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ahhhh peacefulness....

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

After the chaos and frustration of yesterday's work day, today was a complete contrast, either that or my attitude made it a complete contrast!
When we change our focus to a healthier and more positive focus, things just seem to be better all around.
Got some exercise in during my breaks at work and through out the day with walking during my work day...259 calories burnt without even trying! woo hoo!
Tonight is a new aquasize class that my daughter and I will attend. The time is much more conducive to me getting a good night's sleep. It is earlier in the evening. I have almost made my March exercise minutes goal...should surpass it before the end of the week...go me! It's been a challenge, but I'm excited to know that its a doable challenge. I set my goal at 2432 minutes and I am already at 2151. Because I have been averaging about 80 minutes a day I should be able to meet and beat my goal by month end. I am so amazed at myself...six months ago I found doing any exercise a challenge and if I did 30 minutes a couple of times a week, I thought I was being active! How our perceptions change when we really commit to a lifestyle change.

The sun has been shining all day today, people's moods are happier, the trees are starting to produce pussy willows and the ground is giving up it's frozen self to the sun. Ahhhh, spring is here and then we can really anticipate summer. The Canada geese are beginning to be heard again, so they too are returning to their nesting grounds. Yep, a good time of year!

Have a wonderful evening and keep your focus on all that is positive. Be open to receiving the blessings that come your way.

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MARLA7 3/27/2008 10:25PM

    Wow Wanda! You are sure logging those fitness minutes! That's a good idea to set a goal for the month. I'm going to do that for April! Thanks!

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KSNICKER 3/26/2008 8:46PM

    awwww I can feel the peacefulness of your day... How nice ... And the way you describe Canada at this time of year sounds so wonderful. It must be a beautiful site to see those geese...

Enjoy your new aquasize class with your daughter... What a special way to spend time with her.

Have a great evening...



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A timely reminder....

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

I'll start by saying a big Thankyou for my beautiful spark friend Kathy, for reminding me to take the time to smell the roses. Today was one of those days at work, I came home in a not so gracious mood, but after reading her blog was reminded to take a deep breathe and let go of the things I can not change and to continue to embrace the positives in my day.
So Thank you Kathy for restoring my positive day!

I did not get my quota of exercise in today, but on the other hand, I did attend a 2 hours orientation session to begin my Corportate wellness program. I'm excited. I see a "fitness Tech" once a week, who on April 5th will design a fitness program specifically for me, I will also see a nutritionalist who will assess my nutrition. I will also receive a 13 week fitness pass so that I can attend all my aquasizes, strength training and fitness classes for FREE! Now there is a super positive!

Now that I have taken a deep breath and put things into prospective, I can add that although I was at work at 6:30 am, it only took until 10:45 to finally have my computer back up and running! I did not lose any of my data and all my vendor connections were restored! I also managed to get all the safety procedures manuals updated.

Things definitely leaned much more to the positive side than negative.

So next time I am feeling like my world is in chaos, I will remember to smell the roses and let go of what I can not change.

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KSNICKER 3/26/2008 11:41AM

I'm so glad that I could help you to remember to let go of what is out of our control and to remember the positives...this one time... You have done it for me, so, I'm glad to return the favor... I feel so blessed that you have come into my life... I would probably be drowning in all kinds of negative stuff if you hadn't challenged me that day...
And how exciting that you had your orientation for the Corporate wellness program. That is so cool... But I bet that when the fitness Tech sees you, he/she will be amazed at how much you already know and do as far as your exercise and eating healthy. You could probably help teach others...lol

Hope you have a wonderful day today...



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MARLA7 3/26/2008 3:25AM

    Wanda - Believe it or not...I used to be Miss Negative...until my Kevin came into my life. He taught me to "stop & smell the roses". Like he told me, there are some things we have no control of whatsoever...all we can do is control ourselves & our reaction to things. Worrying is unproductive. See the good in all things. Think positive! So I've definitely changed how I look at things. "Let go of what we can't change!" Wonderful advice!

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Shopping...I just might be getting the hang of it!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

An enjoyable day again today.
Got all the laundry done bright and early, which was great as my youngest thought it would be a great idea if we went into Whyte Avenue and walked up and down the street window shopping and going out for lunch.
We had a great time, exploring the Avenue and all it holds. Bought myself a sweater and my daughter bought herself a very cute dress. I'm actually getting the hang of this shopping thing. I am actually enjoying walking into places and knowing that there is a possibility that something in the store will fit me now!
Bonus of all the walking around is that I burned 189 calories, woo hoo!
The sun was shining although it was rather cool outside. Just being able to walk outdoors again was such a nice experience. We are supposed to get some snow again tonight though.

I seem to have been spending a lot of time these past few blogs with walking around malls. But when you live in the climate we do and you want to go walking for exercise, you look for the most likely places to ensure that you can walk around for more than 15 minutes without freezing! Besides it's nice to look at things that one day you just might be able to buy because you actually fit into it! I love the dreaming, especially when I know that it will become an actuality. Thank you SP for all your help in making my dreams come true.

Have a wonderul evening, I know that I'm sure going to make it a good one.

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MARLA7 3/24/2008 7:59PM

    Wanda - I used to do mall walking too. Now I have my new treadmill so I don't even have to leave the comforts of home! I usually put on music or watch the news or something while I'm walking. I can't wait til the day that I can try on 'normal' sized clothing too! (((Hugs))) Marla

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KSNICKER 3/22/2008 11:10PM

    I'm so happy for you... To actually see yourself in that outfit soon... How fun that must be... Dream on dream on... Oh and I love that you are so motivated that you look for places to walk and get out of that cold weather of yours... It won't be long now... Spring is here...

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Good Friday....

Friday, March 21, 2008

Yes it was Good Friday as well as a good Friday.
A peaceful day, spent with no time tables, no places that one had to be, just a day enjoying the moment. We often forget to just be in the moment. No thoughts of what needed to be accomplished or rectified...just being.
My husband got up early this morning (I'm always up before anyone else) and came down to see if I had had my breakfast yet...not yet, so he informed me that he was taking me out to breakfast! What a fun opportunity. We loaded all the recycling into the vehicle and headed out the door, just the two of us. Off to the recycle depot, dropped off all our goodies and headed to Denny's for breakfast.
I made a healthy choice from their menu...omelet only.
When we got back home, husband once again suggested that we go into the city to the mall and do some walking and window shopping. Had a great time, we put on almost 2 km of walking at the mall and that burnt off 116 calories...bonus! Now it's lunch time....another invite to eat out. Healthy choice again...a Cascadia salad...which included organic greens, pecans, cranberries and a small sliced up chicken breast. No dressing.
What a great day, spoilt rotten, eating out twice in one day!

Emails from friends and phone calls from family rounded out a wonderful "Good Friday". Yes God is truly good, we just need to open our eyes to see all the blessings that come our way each day.

Have a great evening.

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MARLA7 3/24/2008 7:57PM

    Oh Wanda...How wonderful that you & your Hubby got to spend Good Friday together...eating out...what a treat! I'm glad you did that. Memories! Marla

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KSNICKER 3/22/2008 3:35PM

    Nice day you had yesterday... I just love those kinda days... Oh and I'm happy that you took your Hubby with you walking this time... It was his turn... But I get to go next time... LOL

Hope today is going as well as yesterday...

Happy Easter!



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It's mini Friday!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

It's mini Friday today....almost Friday, it may be technically Thursday...but with Easter thrown in, my weekend started right after work today...YIPPEE!
A long weekend for me...I get Monday off also, woo hoo 4 days off.
Just got back from a long walk, the wind picked up on the way home but despite it being a cold wind, the walk was still enjoyable. Kathy and Marla hope you enjoyed the walk too, I took you along with me.
Now that the days are getting longer, I can go for a walk after the supper meal and have daylight!
A great day today, I read some very positive and inspirational blogs on SP today. Seems like more people are catching on to the fact that focusing on your positives each day has a wonderful effect on your spirit. Way to go positive bloggers.
My girls are going out this evening and my husband is working, so an evening to spend having a nice curl up with a good book. Oh, and Lost is on tonight!
My son stopped in on his way home tonight. Had a nice short visit before he had to get on the road again. I hadn't seen him since Christmas. He hopes to be back our way on Sunday time permitting.
That about summons up the highlights of my day. Hope you all had an equally enjoyable day. Keep a smile on your face, it lightens the heart.

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MARLA7 3/21/2008 12:40PM

    Wanda - I also enjoyed that walk with you & Kathy. For the record, I love the cold!!! So glad you get a long weekend off. Enjoy those 4 days. Do some good things for yourself. Keep walking those walks & blogging those blogs! Have a Blessed Easter Sunday Wanda. Love you, Marla

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KSNICKER 3/21/2008 9:12AM

    What a perfect day you had... And thanks for bringing me along with you... I did enjoy that walk...
But, I'm bringing a heavier coat next time... Brrrrrr I can feel that cold breeze... LOL
Sending some Florida Sunshine your way...

Have a wonderful long weekend off... Hope the Easter Bunny stops by...



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