SUSHENO's SparkPeople Blog SUSHENO's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Here we are Hi all, stranger here. <BR> <BR> I had good intentions last time. I was good for a few days. But trying to track everything I consumed was stressing me. I had to stop. I was mindful of what I ate and worked on being active. Still working on both. <BR> <BR> I had a 3 months follow up with my oncologist after some tests were done in July. Cancer was back. Started another kind of chemo on September 7. I had the second of six sessions yesterday. Luckily, it is only once a month. Hopefully, th... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 17:36:33 EST New goals Hi all, <BR> <BR> I am positive this time. No, really, I am. Last chemo session in this cycle was on March 17. Tests will be done on April 12 to see where I am. Follow up with oncologist on April 19. He is positive that I will be disease free for now. And so am I. <BR> <BR> With that being said, I need to get my health back. I need to lose 50 pounds. Chemo is really hard on the brain and body. I had no energy and ate whatever I felt like eating. Appetite was bad and nausea was my companio... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 22:13:46 EST Where is your focus? Hi All, <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is doing well. And stay sparking. New post. These are part of my new year's resolution. Yes, so far on track. I wish I can say the same about being healthy. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>02/where-is-your-focus.html </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy, <BR> Susan Fri, 26 Feb 2016 15:51:22 EST Questions? Hi All, <BR> <BR> Stranger here. Yes, it has been a while. Every day has a different story and a new roller coaster. I managed to post a new entry. If you feel like reading, I love to write. Enjoy. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Keep Sparking! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>02/questions.html </link> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 14:31:31 EST Self worth and identity Hi All, <BR> <BR> It has been a while. Hope all is well with everyone. One of my goals this year is to post to my public blog more often. I was a little late getting started. Today, I stumbled upon this post. I read it and honestly thought that I copied it from someone else. When I searched online, it was a blog entry I did here on 10/28/2012 and 11/03/2012. Why two blogs? As it turned out, I posed hard questions for everyone and was interested in what people had to say. I never posted this... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 22:42:09 EST Happy Thanksgiving! Hi All, <BR> <BR> Thank you for your comments, prayers, and well wishes. Stay blessed! <BR> <BR> Here is a new blog entry. <link><BR>11/on-thanksgiving.html </link> <BR> <BR> And for those of you who cannot access it, here is the body of the blog (I should've thought of this earlier): <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Bible reference: Genesis chapters 37 and 39 through... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:53:49 EST Update On August 21, 2015 Mr Oncologist mentioned that it looks like the cancer was back. Depending upon the situation, it would either be surgery or chemotherapy. On September 30, I sensed God telling me that the doctor was going to suggest surgery and chemo at my next appointment on October 2nd. And it was so. Surgery was quickly scheduled for October 7 due to a cancellation. I requested prayer on here. Been awaken early at 4 AM on Monday October 5 with activity in my stomach area. Again it happen... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 23:50:37 EST Thank you ... ... to all who commented on yesterday's blog. Thank you for prayers and well wishes. Since I have lots to do and need to focus on getting better, I will be back soon. <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> Keep sparking! <em>253</em> Mon, 5 Oct 2015 21:29:29 EST Update Hi, all. <BR> <BR> Requesting prayers for self and family. Cancer is back. Surgery on October 7. Chemo will most likely follow 8 weeks later. My Lord Jesus Christ has given me his peace which transcends all understanding. I believe he will either heal me or walk by my side through the fire. In any case, His will be done. Kindly agree with me in prayer. Thank you. <BR> <BR> Have a great and healthy week! <BR> Susan Sun, 4 Oct 2015 22:51:30 EST Are you ready? <link><BR>09/are-you-ready.html </link> <BR> <BR> If for some reason you cannot open the link, kindly tell me and I will send the info in another form. <BR> <BR> Happy Sunday and great week ahead! <em>213</em> Sun, 20 Sep 2015 15:56:52 EST True <img src=""> Thu, 10 Sep 2015 22:20:30 EST How is your heart? Hi Everyone, hope all is well. <BR> <BR> Here is a new blog post: <link><BR>09/how-is-your-heart.html </link> <BR> <BR> Have a great and healthy week! <em>213</em> Mon, 7 Sep 2015 01:43:59 EST Choices New blog post: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>08/to-choose-or-not-to-choose.html </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy <em>30</em> Tue, 1 Sep 2015 02:50:34 EST Tough? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have been on an emotional roller coaster since last Friday. It was my quarterly trip to the oncologist to see how everything is going. I went in with a hopeful attitude. Leaving without it. It seems that I misplaced the positive attitude in a 20 minute span of time. More tests to follow at the end of September and a course of action will be taken depending upon the results. Tough? Strong? ... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 22:21:17 EST Family? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Please do not misunderstand. I love my family. They were there for me during a very difficult time. But when there is contention, it gets complicated real quick. Trying to figure out what really happened may take years of therapy with a professional counselor. <em>24</em> So the good usually balances the bad. Happy Sparking! <em>213</em> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 00:58:15 EST Agree <img src=""> Sat, 22 Aug 2015 00:10:29 EST Truth <img src=""> Fri, 21 Aug 2015 02:25:26 EST A doctor's advice is important ... <img src=""> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 01:06:23 EST Sound advice <img src=""> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 01:52:47 EST Absolutely <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In fact, you will be miserable when making others miserable. Not worth the time or effort. <em>213</em> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 01:59:09 EST Pleasure, indeed ... <img src=""> Mon, 17 Aug 2015 01:36:09 EST Habits We all have heard that we are creatures of habit. Nothing wrong with that. The kind of habits is where most pitfalls take place. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 15 Aug 2015 16:10:08 EST Motivation <img src=""> Fri, 14 Aug 2015 21:25:04 EST Wow ... I must've lived a full life! I failed in many aspects. <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 14 Aug 2015 00:17:17 EST How do you feel today? Better or worst? What have you been eating? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 12 Aug 2015 17:27:08 EST Teamwork ... ... is powerful. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 11 Aug 2015 14:10:49 EST Easier? Better? <img src=""> Mon, 10 Aug 2015 19:29:09 EST Nobody? True on all levels ... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 9 Aug 2015 16:33:06 EST Oh yeah! <img src=""> Sun, 9 Aug 2015 01:49:53 EST Goals It has been a while since I set any goals. These seem to be doable in short term. <BR> <BR> 1) 10,000 steps a day. I am now averaging 6,000 <BR> 2) Track every meal - started yesterday, hope to be consistent. <BR> 3) Rest at least 30 minutes a day - not consistent now. <BR> 4) Be more socially active online and in person - this needs lots of work. Been hibernating. <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day! <em>213</em> Thu, 6 Aug 2015 19:00:10 EST Update Hi All, <BR> <BR> So it looks like the brain is motivated and motivating the rest of me. This is very good. Staying positive is very crucial for my well being. I still have to track everything I am eating. I have tried it in the past with great success. I also will start visualizing for better results. Also, praying and feeding the spiritual aspect is very, very crucial for ongoing health. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is healthfully sparking! Have a great rest of the week <em>67</em> Wed, 5 Aug 2015 18:02:58 EST Hi Everyone! How's it going? <BR> <BR> Just having a nice day today. Weather is superb with the sun shining. Trying to stay active, quite hard these days. Working on the brain to get motivated to get back to eating healthy and staying active. Gained lots of weight. Eating lots which is not good. I blame it on you know what. But I still need to get back in the game. No excuses. <BR> <BR> How about you? Sat, 30 May 2015 16:34:56 EST Abundant life Hi All! <BR> <BR> It has been a while since posting on my other blog. I have written many rough drafts for other subjects, but haven't posted any of them. Until today. Here is the latest post. Hope it helps someone. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>04/abundant-life.html </link> <BR> <BR> Have a blessed Sunday and a great week ahead! <BR> Susan Sun, 26 Apr 2015 14:46:00 EST Tough decision Not sure where to begin. Many things have changed for me last year: my priorities, my choices, my outlook, etc ... I stopped using Spark People as a get healthy tool. It is like a game for me now. I am interested only in how many points I can make per day, week, and month. The awards are nice, too. I am not wholeheartedly tracking my food or workout. So I must decide if it is just a waste of time ... I like the interactions between my friends here ... bittersweet ... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 18:34:49 EST 2014 It has been a long journey in 2014. Unfortunately, this journey is not over. You see, I was diagnosed with stage 3c ovarian cancer in April, surgery in May, chemo started in June and ended October. Oncologist gave me the all clear to go back to work in November which i did at a very part time pace. I have to followup with him to make sure this monster doesn't come back. Hoping never. Doc says it will, but it could be in 30 years or next week. Critical time period is the first 5 years. Encoura... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 00:25:48 EST New blog ... <link><BR>07/gloomy-season.html </link> <BR> <BR> Wishing you all the best! <em>220</em> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 15:11:29 EST New blog post ... healing Hi all, <BR> <BR> Here is a new blog post about healing: <link><BR>05/who-were-healed.html </link> <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> Sat, 31 May 2014 02:16:37 EST The fight for my life Just wanted to say that I am sorry for not responding to some of you and not being active on here. Thank you to all who sent me goodies, wrote on my page, and liked any activity. I cherish you and your support. <BR> <BR> This short blog explains it: <link><BR>04/the-fight-for-my-life.html </link> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 14:37:26 EST How about them holidays? I've been meaning to write this blog post ever since Thanksgiving. It did not come together until today. It is very true that the seed gives birth to something much, much bigger than itself. This started out as a thought. Without any more ado, here it is. <BR> <BR><BR>14/01/how-about-them-holidays.html <BR> <BR> Hope you enjoy. Have a happy, healthy week, Spark Friends! <em>213</em> Sun, 19 Jan 2014 17:00:31 EST They made me do it ... ... for 5 points. Who are they? Spark Coach, of course. Do what? Update my status. <BR> <BR> It is a great tool. If you are like me and are on a budget, they give free trials every now and then. Check them out and earn more points. There is nothing to lose. Until next time, Keep Sparking! <em>321</em> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 23:26:34 EST January goals A recap of December goal: I've got good news and I've got bad news. <BR> <BR> The good news: I did not gain a single pound. <BR> The bad news: I did not lose a single pound. <BR> <BR> I ate whatever I wanted whenever I wanted; within certain limitations, of course ... but I also moved more. <BR> <BR> The goals for January: <BR> Lose 10 pounds <BR> 1500 fitness minutes <BR> Eat healthy <BR> <BR> Can it be done? It sure can ... <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em>... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 13:21:19 EST I wish you enough I've read this several times online. To be honest, I have no idea who the author is. But since this is a new beginning in the new year, it is very fitting. Enjoy <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> "I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright. <BR> I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more. <BR> I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive. <BR> I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger. <BR> I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting. <BR>... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 20:25:16 EST A good reminder Paul the SparkPeople programmer says: <BR> When you break down goals into smaller steps, it isn't even that hard. All you have to do is say "yes" to the right things, one day at a time. <BR> <BR> Have a healthy, awesome weekend! <em>334</em> <em>321</em> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 21:00:28 EST Sparkpeople quote Coach Nancy says: <BR> You can't go through life alone, so you might as well find a friend to walk this journey with you. <BR> <BR> Wed, 4 Dec 2013 21:17:05 EST December goal Lose 10 pounds. You see, I gained 10 pounds since I went back to work in June. I do not feel energetic or light. Need to get back to the original weight loss and continue from there. Can I do it? I SURE CAN. And so can you! You can reach all of your goals once you set your mind to it! <em>381</em> Sun, 1 Dec 2013 13:03:47 EST Quote worth repeating You've got to think about big things while you're doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction. ~ Alvin Toffler <BR> <BR> No comment. <em>30</em> <BR> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 21:15:30 EST Need this reminder daily ... SparkPeople's Coach Nicole says: <BR> If someone has a problem with you, it's their problem, not yours. <BR> <BR> Thank you, SparkPeople Coach Nicole! <em>30</em> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 22:15:41 EST Must agree Kelly, the SparkPeople office manager says: <BR> Smile. It's contagious! <BR> <BR> I tired laughing once to see if it was contagious. The first few minutes were awkward especially when people thought I was crazy for laughing for no apparent reason. Then they participated. It was fun. <em>334</em> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 22:19:58 EST Worth pondering Coach Nancy says: <BR> If you never take risks, you may never appreciate your full potential. <BR> <BR> That is true. I am experiencing it more nowadays. There are, of course, some risks to be avoided at all costs. But there are those that seem harmful, but are not. The rule of thumb I try to use is the 80/20 one. If something is good 80%, I go with it. Because nothing is 100% complete in life. There is no perfection. As beauty, perfection is in the eye of the beholder. If your eye wants to... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 14:54:33 EST Good question SparkPeople's Coach Tanya says: <BR> Is your weight loss journey a sprint or a marathon? Wed, 24 Jul 2013 22:20:11 EST