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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Time to get serious! 90 days to summer and swimsuit wearing... I have much more work to do so joining a SP Friend's challenge and pledging 1500mins of activity. I am also pledging 15 AF days.

I'm going to continue with my morning and evening workouts and add in the lunch time brisk walks when the weather permits.

Eating - well keep on doing what I'm doing... no eating after 8pm. Eat mini-meals throughout the day ensuring I get fruits and vegetables in (aiming for minimum 4-5 day).

Exploring new recipes / food (trying to vary things once a week).

Going to work on my "Summer Vision Board" to post my inspiration to get my body into shape/form for feeling good about wearing the lighter more revealing clothing.

Going to read a new book (Change your Thoughts, Change your Life).

Each day is a NEW Life but turning the page on a month is even more exciting as I look forward to discovering all that is new here in my new community!

Time to get this day started!! Have already completed 40mins of activity (Ab Jam, Turbo Jam and Gazelle).

Happy April - be wary of the April Foolers... no fooling here - It's GOING to happen! We are going to get this done!

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KIMUSH23 4/1/2009 9:08PM

    Great job! You ROCK GIRL!

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Luv Ya Kim

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BRENDA_2010 4/1/2009 2:36PM

    Let's kick some butt in April Helene!!

I am looking forward to this challenge, and was so excited about it that last night I hardly slept because I was thinking about it. No workout this morning, so I will be making up for it tonight, but tomorrow I plan on getting up early and getting on the elliptical for 30 minutes. Let's get in those fitness minutes. Thanks for joining me in the challenge!!!


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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 4/1/2009 8:04AM

    Good plan Helene, set your goals and GO for em!

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KARBIE18 4/1/2009 7:30AM

    Great goals! And, if you keep going like you have been, I'm sure you'll meet them. Good job getting 40 minutes already! I'm still working on my first cup of coffee!

I'm rooting for you!

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True Changes...

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

It's certainly weird not having my scale to refer to every morning. For ages I have been weighin in daily and I guess it's kind of my monitoring tool but for this week I chose to put it away and just concentrate on the task at hand and see on Sunday what the results will be.

It's good in a way because the scale is not regulating my mood... but it's different - a change, as it's forcing me to just concentrate on day by day doing what I know is required to make the change appear on the scale for weigh in day.

It's amazing how my life has changed as a result of my focus this year. It's like for the first time, I'm really actually doing this. We all say 'this time, it's going to be different, this time I'm going to get it done'... and through many failed attempts for me in the past, I DO believe this time is different for many reasons.

Commitment: I'm here daily and have ups and down but staying accountable and not letting one slip make me forego all of my efforts (example was my visit/vacation in March where I went 'off routine' and gained back quite a few pounds... it's back to business now).

Attitude: Staying positive and believing that I can do this. Making adjustments to my daily routine to ensure that my attitude stays on the right path (as we are always faced with challenges that sometimes affect that attitude)... remember "breathe"... stay calm and take a moment to re-focus on what is really important.

Motivation: SP is my motivation - all of the great people on here going through exactly what I'm going through. Reading their blogs, gaining more knowledge and knowing I'm not alone. Events coming up for me are also my motivation (a wedding) - pictures will be taken and I want to be more than happy to smile for the camera (not hide behind someone to cover myself up).

Balance: Making sure the whole is balanced (mind, body, spirit). Include good foods, activity and allow for some 'cheat' days/moments so I don't over indulge/binge. I have re-connected with my faith (attending church) nourishing my spiritual being, meditating. My mind is constantly pushing out negative thoughts and replacing them with POSITIVE thoughts!

Support: Well again, SP Friends, this website, the tools - the support is amazing when you use it. On a daily basis I check in on my friends, my teams and post and blog. Getting involved makes all the difference.

Gratitude: Like attracts like. I am so grateful for all the great things in my life and see that by being thankful for the good things (even when challenges present themselves), more good things come. Recognizing and appreciating the things in my life (big and small) brings about such a great peaceful feeling inside of me.

And reading my "Daily Motivator" daily ... today's quote just fits (here's part of it):

"So tell yourself yes. Remind yourself why you have chosen to step forward and give yourself permission to do so.

Tell yourself that you can choose a life of joy and fulfillment right now. Tell yourself that you're fully capable of whatever you decide to achieve.

Take the opportunity to tell yourself, again and again, how truly outstanding your life can be. And then thank yourself for the great advice as you enthusiastically bring it to life.

-- Ralph Marston"

So YES - this time is truly different. This time I am really making true changes and it feels amazing!

I wish this for all of my SP Friends as we travel this journey together! Have a Superb Day!!


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BABY_GIRL69 4/1/2009 6:47PM

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Make it happen!!



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BRENDA_2010 3/31/2009 3:14PM

    emoticonThis time I know YOU can do it!!!

Stay focused and be strong. Believe in yourself!!!

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VAJ38DD 3/31/2009 9:16AM

    YES!! High Five!!
"For as he thinks within himself, so he is"
HeHEhe I'm not on the scale this week either, I put my goal weight on a post it just in case I had the urg to get on. LOL

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TILLIEBEE 3/31/2009 7:17AM

    Your blogs are wonderfully positive and you're really doing great.
SparkPeople does change everything!
You'll smile so bright for your pictures because it seems like you already reached your goal in your mind and your body's going to have to work fast to catch up with it!
Thanks for sharing! You're a motivation to me!!!!

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 3/31/2009 6:08AM

    Hi Helene
I have to commend your fantastic attitude.
This is a great blog for anyone who is going off the straight and narrow and needs motivation.
Thank you so much for sharing

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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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