MANDARYANE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MANDARYANE MANDARYANE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ How the Earthquake shook some sense into me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4445862 Yesterday I was in DC, at my desk, when the Earthquake hit. Needless to say we got evacuated and were told to leave the city. I live 50 miles south of the city, the dilemma was getting to my ride to get out. She was in VA, 10ish miles away. <BR> <BR> So, I attempted the metro - what a joke. The lines, the waits, the slow trains. I said I will walk to the furthest metro station to VA - so I started my mile walk. I made it, quite quickly I might add (in a suit & in dress shoes). Then I got to... Wed, 24 Aug 2011 12:39:09 EST For the Hummus of Course! - 365 Q to R:32 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4418360 Day 32 Question: <BR> <BR> If you could travel anywhere tomorrow, where would you go? <BR> <BR> Cyprus, no brainer for me. It's my dream vacation, and I have wanted to go there forever. The food, the people, the sites - it's just breath taking. They went for a school trip when I was in College, and I had no where near enough money to even think about it - but I remember looking at all the pictures and dreaming of going to a place that beautiful. <BR> <BR> One day I will get there, and I ... Wed, 10 Aug 2011 10:16:54 EST Motivation - 365 Q to R: 31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4384378 Day 31 Question: <BR> <BR> What motivated you today? <BR> <BR> Honestly, new suits. I went shopping yesterday, and I am fitting in old sizes. It's nice to know that I can try on different things and not look like I am squeezing into something like a tube of toothpaste. This morning I felt like my new skirt suit really flattered me, and I wasn't embarassed to be in it. It's nice to feel more motivated because you become more and more comfortable in your own skin. Mon, 25 Jul 2011 09:03:37 EST My Do - 365 Q to R:30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4378909 Day 30 Question: <BR> <BR> What is your hairstyle? <BR> <BR> Currently my long bangs are braided back into a ponytail. But I have a shoulder length bob that is shorter & stacked in the back. Nothing too crazy. Fri, 22 Jul 2011 10:11:01 EST Just a little chit chat - 365 Q to R: 29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4374187 Day 29 Question: <BR> <BR> When was the last time you had an inspiring conversation? <BR> <BR> Definitely last night during Bible Study. It's always nice to have a young adult bible study, with people in their 20s that understand what the scripture is actually saying. Father B last night did his usual puns about Star Wars, and a great Sean Connery voice - but I remember exact what the story was about. <BR> <BR> It reminded me that when times got rough, all you have to do is turn to the L... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 07:42:18 EST Working 9 to 5... - 365 Q to R: 28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4361782 Day 28 Question: <BR> <BR> What is your job description? <BR> <BR> I am a Management and Program Analyst. I spend a lot of time working on computers, and with documents. I tend to do a lot of researching, some editing of documents, and I act as a support person for the other people in my office. Basically, I am your average office working with a knowledge of computers and researching. BORRRRRINNGGGG I know - but whatever pays the bills. <BR> <BR> Thu, 14 Jul 2011 07:57:24 EST I would do anything for love...but - 365 Q to R:27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4359537 Day 27 Question: <BR> <BR> What is the craziest thing you have done for love? <BR> <BR> I won't do that - ha, I wish I had said that a few times. I have done some CRAZY things for love, or for a shot at love - but not with Tila Tequila! <BR> <BR> I have cut my hair, bought new clothes, got a makeover - plenty of times. I lived with an ex and his CRAZY mother, that was an awful 3 months of my life. It beat me down mentally, I lost tons of weight because there was never food in the house ... Wed, 13 Jul 2011 07:34:36 EST Channelling your inner Martha - 365 Q to R: 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4357180 Day 26 Question: <BR> <BR> <BR> What is the most creative thing you have done lately? <BR> <BR> I really like being creative, I am a scrapbooking queen, I love to do things with planning my wedding - it's just a good way to destress. Lately I am really into finding odds and ends for my house (the make believe one I will be buying in 9 months before I get married and live with my honey). <BR> <BR> So, this weekend I got frames from yard sales for our engagement pictures. We got a booksh... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 07:47:08 EST Changes - 365 Q to R: 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4355000 Day 25 Question: <BR> <BR> <BR> If you could go back in time and change something what would it be? <BR> <BR> Interesting question, hm. I think if I could go back in time and change anything, I would change a relationship that I was in. I would've left a lot sooner, made a lot less bad choices and not wasted my time continuing to be emotionally destroyed. <BR> <BR> It led me to where I am today, but I shouldn't have taken the horrible days for 2.5 years, I would've gotten out a lot soo... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 10:32:22 EST Out with the Old - 365 Q to R: 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4349136 Day 24 Question: <BR> <BR> Today you got rid of __________? <BR> <BR> <BR> Today I got rid of my old habits, I am committed to changing my lifestyle and making good decisions. It's under a year until I get married and for the next year I am going to make my life the want I want to lead as a wife. So today I am throwing out the old, the bad, the horrible habits and making smart choices. Being dedicated to being healthy and enjoying exercise! Fri, 8 Jul 2011 10:26:50 EST Today - 365 Q to R: 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4346465 Day 23 Question: <BR> <BR> What was your favorite day of this week? <BR> <BR> I am going to have to say today. Now, Monday was a day off but I was traveling back from Pittsburgh & exhausted, Tuesday I was sick, & yesterday I was just flat out tired. But today - today my dear friends, is officially ONE year until my wedding. The real countdown. <BR> <BR> I just cannot imagine a better day this week, to start something fresh and new. So selfishly, I am definitely going to have to say toda... Thu, 7 Jul 2011 07:46:41 EST Hitting the bottom, big time. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4344698 Well, I have officially gained 16.7 pounds since buying my wedding dress in January. It's very upsetting, it's very sad because I was doing so good all the way until April - I ran my first 5k and I was doing great. Then, I got really stressed and I feed myself over and over again to forget about the emotions. <BR> <BR> So now I have 31.7 pounds to lose before my wedding, my wedding that is exactly 1 year and 1 day from today. It doesn't seem like that big of a challenge, until I think that I... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 11:48:04 EST Don't Stop Achieving!!! - 365 Questions to Spark Reflection: Q22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4271809 Day 22 Question: <BR> <BR> What do you consider to be your greatest achievement? <BR> <BR> Wow, that is a hard one. I can honestly say that I am proud of much of things I have accomplished in 23 years of life, but I know that I also have many many more dreams to fulfill before I continue patting myself on the back. <BR> <BR> I worked hard to get through high school, graduating in the top 20 of my class. I worked hard through college so that my Mom wouldn't have to pay for anything, and I... Thu, 2 Jun 2011 07:36:56 EST Frenemies - 365 Questions to Spark Reflection: Q21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4269201 Day 21 Question: <BR> <BR> What makes a good enemy? <BR> <BR> Is there ever a good enemy? I mean sure where would we be as children if Peter Pan didn't have Capt. Hook or if there weren't enough wicked stepmothers to torture our poor Disney Princesses. But in reality having an enemy isn't really such a good thing. <BR> <BR> Having an enemy leads to fighting, leads to violence, leads to those nights where you stay up wondering about someone else's actions. To me that is just a large waste... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 07:47:39 EST Do ya love me?!? - 365 Questions to Spark Reflection: Q20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4266620 Day 20 Question: <BR> <BR> Who loves you today? <BR> <BR> <BR> I hope the same people who love me every other day. My family, my friends, God and my Fiancé. This morning he was the one who told me he loved me, and that he got attacked by ants - these two things have nothing in common, just thought that I would share. <BR> <BR> I don't particularly love me today. I made bad decisions lately and have officially gotten to my highest weight ever. So, now I really need to buckle down and por... Tue, 31 May 2011 07:41:57 EST Dora the Explorer!! -365 Questions to Spark Reflection: Q19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4259215 Day 19 Question: <BR> <BR> What are you exploring? <BR> <BR> Adventure. Plain and simple. I made a promise to my Fiancé at the beginning of the year that I would break my OCD tendency ways and cut lose. And it is probably one of the best decisions I have made in my entire life. <BR> <BR> I am running free, I am doing things I would have never done in a 100 years if I wasn't pushed to my limit. Two weeks ago I completed a 5k mud run. I scaled 9 foot walls with no help, I ran 3 miles, I cr... Fri, 27 May 2011 07:40:57 EST 365 Questions to Spark Reflection: Q18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4257378 Day 18 Question: <BR> <BR> How do you want to be remembered? <BR> <BR> I want to be remembered as a loving person first and foremost. I hope that everyone realizes how much I actually care for them and appreciate who they are in my life. I couldn't be where I am today without each and every person who has gotten me there and held my hand along the way. <BR> <BR> Hopefully this will be a lot later in life, so I want to be remembered as a great wife to my Fiancé, one who was always there to... Thu, 26 May 2011 10:19:11 EST 365 Questions to Spark Reflection: Q17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4254928 Day 17 Question: <BR> <BR> How did you start your day? <BR> <BR> <BR> I woke up at 4:30am and went downstairs to brush my teeth. I then plugged in my straightener, washed my face and did my hair. Did my makeup, and was ready to change into work clothes. <BR> <BR> I spent about 10 minutes hugging my honey before I left, and making sure he took all of his medicine. Then, I got dressed - cleaned my room a little. I was out the door at 5:10 and on the road to head to work. <BR> <BR> I took ... Wed, 25 May 2011 08:36:58 EST 365 Questions to Spark Reflection: Q16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4252769 Day 16 Question: <BR> <BR> <BR> What do you want to postpone? <BR> <BR> <BR> Currently I would just like to postpone life. I just need a break for like 5 days, I can nap and catch up on sleep. Give my body what it needs to get through the next 13 1/2 months until I get married. <BR> <BR> Just a couple days to get my head back in the game. Some time to figure out how to save enough money for a wedding, and to not panic about saving that money. That would be perfect right now. <BR> <BR... Tue, 24 May 2011 09:47:25 EST 365 Questions to Spark Reflection: Q15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4250330 Day 15 Question: <BR> <BR> <BR> Who do you think is cute? <BR> <BR> <BR> My Fiancé of course! He is the cutest, or at least I think so. Most days I stare at him for a good 10 mins just soaking in all the cuteness. It's one of my favorite pastimes. It probably will be for the rest of my life too, oh and then one day I will be able to stare at our cute kids who look like him. I am so looking forward to all of that. Mon, 23 May 2011 08:35:40 EST 365 Questions to Spark Reflection: Q14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4242712 Day 14 Question: <BR> <BR> <BR> Who would play you in a movie about your life? Is it a good movie? <BR> <BR> If it were based on looks alone Piper Perabo, I think she could totally be the essential Mandi in a movie. BUT if I had any say in it, Morgan Freeman would narrate. I like to believe he narrates my life anyway. Sometimes I heard him, "As Mandi goes through her daily routine, she often stops and thinks - why does this metro have to be full of so many rude people, but she smiles and... Thu, 19 May 2011 08:13:46 EST 365 Questions to Spark Reflection: Q13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4238017 Day 13 Question: <BR> <BR> What was the last party you went to? <BR> <BR> The last party I went to was a 2 year olds birthday party. We ate sandwiches, we watched her blow out candles. And we watched her open presents. My life isn't super exciting, but picking out cute tiny little girl outfits with matching shoes was the best part of the whole thing! Tue, 17 May 2011 07:48:17 EST 365 Questions to Spark Reflection: Q12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4235458 Day 12 Question: <BR> <BR> Today was hilarious because_____________. <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was hilarious because I am moving along like a broken old lady. I really thought that it should only take a day to be back in tip-top shape from the Rugged Maniac, but I was SO SO wrong! My back hurts, my hands are cut up, my legs are bruised and slashed...I am a mess, and I am not as in shape as I thought I was. <BR> <BR> So, here is to my moving and groving along like a 90 year old, and the poor s... Mon, 16 May 2011 07:50:20 EST 365 Questions to Spark Reflection: Q11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4229639 Day 11 Question: <BR> <BR> When was the last time you went swimming? <BR> <BR> <BR> This past summer. We went to the beach, and I went and visited family with a pool. I was not very happy at all with the way I looked in a bathing suit. Hopefully this Summer I can really enjoy the outdoors and not be worried if my muffin top is hanging over my bottoms! Fri, 13 May 2011 08:05:22 EST 365 Questions to Spark Reflection: Q10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4227369 Day 10 Question: <BR> <BR> Are you hesitating? <BR> <BR> Of course. I hesitate everyday. I think if everyone was brutally honest with themselves they'd know that there is something that truly scares them to try and tackle in their life. <BR> <BR> Right now I hesitate in making my life better. I know that I need to exercise more, and I know that my injuries would feel better if I just got out and did it, but I am so used to my standard lifestyle that it is taking a long time for me. <BR> ... Thu, 12 May 2011 08:19:56 EST 365 Questions to Spark Reflection: Q9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4224846 Day 9 Question: <BR> <BR> Messy or neat? <BR> <BR> <BR> This one is a no brainer - neat, most definitely neat. I like order and I like cleanliness. My bed is always made, my clothes are in color order, my desk never has clutter on it, and my bathroom is a shiny as a bald man's head. <BR> <BR> I don't like it any other way than neat, and I am definitely anti-messy! Wed, 11 May 2011 08:12:08 EST 365 Questions to Spark Reflection: Q8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4222359 Day 8 Question: <BR> <BR> Three words to describe your social life? <BR> <BR> <BR> Exhausting. Because any time that I actually schedule in time for it, it makes me feel absolutely exhausted - and I feel like I need a break all over again. <BR> <BR> Lacking. I really need to work more on getting out, and seeing my friends. I have started to become a hermit since starting my job because between that, planning a wedding, and spending date time with the soon-to-be hubby there is no time lef... Tue, 10 May 2011 07:46:46 EST 365 Questions to Spark Reflection: Q7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4219829 Day 7 Question: <BR> <BR> Who can make you happier? How? <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a pretty broad question, that I could answer in a whole lot of different ways. Allow me a moment to wrap my brain around the best way to answer this. <BR> <BR> First off, God - he always makes me the happiest. I am blessed every day for the life that he allows me to live, and all the blessings I have. Every day I look outside, I look at the man I love, and I am happy because God blessed me with a great and wo... Mon, 9 May 2011 08:49:55 EST 365 Questions to Spark Reflection: Q6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4211831 Day 6 Question: <BR> <BR> Who would you trade places with for just one day? <BR> <BR> Jillian Michaels. Hands down. She has been so inspiring for me, being a woman with endometriosis and still fighting to want to be a Mom. Jillian knows who she is, she loves doing what she does - and the truth is she kicks butt at it. Any woman who can scream in the face of an Olympic athlete and bring him to his knees is monumental to me. <BR> <BR> I know that a lot of people don't like Biggest Loser, a... Thu, 5 May 2011 09:53:47 EST 365 Questions to Spark Reflection: Q5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4209250 Day 5 Question: <BR> <BR> What "type" of person are you? <BR> <BR> <BR> What type of person am I, hm, good question. Well according to the multiple personality defining tests I took in college - I am very Type A. Go figure, me over organized...nahhhh. Haha, but I am very type A, I like things to go a certain way, I like to always stay on top of things, I like control. But I am not angry about it. I promise. <BR> <BR> According to Myers-Briggs (which I have taken about 4873682375 times) ... Wed, 4 May 2011 09:31:32 EST 365 Questions to Spark Reflection: Q4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4206612 Day 4 Question: <BR> <BR> Is life fair? No? Sometimes? Not today? <BR> <BR> Life is hard, that is not something anyone can argue. Okay maybe Bill Gates...but I am sure in High School he got picked on, and at one point life was hard. It's not easy the hand we are dealt, but it's not unfair. You make the most out of your situation, you can sit down, freak out and have a pity party - or you can get up and do something about it. <BR> <BR> I know what it is like to grow up with very little, to... Tue, 3 May 2011 07:47:25 EST 365 Questions to Spark Reflection: Q3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4204034 Day 3 Question : <BR> <BR> How would your parent's describe you? (You can call and ask if you want to) <BR> <BR> <BR> My Mom would say that I am very determined, and that I always go for my goals whole-heartedly. My Mom is my biggest fan, she supports my decisions because she knows that no matter what, everything that I dream of will come true because I will fight for everything, and work my way up to seeing them come true. <BR> <BR> My Dad would say that he hasn't seen me in about 13 ye... Mon, 2 May 2011 08:08:50 EST 365 Questions to Spark Reflection: Q2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4198073 Day 2 Question : <BR> <BR> I wish I could stop _________ from happening <BR> <BR> <BR> I wish that I could stop stress from happening. I have a big problem with wanting to carry the world on my shoulders because I don't want anyone else to suffer. It would always be a whole lot easier if I wasn't constantly stressed. But it would be a lot better if money grew on trees, if relationships didn't take work, if the chores did themselves - just the little things once in a while would be such a ... Fri, 29 Apr 2011 08:00:59 EST 365 Questions to Spark Reflection: Q1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4196105 Day 1 Question : <BR> What do you want to say when someone asks, "What do you do?" <BR> <BR> I want to say that I am a homicide psychoanalyst with a PhD. I want to say that I am an amazing wife, and I have wonderful children. I also want to say this about 7 to 8 years from now. I just want to say that I took it a day at a time and made all my dreams come true, and I want to still be smiling about them at that point. I want to have new and great dreams at that point too. Thu, 28 Apr 2011 09:58:06 EST 146 - the number that haunts me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4193523 I hate to say I have hit a plateau, but I have hit a plateau...and I have been here for quite a few weeks. I am happy because a couple of times I thought the scale spiked, but I am maintaining right here. And I am not as upset about it as I thought I would be. <BR> <BR> I told myself a pound a week, and according to my organizer I should be at the 130s now - but I am not, and I am okay with that. This is a place many of us face, the place where we want to move down but we get stuck. The impo... Wed, 27 Apr 2011 08:07:27 EST Mom Mode: what I am always set in, but I'm not a Mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4191218 I have the tendency to want to fix everyone in my life. I hate that other people hurt, they are confused, they get upset or they are in any way put out and not feeling themselves. This is where I step in, I save the day! That's what I am good at, I am good at always being the Mom when everyone needs it. <BR> <BR> Then there was yesterday. It was brought to my attention that maybe I constantly fix everyone, and in that process I forgot about myself. Me, no never, oh wait...there is that thing... Tue, 26 Apr 2011 09:02:14 EST If you wanna know 50 random things about me...here ya go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4188655 Ok EGRAMMY, here I go.... <BR> 1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? <BR> The soap opera Ryan's Hope...my middle name is Ryane <BR> 2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? <BR> hmm, it's been a while <BR> 3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? <BR> yes I do <BR> 4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? <BR> tueky <BR> 5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? <BR> none. <BR> 6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? <BR> I think so. <BR> 7. DO YOU USE SARCASM ALOT? <BR> Yes, a whole lot. <BR> 8. DO YOU ST... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 08:11:21 EST Some people may have a support system, but it looks like I have a support factory! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4181079 I am humbled by the overwhelming support that I received yesterday. It is amazing the support system that can be found on this website - as a matter of fact it's a support factory the way those wonderful words were pumped out yesterday. I have never felt so wonderful to be a part of something. <BR> <BR> All the comments I received yesterday completely turned my frown upside down, it was so beautiful the outreach I received. I am here to say that if anyone ever needs support - please do not l... Thu, 21 Apr 2011 09:01:05 EST And I Learned the Hard Way: Not All Message Boards are Created Equal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4178590 Let me start off by saying, the most important thing I think that this website offers is community support. I have never encountered one time, or ever even see anyone be negative towards anyone else. The power to uplift others is what keeps most of us successful on our journeys. It is so wonderful to see a place where you can lay it all out on the table, and have a constant support system. I am so proud of each and every one of us on here, who continues to write to others and show support whe... Wed, 20 Apr 2011 08:11:54 EST The Stressful Life of Being Melancholy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4176223 I am a little bit of an over-stresser. I panic about the little things, but I stay on top of everything and I always give 100% - so it has it perks. The newest thing I stress about is trying to be calm and happy all the time, haha what an oxymoron - I stress about being calm. <BR> <BR> I have a tendency for wanting world peace, and everyone around me to be in complete harmony. I was a little bit of a spitfire when I was in High School, and I thought fighting was calm. But now I take a more ... Tue, 19 Apr 2011 08:55:48 EST Ms. Motivation had to take a backseat to Ms. Tired as Hell today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4173914 Normally, I am totally in high gear Monday mornings. I have enough energy pumping to swim the Atlantic. Or at least I like to believe that much. Not today my friends, today I am searching for that one little spark that is going to get me through the rest of the week. <BR> <BR> On a scale of 1 to 10...I am a -6. It was one of those weekends, you know the type. The diet and exercise ruiners that make you feel like you woke up a whale, and beat you down so hard you just want a groundhog day mom... Mon, 18 Apr 2011 10:46:23 EST CAA - Chipotle Addicts Anonymous http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4167108 Hello, my name is Mandi, and I am addicted to Chipotle. It's not a beautiful addiction, but it could be worse - I could be Charlie Sheen or Lindsay Lohan. But no sir, I am addicted to burrito-y goodness! <BR> <BR> I can tell you exactly what I get, and how to order it so that you get the most in your burrito. I have been known to calculate up to 1400 calories for one burrito - and then eat the whole thing in about 10 mins. It's not a graceful sport, but I am in the olympics. <BR> <BR> I wi... Fri, 15 Apr 2011 07:59:49 EST A Glimpse of Athletic Abilities http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4165019 I am not an athlete, I am a walking accident. Point blank! I hurt myself more in a month than most people do in a lifetime, and I accept that about myself. Bandaids are a good thing to always have on hand, you look prepared! <BR> <BR> I attempted cheerleading in 6th grade, I broke my teammates nose during a backflip where I kicked her in the face. I retired there, well for a while anyways. I put my hand into dancing in High School - I pulled a muscle, bruised a rib, sprained an ankle - but I... Thu, 14 Apr 2011 09:34:36 EST The Science of Willpower http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4162462 When I was in Middle School I was the Vice President of the Just Say No club - it taught me a lot of things. And also kept me from choosing bad paths in my life, and making the right decisions. I now like to remember those philosophies and put them to use with food, and exercise. <BR> <BR> I like to think we all grow up with willpower. Sometimes we give in, obviously some of us really fall off the path - I'll take 80s rockstars for 500, Alex! - but otherwise I like to believe we all really t... Wed, 13 Apr 2011 08:17:10 EST Hopelessly in love...more like Healthfully in love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4157476 What is the best part about getting healthy? Having a supportive partner through every complaint and gripe! <BR> <BR> My Fiancé is my shoulder to cry on, my hug to be sweaty with, and the one who yells at me to keep pushing through when I want to give up. The truth is I wouldn't want it any other way. <BR> <BR> It's easier to make healthy choices, to get out and exercise, when there is someone to push you - to be there with you every step of the way. I can't imagine not having him running... Mon, 11 Apr 2011 09:36:06 EST Wait, how did I get here? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4148785 When I went grocery shopping Tuesday I knew exactly what to get, where to look for the label for information, and how to pick the healthier choices. I did it like I had been doing it my whole life...and today, I stopped to think - how did I get here? <BR> <BR> I am the first to admit when I was in college I lived on slim jims and pudding cups, and I am not proud of that. But I was an active cheerleader, and I had access to a free gym. I had nothing to worry about - eating a whole box of frui... Thu, 7 Apr 2011 09:09:55 EST The importance of tutus... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4146123 I am prewarning you that this may be the saddest thing I have ever encountered in my entire life, but I have found more inspiration in this family than I have found in many other things in life... <BR> <BR> It is amazing what the human spirit can endure and still continue on stronger than ever. <BR> <BR> This is Tanners story: <BR> http://herbadmother.com/tanner/ <BR> <BR> I invite everyone to read it, and truly understand what love and compassion is. I have been looking for the motivatio... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 08:20:50 EST Slow & steady wins the race http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4143647 I am getting there. I'm not exactly at the end of my race, but I am sure not just at the starting line. I am moving, I am grooving and I am losing these pounds a little at a time. <BR> <BR> There will always be obstacles, and there will always be set backs but I am learning not to depend on them. Not to fall deeper into the pit when I make a mistake. <BR> <BR> It's nice to know that it's okay to take it slow, that no one has a certain pace they should stick to because no one person is the ... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 09:36:09 EST Here's to April!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4141011 After one of the most eventful, foodful weekends in a long time - I am ready to take on this month and it's goals. <BR> <BR> I did not achieve the 5lbs I wanted to lose last month, but I did lose weight - and I did wear a very interesting outfit on Friday and was not scared of it. So, here is to being comfortable with my body and acceptability of my new lifestyle. <BR> <BR> My April Goals: <BR> 1. Lose 5lbs. <BR> 2. Eat between 1200-1500 cals a day <BR> 3. No meat on any Friday, even after... Mon, 4 Apr 2011 10:48:50 EST The Studded Bra http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4131187 Yes, you heard me correctly...STUDDED BRA! <BR> <BR> That is what I am embracing on Friday. I am going to wear a studded bra to this crazy show with my best friends...There is going to be a jacket &/or a see through top over it. But I am being brave. Two months of 5k training, and a ton of ab work comes down to this day. <BR> <BR> The only thing I am worried about is April Fools coming up and telling me that my tummy is a big mess, and that bra is not going to work sister! <BR> <BR> But ... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 09:45:06 EST