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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

I had a few comments on my blog asking about how I was able to calculate my body fat %. I do not have calipers so I decided to use a couple of tools. The first site was shared with my by BAILEYSMOM and is the Body for Life website which I created a profile on to track my 3 month challenge to my cruise. I continue to track everything here too with my weekly weigh in and measurements. So here's the first link: bfltracker.com/

On the site there are tools including calculators. One day I couldn't get the calculator to work so I googled for an online fat measuring site and found this one: lowcarbdiets.about.com/library/blbod
yfatcalculator.htm


My weigh in yesterday only showed a half pound loss but this morning I hopped on the scale and was down another 2lbs so curious to see what the final tally will be next Monday as that's my new weigh in day.

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CAREER TRANSITION...

So today is THE day for the interview that could lead to my next job. I shuffled my angel cards (Doreen Virtue Oracle Cards) and drew this one today (and it's one that has been recurring coming up - before I knew of the change I would face with my old position).


I have done my homework and read up on the website about their Vision and Mission and honestly, as I spoke of my "Mastermind Alliance" with SP in that this is the place where I can truly fulfill my purpose in finding overall health and wellness... this job would allow me to further extend that! To work with a team that is striving to prevent childhood/youth obesity through research - well all I can say is WOW!!!

As I said before their acronym is "HALO" and I see it as my angelic sign of finding my way home as I make my way back to working in an area that will benefit children/youth - which was my original education background (as I graduated from College as a Child and Youth Worker).

Began my day with the reading of my affirmations and more of Napolean Hill's 17 Success Principles. Will also do my ST workout this morning and then read some more before I head out to my interview... Thank you for all your well wishes and positive 'vibes'! I'm going to give it my all and trust that my "Spark" will shine through!!

  
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MIMICOTO 11/16/2010 2:43PM

    This is so so so so cool! I will be sending you many positive vibes and can't wait to hear how it goes. Silly me - I never once made the HALO connection! *duh*!

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NEW-CAZ 11/16/2010 2:20PM

    break a leg Helene! emoticon

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MSPRIS3 11/16/2010 2:05PM

    Good luck and break a leg!

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SI1V3RBACK 11/16/2010 11:31AM

   
I hope you get the break you so deserve.

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MEADSBAY 11/16/2010 10:47AM

    Sending you all my bestest vibes, my friend!
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ANNE7X7 11/16/2010 9:50AM

    Thinking of you today! I hope it goes well!!

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CHEFKATLEANER 11/16/2010 9:09AM

    Good luck on your interview! I'm sure you'll knock their socks off! :D

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KIMROID 11/16/2010 8:17AM

    Good luck! Let us know how it goes.

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SEAWAVE 11/16/2010 8:04AM

    I'll be thinking of you today, and look forward to reading about your interview! Good luck!
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BAILEYSMOM4 11/16/2010 7:13AM

    I love how your career transition card is sporting a nice "Halo" emoticon

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JOAN_HEO 11/16/2010 6:39AM

    Good luck!! You will wow them!!

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HEALTHY4ME 11/16/2010 6:20AM

    Good luck or positive vibes whichever suit you!!! i too am going for an interview before work this am. I want this position, can see myself doing this and it is what I have been doing in a diff. capacity, It is so much more me... and I am telling myself that my body will rise up to the occasions. Must get ready to leave soon.
Again have a great day.

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Week 2 Report - It's not all about the scale numbers...

Monday, November 15, 2010

I was really looking forward to my weigh in this morning because I knew I had worked super hard and did so much activity, I thought for sure I'd see another 1.5lbs decrease (as that's what was showing on the scale yesterday), but alas this morning's weigh in only shows a half pound loss.

Now I'm not getting discouraged because although the pounds lost is only 0.5, other factors count for more than this!!

My progress chart according to the Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle (and body for life tracker shows this) - and I must say I'm happy to see the other numbers because the 0.5lbs loss is not so bad when you take into consideration the other areas that have improved.

November 1st Stats:
Weight: 171.5
Bodyfat %: 41.08
Fat Weight: 70.5
Lean Weight: 101.0

November 8th Stats:
Weight: 169.5 (-1.5lbs)
Bodyfat %: 39.4 (-1.68%)
Fat Weight: 66.8 (-3.7lbs)
Lean Weight: 102.7 (+1.7lbs)

November 15th Stats (in comparing to previous week):
Weight: 169 (-0.5lbs)
Bodyfat %: 37.7 (-1.7%)
Fat Weight: 63.7 (-3.1lbs)
Lean Weight: 105.3 (+ 2.6lbs)

So as you can see - even with just a 0.5lbs loss on the 'scale' - my stats are improving greatly. I am decreasing the Fat Weight and increasing the Lean Weight - which is what my goal is. By increasing my lean weight, I will increase my metabolism. So no dissappointment here! emoticon I feel very good about my progress!!

Yesterday's activity was incredible. It started out with Jillian Michael's No More Trouble Zones (and I'm feeling it in my saddle bag area today emoticon - if it hurts it works right?!). Then I took a nice 45mins walk by the river and ended the day with a swim at the recreation centre (involving about 30mins of swimming laps). I got out of there feeling it in my legs and arms - but it was an invigorating feeling! Need to make this a regular part of my schedule - and with SP friend Jodee - it makes it that much more rewarding as it's an activity we can do together as we wrap up the week and set ourselves up for the new week ahead. Perhaps a new "Sunday" tradition...

I was also elated to receive an e-mail from the Director of the HALO program stating that they were very interested in having me in for an interview - so that will be tomorrow! I'm just awaiting confirmation of the time. After I saw the e-mail I was so excited that I went for my walk to say "Thanks" for this opportunity! I had goosebumps because I was so excited about it!! I also followed up with e-mails to other potential places that I may attend interviews with this week! I feel great about the opportunities ahead and truly believe that I will find a position that will suit my purpose and passion!!

Today will be spent preparing for this interview and doing more cleaning/de-cluttering. The sun may not be shining today, but alas, it's a great time to do the inside work that I have time to do! It's a great feeling to be 'on top of things' in every respect!

Rain or shine - it's going to be a marvellous day and FABULOUS week! I hope the same applies for all my SP Friends too!!

"Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine." ~Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

  
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MIMICOTO 11/15/2010 10:40PM

    wow! This is all emoticon emoticon emoticon

How do you measure your % fat, lean, water etc? I just got calipers, but DH is away so I'm having a hard time getting accurate measurements....

Will be thinking of you interviewing - take all of that positive energy in with you, and you'll do well!

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FIRECHIC09 11/15/2010 7:12PM

    That is great progress and the weight numbers are not the most important because the overall picture is the most important. You are doing great so far so keep up the great work. emoticon I am excited for you and the progress that you are making.

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PEGGY-BEE 11/15/2010 3:53PM

    The numbers on the scale are the ones I worry the least about. I am so impressed by your progress and attitude. You always make me smile. I rate my own progress by my improved stamina and out look; and better health. You are doing great in those aspects.

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PERSISTENT_GIRL 11/15/2010 12:52PM

    you are going to have an AWESOME week! congrats on the good spirit and body changes :)

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ARTHURTOM 11/15/2010 10:02AM

    Fantastic report on the November numbers. All too often I see many people here on spark people live and die by those singular numbers on the scale...while other things that are positive going on.

Keep up the great work!

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CALGAL10831 11/15/2010 9:48AM

    Great out look on those numbers! I love the stat info, how do you know these numbers and how can I track mine?

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MEADSBAY 11/15/2010 9:45AM

    Stay pumped, Helene- your strength and positive vibes will come through at your interviews.
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PHOENIX40S 11/15/2010 8:53AM

    Muscle weighs more than fat, but it takes up less room and looks terrific. Plus, as you mentioned, it burns more calories at rest. That's obviously what's happening to your body Helene. Well done!

Great to hear the progress on the work front, too.

I love your blogs. Always inspiring.

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JOY1918 11/15/2010 6:53AM

    Great job on not getting bummed out due to the stupid scale. Your stats look great!

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SEAWAVE 11/15/2010 6:52AM

    Great news about the interview - knock 'em dead! And yeah, it's not about the pounds - it's about the life you want to live. Go for it!
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NEW-CAZ 11/15/2010 6:40AM

    Great job Helene, keep it up hun- focus on knocking them dead on the cruise emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARYJOANNA 11/15/2010 5:41AM

  You are progressing! Keep up the good work and it will pay off!

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REILLYGIRRRL 11/15/2010 5:39AM

  Great job on the stats. Keep up the great job.

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Mid-November already!!

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!

  
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FIRECHIC09 11/15/2010 7:13PM

    emoticon Just remember that it is a change in life that allows the progress to be successful. Keep up the great job :) WTG Girl

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NEW-CAZ 11/14/2010 3:46PM

    It's frightening where the time goes Helene!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Glad you're getting results hun, keep going emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JEANNETTE59 11/14/2010 2:48PM

  Blessings and emoticon

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SEAWAVE 11/14/2010 2:21PM

    Your days just seem to be flowing beautifully, and I'm sure your positive attitude has a lot to do with that. I, too, am a little taken aback by how soon it gets dark now. Now I can't wait until the snow shows up to reflect the light and make everything lighter again!

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DECEMBERFIRE 11/14/2010 12:56PM

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MEADSBAY 11/14/2010 10:34AM

    YIKES! Time is flying by!
I am looking forward to hitting the gym today- gently- I rested my hip one week (other than housework) and it seemed to help- tried a slow one hour walk yesterday so think I can try a workout today.
So glad the scale is moving for you, Helene!

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MIMICOTO 11/14/2010 10:30AM

    Sounds like a completely blissful weekend! So happy for you.....

....and don't worry, Jillian totally kicked my butt too! emoticon

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SP is MY Mastermind Alliance!!

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!!

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PEGGY-BEE 11/13/2010 1:10PM

    Well if SP helped form you into the inspiring blogger you are Thank You Spark People.
I so look forward to your entries, always interesting, positive. And reading your words helps me go forward in a more positive way.
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JEANNETTE59 11/13/2010 12:22PM

  Maybe we should form a "We Rock Team" emoticon

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MEADSBAY 11/13/2010 10:54AM

    ooohhh... I've never been called a mastermind before, Helene!
I couldn't agree more, my friend.
SP has changed many many lives for the better!
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WENDYDANCER 11/13/2010 10:20AM

    I enjoyed reading your blog. Thanks for your uplifting words!

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CHRYS13 11/13/2010 8:27AM

    Absolutely!
What more can I say??!! emoticon

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SEAWAVE 11/13/2010 7:49AM

    In total agreement here too! I love that the teams bring us together with people from everywhere who have similar interests, but varied experiences. Also, I've found that some people have tips or tools in other countries that aren't even thought of here - wonderful sharing and learning media!

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NEW-CAZ 11/13/2010 6:39AM

    Couldn't agreee more Helene, SP has transformed my life and having treasured friends, like you, have made that jourmey all the more enjoyable.

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A theme of Trust

Friday, November 12, 2010

Yesterday the theme of 'trust' was recurring in my readings and affirmations... I view this as the trust I am putting in my 'self' that good things are lined up for me. I am also trusting my intuition more it seems and I'm liking where it's taking me!

Although I didn't go to the War Memorial downtown, I did setup a little area in my room ... it's kind of like my zen place, and lit a few candles and placed my father's picture there and reflected in silence at 11am.

I then proceeded to work on my assoction's duties and edited the newsletter, sent it out and prepared my slides for the meeting last night. Although our numbers were lower than usual, the presenter was really great and we got to leave with loads of free goodies. We had more than our usual number of door prizes so many walked away with gifts and I even won the 50/50 draw!! It was not a huge amount given our meeting size, but nonetheless I won it (and never have before). We also had a trade show and I bought a few things... some snacks for around the holidays and a pair of earrings that I plan on wearing on my cruise (they are star fish shaped silver earrings - figured it would go well with swimwear).

Needless to say - my prep work and meeting took precedence over my workout but I corrected that first thing this morning. I had an interrupted sleep again - but woke later (at 6am) and headed out to the gym. It was short - a warmup on the treadmill and 1 set of the fit fix machines and I came home to do an ab workout.

The plan for the rest of the day is get some organizing done as I brought back loads of stuff from the meeting and I have to tabulate the evaluations to send the feedback to our presenter. I will also go to pick up a few items at the store closer to lunch - including a stop at GNC to get some supplements to help my journey along - and don't worry - nothing crazy, just something to support my endeavours in my ST and fat loss.

It's another unbelievably beautiful day so I'll be going for a nice long walk too by the river. Not sure where yet, maybe near my place or perhaps I'll explore new territory.

The weekend ahead is busy too! My youngest daughter has her class and a birthday party tomorrow. I'm going to meet up with fellow SParkers (Tim & Erika) for tea on Saturday morning. Sunday is more SP time with Jodee as she invited us over for a baking fest. Should be a lot of fun! I might even squeeze in a swim at the rec centre in there on Sunday (before or after the baking fest).

And so that's my day... I'm truly making the most of this time off and enjoying every moment!

Found this quote that I shared at the end of my meeting last night about living on purpose... thought I'd end my blog with it...

What we call the beginning is often the end.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
The end is where we start from.
TS Eliot

  
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PERSISTENT_GIRL 11/12/2010 10:09PM

    sounds like a fantabulous weekend! ill call you in the morning around 10:30-11 because my sleep will be interrupted tonight and so you can confirm then if you wnan switch the bakefest to saturday instead of sunday ;)

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JOY1918 11/12/2010 3:41PM

    Thanks for the blog, have a great weekend! emoticon

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PEGGY-BEE 11/12/2010 2:21PM

    I just love walking this time of year- the air is sharp and clear.

Hope your walking today is awesome!

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NEW-CAZ 11/12/2010 2:02PM

    Brilliant blog as always Helene, stay positive hun emoticon

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LINDA25427 11/12/2010 10:05AM

    Great blog Helene. Hope you have a great week and keep finding those possitive things in life. God Bless. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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