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10lbs Gone!

Monday, December 06, 2010

As I weigh in this morning I saw my little swimmer at the 10lbs mark and I'm very happy about that!! My long term goal is 40lbs overall, but my next main focus/target is to lose the next 7lbs and reach 150Ville!

I can do this!! I have 3 more weigh ins for the month of December and I would love to reach that number to begin 2011 in that long awaited landing in 150Ville!

It's going to mean determination and focus ... which I am going for! With my new focus/vision board and as I start reading Peggy McColl's book "Be a Dog with a Bone", I'm not letting go of this one!!

My plan for the week includes my morning workouts along with some evening workouts. I generally feel tired after work because it gets dark so early now, but I pledge to do a workout at 6pm every night. Be it at home, or a swim at the recreation centre or yes, even a walk (as long as it's not freezing).

I'm not letting go of this 10lbs weight loss either -- as I've been there before and re-gained. No more yo-yoing! This time it's gone for GOOD!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Cheers All to a Healthy Lifestyle!! Wishing you a fabulous week!!

  
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MIMICOTO 12/7/2010 6:14PM

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PERSISTENT_GIRL 12/6/2010 9:35PM

    emoticon emoticon goals!
you are focused and doing so well with your goals!! keep it up and you will be in 150 ville soon! woo hoo!

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BAILEYS7OF9 12/6/2010 12:51PM

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SI1V3RBACK 12/6/2010 12:47PM

   
WTG !!! You are headed for an incredibly strong finish for the year!

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BBGYRL4 12/6/2010 12:21PM

    Congratulations, keep up the great work!!

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MEADSBAY 12/6/2010 9:18AM

    Yippppppppppeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

You are rockin' it, Helene!

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VALERIENEAL 12/6/2010 8:50AM

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For when it gets cold I use exercise tv's free work outs, they have 3 of Leslie Sansone's walk videos, 2 1 mile and 1 2 mile. I did the 1 miles yesterday, 3 times, broken up through out the day. Actually it was my do what I want day so I watched some of my favorite shows, did a walk, watched more shows, did chores, watch then walk etc. If you can't find the videos send me a message, I'll send you the info!!!

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KIMROID 12/6/2010 8:31AM

    Congratulations on the 10 lbs!!!!! emoticon

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ANNE7X7 12/6/2010 8:08AM

    Woohoo! Congrats on 10 pounds lost for ever!! You are doing awesome Helene!!! Keep it up!! You are well on your way to reaching all your goals!!

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CHEFKATLEANER 12/6/2010 7:57AM

    Congrats on the 10 lbs gone! You will keep it off this time...because you've got such great determination and focus. :D

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DIDI_60LBS_BY60 12/6/2010 6:52AM

    emoticon you're GOING TO DO.... emoticon!!

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LITTLDEB 12/6/2010 6:34AM

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TIMEFORCHANGE27 12/6/2010 5:58AM

  Keep up the great work! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 12/6/2010 5:51AM

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Stay focused Helene- don't slip back now and watch out on your cheat days emoticon emoticon

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LOYAL_LADY 12/6/2010 5:13AM

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IMEMINE1 12/6/2010 5:11AM

    That's great. emoticon
Try the Leslie Sansone walk videos for walking at home.
They are fun and a good workout.
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AROCHFORD 12/6/2010 4:42AM

    Congrats on that!

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Focus Vision Board Completed

Sunday, December 05, 2010

I spent a few hours this Sunday afternoon creating my 'focus' vision board... A little over 7 weeks to cruise take off and when I am tempted to sway off path, these pictures will remind me of why I'm working so hard to make things happen.


I hung the board in my workout area so I can see it every day!

I had a good day yesterday, but a 'cheat' day. Today I'm back on track and busy doing laundry and cleaning - regular Sunday stuff.

Supper is in the oven, I'm watching the light snow falling and going to do a few more things...

Getting ready for the new work week ahead and will blog my plan for the week tomorrow monring.

Tonight's plan includes an after dinner ST workout as well as some Ab work. In bed early to get up and do another one tomorrow morning!

Happy Sunday SP Friends!!

  
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STFY31 12/8/2010 12:55AM

    Way to go on completing the vision board!! Mine is still a work in progress but it IS in progress :)

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ANNE7X7 12/6/2010 8:06AM

    I love your motivation board!!! Such a great tool!! Keep up the amazing work!!

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SEAWAVE 12/6/2010 5:59AM

    Very nice board! Mine is in my workout area too, but I also see it from the living room couch. I need all the help I can get!

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BAILEYSMOM4 12/5/2010 6:58PM

    Looks great Helene!

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MEADSBAY 12/5/2010 6:42PM

    Sounds like a wonderful Sunday, my friend.
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TOTHEFUTURE1 12/5/2010 5:12PM

    Nice

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GIGISMOMMY 12/5/2010 5:11PM

    Your board looks great! Have a great week!

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NEW-CAZ 12/5/2010 5:02PM

    Great board Helene! Now you have something to really focus on-THAT CRUISE!!!!!!!!


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Theme of Time and the "Finish Line"

Saturday, December 04, 2010

I was doing my SParking and kept seeing a theme in the posts and articles that I was reading. Very relevant at this time of year and I wanted to share (in case you might have missed it).

The Spread the Spark team posted this fabulous post about our 'magical' bank of time and asked how you would spend the 86,400 seconds in a day ... the gift of life. I'm not sure if you can read it all if you're not a member but here's the link: www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/Team_mes
sageboard_thread.asp#Anchor38280235


Then there was the Daily Motivator speaking to how it's "Not Too Late"... to live richly in the moment you're in! Here's the link to the full post: greatday.com/motivate/index.html

And then I read an article that reminded me of a couple of my local SP friends (Anne and Amira)... about a comparison/analogy to spinning classes and the finish line... or reaching our goals - finishing the year strong! www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=mot
ivation_to_stick_with_your_goals_to_th
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These are all signs reinforcing the path I'm on and so far December has been great for me! I've been busy with work and my volunteering and although I haven't managed to get as much exercise in as I would have liked, I still manage to get in at least 10mins. I figure 10mins is better than NO minutes.

Last night I treated my girls out to dinner and it was really a nice experience. They both truly enjoyed it and I think it may be something we can do every month or so. We toasted with our alcohol free drinks to Ozzy Osbourne's Birthday (he's my oldest's idol and he turned 62 yesterday - still rocking the stages on tour) and we toasted to my new job!

They also received a package of 'gifts' from their father and step-mother which I only unpacked this morning an tucked under the tree (so they could still be surprised by them - at this age they are too nosy when they see shapes and stuff emoticon).

I won't get to my shopping until mid-December but I already feel in the spirit. The house is decorated - only a few more things to put up. I will also go into work with the girls to decorate my door and put up a picture of a tree to hang our "Angel Tree" gift tags as our workplace is getting gifts for 10 boys/girls to donate to the local boys and girls club. Pretty great idea and I love that it's all in line with my favourite thing - ANGELS (and as a HALO team member... well who could ask for more?!!?).

I was also thinking that in order to finish my year strong and stay motivated until my cruise that I will put together a new Vision Board specific to the next 7 weeks until I leave. I have yo-yo'd throughout the year, but it doesn't mean that can't change now. Again as the theme readings say, and Hedley's song says "It's never too late"... so my friends ... take heart... make the most of your daily gift of 86,400 seconds and make them COUNT!!

  
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PERSISTENT_GIRL 12/5/2010 2:08AM

    Yes! every day, every moment can and should count! yay to a nice dinner out the 3 of you! did you go to a restaurant? im sure this is a memory they will cherish :) good job on your AF night and your focus, commitment for the next 7 weeks. Its NEVER too late.
I too look forwrad to making a new vision board and keep goals and such fresh.

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AUNTB63 12/4/2010 8:34AM

    Thanks for the links. I was able to get to the "Not to late" article......words of wisdom for sure. Have a happy healthy weekend. emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 12/4/2010 8:14AM

    I sure will Helene ,great blog hun
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SP Trophees Rock!

Friday, December 03, 2010

I woke up to check my e-mail to find I had received 4 SP Trophees for the past month: Consistence, Perfect Attendance, 1000 Fitness Minutes and over 500 SP Points! I just love these! It confirms my progress and affirms that I'm on the right path! Like I wrote about doing a performance review of our progress - SP does an emoticon job in keeping us motivated by having added these!

The awards are that much sweeter considering I started the month off with a difficult challenge and came out of it a true WINNER!! emoticon

Last night was our Chapter meeting and it was wonderful. We were in the nice ball room so we had extra space and the atmosphere was very Christmassy with the decorations and gifts. Our guest speaker was also really interesting as she tried to squeeze etiquette and protocol items in 1 hour. Here's a photo of me and our past-president as I awarded her 5 years of membership appreciation certificate.


One of the regular agenda items on our program is called "Good of the Order" which is an opportunity for members to share personal stories of good news, or any other news they wish to relay to members. When everyone was done, I took the time to speak to how at the last meeting I announced that I was seeking work and that I was now successfully employed at a wonderful new workplace! I emphasized how putting my passion and purpose to work (our international theme) made this happen and re-iterated the power of positive thinking and visualization!

The evening was truly great! I was of course tired as I didn't arrive home until after 9:30pm (way past my bed time emoticon). But today is FRIDAY!! It's my first 'pay day' from my new workplace and it felt great to open that first pay stub yesterday! I think that I will treat my girls out to dinner as a celebration as I have not yet had an opportunity to celebrate my getting this job. I also want to give them a little 'reward' for being such amazing kids! I wrote them a note on the fridge white board to say I was very lucky to have such amazing daughters! My oldest has been the little 'cook' all week so I figure she deserves the treat and break too!

Weekend plans are relatively routine, but healthy! I've had an amazing week and have been doing well with my eating (even at last night's buffet dinner - skipped the potates and desserts). My exercise has been fairly consistent with the exception of yesterday as I had to prepare for the meeting. I'm looking forward to the next Body for Life tracker check in on Monday!

Wishing my dear SP Friends an amazing day and Fabulous Weekend!!

  
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PERSISTENT_GIRL 12/5/2010 2:10AM

    emoticon So glad to hear it was a great night! emoticon

Affirming your girls, and yourself, sure does go a long way! Good job and keep rewarding yourself with positive affirmations :)

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DIDI_60LBS_BY60 12/3/2010 11:13AM

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Forgot they existed!
I was surprised with my 1000 fitness minutes for November!!!

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NEW-CAZ 12/3/2010 6:54AM

    I'm glad all went well last night Helene and I love the SP trophies too!

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Start your day with Affirmations!

Thursday, December 02, 2010

As you know, I wake up very early every morning and it's become a sacred part of my day. The beginning of my day is filled with positive affirmations and this one was shared with me and so I wish to share it with all of you! Please take a few minutes now - and every morning to reflect and affirm what a wonderful life we have!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzhtE-PkSA8&
feature=related


It's from the Secret and works with the Law of Attraction to bring great things into our lives. I have been practicing these principles in my own life with great results. Ask, Believe, Receive is below my signature in all posts and I truly believe, therefore I open up my world to receive the good and you can do the same!

Enjoy this day - and every day with the gratefulness of all the good that lives within it! By beginning your day this way, you set the tone for great success in all that you do!

  
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AROCHFORD 12/6/2010 4:51AM

    Thanks for this

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PERSISTENT_GIRL 12/2/2010 7:36PM

    reading, sparking, affirmations are all good for the mind and soul! great job with your consistency! hope you had a sparktastic day! lol

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MEADSBAY 12/2/2010 9:25AM

    Thank you for that gift, my friend.
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NULIFE4ME 12/2/2010 6:41AM

    Helene, I actually printed the affirmations to had blogged yesterday and read them last night. I also took a few minutes this morning, prior to seeing this to give myself some affirmations. I am working on hard on this as I love your spirit:) Thank you for taking the time to share.

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SAFETYSUE 12/2/2010 4:59AM

    What a great attitude and even greater advice! I love your page, I feel like I stepped into a great vacation!
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