CORTNEY-LEE's SparkPeople Blog CORTNEY-LEE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Random update and photos I start the Advocare 10 Day Cleanse today. I hesitate to call it a "cleanse" because it isn't. I don't know what else to call it, so I am going to stick with that. Basically, for 10 days, I eat a diet of whole foods. I omit things like sugar, refined grains, fried foods, alcohol (bummer), and so on. You know, all of the "bad" stuff. There are a few "supplements" to take, but again, I hesitate to call them "supplements" because it is really nothing more than some probiotics and fiber (which my... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 10:38:54 EST Mud on the Mountain 2015 (PHOTOS) Distance: 8 miles <BR> Time: 3 hrs 11 mins <BR> Obstacles: 31 total <BR> Obstacles Attempted: 31 <BR> Obstacles Completed: 30 <BR> <BR> It was a tough course. I gave it all I had and am very pleased with what I accomplished. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> The begining <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <img src="http://ph... Sat, 9 May 2015 21:11:10 EST Cleansing I decided to start the New Year out with a cleanse in both the figurative and literal sense. <BR> <BR> I started the Advocare 10 Day Cleanse on the 1st. I am not sure why they call it a cleanse. It really isn't. Basically it is some fiber drinks and probiotics to help get "things" on track (regular) <BR> <BR> The required "diet" is really nothing more than a whole foods eating plan consisting of whole grains, lean protein, veggies, fruit and healthy fats. It is pretty much how I eat anywa... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 13:19:26 EST She's a brick house... Over the past few months I have been in panic mode over a slight weight gain. All told, I am up roughly 10 pounds from my lowest weight. <BR> <BR> It seemed like no matter what I did, those pounds would NOT budge. To make matters worse, my pants were starting to fit snug in the thighs. I was almost ready to have a meltdown of magnificent proportions. <BR> <BR> In x-bike class the other week, I was discussing this with my friend and she was having the same problem. All of her pants were ge... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 23:05:24 EST Remind me again why I do this? It is 5:30 in the morning. I just finished working a 13 hour overnight shift. It has been almost 24 hours since I have slept. I am standing in line at the gym, waiting to warm up for PC Fit. Coach Phyllis starts by yelling "Run it down" and we run. About midway down she yells "seal jacks! Ready! Go!" and we start jumping up and down, flapping our arms. She continues to bark out orders.... Inch worm to the door! 10 push ups! Bear Crawl! Backwards bear crawl! On and on it goes, and we are only ... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00:14:57 EST Gaining Weight... I am gaining weight. Currently, I am up around 10 pounds from my lowest weight. Most days, I weigh in between 125 and 127, where I was weighing in for the longest time between 117 and 120. <BR> <BR> At my lowest weight, I bought this amazing dress from Victoria's Secret as a way to reward myself for getting into the "teens" - it was a size 4. When it arrived, I tired it on, and it was snug, but fit ok, and I decided to keep it. I hadn't even had the chance to wear it, and my weight started ... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 15:35:32 EST New Hair! (photo) I decided it was time for a change. I haven't worn bangs since I have been 6 years old <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 15:28:39 EST Mud on the Mountain 2014 - photos included <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I crossed the finish line with a time of 3:25. I did all obstacles, and there were only 2 that I did not finish the entire way, but i still made the effort to do them. One, "The Hangover" was a set of monkey bars across a large pit of water. I made it about 1/4 of the way across before I lost my grip and fell. The second was the "Nail Biter" I made it 3/4 of the way across before I again lost my grip and had to bail. The most torturous of... Sat, 10 May 2014 18:00:06 EST New Tattoos! (photos) My half sleeve is almost complete - the "I Love You" is in my Mother's handwriting, so no matter what happens, I will always have those words from her <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The stars on my toes are by far the worst tattoo pain I have ever felt. It surpassed anything I have had done previously. I even had to get her to stop a few times because it hurt so much <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:41:46 EST I never thought I would see that day that... I never thought I would see that that... <BR> <BR> 1. going to the gym is a top priority in my life <BR> <BR> 2. I would be considered fit <BR> <BR> 3. A 30 mile bike ride is a normal, fun way for me to spend a few hours <BR> <BR> 4. I would be entering Mud Runs <BR> <BR> 5. I can buy a size X-tra Small and Small from Victoria's Secret <BR> <BR> 6. Heck, even the day something from there would even fit me <BR> <BR> 7. My jean size would be a single digit <BR> <BR> 8. I would walk int... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:48:55 EST Two Years (photos included) Two years ago today, I was at Altoona Regional Hospital undergoing RNY Gastric Bypass Surgery. <BR> <BR> The night before my surgery, I weighed in at 246.4 pounds. I weighed in this morning at 124.2. Today I am sitting here literally half the person I used to be. All told I have lost a total of <BR> <BR> 136 pounds <BR> 16.5 inches from my waist <BR> 13 inches from my bust <BR> 21 inches from my hips <BR> 8 inches (roughly) from each arm <BR> 6 inches from my neck <BR> 20 inches from each... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 08:03:34 EST Crazy Cat Lady Selfie #32 Me and my buddy Leroy <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:32:50 EST New Tattoos! (photos) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 21:04:39 EST That is a King Sized 10/4 Little Buddy I woke up at 4:30 this morning on my day off so I could make it to 6 am X-bike (spinning). I will go back to the gym tonight for 4:30 PC Fit (kinda like cross fit/boot camp) and 5:30 Yoga. I want to offer that up as a big FU to those people that insinuate I haven't worked hard for my weight loss because I have had gastric bypass surgery. I guess people think I just sit on the couch all day and get skinny? That isn't how it works you know? <BR> <BR> Someone sees me eat a cookie, or some chip... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:09:49 EST Cozy Food I am in the mood for what I call "Cozy Food" <BR> <BR> I want oatmeal, soup, cream of wheat and chili. I want things that are warm and simple and yummy. I don't want something with a lot of spice. <BR> <BR> I made myself a big croc pot of Apple Cinnamon oatmeal. I plan on having that a lot of the next week. It just sounded awesome, and it makes a lot. <BR> <BR> <BR> Yumm Mon, 17 Feb 2014 23:44:13 EST Valentine's Day On Thursday before I left for work, I put my boyfriend's Valentine's Day gift on his end table. I didn't really get him much, just a card and a box of his favorite chocolate covered pretzels from a local candy shop. <BR> <BR> On Valentine's Day I woke up and went over to his room and we decided to go out for lunch. He didn't mention anything about Valentine's Day, but I didn't think much of it. We went out to lunch at Wendy's and stopped at the auto parts store. When we got home, we sat in ... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 23:14:33 EST New Tattoos! My left arm! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My right butt cheek <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 6 Feb 2014 23:44:36 EST Random Photo Blog of...?? <img src=""> <BR> My BFF Amanda and I - we have been friends since 7th grade... a little over 20 years now <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> me in my most favorite place, doing what I love the most! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> The Roaring Spring Community Library - where I volunteer <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 11:12:10 EST Flowers in the Attic and Random Photos of stuff I was really excited to watch Lifetime's film adaptation of VC Andrew's Flowers in the Attic. <BR> <BR> I think they did a really great job and stayed pretty true to the book. <BR> <BR> I remember reading it as a teenager, and I still love to read Andrew's books. I have read everything that has been published under her name up to 2010. I haven't read the most recent stuff <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Leroy and I <BR> <BR> <img src... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 21:48:43 EST One of those days (photo) Last night at work was one of "those" days... you know the ones where you just sit there with a stupid expression on your face? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 07:55:59 EST They don't have... tea? I went to the store yesterday for my weekly shopping and they were out of tea!! Ok... not exactly out of "all" teas, but they were out of my tea, so in my head, they were out of tea. I mean, honestly, how do you run out of Red Rose? <BR> <BR> It has been so cold here. My body can't take it. Everyone keeps telling me it is because I am "too thin" but I don't think that is exactly it. When I lost weight, my blood pressure went back to "normal" which normal for me is usually 90 (something) / 60... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 14:15:33 EST Random Blog of "Selfies" Here's to awesome selfies and too much time on my hands!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 4 Jan 2014 07:12:29 EST Isn't it ironic? Don't-cha think? When I was in high school, there was a group of boys (Toby, Nathan, Chad, Bobby and Eric) that were total jerks to me. They used to ask me on dates as jokes, they got my phone number and would call my house and be stupid, they would steal my notebook in the library and make fun of my stories and poetry... the list goes on and on... <BR> <BR> They always picked on me for being fat and called me horrible names. In fact, their tormenting was one of these reasons I suffered from disordered eatin... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 13:44:43 EST The Old Man and I (photo) <img src=""> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 13:32:26 EST People helping people -- The importance of a good support group on the Gastric Bypass journey I had support group last night. We meet the first Wednesday of every month at the hospital. <BR> <BR> I have always found support group to be helpful. I mean, mostly (if I may speak candidly) it is a bunch of former obese people and a bunch of wanna be former obese people sitting around talking about how great it is not to be obese anymore. We share stories and accomplishments and struggles... we help each other, we listen to each other, we encourage each other, and we recognize one another... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 15:32:24 EST Size 2 Jeans and New Hair (photos) Imagine my surprise when I put these puppies on <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> And i got new rock start hair - I am really hoping I can style it this awesome! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I hope everyone has an awesome evening!! Mon, 2 Dec 2013 18:45:01 EST Down the Rabbit Hole (photos) I seriously think that while I slept last night, a portal to another dimension opened up in my closet and sucked me down into a rabbit hole, where this is some werided out paralleled version of reality. <BR> <BR> I am sitting at Thanksgiving dinner with my family... My Grandmother' are talking about NFL football... I am taking selfies of me and my Grandmothers and posting them to Facebook so that all of HER Facebook friends can comment on the photo I tagged her in. I get home, and she has o... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 20:45:22 EST Seriously? You've got to be kidding me! I woke up this morning with a heavy chest, a scratchy throat and it felt like my head was swimming. The tell tale signs of getting sick. Yippee! I haven't been sick in quite a few years. I just got a flu shot to avoid this and now... you've guessed it... Thanksgiving week I get sick. My most fave holiday meal and I am going to be sick for it? ugh! <BR> <BR> I just took a week off of the gym because I had to let my new tattoos heal, and now this?!?! Oh, and on top of that, we are supposed to... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 23:43:37 EST Awesome New Hoodie -- photo My very wonderful Mother bought me this most awesome hoodie when she went to Gettysburg, PA for Halloween Ghost Hunting. <BR> <BR> Thanks Mother! Love ya! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:54:20 EST Before and After - Tattoo Retouch photos I got this back in 1999. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As you can tell, it needed a lot of work. I wanted to keep the tattoo though and not cover it up because it has a special meaning. I designed it myself based on my favorite character from my most beloved book series, Dragonlance. <BR> <BR> The hour glass is my most beloved character, Raistlin, symbol. When he took his tests in the Tower of High Sorcery, he was cured and given hour g... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 13:53:45 EST New Tattoo! (Photo) I went and got a new tattoo today. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 23:15:04 EST Wow... not what I was expecting... Today I took my 6 am X-Bike class and decided to wear my HRM to see how many calories I burned. <BR> <BR> A grand total of.... 334 calories? <BR> <BR> I was shocked. 334 calories? That hardly seems like anything at all! <BR> <BR> I will say it makes junk food seem soooo not worth it! Tue, 5 Nov 2013 22:00:32 EST Absent? I feel like I have been so absent from Spark! I have been logging my food (sort of) but I really haven't been interacting much on the social aspect. I need to get back to it. I feel so much better, and I am so much more focused when I am on Spark. <BR> <BR> I confirmed my tattoo appointment today. I am set for 11/19. I am getting one of my older ones fixed up, and getting a new one. I have scheduled a week off from the gym for healing, but I have a feeling that I will still be going. I may ... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 22:30:58 EST Random new Photos Me on Halloween <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> My best friend Amanda and I <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> just a random weird pic of me <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> me <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> my most ... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 21:50:41 EST Overbooked Well... I have managed to overbook myself. I mean REALLY overbook myself. I have agreed to work 10/28-10/31 then again starting 11/2-11/9 then again 11/11-11/14. <BR> <BR> I agreed to be my co-worker's daughter's coach for Battle of the Books, but no one has even really showed any interest in it. I don't even know if they read the books. I know I haven't. I shouldn't have agreed to do it because I am just stretched too thin right now. <BR> <BR> I have to cook for my work lunches and dinne... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 02:19:41 EST My First X-Bike (Spin) Class It was cold and nasty this morning when I left work. I was tired, and honestly just wants to go home, turn on my electric blanket and snuggle in bed. Then I remembered earlier in the week, I got the brilliant idea to sign up for a 6:00 am X-Bike class. (X-bike is my gym's version of spinning. Here is a blog on the difference if you care to read <link><BR>10/07/11/i-need-more-x-in-my-life/ </link> ) <BR> <BR> Anyway, I got changed and left work in the ... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:19:29 EST Clean Eating -- getting ready I went shopping, and didn't spend as much as I thought. In fact, it didn't cost me any more (or less) than what I would have normally spent. <BR> <BR> I have my first few days menu planned out - but it still needs some tweaking. There are not enough calories, but there is a lot of food. <BR> <BR> Breakfast - <BR> Egg sandwich on whole wheat toast (ham, egg, cheese) <BR> <BR> Lunch <BR> 3oz of round steak <BR> Salad <BR> cheese <BR> dressing <BR> <BR> <BR> Dinner <BR> 3oz chicken <BR> mix... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 08:27:48 EST Clean Eating an new clothes! (Photo) I've decided that I am going to work on eating clean. I am fairly clean as is, but I am ready to take it to the next level. I have been reading up on it, and have been doing a lot of research, and think I have a pretty good idea of that is going to work for me. Here are some ideas that I have come up with <BR> <BR> Breakfast - <BR> -Overnight oatmeal or just regular oats with fruit, pumpkin or whatever else added <BR> - Eggs in various form with whole wheat toast <BR> - Protein pancaked (mad... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 22:14:04 EST Meltdown Level = Three Mile Island Today, our contractor put in our garbage disposal, new kitchen sink, and the vent on the range hood. <BR> <BR> No big deal right? <BR> <BR> WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG!!! <BR> <BR> First, my boyfriend had to leave for work early today, so there were 2 people in my house, doing these things while I am trying to sleep. That made me feel weird even though they are very nice, very respectable gentleman. (not to mention the one is quite nice looking) BUT -- it is still weird to have these people i... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 01:48:17 EST Random new photos Nothing too exciting - just new random pics of me <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here is one of myself and my BFF Amanda. We have been friends for 20 years <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and here is another random one of me <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My old man and I <BR> <img src=" Sun, 13 Oct 2013 20:48:01 EST Free Admission to the Gun Show (photos included) ******WARNING****** <BR> <BR> There is going to be a lot of awesomeness the next few inches... are you ready???? <BR> <BR> <BR> ******BEHOLD****** <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Actually, all joking and kidding aside, I can REALLY see a huge difference in my body. In the few months... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 00:28:20 EST Dressing Room Fun (photo) I saw this dress in the kid's section at Sears. It is a size 16. It was a little tight in the rib cage, but otherwise fit well. If it were a size bigger I would have bought it. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We were laughing uncontrollably and hysterically. I am really surprised that they didn't call mall security on us! <BR> <BR> Of course this was nothing compared to us at the Lingerie Boutique. She came in the dressing room to a... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 22:29:44 EST sexy photo shoot No... I won't be posting any of the pics, but I finally got the confidence to allow my boyfriend to take some sexy photos of me. <BR> <BR> As I am looking at these pictures, I am REALLY noticing the definition in my muscles. I can't stop staring at some of them. The definition in my biceps and triceps is amazing! My thighs too! It is pretty amazing! <BR> <BR> There is lots of loose skin, but I still feel pretty amazing! Looking at those pictures has made me realize how far I have come! <B... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 01:43:20 EST Grandparents Just Don't Understand...(photos & fitspo) I checked in today at the gym on Facebook. My grandmother commented <BR> "Please honey don't be over doing!" <BR> <BR> I don't think my Grandmother understands. After all of these years, I have finally come into my own. I have finally found my stride. I have finally found something that makes me happy. <BR> <BR> I don't think she understands that this is a fire burning inside of me. I don't think she understands that I can't quench this thirst. I've said it before, and I will say it again ... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 21:14:29 EST My Everything hurts! PC Fit was BRUTAL this morning! Coach Janelle really knows how to work it. I was doing things on the TRX I never thought I would be able to do. I am totally paying for it right now. <BR> <BR> Support group was good. We talking about emotional eating. I already know I am one of those, so it was pretty helpful. Dona gave us a "hunger scale" which I plan on hanging on my fridge and one on my desk at work. I think it will be a very helpful tool for me. <BR> <BR> If I am not too sore, I am goi... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 21:01:18 EST Victory! I am finding more and more awesome uses for my phone. I have the Pintrest app, so I can look at my "Fitspo" board when I face temptation. If that isn't enough, I can quickly text a friend. I was very thankful for CATTUT this evening! When we had cheesecake and pizza in the office - it was really awesome to be able to reach out to her. I am so thankful! <BR> <BR> Yeah, speaking of cheesecake and pizza in the office, I totally avoided it! I ate the food I brought with me, and steered clear of... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 02:08:31 EST On joining the "modern" world In 2008 I bought a brand new iPhone. I had it for a few months, then decided I hated it and even worse, hated to spend the money on it, so I went back to an old school Razr phone. I have had that phone ever since. I didn't really use it. I didn't text, I didn't use the internet, or check in on Facebook... <BR> <BR> A while back (at least a year or more) I started thinking I needed one. I thought it would be nice to always have Spark on hand, or be able to sync my Fitbit, or look up the nutr... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 04:05:35 EST Me or the Chocolate? (Photos) I wrote in my blog yesterday that when I walked across the parking lot at work I turned heads. I am wondering if it was me, or if it was because I was carrying a cake pan full of chocolate? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> it could be both? Fri, 27 Sep 2013 07:36:55 EST Another brick in the Wall That is pretty much it too... another brick in the wall... another day in the books. Today is just like any other day. <BR> <BR> I took 1/2 a day from work last night and got some much needed rest. I woke up, I cooked, ate breakfast, packed my lunch, got ready for work... did everything I always do with no variation from my normal routine. <BR> <BR> I am ok with that. I am pretty much fine with the monotony of every day hum drum life. I don't have any complaints really. <BR> <BR> I turn... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 23:54:36 EST New Boots! (Photo) CHeck out my new boots <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and I just thought this pic was fun <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 15:33:24 EST