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Day 5 Detox/Cleanse

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Well Day 4 was good all day until I got home... it was a Friday night and with the ups and downs or my experiences this past week, the cravings for an after work few 'drinks' came to me... I seriously was thirsting for one, but fought hard to beat it - mainly because I didn't want to waste the money I invested in the cleanse package by sabotaging it with a cheat night in the midst of my past half way mark of the cleanse. And I DID it! I side stepped the craving, went tanning, shopping and did some SParking instead!! emoticon Thanks to my SP Friends for your support and for always being there...

Today's number update:
Aug 16 - 170.5
Aug 17 - 169
Aug 18 - 169
Aug 19 - 168.5
Aug 20 - 168

Still have TOM visiting so I'm curious to see when it's gone what my final weigh in will be on Tuesday morning. At the very least it would be great to be back at where my SP ticker is - 165... because this is the yo-yo weight I keep fighting with.
Speaking of yo-yo's... it seems to be a theme in my life emoticon

Dan and I are talking again and trying to work through this - recognizing it's very new and part of getting to know each other I guess. He's had a bad week (feeling very tired and working long hours in the hot/humid weather with concrete can't be easy). I truly respect that he has a strong work ethic - something I was seeking in a partner. The thing we both recognize in this event is that we are still getting to know each other.

I pulled a couple of cards that reminded me about being 'patient' and enjoying each moment without looking too fast to the future and what I want ... but rather enjoy the gift of the PRESENT.

Ralph Marston's Daily Motivator again resonates with all I've been experiencing...


Just because life has let you down doesn’t mean that you must let yourself down. Pick yourself up, quickly take a positive step, and know that you’re closer to reaching your goal than you’ve ever been before.

You’ve been through some of the hard part and already experienced some of the difficulty you must go through. So keep going, and make that experience count.

Change your approach if that’s what is called for. Learn from where you’ve been, adapt and adjust your efforts to be even more effective.

Every day, every encounter, and every outcome is a new opportunity to move yourself forward. Keep yourself focused on the goal you’ve chosen, and keep yourself moving in the best way you know how.

The disappointments are just as much a part of the process as the victories. Be truly thankful for it all, and in your gratitude you’ll find a way to put it all to positive use.

Whatever has happened is a perfect reason to keep going. Keep going, and create the life you have chosen to live.

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So I'm going to smell the roses and bask in the sunshine of the day... I am so very grateful for all the life lessons that are being provided to me and sense a true growth in my 'being'...

I am at peace with it all - and while I wish for the confirmation of everything yesterday... I know that I have to practice patience...

On with the day - as I attend my association's full day planning session as we gear up for the 2011/2012 season! I'm stoked!! Should be a fun day with the ladies from 8am to 4pm ... it's volunteer but it doesn't feel like work! I'm feeling re-energized and ready to renew my passion for the work I do within the association. I was super proud of recruiting the hospital's CEO's Admin Assistant in joining our chapter!!

Life is simply a true GIFT and I'm so very grateful for each and every moment of the beautiful days I am given!

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CANBDONE 8/20/2011 11:28AM

    It catches the ears of God when we say thanks!

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MEADSBAY 8/20/2011 8:17AM

    Yes, ma'am! emoticon

Looks like you are staying in the 160's for now- until next month! emoticon

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WESTCOASTKID 8/20/2011 8:13AM

    I LOVE your ever-positive attitude and ESP the fact that you remained AF!!


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MSLZZY 8/20/2011 7:50AM

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MISSLISA1973 8/20/2011 7:02AM

    Congratulations on fighting the Friday night temptation and making it through! Funny how when we've committed money, time, energy, and emotion into something (like a cleanse), we have greater motivation to protect it. So I guess that's a lesson in making the investment when it's a little easier so we will be more likely to have success when it gets harder.

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NEW-CAZ 8/20/2011 7:00AM

    emoticon on over 2 pounds gone Helene emoticon

I hope it works out with you and Dan emoticon

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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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