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Listening to: Gay Human Bones by Harlem (LOVE this track, link will take you to the youtube video – Check it!)

Now that I’m an adult I get to listen to the crazy stories my kids come home with from school. Even though they are boys and only in grade school, there is usually some sort of scandy-scandy incident that happened over their recess hour and it makes me think about that beloved recess hour… In my day we didn’t have facebook or social networking. We had recess. THAT was where the fun was, ladies and gents. You learned all your gossip and decided who was cool and who wasn’t all in that nice little break in between lunch and the afternoon. Each day was a new adventure. 

What happened to recess? Besides the scandy and gossip, that nice little break to have a little fun and burn off energy before having to sit through the rest of the afternoon was so awesome.


  Well, I want recess back! I do! I will hold my breath for recess to make a comeback to adulthood….via the office!!!!! NOW NOW NOW! I want it, I want it, I want it!



Okay, kidding.. but, wouldn’t it be nice to have some sort of adult recess after lunch to recharge before an afternoon of meetings, conference calls and anything else we do to make that paycheck? Or wait, is the “water cooler breaks” where we run into colleagues in the hall or atrium and spend a few minutes making small talk (which is usually related to work in some way) supposed to be our adult version of a miniature type of recess?

Or perhaps the occasional team builder or activity designed to get the moral boosted is supposed to be replacing recess? I’m glad for these things, don’t get me wrong. I really am lucky to have  a job that allows me a flexible schedule and tries to provide moral boosting type of activities throughout the year to keep employees engaged. But, but, but…. I still miss recess.

Maybe I’ll just make my breaks more entertaining, so they are more like a mini-recess from my desk. Like, instead of walking like I normally do down the hall to the bathroom, I’ll pretend it’s a catwalk and STRUT my way to the bathroom. I’ll stop right before the door and strike a pose before I go in. Eh? That would definitely make the trip a little more fun!

ANYWAY, happy hump day. I still haven’t made it to the gym and doubt I will tonight, but I have made up my mind that when I go back I AM starting C25K over. I know I can run for an hour straight, so that’s not the reason. I’m just going to start it over because it gives me something to look forward to in between running. I can count down the time for the breaks and it makes it go by that much faster. I may not start with week 1, or if I do, I may not walk every time it says to walk, but just having that goal to work towards and having the time broken up more will help with my motivation and keep me busy while the clock ticks by. If anyone has any other suggestions, I’d LOVE to hear them!!!! I just need motivation! I love to run, or at least I did, but I’ve been away for so long that I am just not looking forward to it anymore. I need something to kickstart me, instead of jumping back into running for a long boring ass hour with out anything breaking it up to look forward to. SOS! (HELP!)


Um, so due to my new love of finding sales and buying things with coupons (link to that blog here!) I have ended up with a stockpile of cereal that I got at a steal. And, not just any cereal, but the good stuff. Cookie Crisp, Life, Trix, Cocoa Puffs, etc…

I forgot just how yummalish cereal can be. Especially when it’s a nice little piece of carb heaven coated in sugar and cinnamon and practically melts in your mouth upon insertion. Yes, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, I’m talking about you. Oh mah gah…. My kids love it and that’s why I got it, but we have seriously gone through three boxes (Si, TRES!!!!) of it since Friday.

I don’t need math to tell me we are seriously over-eating it, but just for kicks, lets see: each box has 9 servings, 27 total for three boxes. For my little family of 4 to have dominated 27 servings of cereal in four days is crazy ridiculous.

Top of my “TO DO” list when I get home is to make single serving snack bags of la Crunch so the next time one of us gets a sweet tooth we grab a bag filled with one serving, instead of the whole box. I normally have to do this to control myself with snacks, but really didn’t think el Cruncho would get me so riled up. …it’s the little things.

Speaking of, I really need to get back into running. I’m not motivated and looking forward to it like I use to. I know I don’t need to start the C25K all over because the whole point of that program is to get into running long distance and I already know I can do it, but I’m thinking I may start back over just to get the motivation piece going again. Building up to long distance running is a goal to work towards and seems more momentous than just running for an hour waiting for the clock to tick the time away on the treadmill. I need distractions to keep me from just staring down the clock. And, there’s no way I can run outside without any distractions. It sounds so relaxing and fun to take a run out in the open air, but honestly the time just DRAGS for me. Maybe I need to find a nice trail or park or something different from just the route around my town? Too bad all of those places are at least a 20 minute drive away. I hardly feel like running after a full day of driving here and there and getting home from work. Highly doubt I will feel like driving again, just to run. Meh….

Here’s to hoping motivation comes soon.

Man, I am starting to sound like a broken record. Round and round. But, I mean it this time. Today is a brand new day of a brand new week and I’m dedicated! The scale is the still at the heaviest it’s been in years. Notice I said scale is, not I am? 🙂 It’s the little things… But, it’s funny how fast the weight can come on when you do nothing but eat, drink and party. Seriously!

Anyway, I worked really hard to lose 15 lbs and maintain that loss over the past couple of years. I’m not sure what downward spiral I’ve been in over the past several weeks, but it’s going to end. One thing I’ve noticed is that I think my body likes the weight I’m at. It only took a few weeks of fast food and not exercising to put on the 15 lbs I’ve gained, but I’ve continued to my unhealthy diet and not really gotten back into exercise besides that one week and I’ve stayed right at that 15 lb mark. Interesting…

But, while my BODY likes hovering right around 140, I don’t!!!!!!! I’m happy when I’m right around 125 like I have been over the past year or so, but I’d actually like to be 115. One day at a time. As of today I’m focused on just losing the 15 lbs I’ve gained to get back to 125.

I know myself and I’m going to have to transition (again!!!) into being healthy, one step at a time. If I jump into being healthy and exercise all at once (like my addictive behavior is really trying to talk me into doing) I know I will burn myself out too early. SO, this week is the branching back into fruits and veggies and home cooked meals – AND ABSOLUTELY NO FAST FOOD OR TAKE OUT for at least a week. My son’s 7th birthday is the 31st, so he will get to pick where we eat for dinner. That will be my one “bad” meal and then back to NO FAST FOOD for at least two weeks after that.

Hitting the gym will begin either later this week or next Monday, at the latest. I’m motivated and I know I can do it.

On another note, I’m still couponing. I go back and forth between several sites and my own notes from looking at the circulars. There’s only one blog I’ve seen for my local area, so I think I may just start my own couponing blog in addition to this one. …like I really need to add anything new to my plate, right? Well, it could be beneficial. I’m part of a group that gets samples of items to try out and if I like them, I’d love to blog about them. This just isn’t the right forum and I’d also like a place to organize the bits and pieces of information that I take from the blogs and put together for myself. Who knows, maybe someone from my area will find it beneficial? More to come on that. (Update: My couponing/sale shopping blog: COUPONINGMANDA)


Okay, so I’m kinda pissed at myself, but I’m really not going to beat myself up too badly… Hard to pick myself up if I’m too busy pushing myself down, right???

Here’s the jist… I had good intentions, I really did. I got back into the gym for a solid week and a half and dropped a little over 5 of the 15 lbs I have managed to pack on over the summer. Not feeling awesome, but to have lost 1/3 of my excess in a week and a half was pretty ego boosting.

HOWEVER, (there’s always a however…) my brother and his girlfriend had some shtuff going on and ended up coming over for the weekend. We ended up letting loose every night and staying up late and eating whatever, whenever we felt and needless to say, I slid right back out of my “health” routine.

But, I rarely get to see them and it always feels like we try to force a month’s worth of time in a few days, so I’m just glad we had fun and a good weekend was had by all.

THEN, the following week (last week) I had a friend in town from out-of-state. Although we have managed to catch up and talk here and there over good old Facebook over the past couple of years, we have not seen each other in ten years. No big story to share here, but basically I was kinda stressed about that and time crunched with other things going on, so I just did not get back into my health routine at all that week, either.

This week the scale showed that I gained back the 5 lbs that I had just lost and it really spiraled me into the WORST mood. At least I didn’t gain more, BUT still… I did expect it, however it didn’t make the blow any easier to swallow. I didn’t feel like swallowing anything after I weighed myself Monday. I just wanted to puke. But, I’m over that now.

This week I’ve been just focusing on my diet and getting it back on track (AGAIN!). I’m feeling better now and a few pounds lighter (likely from less sodium and healthier eating) but I will take it! I’m planning on going to yoga on Saturday morning. My runs will begin (AGAIN!) either this weekend or Monday, for sure.

This week is really my week! I’m feeling great from eating better and getting my runs back in. (Yes, I ran last night! Leg still hurt after about 10 minutes of running, so I alternated running/walking and altogether ran 35 minutes and walked 10 – not shabbs!)

Anyhow, my head is clear, I’m feeling great and have been able to spend time with the kids, get my work done, send in quality papers on homework nights AND clip my coupons/read the sale circulars. I have not been able to do all of those things regularly, or with quality, in forever. Feels great!
To top that little cupcake with a cherry, I was cleaning my email which is set up specifically for my couponing emails andddddd…. ran across this new efficient tool:

For any of you who coupon shop, or compare prices (or are interested in doing so!) will know that it can be difficult to go through multiple different store inserts or scan blogs for information on sales that are currently going on. Especially when some stores have sales from Mon-Sat and others are more like Thur-Wed. That can get confusing!!!! Well…. I have yet to really use it for my weekly shopping, but have played around with it since I discovered it and it looks amazing!!!! It has the sales listed for 7 of the stores that I normally spend time looking through ads – only all in one spot! Here’s a link to the short video that explains, if anyone is interested:

And, NO, I was not paid to advertise that, nor given any incentive to do so! I just love saving money and want to help others to do the same! I wish I had discovered coupons and how using those against sale prices could really save a TON of money! And, YES, I am still running and will continue to blog about that, but this blog is really all about ME! If I find a good site or something fun I will post it as well as updates with not only running, but things that are going on in my life.

PS If anyone out there has Sirius/XM – give the indie channel (35) XM U a shot. I have fallen in love with so many songs that I had no idea existed!! I love listening to Cosmo Radio’s “Wake Up with Taylor” in the mornings, but find myself switching over every commercial break and as soon as the show is over. This type of music speaks to me. I love all different genre’s and have so many different faves that range from rock to rap to grunge to southern rock – but this indie stuff is ME. Give it a listen!

PSS If you don’t have Sirius/XM but want to try out some new tunes and see what the heck I’m talking about, see if you can find any of the following:
Coming Down – Dum Dum Girls
The Suburbs – Mr Little Jeans (Also by Arcade Fire, but I really love this cover)
Vomit – Girls
It’s Real – Real Estate
Gay Human Bones – Harlem
Hurdy Gurdy Man – Butthole Surfers
Here Comes Your Man – Pixies
Stinking Cloud – Thee Oh Sees
Keep You – Class Actress
Mr Driver – Black Lips

Happy Hump Day. Til later, ta ta for now.

So, I am now:

a) fully rested and haven’t talked with my good friend Vodka or her sister Moscato or any of their cousins in the alcohol garden in over a week and feeling good about that! (Also, hand in hand with drinking was my smoking. Since I haven’t drank, I haven’t smoked, either, nor have I wanted to!) I do love to drink and have a good time, but I also love to feel good and take breaks from it here and there. I have a feeling this is going to be an extended break …for a while. I really need to detox from the toxins associated with drinking and smoking cigarettes while drinking. It feels good to do it, too. Waking up on Saturday and Sunday fully rested and feeling great was phenomenal. I really missed how that felt! I got up and was practically bouncing around the house. I bet my kids didn’t know what to think about me being so chipper and up so early on the weekend! That made me smile. BIG. to be more full of energy than my boys on an early weekend morning. 🙂 They deserve me like this more times than not. I deserve to feel good more times than not. Just because it’s the weekend doesn’t mean I have to drink! I’ve decided I will go back to just drinking here and there. On occasion, not just because it’s Friday, or Saturday, or whatever my usual thought process is. Back to the basics of when I started this blog. I’m not going to be the alcohol patrol, but I know my addictive behavior and I’m going to keep it under lock and have it be the exception, rather than the norm, on the weekends or special occasions.

b) back on track with healthy (or healthier) eating for over a week now. (I’m not on a diet! I will NEVER do a “diet”, ever! I follow Weight Watcher philosophies and track what I eat. BUT, I eat what I want and just try to make choices, or change portion sizes to stay with a certain calorie/point limit within a day. Restrictions on any type of food does not work for me! I want what I can’t have, so nothing is “off-limits”. I just try to eat lots of fruits and veggies and always track my food to be aware of what I’m consuming. Sometimes I talk about my “diet”, but what I’m referring to is what I eat and that it won’t contain fast food or concession stand junk since baseball ended and we don’t have any travelling or events planned for at least a few weeks

c) RUNNING AGAIN! Not quite back on C25K, as I feel I’ve graduated it. I would recommend that program to ANYONE and everyone. It’s amazing. If it weren’t for C25K I would never have gotten to where I’m at now.

And, woo hoo, I’m feeling great tonight! Sitting here watching  Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition and realized I should update everyone on my first day back into running as TODAY was the day to go back to the gym! So, while I didn’t quite run 60 minutes straight like I did when I stopped running, I did do pretty good. I ran for 15 minutes and the back of my left knee started to throb. I realized I didn’t do my stretches, so I took a few minutes to walk, then tried to do a few stretches, but it was too late. I’m not hurt, but decided to take it easy on my first day back.

So, altogether I ran 25 minutes and walked 20. I’m okay with that! 🙂

Alright, just realized I have not paid any attention to the show I’m watching. I really want to see this! I feel for Krista. SO much. I love these types of shows. They are so motivating. Could not have come at a better time then when I’m at my highest weight in forever and deciding to get back into changing my life, back to “HEALTH”, too. Come on Krista and come on Manda! And, come on to all of you out there!

PS I haven’t quite gotten back into twitter, yet, but that will come. We decided to remodel our kitchen with the spare time we have since baseball ended and football/soccer hasn’t started. I will get back on there more often. PROMISE! I’m proud of myself for this blog entry as a start! So, don’t give up on me, yet. 🙂

Okay, so maybe I should say where did I go?!? I’ve been here, there and everywhere …and have been very “bad”, too. Just haven’t had much time to devote into being healthy and I didn’t make the sacrifice to choose health over indulgence during these hectic weeks of baseball and barbeques. It’s SUMMER, people!

I’ve enjoyed my “non-errand” (work/school/running kids to games and practices/clipping coupons/sale watching) time by indulging in cookouts and parties and wine tasting and lots of fun with friends and family. Also, throw in a week of being “kid-free” when baseball ended and my parents had the kids for vacation = LOTS of indulgences and NO working out.

BUT, all good things must come to an end. I’ve enjoyed the past several weeks, thoroughly, but I’m ready to get back to “normal”. I’ve gained 15 pounds over the past six weeks or so and I DO feel miserable. I decided to ease back into being healthy again and getting my fitness back up to par.

This week I am focused on getting my diet back in line. Biggest “rule” I’ve placed on myself over the next couple of weeks: NO DRINKING!!! Drinking is not only empty calories, but I’ve gotten back out of hand where I indulge too much, get the “drunk munchies” and have been having cigarettes when drinking again. BOO!!! I know. L At least it was only when I was drinking, but I’m going back to what I did when I first started this blog. I’m going cold turkey and cutting out ALL alcohol for at least a couple of weeks. When I do introduce alcohol again it will be in small doses and I will measure my shots instead of doing the whole pour, pour, pour AND I will not be around smokers for a while.

Also, this week I focused on getting the crap out of my diet and eating my fruits and vegetables and smaller portions like I was used to before my summer splurge. Your stomach really does adjust to when you eat more/less and it takes some time to realize you can fill up by eating less, but is getting better. The only “bad” thing I had this week was a HUGE piece of cake on Wednesday …and Thursday – but it was my son’s 11th birthday and I HAD to have some of the birthday cake with him! … having it again Thursday was just for good measure. J I never have sweets in the house, so I’m not going to beat myself up over it. Otherwise, I’m being pretty good!

This weekend we are going to take the kids to my company’s private park to swim, cookout and listen to some bands because there’s a musical festival all day. The park does not allow alcohol or cigarettes on the premises, so it’s a perfect way to spend some time with the kids and not be tempted to drink or anything. Plus, they have grills all over the park, so we can bring in our own food and grill out, so I can be “good” on my diet, too and bring my boca burgers, etc…

Next week I should be back on “plan” with eating good and will focus on getting back to the gym and start my running back up. Last time I ran, which was a WHILE ago!, I was able to run for 60 minutes straight!!! J Hopefully I won’t be too badly out of shape when I start back up again. Monday is the day I’m shooting for to go back and get into it.

I promise to keep everyone updated and get this blog back in order. Thanks to any of you who have been checking in and just seeing that there are those of you who subscribe and send me comments and follow me on twitter really helps to keep the motivation going!

Have a great weekend and talk to you soon!

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