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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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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!!!!!!!!

COME ON HELENE emoticon emoticon

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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:

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:

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!

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
Have a good weekend emoticon

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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!!!

sooooo emoticon emoticon emoticonI go (very motivated!)

Have a great emoticonout with the girls! emoticon


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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!

Good luck with the Body for Life emoticon

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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!

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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NEW-CAZ 12/2/2010 4:42AM

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Have a wonderful day Helene emoticon

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My 2010 SparkPeople Performance Review

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

For those who are still in the working world, we all have the performance reviews at work - some come at the probationary stage, some are annual. I thought that I would consider doing the same for my SP Progress.

As we turn the last page on the calendar of 2010, I find myself reflecting on the year that has passed and I am mentally preparing for the setting of new and great goals for the New Year!

I have a practice of blogging daily which is a great way of recalling all those moments throughout the year - the ups, the downs, the challenges and the victories. I also have a monthly calendar I write in every morning which is my quick visual of all that has gone on and as I scanned it last night, well I must say what an amazing year2010 has been!!

My weight last December sat at about 176lbs and this morning it sits at 168lbs. 8lbs GONE!! emoticon I hit 160Ville in March/April - after being in 170Ville for most of 2009.

The inches I've lost as I compare the beginning of the year to today - about 8 inches overall!! emoticon

I organized and enjoyed a total of 4 SP People in Ottawa in person meetings or "rallies" if you will! These events have led to many individual connections that I have watched flourish and grow throughout the year! emoticon

I am no longer needing to take blood pressure meds!! emoticon

I created my very first vision board on March 28th and I must say - visions from this are coming true! On April 1st I put the deposit for my Carribean Cruise chartered by my favourite author - Louise Hay! This will be the very first trip I take in my life (well a grown up one anyhow)!!

As I review the events that have gone on this year well another WOW!!

* I volunteered at Winterlude, Bluesfest, the Army Run (through my professional association - where I became President in July)
* My role as President has allowed me to connect personally with amazing people like Peggy McColl (New York Times Best Seller), Jennifer Clark and so many others!! The networking and friendships that are growing from this is amazing and the skills I am learning as I chair the meetings are invaluable!
* I attended my very own book launch as I joined 20 other authors in publishing my own story of "Strength"! Having some of my fellow SP friends (S1LV3BACK, KISHEGER, JL_FLEURY)there made it truly an amazing evening!!

* I then received a free copy of Louise Hay's book Modern Day Miracles as my testimonial was included in her book about how her writings inspired my own success and life progress!
* I survived the Ottawa Earthquake and came out days later with a new "VIBE" - got my newer car in June (something I didn't even think I could do - from bankruptcy to this!!) emoticon
* I joined and tried the gym (GoodLife) and enjoyed the experience of having a personal trainer. The experience re-affirmed the great resources I have at my very own 'home' gym and recreation centre!
* I experienced the rush of 'romance' in July - and although it didn't pan out, I experienced the wonder of what it could really be like again! I know my soul mate is finding his way to me as I am finding my own way.
* I experienced some challenges at my former work place of almost 2 years which led to my finding a new job which is so 'heavenly' aligned with my true life passion and purpose! I am truly grateful to be part of a team looking at Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research for Children and Youth!

In a nutshell that's the year's progress report... As I look ahead to 2011, I am going to do what is called in strategic planning a SWOT analysis!
S - Strength
W - Weaknesses
O- Opportunities
T - Threats

I recognize my strengths and know my weaknesses - therefore my plan is to journal or write strategies to tackle those areas that need some assistance.

My weaknesses include reverting to old habits/patterns that pull me into the yo-yoing of weight loss and stagnate my progress. By recognizing these and setting up concrete strategies to deal with them - I know 2011 will be an amazing year!

The Opportunities that present themselves in the year ahead far outweigh any "Threats" and I view every challenge with a positive light! The challenges I've faced this year have made me the stronger person I am today. I am wiser and more confident than I have been in my entire life and it's only going to get better.

The things that truly work and help are reading my daily affirmations and filling my mind with great nutrition in the sense of spiritual nutrition by reading self-help books in areas where I feel I need to put my attention on. As I review my blogs I will re-cap the list of all books I've read and I realize how each of them helped me along my journey to greater health! This of course included reading "The Spark" emoticon this year - which if you have not read yet I would highly recommend you do!! It would also make a great Christmas Gift to anyone at this time of year!

So my SP friends, I challenge you to do your own SP Performance Review. Take an honest look at the year you've travelled on the journey and celebrate your successes, learn from your challenges and plan to make 2011 the best year of YOUR life!!

As we turn the page to the 1st day of December - I affirm that this last month of 2010 will be the pivotal month that will set the stage for the greatest year of MY life!! emoticon

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PERSISTENT_GIRL 12/1/2010 9:08PM

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You have done alot and you have much to be proud of! Celebrate with some self TLC!

Then get on that horse and keep on working hard because you want this so bad and you should go get it! You can do anything you put your mind too... 150-ville is soo close, u should taste it!

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MEADSBAY 12/1/2010 5:36PM

    Holy moly, Helene!I knew it was a heck of a year for you but to see it all down in one place is mind-boggling!
You are am amazing woman and we are lucky to have you in the Spark world!

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AUNTB63 12/1/2010 3:59PM

    Thank you for sharing this heartfelt, sincere blog. Your amazing journey over the past year shows how much you have grown within yourself. Such a wonderful job you have done. I know a lot of people will find inspiration from these words. Here's hoping you have a great December and look forward to chatting more in the coming months. emoticon emoticon emoticonand the people I have met so far.

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ANNE7X7 12/1/2010 9:19AM

    Oh my, how did we get to December so fast??? 2010 has been an AMAZING year, and you have accomplished so much and kept pushing forward despite the hurdles! Way to celebrate your success!!

We've still got 31 more days to make 2010 an even bigger success. And I plan on using every single one of them to their full potential!

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SEABREEZE64 12/1/2010 8:53AM

    Nicely written... so glad you shared this.

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BEGONIAC 12/1/2010 6:46AM has been an incredible year. You inspire me to take stock on the ups and downs of my year as well!
What I love is your reminder that intellectual nourishment is also a component with the spiritual and physical nourishment. It's all about balance isn't it?
Hope the year ends with a grand flourish for you...and that's exactly what it looks like from the outside! Congratulations!!
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AMOHAME2 12/1/2010 6:28AM

    You have had a busy year, and I'd definitely say a successful one! Congratulations!

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46SHADOW 12/1/2010 6:21AM

    Very inspiring.

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NEW-CAZ 12/1/2010 5:56AM

    You have had an amazing year Helene no doubt and I can see you having an equally action packed 2011.
Your optimism shows through in all your blogs and always brighten my day!

Have a wonderful day today emoticon

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SEAGLASSQUEEN 12/1/2010 5:13AM

    Love your blog! It is so true that we need spiritual nourishment as well. You have had an amazing year. I too have a vibe red in colour with vanity plates that say C Glass to represent my obsession of sea glass. I have always wanted to write a book, what is the process to getting it published? My son and daughter in law live in Barhaven.

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