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  • Prepared for a Busy Week!

    12/9/2019 5:20:44 AM, by JSTETSER

    I've had a few tough days and learned some valuable lessons. 1. If I'm not prepared, life can really knock me down and drag me through the mud. I have to plan my days to get in everything that is important to me. 2. Peace of mind comes through my planning. 3. I won't be ready for Chri... Read more

  • WeightWatchers and Barb Raveling's Freedom from Emotional Eating course book

    12/8/2019 2:54:37 PM, by TODAYANNIEWILL

    So I was just having a minor crisis and Asking Jeeves about should Christians use self help books and should they do WeightWatchers and I came across a youtube video of Barb Raveling's - apparently she lost her weight with ww but she was explaining how you should renew your mind throughout the day, ... Read more

  • Details, Details!

    12/8/2019 7:07:18 AM, by JSTETSER

    It was one of those days with too much to do. I woke up a little tired and rushed into the day. I forgot to bring important things to the nursing home for my mom, I forgot to take care of things that needed to be done because I was all caught up in the unimportant things of life. Sometimes my l... Read more

  • zantac/ranitidine

    12/7/2019 8:49:27 PM, by RKOTTEK

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  • Yummy Lunch in the EDR

    12/7/2019 3:13:42 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    The chicken was sooo good! Luckily the broccoli was cooked perfectly. So glad I walked down to see what they were having. Sometime this week, we should have a tree set up in the EDR, for us all to decorate. If the tree is ready tonight or tomorrow then I can help decorate..which ... Read more

  • I Am Not Super Woman!

    12/7/2019 6:01:56 AM, by JSTETSER

    No, I am not Super Woman, and I cannot save the world. I need help. I’m having a tough time, making plans to go to Florida in February to visit my son and his family I know that it is not at all rational, but I wonder if my mother will pass while we are gone. It really hurts my heart to leav... Read more

  • ive had some sparkfriends with giddy spells or the wobbles, maybe this is why

    12/6/2019 10:51:58 PM, by RKOTTEK

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  • ranitidine was found contaminated with nitrosamines, heres a diabetic drug too

    12/6/2019 10:48:29 PM, by RKOTTEK

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  • Stretching to Reach my Goals!

    12/6/2019 5:21:20 AM, by JSTETSER

    Cold weather seems to bring on more aches and pain in my body. I'm tempted just to sit still, but I have goals to reach! I want to stay in shape to kayak with my sons and run with the grandkids. We will be climbing Mt Monadnock and possibly Mt Katahdin in Maine this summer. I also control Typ... Read more

  • Making Cards & Thanking Others

    12/5/2019 5:16:03 AM, by JSTETSER

    Homemade cards are the best. The time and thought that goes into the process is priceless. This is a tough Christmas for me with my Mom’s health and energy declining. We have made Christmas cards every year for as long as I can remember. Making them without her is difficult, but decided to... Read more

  • December 5th

    12/5/2019 4:01:03 AM, by CANYON_GAL

    As you can see, I started out the month with a little snow on the mountain top. It's been cold so far...about 52 degrees and rainy when I went into work yesterday. I ate veggie lasagna for dinner in the EDR (employee dining room). If you don't read my page often..I will say again, there... Read more

  • What's Your Focus?

    12/4/2019 5:15:07 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today, I'm focusing on what matters! This morning, I woke up and had a heart-to-heart conversation with myself. Me: Hi Beautiful, how are you today? Myself: I'm doing good! I've got some big challenges, but I can meet them with God's help. Me: That's right, Jackie! You can meet these ... Read more

  • Snow Days

    12/3/2019 5:17:28 AM, by JSTETSER

    15 inches, and it's still snowing! Yesterday I spent over 3 hours shoveling. I create some ramps out of snow on the side of my driveway so that I don't have to lift the snow. I bought a great shovel to help me keep from straining my back. Today it's still snowing, and I'll be out there ... Read more

  • Hunkering Down in the Snow Storm

    12/2/2019 5:10:29 AM, by JSTETSER

    It snowed 8 inches last night and should snow all day today. It's a good day to stay home. The school has been canceled! We have our first winter wonderland. It's almost 5 am as I put another stick on the fire, and enjoy the quiet of the early morning. I'll take some time to write before... Read more

  • Making Granola!

    12/1/2019 6:04:43 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today I'm heating up the oven and making some low-sugar granola. The maple syrup is optional. I love it for the great flavor that it adds. A little goes a long way! 4 It's a great addition to my breakfasts and snacks. I use it as a cereal and also on my greek yogurt. 8 cup dry Oatmea... Read more

  • Science Saves Lives!

    11/30/2019 6:15:14 AM, by JSTETSER

    I'm sure that my life is much healthier because of science. I stopped smoking before 20 because science proved that smoking caused heart disease. I changed my diet because science proved that a low sugar and low carb diet is healthy for people who have Type 2 Diabetes. I drink 8 glasses of wat... Read more

  • Setting Happier Traditions

    11/29/2019 5:29:34 AM, by JSTETSER

    I’ve started a new tradition this year. Thanksgiving dinner was spent with people who love me. Some were family, and some weren’t exactly family. We ate at my husband’s ex-in-laws home. The celebration was fun and enjoyable. I made sure to call all members of my family or send a text. ... Read more

  • I'm On the Look-Out!

    11/28/2019 5:36:49 AM, by JSTETSER

    I don’t fully understand the angry, draining emotions around me, but I know that I need to be strong and resist them. I need to bring joy to my family, to my students, and to my mother. I need to first receive that joy before I can give it away. Here is my plan (actually, I copied this from m... Read more

  • My Exercise Adventure

    11/27/2019 5:35:01 AM, by JSTETSER

    Two weeks ago I joined a Yoga class at Bethel Farm here in Hillsboro. It's a lot of work, but worth it! I can do most of the exercises, but even when I can't do an exercise perfectly, I give it a try. Shantelle, the class leader, is helpful, but not pushy. I like that. I really like the roo... Read more

  • Thanksgiving Week

    11/26/2019 3:05:35 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    A stranger in the store recommended this brand of cornbread mix...so I finally made it a couple days ago. Next time I will be adding cream corn to the mix to add more corn flavor. I cooked sweet potatoes today for lunch. I have to work on Thanksgiving, so I see no reason to wait for swee... Read more

  • Turning up the Volume

    11/26/2019 5:23:31 AM, by JSTETSER

    My Mom started hospice. I've been watching the fire of my mother's life flicker and it's frightening, agonizing and painful.  Even more painful are the reactions of family members who have rejected me because Mom is now in hospice.  My brother and sister once loved me, but no longer are k... Read more

  • Staying off the Thin Ice!

    11/25/2019 5:18:45 AM, by JSTETSER

    Last night, we got a large dose of freezing rain. Our roads and sidewalks are covered with a thin sheet of ice. The town has sanded, but this is one day where the elliptical and the stationary bike come in very handy. It's much better to have sure footing in life and in walking. Don't take... Read more

  • Finding and Using the Help

    11/24/2019 5:40:53 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday I met with a hospice nurse. It's hard to face the fact that my mother is preparing to die. Even though she loves her children, she's ready to move on. Her work on Earth is coming to a close, and now I need to hold her hand as she experiences her "change of life". I want my mom to... Read more

  • Opportunity

    11/23/2019 5:46:22 AM, by JSTETSER

    "Opportunity looks a lot like hard work." Jim Rohn I'm thankful for the many opportunities that I've been given in my life. Currently, I have the opportunity to learn about hospice. I never wanted to learn these lessons, but it is my gift from God right now. I might as well embrace what I... Read more

  • Committed to be Fit!

    11/22/2019 5:23:16 AM, by JSTETSER

    I am committed to my health. If I'm not healthy, I can't help my family or myself. This is a busy time in my life, but my commitment to fitness is still a part of the plan. 1. I walk every day. If the weather is bad outside, I walk inside. 2. I eat right and track my food. I give mysel... Read more

  • Letting Bo & Letting Be

    11/21/2019 5:09:07 AM, by JSTETSER

    Mom has told us that she is ready to go. "I thought that I was dying last night;' she told us. My Dad (who passed 20 years ago) visits her at night and she will go with him one of these nights. It's her privilege and her life. Our family is starting hospice care on Saturday and making some hard ... Read more

  • Making The Time

    11/20/2019 5:19:49 AM, by JSTETSER

    I am a very busy person. I bet you are too. I fill my day with friends, family, work, exercise, good food, and some fun. Now there are new demands on my time in regards to my Mom. I really don't have time to spare, but I will make the time. Time is a precious gift that is not to be wasted... Read more

  • Trying Something New!

    11/19/2019 5:14:44 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday I changed my normal exercise schedule and went to a yoga class. I am not much of a class person, choosing to exercise on my own and hike with my husband. The change was very good, and I really liked the group. With all that is going on in my life right now, I think that the yoga comm... Read more

  • Frozen Cauliflower Pizza

    11/18/2019 3:36:18 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    One of my neighbors that share my community kitchen. He reminded me that we have a long, 13-hour power outtage scheduled for tomorrow. So he wanted to eat the pizza before it happened. He works during graveyard shift and power will be out before he gets off work in the morning. A power... Read more

  • I'm with Martha!

    11/18/2019 5:25:52 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have joined a lot of different groups on SparkPeople over the years, but my successful times are when I'm with people who personally ask me. Martha from the Healthy Hearts SparkTeam asked me to join her Daily Exercise Challenge. This is the first thing that I check off when I go to Spark. I ... Read more

  • Choosing Joy

    11/17/2019 6:04:26 AM, by JSTETSER

    My mom no longer lives at home. It broke my heart to see her leave her big home. She shares a small room in a nursing home, and she has learned to love it! It was hard at first, but this is where she needs to be. She has lots of friends here! She is reconnecting with people that she has kno... Read more

  • My Morning Blog

    11/16/2019 5:45:22 AM, by JSTETSER

    Every morning I sit down and write about the good, bad, beautiful and ugly parts of my life. I make the ending as possible as I can, and I find that this has helped me in my journey. I've gained a better understanding of what I'm going through from the many comments of my friends who respond. ... Read more

  • Getting Through The Holidays!

    11/15/2019 5:30:47 AM, by JSTETSER

    My short term goal is to get through the holidays with low blood sugar numbers. Here's my plan: 1. Eat a healthy meal (as usual) and stop when I'm not hungry. Go easy on the gravy. 2. Make lots of time for hikes. When it's too cold or icy outside, dance inside and use the treadmill. Don'... Read more

  • Team Jackie

    11/14/2019 5:39:14 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday's featured article on Personal Health Teams got me thinking about me. I have a team, and perhaps I don't use it enough. In fact, now is my time to make a few changes to maximize my team. 1. My PCP. Dr. Perez is my go-to person for my medical perspective and medication. He has a n... Read more

  • More from EDR

    11/13/2019 12:23:08 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    Our new time schedule for meals in the employee dining room. I usually wake up during the breakfast times but hardly ever walk down there..its the same darn thing every day, and not all that great. These stuffed peppers were for dinner sometime last week. They were not made with the same... Read more

  • Renewal & Rainbows

    11/13/2019 5:18:23 AM, by JSTETSER

    Renewal starts in the mind and works out into the body. Yes, It is all about attitude and focus. Today, more than ever, my focus makes a big difference because of my big challenges. I could easily be the dark cloud in the room, or I can choose to be the rainbow in someone else's storm. ... Read more

  • Tuesday: November 12th at the EDR

    11/13/2019 2:56:25 AM, by CANYON_GAL

    About 11:38am and a sunny 81 degrees This was my lunch. There was some slim pickings for a gyro but I don't like them 24 Dinner: for some reason I got the crazy idea to put the chili over the pasta...before realizing it had a bit of a kick to it...I am not into spicy food. I sho... Read more

  • Warming Up This Cold Morning!

    11/12/2019 5:27:47 AM, by JSTETSER

    Perhaps you have had mornings like mine... Today it's cold and rainy outside. My body wants to just sit on the couch, drink tea and vegetate under a warm blanket. Since I just had a rest day, I will get up and moving and I know that my body will thank me later. .I might keep my workout insi... Read more

  • Giving Thanks!

    11/11/2019 5:28:07 AM, by JSTETSER

    This November, I'm giving lots of thanks in three ways. First, my mom and I are making Thanksgiving Cards and giving them to friends. Inside the card, it says "I thank God for you! We also look at our friends in the eyes and say those words. People keep those cards that my mother colors fo... Read more

  • I Choose!

    11/10/2019 6:38:05 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today I choose what will help me most. I'm going for a hike today. I could sew or go to church, but I choose to move my body. Soon the weather will turn icy and very cold, and I will be inside. I need these days of outside exercise! I choose to eat low carb and low sugar. There are poor... Read more

  • Gluten-Free Shopping

    11/9/2019 10:00:09 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    My new roommate eats a mostly Gluten-Free diet, so it's got me interested...in the food, reasons people eat that way and how that way of eating can help different medical issues including some that effect me. I bought the blueberry-lemon bars. I have not tried them yet. I bought the... Read more