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  • Yes, I CAN!

    7/2/2020 5:22:05 AM, by JSTETSER

    Maybe you can understand what happened to me yesterday. I was working with friends on making masks. We social distanced, and all went well. At lunch, I usually have lots of salad and a small amount of pizza, but that didn't happen. without thinking, I ate 3 pieces of the pizza. My blood suga... Read more

  • Day 84-85-86-87 of the 90 days -it's getting harder let the water fast begin

    7/1/2020 12:27:03 PM, by BETABE

    I sort of blacked out these past days, the weekend was full of food and drinks although I managed to workout but I felt exhausted during the day and had trouble going to sleep at night. Keeping the light on while falling asleep, such a sign of disrupted sleep pattern. I also had a terrible headac... Read more

  • A Very Small Get-Away

    7/1/2020 5:27:26 AM, by JSTETSER

    I should be in my happy place-Acadia National Park watching the sun rise over the ocean. Instead, I'm in my living room on my computer. Our reservations were cancelled because of the pandemic. I've come to terms with it. My living room is much better than a hospital waiting room or an ICU roo... Read more

  • First Things First!

    6/30/2020 5:18:31 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have carved out 45 minutes a day just for me. I get up at 5 almost every morning, organize my day with prayer, Bible reading, SparkPeople and exercise. I put first things first! My days have direction. I always write down my "Daily Big 3" along with my other tasks. I find a mental focus... Read more

  • Walking and Meditation

    6/29/2020 5:28:08 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday I hiked near my home. I love to hike, and find that meditation fits well with the gentle, constant movement of my hike. I learned the following through a recent FitBit article. My hikes are more interesting and also calming when I add the moving meditation. Focus on your feet.... Read more

  • Piecing It All Together

    6/28/2020 5:25:39 AM, by JSTETSER

    I wrote a book, and am currently learning how to get it published. This is the story of me, an adult daughter, and my mother gaining a bond through sewing, crafting and quilting . My mother taught me how to sew as a child, bit it was not until I was in my 30’s that I learned to love sewing. ... Read more

  • Day 83 of the 90 days

    6/27/2020 9:58:26 PM, by BETABE

    Almost done with T25 and I am excited for round 2 SLEEP Latenights HYDRATION Managed to squeeze maybe 1.5 L STRESS MANAGEMENT Very chill NUTRITION A bit red with food and drinks WORKOUT Regular focus t25... Read more

  • Changing My Commitment

    6/27/2020 5:22:51 AM, by JSTETSER

    Besides being a teacher, wife, mom, grandma, and daughter, I am a mask maker. I thought that this would be a small project, lasting a few months, and I’m finding that it is the job with no end in sight. I told myself and God ; “When I run out of elastic and fabric, I’m finished. I have been gi... Read more

  • Day 81 and 82 of the 90 days

    6/26/2020 9:06:36 PM, by BETABE

    It's getting closer to day 90 and of course I need another 90 days but this time it will be more challenging and less challenging at the same time. Day 81 was pretty good in terms of stress management I and workout and day 82 I did well about my process around food by deciding to not eat the late ... Read more

  • Working Together

    6/26/2020 5:31:14 AM, by JSTETSER

    Sometimes I have to give up part of my plan to "get 'er done". I have found that I have to alter my plans to fit in with the plans of others in order to reach our goals. Never stick so tightly to your plan that you have to go it alone. Find people with the same basic goals, and go with them. ... Read more

  • Busy Days

    6/25/2020 5:13:46 AM, by JSTETSER

    I love finding ways to help people in their lives. Yesterday I had the Hillsboro Mask Makers over, and we worked for over 2 hours on masks for our town. With the help of 2 sergers, 2 sewing machines and an iron, we put together over 40 masks, with another 100 for us to finish at home. spending ... Read more

  • Day 78-79-80 of the 90 days

    6/25/2020 3:33:09 AM, by BETABE

    Was very under the weather this beginning of the week, always had some type of dinner at night so I ate late, slept late, exceeded my calorie range but still worked out as per usual and attempted to manage my stress and hydration level as best I could Day 80 I really feel like I need to lo... Read more

  • My Health and The Heat Wave

    6/24/2020 5:25:48 AM, by JSTETSER

    It's been over 90 here in Hillsboro, NH for 5 days now. I have shortened my 90 minute walk considerably. Walking has been a key method for me to keep my diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes under control. As the temperatures have risen, so has my glucose readings. Today is the day that I make a bigg... Read more

  • The Power Of Positive Writing

    6/23/2020 5:34:38 AM, by JSTETSER

    Writing is my therapy, my daily pep talk and my activities log. It keeps me on track, and focused on my goals. Writing helps me to communicate with my family and my world. First, i share my writing with my SparkFriends. You are so supportive and understanding, Sometimes I share my sewing ... Read more

  • Cleaning House!

    6/22/2020 5:25:54 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday was the perfect house cleaning storm. 1. It was too hot outside for a good hike. 2. For the first time in over 5 months, we have someone coming to stay with us. 3. There were ants in the bathroom. I went on a caffeine-induced cleaning spree! I always marvel at how dirty ... Read more

  • Day 77 of the 90 days - new season new moon new week new me

    6/21/2020 7:32:14 PM, by BETABE

    BRAND NEW, RENEWED ...third moon of the challenge...now I just know for a fact that I am doing a 180 ... I like to call it a 180 as well because it's a transformation. Very excited about the upcoming water fast and the week to come. Having time to put everything I need in place. Just having more tim... Read more

  • My Garden

    6/21/2020 5:13:45 AM, by JSTETSER

    My little patch of dirt and the potted plants on my deck are a source of health and joy. There’s nothing like fresh veggies! Having a garden close to the kitchen makes a big difference for me. Often I start my meal, pick a few fresh vegetables and herbs, and add them right into what I’m cookin... Read more

  • Day 76 of the 90 days - brunching for lunchin

    6/20/2020 10:58:20 PM, by BETABE

    SLEEP slept little HYDRATION not enough water STRESS MANAGEMENT took it easy NUTRITION one big brunch around 2000cal WORKOUT none... Read more

  • Time is On My Side

    6/20/2020 5:55:08 AM, by JSTETSER

    First things need to be first for time to be on my side. That is why first- I exercise, I pray and meditate I choose healthy foods I call my children. I reach out and love a friend. Hear Mother Theresa's words today; "Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. ... Read more

  • Day 75 of the 90 days - pampering on a yellow day

    6/19/2020 10:49:11 PM, by BETABE

    I've got my hair and eyebrows done today, so I feel prettier. Im very excited about what is coming after the 15 days and then mid July to see how everything is paying off. Today I felt it in my clothes, it looked fitter and nicer and I'm just on my way to looking and feeling my very best. One thing ... Read more

  • Fresh Strawberries

    6/19/2020 6:01:54 AM, by JSTETSER

    This is one of my guilty pleasures. Strawberries taste so good, and remind me of my childhood. I only eat them when fresh, and enjoy every bite. I find that when I allow myself the freedom to enjoy the food that I love, I don't crave it. Here are the nutritional facts. Calories: 53.... Read more

  • Day 74 of the 90 days - a la bolognese

    6/18/2020 7:53:27 PM, by BETABE

    Water fast this week is only going to be on Sunday I think. There's a brunch on Saturday I cannot pass so Im going to do regular eating on Friday, OMAD Brunch on Saturday, water fast with plenty of different teas on Sunday and back to regular scheduling on Monday, knowing that it will be my last wee... Read more

  • Fighting Insurance Denial

    6/18/2020 5:31:08 AM, by JSTETSER

    I am concerned about my insurance company’s interference with my medication for HBP. I was prescribed Losartan Potassium 50 MG twice a day. My insurance would only allow the prescription to be Losartan Potassium 100 MG once a day. I have been documenting my blood pressure readings in the m... Read more

  • Day 73 of the 90 days - One of those days

    6/17/2020 7:35:37 PM, by BETABE

    SLEEP Of course woke up soooo extremely tired HYDRATION Did well again drank about 2 to 2.5L I think STRESS MANAGEMENT I put off some work so it did not feel right procrastinating, tension in my back NUTRITION High fiber, low cal, WORKOUT Zumba but no T25, I had a t... Read more

  • Alone

    6/17/2020 5:28:41 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today I miss my family being around me. I miss the hugs of my grandies and the silliness of their joy. I miss hearing the stories and the questions. I miss the laughter too. This pandemic has left me in a difficult place, feeling different. Sometimes, being different feels a lot like ... Read more

  • Day 72 of the 90 days - Feeling cute

    6/16/2020 7:27:30 PM, by BETABE

    SLEEP Woke up tired because of the late night sleep but felt energized by the sun, did a good session outside HYDRATION Perfect day as far as hydration, probably drank 3L...finally. I managed to do it by drinking 1 bottle upon waking, one bottle after working out, another bottle throughout ... Read more

  • My Long-Term Commitment to Good Health

    6/16/2020 5:33:01 AM, by JSTETSER

    I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) and I take it seriously. This morning I followed my routine of taking my before breakfast blood sugar reading, and it was a very good number for me. 129. I have had pre-breakfast numbers in the 130'2 -160's for over a month. even though I follow a strict... Read more

  • Day 71 of the 90 days - below calorie range

    6/15/2020 10:13:47 PM, by BETABE

    Back on track, I finished the half workout missed and did another one, I also ate about 1100 cal and do not feel hungry at all. Most likely it is because I drank enough water throughout the day, even forcing myself at times. Until the end of the 90 days my hydration is going to be crucial. SLEE... Read more

  • Day 69-70 of the 90 days - CHEAT WEEKEND AGAIN

    6/15/2020 10:05:22 PM, by BETABE

    Writing on day 71 It was an overall very high calorie weekend especially on Sunday when I had a 2000 cal dinner with burger, drinks and mozzarella sticks but it tasted very good so I don't regret it, I was just annoyed with myself for just piling up the cheat days and ending up for the past 10 ... Read more

  • Don't Wait To Feel Motivated!

    6/15/2020 5:18:13 AM, by JSTETSER

    Feelings can be so fickle. Some days I'm motivated to exercise, and some days I'm not. Some days I don't want to do much of anything, quite frankly. I have a routine and I have goals that get me moving every morning. I'm 64, and I'm going to keep moving forward! I know what the alterna... Read more

  • Thoughtful Little Gifts

    6/14/2020 5:28:17 AM, by JSTETSER

    It's the little things that make life special. I was able to bring my mother a chocolate bar for the first time in three months. Sweets for the sweet! I know how much it will mean to my mother to get a treat. My heart is glad knowing that when the candy bar has been wiped down and delivere... Read more

  • Lupines

    6/13/2020 5:20:30 AM, by JSTETSER

    You cannot be sure exactly when a flower will bloom. A lot depends on the winters that we have. If the winter is harsh and snow lasts longer into April, the lupines won't bloom when expected. One year, things worked out perfectly for the Lupine Festival in Sugar Hill, NH. I was privileged ... Read more

  • Day 67 and 68 of the 90 days - funerals and beyond

    6/12/2020 7:44:11 PM, by BETABE

    Day 67 was emotionnally extremely draining, I was exhausted and had a lot to do both at work and for my girl. So I did indulge a bit, drank rosé at the ceremonies, ate multiples feuilletés and pastels and roll ups and had apple pie that I had made extra buttery and sugary...ooops and drank no more t... Read more

  • Be Brave

    6/12/2020 5:24:27 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today is a day to be brave and to allow the unexpected. I had expected that my family would be coming for a visit, but it doesn't appear to be happening. No visit from the grandies is a tough pill for me to swallow! This is a time to allow others to do what they must do even when I don't like ... Read more

  • Going Deep

    6/11/2020 5:27:27 AM, by JSTETSER

    If you can't go long, go deep!" is the saying of my friend. She often vacations at home, and always finds great adventures by studying the native flowers along our road or creating Chinese dishes. In order to go higher, we must go deeper. Today I am starting my summer vacation with much ... Read more

  • Day 66 of the 90 days - low cal high workout

    6/10/2020 7:39:22 PM, by BETABE

    SLEEP Had a short night because early morning duties, then naped a bit HYDRATION Did ok today, tried to drink a lot, probably exceeded 2 L STRESS MANAGEMENT It is a stressful time but I took it easy, took a bath, took my time, worked on what I had been putting off, all of this is red... Read more

  • Last Day Of School

    6/10/2020 5:24:29 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today is it. The end of a very unusual year. This year, I learned how to teach remotely with a one day notice. I'm still learning, but it's getting easier. At first, I spent every extra minute learning about remote learning. My approach to teaching and caring for myself has greatly improved. ... Read more

  • Day 65 of the 90 days - 25 days left

    6/10/2020 2:53:11 AM, by BETABE

    Another day of lots of unexpected moments and times of complete mindlessness as far as eating and drinking. SLEEP Slow morning still took too much time and did not do a night routine previous HYDRATION I made the effort to take my bottle but still stagnated below 2L, plus wine at night... Read more

  • DAY 64 of the 90 days - T25 beta week 3

    6/8/2020 6:43:26 PM, by BETABE

    SLEEP Woke up exhausted, I know it's the emotional drainage from the loss HYDRATION Still not enough. Let me have a 2 L before 12 pm challenge STRESS MANAGEMENT Took a walk but I need to stop procrastinating right away NUTRITION 2MAD and snack IF 4pm7.30pm. Went below my calor... Read more

  • DAY 61-63 of the 90 days - sad and terrible days

    6/8/2020 8:09:29 AM, by BETABE

    Writing on day 64 He passed away! He actually really truly passed away and his wife had to let him go at 33 years old. How unfair, how devastating! They were the dream couple, you don't ever know what can happen. I just need to be grateful for everyday that go by and I need to be more loving becau... Read more

  • Day 60 of the 90 days WEIGH-IN 2

    6/8/2020 7:49:44 AM, by BETABE

    Writing on day 64. The weigh-in was not that satisfying since I lost less than 3kg, about 6 pounds in 30 days of consistent self care, caloric deficit and even water fasting. I definitely expected at least a 10 pounds release but I need to be patient and know than what I have spent years doing ... Read more

  • Fox Forest

    6/8/2020 5:40:34 AM, by JSTETSER

    In these crazy times, I need nature more than ever. A quiet walk in the woods, Listening to a small songbird cross my path. Watching to the Great Blue Heron take off from his sunny perch. Surprised by a young fawn cross the path in front of me as I walk along and hear the sound of... Read more

  • The Hideaway

    6/7/2020 5:52:47 AM, by JSTETSER

    We are spending our weekend camping in a beautiful quiet campground in Maine. This spot has lush green fields and a quiet stretch of the Saco River. We don't have anything fancy, but it's all we need. I love listening to the sounds of the birds in the trees and smell the honeysuckle bush b... Read more

  • The Beach Bag

    6/6/2020 5:35:19 AM, by JSTETSER

    Here is a bag that I created out of canvas fabric and nylon rope. I sewed the rope to the bag using a very large stitch on my sewing machine. I knotted the rope and the bottom of the bag and burned the ends so that they would not travel. Finally I took my needle and thread and sewed through ... Read more

  • Flowers

    6/5/2020 5:30:59 AM, by JSTETSER

    All around us there is beauty. Today I'm taking a few minutes to appreciate that beauty. I'll stop and smell the flowers that I find. I don't have any roses, but I have tulips, azaleas, lupines, dandelions, and pansies. ... Read more

  • Going Gray

    6/4/2020 5:12:23 AM, by JSTETSER

    Many of my friends have already claimed their gray hair. I was unsure how to do it or if I ever wanted to let my gray hair show through. It had been 3 months since I had been to the salon. It was time for a change! At the advice of my hairdresser, I had just some strands of hair on the top o... Read more

  • Day 59 of the 90 days - back to Zumba

    6/3/2020 6:27:47 PM, by BETABE

    First day back at the gym since the pandemic has started, it was really good and people noticed my weightloss, saying they did not recognize me for a second. I felt flattered and was very dynamic during the workout SLEEP I am consistently waking up before my alarm but still taking too much ti... Read more

  • Listening

    6/3/2020 5:22:49 AM, by JSTETSER

    The world is changing and people are protesting. Why? They don't feel that their voice is being heard. Some people are giving up time with their family and work in order to walk in protest. Why? They want to be seen and listened to. Once complaint by George Floyd's brother was; "The pre... Read more