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  • 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

  • The sure way to Look and Feel Younger

    1/22/2020 11:25:12 PM, by OLDEROWL

    Losing excess weight lowers blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and blood sugar. Most of these improvements occur in as little as 4 weeks. You will have energy to spare and be able to do more of the things you enjoy. You will both look and feel younger. However, many of us know that but still ha... 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Peaceful Cooperation in the USA

    1/13/2020 11:24:54 PM, by OLDEROWL

    Updated, Re-titled and Posted January 13, 2020. Be the person who understands and forgives; Be the person who has a nurturing heart; Be the person who listens carefully to all viewpoints before judging; Be the person others can trust, and most importantly - inspires cooperation among ot... 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

  • Stop Smoking Now

    1/12/2020 10:25:03 AM, by OLDEROWL

    Not only that smoking causes cancer, an article in the American Journal of epidemiology by Stephen P. Fortmann, M.D. reports that a study of more than 2.500.seniors between 65 and 74 years old showed current smokers were more likely to die of heart attack or stroke. It was found that components of c... 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

  • I promise to myself...

    1/7/2020 1:07:44 PM, by CHERRIET

    ... that I will do my best to eat healthy and within my calorie range, that I will exercise to the best of my ability, that I will watch my portions and avoid mindless eating, that I will avoid or limit unhealthy foods, that I will try to get enough sleep, that I will stretch myself... 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

  • feelings, nothing more than feelings

    1/6/2020 8:04:21 PM, by WARRIORSUE518

    Change is possible! True, everlasting, looking back thinking, "wow, look how far I've come," change. Change that happens on almost a cellular level, you become this new creation by just taking step after step after step.... It is with great, unimaginable joy that I tell you that my entire way o... 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

  • Another prayer for the New Year

    1/3/2020 8:33:58 PM, by CHERRIET

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  • January 3rd I am under construction.

    1/3/2020 9:45:59 AM, by SIMPLY_JAE

    I have kept my commitment for two nights to get to bed earlier..I find myself waking up earlier and that is not a bad is adjustment... Today I will be spending my morning working on my budget and paying bills..not always fun but needful...I am working towards zero debt this year...I a... 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

  • Easily Be a 'Success' in 2020

    1/3/2020 12:18:38 AM, by OLDEROWL

    No matter how big your yearly goal is, "success" will be easy. Here are the steps. 1. Set a definitive master goal for the year but don't worry about achieving it perfectly. 2. Be self-confident and rely on a higher power to do the best you can. 3. Deposit money in savings every month ... Read more

  • January 2nd...Focus

    1/2/2020 8:49:04 PM, by SIMPLY_JAE

    Today was not perfect and yet I did soldier on.. I decided to make a list of things to do each day..maybe three things and get those things accomplished..I will feel like the day is a success. Today I was out doing things at stores and making appointments by phone..tomorrow I will spend organi... 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

  • January 1st...I still believe...

    1/1/2020 4:39:41 PM, by SIMPLY_JAE

    “I believe in the sun even when it is not shining And I believe in love, even when there’s no one there. And I believe in God, even when He is silent. I believe through any trial, there is always a way But sometimes in this suffering and hopeless despair My heart cries for shelte... Read more

  • Happy New Year!

    1/1/2020 11:57:01 AM, by CHERRIET

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  • 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

  • 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

  • A little Christmas humor

    12/27/2019 12:02:26 PM, by CHERRIET

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  • 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

  • My Recovery from Schizophrenia

    12/26/2019 4:51:46 PM, by OLDEROWL

    I am determined to write a book on this topic because I think my story will give many others encouragement or greater understanding whichever is needed. I am often amused by some such as Sam and those who have reacted with deep criticism, simply because a slightly off colored joke had been shared i... Read more

  • Go Tell It On The Mountain!

    12/26/2019 6:35:10 AM, by JSTETSER

    What is the story that you are telling? Are you telling people about your strengths or weaknesses? Are you finding solutions to your problems or just complaining about them? Go tell it on the mountain that Jesus Christ is born and we have His strength in us. What is your story? Make... Read more