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She's a brick house...

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Over the past few months I have been in panic mode over a slight weight gain. All told, I am up roughly 10 pounds from my lowest weight.

It seemed like no matter what I did, those pounds would NOT budge. To make matters worse, my pants were starting to fit snug in the thighs. I was almost ready to have a meltdown of magnificent proportions.

In x-bike class the other week, I was discussing this with my friend and she was having the same problem. All of her pants were getting snug in the legs to the point she had to take back a few pair of dress slacks she had bought a few months ago, but never wore.

This got me thinking. All of my pants still fit in the waist, in fact, most of them were too big. It was the thighs and hip area that was getting snug.

I decided to take measurements, and what I found about knocked me over.

In a little over a year (14 months) My bicep measurement went up 2 inches, my thigh measurement went up about 2 inches, my calves went up by almost 3 inches, my neck went up by 1.5 inches and my waist went DOWN by about 1.25 inches.

So...what does this mean? What it means is... I am built like a brick house. I have packed on solid muscle mass. I've got definition. My thighs are like rocks. My backside is firm. My arms (as the kid in the shop said) are "beastly"

Needless to say, I am not having a meltdown any longer over what the scale says because I think at this point, the number that I am seeing is pretty much useless. Of course my pants are going to be tighter in the legs because they are muscle.

I've decided that I don't want to look "skinny" I want to look "stacked"

All of these insane workouts are paying off!

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AUNTALICE2 10/15/2014 8:56PM

    I am so glad you had such a positive outcome!! It is so relieving to know it is 'all' working! You go girl!! emoticon emoticon

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CATTUTT 10/15/2014 2:47PM

    That is AWESOME! congrats!

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ARUNNINGKAT 10/15/2014 12:33PM

    What a helpful realization!

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BILL60 10/15/2014 8:15AM

    You are a STUD!! Congratulations.

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STEPH-KNEE 10/15/2014 12:59AM

    You are fantastic!! emoticon

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KNEEMAKER 10/14/2014 11:55PM

  Awesome!! You are winning and thus a winner. Thanks for sharing and inspiring the rest of us. With that said, I hope you will just keep on keeping on! emoticon

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KNH771 10/14/2014 11:46PM

    That's pretty awesome! I do agree that body composition matters more than weight.

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MM11113 10/14/2014 11:16PM

    Good for you!

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COCK-ROBIN 10/14/2014 11:10PM

    I'm so happy for you. That's the snug pants that makes one feel good!

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Remind me again why I do this?

Saturday, July 19, 2014

It is 5:30 in the morning. I just finished working a 13 hour overnight shift. It has been almost 24 hours since I have slept. I am standing in line at the gym, waiting to warm up for PC Fit. Coach Phyllis starts by yelling "Run it down" and we run. About midway down she yells "seal jacks! Ready! Go!" and we start jumping up and down, flapping our arms. She continues to bark out orders.... Inch worm to the door! 10 push ups! Bear Crawl! Backwards bear crawl! On and on it goes, and we are only 10 mins into class. I look at Carolyn and say "Remind me again why I am here"?

I endure an hour of it. I do this day after day after day. There are some days that my body hurts so much, it is difficult to get out of bed. I keep at it though. Day after day and week after week, I drag myself in there at all hours of the day and sometimes twice a day to keep at it.

Victoria's Secret was having a HUGE sale, so I decided to order some things. There was a pair of sweats for super cheap. The only problem is the only sizes available were S and XS. I decided to take a chance and order the size S. I figured if they didn't fit I would just return them to the store. My package arrived today, and I nervously took them out and looked at them. Sucking in my breath, I slid them on... and guess what? They were too BIG! Instead of the S, I should have ordered the XS... Never in my life did I ever think I would wear a size S/XS and from Victoria's Secret to boot.

It was then I thought... yeah, this is EXACTLY why I do this

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AUNTALICE2 8/19/2014 9:14PM


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KNH771 7/28/2014 4:48PM

    Wow! Congrats. Those little surprises certainly lift your mood. :-)

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SUNSHINE5268 7/22/2014 1:42AM

    aaawwwww what a wonderful post! I am soooooooooo happy for you, yahoo!!!!!

I read your spark page testimony of your journey and it was soooooooo inspring and touching, thank you for sharing it emoticon

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CLYNNTHOMAS 7/20/2014 9:11AM

    Love the victories! Love your commitment!

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CATTUTT 7/19/2014 6:56PM

    That's so awesome!

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MCFITZ2 7/19/2014 12:25AM

    SCREAMING YEA!!!!!!! WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!! THAT IS SOOOOO AWESOME11111 emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ZRIE014 7/19/2014 12:21AM

  great emoticon

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Gaining Weight...

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

I am gaining weight. Currently, I am up around 10 pounds from my lowest weight. Most days, I weigh in between 125 and 127, where I was weighing in for the longest time between 117 and 120.

At my lowest weight, I bought this amazing dress from Victoria's Secret as a way to reward myself for getting into the "teens" - it was a size 4. When it arrived, I tired it on, and it was snug, but fit ok, and I decided to keep it. I hadn't even had the chance to wear it, and my weight started climbing. I was so sad because if it was snug at 117 pounds, at 127 I wouldn't be able to get it on...

Strange thing... the dress fits better now at 127 than it did at 117. My size 2 jeans are too loose in the waist... wait... WHAT?

At 117 pounds my waist was measuring about 31 inches... now at 127 it is measuring about 30... my calves are rock solid muscle, my thighs (except for that pesky loose skin on my inner thighs) are rock hard. My biceps, triceps, and shoulders are muscle... and if I didn't have all this loose skin on my stomach, I would be rocking a six pack!

Apparently, all this working out I do is leaning me out. I guess all of the PC Fit classes (PC Fit is a class offered by gym... best described as a boot camp, with elements of cross fit, P90X, functional training, cardio, TRX... it is a unique program) and x-biking (best described as spinning but the bikes have moving handlebars, and simulate an outdoor biking experience - more info - google x-biking) and yoga that I do is changing my body...

So, no I am not stressing about gaining weight... My clothes fit better than they ever have... I was told before but didn't believe it that at a certain point the scale is no longer a useful tool...

Oh, and you should see the muscles in my back when I push wight plates on the floor - quite impressive if I do say so...

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CLYNNTHOMAS 7/12/2014 8:37AM

    Courtney Lee! Wow! I needed to hear this today! I've been working out more too and starting to see the results, but I've been afraid that increasing to the calories that my body craves will lead to weight gain -- I know, I know, it's all in my head. I am going to use your success as my inspiration to keep pushing on!! Thank you for sharing!!

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CATTUTT 7/2/2014 7:00PM

    Wow, you are doing so awesome! I can't imagine being so tiny! It's great to hear how well the exercise is working, too. Inspires me to hit the gym.

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ARUNNINGKAT 7/2/2014 6:53PM

    I would take the weight gain for the smaller size! Glad your hard work is paying off for you big time!

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New Hair! (photo)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

I decided it was time for a change. I haven't worn bangs since I have been 6 years old

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PATTYR81 6/26/2014 10:12AM

    I LOVE your new look!!!!!

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CLYNNTHOMAS 6/24/2014 12:15AM

    Love it!!

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STEPH-KNEE 6/19/2014 9:23PM

    Cute! :D

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CATTUTT 6/19/2014 9:13PM

    I LOVE the hair, you look awesome!

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ARUNNINGKAT 6/19/2014 7:03PM

    Love it!

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MAGGIEVAN 6/19/2014 5:09PM

    It is looking great!

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KNH771 6/19/2014 4:29PM

    Cute! I don't think I could do bangs since I haven't had them in so many years...

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MIGHTYMOUSE215 6/19/2014 3:37PM

    nice :)

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Mud on the Mountain 2014 - photos included

Saturday, May 10, 2014

I crossed the finish line with a time of 3:25. I did all obstacles, and there were only 2 that I did not finish the entire way, but i still made the effort to do them. One, "The Hangover" was a set of monkey bars across a large pit of water. I made it about 1/4 of the way across before I lost my grip and fell. The second was the "Nail Biter" I made it 3/4 of the way across before I again lost my grip and had to bail. The most torturous of all the obstacles was "Mt Everest" - since this was held at a ski resort, they were able to make snow and ice. Sliding down the other side, I managed to tear the skin off of my leg. It is a mess.

My time last year was 3:45. The biggest time killer was having to wait in line at obstacles. I tired to shave as much time as I could by actually jogging a good deal, but it still wasn't enough to make my goal of 3 hours flat.

My support team! My best friend DK (kissing me) my boyfriend and my father (standing behind us)

My father and I

My boyfriend and I

My BFF DK and I

The 1st obstacle - I climbed that bad boy, and wasn't really even out of breath when I made it to the top

about the 1/2 way point - appx mile 4

almost at the end - carrying a log up and down the mountain side

My special new friend, the log, and I

waiting to scale the wall at the end

Finish line is in sight

crossing the finish line

The end

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CSYOUNG1952 6/8/2014 4:20PM

    Wow! I am impressed emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KNH771 5/21/2014 3:07PM

    Looks like fun!

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HINK2013 5/19/2014 10:01AM

    WAY TO GO GIRL!! Shaving 20 minutes off your time from last year, is a GREAT accomplishment!!!

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BRADMILL2922 5/15/2014 12:10AM

    So awesome! Congrats and it looks like so much fun!

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PATTYR81 5/14/2014 10:46AM

    YAY!!!! for you!!!!

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CLYNNTHOMAS 5/14/2014 8:50AM

    Awesome! Looks like so much fun! And what an accomplishment! Very proud of you!

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BOPPY_ 5/13/2014 1:05PM

    Looks like you had fun; and you dun gud! emoticon


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DSCROW 5/12/2014 2:48PM

    Whoo HOO! You go girl! Looked like you had a blast! emoticon

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ARUNNINGKAT 5/12/2014 2:14PM

    Wow! I am impressed! That looks like it was a lot of hard work, but also a lot of fun! Way to go!

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