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New Tattoo! (Photos)

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

My dear Spark Friends! I am in a world of hurt right now! I got my new tattoo, which was covering up an old one I had. I sat for 4 1/2 hours! It was mighty painful, but the end result was sooo worth it!

There are a few places where you can see the old tattoo, but that is ok. I am going back in November and she will touch up any place that needs it. Honestly speaking, unless you look REALLY close, you can't see it. Plus my skin is still red, swelled and raw. I only had it done a few hours ago, so who knows where we will be when it heals

I am 110% satisfied!

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THECLASSICKAT 8/15/2013 4:49PM

    JUst don't itch it ;) Very pretty :) I have cherry blossoms on my right foot My first tattoo

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_KANNND 8/15/2013 9:24AM

    Pretty. I'm jealous...I'm itching for a new one!

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NYARAMULA 8/15/2013 7:15AM

    You are so brave.

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WEEPINGANGEL74 8/15/2013 1:27AM

    That's very well done! Glad you are pleased with it.

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THEPOWERGUY 8/15/2013 12:23AM

    Very nice work. emoticon

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SOOTHINGGLOW 8/14/2013 8:26PM

    can i just say how incredibly jealous i am!!!!!!!! OMG it's awesome. I absolutely LOVE ink. I want more so freakin bad...but alas i am waiting a bit longer before i get some more done.

congrats!!!!! it's beautiful!

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LOVINGAFRICA 8/14/2013 12:47PM


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PATTYR81 8/14/2013 10:49AM

    I LOVE the art and the awesome colors!!! emoticon

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BRADMILL2922 8/14/2013 10:11AM

    That is a long time to sit but I am glad you are happy with it!

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GREENGENES 8/14/2013 8:16AM

    Nice work!

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KELLYTRUJILO 8/14/2013 3:03AM

    Beautiful work.....

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BARCLE 8/14/2013 12:51AM

    emoticon love the bright colours too emoticon

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IDICEM 8/14/2013 12:18AM

  Nice ink! If I ever get a tattoo, it will be much smaller.

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SUPER_ACE115 8/14/2013 12:13AM

    LOVE IT! emoticon

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tattoo sketch (Photo)

Thursday, August 08, 2013

So this is what my new tattoo is going to look like... only with lots of bright colors -- it is going to be about a 1/2 sleeve on my right upper arm. I am actually covering up another tattoo with this one

It is going to be soooo cooool!!

In other news, I took Coach Tony's PC Fit class tonight - that is like PC Fit on steroids squared! His classes are so hard! the important this is a try my hardest. I might need to take a few breaks, and I might be the last one, but I am out there doing it!

Part of me wants to get up at 5:30 am, and go to the 10:00 am class. I want to get up so early because I want to have time to get a proper weight, get my tea, have breakfast and all of that other stuff, but another part of me just wants to sleep in! I have been on the go all of my days off and haven't had a chance to really sleeeppppp!

I guess we will see!

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GREENGENES 8/9/2013 10:08PM

    Looks likes it's going to be impressive.

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LOVINGAFRICA 8/9/2013 6:26AM

    Which tattoo are your covering up? This is ladylike and tasteful.
You are doing such an amazing job with your workouts! A real champion!

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COCK-ROBIN 8/8/2013 10:58PM

    Looks good!

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New Boots make any day better! (photo)

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Today was alright. I didn't go to PC Fit, and I can feel it! I have no idea how I am going to take time off while my tattoo heals! I figure I will only miss a week - I am going to take class on Monday and Tuesday, then take the rest of the week off. I take 2-3 classes a week, so I won't really be missing too much. Then I think depending on what it looks like, I may take class the following Wednesday. It has been so long since I got a tattoo, I can't remember how long it is going to take. Plus I am getting a rather large piece. It isn't like I am getting a small tattoo. I think it will most likely be a half sleeve by the time she is done with it. That is going to take a while.

I actually opted to go to support group instead of PC Fit. I am glad I went to group because the topic was "Obstacles and how to overcome them" which is a HUGE help for me right now. I got a lot out of the group. I am still thinking about calling and getting a recommendation for a psychologist. I think it couldn't hurt?

I spent the afternoon prior to group volunteering at the library. I didn't really do much there other than play online and check books out for people.

and I bought these new awesome boots

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PATTYR81 8/16/2013 10:12AM

    I've been meaning to comment--- I ADORE your new boots!!!!

They are AWESOME!!! I've always wanted boots again (since I gained weight 25 years ago, I couldn't find any I liked that fit my calf :(((()

This summer we went to a wedding in Kansas City. At the reception, the plan was for the bride and most people to change to their cowboy boots. Of course I couldn't miss out, so we went to this HUGE boot store in the middle of nowhere in Missouri and the whole family got new boots. We spent the better part of the day happily shopping thru thousands of pairs of boots and trying on fabulous sparklies, outrageous heels and over the top expensive ones.

I settled on ones with black foot part and red calf part. I LOVE them! AND I got them on sale!!!!

And I LOVE shopping with you!!!!

Happy Day!

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WILDKAT781 8/8/2013 3:59PM

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LOVINGAFRICA 8/8/2013 4:57AM

    Those boots are awesome!
Yes, go for counselling. Adapting to a whole new life and a whole new body is a challenge. It will be a good thing to find out where you might be seeing things wrong. (Wish you could go to mine, he is awesome)
Got him with the surgery. He had to do the shrink thing before and after.
Knows a lot about the topic. He is also a criminal profiler which makes him seriously interesting to talk to about other things.
Hope you get an awesome one too!

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Eat a Sandwich

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

On Sunday I sent my horrible Quinoa creation to work with my boyfriend to give to my human garbage disposal co-workers (who liked it by the way?)

*note - boyfriend and i work for the same company *

My former boss and still co-worker and friend was there working. He was talking to my boyfriend and said "Tell Cortney to eat a f------ sandwich - that must be like dating Skelator"

When my boyfriend gave me his message, I burst out laughing. I sent him an email today that said

"I am eating a sandwich"
He came back with
"Good, eat 2 or 3 you need it"

It made me laugh

The thing is though, I don't see myself as someone who needs to "eat a sandwich" I don't think I will ever see myself there. I still see myself as someone who eats too many sandwiches! I don't view myself as others do. My co-workers are always telling me to eat a sandwich or a cheeseburger... but I don't see myself as they see me. My one co-worker told me I was too skinny... which, I am a little bony in the shoulders and back, but that is just the way my body naturally is.. or at least that is what I am thinking.

On a different note, I wonder how much I would weigh if I got my excess skin removed?

Anyway, I am going to go back to my sandwich emoticon

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HINK2013 8/7/2013 1:38PM

    I think it is interesting how people who knew us "before" react to seeing us "after".... I had someone recently say that I was "wasting away" and I thought, wow, that's a bit of an exaggeration, I am far from being skin and bones.... but I guess they see me as being so much smaller than my before surgery self. Anyway - I think it is very hard for us to see ourselves as this new "thin" person that others see us as.... takes a while to make that transition in thinking!

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GREENGENES 8/7/2013 10:55AM

    Great response! Telling people they are not eating enough even though they are seems to be a trend these days as I've seen a few other blogs on the topic. I blogged about this myself a while back. The hardest part is the in-laws.

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PATTYR81 8/7/2013 10:29AM

    People we knew 'way back when' seem to have the biggest jolts when seeing us in our 'new' form. The comment I always laugh at is 'You are MELTING!' Makes me think "Was I SUCH a wicked witch of the west when I was FAT???"

I MUCH prefer myself wearing the ruby slippers today!!

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JOYFOCUS 8/7/2013 2:48AM

  I am glad that you are able to have such a good sense of humor about it! I would have been severely annoyed, but it would have been pointless, which would have annoyed me even more. You've struggled so hard and done so much work to improve your health, and all this propellerhead can say is "eat a sandwich?!"

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LOVINGAFRICA 8/7/2013 1:01AM

Why don't you try what my shrink told me to do. Change some drastic thing about yourself and shock your brain into really seeing what you look like? Like a different hair colour.
Looked at your tracker, you are eating well actually. All that PC fit is going to give you plenty of muscle tone, that will be visible without layers covering them.
The scale is just a number that messes with our heads.

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COCK-ROBIN 8/6/2013 10:59PM

    You're doing great!

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How can they cram that many calories into such a little cup?

Monday, August 05, 2013

Saturday night my boyfriend and I stopped at DQ on the way home from the baseball game. Normally I get a small vanilla cone and eat some of it, but I decided to try a Lemon Meringue Pie blizzard. They have them in mini size, so I figured how bad could it be?

I ate most of it, not all of it, but most (about 2/3) I didn't push it, but still felt a little blah after eating it. Anyway, I came home and looked it up on their website to find out that little cup held almost 400 calories! I about fell over!!

Lesson totally learned on that one!

I will just stick with a plain cone from now on! Yes, ice cream really isn't something I should eat, but an occasional treat isn't going to kill me. It isn't like I eat it every day all day. Maybe once or twice a month?

I am still amazed that something that small "cost" that much.

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WEEPINGANGEL74 8/6/2013 10:40PM

    I'm glad there are no Sonic's in my neck of the woods! Yikes!

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SKAHONEY4U 8/6/2013 2:28PM

    If you think DQ is bad, take a look at coldstone's calorie counts! holy moly! I can manage to fit a 300-400 dessert in if i eat light during the day and am really craving it, but there's just no possible way to fit in coldstone!

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JADED_CHICK19 8/6/2013 2:09PM

    I's insane how many calories are in just a mini blizzard. One thing I've done (because I LOVE blizzards) is I go on the DQ site and there is a place to select nutritional info and you can actually customize the blizzard. I've done this a few times in order to take the calories down to a more reasonable level. Regular cone is probably the way to go though!

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BRADMILL2922 8/6/2013 11:55AM

    That is crazy! I have a strict NO BLIZZARD policy because they just tend to be so good in so many bad ways!

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MOTHEPRO 8/6/2013 10:28AM

    Yeah, it's surprising how calorie dense those things are. emoticon

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BARCONIUS 8/6/2013 9:54AM

    Who says you can't come up with a catchy title? Darned sneaky ice cream places.

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LOVINGAFRICA 8/6/2013 8:25AM

    Thank heavens my pouch does not like IC!
Less freedom, but safer!
You will get rid of those cals in no time. The way you work out, you actually deserve it!

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MMILLER139 8/6/2013 1:26AM

    DQ has a sugar-free fudge bar that is only 50 calories. That is what I usually get if we end up there. It satisfies my sweet tooth pretty well and I don't feel like I am missing out on things that other people get to do food-wise.

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GREENGENES 8/6/2013 12:57AM

    Amazing isn't it? I love ice cream so I have to really keep on my toes to stay away from DQ and stick to the FroYo place when I crave ice cream.

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COCK-ROBIN 8/6/2013 12:36AM

    I believe it. Look at the Frosty from Wendy's.

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CHUBBEGONE28 8/5/2013 11:18PM

    You saved me some sweat it out pain, as hubby and I were craving Blizzards tonight. Note to self, always look at nutrition facts and log it ahead of time!

Truly, one indulgence does not ruin your healthy lifestyle. It's a new day with new choices. You've got this!


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MARYANNB25 8/5/2013 11:12PM

    Wow glad I saw this my husband and I were talking about going this week and trying it. emoticon I definitely will rethink what I am going to get. Thanks for posting this. emoticon

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