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Making Betty Draper-Francis Proud! (Photos)

Friday, September 06, 2013

For those of you who watch Mad Men, I think this outfit would make Betty Draper-Francis (January Jones' character) proud.





  
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BRADMILL2922 9/12/2013 1:01AM

    Love Mad Men! She would definitely be proud! Lookin good :)

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DSCROW 9/9/2013 7:23PM

    Great look chicky!

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LOVINGAFRICA 9/9/2013 1:49AM

    Don't watch Mad Men, but I think you look amazing!
What does that Dear Boy Friend of yours think?

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PATTYR81 9/8/2013 10:21AM

    I'd LOVE to go shopping with you Cortney!!!

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ANDYLIN90 9/7/2013 12:50AM

    Yes indeed and you look fabulous!

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SPARKLISE 9/6/2013 9:06PM

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COCK-ROBIN 9/6/2013 7:39PM

    WOW!

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CATTUTT 9/6/2013 1:08PM

    You look so fantastic it's really amazing. Great job you! I hope to do half so well!

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New hair and new outfit - photos!

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Sorry I am not very good at taking my own pic, but here is a new outfit I bought and my new hair cut


  
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LOVINGAFRICA 9/9/2013 1:47AM

    Wow, a knockout!

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IM2READY 9/6/2013 8:25PM

    You look great! All that hard work is paying off. Keep it up!

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TEREMC 9/6/2013 12:14PM

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PATTYR81 9/5/2013 3:34PM

    Your hair looks CUTE CUTE CUTE!!!

Great outfit!!! I LOVE the drapey neckline!

Those are great colors for you!

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THROOPER62 9/5/2013 6:02AM

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FITANDFIFTY2 9/5/2013 1:19AM

    You look awesome!!! Love that hair style!! Cute!

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JANTWO 9/5/2013 1:11AM

    You look beautiful!!!!

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BRADMILL2922 9/5/2013 1:08AM

    Lookin' good!

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MOM2ACAT 9/4/2013 7:08PM

    You look great!

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WILDKAT781 9/4/2013 4:49PM

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ANDYLIN90 9/4/2013 2:29PM

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MARYJOANNA 9/4/2013 1:04PM

  Looks good to me!

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BATCHICK 9/4/2013 11:53AM

    CUTE! Also, i like the color scheme of your bathroom.

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HEATER1369 9/4/2013 10:41AM

    You look AWESOME!!!!!

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CATTUTT 9/4/2013 9:55AM

    Holy crap lady, you look amazing! Love the outfit and haircut!

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BUSYGRANNY5 9/4/2013 8:06AM

    Love it!! You look great!!!

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COCK-ROBIN 9/4/2013 8:01AM

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RITAROSE 9/4/2013 7:40AM

  Very, very nice! It's such a lift to get a new hair cut and new clothes! You are looking great! Congratulations!! emoticon

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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!!
Tina


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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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COCK-ROBIN 9/4/2013 4:02AM

    wonderful!

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ALICIA214 9/4/2013 12:19AM

 

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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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SMALLERRJNOW13 9/3/2013 11:36PM

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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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2BFREE2LIVE 9/4/2013 1:01AM

    emoticon emoticon ON BEING A SIZE 4. I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL, I FELT THE SAME WAY WHEN I GOT IN MY FIRST SIZE 4 JEANS.
I WAS A SIZE WOMEN 24 WHEN I STARTED THIS JOURNEY.
emoticon A SPARKS BUDDY. SANDY

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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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SUNFLOWERGAMMY 9/2/2013 11:41PM

    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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CLEARNIGHTSKY 9/1/2013 8:19PM

    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,

Maggie

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CHANGINGHORSES 9/1/2013 6:30PM

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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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FITSMALLCLOTHES 9/1/2013 11:00AM

    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.
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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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COCK-ROBIN 9/1/2013 3:39AM

    Wonderful!

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