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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!

SPARKPEOPLE Says...Put Some SPARK In Your SPRING emoticon
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!"


Comment edited on: 3/26/2009 5:04:07 PM

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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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Rythm, Inspiration and Revelations

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Well I think I have my rythm and inspiration back! Scratch that - It IS BACK!!

Seeing the scale go down, hearing of my fellow SP Friend's success and leaving 160Ville (Robbyn), and the beautiful weather - well it put a new spring in my step.

Also, at work, I had my 100 day review (a practice they have where they meet with staff mid-point probation period). I met with my director and the VP. On Sunday, I wrote my own reflections of how I've seen my first 3 months at this new workplace. I recognized all the positives and thanked them - telling them that I couldn't ask for more in a work place. The VP thanked me for the note/reflections and said it was a "FIRST" in the 9 years she's been there.

During the meeting we talked and they gave me feedback, asked how they could help support me, etc. The one thing that stood out for me was something the VP told me... and how she read me. She told me that she saw how I would listen to the negative feedback without a problem, but that as soon as she told me some positive feedback my whole body language changed - and I seemed 'uncomfortable' hearing it. I was amazed at how well she read me (she's got some talent and obvious reasons she is where she is in her position as VP). Although I felt that my self-esteem and confidence issues were getting better, I am not done. Experiences from a couple of years ago at a not so great workplace are making it that I hesitate more still. She asked me to take risks and to come out of my shell and try things.

She said "Do you know how much power you have as an Admin Assistant?" and it's true. So she helped me in saying this by looking at change and new things (new staff and new challenges) come forth as something I could really make a difference with. I can use my talents and skills to implement some of my own good ideas.

I have to let go of the fear of failure and take the risk and DO MORE at work.

I also read a section in the chapter of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and really going to put into practice two things that I'm at:
1. Make a weekly plan (not a daily plan) and include a variety of things from what I also plan on doing...
2. Develop my own Mission Statement. What do I want out of my life. What is important to me. What is it that I want to do and include.

My first thoughts on this is that I want to LIVE, LOVE and LAUGH! I want to be happy. I want to be healthy and strong! This mission statement will take some work but once done, will help me live my life and meet the goals that I need to meet to make the most out of my life.

SP is certainly part of my life! It has changed my life and continues to inspire me as I gain and experience the support and friendship from all of YOU!

Thank you!!

PS - Holiday Weight Gain is GOING ... Down to 167.5 ... I'll be happy if I'm back at my ticker stop 164 by Sunday - then I'm on my way to leaving 160Ville too!

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KIMUSH23 3/25/2009 10:06PM

    Wonderful blog!

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

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BRENDA_2010 3/25/2009 2:41PM

    emoticonfor being a great SP friend and a motivator. You are doing wonderful and I agree, you should take some chances, believe in youself. If you think you can, you will, failure is not an option!!!

Goodbye 160ville!!!


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ZAURORA 3/25/2009 12:29PM

    Hi Helene!! You are an inspiration - I am so excited about reaching 167! Gosh, it seems so far off - thanks for your inspiring words, you have made it that much closer for me!

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RDEEEEEEEEE 3/25/2009 10:48AM

    Aww... if I was any inspiration I'm glad. You are doing so well in so many areas You inspire me too.

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Put Discouragement Behind You...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Had to share this one today as it was so fitting (by Ralph Marston from the Daily Motivator)

Put discouragement behind you
Just as quickly and easily as you can become discouraged, you can let go of that discouragement. The only power that discouragement has, is the power you give it.
Though the challenges are great, you are greater. For you can act and learn and adapt, and act again with even more effectiveness.

If you feel yourself sinking into the false comfort of discouragement, choose instead to stand up. Boldly take a few steps forward, lovingly recall your deepest purposes and your most treasured dreams, and put that discouragement behind you.

Though there is always injustice in the world, there is always even more opportunity to make a positive difference. Though the challenges keep appearing, in each challenge is the chance to create new positive value.

You can decide how your life will be. And you have the power to make it so.

This is your moment to pick your head up, put a smile on your face, and with a quickness and determination in your step, move forward. Look toward your best possibilities, for you are here now to achieve great things.

I begin each day by reading from this page and also from Louise Hay's Daily Affirmations (which today said - I'm always learning and growing)... So true!

I was tired and didn't get up at my usual time despite having gone to bed earlier. Still tossed and turned a bit but managed to get up to allow for time to at least get my Turbo Jam done (20mins). Tonight I will push to do my Elliptical and Gazelle to get another 40 mins to make it a full hour for today. Hoping it will be a bit warmer to go walk at lunch as well.

I was down 3lbs on the scale this morning so back below 170 emoticon

Gotta run for now - but have a great day all! It's a NEW Beautiful Day - Make the MOST of it!!

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KIMUSH23 3/24/2009 10:08PM

    Hey There...

I am glad you are back and that you had such a wonderful time...and great job on the 3 lb wt loss!

Put some SPARK & SPRING In Your Step...Says Sparkpeople emoticon
Luv Ya Kim

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TILLIEBEE 3/24/2009 7:14PM

    Thank you for your blog today. I appreciate it sooooooo much!

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BRENDA_2010 3/24/2009 3:08PM

    I hope you have a great workout tonight!!!


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MEADSBAY 3/24/2009 9:24AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
You're doing great, Helene!

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RDEEEEEEEEE 3/24/2009 7:17AM

    BaCK IN THE zoNE bABY!!! It's all those wonderful new habits of ours!! I'm hoping to slip quietly into the 150s today. It would be a breeze if I did all the excersize you do!! What an inspiration you are!!
Do the happy dance!

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