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  • Steps

    11/18/2019 6:08:19 PM, by CKEYES1

    Not to shabby... 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

  • Bazaar

    11/17/2019 11:53:58 AM, by CKEYES1

    Went to the Bazaar yesterday. I'm finding as I get older, I'm not enjoying the driving. I don't enjoy the driving through the big city. I had to take two major highways and I'm not liking it.... 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

  • Bazaar

    11/16/2019 9:59:32 AM, by CKEYES1

    Bazaar today. Lot's of walking... 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


    11/15/2019 7:15:37 PM, by CKEYES1

    It's been a STRESSFUL WEEK. Other girl at office has been of sick for three days. Doing two jobs is hard. YOGA I need you. 414... 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

  • Reading

    11/14/2019 6:36:17 PM, by CKEYES1

    I read everyday. I have an e-reader and love it because if I fall asleep I don't loose my page. It just shuts off. I turn off the T.V. and read before bed. To turn the page, you just have to touch the right hand side. I have had one for years. I am on my third one. Well someone gave me a book... Read more

  • week 97 of therapy

    11/14/2019 1:59:05 PM, by ONEAGLESWINGS19

    This week in therapy we discussed my decision to do bariatric surgery. For those who don't realize if I did research or not. I read one book on it from cover to cover thinking about all the changes it would involve for me and also considered my health and my life that is at stake. After much prayer ... 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

  • 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

  • Cold out

    11/13/2019 12:05:43 PM, by CKEYES1

    It's - 23 C here. So cold I got all dressed up to take the dog out. She went out peed on the front lawn and went back in the house. If I had known I would have just let her out and stayed in the house. LOL 444... 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

  • Satisfied

    11/12/2019 9:39:33 PM, by ALANA48

    I finish a nice, balanced dinner at the end of a nice, balanced day. But then I can't stop eating until I feel - satisfied? Tonight it was a binge of Whisps. After homemade Kung Pao Shrimp (good) and then a smallish bowl of ice cream (bad). And then 4-5 pieces of licorice. If I had stopped at the Ku... Read more

  • SNOW

    11/12/2019 6:23:52 PM, by CKEYES1

    It's here and I hate it. 234 184 ... Read more

  • The process to weight loss surgery has begun

    11/12/2019 4:09:22 PM, by ONEAGLESWINGS19

    As of today I have chosen to make it official and start the process for weight loss surgery. I'm both excited and nervous right now about it however I know it has to be done.... 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


    11/11/2019 6:35:53 PM, by CKEYES1

    LEST WE FORGET The two Grampas... Read more

  • 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

  • Red Lobster

    11/10/2019 11:19:21 AM, by CKEYES1

    So I went to Red Lobster. Did not do excellent. Not too bad. Took half home and gave it to my son. ... 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 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

  • my decision is now final!

    11/9/2019 2:29:30 PM, by ONEAGLESWINGS19

    After a long talk and prolonged prayer time and Bible study time with the Lord. God gave me this verse from the Bible to enforce my decision. Deut 1:6 The Lord our God said to us in Horeb, You have dwelt long enough on this mountain. Then He spoke clearly to me and asked me several questions to rein... Read more

  • Red Lobster

    11/9/2019 12:33:00 PM, by CKEYES1

    Going to Red Lobster today with my Sister. I know I will not make the healthiest choices. I know I should get the salmon, but the coconut shrimp is already calling me. OH NOOOOO... 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

  • 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

  • baby

    11/7/2019 6:05:46 PM, by CKEYES1

    The new addition to the family.... 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

  • week 96 of therapy

    11/6/2019 10:33:34 PM, by ONEAGLESWINGS19

    As I write this blog I am fearing for my very life because my weight has not gone down as I had hoped. In the past 3 months I was told I gained 30 lbs. I am at a loss here. My body is fighting against me and I need to realize that sometimes people like me need another tool in their tool box to help ... Read more

  • SNOW

    11/6/2019 6:49:38 PM, by CKEYES1

    234 What the H.E. double hockey sticks!! IT'S SNOWING!! 444... Read more

  • #6 Wonderful Wednesday!

    11/6/2019 5:19:22 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today I'm thankful for another day on God's green Earth! It's just another normal day for me to help kids learn, love my family and help my Mom. I'm thankful for all the people in my life. Make it a habit to tell people to thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without th... Read more

  • Eating

    11/5/2019 7:08:37 PM, by CKEYES1

    Berries and yogurt for breakfast and veggies and dip for lunch.... Read more

  • Meeting my Goals!

    11/5/2019 5:31:12 AM, by JSTETSER

    It's a long road to reach my goals! I am working to control Type 2 Diabetes mainly through food and exercise. I realize that while I cannot control my genetics, I can understand the pitfalls of my parents, and adjust my path. SparkPeople helps me to stay on track with meeting those goals, and ... Read more

  • Candy

    11/4/2019 5:58:25 PM, by CKEYES1

    It was a crappy Halloween. Hardly any children showed up becaue of the weather. Took all the leftover candy to work. Put it in the lunch room and walked away.... Read more

  • #4 Grateful for Ladybugs!

    11/4/2019 5:16:25 AM, by JSTETSER

    Okay, I'm actually grateful for a sewing room where I can create ladybug hats. It took me a few days to figure out exactly how to place the eyes and the antenna, but I really like the way that the ladybug hats came out. I've had requests for hats with antenna and without the antenna. ... Read more

  • New baby

    11/3/2019 11:49:46 AM, by CKEYES1

    Went and seen the new baby yesterday. They had a party. Pizza and cookies. OH NOOOOOO!!... Read more

  • November 3rd: changing clocks

    11/3/2019 9:26:05 AM, by CANYON_GAL

    Its one of my least favorite mornings of the year. I fell asleep around 11pm last night and according to my Fitbit and tablet (they both turned back time on their own) I woke up before 4am. But my brain says that I was in bed about 6 hours. My body says I was laying down to long and woke up with a s... Read more

  • #3 Grateful for an Extra Hour!

    11/3/2019 5:32:32 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today I'm grateful for on extra hour of sleep! I don't usually sleep in on purpose. I have a busy day and goals to reach. Today is my hiking day, and I'm going to get some of my school work done early. The extra sleep feels very good today. What are you thankful for today? ... Read more

  • National Food Day

    11/2/2019 1:37:51 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    NOVEMBER Banana Pudding Lovers Month NOVEMBER National Fun with Fondue Month NOVEMBER National Peanut Butter Lovers Month NOVEMBER National Pepper Month Today is national deviled egg day and tomorrow is national sandwich day. So sometime this weekend I should make egg salad sandwiches. Th... Read more

  • New baby

    11/2/2019 11:06:25 AM, by CKEYES1

    Going to see the new addition to the family. If my niece has a son, what relation is he to me.... Read more

  • #2 Grateful for Today!

    11/2/2019 6:18:04 AM, by JSTETSER

    Did you know that today is a gift? This is an opportunity that will only come once. Today I encourage you to approach today as I was taught to approach a busy street: 1. Stop and listen. 2. Look both ways. 3. Move forward! Rise to this day by learning the lessons of gratefulness. ... Read more

  • 5% Challenge: NO RANDOM EATING

    11/2/2019 3:25:17 AM, by CANYON_GAL

    Had a hard time remembering about the challenge this week. RANDOM EATING...WHAT'S THAT? All my eating is random. Random eating is the only way that I eat. My life doesn't fit into a consistent schedule that I can follow every day, every week. Even the times for meals in our EDR has recently change... Read more

  • Candy

    11/1/2019 7:54:42 PM, by CKEYES1

    Might have over done it with the candy... Read more

  • My Attitude of Gratitude

    11/1/2019 5:20:17 AM, by JSTETSER

    My November Attitude of Gratitude is a yearly build-up to Thanksgiving. It's a life-changing full month of thankfulness! Have you ever tried it? I hope that you will join me in mindfully focusing on those things in your life that deserve to be thanked, one day at a time. Today I am thankful... Read more

  • Birthday

    10/31/2019 7:37:45 PM, by CKEYES1

    It was Freya's Birthday yesterday. It's so sad when they live far away. Atleast I got to video chat with her.... Read more

  • Checking in! Happy Halloween

    10/31/2019 8:45:32 AM, by LUCKY1964

    So we got back on the 19th and I have been paying more attention to what I eat and when I eat. I have made alot of steps but some days the 2 mile walks did not happen. My husband started his new job tuesday and so did I as well. ( I will be home more in the afternoons and so will he) I have gone ... Read more

  • Keeping The Fright out of Sight!

    10/31/2019 5:17:45 AM, by JSTETSER

    What do you fear? What scares you silly? Lately, I've been afraid of all sorts of things as I watch my mother's health decline. Fear can keep us from moving forward with our goals in life. Don't be scared into doing nothing because of fear of doing things wrong! Today I hold on to my faith ... Read more

  • Fitbit

    10/30/2019 5:27:00 PM, by CKEYES1

    Not too shabby... Read more

  • Family Time

    10/30/2019 5:44:40 AM, by JSTETSER

    It's been almost 20 years since my Dad's passing, and each of us children has helped Mom in different ways. We have all done what we could do in our own way. In some ways caring for Mom has brought us closer, and in other ways, it has divided us. At first, John spent Sundays at church with ... Read more

  • week 95 of therapy

    10/29/2019 9:58:41 PM, by ONEAGLESWINGS19

    This week in therapy we discussed me getting a new sponsor and me starting with her. We also discussed the fact that the first time I love working out and the reason why. I found an app on google play store called fiton where you can find different types of workouts and I am stuck on a trainers hiit... Read more

  • Candy

    10/29/2019 6:20:09 PM, by CKEYES1

    It's getting harder and harder to avoid that candy. Next year I'm not buying it so early.... Read more

  • Thank God for Hired Help!

    10/29/2019 5:30:45 AM, by JSTETSER

    There were three wonderful women in my mother's life that I greatly appreciate. They are the ones who alerted me just a week ago that Mom's health had changed, and she needed more than home care. They put their jobs on the chopping block for the sake of my mother, and I greatly appreciate them.... Read more

  • treadmill

    10/28/2019 9:00:46 PM, by CKEYES1

    Had fun with the treadmill. Did 3 miles... Read more

  • The Noise

    10/28/2019 5:25:51 AM, by JSTETSER

    There are so many voices trying to get our attention. It's important that we focus on the voices that will help us, not hurt us. I find people here on Spark encourage me to keep going and do my best. Those are the voices that I listen to. Don't focus on the negative noise. It will tear yo... Read more

  • treadmill

    10/27/2019 11:31:19 AM, by CKEYES1

    Treadmill is set up as promised. . Only thing missing is clothes hanging off it. Will have to work on that LOL... Read more

  • Focus On The Positive

    10/27/2019 5:44:50 AM, by JSTETSER

    Sometimes the best way to get through the day is to focus on the things that bring me joy. Lina is now 7 and I still remember her first Halloween outfit. I bought the little onesie and sent it down to my son who was in med school. Today her outfit will be much different than the little pumpkin... Read more

  • My Weekend and another 5% Challenge Weigh-in

    10/26/2019 12:20:00 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    I got Thursday and Friday off work this week, so I could go up to Beatty Nevada, and meet up with friends that I hadn't seen for a few years. On Friday, the town was having a big celebration called "Beatty Days" with different events going on. I entered the costume contest and came in 2nd place.... Read more

  • Kookie

    10/26/2019 11:41:17 AM, by CKEYES1

    I take my dog Kookie for a walk every day. I know you're saying "Good for you. That's great." But it's really more like a Walk. Stop. Walk. Stop. She spends most of her time smelling everything. She stops at every leaf and smells it. I have started walking in place. It's the only way to g... Read more

  • A New Day

    10/26/2019 5:23:02 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday was a tough day, but I survived. Today will also be tough but I will be okay. My mother is now in a nursing home, and I'm sad about it. She is in a long-term unit, and I did not realize how much lower the quality of rooms is in the long-term than the short term. Mom doesn't have a ... Read more

  • Weekend

    10/25/2019 6:17:22 PM, by CKEYES1

    It's the weekend. Will be setting up the treadmill for the winter. It gets pitch dark in the morning and night so I don't really want to walk outside by myself. Besides - the snow can get really high in the winter.... Read more

  • Today

    10/25/2019 5:17:07 AM, by JSTETSER

    Life is a gift worth unwrapping every day. I'm not looking forward to my responsibility today. Mom is going into a nursing home. Family members are angry with my decision. Those who agree with me are silent. Today I face the furious noise. God is with me in this day, and tomorrow is going to... Read more

  • Blah

    10/24/2019 6:46:01 PM, by CKEYES1

    6:30 and dark already. Blah... Read more

  • week 94 of therapy and other news

    10/24/2019 11:34:02 AM, by ONEAGLESWINGS19

    This week in therapy we discussed many things and also getting back into the book by Joyce Meyer called Living beyond Your Feelings. In other news I had to part ways with my sponsor. So right now I am in search of another one. I am also gaining weight daily. I am almost 450 lbs now. Which really sca... Read more

  • No Keys For Mama!

    10/24/2019 5:35:19 AM, by JSTETSER

    About fifteen years ago, my mother’s eyes seemed a bit “off”, and her driving was downright dangerous! Her friend Dolly did not like to ride in the car with her anymore and I was concerned. I always drove when we were together. I also realized that driving is not a good thing for Mom to do any... Read more

  • What's that saying?

    10/23/2019 6:55:53 PM, by CKEYES1

    What's that saying? I'll never get that hour back. Traffic was crazy. I just don't understand people. I know the traffic is slow, but can't you atleast pay attention. Everywhere I looked, people were on their phones. Can't you wait until you get home? Technology sucks sometimes.... Read more

  • Thankful with Thorns

    10/23/2019 5:17:51 AM, by JSTETSER

    Some days, the world seems to be tearing me apart. I'm seeing the angry side of my loving and kind family right now, and it doesn't feel good. Thorns hurt and even draw blood at times. Still, I'm thankful for the thorny people in my life. I find my happiness through thankfulness. Maybe... Read more

  • New Day

    10/22/2019 6:26:03 PM, by CKEYES1

    It's a new day. I will not be stressed out at work.... Read more

  • Stand Firm

    10/22/2019 5:40:14 AM, by JSTETSER

    There are some things that we must stand firm on in our lives. We must stand up for God's Word, for ourselves and for those who matter to us. We have to make wise choices for eating healthy foods and getting in our exercise. If we are unmovable on what matters, we are going to be strong hea... Read more

  • week 93 of therapy

    10/21/2019 11:14:58 PM, by ONEAGLESWINGS19

    we discussed my decision to change psychiatrists since mine is leaving in Dec. so I need another one. We discussed the fact that my IBS is not under control yet. I am still fighting to keep food in. I discussed the fact that I fell twice and broke 3 chairs because of my weight and a stability ball a... Read more

  • Family

    10/21/2019 7:08:35 PM, by CKEYES1

    Now this is a family ... Read more

  • Day 1 as a team

    10/21/2019 1:38:29 PM, by LUCKY1964

    I tried at the beginning of the year to shoot for a trip to disney with a end date of dec 14 through healthy wage. I got off track got busy and got bored and here we are in oct and I have only lost about 25 pounds. I have added 6 months to my time which gives me til june of next year to hit the t... Read more

  • Dust

    10/21/2019 5:13:13 AM, by JSTETSER

    Dust if you must, but there's not much time, with rivers to swim and mountains to climb, music to hear and books to read, friends to cherish and a life to lead. (10-20 day of Thank Yoy For Being a Friend Dayspring calendar.... Read more

  • Playing God

    10/20/2019 5:44:23 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday my brother told me to “stop playing God!” In order to keep peace in an angry family, I didn’t ask him to explain himself. Stop caring? God is love and he cares. Stop making decisions to help my mom? Mom made me the medical proxy. She asked me to make decisions. How do I stop play... Read more