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Day 4 Detox/Cleanse

Friday, August 19, 2011

Aug 16 - 170.5
Aug 17 - 169
Aug 18 - 169
Aug 19 - 168.5

It's not a huge movement, but considering the fact that I see signs of TOM appearing (very early this month), I'll take it. Perhaps the cleanse is triggering it to come early, but it's all good... it means I won't have to worry about it come my bday weekend (my apologies to any male SP friends reading this emoticon - my blogs are for my own records so sometimes it may be TMI for you).

The Staff Appreciation lunch was less than ideal choices but I had some nonetheless (burgers - I tried a veggie burger but that was a yuck choice and had a bit of fries - told her to stop at one scoop as she almost threw another one on, and some coleslaw... skipped the cookies). I had packed some healthy snacks and found myself feeling so hungry again later in the day (and now I know why - and this also perhaps explains some of the bloating I had been feeling).

I enjoyed another lunch time walk with PERSISTENT_GIRL. We got rained on at the end but it was refreshing.

And now for the personal part of my blog (I sound like a friggen soap opera - who needs reality TV lol)... to record where I'm at in the love interest area... it seems the curve I met with Dan is coming to a dead end... We had a small mis-understanding or difference of opinion and given the early stages of this relationship and the fact that we don't really know each other that well, it has turned out that perhaps we are not a good match. His lack of understanding and harping on my being 'too emotional' I feel is a bit of projection as he has major mood swings and goes from hot to cold in an instant. One day he's affectionate and warm, and the next day he's a cold fish.

I'm am OK though with all of this and acknowledge this as another valuable lesson. As I continue to strive to meet my soulmate, I feel I am closer with every experience. I am grateful for the wonderful past few weeks with Dan as it showed me how things can be, what doors can open and it also taught me to not want 'love' so bad. I think we were both so in love with the idea of being in love - we moved a bit too fast and now it's coming to a halt.

I was able to console myself by reaching out to another friend who I had met just before Dan ... he's not ready for a relationship, but has proven to be a great friend to me. He reminds me of my friend who passed away just last Friday. Mars was someone I could confide in and be with ... complete honest and open... and while we were not romantically involved at the end - I cherished the moments we had together as we visited every now and again. His death really bothered me - but it also brought back some very fond memories of the times we shared together.

It's been a wonderful week back at work... These life lessons are making me grow even more... and I'm not letting the experience ruin the plans to go celebrate my bday... Turns out I'll be driving up with my nephew who lives in town who seems to be experiencing the same thing as me in the love interest area (a girlfriend who doesn't know what she wants lol).

I am very pleased with how my cleanse is going! Here's to day 4 and 3 more to go!! Life is still pretty darned emoticon

Wishing all my SP Friends a wonderful weekend ahead!

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DOOBRIE 8/19/2011 6:50PM

    Congrats on the two pound weight loss! You're doing great!

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CANBDONE 8/19/2011 3:11PM

    "He's just not that into you" comes to mind. If he doesn't "get you"...move on! When it's's not difficult. It all comes easy....there's a peace you never knew before, because you can be you and not only is it good enough...he's attracted to it...he LOVES it! The love journey continues....

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MIMICOTO 8/19/2011 12:50PM

    So so so proud of you - in so many ways.....

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MSLZZY 8/19/2011 10:02AM

    Learning and growing in the process of life and love. Just as you can't hurry success with SP, you can't hurry love. Rather than make a bad choice, it might
be best to step away from this relationship, a little older and a little wiser.
When the time is right, no matter how you want to rush love along, you will know it in your heart. HUGS!

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MEADSBAY 8/19/2011 8:04AM

    Dear friend,
I am so pleased to see you handling Dan's probable departure so well.
You enjoyed the experience of him;
you learned from him;
you understand what happened and do not blame yourself unduly.
Such is life!


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Day 3 Detox/Cleanse

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Well no change in weight this morning.

Aug 16 - 170.5
Aug 17 - 169
Aug 18 - 169

I'm feeling relatively well. Some gas still but not as bloated. I do feel full during the earlier part of the day but feel hungry near dinner time. I think that it's perhaps relative to my off routine eating patterns over my holidays though and all part of getting back into a healthier routine. I'm trying to ensure I do not eat at least 3 hours before bed.

I have to comment to say that I am sleeping wonderfully the past few nights since beginning the cleanse. Coincidence? Perhaps... Being AF is not difficult as it's a no brainer if I want to do a cleanse - alcohol is not part of the equation.

Today is staff appreciation day at work which means they provide breakfast and lunch for staff. I ate my healthy breakfast (protein, veggie and my fiber drink that comes with the cleanse). I have my fruits/veggies packed for my snacks today. I WILL make good choices at lunch and skip the sugar desserts as I expect there will be some ... there usually are healthy alternatives as well.

On the home front - things are flying by - less than 2 weeks before the girls return to school ...

And found out yesterday that my plans for the long weekend may change as Dan may have to work emoticon and my reaction of dissappointment did not go over well with him (guess we're just getting to know each other). He commented that I'm too emotional lol ... HELLO!! I am woman lol... it's my perogative isn't it?! He is pulling back a bit and said he's confused ... ah the joys of a new relationship. I trust still that if it's meant to be, all will work itself out. In the meantime, I'm giving him the space to think things through. By no means am I going to push anything... and you know what?! I'm OK with this! The old me would be freaking out by now ... but no more!

Life is too short to be anything but HAPPY!!

SPark Cheers Friends!!

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CANBDONE 8/18/2011 5:45PM

    My daughter's in a new relationship and I tell her:
"The fastest way to lose love is to hold it too tightly; and the best way to keep love is to give it wings!"

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MSLZZY 8/18/2011 9:38AM

    Positive attitude! If it is meant to be, it will continue to bloom and grow.
Emotional? Yeah, but that is what makes us tick LOL!

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MEADSBAY 8/18/2011 9:26AM

    Sounds like you're doing just fine and dandy, Helene.
What will be will be.

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KAITLYNSNAMMY 8/18/2011 9:06AM

    You are doing great....continued success with the detox!

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DOOBRIE 8/18/2011 5:56AM

    Great attitude, Helene! Have a wonderful day!

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Day 2 Detox/Cleanse

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Well I successfully completed my first day of the 7 day Cleanse from GNC

I must admit I was feeling pretty gassy/bloated most of yesterday, but feeling better this morning. I had a great night's rest and included just walking for my activity yesterday (30mins at lunch and 45mins in the evening). I also noticed a bit of a headache but I figure that's all normal as part of my body detoxing after weeks of drinking and indulging in less than healthy food. I so enjoyed my salad for lunch it is on the menu again today!

I am weighing in daily while on the cleanse and I'm down 1.5lbs since yesterday and gratefully back to 160Ville with my eye on my ticker goal of the eventual 'first' down at 157lbs.

It felt great being back to work and back to routine too. I'm getting my 'mode' back on and it feels great.

This morning's workout includes Ab work and some ST - 30mins and then a walk at lunch and this evening again!

I was scheduled to have my physical next week but cancelled it as I felt it was too soon after my return to work to ask for time away. I will book it for sometime in Sept/Oct as my last one was in May 2010. I debated about needing to go but as a preventative measure, I suppose it's good to get all things checked out with my family history of illnesses... Just another reason why SParking and living this lifestyle is so very important... as ANNE7X7 pointed out to me... I need to be around for a very long time to watch my girls grow through all stages of their lives! My Trista just posted a change in her 'relationship status' on Facebook... I can't complain though ... she's 15 and this is only her 2nd boyfriend (in comparison to her friends she is doing great lol). And she's smart ... he seems like a real nice boy... but mom will be keeping a close eye nonetheless... emoticon

My sweet man is still with me too... didn't realize how much I rely on his messages/texts until yesterday as his phone service was down. He made sure to call me from work to let me know though ... so very thoughtful (since he has no land line at home). This is such new territory for me but I'm LOVING IT!!

Can't wait for our first 'getaway' together on the long weekend at my sister's place to join in the last festival of the season and our traditional 'birthday celebrations'. Should be loads of fun!!

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JUSTJUSTY 8/17/2011 8:19PM

    emoticonAll the best to you!

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MSLZZY 8/17/2011 12:05PM

    You sound like you are back on track and ready for some adventure and good times. ENJOY!

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MEADSBAY 8/17/2011 9:10AM

    Life is good, Helene.
Good things come to those who wait.

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WESTCOASTKID 8/17/2011 6:45AM

    Sounds like everything is really coming together for you, SS! I am SO so happy for you!!

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Change of Focus

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

My tried and true Daily Motivator provided the message I needed to hear this morning...

Change of focus
Don’t waste your time complaining about what brings you down. Instead, get yourself away from it in whatever way you can.

If you’re in a negative pattern, break the pattern by establishing a new, more meaningful, positive and empowering one. Doing what you’ve always done will continue to get you what you’ve always gotten, and to get a change you must make a change.

Reach inside and reacquaint yourself with what you truly care about. Your authentic purpose is far more important than keeping up old habits or superficial appearances.

This is your life and this is your opportunity to do something positive about it. You are far more powerful than you’ve allowed yourself to be.

Decide to use that power in the service of what is most important to you. Though a change of focus will initially be frightening and uncomfortable, you will soon feel you’re right where you belong.

The beautiful possibilities are calling. Now is your moment to focus your life upon, and to allow, what really matters.

— Ralph Marston
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After 5 years on SP, I am realizing that I have learned what my strengths are and I know where my challenges lie. As I look to the 2nd half of August and my return to work and routine, I understand I need to get my focus back.

I was sent a message from a friend to let me know a former boyfriend passed away just this Friday (Aug 12) and it really hit home... just how precious life is. He was only 47. He had developed cancer a couple of years ago and obviously the disease was very agressive and he lost the battle. Ironically, the friend who let me know is the cancer survivor who has been battling the disease for about 10 years now...

Our bodies are our temples and how we treat it matters. If nothing else, this is a reminder of how our life choices make a difference in how we live and feel. As I honor those who have lost their lives to cancer, I make a pledge to get back on track with my healthy eating and exercise routine.

To begin simply, cutting out the mindless junk food eating again and ensuring at least 30mins of activity every day. It begins with a 7 day 'detox' - the GNC Complete Body Cleanse... to give my body the break it needs from the 'vacation' mode and bring it back to normal living.

I want to be living life to the fullest for a very long time... and I'm going to make sure I never take ONE day for granted! We never know how precious our health is until it is taken from us... May all of you my dear SP friends be blessed with radiant health and make choices that support active, healthy LIVING!!

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ICANDOIT63 8/20/2011 6:47AM

    Cherish each day!!! I am sorry for your loss. I will be doing the Livestong challenge tomorrow in memory of my dad and will see Lance Armstrong, who I feel has kept his promise to help others and encourage all to Livestong

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HOPEFULHIPPO 8/16/2011 3:49PM

    one of the reasons I started this lifestyle, just to improve it.

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MEADSBAY 8/16/2011 9:26AM

    Generally speaking, the elders I care for who live the longest (and are happy to be alive despite any aging issues) lead healthy active lives with little booze. And, they'vebeen lucky enough to have dodged a few bullets- like cancer.
We can do it!

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ANNE7X7 8/16/2011 8:25AM

    I'm sorry to hear about your friend! That's really sad!

Take good care of your body and your mind! Your girls need you around for a long long time!!

(Speaking of your girls, I think I creeped Megan out yesterday when I ran by her with Sasha. I said "Hi Megan!", but she didn't seem to recognize me. LOL! So if she came home saying some crazy looking lady knew her name, no worries, it was just me!!)

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CANBDONE 8/16/2011 8:20AM

    "Oh, Death, where is thy sting?" We're not promised tomorrow...thanks for the reminder to live in the moment, walking in His purpose!

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KAITLYNSNAMMY 8/16/2011 7:33AM

    Great blog and so true. Life is good and life can change in a single moment.
Have a healthy and positive day!

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46SHADOW 8/16/2011 6:59AM

    Good to have those wake up calls sometimes!

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MSLZZY 8/16/2011 6:38AM

    So true! HUGS!

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New Chapter

Monday, August 15, 2011

CANBDONE commented on my blog yesterday something that really struck a cord for me... I do truly believe I am beginning a whole new chapter in my life... heck perhaps working on my next 'story'...

The day was wonderful yesterday. I prepared the meal ahead of time and was able to enjoy the company without too much fuss later. I didn't realize how much I missed entertaining or cooking for others. I've been on my own with the girls for so long that it was truly great to have people over and prepare a great meal for them to enjoy. It was a hit for sure!

The new chapter I'm referring to in all of this is that I'm not feeling alone anymore... while I always had my angels, doors are opening to my having a partner in life again and a whole new circle of friends and family. Every event, outing, gathering is new and I'm loving it!

I have things to look forward to now and I feel a new drive to accomplish so many more things. I love that Dan is tidy and organized - which encourages me even more to further de-clutter my life ... making space for new and wonderful things.

It's my last vacation day and I will return to work and begin my 7 day Detox tomorrow. I ended up picking up a package from GNC (Complete Body Cleansing Program) and will be figuring out my meals for the week to accompany the plan (making sure to include lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, avoiding the processed and junk foods).

After my 'vacation' from a healthy eating plan - this will be a welcome 7 days which I'm sure will leave me less bloated and more energetic. I'm also looking forward to getting back into my exercise routine beginning with today and a ST session... perhaps a walk too.

And so as I turn the page in my life, I open my eyes, my heart and my mind to wonderful things ahead... As I near my 45th birthday, I look forward with great anticipation to a wonderful year ahead!!

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MEADSBAY 8/15/2011 10:25PM

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I'm so happy for you!

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PHOENIX40S 8/15/2011 10:10PM

    Hurray! emoticon emoticon

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WINDANCER99 8/15/2011 11:39AM

    Sounds like your 'new chapter' has many good things in store for you. I wish you all the best!

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DEE0973 8/15/2011 9:08AM

    Awesome...You have the right spirit and attitude. As you alluded to, everything will fall in place. Be Blessed

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ANNE7X7 8/15/2011 8:51AM

    It sounds like this new chapter is full of fun, exciting things! So awesome!!!

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CANBDONE 8/15/2011 8:49AM

    Is there anything sweeter than being in love? I'm reminded of the old lovesong lyrics, "What a difference a day makes." I can almost see your "love glow"!

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DIVALADY 8/15/2011 8:47AM


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