SUSHENO's SparkPeople Blog SUSHENO's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Best advice heard so far ... SparkGuy says: <BR> You get one shot at life. Grab it and take control of your destiny starting today! <BR> <BR> Not just in the health department ... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 21:02:59 EST Adopting this motto ... SparkPeople's Coach Tanya says: <BR> Be active any way you can, every day that you can. Mon, 22 Jul 2013 22:49:06 EST Clever ... Kelly, the SparkPeople office manager says: <BR> Everything in moderation on the days that end in "Y"! Sun, 21 Jul 2013 20:33:01 EST Success, anyone? SparkPeople's Coach Tanya says: <BR> Visualizing and goal setting are important steps to success, especially when it comes to weight loss. <BR> <BR> I have to agree. It is like incorporating the brain in the process. The brain likes to be included in every aspect. Can not blame it; after all it is a part of the body. <em>334</em> Sun, 14 Jul 2013 16:31:03 EST Oh definitely!!! SparkPeople's Coach Nicole says: <BR> Strong trumps skinny. Tue, 9 Jul 2013 22:37:51 EST Spark People quote Paul the SparkPeople programmer says: <BR> Find activities that you love doing and you'll enjoy exercising. Eventually you'll feel sorry for people who view exercise as something they "should" do but dread. Sat, 29 Jun 2013 16:16:28 EST About the past few weeks ... Have you ever found yourself living and reliving the same patterns and cycles? The situations may be different. The people involved may be different. But you find your emotional and psychological way of thinking is still the same. Those cycles may be for an hour, a day, a week, or even months. Sometimes these may feel more intense as time goes by. Sometimes all you see is the color black. Sometimes you are at the bottom of the barrel and sometimes you are on top. That is how I felt the past f... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 23:57:51 EST Did you know ... that doing heavy cleaning / house cleaning burns 294 calories? <BR> <BR> A great incentive to clean. <BR> <BR> Anyone enjoys cleaning? Sun, 27 Jan 2013 16:29:14 EST Pat ... SparkPeople community moderator Denise says: <BR> Give yourself a pat on the back for making positive lifestyle changes. <BR> <BR> Please do; you may not have anyone around you to celebrate your success with you. <BR> <BR> Cheers! <em>213</em> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 22:53:00 EST SP quote Coach Nancy says: <BR> When you take the focus off the scale, amazing things can happen. <BR> <BR> True. Oh, so true. <BR> <BR> Have a good one! <em>213</em> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 22:48:29 EST SP daily quote SparkPeople's Coach Nicole says: <BR> Find any exercise or activity that you enjoy, and I promise you'll get results. <BR> <BR> True. It is a spirit / soul / body compatibility activity. <BR> <BR> Have a splendid day / week, spark friends! <em>213</em> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 22:50:43 EST Just a thought Hi All, <BR> <BR> I've read a friend's status update on facebook which stated that she is a very sensitive person and if anyone needed to know why, they should ask her Maker. This evoked a whole thought process. I have always thought of myself as a misfit. If you want someone to say whatever you want to hear, go right ahead and pass me by. That is just not me. If you want someone to follow you blindly, it won't be me. I adhere to honesty in all areas of life. If I notice I'm doing something... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 01:39:52 EST Update Hi All, <BR> <BR> Well Christmas and New year's eve & day were nice. I had some sort of a virus that evaded me Christmas and New year's day. It decided to attack me yesterday. Basically, I felt lousy during the holidays. Now that I am sick, I feel better! No, it is not an oxymoron. Have you ever felt sick but you were not and was worried about getting sick? Yes, it was like that. <BR> <BR> I lost my groove during the holidays; was lazy to track food because I knew I was not eating within th... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 20:54:59 EST Happy 2013! A little prayer for 2013:<BR>/12/goodbye-2012-hello-2013.html <BR> <BR> Happy 2013! May it be a very blessed year! Tue, 1 Jan 2013 01:33:52 EST Merry Christmas! I've posted a blog about Christmas as I understand it from the Bible. Here is the link:<BR>/12/christmas-anyone.html <BR> <BR> Just in case I do not post again before Christmas: MERRY CHRISTMAS Everyone! <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>460</em> Sat, 22 Dec 2012 02:39:54 EST Self, I'm gonna ... .. beat the fat out of you!!! <em>104</em> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 13:57:51 EST Tis the season to be jolly ... ... so the other seasons we are to be miserable? <em>334</em> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 13:40:26 EST For sale ... ... 20 pounds. Who wants it? It'll go to the highest bidder. <em>334</em> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 03:28:25 EST Some SP quotes Coach Nancy says: <BR> You don't have to be perfect to embrace a healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> SparkPeople editor Stepfanie says: <BR> Lead with your heart. The rest of you will follow. <BR> <BR> Kelly, the SparkPeople office manager says: <BR> Smile. It's contagious! <BR> <BR> SparkPeople's Coach Nicole says: <BR> YOU belong on your own to-do list. Thu, 13 Dec 2012 21:41:46 EST 12/12/12 Mayan calender I have been waiting for this day for a very long time. I am still here. As far as I know, everything is working as usual. No end of the world, yet. <BR> <BR> How is it in your world? <BR> <BR> Addition: It turned out to be the 21st. But doesn't 12/12/12 have a nice ring to it? Wed, 12 Dec 2012 22:52:31 EST SP quote Paul the SparkPeople programmer says: <BR> Wanting and doing are not the same things. Don't say you want something. DO what's necessary to get what you want. <BR> <BR> As someone commented earlier: He is a smart guy! <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <em>213</em> Sat, 8 Dec 2012 21:37:55 EST Still Determined!!! October 02, 2012 blog stated: <BR> <BR> "I have this pattern where I start something and somewhere in the middle due to any kind of hardship or discouragement, I'd stop. <BR> <BR> NOT anymore. I am not going to allow myself to quit until I have met every goal I have. I have spiritual, emotional, physical, financial, and social goals. Setbacks are natural due to unforeseen events. These will be used as a learning experience. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your day! <em>213</em> " <BR> <BR> I AM STILL... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 22:50:23 EST Recalculating November was not a disappointment, but a learning experience. I've learned what I am currently doing is not working for me. Oh why, oh why is it hard to lose weight? Guessing the majority of us on this site have the same plea. So, will be recalculating and readjusting what I am doing. <BR> 1) I am spending too much time here. This will be adjusted to just focus on what works. I won't care too much about points as about interactions and fitness minutes. <BR> 2) My food intake? Seems I lose t... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 00:50:42 EST SP blog Coach Nancy says: <BR> Never feel bad about what you have done. Feel good about what you can do. <BR> <BR> No regrets! Have a great Sunday! <em>213</em> Sat, 1 Dec 2012 22:57:26 EST Influence quote Samantha, SparkPeople community moderator, says: <BR> What you say to others will stay with them for a long time. Express positive words to the people you interact with every day. <BR> <BR> If you remember yesterday's quote: not only do our words affect us, they affect others whether negative or positive. I remember words spoken to me yeeeeeeaaaaaaarrrrrrssssss ago. Unfortunately, these were negative. They say that it takes 10 positive words to 1 negative to undo the damage. I've also heard... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 23:48:28 EST 11/28 SP quote SparkPeople's Coach Nicole says: <BR> Say one good thing about yourself and your body every day. Eventually, you'll come to believe it. <BR> <BR> True. The mind / body / spirit connection. The opposite is true as well. So we need to be alert to what we are saying about ourselves and make appropriate changes. <BR> <BR> P.S. <em>304</em> dear Spark Friends for your comments, support, and encouragement. You make it worthwhile! <em>30</em> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 00:19:42 EST 11/27/2012 SP Quote SparkGuy says: <BR> It's easier than you might think to be a positive force in your world. <BR> <BR> So very true. This is also a motivation to be positive. <em>213</em> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 20:20:45 EST A quick update for 11/25/2012 Decided Sunday will be a rest day. Meaning I will do minimal amount of exercise of 10 minutes. The strange thing about yesterday was I was always hungry. I must've snacked about 3 times plus the meals. The weather was a bit chilly indoors. Outdoors was warm. And there was nothing else going on. Gotta tell ya, I felt good for satisfying the hunger and for barely meeting the high end of the calorie range. <BR> <BR> Has this ever happened to you? Unexplained hunger? Tue, 27 Nov 2012 00:08:33 EST SP quotes Healthy thought of the day: <BR> Set your goals high, and don't stop till you get there. -Bo Jackson <BR> <BR> SparkPeople's Coach Nicole says: <BR> If someone has a problem with you, it's their problem, not yours. <BR> <BR> Hmmm, both are a challenge to me. How about you? <BR> Sun, 25 Nov 2012 15:53:38 EST SP quote SparkPeople's Coach Tanya says: <BR> Be active any way you can, every day that you can. <BR> <BR> I've found when I exercise in the morning even if it was just for 5-10 minutes, I am energetic the whole day. What makes me get up and exercise? A pep talk to self. Crazy? Sure it is! But it works. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Sunday and have a great week! <em>213</em> Sat, 24 Nov 2012 22:13:10 EST SP quote and post Thanksgiving updates SparkGuy says: <BR> Carpe Diem, SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> I am suspecting I ate too much yesterday; did not even want to know the extent of the damage. But I did not finish my dessert and only had water to drink. I also exercised before dinner. Today I ate sensibly and exercised a little more than usual. Hoping to undo the damage that was done. Other than that, life as usual. <BR> <BR> Keep sparking! <em>213</em> Sat, 24 Nov 2012 01:06:23 EST