Sunday, November 14, 2010
I can't believe that tomorrow will mark the mid-point to this month. As I review the month so far, it certainly has been filled with many events for me, but I'm happy to report there is progress too (which I will weigh in/measure up and report on tomorrow).
From job loss, to job search. From 170Ville back to 160Ville (not going to meet my original goal of hitting 150Ville this month but I'm ok with that). So far I am averaging the 2lbs per week so by December 1st - I should be fairly close and hope to end 2010 in 150Ville - a goal I've been seeking to reach for some time!
I had a great day yesterday with a beautiful morning walk by the river. Then met up with SP friends for tea/coffee (Tim & Erika). Later the girls and I went to see Jodee who was fabulous in teaching the girls to bake and decorate sugar cookies! She's got some pics - maybe she'll post some or send them to me so I can share some.
Trista stayed overnight with her and I came back home with Megan. A quiet and early night yet again. This time change still has me thrown off - it was 6pm and it felt like 9pm - with the early darkness ... But alas, we've been extremely blessed with beautiful weather this week!
Today's plan ... I started the day trying out the new DVD I bought No More Trouble Zones with Jillian Michaels (based on recommendations from MIMICOTO). The video kicked my butt all right. I wasn't able to do all the moves, but worked up a sweat nonetheless and I imagine with practice, eventually I'll be able to do all the reps.
Megan is still sleeping and I put a nice roast in the slow cooker (love the aroma on a Sunday - remind me of my mom's cooking). Going to take a walk again too since it's nice again, but a bit later perhaps. Also going to go for a tan. Megan's birthday party is this afternoon and we may go to the rec centre later... not too sure just yet.
I really want to get my organization in order as things are piling up and I want to be ready for the new week as my job search continued. I need to update my spreadsheet on all the places I've applied to and be ready when I get calls for interviews (which I hope will happen this week). I am maintaining my positivity and believe I will be working by December for sure! I'm of course anxious to have a job secured so I can then perhaps use some of the time off as rest days to prepare as I embark on a new adventure!
A great month so far, despite an unexpected change in my work life... As with anything else, I am trusting that all happens for a reason and that great blessings await me!
Wishing all my SP friends a blessed Sunday!
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Chapter two (or the second principle) in Napoleon Hill's Keys to Success speaks to forming mastermind alliances. These are relationships we form with like minded individuals as we strive for a common goal and I thought SP is truly just that!
The tools, the community, the friends! What a great alliance we have here! We encourage each other, learn from one another and keep each other going! I feel truly blessed to have made some really formidable connections here and I continue to make more.
For those who are new, I must encourage you to reach out and get involved! When I first joined SP over 4 years ago, I lurked about and wasn't as active. About two years ago that changed and I can't tell you how much of a difference it has made in my life.
I've also completed the read of the third principle which speaks to assembling an attractive personality and again, I must say SP had a huge role to play in my own development of my PMA (Positive Mental Attitude). With most every blog I receive feedback and that means a lot. For those who know me from 4 years ago, well you know I wasn't always this picture of positivity but SP changed that! I changed that and I love it!!
I would say the blogging tool is one of my most treasured tools as I use it to record my thoughts and feelings, for my own purposes, but I know that by doing so it may help someone else to hear or see that they are never alone in this.
The other treasure in SP is the community and teams that are tailored to your particular interests. I am a member of a few teams and co-leader of two. I must be honest in saying I'm of course most active with those that I lead, but do check in on the others when I can. Again, these teams are sources of inspiration, guidance and a way to make connections with like minded individuals.
Each of our journey is unique, but in some ways the same. The key is to find the right combination and mine is SP all the way!! Sparking is part of my daily ritual and I'm so very grateful for the Spark Guy and his wonderful team for putting this together and keeping it free for all of its members! This is the ultimate place of health and wellness... Body, Mind and Soul!! The perfect balance!! So get Sparking today my friend!! Let's light up this world with the Sparked Energy that we are!!
Thursday, November 11, 2010
My handsome father when he was in the war.
Thanks to Caz who pointed to this video - let's take time today to remember...
Tonight is also my chapter meeting so part of today will be spend preparing for that.
Yesterday was an unusually beautiful day for November as we reached a high of 10 Celcius (and if I recall correctly - last year at this time we had snow). After my early morning spin class I felt energized enough to go for a 45mins walk by the park near my place. Again - I feel truly blessed that the path leading to this beautiful place is literally in my back yard.
Walking amidst such beauty is so very therapeutic!
I didn't end up doing my ST yesterday so will do it today. I will still meet my goal of doing it 3 times this week as I'll do it again on Sat or Sun.
I skimmed through another book "7 Tools to Beat Addiction" and again - the theme is recurring in how in order to change addictions (be it to food or alcohol, or any drugs), one must seek to understand the reason you practice those habits. In many cases, we reach for food for comfort, out of loneliness or boredom. In the case of alcohol we seek to feel better, be more confident perhaps, or simply to relax. Whatever the reason - there is an alternative healthier activity you can find that will enable you to feel better, be more confident and yes, find company and NOT be lonely or bored!
Instead of using those former habits, we can then develop new strategies as we do here on SP by exercising to feel better, meditating or getting a massage to relax, take up new activities to relieve boredom and loneliness (joining a club, volunteering, etc.)
Changing habits means changing our focus. It's time to focus on our higher goals!
I am now beginning to read Napoleon Hill's "Keys to Success: The 17 Principles of Personal Achievement" and the first chapter speaks to developing our definiteness of purpose. By knowing exactly what it is we are striving for, we will surely succeed!
For me this time is different because I am focusing on a short term goal of getting leaner and healthier for my cruise at the end of January. That is my "Health" goal. When I am tempted by the junk food or indulgences, I visualize myself aboard the ship, walking in the sand by the ocean and admiring the beauty of the Carribean places I'll get to visit. As I stated before - I will still allow perhaps 1 day per week where I can reward myself - but without undoing all that I accomplished in the 6 days prior (this means that my 'cheat' day is not a binge day).
We have many areas in which we can set goals and they can include such areas as personal, health, family and work. The key is to setting reasonable goals, and ensuring a good balance so you are not overwhelmed. Set yourself up for success! Everything worthwhile having is worth working for. I continue to work for my Miracles!!
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Okay so after the whole mental debate ... and nervousness that one goes through when they have never been to a certain gym, or a certain class, wondering if I'd be starred at or uncomfortable, I got up this morning and headed out to the 6am Spin class with AMOHAME2.
She had picked out a bike for me that was close to the front so I could hear the instructor and she could see me (thanks ). Now keep in mind I have not cycled in ages! I bought a bike a few years ago and rode it around the block for 5 - 10mins and was so out of breath! Here I was at a 50min SPIN class! YIKES
The instructor helped me to adjust the settings and I hopped on. I tried my best to follow along and was inspired by those who are obviously regular attendees! After 30mins in, I was dying - my butt was soooo sore (and still is tender) and the stand up parts were killing my quads so I tried to keep up but sat my butt back down before the sets were done, but kept my legs moving - pedalled the whole way!
Seeing as I was the only newbie - they gave me a round of applause at the end and it felt really great! My legs were wobbly and I'm sure I'll feel it more tomorrow, but guess what?! I am definitely going to go again. I'm going to check the gym closer to my place to see what their process is as I do understand they are extremely busy classes.
I was very thankful to have AMOHAME2 there with me as I had never been to that location and it was a "CO-ED" gym (I usually always go to the women's only but they don't have the spin rooms there). So one barrier broken and I'm ready to try again (in a couple of days of course as my butt needs to recuperate).
I feel energized! As I finished reading the book by Robert A. Johnson (Ecstasy) - the last part of it speaks to reaching that level of ecstasy by performing 'rituals' that are safe and good for all concerned.
I suppose we can attest to working out as one of those rituals that is great in so many ways! It boosts our moods, gives us energy and provides us with a feeling of 'elation' when we push ourselves just a bit harder and make it through the workout.
With my time off right now - what better opportunity for me to implement some new rituals that will replace old ones that no longer serve me. I am not going to turn into a saint by any means but I am going to make better choices. I will still allow myself rewards, and a day of slight indulgence once a week... but that will be the reward after a week's worth of ritual working out!
So why don't you give it a Spin?! Put yourself out of your comfort zone, give yourself that extra push and go do something different! You will never know until you try if you like it or not and if you don't then you keep trying new things! Live your life fully in the PRESENT 'gift' that it is!!
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