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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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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!!

emoticon They ROCK!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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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.
Too cool

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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

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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Focusing on Goals

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!!

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FIRECHIC09 11/11/2010 7:55PM

    Thanks for the post I needed it today after a rough time when doing some thinking. I hope that you had a blessed day.

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ALEXSGIRL1 11/11/2010 7:10PM

    good blog i love the picture of your dad . you have great goals and will look fabulous on the cruise

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PERSISTENT_GIRL 11/11/2010 1:02PM

    excellent and positive, thanks for sharing the part on the reasons we do some things we do... so true! Beautiful pics too, havent been in a while and it looks different in the fall.
emoticon on all that activity!

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KIMROID 11/11/2010 12:10PM

    Beautiful pictures! And what a nice looking dad!!!!

You are truly inspiring and a wonderful friend.

Love ya!


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SEAWAVE 11/11/2010 8:00AM

    You're doing great! We are truly blessed in Ottawa to have such beautiful walking/biking/X-country skiing paths, and the canal to skate on in the winter. How lovely that it's right in your back yard, and good for you for being flexible and taking advantage of the wonderful weather to get out. I agree, it's been theraputic this week, and couldn't have come at a better time for me!

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WESTCOASTKID 11/11/2010 7:28AM

    How wonderful to have such an inspiring Member as our Team Leader! Thanks Helene!


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KARBIE18 11/11/2010 7:19AM

    Sounds like you're doing great, and way to go on that extra walk. I know what you mean about this beautiful weather, and getting out in nature - it's been quite motivating. Keep on moving, and you'll get those miracles...though getting lean won't take a miracle, just small steps every day.

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NEW-CAZ 11/11/2010 6:43AM

    Great blog Helene, love your attitude to goal setting in all areas of life- I'm the same.
Good luck with yours emoticon-Knock en dead on the cruise emoticon

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Gave it a Spin : )

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 emoticon). 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 emoticon

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 emoticon (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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BEGONIAC 11/10/2010 8:49PM

    Good for you Helene...I've been putting this one off too. Isn't it nuts how intimidating we allow things to become. And you had fun! Awesome! emoticon

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CHEFKATLEANER 11/10/2010 4:59PM

    Way to go! Spin classes are the only reason I miss having a gym membership.

Amohame, who's the Saturday AM instructor at Rideau now?

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MSPRIS3 11/10/2010 4:43PM

    Good for you! Maybe it will become a favorite for you!

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AMOHAME2 11/10/2010 4:40PM

    I'm really glad you enjoyed it!! And you did awesome! Shannon is a tough instructor, and she even said herself that she was going to be hard on us this morning. I'm going to try to go to the one at Rideau on Saturday morning if I'm back in Ottawa in time, that instructor is also very good with instructions and motivation (and he's kind of nice to look at too emoticon)

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SLEEPYDEAN 11/10/2010 3:50PM

    I tried spin the other day for the first time. It was a beginner's class and I was the only one! So it was more of a private lesson. The instructor said after 3 or 4 rides your butt should develop a callous? (hehe) to the seat and you won't even feel it anymore. I have special shorts with padding that I bought on accident once, so my butt didn't hurt. But my heartrate got way too high. We only did 25 minutes. But I plan to keep growing my cardio endurance and go back for a full 50 minute class.

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NHGRL68 11/10/2010 3:38PM

    emoticon trying the spin class!!! That's SO awesome!!! Look at you go!!! Great blog and great advice. Keep up the GREAT work! emoticon emoticon

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ANNE7X7 11/10/2010 3:37PM

    AWESOME!! Good for you for stepping out of your comfort zone and giving it a try!

If you're ready for round 2, I'll be going to the class on Saturday at Rideau!!

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    I love love love spin, it always leaves me completely refreshed for the day (while my bum hurts as well). Congrats on breaking down barriers!

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BAILEYSMOM4 11/10/2010 1:00PM

    Now see, you go to an all female gym.... no wonder your not meeting the man of your dreams...LOL He's waiting for you at a spin class! Congrats on your class!!!!

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PERSISTENT_GIRL 11/10/2010 12:56PM

    So true, exercise is a powerful ritual with amazing results!
Good for you for going to the SPIN class... its an amazing workout! emoticon on creating new habits and taking full advantage of your new possibilities!

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PEGGY-BEE 11/10/2010 12:50PM

    I am so glad, but not a bit surprised, your first spinning class was a good one. Yea! you have added another fitness option and it is FUN.

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NEW-CAZ 11/10/2010 12:47PM

    emoticonHelene! emoticon emoticon

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