose (blood sugar) numbers were consistently between 175 and 220. I was eating a healthy diet, exercising for about 60 mi... Read more

  • Can you say STRESS????

    5/6/2018 6:37:36 PM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    I am so stressed out right now. I am working on my National Boards Teaching Portfolio and have received my written commentary back from my reader/editor. I thought it was my best work, but she trashed it. I have been rewriting and revising for 12 hours! Luckily my husband did make me go o... Read more

  • Waiting for the hungry signals

    5/6/2018 5:11:58 AM, by JSTETSER

    I like food, I must confess. One of my hobbies in the past has been to munch out. The biggest lesson that I’ve learned from Spark is to wait for hunger signs before eating. Eating has to be a necessary purpose first. I eat when I need food. Why? Because I always want food. I love the comfo... Read more

  • Down 5 Pounds

    5/5/2018 11:39:03 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    Two weeks ago, I joined Weight Watchers. Honestly, I have a hard time with counting calories and tracking, but I can keep track of points. Maybe that's because I started my journey with Weight Watchers many years ago - I don't know. Anyway, I am down FIVE POUNDS!! After gaining all schoo... Read more

  • DS and his family are here - going good

    5/5/2018 8:12:16 AM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    good Morning; my grand daughter is now 10 months- what a wonderful age. She is very mobile which I love. She is trying to stand up- a dare devil which was my son. They are really trying to be great parents much is just getting more mature. DIL said something wonderful for my ears that they are ... Read more

  • Nature came out to greet me!

    5/5/2018 4:54:54 AM, by JSTETSER

    Henry David Thoreau said; "If we surrendered to earth’s intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees". For the past two mornings, I have caught glimpses of nature not often see: an Eagle and a Deer. I drive along a quiet road near a lake, and this is where nature came out to greet me. ... Read more

  • Goals

    5/4/2018 8:06:08 PM, by ILARIAMARCUCCI

    I think I may have met my 75 pounds gone goal. I will have to see tomorrow. I'm doing good and getting my water in. Starting on the plans for my screen door. It will have to be custom made for my tiny house because the door swings out. I excited for the project that will give my fur babies more tim... Read more

  • Trash Pickers

    5/4/2018 5:08:47 AM, by JSTETSER

    We keep our road clean while getting good exercise. My husband and I have a secret ambition to keep our road free of trash.I know. It is a high and noble goal. We keep walking the road with an empty plastic bag. Every trip provides us with a full bag of trash. Maybe one day, we will com... Read more

  • Trying

    5/3/2018 9:58:21 PM, by ILARIAMARCUCCI

    Having patience is hard. I am trying, but I really want to be in the 160s so I am unstuck. I am getting there but my tummy is not looking any flatter to me. I am working on it and patience has never been one of my strongest qualities.... Read more

  • Enjoying the Everyday Beauty!

    5/3/2018 5:04:40 AM, by JSTETSER

    Okay. Maybe these aren't the best photos that you've ever seen. Maybe they won't make a calendar, poster or become the screen saver on my computer. Still, they have a beauty that makes my day special. Every morning, I look to see something amazing. I hunt for the moment that I can say;... Read more

  • First time back at gym since trip - body just smiled

    5/2/2018 10:31:54 AM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I just could not get it together to get to the gym before today. I could not sleep at night kept having a very active mind. I got on the treadmill and did a great workout. I felt so much better afterwards. Why do I not go right away to the gym when there is so much stress in my li... Read more

  • The Describing Dogs Book

    5/2/2018 5:05:17 AM, by JSTETSER

    Sometimes it's the simple things that help kids the most. That is the thinking behind the book that I made. I work with students who are learning how to describe animals, cars, toys and themselves. I started with the dogs. Understanding that adjectives are used to tell other people a... Read more

  • Gym time

    5/1/2018 7:33:58 PM, by ILARIAMARCUCCI

    Work is making it so I can work some gym time into my work schedule. They are so awdsome... Read more

  • Yesterday I was so mentally exhausted from trip

    5/1/2018 7:50:25 AM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; DH is much better today. He is keeping busy. His job is very busy and this is beneficial to him. He will just say a comment every now and then. I told him we can talk any time you want. I sent an email to my SIL who took most of the stress with her parents. She is a martyr and t... Read more

  • Laughter

    5/1/2018 5:01:31 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have been studying laughter and its effect on students through the website www.smartclassroommanagement.c
    om. When we share a laugh, out hearts and minds are open to each other. Did you know that the shortest distance between two people is often a joke? Laughter is a common language of jo... Read more

  • MIL passed on Saturday

    4/30/2018 8:28:58 AM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning- trip home was a long one. DH got to spend time with his mom. DH is not an emotional person but he showed emotion for his mom. His dad is another story. He was not sad at all. He is very upbeat. After she passed, he told his daughter to clean out the apartment of all of her mother... Read more

  • Parrot Head Weekend

    4/30/2018 6:02:39 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    Went to Charlotte for the Jimmy Buffett show on Friday. We tailgated all day with shrimp, fresh fruit, veggies, and yes, a few beverages. We had a blast!! Jimmy put on one of the best shows I have ever seen him do. He definitely made up for postponing the show earlier this month. Saturday was p... Read more

  • Get Ready!

    4/30/2018 4:57:00 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today is another day of wonder and surprise. Today is another day to give hope to those around us. Today is another day to love and appreciate a friend! Today is another day to receive goodness and beauty from the people around us, and from the Earth. Get ready! It's going to be an awesom... Read more

  • Advice From My Doctor

    4/29/2018 5:23:35 AM, by JSTETSER

    Several years ago, I went to my doctor concerning controlling Type II Diabetes better. I asked my PCP "What else can I do to help control Diabetes in my body?" I have never forgotten his words to me. Dr. Perez turned, and with great seriousness, looked me in the eyes, and said; "One of the ... Read more

  • Making it work

    4/28/2018 9:57:10 PM, by ILARIAMARCUCCI

    Got to the gym for five days with good no nonsense workouts. I am feeling strong and the ab definition I'm getting is awesome.... Read more

  • One Week at a Time😍

    4/28/2018 8:04:07 AM, by PHATDIVABBW

    I've been dealing with back and hip pain for the past month over the past week it has been excruciating. All doctors say Lose Weight. I committed myself to 1000 calories a day and 90 grams of protein. Low Carb and High Protein. 11.2 lbs loss M-Sat I know I can do this! 50lbs in 5 weeks. Pray for ... Read more

  • Day 600

    4/28/2018 5:12:10 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today is my 600th day of consistent logging into the Spark. I had no idea How changed I would be from this simple program! Every day I log my food and exercise, I read articles, and visit the Spark Teams that I've been committed to The New Hampshire, Step by Step, Green Smoothie Lovers, L... Read more

  • Extra Energy

    4/27/2018 7:18:54 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    For many months I felt as though I wasn't getting enough air. It wasn't a breathing thing, it was just a gut reaction to how I was feeling. That is how I ended up at a new asthma doctor. It was actually starting to make me feel anxious and depressed. Its been just over 6 weeks since I went to ... Read more

  • Working Out with a Two Year-Old

    4/27/2018 5:01:29 AM, by JSTETSER

    Here's my favorite little workout partner! Shiloh's favorite piece of equipment is the trampoline. She can jump for 30 minutes without taking a break! I let her jump while I sang silly songs to her. After that, we ran down the Jersey Shore's boardwalk until she was willing to walk. We m... Read more

  • MIL on morphine drip - goes in and out

    4/26/2018 10:49:09 AM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    Morning; DH and I talked last night. He has gotten better about what is happening. We have been told to keep the visit short. We are hoping to visit DH's mom and then go see his father and then go back for a short visit. DS is supposed to FaceTime on Saturday but we are not sure that is going t... Read more

  • Jackie's "Beet Up" Pizza

    4/26/2018 5:01:52 AM, by JSTETSER

    Start with a frozen pizza-Red Baron 4 Cheese Thin Crust Frozen Pizza is what I used here. Add onions, red peppers, summer squash that has been sliced and diced into small. Now it's time for an interesting addition. Add some beet noodles that have been cut into 1-inch lengths. You can buy t... Read more

  • just ordered flowers for DH's mom

    4/25/2018 4:23:51 PM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    Good afternoon; I just ordered tulips for my MIL which is her favorite flower. I talked to a florist in their home town- very nice. DH's family probably knows them. the town used to be 10,000 people but it has grown to 40,000. I decided to do it ahead of time and leave DH out of the decision. W... Read more

  • Sent DH to gym without me

    4/25/2018 7:21:05 AM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning- my Dh rarely shows his emotion. His mom is dying. At the gym yesterday he lost it and starting yelling at me about a machine I wanted to use. He apologized afterwards but he is not handling his mom well. He lost it again while we were watching TV last night. I feel he needs the g... Read more

  • Turn It Around!

    4/25/2018 5:20:28 AM, by JSTETSER

    Recently a family member offended me, and I was incredibly hurt. First, I was instructed not to speak my evolving (okay, really poor) Spanish to my grandchild. Then, I was ridiculed for my food choices. They counted every carb that I put into my mouth. Okay, now I'm not angry, I'm MAD! ... Read more

  • Back on the wagon

    4/24/2018 11:51:41 AM, by DEPOTMODE

    I reviewed and adjusted my Spark goals in terms of weight loss, and started back again on Sunday. I've finally gotten to where tracking everything I eat is a habit, but now I just have to get back into my adjusted calorie range. I have officially gained 15 of the 30 pounds I had lost last summer (th... Read more