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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Well I'll be playing mom taxi today and get some school shopping done... The priorities of parenthood take over what plans I have for my own day but I love being a mom!

There are times that it's tough and frustrating, but the rewards and love outweigh the challenges.

No firm plans for myself tonight after the girls are dropped off... a night alone - perhaps a visit to a friend's... it's open and it's ok. Saturday is for me a rest day from the busy week and I begin it by waking at my own pace (my internal clock still has me up at 5:30am - but that's sleeping in for me lol).

Need to do some laundry, grocery shopping (prep for school lunches again as school starts up Monday) and other housework.

Next week is a short work week for me priming up for my long weekend - getaway so this weekend I'm happy to be there for the girls and play taxi and whatever else they need. It's a good balance ... I am truly blessed to have my wonderful angels in my life!

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MISSLISA1973 8/29/2011 7:56AM

    I hope it was a good weekend! emoticon

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MIMICOTO 8/28/2011 12:12AM

    Beautiful! emoticon

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LUCYVT 8/27/2011 3:41PM


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    Have a wonderful weekend!

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NEW-CAZ 8/27/2011 10:15AM

    emoticon enjoy

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CANBDONE 8/27/2011 8:46AM

    If you think parenthood is great, wait until you're a grandmother! emoticon

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NUTRON3 8/27/2011 7:16AM

    Always great to have friends

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Pool Party with Pics

Friday, August 26, 2011

Well the pool party was a great success! The weather turned out to be beautiful and the location was perfect. A few pics...
Our host displaying her diving skills...

Dan came along too...

And the other 'little people' of the party... Colleague Joel and his 2 week old daughter Tessa

Mermaid Megan (she always corrects me when I say she's like a fish - "Mom I'm a mermaid" lol)

And more shots...

This last one is the hostess' little cutie! What a doll!

It was a wonderful evening with good company, good food (enjoyed it all without guilt) and good weather! Who could ask for more?!

Happy Friday all!

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MIMICOTO 8/28/2011 12:15AM

    Looks like you had a blast!!!! So nice....and thanks for sharing!


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PTESORO 8/26/2011 6:39PM

    Looks like you had a blast! How fun! Have a great weekend!!!


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PORITA 8/26/2011 1:26PM

    Yay how fun! Glad you had a great time!!

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SUSAN134 8/26/2011 12:42PM

    Looks like a fun time was had by all! Great pics!

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LUCYVT 8/26/2011 12:27PM

    it looks like every 1 had a blast. Keep up the fun.

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 8/26/2011 11:39AM

    Looks like everyone had fun! Loved the pictures, and yes that last one is a cutie emoticon

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RDARLING 8/26/2011 10:54AM

    looks like it was a lot of fun. Smiles all around! emoticon

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MEXGAL1 8/26/2011 9:35AM

    Looks like a lot of fun. I love pool parties.
Enjoy your day.

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MISSLISA1973 8/26/2011 7:50AM

    How fun!!!

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CANBDONE 8/26/2011 7:27AM

    A good time had by is good!

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NEW-CAZ 8/26/2011 7:07AM

    emoticon pics
Happy friday

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The Art of Letting Go

Thursday, August 25, 2011

I have read many books that speak to this topic... including one of my favourites Guy Finley's "The Secret of Letting Go" which I read some time ago but lately it feels like things are clicking in this area of my life.

A dear friend (MIMICOTO) sent me a heartfelt e-mail and her observations made me realize that hey - YES - I am finally letting go... and with this realization, I think that things will naturally fall into place.

Things like letting go of the 'battle of the bulge' and just focussing on being healthy by eating good foods and getting plenty of exercise as a way of living.

Things like obsessing over the 'numbers' - how much I should eat, drink and just listening to my body and trust my intuition and treat my body as the temple it is.

Things like wishing I could 'find' my soulmate to allowing things to come to me naturally and accept what happens as being 'meant to be'... Like the metaphor of going with the flow of the water instead of treading water against the current all the time.

Things like looking ahead to things I want to do to living more in the NOW and appreciating what I have now and loving my SELF as I am NOW.

Of course I have dreams and aspirations, wishes and goals that I want to achieve, but I am taking it day by day without trying to rush the process. If I concentrate on the task at hand at any given moment, I'm sure to reach success in all things.

The most important thing in all of this is how I have let go of the hurt, the self-pity, and even as more challenges present themselves to me - rather than becoming upset, I consider what lesson there is to learn in the experience.

I truly feel that I have come to a major crossroad in my life and that things are truly going to just get better and better in every area of my life - because I will make it so. By believing in myself. By remaining positive and by always practicing gratitude for the gifts that I have in the PRESENT.

Today is a perfect example of this wonderful 'Present"... at work now, but will be leaving early to join my colleagues for a BBQ/Pool Party (and it looks like the sun will come out this afternoon to join us too)... Dan might even join me today and he has now confirmed that he will in fact be joining me next weekend to celebrate my bday... but that's next week so we'll see what happens, because things can change and you know what - that's ok!! Whatever comes my way, I make a promise to myself to make the best of every situation presented to me!

Here's to a terrific TODAY SP Friends!!

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CANBDONE 8/25/2011 1:40PM

    Staying in the moment..that's SO key!

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MYTIME001 8/25/2011 1:24PM

    As others have said: Be Here Now. not in the past, not in the future, thanks for the blog and the reminder.

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SUSAN134 8/25/2011 10:52AM

    Excellent blog and something we should all keep in mind! Thank you!

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RIDMYCOCOON 8/25/2011 8:30AM

    Ah.... a breath of fresh air! Go for it! Let it all just fall away. And, hey, enjoy the emoticon emoticon

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RDARLING 8/25/2011 8:26AM

    A great revelation to have. I hope you are able to follow these changes to your thinking, I am sure it will bring you much success!

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MOMMABOF7 8/25/2011 8:20AM

    Excellent! Enjoying the present because it is the gift of now! Great Blog.

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NEW-CAZ 8/25/2011 8:12AM

    Love your positive blog Helene!
Have a great time at the BBQ

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ELRIDDICK 8/25/2011 8:10AM

  Thanks for sharing!

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JEEP8294 8/25/2011 8:07AM

    Positivity breeds positivity and negativity breeds negativity. You sound so upbeat and positive! I think letting go is a great lesson. I really need to do that with a few issues in my own life. Hope you have a wonderful time at the BBQ today.

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LUCYVT 8/25/2011 8:05AM

keep it up. You'r not alone in letting things go.

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My Reality... "Results Not Typical" in Reverse ...

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

You know those success stories we all hear and ads ... even those shared here on SP... well my results not typical are in reverse. While the stories we read show the incredible success people have achieved and maintained, and then you read the fine print that the results are not typical...

Well here's my story... I have been at this most of my life. I have weighed in ranges from 115lbs (well don't know if that counts as it was my high school years) to tipping over 200lbs after giving birth to my children. Throughout the years, I have had experiences of 'success' in weight loss, but I'm still here and not at my goal weight - YET!!

I have tried many programs including Weight Watchers, E-Diets, the drug store 'diet' cures, the online ones that drew me in... I have tried the fast and quick methods and I have tried the tried and true diet and exercise - basics of math calories in vs energy out... so why am I still here?

Well I am human and I have also had many life experiences in there that have caused me to go up and down - and I'm not only speaking in terms of my weight now - but also with respect to my spirit. I know that things could always be worse... and I sincerely do appreciate every wonderful day that is given to me, but I have had some trying times... (which I wrote about in a story that was published in a book in May 2010). I experienced marital breakdown, depression, addiction, bankruptcy, job loss, heartbreak, abuse... but through all of this I have also gained some very valuable lessons and do not regret any of the experiences I've lived as they have made me who I am today.

Along this journey - SP has grown to be very dear to my heart. When I moved to a new city - I did not have a friend base and felt very alone... but my SP friends follow me wherever I go and I know that I am never alone. I joined teams and now lead a couple of them and found more and more people that I shared interests with and some that I grew even closer to as we seemed to just 'connect' beyond SP (and now have off line daily contacts).

In my current home town I initiated some in person meetings and now striving to hopefully organize one where I can meet some of my 'international' SP friends ... outside of my city, and country.

Back to the results not typical... well today I did a check in as I prepare to join a new challenge with a new team and weighed in ... and I'm back up to 171.5lbs - only half a pound from where I started in January of this year but you know what - That's OK!! I am still here and I refuse to quit!

Through my stumbles, I learn - as I did with my life experiences, the same is true with my SP experiences. So my friends, if you are like me and sometimes feel like a yo-yo and wonder why bother I say - Because YOU are so worth it!!

Join me and let's show em' our own individual 'a-typical' results and the success we know we can achieve!! Who's with me?!

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WESTCOASTKID 8/24/2011 8:33PM

    Astoundingly inspirational, as usual!

Love you and emoticon !!

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MIMICOTO 8/24/2011 5:16PM

    This is a beautiful, heartfelt blog Helene. You are doing what you need to do, and the results you are looking for will come. Don't every lose hope!

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JSALERNO 8/24/2011 2:47PM

    WITH YOU ALL THE WAY. emoticon emoticon

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LVMAMAW 8/24/2011 11:47AM

    I'm with you!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MYTIME001 8/24/2011 11:25AM

    I am with you! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 8/24/2011 10:39AM

    Wonderful blog Helene emoticon

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CANBDONE 8/24/2011 10:02AM

    Well said! emoticon

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DOXMOM51 8/24/2011 9:58AM

    Thanks Much! Just the message I needed to hear. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 8/24/2011 9:27AM

    Well put and all I can add is you're not alone!

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Reminder of the Important Things in Life!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

I'm feeling a bit all over the place lately... So much is going on and I feel 'up in the air' about the stuff that's going on and perhaps that's the cause for my lack of success in the SP department of late and my yo-yo weight effect.

The 'love' life stuff is new and the dating is definitely like threading new ground (but yesterday's meeting went well and I was able to enjoy a positive visit and laid the ground for us to take things slower and be good friends to start... and I'll know later this week if he can come with me to celebrate my bday when I go to see my sister).

I stated early on in 2011 that my theme needed to be balance in all things - mind/body/spirit and I know myself and when one of these is off, it leads to problems in other areas. Again - the proof is in the numbers on my scale emoticon

I am almost back to ground 'zero' from the beginning of the year and feeling that sense of panic about 'NOT AGAIN!!'... So what do I need to do?!

Well first of all I have to accept what IS and make choices to make changes. Whenever this happens I grasp at straws and hope to jump back on by doing something more 'drastic' to get the head start again (it is after all the same 10lbs I gain and lose over and over again) - but what is that doing to my body?!

So I decided today I'm going to weigh in and try to gain my focus back and truly prepare myself for the new challenges I've signed up for with the new teams. Beginning the week of September 6th (after the long weekend and bday celebrations)...

Short-term Goal (next 2 weeks):
1. Get back to 160Ville and stay there (have touched 170Ville for enough days this month and need to move out for good). Weigh in will be tomorrow to start (as one of the teams will have Wednesday weekly weigh ins) and I'm re-setting my ticker to where I'm at (no more trying to catch up to what was).

2. Do 10mins of ST every day (alternating areas of my body from upper, lower and core). This is a really important one for me - I need to build muscle to ramp up my metabolism as I near my 45th year of life!

September Goals:
1. Get back to 150Ville by the end of September (even if it's 159.5) and STAY there!!
2. Join a class or do a new DVD/activity
3. Be alcohol free/junk free 6 days a week starting the full week of September 11th (allowing myself 1 'cheat' day only)

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As I was writing this blog... my colleague came in and was visibly upset... and I was yet again reminded of how precious our health is (her mother has been struck with cancer and is getting progressively worse).

My Long Term LIFE Goal... is to LOVE my 'self' and my body in every sense of the word! Yes I will enjoy the occasional indulgences, but all things in moderation.

It's amazing how news like this (and that of Jack Layton's death yesterday - Canadian political NDP leader - and also news of another lady I knew well - well known real estate agent and community support who passed als from cancer)... how our view of our little bumps in the road are really not so bad.

I pledge to never take a day for granted and do 'my best' every single day!

Always Do Your Best
Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret."
ó Miguel Ruiz

I have so much to be grateful for... and begin and end each day by practicing gratitude... I hope you will join me and truly remember and appreciate the IMPORTANT things in life!

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WINDSTAR3 8/24/2011 8:25PM

    Thank you. Somehow you always manage to inspire me.

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MISSLISA1973 8/24/2011 12:16AM

    emoticon It's about living healthy, happy, and strong, not some silly number on a scale that can't make up it's mind from one day to the next. emoticon emoticon

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MEADSBAY 8/23/2011 9:47PM

    This wt loss battle is just not easy for some of us, dear Helene, and you are so right to keep it in proper perspective.
We have much to be grateful for.
I just wish my butt were smaller.

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CANBDONE 8/23/2011 4:44PM

    We really don't appreciate our health until it's gone, do we? Sounds like you're determined to pump it up!

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SUSAN134 8/23/2011 1:11PM

    "It's amazing how news like this (and that of Jack Layton's death yesterday - Canadian political NDP leader - and also news of another lady I knew well - well known real estate agent and community support who passed als from cancer)... how our view of our little bumps in the road are really not so bad"

I too was thinking the same thing yesterday when the news of Jack Layton's passing was released. Life is so short, and there are no guarantees or repeats.

I love how you are grasping the 'bull by the horns" (so to speak). Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us! Very inspirational!

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PAPAMIKIE 8/23/2011 12:27PM

    We had the good fortune to have two grand kids who nearly died one around age 3 and the other at about 6 months, and then, both servived, and I have run a number of events with the older one who is approaching 15 and a 5 km with the younger who is 8.

Gramie and I have a standard questions when faced with a crisis. That questions is, "So did the baby die?" Our history tells us any day the baby doees not die is a good day, a day to continue to have hope and to be thankful.


These events keep things in perspective.

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AMOHAME2 8/23/2011 11:39AM

    Ugh, I feel like I'm completely surrounded by stories of cancer battles the past couple of weeks, and it really does put everything into perspective. Take nothing for granted, take care of yourself and loved ones to the best of your ability, and enjoy life!
Good luck with your goals! I can't believe it's time for "September goals" already!!!

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MYTIME001 8/23/2011 11:08AM

    Great Reminder and good luck with your plans!

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BILLIEK17 8/23/2011 11:02AM

    We are in this together! I certainly know how you feel and struggle with the whole yo yo thing. Itís a good reminder to cherish our health and enjoy each day. YOU have an awesome Tuesday! emoticon

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