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Should I stop at McDonalds before or after the gym?

Monday, April 15, 2013

Yes, I actually said that today. It wasn't until it was out of my mouth that I realized how ridiculous it sounded! Actually, I stop at McDoanlds almost every day that I work. I buy their $1 side salads. I realized I was spending way too much money on lettuce and other salad greens only to be throwing over half of what I purchased out in the woods (at least the woodland creatures eat well around my house) So, I started buying the side salads at Mcdonalds. They are perfect. I just bring along my toppings and dressing and viola! A perfect sized salad with no waste!

I had a good day at the gym. I saw they are hiring for a part time front desk person, so I put in an application. I don't think they will hire me, but you never know. I figured I would give it a shot. I have been looking at picking up a second job anyway, so I figured why not?

I ran a mile! yay me!! and I did some work on the ARC trainer. I skipped ST today... I know... I know... but I was just in a cardio mood and wanted to run!!

I have a co-worker who is trying to make a bit of trouble for me. In the end though, he just made himself look bad and I don't. I will say this... he picked the wrong fight. He has a major beef with me because I know more than he does and because my co-worker (who he has a total crush on) pays more attention to me than she does him. He resents the fact that her and I are friends, so of course he "tries" to nit pick me. In the end he just makes himself look bad, and actually makes her dislike him even more.

I dediced to give up my lovely Jif peanut butter and start eating all natural. I have to say... I am in love! I never thought I would like anything buy Jif, but I have to say... I am in love with the natural stir kind! I tried a little bit of Jif last night, and it wasn't very good. I am a total convert!

I hope everyone has a great night!!

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BATCHICK 4/16/2013 10:53AM

    ha! your blog title had me intrigued. Glad you're not capping off a work out with a Big Mac!

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MKATE88 4/16/2013 6:43AM

    I agree with you on the peanut butter; I used to be a planter's girl myself. Best of luck to you on getting the new job!

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LOVINGAFRICA 4/16/2013 6:24AM

    This mile running thing is becoming a habit. I love it. Take that Gym Teacher!
Hope you get the second job.
Sorry about the love struck co worker. Just give him some positive attention. Sometimes that works better. (SOMETIMES) emoticon
Bless you!

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SPARKFRAN514 4/16/2013 12:30AM

    emoticon for the idea about the salad i too waste the greens an don't have wild life to share it with emoticon good for you on the peanut butter emoticon

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share the road please!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

I know there are a lot of cyclists out there that are rude and don't obey the traffic laws (especially in cities) but please don't lump us all together.

I have as much right to be on the road as anyone else. I obey traffic laws. In the State of Pennsylvania when passing a cyclist, you must give them at least 4 feet between your vehicle and them. You can read about it here

So, why can't people do it? I personally do not road ride a lot, I stick to trails mostly. There are occasions when I don't have time to go to the trail so I hop on and take a ride down the road. I am amazed at the amount of people who are so inconsiderate to bikes!

In other news... I spent yesterday with my boyfriend. We didn't do much, be did go for a nice hike in the woods. I don't know how long it was, but there was no trail. Just him and I making our way up and down the side of the mountain. It was pretty nice. I enjoyed myself.

I hit a new low weight of 133.8 - my weight loss had stalled out and I was totally ok with that! Then, I added a few new things to my diet and it started up again. I figure I will just let my body get to where it is comfortable. I am getting all of my nutrients, my blood work is good and I feel great. I don't see any reason to change anything that I have been doing.

I think that is all for now

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BAMAJAM 4/18/2013 3:06PM

  Indeed it is true that cyclists have as much right to be on the road as anyone else-------BUT----- they are endangered by so many drivers who are not cautious and vigilant drivers. I am hyper-careful when I see cyclists, --- I am also frightened for their safety! Tragic accidents have happened in our town because of car/ bike collisions. When I see bike riders in heavy traffic, I think of the danger. Please, be careful, and aim for the safe routes. Motorcyclists are also at greater risk because drivers commit "frequent errors" resulting in accidents. I just wish to stress to everyone,... be alert, be cautious. A miscalculated instant can be fatal.

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SWIMLOVER 4/15/2013 9:09AM

  You are doing just emoticon

Please be safe while riding. You are so right a lot of drivers are not careful of people riding bikes.

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LOVINGAFRICA 4/15/2013 6:16AM

    Courtney, you are doing amazing! Well done on the weightloss and your wise attitude about your body. If you are not working with her and loving her things just won't work.
Just be glad that you are not cycling in a third world country, Honey. One of my friends got pushed off a gravel road down the side of a mountain and sustained a head injury. The driver did not even stop. She is doing great, but she is not that brittle brilliant genius mind anymore. She is softer and gentler now. Our country's best olympic cyclist got killed the other day.
Just keep safe on the roads ok?

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New Dress and working out (photo)

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Yesterday my trainer put me through our most aggressive circuit yet.

1. Walking lunges w/ a band pull - entire length of gym
2. squats on inverted bosu ball w/ 15 pound bar (15 times)
3. Tire flips w/ a jump up on the tire and then a burpee on the tie - entire length of gym (appx 17 times)
3. Up and down the stairs 5 times
4. on the fifth time I then had to run across the top of the gym, down the stairs on the other side, through the lobby, down the steps and around the track.

This circuit was repeated 3 times. As an added bonus, because my trainer adores me, each time we repeated the circuit, we added another lap with stairs

Now, I am not saying I did all of this in rapid fire, but I did it at a pace for me that was challenging. Once again, her and I focus on form and correctly preforming the exercises, not speed.

I am so sore today. It is awesome!!

I went shopping the other night, and got an awesome deal at JCP. A new dress and a pair of red crop pants for a total of $12. You can't beat that! I was all set to wear the crops yesterday, then realized I forgot to shave my legs. I wore the dress with dark stockings.

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MOM2ACAT 4/12/2013 4:27PM

    Love the dress and you got an awesome deal on it!

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PATTYR81 4/12/2013 10:36AM

    Your fitness regimen is inspiring me! It's a decidedly weak point in my program emoticon

LOVE the dress!!! You look great! and on SALE!!!

Doesn't get any better than that!!!

Happy Day!

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LOVINGAFRICA 4/12/2013 5:45AM

    Wow, that is a WORKOUT! Have you noticed, there is a little bit of a sadist in the best trainers. It gives them job satisfaction. I watched an episode of the Biggest Loser, and I am absolutely sure of this. Those trainers are really helping, but they are enjoying themselves a bit to much...
You look AMAZING, Friend
Be blessed today

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LESLEE33 4/11/2013 1:57PM

    Good for you, your doing a fine job, keep up the great work! emoticon emoticon

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One Year - a reflection and photo blog

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

One year ago today, I underwent RNY Gastric Bypass surgery. I was nervous and I was scared. I wasn't sure what was going to happen. The last thing I remember is being wheeled into a cold, sterile operating room and telling the nurse "It's freezing in here! It feels like my parent's house!"

I woke up in some place... though where I was at I didn't know. I felt sick and groggy and down right horrible. I felt like I could just drift away for a thousand years.

The hospital stay was crappy. Now, don't get me wrong... I loved being pumped full of morphine as I have (I will not lie) always hand a fondness for opiate type drugs, but I felt dirty and gross.

I came home and then the journey began.

The early days are hard to remember right now, but I know they weren't too bad. I had a textbook perfect surgery. No complications. No food issues. no vomiting, no blood clots, no hernia, no nothing. Everything is and was perfect.

As the year went on and I started to drop pounds, I became more and more active. I rode my bike, I worked out, I started volunteering at the local library.

My pants and shirts and underwear got smaller. My ability and endurance for physical activity grew.

So today, here I am - 1 year later -

126 pounds lost
95 total inches

my freaking waist is 32 inches! Heck, last year at this time that was the size of my thigh!!!

Taken on my birthday 2012 - my highest weight ever of 260

me at my heaviest weight, right before surgery

around 230 pounds - I hadn't been able to wear those jeans comfortably in a few years

around 210 pounds -

I cried -

80 pounds down in this pic - somewhere in the 180 range

wearing a vest from when I was 10 year old!!!!

somewhere in the 150s

after reaching my goal of 140 pounds - I think I am around 138 in this pic

There is is... a years worth of pictures -
oh and one more thing...

To my Elementary School Gym Teacher who used to call me chubbers and porky -- FFFFFFFF YOU!! I CAN run that mile, I RAN that mile and I am going to run more of those miles!!

I think that is all for now!

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PATTYR81 4/12/2013 10:31AM


emoticon emoticon on all your hard work and effort paying off BIG emoticon Time!!!

I especially appreciate you sharing your journey (and pics!!!).

You always make me laugh, smile and reflect back to my own experience.

Happy Happy Day!!


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SOOTHINGGLOW 4/11/2013 3:44PM

you look beautiful!

That gym teacher is an a$$

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CBLENS 4/11/2013 12:52PM

    You look amazing , my sister-in-law just had the sleeve done last week, hope she is as successful as you. She's a teacher too. emoticon

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LOVINGAFRICA 4/11/2013 12:57AM

You look absolutely awesome. And I am so proud of you and all you have accomplished.
The smaller your outside got, the bigger your inside grew.
Bless you Sweety!

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BILL60 4/10/2013 9:46PM

    Way to go!!

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COCK-ROBIN 4/10/2013 8:36PM

    Wonderful success story!

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NATURALROCKS 4/10/2013 4:52PM

    emoticon Congrats on your success!

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    You look gorgeous. I had lapband 3 1/2 years ago, did very well in the first 15 months but then ran into trouble and regained a good amount. Have just gotten back on track and added something new -- I'm endeavoring to develop an exercise habit. That gym teacher can kiss your elbow and mine.

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PRETTYPITHY 4/10/2013 4:37PM

    Wow, your gym teacher said that? SO unacceptable. Well, you've certainly shown him or her (not that you needed to). Congrats!

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ATTACKFATCAT 4/10/2013 4:29PM

    YOU are amazing! Congrats on a year of great accomplishments! It sounds like you made the best choice to change your life and it has really paid off.


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MISSB8604 4/10/2013 4:28PM

    Nicely done!!!!!!

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HEATER1369 4/10/2013 4:07PM

    That is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JGIRL5799 4/10/2013 3:45PM

    emoticon emoticon That is awesome.. and how dare a teacher tell you that! That is awful!

I can not wait till I get into wonderland of below 200! only in a few short months! I can only imagine the excitement and crying, that scale pic was heartwarming for me!

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New Hair! (photos)

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

I got a haircut. These pictures aren't the best

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PATTYR81 4/10/2013 11:00AM

    Very Nice Cortney!!!

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LOVINGAFRICA 4/10/2013 5:26AM

    I love that cut!
Is your hair growing back yet? After RNY it most always thins but then comes back stronger? I have very fine hair to start off with. Will have to get myself a pink bob wig at the chinese shop in town, when mine start their journey south.
You look great.

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BLONDIE218145 4/9/2013 10:23PM

    Do you like it? I do!!

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