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  • The Outdoors Prescription

    1/26/2020 5:20:42 AM, by JSTETSER

    Did you know that there is scientific proof that just being outside can make a person healthier and live longer? Being in nature can lower Blood Pressure too. I happen to live in a rural setting with forests around my home, so finding my way into nature is easy. I’ve always believed in the ... Read more

  • Gratitude 1/24/20

    1/25/2020 11:22:47 AM, by LIZANDRASHAW

    I am grateful for people who are open to change. They teach me so much. It's an honor to coach them. I am grateful for Emi. I am grateful for Cindy. I am grateful for an artist whose whimsical creations made my heart swell with joy. I am grateful for you.... Read more

  • Walnuts

    1/25/2020 9:55:31 AM, by JULIACOLLINS62

    Well, I really enjoy walnuts in my oatmeal. This morning I some "grounded up" walnuts I put in my steel cut oatmeal. I only put in 15 grams, or 1/2 serving. I really like the way I get a lot of walnut taste throughout the oats as well as enjoyable flavor with just 0.125 cup. This grinding techniqu... Read more

  • Connected To Others!

    1/25/2020 6:09:19 AM, by JSTETSER

    Just like the paper people chain, we are all connected. When we let our light shine, we give others permission to shine. When we walk honestly in freedom, we give others permission to do the same. The best way to connect is to listen to the words and the hearts of others. During this time befo... Read more

  • Ended Up Sick

    1/24/2020 1:04:27 PM, by PORTIA70

    Went out to eat with some neighbors. It was warm when we left but the temperature dropped while we was eating. I felt fine until I got home, and noticed that my neuropathy was hurting. Shortly after that I got a low grade fever. I did not get to feeling better until late last night. That is why I ha... Read more

  • 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

  • CBD oil or lotion Has anyone used it?

    1/22/2020 12:32:37 PM, by CTUPTON

    My daughter had me use hers. It looked like a deodorant. I had a "knot" near my wrist. I have many of these. If I press on it , it hurts. So I rubbed her stuff on it. The pain did go away.Even this morning when I press on it, the pain was practically gone. But I am afraid of it. Here is some i... Read more

  • Back To Sparking

    1/22/2020 12:06:01 PM, by PORTIA70

    My apologies for being gone almost a week. What started as a day or two just to relax caught me off guard. I also need to remember that the best time to Spark is in the morning hours for me. Evening tends to be my websurfing time, and then I end up going to bed and forget to post. Anywho, I ... 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

  • An update on Australia

    1/19/2020 5:37:22 PM, by RKOTTEK

    https://thenewdaily.com.au/new
    s/national/2020/01/20/thun
    derstorms-hail-rain-dust-storm/ hope you can all view this cheers richard... 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

  • Here I Sit Waiting

    1/13/2020 3:09:52 PM, by PORTIA70

    Exterminator's suppose to be here today to give my room a really good spray. A little info about that is I live in a hotel in Los Angeles; which is why I say room. Still sitting here waiting on them to arrive. *yawns* LOL Otherwise, it is a typical Monday and so much to get done. I found ... 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

  • To do list

    1/12/2020 2:42:44 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Happy Sunday Sparkers

    1/12/2020 12:20:28 PM, by PORTIA70

    I hope that all of you are enjoying your Sunday. Not a whole lot to report today. I plan to catch up on posting on my SparkTeams and explore other content that I may have overlooked. Picking up around the room also. I have to figure out a way to let the people in my building know th... 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

  • Trying to get new hearing aides.

    1/11/2020 10:35:42 AM, by CTUPTON

    I am frustrated my insurance company promises free hearing aides but getting the information from them has been very frustrating. The left hand does not know what the right hand is doing! chris... 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

  • Have The Winter Blues

    1/8/2020 11:10:10 PM, by PORTIA70

    I seriously think that is my issue for the last few days. I am currently in the cycle of not wanting to do anything. I have good intentions the night before when I make plans to take on a task, but by the next day I have lost all energy to even get started. I would rather just lay here and do absol... 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

  • 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

  • Needing Exercise Support

    1/7/2020 12:52:19 AM, by PORTIA70

    The one thing I have found is not so much my eating habits as a problem. It is starting to exercise that is the single biggest obstacle. Trying to find out how much is safe enough for me to do, and to add to the fact that I have more energy one day then the next due to health issues. One da... Read more

  • Bought a bag of air...

    1/6/2020 6:57:42 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • 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

  • flu preventative Have you used black elderberry ?

    1/4/2020 11:12:06 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Walking resolution

    1/4/2020 10:40:06 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Azub ride to begin 2020

    1/1/2020 3:32:07 PM, by JULIACOLLINS62

    How grateful I am for a trike ride on this first day of a new year. 2020 is going to be an exciting year of new courage through vulnerability. God has used the Mayo Clinic to heal me. I no longer am walking with a rollator nor cane. I'm able to carry and lift things. In order to continue positi... Read more

  • Happy 2020 Sparkers

    1/1/2020 3:27:07 PM, by PORTIA70

    I hope all of you had a safe celebration bringing in the New Year and decade. I had a pretty good time with the neighbors in my building. A few of us watched Rockin New Year's Eve and had a little wine to bring it in. It was not without events happening though. A few months ago, my friend a... Read more

  • 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

  • Well the cat has taken over...

    12/30/2019 11:41:42 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • 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

  • Getting Back Into Sparking

    12/29/2019 12:55:05 PM, by PORTIA70

    I posted in last night's blog that I would be back, and here I am. Did you miss me??? :) Today is a whole new day with new challenges, but we will get through them one way or another. Sometimes we have to go around the storm, and others we have to go through the storms, but no matter what... 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

  • Was Gone For A Few Days

    12/29/2019 1:47:38 AM, by PORTIA70

    The last few days since Christmas has kept me busy, which is why I have not done my usual posting and getting my points. But I am doing well. I hope that all of you Sparkers had a good Christmas. I know that it is hard during the holidays when the stress of running around shopping, cooking, and spen... Read more

  • cont. SP article about controlling cravings

    12/28/2019 11:41:36 AM, by CTUPTON

    1.Take the apple test. "Check in with yourself, and ask yourself if you're really hungry or if the craving stems from something else, like boredom, stress or anxiety," Rumsey says. To differentiate between true hunger and a craving, ask yourself "Would I eat an apple right now?" (Feel free to substi... Read more

  • Craving for cheese? SP article says this is the reason

    12/28/2019 11:29:36 AM, by CTUPTON

    29 24 198 Cheese: There's a place for cheese in every (tolerant) diet, but if you're finding ways to slip it into every meal and most snacks, it may be time to reassess your relationship with the creamy dairy food. Serious cheese cravings can sometimes be triggered by a calcium deficie... 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

  • Intermittent Fasting, a possible New Years consideration

    12/27/2019 10:32:24 PM, by RKOTTEK

    https://www.peoplespharmacy.co
    m/articles/should-you-cons
    ider-intermittent-fasting-
    for-good-health an 8 or even 10 hour eating window is doable no snacks between 3 meals cheers richard... Read more

  • Happy New Year 2020

    12/27/2019 10:09:00 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • video make ginger tea for colds and flu relief

    12/27/2019 10:00:21 PM, by CTUPTON

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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