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Accomplishments...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

In a world where we so often notice the things we haven't done - I decided it's time to list some of the things I am accomplishing... I have been meaning to take a jewelry class for ages and finally went to one last night - this was my first try at it.

With regards to my certification - I finished all three modules for Word 2010 and received my certificates this week. By tomorrow I will have finished all 3 modules for Excel 2010 - leaving me 2 modules to do for Powerpoint and then I can submit to get my third certification of Technology Applications specialist (as I already have my Microsoft Office Specialist in Word 2010 certificate - another requirement to get the certification).

In my role as President - I have updated and sent out our new budget for membership approval. I have updated our chapter's website and I have created our newsletter for the month of August.

At work - I did the yucky job of updating my boss' CV in the system that is not user friendly and sent it off today (he asked for it by end of next week).

And now tonight I'm headed out to a dinner with some alumni members from our association to discuss some of the changes and hopefully have some positive energy as we look to plan our 50th Anniversary event in February.

So while I may not have everything done that I intended to do or that was on my 'to do' list... I feel very good about all of the above!


  
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LUCYVT 8/21/2014 4:33PM

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JUST_BRENDA 8/21/2014 5:34AM

    Sounds like you've still gotten things done and are balanced. The jewelry looks great!

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GABIBEAR 8/21/2014 1:11AM

    Great going Helene!! You got a lot accomplished! That is a pretty necklace and bracelet.

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JANIEWWJD 8/21/2014 12:10AM

    Good job on the necklace!!! Keep going to reach your goals!!!!
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MEADSBAY 8/20/2014 9:46PM

    Great idea and excellent blog!
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    emoticon emoticon emoticon Keep it up your doing great.

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JANTHEBLONDE 8/20/2014 9:02PM

    You are doing amazing! I'm so proud of you! Hope you're having a wonderful day! Sending you lots of hugs today!
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AUNTALICE2 8/20/2014 7:51PM

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CRYSALLIS1 8/20/2014 6:49PM

    Sounds like your getting allot done. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 8/20/2014 5:29PM

    Glad you are taking some me time in the midst of all your busy-ness!

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MYAKAYAH 8/20/2014 3:38PM

    Sounds like a very productive time for you & getting things accomplished~ emoticon

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Balancing Priorities - Without a Healthy Body Where Would We Be?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


When it boils down to it - TOP priority in our health journey is treating our body well - including eating wholesome natural non-processed foods as well as providing it with adequate activity to keep us moving.

In the busy'ness of every day life stressors, we tend to forego these basic principles - allowing stress or emotional eating/drinking to take over as an easy out.

Think of the last time you were sick and think of how you feel when you are healthy. Which would you choose? It's all about choices.

I'm good at giving advice and I know what needs to be done to get back on track - the HARD part is making the changes in my lifestyle that will lead me to success. Change can be hard and not always comfortable. Sometimes it's easier to just 'stay in the same place' and yet - it's when we push our limits that we grow and become better people.

So I'm working to keep pushing - never giving up on my goals, yet taking each day as it comes. The greatest skill I have to continue developing is better coping skills when stressful situations (or people or kids lol) hit me head on.

I will never EVER give up on my journey to strive to be the healthiest ME!! And note - it has NOTHING to do with the number on the scale - but more to do about as a whole - being well body/mind and soul.


  
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MSLZZY 8/20/2014 2:23PM

    If we don't take care of ourselves, who will? Have a great and thoughtful day!

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THELORELAI 8/20/2014 8:47AM

    It's great to remember our choices. Thanks for the reminder!
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WONDERWISH1 8/20/2014 1:23AM

    I agree. Being healthy makes life so much better. We are capable of such amazing things.

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JANIEWWJD 8/20/2014 12:26AM

    I do push my limits everyday!!! It's great being alive!!!
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GABIBEAR 8/20/2014 12:02AM

    I agree Helene. There are almost NO processed foods in my diet, and I stay away from almost ALL sugar - other than fruits & dark chocolate. My body feels much better. emoticon

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JANTHEBLONDE 8/19/2014 9:29PM

    Awesome blog! Thanks for sharing! I'm really proud of you! Hope you have a wonderful day!
Hugs and love!
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    You are so right! It is all about choices! Bad choices is what got me here in the first place. Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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WONDAWOMAN2 8/19/2014 5:21PM

    Well put, Helene!!

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    well said! thanks for sharing!

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I am NOT Powerless!

Sunday, August 17, 2014



These past few weeks I've been exploring programs that observe the 12 steps - and I must say I'm having a very hard time accepting step 1 in saying that I am powerless - because I don't believe I am. To say so, in my mind, means giving up my power and I simply can't do that.

What I know I need to do is take responsibility for my actions (or non-actions). I need to see the reasons my goals are not progressing and stop with excuses. I need to commit and be clear and focused on my goals - all the while not taking on too much all at once.

I need to learn better coping mechanisms to deal with every day stressors so that I don't resort to emotional eating/drinking in an effort to fill the void.

I need to commit to really understanding what I'm really "hungry" for... being more in the moment - living in the NOW.

I found this other website which is more in line with my thinking and it also has a lot of great resources. It's called HAMS: Harm Reduction for Alcohol - which follows suit of the team I lead "Cutting Down the Booze" as we strive to make better choices and cut down the amount of empty calories we ingest through alcohol that in turn end up slowing down our progress towards our weight loss goals. For those who might be interested in checking it out here's the link: www.hamsnetwork.org/

So far this month, I have taken steps to make changes for the better. I am going to keep making choices, one moment, one day at a time ... and trust that it's leading me to where I need to be right here, right now...


  
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GREEN-EYED-LADY 8/21/2014 2:34AM

    Thank you so much for the link to HAMS. I so agree with them ! I ordered the book. Another website that says you should NOT say you are "powerless" is www.stopdrinkingalcohol.com. It is an excellent website. It helped me a great deal.
Thank you again.
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LYNETTEMOM 8/18/2014 10:30PM

    one day at a time, one step at a time, you are using your strength. You go, girl!

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GABIBEAR 8/18/2014 12:29AM

    emoticon Helene! emoticon Take one step at a time!

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JANTHEBLONDE 8/17/2014 3:26PM

    Awesome blog! I am so proud of what you have accomplished! Way to go girl! I hope you have a wonderful day!
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1CRAZYDOG 8/17/2014 12:20PM

    Having helped extended family members get into 12-steps for gambling, I know there are lots out there who agree with you (including myself). I think more to the point, it's about taming that inner voice of ours, not giving up our power. I think I heard Robin Williams describe it as a little whispering voice, urging you to do something that you know better than to do. The problem is, that choice that isn't healthy for us gets stuck in our head. And I think, too, it's about realizing that sometimes we just can't do something on our own -- doesn't matter what it is -- and that's what I've found with weight loss. All that is needed for success is a little support, whatever form that is in.

I have the power to make choices, but wasn't making good choices when it came to food. I have the power to say yes or now, but wasn't saying NO when I should have. That's where the support helped me and I saw it help with the gamblers in my extended family.

The bottom line is, YOU definitely are in tune with what will or will not work for you. THAT'S where you are putting your focus and correctly so! I hope this makes sense to you.

With everything on your plate, I wish you well. You're doing well.

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SOFT_VAL67 8/17/2014 12:15PM

    I thank whatever higher power there is for the 12 step program that saved my sons life 3 years ago, and he keeps going back, cause it works.
saying you are powerless, isnt giving up your power, its helping you find your real power.
we are all powerless at times in our lives. we all struggle daily. food, alcohol, drugs, whatever it is.
you never really give up your power. you just have to work the steps to find that all the time you really had the power inside of you.
working the steps is a form of empowerment.
just like spark people helps us keep our food and fitness in line. it is empowering us but some of us probably felt lost and helpless when we joined.

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AUNTALICE2 8/17/2014 10:57AM

    Having found your way is half the battle! Good for you!! emoticon

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CAPECODBABE 8/17/2014 8:17AM

    Yes, great job. Only you know what is right for you.

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WDIPIM 8/17/2014 7:56AM

  Awesome blog. Thanks

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JUST_BRENDA 8/17/2014 7:54AM

    Another great blog!
thanks for sharing the link!

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LEANJEAN6 8/17/2014 7:48AM

    You have to do what you need to do to succeed! You CAN do this!-Lynda

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Just For Today...

Saturday, August 16, 2014



Planning can be a good thing - but it can also be overwhelming when we take on too much. This has been the case for me in that I launched my intentions into doing this 90 day challenge which included MANY things I wanted to change or improve upon and it felt like it was just too much given the other stuff I'm also facing with an upcoming move again and adjusting to living alone with my 13 year old now that my oldest has moved out.

I was reminded of the "Just for Today" and "One Day at a Time" mantras... and choosing to stick to this 24 hours a day window. Just for today... I am taking time to blog and read this morning. I did my morning meditation with Deepak & Oprah. I will make some banana muffins. I will attend an Al-Anon meeting. For the remainder of the day - I will seek to stay balanced and calm and at peace. There are many things I want to get done - but I will not write it all out as that too may overwhelm me - I know of the things I'd like to get done, like take the boxes out of my car and bring them in. Finish packing up my oldest's room. There's some volunteer stuff I want to get done and there's also some work to do on my modules for my certification.

I want to also take time to enjoy the day. The weather has not been ideal of late, but if it's not raining, I may get out for a walk later too.

We begin the 2nd half of August today and I'm happy to be where I am 'Just for Today'.

  
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AMBERLICIOUS88 8/18/2014 12:08PM

    That's something we all need to do sometimes, just be happy for today. I love your blogs. They really picked me up after a yucky weekend.

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JANIEWWJD 8/16/2014 10:31PM

    Amen to that!!! God bless you!!! emoticon

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GABIBEAR 8/16/2014 5:33PM

    emoticon Helene! It is very important to take care of you without always having checklists and multiple things to do!!!! Blessings!

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THINANDFITEMILY 8/16/2014 11:56AM

    this has been a process for me too
I listen to myself not Oprah or Deepak as I think I would personally me misled by them
(although of course I respect what works for others)
but what I do now is instead of aspiring to whoever that girl should be (misled by some ideal- the source of which I know not) I am being who I am. Not planing the day but going with instead of against what is "current' emoticon is a better way for me to sail through life at times. Gives a good perspective that can help with days that do need planning.

And yes I am a planner too so at the end of non plan day I reflect and see what works and what doesn't and then go from there
Watching where we naturally go and enhancing, working with or channeling that lead to better results- IMHO
So now I make my to do and ta da from what works Today
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1CRAZYDOG 8/16/2014 11:41AM

    I start my day w/Deepah and Oprah too. Great way to start the day.

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JANTHEBLONDE 8/16/2014 11:34AM

    Love your blog! One day at a time... that's the key! I am so proud of what you have accomplished! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
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4RASCALS 8/16/2014 10:42AM

    emoticon One day at a time .. one step at a time. You can do this


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JCLJR4547 8/16/2014 7:54AM

  amen again!

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It's BUSY Times

Thursday, August 14, 2014

I realized I haven't blogged in a couple of days. Things sure are picking up in my life with my volunteer role as President for my association and other things I'm working on. I'm pushing to get my work done to obtain my certification and pushing to get through my workbooks before my birthday.

What I have left to the side is the BIG 90 day challenge I setup for myself because it's just too much pressure right now while I work through other priorities in my life - like my upcoming move which involves a lot of work.

I'm also making time to fit in my social/fun stuff - which is in high gear. I'm also adjusting to not having my 18 year old at home anymore and it being just me and my 13 year old at home... Today is my oldest's 18 Birthday... I was feeling nostalgic last night and scanned a few of her old pics (another project I have slated to get done before my move to digitize all of my pictures and get rid of the heavy albums I have - three boxes worth lol).

I started a 'to do' list to get things out of my head and on paper because I have so many things going on at once.

Today is a long day - I am at work then off to our planning session for my volunteer work so I won't be home until 9ish. Tomorrow is our workplace social - it was to be a pool party but the weather we're having right now - not so pool friendly (only reaching a high of 14 today I think - insane!!). Tomorrow there will also be 2 showings at my current place - I can't wait until they rent it so I don't have to have people going through my place every so often.

Saturday I'm going to another Al-Anon meeting and Sunday it's my intention to go back to Zumba. Next week on Tuesday is the jewelry making class if it doesn't get cancelled. Wednesday is a dinner with former members and present long time members of the association. Somewhere in there I hope to see someone for my 'guy' fun emoticon

My DD is keeping busy with friends and I'm playing taxi. Things between us are so so... typical parent/teen stuff. In comparison to last year at this time - I'd say things are better.

Next Friday we meet with the day treatment staff to review her summer and get her ready for startup. I truly hope this program will make a BIG difference for her with her school experience.

Thankfully I have tomorrow and next Friday off. Next Friday is when I go pay my 'last month's rent' for the NEW place and get keys and I'll take pics... Feeling slightly overwhelmed with everything but things are GOOD. I am looking forward to the end of September when all of this will be in the past lol... and I can hopefully relax a bit.

  
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MSLZZY 8/15/2014 10:53PM

    So much to do that the challenge can wait. Time to work on the high priority things and leave the rest for later. HUGS!

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4RASCALS 8/15/2014 3:41AM

    Just be sure to take time to take care of yourself. Sometimes busy is a good thing.
Have a great weekend

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JANIEWWJD 8/15/2014 12:27AM

    You are very busy, but don't ever get too busy that you forget to take care of "YOU"!!!
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GABIBEAR 8/15/2014 12:10AM

    You certainly are busy Helene! Don't forget to take care of yourself! Have a great day off!

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JANTHEBLONDE 8/14/2014 10:37PM

    I love your positive attitude! You have a lot on your plate! Sending you lots of hugs today!
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LINDA! 8/14/2014 7:30PM

    emoticon You are a busy lady!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/14/2014 5:45PM

    HUGS and BREATHE!!

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MEADSBAY 8/14/2014 5:16PM

    Yowza!
You are one busy momma!
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AUNTALICE2 8/14/2014 5:05PM

    Wow!!You have a lot on your plate! But a very positive attitude!! Good for you!! emoticon

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DOOBRIE 8/14/2014 2:21PM

    Phew!

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    Busy can be good!

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    Sounding upbeat, busy but productive. emoticon

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