Tuesday, August 10, 2010
In reading Erin Brokovich's book I learned a new word that I felt really we could probably all relate to here in SP Land! This is an actual word defined in Webster: "Stick-to-itiveness - a noun meaning propensity to follow through in a determined manner; dogged persistence born of obligation and stubbornness"
A quote from Erin's book that further defines it (page 100 - " The common factor among those who succeed is consistency, or the ability to utilize stick-to-itiveness")
Now this is something that I have below my signature (and have had there for a long time) - Persistence is KEY to success! Proof is in my weigh in today and me nearing 150Ville even more (only 3lbs to hit that land now).
I'm also on my 10th day in a row AF - my longest streak... I'm not sure if I will keep going but certainly the success in numbers is encouraging me to stay on this path as it seems to be busting the plateau - FINALLY! After years of being here - I hope to get to 150Ville and stay there for more than 2 days (like I did last year).
This time I'm getting there - not by doing a low cal diet for 3 days to just hit the numbers but truly committing to my workouts, healthy eating and AF consciousness as a key factor in my success.
I had an amazingly productive day yesterday. Went for my walk by the water for 45mins, then attempted to go to BodyFlow only to find out the replacement was going to do a Yoga class instead... well I tried 20mins of it and have learned Yoga is not my cup of tea, so I left. The positions made me 'hurt' and my aching neck/shoulder pain came back and I had a hard time sleeping last night because of it. BodyFlow is better because although it incorporates Yoga (along with Tai Chi and Pilates) - it doesn't require holding of some of those positions for a length of time that was just plain not good for my body. And so - I listened to my body, left the class and drove over to explore the other co-ed location of Goodlife closer to my home. I asked for a tour and picked up their schedule. This gym is bigger and well there are 'guys' there so a bit intimidating as I'm still self-conscious but I think I'll start by trying out a few classes there. They have spin classes there which they don't have at the Women's Only location I was attending - and I may just try a first time class there at 6:15am tomorrow morning... we'll see if I can get beyond my shyness (and if I don't die trying to do the workout as I haven't biked in ages).
I managed to get a lot sorted out with our 'medical' issues and got a physical booked for this week with Trista instead of the 27th. I'm trying to take care of appointments while I'm off so as to not interfere with my work. I have also asked to be removed from my would be 'family physician's list' because I just simply have not been happy with her. I may as well just go to a clinic than have her... and I can't sign up to get a new one until I was off her list so that is done.
I took care of my lease for my place - and chose not to sign a year's lease but rather go month by month... Ya never know what might happen and I don't feel so 'locked in' this way.
Today's plan - to go pick up my notebook (containing ideas for family physicians who may be taking new patients) from my co-worker's place before she heads to work. Workout (some form of activity - to be determine lol). Megan may go visit her friend today. Trista went to a friend's yesterday so ya - mom's taxi service will be running again today (but I don't mind)...
Still loving the StayCation... and all that I'm getting done! Feeling peaceful, content and happy with my life and my accomplishments - well I'm quite proud of all I've done so far this month!
I also received a post about the New Moon and writing a Law of Abundance Cheque... so going to do that too! My angel reading said money was coming... so why not practice any actions that may attract such to me... here's a link if any of you want to check out what it's all about... www.seachangeexpert.com/abundance.ht
Here's an intention you can recite with this action that fellow SP friend wrote (IMJETTA) ...
Universal Law of Abundance we/I accept today, the beginning of a new moon, the time when energies are the strongest for new intentions and new ways of belief to be manifested and rooted in our/my knowing of true self and our/my true reality. We/I ask that universal abundance be always flowing to everyone/me on earth and in the universe, that all is always in abundant supply and that are access to our/my abundance is also always abundant and always flowing, that all sources, services & faciltators of abundance are always offering this abundance to everyone/me with love & fairness and always in the mindset of total abundance to all. May all abundance that is used to be returned two fold or in even greater exponential figures than we/I think we/I require or expect so as we/I always are confident and knowing that the everlasting and ever abundant supply of the universe is of course always operating perfectly. We/I always accept Abundance and all those around us/me are always offering us/me Abundance and everyone that is around them/me is also offering us/me abundance and we/I am in due course offering them in Abundance as there is always a permanent abundant flow ....flowing. Debt is merely an illusion of the inexplicable truth that the universe is always offering abundance may I always be receiving as the universe delivers and recompensation never needed as everyone else is always receiving as there is always plenty in flow for everyone. May I always receive my abundance with respect, gratitude, kindness, joy and love and may I always give my abundance in respect, gratitude, kindness, joy & love. I know that abundance is always flowing as there is bountiful supplies everywhere we/I are/am! We/I receive & we/I accept mine today and always to infinity! So it is!
Amen, Alleluia, Namaste!
May the law of abundance bless you all with great properity!! Have a wonderful NEW MOON Day!
Monday, August 09, 2010
I completed my reading of the book Gratitude - A way of life. Hearing the stories of many teachers, speakers, mentors, and successful people - it's clear that gratitude is key for success!
You can not feel gratitude and be bitter at the same time. This applies to all areas of our lives. Be it in our weight loss/health journey and the frustrating plateaus, those pesky scales not cooperating or simply having a 'bad day or bad moment'... when you look at the big picture, if you take the time to recognize what you DO have to be grateful for, the rest fades away and you can then focus on the important things in your life.
No matter where you are on this journey - be it the start, or like me, having been here for 4 years, I am grateful for all experiences that I've had to date. I am not the typical 'success' story in that I have not lost weight in a short amount of time, but I felt it important to state that no matter what 'time' it takes for you to succeed, the important point is that you are working towards that success by appreciating every moment!
All of the challenges that have presented themselves to me have been invaluable in making me the person I am today. I have truly changed my way of thinking and after much practice, it is like second nature to switch those negative thoughts to recognizing the great things that do exist in my life.
I wake up every morning and go to bed every night reviewing all the things I have to be grateful for. Yesterday, I was sore and didn't think I'd do anything - and I suppose my walks are almost my 'rest' as I see them as meditative and my opportunity to commune with mother earth. I ventured out on a new path (literally) and it led me to such scenic beauty! I noticed the beauty in every plant, flower and the rabbit who crossed my path as I was walking put a huge smile on my face.
Throughout the day, I had some thoughts of having that 'drink' just to relax and I fought the temptation and stayed on my AF pledge and so very happy I did. Today is my 'match point' in that my longest previous in a row streak for being AF was 9 days and today is my 9th day!
Plans for the day include going for a walk by the water, then tanning and then discovering more 'new' as I explore the other Good Life gym which is co-ed near my home. So far I've only ventured to the 'Women's Only' but going to stop by and get their schedule and ask to see if I can get a quick tour.
I also have plans to take care of a few items - such as following up on finding out about an alternative to the medical clinic I've been attending, making phone calls about dropping off some items for donations, and reading some more. I started to read Erin Brokovitch's book "Take it from me - Life's a struggle but you can win". It's a great read so far. I will also do some reading/organizing for my IAAP material as I prepare for my upcoming planning day.
It's sunny out now but they are calling for rain later (so not sure if I'll get to do my walk with KOWLEEN - which we've put off a few times so far). Whatever the weather ... I'm grateful for the vacation time to just be and do what I please...
Going to attend the 10:30 BodyFlow class today as well. I got on the scale this morning and it's making me smile... my official 'ticker' weigh in is tomorrow so the record will show officially tomorrow what my determined focus has resulted in. No matter the numbers, I feel fantastic about reaching the goals I've set for myself and proud of myself for not breaking any agreements I made with myself!
I feel truly blessed and forever grateful to my SP Friends here - to all who continually support me... you truly make a difference in my day and add to my smile and sunshine! For that I and wish for you to have a SPARK filled amazing week!! With an 'Attitude of Gratitude' - you simply will not be able to have anything less than a sunshine filled week!
Friday, August 06, 2010
Well I had a great day yesterday! Work is going well as I see myself getting all the 'to do's' required done before I leave on holidays at 3:31 today.
My boss gave me a little 'note' with some lifesavers (it's part of our reward system at work - another reason I feel so blessed to be there)... the note said thanks for making things run so smoothly for her and that she couldn't do it without me...
I was the meeting shuffler and although I was a bit urked, before replying to e-mails I thought things out and simply made the changes and replied - there you have it, it's "Done" - which resulted in their gratitude for my doing so (the old me might have let a sarcastic remark out - which is not something I'd ever consider now - always think before you hit 'send').
I had my lunch time walk and also managed to get in my ab work last night. I have plans to try Body Pump again on Saturday morning - only my 2nd time and well - maybe I'll just use the bar, no weights, we'll see. Last time I did the class (in January I think) - I had trouble walking for days. But with that class I will meet my 2 class a week goal for this first week of August.
I remain AF and I'm halfways to breaking my first longest streak of 9 days in a row.
I listened in on a free Webinar last night "Turning Point: Making your way to an Extraordinary Life" and again, it was so great to hear that I am truly on the right track to making this happen!! I look forward to receiving an e-book from the presenter as she read one of the stories from it, truly inspiring! This webinar is but one of the benefits from my professional association (IAAP).
I finished reading The Success Principles and one chapter that really stood out for me in yesterday's reading was principle 54 which speaks to keeping our agreements... and to me that rang most true in how I must keep agreements with myself FIRST. I set out to reach a goal this month and I am not breaking it this time. My Focus is ON!! This will be the breakthrough month... through my plateau (this weight I've been unable to surpass in a couple of years of trying now), through to 150Ville! Breaking records, meeting goals... I'm going to DO IT!! The other piece I take from this book and am happy to confirm is that our learning never ends... and I'm taking full advantage of adding to my repertoire, by reading, by attending conferences, webinars .. anything that will improve my "self" and allow me to live a great life. I loved the calendar page from the Louise Hay calendar I have - it read what I truly am going to make happen... "I am going to make the rest of my life, the BEST of my life!"
As a true Louise Hay fan, I began reading her book "Gratitude - A Way of Life" and again, this is something I am truly living! I know that every moment we have is a gift and I will treat it as such!
I came home after work and for the past 2 nights I'm finding Trista smiling more and that is a true gift in itself! Perhaps her releasing that experience to me was the beginning of her healing!
With my vacation starting today, my only plan is to enjoy the relaxation with my girls, get organized and ready for my planning day and get out to do some activities too! I am thinking of looking into going horseback riding - one of those things on my 'bucket list' if you will ... so will inquire about that. I'm also hoping for good weather so we can go venture out to the water park as well.
So what are your plans for this lovely Friday my SP Friends?! I'm wishing you a wonderful day and great weekend ahead! May you live the rest of YOUR lives as the Best of your Life starting with TODAY!
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