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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

I have this prechallenge thing to do before we begin our Summer 5% challenge and I thought this question was so intriquing, I'd post it. Here goes:

"For the purpose of this assignment a Trigger Food is defined as the one that gets you off course for the next hour and you are not eating because you are truly hungry. A Trigger Situation is where you are, who you are with and what you are doing when this happens. Example Ė you are home alone had a cookie, then another and next you are looting the kitchen for anything that looks good. Or you had good intentions about going out for dinner with a friend, but a high calorie appetizer and then a big dessert also landed in front of you. An hour later you regret that little binge and donít even want to think how many calories you just consumed! You tell yourself, I know better, why did I do? I wonít do that again!

Let's assess the Triggers -

List ALL your trigger foods. Is it a snack food or part of a meal? Are they sweet or salty? Hot, cold or room temperature? Carbs, comfort foods?

What are the sources of the Triggers Foods? Is it a fast food restaurant? Drive thru? Food you order in? Grocery store? Convenience store? Meals at family or friends? Co-workers birthday cake? Treats from others?

Describe the most common situations where you reach for the trigger foods or snacks. What room are you in, what time is it, what are you doing, who is with you, and how do you feel? Are you tired? Are you eating to feel better? Are you rewarding yourself? Soothing yourself? Are you bored? By getting the food how does it make what you are doing better? What should you be doing at that time?

Do you see a pattern? What types of foods are you reaching for? Does convenient access make a difference? How can you better handle the situations to avoid the triggers and not binge or eat more than you should.

That is what this assignment is about - how will you not do that again? Can you pick a replacement habit or behavior that will cause you to pause to think do I really want to do this, and why? Maybe it would help to walk away from the trigger - drink water, go for a walk, phone a friend, go outside, look out the window, brush your teeth, or play with your pet? Be consistent so you can develop the new habit.

Write out your strategy to avoid the Triggers. Maybe itís baby steps to get you started or moderation. Donít be a perfectionist. Consider most of the time you will get it right.

I am going to do a couple of things - 1) record it in Spark Nutrition before I eat it and if I still want it after I see the calories, I will still eat it, but I will be mindful of what I am doing. 2) walk the dog for a walk around the block.

What did you learn from doing this assignment? Anything else to add?"
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Many of you may already know my trigger. I joke about it sometimes, but truth is it's Brownies and/or chocolate frosting.

The thing I have noticed though is there's no real "trigger" on WHY. If it's in front of me I will eat it. However, there's NO portion control....actually there's NO control. It's mine....allllll mine. No regrets til weigh in day.

Other triggers that are almost as bad are eewwy gooey warm homemade chocolate chip cookies, lots of cheddar mashed potatoes, and regular Ruffles potato chips. All these sweet, salty, savory things I just love the texture, the warmth the flavors and go NUTS!!!!

So, what can I do? Not much....other than to completely avoid them altogether. I've tried the moderation at parties....forget it...I have a plate of Ruffles with no shame and the funny thing is...it will be piled on top of my huge plate of carrots, celery, broccoli, tomatoes piled high with Ruffles....sighs....

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Speaking of foods I have been doing more or less a plant based diet for over the past two weeks now. It's weird as it's the first thing I've been able to consistently stick with and guess what? My blood pressure is now been pretty steady at 120s/90s.....waaaaay better than the 150s/100s we were concered with!! I'm going to check in with my Dr tomorrow and see what she says. I've been watching it slowly go down...the weekend of camping was a nice steady 130s...almost better than watching the scale drop...almost.

So, I just may stick with this one. I don't even miss bacon. at ALL...I'm not going totally vegan or vegetarian (I don't think) so if I feel like eating something I will...I just strangely enough haven't felt like it.

I found red quinoa over the weekend. Going to make it tomorrow morning with some almond milk, berries, and pecans for breakfast. I will let you know how it is.

Oh Oh!!

so my dress came. It looks GREAT on my daughters the turd birds! LOL My middle one wore it for her school's graduation. I attempted to try it on (as you can imagine I was pretty discouraged when it fit my girls) and although it was slightly tight in the waist the biggest goals are going to be the chest area. feels like a good 4-5"....yipes!!!

I shall prevail!!!

Then I shall HAVE to buy shoes!

tee hee

alrightie....other than that....we are on an official house hunt now. Sounds like we go tthe okay for financing (finally!!!)

Now if we could just agree on what we all want :p

Going to head to bed in a bit....gots a Shape it Up to do tomorrow...wait, no oh fudge, how did I lose track already?

freaking weekend...


p.s. What's YOUR trigger foods and why?

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HOPEFULHIPPO 6/12/2012 7:22PM

    well, if were my plate in front of me, I would say "yes" to the possiblity of leaving food tossing out portion control. You know "there are starving kids in..." addage. But I don't have a problem with leaving food on my plate as much anymore.

I think I just have a portion control problems with those particular foods because I love em so much and I just put logic out the window when I eat them....and as I don't get "full" persay...I just eat and eat and love and love LOL

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BLUE42DOWN 6/12/2012 2:52PM

    Interesting information on triggers. I wonder what it is that causes that mental shutdown on portions. Do we feel like we'll be deprived if we stop early and leave some?

emoticon on the dress arriving, even if BOOHOO on it not fitting for a while.

emoticon on the financing being lined up and good luck on finding a wonderful fit in a new home!

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HOPEFULHIPPO 6/12/2012 12:41PM

    @Bikechick1 & Jenni_x, I know right? When the question came up I just thought "how interesting" and thought I would blog it.

@Beth and Kim, I plan on pure and simple avoidance. LOL However, like I mentioned later in the blogs the food "triggers" don't seem to affect me as much lately since I've changed my eating habits. I'm not saying I want to test this theory out by putting a tub of chocolate frosting in front of me, but I somehow feel like I would have more control like I do with T's nom nom BBQs and bacon :p

I even control the coffee better now!! and THAT's saying something!! LOL

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 6/12/2012 10:24AM

    I totally feel you on the trigger foods.....Mine is Plain M&Ms! If they are around I will eat them until the cows come home. Although last week when I was so stressed about the graduation I found myself just reaching for anything sweet! The one good thing is I was writing down everything so I was still controlling my splurge in a way.

I also picked up this little clip for the chip bags and it's in the shape of a little pig. When you open the clip the pig starts to oink...yes it's cute but it also reminds me that I have to stop having my "little pig moments"....I am going to super glue a magnet to the back and just keep it on the fridge. I swear I need it as a handle to my cabinets! LOL

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BAKER1009 6/12/2012 9:17AM

    So what is your grand plan then with you trigger foods? To just avoid them? I've never been a fan of avoidance, or totally doing away with something. However, if you cannot control it at all when it's in front of you, it might be the best plan. With chips and brownies and frosting, you're not gaining any nutritional value there (unless the brownies have nuts?), so you're not missing anything really (other than the flavor you enjoy).
I know you can do this Cori. We all can if that is what we REALLY want to do. You're strong, I just know it!

Glad the dress came. It will fit. You just have to keep pushing yourself. Keeping those trigger foods at bay will help!


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JENNI_X 6/12/2012 5:36AM

  This is a great advice to everybody! Too often we just struggle with food but never sit down to think why we eat, what we eat etc.

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BIKECHIC1 6/12/2012 2:45AM

    Great blog, I'm going to keep a track of my bad eating habits, thankyou!!

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Question for you: Nurse Blind Batty or No?

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Woke up to a happy scale day!

emoticon did my "dirty" Firm it Up moves yesterday and will be trying "Tone it Up" today. I like that there is a new video in this series every day. That means for the next 4 weeks I will only do these videos 4x each. I like that...I like the variety.

Okay, here's the deal. As many of you know I'm in school. It originally was to keep my oldest focused and to show her that there are no excuses. I'd like to think it worked pretty well as she hsa gotten her AA with honors and is transferring to San Francisco to obtain her BA.

Of course, I'm hooked on school.

For those of you who aren't aware I'm also known as "blind batty" for a reason. I am deaf (with aids) and at one time had 20/600 vision (basically, I couldn't see at all) I've since gotten stem cell and cataract removal and my vision is up to 20/50 with some perifpheal but not a lot. What I do see in the middle (cone) area is enough to drive.....well, at least California DMV thinks so!

I was originally going for Deaf Studies. One it seems appropriate and I wanted to maybe advance to Speech Therapy. I adore the days as a child living here in Cali where they helped my speech so much that many don't realize I am hard of hearing. A total contrast to my baby brother who never obtained speech therapy in Washington and it shows. I also felt it wsa important to know sign, like it was a part of "my heritage" or something. crazy, but there you have it.

That was my original plan....only Sierra really stinks when it comes to ever getting into Deaf Studies classes. I can't seem to, after 3 semesters, get into ASL 2. Not to mention the classes that are at night in Roseville (Yes, I realize that I walk and live in the dark most of my adult life, but driving at night is still risky....the OTHER drivers stink LOL....joking......sort of)

So, I said 'screw it" and decided since nothing was going to come of it I would change my major to something I've always wanted to do when I was 18 and never did....through many excuses, marriage, money, moving, then kids, life etc. I switched my major to nursing. I figured "hey, Cali let me drive, why not be a nurse too?"


I haven't told anyone I switched my major. But, now I'm second guessing myself again. The biggest obstacle in my way are not the lack of classes but MY lack of classes....In order to take Microbioogy I had to have had Chemestry (I haven't) In order to take chem I had to have had....do you see where this is heading? and If I'm looking at the later classes, I'm going to me putting in long days..something hubby's not going to be thrilled with I don't think. he still grumbles about the school thing a little.

Mind you, I don't mind....I know it will just take me 3x as long....as things always do with a blind/deaf chick. I thought, once I'm done getting this I could be a little ol' medical asstant or something...you know those people that take your blood pressure and check you in to Hell Managed Organizations or something? Nothing to where your life would depend on it. LOL

but, here's where I'm second guessing myself....should I put myself through all that "just" to get a degree? Or should I stick with something like "womens studies" or "nutrition" and get my degree? It seems that in any degree I pick I am 85% done with classes.....just 15% more to obtain an AA. In anything.

What are your thoughts on this? and be honest....I could use some "hey, what are you thinking?!" or "pssst, go for it" blatent answers.

Tell me what to be when I grow'd up!!!!

emoticon Oh, and remember i"m 40something so not sure if I'm "too old" to be looking at new opportunities??

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JENN03275 6/24/2012 6:29PM

    Go into nursing if that is really want to do. It is very demanding but often times very rewarding

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FANGFACEKITTY 6/24/2012 1:37PM

    You're never too old to learn something new! My vote is to do what YOU want, not what others say you "should" do. Although I am the first to admit that most employers really only care that you have a degree, not what it's in (although I hope that is different for specialty fields like medicine!) I think if you are going to invest the time, effort and $$ into earning a degree you should at least enjoy the process.

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YOURJONES 6/7/2012 2:32PM

    Oh! One more thing! I have deaf parents!

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YOURJONES 6/7/2012 2:28PM

    If you really want to be a nurse you should do it! I'm 42 and in the nursing program right now. My friend in the same program is 49. But you really have to want it though because by the time you complete the science pre-reqs, you'll have the competition of getting in to contend with. I got in at ARC and it took me 3.5 years to get in AFTER I completed the pre-reqs! Once you're in, you'll live and breathe nursing school. I just finished the first semester and whoa! what a whirlwind that was! I'm not trying to scare you or steer you away from choosing nursing. I'm only sayin' that because like everyone else has said, if you REALLY want to be a nurse, you should go for it! Don't choose nursing just to pick a degree though. I had a couple of moments when I was in my office studying and I could hear my family in the next room laughing and having fun where I thought to myself "Why am I doing this? I'm so flipping tired and stressed out!" This experience has been like no other I tell ya! We live so close to each other, if you want, we can meet for coffee and I can tell you all about it or I can give you my phone number. Just let me know and I'll message you my info, kay?

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WATCH_HER_GO 6/7/2012 12:49PM

    First of all on the age thing: When I entered my master's program, I was 29 - so still within the "normal" age range. However, I can think of at least six in my program who were over 50 and starting on a new career path. So, I don't think you're too old. (My masters is in counseling.)

If you've always wanted to do nursing, go for it! If it turns not to be a good fit, you can always change again.

I know the ASL classes were always hard to get into at colleges I intended. I think ASL is a nice alternative to other foreign language.

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    Definitely do what you really want. Good luck with the Nursing studies!! (and the chemistry needed!!)

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    I would go for it. If you want to be a nurse, there are ways to be a nurse! And I think it's an outstanding profession (as well as one that almost always has openings AND pays well. Just sayin'. ;))

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CORINA-MOMOF4 6/6/2012 8:02PM

    I know you can do it!! Go for it!! BTW, I think ASL is such an amazing thing. I learned so much when our 3rd was a baby (our 2nd was very slow to talk and he was so frustrated that no one knew what he was trying to say, so when our 3rd was born, I picked up ASL - she also was very slow to talk, but could sign more than 500 words by the time she was 2) It became a passion of mine. One day I would love to be a translater.
Thanks for sharing your story :)

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DANILYNNG 6/6/2012 5:32PM

    Go for it. Just that simple - if it's what you want, just go for it!

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ENDUROVET 6/6/2012 5:17PM

    It's like that old joke: What do they call the person w/the lowest GPA in your class?

If this career path sounds like your cup o' tea, I would say GO FOR IT Cori! After23 yrs, I still could not imagine doing anything else (even putting up w/PITA human beings ;-)

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BAKER1009 6/6/2012 4:30PM

    Oh, and don't bring your age into this...what in the world does that have to do with ANYTHING!?!?!
Silly Cori!

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 6/6/2012 4:12PM

    Gosh I'm thinking that Beth also knows you well...hehehehe Yes my dear sweet sister LOVES nothing more than to help everyone and to take care of everyone else. That is why she is having a hard time now making this choice.

My dear sweet sister you have to do what makes you happy when it comes to school. It is not what will make you the most money, or the set course that takes you the most or least time. It is bottom line what your heart draws you too.

I too am in this point, I have a B.S degree and now what....it happens to us all. But the great thing is you have the rest of your life to go to school...there is no time limit on this my dear. I said nutrition because I remember you hunting down different recipes, I remember you being super supportive when the oldest wanted to be a Veggie head. You are one of the best people I know and I know that NO matter what you decide your just have to let your heart lead you to it. Never let anyone or them stupid fears you have stand in your way. Heck 5 years ago you couldn't even drive and NOW look at you. You are my inspiration in so many ways and I couldn't love you or be more proud of you!

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BAKER1009 6/6/2012 3:51PM

    I want to say go with the nutritionist thing, LOL! Only because I think that would be cool. So don't listen to me!

Honestly, you need to do what YOU WANT TO DO!! C'mon Cori, quit thinking about everyone else. There are times when you need to do that, don't get me wrong, but this isn't one of them. You are a grown woman, and this type of decision has to be 100% your choice!

Kim knows you better than any of us, and she said your heart has always been with wanting to help people, so go with that. You're a great supporter here, so I know you could be a big help to people outside of the "virtual" world :)


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HOPEFULHIPPO 6/6/2012 2:52PM

    wow guys, thanks for slapping me into what I preach to my daughters. There really IS no excuse. I was just afraid to move forward because sometimes in my head I remember "well, you ARE blind/deaf you know" and feel limited like, I dunno.....almost like I would OFFEND someone if I pursued Deaf Studies or Nursing.

Thanks! With that, I think I will pursue Nursing and see if I can still get some deaf classes as they come available.

Thank you again!! That really made me feel better.

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BLUE42DOWN 6/6/2012 2:33PM

    I'd end up lobbing it back in your direction, but first with this: there is NO point at which we are "too old" to look for new opportunities.

So, the lobbing it back:

What sort of job really draws you? Not just "I could be ...", but "I want to be ...". Sometimes job placement quizzes can help us, sometimes a career counselor can help, sometimes crossing off the jobs we do not want or wouldn't be able to do well can help us narrow in on what we want.

For example, the one thing I am definitely not good at and do not like doing is sales. I'll train a class how to use our software, I'll compare screens full of numbers, but cringe and want to flee at being asked to talk to a customer and convince them our software can do what they want so they'll buy. So when I'm looking at a career path, part of what I look at is how much "selling" there is (and that's internal to other departments and employees as well as external to potential or existing customers) and steer away from what I know would hate.

If you're just getting the degree to have a degree, then a major that is fun or easy makes more sense. If you want a degree to build a career path on, then you want a major that truly gives you the skills for the career through the classes you take.

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PEPPYPATTI 6/6/2012 2:19PM

    Go with what is in your heart! Follow your dreams!!

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KIMBERTA99 6/6/2012 2:10PM

    I think you should decide what kind of job you REALLY want. And there will be your answer:) Good luck my dear!!

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HOPEFULHIPPO 6/6/2012 1:17PM

    nutrition would be good and I have become rather obsessed with it. LOL

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 6/6/2012 1:11PM

    I think that you have to listen to your heart. Forget about what will make the hubby happy, the question is what will make you happy. No matter what you decide he needs to be supportive of you just as you are with everything that he does.
I think that you would be fantastic as a nutritionist and that would also put you into a position to help people which is really where your heart has always been.

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    You can do ANYTHING!!!

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MISHAMW 6/6/2012 12:55PM

    I totally understand about switching your major. Back in college I switched the average 3 times. I found a major I loved, but doesn't pay the bills...or any for that matter. Anthropology and archaeology will always be my love, but I need a career, so I am actually going back to school to get a two year associate degree in Medical Lab Technology. I am actually planning on applying today or tomorrow for my pre-reqs in the fall.

I basically have learned that I should do what I want to do. I never really wanted to go to a traditional university, but I thought that's what I should do, it's what a normal high school senior was suppose to do, and it's what my parents wanted me to do. Do I regret it? Only when I realize how much money was wasted, but I learned the importance of killer grades, and I got the college "partying" out of my system (though in no means was I a wild kid).

So do what you want do to, but make sure you actually have a career opportunity too!


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GRACEMCC45 6/6/2012 12:28PM

    I love this! You honestly can do anything you put your mind to, I think you've proven that!

As a nurse, I can tell you it's a rough job sometimes. So really I would encourage you to do what you *want*, not just for a degree or diploma. I understand there are some medical assitant courses that don't require an actual nursing diploma? Would that be an option? Usually those courses don't require those big science-y upgrades.

I think you will be fantastic at whatever you choose to do!

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I bought the dress

Monday, June 04, 2012

Mod Cloth is one of those sites that if you see something you like, you almost have to buy it right away or it "sells out". My dress had been sitting in my checkout box for a bit when I got the email "buy it or else". I looked at it again....do I really want this? Oh yes.....I do. So I bought it and it automatically went to "sold out".

I bought a large which in a sense is a size 12. I'm a 14-16. It's a reasonable goal I think!

It should be here Thursday and I'm sooooooooo excited to see it, touch it, and work towards wearing it.

Speaking of wearing it: Today I began my Slim Series (again). Today was Shape It Up. It's a 78 minute video (yes, that is the correct number) and this one contains a lot of weights which I LOVE!! The first 35 minutes were warm up and intense cardio...so intense that I got dizzy and naseaus and I could feel my heart rate beating out of my chest WITHOUT a HRM. So, I stopped for a bit. Then I was mad at myself for stopping when I went back because the rest of the video was on the floor and although she still worked your tail off, it was much more "relaxing". LOL Ah well, all 78 minutes done. Tonight I will do the Hip Hop Abs (20ish minutes)...correction, I will ATTEMPT to do it...I still feel like a blubber slug trying to do "the moves" but I know it will get better. Then again, it's been 3 years and I still can't do lunges without tipping over so whta does that say?

Hey, does anyone else have major head itch when they sweat? Man, that drives me bonkers...I mean, I know I'm allergic to heat, my sweat and pressure, but dang, it's obnoxious.

Our Memorial Weekend was WONDERFUL!!

We went to the little town of Ft Bragg/Mendocino. I went with the sole purpose of looking for the "Murder She Wrote" house. I was a huge fan of the show in the 80s and I just love Angela Lansbury. I wanted to actually rent her room for our anniversary but hubby dislikes B&Bs. He did however, drive me to the house :o)

hope the pic turned out okay, I don't like that you can't see it until you post your blog **pouts**

Anyhow...I did get in some great exercise. We talked to some locals and they informed us of some "hidden" beaches and we hiked and hiked and hiked....so much that I sunburnt the bottoms of my feet again.

then I was done walking.....for about a week.

until today actually. LOL

but it was very pretty and worth it. I just should know better (remember the "Im allergic to heat, sweat, and pressure" comment?) yeah, doi!! Needless to say, I will remember water shoes or something next time.

The town was so beautiful....so beautiful. I told hubs we are retiring there and not going back to Washington. He was all for it until we looked at the cost of real estate.

I need to save now.....

until about 2112?

and our campsite had a creek running through it....this was the view after another quick walk:

I don't know how I got the camera to do that. Yoovie would be so proud! LOL There are a ton more pictures (as you could imagine) but there's not enough room on this blog :o)

well, I was supposed to voluneer to serve ice cream today at the school. I should email the teacher and apologize for not making it...(was in the shower, wasn't the blog LOL)

tomorrow is Firm It Up. I've done it once before. Could move for 3 days after and I'm totally looking forward to it!!

Burn Baby Burn!!

Declare war on the Mutant Ninja Resistant Fat Cells!!!

More calories out less calories in!!



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SHERYL_B 6/5/2012 6:57PM

    You go girl! Thanks for adding my as a friend!

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BAKER1009 6/5/2012 11:16AM

    It's ok darling, my head can turn sideways too :) Beautiful pictures, sounds like a grand time!!

I think it's awesome that you bought the dress. When it does arrive, I think you should hang it somewhere where you see it often, to remind you of your goal of fitting into the dress. So proud of you!!


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ENDUROVET 6/5/2012 11:06AM

    It's cute! Can't wait to see YOU modeling it!

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MISHAMW 6/5/2012 10:46AM

    I love ModCloth myself....but I just don't see myself rocking a dress until my legs stop touching each other (HAHA, number 1 goal in losing weight...having a gap in between the legs and not touching when you walk).

Congrats on the fun trip and cute dress. Good luck with the rest of your journey!


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KIM_POSSIBLE77 6/5/2012 10:41AM

    I just love the pictures...you need to get them all onto FB so I can tempt Terry with them. LOL I also can't wait to see the dress on you!!

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    You'll look great in that dress . . . . way to go!!!

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CORINA-MOMOF4 6/4/2012 5:38PM

    Awesome! I'm sure you'll fit in the dress in no time (be sure to share pictures)

Don't worry about the sideways pictures - doesn't take much to turn our heads :) Very beautiful!

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PATTOMMC3 6/4/2012 4:14PM

    Beautiful pictures! Hope the dress fits real soon!


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RADFEN 6/4/2012 4:13PM

    Yay for buying the dress! Now hang it where you can see it.
Glad that you like Fort Bragg/Mendocino. We have camped there several times.

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HOPEFULHIPPO 6/4/2012 4:09PM

    crud....they turned sideways...I'll have to fix that....later.

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That was yesterday

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

My daughter and i were watching the first episodes of The Biggest Loser. The very first one and we were giggling over the different changes that occurred over the seasons. We had only just begun watching the Biggest Loser a few seasons ago so these are all new to us. We wondered if Bob and Jillian knew how "big" (no pun intended) they were about to become. We giggled at the mattresses in the contestants rooms and marveled how they now have temperpedics. Then we held our sides as we laughed that product placement was in fact, still there from the get go and gawked as Allie was in fact Caroline. If this is all Greek to you,that's okay, it was to us too. They were all such subtle, yet noticeable changes.

"it's time to cut the fat" Caroline Rhea Biggest Loser Season 1

The point is, as the days start to blur together we tend to forget why we started or even where we came from. Time is so irrelevant to what we are doing and yet we are constantly using it against ourselves. How many times do we say "ugh, I didn't lose any weight this week"? We tend to forget that our bodies have adapted to what WE created for it and therefore we need to give it time to adapt to our new lifestyles. Along the way, we can look back and laugh at the small changes that created such a great journey.

Changes such as: Remember that clothing mishap last week? My hubby went out and bought me new shorts. Yeay right? After watching the Biggest Loser my daughter and I feel inspired to work out. Let's go do this "again" we say! (and again is good as long as you keep doing again, right? right.) I pull my hair up into a ponytail and out the door we go.

I begin walking and get no more than halfway up the block when I ask her: "silly question, but are my shorts riding up my Yahoo?" to which she replied
"I'm not looking at your Yahoo"

So, I look and sure enough there are my brand new shorts every time I walk a few feet riding up in between my legs. Really? Really?


I then begin the process of horseback walking. You know the one, where you walk with your legs way out and your thighs don't mush together like you just finished horseback riding for several hours. (or in my case, the spin cycle at the gym)

I think I'm going to have to invest in some bike shorts though or something. My clothes just don't want to cooperate with me. It's no wonder I never want to leave my sweats and tee shirts. They may sag and look terribly tacky, but at least I know they're gonna stay put!!

Tell THAT to "What not to Wear".

OH.....gosh I got waaaaay off track today. All I wanted to say was I finished Week 2 of C25 finally. Really, that was the whole purpose of this blog, to get on here and hold myself accountable for finishing that doohickey and moving on to week 3 and something about cookies or...

I forget.

I have been feeling mucho better. All my blood work came back and says since I've lost 20 pounds my blood sugar dropped. woo hoo!! So, just gotta watch the HB pressure. Which I have been, I think doing really well on watching what I eat. and LOTS of water.

and a cup of coffee a day.

I'm weak, sue me. (don't......really..... I have no money)

Did I mention I finished Week 2 of C25? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I'm going to go finish up my daily duties now and plan for our weekend camping trip at the ocean. I'm so excited! Hubby even promised me he would take me to see the "Murder She Wrote" house. Squeeeeeeeeeee!!

So, for anyone who happens to be peeking at my page. Remember, take it easy on yourself mentally during this phase. Changes occur over time and our brain doesn't want to recognize that until the time has passed. Make it fun. Make it something you want to do the rest of your life. Make it yours and have a great weekend.



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WHITNEYLD 5/31/2012 7:20AM

    Great blog girl! Keep up the C25K, and congrats on another successful week!

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BLUE42DOWN 5/26/2012 8:26PM

    emoticon I am sorry, but the whole shorts riding up problem ... I don't remember any weight, light or heavy, when I didn't have issues with some shorts. I wonder sometimes if it's the way they are cut or the way my legs are shaped or what.

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TWNOMWE 5/25/2012 3:35PM

emoticon ON FINISHING WK 2 OF C25K

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LEAELLEN07 5/24/2012 5:00PM

    I love the humor in your blogs. Small victories are sometimes the most satisfying but they're the hardest to focus on!

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HEALTH-E-CLARE 5/24/2012 9:58AM

    Loved this blog. I was actually going through my nightstand and saw a sheet with my numbers written down from February I believe, and I found my Stat's spreadsheet from when I started on spark through mid last year, and I want/need to see how far I've come since I'm not moving much these days... at least that's what it feels like.

Congrats on another day of C25K! Rock on girl!

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RUFFIT 5/24/2012 9:17AM

    Love your blog!!! I remember those days with the thighs rubbing and me getting huge red rashes.... UUUUGGGHHHH!!! I think there is NOTHING wrong with sweats and t-shirts. They are comfy and you can MOVE in them... I also got a pair of yoga pants - They are the best!! Hugs, Moni

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BAKER1009 5/24/2012 9:03AM

    Way to kick some butt Cori!! Keep up the great work!
I don't care if you got way off track with your blog, I always love reading them...they always make me smile! emoticon

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KAY-SUPREME 5/23/2012 9:44PM

    Look into Sparkle Skirts and Sparkle Shorts .. they're expensive but apparently they do not ride! I'm going to get some myself soon.

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When a lightbulb smashes into your head, it's time to think.

Monday, May 21, 2012


That's the verdict thus far and can it cause pain? uh yep, depends on how high the blood pressure gets so as my Dr put it "for you to being feeling well at 142/96 (which is high) you must have been very high to be sick"

We are going to be doing a lab workup in the morning to measure my cholesterol, blood sugar (poss diabetes) and thyroid.

I asked her as I 've been reading a lot about nutrition and watching Food, Inc and Forks over Knives what her thoughts were on using plant based diet as a treatment.

She said I was young enough and still relatively healthy to use this as an option. For now. However, she also recommends incorporating the Dash Diet into it as it is meant for lowering blood pressure. She asked me to buy a cuff and come in several times during the next two weeks so we can measure it. I don't know if two weeks will be enough time to notice a difference, but we will see. It's nice she wants to keep me monitored anyhow and is willing to try this rather than just putting me on meds. She actually sounded happy I was willing to do this over asking for meds.

She also wanted me to drink one 4oz glass of red wine a week. For women it is supposed to greatly reduce the risk of heart attacks/strokes. I told her I didn't think I could do this as I didn't want any alcohol in the house with a recovering alcoholic. She said "you are a good wife" LOL However, I can still drink my coffee in moderation, so that makes me happy. Yes, I know that means two cups, and NOT two pots. Got it. I think, however, with how I had been feeling and wanting to go all or nothing that green tea and water will be my friend. Yup, I said it.....out loud. Did you ever think you'd see the day? I know I sure freaking didn't.


Hubby goes in today for a catscan on his kidneys. They've discovered some cyst on them. I'm pretty sure it'll be okay, but I am a little worried.

So, driving home today I was processing all this information in my head and have come to two conclusions.

One, if this isn't motivation to get into a healthy lifestyle, and fast, I don't know what is!


Two, being over forty sucks.



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MIAJOEB 5/24/2012 11:49AM

    I can only drink tea in the mornings because it keeps me up.
So I decaf everything and keep in moderation.
But I just love the taste.
I will most likely be walking at Sunrise Mall with my friend on Saturday..
So looking forward.
Want to start lots of meet ups this summer and get to goal this year.

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BAKER1009 5/22/2012 10:26AM

    Coffee has been one of my constants through everything too. I know I should cut it out, but for now I have at least cut it back. Instead of a pot a day, it's just 2 cups a day. Need to get that down to 1 I suppose. Hubby still drinks it, and will continue to do so, making it harder for me to cut it completely.

Keep us posted on your progress with everything. Keeping your hubby in my prayers today with his kidney tests. Keep me posted on that too!


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BLUE42DOWN 5/22/2012 2:11AM

    Good to know what the issue is - and to have a doctor willing to work with you and let you try the food way first.


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SEXBOBOMB 5/21/2012 4:36PM

    Question: could you get your glass of wine in outside of the house? Have it with lunch or stop into a restaurant one night a week?

That way, you could have your glass without tempting the hubs! :-)

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MONICA_W 5/21/2012 4:30PM

    The DASH diet is really sensible and it's the kind of thing that would go hand-in-hand with a low-animal-product diet quite easily. There's a lot of room for a healthful diet that includes animal products wisely without having to constrict yourself by going 100% vegan. Part-time vegetarian works well too, in terms of health benefits! You'll want to do a lot of research before you commit to something like that, as it can be hard to meet all your nutritional requirements when you cut out all animal products (or even just meat) - I assume that's what you mean by a plant-based diet. Why not start with what you currently eat today, and modify that, rather than trying to toss that out the window and make brand new habits? You haven't got your nutrition tracker shared, but you might be partway there already, which would make things easier for you!

Good luck and I hope you feel better soon!

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 5/21/2012 4:11PM

    I cut out coffee for over a month and went to green tea....the last week I brough coffee back in and I have to say I actually feel more slugish then when I am off of it...kinda like wanting a smoke and feeling horrible after having one. LOL

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