Thursday, January 07, 2010
I attended my first "Zumba" class last night and really enjoyed it (and feel it in my hips today lol). I felt like I had two left feet at times, but I know if I did it regularly it would become easier. I loved the music and the hour flew by! Before going, I had my doubts and thoughts about being 'nervous' about getting there for the first time because it was new, who would be there, etc. But I got home, got supper on, ate my own, logged my food and off I went.
I find if I think about things too much - that's when I don't do it... so JUST DO IT really works! No more hesitation.
Along with this thinking, I signed up online to Good Life for a 5 day pass/class visit and got a call from the manager at the Women's Only location near my home. I explained that I had gone to the location near my work but that I felt the person I met was more interested in the 'sell' of a membership than allowing me to try it out to see if I'd like to join so she said "Oh well then come see me!"
She's the general manager of the location and said "You sound like a wonderful lady and I'd like to help you out!" so I set my appointment... for this Friday at 6pm! I'm taking advantage of the free trials before I make a decision to sign up for a class or to a gym (another January goal).
Busy week for me - Zumba last night, my board meeting tonight so I won't be home until after 8pm and Good Life Fitness Friday. I also told my daughter we'd go to the recreation centre's pool on Saturday or Sunday so I feel great about the week's activities!
A colleague sent me information on a workshop taking place on January 30th which I'm really drawn to. I'm going for an "Angel Reading" on January 15th (something I've never had done but always wanted to get done). This alone has connected me with other areas of interest for me... and this workshop is an afternoon of creating your own 2010 Personal Prayer of Intention for the year. I read the testimonials and it sounds amazing so I've signed up. It's only $30 so I think a worthwhile investment!
The last week of January I go on my first work trip to Kingston for 2 nights (Jan 26, 27 and return on the 28 and supposed to have my Friday off on the 29th - then the workshop on the 30th!
Now there's a great January to start the year off.
January 15th is the deadline for the submission of my story for the book as well and I've got my draft ready to go for their editors to review. This project is another one that is almost surreal for me... I always thought/dreamed about writing my experiences and the twist is the end and how my life has been transformed. I of course mentioned this wonderful website and all you wonderful people in the book (along with how honored I was to receive a Motivator Status Award)! I also made mention of a few other connections and activities that I have made since moving here that have truly made a difference. I hope that my story will inspire others ... I'll be one of many other authors contributing to this book and I hope my story holds it own. I can't wait to attend our very own book launch this spring... maybe my "People in Ottawa" can come out and attend the event!
I ended the story with the following tag line because it's truly what has brought so much to my life:
The power of gratitude exists in two simple words: Thank you!
Each day is truly a magnificent GIFT! Enjoy!!
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
Well this is my first post of 2010!
The routine of life got a late start... I went back to work yesterday but the girls ended up staying home due to bus issues with my youngest. They got to spend the last day at home with the cats as they now went back with their owners... much to the girls' chagrin... but Mom is happy to have the rec room back for her workouts!
I had been avoiding the rec room and my workouts because I have been battling this cold (or perhaps it was allergies) with the cats visiting since Dec 21st. I also didn't want to terrorize the poor things with my workout movements lol.
So no more BUTs.... I was reading this morning and an acronym for the word BUT really puts a different light on the word: Believe Understand Trust ... and so with this I move forward with my goals for 2010!
I did not accomplish all that I set out to do over the holidays, but I will use the month to continue to get things in order as I strive for more AF days (which I know will result in higher productivity).
I still need to acknowledge my accomplishments from last year and set out goals for this year, but I don't want to put it off so going to start small by setting my intentions for the week:
1. Workout every morning for 30mins and add 20 or 30mins in the evenings.
2. Weigh in / measure January 13th as my first official record for the year.
3. Go to the recreation centre for the first time ever for a swimming session with my daughter.
4. Keep SParking and Blogging.
5. Continue with my morning meditation/reading and add evening reading (I'd like to read one 'inspirational' book per month) - this month's book is Bob Urichuck's "Disciplined for Life".
These are very modest to begin but (believe, understand, trust) I'm going to DO IT!
Since moving here, I have NEVER yet taken advantage of the facilities that are here and available to us. It was one of the attractions to renting this place and so I think it's time to start using it! I know my youngest will be thrilled.
I have confirmed that my payment will be deposited January 20th into my account... that money I was waiting for since July... a little over $3300 so I will be paying off some friends and going to set my budget for the month. As we planned, going to do my late Christmas shopping for the girls but not going overboard and then going to sign up for a class or join a gym!
I received an e-mail about 2010 and what's in store and all signs point to a great year ahead! When I consider my accomplishments in the past year I see how I successfully gained a job that I love, live in a place that is just what I needed and now it's time to reach the other goal of losing the weight!
My first goal is to leave 170Ville which I am setting to attain by the end of January! I spent about 6 months in 160Ville in 2009 and moving back there at month's end. Then I will focus on attaining the 150Ville land by March!
The first 'event' that I have to work for is a wedding reception on February 27th. I will see people I haven't seen in ages and looking forward to going there feeling great about myself!
For me this year is about succeeding in this area. I feel peace in the area of my work and home life. I want to work on my physical self and tone up!
In the area of romance, Ali came over on the weekend. We had not seen each other for 2 weeks or so because he was ill, missed work and found out on Christmas eve that he had diabetes so this really set him into a depression. He avoided everyone as he felt bad about this ... so we spent a nice evening together on Saturday. He will be travelling back home on Jan 18 as he has paperwork and issues to resolve and looking at his life, I see how 'uncomplicated' my life now is and I'm very thankful for that. He expressed strong feelings for me and I was flattered, but honestly, I can't say if he is the ONE... I do know that I will not settle for anything that does not fit because I am finally at a place of peace and harmony at home and it's where I wish to stay.
My goals for 2010 are going to be geared towards my physical fitness, financial fitness, vacation dream and seeing if I can't add to my life with that SPARK of 'love'...
Great things ahead! Time to get it started with my morning workout!
Happy New Year everyone! I look forward to a continued journey of Health with all of YOU!
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Well here we are only 2 days left of 2009. It's truly been an amazing year and I've made great strides and although I am ending the year in 170Ville, I move forward from here.
I got a little 'poke' from my cousin about my saying how proud of I was of achieving the motivator status for positive attitude and she commented "Yeah, now all you have to do is lose weight LOL" ... these kind of comments still bother me, but I don't hold on. Even though it ended with a LOL, it still feels like a stab like saying ya so big deal you got voted most positive on a weight loss site but you haven't lost any weight.
But what have I lost? A lot of the old attitude I used to have. The old negative self-talk and to me that is worth it's weight in GOLD! This cousin of mine is slim, attractive, beautiful, so her comment does bother me, but I'm not going to let it deter me from my path of action. If anything it makes me want to prove her wrong. I replied to her comment to say that now that other matters in my life were taken care of I can and will lose the weight.
From the inside out refers to dealing with the things that bother us inside, the hurt, the pain, and letting go of those things in order to be able to focus on letting go of the habits that led us to gaining weight. For me, food was used as a comfort and I eat when I'm stressed. No wonder all of my weight is carried mostly in the belly area.
I feel that I am now in a great place now, seeing the light at the end of the tunnel with my financial difficulties and a more settled life in my new home town. I've gotten rid of some old 'bad' habits and have to work on the new GOOD ones. I know that I need to instill a new path of action, such as going out to do some form of activity for two reasons: 1. because my home gym time is not enough and 2. it will allow me to expand my circle of friends to meeting people who have the same goals in mind - being healthy. I could not consider this before now because of financial constraints but come January 20th that changes!
For the first part of January, I am committing to getting back to my morning workout routine of minimal 20mins of activity and hopefully incorporate some evening activity as well.
I have not been working out the past couple of weeks because of my cold and because the cats are in my workout space and I don't want to terrorize them lol. They will be going back home on Jan 4th so things will be back to normal and I'll get back to the regular routine.
The holidays will be over and a new month ahead of us! I have no regrets for 2009 as far as my journey on SP even though I am not ending in the 160's as I had been for many months throughout the year. I will get there again.
I have learned a lot this year and next year promises a new focus that will bring me further along to achieve the weight loss goals that I'm aiming for. As I said, I have worked on the inside (fixed my spirit and mind) and now it's time to get the BODY in shape!
I know I can do this because of all the supportive friends here on SP who outweigh those little pokes we get from the people in our lives around us who just don't understand.
Letting go and keeping a positive attitude is what I choose above all! So the poke from my cousin is taken in with a grin and my journalling allows me to speak to it and then forget it and move on!
Thanks SP Friends! Now on to my day!!
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