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Early Start Today...

Friday, June 17, 2011

My morning routine was slightly different this morning as I had to run errands - thank god for 24 hour stores!

I went to fill up the car and did some groceries (I was low and wanted healthy foods for my lunch today - fruits, yogurt, etc.).

So while I didn't get to do my morning workout, I did get 'stuff' done. I'll hopefully get a walk in at lunch today (missed out on it yesterday as we had a luncheon for a student who is leaving). Last night did some mall browsing/walking... Tonight I'm going to pick up Tosca Reno's Clean Eating book (there are so many to choose from - but I'll start with the revamped/updated one... there's the body one and a few cookbooks too).

I went to bed very early with a nagging headache looming and had a great night's rest. I can't believe it's Friday... A short 4 day week next week and then my StayCation begins!! emoticon

It will start nicely with a nice social dinner with my board on Thursday and then our staff BBQ at my boss' place. We'll be close to 40 as spouses and children (and dogs) are invited. It will be the first time everyone meets my girls... Then Saturday will be my last day with the girls before they leave.

I'm super pumped about tomorrow's outing at Pink Lake with SP People in Ottawa friends (who can make it out). I think I will go again next Saturday with the girls to make it our special last day together...

Great things ahead... and nothing but reasons to smile and be grateful!!

In every moment, throughout every day, no matter how dim things may seem, there is always something to be appreciative of... Seek those things out, acknowledge them and know that it will bring more great things to you!!

Happy Friday ALL!!

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PORITA 6/17/2011 11:49PM

    I love going shopping for healthy things to eat! I'm always shocked at how much I end up spending (produce can be pricy!) but it's worth it!

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RDARLING 6/17/2011 9:51AM

    Even though your day didn't start out like you had planned you are rolling with the changes! Way to stay positive.

Loved your last paragraph! I wish more people loved life, their life as it is at that moment, even if it isn't perfect.

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MSLZZY 6/17/2011 7:59AM

    Positive attitude! Enjoy! HUGS!

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NEW-CAZ 6/17/2011 7:49AM

    Loads to look forward to Helene, enjoy your holiday emoticon

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Love YOUrself!!

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

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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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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