CINDY_LU_WHO's SparkPeople Blog CINDY_LU_WHO's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Care Giver... THE most exhaustive job you will ever have to do... I need a month on a tropical island somewhere with people taking care of my every need! While there is another team of people "fixing and repairing" all that needs to be fixed, repaired and cleaned in my home. <BR> <BR> I love my mother, but no one EVER tells you just how much this takes out of you! <BR> <BR> Tue, 29 Sep 2015 12:01:21 EST FIT for LIFE! I have really lost track of time... so much going on, life just seems to be picking up speed. <BR> <BR> HAPPY FRIDAY!!! <BR> <BR> I am still pressing on the goal... my BP has dropped considerably - with NO MEDS!!! - ONLY WHOLE FOODS ... WOO HOO! <BR> OLD BP was 130+/80+ <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> NEW BP 117/74 <BR> <BR> I have eliminated all grains... they make me bloat something terrible. <BR> Also eliminated all caffeine - I do have an "occasional" cappuccino - all dairy, su... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 13:12:50 EST Fit for Life: Day 10 HAPPY FRIDAY! well... for some reason I lost track of reposting daily blogs... got to pay more attention to details here!!! <BR> <BR> I have been making every effort to walk for 10 minutes every hour on the hour while at work. I sit in front of a computer every day and run spread sheet after spread sheet... the walking is really making a HUGE difference! Just 10 minutes really does make a difference. <BR> <BR> I have been "inspired" to do more exercise because of the energy level being cre... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:16:35 EST Fit for Life: Day 2 Day 2 has been pretty good... uneventful... thank G_d! Paying more attention to the foods I eat because of the food log and calorie alotment has been very helpful. Sometimes I think I feel I am doing just fine, but when I do a check... ummm... not so much! It is those little things that add up rather quickly. <BR> <BR> Exercised this morning... <BR> Got a new recipe together last night, baked it off this morning @ 5am... to bring some for lunch. <BR> have a walking session scheduled for afte... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 11:15:17 EST Thursday, September 4, 2014 I have been away for just over 8 months, sometimes the best laid plans... well anyway, life has a way of throwing kinks into things, and you have no choice but to just deal with it. <BR> <BR> Re-started my exercise plan today... re-working my goals... and feeling very thankful that I made it here today. This has been a long process but I am on my way and very thankful that my G_d has been by my side the entire time. <BR> <BR> So good to be back. <em>224</em> Thu, 4 Sep 2014 06:54:23 EST Back in step! Well, it has been a tough couple of weeks. Christmas aside, getting ready for end of year at work has been, to say the least, EXHAUSTING! It is difficult enough but when you have a co-worker who is so into playing games... that just makes it all that much worse. I sort of feel bad for the guy... it seems he has quite a "healthy" opinion of himself and he put together a PowerPoint presentation, called his manager, then the dept. mgr, and the Director and proceeded to explain to them why it wou... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 10:08:26 EST What's holding you back? <img src=""> Sun, 15 Dec 2013 10:32:43 EST Balance <img src=""> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 06:07:21 EST 12/09/2013 - Am I missing vital nutrients...? Some of the latest data to come out about magnesium has been pretty spot on, at least where I am concerned. Also the message from the Heart Health group on fiber and how most Americans just are not getting enough of it... <BR> <BR> Here is what I did: <BR> I changed my tracker and added Magnesium, Sodium and Fiber. I used to log into another website for tracking my nutrition and I was always amazed at how much sodium I was unaware of consuming! That changed my diet drastically. <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 16:46:27 EST Day 9... I can't believe it has been over a week already!` <em>56</em> Where does the time go? <BR> <BR> I was a little busy I these past couple of days. Researching some things on line, taking care of business, visiting friends etc. <BR> <BR> I did find quite a few great recipes for my new food plan. I have also recommitted myself to the Macrobiotic Diet. It is so hard to adapt to this and I would hate to dissuade anyone from trying it, but it does take a WHOLE lot of planning and preparation. <BR> <BR> I have found a few short cuts around so... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 13:44:34 EST Day 5 - How I am feeling today... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> SO VERY GRATEFUL FOR SPARK PEOPLE!!! Wed, 4 Dec 2013 14:52:00 EST Day 4 - Pushing past obstacles. <em>386</em> <BR> This has been an upside down kind of day. I did not get a solid 8 hours sleep <em>102</em> and it was interrupted by about 2 hours of tossing and turning. I really hate those nights! <BR> <BR> When I finally did get up I had a headache. <em>527</em> I could have very easily stayed home and slept, but I got myself moving. It is almost the end of the day and I still have a bit of the headache. <BR> <BR> How this affected me today - I did not eat breakfast <em>39<... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 16:17:39 EST Day 3 - This has been a day of doing crazy things... I woke this morning at my usual time... 4:30 am. I truly wish I had more days that I could sleep a bit later in the morning. I have always been an early riser though. <BR> <BR> Got ready for work, packed both breakfast and lunch, made a cup of tea and off I went... got to work and one of my coworkers says to me... thought you took today off? Scuse me? Well... low and behold, after logging in, I get my Outlook reminder that I took today off... hahahahahahahahahahaha,,, <em>246</em> <BR> ... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 16:42:56 EST Blessings & Day 2 I am on my way, feeling good about my decisions and grateful to my G_d for keeping so close and never letting me go, opening the right doors at the right time, and answering prayer in ways I never would have imagined. <BR> <BR> I posted a few Macrobiotic recipes today, and Veganized an Artichoke dip recipe. I love to cook, and I think I am definitely a wanna be chef. My daughter got all excited when I graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition urging me to develop my talents for ... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 07:50:47 EST Continuing the Journey... Well, after reading my last post dated May of 2013, I was very surprised I still had not really committed to taking care of myself. Why? What was the issue... Mom! Once I got her settled in the nursing home, she just could not settle in. She became extremely demanding of my time and I had to do what I felt was the unthinkable... I had to cut the ties. Although this may sound harsh, I had to back off and let her find herself and become a person who would join in with activities at the center. ... Fri, 29 Nov 2013 18:03:31 EST Learning to expect the unexpected... <em>386</em> <BR> Last year I spent a lot of time juicing to lose weight. Why... because it is what really works for me. (there are lots of medical reasons why) I did great too, that is until I had to practically move in and take care of my mother. She needed more help than I could get for her through social services/elder care. She was falling at least once a week and before she broke something and ended up in a nursing home, I stepped in. <BR> <BR> That was a great move for her, but no... Mon, 20 May 2013 13:07:04 EST Turmeric for joint pain I have been reading about this spice and the effects it has on joint pain. I first heard of this on a video I watched with David Wolfe - he has so much knowledge about natural foods, remedies, etc... so I ventrured out to the store where I could buy the organic version. I add this to my daily Green Drink, and I have to say, I believe it is really helping me. <BR> <BR> Monday I had a very busy day and I can honestly say I did not feel the fatigue I usually feel by the end of the workday. I l... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 17:14:11 EST Kiwifruits This little fruit is so packed with nutrition... I first heard this on Dr. Oz and decided to take a look myself and I am really surprised at the nutritional value of these lime green, sweet balls of deliciousness! Corny huh???? lol! <BR> <BR> Here is the link:<BR>-and-fruit-juices/1934/2 <BR> This werbsite provides all the good and bad qualities of foods. The nutrient content is so complete... was amazed! Each food is rated on the Nutrient Density a... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:06:09 EST Celebrating Valentine's Day Celebrating Valentine's Day... it is the day we express to those we love, how much we do love them. Who better to express that to than yourself! As I was getting my food ready for work, I thought oh... it is Valentine's day and I don't want to get derailed. You just never know who is going to bring chocolate to "share". You see, I am a chocoholic! I have to stay away from the chocolate candies because i just can't resist. <BR> <BR> I make a green drink every morning and as I am getting this ... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 16:52:54 EST Goals, journaling, beating the procrastination blues... I could really go on with that title but don't really have the time. Doing the dailies in SparkCoach today boosted my moral a lot! I even woke up with a new determination this morning. Answer to prayer!!! <BR> <BR> I have been "stuck in the muck" for so long I have forgotten how good it feels to make positive, life changing decisions! Participating in SparkCoach is probably the best thing I can do for myself right now. I love that the drive home the fact that it is all in making changes, no... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 13:20:36 EST So excited to be back!!! <em>224</em> <BR> It has been almost a year but I AM BACK! This past year has been difficult for my family. Mom has not been well, she was beginning to fall about once a week so it was only a matter of time before she fell and broke a body part... I just could not let that happen so everyday I would leave work around 2pm, go to her home, fix dinner, clean, do laundry, what ever needed doing for her. I have done this since last July and pretty much moved in there. I would stay until 10 or 1... 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