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  • Blueberry Pie And My 2 Bite Rule

    8/17/2019 5:56:22 AM, by JSTETSER

    Every once in a while, I just live in the moment. That is a good thing to do when it comes to stress, but not when it comes to blueberry pie. I live with Type 2 Diabetes, and my rule for living a life of balance and keeping my blood sugar levels low is to allow myself 2 bites of anything. Yes... Read more

  • it's friday

    8/16/2019 2:11:32 PM, by MOMMY445

    I had a really good workout at the gym today. my daughter says hi. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! not too much planned for the day. have a terrific day, everyone and a great weekend!... Read more

  • Different Summits

    8/16/2019 5:48:28 AM, by JSTETSER

    Mt Evan's was the highest peak that we ever climbed. At 14,721 feet, it was a massive feat. It was also difficult to breathe that thin Colorado air! We were well over a mile high, and we loved it. We hiked Evans in 2012. and I felt amazing! It took us a week to acclimate to the height befo... Read more

  • Why Did I Stop?

    8/15/2019 3:06:58 PM, by MUSIC2HISEARS

    When I joined SP 11 years ago, I tried to get on the elliptical machine and I could not get past 5 minutes without feeling like I was going to collapse. 4 years ago, I joined a fitness group where the instructor pushed me each day to push through that 5 minute mark. By the end of the week, I was sti... Read more

  • My Hike

    8/15/2019 5:40:19 AM, by JSTETSER

    Mt Monadnock in Jaffrey, NH might be considered a small mountain, but we love the almost 5 miles of great workout and peace that we find from our climb. We hiked up the Dublin Trail, and saw only 5 people on the ascent. It was a cloudy, cool start, which was perfect for us. Above tree line... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    8/14/2019 1:58:59 PM, by MOMMY445

    i enjoyed seeing the lion king movie last night with a friend of mine, who also treated me to dinner, too. my daughter says hi. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! i had a great workout at the gym this morning. have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • 11 Years: Has It Really Been That Long?

    8/14/2019 11:45:43 AM, by MUSIC2HISEARS

    805 It isn't quite my sparkversary just yet, but I thought I'd take a quick peak to see how long I've been on here, and it will be 11 years in just a couple of weeks. Boy, time flies when you are having fun, and to be honest, it has been fun. Weight loss, fun? Gaining it all back, fun? Pain, s... Read more

  • The Power of Today!

    8/14/2019 5:32:30 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today is just a normal day for me, but I will not underestimate it's beauty and power! Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are, Let me learn from you, love you, and bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. I found that ... Read more

  • Starting Off Slow

    8/13/2019 11:25:12 AM, by MUSIC2HISEARS

    Don't let the title fool you. Yes, I'm starting off slow, but I'm starting off right. I'm taking things slow, but one step at a time. I'm making this a change at a time, in order to work on my habits and not making wholesale changes all at once. If I make wholesale changes all at once, I know I'll f... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    8/13/2019 10:50:41 AM, by MOMMY445

    another beautiful sunny day here today! my daughter says hi! i am enjoying the weather today. it feels so good to be so active and to make healthier food choices. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have an amazing day, everyone!... Read more

  • Learning NOT To Care!

    8/13/2019 5:47:13 AM, by JSTETSER

    Slowly but surely, I'm gaining a conscious ignorance about what others think. I am no longer a people pleaser. I'm a lot happier with this attitude. — People will always find someone to talk about. — My self-worth isn’t defined by an approval rating. No matter what the naysayers and the ... Read more

  • The Forgotten Quilt

    8/12/2019 5:39:33 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday I was visiting my son Sam and his family when I saw an old quilt that I had forgotten about. My mother sewed the squares together and I added the backing and edging to it. Some of the squares needed help with “squareness”, but it was sewn with love by my mom when she was in her ear... Read more

  • it's sunday

    8/11/2019 1:49:25 PM, by MOMMY445

    i am just finishing up my volunteering for the women's tennis tournament in toronto, ontario, canada. i had a great time! there is a party for the volunteers tonight around 6 pm. i will most definitely be going. my daughter says hi! both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have an amazing day, everyone!... Read more

  • Starting Day 35 (Day 21 of Keto)

    8/11/2019 9:26:56 AM, by LAUGHIN_ME_THIN

    So 35 days ago, I finally stopped listening to my excuses on why I couldn't put a little bit more effort into myself. There was no reason that I couldn't focus on myself a little bit more than I was. My mood was terrible, my stress level was terrible, my weight and self esteem was terrible, and I wa... Read more

  • Simple Pleasures

    8/11/2019 5:46:58 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yes, simple Pleasures are the greatest treasures! Swinging with a child, Walking hand in hand, Laughing over something silly Reading a story together Singing a song Are the best! I hope that you make time for a simple pleasure in your life today! ... Read more

  • Depression, Suicide, and Seeking Help

    8/10/2019 12:49:04 PM, by MUSIC2HISEARS

    It has been 108 days since I last logged in. It was toward the beginning of May, around May 8th to be exact, since I last made my presence known on here. Shortly after that, I sank into a deep depression. One that actually caught me off guard. I kept telling myself that I needed to go to the C... Read more

  • On my way

    8/10/2019 5:03:14 AM, by JSTETSER

    One little boy is turning 1. Of course I am driving for 5 hours to celebrate with him! I am looking forward to seeing him soon! New Jersey, here I come! Having family that lives far from me is a challenge, but I find ways to let them all know that I care. I'm praying and believing God that... Read more

  • I have been showing up!!!

    8/9/2019 8:28:15 AM, by LUCKY1964

    I have been showing up for me every day at the track this week walking my 2 miles and not even feeling a need to complain about it. I am working on the better food choices and I will say that the amounts of food has decreased over the past week. The scale keeps rocking between 232 and 230 but I am w... Read more

  • Finding a Better Way

    8/9/2019 5:48:31 AM, by JSTETSER

    Making minor changes (upgrading the system) can create some unexpected improvements. I thought that I was stuck in a place with Type 2 Diabetes where my numbers would not improve! I was wrong. My small change was taking the time to graph my numbers on a piece of graph paper, and keep it out on... Read more

  • Roasted Radishes

    8/8/2019 5:32:40 AM, by JSTETSER

    Radishes have never been my favorite vegetable, but roasted Radishes are pretty good. Have you tried them? What do you think? I roasted my radishes with other veggies and my husband added the sausage. Here's the recipe from FoodFanatic: Ingredients 2 pounds radishes (about 2 bunch... Read more

  • Seeing My Success

    8/7/2019 5:57:07 AM, by JSTETSER

    Maybe it doesn't look like a great success, but I see where I'm going and where I came from. This is what I bring to my doctor's visits to show how I'm doing. Sometimes I get stuck in an old way of thinking. Sometimes I wonder if my best efforts will bring about change. That's when I take t... Read more

  • Reconnected

    8/6/2019 5:41:44 AM, by JSTETSER

    The color is back! The internet and tv have been restored, and life is back to normal at our home. It is surprising how many things require the internet these days! Being reconnected to a power source after a break has been a good experience for me. Because of our home's location, we have m... Read more

  • Losing the Connection

    8/5/2019 7:54:36 AM, by JSTETSER

    This morning there’s no internet. Last night, we lost both the power and the connection. It can be very frustrating to get work done without the power of connection. Without an outside connection, I turn to other sources. 1. We still have the landline. Maybe I can’t use my cell phone, bu... Read more

  • My Morning Stretch

    8/4/2019 6:04:16 AM, by JSTETSER

    I start my morning off with stretches with The Classical Stretch. It is also called aging backward, and that label works for me! I have overcome some aches and pain in my shoulders, back, and hips through working out with Miranda Esmonde-White. This is the #1 fitness show on Public Television ... Read more

  • Greet every day with a SMILE!

    8/3/2019 5:22:41 AM, by JSTETSER

    No matter what your circumstances, greet each day with a smile! When you smile, the world starts smiling back! Smiling adds confidence and joy. It's a simple thing that can bring about a big change. Start looking up! It's going to be a great day! This IS the day that the LORD has made... Read more

  • Take The Time

    8/2/2019 5:37:06 AM, by JSTETSER

    Make The Time for exercise. Make the Time for healthy eating. Make the time for Spark People. Why? Because it pays off in the long run. You will be happier and healthier when you make and take the time for your health. ... Read more

  • time to fall into this thing for the last itme

    8/1/2019 8:21:56 PM, by LUCKY1964

    I have been on this site for years I have started and stopped a whole list of times. I am making myself stick to it now more than ever because I have so much to loose and for once in my life I know that I am more worth it than ever before. I have a wonderful husband that thinks I already look like a... Read more

  • Home Sweet Home

    8/1/2019 5:41:24 AM, by JSTETSER

    It felt good to get away for a short vacation, but it felt equally good to get back home. With the garden needing attention, we never go for very long. Most years, we take 4 or 5 short 3-4 day trips in order to keep things going well at home. Getting away is refreshing! Returning home is a ... Read more

  • Changing my Mindset

    7/31/2019 12:08:23 PM, by PATRI92

    In my life I have always struggled to be 'thin" and beautiful, at least in my own eyes. I have always wanted to be the ideal weight, not really because it was healthy, but it would mean that I would have achieved beauty. I have now realized I need to let that go. I am a Christian and I pray. I praye... Read more

  • Sweet Sleep

    7/31/2019 6:33:07 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have been sleeping soundly during my camping trip. The Campground is quiet and waking to the sound of the birds is relaxing. I love Mt Monadnock.... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    7/30/2019 10:24:21 AM, by MOMMY445

    a beautiful summer day here today. my daughter says hi. both budgie birds say cheep,cheep. i may go to see the lion king movie tonight with my daughter. have an amazing day, everyone!... Read more

  • Camping

    7/30/2019 6:40:51 AM, by JSTETSER

    I'm spending a few days camping at Mt Monadnock. We are hiking the mountain again today!... Read more

  • Muddy Princess 5k Obstacle Course Fun

    7/29/2019 7:08:27 PM, by LAUGHIN_ME_THIN

    So yesterday (Sunday)my friends and I did a Mud Obstacle Course (we crawled through mud, climbed roped towers, climbed slippery mud hills). It was so much fun!! We have already decided if they do it again next year, we are doing it!!! We didn't rush ourselves and just enjoyed and talked (caught... Read more

  • No Fail Method

    7/29/2019 5:54:38 AM, by JSTETSER

    The best way to succeed is not to quit. You can't fail if you don't quit.... Read more

  • No Fail Method

    7/29/2019 5:54:16 AM, by JSTETSER

    The best way to succeed is not to quit. You can't fail if you don't quit.... Read more

  • it's sunday

    7/28/2019 2:30:15 PM, by MOMMY445

    a new week has begun. my daughter says hi. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! keeping cool and well hydrated here today. have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • Improving!

    7/28/2019 5:25:50 AM, by JSTETSER

    Maybe these are small improvements, but I am happy! My husband is happy as well. 1. My sleep has been better. I sleep soundly and fall asleep quicker. 2. My endurance for walking is improving. 3. My summer diet is better, thanks in part to our garden. I have learned to make kale p... Read more

  • Week One of Keto Complete!

    7/27/2019 5:06:12 PM, by LAUGHIN_ME_THIN

    I never thought I would be able to do carbs lower than 50 grams but here I just did a week with no more than 30 carbs, and an average of 26 grams! There was a day I felt like I just wanted to eat all the carb filled things in my house, but I stuck with it. I don't subtract fiber and alcohol sugar an... Read more

  • My Favorite Fitness Tool

    7/27/2019 5:39:21 AM, by JSTETSER

    If there's one tool that's kept me moving it's my FitBit. I received the Alta as a gift on February 2018, and find that it keeps me moving in small ways. 1. I am committed to getting in 10K steps every day. Maybe I've missed on 4-5 times, but that little tool measures something that I've n... Read more

  • it's friday

    7/26/2019 10:39:00 AM, by MOMMY445

    a beautiful, sunny warm day here today. my daughter and i are prepared for it. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! i will be going to the gym after dinner today. have a fantastic day, everyone and a great weekend!... Read more

  • Commit to be Fit!

    7/26/2019 5:25:49 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have made a commitment to control Type 2 Diabetes with food and exercise. I also take medication. I have found that the medication works better when I keep the commitment to a healthy diet and to exercise. Today I am renewing that commitment. I walk, jog, hike, swim, bike and kayak. I e... Read more

  • Take The Time For Health

    7/25/2019 5:37:03 AM, by JSTETSER

    Let's face it. Eating a good diet and getting in exercise takes time. Sure, sometimes it's convenient and fun, but other times, it's a discipline. I have to remember the alternative to making health a priority. Bad health takes a lot of time! Going to the doctors and feeling sick and... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    7/24/2019 1:45:15 PM, by MOMMY445

    i had a great workout at the gym this morning. my daughter says hi. i do not have too much planned for the rest of the day. it is mostly sunny and not too hot here today. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have a wonderful day, everyone!... Read more

  • Alzheimer's disease

    7/24/2019 5:32:04 AM, by JSTETSER

    My dear mom has Alzheimer's disease. She's had it for a few years and it breaks my heart. Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and, eventually, the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. In most people with Alzhei... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    7/23/2019 10:19:02 AM, by MOMMY445

    i just came back from the grocery store a while ago, where i picked up some fresh fruits to enjoy. my daughter says hi. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • Rainy Mondays and Tuesdays

    7/23/2019 5:25:34 AM, by JSTETSER

    My garden is enjoying the extra rain. My yard is greener than ever, and the grass is growing tall. I would prefer a sunny day, but I thank God for the day, even though it's not exactly what I wanted. We need the rain, but hopefully, Wednesday will give me better walking weather! Do you g... Read more

  • it's monday

    7/22/2019 1:24:44 PM, by MOMMY445

    i am feeling much better today. my daughter says hi. i will get back into my regular workouts starting today. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • The Big Mouth

    7/22/2019 5:32:00 AM, by JSTETSER

    This is my reminder to watch what I say. When I speak, my words need to be uplifting. No one needs to pass on come on gossip or bad news. Let's make the world a better place by keeping love and joy in our mouths.... Read more

  • Do What You Can Do

    7/21/2019 5:34:25 AM, by JSTETSER

    Maybe you can't do what you used to do or want to do. Maybe you can't do what needs to be done. Still, you need to do what you can do. Today, take that step in the right direction, no matter how small it may be. That is what my Mom does. Every day she colors. She really wants to sew... Read more

  • My Mother's In My Mirror!

    7/20/2019 5:27:29 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday I woke up, and what did I see? I saw my mom looking back at me! I never meant for this to happen, but slowly, over the years, I've learned to love and understand the person who gave me life, love and security in this world. Maybe it was inevitable to a certain extent. Over the past t... Read more

  • it's friday

    7/19/2019 9:43:57 AM, by MOMMY445

    my daughter and i are keeping cool and well hydrated today. i am taking it easy for the next few days. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! today and tomorrow are very warm and humid days here. after that, it is supposed to be a lot less humid. have a great day, everyone and a terrific weekend!... Read more

  • A Change of Plans

    7/19/2019 5:21:13 AM, by JSTETSER

    Oh dear, I have to change my plan for the day! I made a promise to be at the Trails Week on Mt Monadnock, but it is really too hot for DH and I. It is NOT a good idea for us to be working on the mountain trails in the hot sun today. I love working on building bridges and making trails safe, b... Read more