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  • 7 Proven Reasons to be Thankful!

    10/22/2020 5:25:23 AM, by JSTETSER

    It's Thankful Thursday- Every day there is so much to be thankful for. Here are 7 proven reasons to be thankful: 1. Gratitude opens the door to more relationships. No one wants to be around a grouch! I find that when I'm thankful, I reach out more to those around me. 2. Gratitude improve... Read more

  • Rainy Rest Day

    10/21/2020 5:17:24 AM, by JSTETSER

    Sometimes I have to remind myself that rest is an important part of the program. I love to move. I know how important movement is. Now I save my rest day for the rainy day. My body needs the rest, and I'm taking my rest day on a rainy day. Running in the rain is no fun. Often I get chil... Read more

  • Embrace The Change!

    10/20/2020 5:23:38 AM, by JSTETSER

    Falling Leaves & Barren Trees Much of the colorful beauty is gone. The cold is coming slowly invading my warm, comfortable world. Embrace the change, because Change is inevitable. I’m not looking forward to the change, Raking leaves, Shoveling snow. Less sunlight. ... Read more

  • Sunlight on My Trail

    10/19/2020 5:20:46 AM, by JSTETSER

    A Sunday morning sunlight hike on a crisp, cool day The light first hides then dances through the dark wood. We hear birds singing in the breeze and smell the musty smell of the leaves lying on our trail. The Autumn walk is our favorite walk as leaves fall to greet us ... Read more

  • The Lost Eyes=Time to Organize!

    10/18/2020 6:04:23 AM, by JSTETSER

    Somewhere in my house, there are 300 googly eyes. I had a package of 100, and I cannot find them. I bought a new package of 200 eyes and lost that package in my craft room. I know that I saw them last in my craft room. I'd like to blame my husband. I'd like to just finish this simple ... Read more

  • NSVs (Non Scale Victories)!

    10/17/2020 6:27:52 PM, by EDWARDS1411

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  • A Rainy Rest Day

    10/17/2020 6:46:48 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday I walked in the rain and got chilled. I wore my fleece jacket and drank hot tea for the rest of the day. Today it's pouring out, and I'm staying inside and using my elliptical and stationary bike. It will be my short workout day of the week, and I will enjoy the rest. I slept... Read more

  • Friends & Misunderstandings

    10/16/2020 5:19:13 AM, by JSTETSER

    Sometimes misunderstandings happen when we least expect it. I have a great friend with very different political views. She is a Catholic and I am a Protestant. Yet, we are great friends. Suddenly, we find ourselves in very different places with hurt feelings. This is how I hope to m... Read more

  • You Matter!

    10/15/2020 5:08:20 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yes, you are enough just as you are right now.  You are good enough you are smart enough and you are cute enough. Don't worry about what you are not. You are you And that is enough. These are tough times.  Unpredictable and dark. I won't pretend to understand all of what you go thro... Read more

  • Sewing Pumpkins

    10/14/2020 5:17:06 AM, by JSTETSER

    It was supposed to be a simple project, but I soon realized that I had a lot to learn about sewing embroidered napkins. I have been learning how to machine embroider designs on napkins and table cloths. It is my hope that I’ll have sets of the tablecloths and napkins ready for Thanksgiving. Fa... Read more

  • Good Health is Not Magic!

    10/13/2020 5:24:54 AM, by JSTETSER

    No, there is no magic pill that I take for good health. It is a constant process of growth and balance. It is a daily discipline of eating right, exercise, drinking my water, and clear teas. There are no shortcuts. There is no elevator that can take you to the top. We all have to take the... Read more

  • Plan Ahead!

    10/12/2020 5:34:32 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today is my planning day. I'll be working on my life plans and my school plans. The only way to see the future is to plan it. I have some goals that I need to reach! 1. I need to have good health and a strong body if I want to run and hike with my grandkids. I watch my diet closely and I ... Read more

  • Turnings

    10/11/2020 5:51:08 AM, by JSTETSER

    The leaves are turning brilliant colors, it happens ever year. Soon the leaves will dry drop, I know the time is near. Enjoy the turnings as they come with beauty we can see. Life changes every single day, Accept what will be.... Read more

  • Don't Listen To Fear

    10/10/2020 6:02:56 AM, by JSTETSER

    Fear has a loud, annoying voice. I hear it in the morning when I rise, and in the evening when I try to sleep. It seems to speak constantly. It tells me to "STOP!" "What you do will never make a difference!" I don't listen to that voice. I just keep moving forward. Fear is a liar. It... Read more

  • My Very Small Victories

    10/9/2020 5:19:58 AM, by JSTETSER

    The only way I keep Type 2 Diabetes is the small, daily victories. My biggest problem is that I like to eat carbs and sweets. Sometimes it's a piece of cake that is offered to me and sometimes it's just a few crackers. Yesterday it was a freshly made maple cider donut. My friend had all of th... Read more

  • Good Health For Christmas #6

    10/8/2020 9:48:44 AM, by JSTETSER

    So what do you want for Christmas? If you start planning now, you just might get it. I want better health! I’m already seeing the difference! As I start to write, I’m drinking my water and taking time to get in some deep breaths. I’ve decided that the best gift I can give to myself this Christmas ... Read more

  • Have I told you lately…

    10/7/2020 5:25:29 AM, by JSTETSER

    Let’s not forget to tell those we love just how important they are to us. Have I told you lately that I love you Have I told you there's no one above you Fill my heart with gladness Take away my sadness Ease my troubles, that's what you do Oh the morning sun in all its glory ... Read more

  • A Journey of Health=Change

    10/6/2020 5:15:39 AM, by JSTETSER

    Controlling Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) seemed like a daunting task when I received this diagnosis eleven years ago. The impossible has become possible and I have attained the unattainable through having a plan and making small, daily changes in my diet, water consumption, and exercise program. I ha... Read more

  • Here's to Good Health

    10/5/2020 5:32:59 AM, by JSTETSER

    I've been writing about working toward having health for years, and never took the time to define what good health is to me. I found that people have been trying to define good health for a long time. This is what it is to me with some help from the World Health Organization: “Health is a ... Read more

  • Goodbye, Old Friend!

    10/4/2020 7:04:51 AM, by JSTETSER

    We got the news yesterday morning that you are gone. I am in shock. My mind stopped working and I just sat there and took in the news. We remembered our time together at Monadnock State Park Campground and were so glad that you drove out on your motorcycle to be with us. You're a funny man, Dan, ... Read more

  • Overdue update(s).

    10/2/2020 4:15:26 PM, by SPINSTER321

    Wow. The last time I made a blog post, I'd been diagnosed with 2 herniated discs. Much has happened since then. - I have a new chiropractor who has done wonders for me. The pain isn't as horrific as it used to be. - Once the (now ongoing) COVID-19 pandemic hit and gyms closed, I began exer... Read more

  • 43? How can it be?

    10/2/2020 5:17:01 AM, by JSTETSER

    Dear Son, You’re turning 43… How can this be? In my thoughts, you’re a child to me! I’ve watched you grow into a man and see you run the race you ran. Still deep inside my heart of hearts, You’re still my boy, like at the start! Of you, I am so very proud I brag abo... Read more

  • Eating Less, Walking More

    10/1/2020 5:23:35 AM, by JSTETSER

    I'm doing 3 simple things to change my life: 1. I eat my healthy foods first and a small treat (if I need it) after. 2. I always get in 11K steps every day. 3. I drink my 8-10 glasses of water every day. Vegetables are at the foundation of my diet. I consistently learn something new a... Read more

  • Good Health For Christmas #5

    9/30/2020 5:14:36 AM, by JSTETSER

    So what do you want for Christmas? If you start planning now, you just might get it. I want better health! I’m already seeing the difference! As I start to write, I’m drinking my water and taking time to get in some deep breaths. I’ve decided that the best gift I can give to myself this Ch... Read more

  • Motivated by my FitBit

    9/29/2020 5:19:01 AM, by JSTETSER

    Whatever keep you moving is a very good thing. I find that my FitBit does that for me. When the little bracelet vibrates to tell me "just 57 more steps!" I get up and walk to put something away. I like knowing just how many steps I get in on a walk or hike. It gets me moving just a little bi... Read more

  • Falling Leaves On My Autumn Hike

    9/28/2020 5:19:42 AM, by JSTETSER

    God paints my tree As you can see Red Yellow orange green and brown More beautiful than a jeweled crown I see this beauty every year Every Fall the colors reappear Let's walk in the woods some autumn day We'll sing and hike and also play. ... Read more

  • 5% Fall Challenge Potential

    9/27/2020 7:37:51 PM, by O2DEBORAH

    The 5% Fall Challenge is about to start and the only thing standing in the way of success is..... ME! I can see positive changes in the next 8 weeks regardless of what the fickle scales say IF I choose to see any changes towards improving my health as a success! I know we've all heard it ... Read more

  • Baby Face

    9/27/2020 6:04:07 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have always loved this song sung by Brenda Lee. Baby face you've got the cutest little baby face There's not another who can take your place Baby face my heart poor heart is thumpin' you sure have started somethin' Baby face I'm up in heaven when I'm in your fond embrace ... Read more

  • Meet The Newest Member Of Our Family...Gritty

    9/26/2020 8:12:12 PM, by EDWARDS1411

    Lincoln, my primary caregiver. Meet Gritty, the newest member of our family. This sweet little guy is an Olde English Bulldogge and is 8 1/2 weeks old. My hockey playing grandson (11 years old, forward position, with the Don Mills Flyers AAA Association here in Toronto), Lincoln, has na... Read more

  • Hiking The Greenway Trail

    9/26/2020 5:45:16 AM, by JSTETSER

    Last week, my DH and I started a new adventure. We're section hiking the Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway Trail. The Monadnock Sunapee Greenway (MSG) is a white-blazed hiking trail in southwestern New Hampshire. It is 48 miles in length from the peak of Mount Monadnock to the peak of Mount Suna... Read more

  • Hiking The Greenway Trail

    9/26/2020 5:45:15 AM, by JSTETSER

    Last week, my DH and I started a new adventure. We're section hiking the Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway Trail. The Monadnock Sunapee Greenway (MSG) is a white-blazed hiking trail in southwestern New Hampshire. It is 48 miles in length from the peak of Mount Monadnock to the peak of Mount Suna... Read more

  • The Swastika

    9/25/2020 5:36:41 AM, by JSTETSER

    On 9/19/2020, I wrote a blog about respect in politics. Unfortunately, our town of Hillsboro, NH is experiencing some very divisive times. Someone or a group of people are trying to intimidate my friend Marjorie Porter into leaving her position of State Representative. They have defaced her sig... Read more

  • Dreams Don't Work

    9/24/2020 5:19:44 AM, by JSTETSER

    Dreams don't work unless you do! Today I got myself out of bed early to work those plans. Yes, 4:45 is early, but I consider my health as an important part of my life. I sleep in on Sundays if I want to. Right now, I have a goal to meet. I want to be able to run and play with the grand... Read more

  • Good Health For Christmas #4

    9/23/2020 5:20:04 AM, by JSTETSER

    So what do you want for Christmas? I want better health! I’ve decided that the best gift I can give to myself this Christmas is the gift of health. Every week starting today, I’ll add a healthy habit. There are 14 weeks until Christmas, and every week, I’m going to focus on just one new health... Read more