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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!

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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

    Wow...it 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!

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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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8 weeks to go

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

I have 8 weeks left before I leave on my cruise emoticon

I remember when I put my deposit down in March or April and it seemed so far away and yet there it is just around the corner. With the month of December ahead and all it's buzz and activity, I know time will fly.

My focus is to take each precious week from now to the date when I fly out to Fort Lauderdale on January 27th and make them MATTER!

I have been out of my exercise mode for a few days now and it's time to change that. Starting with this morning and my ST. I also have to make concrete plans for the after work routine to ensure I do not fall prey to old habits.

Last night I got home to listen to my girls' 'getting along' (or so they say emoticon sounded like bickering to me). I had my dinner and then went tanning. I then came back to bring my youngest out to the mall as she had asked us to bring her over the weekend and well, I just didn't 'feel' like it. When I got back, I checked a few more e-mails and then went up to read and was in bed by 8:30 and up at 3:30 this morning.

I have to get off to work earlier than before and come home a bit later, so I'm finding I have less time to do my early morning routine which includes my reading of affirmations, and sparking. I am packing my books to read on the bus today though rather than listen to my MP3. I know reading helps me stay focused and provides me with such great lessons (which I love to share with my SP Friends of course emoticon).

I ate relatively well yesterday (compared to my weekend binging). Today will be another 'light' day and tomorrow is weigh in/measure to compare from November 1st. Again - the numbers won't be amazing and might even be up from last Monday's weigh in but they are what they are because of my actions.

The defnition of insanity right - doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. I need to change my patterns for good! I need to view this change in habit a change in lifestyle for better health.

It's like visualizing that point across the bridge and taking one step at a time to get there. I must do this!! It's time to cross the bridge and stop looking back at what was, but visualize all the greatness that CAN be! Letting go of old patterns is not easy because it means moving into new and unchartered territory but it's time!

I finish this month with a smile because it's been quite an eventful one for me and I am currently in unknown territory as I learn my new job (which I must admit is never racking) - but I CAN DO THIS!!

Let's put our doubts and insecurities aside and affirm our strength and victory will be ours - in every area of our lives!! Are you ready to make that move to a NEW you? I know I am and I hope that your journey will bring you along too!

  
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SI1V3RBACK 12/1/2010 3:56AM

    Ah the sounds of children "getting along". Amazing how they don't want our "help".

Speaking of things working out, that job will be routine (in a good way) for you in no time. It was meant to be. You got out of a bad situation and landed in a perfect job.

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PERSISTENT_GIRL 11/30/2010 8:56PM

    great positive blog, all focusing on solutions and change! you can and will do it! i read 2-3 chapter on the bus as there is 1 hr there and home and many ppl read, you will find that your favorite part of your day... you can listen to your mp3 at same time too. one change, one choice at a time and you will be there in no time!! thank you for your support!! means alot!
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NULIFE4ME 11/30/2010 9:38AM

    You can do it!!!

Your blogs seem to calm me!?! You're such a fantastic writer Helene. We all have our challenges and to your point, it's just baby steps to achieve our goals. Thanks so much for reminding us of our strengths.

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MEADSBAY 11/30/2010 8:55AM

    I know emoticon

Just be sure to stop and live and love your life just as it is today.

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ANNE7X7 11/30/2010 8:45AM

    You CAN do it!! The countdown is on and you will rock it!!!!

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PHOENIX40S 11/30/2010 8:32AM

    I am a little under three weeks away from my sunny vacation. Like you, when we first booked, it seemed so far away. Now, it is just around the corner. Baby steps have worked for me. I just focused on the moment. I will exercise for this thirty minutes, now. (Not, I will exercise for thirty minutes five times a week). Does that make sense? Slow and steady wins the race. You have such a great attitude. Reading your posts has taught me to be kind to myself when I wander from the path. I know you can do anything you put your mind to. I've "seen" you do this again and again.

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BF20PERCENT 11/30/2010 6:34AM

    Good luck to you. I only have little over 3 weeks to my cruise. I don't think I will lose that much wt from now and then. But you got more time than me. Just Do It and you will get there. emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 11/30/2010 5:53AM

    8 weeks to go Helene- good Lord that has come around fast.
Come on gel focus coz I know you want to feel amazing on your holiday.
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2 more days... and then last month of 2010

Monday, November 29, 2010

Can you believe we are nearing the end of 2010?!?

I weigh in/measure in 2 days as I begin the last month of the year and progress on my journey is very slow and frustrating, but alas, it's a no brainer as to why it's slow.

I make progress, and then slip and binge eat/drink so the weight goes back up - thus the famous yo-yo syndrome! It's a vicious cycle that brings back those feelings of guilt and anxiety for me... where I start to second guess everything and well it has to STOP!!

I've been really blessed with great opportunities and I can't mess them up! I have experienced success by focusing and putting all my efforts in finding the right job and I can do the same with my weight loss now! I have seen the law of attraction at work and now I must put all my energy on ending 2010 in 150Ville!!

After a weekend of cravings and indulgences, it's a new day and new week - and YES - a new month ahead! Time to make a difference by making the necessary changes to make things happen!

  
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PERSISTENT_GIRL 11/29/2010 9:15PM

    Yes! YES! YYEEESSSSS! I can soo relate... I do well, then binge... then do well, then binge... but its time to start doing well and then keep doing well, for life.

Great attitude and pick me up! you can do it! If you focus, put in your energy into your workouts and keep busy when snacking syndrome hits, you will be successful, as you have been! Now go do it and put your mind and body into it! and i shall too! This is the most importnat part of you, your health! emoticon emoticon

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MEADSBAY 11/29/2010 11:00AM

    I'm sure you're feeling some stress around your new job- but try to use all the changes as an opportunity to make changes in other areas of your life- like eating and exercise.

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NEW-CAZ 11/29/2010 7:43AM

    Focus on your cruise Helene...not long now hun! emoticon

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SI1V3RBACK 11/29/2010 7:17AM

    I think you will find it easier to meet your goals as you settle into your new job. As the stresses of your previously employment fade as a distant memory, more of your energies will be diverted inwardly in a good way.

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