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  • Chronic Pain

    7/30/2021 5:45:02 AM, by JSTETSER

    Chronic pain is pain that lasts for at least six months, though it may last for years. An injury, disease or infection may have originally caused the pain, but chronic pain continues long after the injury or illness has gone away. In some cases, there is no known cause. Psychological and environm... Read more

  • The Reality of T2D

    7/29/2021 4:38:42 AM, by JSTETSER

    For over 11 years I have made changes to my diet and exercise plan.   I have checked my blood sugar levels daily and worked to control Type 2 Diabetes.   Now that I am feeling the sharp, unexpected pain of (probably) neuropathy in my legs. This is my new reality.   Now I soak my feet,  massage m... Read more

  • There's Nothing Quite Like The Spark

    7/28/2021 4:58:48 AM, by JSTETSER

    Dear Spark Guy, I'm really going to miss you when you're gone. There's no group quite like you. I wish that I understood why you have to shut down. You kept me focused and working towards my goals. Yes, I've switched over to Spark 360. I hope that you add blogs to the new Spark. I j... Read more

  • A Hike To Be Remembered

    7/27/2021 5:26:46 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday we hiked under conditions that were far from perfect. The warning to stay inside did not come until after we were on the trail. The smoke from the fires in Canada reached us, and the air quality was poor. It would have been dangerous for a person with respiratory conditions. We were... Read more

  • Tell Others That You Care ❤

    7/26/2021 5:14:30 AM, by JSTETSER

    The other day, I visited a special garden. When I posted the pictures, one of my admired acquaintances sent me a message, wishing that I had told her that I would be in her neighborhood. She wanted to see me. Here is the note that I sent back to her: You made my day today when you let m... Read more

  • Tingly Feet

    7/25/2021 5:16:54 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have the start of what could be neuropathy in my feet. It affects my sleep at night and I experience this tingling when my feet are bare and at rest. I know that it could be signs of injury to a nerve or loss of nerve function in my feet. mentioned a great variety of other causes f... Read more

  • Life is a Zoo!

    7/24/2021 5:38:00 AM, by JSTETSER

    I am a person who likes to make plans. Unfortunately, my plans have fallen through lately. Having grandkids around has made this planned life kind of crazy. Yesterday we were all going camping. No, wait. No camping. I was able to get my reservations changed when the grandkids were not re... Read more

  • Step away from the computer...

    7/23/2021 5:08:00 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today is my day to step away from the lesson plans and relax. I've worked very hard lately. I'm glad that I have. But today I just need to focus on me. I need to relax. When I go back to school on Tuesday, I'll be a better teacher for taking the break today. I'm stepping away from the c... Read more

  • My Feet

    7/22/2021 5:02:52 AM, by JSTETSER

    I love to walk barefoot and I stepped on something sharp. It was probably part of a thorn. It is in the pad of my left foot between my big toe and the second toe. There is a constant dull pain, and I find myself walking less. This keeps me from reaching my daily goal of 11K steps or more beca... Read more

  • OOPS!

    7/21/2021 5:20:02 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday was a bus,y stressful day. My classroom didn't go as it should, people who were hired to be helpful were not, and I lost my phone. Later, I forgot to take my evening medication. Oops! Today I'll remember not to let things get to me. I don't often forget, but taking medication is o... Read more

  • It Takes Love To Make A Family

    7/20/2021 4:58:27 AM, by JSTETSER

    Well, today is the day. I’ve waited through a whole pandemic to see my son, his wife, and their three lovely children. They just moved up from Florida to the Boston area. Unfortunately, the pod with all of their belongings did not make it. They might not have their own furniture for a week or... Read more

  • At My House, Everyone Cleans!

    7/19/2021 5:20:54 AM, by JSTETSER

    This is one story that is best told with props. In My House, Everyone Cleans! My grandchildren are about to receive some fun and beautiful gifts. One of them they will wonder about. I’m giving them each a nice cleaning cloth. Later, after their furniture arrives, they will each get a feath... Read more

  • A Thankful Heart

    7/18/2021 6:01:46 AM, by JSTETSER

    A thankful heart can change gray to grand The sad stringed quartet becomes a happy marching band. If your heart is grieving and broken in two There’s a way to change the day so you won’t be blue. Start thanking God for all you’ve got The good, the bad, and the messed up lot. Many p... Read more

  • Waiting

    7/17/2021 5:26:12 AM, by JSTETSER

    These are the last days before I get to see my Florida son and his family. The waiting time is hard, and I anticipate a great visit. I anticipate some fun and laughter. Not seeing my grandkids has been tough. The pandemic has kept us apart for a full year. Monday cannot come soon enoug... Read more

  • A Slow Start

    7/16/2021 5:33:22 AM, by JSTETSER

    I've had to push harder than normal for a while. Today is my rest day. I'm tired, and I need a rest. It is the most overlooked part of my program. Usually, I take my rest days on rainy days when I cannot get in my walks or days when I have to drive for a long distance. Today I need my ... Read more

  • Get Planning!

    7/15/2021 5:26:59 AM, by JSTETSER

    One way that I stay on track with my goals is to take a few minutes to plan ahead. I plan my meals and snacks. I plan my workouts and (for the most part), I stick with them. I also plan my time to be on SparkPeople. What a difference it makes! ... Read more

  • Pep Talk Time!

    7/14/2021 5:08:23 AM, by JSTETSER

    We all have days when we just don't want to do much of anything. All I really want to do is just sit. I don't feel motivated! I don't want to exercise. I don't want to go to work. I don't want to follow my health plan. Listen up, self, YOU'RE GOING TO GET MOVING ANYWAY! It's been ra... Read more

  • Finding What Works

    7/13/2021 5:23:53 AM, by JSTETSER

    It takes time to find solutions to health problems. Our bodies are constantly changing. What worked yesterday might not be as effective today. For me, that meant changing my primary care doctor and chiropractor. I also found a good massage therapist. On a regular basis, I change up my exe... Read more

  • Moving Forward

    7/12/2021 5:30:08 AM, by JSTETSER

    It's almost time to step out on a new adventure. Things here at Spark will change in a month. I have been blogging here for about 8 years. has been a great place for me to begin my blogging.   Now I must move on, and so will you! My craft and sewing blogs will be posted at Jac... Read more

  • My Blueberry Obsession

    7/11/2021 6:09:01 AM, by JSTETSER

    I love blueberries and every morning I put them in my smoothie. They are sweet and very good for you. It makes me so happy to hear know that my granddaughters Lina and Ellie also have the same love for the berries. John and I eat about 50 pounds of blueberries every year. Our favorite place... Read more

  • Less Is More

    7/10/2021 5:41:47 AM, by JSTETSER

    My life has been cluttered with too much commitment. Doing less can have more impact than doing a lot. I'm cutting back (once again) on saying yes to things that won't make a difference in my life. I can make more progress through precise, persistent pushes in the right direction. It's ... Read more

  • We are all Connected

    7/9/2021 5:40:51 AM, by JSTETSER

    We are all connected. When I lean into my connections, my stress level goes down. I feel much better when I know have people who love me and I love. I feel more confident and happier. I have been meditating with Julie Frischkorn in the Spark360's Unplug. She has a meditation session on... Read more

  • Patiently Waiting

    7/8/2021 5:28:44 AM, by JSTETSER

    I've getting impatient while waiting outside for 90 minutes for my husband to come out of the doctor's office.   Thinking of all the things that I could be doing when I stop and realize what a lovely day it is. Why not enjoy the sunshine and warmth?  Why not be happy with my day?  There are... Read more

  • I Feel Good!

    7/7/2021 5:19:23 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday I met a big challenge. I started a difficult summer job. I work with 30 students and 5 staff that I've never met in a building that I've never worked in. All went well. I just had to quell my inner critic and focus on what I could do. I did okay! Sometimes I look at the "if onl... Read more

  • Obligations

    7/6/2021 5:06:14 AM, by JSTETSER

    Obligations Part of the cognitive processing problems that I experienced was due to my sense of obligation to my friends and family.  I would get emails asking my opinion on certain things.  I felt the need to answer each and every question completely. My attention was split in so many di... Read more

  • The Reset Day

    7/5/2021 5:43:29 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today is my day to reset my focus and energy. I've had a lot of drama in the early part of my summer, and now it's time to take a day and relax. I'm going to go for a long walk, and spend some time preparing for ESY (extended school year) teaching. Today is going to be a great day! I'll... Read more

  • Rest In Peace

    7/4/2021 5:45:10 AM, by JSTETSER

    I cannot hold you in my arms anymore, but I will forever hold you in my heart. I'm finding strength in these dark times. I will cherish my mother and the time that I spent with her. Now I have my brothers and sisters and family to share the grief so that it diminishes. Now is the tim... Read more

  • Saying Goodbye Together

    7/3/2021 4:50:18 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today is the day that we celebrate the life of my mother. It's been almost 7 months since she passed, and now we can join together to say goodbye to the matriarch of our family. I will miss her, and I will pass on her love and kindness to those around me. She was a kind and giving person wh... Read more

  • Yes!

    7/2/2021 5:34:39 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today I choose to see success in some tough situations. I could worry, but I choose to see myself as making it through these new challenges. Sometimes it's the unknown that keeps me uncomfortable, but this is where I'll grow. I'm going to learn some good lessons through this process. Tomor... Read more

  • Celebrating Mom's Life

    7/1/2021 5:27:22 AM, by JSTETSER

    It's been almost 7 months since you died of COVID. It still shakes me and stuns me that you're gone. I miss you so much. You've always been here for me with your gentle strength. Your greatest strength is that you were Mom, and you put your heart and soul into raising your family. You ... Read more