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  • "Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe"

    2/19/2020 11:10:58 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    This is a lightly-fragranced perfume I saw yesterday when shopping with my b'day gift cards. Made me smile for obvious reasons. Re-injured my almost-healed hip sprain yesterday by getting up from my desk chair quickly and sideways; a pull in my inside thigh muscle that has triggered things aga... Read more

  • The Thinking On Brain Games

    2/19/2020 5:15:48 AM, by JSTETSER

    Do you play the Scrabble, Solitaire or other games? I have found that my mind is sharper when I take the time to play the games. Every day I play scrabble with a few friends, and I do at least 2 Spanish lessons. I also blog every day. Just putting my thoughts into words stimulates my brain... Read more

  • National Wine Day

    2/18/2020 9:23:39 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Since I don't drink, I've turned it into a personal National Whine Day. But there's nothing to whine about at the moment, so I'll just feel lucky about that. (smiling) I've decided that I no longer need acupuncture, so that's one less appt to have to keep. Any remaining body work to finish h... Read more

  • Start Every Day Prepared to Share!

    2/18/2020 5:20:48 AM, by JSTETSER

    How often do you share your story of health with others? Believe it or not, you could help someone on their journey to health and wholeness. One of the best ways to keep your story fresh and important in your heart and mind is to teach it to others. Take time and repeat important lessons to yo... Read more

  • "In 10 Years, it is Estimated that 50 percent of Americans will be Obese"

    2/17/2020 11:01:21 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I heard this conjecture the other day, based on the rate we are currently increasing in obesity. Not a happy thought, for sure. I'll just keep eating right, exercising and trying my best not to become part of the statistic. Recently I read that tomatoes should not be refrigerated. That's whe... Read more

  • Start Every Day Ready to Learn!

    2/17/2020 5:25:27 AM, by JSTETSER

    Get up every day with the mindset "I'm going to learn what I need to know for today!" Just having that mindset can make a big difference. This is what I do in my classroom and in my life for successful learning: 1. Begin class with a mindful minute. Don't just dive in, give 1-2 minutes to h... Read more

  • The Speeding Firetruck Coming Straight Toward Me this Morning

    2/16/2020 12:19:27 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I think I'll see this image in my mind's eye for awhile, and still trying to figure out how this happened. Having a perfect driving record (I'm not saying I'm perfect, but I do have nothing on my record), there are times like these I realize that it is as much a matter of luck as it is driving skil... Read more

  • Meal Planning- Timing Is Everything With T2D!

    2/16/2020 5:37:41 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have learned the hard way that timing my food intake can make a big difference in controlling Type 2 Diabetes. I know that I should eat often, but I cannot become a "grazer". I cannot constantly have nutrition going into my system. Without a break, my blood sugar stays high. I have found th... Read more

  • "Blessed is He Who Expects Nothing...

    2/15/2020 8:44:47 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    ...for he shall never be disappointed." Jonathan Swift Still doing great without sugar and caffeine. Still drinking the apple cider vinegar in water which curbs my appetite. Have a happy, healthy day, friends.... Read more

  • The Heart Of The Matter

    2/15/2020 5:55:44 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yes, giving love to others is at the heart of the matter of life. My mother Glenna Gray learned this lesson early, and I believe that is why she is going strong at almost 98. She takes pictures like the one I posted, then colors and decorates it to become a hand made Valentine. She gives... Read more

  • The Scale LOVES me Today

    2/14/2020 11:18:59 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I've gone from totally ignoring the scale for a long time, to agreeing (with myself) to check in every couple of weeks. Today was a lovely sight. Going down ever so slowly, but I'll take it. My body is happy where it's at and does not want to relinquish any lbs so this a tough process. Wishi... Read more

  • Now Is The Time!

    2/14/2020 5:19:26 AM, by JSTETSER

    Before I take the time to show my love for the loves in my life, I will show some care for myself and make a healthy change! I have a week off from school coming up. I have no extra cash, so I will be staying home. This will be my opportunity to learn new recipes to help control Type 2 Diabete... Read more

  • Gratitude

    2/13/2020 1:42:11 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Just a quick blog as I'm still exhaling with relief and will be decompressing now. All went well with the procedure for my family member. Web was dilated and all looks okay. One small biopsy results back next week, but doc told him it's a common little thing they find but just making sure. SOOOO... Read more

  • One Foot In Front Of The Other

    2/13/2020 5:20:19 AM, by JSTETSER

    My journey with T2D has been a slow, but steady one. I had to learn the hard way how to control this disease. I had never really thought much about Diabetes. But I’m healthy. How could this happen to me? I thought that I ate well, and I drank moderately. Why me? Perhaps you are wondering ... Read more

  • Stress Effects Sugar Cravings

    2/12/2020 12:04:31 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    It is no accident that after 1.5 months sugar free with no cravings, last night I just had to have a single scoop vanilla cone. And the more I allowed myself to think about it, the closer I came to getting my keys to go get one. I am aware that I am trying to control stress over my family memb... Read more

  • I Love To Eat!

    2/12/2020 5:22:44 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have a confession to make: I love to eat. I love the feeling of having tasty morsels in my mouth. I never recognized it until recently. Currently, I'm experiencing minor stomach problems and it has caused me to realize that my biggest problem in controlling Type 2 Diabetes is my enjoyment... Read more

  • Acupuncture and Update on Family Member

    2/11/2020 10:22:45 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Yesterday's acupuncture session turned out even more wonderful than usual. Doc was surprised at how my body has healed since seeing me last November. I will only have to go every 2-3 weeks instead of weekly. Plus, the session wasn't intense and tiresome as it was last year due to my hip being mos... Read more

  • A Wintery Walk

    2/11/2020 5:15:22 AM, by JSTETSER

    Crystals on the branches, Diamonds on the snow Fill my heart with wonder That most will never know. Pushing thru the fluffy, Feathery, snowy white I must appear to be A silly snowman sight! I walk around the backyard Checking out the prints- I’m sure that it’s a bobcat ... Read more

  • A further update on Australia

    2/10/2020 10:53:03 PM, by RKOTTEK

    In the State of New South Wales, floods have followed infernos https://www.abc.net.au/news/20
    20-02-07/glenreagh-transfo
    rmation-from-fire-to-flood
    s/11944182 cheers richard hope you can read it... Read more

  • Making The Most of It.

    2/10/2020 5:24:41 AM, by JSTETSER

    We all have positive and negative factors in our lives. The trick is to make the most of what we have. Sometimes I have focused on the positive and ignored the negative. That only works with negative factors that go away. Other negative factors only grow when ignored. Type 2 Diabetes (T2D)... Read more

  • "Pet Poverty"

    2/9/2020 10:46:07 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    The other day I heard it estimated that about 25 percent of pet owners are overwhelmed by the high cost of vet care for their pets. Many either abandon their furry friends or surrender them to the Humane Society. The gist of it was that more people need to assess the costs of pet care - food, groo... Read more

  • Noticing Nature

    2/9/2020 6:18:20 AM, by JSTETSER

    Take time to explore and discover the nature that is near you. I had an adventure with some backyard bobcat tracks that yesterday surrounded our house. We have not seen the cat in over a year, but have seen the prints to prove that the bobcat is checking us out. For five years, we hav... Read more

  • Happy Birthday, Dear Grandma (and me)

    2/8/2020 9:28:33 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Born on her day and named after her, I will celebrate the day in her honor. I miss you, dear GM! Wishing all a happy, healthy day. "I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal." Jane Austen p.s. The mandala earrings and... Read more

  • Look for the Light.

    2/8/2020 6:30:45 AM, by JSTETSER

    It’s been a dark day. I have flu-like symptoms and don’t feel well at all. I’m tired, achy, and nauseous. I have several unhelpful family members who demand that I do more for them. Nothing that I do seems to be good enough. But there is a bright side! I sent off my Valentine Day gifts ... Read more

  • Keep It To Yourself!

    2/7/2020 5:29:17 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today I'm staying home with flu-like symptoms. I'll call my doctor, and I will drink clear fluids and rest. I hope that if you get the flu, you will also stay home and keep it to yourself! The flu—or influenza—is a highly contagious respiratory virus caused by one of three different virus typ... Read more

  • Back to Acupuncture Next Week

    2/6/2020 11:17:29 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Most SP friends know I have a wonderful acupuncturist who helped me last year in healing my hip sprain. It's about 80 percent better, but still needs a bit more care. So I go back on Monday and want to heal the rest. Meanwhile, the mattress saga continues and am still trying to figure that out. ... Read more

  • Who are you listening to?

    2/6/2020 5:23:23 AM, by JSTETSER

    Trust the Positive voice! I have learned to listen to the positive voices and cut out as much of the negative as I can. I have found that the Anger Fear Unforgiveness Hatred Shame Pain Are voices that destroy my hope and desire to do my best. The voices of healing Grace Me... Read more

  • Coldest Temps Since 1894

    2/5/2020 2:02:52 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Certain parts of the County were 20 degrees, and lower. It was 36 outside my house. Wishing all a wonderful day. "Never stand begging for that which you have the power to take." Miguel de Cervantes p.s. I'm in southern CA!!!!... Read more

  • What Kind of Car Are You?

    2/5/2020 5:21:55 AM, by JSTETSER

    How do you treat your body, the Magnificent Machine? Do you view it as a hot rod? A classic? Or something stuck in a snowbank? How you view your body makes a big difference in how you treat yourself. Will you treat your body like a blessing or a burden? What kind of fuel will ... Read more

  • Grocery Bill is a Third Less Now

    2/4/2020 8:29:50 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Since starting the apple cider vinegar each day, it has really decreased my appetite and that, of course, has made me eat less. A week or so ago I started to notice that my grocery bill has shrunk. Quite a nice surprise. Doing great with the elimination of sugar and caffeine. Just heard the ... Read more

  • Paying Extra for Good Health!

    2/4/2020 5:18:51 AM, by JSTETSER

    The other day, my husband took me out to the brand new Burger King in Keene for lunch. The menu was full of 2 for $5 deals and value meals. None of them included salads. None. I am disappointed in the message that BK sent. Salads and veggies are an expensive option. Burgers, fries, and s... Read more

  • Helping Neighbor Friends This Week

    2/3/2020 10:58:10 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I have one friend who was diagnosed with leukemia last year and is starting to lose his appetite, so I ordered him Ensure in order to get some calories into his body. This order should arrive today and I'll bring it over and have a short visit with him and the dog I helped him find. Kaya. Such a ... Read more

  • My Funny Little Valentine Envelopes

    2/3/2020 5:13:19 AM, by JSTETSER

    I want something special to give to the grandchildren on February 14th. I started with some heart fabric and matched it with some red for the inside. I cut it in the shape of an envelope, and sewed it together. I found some red buttons oh, and this is what I came up with! I think that Lena and Ga... Read more

  • 02/02/2020- First Palindrome Day in 909 Years

    2/2/2020 11:51:38 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    At least that's what I read this morning. Yesterday I wrote that I am going to celebrate my birthday all month of February. To me, celebration is a state of mind. I plan to give myself gifts like being more supportive, kind, patient, forgiving of myself. There will be small gifts (two b'day ... Read more

  • Motivated by SparkFriends!

    2/2/2020 5:35:17 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have seen KAOTIC’s posts about his workouts and his push-ups. One winter, I challenged myself to do push-ups. I got up to 47, and then for some reason stopped. I hurt my shoulder and needed to rest it so it would heal. The short rest turned into a permanent break. Well, I have changed t... Read more

  • Celebrating my Birthday the Entire Month of February

    2/1/2020 10:19:45 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Because I can. (smiling) Have a happy, healthy day friends. "It's all right letting yourself go, as long as you can get yourself back." Mick Jagger... Read more

  • Health Care Starts With Self-Care

    2/1/2020 5:43:52 AM, by JSTETSER

    I was recently asked “How do you manage to stay on track? Really, it’s very simple. Now always easy, but it is simply because I made my health a priority! I work on self-care every day! to enhance the health care experience for both patients and clinicians, to bolster health outcomes for ... Read more

  • SOME SUPER BOWL VIEWERS WILL CONSUME 11,000 CALORIES DURING THE GAME

    1/31/2020 8:24:26 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Based on the food served at Super Bowl parties, they estimated that some people will consume this unbelievable amount of food and calories! Hard to wrap my mind around what that would feel like in my body, as even half that would make me feel like exploding. (they are probably also counting beer ca... Read more

  • Celebrate Today

    1/31/2020 5:18:56 AM, by JSTETSER

    I remember one birthday over 30 years ago when no one wished me a happy birthday. I was newly married with one young son, living far from my New England home. My (now) ex-husband Jim was working hard and somehow, my birthday slipped his mind. At the end of the day, I reminded him, and he remed... Read more

  • 90-Year-Old Woman Does Double Backflips

    1/30/2020 9:46:34 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    WARNING: View ONLY if you have a sense of humor and are not easily offended. https://www.mostwatchedtoday
    .com/90-year-old-woman-doe
    s-double-backflip/ Weigh-in day. I started doing weekly scale visits after ignoring it most of the time. Last week I blogged about losing two lbs whi... Read more

  • DEFY the ODDS!

    1/30/2020 5:25:07 AM, by JSTETSER

    There are things in life that we are told are going to happen. I've been told that when a person has high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and Type 2 Diabetes, they will get sick as they age. I am working to defy the odds. According to Google, to defy the odds is to accomplish something that ... Read more

  • "It's a Funny thing about life...

    1/29/2020 8:50:18 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you often get it." W. Somerset Maugham End of January and I can see it already in the rearview mirror. Very happy with my month. God knows, I was surely ready to get sugar and caffeine out of my life once and for all. (I'm committed to this as I ... Read more

  • Warm And Thoughtful Gifts

    1/29/2020 5:18:07 AM, by JSTETSER

    My Floridian grandkids are concerned about their Gramma Jackie staying warm in the cold winter. They decided to help me out with some pink, fuzzy socks with one eyed monsters on them. I also got a set of ice scrapers for my car. Both my heart and my feet are warmed by their thoughtfulness.... Read more

  • "A Pessimist is a Person who Has Had to Listen to too Many Optimists" Don Marquis

    1/28/2020 8:55:30 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Wishing all a happy, healthy day.... Read more

  • Birthday Girl!

    1/28/2020 5:17:55 AM, by JSTETSER

    I’m having a birthday, and I feel really good! I’m figuring out what is important to my life and learning how to best focus on those things. 1. My health. I am controlling Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) with food and exercise. I talk each month with a Diabetic Dietician each month, and while my ... Read more

  • "The very purpose of existence is...

    1/27/2020 10:11:08 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    to reconcile the glowing opinion we have of ourselves with the appalling things that other people think of us." Quentin Crisp Here we are already at the end of January! I'm pretty proud of myself in meeting goals this month that I will continue throughout the year. Have tentatively set up tw... Read more

  • Notice The Changes!

    1/27/2020 5:30:47 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today, take some time and notice the physical and physiological changes! What you do today can change all your tomorrows. 1. I sleep better when I get in 13K steps. My daily walk makes a big difference in my sleep. 2. My stomach is changing. It can no longer handle 3 cups of coffee... Read more

  • RIP KOBE BRYANT (and his 13 year old daughter)

    1/26/2020 3:46:45 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    His helicopter went down a short time ago near his home. The radio is doing a continuous coverage. "Your vision will become clear only when you look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakes." Carl Jung... Read more

  • 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

  • 11 YEARS ON SPARKPEOPLE

    1/25/2020 10:23:11 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I found this site by accident and joined, but it took me about a week of lurking to decide to participate because I was overwhelmed by all of the info. Told myself that I'm not a joiner, so probably wouldn't stay. Told myself I'm not on social media, so probably wouldn't blog. Oh, how wrong w... 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

  • 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

  • 2 LBS DOWN INTO NEXT GROUP OF NUMBERS

    1/23/2020 11:17:52 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I knew I felt lighter. I know the scale means very little, but it still is nice to know I'm headed downward. Happy. Have a wonderful day, friends. "If you don't have confidence, you'll always find a way not to win." Carl Lewis... 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

  • 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

  • "If we don't change, we don't grow...

    1/21/2020 9:12:54 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    If we don't grow, we are not really living." Gail Sheehy Awoke to the peaceful sound of light rain. Always needed here. Yesterday I read that 1 in 5 Americans have received a mental illness diagnosis! If true, that is a staggering number of people. Thanks for the support on ye... 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