MANDERS1105's SparkPeople Blog MANDERS1105's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Back I'm back. For good. <BR> I have to get this weight off. <BR> So much stuff has changed since I was last makes my head spin. <BR> I moved to a new city. <BR> Took a new job. <BR> Broke up with my boyfriend. <BR> Put on 10 lbs (ick) <BR> Started walking again daily. <BR> <BR> So much. <BR> But this is the place to be to get your head straight, and that's why I'm back. Missed you all :) Thu, 20 Jun 2013 11:20:56 EST Whoa. Okay, I don't really know WHERE I have been, but it hasn't been here! I think maybe I kind of fell off the wagon for a bit. It was kind of like hitting a Mack truck that came out of left field, and before i knew it, I was on my ass not knowing what the heck happened! <BR> <BR> I missed my Sparkers! <BR> <BR> So much has happened. I can't even wrap my head around it. I've gotten taken off another medication (YAY), I may have met someone (DOUBLE YAY), I'm working out in the morning before w... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 09:29:00 EST I LOVE fall! Happy Monday Sparkers! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone has had a wonderful, happy and health weekend! I always find it so difficult to get back to work on Mondays, but at the same time, I find so much comfort and solace in the routine of the week. My meals and workouts are on a schedule. My sleep is on a schedule. It's so much more difficult for me to STICK to that same schedule come the weekend. <BR> <BR> Anyway, for me, this weekend was wonderful. COLD, but wonderful. Friday started out a litt... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 21:51:49 EST YAY My knee is feeling SO MUCH better. Of course, I haven't really done any exercising for the last 3 days, so this could prove to be a false sense of security, but I'd like to believe that I will be miraculously healed, without having to sacrifice more. *crosses fingers* <BR> <BR> It was SO HARD to not be exercising. I mean, yeah, it was nice to relax, but for the last 6 weeks, my waking was my relaxation. So, to be walking around at work, having pain and then going home and trying to rest my k... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 11:13:27 EST Ouch SO <BR> <BR> Not so happy tonight. <BR> <BR> My right knee has been bothering me off and on for a couple of weeks. It started back when I decided to try to add running/jogging to my fitness regimen. I was doing intervals, and not going to fast, and taking every other day off doing cross training. <BR> <BR> Well, it only got worse, so I decided that I would make it my goal to get more weight off and THEN work on the running. You know its 4lbs of pressure for every 1lb of weight...which ca... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 21:38:15 EST Weekend Update Hello Friends! <BR> <BR> I hope you all had positive, wonderful, relaxing weekend! I hope you all met your goals and feel happy with your progress and have accepted any missteps! <BR> <BR> For me to start my week off right, I need to review my weekend. It helps me to keep my eye on the prize and see what I may have done wrong. <BR> <BR> I was able to get in some extra exercise this weekend prior to my event outing on Saturday. The outing was outside, and it was about 4-5 blocks of booth... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 10:08:36 EST Advice? Hello all! <BR> <BR> So, I could use some advice. I've been on SP since the end of August. I've been doing pretty well sticking to things--I've upped my exercise, been tracking my food, and even though the scale is stubborn to release lbs, I can tell I'm losing because my clothes are fitting better. It's really freakin' awesome. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I have ALOT of activities coming up over the next month--visiting friends, celebrations, parties...and I'm worried about staying on track. I kno... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 09:15:37 EST Fear I'm afraid. <BR> <BR> Yup, I totally said that. <BR> <BR> I'm afraid. I'm afraid that this last month has been so awesome health wise that I will fall off the wagon and binge like no body's business. <BR> <BR> I'm afraid that if I take a day off of working out, not because I'm sore or physically tired because I've been working out hard, but because I'm mentally tired, that I will fall back into the old habit of making excuses to not do physical activity. <BR> <BR> I'm afraid that in t... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 11:05:34 EST Awesome Weekend This weekend has just been so...positive! <BR> <BR> On Friday I went home to visit my family. My 5 year old neice was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes about 1 year ago. She's an amazing, wonderful, spirited little girl, with a great sense of humor and wonderful personality. The high school that my sisters and I went to does these "nights"--you know, like "Autism Night"--and all the money they raise selling baked goods and braclets goes to the Autism Foundation. <BR> <BR> Well, Friday, was... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 23:54:35 EST Solid Something kind of crazy happened to me yesterday. We're talking crazy in a butterfly, smiling like a fool, nothing's gonna slow me down way. <BR> <BR> Before I break your suspense and tell you what it is, let me give you some back story. <BR> <BR> Part of the reason why I'm doing SP, why I'm trying to lose the weight is because I'm not happy with me. I feel like I'm this really amazing person that is trapped in a body that's not ME. Every once and while I peek out, but I am not really thi... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 16:47:26 EST "Quick" Weight Loss My friend emailed me a link today regarding somthing called "Trim" by a company called AdvoCare. Basically, if you've never heard about it, it is a 24 day "cleanse" system to rid your body of toxins, help you lose inches and weight, and get you on the fast track to being amazing. I checked it out, asked her about why she wanted to do it, and she told me that her friend had done it, lost inches and 15lbs in the first 2 weeks, kept it off and has continued to lose weight. She then asked what I ... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 15:46:28 EST I wish... I wish I could be so many things. <BR> <BR> *sigh* <BR> <BR> I'm not trying to be down on myself, I swear. I just am not one for inaction, or for settling, and as far as my weight goes, I have been inactive and settling for far, far too long, and that has impacted my life in many many negative ways. <BR> <BR> For example, I wish I was more confident. It sounds simple enough, and around my friends, people I trust and know, I am. I can tell jokes and laugh and be amazing like no ... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 11:10:00 EST Frustration I am so frustrated...with my scale. We may have to break up. <BR> <BR> I have been tracking meticulously. Working out like a boss. Tracking and racking up fitness minutes like a champ...drinking water like it's going out of style. And man, that scale just WILL NOT move no matter what I do. <BR> <BR> Now, I know I am making SOME progess. I have seen some pictures from this weekend, and I have been doing SP for about 3 weeks. I can tell I am slimming down. I feel better. My energy is throug... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 15:49:29 EST