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Friday, April 17, 2009

To all my SP Friends for their good wishes. I was able to talk to my sister briefly when she was in her room. She was very groggy and tired so I'll know more today. I've been up since 3:30am ... couldn't sleep and had a few things to take care of before I hit the road at 7am.

My step-daughter is here and we're set for the weekend. I feel good knowing she'll be here for the girls. I made their supper, planned other meals so all should be good here.

I'm really going to have to blare the tunes to stay awake. Depending on my computer access I may not be back until Monday but you are all always in my thoughts!

My weight is 'stagnant' at between 164 and 166 for the past 2 months ... when I get back I have to do something to get it moving again to stay encouraged. I really want to get to leave 160Ville by May... wish me luck! Gotta shake things up!!

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BABY_GIRL69 4/20/2009 6:18PM

    I pray your sister is doing well & her spirit was lifting when she saw you!


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KIMUSH23 4/18/2009 11:10PM

    Have a Wonderful trip...

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Luv Ya Kim

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BRENDA_2010 4/17/2009 2:52PM

    Have a safe trip Helene and make sure you listen to some "good" music to keep you awake.

Best wishes and enjoy your weekend.

When you get back it will be time to kick your butt into high gear and show the scale who's the boss!!!


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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 4/17/2009 4:49AM

    Hi Helene
Once you have this trip out of the way you'll be more relaxed about your sister and other probs and be able to concentrate on you.
Enjoy your time with the family and the trip and come back determined to hit 160- or just below.
Take care, safe journey
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Thursday, April 16, 2009

I haven't been around much this week - short week at work and today is my sister's surgery. I am busy also helping with the church to get volunteers organized for the first communions (enjoying it though).

I'm a bit distracted also because I have to leave tomorrow and funds haven't come in to allow for the trip to go smoothly (... need gas to get there) but as always I know I will sort things out.

I've also been a bit 'off' with my workouts but doing ok with my eating - except I'm starving it seems this week.

One more shift, today, and much to do tonight. Hope to be on the road by 7am tomorrow (just as I was leaving for work)...

Hoping to hear from my sister tonight and thinking positive thoughts about her 'speedy recovery' from this surgery. It's major and not (hysterectomy) but as with anything, there are always risks. All I know is she needed it because she couldn't keep going as she was.

Hope you are all having a good week... sorry I haven't been around much... but as my title reads, I am a bit distracted.

Enjoy YOUR day!

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BABY_GIRL69 4/16/2009 6:17PM

    Try to focus & try not to shoulder the burden of us all!



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BRENDA_2010 4/16/2009 2:00PM

    you know you are only one person, but a strong woman. You will get through all the distractions and get back to normal once things calm down for you!!

We all know how hectic life can be.

I will be thinking about you as you travel to see your sister. I hope everything goes well. Have a safe drive!


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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 4/16/2009 7:30AM

    You're forgiven Helene emoticon
I know you've a lot on your plate right now, your sister, your new grand nephew etc etc you can only do so much in 24 hours hun.
I hope all goes well for your sister, I'm sure she'll be fine but it's only natural to worry about such things. Sending positive thoughts for her.
Have a good journey 2moro and turn the radio on and have a sing along- I know you enjoy doing that.
Take care

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Beautiful Weekend!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Well it was a beautiful weekend! The sun was shining and is again this morning (they are calling for sunshine all week so I'm thrilled!).

I didn't go to church as planned yesterday as my youngest was up coughing most of the night so we relaxed. I was a bit on a down swing mood wise but fought to keep up my positive thoughts. TOM arrived this morning and I'm so happy (the PMS phase this month was brutal). I cried lots yesterday - watching Mamma Mia lol! My dream of having that kind of love in my life one day... a man come chasing after me ... ah to dream! And of course the relationship between mother/daughter and thinking of the future with my girls as they grow up.

Today would have been my sister's 51st birthday so thinking of her and my parents who have passed on. I am remembering good times though. May take some time to go through pics and such...

This week should go by fast as I will only have 3 workdays (and with it being so busy well the days fly by). I've never been this anxious for a trip! I guess it's the combination of being anxious to be with my sister (see her) after her surgery (which I am sure will go fine) and to meet my great-nephew. It's also a mini-holiday in that I will be travelling alone without the girls so a weekend 'off' too in a sense. All of which are great things! I'm lucky that my step-daughter is able to come stay with them (even though my oldest can now babysit... I don't feel right leaving them alone for days at a time without someone being here).

I'm very blessed and so thankful for all that I have in my life NOW!

I did my am workout (well 30mins worth). Going to go tanning shortly and then will attempt to take the girls to the beach on the path that I found. We tried yesterday but the wind was toooo cold. The water hitting the trees on the edge were filled with icicles it was so cold. And with my youngest coughing and not feeling great - felt it best not to push. We managed to get 30mins of walking in (although the pace is not as fast as when I go alone). It's nice because we are exploring together as a family our new surroundings!

Enjoy the day! Make this day COUNT!

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RDEEEEEEEEE 4/14/2009 7:54AM

    Congrats on your new addition to your family and for getting through the blues!

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BRENDA_2010 4/13/2009 3:15PM

    Isn't PMS great. I know I should be joining you with that because I cried most of the afternoon yesterday. Ugh life sucks sometimes.

I hope your week goes by fast and you enjoy your time seeing your sister.

Sorry about your parents and your sister but the memories will always be with you. Love, and hug your daughters as much as you can, because they grow up way to fast.

Someday you will find that special someone Helene, don't give up. Mr. Right is out there somewhere.


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KIMUSH23 4/13/2009 12:46PM

    Have a wonderful day!

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Luv Ya Kim

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 4/13/2009 8:29AM

    Hi Helene
Nice to hear you sounding so positive hun, enjoy your day

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I'm a Great-Aunt!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

I didn't think I would be this excited and so happy I'm going to visit next weekend so that I can not only be with my sister, but meet her first little grandson. I'm happy he was born now, so that she was able to hold him before her surgery. Thank you all for the positive thoughts and wishes. I truly believe that she will recover well (she's a tough lady and will want to get home as soon as they will let her).

After many years of living through funerals, this year truly is a great one for me, for my sister... She is now grandmother to baby Markus (born at 3:09pm on Good Friday - so I nicknamed him "Holy Markus" - weighing 7lbs 3oz and measuring 21 inches). Baby and mom are doing well. It's been so long since I've been around a little baby in my family (well since my own baby and she's now 8).

It was so nice that it happened when it did as her oldest son was visiting and so he and his fiance (he's the one getting married on Sept 12) were also there. This is him (Andre - her eldest son who just turned 30). His first time being an 'uncle'.

My sister and the baby - talk about a proud "Grandma" Smile or as we say it in French "Memere"...

My niece and her baby (and family friend):

What a beautiful day it was! I was so excited, getting calls and updates along the way. I used the energy and got 165mins of activity in (I think the calculator on the page is off because I'm sure that would have tipped me to over 500mins so far this month... as I'm working the challenge with Brenda aiming for 1500 for the month).

Today is promising to be another sunshining day. I discovered a new way to connect to the paths that run along the Ottawa River for miles and miles right near my home. I tested it out and walked to the beach and back and it took me 40mins so I can't wait for summer as I told the girls we'll walk there as it's really not too far. Driving it with my car was 3kms one way but maybe the path cuts the distance because it didn't seem that far. I walked in wonder as I thought - WOW ... look at this beautiful path that parallels the river and as I walked briskly - watched the sun setting... it was cool but very nice. I feel so blessed to have this beauty so close to me. I'm hoping to bring the girls out today so they can walk it with me to see it's not so bad (they aren't as enthusiastic as mom to do all this walking lol).

I'm going to go tanning today too because although the sun is shining again - it's very cool out (we still are wearing jackets and it was only 0 Celcius this am). I am also picking up my step-daughter after work.

I'm on day 2 of my clean eating plan and boy is it working (although it means being very willpowered and focused) it's sooo worth it! I'm down to 164.5 this am. We'll see what the final tally is when I weigh in on Monday morning. Maybe I'll be saying goodbye to 160Ville!!! Robbyn - I'm hoping to join you very soon!!

On that note I'm off to my am workout!

Thank you GOD for such a beautiful Easter Weekend! It's truly a time of RENEWAL!!

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KIMUSH23 4/11/2009 7:13PM

    CONGRATS great-Auntie!

Glad you had such a wonderful visit!


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Luv Ya Kim

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BRENDA_2010 4/11/2009 10:13AM

    emoticon emoticonon the new addition to your family. Like I said before that little baby is going to be spoiled by Great Aunt Helene!!! There are only young once.

Keep smiling, I enjoy your positive attitude.

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 4/11/2009 7:13AM

    SSSOO pleased for you Helene- GRAND AUNT HELENE!!!
emoticon for getting closer to you 160 goal- I know that's what's going through your mind emoticon.

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Going to visit hometown sooner than I thought...

Friday, April 10, 2009

I am off until Tuesday - then work the 3 days and leave for my home town on Friday after I send the girls off to school. Time surely will fly by... My original plan wasn't to go back until July, but with my sister's surgery coming up, I felt compelled to go (she is my only surviving immediate family member). It works out well - I'm taking Friday/Monday off and my step-daugther will stay with my younger daughters while I go to be with my sister. She was very happy to hear this as her partner was going to be out of town and she wasn't sure what she would do if they discharged her before he was back. It will be a nice little break for me as well - the drive up (about 6 hours) is therapeutic in itself. I'll blast the tunes and sing out loud on my own... A mini getaway from the responsibilities of my parenting to be with my SIS. I will also do some visiting again as well, but definitely not a 'vacation' like last time. Going to stay on track and focused.

My sister who is having the surgery, has a daughter (young - 18) who is due today so I will also get to meet the newest addition to our family. I'm going down with positive thoughts about all of it. I know that this surgery will make my sister feel better (as she had been feeling ill for some time) and this will for sure improve her health.

So - with this in view, I'm doing a 3 day lean eating plan. I need to budge my plateau to stay encouraged. My weight has been stagnant - up/down quite a bit and hovering around the same area. One great thing is I'm still below the 170 mark but now pushing for going below 160.

So with this in mind, the Easter long weekend, well the sun is shining and I plan on taking advantage of it and taking some nice long walks and keeping busy.

My step-daughter will be coming after work tomorrow. She's been on a low-carb diet for 7 weeks and has lost 25lbs so I'm very proud of her. She has a lot to lose but she's trying. We had lost together one time when she lived with me when we did Weight Watchers together ... so this Easter Weekend, we will stay clear of the Chocolate (might get a few little items for my younger girls)... but not doing the traditional Easter festivities with huge meals. Doing the opposite and eating clean, cleaning house and mind. I'm using the long weekend to reflect on all the great things in my life, to reconnect with my spirituality and the outdoors (with the beautiful sunshine out)!

Wishing all my SP Friends a Happy Easter Weekend.

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BRENDA_2010 4/11/2009 10:15AM

    I hope everything goes well for your sister. Enjoy your time with her.

Have a Happy Easter.


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KIMUSH23 4/10/2009 7:08PM

    Hope you have a wonderful trip home and a terrific visit! You and your sister are in my prayers that the trip goes well and her surgery is successful!


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Luv Ya Kim

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RDEEEEEEEEE 4/10/2009 5:20PM

    Hope you have a good trip and speedy recovery of your sister. You did a good job staying on track last time and I know you will do well this time also. You've got what it takes!!

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MEADSBAY 4/10/2009 4:32PM

    Happy Easter, Helene,
I'm so glad you're going to be with your sister and hope all goes well.

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 4/10/2009 1:22PM

    Hi ya Helene
I love singing along, if you can call it that, it's mostly off key- but do I care? not a jot! You enjoy one of life's little pleasures hun.
I do hope your sister feels better after the op and with her new granddaughter due I'm sure she appreciates you going down there.
I hope you have a reward in mind for when you hit below 160 and you will!
Have a great Easter hun, I'm sending positive thoughts for your sister and your niece.
Thanks for visiting my blog Helene, nice of you to drop by emoticon

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KATHEE3 4/10/2009 10:49AM

  I hope you sisters upcoming surgery is a success. It is nice to get behind the wheel and just sing your heart out, isn't it? I've decided to borrow a few books on CD for our 20 hr drive to Florida in 3 wks.

It's a great idea not to concentrate on chocolate for the weekend. That said we opted to forgo dinner out tonight so that we go to Easter Sunday brunch . I'm not going to promise to be perfect but will try to find a happy balance!

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