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A test of my Integrity

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

ear Spark Friends,
It's been awhile since I've been active on Spark and staying up to date with my blog but I need you right now. There's just this thing about the spark community that is impeccable. It has a ton of positive energy and inspiration but the thing that makes this community stand out is the compassion that the members have for eachother during the hard times as well. It's amazing how we feel for one another and reach out the hand of compassion and understanding. I don't want to always talk about the "bad stuff" because, my heart is fueled with passion and fire but sometimes the hard things are the most important to share with one another. Whether it be weight loss, tragedy, bullying, loss, you name the spark community can relate and will be there for you during your triumphs and rough patches!

As you may already know I was working for Sparkpeople. Fantastic job being able to help success stories get to share their story. Fantastic boss that always had time,patience, and understanding. But I knew in my heart that I was a people person and sitting behind the computer wasn't enough for me. I got to resign on good terms and I still get chances to represent and be apart of the community and projects and I'm so grateful.

I finally decided to start pursuing my passion. I was going to start with personal training. First went and got my cpr/aed certification. Then signed up for a workshop and studied extremely hard a month prior. I was absolutely terrified and doubted if I would pass my test or not. I had so much anxiety the 5 weeks I had to wait for the results. I thought what a miracle it'd be if I actually passed both written and practical exam. Everyone thought oh christina you got this no problem but I wasn't so confident. I said well studying for this test and my life experience are total separate cateogories. I had no clue or understanding for kinesiology and the study of movement.... I worried about the embarassment I would feel if I had to tell everyone I didn't pass. BUT I DID!!! I bursted into tears of joy when I held the certification in my hand Christina Cores certified personal trainer. The tears flooded because, every single thing I never thought I could do I have and now this piece of paper just proves it to me. I never thought a piece of paper could make me feel soooo much. Within 2 days of recieving my certification I went out applying. I decided I'd go on a few interviews before I decided where to work. After 3 I thought I found a great place.

While working with spark and after I continued working in the restaurant that I wrote a blog about awhile back. It wasn't going great but it was somewhat better. Long story short one of the people got fired for harassment and came back in after being fired twice to harass me some more. New management took over and things just became unbearable. Many other servers shared the same feeling the place we once loved working for is now a dreadful nightmare. This job gave me insurance and was paying the bills so I just took it one day at a time just waiting for the day I just say that's it I'm DONE. After a web cast meeting with the president of the company I took it upon myself to write him a letter. He is under the impression that we have the best restaurant job and we love it and its all "KUM BA AH" I said to myself I want him to be aware because, he deserves to know. To my suprise he called me and had a very candid touching conversation with me. Then when I went to work one of the higher up there regional people had a talk with me and just had a attitude and tone about the investigation that has to be done and the statements and just frustrated me that I was some big inconveience to her. At the end of my statement I just said simply "I guess I'm the only one that cares about respect around here, I'll have to find somewhere else to work."

Meanwhile, towards the last week of my restaurant job I had a new job I started. A new up and coming gym had just opened and was still being built. I was a new personal trainer and I was ready for a fresh start with a career I'm passionate about. Let me tell you the begining a personal training career is very hard in the beginning. It takes time to build up a client base and you work for free until you do. But I was ready for the challenge because, I felt I was bringing something different to the table and I could relate to people that want and need the guidance and tools to achieve their goals. It started out great for the first week. I had a few clients that were actually right around my age and it was really awesome! My boss was really nice to me and I felt like finally a good fit for me I'm in my element! The niceness quickly turned into creepiness. He was calling and texting me all the time. Drunk phone calls in the middle of the night. Telling me I was a beautiful, intelligent, lovely lady. It didn't feel right. What was I to do..... I hadn't even been there for two weeks and this is already happening. He wants to bring me to weddings wants to know my fav color, season, movie, if I had a bf. I knew this wasn't going to go anywhere good. It couldn't. I was going to have to turn him down and then have to deal with him punishing me for it. A part of me thought well I got this guy wrapped around my finger and I could use this in my advantage cuz I'll get whatever I want. But that's just NOT who I am. I take pride in being a hard worker and living with integrity. I want a boss to like me because, I'm a hard working good employee not because, he has the hotts for me. I came in to work left my shirt on his desk saying "I quit" here's the shirt. I told my bf a little bit about why I quit because, he knew I don't just leave for no reason and I LOVED my clients. He called their coporate head quarters and I suppose got the ball rolling for me. The general manager of the club was furious as well as her bosses and the situation is being handled and dealt with. He's going to lose his job. He even had the nerve to text me last night trying to rub it the money he made off my clients! He had no sense of professionalism and displayed too much inapropiate behavior for my comfort. The manager wants to know If I'll coming back after he's gone because they felt I was a great assesst. I said it depends who you hire in place of him and chuckled...

The good news I have an interview Thursday for something totally different! I may not have a job right now, I might not have money to pay my bills, I might max out my credit card, I might be stressed but I'm proud of myself. I'm proud that I have a good head on my shoulders and know right from wrong. I'm proud that I'm willing to struggle before willing to settle for less than I deserve! I know I will find my place in this world!

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MISS-OVEREATER 7/19/2012 1:51AM

    I have been the target of many inappropriateness from the opposite sex. One friend thinks I'm too nice and guys take it the wrong way. Another source says that predators target 'the weak'. I guess that is what I've had this entire time, the word 'weak' stamped on my forehead. I had to stop seeing my therapist (whom I desperately need) because she has this creepo working at that office. It hurts me to hear that these creepos still get away with murder. I am wishing you the best. You are a beautiful woman. I doesn't surprise me guys prey on you.Thanks for sharing this story. I don't feel like I'm the only one with this problem.

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HALFWEIGHT 6/3/2012 9:21PM

    Kudos to you! I would like to know how this has turned out. I hope you are able to get into a career track where you will find joy and respect.

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LIVING4HIM_INWI 4/25/2012 10:55PM

    Wow! You have been through a lot! I'm so glad that you sound strong and ready to take on whatever life throws your way. You are on the right track, stand up for your morals and you might go through some rough patches but you will come out ahead in the end. Hang in there!

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TINYBUBBLES4 4/25/2012 3:42PM

    thank you! :)

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CHUM48 4/25/2012 3:02PM

    Wow! You have a good head on your shoulders!

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In this case the bully won

Sunday, February 27, 2011

It’s Sunday afternoon Febuary 27th . I got up this morning feeling very similar feelings I felt in high school. I’m still dealing with struggles and challenges of harassment that started at a very age. I was teased,tormented, and harassment because of my weight. I thought I found the solution to the problem by adapting to a healthy active lifestyle. I made my inner beauty match my outer beauty to better my life. It’s been 7 years and somehow I’m still facing the same challenges. I walked out of my job today. It’s been a few hours and I’m still wearing my uniform. It’s strange because I always take off my uniform as soon as I get in the house. I can’t bring myself to change because, Im disappointed in myself for being so weak. It’s the last time I’ll be wearing this uniform and I’m sad. I just quit a job that I really enjoyed. I’ve been there for 11 months. I wasn’t planning on having a lifelong career with this company but this was a really good fit for me. Everyone was polite and nice to eachother. It was really going along so well. I celebrate living well everyday so I was thrilled to be apart of this company. That all changed in January. People magazine came out and I got to see first hand what a green eye monster looks. I was bullied for being the “fat girl”. I was jealous of pretty girls but there was nobody jealous of me. I thought my co workers would be happy for me. A once in a lifetime kind of chance. I’ve never had any problems at work. I don’t get involved in any of the gossip, I don’t hang out with coworkers. I was just there to do my job. I was so happy and exciting with emotion being on tv and in the magazine. Everyone around me was sending me so many well wishes and congradulations. The atmosphere at work started to change. Co workers were jealous of me. Comments like “you’re a nobody get over yourself” “Your fifthteen minutes of fame is up” Screaming in my face “I don’t want to hear about your life, nobody cares about you “Oh miss celebritiy thinks she’s something can’t scrape a plate now can she”. This doesn’t even scratch the surface of the additional comments I received. The team was ganging up on me. One day about 80% of the servers made a really rude/cruel comment to me. I even had a point with one of my managers change. I had a really good relationship with her. We could chat and she got really excited for me about People magazine. I really needed help getting my shifts covered to be on the Today Show. It was like a major dilemma. I couldn’t believe there weren’t more understand of this wonderful dream I was living. My manger was not speaking to me. Literally not even making eye contact with me. I started becoming increasingly more uncomfortable at work. I tried the kill em with kindess routine. I did the just let it go and be the better person. I tried and tried until now. The rumors are increasing. The newest one is that I’m sleeping with a co worker. I really wonder how they create these rumors when I’ve never seen or talked to that person outside of work. I don’t understand why they wont just leave me alone. I notified all the managers as soon as it started. I said I don’t want to make any big issues I’m hoping this will blow over. Well it didn’t and today my manger couldn’t find time for me to talk about it. If it 45 minutes till the restaurant was open she couldn’t spare a moment. She can see I’m starting to choke up and tear up as I’m trying to relay this problem I’m having. She just blows me off. I got my coat and quietly exited the building. The last 2 months, everytime I get out of my car and approach the building I get a sick feeling in my stomach. The exact same sick feeling I had when I was 240lbs. Walking in waiting to get picked on and just having to take it. I definitely needed the job and wanted the job. There goes my insurance and cell phone discount. I’m a strong person but I’m not strong enough to work in an environment where the whole staff that’s against me. One of the things I learned is that money will never mean more then RESPECT to me!

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SHEZSAVED 4/4/2011 11:40AM

    You are an incredible person!!! Congrats on your success as well as your guts!!!! It took strength to choose your sanity over employment!! Be encouraged...the bully DIDN'T WIN!!!! Some victories feel a little funny ;)

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BANDMAMAPC 3/5/2011 9:39PM

    I wished that I saw this when you posted it. I'm so sorry that they turned on you like that. It's so evil that something that is supposed to be a happy moment in your life was turned into some jealous moment for your ex-coworker. If anything, they should have been proud of you for achieving your goal. I hope you found another job that doesn't have any bullies. So sad that they were so mean to you.

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First, I want to say that I am so sorry that you went through that. That really blows and I hope they will get what is coming to them in the end.!!

I had to go back and read the blog before this one, and I've got a good idea of where you worked. If it's the one I am thinking of... That place run on pretension, darling. And you know what? You don't belong in a place like that, honestly. You deserve much better, and you ARE much better than that.

Not gonna run away with the rest of my negative tongue, but everything for a reason. They lost you, so therefor, they lost BIG. Don't forget that.

I also went to HEHS, but I was out in '98. :)

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UNVEILING_ME 3/1/2011 10:04PM

    That's unbelievable! I'm so sorry you had to work with those people. That is unacceptable. All of those people should be ashamed of themselves. Enough is enough, you had to leave.

I hope everything gets better. emoticon

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TINYBUBBLES4 2/28/2011 3:15PM

    WOW! I wish I worked with all of you!!! Thank you for taking the time to reach out and be there for me. It amazes me seeing people I've never met stand up for me. I truly appreciate the time you took commenting. IT HELPED SO MUCH! I was getting teary eyed reading the comments because, it really made me feel a lot better. I know at the end of the day no matter my struggle I have Spark. Their are people here that care! Hugs back to all of you for your kind hearts!

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XIMERAGREY 2/28/2011 3:12PM

    You could potentially talk to a lawyer about this. That was a hostile work environment. You reported it to your manager, and she did nothing. You tried again, and she wouldn't respond to you. I am NOT a lawyer and have no idea what that would accomplish. But I don't think you have anything to lose by asking a lawyer for a consult.

Hostile work environments are NOT fun.

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KARENE10 2/28/2011 2:52PM

    You deserve better than to work with a bunch of jealous people. When one door closes another opens~you WILL get a better job. I agree with the others that you should report it to your managers boss. emoticon

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AMY14609 2/28/2011 2:37PM

    I'm so sorry to hear that this is happening to you.


That is just terrible - you've come so far and then to have things get worse for you instead of better just makes me want to cry with you.

You were right to leave that place. No one deserves to be treated that way. (I know that doesn't help you with insurance, discounts and a paycheck) but... it is good for your mental health and sense of self.

I hope you're able to turn this bump in the road into a good job with good people who treat you fairly.


hang in there.


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DOTSLADY 2/28/2011 10:30AM

    Time for a paradigm shift. Good riddance to bad rubbage in your life! You have overcome a lot in your life and I think that will prove itself with your next wonderful chapter/job! You've got a SPARKle, and I know you'll start fresh and wonderfully somewhere else where they won't know this history of yours.

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ARTSY_CANDICE 2/28/2011 10:12AM

    This should be reported quickly because your manager was not doing their job! I am so sorry but you deserve a healthy environment to match your healthy body and mind. good luck!! emoticon

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SPARKGUY 2/28/2011 9:53AM

    Sorry to hear about this Christina -- what a terrible experience. We'll all be here for you!


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RIKKI572 2/28/2011 9:29AM

    Your story has touched me. Hold your head high, and keep moving forward.There are better things to come for you.
I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

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MOMGABE 2/28/2011 9:07AM

    I agree with Beanzfrd. Even if you don't want to work for that company any more, you need to report this work-place harassment to your manager's boss. I hope you find a new job soon. You deserve better than what those mean-spirited, jealous people gave you.

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DIAMONDFOOLER 2/28/2011 9:07AM

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I wish I could actually put my arms around you now, but you did the right thing. Go out there and stand tall for standing up for yourself and find another job. You can do this! emoticon

Keep up posted.

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LYNMEINDERS 2/28/2011 4:55AM

    I am proud of you for walking out....nobody deserves to work in an environment like that.... emoticon emoticon

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BELLE0308 2/27/2011 10:34PM

    Oh WOW how important your blog is. You have relayed something that so many people deal with but don't always talk about. Whenever you reach for a goal and achieve it, people get jealous and try to drag you down. When you are overweight they want to tear you down by showing you how much of a failure you are. This is about making you know your "place" according to them. So when you make goals and reach them, then they get jealous and want to put you BACK down to the spot they feel is your place.
Reality is that unless you have gone through this struggle, you can't imagine how much it hurts.
I think you did the right thing. You need a new place where people will be able to treat you for who you are. Accept nothing less than the best for yourself. So many people are inspired by you and feel proud for you, you can't waste time with those who don't.

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CAROLYN0107 2/27/2011 10:15PM

    You did the right thing to leave a workplace where you constantly got picked on. No one should have to put up with that. I'm so sorry that it has happened to you. Thanks for being open here with your SparkFriends. We are here for you!

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WENDYJM4 2/27/2011 9:39PM

    Hi Christina,
You deserve better than this, it is just horrible treatment. It is human nature to be jealous of another person and you sure coped that at your employment. I would be taking it higher up because it is unacceptable behaviour.

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NURSNANA 2/27/2011 9:29PM

    I am so sorry you had to endure this kind of treatment by your co-workers. You did the right thing to walk out! I do believe when one door closes another opens! There are bigger and better jobs out there for you! Start with the Sunday newspaper! Don't waste time feeling guilty over not putting in your notice and working out your time. I had to do this one time myself, and I wasted a lot of time feeling bad about the way I handled my exit. We are all here for you and we want to offer our support to you, feel free to vent anytime!


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AMYRENEE1967 2/27/2011 9:01PM

    Time to hire an attorney-- because enough is enough. It will be draining and I know you want to put it all behind you but bullies NEED to be put in their place. I am a middle school counselor and deal with awful bullying situations... the biggest problem is when NO ONE talks.. You do have rights, you were being bullied/harassed and you need to make an example of them. Even to regain your self confidence, worth and respect.

You tell your self every day that you are wonderful, and deserve respect and expect nothing less... you can grow from this- but you need to take action!

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THEWINNER33 2/27/2011 8:51PM

    You did the right thing. Now take it to their suprtiors and make them justify theis actions. When God closes one door He opens another. Be strong. Hugs, Marcia

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BEANZFRD 2/27/2011 8:34PM

    You really should see someone higher up than your imediate supervisor about this. Even if you don't want to work there anymore, the owners of the company need to know what kind of people are working for them.If they can't treat coworkers right, how can they be trusted to take care of customers?

I'm sorry you had to deal with this. Jealousy is a terrible thing.

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GARDENCHRIS 2/27/2011 8:20PM

    I AM so SORRY this has happened to you! This is a very hostile environment, I would be talking to an attorney! The MANAGER is responsible to make sure this stuff does not happen. I would also be going to the unemployment office.

you deserve to be treated with respect, It just goes to show what SMALL minds people have. Instead of being happy for you, they have to rain on your parade. emoticon emoticon

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HARROWJET 2/27/2011 7:48PM


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DARLENEK04 2/27/2011 7:40PM


You have a great deal of inner strength to deal with all that
you have had to deal with.

In my observations, there are always some people who can't
stand when someone else has a success, because they themselves
don't have enough initiative to do likewise.

There is another job out there that will suit you better with
more supportive people. Just don't give up on you or your dreams.

You sound like a savvy little girl, and we are all here to cheer
you onward and support you, so you are never alone.

Proud of you and all you have accomplished..


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RJ-CYCLES 2/27/2011 7:08PM

    Hi Christina,

You deserve a better job and group of people to work with. You've made some really remarkable progress - very cool stuff! Sad how adults are doing this. You deserve better indeed.

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MILLYMOLLY99 2/27/2011 6:36PM

    Oh you poor thing, that's just horrible! I hope you are able to find another job soon.

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GARDENQE2 2/27/2011 6:16PM

    I am SO sorry you have had to deal with bullying people. There is nothing worse than the feeling of disapointment when people you like and trust turn on you.

As others have said, another door will open for you.

Keep in the front of your mind the reason you began this journey, and keep trying to help others. Your message is a valuable one, and you are a valuable human being.
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SUZYMARC 2/27/2011 6:10PM

    Honey, I am very sorry you've had to deal with this issue from both ends in your life all due people's cruelty and jealousy. That you remained and did your best to calm the waters since you liked your job says a lot about you.

GOOD FOR YOU on walking out in a quiet way instead of going balstic and saying rotten things back. That takes a lot of strength, character and courage. You do NOT have to put up with those conditions and I understand. I actually left 2 jobs due to similar treatment for reasons beyond my understanding on why the table suddenly tilted down into the pits of Hell with my co-workers acting nasty and distant. I have experienced that sick stomach, and how much strength it takes to continue to walk back in through that door to go to work, not because you like your co-workers but because you love your job and the people you wait on. There comes a time though when you have to realize you are a better person and deserve better treatment especially if you don't retaliate back in a nasty way, but try to act in a professional manner.

Lets look at this as a door closed on a bad situation. I believe you will have a new doorways opening towards you, when you get back out there and look for a job. You've faced a number of challenges worked hard and consistently at conquering them and succeeded. Please do NOT let these people change your BELIEF in YOURSELF. You are a beautiful person starting from the inside and shining outward. Others will recognize that and I hope in the future you no longer have to deal with such childish behavior.

Hang in there and know you've got people out here who care and believe in YOU and are VERY PROUD of your success and recognition for changing your life to the better. emoticon

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RUNANDRUN 2/27/2011 6:10PM

  So easy to say, but important to know: it's their problem. If they think so small of themselves that they can't celebrate another's success then they are nothing but poison to you. You will get over this and find a better place to work and better place to be. Hugs to you....one day at a time.

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LIVING4HIM_INWI 2/27/2011 5:51PM

    Wow, this is a tough situation! I can't imagine, it must have been so hard for you, and I am sure that it is still very hard. You are getting some good advice from the previous comments. You do need someone to talk to and learn ways that can help you overcome. I hope that you have faith in Christ and have christian friends that you can go to. I pray that you don't have to be a victim anymore. It is time for a change. In my life, it has helped for me to really think about what types of jobs that I would enjoy doing and prayed about them and was very fortunate to have the right job come about at the right time. I am praying that you find a great job that you love and that you are surrounded by supportive people! Hold your head high, you will come out of this and will be much better off!

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PAMIEKAE 2/27/2011 5:38PM

    It's sad that people have to be like that, and that you had to leave your job. It's their shame not yours. Keep your head up and remember that when one door shuts another one opens. A new job will be there for you and you'll be all the happier. Losing a good employee is the companies loss. You're manager should especially be ashamed of her behavior and failure to do her job. It just shows what a better person you are to not have taken action legal or going above her head and make a formal complaint against her.

So go out there, look forward at all the wonderful things life has in store for you! You deserve them all!!!!

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BERRIMOUSE 2/27/2011 5:31PM

    Honey there are people like those almost everywhere and you seemed to deal with it admirably for the time you were there no matter but the time comes when you just have to move away and from the situation. I do believe that when one door closes (even if you shut it yourself) another one opens and that God has a plan for you and it is bigger and better than the one you just left. Hang in there and things will surely change for you and I pray that it will be soon. emoticon emoticon

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BIGMUMMY7 2/27/2011 5:07PM

  It is hard to believe that people can be so nasty when they are jealous.
Your achievements are enough to make anyone jealous, you are an inspiration.
Hope you soon find another job where the other staff appreciate having such a special person working with them.
You have every reason to be so PROUD of yourself emoticon

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NETTIENETNET 2/27/2011 5:07PM

    emoticon I can't believe people really act like this. Adults should know better!! I am soo very sorry you had to experience this again. No one should ever have to deal with being bullied. Know that there are others here cheering as loud as they can for you!! Excited that you get to share your success with the world.
All things come together in the end. You did the right thing by being the bigger person and just walking away. You could have had a fit, made an example out of someone, but that would make you just like them. Not a good thing.
Hang in there. Know that we are here. You need to vent, we will listen. We will do our best to help you through.
Hold your head high. You have done things that a lot of people struggle with. Congrats emoticon

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ACTIVE_AT_60 2/27/2011 5:05PM

    I could not have said it better than INDIANOAKS. I particularly like the last paragraph. I also agree you did the right thing by walking out, and I really hope you are able to move forward with your appearance on the Today show.

I also hope you get an opportunity to talk about this when you are on the show (giving the company anonymity). I don't think what you are experiencing is that uncommon. However, I think it is more common when it comes to spouses - regardless - it is no less unfortunate that it happened. Based on what you wrote let me just tell you - you are the stronger person in this.

Obviously you may not have the same benefits now, but I think you need to look at getting some professional advise to help you move on from this experience as well as your experiences in High school.

YOU should be proud of YOU for standing up for YOU. It is time for YOU to move on.

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LADYIRISH317 2/27/2011 5:02PM

    That is horrible! I know you don't feel it now, but you are far better off not being among jealous, petty little people like that. You deserve to celebrate your accomplishments. Please know that we think you're extremely special and we're very, very proud of you!

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INDIANOAKS 2/27/2011 4:48PM

    I just saw your blog title on the Slowest Loser team "stream" thing...came to your page and after reading your blog, my heart is just breaking for you!! HOW AWFUL!!! I am SO SORRY you've experienced such a change in attitudes towards you at work etc!! That's HORRIBLE!!

GOOD FOR YOU for walking out and not tolerating being treated like that! I'm sure you're scared...but you did the right thing! NO ONE should be treated like that!!! You deserve MORE than that! You'll figure out the best move for you to make next -- I'll be hoping and praying that you find a place that VALUES you and is HAPPY for ALL you've accomplished in your life!!

It's SO hard to understand how even as an ADULT people can be so cruel! They SHOULD have been CELEBRATING with you!! You're a remarkable person -- and DON'T forget that!!! I'm SO glad you realized you deserved better treatment and aren't going to continue to tolerate that kind of stuff!!

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are you curious to see the latest article of me?

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

I want everyone to know that I was going to elaborate on the today show and talk about sparkpeople. It was like my mission going there. Unfortunately I didnt know until after but the segment before mine ran long so I got to talk a lot less. I was suppose to do the today show before that but with the new york storm my flight got cancelled and luckily I was able to reschedule. Im sorry if anyone had a moment of dissappointment but I got cut off and lets not forget Matt LAUER was interviewing me on the Today Show Live. I've never done a tv appearance so all in all I think it went really well. I knew my sparkfamily was watching me. I literally had tears coming from my face afterward. I Was sooo HAPPY to be there and SO HAPPY with everything thats been going on but I knew I dissappointed some of you out there. so im trying to make up for that. heres my latest news. my latest article is im on the front cover of the daily herald. Im going to just copy and past the story so you dont have to search for it.

Medinah resident Christina Cores, right, lost 122 pounds and landed on the cover of People magazine this week.

After losing 122 pounds, Christina Cores lost one more thing this week.
Her voice.
The 22-year-old is a cover star of People magazine’s Jan. 10 edition, after she lost nearly half of her body weight through old-fashioned diet and exercise.
And now Cores has been talking nonstop during an interview on the Today show, which aired Monday morning from New York, as well as during segments featured last week on Inside Edition, Extra and Entertainment Tonight.
“I can hardly talk, but it’s worth it because this is a dream bigger than I ever dreamed,” Cores said. “It’s just so much all at once; every day is getting better.”
Cores, who lives in unincorporated Medinah, weighed 240 pounds as a freshman at Hoffman Estates High School in 2002. She ate to soothe the pain of her father’s recent death, a move to a new school district and taunts from her classmates.
But by age 15, Cores knew something needed to change.
“I started educating myself and started eating better,” she said.
Soon, she also started exercising at a local Curves gym — where she later got a job — and joined an online weight loss community called sparkpeople.com.
By early last year, she had slimed down to 118 pounds, now confident enough to compete in the Columbus Day Queen pageant in Chicago, where she placed among the top 10 finalists.
“After the pageant, all these men and women came up to me afterward and said, ‘You are so inspirational,’” Cores said. “Even the choreographer told me, ‘You should really get your story out there.’ I’m sure everybody would love to get their story out there, but how do you go about doing that?”
So Cores went to her trusted support system, sparkpeople.com, where she wrote a letter about her story thinking it would get lost in someone’s in-box.
“Logging in there is always so inspirational, and it helped me in my weakest moments,” she said. “I didn’t even know who I was e-mailing. When I got a response within five minutes, I just about fell off my chair.”
Eventually the site’s staff contacted People, who decided to feature Cores on this week’s cover. Since her magazine and TV appearances, Cores said she’s had nothing but positive feedback flooding in by phone and e-mail. Such a response, in fact, that she even set up her own website, christinacores.com, to communicate with well-wishers.
Cores said she isn’t exactly sure what’s next, aside from returning to work at a Schaumburg restaurant that serves only low-calorie, healthy food. Her fitness goal is to maintain her weight and figure, but she’s still leery about joining competitive athletic events like triathlons.
There is one future stop, however, that she looks forward to most. Staffers at Hoffman Estates High School have invited Cores share her story with students at her alma mater — the place where her transformation began.
“All these major changes happened there, so going into my high school, where I cried and where I grew, will be even more special than the Today show.”

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SUZYMARC 2/27/2011 6:44PM

    Christina I am so happy you are being able to "Spread the Spark" and who knows what kid's life you will change in a positive way by speaking at your old high school. I wish you all the best of luck in continuing to spread a positive influence in someone else's life. Keep aiming high and believing in your inner strength.

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BARBARA_BOO 2/19/2011 9:17PM

    Loved the story, especially the part about returning to Hoffman Estates H.S. where you cried and grew.
I'm very happy for you. I lost weight the first time in my senior year of high school, so I relate to your pain and your pride. You are a beautiful compassionate woman.

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HALFWEIGHT 1/24/2011 8:09PM

    Great article. Sorry I took so long to read and post about it, but you truly have an inspiring story to share. Keep it up, and share the spark with those of us who need it most.

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JODIWHITE19 1/20/2011 7:50PM

    Awesome story !! Brings hope to me !! Thanks emoticon

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NEWJO11 1/18/2011 12:24PM

  Awesome job! emoticon I hope that I have all the success in my weight loss goals that you have had.

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IDOLFAN05 1/11/2011 8:01PM

    I remember seeing you on the Today show :)

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STARK1997 1/7/2011 4:17AM

    Hi Christina! Your story is so amazing and inspiring. Congrats on all your accomplishments. I live near Schaumburg and was wondering what restaurant is it that serves only healthy foods?

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LEBJKI 1/6/2011 6:00PM

    That is wonderful!! emoticon

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MINENA1 1/6/2011 5:27PM

    Congrats on your success! You're awesome!!! emoticon emoticon

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AMBERNICHOLE3 1/6/2011 4:45PM

    How did you keep going when you hit a plateau?

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1NEWPAM 1/5/2011 12:11PM

    Hi Christina! I just had to let you know, I had tears in my eyes when I finished reading your post. The part about returning to your high school really touched a cord. I am so proud of you!
I'm sorry that you feel like you disappointed anyone with your appearance. Everyone must be aware that you don't have a lot of control over what goes on in a live interview. Besides that, you still did a great job. Don't be so hard on yourself. That's a big part of what got us in this mess in the first place.
Congratulations, and please enjoy your moment.
One question I have to ask- is Matt Lauer as hot in person as he is on tv??????? emoticon

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Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Im trying my hardest to write everyone back but its becoming challenging. I have read every single message every single comment. what im seeing is that sparkpeople is a family! all these comments are very similar to what my family would say to me. its truly touching my heart beyond words. I cant believe how many people actually take the time to get in touch with me or write about me. WOW im THRILLED that im reaching so many of you out there. I wish I could hug every single one of you!!!! SO ONE BIG HUG AND A HUGE THANK YOU! thanks to all of you im feeling like a star.


New York

Sunday, January 02, 2011

It is 3:30 am. Im sitting on Sparkpeople with my water bottle right next to me. One of my secret tips to keep me on track and I'm looking at the clock thinking I need to be up in an hour and start getting ready for New York. I can't believe I'm sitting on here for a reason other then seeking help. But It's like Im now getting to really offer the help I once seeked. I'm so happy I can't even sleep! I've been trying to take the time and write everyone back. I feel so honored that people are going out of their to contact me. It really means a lot to me. well it's time for me to at least lay down. I hope everyone tunes in on Monday!

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HALFWEIGHT 1/4/2011 1:49PM

    I just saw the clip of you on the Today show. What an amazingly inspirational story! The fact yhat you have lost this weight AND kept it off is truly inspiring to someone like myself who is just starting that journey. My goal is also to lose half my weight (hence my Spark ID). Thanks for showing that it can be done, and being wiloling to share your story with others. :-)

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ROBLEPL 1/4/2011 9:06AM

  So you on the TV show, AMAZING!... I used to weight 289lbs back in 2003, on my own I manage to loose 160 pounds though running and eating well. The last year the weight has been creeping back on, I am now at 280... your story has been an extra bit of inspiration to keep doing what I know what to do with the help of sparkpeople and take the weight off once and for all.

I plan on going to New York in 2011... to run the NYC Marathon, let's see if I get lucky with the marathon lottery.

Greetings from Puerto Rico,

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KBALINSKI 1/4/2011 6:56AM

    I read your story, and was happy to see you endorse SparkPeople. I've been a member for a long time, so I know what a great community and tool for weight loss this place is. Just wanted to know that you are an inspiration, and when I find myself thinking, "I could never reach that weight", your image pops into my head, and I think, maybe I can...

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    Greetings Christina!

Just wanted to stop by, say hi and say WOW, congrats to you on all your accomplishments! AND maintaining the loss for as long as you have! Absolutely OUTSTANDING!

You look absolutely beautiful! All the best to you on the exposure you've received for all your hard work...soooo cool!! emoticon

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SPARKYWATSON 1/3/2011 10:53AM

    Congrats! You must be having a blast with all the fame!

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HUMLADY1 1/3/2011 9:17AM

    "My Goals:
My goal is reach out and touch as many lives as I can. If i can "spark you" then I'll feel like I'm achieving this goal."

CONGRATULATIONS on reaching out and touching so many of us on the TODAY SHOW, I think you have reached your goal!!! Maybe it's time to set a greater goal of reaching more/others in a greater way - books, articles, speaking at schools to school-age children, etc. !!??!!

Thank you for sharing with us, and congratulations on your accomplishments!!

~~Jocelyn Newton~~

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MARGOTHD11 1/3/2011 9:10AM

    Hope the spot went well! Unfortunately I was sitting in morning commuter traffic and couldn't see it - but looking forward to watching the segment when I get home!

Congrats on your amazing journey!


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MTKRITTER 1/2/2011 10:48PM

    Good luck! I hope everything goes well! Hugs!

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TRAZIJANES 1/2/2011 10:46PM

    Good Luck tomorrow. I will be watching. You are an inspiration to me. Congratulations~~

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LJCANNON 1/2/2011 7:24PM

    I am so hoping that I get to catch you tomorrow before I have to go to work. I am planning to get to Curves early and tell everyone about your story.
emoticonI reached my Goal Weight in October and am hoping to maintain it with help from Curves and SparkFriends. Thank you for sharing your story!!

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COUNTRYGIRLY 1/2/2011 11:34AM

    Congrats on all the weight you have lost and what you have accomplished. Can't wait to see you on the Today show. Good luck!

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DAHALL8 1/2/2011 8:53AM

    Yea!!! You have so much to be proud about. Thank you for sharing all the ways you made it happen. Enjoy every moment, savor, laugh, share HAVE FUN! I can't wait to learn more about your story. You can always catch up on your sleep. He he

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VBORICUA143 1/2/2011 8:10AM

    Your an inspiration to lots of people out there!! Great job on your success!!! Good Luck !! I will be watcing on monday!! emoticon

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STARLITEGIRL44 1/2/2011 7:37AM

  Congrats! Hope it went great in NY emoticon

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 1/2/2011 7:10AM

    Have fun in NY!

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KENP22 1/2/2011 5:19AM

  congratulations on your success. i hope you maintain it. i backpedaled a bit. i don't want that to happen to you!

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SAFETYSUE 1/2/2011 5:01AM

    I am anxious to see more of your story. It always helps to hear from those who have made it happen for them and how they did it.

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Looking forward to the New Year~

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