CBAILEYC   99,122
SparkPoints
80,000-99,999 SparkPoints
 
 
CBAILEYC's Recent Blog Entries

Inspiration...

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

NEWHORIZONSR4ME has a great blog that has inspired me today! She shared with us some of the quotes on her 'war wall' where she's reminded of things that she's working on. What a great idea, and her quotes resounded with me, and made me think of those things that I've saved over time that speak to me in such a way as to be worth remembering.

I figured I'd share them here with youse guys!

emoticon emoticon
There are moments when one feels free from one's own identification with human limitations and inadequacies. At such moments one imagines that one stands on some spot of a small planet, gazing in amazement at the cold yet profoundly moving beauty of the eternal, the unfathomable; life and death flow into one, and there is neither evolution nor destiny; only Being.
- Albert Einstein

"only Being" I try hard to remember to be. Somehow it seems as if it shouldn't be hard to 'be', you know? But to move outside of yourself, to put yourself into perspective against the world's population, the Earth herself, the universe.. "only Being" can be liberating.

emoticon
To be enlightened is simply to be absolutely, unconditionally intimate with this moment. No more. No less.
- Scott Morrison

Again, more being. Be present. There will always be something to worry about in the future. There may be things that you always look back on and regret. What does either activity get you? We may never be able to completely give up worry, but harbor it less. Be in the moment. Live the present, drain every drop of experience from it, every bit of life to be had.

emoticon
"I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it."
- Marx.
Groucho that is, much funnier than the other one....

I sense a theme here... LOL You are in charge of your emotions. Not that donut on the neighbor's desk. Not the too-loud cubemate whose personal phone calls provide you with FAR too much insight into their personal lives. Not the jerk who cut you off on the highway. Not the super size order of fries from the drive-thru.

YOU emoticon

emoticon emoticon
It is important to recognize the power of our emotions--and to take responsibility for them by creating a light and positive atmosphere around ourselves. This attitude of joy that we create helps alleviate states of hopelessness, loneliness, and despair. Our relationships with others thus naturally improve, and little by little the whole of society becomes more positive and balanced.
- Tarthang Tulku

"attitude of joy" That is the way I want to live my life. I want to be joyful in my day-to-day experiences, and to share it with those around me. I want to be a positive spot in my interactions with others. When trouble visits, whether invited or unexpected, I will fight to find something to laugh about, joke about, to find something positive to counterbalance the negative.

I don't always succeed. I often don't succeed. I also bury my head like an ostrich to avoid dealing with troubles, struggles, negatives, what-have-you. But I believe more often than not, I am on a positive bent.

Maybe it all is a bit too Pollyanna-ish, but I'm ok with that. I am much happier on the positive side, and foster that within myself. I wasn't always like this - I was a gloomy-gus, a sour puss, down in the dumps and more often depressed than not. I wish it hadn't taken me until age 42 to get my feet under me and learn to live life rather than watch it go by, but it did. I'm making the absolute best of each day that comes my way now.
emoticon
C~

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 8/6/2011 5:25PM

    Another boost when I'm down and tired and trying to remind myself not to get bogged down in all the "woulda/coulda/shoulda" I sometimes focus on. I, too, am working on being on the positive side more often and not being a gloomy-gus. Must have something to do with being 42! emoticon emoticon As always, thanks for sharing honey! Love you! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
NEWHORIZONSR4ME 8/4/2011 8:07PM

    You've got it Candy!! I love going to bed knowing that I lived well. Whether it's because I gave someone a smile, or through my nursing practice really and truly made a difference, or a heart-felt conversation with one of my children, having a lighter, in the moment attitude allows me to slip off into sleep content that I lived well. It also makes each day an opportunity to expect optimism and cheerfulness. I'm not sure I'm making sense, but I get what you are saying and you are so very right! Your quotes are great and I think I'll add Groucho's to my war wall.

Report Inappropriate Comment
TAOLOSER 8/4/2011 9:18AM

    Sweet blog! I am going to remember to keep an "attitude of joy". I am smiling as I type this.

Thanks for coming by my page and I loved your comments. To answer your question, I do not live in Portland...yet! I have a very good friend and a cousin who do though. I will be moving to the area in the middle of September. Once I get settled I plan on hiking as much as possible. I am really looking forward to exploring the area.

Report Inappropriate Comment
IMIN2GENES 8/3/2011 8:56PM

    Awesome blog! It's kind of funny since I was on a similar note myself yesterday. Sometimes you just need to be...

Thanks for sharing!
Chris
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ANNESYLVIA 8/3/2011 7:48PM

    emoticonAnother epiphany from our little roaring duck! Thank you for the reminder just to BE happy BEING.

Still I like to be 15lbs lighter! LOL

hugs, Anne emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
IRISHBEANERGAL 8/3/2011 6:20PM

    usually the best "sayings" are the ones that sound so simple- and yet are so hard to do! Thanks for the quotes

~Irish (aka The Incredible Shrinking Mom)



Report Inappropriate Comment
SUSUSUZZZIE 8/3/2011 6:01PM

    What a fabulous and thought provoking blog! I definitely need to practice "being" and "being present" and taking control of my emotions.

And I'm right here with you on wishing I could have learned some of these lesson's much sooner in life, but maybe I'd be really boring if I had?!

Thank you for sharing!
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
GETFIT2LIVE 8/3/2011 5:24PM

    Love those quotes--and your comments about them!

Report Inappropriate Comment
TURTLERASKIN 8/3/2011 5:24PM

    These are some great quotations -- thanks for sharing!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MILLY61 8/3/2011 3:05PM

    You are so inspiring.....thank you for being you emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BLACKROSE_222 8/3/2011 1:38PM

    Awesome! Just what I needed today! Thanks!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BAILEE_GRAVES 8/3/2011 1:08PM

    Awesome blog girlfriend. You must have the ENTIRE brain today!!

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment


Roller coaster...

Monday, August 01, 2011

So I'm a Saturday weigher. Saturday is my official weigh-in day. It falls on Saturday in hopes of avoiding an end of the week binge. Makes sense, right?

So when I weighed myself on Saturday, I got ticked. I mean, in my head, I was livid. WTH? I did NOT gain 9 lbs in a few days! Swear-curse-swear-naughtywords-swear-swear
!!!

And then I took a breath, and looked at the display again.

219.6.

No, my weight/the number on the scale had not shot up to 229 in a few days time, which is what my mind's eye initially saw. I'd actually gone from 220.8 down to 219.6. I'm so unfamiliar with a 1 trailing that 2, I was confused. Confounded. Confuzzled even!

I didn't record it though. I didn't trust it completely. I can't explain WHY I didn't trust it, other than when I record good numbers like that right off the bat, I turn around and gain back X lbs again. Not this time, skippy!

So I left my ticker alone - it's enough that I have that number in my head as do-able now.
emoticon

Last night, as I sat up past my normal (8:30-9:00) bedtime until 11:00 p.m. (with my normal 4:30 a.m. wake-up time looming), watching The Bachelorette The Men Tell All (????? Really? What about that show had any bearing on my life? Sigh....) I decided I needed a snack.

Four slices of turkey breast lunchmeat, four slices of Provolone, two slices of Cheddar, and one String cheese later.....
emoticon
emoticon

THAT is why I don't record the initial good number. I'll lose my ever-lovin' mind and shovel unneeded calories and fat down my gob.
emoticon

Welcome to August! This is NOT how we'll be spending our time this month!
I earned 2,063 fitness minutes in July.
I released 2 lbs.
I resumed running.

In August, we'll be...
Aiming for 2,100 fitness minutes.
Releasing at least 2 more lbs.
Improving my running.
Cutting back on binges and ate night mind-numbing TV viewing...

Altho that Mickey is HAWT! OhMy!
Ahem..

August 6th, I'm meeting up with several SparkPeople members at Race for the Homeless in Vancouver to run a 5K!
August 13th, I'm running the Pineapple Classic 5K with 4My2Kidz to raise money to fight Leukemia.
August 26th, I'm volunteering for our very own Sparkin' Hood to Coast Relay team by (wo)manning Exchange 14 for a few hours.
August 27th, I have to decide between doing an 11 mi run with the Tribe or going to Seaside to see our HTC'ers cross the finish!


Yea, I've got things to do, pounds to release, healthy food to enjoy in moderation, and big bootay to kick! My own, of course.

Join me?
emoticon
C~

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 8/6/2011 6:05PM

    Sounds like you've got a LOT going on in August! Keep plugging away, babe! It sounds like there's lots of potential for a health-filled memory-making month! I wish I had that kind of schedule! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! I totally laughed and felt your pain and disbelief when I read about your scale adventures. Been there, done that, totally understand! Here's to a good weigh-in the next time!

Report Inappropriate Comment
HOTRODSANDY 8/3/2011 9:04PM

    HeHe had to chuckle at the confounded, confuzzled! I'm getting close to 229 - that seems strange to me. A 2 followed by a 2 emoticon I mean it will be exciting - but unfamiliar and uncharted territory...

Might just see you around - I'm doing the race for the homeless this Saturday as well.

Good luck with everything else you have planned for August.




Report Inappropriate Comment
ROXIT22222 8/2/2011 3:45PM

    Awe yes, I can relate to alot of what you said. (I'm not doing HTC! hee heee) I weigh myself first thing in the morning, at 05:00! Right after I go potty. My eyes they are usualy not hardly opend and not in focused yet when I step on that scale. I've read the numbers wrong many times. And a 1 as the first number will be a huge surprise and make you wipe at your eyes to try and re focuse them.. then you'll be wiping at them to wipe away the tears.

Your late night eating sounds like boardom eating. I've BTDT, last night infact. Many nothing was 'satisfing me'. I held strong and just drank more water. (works for me sometimes). Today is a new day and hey it's weeek of 80degree here! Get out and enjoy it.... cause you know it wont last long.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SKINNYPOWELL1 8/2/2011 2:51PM

    Sounds like a great plan for August, time to kick it into high gear and I"m right along with ya. Time to get my running miles in. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
WCALDER 8/2/2011 12:54PM

    Well congrats anyway! 220 is my current goal weight. I'll reassess when I get there about how much further I want to take it. As for the light night binge, don't fret, you have the tools, just offset the rest of the week and you'll be fine. You know the plan, and we all have confidence in you!

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
TURTLERASKIN 8/2/2011 12:12PM

    Congrats on getting below 220! I hear you about the scale; but I do record every number that shows up on my "official" weigh in day, even if I don't believe it. I guess I just like routine and order.

Good luck on stopping the late night foodfests. I've discovered that if I can reserve a little bit of room in my tracker, then there's always room for popcorn. Bulky and fibrous with a bit of protein, some yummy salt, and some good fat -- it's an ideal snack for me.

I like your August goals, although at one time I would have said "2,100 fitness minutes? Inconceivable!" But now I can conceive it - you go, girl!

Report Inappropriate Comment
IRISHBEANERGAL 8/2/2011 11:18AM

    Ahh... the lovely lovely scale... NOT!

I weigh in Monday mornings. Take it or leave it, it goes on the tracker. Once a week. Otherwise I do NOT step on the scale. I refuse after my previous plateau of 8+ weeks... I learned a lot - and I can honestly say the scale is not my friend.

Your August sounds delightful! I am looking for a 5K, and unfortunately I won't be doing one in August due to my busy schedule getting my son down to Portland for college as well as getting my daughter ready for "back to school". We will be down there August 23-26 (and I'm hoping to meet up with you Candy, if it fits your schedule- I will contact you via sparkmail).

My 5K will be in September, hopefully - or October. Point is.. it's COMING!!! emoticon

Take your win - welcome to the 210s! Here's to the upcoming 200s, and visiting (dare I say it?) Onederland!

~Irish (aka The Incredible Shrinking Mom)

August Mantra: "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all" ~ Helen Keller

Report Inappropriate Comment
MUSTANG_SALLY2 8/2/2011 10:35AM

    My scale has been bobbling back and forth for weeks now. I get excited cuz such-n-such number is displayed and then it's back up we go. Ugh! Very frustrating.

The only Mickey I can picture is Mouse and I'm concerned that you might be calling him "HAWT". Could you please clarify for me???? I do not even stop at the channel with the bachelor/ette thing. Ugh! Don't those people have any self respect? Ick!

It sounds like you have lots of fun challenges coming up. I cannot wait to see how it goes. Keep up the great work!

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
GESNERAMOR 8/2/2011 10:25AM

    Wow, you have a jam-packed August ahead of you! I'm in for kicking some bootay with you!

Report Inappropriate Comment
GAYLEP67 8/2/2011 8:07AM

    emoticon emoticon
Ah geez Candy...we're sharing the brain again! I weighed in this morning and the scale has finally moved after being "stuck" for some time. I however refuse to believe it's actually true so I'm waiting until next week to "be sure". My weigh in is on Monday morning and I did that to try to control any weekend binges knowing what was looming Monday morning. I just realized, it's Tuesday though and I didn't weigh in yesterday (yesterday was a holiday so I think I forgot).

emoticon emoticon
Congratulations on breaking the 220s! You work so hard so I'm glad to see that you're seeing results. You feel that you add extra calories and fat? I was extra calories and carbs last night while I watched some TV. Again, sharing the brain. Wonder if Teresa's going to make it a 3-way split!

Join you? I've been with you every step of the way for the last year+ so heck ya!! Just keep checking over your shoulder - I'm trailing behind you but I'm there!!

G
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MRSBENNETT2 8/2/2011 12:30AM

    Hey, at least you had protein in all that meat and cheese! You probably need it for muscle fuel.
I had to laugh at your scale/eye disfunction. I've done that!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SUSUSUZZZIE 8/1/2011 8:51PM

    Just think how confused, confounded, confuzzled you will be in a short time when all of your numbers start with a "1"!!!!

And you really should trust those numbers and celebrate them! (This from the person who will get on and off and on and off and on and off... the scale whenever there is a good number.)

Late night TV gets us too. I threatened to kill the cable.. this morning. My problem last night was Real Housewives of NJ...such great food for my brain. LOL! Thank goodness I avoided snacking, but I was probably still happy from my ice cream earlier in the day.

It looks like you have wonderful plans for August and I can't wait to hear about your progress updates!

Comment edited on: 8/1/2011 8:52:44 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
ANNESYLVIA 8/1/2011 8:45PM

    Love to! I will do my best!

Congrats on the weight loss...

Good luck on the 5ks

Hugs, Anne

Report Inappropriate Comment
GAYEMC 8/1/2011 8:24PM

    Excuse me Candy, you have no big bootay to kick anymore, it's pretty nice and toned up now my dear. Take it from my hind sight.

I missed early registration for the Race For the Homeless, but I'll still be there. Today I did sign up for the Jingle Bell Run and the Crawfish Crawl on the 13th.

I'm with you on recording weigh ins on the tracker. Until the weight officially stays off for a few weeks, I leave my tracker alone. Right now it's still bouncing around a few pounds.

Have a great week and enjoy this beautiful weather my friend!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BAM-MA 8/1/2011 7:44PM

    I know what you mean about not trusting the good numbers. I weigh every few days to make sure that I am not going i the wrong direction, so I don't pay much attention to the actual numbers. When I see a good one, I take note,but have to see it 3-4 times before I will consider it a "real" number, suitable to be posted on the ticker.

It is funny all of the little rules that we set for ourselves. Makes me wonder though... are we not giving ourselves enough credit? afraid of failure and all that? or are we just honest and not willing to give ourselves credit where it isn't due?

Worth thinking about .....

Report Inappropriate Comment
BIGMAMAT 8/1/2011 7:29PM

    Awww Candy, your my hero! Run baby, Run!!! emoticon

Let's do this thing! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
IMIN2GENES 8/1/2011 7:09PM

    I'll kick bootay with you! I'm feelin' better and ready to start ramping back up to full speed ahead! So, perfect timing!

I had a similar experience. Saturday is my WI too. I got on the scale in the morning, didn't like the number. Showered, weighed again, I'm down 1/2 pound. Huh? So, I got busy did some stuff, ate breakfast. Then in the afternoon, I weighed again. Now, I'm up 2 pounds. Okay... By the time I went to bed (because of course, now I can't stop, LOL!) I checked again. I weighed less than I did in the morning when I first got up! Go figure...

So, let's kick some bootay!
Chris
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment


Taking a moment..

Friday, July 29, 2011

Today is my Friday off - W00T! We just had a delish healthy breakfast of microwave poached eggs with baco-bits on a crispy english muffin with spinach artichoke cream cheese. Mmmmmmmm'mm!

We're fixin' to get on our bikes and head out for a ride around the neighborhood before riding down to the gym to get our ST on. After we're home, we'll get cleaned up to take Maggie to the vet for her month+ check up after her epilepsy episodes.

Pretty much an uneventful day, but good none the less.

I received an email yesterday from SparkPeople - this really is the point of my blog today. That email informed me that I had been voted a SparkPeople Motivator. KBearsMama noticed the symbol on my Spark page - good eye, Robin!

Gang, I burst into tears when I read that email. Yes yes, we ALL know I'm a ninny and cry at the drop of a hat LOL Thankfully it was relatively quiet at work at the time so I could pull myself together before anyone saw me at my ninniest! Still and all, I was surprised, shocked, honored and humbled. I don't think I have sufficient words to say 'thank you' and 'who, me?' enough.

I am grateful to whoever out there among you voted for me in such a way. I'm mostly grateful because it is all of YOU who motivate me and keep me going, and keep me honest!

Thank you, my Spark family, for the Spark love. I hope I can live up to the honor.
emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
C~

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ROXIT22222 8/1/2011 12:16PM

    Wow that is great! Keep up the good work!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ONENEL 7/30/2011 10:56PM

    emoticon It is well deserved.

Report Inappropriate Comment
LESLIES537 7/30/2011 12:13PM

    That's awesome! Congratulations on being honored! Quite the accomplishment, there! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
KIMBANN 7/30/2011 10:09AM

    You have no idea how motivating you have been to me, and I know I am not the only one. Congratulations on your recognition!
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
HOLLYL7 7/30/2011 9:57AM

    Congrats for a well deserved honor!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BAILEE_GRAVES 7/30/2011 3:00AM

    SO deserving Candy!! Congratulations! And I can say "I knew you when....." LOL!

Keep it up doll. You're doing awesome!!!



Report Inappropriate Comment
LILLYPILLY24 7/30/2011 1:50AM

    Congratulations! You won it because you deserve it. Keep going, because you're keeping going helps us (me!) keep going!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
HOTRODSANDY 7/29/2011 9:40PM

    Congratulations! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ANNESYLVIA 7/29/2011 9:21PM

    Good for you! You deserved it! I just love having it flash on my page too! It brings a smile to the face, does it not?



emoticon emoticon emoticon

Hugs, Anne

Report Inappropriate Comment
IMIN2GENES 7/29/2011 8:27PM

    Congratulations! You are SO deserving of that honor! You definitely motivate me and I'm quite happy to have met you.
Chris
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CRAZYDOGLADYBO 7/29/2011 7:22PM

    Congratulations!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MILLY61 7/29/2011 6:43PM

    I've recently returned to Sparkpeople and the first thing I noticed was the awesome encouragement you give through comments on pages and peoples blogs - way to go, you deserve the recognition for your efforts and support.
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
IFDEEVARUNS2 7/29/2011 5:04PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SUSUSUZZZIE 7/29/2011 4:22PM

    I completely agree with others that you definitely deserve the title!
emoticon emoticon

Thank you for all the motivation and encouragement you share!

Wishing you all the success! Enjoy your bike ride and weekend.

And I'm sorry to hear about Maggie (dog?). We had a border collie who suffered seizures and I know it's a terrible-terrible thing to deal with. Hopefully the vets can get it under control! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
GETFIT2LIVE 7/29/2011 2:37PM

    Definitely a well deserved honor, congratulations! Have a wonderful weekend!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
WALKAWAY 7/29/2011 2:30PM

    Well deserved! emoticon You rock friend.

Have a marvelous weekend.

emoticon

Addie

Report Inappropriate Comment
TURTLERASKIN 7/29/2011 2:07PM

    What? The rest of the world finally noticed what we all knew? You rock! And you definitely deserve to be called a motivator! Congratulations!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LMLOPEZ 7/29/2011 1:41PM

    Yay! But then again tell me something I didn't know about you being a motivator.... (LOL) Glad you got recognized!!!
Woo Hoo! Have a great start to your three day weekend!!
emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
GAYEMC 7/29/2011 1:40PM

    You so deserve this! Your blogs are always so entertaining, funny, honest and from the heart!
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
IRISHBEANERGAL 7/29/2011 1:16PM

    No one deserves it more in my opinion- you are definitely a motivator for me! Congratulations on your award and your continued success!

~Irish

Report Inappropriate Comment


14 month comparison...

Sunday, July 24, 2011

If you would have told me a year ago that I'd be willing to post unflattering pictures of myself on a public website, I'd have snorted.

Uh.. here we go.


July 2010, 2 months on Spark; January 2011, 8 months; July 2011, 14 months

I wish there was more change from January to now, but I'm happy for the little there is. I'm curious what the next 6 months will bring.
C~

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MRSBENNETT2 7/29/2011 1:14AM

    There's huge change between Jan and now! I'm proud of you. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
WCALDER 7/27/2011 2:42PM

    Definitely can see the change since january... Keep up the good work!

Report Inappropriate Comment
REALLY_ROBIN 7/26/2011 12:35PM

  You are looking awesome, skinny girl!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DITZYCHICK 7/26/2011 9:31AM

    Oh my goodness girl...you look amazing!!! Absolutely incredible changes! I'd say this healthy lifestyle is definitely working for you!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MUSTANG_SALLY2 7/25/2011 1:59PM

    Wow! You can really see all your hard work. Keep going. I'm so proud of you!

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BAILEE_GRAVES 7/25/2011 9:02AM

    Look at you!!! The temp in NC just went up 100* looking at your hot self.

You should be so proud Candy! I know I'm darn proud of you and have GOT to grab hold of some of your inspiration.

You're doing a phenomal job and I'm SO SO glad that I'm your friend!
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
GAYLEP67 7/25/2011 7:19AM

    Like night and day, my friend! What an incredible change in you and the best part is that you are the same wonderful Candy on the inside with a hotter exterior!
emoticon

G
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
WNTMOREOFLIFE 7/25/2011 4:09AM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BIGBADMOMMABEAR 7/25/2011 12:29AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
TERRYT55 7/24/2011 10:56PM

    WOW.....you look terrific. What a transformation. Thanks for the inspiring pictures!



Report Inappropriate Comment
HOTRODSANDY 7/24/2011 10:42PM

    Awesome. Not only for the amazing transformation, but for 14 months of making the decision to make your health a priority! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
GAYEMC 7/24/2011 9:55PM

    I see a huge change all over from Jan to now. Look at that face! You have worked so hard for this and it shows!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ONENEL 7/24/2011 9:09PM

    emoticon You look great!

Report Inappropriate Comment
IMIN2GENES 7/24/2011 8:49PM

    Candi! Wow! You look so fantastic! And, I have to agree, I see a big difference between January and now. Way to go! Your progress is amazing and such an inspiration for me.
Chris
emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ANNESYLVIA 7/24/2011 8:37PM

    What a transformation! You are doing so well and it shows!

Report Inappropriate Comment
IRISHBEANERGAL 7/24/2011 5:56PM

    au contrair (or however you spell it) - there is a big difference between Jan and July, just as Turtleraskin said. Look at you! FANTASTIC

~Irish (aka The Incredible Shrinking Mom)

Report Inappropriate Comment
WALKAWAY 7/24/2011 5:46PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LMLOPEZ 7/24/2011 5:28PM

    Candy, I LOVE how great you look and all the results from the hard work you have put in!! The pictures are worth 1,000 words.
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
TURTLERASKIN 7/24/2011 4:43PM

    There is a HUGE difference between Jan and July -- not just the slimmer face, but everything is slimmer -- arms, shoulders, chesticles, belly. You're really making amazing progress!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SUSUSUZZZIE 7/24/2011 4:16PM

    emoticon
Your progress pictures are very inspiring and I think there IS a lot of difference between the Jan. and Jul. pics. You are looking marvelous! Keep up the great work!
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ROBBIEMARIE 7/24/2011 3:31PM

    AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME! You are looking hawt lady! Seriously, you don't see a huge difference from January to now? LOOK AGAIN! emoticon Your face, your back, your arms, your belly! Dang! You do indeed look great. You are such an inspiration! AND how about how you are feeling now as opposed to 14 months ago and even 6 months ago??????

Just realized you look at least 15 years younger as well.

Comment edited on: 7/24/2011 3:31:52 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
KAREN42BOYS 7/24/2011 3:11PM

    what a body redesign! and your face has really slimmed since january, too!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ERLYWA 7/24/2011 2:54PM

    Wow! GREAT job! And when I look at the waistband of your pants between the January and now photos, I see a BIG difference! Wish your upper arms weren't hidden, b/c I suspect there's been a big change there, too.

Way to go!!!

emoticon emoticon



Comment edited on: 7/24/2011 2:55:27 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment


Channeling my Inner Farrah...

Friday, July 22, 2011

So I'm going through a rough patch with my hair lately. I went to get it trimmed a couple of weeks ago, after the Half (it was like I refused to get my hair cut before the Half because it might jinx me somehow).
emoticon

I went back to the place where I got it cut last time, to the same girl, and told her what I was looking for - more shorter layers, less bulk, trimmed bangs, ends tidied up a bit. I had to ask her three times to thin the sides. She simply wasn't going to do it, but really, the sides were the reason I finally gave in and went back for another cut - that, and the Half was over.
emoticon

Ahem.
Finally, she used the thinning shears on my side hair.. erm.. the hair on the side of my head! It helped take the bulk out, which is exactly what I wanted.

Now, though, I find myself with hair that's.. not quite what it used to be. It used to be more curly, or I suppose wavy is a better description. I've never been blessed with those adorable corkscrew curls that I long for. Ever. I got a perm last year, and explained I wanted corkscrew curls, but instead got really tight, close to my head, bad curls. It took a while for me to stop crying.. and for the perm to relax and be something I could deal with.

That's all gone now. Now it's sorta.. straight, but in a frizzy way. So I've been experimenting with how to style my hair. I'm a die-hard Bang-er. I love me some good ole fashioned, curled up and almost in my eyes Bangs. This week, I've been not curling under, simply going with the part, and letting it all kinda.. hang out. People at work have gotten used to my hair going from burgandy to cherry to brown to black to purple and back to red again. Now they must be wondering what has crawled atop my head and died, because it's just limp and frizzy. Can you be limp and frizzy at once? Meh.

So today, I decided to use my big barrel curling iron for GOOD. Today, I'm channeling my Inner Farrah.


Man I loved those ladies. Every girl in my grade had Farrah wings. Except me. I had short burr-cut hair. Like, it was MAYBE all of two inches, three inches all over my head. My mom didn't want to have to deal with my hair in the mornings before school, so the answer was to cut it off.

Anyway, here's my Inner Farrah look:


Yea, it's grainy. It's a Crackberry, in a poorly lit bathroom. It happens.

While I'm channeling my Inner Farrah, I'm also feeling a might skinnier.


My status says one of my coworkers yelled that I'm a skinny girl now. Karen42Boys said that would have rated them a kiss LOL I went for a bashful duck of my head, colored pink cheeks, and a great big thank you! I'll have to bust out with my July 2010 side-view pic up against a new July 2011 side-view pic. I think I'm going to be pleased!

I've got to come up with a workable hairdo. Right now, it's too long to not be pulled back out of my face somehow for running and Zumba. But, it's too short to all fit back in a ponytail, headbands don't stay in place (maybe I have an oddly shaped head?) and I hate barrets. Usually, I resort to wearing a ball cap, which is fine, but they get awfully sweaty awfully fast. I've also learned how to tie a bandana around my head, which has become a cute way of dealing with my hair as well.

Maybe I'll get it all cut off - I know, I've threatened this before, but maybe I mean it this time.

Maybe I'm more of a Jaclyn than a Farrah. Hmm.


Ah well. I may never be Charlie's Angels material, but I sure am SparkGuy's Lifestylers material!
emoticon emoticon emoticon
C~

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

BAM-MA 7/27/2011 9:49AM

    Love the hair and the "skinny" you. I have been getting the "skinny" thing too.
I know what you mean about the in-between length. I finally have settled on long, blunt cut with bangs. That way it goes "UP" without a problem. Gotta love the bangs! Except when they get sweat soaked and drip in the eyes!

Keep up the good work!

Report Inappropriate Comment
GAYLEP67 7/23/2011 5:14PM

    Can't wait to see the July side-by-sides! I'm telling you, you have shaved YEARS off of how you look. You DO look fabulous and yes...SKINNY! You're rockin' the new hairdo - I love it!

Have you ever let your hair stylist just give you a new look? My first big haircut in years took my hair from below my hips to my shoulders. I liked the stylist and told her to give me a new style after I explained my need for low maintenance. I figure she's the expert when it comes to hair and she should understand what will work and what won't. Something to consider...

Report Inappropriate Comment
SUSUSUZZZIE 7/22/2011 10:15PM

    I think your hair and YOU are beautiful! I hope you are enjoying your skinny self!

I'm a fine-wavy/sometimes curly-ish. I'm also a big chicken about bangs (mostly due to cow-licks that I usually forget about until after a big cut and the tears that follow). I've been able to coax a lot more good curly days with info. I've found on naturallycurly.com. I've switched to co-wash (no shampoo) and a few other tricks and my curls have never been better.

You are very inspirational!
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MRSBENNETT2 7/22/2011 8:15PM

    I bet we have similiar hair. I always thought the thinning shears were the answer til I found a good stylist who was able to work my curls without the thining shears. Those nasty little things just create frizz and nothing more! This stylist is just the greatest and I sure wish she could have come to AU with me because noone compares here. My curls have never been the same. If you'd like, send me a private mail and I will put you in contact with her. She works out of her home in NE Portland close to 82nd and Glisan. :)
By the way...you are looking FABULOUS!!!

Comment edited on: 7/22/2011 8:15:55 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
GAYEMC 7/22/2011 7:48PM

    You are looking so good! I like the hair, just think you could do a bit better. But don't cut it all off. Sure would have liked to see the cherry and purple hair. I wouldn't mind a purple streak in min. Have a great weekend!

Report Inappropriate Comment
IRISHBEANERGAL 7/22/2011 4:51PM

    WOW WOW WOW.... The updated "do" and the updated "you" are fabulous! Don't you dare duck your head and blush - stand tall and proud- You've earned it.

Sounds like we have the same kind of hair - and aspire to the same look- I have found that electric hot rollers are my saving grace. I can wrap them in, leave them in my hair as I go about getting ready in the morning, take them out just before I leave the house, finger comb, spritz with a bit of hair spray and out the door I go!

Have fun finding your "style". You are really looking great!

~Irish (aka The Incredible Shrinking Mom)

Report Inappropriate Comment
GETFIT2LIVE 7/22/2011 4:30PM

    You definitely look thinner, looking good! I like the hair, actually. I am no good when it comes to hair; I try with curling irons and flat irons, but I don't have the patience to fuss with it. As for headbands, check out Bondibands (www.bondiband.com). They work the best of any that I've tried--everything else slips, but these stay in place when I run and absorb the sweat great. And some cute styles, too!

Report Inappropriate Comment
WALKAWAY 7/22/2011 4:18PM

    Holy Moly Lady, your looking FABULOUS!!!!!!!! No little brown duck. I can see why the co-worker said "skinny girl".

I hear you about the hair. I've always kept my naturally curly hair REALLY short as it was just easier to deal with, until last fall when I decided to grow it out. There's days, like when the wind blows, that I'd just like to cut it all off. No long soft ringlets here either. Of course longer hair means there's more for me to pull when work drives me nuts. emoticon

Keep up the hard work. I'm here cheering you on.

emoticon emoticon emoticon

Addie

Report Inappropriate Comment
ROXIT22222 7/22/2011 3:40PM

    You are doing great and you are looking skinny! Your hair looks good too. But I understand not being happy wiht it. I cry almost anytime I get my hair done. I now drive 30 miles away to have the same lady do it all the time.... SO the tears are a little less frequent


Report Inappropriate Comment
WCALDER 7/22/2011 3:31PM

    Keep it up lady! The awesome attitude not the hair

emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
DITZYCHICK 7/22/2011 2:34PM

    LOVE your hair and you're looking mighty fine too!!! Keep smiling girl!

Report Inappropriate Comment
TURTLERASKIN 7/22/2011 2:31PM

    You are HAWT! And the hair looks great! I'll blog about it eventually, but I'm starting to believe in Lush's R&B conditioner. It is very heavy, so I use just a smidge -- about an eighth of a teaspoon on my wet hair; dry/style; then another eighth of a teaspoon on my dry hair. Smells sort of coconutty, but it really is managing the frizz.

Oh, and I too always wanted the corkscrew curls; instead, it's wavy/frizzy. So I hear you.

Report Inappropriate Comment
KAREN42BOYS 7/22/2011 2:17PM

    Dang, look at you! You really really DO look slimmer. You know what you look like? Normal. Not at goal, but normal. That's a freaky and wonderful thing to face!

Is your weight loss progress accurate? You look well under 200 to me in these photos. Look at your butt and legs. They look strong!

Report Inappropriate Comment
IMIN2GENES 7/22/2011 2:04PM

    I'm with Sally! Farrah would be proud of you. You are totally rockin' that look. I love it! And you... well, girl, you just look fabulous!
Chris
emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MUSTANG_SALLY2 7/22/2011 1:57PM

    Oh Farrah would be so proud of you! I love the look and you carry it off well. You are looking fabulous dahling! Keep going! (The whole kissing thing would have depended on who said it... there's a couple guys at work that I wouldn't kiss no matter how good the compliment was!) LOL

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment


First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 Last Page