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  • Trip to the Beach

    12/6/2019 8:19:16 PM, by KATHY_2019

    Well Today was a Great one. Took my Work Van in for a oil change they check it out and Found my Brakes and Rotors were bad. So they had to fix it. I got there at 830 am and Left at at 530.So i decide while i was there and Waiting i would walk to the Beach it was Warm today so i Thought i would walk ... Read more

  • Decided to get on scale & measure

    12/6/2019 7:01:51 AM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    good morning - I have lost weight again - .4 so that is nearly 2 1/2 lbs since I have been home. but the number which really surprised me is lost 2'' in my waist since I last measured which who knows when. I am also in a lower size. I wore size 12 on vacation - and they are very baggy. I am goin... Read more

  • Stretching to Reach my Goals!

    12/6/2019 5:21:20 AM, by JSTETSER

    Cold weather seems to bring on more aches and pain in my body. I'm tempted just to sit still, but I have goals to reach! I want to stay in shape to kayak with my sons and run with the grandkids. We will be climbing Mt Monadnock and possibly Mt Katahdin in Maine this summer. I also control Typ... Read more

  • When Things Go Wrong

    12/6/2019 12:28:24 AM, by LITTLEWIND53

    (Also known as the Don't quit poem) When Things Go Wrong by Author Unknown When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, When the road you're trudging seems all uphill, When the funds are low and the debts are high, And you want to smile, but you have to sigh, When care is pressing ... Read more

  • Making Cards & Thanking Others

    12/5/2019 5:16:03 AM, by JSTETSER

    Homemade cards are the best. The time and thought that goes into the process is priceless. This is a tough Christmas for me with my Mom’s health and energy declining. We have made Christmas cards every year for as long as I can remember. Making them without her is difficult, but decided to... Read more

  • December 5th

    12/5/2019 4:01:03 AM, by CANYON_GAL

    As you can see, I started out the month with a little snow on the mountain top. It's been cold so far...about 52 degrees and rainy when I went into work yesterday. I ate veggie lasagna for dinner in the EDR (employee dining room). If you don't read my page often..I will say again, there... Read more

  • Where's my parcel?

    12/4/2019 10:41:31 PM, by LITTLEWIND53

    I placed an order from a company in Victoria, BC I received an email saying that Canada Post had prepared a shipping label and would email me again once the package was turned over to them. Later that day I got the second email. It also said that said parcel would be delivered on Wednesday by the... Read more

  • What's Your Focus?

    12/4/2019 5:15:07 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today, I'm focusing on what matters! This morning, I woke up and had a heart-to-heart conversation with myself. Me: Hi Beautiful, how are you today? Myself: I'm doing good! I've got some big challenges, but I can meet them with God's help. Me: That's right, Jackie! You can meet these ... Read more

  • wonderful morning

    12/3/2019 6:14:56 AM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    good morning- TG for the trip. DH is adjusting to retirement. The first two weeks of the trip were rough - he could not relax - we had many a talk. You are no longer on a schedule - allow yourself to enjoy the trip. We have had talks about that period of time and he concludes with me that he coul... Read more

  • Snow Days

    12/3/2019 5:17:28 AM, by JSTETSER

    15 inches, and it's still snowing! Yesterday I spent over 3 hours shoveling. I create some ramps out of snow on the side of my driveway so that I don't have to lift the snow. I bought a great shovel to help me keep from straining my back. Today it's still snowing, and I'll be out there ... Read more

  • Trying to get my new Kitchen Aid stand attachment replaced or repaired.

    12/3/2019 12:21:15 AM, by LITTLEWIND53

    I bought myself a Christmas present a couple of weeks ago. It is a Kitchen Aid food processor attachment that I ordered from The Shopping Channel and in Sunday, it was delivered. I opened it and checked the contents carefully. The food pusher has a problem. It is a 2 pc unit but I cannot get ... Read more

  • 2019 - in the rear-view mirror

    12/2/2019 5:58:58 PM, by TRACY6659

    Hard to believe that the year is at an end this month. Crazy how the time flew by! But it was truly a rough year. Most of the year revolved around back pain and being down with it. I guess I'm healed now from my surgery. I am still working on walking more. More of an issue because of my wei... Read more

  • Hunkering Down in the Snow Storm

    12/2/2019 5:10:29 AM, by JSTETSER

    It snowed 8 inches last night and should snow all day today. It's a good day to stay home. The school has been canceled! We have our first winter wonderland. It's almost 5 am as I put another stick on the fire, and enjoy the quiet of the early morning. I'll take some time to write before... Read more

  • peaceful morning

    12/2/2019 4:39:33 AM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    good Morning- I am having my coffee - watching our Christmas lights that DH put up yesterday. I have the lights on our Christmas tree on with the presents underneath. I am all alone and happy. I am relaxed - in control, patient and confident. I am positive that this year's Christmas will be a j... Read more

  • Cyber Shopping on Black Friday Sales

    12/1/2019 2:56:47 PM, by SHERYLDS

    I could not resist. Got myself a Cuisinart Griddler for less than half price from Bed Bath and Beyond. $99.99 value for $47.99....not too shabby a bargain. plus free shipping and I got it today...Sunday via FedEX. Whoa 224 grilled veggies....here I come Eggplant and red peppers... Read more

  • Making Granola!

    12/1/2019 6:04:43 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today I'm heating up the oven and making some low-sugar granola. The maple syrup is optional. I love it for the great flavor that it adds. A little goes a long way! 4 It's a great addition to my breakfasts and snacks. I use it as a cereal and also on my greek yogurt. 8 cup dry Oatmea... Read more

  • Church Christmas Party and Turkey Dinner

    12/1/2019 1:56:28 AM, by LITTLEWIND53

    My sister and I belong to the same church, but she goes to one closer to where she lives and I go to one closer to where I live. But I don't drive and can't take a bus, so I often invite Sis and BIL and they drive me to those special occasions. In return, they invite me to special occasions at the... Read more

  • I am back from vacation -

    11/30/2019 10:49:01 AM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    good morning - I am still on another time zone. The trip was wonderful on so many levels. DH did have a hard time adjusting at first. He needed to relax. It took two weeks. We came back relaxed - my BP was perfect 118/72 and glucose was 78. But my DH is not relaxed now- he had to call medica... Read more

  • Science Saves Lives!

    11/30/2019 6:15:14 AM, by JSTETSER

    I'm sure that my life is much healthier because of science. I stopped smoking before 20 because science proved that smoking caused heart disease. I changed my diet because science proved that a low sugar and low carb diet is healthy for people who have Type 2 Diabetes. I drink 8 glasses of wat... Read more

  • What a Great Day

    11/29/2019 8:42:17 PM, by KATHY_2019

    Has i sit here and thinking about yesterday I loved it. We had some Family here and most of the Great Grand kids here. No Fussing are Drama here First time Ever. The Food was Great i Did low Carb And the Dessert was low Carb of course there was the Regular food To. I am Very Grateful. Th... Read more

  • Setting Happier Traditions

    11/29/2019 5:29:34 AM, by JSTETSER

    I’ve started a new tradition this year. Thanksgiving dinner was spent with people who love me. Some were family, and some weren’t exactly family. We ate at my husband’s ex-in-laws home. The celebration was fun and enjoyable. I made sure to call all members of my family or send a text. ... Read more

  • Slept today.

    11/29/2019 1:38:27 AM, by LITTLEWIND53

    I went to sleep early-ish last night but woke up before midnight and couldn't get back to sleep. Was awake until after 10 this morning and then had 1 1/2 hour a power nap. Felt much better for it........ Read more

  • I'm On the Look-Out!

    11/28/2019 5:36:49 AM, by JSTETSER

    I don’t fully understand the angry, draining emotions around me, but I know that I need to be strong and resist them. I need to bring joy to my family, to my students, and to my mother. I need to first receive that joy before I can give it away. Here is my plan (actually, I copied this from m... Read more

  • Happy Thanksgiving

    11/28/2019 12:40:03 AM, by LITTLEWIND53

    To all my American friends Have a happy Thanksgiving. Have a wonderful day.... Read more

  • Thanksgiving Eve

    11/27/2019 9:05:35 PM, by KATHY_2019

    Finally got off Early 430 pm Came home and Started Cooking i will cook the turkey in the Morning and dressing. Everything else i am cooking is done. My Daughters and Granddaughter is cooking also. I have Done all Low Carb they are bringing the Good Food.lol. I hope Everyone has a Wonderful Than... Read more

  • My Exercise Adventure

    11/27/2019 5:35:01 AM, by JSTETSER

    Two weeks ago I joined a Yoga class at Bethel Farm here in Hillsboro. It's a lot of work, but worth it! I can do most of the exercises, but even when I can't do an exercise perfectly, I give it a try. Shantelle, the class leader, is helpful, but not pushy. I like that. I really like the roo... Read more

  • Thanksgiving Week

    11/26/2019 3:05:35 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    A stranger in the store recommended this brand of cornbread mix...so I finally made it a couple days ago. Next time I will be adding cream corn to the mix to add more corn flavor. I cooked sweet potatoes today for lunch. I have to work on Thanksgiving, so I see no reason to wait for swee... Read more

  • Turning up the Volume

    11/26/2019 5:23:31 AM, by JSTETSER

    My Mom started hospice. I've been watching the fire of my mother's life flicker and it's frightening, agonizing and painful.  Even more painful are the reactions of family members who have rejected me because Mom is now in hospice.  My brother and sister once loved me, but no longer are k... Read more

  • Moved some more tote boxes today

    11/26/2019 12:59:50 AM, by LITTLEWIND53

    Couldn't do much because some were very heavy.... full of books and magazines. But every one I get put away is one less I have to do later......... Read more

  • Staying off the Thin Ice!

    11/25/2019 5:18:45 AM, by JSTETSER

    Last night, we got a large dose of freezing rain. Our roads and sidewalks are covered with a thin sheet of ice. The town has sanded, but this is one day where the elliptical and the stationary bike come in very handy. It's much better to have sure footing in life and in walking. Don't take... Read more

  • Finding and Using the Help

    11/24/2019 5:40:53 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday I met with a hospice nurse. It's hard to face the fact that my mother is preparing to die. Even though she loves her children, she's ready to move on. Her work on Earth is coming to a close, and now I need to hold her hand as she experiences her "change of life". I want my mom to... Read more

  • Another Beautiful Day,

    11/23/2019 10:15:07 PM, by KATHY_2019

    Got up this Morning and decide to go On the Walking Trail in the next town. It was so Peaceful the Birds was singing and the Sky was Pink and blue it was beautiful. Got in 6 miles had to sit down once. The Sun Came up i decide to come Home. There is something about being by myself and Thinkin... Read more

  • 82 Year Old Beats Up Break In Suspect

    11/23/2019 6:11:48 AM, by MEMEQ2

    This story is so inspiring. I want to be like her when I'm in my 80's. https://13wham.com/news/loca
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    ak-in-suspect... Read more

  • Opportunity

    11/23/2019 5:46:22 AM, by JSTETSER

    "Opportunity looks a lot like hard work." Jim Rohn I'm thankful for the many opportunities that I've been given in my life. Currently, I have the opportunity to learn about hospice. I never wanted to learn these lessons, but it is my gift from God right now. I might as well embrace what I... Read more

  • friday the 22

    11/22/2019 8:01:28 PM, by KATHY_2019

    Went to Tops last night and had a great meeting about planting seeds of change, i used to be a area Captain but had to step down. i do Miss it sometimes. No Accident this Time i was more aware of the way people Driving. Finally got off at 430 today for a change i even washed my van are bus as ... Read more

  • Committed to be Fit!

    11/22/2019 5:23:16 AM, by JSTETSER

    I am committed to my health. If I'm not healthy, I can't help my family or myself. This is a busy time in my life, but my commitment to fitness is still a part of the plan. 1. I walk every day. If the weather is bad outside, I walk inside. 2. I eat right and track my food. I give mysel... Read more

  • Letting Bo & Letting Be

    11/21/2019 5:09:07 AM, by JSTETSER

    Mom has told us that she is ready to go. "I thought that I was dying last night;' she told us. My Dad (who passed 20 years ago) visits her at night and she will go with him one of these nights. It's her privilege and her life. Our family is starting hospice care on Saturday and making some hard ... Read more

  • Wed Morning What a Great way to Start the Day.

    11/20/2019 7:25:45 PM, by KATHY_2019

    My First pick up was at 600 Am This Morning as i was coming back to my Town I was so Struck by the Sky I had to pull off the road and Just stare at the sky. I was Thanking God for letting me wake up This Morning. I was in my Own Thoughts my mind was going Crazy. I Am Finally Happy with my Life and W... Read more

  • Making The Time

    11/20/2019 5:19:49 AM, by JSTETSER

    I am a very busy person. I bet you are too. I fill my day with friends, family, work, exercise, good food, and some fun. Now there are new demands on my time in regards to my Mom. I really don't have time to spare, but I will make the time. Time is a precious gift that is not to be wasted... Read more

  • Trying Something New!

    11/19/2019 5:14:44 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday I changed my normal exercise schedule and went to a yoga class. I am not much of a class person, choosing to exercise on my own and hike with my husband. The change was very good, and I really liked the group. With all that is going on in my life right now, I think that the yoga comm... Read more

  • Frozen Cauliflower Pizza

    11/18/2019 3:36:18 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    One of my neighbors that share my community kitchen. He reminded me that we have a long, 13-hour power outtage scheduled for tomorrow. So he wanted to eat the pizza before it happened. He works during graveyard shift and power will be out before he gets off work in the morning. A power... Read more

  • I'm with Martha!

    11/18/2019 5:25:52 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have joined a lot of different groups on SparkPeople over the years, but my successful times are when I'm with people who personally ask me. Martha from the Healthy Hearts SparkTeam asked me to join her Daily Exercise Challenge. This is the first thing that I check off when I go to Spark. I ... Read more

  • Sunday Feeling not a part.

    11/17/2019 12:05:59 PM, by KATHY_2019

    Hi Have you ever been with Friends and Family and not Feeling apart of this. Met up with Some Friends Yesterday for a Fun Day. And i just didn't Feel apart of this. I have been on this journey for better Health and At first Everyone was on board with my new Journey now its like are you still doing t... Read more

  • Choosing Joy

    11/17/2019 6:04:26 AM, by JSTETSER

    My mom no longer lives at home. It broke my heart to see her leave her big home. She shares a small room in a nursing home, and she has learned to love it! It was hard at first, but this is where she needs to be. She has lots of friends here! She is reconnecting with people that she has kno... Read more

  • My Morning Blog

    11/16/2019 5:45:22 AM, by JSTETSER

    Every morning I sit down and write about the good, bad, beautiful and ugly parts of my life. I make the ending as possible as I can, and I find that this has helped me in my journey. I've gained a better understanding of what I'm going through from the many comments of my friends who respond. ... Read more

  • It would go so much faster.....

    11/16/2019 12:00:09 AM, by LITTLEWIND53

    If I didn't insist on doing a deep clean before I put everything back in place,... Read more

  • Getting ready for a move

    11/15/2019 9:21:26 AM, by JOYCE2U

    Since Bobby passed away in June, it seems like it has been a roller coaster of feelings. One minute missing him so much, that I cry all day. The next minute, knowing I can get thru all of this and go on. The pain has eased up some. I try getting out to go see patients in the nursing home and tak... Read more

  • Getting Through The Holidays!

    11/15/2019 5:30:47 AM, by JSTETSER

    My short term goal is to get through the holidays with low blood sugar numbers. Here's my plan: 1. Eat a healthy meal (as usual) and stop when I'm not hungry. Go easy on the gravy. 2. Make lots of time for hikes. When it's too cold or icy outside, dance inside and use the treadmill. Don'... Read more

  • Thursday Bad Night

    11/14/2019 8:50:43 PM, by KATHY_2019

    We Went to our Tops meeting on the way home we got hit by a hit and run. We are ok The Car is mess up. I drove it home and it hard to drive. I think it got knock out of line On the Good side i lost 2 lbs. I havent had a Soda are Sweet in 7 days i made it. I gave up Chips and to Drink more Wate... Read more

  • Recovery from back surgery

    11/14/2019 4:36:13 PM, by TRACY6659

    I am very happy to report that my back surgery was a success! My surgery was 3 weeks ago and I still have some restrictions and healing but am feeling so much better. I have full feeling in my legs and those muscles are starting to recover. I do need to do more walking to help them since they... Read more

  • Team Jackie

    11/14/2019 5:39:14 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday's featured article on Personal Health Teams got me thinking about me. I have a team, and perhaps I don't use it enough. In fact, now is my time to make a few changes to maximize my team. 1. My PCP. Dr. Perez is my go-to person for my medical perspective and medication. He has a n... Read more

  • I did it!

    11/14/2019 1:41:53 AM, by LITTLEWIND53

    .Well the big day came and went. I could not have done this without my Brother-in-Law who was a big help moving furniture for me. Moved tote boxes to open up floor space, etc so the pest control could get into corners and closets etc. My niece's husband picked me up this morning and drove me ... Read more

  • More from EDR

    11/13/2019 12:23:08 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    Our new time schedule for meals in the employee dining room. I usually wake up during the breakfast times but hardly ever walk down there..its the same darn thing every day, and not all that great. These stuffed peppers were for dinner sometime last week. They were not made with the same... Read more

  • Renewal & Rainbows

    11/13/2019 5:18:23 AM, by JSTETSER

    Renewal starts in the mind and works out into the body. Yes, It is all about attitude and focus. Today, more than ever, my focus makes a big difference because of my big challenges. I could easily be the dark cloud in the room, or I can choose to be the rainbow in someone else's storm. ... Read more

  • Tuesday: November 12th at the EDR

    11/13/2019 2:56:25 AM, by CANYON_GAL

    About 11:38am and a sunny 81 degrees This was my lunch. There was some slim pickings for a gyro but I don't like them 24 Dinner: for some reason I got the crazy idea to put the chili over the pasta...before realizing it had a bit of a kick to it...I am not into spicy food. I sho... Read more

  • Tuesday

    11/13/2019 1:15:19 AM, by LITTLEWIND53

    I have a really nice friendly mailman. He always has a smile and calls me by name, asks me how I am. He had a package for me today, and while he was at the door, my BIL arrived to take me to the postal outlet to collect a parcel that apparently was attempted delivery on Sunday. I told my mailman ... Read more

  • Tuesday 12

    11/12/2019 7:38:57 PM, by KATHY_2019

    Well I had to come home and get some meds in Me. Got Soaking wet Unloading some Clients with Walkers Today. Got off at 530 Today. I really do love my Job Now. Meeting new People. Day 5 no Soda are Sweets. I am proud of myself for That. I have to think of a New Commitment for Next Week. I ... Read more

  • What a difference a year makes

    11/12/2019 1:17:23 PM, by ASHLEEMICAHSMOM

    I can't pinpoint when I went off the wagon. Last year was rough, this year is rough in a whole different way. I feel myself at least trying to get back on track.... I gave up on myself for a very long time. I am back to worrying about me, myself and I and feeling better again. A year is a long t... Read more

  • Warming Up This Cold Morning!

    11/12/2019 5:27:47 AM, by JSTETSER

    Perhaps you have had mornings like mine... Today it's cold and rainy outside. My body wants to just sit on the couch, drink tea and vegetate under a warm blanket. Since I just had a rest day, I will get up and moving and I know that my body will thank me later. .I might keep my workout insi... Read more

  • Dad

    11/12/2019 1:31:52 AM, by LITTLEWIND53

    Not everyone was medically fit to serve in the army (or other branch of military) Dad enlisted in Sept 1941, and was sent to Halifax to board a ship for Europe. However, the ship was waiting for a part that was being shipped from New York. Because there was a grain ship in the nest berth, and th... Read more

  • Monday 11th

    11/11/2019 7:04:28 PM, by KATHY_2019

    First of all Thank You to all the Men and Women that serve in the Military. My Husband Was in the Army. It is Going on Day 4 of no Soda and No Sweets Even the Sugar Free ones. I thought i would Missed Them But So far no. Got up this Morning and Went on a Long Walk by myself i Loved it. F... Read more

  • Sagging skin!!! Help

    11/11/2019 1:25:24 PM, by MIMIOFBOYS

    SP friends. I am 64 years old. I have been overweight all my life. Now back down to 200 lbs. I look like a walking bag of sagging skin!!! Any suggestions, short of plastic surgery??? I drink at least 10 to 12 glasses of water daily. Exercise is mostly house and yard work. Thank you!!!... Read more

  • Hello my SP Friends

    11/11/2019 1:21:20 PM, by MIMIOFBOYS

    As you can see, it's been 3 weeks since I've blogged. We've been busy!! Moving in to new house, grandsons, Trunk or Treated 3 times during the week of Halloween - church, car club and subdivision. Fun!! Grandsons have had strep throat and micoplasmic (walking) pneumonia!!! My daughter trying to work... Read more

  • November 11

    11/11/2019 12:56:01 PM, by TERMITEMOM

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  • Giving Thanks!

    11/11/2019 5:28:07 AM, by JSTETSER

    This November, I'm giving lots of thanks in three ways. First, my mom and I are making Thanksgiving Cards and giving them to friends. Inside the card, it says "I thank God for you! We also look at our friends in the eyes and say those words. People keep those cards that my mother colors fo... Read more

  • Surviving the Holidays __ I Will Survive

    11/11/2019 4:40:04 AM, by SHERYLDS

    here is my version of GLORIA GAYNORS....'I WILL SURVIVE' 335 339 335 www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBR2G-
    iI3-I ______________________ I WILL SURVIVE (Spark Style) by SherylDS .... that's me First I was afraid, I was petrified. Kept thinking I could never live wit... Read more

  • I Choose!

    11/10/2019 6:38:05 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today I choose what will help me most. I'm going for a hike today. I could sew or go to church, but I choose to move my body. Soon the weather will turn icy and very cold, and I will be inside. I need these days of outside exercise! I choose to eat low carb and low sugar. There are poor... Read more

  • Gluten-Free Shopping

    11/9/2019 10:00:09 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    My new roommate eats a mostly Gluten-Free diet, so it's got me interested...in the food, reasons people eat that way and how that way of eating can help different medical issues including some that effect me. I bought the blueberry-lemon bars. I have not tried them yet. I bought the... Read more

  • I thank God For Team Jackie!

    11/9/2019 5:39:23 AM, by JSTETSER

    We all need a team to help us, and I thank God for mine! I work very hard having helpful people around me. I help them and they help me when I need it! I would not be where I am if I had to go it alone! 1. I have friends who work with my Mom. They not only keep my lovely Mom doing well, bu... Read more

  • My small Challenge

    11/8/2019 6:11:51 PM, by KATHY_2019

    Last night in my Weight Class i did the program to commit yourself to change something this week. My Challenge was NO Diet Soda and NO Sweets. So Far so Good Had Water and 2 Glasses of Tea without any kind of sugar are Sweetners, My Doctor Visits Yesterday went ok. I have to go have my Lungs C... Read more

  • I Quit the Clean Plate Club!

    11/8/2019 5:36:31 AM, by JSTETSER

    I am thankful for always having more than enough food! Growing up, I believed what my parents said. Mama told me to always eat all my food on my plate, and I took that seriously. There were people who did not have enough food, and I should eat mine! I realize now that if I did not eat all my... Read more

  • A Good Shove

    11/7/2019 1:44:20 PM, by BIGMAMAT

    Hi everyone! Someone asked me what I have been up to after I resurfaced again( for the umpteenth time.) so I thought it was time for a little update. Two years ago two of my three children moved out within weeks of each other. My oldest moved to Minnesota and my middle rebel child joined the M... Read more

  • Working the Plan!

    11/7/2019 5:26:32 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have a simple plan to help control Type 2 Diabetes(T2D) in my body. This plan is so simple that when my life is falling apart (as it has recently), I can still work this plan. It involves a few things that I do every week: 1. Always have the low carb snacks first! I bought a $20 hard-boile... Read more