Group Picture

Blogs     Join this team to post to the wall

  • a lovely summer day

    7/23/2021 12:26:50 PM, by MOMMY445

    it's a beautiful sunny and warm day here today. my daughter says hello to everyone. both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! i have been for a walk and i feel great! i will be going for another walk later on to get some groceries. have a great day, everyone! take care and stay safe.... 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

  • A beautiful summer day ☀️

    7/22/2021 10:47:00 AM, by MOMMY445

    It's a beautiful sunny day here today. My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I'm going for a walk in a while. After lunch I will be doing some dancing. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe.... Read more

  • Happy Lucy!

    7/22/2021 6:39:10 AM, by MEADSBAY

    My dear granddaughter Lucy is such a mermaid! She is always happiest when she is in some water, any water, anytime, anywhere. It’s not like she’s a fast or excellent swimmer, tho a good one, and she doesn’t want to be on a swim team or anything like that… Hates any kind of competition… She just ... 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

  • Catch your breath with classical music

    7/21/2021 7:53:40 AM, by WHITE-2

    I loved this... A simple and special way to calm down with a 'breathing bubble' with classical music. Try it! It's only 1.5 minute. The visual tells you when to breathe in and out. and the process of calming down is aided by lovely music, in this case by Dvořák. It is in Dutch but you on... 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

  • A beautiful day

    7/21/2021 12:16:58 AM, by MOMMY445

    It's a much cooler day here today. My daughter says hello to everyone. I'm watching a funny movie on TV and I am really enjoying the movie. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I'll be going for a walk later on in the morning. Then I will be doing some dancing later in the afternoo... Read more

  • It's a beautiful sunny day 🌞

    7/20/2021 11:01:49 AM, by MOMMY445

    It'll be a warm and humid day here today. There's a chance of a thunderstorm this afternoon here. My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I'm going for a walk in a while. Later on in the afternoon I will be doing some dancing. Have a great day, ever... 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

  • A beautiful sunny day 🌞

    7/19/2021 1:42:29 PM, by MOMMY445

    It's a warm and humid day here today. My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I've done the mega miles DVD this morning and I feel great! Have a wonderful day, everyone! Take care and stay safe.... 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

  • A beautiful sunny day 🌞

    7/18/2021 1:01:12 PM, by MOMMY445

    The weather is warm and sunny today. My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I've been for a walk and I feel great! I'll be going for another walk after lunch today. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe.... 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

  • 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

  • It's Saturday

    7/17/2021 12:14:20 AM, by MOMMY445

    I'm watching a funny movie on DVD just now. It feels good to watch something that is funny. My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! Later on in the morning I will be going for a walk. In the afternoon I will be doing some dancing. Have a great day, ... Read more

  • My new home for now: https://wordpress.com/hom
    e/selfhelpsunday.word
    press.com

    7/16/2021 7:10:22 PM, by BEESHELL8

    Inspired by Barb at ONEKIDSMOM, I've moved to a new blogging platform. Latest post is below https://selfhelpsunday.wordpre
    ss.com/2021/07/16/its-been
    -awhile-beeshell8s-new-place/ It's scary and I've been avoiding it, but once again, I've been inspired by Barb. Thanks for giving me... Read more

  • Tour of the Blue Garden

    7/16/2021 9:40:43 AM, by MEADSBAY

    If I’m remembering the history correctly from my garden tour yesterday, this small spectacular F.L. Olmsted garden used to be part of an estate in Newport that somehow was broken up over the years and then neglected for many years until some rich lady that used to visit Newport bought the property a... 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

  • A beautiful day

    7/16/2021 12:07:41 AM, by MOMMY445

    I'm watching a funny movie on television just now. It's a great way to relax. My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! Later on in the morning I will be going for a walk. It's going to be another warm and humid day here today. I will keep cool and st... Read more

  • Life with Lizzie!

    7/15/2021 7:46:03 PM, by AMYBELLES

    For this week’s A & I team’s BSG challenge, I chose option one: share some favorite pet photos for All American Pet Photo Day, which was July 11th (I’m a little late!) Everyone who knows me here, probably remembers my two sweet Cairn terriers, Max and Sophie. They passed away in January and Aug... Read more

  • A beautiful sunny day 🌞

    7/15/2021 10:24:22 AM, by MOMMY445

    It's a warm and humid day here today. There's a chance of thunderstorms this afternoon. My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I'm going for a walk in a while. Later on in the afternoon I will be doing some dancing 🕺. Have a great day, everyone! T... 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

  • Still undecided

    7/14/2021 5:41:53 PM, by MEADSBAY

    There are almost too many paths I could follow to try to stay connected with my spark friends! Some have given me their email addresses, phone numbers, home addresses…awful nice of them but a bit cumbersome to keep track of. I have signed up for FatSecret, MyFitnessPal and Blogger and have been ... Read more

  • a beautiful sunny day

    7/14/2021 12:28:45 PM, by MOMMY445

    tit's a sunny and warm day here today. my daughter says hello to everyone. both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! i have been for a walk and i feel great! i will be going for another walk later in the afternoon. have a great day, everyone! take care and stay safe.... 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

  • a warm day

    7/13/2021 12:36:07 PM, by MOMMY445

    it's a warm and humid day here today. i have been for a walk and i feel great! i'll be doing some dancing after lunch. my daughter says hello to everyone. both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! have a great day, everyone! take care and stay safe.... 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

  • America

    7/13/2021 3:39:48 AM, by RKOTTEK

    Wishing for an immediate turnaround in the heat and fires in the US we know what its like in Oz... 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

  • A beautiful day

    7/12/2021 12:34:29 AM, by MOMMY445

    It's going to be a sunny day here today. My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I'll be going for a walk later in the morning. Then I will be doing some dancing 🕺 later in the day. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe.... Read more

  • A beautiful day

    7/11/2021 1:16:25 PM, by MOMMY445

    It's a cooler day here today. I've been for a walk and I feel great! I'll be going for another walk later on. My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe.... 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

  • A beautiful sunny day 🌞

    7/10/2021 1:48:04 PM, by MOMMY445

    The weather here is sunny and mild. My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I'm going for a walk in a while. Later on I will be doing some dancing 🕺. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe.... 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

  • New details

    7/10/2021 3:02:18 AM, by RKOTTEK

    on myfitnesspal.com I am rkottek1 on fatsecret.com I am rkottek on facebook.com i am richard kottek on spark360.com i am richard kottek My email is rkottek@mail.com hope to see you wherever I wish you all well cheers richard... Read more

  • A cloudy and cool day

    7/9/2021 2:22:25 PM, by MOMMY445

    The weather here today is mostly cloudy and cool. My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I've been for a walk and I feel great! I'll be going for another walk in a while. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe.... 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

  • It's Thursday

    7/8/2021 12:27:47 PM, by MOMMY445

    It's a mostly rainy day here today. My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I've done a Leslie Sansone exercise DVD this morning and I feel great! Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe.... 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

  • A wonderful day

    7/7/2021 10:49:21 AM, by MOMMY445

    It's a mostly cloudy day here today and it's not warm and humid. My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I'm going for a walk in a while. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe.... 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

  • Busy day and lots of driving!

    7/6/2021 9:26:26 PM, by NANCYPAT1

    Today was busy. I picked up my friend (drove just over an hour to get her) and the two of us went to spend most of the day with my pastor's wife (another 2 hours away) who is recovering from surgery for lung cancer (no, she has never smoked). Her husband and son were out of town cleaning out her son... Read more

  • A wonderful day

    7/6/2021 12:27:54 PM, by MOMMY445

    It's another warm and humid day here today. Then the weather will be cooler for the rest of the week. I've been for a walk and I feel great! I'll be doing some dancing 🕺 later on. My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! Have a great day, everyone! ... 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

  • It's Monday

    7/5/2021 1:03:20 AM, by MOMMY445

    It's going to be a very warm and humid day here today. My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I'll be going for a walk later in the morning. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe.... Read more

  • It's Sunday

    7/4/2021 2:49:41 PM, by MOMMY445

    Happy July 4th to all who celebrate! My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I'm going for a walk in a while. Later on I will be doing some dancing 🕺. Have a great day! Take care and stay safe.... 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

  • Life Happens…So Make it a Joyful July!

    7/3/2021 5:31:10 PM, by AMYBELLES

    I am doing the last Buddy Support Group challenge for my Aspire and Inspire team this month, so I am going to do my best to write at least one blog a week, keeping things positive! I was initially upset by SparkPeople shutting down in August, but my philosophy is that things have to change after awh... Read more

  • it's saturday

    7/3/2021 3:22:38 PM, by MOMMY445

    a beautiful sunny day here today! my daughter says hello to everyone. both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! i have been for a walk and i feel great! i will be doing some dancing later on today. have a great day, everyone! take care and stay safe.... Read more

  • Life is good

    7/3/2021 9:36:16 AM, by MEADSBAY

    My wonderful daughter-in-law Jean and her kids have a new puppy, a black lab named Pixie. She is adorable but out of control, of course, at 12 weeks. Jean has a trainer scheduled to come to the house twice a week to train Pixie and the whole family. Pixie is just getting big enough to get up o... 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

  • Set the Tone for the Day

    7/2/2021 5:06:56 PM, by 3VEGGIES

    Every morning we get to decide how our day will begin. Choose happiness, optimism, and achievement. We CAN and DO manifest our choices. Pick carefully! ... Read more

  • A beautiful sunny day 🌞

    7/2/2021 2:33:09 PM, by MOMMY445

    The weather is nice today. It's sunny and a bit windy. I've been for a walk in the morning and I feel great. My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe.... 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

  • A beautiful sunny day 🌞

    7/1/2021 12:54:51 PM, by MOMMY445

    It's a beautiful sunny day here today. My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I've been for a walk and I feel great! I'm going for another walk in a while. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe.... Read more

  • Progress, Not Perfection

    7/1/2021 11:56:57 AM, by DAWNGW

    Like so many others on SparkPeople, I am sad and disappointed that SP is ending. Immediately, I checked out SparkAmerica to see if I can just continue onward with my tracking and teams but quickly decided that it is not for me. I've made it a habit to track my exercise diligently and for the most... Read more

  • A tiny bit of news

    7/1/2021 10:28:15 AM, by MEADSBAY

    My dear man got a call from his doctor’s office a few days ago and while the specialist did not have a chance to pull the team together she did talk about him with her department chair who suggested one more test before they consider making a plan to resolve his back issue. 198 It’s hard to belie... 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

  • A beautiful sunny day 🌞

    6/30/2021 12:03:53 PM, by MOMMY445

    It's a warm and humid day here today. It's going to be cooler here after today. My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I've been for a walk and I feel great! I'll be doing some dancing 🕺 later in the afternoon. Have a great day, everyone! Take car... Read more

  • Time to dance...

    6/30/2021 7:40:13 AM, by WHITE-2

    Oooh Sparkpeople, I loved you so and will miss you so dearly... In the meantime I still want to share this... I have to say that while this is dancing music, it also moves me deeply somehow... Can't get enough of it. Be ready to move your hips...! www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdFudL
    Pyqng... 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

  • A warm and humid day 🙂

    6/29/2021 11:33:55 AM, by MOMMY445

    It's another warm and humid day here today. My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I'm exercising indoors today. I'll be doing some dancing 🕺 and a walking DVD. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe.... 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

  • A warm and humid day

    6/28/2021 11:48:30 AM, by MOMMY445

    It's another warm and humid day here today 🌞. My daughter and I are keeping cool and well hydrated. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I've been for a walk in the morning and I feel great! I'll be doing some dancing 🕺 later on in the afternoon. Have a great day, everyone! Take ... Read more

  • A warm and windy day

    6/27/2021 2:39:14 PM, by MOMMY445

    It's a warm and humid day here today. My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I've done some yoga and I feel great! I'll be doing some dancing 🕺 later in the afternoon. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe.... 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

  • Life goes on . . .

    6/26/2021 11:41:12 PM, by NANCYPAT1

    The past couple of weeks have been times of change and adjustment. I have several dates on my calendar for July. I have spent time with my precious Claire and her new brother D.J. (David Jr.) over the past couple of weeks. I got the new appraisal on our home. My son Ed went on a short vacation and v... Read more

  • It's Saturday

    6/26/2021 2:00:30 PM, by MOMMY445

    It's a warm and humid day here today. My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! Earlier this morning I did the 5 mega miles DVD and I feel great! Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe.... Read more

  • It's Friday

    6/25/2021 12:28:13 PM, by MOMMY445

    It's a mostly cloudy day here today. My daughter says hello to everyone. She's finished with school until September. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I've been for a walk in the morning and I feel great! I'll be doing some dancing 🕺 later on in the day. Have a great day, every... Read more

  • it's thursday

    6/24/2021 12:20:04 PM, by MOMMY445

    it is another beautiful sunny day here today. my daughter says hello to everyone. both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! i have been for a walk and i feel great! i will be doing some dancing later on. have a great day, everyone! take care and stay safe.... Read more

  • What's Your Why

    6/24/2021 5:55:03 AM, by JSTETSER

    It's the "Why" that keeps me going with my healthy lifestyle program. I want to be able to run and play with my grandkids. I want to have the strength to climb up mountains with them and swim in lakes. I don't want to sit on the sidelines of life and watch as others have fun. I want to ... Read more