Way station on my journey to healthier lifestyle
Taking a short breather to think and assess how far I've come and to look ahead to where I'm going.
Last Friday, I had my physical. I hadn't seen a doctor in over a year. Not because I've been so healthy, but because I knew what she wou... Read more
Goals for this week
Hopefully this works. One of my Spark goals was to put my goals into images so I made this poster for me to put on my desk. It makes me smile. I'm e... Read more
Since Aug 22nd, I've been cooking healthy meals and started Tai Chi this week. Last Thursday, I donated blood where they always check your blood pressure. My BP was 110/75. Wow! My BP is usually high and I had just raced from my second Tai C... Read more
It's up to me
An "epiphany" happened end of August. I was angry. I thought I was angry with my family. My youngest DD was home from school and I arranged the menu to reflect her likes. It was mostly pasta, red meat, no fish, and starchy potatoes, white br... Read more
My mom died on April 8th at 8:21pm after a long fight with an illness lasting more than a year. She was in hospice the month before her passing. The hospice team are angels. They supported my family through everything with compassion and cari... Read more
I'm taking a quick break to blog. I've been going non-stop since 5:30 this morning. I got a workout in, emptied the dishwasher, did a load of laundry, made breakfast for my mom, made my grocery lists (one for the Japanese market and the other ... Read more
Planning paid off!
This weekend was a success! The planning and help from friends and family helped it to be that way. The healthy snacks helped me to keep to my nutrition goals (mostly). Though I was unable to do my usual fitness workouts, I did help set up ... Read more
I'm feeling more than a little nervous about this weekend. My gym hosts several gymnastics meets a year. This year, the Mardi Gras meet is going to be larger than normal. That means Friday set-up from 6-11pm, Saturday 8am-10pm, and Sunday 7:3... Read more
I feel GREAT!
I'm starting to notice the other benefits of eating better and exercising (other than losing weight, that is). This morning, I felt so much energy doing chores around the house. Before this journey, doing chores was...well, a CHORE! I felt li... Read more
Rainy Day Sunday
I'm enjoying the rain today. I live in a drought area and I can almost feel the ground soaking up the water. The brown hills have a haze of green. My hair curls in enjoyment of the moisture in the air.
I coached a birthday party at my ... Read more
Chicken katsu and gomae added to my repertoire of Japanese cooking!
Learned how to make Chicken katsu earlier this week and sesame spinach (gomae) yesterday. Super easy and mom enjoyed them both. Mom's potassium level was low which caused atrial flutter, irregular operation of one of the valves in her heart. ... Read more
Learning to cook Japanese food
Since my mom has been slowly drifting away with dementia, diabetes, bilial blockage, etc., her appetite is gone. I've been trying to tempt her to eat by learning to cook the foods she enjoyed before she became too infirm to cook. So far, I've ... Read more
I'm so HAPPY!
My lifestyle changes are paying off! This morning, my blood pressure was 99/61, the best it's been in a decade. Also, after donating blood last week, I received my cholesterol report...it was 167! I feel like doing a victory dance. Why in th... Read more
Challenges dealing with feeling a lack of control in my life.
Everyone experiences it. Life throws things at you...your elderly mother is sliding into dementia and refuses to eat or even drink water, your dishwasher AND refrigerator is flooding water from the kitchen down into the basement playroom...then... Read more
I am going to "scale" down on stepping on the scale. I was weighing myself every morning. Last week I cut down to weighing every other day. This week, I'm just going to weigh myself twice...Monday and Friday (my weigh-in day). After that, ju... Read more
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