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"Isn't she too tall for ballet?"

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

As a mom of three teenage girls, I take great care in the building of self esteem. I don't do it lightly either. I know that in today's media crazed society and the immense amount of peer influences surrounding my girls I have to take my mission to a high priority level.

I have always stressed to them the HEALTHY diet versus FAD diets and scams.

I have always tried to keep them busy with some form of exercise, even if through school or play.

I tell them every day how beautiful they are. Every single day. and how much I love them.

I was prepared for this. Even when beginning my own weight loss journey I strive to promote healthy image through example. They've caught me a few times though... "oh mom...you compain about your butt so let me complain about my curly hair..." In the end though, I try to keep it real for them.

What I hadn't expected over the years though is every place the criticims come from. I thought the negative imagery was only from the media or other young peers struggling with their own deflated esteems.

I didn't expect to have to protect from my own family members.

It's crazy. Over the years my oldest was told my "a" family member that her butt was too big. Teased by another about her curly hair. And every time I would stand up and have to reaffirm how pretty she is and each time it was harder as she would brainwash herself into believing the criticisms of others. Now mind you, it's not as if the comments were made by trophy wives or things of beauties themselves...just your average family member who have nothing better to do but criticize the life of anyone else to avoid their own misery.

As a teenager she struggled with independance and her grades. Only recently I have discovered she is probably ADD (attention deficit) and I thought about this...Yes, she probably is and No...I would have never put her on meds or traded anything in...You see, and we've discussed this BECAUSE she probably is does mean she is messy (and I don't mean slightly) It does mean she has a hard time focusing.....however, she is also one of the brightest and creative people I know. Because we acknowlege this and because I spent the past three semesters with her in school, I am proud to say that my "big butt, curly hair'd, probably won't finish high school troublemaker" is now on the President's Honor Roll in school and is deciding on which University to attend in the fall. She works out with me frequently and has learned to love her hair...although she still hates some body parts...

My middle love was born at pretty close to 11 pounds. All her life I've had people ask me "should you put her on a diet now as she was born so big?" I kid you not. I rebelled. Why would you automatically belittle someone for the way they were born? Again, I strived to maintain good self esteem. My third one came right after her and she was born long, slender, and with a major attitude.

The hardest parts of keeping those two up were against each other. When ever they became angry my youngest would scream at how fat the middle one was. As always it wsa my job to instill manners and positive imagery.....without gleefully beating the crap outof the 3rd one. LOL

Over the years, I've watched D2 blossom into arts, music and scholar. Her goal is Harvard or such and her Dad and I are trying to save now because we know by her personality....she'll do it! She maintains a very good grade average (4.2 out of 4) and strives for perfection. Sounds great doesn't it? It is....until I find myself with:

me: "yes, and she does ballet and tap"

family member: "isn't she too tall for ballet/"
(She's almost 5'9" at 14)

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Where do these limitations COME from? Too tall for ballet? Too clumsy for cheer (3rd daughter....she has my clutzilla skills)

To this I respond:



I love the way she thinks! She takes pictures from the most unique perspective. I worry about her. I worry about all my girls. I know they will be okay as I know every day I will keep striving to build up what even the most well intentioned try to tear down.

I guess what I want to share in this long ramble is how much harder it is to build UP good self esteem than it is to tear down. Remember the cheer suicide? It made the front page of the Sunday Sacramento Bee....The suicides are the highest it's ever been. So people, hold hands, look around and THINK before you say. Encourage your nieces, nephews, cousins, 2nd cousins, daughters and sons don't criticize them. Remember: it takes at least seven acts of niceness to make up for ONE act of cruelty. (Sierra College Class/PSYCH101)

In the meantime, I will keep building up esteems. After all I've got to count on these three to take care of me when I'm older....LOL



She will be getting her Associates in May :o)


I love the way my "too tall" ballerina thinks.


I am often told "wow, I would never expect her to be a cheerleader, she's a clutz"
They've won 1st place 3x now.

I will keep believing in them, even when they don't believe in themselves.

  
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DIANEDOESSMILES 1/26/2012 12:17AM

    My nephew age 18, 4 yrs ago, committed suicide,,,, it hurts ,,,it hurts. Some kid at school said a cruel remark in passing,,, something passing,,, to this day,,,we feel it was NOT meant and that Adam was just being sensitive.

Now I have GD whos in HS. I DO BUILD her UP at EVERY CHANCE I GET ! ALL THE TIME ! OFTEN ! We DO NEED to watch the kids ! TY for watching URS !

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RUFFIT 1/25/2012 3:10PM

    Great Jub being a loving caring Mom!! Hugs, Moni emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HEALTH-E-CLARE 1/25/2012 3:05PM

    Your girls are lucky to have such an great Mom. You remind me of mine! She was there to help me through the awkward years (and still is). Sorry to hear that family is helping to contribute to the stress of growing up, but with such a strong foundation and an amazing role model, they will no doubt continue to be the amazing women you have raised them to be.

Thanks for being an amazing Mom!

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VICKLET31 1/25/2012 9:58AM

    Awww..they are awesome! Great blog - I wish my mom had thought this way when I was younger!!!

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JORDANA84 1/25/2012 9:22AM

    Wow you have beautiful daughters and I hope they realize what an awesome mom they have!! Great blog

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 1/25/2012 9:11AM

    Cori my three nieces are the best in the world. Not only did I get to pick them to be my "family" they picked me and Sammy. From the moment I found you, T and the girls I knew that as parents I wanted to be JUST LIKE YOU! From day one you and T always showed all your girls (even the GS) that they are the most important and that nothing the world tells them can stop them from completing what they set their hearts on. I am SO proud of all 3 of the girls, for everything that they do. I miss them and you daily. I miss coming over and just hanging and hearing the girls run through the house! Dang it one of us really needs to win the lotto here so we can buy lots of land and put a house on each end for one another...we could have a "Coffee house/gym" in the middle. HAHAHAHA
You tell my 3 angels that Aunt Kim loves them for everything thing they are and to not listen to anything negative people say. I see all the beauty in them and know they all will be wonderful at what they choice!

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BAKER1009 1/25/2012 8:25AM

    Lovely blog Cori! You're an awesome mom! Thanks for the reminder, though, too!

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HOPEFULHIPPO 1/25/2012 1:57AM

    aw thanks everyone...the whole point was to remind everyone to be kind even to our own loved ones. the blog was inspired when at my daughter's cheer competition someone mentioned a 'bigger" girl at cheer...I was stumped. here I was watching this amazing girl do FULL BODY FLIPS when I can't even do a cartwheel and that's what they saw.

Just mind boggling. I truly believe that if we took the time to build and encourage....wow what we could accomplish!!

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MARTHASPARKS 1/25/2012 12:13AM

    Mine is an MD and sometimes she still needs the reassurance of her worth. You are an AWESOME mom. If I'd had you, I would be the Grand Empress of the Universe instead of just a bossy, directive woman...

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/24/2012 11:48PM

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ALYSSA318 1/24/2012 11:16PM

    Truly inspiring blog. I wish there were more people in this world who believed and acted upon this.

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LEAELLEN07 1/24/2012 9:50PM

    What a great mom you are!! I wish my mom had encouraged me like that instead of discouraging me (I was too heavy to run cross country she said).
You're a beautiful mom with three gorgeous girls. Great blog.

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LYNNA7499 1/24/2012 9:27PM

  Great blog! Your daughters are gorgeous and will continue to do great things. You are doing a great job promoting positive images for them. I'm sorry you have to deal with tough family members. It is tough enough out there that you shouldn't have to worry about family comments too.

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NELLIEC 1/24/2012 7:49PM

    You have beautiful daughters. I've never heard of anyone being too tall for ballet!

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RED_WRITINGHOOD 1/24/2012 7:41PM

    A great blog and your daughters are gorgeous and talented and can do anything their hearts desire!!

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CHANGINGELAINE 1/24/2012 5:47PM

    This is a GREAT blog and you are an AWESOME mom!! Your daughters are all beautiful and I can tell how proud you are of them. Sorry some family members say stupid comments.
Parenting can be such an overwhelming job but a extremely rewarding one.
Thanks for sharing!

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Sexercise

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Exercise is a lot of like sex.

You huff and you puff and work out forever for that ten second affirmation at the end. Then we go and do it again.

Taht's right. I went there.

Have a great weekend everyone!!!


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THESHELBSTER 1/24/2012 5:47PM

    Ha! Ha! I love it.

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JORDANA84 1/24/2012 2:11PM

    Haha too funny!! Sex IS like exercise, that's for sure.... Well, if the effort is being put in by both people! emoticon


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SCOTMAMA 1/24/2012 11:48AM

    For my DH it's more like 15 MINUTES before he even knows who he is -- a great time to ask for things! lol

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Love it!!

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RUFFIT 1/23/2012 10:20AM

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BAKER1009 1/23/2012 10:02AM

    It is a great way to burn calories. It's one of those methods where it is "fun" (most of the time, lol) to burn off calories. Much like swimming for me, or sledding in the winter time.
I got plenty of sexercise in this weekend!! LOL!!
Love ya!

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VIAFREE 1/23/2012 7:53AM

    LOL my affirmation is more like 27 minutes, it takes that long to catch my breath!
have a great Monday

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NEEDSINCENTIVE 1/23/2012 2:23AM

    Glad you "went there" sis! emoticon I love burning off the calories... now if only I kept track of the intake... will work on it!

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KATHIERAE 1/22/2012 11:16PM

    OMG! So VERY true!!! emoticon

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HEAVENLYANG21 1/22/2012 9:00PM

    Hahaha Awesome!

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ENDUROVET 1/22/2012 8:37PM

    Ten seconds?!?!?

Remind me what that's like again...

(off to work up my own blog post)

But seriously, I am EVER so happy for you dear!!!

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RUNNINGAL425 1/22/2012 7:25PM

    Cute!

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ANDEENNATE 1/22/2012 4:45PM

    Love it!

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CAMROLA 1/22/2012 4:00PM

    Brilliant! LOL Another good way to burn calories...



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CLAIRECLARK2 1/22/2012 2:43PM

    Bahahaha! So true!! LOL

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TML-2012 1/22/2012 2:12PM

    So funny :) I actually have a book of my Mother's from an Exercise Guru called Bonnie Prudden. She was far ahead of her time. She has a chapter in the book called Sexercise and these are exercises that get you in shape for Sex while also getting you thin. She has one "butterflies" which involves hip rotations and internal muscle contraction/release combinations.

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 1/22/2012 12:19PM

    OH MY GOODNESS....you my dear are the BEST! I will think about this everytime I workout now. LOL emoticon

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LEAELLEN07 1/22/2012 12:06PM

    Love it! Happy weekend!

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ALICIA214 1/22/2012 11:56AM

 

Hmm!! fun and games , always a good bet.

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The Cala Lilly pic

Sunday, January 15, 2012



Those are the flowers that arrived yesterday.

Today went like a blur. I almost feel like I couldn't tell you what I did today, ya know?

I did make it to the gym but it was a little harder today. My mind was full of ambitious thoughts of how to transform my body into that of Jennifer Aniston's overnight. I got on the treadmill and set up my iPod to it and as I didn't charge it, ended up atching the 49ers play. I felt for sure that the soreness from this weeks workout would wear off as I pressed on, but it didn't. I did my 30 mintues but not with as much effort and heartfelt ambition as I went on it with.

I sat down to work on my triceps, 50 lbs ....good reps, easy peasy. Went to show my daughter how to do the crunches....um...couldn't even bend back!! Yup, that piloga class that I thought did nothing? did SOMETHING.

My food, however....right on track.

tomorrow we are taking the youngest for another cheer competition. She has two this month and I am very thankful they are close to our home. Driving 4 hours away to get there by 8am stinks skunk butt. LOL

I'm tired....

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TWNOMWE 1/24/2012 2:59PM

    emoticon flowers.
Yes driving fours get some pain in the butt however it is worth it.

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ENDUROVET 1/18/2012 10:57PM

    Didn't get caught up in time to compliment YOUR BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS!!!

They are awesome, hope they lasted a while...

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BAKER1009 1/18/2012 9:21AM

    You're so funny Cori! The flowers are beautiful! Keep pushing, it will get easier, just be careful not to over do it!

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PINETREEGIRL 1/17/2012 10:59AM

    Hey, Jennifer Aniston? Pffffft. You're doing it--you got your own thing going!
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PEPPYPATTI 1/16/2012 4:19PM

    Those Lilies are absolutely beautiful! I am partial to Gardenias. Hugs!

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 1/16/2012 9:07AM

    Your flowers are beautiful and you deserve them and so much more. I'm so happy that you are getting spoiled again. Maybe you two should just live apart for a little longer and "date" some more. It just seems like you both are doing good with things the way they are. Love you bunches!!

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/15/2012 9:02PM

    Love those flowers!

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GRANNYSUE9 1/15/2012 6:49PM

    Love the flower arrangement! They are beautiful!

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FUTUREHOPE49 1/15/2012 6:44PM

    The lilies are beautiful! Wow! 50lb is quite a lot to lift! Well done! emoticon

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RICKEFFEL 1/15/2012 3:14PM

    Beautiful! (all around)

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SCOTMAMA 1/15/2012 12:12PM

    Gorgeous flower arrangement, who'd have thought to put cala's with roses? but they look divine!

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MARTHASPARKS 1/15/2012 11:11AM

    Gorgeous flowers! Ah the sacrifices we make for our kids... Mine's a grown up doctor now, so the investment pays off.

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ESILBO 1/15/2012 11:09AM

    WOW, LOVE THOSE FLOWERS...JUST NEED THE DH TO GO WITH...LOL
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ITS_MY_TURN_NOW 1/15/2012 10:57AM

    Pretty flowers!
Sorry about the sore muscles.
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SALSIFY 1/15/2012 10:44AM

    Well done for getting down the gym!

Those flowers are beautiful as well.

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CAMROLA 1/15/2012 10:12AM

    Gorgeous flowers! Good work on keeping up with the workouts--consistency is key!

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WW_KAREN 1/15/2012 9:37AM

    Beautiful flowers. Kudos to your DH!

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GRAMMAMARY 1/15/2012 8:49AM

    you have to think one day at a time. Unfortunately there is no magic to get us where we want to be and what we want to look like right away. If you are just getting back into exercising regularly the soreness might indicate you overdid it a little bit. enjoyed seeing a picture of the flowers.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 1/15/2012 8:11AM

    beautiful calla lillies! enjoy them!

sorry about your hurting muscles :(

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KIMBERTA99 1/15/2012 1:03AM

    Those are some really beautiful flowers!! WOW!!

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just a quickie (blog that is!!)

Saturday, January 14, 2012

I actually hae time for me...

only for a minute though. We were watching Mr. Popper's Penguins when hubby offered to take the girls to get a bday present. wow! After flowers! I'm liking this guy a little bit :o)

For those who don't want to share their stuff on FB, go to "edit my page" and next to the color wheel there is a list of buttons. The las one says "show sharebar on my blog post" uncheck that box and save your changes. I personally don't want my Spark going anywhere but here. You guys are my common ground safe haven!! LOL

Our progress at the gym has been going well. I was worried that with his bad back he wouldn't be able to keep up. We are using a personal trainer for a couple of sessions and boy did she work me out!

I've actually been able to incorporate ST into my routines...something I didn't EVER think I would be able to do....just out of lack of knowlege on how to do them or when or with what..

Today, I ran 15 minutes solid....ME!! the girl who could barely run 1 minute a year ago

AND

my daughter and I went and tried Piloga today. We suck...really bad. i fell, I stared, I gaped, and I'm ready to do it again. LOL

My hearing aids have completely kaput'd so I've been deaf for about 3 days now. My mind has not driven me crazy yet, but my inability to hear has probably driven the family nuts.

That's the short of it. Tomorrow I will go work out again, then we are going to look at houses even though we don't qualify until May (this is good as I'm trying to take it slow even though he's going pretty fast) and then Sunday is another cheer competition.

Oh Oh Oh! As my status says:

I have been wanting cala lillies delivered to me forever. I love them. I think they are one of the most beautiful elegant flowers ever. I even tried growing them to no avail. I can't believe he finally remembered or ?? whatever but for no reason I received them today at my doorstep nestled among some pastel pink/purple roses. I just love Friday 13th...it's always been my lucky day and today was just no exception.

That's the short of it :o) Tomorrow: goals with a plan.

  
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BAKER1009 1/18/2012 9:23AM

    I can certainly understand you wanting to take it slow. Sounds like the time apart has really made him open his eyes to what is going on in life. I hope everything continues to go well!!

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SCOTMAMA 1/15/2012 12:17PM

    For a "quickie" blog it was terrific and very motivating! Keep up the good work, and congratulations on the flowers -- a gorgeous combination!

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LESLIECOY 1/15/2012 12:33AM

    Happy Friday the 13th to you !
I was told once that 13 was my lucky number - so I figure Friday the 13th is my special day!
Congrats on the Cala's !
Someone must have been listening !


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RUFFIT 1/14/2012 9:21PM

    Great blog! Good for you! Moni

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GRANNYSUE9 1/14/2012 4:59PM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing!

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CHANSEN_20001 1/14/2012 4:08PM

    Great "Quickie" blog.

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MIZZSB 1/14/2012 2:00PM

    this a quickie ? LOL i thought it would be a 3 sentence blog hihihihi
have a great weekend!!

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GRAMMAMARY 1/14/2012 11:32AM

    we all need those kind of days once in awhile
I agree I really don't want my SP blogs going on facebook(even though my FB page is only open to family and friends)

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FANGFACEKITTY 1/14/2012 10:05AM

    It sounds like you had a great day (any day involving flowers being delivered has just got to be a good one!). I love the calla lillies too and will try growing them again next year. One of these times I'll have to get it right.

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SALSIFY 1/14/2012 8:40AM

    I also freaked out about the Facebook thing until I found out how to disable the sharing option.

I love calla lilies and had a bunch of them as a wedding bouquet. They were a variety called' mango'. I have managed to grow them in a pot in summer, but they won't last the winter here in the UK.

Hope you carry on having a great weekend!



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RAYLINSTEPHENS 1/14/2012 8:22AM

    I believe there is also a button under every blog that can be ticked/unticked for sharing on FB. I untick it as a rule.

WTG on the Calla Lillies!!

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 1/14/2012 1:26AM

    picture...I want to see them too. LOL I'm glad that the gym is working out for you all. I can't wait to see all the progress you are making and as for the run...WAY TO GO! See we set our sights on 2012 and so far this is a home run for us!!

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MARTHASPARKS 1/14/2012 1:06AM

    Awesome!

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PEPPYPATTI 1/14/2012 12:40AM

    It is my lucky day to although my day was pretty uneventful. Way to go on the running!
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THETURTLEBEAR 1/14/2012 12:40AM

    Wonderful!!

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FRIENDOFBACH 1/14/2012 12:38AM

  You go for it!

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Run Gym Run!!

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

So on December 31st Tom and I got together and did the Resolution Run. We walked it. I was teasing him about keeping up with me but forgot how long his strides were. We talked a lot. Probably more than we've talked in the past few years. I don't know guys. He relapsed on drinking a bit ago and I think it hit him like a ton of bricks....he checked into treatment and therapy and for the first time in a long time, I see a glimmer of someone I married so long ago. It's been nice.

This is us...we walked it in 45.06 (5K)


He's been asking for more and that's AWESOME cept I am gonna want to try and RUN one of these! LOL

eventually.

soon.

Oh! and we all signed up for the gym. yup! As we live right across the street fro mit and been oggling it for a while, we signed the whole family up and have been hitting it pretty consecutively. I took the last two days down as I was coming down with a tummy issue, but we are going again right after I drop the girls off at school. I really love that he is not letting his back get in the way. I think maybe he realizes that this could HELP his back and again...I am just ....well, I'm a hoping!!

California Fitness has a lot of classes too that my daughters and I are thinking of tackling. Yogas and spin oooooh and Zumba. Now all we need is time.

Applied for a few part time jobs today. I've decided to take a break from school. Yes, it is 90% in part of him asking me to, and 10% because I'm broke. LOL D3's cheer will be advancing to travel next year to Vegas or LA, I need new aids as they have been broken for ahile (so I can't hear the teacher's anyhow right now) and we are hoping to buy a house. In the meantime, i'm looking for a similar major in online classes and Tom is helping me by calling around. His reasoning is that just because I CAN drive with my eyesight, doesn't mean I SHOULD. So, do the necessary driving and etc etc. Point taken.

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Oh yes....on a somber note. I've been noticing a lot of drama on Spark lately. People saying mean things and judging and hurtful. I know none of my Sparkies do that and I thank you for that. However, be aware and maybe help others be aware....fear is fueled by ignorance which leads to hate. Hate kills. Nikki's cheer team lost their tumbling coach to bullying over New Year's Eve. He took his own life. I don't think he realized how many people cared as he only felt the stabs of jeers and hatred from others. He was only 19. He could have been my child.

I only "preach" this as I notice people seem to find it easy to criticize or judge via text, email and online....There is no face to put it to and this makes it easier to ignore a face when they get in groups. Can you imagine the feeling of mortification? Of the hurt or anguish one must have to endure to accept and enforce eternal silence as the only option to another's cruelty? One word....one look can change everything. So, I resolve to every day say or do one nice thing. Even if it's tell a punk'd out green and blue spiked hair, pierced body person that I like their shoes.

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It's been kinda hard...they only have 3 more practices before their 2 more competitions this month and it's easy to see this weights heavily on everyone's mind.

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I made a chili today. The recipe called for cinnamon. ugh. I can't fix it. it's gross and I must toss it out. LOL I mean it's baaaaaaad. I think Top Ramon sounds good.

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Never put cinnamon in your chili...despite what the recipe says!! LOL

Okay, I think that's it. There's the ups the downs the workouts and meals.

Still rambly I know....but I have to go...I'm hungry!!

My future holds:
Video for Jumpstart challenge tonight
workout tomorrow am at the gym.
HOPEFULLY the Whole Foods 5K run this month (depends how broke I am...)

I hope all of your holidays were good and the new year brings everyone what they are looking for: no matter how big or small your dreams may be!!

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"Give Peace a chance"


(from PETA site via Bing Images)
(John & Yoko from www.mog.com)

  
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KAY-SUPREME 1/8/2012 8:10PM

    Such a great blog! But! I'm curious about the cinnamon in the chili thing... haha.

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ROCKINFOX 1/6/2012 11:27AM

    The chili recipe sounds like chili Cincinnatti style. Maybe try it again next time. I have definitely tried cooking some things (peanut brittle) and it turned out awful. I couldn't even give it away I was embarrassed lol.

Congrats on joining the gym! I know you'll accomplish all you want to this year.

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HEALTH-E-CLARE 1/5/2012 11:10AM

    Sorry your recipe didn't turn out, I have a great on I'll send your way when I finally write it down.

I'm so excited for you and the gym, I think you'll see great results especially if you guys push eachother as a family and have someone to go their with. Even if you don't work out together.

I heart spinning! You have to find an instructor you like and become familar with the seats. You'll know what I mean after first class, but the soreness in the rear goes away after a class or two.

Enjoy and Happy New Year!

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BAKER1009 1/5/2012 9:03AM

    Cori, where do I start with this one?!
First off, I am sorry to hear about your daughters cheer coach, that is horrible. There has been too much of this stuff lately. Actually, this is why my daughter is in counseling right now, because of bullying issues. She is the most bubbly, outgoing, kind person, and because of it she gets teased. Makes no sense to me. But I keep her talking and things have certainly gotten better.

That is good news about Tom. As Kim said, it's something he'll deal with his whole life. As an addict in recovery, I can certainly understand how difficult it can be. I've been clean for over 3 years now, and a lot of what helped me was a complete change of scenery. My job, my friends, it all had to change. I'm way past the point of temptation now, but I still have to be mindful of every choice I make. I hope he continues to improve. The most important thing, is he has to want to do it for himself!! If he's only trying for you, or for the girls, he'll likely fail.

Cinnamon? In Chili? Wow, that does sound quite odd. Sorry you had to resort to Top Ramen, lol!!

Good luck with looking for schools. Everything will work out the way it should, right?
Hugs,
Beth

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/4/2012 11:57PM

    I think the holidays can bring out the best and worst in people, and the latter is probably what you're witnessing with the references to what you've read. Meanwhile, the GOOD stuff is about YOU. Congrats on the run and the positive things happening in your life. I hope Tom continues to work his program with success.

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NELLIEC 1/4/2012 11:32PM

    It is great Tom is doing the things to take care of himself!

I haven't noticed the drama, but it may be on teams that I am not on. I am sorry to hear about the drama since that can really mess up a person.

I am so sorry to hear about the 19 yo who committed suicide. That is really sad!

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 1/4/2012 11:07PM

    Oh my goodness my heart goes out to the family of the coach. That is just horrible! I've had people post things on my page and just deleted them. The one that commented on my blog has not been back after I set them strait. I know that it hurts but I think that with me being older I can somehow deal with the comments easier than when I was younger.

I'm glad that you all are going to the gym. I am trying to find one around that will take Sammy with us. I would love to go in after taxes come back and sign us up for the full year at that point. Especially if they have a pool and then we can swim in the winter time.

I'm proud that he is taking the steps needed to get better. It is a sickness that he will be dealing with his whole life.

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