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  • Trying something New

    6/13/2021 5:29:53 AM, by JSTETSER

    I'm slowly making the change over to the new Spark 360. I love the podcasts on Spark Unplug. I'm learning through this page how to destress each and every day. Today's practice on GRACE really helped me to focus on nourishment rather than depletion. I love the mindfulness podcasts in Spark... Read more

  • Season 21

    6/12/2021 8:21:22 AM, by TWISTEDSTEELE

    Lol... Read more

  • Simplicity.

    6/12/2021 4:51:11 AM, by JSTETSER

    The time has come for me to do some emotional housecleaning. I have to eliminate those things that are not working in my life. There are people to whom I give my time and energy to who drain my emotional battery. I have to cut back on the time that I give them. I have been on committees... Read more

  • New Path & New Plan

    6/11/2021 4:45:52 AM, by JSTETSER

    I am a creature of habit and plans.  I love knowing what will come next.   This year is definitely different.   The old plan is not going to work anymore.   I have to change. I need to accept the fact that I'm changing and my life will never be the same. My first change is in my mind.   I'm... Read more

  • Lessons from a Porcupine

    6/10/2021 4:55:08 AM, by JSTETSER

    Growing up, our family had dogs. I remember Brownie. He was a lovable mixed breed that my Dad got at the dog pound. We loved Brownie and had a great time with him. That is, until the day that Brownie met the porcupine. He came home crying, with a mouth full of quills. My Dad pulled th... Read more

  • Taking Charge!

    6/9/2021 4:51:09 AM, by JSTETSER

    About a month ago, I realized that something was off in my life. My mind was not functioning as well as it had in the recent past. My memory wasn't working well, I'd forget words and sometimes I'd think one word, but a different word came out of my mouth. I decided to take charge of my health.... Read more

  • I'm leaving Spark People, today is my last day.

    6/8/2021 11:25:27 PM, by INFLATED

    I am not good at using my Iphone and I don't use it except to make phone calls. I don't use apps and I am going to another site to see if I can manage there. I am not going to complain about Spark People, it has been a wonderful experience for me and easy enough that I could use it. It takes ... Read more

  • Cognitive Decline and Stress

    6/8/2021 5:15:32 AM, by JSTETSER

    Recently I had an MRI to check for signs of Dementia or Alzheimer's Disease in my brain. Thank God, there were no signs. My next area to look at is my stress levels. I have experienced a high level of chronic stress over the past year. It is time for me to slow down and listen to the signs of... Read more

  • Don't leave me!!

    6/7/2021 3:05:56 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    I know that change can sometimes be a good thing....but I HATE the changes going on with SP this Summer. I should update everyone...Sparkpeople won't be the only change in my life. I am moving to Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. I arrive there on Thursday. Yes in 3 days. I will be working ... Read more

  • Good Times Are Coming!

    6/7/2021 5:28:36 AM, by JSTETSER

    On my last visit, there were only two. Now there are 3. I am getting ready for a summer of fun and frolic! I'm going to play with the grandies and this motivates me to get ready for it. I have 2 areas of focus right now: my diet and my stamina level. In order to be ready for running, jumping... Read more

  • This isn't good-by, yet... it is. However....

    6/7/2021 12:59:57 AM, by _RAMONA
    -detail.asp?post=835133 By now, many are aware that SparkPeople, as we know it, is closing its doors August 17/21 and is expanding an already existing subsidiary platform for Americans only (the image just above confirms this).... Read more

  • I found it after a year and four months.

    6/6/2021 10:38:15 PM, by INFLATED

    Omniscience, also sometimes known as being all-knowing, refers to God’s ability to know absolutely everything.  Have you ever lost something? Do you ask God in prayer to show you where it is? We moved to Kentucky in 2020. The storage company where we had our household goods until the ... Read more

  • NO NO NO

    6/6/2021 4:16:35 PM, by KATHLEEN624

    Noooo say it isn't so!!! I just heard the news that Spark People will be closing down the site on August 17th and moving on with a new site and forum which by the way does not include our many Canadian friends here. I am so very sad. I have been coming here since 2012 and I have made so ... Read more

  • The Test.

    6/6/2021 5:19:43 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday I went to Catholic Medical Center for an MRI. I have been experiencing some memory loss, and I got it checked out. The results were delivered to my FollowMyHealth account within an hour after the test. There is a normal amount of plaque in my brain for someone who is 65. I am not... Read more

  • No More Mask Making For Me!

    6/5/2021 5:17:59 AM, by JSTETSER

    For the past 16 months, I've taken a few minutes every day to check the COVID case count of my town and my state. Currently there are 1-4 cases in my town, with 0 new cases. ZERO! What a wonderful thing! For the first time since March of 2020, there are no new cases of COVID in Hillsboro, NH.... Read more

  • Living with a killer

    6/4/2021 1:26:07 PM, by -JAMES-

    Yesterday my wife asked me to clean up some body parts she found in the basement. It was a small furry paw up to the knee. Sort of looked like a cat paw but smaller. This morning it occurred to me, as the orange monster, Ruffy the cat, was on my lap, purring and being petted... there have been ... Read more

  • Talking with a professional

    6/4/2021 5:30:45 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have talked with friends and it has helped to a degree. Yesterday I took the time to talk with a professional about my problems and life situation. Sometimes, it's just worth having an objective opinion on what a person is facing. While I did not come out with a different life plan or ... Read more

  • In It For Life!

    6/3/2021 5:15:24 AM, by JSTETSER

    There is no quitting in the game of life. Maybe I don't like what might be around the next corner, but I'm going to remember my goal: I want to be in good health and be able to play with my grandkids until the day that they graduate from college. When things go wrong, as they sometimes ... Read more

  • Dealing with Cognitive Decline

    6/2/2021 5:05:12 AM, by JSTETSER

    Well, my journey into my brain has begun. I'm reading Dr. Dale E Breseden't book The End of Alzheimer's (the first program to prevent and reverse cognitive decline). and finding small ways to apply what he ways. 1. Get tested through your doctor to find out exactly where you are. 2 Id... Read more

  • The orange monster

    6/1/2021 7:35:01 AM, by -JAMES-

    They say a cat has nine lives, but how many names can it have? One of our cats ... I don't like to say that because in my mind we have no cats, just one that came along and decided we were her owners, we feed her, groom her, she sleeps at my feet from about 5 am onwards, which is why I'm awake ... Read more

  • Camping Surprises

    6/1/2021 5:23:18 AM, by JSTETSER

    I found several things that really surprised me at the campground this weekend. First, there are no ticks at the Saco River Hideaway Campground. They spray the area with an all-natural pesticide containing chrysanthemum oil. It is very nice to have no concerns about tick bites. Second, ... Read more

  • The Wet Camping Trip

    5/31/2021 7:12:51 AM, by JSTETSER

    This camping trip has the distinction of being a rainy one. We visited with the kids, I did some handstitching and reading before we shopped. The camper seems really small after spending three days in it. Today we go home to our big warm home and a big pile of laundry. Our garden has been w... Read more

  • Season 21

    5/30/2021 8:43:40 AM, by TWISTEDSTEELE

    Only way to reach your goal is stay on target let nothing distract you... Read more

  • Remember

    5/30/2021 5:29:03 AM, by JSTETSER

    Look around you today and you'll find many ways to remember that this is a special day. There are American 🇺🇸 flags at half mast, parades and fireworks 🎆 as well as special ceremonies. It is important to remember those who gave their lives for our freedom. Now I am working to continue to b... Read more

  • I fell yesterday.

    5/29/2021 10:45:59 AM, by INFLATED

    Requesting prayer for my left leg. I took our dog, Bayou, for a walk yesterday and she headed off the paved road we were walking on. Here in our neck of the woods in Kentucky, when there is a lot of rain, low places fill with water. I took a fall onto a grassy place filled with water and landed o... Read more

  • Will You Be There?

    5/29/2021 5:23:52 AM, by JSTETSER

    You just weren't there For the stroke For the eye surgery For the knee surgery For the finger amputation For the holidays You missed it all- The tears and the laughter. We could not share it with you. AND IT HURT! We needed you,  and you weren't there. The burden was so heavy at times.   ... Read more

  • The Rule Breaker!

    5/28/2021 4:55:37 AM, by JSTETSER

    This weekend we are going to visit two men who have become our friends. because of a clerical error, we were given a campsite. Technically, we should not have been given a campsite at a Maine campground since we are from New Hampshire. They were willing to break a rule to help us visit our f... Read more

  • Being a sheep for the day

    5/27/2021 12:57:39 PM, by -JAMES-

    I passed a truck on the road today that was pulling a trailer with a boat. On the side of the truck it read "Luna". That brought back a memory from a few years ago, where I was a sheep. Yup, a sheep. Dinner at my house, 8 guests, one of them was a friend of my daughter, and she brought her dog ... Read more

  • Work The Plan!

    5/27/2021 5:05:01 AM, by JSTETSER

    I've gone through some tough times lately, but I have stayed with my healthy eating and exercise plan. I believe that following the plan is what helps me to recover from emotional lows like bad news. I have type 2 diabetes and have to watch my blood sugar (glucose) levels. My levels were... Read more

  • Children's Playmat

    5/26/2021 5:27:43 AM, by JSTETSER

    For the past 3 months, I have been working on making personalized playmats. I create the mat with each child in mind. This playmat is for James, the grandchild of my friend. The house looks like his house, and has his house number of the mailbox. The school looks like his school, and has its ... Read more

  • Taking Time

    5/25/2021 5:00:04 AM, by JSTETSER

    My life, just like yours,, is very busy. I normally only take time to visit my doctor when I absolutely have to. Not this time. I'm going to find out about something that may be lurking in the back of my mind. I may have the start of dementia. I've seen signs of it for years. I think tha... Read more

  • Session 21

    5/24/2021 2:40:28 PM, by TWISTEDSTEELE

    473 I must own it time to work... Read more

  • 198.8 pounds this morning. Hello Wonderland!!!!

    5/24/2021 10:11:29 AM, by INFLATED

    From 279 pounds at my highest, I met a milestone this morning. ... Read more

  • Don't Eat The Donuts!

    5/24/2021 4:57:21 AM, by JSTETSER

    On Saturday, I was very busy and did some mindless eating. I helped out at our church yard sale. Mike graciously stopped by with two dozen donuts, and yes, my favorite chocolate-covered was waiting for me. Once again, I fell for the donut without even thinking. I ate the whole thing and got ... Read more

  • Getting My Head Examined

    5/23/2021 4:50:19 AM, by JSTETSER

    It has taken me a long time to admit that I might have a problem. I get partway through a sentence and forget what I'm talking about. I forget words. Sometimes I mean to say one word and another word comes out of my mouth. These are very bad signs for a teacher and puts stress on my life. I ... Read more

  • Season 21

    5/22/2021 7:15:44 PM, by TWISTEDSTEELE

    Extreme measures are at hand Yesterday I went and eat shuff totally off my meal plan payment is due today lol back on my gameplan... Read more

  • The Little Things

    5/22/2021 4:54:38 AM, by JSTETSER

    Think about those little treats and splurges. It is the little steps in the right direction that move me forward. It is the little steps in the wrong direction that cause me harm. Little things can add up quickly, becoming big things. An unkind jab to a friend can be a stumbling ... Read more

  • Walking Therapy

    5/21/2021 4:51:15 AM, by JSTETSER

    Walking is my therapy session.   It is my time to think about my life.  It is also my time to take in the sounds,  sights, and smells of nature. My soul is calm, and problems don't feel as big when I walk. Finding peace Making time for more than work Looking Listening Smell... Read more

  • I tried to watch the movies about Babe Didrickson and the movie, "Billie" with Patty Duke

    5/20/2021 9:34:51 PM, by INFLATED

    I tried to watch the movies about Babe Dietrickson and the movie, "Billie" with Patty Duke, but I couldn't get the movie, "Billie." ... Read more

  • Waves of Grief

    5/20/2021 4:26:47 AM, by JSTETSER

    Just when I think I'm over it, Another wave comes crashing in. To tear my heart in pieces And make me cry again. No it doesn't get any easier I'm still stunned and in grief Waiting for the Sun to shine again And bring me some relief. On this trail of tears I walk alon... Read more

  • Babe Didrickson

    5/19/2021 11:23:37 PM, by INFLATED

    I posted on another blog this evening about why exercise was fun when we were younger. I watched a movie about this woman and one long before that called, "Billie" with Patty Duke. I wanted to be a notable runner, but our school did not have a track team. I competed with myself. I might tr... Read more

  • A Half-finished Project Saves the Day!

    5/19/2021 4:56:47 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today is Sal's birthday and I need a gift! I ran downstairs and looked through my craft Room and found the half finished bag. I had made 10 of them earlier and now it was time to finish this one. I added some handles that didn't quite fit, and VOILA! I now have a special bag for a dog ... Read more

  • Season 21

    5/18/2021 9:30:34 AM, by TWISTEDSTEELE

    Fall down 6 times get up 7... Read more

  • The Adventure of Life!

    5/18/2021 5:25:35 AM, by JSTETSER

    Lately, many things have been beyond my control. It looks like I could be out of a job on June 18th, and then there's a possibility that I won't be. I took 2 days off just to allow myself to process these changes. Now, I look at this event as though I'm in a survival game. How will I make it ... Read more

  • Season 21

    5/17/2021 5:45:52 AM, by TWISTEDSTEELE

    This is the only battle that matters Me vs Me 108/53 🩸 200... Read more

  • Lovewell Mt Hike

    5/17/2021 5:42:01 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday was the perfect day for a hike! The temperature started in the low 50's and rose to the high 60's as we hiked along. The black flies did not bother us until the end. The sun was shining, and there was a light breeze. I found a hiking hat that I had worn many years ago, and wore it. ... Read more

  • Season 21

    5/16/2021 5:24:45 PM, by TWISTEDSTEELE

    🩸 133 I can think about it all day but only drinking water the results are here Sugar is in range at about 1 pound a day I will hit my goal and beyond Confidence in me is not enough I have the Gangster On Duty sitting right on my shoulders 452... Read more

  • Season 21

    5/16/2021 11:20:41 AM, by TWISTEDSTEELE

    All I think about is eating the thought of not eating is annoying keep your mind occupied 🩸 401 Pressure 110/69... Read more

  • Dear Me,

    5/16/2021 5:36:09 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yes, you were treated badly. Take some time and get over the emotions. Talk to your friends and family, then put together a new plan. Rejection hurts, but it's not the end of the world, girl. Life goes on. No you have to decide if you will move on, or just wallow in self-pity. Rise up! ... Read more

  • Season 21

    5/15/2021 9:51:45 PM, by TWISTEDSTEELE

    I know there is none greater than me I only have myself to prove anything to . My ego needs a reminder of who I am.! 172 hours water fast that is it . The only comments I want to see are encouraging ones... Read more

  • Bad News

    5/15/2021 5:49:34 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday I received some unexpected news that will change my life in a big way. My teaching position will probably be eliminated, and because of the way my contract was written, I will not be reassigned elsewhere. I feel devastated and also betrayed. I cried for a while because I have been a ... Read more