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Thursday, March 08, 2012

I had a blog, but my computer froze and it went bye bye.

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I started my Hip Hop Abs. My daughters video taped it and laughed because apparently this woman can't "groove" it. Apparently the way to good abs is a good laugh.

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I have fully recovered from the flu and have moved up to a cold. My eyeball is about to pop out.

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I have a 2000 word essay due.

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I miss running.

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The weather's getting nicer for a run.

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My essay will get done while I am still foggy from this cold this weekend.

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My girls are getting better abs laughing, but so am I as they are laughing WITH me.

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I now have a new blog for the day.

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FITSMALLCLOTHES 3/24/2012 2:02PM

    Hot water, T each of honey, lemon juice and apple cider vinegar.
Next time.
Dayle

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FITN49 3/12/2012 6:13PM

    I am learning how to be an optimist from you! emoticon

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 3/12/2012 12:37PM

    You crack me up....guess I'll get better abs too! hehehehe

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HOPEFULHIPPO 3/9/2012 11:26AM

    and I have NOOOOOO sense of rhythm!

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LINDSAYB2217 3/9/2012 10:37AM

    Hip Hop abs is crazy funny if you have no sense of rhythm!

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BAZOOKABOBCAT 3/9/2012 8:12AM

    LOVE how you turned this around! It really really made me smile!

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BAKER1009 3/9/2012 7:20AM

    You're too funny! Hope you feel better soon. 2000 words...you'll bang it out in no time! Have a great weekend...keep on laughing emoticon

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RUNNINGAL425 3/9/2012 7:19AM

    You are a riot!!


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SCOTMAMA 3/8/2012 11:45PM

    That is the silver lining in the cloud. The cloud was the cold and not having the essay done. Hard to be clever with what you are writing when you don't feel well.

Hope you get better soon -- and you will for they say laughter is the best medicine!

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Two weeks

Saturday, February 18, 2012

That's how long since I've done anything. maybe longer.

I've Sparked daily but for some reason I've just been blah. I can blame my bladder infection, or not feeling well, or lack of time, but I know like anything else it all comes down to me.

I've got to get this togerher, This is supposed to be my year!!

Food wise...I've been averaging a good 2000 calories or more. again, so not like me. Again, I've got to get this together.

It wsa unanimously decided that the Rachel Ray cookbook be put to rest. No one wsa ever in agreeance with her foods (there was always at least one person who refused to eat) and the serving sizes were horrible as noted in a previous blog.

We've been trying recipes out of the Eat Healthy Lose wight magazine.

So far the Medditerannian Quessadillas are the winner. everyone loved them.

The BBQ beans turkey meatball casserole was "liked" but "bland" I only liked the meatballs myself.

I tried downloading pics...but I think my computer may be having issues.

Okay...so I need to get my head back in a happy place.

Homework,
Hiousework,
Workout,

just looking at that makes me tired.



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FITN49 3/6/2012 2:26PM

    I have a Wii walk it out and I so enjoy it1 Find something fun for you.

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LEAELLEN07 2/20/2012 11:02PM

    You should post a recipe for the quesadillas.

February I feel is always a rough month, maybe it's just me... the winter blahs.

Just keep pushing through.

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 2/20/2012 5:34PM

    I totally understand what you mean. That was me all week last week. I was in a haze even when I was in the gym. It was like I was there but wasn't and I know that my workouts suffered from it. I just can't even explain this week if I tried. Maybe your right, we both had the case of the PMS blues. LOL

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RUNNINGAL425 2/19/2012 5:04PM

    You know what you need?

A GREAT BIG HUG!!!!!! emoticon

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PINETREEGIRL 2/19/2012 12:04AM

    Those blah's will pass, maybe in March when it stays lighter later, or when you're past your infection! You're strong, strong, strong! You'll get back to it, I know you will.
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ENDUROVET 2/18/2012 9:57PM

    I LOVE my new cookbook which I requested from DH lieu of chocolates I shouldn't eat, or flowers which would wilt & die for V-day...
"Well Fed", by Melissa Joulwan (Paleo recipes)
My only complaint is that the print is small for these tired middle-aged eyes, but hopefully it will give me another resource for home cookin'. She also gives lots of helpful hints for food prep, stocking up w/meal staples for the week...
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ENDUROVET 2/18/2012 9:55PM

    I LOVE my new cookbook which I requested from DH lieu of chocolates I shouldn't eat, or flowers which would wilt & die for V-day...
"Well Fed", by Melissa Joulwan (Paleo recipes)
My only complaint is that the print is small for these tired middle-aged eyes, but hopefully it will give me another resource for home cookin'. She also gives lots of helpful hints for food prep, stocking up w/meal staples for the week...
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KIMBERTA99 2/18/2012 9:00PM

    Hey.....I have tried working out with a bladder infection but I spent more time in the bano then on the machines!! Tomorrow is a new day and try to do something..cleaning the house can be a good workout..crank the music and dance while cleaning:) I had always wanted to try some of Rachel's recipes but most I found were high in calories or jsut to time consuming. Google fast and healthy meals I am sure you will get TONS of ideas!!! Good luck!!

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MELP06 2/18/2012 8:41PM

    10 minutes. Just tell yourself you have 10 minutes to workout and go from there. Do whatever you want, walk, jog in place, dance around the house. I'm sure you won't regret it! emoticon

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I heart February!

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Seems like everyone is trying to get as far away from 2011 as possible. LOL

Guess what I did? Yup. Now I don't have to tell ya. hahahahah

No, really.

I have been feeling a little more down than I thought I would about not re-registering for school. I don't know why I didn't think of it before, or maybe I had and I dunno...so I went through yesterday and literally requested add codes for every single available Sierra online class out there. Every single one...which was like 50.

I'm now in "Intro to sustainable agriculture!" LOL I'll take it. I was a week behind, but after my cardio at the gym today I came home and I think other than reading banged it all out. I have a quiz due by 5pm and well, that should be interesting!! LOL

I still don't know what I'm going to go for and honestly at this point, I think I just ant a degree. I just want to say "I finished what I started" degree.

Now. February. I have not lost my 10 lbs in Januray...and I don't think I can lose 20 in February!! sooooo, I guess this means I better kick my own arse and get to work.

Yes, I changed my name back. I just really like Hopefulhippo guys...I really do. Hippos are cool. Maybe I'll change it to Happyhippo, but it's gonna be hippo dang it!!

Oh! I found this pic on another blog and I have to share it. so freaking cool...



well, I think for "fun" I'm going to finish up my to do list, then maybe hit the gym one more time! My goal is to try and hit as many minutes as my friend, Kim. She's been kicking a$$ and taking names...what an inspiration!

OH and I've decided since I missed my run in Januray and this negates my resolution of running one run a month, I would find an additional run this month :o)

So, choco run on the 12th and....I'll go look...Oh and I got jury duty...THAT should be interesting.

have a fan freaking tastic Hump Day and 1st of February everyone!!!!

  
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ENDUROVET 2/3/2012 9:53PM

    Hey I have a healthy respect for hippos! (Remind me to post sometime about my internship at the zoo - I seriously came VERY close to going into zoo medicine!)

But I honestly don't care what you call yourself, I luv ya anyway honey bun!

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BAKER1009 2/2/2012 8:23AM

    I'm happy to see the HIPPO name back! That's how I remember you from the beginning, with that name and all.
Way to go on hitting the gym. I should try to keep up with Kim as well, but man, I'm so out of shape. I can certainly try though, right?
Hope we can have awesome things to write on 3/1 about February! Let's do this!

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DIANEDOESSMILES 2/2/2012 5:36AM

    OK !! I BE SOO CONFUSED ! LOL BUT !! IN MY Defense , it IS 5:27AM and I ONLY got up to pee,,,and thought I finish up on a few things. I also have a very swollen foot, and need to put it up and am STALLING cos it'll hurt me morah.

I am GUESSING this is my TERRIFIC friend,, Red Ridinghood? Who I can't remember was a diff name b4? Ahhh hon if so, I change my RL name , well I have 3 times cos why? Why NOT? Life gets BORING if not ! LOLOLOLOLOL !!!! Mom wanted me as one name, so I changed it to that, than my Dad who's alive FINALLYH spoke up and said "please change it back" (but, I kept an old, old family name which is diff than the current fam name (LOL STRANGE FAM huh? We used to change fam name OFTEN ! Almost every generation,,,,very confuing if ur looking for records as we have !

So thanks for letting us know of urs. It looks like ur not going to school than JU are? Ohn yeah sleep depreived is NOT good,,,OK this is IT ! LOLOLOL being this tired is like sleeping and drivin,,,I DO NOT THINK In myh case thats A GOOD IDEA !!! I'll go back to sleep now ! calling my kitty !!!

U have a GAAAAAA DAAAA WONDAFUL DAY !!! And pleasey feel free to hit my page (I am LOUSEY about getting there, but eventually I DO!) and strangitenging me OUT ! Or emailing me, which I DO see dailiy. OH yeah I can not see thanks to meds.

YOUR ML whos so bad off in the Early AM asking herself "WHY DID I DO THIS?" Answer,,,, COS I ADORE THE TEAM and had a few mins ! And was BEHIND on blogs !!!! Since we started the new challenge I needed to catch up !! THOUGH I CAN EASILY In the day, but today has Dr appts, and I did NOT want this to dissappear into SP POOF !

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MELP06 2/1/2012 7:57PM

    I love that picture - I had to pinit! lol You are going to kick February's a**!

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PEPPYPATTI 2/1/2012 5:21PM

    Happy Hump Day to you as well. Sounds like you are doing amazing!
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KIM_POSSIBLE77 2/1/2012 5:06PM

    I love you...I love you...I love you my dear Hippo sister! LOL Ok, so I'm so in a happy place that I can't even stand it! The sun has been out for two days now and then with everything else I can hardly sit in my chair! I'm so super proud of you for everything you do daily. (oh my and I LOVE that picture...I'm stealing it too!!) I can't wait to hear how your gym time went. Are you still just getting running in or are you adding some ST in there too? I've got to take another look at the Spring challenge so I can make sure that I'm hitting everything for today....gulp I have to finish a stupid SP challenge! emoticon

* Just took a picture of this picture and set it as my lock screen on my phone....LOVE IT

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Rachel Rachel Rachel!! what are you DOING to me?!

Monday, January 30, 2012

I have been in a dinner rut for some time now. As a mom it is my job to daily come up with a new something or other for dinner. My choice would simply be to cater myself with a salad and kids can have cereal or a sandwich nightly. But, that's kind of a lazy way out. LOL

You can imagine my delight when I remembered I had Rachel Ray's 365 no repeats! I thought this would be great as I can try new recipes and also keep thing in a healthy perspective. I was trying the phase one of the Spark Menu plan but there was just simply too many repeats. I can only eat white beans on my spaghetti less than 8 times in one month!!

So having said that, I planned out my shopping list and set to work. I thought "this is going to be so great" as she literally has them listed in order. Now...for days 4, 5, 6, and 7 there are four different variations of mac-n-cheese. I could skip through the book and try different things or I could stay in order. I chose to stay in order and spread them out during the week. Yesterday I did the mac-n-cheese with broccoli. I followed the recipe exactly and when I was all done cooking at it looked at the book again.

"serves 4"

I looked at the casserole dish stuffed with a pound of elbow noodles, cheddar, and almost 3 cups of broccoli. four, huh. wow!

I had almost convinced the oldest that this was indeed a healthier version of macaroni and cheese and look at the serving size when I began putting the recipe in Spark (with my own variations of course)

800+ calories

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we cut the servings in half.

Today was Smoky Turkey Shepherd's pie. Again the book says "serves 4" again I cut the servings in half.

I just hope Rachel doesn't eat a full servings of this stuff herself and if she does...

I want her workout.


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On another note: T and I came up with a compromise. He's pretty adament on buying a house and that's all fine and dandy. So, HE'S gonna buy a house and WE will continue to take things slow. I still think he's crazy, but at least my name will be no where near the deal. Strangely enough, I feel a sudden sense of calm so I must've really be internally stressed about the thought of the idea.

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This is good. Now I won't get attached to a house that he wants to sell in 5 years anyhow and I won't feel "trapped" should things go sideways in the future. Perhaps it does sound slightly negative, but .... I have to take care of myself and my girls. Priority numero uno.

Ahhhh....I feel better. Let's see what is on the menu for Rachel tomorrow...Smoky Goucha mac n cheese with cauliflower...

"serves 4"

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RUFFIT 2/1/2012 11:24AM

    I LOVE my slow cooker!! I work all day and sometimes get home after 7pm. That is always the #1 option for me. Who wants to get home at that time and cook?? All good nutritious food too!! Take care, Moni emoticon

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MARTHASPARKS 1/31/2012 9:41PM

    I understand the cooking just to find out that one serving is a full days calories!

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ENDUROVET 1/31/2012 9:17PM

    Baker is correct - of course I'm no expert in CA law, but here in TX you remain liable for debts incurred by your spouse...

I love most cooking shows, but unfortunately RR gets on my last nerve :-(


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LEAELLEN07 1/31/2012 4:39PM

    Hahaha, oh I love your cooking story. Knowledge is nutritional power!

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BAKER1009 1/31/2012 4:26PM

    Go you for trying to cook new things. I rarely do...though I try to mix things up some.

I don't want to scare you...but there are things with buying a house, if you are still married. Like, if he's buying the house, and your not putting your name anywhere on it, there can still be an impact on you. I worked in the mortgage & title industry for over 12 years, but mostly in IT. Check out the laws regarding this stuff...just to cover your butt and all. For example, if he were to pass, you could become liable for the payments. Again, not trying to scare you, just to warn you!

I'm glad that you are sticking to your guns and doing what you need to do for YOU! Love ya Cori, and just want you to be happy and feel right about everything you are doing. It seems to me, for the most part, you are happy now than you were before?? :)

Hugs,
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KIM_POSSIBLE77 1/31/2012 9:10AM

    I don't know if you have watched her show lately but I see a weight gain....guess she isn't cutting the servings in half. HAHAHAHAHA

I'm glad that you are not going to hop back on the T and C train. You are right that right now your focus is on you and the girls. Take things slow as that is what is needed right now. After everything that has happend he really needs to work on building that bridge to you heart again and that will not take just a few weeks. Stay strong!!

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PINETREEGIRL 1/31/2012 9:03AM

    Hahaha, you know what that makes me think of is that she was on a highly publicized diet and lost 50 pounds! Maybe the next cookbook will be different! It's fun to eat for fun...and takes time to learn how to eat for health. Guess we all have to learn, isn't that funny?

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BAZOOKABOBCAT 1/31/2012 8:58AM

    OH my goodness. This cracked me up. Sounds like halving the servings was the right choice!

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KIMBERTA99 1/30/2012 11:13PM

    OMG....now I feel guilty about how I feed my kids!!! I usually make something healthy for me and if they dont want it it is cereal or eggs or sandwiches for them!! I make a good breakfast and they take a healthy lunch but by the time it is time for dinner I am too tired to cook anything big!! The mac-cheese with broccoli sounds good but not for 800 cal!!! I am glad you are making the adjustments!

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NELLIEC 1/30/2012 11:00PM

    Maybe it means it serves four men that have heavy construction jobs!

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JOY73YL 1/30/2012 10:14PM

    There are several magazines at the Grocery store that also have menu in them that you might look over. If I remember right they came with the grocery list already for you. You will also have to adjust the serving size.

Just something you might not thought of. I used them off and on when I got tired of thinking up my own meal.

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/30/2012 10:12PM

    First of all congrats on solving the house dilemma. I laughed at the recipe story. I have same problem with the "serves 2" recipes in my favorite cookbook.

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Eating myself into calm

Monday, January 30, 2012

It never works though does it?

I couldn't figure out why I was diong it. Self sabbatoging my daily workout efforts only to come home and engage in a gallon of extremely rich ice cream and potato chips.

I knew WHAT I was doing. I just couldn't stop myself from doing it or knowing why.

I think until today.



Hubs and I have been looking at houses and we had our eye on a new development. he wants a house so bad he can taste it. I didn't think I was putting much thought into it, i guess because with my year lease and no money and poor credit there wasn't much thought to put into it.

Until today. He was able through his efforts find a preapproval and get paperwork together for the earnest money and "aren't you excited/??"

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um...no. Actually I am scared to death. I'm scared this is moving too fast and will I feel trapped if we don't work out and what happens if you lose your job and we have this large house payment and what about the least and ....

He didn't take too kindly to that. Then it bacame about why I haven't stopped the divorce papers and because I'm looking for worst case scenarios and ... well, you get the idea. He did text me a few minutes ago and said he was sorry that he had his head buried in the sand for the way I felt.

I feel awful I do. Everyone tells me how I just have to make this work because "you've been together too long for it not to" and he's on 30 days of no alcohol. A very personal record and twice as long as.....ever.

So why do I feel this way? I keep trying to explain to slow down and he says he just wants to move forward and can't wait.

I know I'm doing the right thing....I know that if it feels wrong I have to do right....right?

ugh!!

Where are the dang brownies? Where is my ice-cream?? When the belly feels empty isn't that what we do????

no. no no no no....I look like some crazy old man stalker dude with wild hair and crazy eyes....no no no no STEP AWAY FROM THE ICE CREAM!!

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Goal....

Corinna dear. you lost focus already!! You must learn to take care of yourself and quit trying to cater to everyone. You said "no"....it was hard but you mustn't punish yourself for doing so.

What caused you to think clearly? Was it the fact you do run yourself into sweat driven oblivion until you want to scream at the gym? maybe.

Then I must get back there. I must run for an hour at least...then "pump some irony" and think...

but not with my belly.

think ..

and for once meditate into calm

I can do this.

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BAKER1009 1/31/2012 1:18PM

    Great blog, Cori!! Glad you are realizing why you have been doing the things you have, and how you can make it different this time. I agree with EVERY thing Kim wrote. I know about addictions all to well myself.
If it feels wrong, then do the right thing. Do it for you!!

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 1/31/2012 9:33AM

    ok first off.....YOU DO NOT HAVE TO STAY WITH HIM and the person or people that are telling you that are a bunch of dumb a$$es! emoticon emoticon I can't tell you how pissed that comment makes me!! I do not care if the man spends the rest of his life without drinking. That is not a reason to stay with him...so what you would stay out of guilt? Just how the heckter is a relationship going to work based on that? emoticon
As for you two being together for as long as you have...really look back on all the years together and be honest with yourself and how many of them have been perfect and wonderful years. You and I know that we are so much alike it's scary...and out of the 7 years I was married to the sperm donor there was one year of that in which I was happy. And that was because I was taking care of Sam and I...had nothing to do with him. Unless a person has lived with an addict they will NEVER know the pain that is hidden bellow the surface. You take all the time that YOU need and screw what everyone else thinks and feels about your relatioship. DO NOT feel pushed to get back with him right at this moment. If you need the time take it...and no matter what do not give up the apartment that you are in right now. That is your safety right now and you need it. (ok, I feel like I'm on a soap box...sorry)
As for the eating...girl this reminds me of working out and going to Starbucks with the chain of smokes. LOL

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HOPEFULHIPPO 1/30/2012 9:29PM

    Thanks everyone...the blog was mainly a realization of why I was sabbatoging my own exercise efforts with ice cream and chips.. (and a slight vent! LOL)

I just need to realize to not EAT my emotions and to THINK through them :o)

That's all.

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NELLIEC 1/30/2012 2:32PM

    I am praying for you. And do take time until it feels right.

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PEPPYPATTI 1/30/2012 2:06PM

    You are definitely doing the right thing. Go with what is in your heart & from what I am hearing it is telling you to take it slow. That is the smart thing. My ex was an alcoholic & a drug addict. They want instant gratification & if they can't get it from their regular fix, they will search elsewhere to find it. Don't get yourself trapped into a situation you may regret! Been there-done that-didn't work for me. My heart goes out to you! Hugs!!

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DIANEDOESSMILES 1/30/2012 12:09PM

    I didn't know you were back with him. I thought you and the girls had settled down,,,,painted ur place and were happy. So i guess I've missed some blogs. So yeah I am confused. :(

Running to food is what we do when we are not sure of our own emotions or how to handle them. Have you journaled out what whats, and come to the conclusion, of whats best? 30 days may be HIS personal best, but in all actuality 30 days is NOT much hon. I have 11 yrs under me, and until I hit my 5th YEAR I would NOT of asked this of anyone. It was just to shakey. Thats my story.

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ENDUROVET 1/30/2012 9:47AM

    "Pump some irony" - love it!

Honey, you do what you have to do & don't be so hard on yourself! Of course I'm completely talking out of my a$$ since I only know what I read here, but sounds to me like Tom is trying to rush you into a "commitment" you're NOT ready for, & for the best of reasons! (I know after P & my all-too-brief separation - I let him come back WAY TOO SOON; we had a lot of issues to work through which remain to this day, they're vivid stumbling blocks.)
& I, too, have a bad habit of "stuffing down" my feelings instead of talking it out.

Hang in there, trust your instincts.
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TRESSA48 1/30/2012 6:58AM

    Corinna, I'm sorry things are so stressful for you right now. I hope it gets better for you soon. Isn't it funny how we all turn to "comfort" food in times of stress. I like your plan for running and meditation. All the best. Remember we are here for you if you need to vent.

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