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  • Connected To Others!

    1/25/2020 6:09:19 AM, by JSTETSER

    Just like the paper people chain, we are all connected. When we let our light shine, we give others permission to shine. When we walk honestly in freedom, we give others permission to do the same. The best way to connect is to listen to the words and the hearts of others. During this time befo... Read more

  • Muscles

    1/24/2020 5:28:08 AM, by JSTETSER

    Our muscles are the most versatile tool for staying young. They have the ability to remain strong and flexible well into old age. If we use our muscles, they stay strong, and we feel and move better. Our body systems function better when our muscles are strong. Also, with strong muscles: ... Read more

  • Overeating

    1/23/2020 5:18:51 AM, by JSTETSER

    I love to eat, and sometimes, I just don’t know when to stop. There is so much to do and so little time to squeeze it into. Last night I could not sleep. I had turned on the Impeachment Trial and got sucked into the drama. I watched, and I ate. First, I ate celery and hummus. Then I ate i... Read more

  • Good Enough?

    1/22/2020 5:19:52 AM, by JSTETSER

    I found out that good enough is just not good enough. I ended up with Type 2 Diabetes because I ate a diet I considered “Good Enough” and worked out to the degree that I considered to be “Good Enough”. I had a “Good Enough” attitude with a life that I considered “Good Enough” but I needed bette... Read more

  • Move It!

    1/21/2020 5:22:03 AM, by JSTETSER

    Move Like Your Life Depends On It! Guess what? It does! According to James Levine, M.D., Ph.D., director of Obesity Solutions at Mayo Clinic in Arizona and Arizona State University, “Excess sitting is now linked with 35 diseases and conditions, including obesity, hypertension, back pain, cance... Read more

  • I Have A Dream!

    1/20/2020 5:19:47 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today is a day to remember Martin Luther King's dream for racial equality in our country. Today it looks like an impossible dream, but a very noble one. Mr. Kind never lost sight of his dream. He worked towards his dream all his life. I also believe in that dream and work towards it being ful... Read more

  • Back on the horse!

    1/19/2020 8:09:27 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    I'm back Sparkin'. It took me an entire week to fully recover from my jet lag. But now I am back working out, back doing intermittent fasting, and finally sleeping through the night. Best of all, I lost two of the pounds I gained in Russia this past week. Of course there are new challenges... Read more

  • Good Morning, Sunshine!

    1/19/2020 6:15:06 AM, by JSTETSER

    Good morning, Sunshine! I'm taking you to my room. no reason for darkness, no reason for gloom! I need your brightness down in my soul, It takes your joy to keep me whole. Good morning Light, I'll let everyone see The warmth of your love shining through me. This world can be a ... Read more

  • T2D and Me

    1/18/2020 6:05:37 AM, by JSTETSER

    It was 11 years ago that I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes (T2D). There are people in my extended family who have suffered greatly because they did not take the diagnosis seriously. I am not like my family in this manner. With the help of Spark People, Diabetes Dietitians and my Primary Ca... Read more

  • Getting Unstuck

    1/17/2020 5:27:09 AM, by JSTETSER

    Have you ever ended up on the side of the road with your car unable to move? I have. It's not fun, and it's not pretty. I carry a shovel and bucket of sand in the back of my car for such occasions. There have been times when I've needed to call a tow truck to get me out. My message today... Read more

  • The Jungle Story Quilt

    1/16/2020 5:15:17 AM, by JSTETSER

    A quilt is my multi-month labor of love. I’m always concerned that I won’t get it done, and the project will sit in a box somewhere as the baby is born, and the little child grows. That is why I chose a simple pattern with a panel in the center. I added a brown border around the panel and will ... Read more

  • Take Good Care of Yourself!

    1/15/2020 5:29:10 AM, by JSTETSER

    In the midst of the craziness of life, I make sure that self-care is on the schedule. 1. Once a month, I have an appointment to talk with a dietitian about how I'm controlling Type 2 Diabetes. This month, I had quite a surprise. Amber asked me about my snacks, and I told her that I often eat... Read more

  • Russia FAIL!

    1/14/2020 9:01:41 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    Well, we're back from Russia. Before I went, I saw this as a big challenge: almost a month away from home. No scale. No ability to cook for myself. Lots of meals out in restaurants. Lots of celebrations with relatives centered around eating and drinking. A carb-heavy local cuisine. I went... Read more

  • Wrong Turn On the Road to Happiness

    1/14/2020 5:30:07 AM, by JSTETSER

    Sometimes things beyond our control turn out disastrous. This is what happened when my husband, recovering from hand surgery got the call from his daughter. She changed her mind, and would not be coming down for a visit. His expectations were high, and he was let down. Again. Also, he was taki... Read more

  • Defining "Fine"

    1/13/2020 5:15:21 AM, by JSTETSER

    I recently went to a Caring for the Caregivers meeting. As I entered the room, I was asked; “Hi Jackie, how are you?” I answered; “I’m fine, how are you?” My friend responded; “I’m fine, thank you.” Truthfully, we are both weary and worn and that’s why we were at an 8:30 AM Caregivers S... Read more

  • The Goal Keeper

    1/12/2020 5:23:27 AM, by JSTETSER

    In the game of life, I'm a goalkeeper and I hope that you will be a goalkeeper too! I spend part of each morning looking at my goals, writing down hoe I will reach my goals, and how to simplify my life to keep the goals of others from affecting my own goals. You see, the goalkeeper works very ... Read more

  • Find A Way to Make it Happen!

    1/11/2020 5:13:12 AM, by JSTETSER

    Where there's a will, there's a Way! This proverb was stated slightly differently in 1640 (To him that will, ways are not wanting) but has been repeated in its present form since the early 1800s. Yesterday I found a way to get in my 10K steps even though I spent the day at the hospital, sittin... Read more

  • Don't Get Too Comfortable!

    1/10/2020 5:09:08 AM, by JSTETSER

    Life Can Change in an Instant. Yesterday I was getting ready to rush out the door for work when my phone rang. It was Cynthia, my husband's boss; "John is sitting here next to me, and we're on speakerphone." His index finger was now 1/2 inch shorter, and we were on our way to the ER. Today... Read more

  • Trust Yourself and Smart Friends!

    1/9/2020 5:22:14 AM, by JSTETSER

    Some days things just don't come together, but that's okay. Other days they do. Trust the decisions that you've made. Modify that decision, and keep moving forward! I made a decision to eat a low carb diet in order to help control Type 2 Diabetes. Over the Christmas vacation, I got off-trac... Read more

  • Give it the EXTRA!

    1/8/2020 5:12:21 AM, by JSTETSER

    The EXTRA! The food changes are DEFINITELY working, thanks to the extra energy that I’ve been putting into my plan. Here are my thoughtful changes: I have shortened my walking/jogging workouts because of the knee pain. I also added riding the stationary bike and pilates. Tomorrow I wil... Read more

  • Clean Food

    1/7/2020 5:13:12 AM, by JSTETSER

    Recently I wrote about eating “clean food”, and was asked what this phrase means. To me, it means eating food that is raw and natural. It means eating whole foods in their most natural state and avoiding processed foods such as refined sugar. I am dealing with Type 2 Diabetes, and work hard to... Read more

  • Moving Forward!

    1/6/2020 5:05:58 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today's walk will bring me back to the stone arch bridge near my home. I could stay inside and walk on the elliptical, but getting outside in the cold air is invigorating and more exciting. It feels good to get outside in the winter! I make sure and dress warm enough and stay away from icy pla... Read more

  • The Food Feats Challenge!

    1/5/2020 5:49:07 AM, by JSTETSER

    For the next 32 days, I'm challenging you to do three things: 1. To eat a clean and healthy diet. 2. To enter into the food tracker everything that you eat. 3. To drink 8+ glasses of water a day. Romaine calm! You can do this! Are you up for the challenge? I am! I hope that y... Read more

  • Life Can Get Messy!

    1/4/2020 5:47:47 AM, by JSTETSER

    From the moment of our birth until the day we die, life is often very messy. In fact, some of the most pivotal moments are loud and chaotic. Learning and living are not neat activities. Little Gabby looks so cute and manageable here, but one day after the picture was taken, she was diagnosed wi... Read more

  • Frozen By Fear?

    1/3/2020 5:18:39 AM, by JSTETSER

    Lately, I've been feeling a lot of fear and it's kept me frozen in my tracks. I need to make new changes, but I'm scared because of the fact that my blood sugar numbers are not lowering as they used to. I deal with Type II Diabetes. I eat a healthy diet and get lots of exercises. I hike, wal... Read more

  • Homemade Birthday Bag

    1/2/2020 5:05:45 AM, by JSTETSER

    Shiloh turns 4 in March. I'm making a birthday bag and filling it with her present. A long time ago, I paid 50 cents for this lovely appliqued panel at a Good Will Store. I've been waiting for the special time to add it to a bag. Yesterday I had the time, and I started on the bag. Homem... Read more

  • Dealing with Pain

    1/1/2020 5:05:13 AM, by JSTETSER

    In 2020, I will not hide my pain, but deal with it! Just before Christmas, I was told that I am a part of a Godless socialist political party and when I said that I pray for the president, (I was) “Jackie uttering words.... therefore she can’t be equated as being a good person” That hurt me, a... Read more

  • I'm Expecting Great Things in 2020!

    12/31/2019 5:27:20 AM, by JSTETSER

    In 2020, I'll find a new level of health. I've found that my favorite yoga class is at home with my own music playing. My DH is happy to give me the livingroom for 90 minutes while I follow the routine. I'll do this every Monday. I'm finding some great simple healthy recipes with Jamie Oliver... Read more

  • Reflecting on 2019

    12/30/2019 5:56:08 PM, by FREE2LOSE

    As I look back on 2019, I see what looks like a lot of failures. Failure of health, failure of time, failure of doing what I set out to do in January. But I should not look at it that way. We are all growing and learning from every experience. These are just growing pains for what I will achieve in ... Read more

  • The Art of Making Memories

    12/30/2019 6:46:57 AM, by JSTETSER

    In 2020, I will be making and sharing memories. I do not get enough time with my children and grandkids. When I see them, I find ways to make those memories count! As I prepared for my last trip down, I told them how much their Daddy loved chocolate chip cookies. I made aprons for the kids... Read more

  • It all starts with ME

    12/29/2019 6:53:05 AM, by JSTETSER

    As the New Year begins, I am recommitting to my goals. There are a few changes though. 1. I'm shrinking my goals to help me be more successful! Healthy Eating and exercise are tops, and then committing to staying connected to my family is next. 2. Keeping the goals concrete. My 2 bite ru... Read more

  • Just start!

    12/28/2019 5:27:13 AM, by JSTETSER

    2020 is almost upon us. I am re-examining my 2019 goals and making some minor changes. I'm taking the time to write them down and reflect on what worked and didn't work in 2019. My biggest win was to start keeping a Full Focus diary. It has really helped me to see and work towards my goals... Read more

  • My Special Place

    12/27/2019 8:15:00 AM, by JSTETSER

    Every year we visit a very special spot, The Perkins House B&B in Cornish, Maine. It is my favorite home away from home is at the Perkins house. They decorate their lovely mansion in ways that I just don’t take time to do at home. Christmas is magical here, and I love to be here any time in ... Read more