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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
Donít waste your time complaining about what brings you down. Instead, get yourself away from it in whatever way you can.

If youíre in a negative pattern, break the pattern by establishing a new, more meaningful, positive and empowering one. Doing what youíve always done will continue to get you what youíve 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 youíve 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 youíre right where you belong.

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

ó 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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15 Years Ago Today...

Sunday, August 14, 2011

15 Years ago today I gave birth to my first earth angel Trista. She has grown into such a beautiful woman... Here she is proudly sporting her new hair cut and first highlights.

The plan for the day is to make one of her favourite dishes (she requested it lol)... mom's lasagna and PERSISTENT_GIRL is making her chocolate cheese cake. So far it looks like we'll be about 7 ... as Dan and his daughter will join us as well. It should be a wonderful day and I booked tomorrow off as an extra vacation day to re-set before going back to work on Tuesday.

I had a wonderful day yesterday. Made my way over to Gatineau without too much trouble this time (thanks ABUSEDIT for the directions - it's a much nicer drive that way). We then brought his daughter over to his parents home for a sleepover as her cousins were going there. I met his parents and his sister briefly - they are very nice people... it's always so nerve racking to meet the family for the first time but it was a nice sweet short visit ... perfect. Then we took the ferry back to Quebec - something I had never done. It's wonderful all the new things I am going to get to do with Dan ...

We went to his place and watched a movie and he made dinner, then I headed back home to pick up the girls from their sleepovers to enjoy a few more hours before bed.

I'm now up early and getting ready for the wonderful day ahead with my cooking and prep for Trista's Birthday!! Life is emoticon

Rain or Shine - it's going to be a beautiful day!!

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DOOBRIE 8/14/2011 6:14PM

    Happy birthday to your beautiful daughter, Trista.


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CANBDONE 8/14/2011 1:50PM

    Sounds like you are in a whole new chapter of your life...and it's awesome!

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DIDI_60LBS_BY60 8/14/2011 1:01PM

    emoticon emoticon.....Happy Birthday Trista!

Lovvve your new cut and highlights!!!

Have a great day of many more celebrations Helene...... lol


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GTANYA 8/14/2011 10:18AM

    Happy Birthday to Trista! She is beautiful!!! Have a wonderful day celebrating your daughter's birthday and all the rest that comes with that day! Call me or I will call you.....
Happy Sunday!! Happy Birthday!!

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ANNE7X7 8/14/2011 10:03AM

    Sounds wonderful!!! Happy birthday to Trista! She looks gorgeous!!

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Back home a day early

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Our visit was cut short as my sister's boyfriend's (Tony) mother passed away on Thursday. They had been waiting for the news as she had not eaten for 10 days - she was so strong to hold on for that long. The 19th would have been her 93rd birthday. I am grateful to have at least had the one night to spend with both my sister and Tony and will see them again when I go up for the last festival on my birthday.

The visit was packed with many stops to people I truly wanted to see. My dear friend Wanda who is a cancer survivor and still fighting the good fight. She was so wonderful... she commented to me 'Helene you're butt is dissappearing - how much weight have you lost?'... and surprisingly I have recently regained to a point where I have not lost any this year as I am back to starting point but I guess to those who haven't seen me it looks like I have. Goes to show you how our perceptions can be messed up because we look at ourselves in the mirror daily. It's true it's those who see less of us - see LESS of us emoticon (pardon the punn - couldn't resist).

I visited another friend at her camp in St-Charles (had not seen her in a couple of years and it was great re-connecting).

We opted to leave yesterday as my sister headed out to Burlington to take care of the arrangements for Tony's mom. The thing I noticed is that my oldest daughter is not a fan of River Valley... and it was pretty quiet there so she was quite happy to be coming home early. Funny thing is they didn't stay in the house longer than an hour - both are off to friends for sleepovers so I'm alone this morning.

The other wonderful thing in the midst of this wonderful visit is that Dan kept in touch with me while I was away with sweet texts, phone calls... He read my story from the Passwords book and he said I need to write a new story about meeting him and I told him I blog about it lol...

I will see him today and his daughter too. I met his daughter last Sunday (so this is her 2nd visit with us) and I saw him on Monday before leaving so we're both like little teenagers and can't wait to see each other...

The trip back to my sister's for the last festival I'm planning to make just with Dan as my other friend Joanne who I stayed with while visiting can't wait to meet him. It will be the first time ever that I bring someone with me there and he'll be meeting many of 'my people'... so I'm excited and nervous. He texted me to tell me that he was ready to have me meet his family too and that he was falling in love with me... I swear - this man is all I have hoped for... super sweet, kind and loving!

Tomorrow is the birthday gathering. My step-kids may not make it over. It's kind of a strain at times as they have their own lives and I wonder at times how much effort I should put out to keep them 'involved' in our lives. As I now expand and meet someone new... it's just weird to have them here in a way because the connection we have is through my ex-husband and I feel I need to let go in some way... I guess given they are both adults, I will put the invitations out and if they choose to come then great and if not, then no guilt and no worries either.

Life goes on and I will be introduced to a new family... so I need to keep myself at peace without guilt or worry about my past... It's all about balance right (in all things).

Well my stomach is growling... time for some healthy eats and then a nice walk by the river. Enjoy the beautiful day SP Friends and full moon this evening!

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GTANYA 8/14/2011 10:23AM

    Helene, reading your blog you are very happy. Really in control of things and clear thinking wrt Dan and his family and your step children. It is lovely that you keep your step children involved...not too many people would do that. Keep them posted and your right about letting them choose when to come and not worry if they can't. You are doing great and I am so happy for you. It brings a very big smile on my face and all that you have been through....WOO HOO!!!!!

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ANNE7X7 8/14/2011 10:02AM

    Sounds like a great trip! Sorry to hear it ended a little early due to some very sad news.

Enjoy getting back to your routine!!

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DIDI_60LBS_BY60 8/13/2011 4:35PM

    emoticonblog dear emoticon lol "et un gros bisou"


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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 8/13/2011 12:47PM

    I am glad you had a great trip.

Tickled that you are having a wonderful relationship! emoticon

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HOPEFULHIPPO 8/13/2011 11:58AM

    I am glad you had a great trip. It's a beautiful full moon too...ours looks like cotton candy around it with the pink skies :o)


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DOOBRIE 8/13/2011 6:48AM

    Have a wonderful weekend, Helene. So glad things are working out with the new man in your life!


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