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First Goal Accomplished!

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! emoticon

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!!

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JENNNVA 1/8/2010 7:25AM

    Congrats on the Zumba. I attended one class and loved it. Alittle uncordinated at first - but if I didn't think about it, it came natural. I just didn't look in the mirrors LOL

Sept - You are a true inspiration to us all! You're an amazing woman and should be very proud of all your many, many accomplishments. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DOOBRIE 1/8/2010 2:25AM

    Well done for all the exercise Helene! You have started the year off great.



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    awesome! positive! spectacular!!
let me know about coming to stay with the girls, i dont mind at all!! call you this wknd!

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RDEEEEEEEEE 1/7/2010 1:29PM

    Love it!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 1/7/2010 9:17AM

    Zumba is so fun, hardly seems like exercise at all. Love it

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MEADSBAY 1/7/2010 8:19AM

    busy, busy, busy- plenty of fun in there- don't forget some quiet time, too, Helene!
This is a good time to negotiate a good deal at the gym- they're all making sweet offers.

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LIVINWELL 1/7/2010 7:48AM

    I haven't tried the Zumba yet, but I have heard it is lots of fun. Good for you for just doin' it! Have a great day!

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KARBIE18 1/7/2010 7:15AM

    Zumba sounds fun, and I'm sure it's like Turbo Jam - the more you do it, the better you get.

I know what you mean about thinking too much. I think the anticipation of things is always so much more stressful than the actual event.

Sounds like you have a nice, active month planned. Go you!! That Angel reading thing sounds interesting. I look forward to reading about it.

I just received Motivator status yesterday, and I have ask, wasn't it the most motivating thing?? The minute I read my email, it made me want to be more involved, to exercise more, to simply be a better role model. The brilliance of SP never ceases to amaze me.

Anyway, how exciting that your story will be part of a book!! It's always been my dream to publish something someday. I am so happy for you. And so proud!!

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 1/7/2010 6:05AM

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I hope the rest of your week is equally as rewarding

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ALEXSGIRL1 1/7/2010 5:43AM

    very nice blog i hope you have a happy and healthy week. emoticon

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SI1V3RBACK 1/7/2010 5:39AM

Nice to see you are getting out there, exercising and trying new things. I'll bet Zumba class was quite a workout. Although I prefer to workout in the privacy of my personal dungeon, you do work harder with someone leading the exercises pushing you and also when others are around you. That competitive spirit.

I'll be curious to hear your impressions of Good Life Fitness after your trial sessions.

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BUNNIE1999 1/7/2010 5:39AM

    You are so true I wish thos around me would remember each day is a gift. Sounds like you are moving in the right direction, good luck to you!!

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Best Year of My life: I'm planning it NOW!

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

I received an e-mail for suggested books from Amazon and one was to "Live the Best Year of your Life" and how to dream it, plan it and LIVE IT!!!

I'm committing to doing this for 2010! In all the readings that I'm doing it means committing to and writing down what it is I want to accomplish and do. In past years, I had always set intentions in January as 'resolutions' but this year is different in that I'm setting them in a month by month goal setting.

It starts TONIGHT with my first TO DO getting checked off. I called about Zumba again and going to try out a "free trial" class. I also looked into Good Life Fitness again and will see about trying some of their trial classes and personal consultation by a fitness trainer as I decide what I'm going to do (as I committed to joining a class or a gym).

There are so many options out there and the beauty of it is that you can usually try them out for free to see what 'fits'. I don't want to repeat past mistakes and just join something without first exploring what/where is best for me. I want to join where I feel some passion.

Dancing has always been a passion of mine and Zumba I'm sure will be great. I had contemplated taking dance lessons as well, which I may still do but this is my start.

I had a very productive work day yesterday and even with tight deadlines managed to meet them without stressing out (even though my boss put some pressure on). What a change this is from the "old" me... I simply stated I was doing the best that I could and she acknowledged this and without stressing kept working at it and accomplished what I set out to do that day!

With regards to my working out - I managed to get about 75mins in yesterday. I opted to walk to the mall rather than drive to pick up some items for dinner for the girls tonight, so I could be quick and get to my Zumba Class for 6:30pm.

I tracked my foods and felt hungry most of the day yesterday. Logging foods is NOT fun but very worthwhile as it makes me realize that I snack too much and while cooking dinner for the girls 'picked' which is really hard to track ... so NO MORE!

I think I need to pre-plan my day's meals/snacks so I can see where my calories are spread and ensure I stay within my range. I plan on having some low calorie days this weekend as well to help kick start my metabolism and it seems easier to do when I'm not at work.

So off to my morning workout ... 20mins Gazelle and 10mins Ab Jam. Tonight's Zumba will add another 60mins cardio (I believe the class is one hour).

Oh - I watched part of the season premiere of the Biggest Loser and I always get so emotional when I see the contestants and hear their stories. We are not alone but we are probably for the most part not as heavy as most of them. Our goals are our own and I'm happy with getting rid of this first 10lbs that I re-gained from last year.

I said I'd weigh in next Wed officially but I bought a Biggest Loser calendar which I have posted on my bulletin board/vision board in my workout area. It has weigh in day every Tuesday (which coincides with the show). I will however next week weigh in and measure and take new pictures. Even though I'm heavier than some of the 'bikini' shots in my photo gallery, I feel it's important to track my 2010 progress as a new beginning!

I'm SOOOOO ready to make this the Best Year of My Life! I hope you'll join me on this 2010 Journey! I can't do it without all you wonderful SP Friends!!

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SI1V3RBACK 1/6/2010 11:25AM

I think you know how I feel about tracking and making lists. They are key to success in my opinion. Using the nutrition tracker is a pain at first but once you get set up with a list of favourites it goes a lot quicker. It doesn't take me very long but then again I am a creature of habit and eat a lot of standard meals throughout the week. I'd say 5/7 breakfasts I can simply copy the previous meal or the day previous and not have to enter anything !!

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QBURT71 1/6/2010 11:00AM

  I am going to have to get that book.

I also watched the Biggest Loser last night... That show always inspires me to do more.

I am with you girly, I am bound to make this year the best year ever !

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WOODSYGIRL 1/6/2010 10:06AM

    Sounds like you have fabulous goals in place and have a wonderful attitude to tackle any obstacles. Tracking is so key to my success, and went I fall away from that, I notice a BIG difference in my progress. You WILL meet your goals this year and we will all celebrate with you every step of the way!

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THEQUEENBEE333 1/6/2010 9:17AM

    You are doing it and have a great plan and lots of ideas! Your enthusiasm is great! Have a great Wed!

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NULIFE4ME 1/6/2010 6:16AM

    You are so motivating SeptemberSpirit. I think I will look in to that book. I have been "going through the motions" of life for about 5 years now and just "letting" things happen. I really want to make positive changes as you do! Please continue to blog as it gets me "thinkin" for the day:)

Good luck in your dreams and endeavors.....we're the only one's that can make them come true!

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 1/6/2010 6:14AM

    I love the way you are always looking to the positive Helene, good luck with Zumba.
I agree tracking can be a bind but it need only take a few mins a day and it so helps to focus you.
This year you are going to meet your goal weight hun.....a step at a time
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Late Start, but Full Steam AHEAD!!

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!

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MEADSBAY 1/5/2010 9:15PM

    Good job on your reflections and analysis, Helene.
2010 is going to be an amazing year for you and me, my dear friend!

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    lol awesome goals for each day this week!! glad you got back to your workouts :)
too bad you had to wait so long and had possible allergies, it doesnt take much to terrify the lil buggies as they hide when they see their own shadow so u couldve still did your workouts and they woulda hid like they already did anyway ;) Thanks again for all your help with kitty sitting was much appreciated.
great goals ahead and lot of fun to look forward to!
Keep up the great work! xo

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SI1V3RBACK 1/5/2010 5:02PM

    It was great to read your first post of 2010. You have clear goals and a plan so 2010 better watch out because your going to take it by storm !!

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CMBELISLE 1/5/2010 1:36PM

    Sounds like you have things well-planned. Best of luck to you in 2010!

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 1/5/2010 5:43AM

    Hi Helene
It's great that you're looking forward and setting goals.
I intend to shift the other 5 pounds I put on over crimbo and then continue to maintain.
Sorry to hear about Ali- my DH also hit the doldrums on being diagmosed October 08 but with a good diet and some motivation he has it under control to the extent that he can now enjoy some naughty stuff occasionally and suffer no ill effects. Tell Ali from me it's not all bad news hun and it can be controlled,
I wish you luck with all your goals for 2010!

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Last night of 2009

Thursday, December 31, 2009

On an evening where most spend it going out or being with crowds of friends... I find myself alone at home with my girls. But you know what?! That's ok... I have my angels with me and that is a gift in itself!

It's hard not to be with friends as I talk to some on the phone and hear of their gatherings, but I know my time will come.

Things did not happen as I'd hope today, but I didn't let it get me down... My pay didn't come in so I wasn't able to go out to dinner with my girls and I'm at home just spending a quiet evening with them.

But I am lucky... Because I have a home, and warmth, and food and love... so many don't even have that!

I have been blessed this past year with so much! Despite my difficulties with my financial struggles, I have maintained and have a great support network. It's true that if you believe in good .. more will come your way.

So today, on this last day of the year I choose to see GOOD! I choose to remain positive although I feel lonely and miss my friends and family from back home... I have YOU! My wonderful SP friends and I'm so thankful for that!!

I wish each and everyone here a most blessed evening and year! 2010 will be the best decade I ever live because I will make it so! Let's do this together!!!


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    and i wish i had stayed home, all nice and cozy and quiet with family... although we think the grass is greener sometimes its not.. too much drama with goign out ;) Keep postitive! xo

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SCHATZI4MO 1/3/2010 3:23AM

    happy new year helene ... i spent a quiet evening at home too with just the DH & DD, it was wonderful. hugs ~ april

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SI1V3RBACK 1/2/2010 10:56AM

We have spent may a quite evening at home with the kids and loved every minute of it. Of course now the kids are out partying so Mom and Dad have to go find something to do emoticon

Have a wonderful start to the new year!! It is going to be a great one for you!!

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MEADSBAY 12/31/2009 11:19PM

    I'm happily at home tonight!
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3BEACHLOVERS 12/31/2009 10:40PM

    Loved your Spark Page...I LOVE the beach!
Happy New Year! We all have ALOT to be thankful for!

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THEQUEENBEE333 12/31/2009 10:26PM

    Great job on focusing on the positive. I need to do that more. HAPPY NEW YEAR! Have a prosperous and healthy 2010!

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NHGRL68 12/31/2009 5:34PM

    I'm home too:-) Just having a quiet day and night. Let's all make it a GREAT year:-) emoticon

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DOOBRIE 12/31/2009 5:27PM

    I'm staying home with you too! A very happy New Year to you Helene. I'm sure we'll make 2010 great for both of us!


Doobs x

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SHRIMPCHIC 12/31/2009 4:51PM

    I'm staying home tonight to.:o) Happy New Years!!!!

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From the Inside Out...

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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DAISEYDUCK 12/31/2009 4:02PM

    Jealousy rears it's ugly head! Time and again I see this type negative attitude directed towards those of us pursuing a healthier lifestyle. It is this cowardly person's own shortcomings that causes such comments. Cutting you down lifted her up. Sad but true. Good for you for having an answer that was not a dig right back. You are the better person :)
I do love your positive attitude! Have a terrific 2010!

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PERSISTENT_GIRL 12/30/2009 9:30PM

    emoticon they say misery likes company so although she is "judging" you, there are many struggles she has so she also "judges herself"... Know that you do work hard, you have lost the weight and will do so again... life is a journey and its never to late to make a U-turn which you are doing now. so forget that comment like you said and know you are also beautiful and have richness to your life that she may never had. Have a great lil night and always remember people who have never struggled with their weight truly don't understand what its all about and how its a life long process with some ups and some downs. we know all we need to know now we just need to put it in practice - and we will, we are! ;-)

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SI1V3RBACK 12/30/2009 4:55PM

Rituals are important. Scheduling workouts, preparing for them, writing down what you will do, recording what you do, etc. It helps you keep on track but each little activity is a form of motivation. Keep that positive focus and build on those little activities that ultimately lead to workouts and your goal of leaving 170ville!

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NHGRL68 12/30/2009 4:34PM

    First off, emoticon on becoming a SP Motivator. You touch a lot of people and truly deserve it:-) You're also a great leader. You've already accomplished a lot in your life, so I have no doubt that you can & will take off the weight. Wishing you the best in 2010. Let's dig deep and reach for what we want:-) emoticon

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MEADSBAY 12/30/2009 10:43AM

    You cuz was way out of line.
She should be sharing your joy-not pulling you down.
Jealousy of some kind is often involved in such behavior.
You attitude and goals coming in to the new year- new decade! - are just grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrea
t, Helene.
It will be your very best year ever!

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WOODSYGIRL 12/30/2009 10:20AM

    You have EARNED your motivator status and DESERVE to feel proud. Your cousin's comment really reflects her lack of understanding what it means to be motivating. The gift of being a motivator is that you can do it NOW; there's no need to reach your goal weight first, then try to motivate people. The whole point is people take inspiration from your daily living, positive attitude, and genuine interest in their lives. Your cousin misses the point completely and that's truly a reflection of her issues, not yours. You are doing it in fabulous are working on the internal "weights" and that's what's going to make the external weight come off. How many of us have done the complete opposite where we convince ourselves that "if we just lose weight, the rest of my life will be perfect?" Hah! What happens? The weight comes right back on because the deeper issues never got resolved.

Oh no sister, not any more! You have is figured out and that's why you ARE a success now. I live by a motto that has been incredibly helpful to me in the past few years: Forgiveness means letting go of the hope that the past could have been different. It frees me from the tapes that play over and over in my mind.

The next time your cousin says something like that just look her in the eye and kindly say "aw, thanks for your support". Say it with a smile and walk away. She'll know that you understood what she was 'really' trying to say. When she sees she can't hurt you on that level anymore, she'll stop. We all have weirdos in our families that just can't be geniunely happy for us. But they are so small compared to the hundreds of people who DO care and DO root us on. You are doing GREAT and 2010 WILL be a fantastic year for you!!

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NOMI_822 12/30/2009 9:55AM

    Way to go girlfriend on the attitude. It always isn't just about the weight. I too spent quite a bit of time changing my habits and my mindset. I then was able to lose the weight, you have to basically get your head in the right place. This is a lifestyle change not a diet. Diets only worry about the loss not about why's and how come we do certain things at certain times. Even on The Biggest Loser they get in the player's heads and the root of their weight gain. You keep on rockin on girl, you have the attitude that will get you to your goals, We are all here for you. And by the way, Shame on your cousin. emoticon

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KATERYN 12/30/2009 9:46AM

    Good post. I spent four months getting my mind and emotions to a good place so that I could concentrate on losing weight. I had to see a dietician to find out what I was doing wrong - and that helped a lot. I've lost almost 20 pounds in the past 2 months. I've actually been on this journey 6 months. But, I do have to report - it does get easier. The exercise - should never get easier. The diet - you get used to weighing and measuring everything. And learning what a true portion size is - and its nothing like the restuarant's give you, nor the prepackaged stuff. Keep up the good work! Sooner than you think it will all click with you! emoticon

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HICALGAL 12/30/2009 9:29AM

    great attitude. all the best on achieving your goals and a happy and healthy new you and year!!! emoticon emoticon

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KISHEGER 12/30/2009 8:56AM

    WTG, let it pass and don't give it much thought.

You are a wonderful person and that is all that matters. You should not concern yourself with what others think or say unless it is something that you feel is helpful.

I am not even sure your cousin realizes that her comment was negative; some people might just make comments without thinking of how it comes across. Sad but true!

Have a great time enjoying your motivator status and know that you certainly deserve it and earned it. Be proud.

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