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Friday, April 15, 2011

This quote fits what I feel today... Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into. ~ Wayne Dyer

Sure I have issues and things are still tight financially, but I also have great abundance! What I find is that when you recognize the signs, you receive more of it (because you are tuning into it). From the many pieces of loose change that I find here and there, to gifts from friends/family who offer to take my kids out and do things with them, to the wonderful friendships I have.

Whenever I feel stressed about a situation or wonder if I'll make ends meet... I stop myself and think of all that I DO have and I affirm that "money comes to me in unexpected ways"... Like the staff lottery I won a couple of weeks ago and like the cheque that was handed to me last night to pay for my trip to Moncton NB in May for my association (I was named delegate to attend the Canada District Conference and can't wait to experience that!!)

While my family consists of just my sister right now, I'm thankful for me ex-husband's family and how they are doing such wonderful things with the girls. They arrived safely in Florida yesterday and today they are going to Disney World! I'm so thrilled for them and very very grateful! My own family would not have been able to offer this - so while I'm now divorced, there is still 'love' there!

And of course there's my job... Working with the team focused on "Healthy Active Living" has given me such wonderful motivation to meet my goals! Going "public" with my intentions is going to keep me on track!! My team is working in conjunction with the Live Right Now initiative and for the month of every week they have daily planned events... Check out the e-mail below, challenges and a peak at the featured 'inspirational' stories...


We are heading into Week 3 of "Inspiration for a Nation" - rolling out 30 inspiring stories, tied to 30 challenges in 30 days.

Everyday we hear great and inspiring stories from across Canada. See the ones we plan to highlight this week:

Live Right Now Challenges

Sunday, April 17
Challenge: Start Running

Inspirator: Daniel Loewen could never run until he joined Live Right Now. Using support, recipes and inspiration he's lost 10 pounds.

Monday, April 18
Challenge: Build a Support Network

Inspirator: Marlene Romanoski's son was killed by a drunk driver two years ago. The loss sent the Hamilton resident into a deep depression and give up her competitive passion for running. Through Live Right Now and the support of her family she is getting motivated and active again.

Tuesday, April 19
Challenge: Fill your fridge With Veggies

Inspirator: Amber Marshall from Heartland is proud to be involved in LRN and loves that CBC is asking Canadians to take responsibility for their health and the health of this country. One of the ways she stays healthy is by stocking the fridge with veggies.

Wednesday, April 20
Challenge: lose 20 pounds

Inspirator: Wendy Walker, from Stoney Creek , ON is hoping to lose 57 pounds by Christmas. Live Right Now has helped her lose 20 pounds so far.

Thursday, April 21
Challenge: Take a Walk at Lunch

Inspirator: Helene Sinclair, from Ottawa , is celebrating her re-entry into 150-ville. She calls her weight loss goal a "work in progress". By taking on small changes in her life - like walking at lunch - she's lost 13 pounds. Her goal is to lose a total of 30 pounds by June 30th.

Friday, April 22
Challenge: Stretch for 60 Minutes

Inspirator: Following a health scare caused by Meningitis, CBC reporter Colleen Jones. Colleen Jones is more determined than ever to be as healthy as she can be. One of the things she's doing to get their is to build on her yoga routines.

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Now there's my MOTIVATION in black and white! I am more determined than EVER to meet my goal. While this morning's weigh in only records a half pound loss ... I'm OK with that (because I had my chapter meeting last night including a wonderful meal)...

Life is GOOD and I am rich with so many great things! What abundance do you have in your life?

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MSLZZY 4/15/2011 10:07PM

I have my family, DH's and my siblings and their families, my church family
and a community of caring people. I am truly blessed!

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MEXGAL1 4/15/2011 10:26AM

    nice to get your motivation down in black and white.
I truly believe I am blessed. I worked hard my entire life sometimes more than one job at a time. And I redid homes and increased their value, etc. So now I feel so fortunate that we can afford to retire early and live in our paradise.
Have a great day and great week end.

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PHOENIX40S 4/15/2011 8:58AM

    You are also an inspirator every day on Spark. Way to go, Helene!

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BELLECAT 4/15/2011 8:37AM

    What a wonderful reminder to be appreciative of the abundance in our lives! In a time of financial stress, I am still, and always, grateful for the abundance in our lives. My husband and I will celebrate our 28th wedding anniversary next month, and we are both healthy and look forward to many more years together, Lord willing. Our two daughters (23 and almost 26) are "launched" and are doing so well as they establish their own lives. We are blessed with many, many friends who are supportive and enrich our lives in so many ways.

I try to always have an "attitude of gratitude"...thanks for the reminder, Helene!

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NEW-CAZ 4/15/2011 6:56AM

    Nice to see you so positive hun, glad the girls arrived safetly
Now for some me time- yes?!

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Home Sick

Thursday, April 14, 2011

As I was riding the bus into work yesterday, I found myself thinking about how I'll be alone as the girls are leaving today and how it's been so long since I had been back 'home' (since September). The original plan was for all of us to go visit this coming Easter weekend and then I had cancelled because the girls got the invitation to go to Florida instead (they leave today and come back at 12:45am on the 24th). This is a great opportunity for them and a gift from their grandmother. Megan has never been and it's been 9 years since Trista's last visit. They are very excited and so am I for them... but when they leave... I know I will find the house 'empty'.

I am busy today as I have to go to my chapter meeting tonight and the week so far has flown by, but looking ahead to next week I decided to take next Thursday off and head to visit my sister on Wednesday and then visit friends in Sudbury on Thursday/Friday and drive back early Saturday morning. It will be a quick visit but it gives me something to look forward to. AND it means only 3 days at work next week.

I always enjoy the 'ride' in the car, tunes blaring... and my plans are not to over do it in the 'indulgences', but there will be some - but I'll have 2 days at home before going back to work and routine again so I'm confident it won't throw me too far off game.

I have some great motivation to keep me going towards my goal as I got news yesterday that there will be a live chat on Friday for the Live Right Now success stories and I was invited to participate as one of the submissions (they tell me my story will be featured probably next week - I'll keep you posted). So while I'm going home - this will be in the back of my mind... to not have too much damage to undo emoticon

If you are interested in joining the chat - it's happening tomorrow - April 15th at 1:30pm ET

I figure my ride home will be a good distraction too from all this dating stuff... I need a break and perhaps a reminder of things on the 'other side' ... to come back refreshed and rejuvenated to finish the month strong with my 20lbs weight loss being attained!

Crossing my fingers to move my ticker by at least 1 more lb tomorrow... (will have to be extra good today and at tonight's meeting/buffet)...

Going to start off by burning some calories right out of the gate - AB work this morning and ST.

OH - and perhaps a bonus side note to my impromptu visit back home... maybe they will notice my weight loss since it's been so long since we last saw each other emoticon

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ALEXSGIRL1 4/14/2011 7:33PM

    a visit home will be lovely emoticon

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ANNE7X7 4/14/2011 12:55PM

    yay road trip!! It sounds like a blast!!

Enjoy your free time, even if the house feels empty! I'm just a phone call away :)

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CHEFKATLEANER 4/14/2011 10:59AM

    I'm so glad to hear that you're still going to visit your family, even it's only for a few days. :)

I'm going to Montreal this weekend (leave tomorrow, home Sunday) but if you've got time early next week, maybe we can get together for a walk? If not, we'll just have to meet up when you get back.

And of course, once I open my place in Barbados, you'll have to come visit. emoticon emoticon

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MEXGAL1 4/14/2011 10:01AM

    My husband just left this morning for Pennsylvania to visit the grandkids. So I know how the house feels empty. I miss him already but will find things to do.
We should just enjoy our own company and the opportunity to do so.

Take care,

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SEAWAVE 4/14/2011 7:21AM

    We're going to Sudbury for Easter too - and my FIL 80th birthday! Hopefully, it will be nice out and we can stop for litlte walks along the way. I hate driving straight through. Maybe we'll go through Algonquin Park instead of taking the 17...

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MSLZZY 4/14/2011 6:55AM

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DOOBRIE 4/14/2011 5:16AM

    A visit back home sounds like a great idea!

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Deal with it...

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Life does not always bring us the results we want. Be it in our weight loss journeys, at work, at home and for me in the fun times of exploring the dating world again.

What was to be a 'date' night turned out to be a NO date night. No phone call, no contact since Sunday. What's up with that?!? emoticon But I refuse to call it quits because I know there are plenty of fish in the sea and that there has to be a few good ones left out there.

I drew my angel card this morning and it spoke to "Self-Respect" and above all this is what I'm maintaining in my practice as I move ahead with the sea of 'the dating world'. Trust me folks - I just wish I had a partner and didn't have to do this at my age, but life is what it is and I am dealing with it.

I loved this quote I found by Wayne Dyer - Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed.

So I move forward with Passion and Purpose! There are ups and downs (including some emoticon downs as the scale is back in 150Ville this morning after my weekend indulgences)...

It's time to weigh in the balance of life and so long as I keep pushing forward, make good choices and above all, respect myself, I know I will succeed!

Today would have been my sister's 53rd birthday and when I recall how some leave this world way too soon... it reminds me just how lucky I am to have my health and my life! I am very grateful to be alive and I'm going to make the best of it and live like there is no tomorrow!

So potential date didn't call... I'm a great catch and when the time is right, I know I'll be connected with a good soul (because I will not settle for any less).

In the mean time I continue with my other goals in life including aiming to hit my 20lbs weight loss mark for April 30th, finishing up my year as President for my association and looking ahead to new goals after the summer months. I'm signed up to participate with my team in the DragonBoat races (my first time participating - and will volunteer as well). I was going to skip Bluesfest volunteering this year, but going to do it again (3rd year in a row). I'm putting myself 'out there' and living life and hopefully making a difference by helping out where I can!

SP will always be a huge part of my life... it's part of my sacred time as I wake early every morning to blog and reflect on things. It's a wonderful way to start my day and I am honored that I have some regular blog followers who seem to get something out of it as well. The greatest thing about our SP journey is we share and we get the feedback that confirms we are NOT alone here!

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BELLECAT 4/13/2011 8:30PM

    What a way to honor your sister - living life full on and not holding back! Your positive attitude is positively inspiring!

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SLEEPYDEAN 4/13/2011 11:17AM

    Sounds like you are in a very good place right now. Nothing but positive coming your way now!

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GTANYA 4/13/2011 8:45AM

    Hi Helene,
That date wasn't worth your time and he made it easy!!! Love is out there for you, I know it is and when it is time it will happen. I like that you are keeping open and involving yourself in such positive events - you will find that person doing the things you love!!!!! Don't worry about the scale - the scale has issues, it doesn't want to give up it's power. When we achieve our goal, we no longer need it as much - the scale has power issues, LOL. You are a wonderful person and I am so happy that you are continuing to do the things you do and at the same time help others. Don't ever forget that!!!!!!
Talk soon.

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LISED58 4/13/2011 7:47AM

    ... les barbottes sont des 'bottom scum suckers'. Tu trouveras ton beau p'tit poisson soleil.

I love the possitive attitude. Volunteering and meeting people is a great way to put yourself 'out there'. Have a super day!

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MSLZZY 4/13/2011 7:18AM

    emoticonpositive attitude! emoticon

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LYNKIN 4/13/2011 6:33AM

    Hi! Believe me, if he didn't show...he is not worth it! I shared my story with you and I truly found a good man. They are out there but be patient. Live in the day at a time, one step at a time. Enjoy each day to the fullest! emoticon

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SEAWAVE 4/13/2011 5:20AM

    Things happen for a reason, and at the right time (even if we only realize it years later LOL!). You're doing great by living our life instead of watching it go by. Back in 150-ville, out there volunteering at the BluesFest, Dragonboat racing?!?

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DOOBRIE 4/13/2011 4:48AM

    I would also like to add my congrats to you for getting back into 150-ville, Helene. I always look for your blogs in the morning - I love the way you are so positive most of the time, and I feel sad when you're having a down day, which fortunately isn't very often. Sounds like you have a lot of things planned which is great! Have a wonderful Wednesday.

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NEW-CAZ 4/13/2011 3:59AM

    I love reading your blogs Helene, I am sorry about your date but you are right, love is out there for you and someone worthy of your kind nature will appear when you least expect it.
emoticon on slipping back into 150 ville- weight will always vary a little over a week and you're keeping on track.
A friend of mine does Dragonboat racing and I believe there is a traditon of painting the dragon's eye/s for good luck/ fortune b4 a race? Correct me if I'm wrong.
You have so many good things in your life, and you're one of the good things in my life! Keep on sparking emoticon

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The Problems... The Solutions...

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

For every problem there's a solution... The Daily Motivator speaks to this today and I paste one of its paragraphs for you to consider...

Let the problems come, and let the problems go. Whatever the problems may be, engage yourself purposefully and enthusiastically with the best life has to offer.

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After a weekend of being 'off' program, I am happy to report I had an ON day yesterday. I had about 70mins of activity including a lunch time walk (I can't believe with the humidex we reached 28 Celcius here - the little bit of snow we had is now gone!)

I am back up in 160Ville again this morning and upset about that so the week will be spent working my way back to my ticker point for Friday (and I so wanted to make it move down some more)... but it's my own doing and I'm letting go of the weekend and taking it one day at a time to FIX things and make them right!

Looking to the remainder of April, I know I have 18 days to my final weigh in where I still hope to reach my 20lbs weight loss mark. It will mean focus, determination and it will mean staying AF! Alcohol can just not be part of my diet if I'm going to make this happen. I have come to accept this and while I know I don't have to quit forever, I know I'm not strong enough to have the 'cheat' day because it leads to too many indulgences so by accepting what I can or can't do, I can make some progress.

Bottom line is what do I want more?! With the warmer weather approaching - I want to feel GOOD wearing sleevless shirts, shorts...

Only 2 more sleeps until I send the girls off to Florida... Looking through clothes I was amazed at how much Megan has grown... NOTHING fits her so I'm scrounging to see what I can pick up for her before she goes. Wasn't ready to shop for summer clothes but alas, I'll get her a few pairs of shorts and send her on her way. And Trista - she's a great teen! She is not a 'skinny' girl but she is happy with her body and I'm so proud of her - she bought a bikini to bring to Florida and said it's her way of promoting her self-confidence and I say emoticon kiddo!

Mom needs to take lessons from her... I want to feel confident in my swimsuit this year too and that is the picture I must keep in mind!

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PHOENIX40S 4/12/2011 10:48AM

    Thanks for another great post, Helene. I, too, am up early, and your posts often start my day off right (along with my cup of coffee). Your reminder that shorts and sleeveless shirts are not too far away gave me the extra kick I needed to get out of bed and do my strength training routine before getting ready for work. Grrr. I have a love/hate relationship with that routine (kindly put together for me by a personal trainer). It always leaves me shaky, but I love the tone I am seeing in my legs, arms and abs.

Hope you have a great day.

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MSLZZY 4/12/2011 9:56AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonKeep a positive attitude and
focus on what you want! Let them problems go and kick them to the curb!

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NEW-CAZ 4/12/2011 5:21AM

    Great attitude! don' t let the minor hic cup steer you off track!
Although you'll miss the girls it'll give you some fantastic "me time" opportunities.

Have a good Tuesday

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TAZZ46 4/12/2011 5:04AM

  just stopping in to say hello nd to wish you a blessed tuesday vickie

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Perseverance, secret of all triumphs. ~ Victor Hugo

Monday, April 11, 2011

This quote is one that I am going to breathe in today as I recover from my weekend's indulgences. It started with what was to be 'one' cheat day on Friday. Then on Saturday, I did well until late afternoon (getting in a few walks and some ST)... but then came in to sit on my tush and had drinks... leading to more indulgences on the food side.

What this has made me realize is that I need to persevere to build NEW habits. It seems I'm not strong enough for that 'one' cheat day, so perhaps I can only allow myself a cheat meal rather than an entire day.

It's a new week and I'm starging Fresh! Today is going to be a low calorie day and no stepping on the scale until later this week (I'm sure I'd cry if I saw the numbers today after 3 days of not eating well).

If I want to stop yo-yoing with my weight, I need to stop this behaviour. So I'm back to being AF and the week ahead is going to be a busy one. Tonight I'm going to go tanning, tomorrow night I'm supposed to meet a gentleman I've been talking with from the dating site, Wednesday night is packing up for the girls as they leave for Florida on Thursday morning. Thursday night is my chapter meeting and the weekend... well I'll be alone so I guess we'll see (perhaps if my Tuesday meeting goes well, there will be another 'date' night).

I'm taking it one day at a time and it starts FRESH with today!! Heading down to do my workout this morning. It's rainy out so no lunch time walk but another workout tonight including some ST.

Wishing you all a wonderful week filled with renewed Perseverance!! Keeping an eye on the goal for April 30th and going to make this week count!!

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ALEXSGIRL1 4/11/2011 6:48PM

    If you look at food and tell yourself I am going to eat the freshest best food I can everyday you'll do better.Some people have a cheat day i don't i feel i will cheat myself out of healthy eating. I love your one day at a time philosophy . you are doing good. you know what to do, you will do it. emoticon

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MEXGAL1 4/11/2011 9:58AM

    good for you to evaluate all this and to make some changes. I know for me to give myself a whole "cheat" day would be extremely dangerous. the foods that I would cheat on would put me into a tail spin and I would only crave more of them. I think it's best for me to only allow a "special treat" once in a while. Like some chips or a couple of cookies. But if I give myself freedom to eat whatever I want it would mean several pounds gained.
Best of everything to you.

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LISED58 4/11/2011 9:28AM

    Hi Helene. Thanks for this blog. I've been junking out since last Friday getting ready for the painting. Perseverance or lack thereof and weakness or definitively not lack thereof are my two areas of concern for this week. You have my wholehearted support in every one of your steps! Thanks again. I needed this in my face. Go GIRL!! YOU WILL DO IT!!!!

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ANNE7X7 4/11/2011 8:23AM

    I find that when I let myself start snacking (which is my biggest issue), it's downhill from there... I'm also trying to get it together so that I can change this behaviour. Perhaps avoiding that behaviour althogether is the way to tame it... I've been experimenting with it too! We'll find what works for each of us eventually!!

We should go for a walk again this weekend if Mother Nature is good to us!!

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SPARKLINGDAWN 4/11/2011 6:38AM

    It is not falling off the wagon - it is how long it takes for us to get back up there in control that counts. Welcome back to control

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MARYJOANNA 4/11/2011 5:38AM

  Don't beat yourself over the head-just start afresh. emoticon Hop to it!

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NEW-CAZ 4/11/2011 5:00AM

    Keep positive Helene emoticon

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ROZELL99 4/11/2011 4:55AM

  The cheat day concept never works for me either. It us too easy to slip into the "free" weekend and "off" week. One meal i can plan for and often do successfully. Oatmeal for breakfast, soup and salad for lunch, and a slightly more vigorous workout will free up the necessary calories to not gain weight on a reasonably large meal. Dessert can throw that out of balance if i am not careful. You will find something that works for you. Good luck on your journey.

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