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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)



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!

Wow, I am sorry I’ve been MIA for so long. I got tired of constantly saying “sorry I’m so late getting back to you; I’ve been so busy” and “whaat a crazy week” and “I know its been a couple days, but I’m not ignoring you, I promise…” so I guess I just avoided everything until I could dedicate more time than the 5 minutes it takes to log in and get up to speed before not being able to respond and feeling bad.

Everyone is busy; we are all involved in this lovely (and, at times, crazy) thing called “life”, so I hate to make it seem like my hectic is any crazier than anyone else’s because I’m sure its not. I just have been focusing on getting things wrapped up and not had enough quality time to blog or post …or even tweet! I’ve never neglected my social networking this badly before and I think Facebook is considering my temporary seperation as being more serious than it is. I’m trying to make more time now that the big priority items are starting to get either “checked completed” or “under control”!

In all seriousness, nothing big. Just baseball is amped up for both kids with multiple practices and tournaments and games every week/wkend. I’m still doing the school thing, so homework and papers a few nights a wk and I am considering posting for a position within my company which would move us from Illinois to Florida, so lots of decisions and conversations, etc… But, I do have some good news to report:

I FINISHED WEEK 5 of C25K last night!! Yup, I ran 20 minutes straight! After I finished the wkout I was so pumped that I ran some more, too. Looks like my last update was with my ankle beginning to feel better and me starting over the program with the kids, too. Well, that lasted a week and baseball really AMPED. It was too much for them to join me and I liked getting runs in during some of their practices, so we put a pause on the kids. BUT, as for mamacita (me), I went back to Week 4 after I finished week 1 and decided I would see how I felt. FELT FINE! So, I continued where I left off and will now begin week 6, or phase 6 as I prefer to call it when I do more than one “week/phase” within a “physical week”. Yay!

I’ll definitely try to get on here more, now especially since I’ve finally got on to update and that’s now “checked complete”. 🙂

PS I decided to try out this whole only shopping sales and/or with coupons thing and I’m totally addicted. I’m not like the extreme couponers with getting thousands for a pennies, but I will NEVER again spend $300 on my wkly grocery trip again. Doing this really made me realize how much crap I bought to just fill the cupboards and throw away once expired. I’ll do another post later to show what I spent on my first trial run at it. I think I did good!

Happy late Cinco de Mayo and early la Mamacita Day!

P.S. 47 days and counting with OUT cigarettes in my life. Not even one puff during this time. 🙂

I’ve been so pumped about my C25K workouts that I realized I haven’t posted anything to commemorate my growing time being a non smoker. So, dirty ol’ Marlboro Lights, this post is for you:

Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 3:00am I smoked my last fag. (I like the British term for smokes better now that I’m fag free. Hehehe Couldn’t resist. Gah, I love British terms. They are so fun. If I ever moved somewhere that no one knew me I would SO adopt a British accent and play it off that I always had it.)

Okay, okay, back to it. So:

23 days, 12 hours smoke free
Saved myself from smoking approx 352 cigarettes fags
Saved approx $105.66
Saved approx 1d 11 hours 12minutes of my life


This weekend was pretty darn successful! I was set on trying out my first alcoholic beverage on Friday and then Saturday, but both days didn’t happen because I honestly didn’t even feel like it after I did my C25K runs! (That’s a good thing!) I’m really shocked with myself, but in a good way!

I started the first day of Wk 2 on Saturday. It was great. I ended up running a little longer than the 90 seconds in between the 2 min walk, which shortened the 2 min walk to about 90 secs, so I guess I flipped the times. But, anyhow, I’m pumped to do day 2 tonight! I’m really loving this program!

Yesterday was my “free day”. I’ve decided not to give myself “set” free days, but to allow myself to indulge here and there, as long as it doesn’t turn into a weekly occurrence, where I start to expect it.

Went to visit Jeremy’s great grandpa and then met up with some of my family (including my baby nephew who lives in Indy, that’s him in the pic with me :)) and Jeremy’s mom at Texas Roadhouse to celebrate my dad and Jeremy’s mom’s birthdays (they happen to fall a week apart). Luckily my parents and family love Jeremy’s mom, so she’s technically considered part of my family. 🙂 She’s lucky I love her… Not many people have as great as mother in law’s that I do! She’s a cool, chick, for sure.

Anyhow, I never eat out. Like I’ve said before, I’m a pretty good eater. Weight Watchers has totally helped me to feel like I can indulge here and there, but more importantly, it taught me to enjoy GOOD food and I’m pretty satisfied for the most part with healthy foods. But, I am a sucker for an occasional burger indulgence. And, I DON’T FEEL bad about it. I always get “back on track” healthily but I don’t deny myself some grease from time to time. It’s very unhealthy to have anything as an “off limit”. So, anyway, my occasional indulgence is ALWAYS get a big fat cheeseburger, which I will eat all of, and a plate full o’ fries, which are just so good that it’s not hard to finish them off. However, this time I ended up getting a mushroom jack chicken sandwich, which was a TON better than a burger, and DID NOT FINISH MY FRIES!!!! So, good and good – and then, yes there’s MORE good, then I ordered a tall beer (Select 55!) and drank it (and another one) and felt a little buzzed and DID NOT WANT A CIGARETTE!!! At all! I’m so proud of myself.

Score for a good weekend. Now back on track today!

Goooood morning! Well, Day 2 of C25K is in the books. Hitting up Day 3 to finish week 1 tonight. Last night, the kids had youth yoga class, so I made the most of being “stuck” at the gym for a few hours. Did my running, as C25K Day 2 instructed, then walked a little longer on the treadmill, worked the stepper, bicycle and then did some of the weight machines.

I LOVE the weight machines, but my fave one that works my biggest problem area, kinda makes me feel like a pervy porn star. It’s the one you sit in and you either use your outer thighs to push the weights out or your inner thighs to push them in. I tried to google for a pic, but apparently I am not describing it good enough. Either that or my gym is secretly an incognito pervy sexual weight machine shop… Anyhow, its like a big machine that works similarly to the Thighmaster for the inner leg exercise. Oh, good ol’ Jane Fonda. Isn’t it about time for her to break out with a new fitness tool or video? 🙂

I was thinking about doing the “tweet what you eat” for a day, just to see how it worked, but I found that you are to log on to your twitter through their site and I’m weary about doing that. Maybe I’ll just actually tweet what I eat one day. I’m a pretty healthy eater for the most part and I do keep track of what I eat privately on my cell phone. Okay, I just twisted my own arm and decided to do it afterall. Check me out, if you’re a twitter-er, I’m @RunningManda

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I am going to wrap this up & get to work. I AM thinking about trying out a beer tonight. Will just be the hubbs & I grilling out later and we have to get up early for baseball tomorrow, so it’s a good night to try out a beverage and see if the ciggy cravings hit or not. Would prefer to try it out before I fully hang out with my friends again, to see where I’m at, willpower wise. Plus, I really want to get to a point where when I do drink, its in moderation. I love to let loose and get crazy, but it was to the point that I got that way EVERY time I drank, which was multiple times a week. I’d prefer to only have a few wild crazy nights a year and be able to moderately have A glass of wine with dinner, instead of a bottle – or A beer or two while grilling out, instead of a case. I think I can. No, I KNOW I can. I just need to ease into it.

Cheesy phrase of the moment, which is perfect to state right now: You can do anything you SET your mind to.

Side note: I’m going to try to log on tonight and set this site up properly with a design, etc.. I was just excited when I thought about the concept yesterday and set it all up via my phone, which isn’t the best, or easiest, to set up preferences. But, customizing this site, and customizing it soon, is on my radar. 🙂

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