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Hooping Video

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Well, Emily and I never got to do our dance/hooping videos to celebrate my 100 pounds lost because, let's face it, life jumped in and postponed that victory. (EDIT: That means I've put back on a few pounds and am no longer at 100 lbs lost. Sorry to confuse some of you.)

BUT, I finally got some hooping footage up for y'all! My friend is obsessed with Reba McEntire and wanted to submit a video for a contest she's having to be in an upcoming music video.

Here's what I put together for that:

youtu.be/Vd_JUeMSIJg


PS: The bloopers are my favorite part!

Much love and health to my SparkFriends!

Courtney

  
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MOSTMOM1 5/31/2014 8:27AM

    Don't you love how hOOp bloopers can be hazardous? hahaha
You find the coolest places to hoop, seriously.
I've put 20 lbs back on, so I'm right there with you, sister. Hang in there. You're doing great.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 5/30/2014 10:49AM

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JOYINKY 5/28/2014 10:39AM

    Nicely done, thanks for sharing! I agree with Theresa, don't let life rob you of celebrations!

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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 5/28/2014 7:55AM

    LoL... "Reba doesn't want to play, guys." You... "REBA!"
Loved it.
I still hope to see you make a celebratory vid for your 100 lbs. You deserve a celebration! Doesn't matter one bit that it's not immediately after your milepost; it still is what it is and deserves a celebration. Put a candle on that video and blow that sucker OUT!
Wishing you an awesome day today...
~ Teresa

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RAINBOWCHOC 5/28/2014 6:22AM

    congratulations on your 100lbs. I'm not doing so well, but not as bad as I once was!

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MICKEYH 5/27/2014 11:04PM

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Where Does The Time Go?

Sunday, March 30, 2014

I'm ashamed that I've been gone from Spark for a month! I love SP, but now that I have a smartphone, I'm rarely on the computer anymore and, unfortunately, the SP app isn't conducive to socializing. Let's get on that, SP, mmm'k?

I started a new challenge this weekend on healthy wage.com … It's similar to dietbet.com that I've done before, but this one is a team challenge with a larger reward for winning. I'm excited to get some weight off before we start trying for baby (in October). emoticon

Sorry for being gone for so long, friends. I've started a blog that, so far, has been primarily grief focused. But I anticipate that it will morph over time. Feel free to take a peek:
andsomecallmeq.blogspot.com

Much love,
Courtney

  
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NOTGVGUP83 5/2/2014 10:05AM

    best of luck on your wage.com challenge! I know you've been through a lot lately from following your blogs! A baby will change your life for the better! I absolutely am in love with my son who turns 16 months tomorrow! A love that can't be compared. Best of luck!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 3/31/2014 5:43PM

    glad to see you bloging again courtney love.goodluck with the team bet.you can do it. emoticon

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RAINBOWCHOC 3/31/2014 8:08AM

    glad you are making plans, hope all comes to fruition without too much difficulty.
yep, smartphones are very antisocial!

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JOYINKY 3/31/2014 12:20AM

    Glad you are back Courtney! I've missed you!

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RUNNINGOLLIE 3/30/2014 10:00PM

    Glad to find another great fitness site (I haven't checked it out yet but it sounds interesting -betting on weight loss with a group- sign me up- I love a good competitive!).

I flipped over to your other blog and just wanted to say I am sorry for your loss and hope you are doing well.
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MICKEYH 3/30/2014 9:50PM

    emoticon Courtney, glad you are doing new challenge. Are you in Spring 5% challenge as well? Maybe A team again? I was off the last 2 challenge, but I'm back now and looking forwards to get back in shape. Good luck to you and hope to see you some where in the SP.
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Finding My Mojo

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Hello friends,

I'm trying so hard to find my mojo! This winter weather has really got me down. Spring is in the air this week, but I'm dreading the expected return of snow.

I've only been managing to workout about once a week. My hubby has been doing an AMAZING job of hitting the gym and has been finding great success with his new weight lifting routine. It's encouraging me to get my butt in gear.

I had a great meeting with my lawyer this week where we decided that I'm pretty close to wrapping things up on my parents' estates. Only a few more tasks to check off the list! That makes me feel GREAT! The major thing that is left is my parents' house where they lived for 28 years. My brother has been very little help with clearing out the house in order to get it on the market. It's quite a point of frustration, since I'm already handling al of the legal affairs I was hoping that he would step up in this area, especially since he's seasonally unemployed.

Anways… the main point of this entry was to let you know that I've started a blog to help me process all that I'm going through. A friend of mine last her fiancé two years ago and found blogging to be very therapeutic. I'm finding that it's a way of letting family and friends know how i'm doing as well. If you'd like to check it out, you can go to:
andsomecallmeq.blogspot.com

That's all for now!
Love,
Courtney

  
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CLPURNELL 2/25/2014 9:07PM

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Will check out your blog!

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MUSICALLYMINDED 2/24/2014 9:44PM

    I think you're doing great considering all you're going through. I'm really enjoying reading your FB posts, too :) I'm getting great recipe ideas. I am not much of a cook, so I love seeing your food posts.

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RAINBOWCHOC 2/24/2014 4:25AM

    Rog went through some of his mother's papers that he had held onto "just in case" 4 years after her death. He found some savings in an account she had not updated her address on from a move several years before, over £10k......so be happy being the one sorting things out, you will have the rewards
big hugs
Sandra

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GEMLADYONE 2/23/2014 11:31AM

    What a beautiful blog...and a wonderful way to remember your mom and honor her memory on her birthday!

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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 2/23/2014 7:46AM

    Beautiful blog. Amazing tribute on her birthday. You (and her) are completely inspiring.
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_JODI404 2/22/2014 10:56PM

    Courtney,

Your blog is an absolutely wonderful tribute to your Mom. Your celebration of her first birthday in heaven was beautiful So lovely.

I'm so glad that you found the angels.... it was meant to be! And the full moon was incredible.

I know how deep and profound the loss of my mother was. My heart really goes out to you as you make your way now without her.

There should be a Kleenex needed warning on that blog. Just beautiful, so moving.... thank you for sharing that!

Sending you a hug & hoping your mojo will return... hopefully the weather will turn soon! Enough of winter!

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JOYINKY 2/22/2014 8:31PM

    Beautifully done Courtney! Thank you for sharing. Hugs.

Have you asked your brother to help? Sometimes they are clueless and don't see what needs to be done or what you would like them to do. I hope he gets the message and pitches in.

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TURTLETALK 2/22/2014 6:48PM

    I just visited your blog and it brought tears to my eyes. What a lovely tribute to your mother.

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MICKEYH 2/22/2014 6:43PM

    Wow, what a heart felt blog it was. Thank you for sharing. Sending prayers on your way for everything will be on your favor. emoticon emoticon

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EVER-HOPEFUL 2/22/2014 6:20PM

    that was a great blog and such a lovely thought.glad you were able to get your angels in the end.love the centre piece your aunty made. emoticon

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ADVENTURESEEKER 2/22/2014 6:02PM

    I read your blog and it made me tear up! Thanks for sharing those memories. emoticon emoticon

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Every Day I'm Strugglin'

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Every day is a struggle... I'm sure my mood will lift considerably when Spring comes. I always get a *touch* of seasonal depression during this time of year. Illinois is having one of the worst winters on record and it sure ain't helping anything! I also realized yesterday (while I was sobbing in the gym locker room Ugh) that there's a general sadness over my life - obviously - but it's because every passing day is another day FURTHER from the last time I saw my parents. Instead of feeling better (time heals all blah blah blah), I'm feeling worse because I'm feeling further and further away from my parents: our interactions, words exchanged, etc. It feels like being separated from a loved one for vacation, deployment, whatever, and the longer you're apart, the more you miss this. My only problem is there's no "end" to this separation. I have to live the rest of my life without the two people who raised me - whom I turned to for advise and guidance.



I've realized that I probably re-joined the 5% Challenge too soon. I'm not capable of being an effective teammate at this point. I still get on and log my exercise on the few days each week that a manage some, but my LTGL points are non-existent. Plus, I'm up five pounds since starting the challenge! Oiy. Part of that is that my eating is not in check - and part of it, I'm sure, is because my only exercise has been strength training. Well, one thing at a time...



And then I find something like this immediately after finishing this blog and tell myself to keep going...
www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiLDMBDPCEY

  
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CLPURNELL 2/12/2014 9:10PM

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NOTGVGUP83 2/10/2014 4:14PM

    I'm sorry you're having such a hard time with the loss of your parents. I will be devastated when my parents time comes because I like you spoke, talked, interacted with them EVERY DAY. I hope you find comfortable and peace soon so that you can enjoy the rest of your life. They truely are in a better place and until you come to terms with it you'll never have closure. Do what you can, one day things will be "normal" again. *hugs*

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VONBLACKBIRD 2/9/2014 5:52PM

    Richie Parker sure puts it in perspective...we should never have complaints in our lives..Thanks so much for sharing this. Praying for you. I understand the emotions of "no sun" this time of year.

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MUSICALLYMINDED 2/9/2014 3:26PM

    I loved the video!!! And in SC, too...like me!

I'll have to share that...it was awesome.

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MAMMER3 2/9/2014 12:58PM

    I am sorry for your loss, I Don't know what you are going though but we are here for you. I am glad we met on the awesome A's don't worry about the weight really its just about getting up and logging on no matter what!

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LIFE-FAITH 2/9/2014 11:19AM

    emoticon I can so relate! I lost my dad at the end of July. I miss his every day bantor - his encouragement and his unconditional love that he gave to me. My heart goes out to you... I am adding you to my prayer list... everyday I will think of you and say a little prayer, because I am in the exact same place you are... a bit of strength training is my main exercise (the rest is taking care of my hubby right now, as it is non-stop), my LTGL is limited and I will forever be missing my dad for the rest of my life. (my mom is not supportive or caring towards me... and we wonder why I am a psychology major... hmm.. that is another story)

I am so sorry that you lost both of your parents so close to each other.

You continue to take care of you and hang in there... God is good.

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RAINBOWCHOC 2/9/2014 8:21AM

    If I suggest a duvet day and a chocolate fest would that help? Sometimes we do have to be kind to ourselves and have a little wallow. It's a bit like the chocolate/snack/ice cream cravings, a little bit of something stops you having a binge so have a bit of self love in whatever form it comes.
I'm sure your folks would be sad too, knowing they cannot speak to you directly like they did last year. Now we have to look for the memories and hear their voices through those. Be grateful for the great memories, we can all think of people we'd rather forget!
Sending the biggest hug the internet can manage
Sandra, xxx

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MICKEYH 2/8/2014 4:16PM

    Hang in there. One step at time. No need to feel bad about things you can't do at this time. But I know you'll able to do soon. Thanks for sharing very encouraging Video.
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EVER-HOPEFUL 2/8/2014 3:35PM

    emoticon i so feel for you love i have also lot both my parants and all my grandparants.do you know what though they are still here for me to guide me when i need them.when i am unceratain of a discission or way to go i always ask myself what would my nana do or say and there i have my guidence it is really amazing how much they have shaped and still shape my life and hopefully they are also helping to shape my kids life as i act and do like they would have wanted me too.it will always be there love but it does seem to get easier as time goes weather that is because time makes it easier or we just acept it more i am not sure but i do know when i want and need them they are still there for me in my heart and in my memories of who and how they were.hope this makes sense and that it helps.take care and keep smiling no matter how hard that might be.remember your parents love your smile so smile often.fake it till you make it if nesacary. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TURTLETALK 2/8/2014 2:48PM

    Do what you can and quit feeling guilty for what you can't do. Hang in there and I promise it will get better. emoticon

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JOYINKY 2/8/2014 12:20PM

    Courtney, thank you for the inspirational link; what a wonderful portrait of a remarkable young man and his family!

Hang in there and keep going. The pain your feeling is the price we pay for having love in our life and sure beats not having had that love. My folks have been gone a long time now and I still think of them every day. I know what they would want is for me to be happy and I'm pretty sure that's what yours would want too. Looking forward and not back doesn't mean we forget; we do take what we want of our past with us. Hugs.

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Keeper of the Moon

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

My mom is the Keeper of the Moon.

The week my mom died, my brother and his wife explained to their 4 1/4 year old son that his GG (Grandma Gail) went to Heaven to be with the angels and live among the stars. Well, Bub decided that His GG was in charge of the moon.

There was a full moon that week.

Bub went outside several nights that week to talk to GG and spent countless evening hours staring out the living room window at that moon.

That precious child brought a ray of sunshine (moonglow?) into our lives with his thinking. In the past few months, many family and friends have found comfort in the moon.

To my surprise, I found this in a catalog:



An ANGEL holding the MOON. emoticon

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My mom's birthday is the day before Valentine's Day. I wish so bad that she was here to celebrate with. Since she's not, I'll be throwing a party for our family and friends in her honor. Each family is going to recieve one of these angels.

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(I have something up my sleeve for Dad's birthday in March too.)

  
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NOTGVGUP83 2/10/2014 4:19PM

    children are amazing people that really do make life worth living. I love the angel with the moon. Everyone will enjoy it. Very sweet.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 2/2/2014 5:57PM

    what a lovely idea. emoticon

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CLPURNELL 1/30/2014 4:26PM

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GR8ERJOY 1/28/2014 8:45PM

    Awesome way to keep her memory in your hearts.

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ADVENTURESEEKER 1/28/2014 4:46PM

    Aww, so sweet! This made me a little misty-eyed.


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BARBIE176 1/28/2014 12:58PM

    I am so sorry for your loss, but what a beautiful story. I am glad this child brought you gladness at such a difficult time. I love the Angel and your plan to celebrate your mom's birthday. Sending prayers for comfort and peace to you and your family. emoticon

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_JODI404 1/28/2014 12:19PM

    So sweet!!!

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Things like this can really bring a lot of comfort.

My Mom used to make beautiful paper snowflakes. My sister & I have always thought it her job in heaven to oversee the snowflakes. emoticon

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MUSICALLYMINDED 1/28/2014 11:04AM

    Oh my gosh, that is so sweet. I'm glad you are still celebrating on that day instead of having the family mourning on their own. That is a great idea.

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BOB5148 1/28/2014 11:01AM

  Nice. Have a fun party

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KATIBUG49 1/28/2014 10:58AM

    That brought smiles & tears to my eyes but a wonderful thoguth for a child to have & who knows they say the Angels come to the young children! They are the ones that still beleive! So sorry for your loss, it is ahrd to live with.

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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 1/28/2014 10:49AM

    That is the most beautiful sentiment EVER. Such a celebration of life; inspiring. Hugs and joy.
~ t.

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JOYINKY 1/28/2014 10:37AM

    Brought me warm loving tears, beautiful plan. Hugs.

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