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Thursday, June 16, 2011

I am re-reading The Soulmate Secret (by Arielle Ford) which I first read when I was on my wonderful cruise... so that in itself brings me back to some happy memories...

The book is a great one and what I am picking up on immediately and reminding myself of is that I have to Love Myself fully and wholly first... before I can let true love into my life in the form of a soulmate.

In doing the quiz - I do believe that there is a perfect match for me out there, and while I don't know when or how it will happen I have faith it will.

In the mean time - I'm going to shift my focus back on simply enjoying my life fully and completely as I am in the NOW!

I have made the decision NOT to travel during my week off. I am even debating about offering up my volunteer services to help out for Canada Day at Parliament (for the hopes of getting a glimpse of the action)... but I'm not a huge fan of large crowds and I think my theme for my week's vacation will be RELAXATION and REJUVENATION!!

Here's what I plan on doing...

1. Take my daily walks weather permitting.
2. Put some air in my tires and try my bike out - for the first time (after saying I'd do it for so long).
3. Maybe go to the beach to sit, relax, read and soak in some rays.
4. Book myself a pedicure (something I've never had).
5. Go do something touristy by visiting somewhere I have not yet visited in our city.

The staycation will permit me to stay grounded and balanced. I'm going to do some catching up on reading as well... I have a few books that are partly read and plan on getting back into the groove of my reading.

I also am going to work on eating clean that entire week! I'm going to pick up Tosca Reno's book this Friday and that's the first thing I'll read in preparation for my week's vacation ... which I'm going to take as my week of self-care and LOVING ME!!

In a week from today - the girls will be done school and as of next Sunday at about 6:30am - I will be on my own for 6 whole weeks of ME time!! emoticon

I will miss my girls of course, but they will be having fun visiting and travelling... spending time with their father as they only see him once a year...

So all in all - the summer is shaping up to be an excellent one!!

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MEADSBAY 6/16/2011 10:46AM

    EXCELLENT plan-
you deserve this!

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MSLZZY 6/16/2011 7:22AM

    emoticonidea! Enjoy!

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Mid-Month Review

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Well I can't believe it's already the middle of June and as I review the past couple of weeks, I see I have my work cut out for me if I'm to reach my 20lbs goal by June 30th.

I have not been as AF as I would have liked to be, but that changes today! I need to get on top of my game again and up my energy levels and get moving again. My body has been aching and I wonder if the lack of activity has anything to do with it (like my body is complaining to me).

I think I may do a mini-detox/cleanse as well... I need to give my body a boost to feel good again and it starts today with a lower calorie day. I ate so much yesterday and mindlessly too... I need to get a handle on things again... not just 'mindless' shoving of foods into my mouth.

I am going to commit to using the 6 weeks I have without the girls to re-vamping my eating routine to wean out the processed foods in the house... I have used this for convenience and budget reasons but I will work to re-vamp our menus and the food I stock to be more healthy.

Today is the first day I get up early again - having re-set my sleeping patterns somewhat. It's supposed to be hot/humid today so we'll see what kind of night I'll have tonight (still don't have an AC but fans only... another point to consider bringing in to make my nights bearable this summer).

My youngest comes back from her overnight camping trip after school - hope she had fun (they had a great couple of days). It was a very quiet night with my oldest as all of our Rogers services were down - cable, phone and internet so we watched some DVDs... neither of us felt up for the walk I had planned... and I was in bed by 9pm.

Full moon tonight people - opportunities for new beginnings and fresh starts... I'm making the most of it and closing the first part of the month off and going to step up and finish strong!

Reminding myself before I stuff my face of have that drink... that nothing tastes as good as looking good feels!

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MEADSBAY 6/15/2011 10:31PM

    WE can do this, my friend!

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MSLZZY 6/15/2011 8:57PM

    Positive attitude and 6 weeks to focus on YOU! HUGS!

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RDARLING 6/15/2011 11:10AM

    Very doable goals! Good luck! emoticon

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NHGRL68 6/15/2011 10:56AM

    Sounds like a great plan! emoticon emoticon

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LVMAMAW 6/15/2011 10:04AM

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Dragging along

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

I guess the past couple of weeks emotional 'stuff' has taken it's toll on my energy levels and sleep patterns. While I slept better last night - I was still in need of more rest so only woke up at 5am instead of my usual 3:30am.

I feel the drain of the 'end of school year' with both girls... they are tired too and more testy/emotional ... my youngest is gone to camp with her class for an overnight today/tomorrow. My oldest begins her exams this Friday.

Thankfully my workplace is relatively quiet and I'm mostly catching up and need to do my least favourite thing - filing... As I will also have to do with my electronic files from the association so I can hand it over to the new president. I also signed up to do a few things next year but don't even want to think of it at this point... I'm truly looking forward to that week off at the end of the month. As I think about it - I am really debating what to do (whether to do a relaxing staycation or drive home to visit). When the girls come back in August - we will surely go down then so if I don't go at the end of the month it's not a big deal. I have not ever stayed here in Ottawa for the July 1st festivities and may just enjoy that this year... especially the one near my home and where I walk to so often "Andrew Haydon Park" (because I'm not a big crowd person - won't even attempt to go near the parliament especially with the Royal Couple coming - it's going to be a zoo... not for me thank you).

So I have not gotten any fitness in either since the week has started but today looks promising so I will surely get out at lunch for a nice walk (tomorrow it will be humid again). Our weather is certainly fluctuating quite a bit - but I'm just happy to see the sunshine.

Tonight - maybe I'll bug my oldest to come out for a nice walk with me. Today - going to try to stay concentrated on work - but not easy to do these days ... because I'm already feeling like the vacation should be here ... Let's hope the day goes by as quicly as yesterday did.

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MIMICOTO 6/14/2011 4:48PM

    Shake it off baby! You can do it! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 6/14/2011 3:31PM

    Helene I know you, you'll get everything done somehow.....then when your holiday comes around you can relax.
Won't be long huh?!

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MEADSBAY 6/14/2011 2:52PM

which came first-
the low energy
or the not working out?
I'm just saying!

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MSLZZY 6/14/2011 12:52PM

    When vacation time comes, you will enjoy it more if you are all caught up
with have-tos and sleep. Take care-HUGS!

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AMOHAME2 6/14/2011 8:47AM

    This weather is making it so difficult to plan outdoor workouts! It seems like either it's raining or it's too hot to go out and enjoy the sunshine! Hopefully today will be perfect for you to get in a walk or two.
Whether you decide to stay in Ottawa or take off for the week you take as vacation, I'm sure the much needed rest will do you good! I'm going to be nutso and brave downtown on Canada Day I think. My friend's mom got a room at the Chateau Laurier for the night so at least we'll have somewhere close by that we can escape to if needs be!
Have a wonderful day and hopefully it flies by for you!!

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New Week ... Late start...

Monday, June 13, 2011

Well my sleeping patterns are a bit off so I wasn't able to get my morning routine in today. TOM arrived unexpectedly on the weekend (but it explains my cravings lol).

I'm counting down to my 1 week vacation already ... 9 days ... next week will be a short one as the vacation starts on the 24th. The girls last day of school next Thursday and Megan is going on a school trip tomorrow and Wednesday (an overnight trip).

They leave super early on the 26th (we have to be at the airport for 6am) and then I will decide what to do with the rest of my week off... not making any concrete plans at this point except simply to enjoy and relax.

I'm hoping to be back to my regular sleep patterns so I can get my day started as I like to tomorrow...

That's all she wrote for today... not as inspired writing later in the day as I am very early in the mornings. Hope you all have an amazing week SP Friends!

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NEW-CAZ 6/13/2011 3:37PM

    Hope you have a fantastic week Helene!

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DOOBRIE 6/13/2011 3:12PM

    Hope you have a great week! Get plenty of sleep.

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SEAWAVE 6/13/2011 2:18PM

    There are so many things to do in the Ottawa area I'm sure you'll be busy during your vacation. Looking forward to it is half the fun. Have a great week!

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LVMAMAW 6/13/2011 12:23PM

    What a pleasant thought- deciding what to do on vacation in just a matter of days!! Fun! Hope your sleep patterns settle in and you can be good again!! emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 6/13/2011 11:39AM

    Vacation-great! Get back into the right sleep pattern and you'll be just fine! HUGS!

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Roll with it...

Saturday, June 11, 2011

When things don't go the way you had hoped... the new motto I have developed is to just roll with it...

If your week did not go as planned with respect to your SP plan, don't let that deter you from beginning anew today. My week did not include as many walks or the ST I had hoped because other priorities came into play but I'm not going to let it get me down. Instead, I realize that I can adapt and 'let go' where I need to and as a result I live a much more peaceful life.

I have had some frustrations with the dating scene but again, I figure if something didn't go as planned it's because it wasn't meant to.

The weekend is here, the sun is shining and I'm going to make the most of TODAY.

I hope that you too... will roll with it and make the most of the Present that is given to you as you begin this new day!

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ANNE7X7 6/12/2011 8:29PM

    Way to go! Turn this thing around!!! Cheers to a great week! We should go for a walk again!!

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MSLZZY 6/12/2011 8:30AM

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AMOHAME2 6/11/2011 3:58PM

    I love this! I haven't had a great week either, but I've learned to just go with it and it'll all come out alright in the end. I'm going through some dating frustrations myself, but you're right...if it's meant to be, it will work itself out!

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NEW-CAZ 6/11/2011 12:28PM

    Love your positivity Helene, have a good one emoticon

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MIMICOTO 6/11/2011 11:44AM

    Great advice Helene....I'm doing just that at the moment, having learned that either I can stress, fret and beat myself up about doing 'less than' I'd planned....or I can just get on with it and enjoy the day, feel happy and keep moving forward.

Either way, the destination will be the same - so why no choose to enjoy the trip?


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LVMAMAW 6/11/2011 11:40AM

    You are soooo Right!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ACCDNTLATHLETE 6/11/2011 11:39AM

    Great blog and so true! Love it! emoticon

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GTANYA 6/11/2011 11:11AM

    Hi Helene,
It goes back to what we have been saying - living in the present. Make the best of today. I like that it is sunny where you are. My kids are in the pool after my daughter played her baseball game . I too am just relishing my new found freedom from my volunteer work. Now it means I can spend some time at spark and support you all and get support in return that is really important to me. I am sorry that the dating scene is so challenging but that person will be there for you when it is time. Enjoy the now, enjoy the journey in achieving all your goals - I know you will achieve them all.
Take care and have a lovely day and weekend. Thinking of you.

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LUVDOGZ 6/11/2011 8:32AM

    Love this, and you are so right!!! Thank you for reminding me. I love your positive attitude!

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LYNKIN 6/11/2011 8:27AM

    Hi! Have a great day! One day at a time. I have learned that it is best to live in the "now". I have had a week of stress eating with it being the last week of school and having so much to do. I am now on summer vacation with the goal of daily exercise and healthy eating. emoticon

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