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  • Sleeping In

    3/28/2020 6:37:26 AM, by JSTETSER

    I am a very busy early riser who sticks to a full schedule. Not today. Today is my rest day and I really need it. Every once in a while, I need to cut myself some slack and sleep in! I'm so good at sleeping, I can do it with my eyes closed! ... Read more

  • Our strange new world

    3/27/2020 10:26:21 AM, by MEADSBAY

    Every single one of us is living a different life from just a month or two ago. 24 It still seems surreal to me. I know change is not easy for some people and anxiety is through the roof but if missing my grandkids is the worst problem I have I need to look around the world. I cannot bear to ... Read more

  • Riding the Wave of COVID 19

    3/27/2020 5:29:12 AM, by JSTETSER

    Everywhere I look, I see more bad news about the COVID 19 pandemic. Finally, I had to turn off the news. There’s only so much bad news I can listen to. Last night I had a nightmare about the virus, and realized that I have had TOO MUCH BAD NEWS! "What’s in my dreams at night?” My mother in ... Read more

  • Up Close In Person--Virtually for Now

    3/26/2020 9:08:31 AM, by 2BDYNAMIC

    A friend on face book and sparks GLORIAB83 posted this and I thought it spoke volumes! I know some complain of climbing the walls and going stir crazy, but there are some things to do that can help boost our morale. While in this temporary situation of social distancing, yet up close a... Read more

  • The Marvelous Mask Makers!

    3/26/2020 5:16:57 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have not been alone in my mask-making endeavor! There are many more and I don't know all of those lovely people. Last week(3/20/2020) I received a request from my friend Babette to make masks for a hospital. I asked lots of questions and did my research before starting the project. By ... Read more

  • Finding motivation.

    3/25/2020 6:53:03 PM, by PHO3NIXONFIRE

    Okay so we are on Day 3 of the shut down and admittedly I'm having a hard time finding the motivation to keep up with routine things. I feel like I lose hours at a time to mindless activities in the house. I'll set a goal to do something and I will fail to follow through. I'm going stir crazy. ... Read more

  • Unwanted Spring Snow

    3/25/2020 5:04:06 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday's snowfall amounted to 7 inches. This is not what I want or need, But it’s today’s experience. I shovel away this soft, white heavy, unwanted gift from God. My predictable world grows wild and exciting when I open my heart and accept this beautiful present. The burdens a... Read more

  • It’s time!

    3/24/2020 11:09:41 AM, by MEADSBAY

    I joked about being on the Pandemic Diet and there was some truth to that (i.e. zeppoles) but I am DONE with all that. 43 It actually had all started the week before when I was in Jamaica and eating like I was on vacation or something....lots of fried chicken and rice and beans and rum punches..... Read more

  • Finding the New Balance

    3/24/2020 5:22:32 AM, by JSTETSER

    I've had so many changes lately! Finding a new balance is difficult and I have become aware of how these changes affect my health! I am getting into a new routine with teaching at home. I find that it takes all my attention and concentration. I do best when I'm home alone and my husband is... Read more

  • In Times of CAN'T DO--What I CAN Do

    3/23/2020 8:06:57 AM, by 2BDYNAMIC

    I'm feeling like a pig in sunshine because I am looking at the positives instead of the negatives. I learned long ago how to be content in times when things are not going well and bide my time until the storm passes. It is all too easy to get uneasy and not use the resources I have. When... Read more

  • It's Spreading!

    3/23/2020 5:23:40 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have something more contagious than the Coronavirus, and You may have it too! It's faith, hope, and kindness! It is more powerful than any virus because you don't need direct contact. It is still powerful when masked. This is a time when we all need to be contagious with faith, hope, an... Read more

  • We're In This Together

    3/22/2020 5:26:22 AM, by JSTETSER

    Are you feeling alone and separated from family and friends? Join the party! We have to work together to make it through the pandemic. Our community is only as healthy as the weakest person. Each of us needs to give what we can! Call a friend and tell them that you're thinking of them. ... Read more

  • Coffee & Last Day of Work

    3/21/2020 7:57:25 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    Tuesday night my roommate mentioned that we were having a meeting the next morning. I knew different rumors had been going around so I decided to send my boss a Facebook message to see what he knew. Sure enough we should find out everything that we need to know at our 10:00am meeting yesterday (Wedn... Read more

  • Well, well, well.....who knew so many didn’t know?

    3/21/2020 6:29:09 PM, by MEADSBAY

    My status featured a photo of the amazing mouth-watering yearly special treat called a zeppola, plural (and there is always plural) zeppole. So many of my dear sparkpeeps had never heard of them so I am here to to set you straight. 58 This is sort of a cross between a donut and a cream puff ... Read more

  • Troubled Times: Keep fighting.

    3/21/2020 5:50:56 PM, by PHO3NIXONFIRE

    I've been wanting to write a blog all week, but simply couldn't find the words. The climate of the world right now is, for lack of better terms, scary. Life changed in an instant and I feel like I'm living in an alternate universe. Admittedly, I haven't been handling all this change well. My k... Read more

  • Making Masks

    3/21/2020 5:19:53 AM, by JSTETSER

    My world changed yesterday when I got a call from my friend B who told me that hospitals are out of masks and I can help! I started immediately and made over a dozen last night. I've included a link to the pattern for my sewing friends. These are nonmedical masks and will help protect people unti... Read more

  • Bounce back

    3/20/2020 2:13:14 PM, by AURA18 blog about bouncing) Beck Day 20 Get Back on Track 1. Acknowledge slip-up • Recommit to food plan 2. Draw a symbolic line immediately (stop re-gain) 3. Watch out for feelings of failure and helplessness 4. Be kind and get over mistakes - "Okay, it wasn't th... Read more

  • I need to make a plan every day

    3/20/2020 1:56:52 PM, by MEADSBAY

    Came home late Tuesday. Food shopped on Wednesday. Cvs pickup on Thursday and spent about an hour taking off my gel manicure! Today: Get dressed by noon...brush teeth! Started gathering photos for Lucy’s birthday book (I do one for each kid every year...quite a collection...and I alway kee... Read more

  • Keeping My Distance

    3/20/2020 5:31:30 AM, by JSTETSER

    We are in this together, and I want to keep my friends, neighbors, and family safe. I am a healthy person that the medical community fears the most. Someone in my household has a cough and cold, but I do not. I have s sore throat. I am an" asymptomatic carrier of the common cold." In years g... Read more

  • Where to begin?

    3/19/2020 9:05:14 PM, by MEADSBAY

    We had a nice relaxing week in Jamaica...lovely Airbnb rental with amazing views, good a/c and wi-fi, nice pool, so-so beach, and good restaurants nearby. Sort of hard to relax with the heartbreaking news from all over the world, though! The world changed in the week we were away, for s... Read more

  • HOW to be SAFE with the COVID-19 virus. Share your ideas!

    3/19/2020 3:59:56 PM, by KOSHIE1

    *public: coming within 10 feet of a person or surface that might be contaminated ** remembering WHY I'm doing this: SO MANY of the vulnerable population (babies, pregnant women, the sick, the elderly) will die because there aren't enough hospital beds or resources if ALL get sick at the same time!... Read more

  • Walk In FAITH Not Fear!

    3/19/2020 1:36:11 PM, by PURPLEPEONY

    Today while I was in devotion God sent a Word to me and I wanted to share. As Followers of Christ we must remember that this world is not our home yet sometimes we become affected by the troubles of this world. God wants us to walk in FAITH during the uncertain times and Not in Fear. Instead of look... Read more

  • We Will Survive and Thrive

    3/19/2020 5:05:09 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yes, these are tough days. I’m home teaching my virtual lessons and making the most of it. There’s always extra stress when there’s a change of plans. My schedule has been turned upside down, and it’s uncomfortable for me. I’m figuring out how to teach and enjoy my students from a distance. ... Read more

  • My Positive Pandemic Plan

    3/18/2020 5:21:58 AM, by JSTETSER

    Every so often, fear and stress show their ugly faces, and I over-react. Yesterday I got so angry at my husband after I broke my laminator. I needed to get some pages laminated for my students. Now I need to order another one or make the trip into Staples. I did not need to get angry, b... Read more

  • Take Good Care of Yourself!

    3/17/2020 5:18:00 AM, by JSTETSER

    This pandemic has helped me understand just how important it is for me to take good care of myself, and to become much more aware of any changes in my body. According to, flu symptoms include the following: fatigue sudden fever (usually above 100°F [38°C]) scratchy or sore t... Read more

  • We Find That for Which We Look

    3/17/2020 3:56:06 AM, by _RAMONA

    I've been moving through this past week doing what I can to balance and rise with the uncertain and challenging ripples around us. Today, in the midst of wide-spread challenge and uncertainty I feel compelled to acknowledge that God is in the details, and to revel (as th... Read more

  • Teaching from Home & Staying Healthy

    3/16/2020 5:22:23 AM, by JSTETSER

    I'm a public School teacher, in the process of learning to teach from my home. For the next 3 weeks, I have no commute which will save me over an hour. I have a lot to learn since I've never done very much remote teaching. The teacher has a lot to learn before I can teach my students. Wednesd... Read more

  • Walmart During an Epidemic

    3/16/2020 3:48:31 AM, by CANYON_GAL

    Obviously nobody is washing dishes at home because they are buying paper plates. One of the many random couples buying water and a bunch of paper goods. I started wondering if everyone expected the faucets to break or their wells to dry up. I never buy any bottled water because the water... Read more

  • YES, WE'RE PANICKING! We have reason!

    3/15/2020 5:51:02 PM, by KOSHIE1

    The Covid-19 pandemic is causing panic and breeding fear of others. As rabbi Shai Held writes in The Atlantic, it has led to callous attitudes from some quarters toward the elderly (65+), who are most at risk of dying from the coronavirus. This piece opened my eyes to how dehumanizing this crisis ha... Read more

  • Social Distancing

    3/15/2020 12:55:39 PM, by DEE1221

    I understand the whole concept of social distancing. Actually with texting and social media some have already been distancing themselves for years. My Dad is in a nursing home and dementia is slowly taking over his brain. The facility is closed to visitors for at least two weeks, probably lon... Read more

  • Perfect Has It's Place

    3/15/2020 9:16:33 AM, by 2BDYNAMIC

    "Gee Mom and Dad--You always say not to talk to strangers, but what about a perfect stranger?" If you are old enough, you may remember the Leave it to Beaver series. The Beave always had lots of questions. So Ward, June, or Wally would try to explain. "You see Beaver," there is really ... Read more

  • Pandemic Opportunities

    3/15/2020 5:21:18 AM, by JSTETSER

    The last few weeks have been difficult. I am unable to visit my mother, and she is getting anxious. The bus drivers in my family can't work and will not get paid. Tomorrow I meet with other teachers to learn if the school will be in session, and how it will be handled. In the middle of all... Read more

  • Jackie's Healthy Smoothie

    3/14/2020 5:36:30 AM, by JSTETSER

    Jackie’s Healthy Smoothie ⅓ Cup chopped kale leaves, oregano leaves, parsley or swiss chard ½ banana ½ cup blueberries ⅔ cup Vegetable juice (I make my own) 1 Tablespoon Flaxseed meal 1 cup of Kefir For the past 5 years, I have been making a morning smoothie. I drink... Read more

  • Second day of being good..and pandamic

    3/13/2020 6:20:46 PM, by LEANIE64

    Today I made good choices for eating and exercise..although I have to go out and actually do the exercise..but as soon as it hits 5..i'm out the door to the back porch. I only ate one meal today and consumed 1144 calories. I went shopping at Costco.. In a selfish way the pandemic is a good thi... Read more

  • My Mom and The Corona Virus

    3/13/2020 5:12:27 AM, by JSTETSER

    I cannot visit my Mom because her nursing home is under a strict "No Visitors Until Further Notice" because of the COVID 19 virus. I think that Scott Wheeler, owner of the Quabbin Valley Healthcare made a wise and proactive choice. He closed The Quabbin HealthCare Facility to all visitors. ... Read more

  • Meditation and Knowing Myself

    3/12/2020 5:22:49 AM, by JSTETSER

    Meditation I look at my meditation as a time to find the wisdom that is within me. It’s as though I’m letting my heart preach a sermon to my mind. This is a time to listen and be still. Sometimes I hear the message of love, letting me know that I am who I am, and that is good! Other ti... Read more

  • My Secret Ambition

    3/11/2020 5:01:24 AM, by JSTETSER

    It's our ambitions that keep us moving forward and our life interesting. I have always wanted to go on the PBS TV show Finding Your Roots with Educator Henry Louis Gates Jr. My grandmother Harriett Bullard voted at town elections in 1902- long before women had the national right to vote. Here ... Read more

  • Take Time To Evaluate!

    3/10/2020 5:18:02 AM, by JSTETSER

    Every 2-3 months, I take the time to review just how I’m doing with my control of T2D and my glucose numbers. I find that my own evaluations often help my doctor and my Diabetic Nutrition Counselor to help me. By taking the time to evaluate my progress, I know where my attention is most needed a... Read more

  • May be quiet off and on....

    3/9/2020 7:20:26 PM, by MEADSBAY

    Leaving tomorrow for a week in Jamaica...woo-hoooo! My DIL’s mother is down for the week to help out with some of what we usually do (my son is quite ill). We need a break! We are not nervous about flying as the plane and airports do not have their usual crowds and we have a villa so will not ... Read more


    3/9/2020 6:35:50 PM, by KATHLEEN624

    It's MARCH! March is suppose to come in "like a Lion and go out like a Lamb" but the winter here in the Pocono Mountains, PA has been unusually mild this year. Today it was sunny with temps around 78 F. No coats, windows open with lots of fresh air. A great day for a long walk outdoors. ... Read more

  • Just a little update:

    3/9/2020 4:54:31 PM, by PHO3NIXONFIRE

    Progress of the no nail biting.... I'm doing pretty well there. I'm killin it with the low carb! My fitness tracker has way too much red on it... I need to work on that ASAP. 68 Days until vacation ya'll!!!!!... Read more

  • Tolerance for Others

    3/9/2020 5:09:02 AM, by JSTETSER

    No one sees exactly the same thing. Just because I see the 9 doesn’t mean that you will see the same thing from your perspective. Remember to give people the respect and space to have their own truth. See life through new eyes, and you will have a clearer understanding of what you see. Have... Read more

  • 5 years since I have posted..

    3/8/2020 5:57:27 PM, by LEANIE64

    I have lost 100 plus pounds..but the last 5 years I have struggled with many diets..and falling off the wagon. I have gained 20 lbs..and that scares me, enough to get serious. I'm doing Keto..but only part I eat off the program 25% of the time. I'm on day 3 of no sugar and eating healthy..... Read more

  • The Snowball Affect

    3/8/2020 9:48:23 AM, by 2BDYNAMIC

    Uh oh! Must have gotten up on the wrong side of the bed today! We’ve said that at some point, right? Metaphorically speaking, if there is a wrong side of the bed, then there must be a ‘right’ side! Ok-we lost an hour of sleep-but will cash in later. 128 And though it is supposed t... Read more

  • Thank you again!

    3/8/2020 8:51:38 AM, by MEADSBAY

    I appreciate the advice and wise words on my last blog. 304 Yes, Mimi is not happy with her weight, brings it up often, and seems open to kind’s the follow-through that is lacking. She is taking baby steps...has given up a huge daily sugar-loaded (I’m talking SIX sugars and... Read more

  • Keeping it Together

    3/8/2020 8:48:45 AM, by PERSERVERANCE71

    Updates: Carrie is still injured and can't run. Looks like it's some kind of SI joint issue. She's doing physical therapy with one of the places that all the local running clubs use and doing her exercises and walking, but still can't run. I'm really proud of her for her diligence and pers... Read more

  • Grateful for Good Health!

    3/8/2020 6:44:53 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday visited my mother in the nursing home, and there I was surprised when I met a friend. Kim has been living at this facility for over a month, and will be there after she has major surgery as well. I was shocked to think about someone my age living in a nursing home. All of a sudden, m... Read more

  • Kindness Always Wins!

    3/7/2020 5:16:39 AM, by JSTETSER

    I am learning a lot about the mean attitudes of people from my family. I really wish it was not so. I hope that the stress and anguish that I’ve felt will help me to realize just how important it is to be kind and gentle. Kindness will always win in the end. Everyone has feelings that c... Read more

  • Stretching

    3/6/2020 9:56:28 PM, by LADYBUG166

    SparkPeople Stretching Routines The following videos and routines will help you increase your overall flexibility. Basic Stretching Routine Quick and Easy Stretching Routine Seated Stretching Routine Daily Stretching Routine Advanced Stretching Routine VIDEO: Lower Body Stretchin... Read more

  • Sheee's Baaaack!

    3/6/2020 6:54:11 AM, by LDYJARHEAD

    Once upon a time, I Sparked religiously every day, grabbing ALL the points! I gave it up years ago, and not sure why, but it was probably something along the lines of 'What's the point? What am I getting for my effort?". I've maintained a pretty good level of fitness (most of the time), but w... Read more

  • ME Time!

    3/6/2020 5:18:04 AM, by JSTETSER

    Every week, I try to add some fun into my Fridays! This is the time to do whatever I choose. Yes, I have had to explain myself many times. People don’t like hearing that I’m not available to take care of them at that moment. I love the liberty of being able to have an evening where I feel ... Read more

  • Drink up! It's Thirsty Thursday!

    3/5/2020 5:19:21 AM, by JSTETSER

    One of the most overlooked parts of good health is drinking 8 glasses of water every day! One key element to good health is water. Many people underestimate the power of drinking 8-9 glasses of water each day, but it is a discipline worth adding to your life. To function properly, all the cell... Read more

  • Protein is King

    3/4/2020 2:56:51 PM, by WOLFSPIRITMOM

    Did you know that our bodies want and need protein and makes us eat until we get enough. Eating carnivore I have found I need at least 126 grams of protein a day to feel satiety. And loosing weight and building muscle. To gain muscle your weight in kilograms x 2.2 To maintain multiply by 1.8. Divi... Read more

  • Counting my Blessings!

    3/4/2020 5:13:00 AM, by JSTETSER

    There is no such thing as a perfect life, but I have found a very good life! I count my blessings and here is today’s blessing! I am blessed that my mother is content with her nursing home surroundings. She still wants to leave, but the staff is good to her, and they will even speak up when I... Read more

  • Need advice!

    3/3/2020 8:53:48 PM, by MEADSBAY DD, Mimi, is getting bigger and bigger! 15 She was a healthy weight the first 25 years of her life...when she lived with us and ate healthy foods. She is 32 now. She does not cook despite my repeated attempts to teach her....she used to cook alongside me. Now it seems like it is a... Read more

  • Find A Coach!

    3/3/2020 5:14:01 AM, by JSTETSER

    My advice today is to find someone who will coach you along your exercise/nutrition pathway. SparkPeople has many great coaches that can improve your life. Every month, I take the time to talk with a Diabetes Nutrition Coach. Just taking those 30 minutes every month has made a big difference ... Read more

  • Food - My Medicine Or My Poison?

    3/2/2020 5:32:54 AM, by JSTETSER

    For the past 11 years, I have been learning about which foods are best for my body and eating those foods. I deal with Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) and I eat a low-carb, Mediterranean-based diet. Food can either be my medicine or poison. It all depends on what I choose. Healthy foods like the ... Read more

  • Hello Fresh

    3/2/2020 2:24:29 AM, by CANYON_GAL

    2 meals It's "Chickpea Powered Mediterranean Couscous" That's everything needed for the veggie meal...supposedly enough for 2 people. I'm not exactly sure why I got this delivery of meals. I had only gotten meals delivered from this company once before in December and then I can... Read more

  • Buyer BEware-False Advertising and Hype

    3/1/2020 7:24:03 AM, by 2BDYNAMIC

    Ever thought about why people are called consumers? That is because we as a society consume! But we have grown smarter to false promises that grow our bodies but shrink our wallets. Look at some Brand names--HUNGRY MAN .... BANQUET MEALS .... These names encourage appetite. Billions of dolla... Read more

  • Battling a bad habit:

    3/1/2020 6:58:20 AM, by PHO3NIXONFIRE

    I'm taking on a new NSV challenge for the next 30 days. I want to stop chewing my nails. I know that seems odd... but I have been a nail biter my whole life. It's always been a thing.... especially when my anxiety is high. I noticed the other day that my nails are really damaged. They ar... Read more

  • Simple Rituals bring Success!

    3/1/2020 6:21:46 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have become a person of habit, and these habits have brought good health to me! "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is not an act, it's a habit, according to Aristotle. I agree with him! Every morning, I follow the same basic routine of Get dressed Make tea Read my Bible Visi... Read more

  • Leap into fitness

    3/1/2020 12:15:55 AM, by AURA18

    Just say No! 126 Have a great March -This winter was long - Thankful252 100 213 30 20 2 ... Read more

  • Expect Goodness!

    2/29/2020 5:30:20 AM, by JSTETSER

    Faith is an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caravan of thinking. I'm going to learn some new lessons from our recent bad news. (You can read about our missteps with the IRS in yesterday's blog "Bad News"). Now that the shock is over, We will tighten up our finances, make... Read more

  • Bad News

    2/28/2020 5:18:56 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday my DH and I received some bad news when we got our taxes done. We owed the IRS a considerable amount of money. This was to be our travel money to go see the grandkids. I was so disappointed! Those trips are the highlight of my year! I took a deep breath, put things into perspec... Read more

  • Flying While Fat- Advice Requested!

    2/27/2020 8:42:17 PM, by MINTTEAINIOWA

    I have never flown before but want to go visit a sister that lives across the country. I have spent years telling myself that I will go when I have someone to travel with. I periodically think I have worked up the courage to maybe go it alone, and then my anxiety gets the best of me and I think "m... Read more