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1 week to my 1 month weigh in

Monday, March 30, 2009

So this starts the week to my weigh in on Sunday. I am not sure that there will be much movement from my 165 mark at March 1 as I was at 166 last time I saw the scale. I asked my daughter to 'hide' the scale for the week as I know if it's out, I'll obsess over it and get on it every day and it may affect my mood and I refuse to let that happen. For this week, my goal is to focus on just doing my WORK. Continue with my daily workouts in the mornings and the evenings.

The month of March included my 1 week holiday which is why my weight may or may not move this month. I will be happy with even a slight movement, so it's progress. There are also the inches that will measure up so we'll see where those are at from last month.

Focusing on my daily tasks without seeing that number on the scale will be hard for me but I feel it's something I have to try. Too often we let the scale rule our world and our moods. It is a good monitoring tool but not when it 'bums' us out.

So here goes... A NEW Week! A NEW Day! Each day is a new life! I had a great weekend but did end up having drinks on Sat/Sunday. Going to get back to my AF days perhaps until my weigh in day, perhaps longer. One day at time, I'm getting there!

My main goal focus is to go into April to say goodbye to 160Ville by the time I attend my daughter's first communion on May 3rd.

Review of accomplishments this week:
- wonderful 100 day review and awesome productivity at work
- maxed on activity by including outdoor walks at lunch times and with my daughters in the evening
- 4 AF days
- daily blogging/journalling (my therapy and way of staying on track)
- applied for volunteer activities: to help with planning of next year's church sacraments (communion/confirmation); volunteer at registration at the Diabetes Run for a Cure in May; volunteer for June's Drangon Boat Races

I figure if I get myself out there it will allow me to meet new people and be active (not sitting at home being a couch potato) and I'll be giving to my community.

This weeks goals:
1. Daily workouts - minimum 60mins of activity a day with cardio each day and weight training every other day
2. Work: Weekly picture of schedule and plan to do more organizing for my director (filing setup)
3. Family: If there are nice days, get out together to walk again. Go to the recreation centre and fill out our application so we can go swimming on Sunday!
4. Visit with my cousin on Saturday (we haven't seen each other since Dec 24th)
5. For me: plan some quiet time/meditation each evening (either with my ritual of bath hand, pedicure, facial), listening to meditation CD
6. Organize my youngest daughter's clothing (time to make the change from winter to spring and also to bring out her 'hand me down' sister's bigger clothes - boy is she growing!) and donate her smaller clothes to a friend or charity

7. Last but not least - stay on SP daily to login activities, blog, stay in touch with teams and SP Friends' blogs.

Wishing you all a marvellous week! Time to get it started!

"The richness of your life has no limits. Choose today, and always, to let that richness continue to unfold.

-- Ralph Marston"

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KIMUSH23 3/30/2009 10:04PM

    Helene YOU ROCK! Keep Up The GREAT JOB!

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Luv Ya Kim

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BRENDA_2010 3/30/2009 2:35PM

    Keep up the good work Helene.

Best wishes on your goals this week.

I have my fingers crossed for your weigh in date. I know you have the determniation to leave 160ville in April.


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MELJOEMOM 3/30/2009 12:11PM

    Wow! When you do sleep? I'm in awe!

Very impressed with the great "no couch potato" attitude and activities. Way to go! I keep myself pretty busy between church and the kids' school on top of the job so that's definitely a great way to go! It helps me to stop with the me, me, me attitude, too.

You've done great this month and should give yourself a big pat on the back!

Thanks for helping me make this a great week!


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TILLIEBEE 3/30/2009 6:50AM

    Now that's the way to start a week!
Have fun! emoticon

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BECSTARR1 3/30/2009 5:58AM

    Good plans, just remember not to overplan your time. Goals are important but K.I.S.S keep It Simple and Satisfying. (my own version)

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 3/30/2009 5:25AM

    Good plan hun, one day a time and don't focus on the scales.
Inch loss, feeling good. being healthy and happy are just as important.
You are getting fitter if you can do 60 minutes cardio a day (I know you do it small spurts).
Enjoy your workouts, enjoy your week.
xx emoticon

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Pictures are worth a 1000 Words!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

So as promised, here are some shots that my daughter took of me today in some outfits that I can now fit into again. I have more work to do but it's so encouraging to be able to put things on again... I see where I need to keep concentrating with my toning, etc. but I'm getting there! It's funny as I look in my gallery - I only included one of my URGHHH shots (showing where I carried most of my weight - the belly pudge) but I guess it's psychological! I want to see the good things not dwell on the past! The PRESENT is all we have and I'm Living it and Loving it!

I want to measure / weigh in on April 5th and see some movement from last month's record. It's been slow going but this year so far, month by month ... I'm getting there.

I read something somewhere and well, let's just say another reason to stay on track: 90 DAYS to Summer! That means 90 Days to wearing even more revealing clothing so I'm going to do this. And my dear SP Friends - I know you will be with me along the way. We will celebrate our successes together!!

The Capri Pants I loved - I can zip them up (barely) but there it is! I'm on my way... even braved the all around shots so I can have a record for myself to look back in a few months from now and see more progress...

And the dress I wore in 2003 (which I love!!)

And finally, me wearing the blue sweater my boss said made my eyes look so blue (my eyes are hazel but change with what I wear I guess).

Thank you to my oldest daughter Trista for taking these for me! Tonight's our special mom/daughter night (as my youngest is away at a sleepover). We're going to a movie (Haunting in Conneticut) and it's my 'cheat' night... managed my calories to allow for a few treats this evening so going to ENJOY!

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BABY_GIRL69 3/30/2009 6:09PM

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Looking good young lady!!


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GRAMMABENJI 3/29/2009 11:07AM

    wow you look so good. you are just glowing in your skinny clothes. 22lbs gone. that is amazing. hope your mother/daughter night went well.

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KIMUSH23 3/28/2009 10:44PM

    You look beyond wonderful ~ so beautiful, vibrant and alive! Great job!

SPARKPEOPLE Says ... Put Some SPARK In Your SPRING emoticon
Luv Ya Kim

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 3/28/2009 5:07PM

    You look radiant!
So pleased for you.
Have a great evening- I hope the pizza base is wholewheat LOL!!!

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Aiming for Size Small T-Shirt!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Okay - so I've been wanting to do a lot of things since I moved, one of which was to volunteer for activities to meet people and to just help out. Last year I volunteered at the Dragon Boat Races for the first time ever (even first time being at the event) and truly enjoyed it so I decided to sign up for the event here. In the registration form they asked - what size shirt and I wrote small ... I hesitated - thought maybe I should go Medium but NOT! By summer I want to fit comfortably in a small t-shirt - no MORE baggy Shirts for Me! I have tons of those in my closet and in drawers (the good old freebies that came in the beer cases lol). I want to wear form fitting clothing and feel good in them.

I have this pair of capri pants that I bought a few years back and I hung them on my door last year (in January) saying I want to wear those (last summer) and well - it didn't happen... but do you know what?! I can put them on NOW - they are still tight but I can zip them up. I'll get my daughter to take a picture of me in them (tight as they are now but heck why not - at least I can pull them up). So you can be the judge.

With 100 mins of activity under my belt for today, 90 mins yesterday, 4 AF days in a row - I'm PUMPED! I've switched my 'habit' to that of well - it doesn't feel right if I don't do a minimum 30 mins of activity a day! How's that for change?

It's been an amazing week at work too - I got so much accomplished! After my 100 day review - it was like I was 'released' to be ME and show em' what I can do!

I've given my self-confidence a boost UP for a change and it feels awesome!!

Thank you again - to everyone: to my SP friends who take the time to drop in and comment on my ramblings on here - it's like I can't wait to tell you how I feel and it's been so therapeutic for me; thanks to my great workplace, to my wonderful children, to my health (with my BP under control - without MEDS! - I've kicked my 'habit' of pain pill taking for 'numbing' or false sense of pleasure), and to the great Spirit of God! I am so very blessed!

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 3/28/2009 10:20AM

    emoticon for getting into the capri pants ( I did the same last March and It's such a tremendous feeling of accomplishment isn't it?!), but more importantly emoticonon kicking the pills.
i was on meds for years prior to the op and wanted to kick them b4 it took place. It took a year of gradual weaning but I did it- so I SO understand the struggle it took emoticon emoticon.
You have a tremendous spirit and enthusiasm that's infectious. I'm nominating you as a motivator emoticon

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VAJ38DD 3/28/2009 9:16AM

    I'm so proud of you!!!I've been having trouble getting my brain out of a size L or XL. Tried on some street bike jackets for this summer. Want to get one of those fitted ones. Kept pulling an XL, I'm now a M. Dang!! doesn't it feel good?!?!

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It's a BEAUTIFUL DAY in my Neighbourhood!!

Friday, March 27, 2009

It's FRIDAYYY!!! It's going to be sunny and warming up (to get rid of the bits of snow left), the grass is starting to turn green, the birds are migrating back, the people are smiling... Who could ask for more?!

My youngest is going to have a mini-sleepover on Sat so I plan on taking my oldest out to a movie. It will be nice for us (I haven't been to a movie in ages and never since we moved here yet).

I worked out 90 mins yesterday and couldn't believe when I saw my own feed of having crossed over 6000 mins of activity. My daughter was even impressed.

I got on the scale this morning and down another pound to 166 - so getting back to my 164 ticker is very near indeed!

AF again last night and no plans to buy anything - maybe stretch the AF for as long as I can (well at least until next weekend...).

Life is GOOD! I can't believe the "high" I'm feeling ... what a GREAT FEELING!!

Hope you all have a marvellous day and weekend!

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BABY_GIRL69 3/28/2009 10:04PM

    On Monday's I always dream of ways I could've optimized my weekend? I find that just letting it flow works best for me!! You enjoy your weekend too!!


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BRENDA_2010 3/27/2009 2:35PM

    emoticonEnjoy your movie and have a great weekend.

emoticonto the reading on the emoticon!!

Keep up the good work, and getting in those fitness minutes! I'm proud of you!


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Take a breath...

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Last night my girls bickered to a point of driving me insane and I felt my BP rising, but I said - ok enough - take a breath, calm down. Today, at work, an incident of me being bounced between two directives... take a breath... go for a walk and I feel much better...

Amidst a very difficult conversation, I kept my cool and stayed calm (and it wasn't easy) but it was good. I even sent a note after to thank that person for being patient as I continue in my learning process.

So now ... here I am at my desk having my salad and looking through my SP pages/friends and getting ready to tackle the other part of the day.

With already 40mins of exercise in... I'm feeling great about that and planning on some tonight. Ended up being too tired last night but that's ok - I'm not going to kill myself. 167 this am - so maybe I'll be back at 164 by Sunday - maybe not but all in all I'm recovering not too bad from a week's holiday splurging!

2 AF days too!

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KIMUSH23 3/26/2009 8:17PM

    Big hugs...

Remember one day when they are grown and living their own lives these are the times that you will miss!

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Luv Ya Kim

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MSDIBS 3/26/2009 8:03PM

    Good for you!

In through the nose and out through the mouth.

When someone from my team is having a rough day, it's the first thing out of my mouth.

It works every time.

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GETTINLITTLE 3/26/2009 6:25PM

    Hey - Would you like to join my Weekend Challenge. It's a thread on the PMA team. Good job today.

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MEADSBAY 3/26/2009 6:07PM

I am absolutely amazed by what we can accomplish when we learn
the simple trick of stopping to breathe deeply!

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MELJOEMOM 3/26/2009 5:02PM

    Oh I love this! I need to work on this so much. I'm using you as inspiration on how to deal with difficulties that come up each day. I have 2 kids as well and have just started back on my healthy lifestyle journey to a new me. I'm trying to keep my emotions under control during this readjustment period and dealing with all the responsibilities as well as finding time for family and myself and it sure can be hard! It won't last forever, though.

Thanks for your post and we'll, "just keep breathing, just keep breathing, just keep breathing!"


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BRENDA_2010 3/26/2009 2:12PM

    Breathe in and breathe out- emoticon emoticonKeep thinking positive!!!

You are doing great and no matter what the scales says on Sunday, you are doing a great job of getting back on track after your holiday vacation!

Just so you know I am going to use your idea of working out in the morning and at night. That way I don't feel so overwhelmed with my hectic schedule!!! Thanks for the idea, you are an inspiration!!!


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TRUSTYRUSS 3/26/2009 2:04PM

    Good for you !!

Glad to see you have a grasp of your world. emoticon

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