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Friday, January 18, 2013

Yes, I'm very sad to say the least. This past week has been nothing but a roller coaster ride. I come close to tears as I write this, once again!

I belong to a team called "Sugar and Food Addiction" Our leader was Elizabeth Bohorquez, RN, C.Ht. I came upon one of her blog by pure coincidence a long time ago, BUT I know that it wasn't coincidence..it was meant to be. It was in the plans for me to learn and grow from this wonderful person. On this team, we also worked with our thoughts & our emotions....we all know that it's very important to have a healthy balance ..not just in body but in mind and spirit as well.

I woke up one morning this past week to a Spark Message from Coach Jen. Spark People had terminated Eliz's membership from this website... The following explanation was given to us. "We don't allow advertising, and it's also very dangerous for anyone to be providing counseling on our site unless they are part of our staff and that she had received repeated warnings on these issues."

I have been with this team since July 4, 2012 and I have never seen Elizabeth promote her work, her books or give professional counseling. She talked about her own life's experiences as we talked about ours. We all commented on each other's posts with the idea that our insights might help someone else in the process. Yes, we looked up to our GREAT Leader..that she was...we asked questions, she shared honestly. As a leader wanting to help her flock, she made many forums for us to participate in... Sometimes she gave us free MP3s to help us along our journey. She did nothing wrong. She could no longer do this (and she stopped)... I've been on other teams that has also gave links to free books or downloads...promoting other websites. I know cause I used them so why was Elizabeth the target to get eliminated from Spark People? Or was it just because she was such a highly professional person????

I understand that SP, like any other websites, need rules and regulations but were any rules really broken here????

This was very devastating for me, loosing such a great team leader. She is no longer a member of Spark People but to the MANY members who followed her blogs and learned from her, you can always find her at the following websites:


Thanks to all my friends who sent me goodies and showed such caring support...I felt like I lost a member of my family..you are all so understanding and thoughtful.


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FRANKLY5 4/12/2013 9:55PM

    Thanks for the explanation and the info.

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MAGGIEVAN 2/12/2013 11:02PM

    I am sad on your behalf. Sometimes the polics behind things are just absurd. Hugs.

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Excited, so EXCITED

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Hi my dear Spark Friends:

Yes, I'm finally back home after another long week of over eating and gaining more weight again. But I'm so HAPPY to report that I've just logged-in my breakfast and I'm really EXICTED about getting back to healthy eating, exercising and having a balance in my life in body, mind and spirit.

My problem right now this morning is that I want to do everything NOW...read my books, catch up with you guys, unpack, exercise, grocery shopping..etc.etc..my list is long but I need to take one step at the time and not get too overhelmed...what I get done today is good and what I don't, can wait till tomorrow.

But I did get to read the following from my book "If Life is a Game, These are the Rules" by Cheir Carter-Scott, Ph. D.

Six basic steps to executing any change in your life.

1. Awareness -- becoming conscious of the pattern or issue
2. Acknowledgment -- admiting that you need to release the pattern
3. Choice -- actively selecting to release the pattern
4. Strategy -- creating a realistic plan
5. Commitment -- taking action, aided by external accountability
6. Celebration -- rewarding yourself for succeeding

No lasting change can be made, nor any pattern released permanently, without going through each of these steps. In order to facilitate your process of change, you will need to learn the lessons of Awareness, Willingness, Causality and Patience. Once you master these, you will most likely find the challenge of identifying and relasing your patterns far less intimidating.

WELL....this really hit me this morning and it was just what I needed. Tomorrow morning I will be reading on AWARENESS.

So, gotta go dear friends...more to do on my list :)

Have a fantastic day!
Love & Light

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ENUFF81020 7/26/2012 9:42AM

    This sounds like an interesting book--I think we have to keep looking and thinking about what we value in order to "figure" both "it" and ourselves out. I also think that each of us has a lifelong quest to deal with--and ours might be all about food and making healthy choices. I think it could be worse!

Take care,

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CHEEKY1000 7/5/2012 10:35PM

    I love the 6 basics steps. I clearly have trouble with #5 committment. Man, I have the others mastered, but put Ghiradelli brownies within my orbit and my committment evaporates. Pow! What committment? Grrrrr. Glad you are back and ready to Spark again. I leave for Las Vegas tomorrow, so I'm not hopeful that I'll remain committed over the weekend. lol

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SHERIO5 7/5/2012 9:21AM

    I love hearing your enthusiasm! It sounds like you are working toward having lasting changes in your relationship with food/eating. Me too!

Have a lovely day!

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MAGGIEVAN 7/5/2012 12:53AM

    It is great to hear from you! All the best with your implemention of what you are reading.

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BEACHLOVR 7/4/2012 4:23PM

    Sue, glad you are back and the book sounds great. Have a great day!

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JULIE2719 7/4/2012 12:36PM

    Love this - thank you for sharing. I will pass this info on to my daughter.
Have a great 4th!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 7/4/2012 12:32PM

    Love it! Have so much fun taking excellent care of yourself!

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    Incredible how self-healing tracking food, exercise, etc. is, isn't it?? Congrats, pat

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SNUGLBUNIE 7/4/2012 11:29AM

    Great attitude and loved what you shared. One step at a time dear sis. Have a great day!

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IAMWINNING 7/4/2012 10:45AM

    Love it! thanks for sharing, Sue.

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Friday, June 15, 2012

"Your body is your vehicle for life. As long as you are here, live in it. Love, honor, respect and cherish it, treat it well, and it will serve you in kind."

by Suzy Prudden author of "If Life is a Game, These are the Rules"

Wishing everyone a great weekend!


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MEADSBAY 6/21/2012 10:44AM

It's the only one we get!

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SHERIO5 6/20/2012 11:51AM

    Your timing couldn't be more perfect for me to see this!!! Thanks so much for sharing!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 6/19/2012 9:36PM

    I can't hear this enough. Thanks Sue!

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CANDOK1260 6/19/2012 5:42PM

    emoticonfor sharing

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GOLFGMA 6/15/2012 5:43PM

    Thanks for the reminder. I am so trying to respect mine these days and have to say I am loving it. emoticon

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FROSTY99 6/15/2012 3:36PM

    Great quote.

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PATTIE441 6/15/2012 2:54PM

    You are awesome Sue! Thank you! Here's to a great weekend! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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2WHEELEDSHARON 6/15/2012 10:32AM

    emoticon emoticon

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SNUGLBUNIE 6/15/2012 9:09AM

    Love it :) Have a great weekend too.

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A YoYo problem needs solving

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Dear Spark Friends
I would like to start wishing everyone a great weekend coming up and to let all my friends know that you're always in my thoughts and my heart even-though my time is so limited on Spark People.

This post is more of a journal for myself this morning. Every year, I do so well on our winter holiday, 6 months of healthy eating, exercising and feeling great about myself. Then I come home in the spring and every year I treat my body with disrespect by over feeding it with junk, sugar, fat and all the food that I know will add up 8 lbs or more of fat and jeopardize my health. I work at loosing it during the summer (if I can) only to put it back on in the fall before leaving for our winter holiday again. The reason for this is I have no self control on my eating habits during all my visits to family & friends. I overeat as if I will never see food again, I load up on deserts, chocolates..any food containing sugar (which of course I know that it's an addiction) So bottom line is that, I'm a YoYo which I've been all my life...but WHY? I hate myself for doing this to my body. WHY do I loose all self control when I know that I'm such a determined, intelligent, well informed person health-wise.

My numbers from my physical was excellent, the Dr was very happy with my health and said that I only have 2% chance of ever developing heart disease. But what he doesn't know is that I'm a YoYo which is very bad for my health. 

Through a great friend on Spark People, I'm hoping to tackle this issue and understand the problem behind it. If anyone else has any good books or website links, please feel free to send it to me.

On the good side of my well being spiritually, I finished my book "A New Earth" by Eckhart Tolle and it was fantastic. I'm starting a new one called "The Dark Side of the Light Chasers" by Debbie Ford and I'm very excited about learning from this one. I truly believe that books do call me at the proper time when I need to learn for my journey on this earth.

I still love doing my meditation in the morning, my prayers, my grounding and then a little bit of reading and journaling in my book gives me a great sense of peace to start my day. 

Ok...this has been long enough, I feel great having journaled on this and posting it to all my friends who never gives up on me. I do feel guilty for not being there for all of you though.

I love you all

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CHEEKY1000 6/20/2012 12:53PM

    Hello! I've been checking out your page before I responded to your blog. What wonderful photos! Thank you for sharing them.

I know you know that you keep your weight stable during the holiday because of all the exercise--even going to the mall and climbing those steps! lol The kayaking looked amazing!

You asked for book suggestions. Based on your blog, you seem to be more of a...calm person (meditation and journaling). But the book I'm suggesting is by Jillian Michaels (who is the antithesis of calm--lol). Her book is called Unlimited. It is NOT a workout book or even a book on eating healthy (though of course--she is JM, after all--she does mention that stuff, but it's not the focus). It's a book on dealing with issues and unlocking out potential to live an "unlimited" life. I feel so energized and empowered when I read it. When I feel myself lagging (in months) I reread it. Everytime I reread it, something new registers. Or something re-registers...or finally sinks in because I'm at a point that I'm ready to accept it.

If you do read it, please let me know what you thing.

Best wishes!

P.S. Hope you don't mind, but I added you as friend.

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SHERIO5 6/20/2012 12:05PM

    Oh you are singing my sad song, sister!!!

I am reading a book, which made a statement very close to the one you did, eating like you'll never have the chance to eat that food again. It resonated with me when I read it, and again, when I read it here. The author said that we are not trusting that God will provide us with what we need...and not just food, but other needs/wants.

Her plan involves eating whatever we really want to eat, regardless of calories, fat, sugar, but to eat it mindfully and stop, the second you feel slight fullness, when the hunger stops. You are also only supposed to eat when truly hungry. You are also supposed to turn to God when you feel like you want to eat beyond fullness, like when you've had your meal, but now the second helping is calling to you because it was so good.

Now, I don't think I can go that far...I'm going to have to eat my healthier foods...but I sure can eat slower and listen to my body more, and stop when full, and only eat when truly hungry, no matter what the clock says! At least I'm going to try!

So, hey, let me know if you find something that helps you stop this negative pattern of yo-yoing...I'll do the same!

Sheri emoticon

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MEADSBAY 6/19/2012 9:03AM

    Me, too, me, too, me, too!
It's so discouraging what we do to ourselves over and over.
I bet I lost 15-20 lbs between Jan and May just about every year for at least 20 years. And, of course regained those pounds plus a few more each summer and fall. This is not healthy!!!
I say I dieted my way up to nearly 200 pounds- at 5'3"
SP is helping me to change the way I live my life now and I will not do that any more.

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GOLFGMA 6/15/2012 5:48PM

    I expect most of us on SP would have to admit being yo yoer's. We are all here trying to correct that and maybe this time it will be for a lifetime! Thanks for the blog. Have a great weekend. Gotta be kind to all these fathers! emoticon

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MONIKA1948 6/14/2012 9:59PM

    Hi Sue! I can totally relate to what you are going through. You see, I am also a yo-yo.
I don't know why we put our bodies through this everytime. We are motivated to lose weight and after awhile, we put it all back on again. I have been doing this for years now. If you every find out why we do this, please let me know. One of these days we will get it right. We will never give up getting healthy. Have a wonderful week. Hugs

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SNUGLBUNIE 6/14/2012 1:25PM

    I totally agree with Sharon. We are human and sometimes we fall, but as long as we pick ourselves up, that is what matters :) (((((hugs)))))))) I know you will figure this out.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 6/14/2012 10:19AM

    Hi Sue, we completely understand all of it! I've read both those books, they're wonderful. Last year or so, I did some work from "The Binge Eating and Compulsive Overeating Workbook" by Carolyn Coker Ross, so wanted to mention that if you haven't seen it already. The biggest help for me comes when I'm honest with my family and friends about needing to eat well. My parents especially feel threatened by it and don't want to hear about it, but they try to accomodate me when I least expect it.
Mostly, please be kind and gentle with yourself about it. I've decided it's a normal part of the process and we need to celebrate ourselves for not giving up.
Take care Sue!

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On The Go

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Dear Spark Friends
I want to express my thanks and love to all of you who sent me goodies, visited my page or leave me comments on my feed. You are all so wonderful and I love you. The beautiful complements that I received is starting to swell my head..hee..hee...You guys never give up on me eventhough I hardly have time to posts or keep track of you. You are always in my thoughts and my heart.

As you all know, we arrived from Thailand last month. Spent the month getting settled into our new place that we rented by the lake for the summer. It's an old cottage but we love it and it's new to us :)

We're on the road again...we left to go visit our son and family, grandkids and friends for the next 2 weeks. Tonight our 20 year old grandaughter has invited us for dinner. Tomorrow we're leaving further up North to pick up my Mother-In-Law and take her on a small trip. She's 84 and we don't see her all winter so it's important to spend quality time with her. We will also take her to our cottage to show her where we live now and then drive her back home in a week.

I have not been eating very healthy or exercising. I'm gaining a lot of belly fat and my stomach is suffering due to it. I have not been treating my body the way it should be treated. I'm very disappointed in myself once again. I do this every year and I just don't seem to learn my lesson :( I know that when I get home, I will get back at eating healthier but still...why can't I learn to do it all the time. I don't need to eat all the desert that they feed me...I don't need to eat more than I should. I just can't seem to drill that into my head. I think it's still an addiction to food that I have. Needless to say that I don't exercise either. Ok...I've made all my confessions now, I've been negative enough for the day and I have to pick up my feet and start again. I CAN DO IT!

Many of you are asking me how my foot is. For those who don't know, my husband dropped a 25 lb dumbell on my foot last week. I thought it was broken, didn't go for Xrays but I think it's only badly bruised cause it swells up when I stand too long and after 1/2 hour walk the other day, it was extremely sore and I could hardly walk on it anymore. I guess it will take time, but I have to be grateful that it was not broken. I do not want anymore broken bones at my age.

So, that's about all that's going on with me. I'm always with you in thoughts & spirit as well.

Lots of hugs & love

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MAGGIEVAN 5/25/2012 12:17AM

    Sending you lots of luv and happy vibes. You don't say anything about your meditation. Can you keep that up or is the time with your family to short for that now?

Balance in life... It is something that had me scratch my head for a long time. I came to the conclusion yes, there is balance but not all in one day, but over a period of time. I am sure it is the same for you.

Do what you can and scatter joy. That is your main job now.

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FROSTY99 5/24/2012 12:17PM

    Take it easy on that foot. Sometimes it is hard to do but we must take care of ourselves so we can take care of everyone else.
Have a wonderful time catching up with your family.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 5/23/2012 10:47PM

    I hope your foot feels better soon. I know you WILL do all those good things for yourself. I have to remind myself all the time that I'm still practicing at it! Have a wonderful time with your family, Sue!

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MONIKA1948 5/23/2012 10:28PM

    Sue! Take care of your foot and your health. You sure are one busy lady. Have a wonderful time. emoticon Monica

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IAMWINNING 5/23/2012 2:54PM

    Good to hear from you Sue, but sorry about your foot problem. Hope it soon heals.

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SNUGLBUNIE 5/23/2012 2:02PM

    WOW, so you're bringing Dolly on a trip. How nice for her for sure :) Take care of that foot sis. YOU CAN DO IT ((((((((((hugs)))))))))))))

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MABTE52 5/23/2012 1:24PM

    I hope your foot is better

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