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A Trip to the Circus

Saturday, April 20, 2013

After five years of being together, my boyfriend finally whined enough that I went with him to the Circus.

I am not a fan of the circus. I really disapprove of ALL circuses. It is a hold over from my vegan/vegetarian days. You can read more about it here
www.peta.org/issues/animals-in-enter
tainment/circuses.aspx


(I would like to note, that I think PETA is a bunch of loons, but this does offer pretty good information)

It just hurts my heart to see some of the most majestic creatures on earth forced to perform silly acts for people. It hurts me to see them caged, abused and mistreated.

So, we went to the circus. When they brought the Tigers out in too small cages, some of them stir crazy and turning in circles, peopled ohhhh'es and ahhhh'ed... and I had tears in my eyes because my heart hurt for them. While the kids lined up for Elephant rides, I cried because my heart ached for them.

A lot of the other acts were pretty neat, but were overshadowed by the overwhelming sense of sadness I felt for the animals. I don't think I will be going back

  
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PATTYR81 4/23/2013 10:47AM

    It took me a few days to figure out what to say here because your thoughts and feelings are sooooo like mine about this subject! It really hit a long-sore nerve!

My DH LOVES animals. My kids LOVE animals. And zoos. And circuses. And animal amusement parks like 6 Flags. And county fairs where they had elephant rides. Every major city that we've traveled to for softball that had a zoo- we were THERE. When my oldest dd was young, we went to the circus every year.

I put on a brave face and sometimes made a few comments, but I was always sooooooo sad for those animals!!! Esp the elephants and tigers. They are so majestic and should be FREE, FREE, FREE!

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LOVINGAFRICA 4/21/2013 3:23AM

    The bonds between ellies in the wild is so strong that they will all turn to fight a chopper if one of them gets shot. That is why when culling it is easy to kill a whole family group, because they all try to help the one who is downed. Some come running from as far as 5 miles away to help.
In the circus situation the buying and selling of animals is the most cruel part. It is totally unnatural for those bonds to be broken that way. It is pshyco torture.
I loved the Moscow circus that came here a couple of years ago. It is only humans and dogs, and everybody knows what a happy dog who likes his job or a scared abused dog with Stockholm Syndrome looks like.
They dress the dogs like horses or lions etc.

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COCK-ROBIN 4/20/2013 11:13PM

    Wonderful!

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CATTUTT 4/20/2013 1:49PM

    I am totally with you on this. I refuse to go to a circus, under any circumstances. I read the other day how elephants are trained, and it made me feel sick. I feel so terrible for those poor animals, and the lives they lead. It's more cruel than death to treat them that way.

I hope your bf will understand when you refuse to go back.

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Last Night - PG-13 Blog (maybe TMI?)

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Last night, after we got home from the circus (more about that in a later blog) and grocery shopping, my boyfriend and I were sitting on the couch. I went over to his side of the couch, straddled him and... he grabbed me by my back side, and stood up, my legs wrapped around his waist and carried me back to the bedroom...

I can't begin to describe what an awesome feeling that was! He picked me up like I was nothing and carried me back to the bedroom, just like all of the hot Vikings and Highlanders in those Romance Novels I read!!

I don't even know when the last time someone picked me up? I know no one has ever done THAT before because I have always been too heavy!

Anyway.... I am off to get ready for work. I have a long day ahead of me!

  
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LOVINGAFRICA 4/21/2013 3:24AM

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CATTUTT 4/20/2013 2:01PM

    Oh man, that is AWESOME! I would love dh to be able to pick me up someday. I'm super excited for you {and your bf!}

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PATTYR81 4/20/2013 10:20AM

    YAY!!! for you!!

Funny, I was thinking along these lines the other day when my dh pulled me to sit on his lap for a quick hug. My first thought was I was squishing him. Then I wondered when I would be lite enough for him to pick me up like he used to......

Happy, Happy Day!!!

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KAT321123 4/20/2013 9:38AM

    That must have felt awesome! Congratulations on all of your success =)

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COCK-ROBIN 4/20/2013 9:13AM

    wow

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OLIVIANIGHT 4/20/2013 8:17AM

    I still won't let my bf pick me up because I'm scared he'll pull something. That's a definite NSV there!

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CBLENS 4/20/2013 7:50AM

    Good for you!

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Goings on and another new dress photo

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Today was pretty ok as far as days go.

I went and volunteered at the library today. Then after that I went to the gym. I walked 30 mins on the treadmill... 2.5/mph 15% grade(incline) - It seems like it should be a lot harder. I wonder how accurate it actually is?

I attempted to make my own chinese food. Teriyaki Chicken and fried rice. It is for the weekend for work lunch, but I did take a taste to make sure it wasn't overly horrible. It is... ok. It is no where near as good as takeout (I think because it is lacking MSG) but it is TV Dinner quality, so not too bad. It will keep me from being hungry. That is the most important thing!

This picture is a few days old (Tuesday) but I am now just getting around to posting it. I bought this dress a few months ago, and this is the first time I wore it


I think that is all for now

  
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LOVINGAFRICA 4/19/2013 12:47PM

    I love your shopping and clothes with pictures blogs.
I think this dress is my favourite of all the ones you posted.
Bless you today...
Maria

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PATTYR81 4/19/2013 10:30AM

    You look terrific in your new dress!!

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FITWITHIN 4/18/2013 10:40PM

    Great photo!

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COCK-ROBIN 4/18/2013 10:27PM

    Beautiful!

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GWTRIKER 4/18/2013 8:07PM

    Your dress looks very nice.

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CANDEE412 4/18/2013 7:02PM

    very lovely

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I didn't get the fruit plate...

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

I went to a Volunteer Reception at the Spring House Grille today for recognition for my volunteer work at Roaring Spring Community Library. I had planned on getting the fruit plate with cottage cheese. Once I got there... I started thinking. I eat fruit every day. I don't really eat cottage cheese often because it makes my stomach make "funny" noises

I decided on having a slice of cheesecake. I really thought about it before I made my choice. I asked (and answered) the following questions

1. Am I going to eat this food tomorrow? (no)
2. When was the last time I had this type of food? (my birthday)
3. Will I eat this food next week? (no)
4. Will I over eat on this food? (no)

The way I looked at it is... I wasn't eat a whole cheesecake (and yeah, I have done that) I was having a piece. I don't feel guilty!!

I had an awesome workout today. I have been hitting the treadmill a little harder than usual because I am training for Mud on the Mountain. I need to get that endurance up. I walked a mile today at 2.5/mph BUT I had a 15% grade. I turned it up as high as I could. It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. I think hiking that monster hill by my house has helped! I am going to keep doing that every day. Either walking that hill or doing the treadmill. I also plan on running a mile too. I think that will help build me up. Of course, I am going to have to do my strength too, and focus on some upper body exercises because I need to gain some more upper body strength.

I think that is all for now

  
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CBLENS 4/18/2013 7:18AM

    Good for you! no regrets.

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COCK-ROBIN 4/18/2013 1:41AM

    Great!

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LOVINGAFRICA 4/18/2013 12:41AM

    You have it sorted out...Well done!

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PINKNFITCARLA 4/17/2013 11:15PM

    Great to think about your choices and make the one that fit you best!

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Progress Pics - 1 year - 126 pounds - (in my underwear)

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

I am giving warning that I am in my underwear. By taking pictures like this it allows me to be able to see the dramatic transformation in a way that wearing a bathing suit or tight fitting clothes would not allow. If you are offended, I am sorry, however it is no different than many of the pictures I see posted by other Spark members, and they are less covered than I!

So here it goes


Here I am at my highest weight of 260 pounds.


Around 215 in this pic


160 in this one


134 in this one

This is what my body looks like after a 126 pound weight loss. See that lovely fold of skin around my belly button area? That isn't going to go away unless it is surgically removed. My legs look ok in this pic, but you can see where they sag in the thighs -- once again, the only cure for that is surgery. There is a lot that is being covered up by the sports bra and underwear. Obviously I can't post a full frontal on Spark, but I would not be ashamed to do so. I am not ashamed of my body. Sure, there may be aspects of it I am not thrilled with (see fold of skin over belly button) but I love my body. I love me. the camera does me justice though, and you can't see all of the horrible stretch marks.

I guess when I think about it, going through the pain and the expense (mostly the pain) of getting nipped and tucked here and there doesn't seem worth it to me right now. Maybe in the future it will (especially if problems arise because of the loose skin) but for now, I am happy with what I have. After all... isn't that why God invented Spanx?

I hope everyone has a great day!!!

  
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GOTTABEDONE 5/27/2013 6:01PM

    Thank you for sharing. It is good to have all the information I can get before surgery. I dont want surprises I just want to have an honest idea of what I am in for.
P.S. I love your kitchen

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MAIZEY 4/18/2013 9:26PM

    You look beautiful, healthy and have done a fantastic job! Perfect just the way you are too!

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DLDMIL 4/17/2013 11:12PM

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COCK-ROBIN 4/17/2013 3:48AM

    Wonderful!

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TIME4CARRI 4/17/2013 12:11AM

    You are such an inspiration and you don't need surgery at all! You are beautiful just the way you are. I don't know you but I am so proud of you!!!! Thank you for sharing!!

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LOVINGAFRICA 4/17/2013 12:10AM

    You look truly beautiful. You have the right to feel like a million bucks. Stretch marks are battle scars that show how far you have come and how brave you are. I look like that before I even lost a kg. Three babies did the same thing to my belly skin, and breastfeeding them did worse to my boobs...
Aside: Why do our bodies 'eat' muscles when we slim down or don't use them, but not skin? Funny that.
You don't need surgery, unless you HAVE to have it for yourself, because you look just awesome.
You are so going to end up Spark Motivator of the Year!

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HEYNOW22 4/17/2013 12:00AM

    Amazing!!!

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SUMTHINGSPECIAL 4/16/2013 8:49PM

    You are really amazing! What a great way to see your progress.

Keep up the great work - and keep staying proud of who you are - you deserve it!

Sumay

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DRAGONCHILDE 4/16/2013 8:46PM

    You look so beautiful, extra skin and all. I'm not offended nor sorry for you. You have a lot to be proud of, and you have accomplished SO much!

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HDHAWK 4/16/2013 8:30PM

    What a transformation! I'm sure you feel wonderful after losing all those pounds!

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BILL60 4/16/2013 8:20PM

    Well done!! Important that you like yourself and your body.

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JACKIE542 4/16/2013 6:30PM

    Congratulations, amazing weight loss. You look great. emoticon

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BESCATS 4/16/2013 6:05PM

    You look awesome, what a wonderful transformation. You should be very proud of yourself. emoticon I, too, am glad that you are in hurry for surgery. You will probably still tone up some as you exercise.

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REALLY_ROBIN 4/16/2013 5:45PM

  I'm glad your in no big hurry to have surgery. Your skin may still firm up some since your lost your weight in a fairly short time. I'd also try doing a wrap before doing any sort of surgery. Your weight loss is amazing and you are such an inspiration! Congratulations!

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HOLLYM48 4/16/2013 5:38PM

    Wow, what a wonderful transformation! You should love your body, you are doing fantastic! Way to go. Congrats and best of luck on the rest of the journey! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOM2ACAT 4/16/2013 5:31PM

    emoticon I think you look amazing! I can see the changes in your face too, the happiness that shows through in that last picture. You did the hard part, losing all that weight takes will power and determination.

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BAMAJAM 4/16/2013 5:08PM

  Wow----WOW!! DID I SAY W O W !!!! Hooray for YOU!!!!

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ICEDEMETER 4/16/2013 4:37PM

    The others are right - you look and ARE freakin' AMAZING!

The pride in your expression and your posture is wonderful and so well earned. I wish more people would have the love and pride in themselves that you so obviously do.

Thank you so much for sharing!

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COANNIE 4/16/2013 4:20PM

    What an awesome inspiration you are!!

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BUNNYKICKS 4/16/2013 4:07PM

    Ohmygosh what a change you've made! Your before pic looks a lot like mine would have looked, if I'd had the nerve to take it. I'm looking a lot like picture #2 these days... it's exciting to look into the future towards Picture 3 & 4! You look great! Good job! And thanks for doing this blog.

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DB1167 4/16/2013 4:05PM

    You look amazing!!!!!!!!!! Great job!

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JULESJET 4/16/2013 4:00PM

    You are AMAZING! Congratulations on your weightloss and THANK YOU for being an inspiration!

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DAWNSJOURNEY 4/16/2013 3:52PM

    You're Beautiful... What a Awesome Accomplishment emoticon emoticon .

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STEVIEBEE569 4/16/2013 3:47PM

    Way to go with your weight loss!

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