Thursday, June 10, 2010
I finished reading the Modern-Day Miracles book last night and started reading The Power is Within You (both Louise Hay books). I loved the Modern-Day Miracles book and how it was organized by chapters addressing different areas of life (dis-ease, addiction, love, career challenges, family / relationship, etc) and with each chapter there were testimonials (mine was on page 59) and the each chapter ended with "Work with Louise". This included exercises to make you reflect, and then provided affirmations for you to utilize.
As I read through this book I could feel some of what "my own purpose" is in that I truly want to share my own knowledge with others. I am going to investigate becoming a "Louise Hay" teacher and depending on the timing, hope to accomplish this goal within the next 5 years. In the mean time I'm going to keep building my self-help library and take in as much reading as I can.
It was so great to read the stories of how the changes brought about by doing Louise's work as outlined in the "You Can Heal Your Life" book has led to success in so many areas of people's lives INCLUDING losing weight! It's amazing what you can do when you are at peace within. For the first time in decades I can see that I'm going to attain that success!
Thanks to EWESCOTT for posting some info she gathered from her visit to a nutritionist. Many of the articles I read give a calorie range of 1200 to 1400 and I'm never that low. Some may oppose this - given the level of activity I put in... but if I want to lose weight and bust this 'plateau' or 'same weight' stage I keep getting stuck at I need to do things differently.
When I succeeded in the past and got into the 140s - I maintained within that range never going over 1500 calories a day and felt great! I'm also really pushing forward and truly enjoying my strength training. Went to do my "Fit Fix" at Good Life last night and enjoy seeing the definition coming through in my arms (slowly but surely). Once I lose more weight, this will be more visible!!
I'm also really pushing my 'ab work' because as I am 43 - well my mid-section has become a challenge. I enjoy the Slim in 6 pack 10mins ab routine and my Ab Jam 10 mins of stand up routine (it also has the lay down part but I prefer the Slim in 6 one ... find the Ab Jam one too hard). What is key is finding the workouts we enjoy doing and that's what I'm playing with. I have tons of DVDs and workout programs but truly enjoy the shorter ones. I am noticing my stomach muscles changing and it feels great! Working on my lower abs will be my biggest challenge but the benefit of going to Good Life is that I see examples of good exercises as I'm doing my workout. Saw some great ones with the ball for lower abs - gotta give that a try!
Another part of my life that has lit my 'passion' fire is becoming part of the IAAP and I'm truly looking forward to tonight's meeting. My notes and slide show are ready and I hope to instill the excitement I'm feeling inside! It will be a great day and even better night!
I can't believe tomorrow is already Friday and our Meet & Greet (M &G) for Saturday ... well weather still looks good! This team is so special to me in that we are all SP Friends and meeting in person is just so amazing and energizing for all! The energy will be great as always!!
What an amazing month this has been so far! Cheers to another wonderful day SP Friends!!
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
This time of year is buzzing with great activity for the kids at school. My daughter brought her permission slip and lucky lady (Megan) is going to Montreal with her class to visit the Montreal Biodome where they will experience the five ecosystems and then to Fort Angrignon which is filled with educational obstacle courses! I wish I had time to take off to go as a 'volunteer'... but alas not this time.
I booked Monday off as I am going to see Megan in her school play so that should be fun! It's at noon so going to bring the car in to the garage in the morning. They also have a "Splish Splash" day which is a day they play in water all day and that is happening on the 15th and in looking at the forecast it looks like perfect weather for them!
I also checked the weather for Saturday's M & G (People in Ottawa) and happy to see that we're going to be blessed with good weather again!
My oldest daughter hasn't relayed any activities for year end yet so I'll have to check. I asked her how her sessions with the social worker were going and she said good but that she felt once the year ended, she felt ok to deal with things on her own so here's to another .
I'm hoping to convince her to come out with us on Saturday (she's a teen so she likes to sleep in )
And as for me - I am also experiencing that 'year end' excitement as tomorrow is the end of the 2009/2010 IAAP year, and I present my incoming speech and program for 2010/2011.
Last night was a great evening too! I really am seeing life through 'new eyes'... like those I had when I was younger and full of hope for a bright and wonderful future! As Hedley says in his song "It's never too late"... and for me this is so true! My life today is better than ever!
Because of my experiences, I am stronger and more knowledgeable than ever. I have the tools to guide me in the right direction and with my daily affirmations a regular part of my life, I have been blessed with positive miracles each day!
Perhaps it's because I see with new eyes, that which I could not see before - that was always before me. It's like the 'blinders' are off and I breathe in the beauty of even the simplest things. I am finding my 'inner child' again and doing things that are fun and making life fun for my children!
I am amazed at the activity that our city offers now that summer has arrived. Every weekend is packed with festivals and activities. This weekend, my own 'rental community' is putting on some family fun days which we'll partake in.
Next weekend I want to check out carivibe as it's a festival with a "Carribean" flavour with parades, music, rides and more... it will set my mode for my "Carribean Cruise".
There is so much to do in life and I'm glad that I am now living with eyes wide open to dive into all that it has to offer! Splish Splash Folks... I'm DIVING in! Want to join me?
Monday, June 07, 2010
What an amazing day I had yesterday... Let me take you through the events...
Woke with the alarm at 4 (forgot to turn it off for the weekend) and got up to do my morning routine. Reading my affirmations, catching up on SP mail/blogs and posting my blog. Had a light breakfast, a bowl of fresh fruits (melons, strawberries), flax bread with peanut butter and glass of milk.
A little later, I went on to do my 10 Slim in Six Pack and Ab Jam - because I'm determined to whiddle my middle and as the DVD says, consistency is key! I then came up and swept, swiffered and washed all of the main floor level floors. All this by 8am.
Then I headed out to Walmart to pick up some necessary items, and a bit later was off to Costco to pick up the cake I ordered for work (we're throwing a surprise baby shower for one of my team member's today). Also picked up candy to fill the pinata (she's mexican so we wanted to throw in a bit of Mexican flavour to the gathering). I then drove to work to drop it off and printed off some info on Lucid Dreaming (thanks to fellow SP Friend for sending it as I'm curious as always about the amazing power of our subconscious mind and dreams).
Came back to have a healthy lunch - I love the Healthy Choice Steamers, and light jello. So now it's just after 12pm. Megan announces she wants to go swimming and it's a rainy day so perfect! We go back to the store to get a few items - this time at the Metro and I dropped her off at the Recreation Centre. If I did not have my course last night I would have joined her for a bit and got some swimming in.
Before this I baked some cookies for Megan to bring to school as parents were asked to contribute to 'snacks' for their days of provincial testing so made some yummy double chocolate chunk cookies and oatmeal/chocolate chip cookies for her to bring to school today.
I enjoyed some healthy snacks too throughout the day: apple, 15 almonds, wild rice salad... so never 'starved' and of course my great flavoured green teas!
Back home, I get back to more cleaning. Had to declog our main bathroom sink - with three girls and all long in length... well the house of hair ... the sink was challenged to swallow it all up . Had to empty out under the sink as I thought I might have to call the rental office but alas - I did it! Unclogged the drain and was able to put items back under the sink! As I did so - did some cleaning and threw out a bunch of outdated items and empty bottles. It feels so good to keep decluttering!! It's now a regular part of my life! It's amazing what a clean/organized home does for your soul!
Then I check the time and it's time to pick up Megan and get supper going. Cooked some nice chicken breasts (I just love the M & M's chicken breasts and cook them on my broiler pan so the steam makes them nice and tender and I sprinkle them with the "Garlic Plus" seasoning - YUMMY!!). I made mashed potatoes and gravy for the girls with peas and I cooked up some frozen veggies (a mix of carrots, broccoli, cauliflower) for myself. We sat and ate together - something that we don't get to do too much during the week. I had my plate of one chicken breast and veggies and it was so delicious! Had my frozen yougurt bar for dessert and oh - folded some laundry (managed to get 4 loads done throughout the day).
Then it was time to head out to my training for Smart Serve. It was 3 hours but pleasant as the instructor was great, smiling and humorous. It was great information and I'm happy to receive the certification/training for free as I am a Bluesfest Volunteer. I'm so happy to be a part of the event and 'team'. Can't wait to get to my first shift!
And there you have it... a full, healthy and productive AF (alcohol free) day! I was pooped at the end of the day but felt amazing for all I accomplished!
And now to the new week! I know it will be amazing as the weather promises to be great. We enjoyed the rain yesterday as it was greatly needed. Today calls for sunshine and cooler weather - great for walking at lunch!
Wishing all my SP Friends an amazing day and healthy/productive week!!
Sunday, June 06, 2010
What's M&G you ask? Well next Saturday is our People in Ottawa 5th "Meet and Greet" (M&G) and it's way sweeter and healthier than those peskie candies M&M's!
I started coordinating these last year and the first meeting was not huge, and yet it was great because it allowed for fellow local Sparkers to meet in person! Our first meeting even had some people from the Toronto area join us. The last one we had in Gatineau Park was our biggest with 16 in attendance!
Coordinating these is fun and I enjoy doing so. I realize I can never make it so all can attend, but it's nice that people can make some. I have been to all of them of course and plan on keeping the tradition going!
The connections we make in person then continues to grow beyong the day of the activity too! This next meeting I've added a twist and asked members to bring their favourite 'tip' or recipe with them (and copies to exchange/share) amongst the group. I have a sign up sheet and I follow-up with an e-mail to share pictures of the outing and it's amazing how the activity has helped me to make new friendships that I now cherish (Tim & Erika, Diane, Anne, Helene and so many more ... ) It puts a real face and real name to the SP call name.
Looks like next week's gathering will be another great turn out and I'm going to think positive thoughts about great weather for us too! The meeting is not overly exhausting ... as we'll be walking at Hog's Back park trails - but it provides an opportunity for sharing our stories, successes, challenges as we walk along together with our friends, family and pooches in some cases.
I am so proud to be a co-leader of the People in Ottawa team and looking forward to seeing all of you next Saturday - 10am ... Here's wishing everyone a fabulous Sunday!!
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