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Thank You Debbie Downer!

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Yesterday, I wrote a blog and included in it about how happy and ecstatic I was about buying a size 4 jeans. I made a point to mention that I knew deep down that they were not a REAL size 4, but an American Eagle size 4 which run big. Regardless... in my mind it is a size 4 and I am super excited! I was doing a happy dance all over the dressing room to the point I almost started to cry because I was so happy! I wanted to share that with my Spark Friends. I wanted to share with them how awesome I felt going from a size 22 to a size 4 (even if it isn't a real size 4 - and I am sure I wasn't real size 22 either if we are talking true sizing) and someone had to be a Debbie Downer and ruin it.

If I had feelings, I think that would have been hurt. I don't understand why people have to rain on others parades. Why can't someone just be happy for me, or if they are not, why can't they just ignore the post and not comment at all?

In other news, I have another "ice pick" headache and I have figured out the source. My neck and shoulder muscles are tensing up and making it hurt. I am starting to feel better. I better feel better because I want to do PC Fit at 5:30. I have support group tomorrow night at 6, and I won't be able to take any other PC Fit class besides the 5:30 am class.

Anyway, not much else to report - have a great night Sparkies!

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TOXICLIGHT 9/6/2013 7:27AM

    that's a fantastic accomplishment, congratulations :) Ignore the Debbie Downers. They're just jealous of your success.

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PATTYR81 9/5/2013 3:32PM

    If those jeans say size 4, they ARE size 4!

Let's leave it at that and not worry about how different designers cut their sizes.

You have worked soooooo hard and your efforts have soooooo paid off!! emoticon And best yet, you are still 'living the dream' every day and sharing your journey with us.

I've read books where people talked about others putting them down for their success. I didn't really get it until I had a 30+yr friendship disintegrate cuz they basically told me I was old and fat. If that's how they saw/see me as a person, then I DONT want them in my life. I cut that off right away: CHONG!

Better to surround ourselves with positive, supportive people!
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TEREMC 9/5/2013 11:42AM

    Well, I will share that I started at a size 22 also and was tickled beyond belief a few weeks ago to buy a size 12 pair of shorts off the end of season rack! I seriously cant remember the last time I wore a size 12 and it probably was not a real 12 cause mose of my clothes are 14-16 right now but I had the same reaction and it felt incredible. Congrats, dont let the DD get to you

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WEEPINGANGEL74 9/4/2013 10:13PM

    Congratulations!! I know exactly how you feel about the jeans regardless of their "true" size. Nothing these days has a "true" size on it in the fashion industry. CONGRATS!!!! Woo Hoo!!

Hope your headache goes away fast!

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MOM2ACAT 9/4/2013 7:08PM

    The great thing about our blogs, is that we can delete those kind of comments! There's no excuse for it, but that person probably isn't feeling very good about themselves and feeling jealous of you.

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WILDKAT781 9/4/2013 4:52PM

    I saw that Debbie downer! ignore such things - it is just their way of expressing their jealousy!!!!


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TIME-4-TINA 9/4/2013 11:41AM

    First of all, I saw your pics. You are a tiny little thing! You could have said you were a size 2 and I would not have doubted it. Congrats on your success. I got very excited in the dressing room once. When I zipped up my first pair of size 10's in the spring. I was standing there in shock. I wanted to run out of the dressing room and tell anyone who would listen that I just fit into a size 10. ha ha! Meanwhile, I read Debbie Downers comment. This is suppose to be a happy place! A happy and supportive place! She needs to stick with FB and Twitter if she wants to spread negativity. I am adding you as a friend. I want to be a source of support and, in turn, I want to receive support. Now, if you'll excuse me, I am heading to American Eagle to buy some jeans that are a size 8 but are not really a size 8!!

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JANUT57 9/4/2013 10:52AM

  I think you had a great accomplishment! Be proud! I would have loved to see your dance in the dressing room, I can only imagine the glow on your face! emoticon

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CATTUTT 9/4/2013 10:07AM

    Poop on the Debbie Downer. You've accomplished something amazing, and you deserve to dance in the dressing room about it!

Hope your headache feels better soon!

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LOVINGAFRICA 9/4/2013 5:49AM

    Sorry about the Debbie Downer!
Just ignore, don't be hurt.
Glad you are sorting out that ice pick man!

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THROOPER62 9/4/2013 5:02AM

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BRADMILL2922 9/4/2013 4:10AM

    You should definitely be proud of it! That is a huge accomplishment going from a 22 to a 4! Hope your headache gets better sooner than later!

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ARGENTPUCK 9/4/2013 12:16AM

    Real sizing or not, that is a crazy-great accomplishment. People tend to piss on other people's days because they're jealous and insecure. Why quibble, that's the truth. And if you're making someone else insecure... well, that might not be your goal (I sure hope not), but it does mean you're doing something right.

Also, what is "real" sizing, anyhow? If it was a size 4 from Old Navy compared to a size 22 from Old Navy, you went down 18 sizes. I haven't done a real comparison (though I'm well aware of the size deflation thing), but I would imagine that they're effectively the same deviation from size 4 and 22 at another store.

Don't let the twits drag your day down when you have something to legitimately celebrate. Heck, don't even acknowledge them (though I totally support calling them out like this post does).

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MRSLCDR 9/3/2013 11:35PM

    Awesome!! Forget the haters!! You should be jumping for joy!! emoticon

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GENRE009 9/3/2013 11:34PM

    Once again others try to bring someone down who is really trying to be healthy. Great work Cortney! I am going to try and follow in your positive foot steps. But there are always Debbie Downers, as friends close by to help you fall. And they always say," one time isn't going to hurt you!" But with them it is always that one time. They need the support in their bad habits. Or maybe they think it is all about being fat, and they want you to be a brother in crime with them. So, their not the only fat or unhealthy person in the room.

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LADYTARLTON 9/3/2013 11:32PM

    I think it's a wonderful accomplishment and you should be proud and shout it loud. emoticon

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I've got a headache *THIS BIG*

Monday, September 02, 2013

I have, what I refer to as an "ice pick" headache. It is the kind where it feels like there is a little man standing in my head stabbing my eye with an ice pick. The fact that I can't take anything other than Tylenol makes it even worse. Tylenol does nothing for pain. I can eat a bottle of it, and it does nothing.

Anyway, I ran out of time today or I would have some pictures of my new hair. Hopefully I won't get distracted tomorrow.

I don't remember if I mentioned that I went shopping for new jeans a few weeks ago. In case I didn't mention it... I went shopping for new jeans and was able to buy... A SIZE 4!!!! Granted, they are an American Eagle size 4 (which tend to run big because of all of the spandex) but in my head they are a 4 and I am excited!

My boyfriend and I went to the Altoona Curve game last night. It was the second to last one of the season. I was excited they won! They scored all 8 runs in the first inning of the game. The rest of the game was pretty uneventful. I didn't overly horrible, but not the best either. Moderation is what it is all about! I had some kind of Jack Daniels punch, that was alright, but not that great. He drank most of it. I had a slice of cheese pizza and some of these awesome cinnamon sugar almonds. Afterwards we stopped at a local custard stand and I had a child's non fat/no sugar added yogurt cone. That was pretty much all I ate for the day, so I was ok with that. When I weighed in this morning, my weight was only slightly up, so I didn't care about 0.2 pounds. That is perfectly natural.

PC Fit was at 9 this morning, and I didn't get up in time.. ugh - I am going to hit the 5:30 am class on Wednesday and Friday. I am working on Thursday, so I am not sure which class I will be able to make it to. We will see.

I am so lazy this week, I didn't really cook anything for myself, so I am eating mostly things that I have had frozen and supplementing with whatever else is in the freeze/fridge. Lucky that pretty much everything I buy is "good" food or food that isn't overly horrible for you.

Anyway, I think that is all for now

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BRADMILL2922 9/4/2013 4:08AM

    Congrats! That is great!

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IM2READY 9/3/2013 5:37PM

    Wow a size 4!! That is great!

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CATTUTT 9/3/2013 4:32PM

    Oh man, those "ice pick" headaches are terrible. Makes me want to stab my eye out sometimes.

And congratulations on size 4! That is absolutely awesome!

Hope you're having a good evening!


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HINK2013 9/3/2013 10:51AM

    Hate those kind of headaches!! Hope it doesn't totally ruin your day. I so relate to Tylenol not doing anything..... I have to take Advil to combat pain!

And WOOHOO - way to go on the jeans!! It's so nice to go to the store and buy something in a size smaller than you anticipated.

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PATTYR81 9/3/2013 10:50AM

    emoticon on the jeans!!!! emoticon

I TOTALLY GET IT! I feel the SAME way in my size 12's that you do in your size 4's. I haven't been this size since my 1st dd was born 25 years ago!

It's an amazing life accomplishment - smaller jeans have way more impact and meaning than the scale number.

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BROADBRUSH 9/3/2013 10:10AM

    i don't get stuck on 'numbers' any more . like shoes - all my life i was a size 6 - then they changed the way they measured and all of a sudden i am a 7. my feet are my feet and they are the same - i have old shoes and boots and they still fit.
sizes are a head game - if you are happy because you are a size 4 - then enjoy and revel in it. you feel an accomplishment and i understand. but if you go to France or Italy - their size 4 is like a size0 here - and you would be upset because jeans would be like a 12.
but it is only a number - if the clothing fits well and looks good - BONUS
forget the number!
sorry about your head ache - i find cammomile tea, no tv or reading and just resting takes the edge off - i used to get migraines but changed my diet and take mega vit's and they are much less in intensity and frequency.
have a great day - enjoy those jeans!

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LOVINGAFRICA 9/3/2013 4:37AM

    A 4 is a 4 and a 4 is AWESOME!
Whoo hooo!!
Sorry about that headache, PC fit can wait.
Have a great day!

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JIBBIE49 9/3/2013 12:34AM

    Done Girls ROCK. Relax.

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COCK-ROBIN 9/3/2013 12:06AM

    I hope it gets better for you.

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    emoticon I hate headaches like that, actually I don't like headaches of any kind!

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KONRAD695 9/2/2013 11:30PM

    Sorry about the headache. I get them about 3 times a year when I give up the caffeine (again), hope it clears up for you soon.

emoticon on the pants. My favorite is when not only could I buy them smaller around, but shorter too. Didn't know that a Santa Belly would pull my pants up so much.

Love the food eating. Half the week I cook, the other half is whatever is in the freezer.

Have a good Tuesday, Konrad

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September Goals and such

Sunday, September 01, 2013

A new month is almost here! In only a few short hours, it will be the ninth month of the year. Only three more months, and it will be another year. Where does time go?

I have had an outstanding August! Despite taking a week and a half off from PC Fit I still managed to hit my lowest weight EVER of 124.4 pounds! Not only that, but I am getting leaner. My body comp is changing, and underneath all of this skin is some pretty rock hard muscle!

My Goals for Sept.

1. Continue with PC Fit 2-3 times per week. Start upping my weights and pushing myself harder

2. Continue to phase out processed food and snacks for more whole food options.
--- I do a pretty good job at this, but I want to continue to eliminate

3. Work on getting enough fluid - this is a HUGE struggle for me, and I want to continue to work in more fluid.

4. Stop spending money and save for a big shopping trip/tattoos

Basically, I want to continue to maintain what I am doing, and start to push myself a little harder at PC Fit.

In other news, I did a little shopping today and got my hair cut. I will post pictures here in the next few days.

I found out that Babydoll Dresses are coming back in style! Whoo hooo! It is like 1995 all over again! Yay!!! Now I have an excuse to bust out my old Doc from 1995 (that is when I bought them)

Anyway, I don't really have much else to talk about. I had high hopes for this blog, but they kind of fizzled. Hopefully in the next few days I will find my muse.

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BRADMILL2922 9/4/2013 4:09AM

    Looks like you have a great plan! Uh oh, stuff from 1995 is coming back? Lets just hope it doesn't all come back!

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BATCHICK 9/3/2013 12:16PM

    I just found two pristine pairs of Docs in a box in my parents garage, I don't care what's in style i'm wearing them!


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PATTYR81 9/2/2013 11:10AM

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I had to laugh at the last paragraph cuz that's EXACTLY where I've been for the past month! emoticon

Muse! Where are you????

Happy Day!

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    Hi, Ms. CORTNEY-LEE,

I am thrilled for you!!! Your story is inspiring!!!

Your last paragraph cracked me up--hilarious.

Looking forward to more great posts,



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It sounds like you are doing great! Way to go!

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NANCYPAT1 9/1/2013 5:05PM

    You are really doing great and truly are inspirational - thank you for sharing your triumphs along the way. I look forward to when you FIND your muse.

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LOVINGAFRICA 9/1/2013 2:38PM

    You are a rock star, Teamie!
Good for you!

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CATTUTT 9/1/2013 12:16PM

    Holy moly, 124.4 lbs?? That's freakin awesome! Huge huge congratulations. Did you dance all over the house when you saw that number? If not, you should have!

Oh, and horray for babydoll dresses. Love those things!

Have a great Sunday!


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    Glad to hear you are clean eating. It will do more for your body composition than exercise. We have eaten paleo for a year or so now. Lost weight naturally, got off all meds, disorders gone. Favorite book, The Primal Blueprint.
Hugs, emoticon going

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KELSEY65 9/1/2013 9:47AM

    I love the first outfit, it is so colorful and you look great in it!

Continued success with your goals :)

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40PUDDLEJUMPER 9/1/2013 6:22AM

    sounds like you have it all sorted!!

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Ugh! Stupid water retention!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

I am going to have to drink some serious fluids! I am retaining water like mad! I weighed in at 127.4 yesterday and this morning at 129.6! I about fell over! I talked myself down off the ledge by reminding myself that

1. I am retaining water. I have been out of bed over three hours and my ring is still tight.

2. I haven't used the "bathroom" in several days

3. My muscles are sore from PC Fit

And most of all -- IT IS NOT MY TRUE WEIGHT!

I will have to see if the trend continues. The important thing is how my clothes fit. I could be gaining weight as I gain muscle tone? That is a possibility. It is just so hard to tell because of all the loose skin that is hanging around. I can see some definition in my arms, but it is overshadowed by that nasty loose skin.

I took another class yesterday with Coach Mike, and I have to say, I was impressed by this one. I felt I got a good workout, and I was challenged. I also got the new schedule and am super excited that Paul will be taking over the Monday 10:00 slot. I am going to have to make sure to get there for that one because Paul is awesome! I am sore for days after a Paul workout.

Looks like I will mostly have Paul or Anthony according to the new schedule. I like Anthony too, but his workouts are more complicated. They seem to sometimes require more coordination that I have, but hopefully that will come in time. I am going to miss Tony's workout. His workouts were simple and brutal. He used a lot of basic moves that were killer. When you got done with Tony, you knew it!

Anyway, time to get ready for work --

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PATTYR81 8/29/2013 11:29AM

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MARYJOANNA 8/29/2013 5:48AM

  Perhaps your doctor would give you a diuretic for water retention.

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LOVINGAFRICA 8/29/2013 5:44AM

    Girl, those lb are absolutely water. After a hard workout when we have those lovely little micro fibre muscle tears that will grow more muscle, we do retain water. You just need to heal up a bit. It will drop off you in a couple of days. The thing is you are getting stronger and fitter. Glad you like your new trainer better.
I can pick up 2kg/about 4lb of water overnight and keep it on for two weeks. Hormones.
But if I stay consistent, eating right working out and staying away from sugar and alcohol it is very rewarding to then lose 4kg in two days when it decides to shift.
Hope it happens soon for you!

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BRADMILL2922 8/29/2013 3:01AM

    It definitely could be from gaining some muscle. Keep up the good workouts regardless of who is doing the class and you will see more and more of that. Like you said, go by how your clothes fit.

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COCK-ROBIN 8/28/2013 6:53PM

    Go for it!

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MJRVIC2000 8/28/2013 3:58PM

    Remember that there is a BIG difference between making a DECISION and making a COMMITMENT. God Bless YOU! Vic.

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New PC Fit Coach (+photos)

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

We got a new coach for PC Fit - I am not sure what I think. Tyler went back to school, and Tony is only doing 1 class every other Saturday (which I can never make it for) - I had coach Mike for the first time today, and I was not impressed. The workout was not what I am used to. He is new, so I am going to give him some time to adjust. I can't even imagine how the other girls felt because I didn't even feel that challenged, and they are like super fit!

I am going to give him a chance though, and honestly, even if I don't like him, I don't have much of a choice since he is going to be teaching a lot of the classes I take.

I took my BFF out for lunch today for her birthday and we went shopping. We went to the Olive Garden for lunch. It was yummy! We just got the soup, salad and breadsticks, and an order of stuffed mushrooms to share. I didn't really eat very much, but that is ok! I left full, but even better, I got to spend time with my friend.

I don't get to see her enough and lately I have just needed a friend. I talk to lots of people, but I really needed to get out and do something with someone that didn't involve work or something like that. What I really need is an awesome night out of dancing and Jack Daniels!

The bank got all of the fraud stuff handled, so that makes me happy.

I went shopping today and bought some new clothes. I bought new underwear, a few pairs of dress pants, and a few new tops. I have a few more things to buy. All of my clothes, save for 5-6 outfits are too big. I don't want to keep any clothes that are too big because that will give me an excuse to gain weight. By only having clothes that fit, I have to keep on top of things.

Anyway, here are a few pics of outfits I bought a while ago and haven't worn.

My Grandmother Snoots bought me this lovely outfit

I bought this dress on sale for $9.99 and never had a chance to wear it.

Tattoo is looking good!

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BRADMILL2922 8/28/2013 3:40AM

    Sounds like a pretty good day! I like the pics too!

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MAW_OH 8/27/2013 10:04PM

    Sounds like a great day!

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PATTYR81 8/27/2013 9:51AM

    Super Cute!!!!

I LOVE shopping with you!

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BILL60 8/27/2013 9:05AM

    Looking good!!

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LOVINGAFRICA 8/27/2013 4:40AM

    Looking Good Sparkie! Love your new arm muscles...
Thank you for the shopping blog with pics they make me happy!

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ROSEPETAL80 8/27/2013 4:22AM

    love the dress and the tattoos.

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2BFREE2LIVE 8/27/2013 1:04AM

    CUTE!!! emoticon

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ZRIE014 8/27/2013 12:42AM

  wish you a happy day

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