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Saturday, November 02, 2013

Me on Halloween

My best friend Amanda and I

just a random weird pic of me


my most favorite place in the world


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LOVINGAFRICA 11/7/2013 2:08PM

    Love seeing you so happy and looking so healthy!
Has Dear Grandmother come around yet?

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BRADMILL2922 11/7/2013 1:04AM

    Lookin' good, and happy!

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JANTWO 11/4/2013 1:25AM

    You look amazing!!!!

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CSYOUNG1952 11/3/2013 5:41PM

    emoticon You look awesome girl.

hugs Connie

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NICEW0 11/2/2013 9:52PM

  Nice pics.

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Well... I have managed to overbook myself. I mean REALLY overbook myself. I have agreed to work 10/28-10/31 then again starting 11/2-11/9 then again 11/11-11/14.

I agreed to be my co-worker's daughter's coach for Battle of the Books, but no one has even really showed any interest in it. I don't even know if they read the books. I know I haven't. I shouldn't have agreed to do it because I am just stretched too thin right now.

I have to cook for my work lunches and dinners and I am not quite sure when I will find time to do that, work all of these extra days, do my household chores, pc fit, x-biking (spinning) and everything else I have to do.

I can't back out of any of it now, so I am going to have to get it figured out.

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DSCROW 10/31/2013 10:26PM

    Courtney Lee I get it. Balance has not been easy for me as I have gotten better I have just added more and more. I am feeling the same feeling of stretching myself too thin and having to back off and say I can do what I can do and that's all I can do. Do I always have to do to my final bit of energy and ability is what I am asking myself right now. So often I have nothing left over and my running has suffered neglect due to this. Also searching for my way and wondering if some of this overdoing caused my weight gain and neglect of myself in the first place?

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 10/30/2013 5:48AM

    Take a deep breath, prioritize each event/activity and tackle each of them one step at a time and you'll succeed!

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BRADMILL2922 10/30/2013 5:16AM

    Sounds like a pretty busy schedule. Good luck!

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LOVINGAFRICA 10/28/2013 2:51PM

    Just hang in there, and get some help if you have to!
Time will fly!

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BATCHICK 10/28/2013 1:29PM

    take a deep breath and prioritize!

good luck! you got this!

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BILL60 10/28/2013 7:56AM

    It makes the time go by very fast (LOL).

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CATTUTT 10/27/2013 3:21PM

    Wow lady you are gonna be busy! You can manage it, though, I have total faith in you! Good luck!


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PATTYR81 10/27/2013 3:05PM

    One day at a time!

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BECKY0111 10/27/2013 8:28AM

    You can do it! I have faith in you!

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COCK-ROBIN 10/27/2013 3:54AM

    I hope you're able to do it.

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JJ625JONES 10/27/2013 2:35AM

    Try to take breaks throughout the days you're working.
Might help.
Good luck!

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JJ625JONES 10/27/2013 2:34AM

    Try to take breaks throughout the days you're working.
Might help.
Good luck!

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EOWYN2424 10/27/2013 2:22AM

    good luck!

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My First X-Bike (Spin) Class

Thursday, October 24, 2013

It was cold and nasty this morning when I left work. I was tired, and honestly just wants to go home, turn on my electric blanket and snuggle in bed. Then I remembered earlier in the week, I got the brilliant idea to sign up for a 6:00 am X-Bike class. (X-bike is my gym's version of spinning. Here is a blog on the difference if you care to read

Anyway, I got changed and left work in the cold and rain to head to the gym. I walked into the studio and was happy to see a lot of the people from my gym's PC Fit class. One of my classmates (Jane) helped me get my bike set up, and Phyllis (the instructor) gave me a quick rundown, and told me just to focus on getting familiar with the equipment, and I need not worry about standing and doing everything for this workout. She told me it would take a few times for me to catch on.

I sat front and center so I could see everything she was doing. As we went along, it felt a lot like my bike. I took the warm up period to play around a little bit, and honestly after the warm up I was pretty comfortable with it.

I got right into it. I found that it was a lot like trail riding. I got an awesome workout! By the time class was done, my legs burned and I was literally drenched in sweat. It was awesome! I think I have found yet another addiction at the gym!

I am going to have to do a little juggling, and maybe even take a PC Fit and an X-bike class in the same day (hours apart) but I would really like to add a class or two a week. It is a great total body workout, and I think it will really help me with my cardio endurance.

In other news... I posted this picture to Facebook today

and my grandmother comments
" Please honey not too much off!!You look great but we worry about you!!"


I am in the best shape of my life, I live a very healthy, active lifestyle and they worry about me?
I don't think she gets it. I am not sure exactly how I am going to "get sick" from working out, eating clean and being active... I would think I would have "gotten sick" from being an overweight smoker?

I love my Grandmother, I really, truly do, but I wish that she would understand that this is good for me!

Anyway, I hope all of my Sparkies have an awesome day!

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PATTYR81 10/26/2013 12:30AM

    You are looking soooo buffed girly!!! emoticon

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BILL60 10/25/2013 6:36AM

    Well done!!

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COCK-ROBIN 10/24/2013 11:02PM

    I'm proud of you!

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CATTUTT 10/24/2013 7:17PM

    Great job on that class! Man how I envy your enjoyment of physical activity!

I feel ya on the grandmother. No matter what I do, she's always "worried" about me. Whether I'm being healthy or smoking 2 packs a day. I have almost mastered the "In one ear and out the other" method of having conversations with her. It's helpful.

Hope you're having a good evening!


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GYPSYGOTH 10/24/2013 6:13PM

    I just started working at a gym and this is maybe my next step... we call it just "Cycling" or "Super Cycle" (which is even worse evidently) and people come out of there SO drenched, it's unreal. Good job!

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KNH771 10/24/2013 6:04PM

    It's great that you found a new class that you enjoy! I haven't done a group class in a long time, and I'm thinking about getting back into one soon.

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ARUNNINGKAT 10/24/2013 5:27PM

    I love spin class when I am able to go, even though it is a crazy, intense, leave-your-legs-burning workout! You know you got in a good workout in that class! Sorry about your grandma! I could write a book on loving, but crazy and sometimes distracting Grandma comments. You are so not alone! BTW you look fabulous! Your hard work has paid off! emoticon

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LOVINGAFRICA 10/24/2013 3:39PM

It is just that she loves you. I think you look amazing
Glad you found another exercise to enjoy!

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MARYJOANNA 10/24/2013 3:32PM

  Just do what you are doing.

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SHARONCAPPS 10/24/2013 3:26PM

  It could be that she worries about too much weight loss and unhealthy eating disorders. If you are eating healthy and exercising and not underweight, you are doing good. Keep up the good work and maybe explain to her what you are doing.

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Clean Eating -- getting ready

Sunday, October 20, 2013

I went shopping, and didn't spend as much as I thought. In fact, it didn't cost me any more (or less) than what I would have normally spent.

I have my first few days menu planned out - but it still needs some tweaking. There are not enough calories, but there is a lot of food.

Breakfast -
Egg sandwich on whole wheat toast (ham, egg, cheese)

3oz of round steak

3oz chicken
mixed veggies
sweet potato

apple w/ string cheese
greek yogurt w/ mixed berries

Actually, when I break it down, there isn't anything special there. That is pretty much what I would normally eat. Now, there is some debate about ham... for now, I am going to keep this one. I like it, and I am currently looking for a brand without added sugar. Boars Head looks like a good choice.

I went through my house and got rid of the majority of processed foods that I will not be eating. I left anything he would eat as he thinks I am daft and will not willingly participate in my clean eating venture. I packed his lunch last night for work today with the following...

1 little debbie fancy cake
1 single serve bag of chips
1 pack of chips a hoy
peanut butter m&ms, peppermint patties and kit kats.

Basically it is the lunch we all wanted in second grade. For dinner he has requested my special Mac and Cheese. Back in my "fat days" this was a staple. Basically it is mac and cheese made with whole milk and velveeta cheese, topped with ritz crackers and butter. Not healthy at all, but rather tasty.

I will also be making chili which will be clean. He will eat it with no problems or issues. I would really like him to get on board, but he doesn't want to, so I won't make him.

I have also sat and evaluated what is considered clean and what is not. I am on board with just about everything but wine. I will still be enjoying my wine. I am willing to give up just about everything but the wine.

I have also decided that I am going to stop buying boneless, skinless chicken breasts, and start buying bone in split breasts. It is cheaper, and generally, I don't think they are "enhanced" with some weird solution. I think I may also buy some chicken thighs as well.

Anyway, I suppose I should get to work.

Have a super Sunday everyone!

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GYPSYGOTH 10/24/2013 6:16PM

    Sounds like you have it all down to a science! I can't completely give up on wine either.
My only thought with the ham is to look for one that is un-cured (just smoked). I know they offer bacon this way; not positive about ham... but nitrates are really far worse than some sugar.
Keep up the great work!

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KNH771 10/24/2013 10:17AM

    That looks pretty reasonable. The only thing that sometimes throws me with eating clean is when I get into the cookbooks and they have ingredients I've never heard of. I've actually gone into the little Natural Grocer here and have had them not be able to find some of the ingredients too. You seem to have found a good middle ground.

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AZAOZA2 10/23/2013 2:22AM

    Keep planing emoticon

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BRADMILL2922 10/23/2013 12:18AM

    That is quite the lunch and would definitely loved that in 2nd grade...oh who am I kidding, i'd love it now lol. That mac & cheese sounds fantastic!

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LOVINGAFRICA 10/22/2013 10:24AM

    You too, Teamie!
That menu sounds awesome and seriously clean!
Wow, BF's lunch could kill a person. Good for you for sneaking in some good stuff in there.

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PATTYR81 10/21/2013 9:04AM

    I like your plan!

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BILL60 10/20/2013 9:54AM

    You are doing very well. Way to exercise self-discipline.

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COCK-ROBIN 10/20/2013 9:32AM

    Good for you!

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Clean Eating an new clothes! (Photo)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

I've decided that I am going to work on eating clean. I am fairly clean as is, but I am ready to take it to the next level. I have been reading up on it, and have been doing a lot of research, and think I have a pretty good idea of that is going to work for me. Here are some ideas that I have come up with

Breakfast -
-Overnight oatmeal or just regular oats with fruit, pumpkin or whatever else added
- Eggs in various form with whole wheat toast
- Protein pancaked (made from oats, cottage cheese and egg whites)
- Greek yogurt parfait w/ fruit and oats

- wraps w/ carrots
- soups/chili
- salads

- Pork/sauerkraut
- meat w/ steamed veggies and sweet potato
- whole wheat pasta w/ meatballs and salad

- Greek yogurt w/ fruit
- fruit in general paired with a string cheese
- Larabar/Kind Bar

This is a very basic outline. As I learn more, read more and explore more, the menus are going to grow. I am really hoping that by doing this, it helps me not only maintain my loss, but also help improve my performance.

I've already cleaned out the cabinets, and have a donation bag ready for the food bank. I am going to the store tomorrow for the weekly groceries, so I am going to make sure to get a goo start. There are some things left, but I am going to finish them up over the weekend. I can't really donate the frozen dinners, and I on't want them to go to waste.

Anyway, I bought this awesome new sweater at Sears

I bought a few other things too, but those are going to be future blogs!

Today, i was at the mall, and I was hungry and the food court was calling my name. The best pizza in the world was only a few feet away from me, and as my stomach rumbled... I walked right past it, and went to Buckle and bought a new shirt.

Buckle is a trendy store that I always wanted to shop at but never could. I can now, so I went and bought an uber cool shirt just to remind myself that nothing, and I mean NOTHING tastes as good as fit and thin feel!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Wednesday!

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PATTYR81 10/21/2013 9:11AM

    You look emoticon Cortney-Lee!!!

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CSYOUNG1952 10/18/2013 11:34AM

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I love your new sweater, I can't wait until I can start wearing horizontal stripes.

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MAIZEY 10/18/2013 7:47AM

    Cute top = 100% better than greasy pizza! emoticon

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GOING-STRONG 10/17/2013 5:54PM

    emoticon By the way, I make protein pancakes using Greek Yogurt instead of cottage cheese.... very tasty and a little less calories. I also make a pumpkin variety by adding 1/2 cup pumpkin and a little pumpkin pie spice as a nice variation.


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BEEANDHAM 10/17/2013 2:02PM

    I'm trying to eat clean too! I hope you post more about your journey with that!

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LOVINGAFRICA 10/17/2013 1:44PM

    That menu will do the trick! Love that sweater, and thanks for posting the
shopping picture, warms my heart.
And good job running away from that pizza trap!!

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ARUNNINGKAT 10/17/2013 12:31PM

    emoticon Love your new sweater and the way that you think! emoticon Can't wait to see the other new items that you bought!

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REAGANESQUE 10/17/2013 7:29AM

    You are rocking the horizontal stripes and look fab! Your clean eating menu sounds good...I love larabars emoticon

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BILL60 10/17/2013 6:19AM

    Way to discipline yourself.

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COCK-ROBIN 10/16/2013 11:02PM

    Go for it! You can do it. And I love the sweater.

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MJ7DM33 10/16/2013 10:33PM

  WTG! Luv the sweater! Lookn' good!

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