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  • Sunday Blessings 7-25

    7/25/2021 7:22:49 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    One of the simplest ways to be happy s letting go of the things that made you sad. Yes i did that awhile back and now I am happy most days, This afternoon I went on a short walk after the rain, It was hot and muggy . Came home and added onions and garlic and an eggplant, To that ... Read more

  • Tingly Feet

    7/25/2021 5:16:54 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have the start of what could be neuropathy in my feet. It affects my sleep at night and I experience this tingling when my feet are bare and at rest. I know that it could be signs of injury to a nerve or loss of nerve function in my feet. WebMD.com mentioned a great variety of other causes f... Read more

  • Garden

    7/24/2021 11:57:44 PM, by ESMERELDA12

    I've been gardening more and more since March 2020 (bet you can't guess why). I now have 5 small beds. It's too hot for most things right now but I am getting Swiss chard, bell peppers, and okra. My sweet potato vines are growing nicely and I have a couple of sunflowers about to bloom. This evening ... Read more

  • Smile its saturday 7-24

    7/24/2021 6:21:32 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    Every day may not be good , but there us something good in everyday i walked for 44 minutes this morning . It is a blessing that the air is cooler and I delighted in the breeze. It felt great to have all the windows open, I made eggs with peppers and onions and mushrooms for breakfast... Read more

  • Life is a Zoo!

    7/24/2021 5:38:00 AM, by JSTETSER

    I am a person who likes to make plans. Unfortunately, my plans have fallen through lately. Having grandkids around has made this planned life kind of crazy. Yesterday we were all going camping. No, wait. No camping. I was able to get my reservations changed when the grandkids were not re... Read more

  • Feeling Lonely

    7/23/2021 8:35:01 PM, by ESMERELDA12

    I have spoken to one person today. That's unusual even during this pandemic. I generally stay busy and don't mind. But today I feel lonely and discouraged. I think I'll go to bed early with my cats and a good book.... Read more

  • Happy Aloha Friday 7-23

    7/23/2021 7:33:35 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Got a lot of steps today . A 51 minute walk in the cooler air this morning, A nice trip around the garden where i picked broccoli, peppers, tomatoes swiss chard and kale and zucchini and ... Read more

  • Step away from the computer...

    7/23/2021 5:08:00 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today is my day to step away from the lesson plans and relax. I've worked very hard lately. I'm glad that I have. But today I just need to focus on me. I need to relax. When I go back to school on Tuesday, I'll be a better teacher for taking the break today. I'm stepping away from the c... Read more

  • Strange Times

    7/22/2021 7:23:45 PM, by ESMERELDA12

    I've been at home now since March 2020. It's been a long, strange year basically spent along with two cats. Lots of things slip through the cracks. Like getting my car inspected: I noticed last week that I forgot to do that but couldn't get mobilized to go to the mechanic until today. It's done and ... Read more

  • Think Thursday 7-22

    7/22/2021 6:53:41 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible, Dalai Lama A 49 minute walk today the humidity finally broke, There was a nice breeze it is finally tolerable . We shut of the central air and have all the windows open I am very happy. Made sausages , peppers and onions for supp... Read more

  • My Feet

    7/22/2021 5:02:52 AM, by JSTETSER

    I love to walk barefoot and I stepped on something sharp. It was probably part of a thorn. It is in the pad of my left foot between my big toe and the second toe. There is a constant dull pain, and I find myself walking less. This keeps me from reaching my daily goal of 11K steps or more beca... Read more

  • Rain, Flash Floods

    7/21/2021 8:08:46 PM, by ESMERELDA12

    We had rain, thunder, and flash floods warnings again today. Ever since the hurricanes last year, I've been a little afraid of loud, sudden thunder. Funny for someone who grew up in hurricane alley. But I went through Hanna last year all along with two cats and it was scary. With the pandemic and ca... Read more

  • Wise wednesday 7-21

    7/21/2021 6:47:01 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    Live for the moment that you cannot put into words This morning I walked for 38 minutes .My husband always asks if I see anybody lol its to hot to be out and about. I have been erasing or saving all my blogs, It's fun going down memory lane I have over 11 years to get through,, ... Read more

  • OOPS!

    7/21/2021 5:20:02 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday was a bus,y stressful day. My classroom didn't go as it should, people who were hired to be helpful were not, and I lost my phone. Later, I forgot to take my evening medication. Oops! Today I'll remember not to let things get to me. I don't often forget, but taking medication is o... Read more

  • Active but Not Really Busy

    7/20/2021 7:58:31 PM, by ESMERELDA12

    I spent a lot of yesterday on the heating pad. Today I went for my morning walk, came home and did a 7 minute workout video. This afternoon, I swept and mopping the living room and dining room, then weeded my garden. I can hear thunder; I guess the rain is moving in a little early.... Read more

  • Take control tuesday

    7/20/2021 7:31:43 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    Letting go doesn't mean giving up ,but rather accepting that there are things that cannot be. My husband left early to pick my daughter up at the hospital and bring her to pick up the baby's birth certificate, As soon as he left I realized I had not walked yet. I realized by the time... Read more

  • It Takes Love To Make A Family

    7/20/2021 4:58:27 AM, by JSTETSER

    Well, today is the day. I’ve waited through a whole pandemic to see my son, his wife, and their three lovely children. They just moved up from Florida to the Boston area. Unfortunately, the pod with all of their belongings did not make it. They might not have their own furniture for a week or... Read more

  • Looking for Strength Training

    7/19/2021 7:53:57 PM, by ESMERELDA12

    I really miss the city pool which is closed due to covid. Since I'm not yet vaccinated, I don't go to the gym, I walk every day. I'm doing fine for cardio but need to add some strength training. A friend from work just sent me a video link. Does anyone else here work out to videos at home? If so, wh... Read more

  • Monday Magic

    7/19/2021 7:34:26 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    Anyone can make you smile, but only certain people can make you happy This morning I walked 40 minutes part of the walk included Darren and Annie Another hot humid day they are adding up, I made another spaghetti salad . Can't wait to have it for lunch tomorrow, , Hubby just cam... Read more

  • At My House, Everyone Cleans!

    7/19/2021 5:20:54 AM, by JSTETSER

    This is one story that is best told with props. In My House, Everyone Cleans! My grandchildren are about to receive some fun and beautiful gifts. One of them they will wonder about. I’m giving them each a nice cleaning cloth. Later, after their furniture arrives, they will each get a feath... Read more

  • Late Night Munchies

    7/18/2021 11:15:11 PM, by ESMERELDA12

    Why is it my control is always weakest at night? No matter how well I do during the day, I crave snacks at night.... Read more

  • Sunday blessings 7-18

    7/18/2021 6:38:37 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    Happiness is the secret to all beauty . There is no beauty without happiness . Christian Dior I walked today for 40 minutes in the 80 degree temps that felt like 90 and it was humid , When i got back my husband asked how was your walk ? I had to laugh . I had to laugh as my phone... Read more

  • A Thankful Heart

    7/18/2021 6:01:46 AM, by JSTETSER

    A thankful heart can change gray to grand The sad stringed quartet becomes a happy marching band. If your heart is grieving and broken in two There’s a way to change the day so you won’t be blue. Start thanking God for all you’ve got The good, the bad, and the messed up lot. Many p... Read more

  • New Air Fryer

    7/17/2021 8:03:45 PM, by ESMERELDA12

    So this is the second time I've tried my new air fryer. The first time I tried fried okra and didn't much care for the results. Tonight I tried a potato fried with onion and added just a small amount of oil (2t). It was very good! I don't really know what else to try but it is a lot neater than old ... Read more

  • Saturday 7-17

    7/17/2021 7:33:08 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    If it comes let it. If it goes ;let it. Hot muggy day again . I slept eight hours but did not feel like I did, No walk to muggy plus my get up and go has left town, I did do some stretches and arm pushups Michael and Sara came this morning, They visited Annie and are happy she ... Read more

  • Waiting

    7/17/2021 5:26:12 AM, by JSTETSER

    These are the last days before I get to see my Florida son and his family. The waiting time is hard, and I anticipate a great visit. I anticipate some fun and laughter. Not seeing my grandkids has been tough. The pandemic has kept us apart for a full year. Monday cannot come soon enoug... Read more

  • Happy Aloha 7-16

    7/16/2021 7:30:54 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    Happiness is an inside job. Don't assign anyone that much power over your life, Mandy Hale Today I walked 34 minutes in 85 degree weather at 8 am No visit from my neighbor, My writing skills must be a little off.. Some of you pictured my neighbor as a lonely lost man with no one to talk ... Read more

  • My Fitness Pal

    7/16/2021 10:47:08 AM, by ESMERELDA12

    After reading some of the responses my first blog post got, I think I will sign up for MFP. It sounds like quite a few sparkies will be doing that. If possible, I'll keep my same screen name in hopes of meeting up with a few of my SP friends. I read somewhere that someone has started a group there f... Read more

  • A Slow Start

    7/16/2021 5:33:22 AM, by JSTETSER

    I've had to push harder than normal for a while. Today is my rest day. I'm tired, and I need a rest. It is the most overlooked part of my program. Usually, I take my rest days on rainy days when I cannot get in my walks or days when I have to drive for a long distance. Today I need my ... Read more

  • Thursday 7-15

    7/15/2021 6:47:13 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    someday you will look back and understand why it all happened the way it did, A 40 minute walk , i could of walked farther , it was hot, Like most mornings a neighbor stopped me to gossip !!!! 1 I am walking see me moving my legs and arms . 2 I don't like gossip 3 somedays I don... Read more

  • Now that we're winding down. . .

    7/15/2021 10:58:14 AM, by ESMERELDA12

    I think it's time for my very first SP blog post. Why never before? I don't know--I've never really blogged and am not sure I have that much to say this way. I guess I'm getting ready for our big good-bye. I will miss SP. It helped me so much. The people here have been great and I've managed to lo... Read more

  • Get Planning!

    7/15/2021 5:26:59 AM, by JSTETSER

    One way that I stay on track with my goals is to take a few minutes to plan ahead. I plan my meals and snacks. I plan my workouts and (for the most part), I stick with them. I also plan my time to be on SparkPeople. What a difference it makes! ... Read more

  • Wonderful Wednesday

    7/14/2021 7:46:57 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    Be happy and the reason will come along Today i met a friend and we walked and talked by a canal in our town, We sat on a bench and just watched the river that was almost overflowing . We let out all of our disappointments and hardships out. We both don't have very many friends so... Read more

  • Pep Talk Time!

    7/14/2021 5:08:23 AM, by JSTETSER

    We all have days when we just don't want to do much of anything. All I really want to do is just sit. I don't feel motivated! I don't want to exercise. I don't want to go to work. I don't want to follow my health plan. Listen up, self, YOU'RE GOING TO GET MOVING ANYWAY! It's been ra... Read more

  • Tricky Tuesday 7-13

    7/13/2021 5:53:54 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    Don't cry because it/s over , smile because it happened . I waked 56 minutes today and hardly noticed at all, Half way through my walk my daughter called with a video message and I was able to spend time with her and Anthony and talk, It was a incredibly special time and I hope we each... Read more

  • Finding What Works

    7/13/2021 5:23:53 AM, by JSTETSER

    It takes time to find solutions to health problems. Our bodies are constantly changing. What worked yesterday might not be as effective today. For me, that meant changing my primary care doctor and chiropractor. I also found a good massage therapist. On a regular basis, I change up my exe... Read more

  • Monday 7-12

    7/12/2021 7:10:06 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    Sometimes you 've just got to cheer for yourself Went on a 38 minute walk in between the rain . Not to easy to do as we had a lot and a lot has been hard rain. It's cool it makes the garden grow . I ate some healthy foods. a lot of fresh veggies, My meds still make me feel tire... Read more

  • Moving Forward

    7/12/2021 5:30:08 AM, by JSTETSER

    It's almost time to step out on a new adventure. Things here at Spark will change in a month. I have been blogging here for about 8 years. SparkPeople.com has been a great place for me to begin my blogging.   Now I must move on, and so will you! My craft and sewing blogs will be posted at Jac... Read more

  • Sunday Blessings 7-11

    7/11/2021 8:01:30 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    Dreams do not have an expiration date, I went for a half hour walk today , I slept poorly dreaming of Anthony and Annie nightmare after nightmare , I ate a variety of veggies , potatoes, tomatoes , peppers, onions, asparagus broccoli, zucchini and yellow squash , swiss chard and ka... Read more

  • My Blueberry Obsession

    7/11/2021 6:09:01 AM, by JSTETSER

    I love blueberries and every morning I put them in my smoothie. They are sweet and very good for you. It makes me so happy to hear know that my granddaughters Lina and Ellie also have the same love for the berries. John and I eat about 50 pounds of blueberries every year. Our favorite place... Read more

  • Saturday silly Annies story 7-10

    7/10/2021 8:20:24 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough . Albert Einstein Hi my name is Annie , some of you may know that I am Sara's and Michael's dog. Grandma and grandpa have been taking care of me while my human brother is in the picu. Don't tell grandma but i am... Read more

  • Less Is More

    7/10/2021 5:41:47 AM, by JSTETSER

    My life has been cluttered with too much commitment. Doing less can have more impact than doing a lot. I'm cutting back (once again) on saying yes to things that won't make a difference in my life. I can make more progress through precise, persistent pushes in the right direction. It's ... Read more

  • happy aloha friday note from Anthony

    7/9/2021 6:53:44 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass , it's about dancing in the rain . My grandson Anthony wants you all to know that he is doing great, Grandma gave out the wrong info , yesterday , my blood count is not low, nope my white blood count is high meaning I have an infection somewh... Read more

  • We are all Connected

    7/9/2021 5:40:51 AM, by JSTETSER

    We are all connected. When I lean into my connections, my stress level goes down. I feel much better when I know have people who love me and I love. I feel more confident and happier. I have been meditating with Julie Frischkorn in the Spark360's Unplug. She has a meditation session on... Read more

  • Patiently Waiting

    7/8/2021 5:28:44 AM, by JSTETSER

    I've getting impatient while waiting outside for 90 minutes for my husband to come out of the doctor's office.   Thinking of all the things that I could be doing when I stop and realize what a lovely day it is. Why not enjoy the sunshine and warmth?  Why not be happy with my day?  There are... Read more

  • I Feel Good!

    7/7/2021 5:19:23 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday I met a big challenge. I started a difficult summer job. I work with 30 students and 5 staff that I've never met in a building that I've never worked in. All went well. I just had to quell my inner critic and focus on what I could do. I did okay! Sometimes I look at the "if onl... Read more

  • Obligations

    7/6/2021 5:06:14 AM, by JSTETSER

    Obligations Part of the cognitive processing problems that I experienced was due to my sense of obligation to my friends and family.  I would get emails asking my opinion on certain things.  I felt the need to answer each and every question completely. My attention was split in so many di... Read more

  • The Reset Day

    7/5/2021 5:43:29 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today is my day to reset my focus and energy. I've had a lot of drama in the early part of my summer, and now it's time to take a day and relax. I'm going to go for a long walk, and spend some time preparing for ESY (extended school year) teaching. Today is going to be a great day! I'll... Read more

  • happy sunday July 4th

    7/4/2021 6:14:30 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    The strength of a nation lies in the homes of its people . Hope you had a nice 4th , I did i walked for 47 mins, I ate hot dogs, summer squash and zucchini, It's all about the balance, My grandson wants to send love and smiles from the picu on Anthony's 1 st July 4th . Thanks ... Read more

  • Rest In Peace

    7/4/2021 5:45:10 AM, by JSTETSER

    I cannot hold you in my arms anymore, but I will forever hold you in my heart. I'm finding strength in these dark times. I will cherish my mother and the time that I spent with her. Now I have my brothers and sisters and family to share the grief so that it diminishes. Now is the tim... Read more

  • Saturday july 3

    7/3/2021 6:18:54 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    Don't be ashamed of your story , it will inspire others , Whatever you got going in your life or don't , you can always inspire someone, People always love the underdog who turns into a phoenix , Every one of you have inspired me in one way or another you are all my heroes, You ... Read more

  • Saying Goodbye Together

    7/3/2021 4:50:18 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today is the day that we celebrate the life of my mother. It's been almost 7 months since she passed, and now we can join together to say goodbye to the matriarch of our family. I will miss her, and I will pass on her love and kindness to those around me. She was a kind and giving person wh... Read more

  • Happy Aloha Friday 7-2

    7/2/2021 6:54:21 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    Don't call it a dream call it a plan Were in the middle of torrential downpours here all day, I managed to sneak in a 40 minute walk when it was quite muggy . It is much cooler now. Had a blast taking my daughters dog out in the rain and of course Annie has to finish the deal by shak... Read more

  • Yes!

    7/2/2021 5:34:39 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today I choose to see success in some tough situations. I could worry, but I choose to see myself as making it through these new challenges. Sometimes it's the unknown that keeps me uncomfortable, but this is where I'll grow. I'm going to learn some good lessons through this process. Tomor... Read more

  • Thankfully Thursday 7-1

    7/1/2021 6:43:41 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those that matter don't mind. Dr. Seuss It's a new month with new beginnings and goals . What joys await us . What will unfold and hold promise. What will we change what will we let go of, What obstacle... Read more

  • Celebrating Mom's Life

    7/1/2021 5:27:22 AM, by JSTETSER

    It's been almost 7 months since you died of COVID. It still shakes me and stuns me that you're gone. I miss you so much. You've always been here for me with your gentle strength. Your greatest strength is that you were Mom, and you put your heart and soul into raising your family. You ... Read more

  • wise Wednesday6-30

    6/30/2021 6:27:06 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated , Maya Angelou This morning started a much better day for me , Non of the regular walkers were out . So I opted to ride my recumbent bike and went 5 miles, Then I did a half hour cardio workout, I was saddened that my Samsu... Read more

  • They say diets don't work.

    6/30/2021 12:08:32 PM, by CARRIEB51X

    And in a way that's true. I have been on every diet you can think of over 50 years. Cabbages soup, original WW, Atkins, pills, you name it. And everyone worked..... till I stopped. The last one got me from 195 down to 150. Then I went on a 3 week vacation, threw caution to the wind, and gained 6 ... Read more

  • The end of an era

    6/30/2021 5:30:43 AM, by JSTETSER

    I can hardly believe that it's happening. Spark People is changing, and I must change too. Thanks for all that you've provided for me to become the person that I am today. This photo was taken 7 years ago at a SparkPeople picnic in Concord, NH. I miss those days! More growth is ahead for... Read more

  • Terrific Tuesday 6-29

    6/29/2021 7:42:24 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    Always find time for the things that make you feel happy to be alive Really hot and muggy here no air. Quiet day of rest and reflection,. The medicine I am on makes me really really tired on Mondays and Tuesday . Tomorrow should be better, Had an awesome salad for lunch greens , z... Read more

  • The Learning Adventure

    6/29/2021 5:05:59 AM, by JSTETSER

    Life is an adventure and we are constantly learning new information. Sometimes what we know only works for a short time. Then we need to unlearn the old and learn something else. Unfortunately, some of my friends stay where they are and refuse to change. They can't see themselves any differen... Read more

  • Monday Motivation 6-28

    6/28/2021 4:16:28 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    Every day is a second chance Up super early half hour walk done to hot to continue. wash done and on line including sheets.. Off to get some early blood work done, Sat outside with Annie today under the tree my dog Mischa was a cling on dog My daughter's dog Annie is more a tag y... Read more

  • Blessed Sunday 6-27

    6/27/2021 2:39:25 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    Don't feel guilty for doing what's best for you Always Near As the dawn mists over the horizon and the sun closes in the shade, it's with such certainty I know You are always near. June Cotner Graves Today is an incredibly blessed day. G... Read more

  • Hiking Black Mountain!

    6/27/2021 6:01:04 AM, by JSTETSER

    Maybe it looks like I'm posing, but I'm just trying to keep my hair out of my face while John takes a photo. It was very windy on Black Mountain summit (2,830"). The Chippewa Trail was steep and a tough climb. I worked as hard on that trail as I did on any of the New England 4,000 foot pea... Read more

  • special saturday 6-26

    6/26/2021 6:14:28 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    It is not about being best, it is about being better than you were yesterday . Today I walked earlier .52 minutes I enjoyed the breeze and the birds and the solitude, I walked 2 '5 miles, I also made Korean tacos with siracha cold slaw . I played outside with Annie,, Yes I did ... Read more