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  • Creaking Bones!

    2/26/2020 5:23:16 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have been concerned about the fact that my shoulders and knees often crack as I stretch. Consistently, I have a concern when I hear my bones snap, crackle and pop when I workout. I wondered if I was hurting myself, but I was not! Today this is what I learned in a Google search. Q. My... Read more

  • RESPECT Yourself!

    2/25/2020 5:50:28 AM, by JSTETSER

    Taking care of yourself by eating right and getting your exercise is a great foundation. Here are a few ideas from TheHopeLine.com on how to respect yourself: Respect others. Be quick to forgive others. Be friendly to everyone you meet. Friendly people are never miserable people. Hang ar... Read more

  • Homemade Fresh-Baked Bread

    2/25/2020 5:35:20 AM, by OLDEROWL

    I have many happy childhood memories but the one fragrance that most often reminds me of moments from my childhood is the smell of freshly baked bread like that Mom had just taken out from the oven. I grew up in a large family, and my parents had just invested in purchasing a home and had move... Read more

  • Young at Heart!

    2/24/2020 5:14:54 AM, by JSTETSER

    Every Saturday I visit with my 97-year-old Mom in the Quabbin Rehabilitation Center. We have a wonderful time with friends, crafts, singing and (of course) a donut or two for “the Mama”. I always bring a lot of things just to make our time special. Yesterday I brought a picture of my parents w... Read more

  • Behavior Modification

    2/23/2020 6:14:10 AM, by JSTETSER

    Aristotle once said; “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Changing our behavior to be excellent takes time and discipline. It is definitely worth all of the energy that we put into it! Never undervalue yourself by settling for bad behavior. As a... Read more

  • On Religious Tolerance

    2/22/2020 10:20:54 PM, by OLDEROWL

    There is now a question of whether the Methodist church should recognize gay marriage. The issue is ripe because conservative Methodist churches opposed gay marriage and liberal Methodist churches are willing to condone it. The issue will be voted on in May. The United Methodist Church is not per... Read more

  • The Person In The Mirror

    2/22/2020 5:29:28 AM, by JSTETSER

    What do you see when you look in the mirror? A happy person? Healthy person? Or poor old soul? What kick can! You are beautiful! You are kind and special to those around you! Treat yourself with the same kindness as you treat those that you love the most and the person in the mirror will apprecia... Read more

  • Full Focus on Your Future!

    2/21/2020 5:29:12 AM, by JSTETSER

    Let’s pretend that you are driving down the road of life. What are you doing? Do you give the journey your full focus or are you playing with the radio? Don't be distracted by the minor things of life and go off the road! Is your attention on the road or what is going on in the back seat? ... Read more

  • Eagle Eyes

    2/20/2020 5:21:56 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday I went for a walk on a frozen pond. Granite Lake is a beautiful place in the winter, and the ice on the pond is over a foot thick! Sometimes people go ice fishing here. I often enjoy a short walk on the ice with Sal and her dog Moxie. Moxie can run and run out on the snowy ice. I did... Read more

  • The Thinking On Brain Games

    2/19/2020 5:15:48 AM, by JSTETSER

    Do you play the Scrabble, Solitaire or other games? I have found that my mind is sharper when I take the time to play the games. Every day I play scrabble with a few friends, and I do at least 2 Spanish lessons. I also blog every day. Just putting my thoughts into words stimulates my brain... Read more

  • Start Every Day Prepared to Share!

    2/18/2020 5:20:48 AM, by JSTETSER

    How often do you share your story of health with others? Believe it or not, you could help someone on their journey to health and wholeness. One of the best ways to keep your story fresh and important in your heart and mind is to teach it to others. Take time and repeat important lessons to yo... Read more

  • Start Every Day Ready to Learn!

    2/17/2020 5:25:27 AM, by JSTETSER

    Get up every day with the mindset "I'm going to learn what I need to know for today!" Just having that mindset can make a big difference. This is what I do in my classroom and in my life for successful learning: 1. Begin class with a mindful minute. Don't just dive in, give 1-2 minutes to h... Read more

  • Meal Planning- Timing Is Everything With T2D!

    2/16/2020 5:37:41 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have learned the hard way that timing my food intake can make a big difference in controlling Type 2 Diabetes. I know that I should eat often, but I cannot become a "grazer". I cannot constantly have nutrition going into my system. Without a break, my blood sugar stays high. I have found th... Read more

  • JESUS, EVER PRESENT, WHO IS THE SAME EVERY DAY

    2/15/2020 10:26:41 AM, by FIDDLER4JESUS

    I HAVE HAD THIS POEM IN MY BOOK FOR QUITE SOME TIME AND THOUGHT I WOULD ENTER IT TODAY. HOPE YOU ALL ENJOY THIS. JESUS, EVER PRESENT, WHO IS THE SAME EVERY DAY I WILL LIFT MY EYES TO THE HILLS, FROM WHENCE COMETH MY HELP. QUOTED IN GOD'S WORD,PSALM 121:1 IS THE LORD FIRST ON Y... Read more

  • The Heart Of The Matter

    2/15/2020 5:55:44 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yes, giving love to others is at the heart of the matter of life. My mother Glenna Gray learned this lesson early, and I believe that is why she is going strong at almost 98. She takes pictures like the one I posted, then colors and decorates it to become a hand made Valentine. She gives... Read more

  • A valentine message

    2/14/2020 9:17:53 PM, by OLDEROWL

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  • Now Is The Time!

    2/14/2020 5:19:26 AM, by JSTETSER

    Before I take the time to show my love for the loves in my life, I will show some care for myself and make a healthy change! I have a week off from school coming up. I have no extra cash, so I will be staying home. This will be my opportunity to learn new recipes to help control Type 2 Diabete... Read more

  • One Foot In Front Of The Other

    2/13/2020 5:20:19 AM, by JSTETSER

    My journey with T2D has been a slow, but steady one. I had to learn the hard way how to control this disease. I had never really thought much about Diabetes. But I’m healthy. How could this happen to me? I thought that I ate well, and I drank moderately. Why me? Perhaps you are wondering ... Read more

  • I Love To Eat!

    2/12/2020 5:22:44 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have a confession to make: I love to eat. I love the feeling of having tasty morsels in my mouth. I never recognized it until recently. Currently, I'm experiencing minor stomach problems and it has caused me to realize that my biggest problem in controlling Type 2 Diabetes is my enjoyment... Read more

  • A Wintery Walk

    2/11/2020 5:15:22 AM, by JSTETSER

    Crystals on the branches, Diamonds on the snow Fill my heart with wonder That most will never know. Pushing thru the fluffy, Feathery, snowy white I must appear to be A silly snowman sight! I walk around the backyard Checking out the prints- I’m sure that it’s a bobcat ... Read more

  • Making The Most of It.

    2/10/2020 5:24:41 AM, by JSTETSER

    We all have positive and negative factors in our lives. The trick is to make the most of what we have. Sometimes I have focused on the positive and ignored the negative. That only works with negative factors that go away. Other negative factors only grow when ignored. Type 2 Diabetes (T2D)... Read more

  • Noticing Nature

    2/9/2020 6:18:20 AM, by JSTETSER

    Take time to explore and discover the nature that is near you. I had an adventure with some backyard bobcat tracks that yesterday surrounded our house. We have not seen the cat in over a year, but have seen the prints to prove that the bobcat is checking us out. For five years, we hav... Read more

  • I Dream of success and will write a book

    2/8/2020 10:49:45 PM, by OLDEROWL

    I have learned that success is largely a matter of dreaming and taking action on your dreams, but before you can take effective action you need to believe in yourself. These affirmations often repeated will get me there. 1) I can do anything that I can envision doing. 2) My mind is clear and... Read more

  • Giving and Recieving

    2/8/2020 9:37:00 PM, by OLDEROWL

    The other day we were on a bus to go to the Bamboo and Teak furniture store and also to shop at the mall. My wife was carrying a Shopping bag for our purchases at the mall. There were a mother and her son seated across the aisle from us. My wife started a conversation between my wife and the mo... Read more

  • Look for the Light.

    2/8/2020 6:30:45 AM, by JSTETSER

    It’s been a dark day. I have flu-like symptoms and don’t feel well at all. I’m tired, achy, and nauseous. I have several unhelpful family members who demand that I do more for them. Nothing that I do seems to be good enough. But there is a bright side! I sent off my Valentine Day gifts ... Read more

  • Keep It To Yourself!

    2/7/2020 5:29:17 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today I'm staying home with flu-like symptoms. I'll call my doctor, and I will drink clear fluids and rest. I hope that if you get the flu, you will also stay home and keep it to yourself! The flu—or influenza—is a highly contagious respiratory virus caused by one of three different virus typ... Read more

  • Who are you listening to?

    2/6/2020 5:23:23 AM, by JSTETSER

    Trust the Positive voice! I have learned to listen to the positive voices and cut out as much of the negative as I can. I have found that the Anger Fear Unforgiveness Hatred Shame Pain Are voices that destroy my hope and desire to do my best. The voices of healing Grace Me... Read more

  • What Kind of Car Are You?

    2/5/2020 5:21:55 AM, by JSTETSER

    How do you treat your body, the Magnificent Machine? Do you view it as a hot rod? A classic? Or something stuck in a snowbank? How you view your body makes a big difference in how you treat yourself. Will you treat your body like a blessing or a burden? What kind of fuel will ... Read more

  • Paying Extra for Good Health!

    2/4/2020 5:18:51 AM, by JSTETSER

    The other day, my husband took me out to the brand new Burger King in Keene for lunch. The menu was full of 2 for $5 deals and value meals. None of them included salads. None. I am disappointed in the message that BK sent. Salads and veggies are an expensive option. Burgers, fries, and s... Read more

  • My Funny Little Valentine Envelopes

    2/3/2020 5:13:19 AM, by JSTETSER

    I want something special to give to the grandchildren on February 14th. I started with some heart fabric and matched it with some red for the inside. I cut it in the shape of an envelope, and sewed it together. I found some red buttons oh, and this is what I came up with! I think that Lena and Ga... Read more

  • Motivated by SparkFriends!

    2/2/2020 5:35:17 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have seen KAOTIC’s posts about his workouts and his push-ups. One winter, I challenged myself to do push-ups. I got up to 47, and then for some reason stopped. I hurt my shoulder and needed to rest it so it would heal. The short rest turned into a permanent break. Well, I have changed t... Read more

  • Health Care Starts With Self-Care

    2/1/2020 5:43:52 AM, by JSTETSER

    I was recently asked “How do you manage to stay on track? Really, it’s very simple. Now always easy, but it is simply because I made my health a priority! I work on self-care every day! to enhance the health care experience for both patients and clinicians, to bolster health outcomes for ... Read more

  • Celebrate Today

    1/31/2020 5:18:56 AM, by JSTETSER

    I remember one birthday over 30 years ago when no one wished me a happy birthday. I was newly married with one young son, living far from my New England home. My (now) ex-husband Jim was working hard and somehow, my birthday slipped his mind. At the end of the day, I reminded him, and he remed... Read more

  • DEFY the ODDS!

    1/30/2020 5:25:07 AM, by JSTETSER

    There are things in life that we are told are going to happen. I've been told that when a person has high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and Type 2 Diabetes, they will get sick as they age. I am working to defy the odds. According to Google, to defy the odds is to accomplish something that ... Read more

  • Warm And Thoughtful Gifts

    1/29/2020 5:18:07 AM, by JSTETSER

    My Floridian grandkids are concerned about their Gramma Jackie staying warm in the cold winter. They decided to help me out with some pink, fuzzy socks with one eyed monsters on them. I also got a set of ice scrapers for my car. Both my heart and my feet are warmed by their thoughtfulness.... Read more

  • Birthday Girl!

    1/28/2020 5:17:55 AM, by JSTETSER

    I’m having a birthday, and I feel really good! I’m figuring out what is important to my life and learning how to best focus on those things. 1. My health. I am controlling Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) with food and exercise. I talk each month with a Diabetic Dietician each month, and while my ... Read more