SEPTEMBERSPIRIT's SparkPeople Blog SEPTEMBERSPIRIT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Updates ... and Happy Thanksgiving Wishes <img src=""> <BR> First may I say Happy Thanksgiving to all of my SP friends celebrating the holiday... <BR> <BR> I've been quieter than usual on the blogging forefront these days. So much is going on in my head ... in my life... and I'm taking a moment to journal some tonight. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> We had the school meeting yesterda... Thu, 26 Nov 2015 19:13:03 EST Happy Day - My Step-Daughter just got Engaged! <img src=""> <BR> I have known her since she was about 5 or 6... She visited me as her step-mom many summers after her dad and I got together... She moved in with us and lived with us for her high school years... She is my step-daughter.. and today I was as thrilled as if it was my own... she got engaged!! Her fiancée posted - they are in Florida visiting the grandmother and aunt... So special ... <BR> <BR> I have... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 20:03:10 EST Shifting Strategies <img src=""> <BR> Sometimes we need to change what we've been doing if we want to see different results. I've been on SP for over 9 years. This past year, I've been trying to incorporate a few new things to try to see if the shift will help me get closer to my goals. <BR> <BR> It's certainly a work in progress as I get to know myself. I know that my life is nearing another transition - even though it's positive - ... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 16:33:02 EST Visions and Goals for 2016 <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> I'm so hopeful for 2016... from the quirky 'prediction' applications in Facebook <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I just KNOW that next year w... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 19:33:14 EST Accepting My 'Now' While I'm planning to lose more weight before my Gala on Dec 5th - I didn't want to delay finding a dress... It was tough as many of the styles don't flatter my thicker mid-section - but I found this one that fit well and was comfortable and has room to give WHEN I lose a few more pounds without having it altered. <BR> <img src=""> <img src=" Fri, 13 Nov 2015 21:32:40 EST The Importance of Stretching <img src=""> <BR> With my 'injury' or condition of plantar fasciitis - I'm realizing how important stretching is now as it's been recommended as part of the treatment. Due to the pain and my compensating while walking - I'm also experiencing pain on the top of my affected foot as well as the leg and hip of the opposite leg. <BR> <BR> These are the stretches I was recommended to do: <BR> <img src="http://photosaw... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 21:02:37 EST 50 Days Left... <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I was looking at my monthly calendar and it shows the countdown... November 11 - day of the New Moon. Day of remembrance in Canada for our soldiers. And 50 days left in 2015. <BR> <BR> I was using one of those fun apps on Facebook and it said this about 2016... I know it's just for fun but I do belie... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 20:07:27 EST Inspired by my Daughter's Talent <img src=""> <BR> This is my other beautiful daughter... the one who has been having so many issues the past few years that you've all heard about. <BR> <BR> Last night she was in a bummed out mood feeling 'fat' and uncomfortable as her clothing was tight (although she's not fat at all and quite healthy in weight/size). It worried me as she did have issues with this before and now - with her having to go on medic... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 03:38:54 EST November 3rd Blessings <img src=""> <BR> During our anniversary getaway, we talked about booking a family getaway. I wanted to have it to give as a surprise to my daughters at Xmas. We had talked about doing Hawaii as a family but since I myself had never yet been, I felt that was a destination I would rather do as a couple. It's been a couple of years since I have been to Barbados and my BF has never been. My daughters have not been any... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 03:42:47 EST Round 2 of my 3 Day Refresh <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> It was time for me to 'reset' my eating patterns and the 3 Day Refresh is perfect for this. Last time I did it in August and it made me feel pretty great. <BR> <BR> I am finishing up Day 1 this evening - ... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 20:55:19 EST Celebrating a Special Night... Treat or Treat <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> Yesterday marked the 'one' year since my honey and I first met... I know some think it's sappy because it's not a true anniversary but in our case it is... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> He rented us a room ... with a huge comfy king size... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 21:33:39 EST Special Date... October 31st <img src=""> <BR> I'm so excited... Tomorrow marks the one year anniversary since I connected with mu guy... he has booked us something (I asked him to keep it a surprise so can't share until I know)... <BR> <BR> I'm planning some of my own 'ad ins' to make the evening special. I always wished to have a partner to share this kind of special night with - where we both equally looked forward to the 'date' with as m... Fri, 30 Oct 2015 21:57:15 EST Reasons for Losing Weight <img src=""> <BR> Thanks Meadsbay for giving me the term of what I must have "plantar fasciitis" because the symptoms are exactly as described. And so first step - I went and bought new running/walking shoes - Dr. Scholls from Walmart with the nice gel inserts. I have wide feet so I'm challenged with footwear. <BR> <BR> One of the causes is definitely this extra weight I'm carrying - I am as of this morning at 195... Fri, 30 Oct 2015 04:26:31 EST My Favorite Day at Work Tomorrow... <img src=""> <BR> I work at a children's hospital and for those who are stuck there for Halloween - the organization always plans the "House on the Block" Halloween for the kids. Various departments participate and decorate their areas. We dress up and we have non-food safe treats to give them. They go around the halls and to see their smiles despite their illnesses warms my heart. I feel so lucky to be able to be ... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 20:24:26 EST Expect Positive Things Are About to Happen ... And They Will! <img src=""> <BR> The Secret (the book and movie) was a great teacher for me but it took a while before it sank in as a daily habit for me... When you are grateful for what you have in the here and now, more great things come to you. <BR> <BR> Today was one of those days... I administer the paperwork for staff to get bonuses or raises and my boss is very good about how much he gives, however in my case, he didn't ... Wed, 28 Oct 2015 21:06:25 EST Successful Launch of An at Work Fit Club <img src="">I can't believe I forgot to share this with my SP Friends... On Monday October 26th I stood before a group of just over 35 colleagues and shared my idea of starting an at work accountability/support group for fitness/health - kind of mirroring Weight Watchers at work meetings but without the focus on the scale. <BR> <BR> I shared with them my resources - including of course SparkPeople and some joined ... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 20:06:52 EST Baby Steps... <img src=""> <BR> I think after being 'off' my program and workouts for a bit, I was a bit ambitious in thinking I could jump into the 21 Day Fix program. My biggest issue these days is my poor sleep which means I have not been able to get up in the mornings to workout and my energy levels by end of day are not great. <BR> <BR> So for now my focus is on slowly changing some habits to improve my sleep which I hope ... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 08:40:53 EST Gearing up for Round 2 of 21 Day Fix! <img src=""> <BR> This was my first round of the 21 Day Fix and while the scale didn't move - inches did. I'm gearing up for round 2 to coincide with the launch of the Fit Club at work. I already know of a few others who are starting it up again and looking forward to the extra accountability. <BR> <BR> This weekend will be spent mentally getting into the 'mode' as I really need to take action. <BR> <BR> Tonight... Fri, 23 Oct 2015 08:14:48 EST Sometimes you just have to... Fake It Till You Make It!! <img src=""> It's been an interesting month... since my last post about rocking October... I've been far from doing just that. I've been thrown off track with issues at home and just a plain lack of energy to PUSH and get my workouts in or eat as I should. <BR> <BR> So today was a special day at work with awards being presented and I was asked to accept on behalf of a team member so I dressed up and I showed up .... Wed, 21 Oct 2015 19:02:43 EST Challenge - Change... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> Sorry I've been MIA for the past while. As per my last blog - last week was super rough, with a very intense and difficult therapy session with my daughter and then her dental surgery on Friday. <BR> <BR> I've been off track with my workouts - finding myself drained of all energy and hoping to make that sh... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 11:21:34 EST Giving Thanks... Reaching for Peace... <img src=""> <BR> A picture taken on Sunday with my oldest daughter... it was a lovely low key Thanksgiving dinner with me, my guy and the girls. It's a first... and it's weird because I haven't had real traditions and our family is far from 'normal'. As I sat listening to the dinner conversation I was thankful for my guy's open attitude and understanding about the difficulties I have had with my girls ... <BR> <... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 18:47:53 EST Recovering from a Bug... and a Slump... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> Sorry for being MIA but when I get sick as I have been - I can't even think of going to my computer. The bug included some migraines and I just have to retreat. Today is the first day back feeling somewhat 'normal' again (however the menopause hot flashes are KILLING me lol). <BR> <BR> I have not forgotten... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 18:52:00 EST NEXT Challenge!! <img src=""> <BR> As of this morning I have finally weighed in less than my mate (not that he's on a diet but it's something I was striving for). It's a very small span but it's a VICTORY for me!! <BR> <BR> Today was our last women's group meeting (a local group run by a therapist for women on self-esteem and body image issues). We had our regular sharing and a guest speaker who was a fashion stylist who provided ... Sat, 3 Oct 2015 17:08:05 EST Goodbye FOR GOOD 190'Ville! <img src=""> <BR> While I profess that it's not just about the scale - I can't tell you how good it feels to see the number back down below 190lbs. About a month ago I was creeping up to 200lbs and I just can't have that!! <BR> <BR> I'm doing this for my health! I have noticed how my energy levels have been lower. Symptoms of high blood pressure re-appearing. Just generally not feeling good in my skin. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 30 Sep 2015 08:07:18 EST 13 Weeks... and counting... <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> My blog from yesterday spoke to evaluating how I'm using my time and this is a reminder for me as to 'why' ... there are so many goals I want to achieve in 2015! <BR> <BR> I will get back to 166lbs by end of December (this was the plateau range I was at for 3 years). For me this means about 2lbs a wee... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 13:05:59 EST Taking an Inventory of Time <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I listened to a podcast by Chalene Johnson and it was about taking an inventory of how we spend our time and how we can reclaim some if it to have MORE time to do things that will bring us to our goals, dreams and priorities. <BR> <BR> She shared how she reached many goals in terms of financial succes... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 20:43:19 EST Great Weekend! <img src=""> <BR> I am a little sunkissed after today's 7 hour day outside treating my honey's deck. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> How many calories do you think you burn when doing something like this? I am sure feeling it ... but loving the feeli... Sun, 27 Sep 2015 22:12:13 EST Homework Assignment with Group - Create a New Vision Board <img src=""> <BR> Last week was our first women's self-esteem/body image group meeting (it's my 3rd or 4th time attending because it's so amazing). I just finished doing the board and its main objective in the center is all about my desire to be healthy again. And by that I mean slimmer and more toned. <BR> <BR> I have been so uncomfortable in my clothes of late - especially wearing a bra and I tried to go shoppin... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 22:17:12 EST 100 Days Left in 2015 and Last day of Summer <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> My calendar reminds me daily how many days are left and it just helps me with my goal to keep pushing HARD to finish the year off healthy. <BR> <BR> As you can see from my profile picture I've set a new goal - not based on the number on the scale but just how my arms will shape up. I posted the collag... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 17:50:41 EST She was done not fully Being herSelf! <img src=""> <BR> This was something that was shared at our group on Saturday (a women's group I attend - my 3rd time now - we are about 8 and we exchange stories and the person who leads it provides us guidance and resources - truly a nurturing and amazing experience that has allowed me to grow so much this past year)... <BR> <BR> I felt it was something I had to share with my SP friends! <BR> <BR> She realized... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 20:03:49 EST Is Your Energy Afected by the Moon Cycles? <img src=""> <BR> It was an intense weekend. I spent Friday and Saturday night at the BF and for the first time in 11 months, I felt some tension - 2 days in a row. I called him on it and told him while I know I'm not perfect, I will not allow any negative stuff into my life - which includes having him lose his temper or over react to things. <BR> <BR> Then my daughter was an emotional mess Saturday (she came out... Sun, 20 Sep 2015 16:17:07 EST Fear of Change - Even When Things are GOOD <img src=""> <BR> I just posted an in-depth blog on my wordpress blog... feeling a bit tired so won't repeat too much here... <link><BR>17/even-when-things-are-good-fear-of-c<BR>hange/ </link> <BR> <BR> I had a special moment yesterday when my mentor (Chalene Johnson) responded to a comment 'live' on Facebook... may sound trivial to some but it makes it feel real and I am lo... Thu, 17 Sep 2015 18:29:37 EST G.O.D. (Goal of the Day) <img src=""> <BR> I just posted a blog on Wordpress about this - here's the link I you want to see it... <link><BR>0/808572495 </link> <BR> <BR> I had to share this new found acronym I'm going to use GOD... how a propos for me. I am catholic, but not a regular churchgoer and I ultimately believe that GOD is everywhere... and so is our will to reach our goals. <BR> <BR> I th... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 08:43:01 EST What is YOUR Reason <img src=""> <BR> I find myself reflecting on this question today. Over the years, there have been many reasons WHY I came to SP and why I am pursuing this journey. I think it's important to re-visit this question from time to time. <BR> <BR> As I revisit it TODAY, I can affirm that I'm here to become healthier. Recent life stressors (over the past few years with my daughters and their mental health issues and my ... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 09:06:16 EST Spending Quality Time with my Daughter <img src=""> <BR> We pampered ourselves with a manicure... I can't believe looking at this pic the size of her hands in comparison to when she was my little baby... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Here when she wrapped her entire hand around my finger. <BR> <BR> Quiet Sunday with my girl. Tomorrow we have a meeting with the social worker and her... Sun, 13 Sep 2015 19:17:29 EST Feeling Blessed <img src=""> <BR> My sister posted the pictures that she took from my birthday and I absolutely LOVE this picture with my great nephew. <BR> <BR> I see that I am 'bigger' in my pictures but you know what, I love how HAPPY I am and that's what matters. I posted on Facebook this (for those who aren't on there)... "I have never been so happy as I am today. Yes I still have struggles and challenges, but my outlook on... Sat, 12 Sep 2015 17:04:21 EST Rolling with the Highs and Lows <img src=""> <BR> Yesterday I went for the first pedicure of my entire LIFE! It was amazing - I got the nice scrub smelling of caramel and apple and a hot paraffin wax treatment, massage and painted toe nails. I went with my gf who's daughter has leukemia. Her birthday is on Sep 17th so this was our b-day outing. She got gold as she's attending an event on Sunday and gold is the theme. Unfortunately, as the end of ... Fri, 11 Sep 2015 15:50:42 EST Back from Vacation - Update with Pics <img src=""> <BR> Today was my first day back at work and re-connecting with SP friends/posts and social media. I was feeling a little overwhelmed, but following my 'back to basics' plan (I posted a new group on Facebook and within the CIZE team here on SP if you are interested in joining). Work was great as usual but it's busy time with new students arriving. My boss is off out of country at a conference but he le... Wed, 9 Sep 2015 20:16:25 EST A Beautiful Gift <img src=""> Feeling so blessed. I am as we speak in the car and exiting Ottawa. My honey got me this beautiful gift - a promise ring with my birthstone. It's only after 8 and it's already an awesome day! Feeling so very grateful for all the good in my life. I will likely be offline after this post for a bit as I enjoy the great weather and company and music and FUN! Life is AWESOME! Thu, 3 Sep 2015 08:17:44 EST Early Birthday Wishes... So Grateful!! <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I walked into work this morning to find this lovely display of 'early' birthday wishes as today is my Friday and I leave tomorrow to join my family and friends to celebrate and enjoy a last mini-vacation to... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:26:24 EST Hello September!! <img src=""> <BR> I honestly LOVE September! It's like a 'new' year as kids go back to school - today is my daughters' first day (my youngest starts Grade 9 and my oldest is going to her first day in college for her cosmetology course). <BR> <BR> For me it means a new cycle of students coming in at work as we accept new graduate students. And personally - it means getting back to program. <BR> <BR> While I have ... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 07:33:16 EST Amazing Weekend... and Honoring Dr. Wayne Dyer <img src=""> <BR> I ended up booking off Friday (after my fun night out with the ladies on Thursday) and headed over to my bf's house to do some stuff before he got home. I bought a new bedding set for his 'new' bed. I did some unpacking and put away a few things so the house was clean when he arrived. He came home with these wonderful flowers for me. We spent the entire weekend together and at a pace that was nic... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 23:04:51 EST Thank YOU SP Friends! <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I am so appreciative for my SP friends... my blogging is my therapy. As you may or may not know journaling is an excellent way to stay in tune with your life. It allows you to express your thoughts. Reflect on life events and here on SP, it allows for wonderful people like YOU to provide feedback that ... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:03:23 EST Relationship Status... BIG Changes... <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Up until October 31st of 2014, I did not have a regular 'man' in my life... I had been single since November 2002. Changing a relationship status after being independent for so long is not something I take lightly. For the first time in my life - with this relationship I have been taking my time. <BR>... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 08:33:43 EST Creating Healthy Habits - Back to Basics <img src=""> <BR> For those who know me as a regular blogger - you know I'm a strong believer in the law of attraction and that which we focus on or think of we create/attract more... so I say let's FOCUS on our healthy habits rather than think about what we're missing. <BR> <BR> Instead of feeling deprived - feel ALIVE... in that you are making changes which will result in you feeling so much better. There is no ... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 10:40:50 EST 3 Day Refresh - RESULTS! <img src=""> <BR> I completed the FULL 3 days and weighed in the morning of Day 4 and above are the results! I was thrilled! 5.5lbs down and 3.5 inches GONE from my waist. <BR> <BR> I had made the decision to join a group of people on August 17th to do the 3 Day Refresh. I had my daughter's birthday party/celebration on August 15th and felt it would be a great way to start the week after. <BR> <BR> Sunday, I re... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 11:00:58 EST My BFF's Daughter's Funeral <img src=""> <BR> <link><BR>-memories/2220273/Sinclair-Kyla/obitua<BR>ry.php </link> <BR> Tomorrow morning I wake up as usual but will be heading towards my home town at 6am (6 hour drive from where I live now) to be there for my BFF - mother to this beautiful angel. She was there for me through so much. She was there when I met the father of my children, and stood as my maid ... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 19:10:50 EST Day 1 of the 3 Day Refresh <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Despite the news - I decided to proceed as planned and started the 3 Day Refresh program today. I've completed the first day without too much difficulty. I included a photo of what it's all about (although it's hard to see here but here's the low down)... <BR> <BR> The 3-Day Refresh consists of 3 sha... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 18:35:28 EST Births and Deaths ... the cycle of life... <img src=""> <BR> The celebration of my DD's 19th was <em>345</em> - she was very grateful and thanked me for hosting her party. <BR> <BR> It was especially heartwarming to see all three sisters enjoying themselves. My youngest DD who has had such a rough couple of years with her mental health issues said to me 'I'm very happy mom'... she said she was happy to be with me at my bf's place and to watch her playi... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 19:32:11 EST Happy 19th Birthday to my Oldest DD!! <img src=""> <BR> I'm so excited to celebrate my daughter's bday tomorrow (even though it was today). She was born 7 days late - on August 14, 1996 and weight 7lbs 14 oz - notice the number play there... <BR> <BR> She's my gorgeous girl - living on her own now and getting ready to start her cosmetology course in September. I only wish the best for her... <BR> <img src=" Fri, 14 Aug 2015 20:23:33 EST