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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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Spark Coach Challenge - Focus on the positives

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

The Spark Coach Challenge for today is focusing on the positives - we are to list three things that we have accomplished so that when we have a "slip up" we can look back on those and not beat ourselves up.

1. during a VERY stressful situation at work, I did NOT turn to food like I normally would have in that situation. I was able to deal with my stress and my feelings without eating a bag of potato chips

2. I have been saving money. Each paycheck I give $100 to my boyfriend who will then give it to me at the end of the year to pay on my Jeep which means it will be paid off sooner!

3. I can run a mile. Well... jog a mile, but I have never been able to do it before.

yay me!!

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LOVINGAFRICA 4/9/2013 1:29PM

    Oh Yes!
You are doing great...
Bless you!

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LWADE1963 4/9/2013 12:37PM

    great great great!! focus on positive small things and then you will grow

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VEG_GIRL04 4/9/2013 12:31PM

    All wonderful things- stay focused on these and don't let them slip in times of weakness! You're on your way to success!

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Doctor's Appointment and the First Ride of the year

Monday, April 08, 2013

I had a doctor's appointment today. My doctor takes forever... my appointment was for 10:45 and I didn't get out of there until after 2. That is ok though, I didn't throw a fit this time because after I checked in and got my vitals done, I left. I asked when the doctor would be back in, and said I will be back. I went for a nice walk/run all through downtown Altoona.

I don't know the exact distance, but I know that it took me about an hour. I walked and ran through the streets and up and down the big hills. It was pretty awesome.

My appointment was good. My blood work is back and everything is perfect. I am sending it off to my Holistic Nutritionist and see what she thinks. She said her ranges are smaller than theirs. She wants to make sure I am healthy.

Since I am not getting enough leafy green veggies, I think I might try a new supplement. It is through my nutritionist, and I think it might be good. I am going to look more into it. I know there are lots of benefits from eating loss of green veggies. Since my stomach is so small, I am not able to eat a lot of them, but I still want the benefits.

After I went to the doctor's I stopped by the store, and came home. I loaded up my bike and went for the first ride of the year. It was awesome!! I only rode about 10 miles. It was hard! I need to get my butt and legs back into bike mode!

Hopefully I will be going hiking with a friend tomorrow -

Hope everyone has a great night!

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LOVINGAFRICA 4/10/2013 5:15AM

    This is just awesome.
Good for you for making lemonade, from slow doctors!
Have a great hike!

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GREENGENES 4/9/2013 8:46AM

    Way to use the waiting time to your advantage!

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LANAHAUTH21 4/8/2013 10:55PM

  Sounds like a great day.

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