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Walking in the rain...

Saturday, June 12, 2010

The weather is wet and it's gray out but I will push forward and proceed with the Meet & Greet and see who can make it out. I totally understand for those who decide not to come - it sure isn't the great weather we had for our last meeting at Gatineau Park but I am going to make the best of it.

Jodee brought Trista over for a sleep over so I'll be meeting her there with Megan so we'll be 4 coming for sure. I know of a few others who are still coming out and pleased to be with anyone who can make it out.

I'm not sure when to plan the next one as summer months mean vacation for many and then come August/September things start to get busy again for people. I know I'd love to go to Gatineau Park again in the fall as I'm told it's beautiful there and there are so many different areas/trails to explore.

I hope that Trista had a good night with Jodee... she's still dealing with a lot of 'sadness' and I'm at a loss as to what to do... I know it's part of growing up and I know how much it can suck. I wish I could fast forward these times for her to see her happy again. Thanks to Jodee for taking her over and being a 'big sister/friend' to her...

They have their last week of school next week and it will be summer vacation which will give us all a break and change of scenery for them (as they visit their dad) and perhaps deal with some issues.

Alas... this too shall pass and I will do my best to support them through these changes and feelings they are experiencing...

Have a good day my SP friends... Sending rays of sunshine on this rainy Saturday!

  
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PERSISTENT_GIRL 6/13/2010 10:11PM

    thats all you can do is support them the only way you know how... be proud of your girls, love them like you do and they will be fine. glad to be there for all of you. I'm sure Trista will find a way to feel better and happier... it will take time for sure but she has you that she can talk to so thats great news! emoticon

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EYESOFBROWN 6/12/2010 9:20PM

  emoticonfor all of those who showed up in spite of the rain!!! Have a fun time!!

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LINDA25427 6/12/2010 11:00AM

    No rain here in WV today, sun is shining bright . emoticon
You are doing a great job . Hope you have a great week . God bless. emoticon emoticon

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SCOTMAMA 6/12/2010 10:54AM

    With people like you -- who needs the sun! I'll bet just being around you makes the world a brighter place.
Thanks also for adding me as a friend.

Hugs from your newest friend, Eve

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NEW-CAZ 6/12/2010 8:01AM

    Have fun despite the weather Helene emoticon

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SI1V3RBACK 6/12/2010 7:24AM

   
Getting ready! Erika and I are looking forward to this !! emoticon

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TATTER3 6/12/2010 7:16AM

    Sounds like fun!! Keep Sparkin'!!!

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Successful AGM!

Friday, June 11, 2010

It was another hectic day at work with the construction and noise... With the rainy weather, I didn't get to go for my walk which did not help as I didn't get that escape at noon from the noise. My boss worked from home yesterday and my planned work did not get done as other tasks came up. I'm hoping to get to some of those left to the side tasks today. TGIF though! The distractions and noise of the day did not take away from the great evening that was ahead.

Last night's AGM (Annual General Meeting) was great! We had a good turnout with 26 in attendance! Our current President did some business, the new board was installed and I gave my speech. Here's a paragraph from it I wanted to share:

"It starts with a thought, then a vision, positive affirmations and then ACTION with "Passion and Purpose". In 2008 I set out to change the path my life was on and I'm amazed at where I stand today. With determination, courage and strength, I made choices and changes in my life that led me to so many wonderful things, including being here with you this evening."

We had pictures taken so I hope to be able to post some soon. I received a few certificates along with my Certified Administrative Professional's pin, President's pin and thank you gift. I sold about 7 books and shared my 'miracle' about how I received the free copy Louise Hay's Modern-Day Miracles and how my testimonial was included in it. I shared the exciting program we have coming up for the year and received words of encouragement from members and thumbs up for the night! It was a true success!

The changes I have made in my life have also led me to the great friends I've made through SP too! For the People in Ottawa team this is especially true as we've been able to make in person connections through our meet and greet. I checked the weather for tomorrow and now they are calling for light rain... but I'm still game to go out. I will send an e-mail out today to confirm this and hope others will feel the same way. A little rain won't hurt us - we're sweet but not made of sugar - we won't melt emoticon

I figured out why they are now calling for rain... It seems to be attracted whenever there's a 'midway' in town ... the carnies seem to bring rain with them it seems. I came home last night to see the park across from where we live all setup with the rides and of course Megan is hoping to go! I think it's so great to have it that close to home! It's all part of our community's Family Fun Weekend this weekend so we'll for sure check things out.

So for today... Going to get a productive day in at work. Tonight will be a gym visit for my 3rd Strength Training session for the week emoticon emoticon

I didn't workout this morning as I actually 'slept in' until my alarm clock rang at 4am. I have been waking every night around 3am so it felt good to wake to the alarm. I read a few more chapters of the Power is Within you ... and again so happy to read that the actions and my current thinking patterns are "on the right track"... which is why my life is so blessed with great things!

The law of attraction... you get what you give... it's so true! So my SP friends, make this day a truly great day and give it all you got!! emoticon emoticon

  
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PERSISTENT_GIRL 6/13/2010 10:09PM

    yay! so glad you had a good meeting and it will surely be a great year!

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EDWARDS1411 6/11/2010 3:49PM

    Congrats on your successful AGM - woohoo!!!
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MELA1953 6/11/2010 1:48PM

    Good for you!! Glad you met your goal for strength training- it always makes you feel like a productive, worthwile person- which you are but sometimes need to be reminded...

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SI1V3RBACK 6/11/2010 12:43PM

   
Another great day and a better evening. That is great news!! Glad the meeting went well. See you tomorrow !!!

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ANNE7X7 6/11/2010 8:33AM

    So glad to hear the meeting went well! Woohoo!! It's great that you were able to share part of your story and possibly inspire others!

Even if no one else shows up, I'll be there tomorrow!! Walking in the rain can be super fun, so unless there are thunderstorms, or really, really heavy rain, I'll be out there!!

Oh and this blows my mind: "it felt good to wake to the alarm". I HATE the alarm clock so it's a mystery that you would say such a thing emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 6/11/2010 8:18AM

    emoticon on a successful meeting Helene and good luch for the M&G, praying the weather holds for you
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SUNSHINES3 6/11/2010 6:53AM

  Congrats on your successsful evening!

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Feeling my purpose

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!! emoticon

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! emoticon 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!!

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PERSISTENT_GIRL 6/10/2010 9:41PM

    You can and wil be a Hay teacher!! I see the definition in your arms too! emoticon You're doing awesome!
The articles said to lose weight 1200-1400 is a good thing? love learning new things... Ab work is so important! Thanks for stressing this! i need to improve in that area. emoticon emoticon

Hope you had a great meeting tonight! Talk to u soon! emoticon

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VEMAN1 6/10/2010 12:10PM

    Helene, thank you for publishing this blog. Your determination to engage your passion is helping me reawaken my focus for purpose again. Very timely for me. Congratulations on choosing your purpose and finding your passion.

Be at peace.

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ANNE7X7 6/10/2010 8:43AM

    Great new goal! That sounds really cool!! I'm sure it will be a great thing to accomplish!

Wow. Before I read your blog, I hadn't realised how close we were to the weekend!! WOOHOO!!

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SEABREEZE64 6/10/2010 7:54AM

    Energyzing words! Very nice. I have also read Louise Hay, but not this book - Modern Day Miracles. It is on my list. Thanks!

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SI1V3RBACK 6/10/2010 7:40AM

   
Looking forward to hear how your meeting goes tonight. Good luck and remember to relax and enjoy yourself.

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NEW-CAZ 6/10/2010 5:34AM

    Great blog Helene, everyone has a purpose- it's a question of recognising it and acting on it.
Have a fantastic M&G
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SASKATIA 6/10/2010 5:14AM

  It's good to have a purpose.

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Splish Splash! Another academic year near's the end!

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! emoticon 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 emoticon.

I'm hoping to convince her to come out with us on Saturday (she's a teen so she likes to sleep in emoticon)

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?

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MEADSBAY 6/9/2010 9:38PM

    I hope your wonderful positive blog convinces a few people to at least consider changing the way they look at things- that really is a HUGE life changing transformation.
Today I was at an elder client's house folding a load of towels and I had a moment of bliss just watching the clean fluffy towels stacking up in a pile. It started because I was thinking about how it would make my client's daughter (who hardly ever asks me to do anything for her) happy when she sees this small thing done- one less thing for her to do after her long day at work.
Life truly is what we make of it!
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SI1V3RBACK 6/9/2010 3:08PM

   
Oh my, waking a teen before 2 pm ... could be dangerous !! Looking forward to the meet and greet !!

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PERSISTENT_GIRL 6/9/2010 11:12AM

    yay! I hope Trista joins us emoticon Love that you are finding that inner child full of happiness and hope and fun! Let her shine for that is the true you! the you that has always been hiding inside. Glad to hear the girls are great and that you are stronger and more instoppable every day! DO I EVER LOVE those HAY cards you sent me too! So awesome! I cannot wait for the weekend and the fun in the sun Ottawa has to offer emoticon Today is the beginning!
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ANNE7X7 6/9/2010 8:46AM

    Sounds like you are having a great morning and week in general! And I think it's due to your amazing attitude! Thank you for making me realise every morning that I can be positive, even about the seemingly negative stuff!

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NEW-CAZ 6/9/2010 5:39AM

    Tell Megan "break a leg" Helene.
I'm pleased the weather looks good for you for the meet up.
And you're so right about being seeing things differently, me too
Loving the process and loving life
Have a great Wednesday Helene and enjoy the play emoticon

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The Number Game - AWAY with you 6!!

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Well I woke this morning to find 1lb had left me and I pushed past that 'number' 166 that I get stuck on... so keep on trucking I say!

The number 6 is one that appears often in my life and perhaps that's why my body clings to it emoticon

I was born in 1966 (Sept 3, 1966 - the 9 month - 3 day ... did you notice 9 - 3 = 6 lol)...
I weighed 166 for much of last year and even now - I weigh 165 (5+1 = 6)
Alas - I always joke and say I was born one year short of the 'number of the beast 666' emoticon emoticon

But the angel within me rises above!! emoticon It's only a number and I'm going to beat it this time! I am going to make 150Ville this month! There are 3 more weigh in's to the end of this month so I am now - yup ... you guessed it 6lbs away from 150Ville! It's the 6th month of 2010 and I'm going to start the second half of 2010 working towards 140Ville!

I'm going to stay strong and keep up the plan I made for the month. I have my Annual General Meeting coming up on Thursday so that's a 'buffet' style dinner, but since I'm going to be a bit in the spotlight as I give my incoming speech, well I will for sure eat light. The hotel is pretty great at offering some great items with their buffet - just have to skip their dessert section.

Work wise it's busy as usual. Yesterday was mostly busy as we executed the plan and 'surprise' baby shower for my team 'colleauge'. Juliana is starting her maternity leave on June 11 and with her mexican heritage, we decided to get her this cake (and yes I had a piece but also got in 120minutes of activity to balance it out yesterday - thust he 1lb loss today!!).

"It's a girl" written in spanish!!
We have such a great work family and the camaraderie and support there is another reason I just love my workplace! I'm truly blessed!!

Here is our guest of honor being led into the boardroom by our president and CEO (and she thought she was moving offices due to the fact that the crew was coming to check the AC system). She was totally surprised and it was great!

She got some great cute 'pink' gifts and it was a great afternoon!

I got home, went tanning and then had a healthy dinner. Went for my walk to Britannia and then did my 20 minutes of strength training and prepared my powerpoint slides for the meeting on Thursday, then was in bed by 9:30. I did wake though at 11pm ... I kept thinking of the script for my slides and incoming speech and instead of tossing and turning I got up and wrote it out. I managed to get back to sleep after midnight until my regular wake up time.

Life is full of activity for me and I'm LOVING every minute of it! As I said - the theme for the year with our association is "Passion and Purpose" and well I'm going to live it, breathe it and spread it to all I meet and speak to!

Are you with me?!? Let's make today a great day!!

  
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CAZADORES 6/8/2010 6:44PM

    Sounds like you are having a wonderful day. Keeping busy and losing weigh on top of that! You seem organized to me!
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BABY_GIRL69 6/8/2010 2:35PM

    You are so beautiful! God bless & take care! Dee

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PERSISTENT_GIRL 6/8/2010 10:13AM

    emoticon on the one pound loss! at 165 well 159 is right around the corner!! I am certain you will succeed with all the activity you've been doing and ST.
Sounds like you had a great day and were very productive! Thursday will be another great accomplishement and the first of many! emoticon
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EYESOFBROWN 6/8/2010 7:57AM

  emoticon emoticon emoticon on your weight loss!! I am definately in with you on the "PASSION and PURPOSE" . I would love to use it in my signature section of my sparkpage if you don't mind . With that combination...how can you not be a WINNER!! I'm so excited for you my spark friend. Keep up the terrific work that you are doing both in your personal life and social life.

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SI1V3RBACK 6/8/2010 7:48AM

    Your numbers discussion reminded me of the movie 23. Only in your case all things add to 66 emoticon

Keep on truckin' indeed !!! Or in your case subtractin' !

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NEW-CAZ 6/8/2010 6:21AM

    Helene the baby shower looks amazing and such a beautiful cake.
Keep active hun and you'll reach your goal, I have an active day ahead; ST done Cardio done, now for a walk to the hospice to help out for the day.
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