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Self care to love life!

Monday, September 09, 2013

Dear friends,

Last spring, I went away for a 12 day retreat and have been struggling to settle back into my training routine since then. Although, I have been active, my eating habits have taken a toll.

A few months later, I realize that some og my priorities have changed. My outlook on training has changed and my motivations for a healthy lifestyle have too. Bottom line, running., strength training, eating right are no longer about appearances. They are really about fuelling a healthy life, a healthy me and achieve my own body. The one that feels right for me.

Along with eating right and exercising comes the need for quiet time to reflect, meditate, connect with myself, the Universe and the God of my understanding.

I am happy when I can achieve and maintain that delicate balance. Besides discipline, I find that a full load of kindness for myself is required. Lately, I have been lacking kindness and letting self-will take over. Guess what? It doesn't work! It just leaves me frustrated and then I resort to self defeating behaviors such as eating mindlessly, lack of rest and absence of quiet time with myself.

Yesterday, I was strolling in the woods with my mate, looking at the trees, breathing fully and just being happy to be there. Being happy to be there says it all.

Enjoying life fully is my goal.

A healthy lifestyle supports my connection to life and fuels my ability to appreciate every moment of it.

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HIPPICHICK1 9/10/2013 11:14PM

    Right on sista!!

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WEEPINGANGEL74 9/10/2013 10:49PM

    That is the best goal you can have!

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    Enjoying life is a great goal!!

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GRANDEFILLE 9/9/2013 12:17PM

"Enjoying life fully is my goal.

A healthy lifestyle supports my connection to life and fuels my ability to appreciate every moment of it. "

this is soooooo true!

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I don't have to do it alone!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Dear sparkfriends,

I have not written in a long while. Today, I celebrate my first half-marathon! I ran it in 2:08:05. I am delighted with my performance. Although I had been training on a regular basis for this important challenge, I felt less than ready just a few weeks before the race. I had injured myself after running 16K. Last Friday, I ran a painful 7K as part of my regular training. I was concerned I was dragging myself over 7K. I was even more concerned with the negative messaging happening in my head. I was getting myself convinced I would not be able to do it. That was the worst part. If I think I can't well I CAN'T.

I shared my concerns with friends at the gym. It felt good to get it off my chest. I realized I was not enjoying my runs when I usually love to run. I had lost my focus. I knew the most important thing to address was my attitude. I gave my body a break, I decided to rest for a while. Then I gave myself a break by reminding myself why I had decided to take part in this race in the first place.

First, I decided the only important thing to me was to finish not be the best. I don't earn a living racing! Second, I got the play back in the game. Third, I connected with friends. I had completely forgotten I was running with a girlfriend!

As I ran with my friend, I just let myself follow as she kept a steady pace. It was only by the time we had reached the 18km that I started feeling somewhat tired. We fed on the positive vibes the crowds were pouring onto us. Genuine love for free. We also marveled at the beautiful course allowing us to run in streets were we usually drive. At the end, I carried her by giving the final push and encouraging her to push just a bit harder to finish off beautifully.

Today, now that the race is over and that I did far better than I had planned, I savor true victory. Victory over self-defeating mental attitudes. I am so grateful for my friends presence (and of the other runners). I don't have to do it alone!

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GRANDEFILLE 8/16/2013 10:53AM

    That is great !! congratulations on a very good time! You did the right thing to give yourself a break and take some pressure off!

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GABLE227 7/7/2013 2:03PM

    You are doing great! Keep it up! Can't wait to read more.

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AFINEMESS 6/2/2013 11:08AM


and congrats!!

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HIPPICHICK1 5/28/2013 10:48AM

    What a great blog! I love how you got yourself out of the funk and back into focus. Congrats on the half!!
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SKIRNIR 5/26/2013 5:31PM

    Great time on your first ever half marathon! That is a great time even if it was your tenth half marathon!

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LJBKENT 5/26/2013 3:36PM

    emoticon on your half marathon. That is emoticon !

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Attitude is what truly matters!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Dear sparkfriends,

my much awaited vacation is just around the corner. Sunday, I will depart for Greece for a 4 week journey. Travel, foreign cultures and languages, ancient history, archeology and art are areas of passion for me. I am excited yet very grounded and calm about this trip. I have been dreaming of Greece for years and I am about to fullfil that dream. If that wasn't enough, I will be ending my trip in the mythical city of Istanbul-Tukey. Told you, I love to travel.

Taken my fall vacation, I did not take time off during the summer and struggled with that for a while when I saw fellow colleages leaving for vacation. I got negative, demotivated at work and plain miserable. I started complaining. At the time, all other things (nutrition, training, etc) were also not going my way and they added to the perceived fatigue.

I don't let myself go downhill for very long. Over the years, I have become very fond of my own company and I make sure I am quality company for myself. After all, I am living 24-7 with myself!

I adopted and appropriate stategy to deal with my discontent. I stopped and sat (literally!) with my moody self in July-August. I asked what was the matter. A full list of complaints just started to flow. I listened and acknolewdged the perceived problems and feelings. I then thought about all that I am given everyday. I realised after a while that there are many people who do not get any vacation at all and I will be given 4 weeks to rest, recharge, fill myself up with the wonders of this world.

When I get stuck in a rut, I don't judge myself. It is absolutely useless. I give myself time to stop, rest and recollect. I embrace what is and ask for guidance from the Divine. I change my outlook on the situation by counting my blessings. I tell you I am given so much every day.

I have gone back to clean eating, regular exercising, all that with a happy and joyfull self. Yet none of my circumstances really changed but my attitude did. Attitude is what determines how I feel and deal with situations and it has yet again helped me through this challenging time.

I am most gratefull that I may share this with you. Namaste

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HIPPICHICK1 9/11/2012 9:46PM

    Don't forget to take a lot of emoticon with your emoticon
Can't wait to hear all about your trip when you return! If I don't speak to you before you go, BON VOYAGE!! emoticon (pretend this ship is a plane, okay?)

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RAIDERMOM2277 9/11/2012 5:18PM

  Have a great vacation. Enjoy

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GRANDEFILLE 9/11/2012 12:50PM

    Do you have any space in your luggages to hide me? I'd love to go! Very good attitude on your part. good advice. thanks for sharing

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MICHELAR 9/11/2012 12:36PM

    4 weeks in Greece in worth waiting for doll. Just think of how envious your colleagues will be now that their vacations are over and yours is about to begin. And what a dream vacation it is!!! Safe and happy travels!

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PHEBESS 9/11/2012 9:37AM

    You will LOVE Greece!!!! Absolutely wonderful place to visit!!!

And you can get your Greek salad without oil - just say "Hooris lathia" - they won't drown your salad that way.

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    What a dream... Greece is somewhere I dream of going to visit one day too. ENJOY the travels!

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Grateful and motivated

Friday, August 10, 2012

Dear sparkies,

after a rough patch struggling with old issues, I feel home again, back on track with renewed motivation.

These past weeks, I went through my days dragging myself and trying to find balance and peace within. I am making changes, profound changes in order to live the life I want: a balanced, peacefull and fulfilling life. I will achieve this in time.

I relied on close friends for support, read blogs and other postings for motivation and spent lots of quiet time tuning into the inner self just listening to my wisdom. It helped me through.

Every time I am able to overcome difficult times, I feel a deeper sense of self, of connection with the self and with others. This time round I was able to sit through the storm and just stay still. It was hard but I did it. I went back to my yoga mat to meditate.

I was given many words of wisdom by fellow sparkers. They all point in the same direction: self love through acceptance of who I truly am. I am enough as I am. I am human! There is no need to over achieve.

I am grateful for all that is given to me and for the priviledge of sharing it with you. The spark community works small miracles every day. That's why I log in every morning. It is just a great way to start my day.

Enjoy your week end! Much love and light! emoticon emoticon

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HIPPICHICK1 8/11/2012 9:06AM

    Excellent blog! Looking forward to seeing you soon.

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    YES - self love is so very key in all things! Wishing you a fabulous weekend!

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JUSTDOINGIT101 8/11/2012 12:02AM

    It's all about the perspective, isn't it? Getting back to that Inner Truth within. Glad you are feeling on track again, and hearing and seeing the real you.

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SHINYZALATA 8/10/2012 11:44PM

    i agree with u :) Keep feeling amazing about urself and luv her coz it truly deserves to be luved :D

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ANDREAG89 8/10/2012 10:59PM

    Thank you for the blog. You have great perspective and I will remember those tips: meditate, and accept self for who I am. :-)

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NANCYPAT1 8/10/2012 10:57PM

    Your blog brightened my day. Thanks for sharing it and I hope that things are looking up now.

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A tough couple of days

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Dear sparkies,

this is the written version of a blog I have been wanting to write for weeks now...

It seems that even with the best of intentions, I tend to get locked up in a gloomy mood that negatively overshadows my soul, my psyche and my body leaving me like a piece of rag.

And I drag the rag from morning to night. It does not matter how much work or how little there is, how long ago the last good time or vacation, how well I eat, train and sleep. It's just there-the gloom-and I feel awfull when it happens. I feel powerless to remove it, change it, shake it. No amount of belly dance shimmy will do the trick!

In the past, I used to shake the gloom away by shopping for things I didn't need, ate food to comfort myself fealing guilty about it afterwards or chasing meaningless relationships just to be left heart broken.

Today, there is progress, I did not fall into my usual traps or very little if I did.

Also, I have a new understanding of the gloom. Rather, I am taking new steps in understanding myself when in the gloom. The most important question about it has become: How? Am I ready to take an honest look at myself, am I opened and willing to change?

Do I need to change? Yes, I need to change my attitude in a way that I have more compassion when I feel off. How I view the situation is paramount because the situation just is neither bad or good. The truth is that I pressure myself to be always on top and it is very hard to tolerate the times when I am not.

I would also add that it is an illusion to believe that I have full control over the situation. I may choose my course of action but I truly believe that the Heavens play a great role as well. I can surrender what I cannot control to the Divine and ask for the Grace and Guidance I need.

I am gratefull I walked through the storm once again and that I can now share my experience with all of you.

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    One of the things that helped me out of the 'funk' I used to be in (or my darker days) was the practice of reading positive affirmations as soon as I woke up - it just kind of set the tone for the day. It didn't happen overnight - and with the help of discovering other issues (through counselling) - it continues to be part of my ritual and will be for the rest of my life.

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HIPPICHICK1 7/30/2012 1:35PM

    There is a great sense of peace that comes over you when you finally understand that there is only so much you can do or change. When you surrender what you can not do or change, you free yourself up to live in the moment. Enjoy every moment of the ride just by surrendering to being present for it, because you never know when you have to get off of this train!
Love and Light, my dear one.
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BUNNYCATS 7/29/2012 9:10AM

    Big hugs to you sweetie. I, too, suffer from depression at times. Detaching, surrendering and counting my blessings really helps me as well. “You cannot prevent the birds of sadness from passing over your head, but you can prevent their making a nest in your hair” ~ Chinese Proverbs quotes

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GRANDEFILLE 7/29/2012 7:51AM

    That is great! knowing there is a problem is the first step to healing. having been able to change even a tiny part of the behavior is a great battel won....

Congratulations to you! the rest will come slowly but surely.

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SHINYZALATA 7/29/2012 4:46AM

i totally understand you .
you are doing great lettig out your emeotionas and admitting the need ti cahnege and takings steps towards it
Good lucj
we rea here 4 u :)

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