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Making Choices...

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

So my week starts today as I had the day off yesterday. I had a good day with the girls and my nephew who came out with us to the restaurant for Megan's birthday and I ended up having a couple of drinks... but then went to bed early and I'm ready to make this a NEW day filled with positive choices!

I've been in a slump with my choices lately... letting things slide and feeling it as it's dampening my spirit and it stops now! I know that to flip the switch, I need to make different choices and regain the momentum I had going in January... Yes there's only 6 days left this month but wonders can happen each and every day if we make the RIGHT choices.

So today I choose happiness and make the choices that will lead me to this end.

The practice of gratitude is always included as I recognize the great things I have in my life and work from there to make things even better...

So for today, I begin by doing some activity this morning and re-setting my frame of mind to getting back on the AF wagon (alcohol free)... I know I can do this and it's simply a choice and although the first few days are hard when you mindlessly just grab what you feel like having... I am going to make a choice to grab for some wonderful water, green tea and by the time my weigh in date arrives... I will see progress!

No looking back - only looking forward...

I've been off schedule because my emotions have been a bit a muck with newness introducing itself into my life and I guess I just need to get a grip... It's not easy adjusting to changes in life (even when they are good things that make you feel good ... it's like I'm afraid that it's too good and I'm waiting for the ball to drop)...

I trust in the process of life and the joy that is finding it's way into my life is what I deserve!

SparkCheers my friends! Let's make these last few days of February Matter!!

  
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PERSISTENT_GIRL 2/22/2011 9:53PM

    you can do it helene!!

6 days left - together, lets make em count!!

find your balance of taking care of you while enjoying the new things... and keeping the good in the 'old' while getting rid of the 'bad and doubts'.

get back to that positive, energetic, ambitious self thats just 'sleeping' right now. go re-read your 19 blogs while you were AF and emotionally connect back to that level, back to that emotional frequency wave and as you know, you will attract that back in your heart and mind.

I believe in you. You got this. If you want it, you can have it, 1 choice at a time.

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NHGRL68 2/22/2011 3:56PM

    I know you can do it. It's tough to get right back at it after you come back from vaca. But at least you know what you have to do and you know how great you will feel after:-) I'm trying to remain AF also. Yesterday was my 1st day:-) emoticon

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LORIKAT11 2/22/2011 2:41PM

    I know how it feels to get off track. I have a hard time making the choice not to drink especially when some of those not so good changes come along. Thanks for your blog, it reaffirms that I MUST make the right choice. Yesterday was AF for me, going for 2 in a row today. emoticon WE CAN DO IT!

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SEAWAVE 2/22/2011 8:43AM

    Changes - good and bad - mean adjustments, and you're doing well with all of the changes you've had over the past months. It's all just one choice at a time; don't let yourself get overwhelmed!
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PHOENIX40S 2/22/2011 8:38AM

    I like that: "I choose happiness." Me too!

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LISED58 2/22/2011 8:35AM

    Bonjour Hélène. You know your road well. You're doing great by re-adjusting the little rearview mirror and cruise on, admiring the view from that wide, clear windshield!
GO FOR IT HELENE!!

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MEADSBAY 2/22/2011 8:28AM

    Let's do it, my friend.
One day at a time!
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BEGONIAC 2/22/2011 7:29AM

    It.s all about the choices isn.t it!!?? be good to yourself... emoticon emoticon

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PAPAMIKIE 2/22/2011 5:41AM

    I just complete 4 days of Chi Running instructors changes. This was done in sunny FLA with a great master trainer and 13 every passionate and skill practioners. It was very exciting and motivating.

I chi running when we approach a hill we reduce the work done by the legs from 50/50 (legs and upper body) to 25/75 (legs and upper body). We shorten our stride, we lean up the hill, we increase the bend in our elbows to more than the typical 90 degrees, we maintain a steady cadence. We typically go up hills a little slower than other runners but we arrive at the top fresh. We adjust our process to go up hill, we have other adjustments for non-runnable hills.

In Chi Running we start with a mental choice, to learn to run with balance and alignment, to make form and pactice more important than distance and speed.

When life throws us a hill we need to make a few adjustment to continue up it without undue effort. In life we need to make the same choice the process and parctices we focus on will help carry use and keep us on track.

Good running and be careful out there.

Popie

PS I hope you know I mean a whole lot more than running when I say running.

Take care.

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Birth Day...

Monday, February 21, 2011

10 years ago today I gave birth to my youngest and as I reflect on this - I realize it's time to seek a 're-birth' of my push to keep moving forward in a positive direction. I have been really 'off' my game for some time now (well since my vacation) and my track record for the month with my eating, exercise and drinking has not been great in comparison to last month's.

I have the pleasure of being off today as it's also Family Day here in Canada (and my wishes to our american friends on their President's Day).

I have the morning to dive into the housework that I've neglected all weekend so far... and then later, my nephew who is now living in Ottawa again (the one who lived with us for a month in October) will come visit and hang out with us today. I will take Megan out to East Side Mario's for her birthday treat... and I'll make the day all about 'her'.

There's one week left in the month and we push into the 3rd month of 2011... and I'm still aiming for the "Goal" - with the team... but need a good kick in the butt to get back to business!

I need a good streak to feel that good feeling again. I have printed off my blogs for 2011 so far and will read those this morning to be reminded of how great I felt with my long streak in January of being AF (alcohol free). I know this is the final hurdle I must maintain balance with if I wish to have success in the weight loss area.

My challenge however this week is that I'm dealing with PMS so I have to keep my focus. I have let msyelf slide into old patterns ... and it's time to switch it back up! I want to feel my mid-section de-bloat ... not the other way around! So ... nothing to it but to do it... I'm off to begin my vigorous housework and get some things accomplished!

  
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LISED58 2/21/2011 1:29PM

    I have every confidence you're going to find your balance among all those fantastic events going on in your life right now. Sometimes it's just a juggling act ... a new love interest can do that. Hee hee... Have a fantastic rest of the day and evening. See you tomorrow for our walk!
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SEAWAVE 2/21/2011 9:25AM

    Yep, Family Day is a provincial holiday in Ontario (and some other provinces, but not all) so not everyone is off.

Best wishes to Megan on her birthday, and for your re-birth as well! You know you can do this... you've done it before! Take a good look at those old patterns and wave bye bye!
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ANNE7X7 2/21/2011 8:15AM

    Happy Birthday to Megan!! I hope she has an awesome day!!

You lucky folks with your day off! Unfortunately since I work for the feds, I don't get it off :( Ah well, what are you gonna do! there was no traffic AT ALL this morning, so that's a plus!

Enjoy this day! You still have a week in Feb, you can definitely rock it!!

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MORRIS1989 2/21/2011 7:47AM

    I know what you mean I have to get myself in gear too, I need to motivate myself or just to something. March is around the corner also. Hopefully something will happen soon for the both of us. emoticon

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HEALTHY4ME 2/21/2011 7:06AM

    Hey consider yourself lucky, it is family day in some provinces but we don't get the day off here in NS. off to work I go even though I have a job that works holidays anyway, people don't choose what days then need medical help lol
have a good day off.

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Share the knowledge...

Sunday, February 20, 2011

I'm meeting up with a friend this morning who reached out to me following the recent loss of her father and the resulting re-evaluation of her life priorities.

My life purpose includes helping others... and one day perhaps, becoming a coach and this is a step in that direction. I will share with her some of my journey and resources that will help her get through this rough spot and feel amazing for doing so!

Following my fulfillment of my dream cruise - which was part of Louise Hay's You Can Heal Your Life conference, I'm back with a renewed sense of what I wish to do next. This includes looking into courses, more conferences, to keep me going on this path..

I felt so connected with many like minded people on the cruise - it was inspiring and hearing the feedback reflected that I'm going in the right direction.

I have other opportunities knocking at my door at every turn too... and I'm choosing to keep opening those doors. The world is filled with possibilities if we choose to see it that way...

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ALEXSGIRL1 2/20/2011 7:05PM

    good luck opening all your door to happiness

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DITZYCHICK 2/20/2011 12:58PM

    It's really neat that you are spending time with your friend in emotional need...she must feel very comfortable with you to reach out to you in this way. It sounds like your cruise gave you far more than just a vacation! Seems that you've found your calling!

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ANNE7X7 2/20/2011 12:02PM

    So cool! I can totally see you becoming a coach!! You have a heart of gold and you seem to love helping other people!

PS: Come over for tea this afternoon if you have time! You can bring your youngin if she wants to play with my pooch!

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AMOHAME2 2/20/2011 11:24AM

    I think you would make an excellent coach! It's obvious that you love helping others and I'm sure the people in your life can see, just as we on Spark can, that you are genuine and caring!

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LISED58 2/20/2011 10:44AM

    That's fantastic, SeptemberSpirit. Never give up!


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MEADSBAY 2/20/2011 9:09AM

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Have a wonderful Sunday!

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SEAWAVE 2/20/2011 9:01AM

    It's so nice to hear you're still energized from your cruise after a couple of weeks.
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PURPLESPEDCOW 2/20/2011 6:29AM

    You sound so renewed and refreshed! I wish you luck on your journey.

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Judgement...

Saturday, February 19, 2011

I am so 'bursting' with happiness about my new found love interest and made the mistake of posting a note and a picture on Facebook about it... BIG mistake!! Unlike SP - I got some comments... and one from a relative, a crack that made me realize I can't share there like I can here. I ended up removing the post and the picture rather than posting a reply to the snide remark...

That's why I love SP even more! I can share here without fear of judgement and all I receive is supportive comments which is POSITIVE!!

Here I can put myself out there, share my inner most feelings in my blogs and know that I won't be judged.

So I let go of the negativity that this brought up inside me and I'm going to re-set my day to the brighter side of SP and my wonderful friends!

It's Satruday and it's a long weekend! Megan has her 10th birthday on Monday and LIFE IS GOOD!

I'm going to use the day to get caught up on some rest and hopefully re-set some of my messed up sleeping patterns. I managed to sleep in a bit today and may even take a nap to make sure I stay up later tonight.

I love weekends... especially when they are extended!!

  
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MORRIS1989 2/21/2011 7:52AM

    I don't care for facebook that much but, you're right you can be free here and there is no judgement that's bad for you. You're more supportive here people help you and give you advice that's goanna help you not tear you down. Plus we are family here. emoticon

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BAKERICLISA 2/21/2011 6:15AM

    Nice thing about facebook is the fact that you can 'defriend' those who do not support you in your life and can make it private . . . we would stay away from negative people, do so also on facebook!

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EUPHRATES 2/20/2011 3:16AM

    GOOD for you not letting the turkeys get you down!
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PERSISTENT_GIRL 2/19/2011 9:14PM

    have a beautiful day!

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ELYMWX 2/19/2011 8:50PM

    I wonder if it comes from the relative anonymity here - few of us know each other (or even know of each other) in real life and most often if we meet that comes later, and by choice. I know I certainly spend more time on SP than on FB, and have certainly written a lot more here than I have anywhere else...

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AMOHAME2 2/19/2011 8:46PM

    I agree, Spark is so much less judgmental than Facebook!! The people here just "get it", which is so awesome! Funny how my Spark profile is wide open for the world to see and my FB page is locked up tight like a fortress, and yet I still feel better about sharing personal things here!!

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CHRYS13 2/19/2011 4:09PM

    emoticon for extended weekends! Have a great one!

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LISED58 2/19/2011 4:07PM

    This is YOUR time - enjoy it. Good for you. Don't let anyone else's burdens become yours.

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ANNE7X7 2/19/2011 3:23PM

    Stuff like this has happened to me many times on Facebook... which is why I don't hardly use it anymore! Spark is much more fun anyway!!

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DITZYCHICK 2/19/2011 2:00PM

    It's too bad people have to be so negative and shame on those who feel the need to pass judgement onto others. If everyone would just put on a smile and be kind to those around them, it would be a MUCH better world! You're right though...Spark is definitely a place where we can share without any judgement and that's the way it should be. Don't be afraid to show your happiness...you deserve to be happy!

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SUNSHINERG 2/19/2011 11:59AM

  Facebook seems to be on a negative side with people around me lately. I use it only to post things of interest that I find on the net. Sort of like a business tool, nothing personal and it seems to be fine. My friends I just email.

Hope you have a GREAT WEEKEND!!

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MEADSBAY 2/19/2011 9:07AM

    Have a grrrreat weekend, Helene.
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SMALLTOWNMOMMY 2/19/2011 8:14AM

    Sometimes people just don't think, do they? Good for you for maintaining positive.

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SWEETROSIE2 2/19/2011 8:10AM

    That is so sad about what happened to you on Faccebook, hope you have a really lovely weekend all the best to you, and lots of Hugs. emoticon

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I'm so grateful for...

Friday, February 18, 2011

Gratitude is a huge part of life now... Even as I open my SP page - the background... that was the view I had not too long ago from the cruise ship ... and yet it's like so many images I used to dream of and wish for... and I've lived it now!

I'm grateful for so many things and with gratitude comes more great things! We can spend our days noticing things that 'bug' us or we can spend our days noticing all the little things that make our life great... and I choose the latter!

So for this morning I list a few things that come to mind of what I'm grateful for...
emoticon I am grateful for my health!
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emoticon I am grateful for the opportunity to always begin a NEW day!
emoticon I am grateful for the 'love' in my life... my daughters, my family, and my friends (and yes - that little secret 'affair' I'm having... that is making me glow and bloom!! Shhh - still keeping it quiet for now - but here's a 'view' of my reason to SMILE )...
emoticon I am grateful for music that inspires me to move and come alive!
emoticon I am grateful to have had an emoticon cruise!
emoticon I am grateful for the most incredible workplace that encourages all that I have a true passion for - Healthy Active Living!!
emoticon emoticon I am grateful for my ability to have all that I need when it comes to food... and my ability to make good choices...
emoticon I am grateful for being ALIVE!!!

I could go on forever...

Life is good and guess what?! I am most grateful for this morning... It's FRIDAY and for me it's a LONG Weekend! Off on Monday for Family Day and my youngest daugther's 10th Birthday on that day - February 21st!!
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PERSISTENT_GIRL 2/19/2011 9:17PM

    love the simple things you are so grateful for and the fact that you make it a point to be positive daily! it sure sets the tone for teh great life your living! eeee

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MEADSBAY 2/18/2011 6:13PM

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Life IS good!

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JOANNS4 2/18/2011 5:34PM

    Have a wonderful weekend. I love your attitude.
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DITZYCHICK 2/18/2011 11:46AM

    Love your attitude girl! Way to start your day on a positive note...you definitely deserve to have all these things that make you feel grateful.

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!

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AMOHAME2 2/18/2011 10:15AM

    Ah gratitude! One of the things I've learned to rely heavily on when I'm down in the dumps, and it works every single time! I long ago learned to appreciate gratitude in others - as long as those who live "charmed lives" appreciate what they've got, I don't resent them in the slightest. Now I'm learning that yes, I too have a lot to be grateful for! You are a constant inspiration to me that a positive attitude is EVERYTHING!!

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LISED58 2/18/2011 9:06AM

    Gratitude is so something to be grateful for. There isn't one night when I head hits the pillow that I don't list my day's 5 gratitudes. You're right about appreciating what we have rather than noticing only little annoyances. Life is like a camel with the 'ups' and 'downs' - during the low moments, ah, imagine the highs! (Yah, weird analogy ... hee hee) Have a fantabulous weekend - how can you not with such a wonderful outlook.



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SENATOR9 2/18/2011 5:15AM

    Things are looking up for you
A happy person is a fit person
enjoy your long weekend and your daughter's birthday
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NEW-CAZ 2/18/2011 3:29AM

    Helene........you lucky girl emoticon

I am so happy for you!

Best wishes for your daughter's birthday.

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TAZZ46 2/18/2011 3:27AM

  Love your blog Im greatfulthat God gave me another day of life,& for many other things also wishing you a blessed friday huggs vickie

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