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This is going to be harder then I thought!

Friday, October 05, 2012

Shopping has not ever been on of my favorite strong suits anyhow and grocery shopping is right below cleaning the toilet bowl.

It wasn't until recently I really understood why.

I have been taking Nutrition classes, Sustainable Agriculture classes, and various other classes revolving around foods and our lifestyles. I've always been curious as to what the hype was and IF it was.

Well, I will admit. After watching documentaries such as "Food Inc" and "Forks over Knives" and "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead" it's really changed not only the way I look at food, but what foods can enter this under remodel temple called MY BODY.

Now, I promised the man, the head honcho, the hubster that I would treat this like the topic of religion and politics in our house and although we all respect various ones, we don't preach it. Fair enough, right?

um.....but then there's shopping.

Because he isn't quite caught up in what goes in our bodies as passionately as I am and because the budget matters more (like in so many households) as far as prioritizing it, we come across a few obstacles.

For example:

I bought organic sugars. I bought several of them because I wanted to try them out and see what everyone thought. So first was Sugar in the Raw, then Organic coconut sugar, and both were very very good. Sweet. My girls are all for organic and healthy eating. They always have been and honestly, they probably feel like they influenced me into this thinking. I'll let them think that.

We all go grocery shopping and hubby picks up a 5 pound bag of sugar. I tell him "honey, we have two bags at home....I just bought them" to which he replies:

"there's something up with that sugar"
"Yes there is" I say "it's real sugar"

He gave me the "look".

You know which one I'm talking about...the one that says "yeah right" then rolls the eyes to the ceiling as the white sugar goes in the cart.


It's been like that with pretty much everything: brown rice versus white rice, whole wheat bread versus white breads, even the flours get bought doubled (whole wheat versus white)

Today he came out of the bedroom holding the toothpaste. "really? " he asked I smiled..."whuuuuuat? It taste like mint"

"it makes me gag and want to puke" (my turn to rolls the eyes)

so, now I have to go buy his own toothpaste, which I don't mind cuz he's a cap leaver offer and mashes the tube. I, however, am not.

We go out to eat: "I'll have a hamburger, no tomatoes, no onions, and she will have your sawdust burger"

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so to say it's becoming a little more difficult to incorporate foods into the house might be an understatement. I picked up tofu and threw it in the basket the other day and he says "woman, are you TRYING to kill me?" to which I replied "depends, have you up'd your insurance yet?"

and it's not just the eating. I like to run....correction I like the attempt at running. He FEARS running I think. Normally I'd be like "no biggie, I run he doesn't" only I think he tries to make sure I don't run. He takes me on 3-5 miles walks with him, which I adore and we talk and talk, but if I bring up running I can actually feel his tension building as he explains how "bad it is for knees and joints" and how "it's especially dangerous for you with your eyes" and I love him but sometimes...GAH.

So, I think that may cross out runs like Disneyland or the Vegas Rock n Roll runs, or may just happen to coincide a run with a vacation?


I'm not going to give in though. I'm still pushing forward. It's just sometimes when I feel alone or defeated I have to come on here and remotivate myself. I've been on here A LOT!! lol

In other news:
We sign on our new house today. The 4th bedroom has been dubbed "mine" and I can do it pink blue green whatever. LOL Being a workout room, I don't know. I'll probably do something nice, yet simple :o) My family is so ready to move in and slightly cranky with anticipation. It will be nice to have a house of our own again and I look forward to the gardens in our tiny-er yard. Hubby says he's going to build me several veggie beds so I can "eat that weird rabbit stuff you've been calling food"

If he's not careful, I'm going to tell him how I put zucchini in his brownies and how I put the organic coconut sugar in the regular sugar bag!!

Until next time.....

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CADDYBROWN 11/1/2012 10:18AM

    I have the same problem with my husband. My parents and siblings are all healthy in their weight and habits. My husband's family is quite the opposite. Their habits have been passed on down to my husband and I didn't fight them very well when we married.
It took me entering an essay into a contest for a free gym membership for him to see the problem. I wrote about what I thought was the problem with my weight gain and physical shape. I won that contest, then told him I entered it. I then allowed him to read it. He was in tears when he finished, and has been very supportive of me in my endeavors. Sometimes it takes a bomb to take out the flea!

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 10/26/2012 8:59AM

    "Oh my god woman are you trying to kill me".....that would be what he would say if he knew about the "sugar swap". I'm over here sides burning from all the laughing I'm doing right now!
I know how you feel...there are times that I think if we don't mess up our own plans as far as diets and workouts our husbands do it for us! Mine as you know is so supportive but he also has his moments where I would like to kick him! He doesn't think that running is good either and does not understand why I want to be able to run a 5k (or more) without a break. But then I don't understand why he likes to watch horror movies. LOL
I have just come to realization that he is not me and no matter what I do I need to have the stregth to tell him NO when he goes for the treats, or hold strong when I want to workout....in the end if I am strong about all of it maybe he will see my success and want to hop aboard at that point too.

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DOLPHINSINGER72 10/12/2012 9:51PM

    It is really great that you are attempting to make the changes. I really do wish that he would be a little bit more supportive, but I am glad you are being strong about it.

Zucchini in the brownie sounds really good. :)

Are you doing the Paleo diet?

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MOCHA2470 10/9/2012 10:37AM

    It's good to hear that you are having the same struggles as me and apparently a lot of other people. At our house I do most of the shopping and I love it! I pick out what I want like whole wheat bread, non-fat or 1% milk, turkey meat...If my husband goes to the store its because he wants to BBQ and he will by red meat, potato salad and bread which I have to just appreciate that he is wanting to make a nice dinner that doesn't happen more than once a week. It has taken me along time to try to understand that he will change when he is ready and me pushing him towards that will never work.
I know it is hard to have two of everything but you got to do what is necessary to be healthy for you. Keep living healthy and you will feel good about yourself! emoticon

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CAROLYNL8E 10/8/2012 12:15PM

    My family isn't taking my lifestyle change very well either, but my husband does try to be supportive. I know what you are going through!

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BIGPAWSUP 10/8/2012 11:33AM

    I'm living the same life!!!!

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WINACHST 10/8/2012 9:11AM

    HA! This reminds me of when my husband and I started changing our diet and shared why with our daughter and son-in-law. We were told, "No matter what you say, you will never get us to change our diet."

They now have started a farm so they can grow and sell their own vegetables, raise chickens and only eat grass fed beef on the rare occasions they eat meat. Now they are noticing adverse reactions in their son's behavior when they give him processed foods - so, another change in diet in on the process of being made in that household.

The video "Future of Food" is what changed their minds.

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KAY-SUPREME 10/7/2012 10:47AM

    LOL! I've introduced my dad to things by using half regular and half whole wheat flour in my baking. He usually can't tell, some things he can, most of the time he can't. And I've also gotten my parents in the habit of buying whole grain everything. As long as it tastes good and has good flavors, nobody seems to care. Which is good. :)

I think you should paint your workout room a pale yellow, it's a calming, happy color, and anytime a room is yellow I want to be in it ALL the time, especially if there is natural light coming in. Or sage/celery green. I love those colors as well.

I'm looking forward to having a kitchen again so that I can start making things from scratch so that I can control what is in everything. For now, I'm sorta stuck with frozen meals and easy to prepare stuff.

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BAKER1009 10/7/2012 8:45AM

    LOL...the kind of blog I would expect from you Cori! Your hubby cracks me up...and doubly so your responses to him. I think you should just shop separately, LOL! I know, that doesn't work well with the whole budget thing.

Just don't give up on what is important to you!! You're doing great! Keep it going!
Congrats on the new house!! So happy for you all!
Speaking of Congrats...Kim got that job, and she'll be back in the building with the gym as of next Monday...so maybe she'll get her sweet tushy back on here and hang out with us again!?! emoticon


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HEALTHYLU1 10/7/2012 8:42AM

    Hi Hope,

Wow, you are dealing with this very well. I'm impressed. My DH will talk the talk, but mostly doesn't walk the walk. I am still hoping that he finds a way to make it work for him.
I haven't figured out the right things to say or do to be helpful, so for now I am doing my thing and keeping my mouth shut.

Good job sticking to your guns! emoticon

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GRANNYSUE9 10/6/2012 3:46PM

    You are too funny! I am very fortunate in the fact that my DH supports me and eats a lot like I do. I do still fix him his favorite things when he wants them, but I don't always eat what he eats. His needs are different than mine. I have to follow the pre-diebetic plan and he needs lots of iron in his diet so he likes a lot of red meat. I prefer chicken, fish, ground turkey and such. We do find a way to balance it out. You will too. This is a great place to come to when you need support and motivation. Hang in there! We are always here for you.

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HOPEFULHIPPO 10/6/2012 12:44PM

    awww, no need to be irked...it does get hard sometimes but we are also a bunch of very sarcastic passionate people in this family. It's just that sometimes our pasison is opposite of each others. LOL

I am glad (and not so glad) to see others do experience this very same dilimma. Guess we will all have to work together on brainwashing, I mean, teaching our families into proper health!!


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XXEDRA 10/6/2012 12:33PM

    Best of luck finding balance! emoticon

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WHITNEYLD 10/6/2012 7:27AM

    Sounds like my husband. Everything that "tastes good, [I] make taste bad" with my 'healthier' ingredients!

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CJADERUN 10/6/2012 6:59AM

    Raw sugar IS real sugar. It's closer to sugar than granulated.

I'm not going to lie--after reading this I feel...annoyed. I realize that not every guy is as wonderful as my boyfriend when it comes to "supporting my new lifestyle." But...

He doesn't keep me from exercising--he supports my going to the gym, even if it means we spend even less time together based on when I can fit it in my schedule.

He doesn't ridicule the foods I eat. He might not eat them, or like them, but he has no problem with my eating potato or black bean burgers instead of meat-burgers.

If I were to bring tofu home, he would probably try it. Once. And regardless if he already decided to not like it, he would have tried it.

I think your husband just has to come to terms with the fact that your choices are changing. And that's NOT BAD. But he should be supportive. I'll admit--I buy both types of sugars and both types of flour, because that (to me) isn't weird. But that "saw-dust burger" comment....that really irks me.

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CHEDDARSMAMMA 10/5/2012 10:46PM

    I'm lucky in that any resistance I meet in my own home just looks at me and goes "meow" but I do have a small understanding of the frustration from going out with friends that aren't at all concerned about their health. IE...let's pick the restaurant where EVERYthing is fried except the driest most boring salad on the planet. It sounds like you have a good attitude about it though. Before I started running, one of my work out buddies would kinda jog along side me so we stayed together instead of splitting up over speed. Maybe try that while out for the walks with hubby? Good Luck!

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MCFERRET 10/5/2012 7:32PM

    I can so relate to your blog! It is not quite as difficult here, but frequently, my husband is cooking his own dinner or breakfast. I really like how I feel eating good, organic fruits and vegies. Challenging, indeed. I applaud your efforts and am with you every step of the way.

Congrats on the new home!

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KENDRASTIC 10/5/2012 5:28PM

    We have similar problems when I stopped drinking for a while. I lost a ton of weight, but it was uncomfortable in the relationship.

Lifestyle choices.

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TEACHFIRST268 10/5/2012 5:15PM

    You crack me up!!! You stay strong, my friend!

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MRSCLAUS46 10/5/2012 4:38PM

    We must have picked the same pattern when it came to that particular brick wall. Mine was all for me "adding" him to my diet plans when he saw me loosing weight--until he discovered just what it entailed! So now we do buy double on many things, some nights I cook double (that's so he thinks he's still in control, (like you I put zucchini in the brownies, mix the sugar, and found I can even get away with brown rice if I mix it with his favorite mushrooms & season it nicely then serve it by candlelight!), and I exercise by myself. As Carol put it--don't think I can re-train him now so I just have to keep re-training myself and cooking double! Good luck with your challenge!
Have a great week-end and I hope you can get in a good run!
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MYLAUREN2 10/5/2012 4:31PM

    I guess I was lucky, he ate what I cooked and never complained. good luck on your transition with the house hold. emoticon

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POLYANNA2 10/5/2012 4:18PM

    I have the same brick wall in my house that you do. I do sneak healthy ingredients into my recipes, and sometimes I actually get away with it. The toughest one to overcome has been spinach. I wish it wasn't so darned green. He spots it every time. Mostly, though, I have to prepare two different meals. If I haven't managed to retrain him now, I doubt I ever will, so on it goes.
Keep pushing. Maybe some day he'll surprise you. I said "maybe"...lol
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LYNSEY723 10/5/2012 3:54PM

    There are lots of challenges to changing our lifestyles - and living with other people is probably one of the biggest challenges!!! You are strong and you will get through it. And he... he can just suck it up! Also, if you want to run - run!!!! Don't let him stop you. :)

Have a wonderful (healthy) weekend!!!

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I feel short

Friday, September 21, 2012

I don't know why. I'm 5 ft 7 inches which by some standards should be tall. I was talking to my daughter on their way to school and I tell her "I feel short. I wish I could gain about 3 inches and wear heels, I'd feel like Lady Diana!!" She laughed at me and said "Mom, I AM that tall and I hate it because I tower over everyone"

I thought about this. It's true. She's tall, very tall. In my family she fits right in. In my family, I'm short, but in society she's "too tall" and I'm probably pretty average.

But it came down to the perception we both had about ourselves and each other. We both longed for what the other had.

I wonder if this is what we all do with everything in our lives.

I know.


Well, the buggers are back. I didn't even creep up to 173, more like JUMPED to it. I can't understand why. Let's break it down.

Was it the lack of exercise since school started? emoticon could be.

Was it the inconsistency of working out? emoticon possibly

Is is Spark's Fall/Spring/Summer challenge breaks? emoticon for sure!

Could it be the three plates of nachos covered in Velveeta? emoticon hmm, no. I think not.

I did my first Cross Fit class on Tuesday! Yup. I went in all nervous and looked around at these gorgeous (what are you even DOING here?) people sweating like no other. I was so nervous I almost didn't go, but I really want to beat that feeling this year. I advised the lady it was my first time and I was hard of hearing. I kept in my ears and she stayed by me giving me advice on how to do the moves and whatnot. Remind me to give her a card. Next thing I knew everyone is running out the door for a 400 meter dash. I tried to keep up with them but lingered behind.......they all ran to the back door to go in so I tried to keep up with them.......but somehow when I got behind the building I realized there were SEVERAL buildings and I was on the wrong block.


Yup. Got lost running around the building. Only I can do that.

Once I figured out which building was mine the class was already doing bars and practicing their "lifts" and stance. The nice lady (Aubry) came and caught me up. I still need to practice the stance (I keep jumping and you can't do that with weights)

Then we did 250 meter rows, jump on the box (I did it I did it I did it!!!), dumbbell lifts, more rows, more jumps, more double lifts...People were falling down on the ground and sweat was decorating the carpet. I had my 3 pound weights and realized quickly that they had been replaced with ten pounds (not by me, but the nice lady LOL)

Then we did like a captains chair thing on the bar for our cores and called it a class. Throughout the whole thing I was last, clumsy, falling, tripping, getting lost, and hurting. But, I also managed to jump on the box (something I never thought I could do with my limited vision) and row like it was nothing.

I came home, freshened up and went to algebra. After we all came home that afternoon I was still thinking about the class. How even though it was so hard, I couldn't wait to go back. I didn't tell my family I had gone. Not out of embarrassment or anything but because it was such a good feeling, I didn't want anything to taint it. I will go back on Tuesday.

After I came home, hubby says to me "we haven't had our walk in forever, lets go" I was already sore, but again, didn't tell him why so as not to let on I went for a walk...an 80 minute brisk, 3 and a half mile walk. LOL

To say I was sore the next morning could be and understatement.

Classes are a little stressful now. I'm into week 5 and this is exam week. I wish I could say I'm acing my favorite class, but somehow the features of the skull eluded me. I now know what a humerus and femur really look like though.

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OH OH! Guess what?
Looks like we got a house. Really. The appraisals done and we just need underwriting to finish being picky about the file and give us the okay to close. Lots of good vibes please! It's funny how this October moving doesn't seem to stress me as much. Maybe it's because it is with my husband rather than from him. Yes. That has been one year folks. Alcohol free I might add :o) He's become more than the man I married and I might ALMOST venture to say "I love him" almost.

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but I still haven't talked to his family **cough MIL cough** in a year....ah, life just keeps getting better!!

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Oh yeah, before I lose my train of thought. So, I want to say that my biggest goal right now is to establish a workout routine IN SPITE of school and all of the above mentioned.

I went to the wedding. The dress did NOT fit (in the bosom area still) so that is still a goal, but the shoes. I wore them, they were so freaking tight and I didn't care. I felt like the wonderful quote from Sex and the City: "these shoes, they pinch my feet. But, I love them!!"

So I'm thinking maybe my birthday for the dress.....November. nah, I don't celebrate that day. LOL okay then HUBBY'S birthday in November. There we go. I figure if I don't celebrate a birthday I can't get older....

I wonder if that works on getting taller too.....


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CADDYBROWN 11/1/2012 9:55AM

    Also 5' 7". I feel tall with everyone around me.

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    Hey, girl, anytime you want, come over and stand next to me (barely 5 ft). Your crossfit class sounds killer! Hope you keep going!! And congrats on the house!!!!! And happy birthday coming up!!! emoticon

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LYNETTEMOM 9/24/2012 5:53PM

    I love reading your posts. Many positive vibes being sent your way. emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 9/23/2012 10:28AM

    Congrats to your husband for his one year success. And to you for the house. Best wishes.

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FANGFACEKITTY 9/23/2012 10:08AM

    When I was growing up I wanted desperately to be a tall big bosomed redhead. I am instead a short small bosomed brunette. And my tall friends all want to be my height and my overly endowed friends wish they were flat chested and the redheads want to be blonds...and we all want to be what we are not. So I figure if I want anything bad enough I can go get it (after all if I want to be tall I can wear 6 inch heels, I can get a boob job and dye my hair), and then it just seems better to be happy with what I've got.

Congrats on the house! How exciting for you and your family!

BTW, I'm 5'5" and I'd love to be even 5'7" emoticon

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MOCHA2470 9/22/2012 2:12PM

    You are an inspiration... I never signed up for the crossfit even though I really think I should. The next time I see the groupon I will go for it! thanks for sharing your story!

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PEPPYPATTI 9/21/2012 7:28PM

    I just love to read your stories! You are too funny. You do things I think only I could do-lol! Way to go on taking the class & then going for the walk with Hubby. I understand your not wanting to tell them. I did not tell my Hubby when I started running as I was afraid he would talk me out of it. And short at 5'7''? I am only 5'3'' & I feel pretty tall or at least average. But then again I do not get out the house much! Do celebrate your birthday & wear your dress! That will truly be a special day for you!

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LYNSEY723 9/21/2012 4:32PM

    There are so many different subjects in this blog, and therefore so many things to comment on! In order to not write you a book I am going to say this:

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MENNOLY 9/21/2012 4:09PM

    The sad thing is as we get older we get shorter. I used to be 5'7" but now I am barely 5'6" which means I need to lose more weight to reach a healthy BMI. Doesn't seem fair. I will be going to a wedding in October wearing a vintage dress that belonged to my mom. She would have worn it in the 50's. It is lace and lace is back in style emoticon . She was barely 5 feet tall when she passed away but I am sure she was closer to 5'4" when she was young.

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BAKER1009 9/21/2012 4:04PM

    Cori you're so darn cute!
I am sorry you got lost behind the building. I was not sitting here laughing...really... emoticon

It's so good to hear about your husband and being sober. That makes me happy for you, but really happy for him. I came across a letter today that my husband wrote me when I was one year sober. It brought tears to my eyes. It's been way longer than that now, but it's still just as important.

Anyway, sending super BIG HOUSE vibes your way!! And keeping all body parts crossed! Everything will work out the way it is suppose to!


. I'm 5'7" too :) It's perfect here, let it be!

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MRSCLAUS46 9/21/2012 3:41PM

    I agree the 3 plates of nachos with Velveeta had absolutely nothing to do with it! I've been trying to "grow-up" tall for a very long time--alas not one thing has worked to achieve that goal (I am barely 5 feet and my daughter is 6'1"). Glad you wore the shoes--they were awesome! Good luck with wearing the dress for Hubby's birthday--you can do it! Just vow to push Nachos off a cliff.............
Good luck!

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I don't know why they call me Quirky

Friday, September 07, 2012

First of all to be Spark related: the battle is won!! 168-8

Finally broke through that pesky 170s trail that have been long since guarded by the pesky and relentless mutant resistant fat cells.

Still have quite the war on fat though......

As a reward, I bought the shoes to go with the dress. What do you think? They are SUEDE!!!!!!


I'm so excited to get them. My niece's wedding is next Saturday (not this one, but next) and I'm so hoping to squeeze myself into the dress and shoes...they still make corsets if all else fails right?

Classes are going well. I'm taking Nutrition which I'm hoping helps out with my daily life. Anthropology IS as fun as I'd hoped. Hard, as I'm studying the various names of the skull and bones, but fun reading case files and determining how one can be identified when nothing is really left. Crazy stuff!!

Algeblah still plagues me with those negatives though.

and I'm taking Public Speaking, it's nothing like Larry Crowne.

Ever heard the expression "you're not helping me, but making more work for me"?

I have this thing, you know pet peeves kind of? It's with laundry. The never ending battle of laundry. I have just today discovered why I'm always doing this thing and how my family, bless their little hearts, are always creating more work for me.

See, my "rule of thumb" is that the laundry is never done unless it's been washed, dried, folded and put away. If it's just "washed" it's not done, right? right. Knew you'd understand.

Well, I caught myself today looking at the heaping pile of laundry on the dryer and out of habit threw them all on the ground to wash.

When it dawned on me.

I'm always forever washing clean clothes......and I don't mean the one or two items that magically appear back in the basket even though no one has worn the darn thing.

I stood there having internal battles with the various voices in my head.

"They're clean!"
"but they're not done"
"that's true"
"all you have to do is fold them"
"they're not warm"
"nope they've hit the floor, too late"

and back in the washer they went. I looked in the dryer. Yup, more clothes. So, the dryer went on. One simply cannot fold clothes unless the clothes are warm and the top of the washer/dryer is empty.

So, guess what I'm doing today??

so, call me Quirky.

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LYNETTEMOM 9/24/2012 5:56PM

    love the shoes. I myself have a pr of blue suede ones that look very similar. They were a sale buy that I could not resist.
Alas, Elvis and I will never kick off our blue suede shoes to snuggle on the couch but that is part of my fantasy..............

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EMFRAPPIER 9/21/2012 11:15AM

    Fantastic shoes!!

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FANGFACEKITTY 9/21/2012 6:20AM

    Hey Quirky, pleased to meet you. I'm OCD.

At least your quirkiness is in the relative privacy of your home. I constantly catch myself starting to straighten the papers on other peoples' desks. Which is not always appreciated for some reason.

Congrats on the loss!

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VLL723 9/11/2012 10:51AM

    LOVE the shoes...........

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PROVERBS31JULIA 9/10/2012 9:00PM

    Ohhhh the red shoes are AWESOME!!

I'd have to be wayyyy thinner before I can ever get back on high heels shoes. I can't get much higher than Birkenstocks or Kalso Earth Shoes - maybe Alegria shoes. But once upon a time I did have some hot high heeled shoes... my my !

Last night we were at TJ Maxx's and I saw some KILLER blue satiny high heeled pumps, had to be 5 inch heel just for the rise itself, plus another 1.5 inches for the platform part. Gorgeous but it was a trip to the Emergency Room just waiting to happen so I just admired them and left them on the shelf!!

Sooo wayyy to go on the 160-ville. You are gonna ROCK THAT WEDDING!!


And I agree, you're not a HIPPO any more. Gotta think of something more positive.


and I DO NOT mean HUMONGOUS, because that's the opposite direction way past HIPPO.... So now, maybe CURVACEOUS CORINNA? CUTIE CORINNA? COURAGEOUS CORINNA?



Just something to think about!!!


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MIAJOEB 9/9/2012 7:31PM

    So congratulations and emoticon on the shoes

As far as laundry goes it goes in a basket to the room it belongs and I fold it there.
I never put anything on the top of the dryer. I feed my cat there. He loves it but his hair never mixes with clean clothes...

Not one to ever do something twice...

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PEPPYPATTI 9/8/2012 6:10PM

    I guess you can call me Quirky too as that is what I have done all day!
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MCFERRET 9/8/2012 6:37AM

    Great dress and shoes! Congrats on reaching your next level! It always feels so good when you can break through. Keep up with healthy choices and really - no need to rewash the clothes. I usually just run them back through the dryer for about 10 minutes to make most of the wrinkles go away. Quirky is all good!

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BLUE42DOWN 9/8/2012 2:26AM

    Why hello there Quirky!

And, oh, I was so so so glad when my kids got old enough to do their own laundry. If they didn't fold or put away, it was their own problem. I washed, dried, folded, hung, and put away my things and felt so done each week it was refreshing.

Very cute shoes! (I'm a fan of suede, though I lean more to boots.)

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COLLIMA 9/8/2012 1:13AM

    Hi, This is Margie, from Fat Busters!

Now that you are down to the 160's, do you now have that waist that you've been wanting?!!

Maybe you will consider a name change? Somehow "Hopeful Hippo" doesn't go with someone who now has a waist and can fit into that dress!

Great work!


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SHERYL_B 9/7/2012 8:41PM

    Awesome shoes!!!

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MYOWNHERO 9/7/2012 4:55PM

    FABulous shoes!

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TEACHFIRST268 9/7/2012 4:41PM

    lol! Have missed your great sense of humor. I can so relate with the laundry 'issues'. I feel like my life revolves around Mt. Clothesmore!

WAY TO GO hitting 160-ville!!! Join me in that new group - the folks there are MUCH too quiet! That's the first thing I did after I weighed myself and logged in. I'm SO PSYCHED to FINALLY be there!

Your shoes are awesome!!!! You will totally rock them, girl! Congrats!!!

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    emoticon job on your weight loss! I know you'll be where you want to be for the wedding! Love the dress! Love the shoes! Make sure you share pics!

I used to be like that with laundry. Now, with all the littles, we're just wearing whatever is the cleanest. Notice that I didn't say clean, emoticon . We're all human and we just do the best we can with what we have! If you want to only fold warm laundry, then go for it! emoticon

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CJADERUN 9/7/2012 2:52PM

    Way to go on the weight loss! You're a baller! I'm just ITCHING to get to my next tens-mark, it must feel AMAZING!

And...I know nothing about shoes, so...they're cute? That's what I should say, right? They're red. They're red shoes. Did you want red shoes? I hope so. Because that's all I can tell. They're red.

Gosh, I have baskets of clean and dried laundry that I just NEVER have time for folding! Boyfriend and I usually just end up pulling our day's clothes from the baskets! Awful, I know, but we're super busy as of late.

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LYNSEY723 9/7/2012 2:35PM

    Love the shoes! And I agree with only folding warm laundry! Although, I will fold it cold and wrinkled (my boyfriends work clothes can be wrinkled - I don't care!!) but if it's my pants or jeans, back into the dryer before they are folded!!! My boyfriend (er, fiancee) does 99% of our laundry (I'M SO LUCKY!!!!) but it usually ends up in baskets unfolded. Anyway, I understand!!! :)

Have a wonderful weekend!

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 9/7/2012 2:23PM

    You my dear are funny! Yes they can be folded if they are cold, if they are coming out of the dryer they are clean. I personally hate clothes and Terry actually does it 99.9% of the time. Yes I know I'm spoiled!!
So proud that you have hit below the 170 mark as I know how hard you have been working. Me on the other hand have been super lazy in the last week and not tracking. I know shame on me.....but the walking is back and I will also get below my stupid marker. It's that one pound....I know once I drop that I'll be good!

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GOPINTOS 9/7/2012 2:21PM

    Love the shoes!! emoticon

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KIMCOLLINGS 9/7/2012 2:11PM

    You are so funny (and quirky). Who knew someone could make laundry so entertaining!

I'm fascinated with archeology and the anthropological side of it is so interesting. Finding out how they lived with just little clues is so cool!! I bet you are loving the class!

Anyway, the shoes are adorable and you are too. You're going to rock it at the wedding! Congrats on the weight threshold breakthrough too!

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Happy Sat-un-day

Sunday, August 26, 2012

We get ready to look at pretty much the only house for sale in town when I find my pearl necklace. Granted, I don't wear much jewellery I like this necklace because my sister in law had given it to me when her and my brother in law broke up. It's pretty and I rarely get to talk to her much anymore. Anyhow, I put it on with my baggie Capri, throw my hair up in a ponytail, debate on eye make up, decided against it and get my coffee. Hubby looks at me and says "why are you so dressed up?" Confused I look at him and he points to the necklace. I can't help but wonder....what's that all about? How bad must I look to have a necklace be "dressed up"? LOL

Do you ever watch "Cops" and wonder if you know the people?


Well, as feared I have slacked off this week due to scheduling of school and what not. I don't like it at all so come heck or high water tomorrow I will work out!!

I'm holding me accountable!!

Oh Oh! My niece...the one getting married, came over with her fiancÚ and cute little baby girl. I couldn't hold the baby much since I have a real knack for making them cry. I don't know why it is really, but I do. Anyhow, she's one of the few that doesn't cry too terribly much around me. I forgot where I was going with this story...I must be tired. I think I wanted to say something about it's her wedding that I want the goal dress for, but got sidetracked with the baby.


I'm still lingering at 171. I suppose that's good ...I'll be great at maintenance if I ever get there...

Class is going good this first week. I'm really enjoying my forensic anthro class. There's a LOT of reading though so my eyeballs feel like they are going to just "shut" on me. I'll have to tell you guys more later...there's so much to say and my brain won't get it out on blog.

Well, it's either Saturday night or Sunday morning so Good morn-night!!

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PROVERBS31JULIA 8/31/2012 3:48PM

    It's NICE to feel dressed up - especially when the rest of me doesn't look as well, due to ill-fitting clothes. I read that years ago, men are attracted to "movement" (the hunter thing, I guess - maybe they will talk about that in anthropology!).. so that's partly why I keep my hair long. Then I'll wear dangly earrings and a cute necklace so everyone looks up at my face ... as in the words of the Wizard in "The Wizard of Oz" movie - where he says "never mind what's behind the curtain!", and I'll say, "never mind how lumpy and fatlooking my lower body is!!" I've even had people ask if I had lost weight and all I did was a different pair of earrings!! or a necklace I hadn't worn in a while. And Pearls are a timeless classic - they never go out of style!!

You'll get there!! You will! It's been so long since I've seen 170's, wow, wouldn't remember when...

Have a great weekend and don't stay up too late studying!

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DOLPHINSINGER72 8/29/2012 4:54PM

    Oh you are going to school. That sounds great. Sounds like a CSI major? I am STUCK in the 219 and 218 range. Sigh. Well, we just got to keep pushing :)

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MIAJOEB 8/27/2012 11:42PM

    you sound so busy but don't forget to take care of yourself or to wear the pearls often.

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MISHAMW 8/27/2012 6:03PM

    I wish I could trade you classes! I love (and miss) my anthropology classes (my major was in Anthro). Now I am going back to school and am taking Chem.

Have fun with your class!!!

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 8/27/2012 3:57PM

    Dear you will get there, just don't give up. Which reminds me....we really need to figure out where we are headed off to in 3 years. The more I think about it the more I'm saying Mexico or somewhere tropical. One of the adults only places where food and drinks are included!

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LYNNRODRIGUEZ 8/26/2012 3:34PM

    Have a great rest of your weekend. And do tell us more about your class.

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because she's preoccupied with 19, 19, 1985

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Still teetering at 170-171...it's as if the scale says:

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I have slackered off on the war effort of exercising though so the little buggers are creeping in my tush, back to the squats to keep them at bay. Break out the celery swords!!!!

We got loan approval on a house!! That's the good news. The "not so good" news is that it's for an amount just below what all the houses are selling for. hmm.

OH! speaking of houses....as some of you know my kitchen is awesomely pink. Tom sometimes dare to ask "when can we paint" with a reply from me of "when we move"..


do you see where this is going? We are going to look at a house, and sad to say, it will not have a pink kitchen.

Now, I said nothing about not having a pink workout room though...hmmmm.

Speaking of colors, we took the other kid shopping and I kept exclaiming "look at this one!" and "OMG, this is SOO cute" to these really beautiful vibrant colors, shoes included.

Tom says "why must you insist on being attracted to everything that is trackable by space satellite?"

But seriously, have you SEEN these??


does it NOT remind you of these days??


sighs....Oh, I can't wait to wear scarves and sew "vintage" hot colored outfits. I may never been seen with my husband again, but I'll look GOOOOOOD whether he knows it or not. LOL okay, so I'll look good in my own mind. Have I mentioned I'm probably going to be one of those eccentric older gals with lipstick stuck in her teeth and vibrant reddish pink hair and cool freaking hats?

or twisted.

Speaking of twisted, why does Boy George look better as a girl than I do?


probably because he wasn't at war with his own arse.

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SHELLIECAN 9/16/2012 4:37PM

    Oh I just have to "friend" you, please..your blogs had me almost crying with laughter.

.....And I too ADORE the dress....

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PROVERBS31JULIA 8/23/2012 10:48PM

    hah I LOVE those shoes!!! And the rainbow colored ones I wanted from New Balance you can't find in stores. Every once in a while I see it on eBay for like nearly $200 and not in my size, either! But I did find some cute Nikes that are chocolate brown with the pink swoosh and the sole is pink, and then I found a pair of Adidas?? not sure the brand... they are a hot pink shoe with white sole. (neither are very comfortable right now - think I'm too heavy for them and they don't cushion as much!). But yea, I love lots of color. I don't have a pink kitchen or bathroom or nothing like that!! (I laughed at Tom's comment about liking stuff that is trackable by satellite!! Too funny!).

Oh..., Boy George, or even that other guy, I saw him on TV had his own cable show - goes by "RuPaul" - drop dead GORGEOUS and makes every woman I know look terrible in comparison. But I think we are happier even if we are plainer - we have our family and kids that we are blessed with!! There's nothing really to compare us to Boy George (just imagine what he will look like trying to be in drag when he's 85 years old and wrinkled skin??? oh dear! My head will explode trying to visualize! poor guy!).

Hope you get some cool shoes!!!

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WHITNEYLD 8/23/2012 11:01AM

    You're hilarious!

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BAKER1009 8/22/2012 4:30PM

    Yes, a pink workout room would be awesome!
Tom's comment about the satellite tracking, cracks me up!
You? You always crack me up. My I wish you lived in this state with Kim and I. But of course I also wish Kim lived on this side of the state. At least Terry could be closer to the Steelers that way, LOL! And technically Kim would be closer to you on this side of the state.
Ah, well, a girl can dream, right?

Good luck with the house hunting. When you settle, I'll buy you a housewarming gift, such as this!


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KIM_POSSIBLE77 8/22/2012 10:02AM

    Girl you always put a smile on my face! I think that the new house the workout space needs to be pink. Heck I can always fly out there and paint a bathroon black and red!! ROTFL!!!

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SHERYL_B 8/20/2012 9:42PM

Insomwant colorful shoes, but I am too cheap!

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TINAJANE76 8/20/2012 9:36AM

    Thanks so much for the regular dose of humor! I love stopping by your blogs. Keep 'em coming!

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FANGFACEKITTY 8/20/2012 5:50AM

    I always LOVE all of the brightly colored shoes and running gear. Sadly the cool looking shoes do not work for my feet so I always wind up with basic white with some faint ugly color markings in a men's...or I could always have the powder blue/pink gag me with a spoon women's shoes in my style...NOT!

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    You are so funny - I laughed out loud!!

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LYNNRODRIGUEZ 8/19/2012 11:23PM

    I love those shoes! Maybe I should buy some. At least my feet would look good while I walk the littles to the park. emoticon

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MYOWNHERO 8/19/2012 11:06PM

    I have painted at least one room pink in every house I have ever lived in! I see a pink kitchen in your future somehow.

Also they were playing your title song at my gym this afternoon so it's been in my head :D

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CHOCOHOLIC2276 8/19/2012 6:04PM

    Definitely reminded me of the 80's clothes!! emoticon

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TEACHFIRST268 8/19/2012 5:38PM

    You continue to crack me up!

I just bought myself a new pair of those incredibly light nike sneakers - black with HOT PINK trim. I totally wanted the neon coral colored ones, but they were out of my size.

And as for the 80s...I TOTALLY rocked them with my acid wash jeans, and then come late 80s, early 90s with my spiral perm and very big hair. I have never been at peace with my hair since then. I am MADE for big hair.

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VLL723 8/19/2012 5:33PM

    You go girl. The 1980's totally rocked!


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