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No sweating the SMALL Stuff...

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

It's amazing how far I've come when it comes to NOT sweating the small stuff in life. I see my new reactions (or non-reactions) to things that used to urk me to no end and now I just shrug them off or deal with them in a positive way (using a calm voice and staying in control). What a great feeling of accomplishment that is in itself. Yesterday a colleague made a comment about how I always 'had a smile on my face'... which was not always the case. So nice to hear!

As for the weight issues, well I'm not letting it get to me this week as I know I'm bloated with TOM approaching. I know that I will reach my goals.

Elizabeth commented on my blog yesterday asking what I was going to do differently in September ... perhaps to move things along. Well I know my reality means that next weekend will be a huge party/celebration. But I have a week until we get there. So from here to then... as I leave next Thursday, I plan on getting back to a routine. It seems I've stopped my morning workouts to keep up with all my e-mails, blogs, team posts... but I'm ok with that. It means I now have to make use of the time after work to do activities with the girls and/or to make use of my newly setup workout room with my DVDs (as I have the TV there). I've only used it once since it's been setup - how shameful!!!

I really want to increase my weight training to concentrate on toning up and building more muscle mass. Being over 40 and reading articles lately, I know how important this is in the ever constant fight with our slowing metabolism. I know it CAN be done because I have some great role models on here (Caz you are one of my most inspirational ladies!! But there are so many fellow SP that are making Fit over Forty a common word - I am joining you there ladies!!)

We're experiencing some great weather finally and I'm taking advantage with my lunch hour walks. I have lunch 'dates' for Thursday with colleagues and Friday with my boss as she was in meetings on Thursday so 2 lunches for my b-day - what a treat! I wasn't expecting anything but with the nice weather, it will be nice to get out and enjoy and in great company at that!

My friend will not be able to meet up with me on the 19th as we had planned but other things have come up so we'll be busy nonetheless. I joked and said hope we get to re-connect before the year is out. I am amazed at how each of my weekends this month are busy... I have to be sure to include studying time in there too for my certification exam beginning of November... it starts this weekend!!! and then plans for daily.

Well, time to get ready for the day to roll - chicken breast almost out of the oven and lunches to be made.

Wishing everyone a Wicked Wednesday!! Keep on SParking!! And don't forget... Don't Sweat the SMALL Stuff when there is beauty all around you!!

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    Wow you have alot going on and alot to look forward to in the next lil while! And you're right, we can't sweat the small stuff!!
Peace and Love

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 9/2/2009 11:45AM

    Hey Helene,
strength training won't just beef up your metabolism hun, it's essential to have strong muscles (not bulging) for a number of reasons, a safeguard to osteoporosis for one and it doesn't just do muscles good, it has a knock on effect for the whole body.

Just as you're getting decent weather we're experiencing Autumn and rain and high winds.

Have a great Wednesday

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SI1V3RBACK 9/2/2009 9:25AM

I would so agree with the strength training as a goal. It really does help with the metabolism plus you just feel good about (after a while). It is hard, however, to build body mass while dieting. But you can still revive muscles and get them stronger in the process and gain a bit of muscle mass.

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Changing my Ticker - Getting a new perspective

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

So the new month begins and I'm going to FALL back into basics... I need to shake things up and starting with a visual of changing my ticker to show how many pounds I've lost and what I'm headed for! Ironic that in all I will lose the 50lbs that my doctor snickered about to me when I asked if I had to be on blood pressure meds for the rest of my life - NOT!!! But YES - I will in fact when I'm done have lost 50lbs!

Still plan on doing an official weigh in on Thursday to mark the beginning of my 43rd year. No matter what I'm going to be positive! This yo yoing has been frustrating but is a result of my own actions (or inactions).

We choose the life we live in every moment and I choose TODAY, NOW... To make a difference! Each day is a new life and I'm going to treat it as such!

Wishing everyone a Terrific Tuesday!!

The beautiful weather we're having is certainly making it easy to be thankful! To my "People in Ottawa" ... Enjoy the sunshine and get MOVING!!

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ALEXSGIRL1 9/2/2009 5:40AM

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MEADSBAY 9/1/2009 2:32PM

    I changed my ticker to reflect how much I had lost, too, and it is a way more positive way of looking at it. Love your new one!
So, Helene, what are you going to do differently in September???


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PERSISTENT_GIRL 9/1/2009 12:53PM

    Woo Hoo a loss of 50 pounds by the "end", i am in it with you! You are a quarter there! emoticon Keep on going, today is the beginning and its going to be a marvelous September :-)
Peace and Love

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LUVMYTERV 9/1/2009 11:25AM

    Great Attitiude! Embracing change, accountability, and a positive outlook = a successful journey. I enjoy reading your blogs, there is such a beautiful tone to it.
All the best ~ Kim

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SI1V3RBACK 9/1/2009 9:42AM

Deciding to make a change is always a good thing. A different perspective, a different approach, all can lead to new and better things in the future. Keep on ticking !!

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NOTASHAMED 9/1/2009 8:20AM

    A positive attitude is a great start! It's much easy to accomplish goals when you tell yourself "I can!"

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 9/1/2009 7:41AM

    Okay regular weigh ins on Thursday from now on- great Helene.
Sounds like you're ready to kick butt
Good luck
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Kissing August GOODBYE!!!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Well what a summer it's been (did we have one lol)... The weather wasn't the greatest... but my experience was so RICH ... rain or shine, I am very happy with all that I've experienced.

Having 41 days of ME time while my girls enjoyed a summer visit with their father. A 'holiday' month of July with visits and outings on my own. My weight loss progress was stalled but the new month is around the corner and once the wedding is done ... well let's see how we can wrap up the year!!

As I turn 43 and look back to the year since moving here (I can't believe it will be a year on Oct 28th)... I am in awe of the great things that have happened in my life. It was not all 'easy' but certainly well worth every effort!

I have gained some insight and strength, I have made more SP friends, I have initiated some meetings allowing me to know more people in my 'new home town'...

I am going to meet up with an old school friend in September (we haven't seen each other in almost 30 years or more I think lol). That's on Sept 19th and on Sept 20th my 3rd Meet & Greet with People from Ottawa!

I am going to a book club launch with Peggy McCole and going to hear Robert Proctor (one of the speakers of The Secret) on Sept 22.

My nephew's wedding on the 12... our birthdays this month (my sister's, my friends and my dearest friends parents 60th Wedding Anniversary).

Work is still fabulous!! Life is fantastic!!!

Thank you Dr. Dyer because YES - Change Your Thoughts... Change Your Life!!! I'm a real live testimonial!!!

Amazing experiences and all of which I'm so very grateful for.

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ALEXSGIRL1 9/1/2009 5:27AM

    great summer great attitude. you can do this. emoticon

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 9/1/2009 4:37AM

    emoticon what a terrific time you've had and I bet your memory board is crammed with all the events for you look back on and remember in years to come.
Here's to September Helene, may it just as bountiful for you

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PERSISTENT_GIRL 8/31/2009 11:51PM

    Good for you for staying so positive and upbeat! Looks like you have quite the September to look forward too! don't you just love love love new beginnings?

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JENNNVA 8/31/2009 6:58PM

    Sounds like you've had a terrific summer - alot accomplished and many positive changes. Here's to an even better September!

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    We didn't have much of a summer in Toronto either. Sounds like you kept very busy and have more plans in the future... good to be busy.


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Living the BEST Life!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

SCHATZI4MO commented how my blogs reflect me living my "best life" and you know what?! I am!! It's truly amazing how you can turn things around and truly live the life of your dreams when you set your mind to it!

This weekend was superb! I worked 3 hours on Saturday and accomplished some organizing that had been 'sitting' for some time and then enjoyed the company of Jodee for the evening and overnight.

I spent Sunday veggin' with my girls and feel so totally fulfilled with my life! I posted some old pics that I scanned on Facebook and it makes me realize how wonderful life is and how great memories are! Many of those pics are of people who have left this world... but they live on in my heart.

I did not weigh in this am... as I did not have my AF nights as I thought I would but that's OK! I am going to do the official weigh in/measuring on my bday as a GIFT to ME! Sundays are not a good weigh in day - so Thursday is going to be the new day!

I am feeling nostalgic as I approach my b-day and my 43rd year of life! My mom apparently used to say "life begins at 40" and I live this and have said this myself! She was a wise woman beyond my comprehension at the time...

I'm so grateful for all the gifts in my life.. and I look forward to September as a month of GIFTS with my bday, my sister's bday and my nephew's wedding! It's also the month where I get to attend the book launch with Peggy McCole and the "I Can Do It" movement from the Hay House... so much GOOD is coming my way!

The Law of Attraction is at work and Great Things are coming my way! I'm so glad to have all my SP friends with me on this journey!!

God Bless!!

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SCHATZI4MO 8/31/2009 3:51PM

    thanks for the shout-out ... you made me blush emoticon

your mom was right ... my mom told me the same thing ... and i will tell my daughter too when she gets closer (at 18, 40 seems like forever far away). life truly does begin at 40 and just get better. as women, we grow into our own skin. we become very comfortable with who and what we are, what we've become and what we will be. the pressures of "fitting-in" disappear, or become less important. i've always been pretty grounded with self-confidence, but at 40 it soared to the roof.

i can truly say i don't want to go back in time ... being in the moment, this moment, with the anticipation of what's to come is pretty awesome. enjoy ~ hugs.

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ALEXSGIRL1 8/31/2009 5:34AM

    so happy you are living the life of your dreams. emoticon

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 8/31/2009 4:50AM

    Can things get any better. I am so glad you have so much joy in your life

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SI1V3RBACK 8/31/2009 1:03AM

It is a wonderful gift to yourself , your family and friends to be living a life you love. It is so good to hear someone realizing how good life can be and is. I hope this feeling only grows stronger for you! emoticon

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MEADSBAY 8/30/2009 11:11PM

    LIFE IS GOOD!!!!!
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Friday night - re-kindling old school friendships!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Had a nice Friday evening... wasn't AF but enjoyed a relaxing night. Was on Facebook and started chatting with a school friend (Linda) who has been living here in Ottawa for 23 years. We are making plans to meet up in person again and re-connecting. We ended up talking on the phone for I don't know how long lol... It was great! I also got to re-connect on Facebook with other classmates who's names had evaded me until we had our conversation yesterday.

Today I'm headed out to work for a half day of filing ... really motivated to get a lot done before my boss' return on Monday and I know I will accomplish more without interruptions as no one else will be at the office.

Later, will go tanning (losing my color emoticon and the sessions are my mini-vacation! Perfect thing to do on this rainy cool Fall like day!

I hope to connect with Jodee later today too - maybe she'll come over for a 'sleepover'... (if you're reading this Jodee... give me a call at work - you have the number from my e-mails).

Well I best get going if I'm going to do this. I also have my 'to-do' list for some home projects/cleanup I want to do. I can't tell you how liberating it is to de-clutter! I'm loving it!

Tomorrow is my official weigh in/measure day for the month. I'm on a low-cal day and going to aim for AF for the rest of the month to match my Juen month!

emoticon I'm feeling so inspired by so many things! What a wonderful week it's been and every day is a GIFT!!

Enjoy everyone!!

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SCHATZI4MO 8/30/2009 2:27AM

    i just love reading your blogs ... always so upbeat. i think your are living your best life. congrats.

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PERSISTENT_GIRL 8/29/2009 11:06AM

    When some doors close, so many others open... and look at all that is happening for you! Its so awesome re-connecting with friends that had once touched our lives and had fun with after years and catching up but also picking up where you are today and enjoying the company. Like us.. who would've thought we'd be enjoying this great journey together so closely! thank you for encouraging me to use my spark account! i got it in march but haven't started using it since we met up that night...
Looking forward to tonight! Heck i will bring my pj's over just in case i decide to stay and we can think about the parking pass when i get there if its not to late... how weird is it that before even reading this, i thought i was calling you at home and accidentally called you at work! Wow! something funny is happening today!
You can do this! Keep up the great work!
Peace and Love emoticon

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SUSAN134 8/29/2009 10:23AM

    Sounds like you will have a great day today to end the wonderful week you have had!! Catching up with old friends is so much fun......

Enjoy your day (which I'm sure you will)!

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 8/29/2009 8:23AM

    Isn't it great just catching up for hours on end.
Enjoy your Saturday---don't work too hard!

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