PRINCESSMANDIE's SparkPeople Blog PRINCESSMANDIE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community New year, new motivation I haven't been on Spark People in a long time, I think maybe 2 years. I didn't really feel a need to be on. I had been working out at a gym associated with my job at least 3 days a week. I was in gym classes I really enjoyed (or had that love/hate relationship with) and I had the motivation of paying extra for those classes to keep me from skipping. <BR> <BR> Over the summer I found a new job, a job that I like better than my previous job. The problem is that I'm now commuting 30 minutes... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 16:20:57 EST Why can't I just be normal? Six months ago I was diagnosed with Otostenosis, which is hearing loss. My condition is hereditary and fortunately there is a surgery that I will eventually be eligible for but until then I have to deal with asking people to repeat themselves, turning the TV and radio up to hear etc. I was pretty upset by that news because hearing loss has been something I feared since I was young and saw my mom go through it. <BR> <BR> Well this week mother nature decided to trump my cards and I have been... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 12:58:36 EST 10 lbs in one month I have realized that I am an emotional eater. I never really thought I was until I was put back on my depression/anxiety meds. They make me not hungry although I do eat because I know that I need to. I make better food choices though because I'm not hungry so instead of eating a bag of chips I'll grab an apple or yogurt. I know that the apple will fill me up where as previously I could eat about 2 bowls of chips before I started to feel full. <BR> <BR> I was never actually "fat" or overw... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 10:13:07 EST Trying to stay on top of things, getting discouraged I'm so overwhelmed with everything. I'm saving for a wedding next year, my fiance and I were planning on paying for it ourselves. Now with my hearing loss I am trying to figure out the best way to save money for the tests, doctors visits and special aids I will need not to mention the surgery I will eventually have. <BR> <BR> I called both hospitals that do the surgery I will need to get an estimate. I know that by the time I need this surgery the price will probably go up, which is why I... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 12:03:09 EST Soul searching...accepting hearing loss It will be 2 weeks on Wednesday that I was diagnosed with Otosclerosis. For about a year I was having ear infection symptoms recurring about every 4-6 months in my left ear. My doctor referred me on to the ENT specialist. We didn't really think there was anything he would do for me except maybe watch it closely and prescribe oral meds instead of ear drops. After a hearing test I learned that my hearing in my left ear is only at 90%, nothing major and honestly I thought this was from overu... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 16:43:59 EST RIPT starts again YAY Tonight will be the first night of RIPT. So excited, 10 weeks of hard work to get my in gear for summer. I'm a little nervous because I didn't get to the gym (or workout) at all during the holiday months and I know I'm going to be a little out of shape. But that's life I suppose. <BR> <BR> I had my weigh in last night. And I'm proud to say that even though I didn't get to the gym I lost 3 lbs and 1/4 inch from my waist. WooHoo. So now that I'm going to be exercising regularly again, I'... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 14:42:09 EST Today I restart my weight loss goals Today I start Day 1 of my 30 Day Shakeology Challenge. A friend of mine who is big into the Beach Body products wanted to start this challenge and I decided to join in. I took a before picture yesterday (let me tell you I wanted to burn it). Let's just say I think I could look better. My weakness is food. I love food and especially when its my TOM. Like yesterday (because yes its my TOM) I ate so much chocolate. I like chocolate ok, but I don't necessarily crave it any other day of the... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 12:23:06 EST So I was MIA for a while..... I haven't been on Spark People for a bit. I was exercising and trying to eat well. I joined a RIPT program at my job and 3 days a week after work I would go to the gym and work my booty off (literally). I lost a few inches all over and was really pleased with myself (even though I was eating the same, I cut back my amount, everything in moderation). The problem is that the RIPT program was only 10 weeks long, and it ended the week before Thanksgiving. Since then I have only been to the g... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 13:02:39 EST Been a while but now I'm back..... Things were pretty hectic around my house lately and at work etc. I couldn't keep up with being on SparkPeople every day too. So I had to step back. I tried to be good about dieting and exercise though. I'd walk about 15-20 minutes during my lunch and try to eat healthy foods. I had to stop with the bike rides because the weather here got so hot. I don't do well in heat and humidity, I get terrible migraines even when just walking to my car after work. <BR> <BR> I also started having s... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 15:47:32 EST Day 2 of bike riding..... Today was a little harder riding to work. I swear the small inclines (hills) on my way to work GREW overnight. My legs were definitely feeling the workout earlier in the ride. But I also know from previous workouts that the first week or two is usually the toughest on your body and then you start to get stronger. <BR> <BR> So we'll see how I feel tomorrow and the next couple days. I know I can handle it either way and it gives me a lot of energy in the mornings which I love. Tue, 22 May 2012 17:07:17 EST Rode my bike to work today..... It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I just put my work clothes, water bottle, phone, keys, billfold, Alleve (cause you never know what may happen to me, I'm pretty clumbsy) and deodorant in a backpack. I put my phone on Pandora radio and popped in some earphones. I took a different route to work than I intended. This route didn't have as many hills, so it was a little bit easier to start out. <BR> <BR> I'm glad I thought ahead to bring work clothes with. I didn't even think I'd n... Mon, 21 May 2012 10:56:21 EST 8 mile bike ride..... I decided (well I've been talking about it for a while but I decided to finally get serious about it) to ride my bike to work everyday. It's 4 miles from my house to work and obviously 4 miles back. So yesterday after work I got on a bike for the first time in like 13 years and rode back to work to see how long it would take me. I made it in about a half hour which is what I expected since there are lots of hills and busy intersections. <BR> <BR> So all in all it was an hour round trip, c... Thu, 17 May 2012 10:26:31 EST Day 14..... Well I didn't workout all weekend. I feel a little guilty but I know I shouldn't, its not the end of the world to skip some workouts. And I really did eat good over the weekend (well except for the fish fry on Saturday, but honestly Saturday I was way under in my calories so the fish fry keep me at my calorie limit by the end of the night. <BR> <BR> Anyway I had a busy weekend. Saturday I cleaned the living room. OMG it looks so much better I rearranged furniture etc. Then we went to my... Mon, 14 May 2012 13:18:27 EST Day 10..... I've been really sore lately in my back. At first I thought I've been sleeping wrong, the soreness is between my shoulders. But now I think I'm sore because I've been doing more push-ups in my workouts (since I've been able to do more push-ups because I'm finally gaining upper body strength). When I do a push-up I notice the muscles that are already sore are working. I know if it is muscle soreness because I'm working the muscles that I need to continue to do my exercises to strengthen ev... Fri, 11 May 2012 12:41:53 EST Day 9..... I skipped my workout last night. I decided sleep and rest was more important. I'll make up the workout tonight. I went to bed early but honestly it didn't do me much good because I didn't sleep well at all. So I think tonight I'll do my workout and then try to go to bed early again tonight. I'm tired of not sleeping well. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I got an invitation in the mail from my fiances cousin for a house reading from a psychic. We'd been talking about her having one come to her hous... Thu, 10 May 2012 15:13:33 EST Day 8..... I'm exhausted today. I did my Cardio Power and Resistance yesterday and it felt good to workout. After I took my shower and then ate dinner and caught up on some shows. It was after 10pm before I fell asleep and its been late almost every night when I go to bed. So today I woke up and I am just exhausted and feel like I just need a serious nap. <BR> <BR> So today is my Pure Cardio day but I think I might just skip it and try to get to bed early. No tv, no distractions. Just come home f... Wed, 9 May 2012 12:13:19 EST Day 7..... Yesterday was a rest day and I just lounged around. It was nice. I am still a little sore from my workouts this past week. So I'm hoping that's a good thing and it means I'm giving each workout my all. I'm definitely noticing a difference in what I can do this time around and how I view each workout day. <BR> <BR> A few months ago when I first started this program Pure Cardio in month 1 was my least favorite workout and Cardio Recovery was my favorite. Then I got to month 2 and Max Card... Tue, 8 May 2012 12:30:06 EST Insanity Day 6..... My first week down! Woo Hoo I'm just as excited as if this was my first time ever. Ok maybe not that excited because doing Insanity for the 2nd time I now know I can do it. But it is a relief to know the days are going by just as quickly as before. <BR> <BR> I'm anxious to get through this next week and get to my 2nd Fit Test. I want to see what my new results will be. I'm also anxious to see some results, lose some inches in my thighs. I'm eating better, or at least trying to but its ... Mon, 7 May 2012 12:56:10 EST Insanity Day 4 and 5..... Yesterday was Cardio Recovery day. LOVE IT! Its just so nice to stretch out sore muscles but still get a great workout. Nothing else like it. <BR> <BR> Today I celebrated my twins 7th birthday, which was Thursday, with my family. We went bowling which I haven't bowled in a LONG time. It was a lot of fun. <BR> <BR> After bowling my parents took the kids to get a birthday present. My fiance and I went with his brother to order his mother's headstone. I thought it would be more emotional than... Sat, 5 May 2012 21:51:50 EST Insanity Day 3..... I'm feeling good this time around. I am sore again today and once again I did things in last nights workout that 2 months ago I just stared at the TV and said "Yeah right" when Shaun T instructed me what to do. I still have areas I'd like to improve on, like going all the way down in a push-up and doing more push-ups but hey progress is progress and I'm not going to complain. I've come a long way in 3 months. <BR> <BR> I do think this cold is messing with my stamina and energy though. It... Fri, 4 May 2012 12:37:12 EST Insanity Day 2, Round 2..... Ummmm.....yeah lol. So I felt like I was standing around trying to catch my breath more than I was working out lol. However, I have been trying to get over a cold so that may have something to do with it. My nose has been really plugged the last couple days, plus a cough and phlem (yum). Also when I breath through my mouth my throat starts to hurt cause its dry. <BR> <BR> But anyway, the important this is I'm back at it. And I worked as hard as I could because I was sweating and today... Thu, 3 May 2012 13:19:28 EST Insanity: Round 2 Day 1 Well, apparently 3 weeks of doing nothing has not been kind to me lol. I did better on my Fit Test than I did the first time EVER doing Insanity, but not as well as my last Fit Test a month ago. <BR> <BR> I had to rest a lot in between sets. I was out of breath, sweaty etc. But it feels good to be active again. I know what to expect so its not a surprise this time around and I made it further than I honestly thought I would have. Again I'm disappointed I have to start over, but I didn't... Wed, 2 May 2012 13:06:23 EST A new month..... Its May 1st and its a new month (obviously). For the last 3 weeks I didn't get to workout and I feel blah, really lazy and like I'm getting fat. I know I'm not but I'm sure a lot of people know what I mean. So while last month sucked and I'm still dealing with all the crap life threw at me, I decided that today I'm picking myself up, dusting myself off and starting my workouts again. <BR> <BR> I didn't get to finish my last 2 weeks of Insanity. I would like to do that, however, I feel th... Tue, 1 May 2012 13:00:32 EST Surgery, visitation, funeral, birthdays..... I'm hoping my days will settle back down into a regular rhythm again. I doubt it but a girl can dream can't she? <BR> <BR> Tessa's (my daughters) surgery went well last Wednesday. There had been a cancellation that morning so we moved her procedure up from 9am to 7am. Which meant I had to be at the hospital to check her in at 5:30am, which is VERY early. An hour and a half to check in, the worst part for her was the IV. She was so scared and I had to be brave for her. Sometimes being a... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 12:09:29 EST Exhausted..... I've been working the last 2 days. To keep my mind off of things, to keep busy. When I'm at home all I want to do is either cry or sleep. When I'm asleep I don't sleep well. Plus right now there isn't much for me to do at home, all the paperwork needs to be done by my fiance and his brother, no one will even talk to them without a death certificate and I'm not next of kin. I really wish his mom would have made a "Will" because now I guess the boys have to go to an attorney and fill out p... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 15:23:32 EST Weekend from hell...and an update on my Grandma Ok first the update. My grandma is doing well. She's home recovering and will be seeing a cardiologist regularly. I'm so grateful that everything turned out like it did for her because it could have been worse. Luckily she was a nurse before retirement and knew signs and symptoms and went to the hospital before it could get worse. <BR> <BR> So that said, my weekend did not go well at all. Saturday I was doing a surprise birthday party for my fiance. I had asked him to clean out the gar... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 12:14:21 EST My grandma had a heart attack..... I got a call from my mom yesterday. It was so unexpected, I guess they usually are. I just saw her last weekend at my dad's surprise birthday party and everything seemed well with her. I'm not sure on all the details since my grandma lives in Nebraska and I'm getting information by word of mouth. I don't know what symptoms she was having but my grandma was a nurse so she knows what to look for and I'm thankful for that. I'm also thankful that since my grandpa died several years ago my gr... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 11:54:34 EST My new tattoo..... I've been wanting a new tattoo for a while and I knew exactly what I wanted. I also knew I wanted to get it done in April. This month 15 years ago I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. I was 16 years old and spent my entire summer and a few months prior in the hospital receiving chemotherapy. My tumor was in my chest wrapped around my heart and lungs and they didn't want to surgically remove it because they feared a vital organ would be damaged. The tumor was also the size of a gra... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 12:46:22 EST Toto, we weren't supposed to be in Kansas..... Wow what a weekend. Saturday my family and I drove 6 hours to Lincoln, NE from Waterloo, IA. We started on the road at 6:00am and the morning was foggy. Not a big deal. As the morning progressed the fog cleared and it was overcast but again not a big deal, the weather said it was going to be stormy. It wasn't until we hit Lincoln that it started to rain. <BR> <BR> My family and I were going to the Cornhusker Spring game. And I was really excited, I'm originally from Nebraska and its no... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 12:11:09 EST Day 53... Well yesterday was late before I got a chance to even think about working out so I skipped it. I really feel like a slacker lol and eating pizza and cake yesterday doesn't help. Oh well what's life if there isn't so indulgence once in a while. <BR> <BR> Still trying to figure out how I'm going to make up these workouts. Today is supposed to be my Recovery day. So I may just do my Max Recovery, get some deep stretching and holding poses just to feel like I'm doing something. Tomorrow I'l... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 12:07:11 EST Day 52...behind on workouts So I have about a week and a half left of Insanity and I didn't get to work out yesterday, I was busy cleaning the house so family could come over tonight for pizza. It's my FI 40th birthday and his nephew's 16th birthday. Every year we celebrate with his mom, brother, neice, nephew, our kids and us and have pizza either at his brothers house or our house. This year its our house. So tonight (unless its late) I won't get to workout because we'll be celebrating said birthdays. <BR> <BR> T... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 17:31:56 EST Day 50 and Fit Test..... Did my 4th Fit Test last night. I must be really working it because again I had to take longer pauses between moves. A little disappointed in my numbers, but still made progress since my first day so I guess my emotions are torn. I am happy but again a little disappointed. <BR> <BR> So here are my results for yesterday (first number is first fit test, 2nd fit test, etc): <BR> <BR> Switch Kicks: 45/42/48/51 <BR> Power Jacks: 33/57/49/57 <BR> Power Knees: 61/91/96/92 <BR> Power Jumps: 40/3... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 12:57:23 EST Day 50...13 days left..... Saturday I had a friends wedding to attend. It was a gorgeous venue, unfortunately its a small venue and they have a deck to go on but it was cold and rainy. Oh well we survived. Anyway I was so excited for a few reasons but mostly because I was able to wear my favorite dress pants and they fit perfect! The last time I planned to wear them to a wedding they were too tight, which was about 2 years ago. <BR> <BR> I'm seeing the results I was so hoping to get with Insanity. I still would l... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 12:05:39 EST Day 47..... Today is my first day of month 2 that I will do 2 workouts. Eek 70 minutes of Insanity, I'm scared. Last month 30 minutes of Cardio and 15 minutes of Cardio Abs was hard enough. This time it's like 45 minutes of Max Cardio and maybe 30 minutes of Abs. I'm trying to figure out the total time equivalent. All I know is it will be over an hour. <BR> <BR> I suppose I could do my Max Cardio Conditioning tonight, do Core and Balance tomorrow as planned and Sunday do my Cardio Abs and Fit Test,... Fri, 6 Apr 2012 12:19:36 EST Day 45..... Yesterday was Max Plyometrics. A little bit easier this week than last week. I was able to do more than last week, which I'm very proud of but again wish I could have done things without "cheating" like the moving pushups etc. But I guess all in due time. I will say my arms hurt today so that's a good sign that I did what I could and pushed to do my best. <BR> <BR> I think I have finally decided on a program to do after Insanity. ChaLEAN Extreme. I have decided that I want to work on u... Thu, 5 Apr 2012 11:35:11 EST 18 more days till I finish Insanity..... Its so awesome to see the finish line! Its awesome that this program has turned me into an exerciser! I'm still debating which program to start after I finish Insanity in 2.5 weeks. So many choices. One day I think oh I want an easier program to rest for a couple months before I go back to Insanity. Then the next day I think no I want another extreme program to continue to tone up. I better decide soon or Insanity will be done and I won't have anything to start. <BR> <BR> I did Max Cir... Wed, 4 Apr 2012 12:07:17 EST Day 43..... Oh it was a great workout last night. I hate the workout while I'm doing it but I feel so much better after its over so I push play. Tonight is Max Circuit, ugh not my favorite. But I have 19 days of Insanity left and it would be a shame to give up and not give it my all. I've come so far. <BR> <BR> Less than 3 weeks left and I can say I'm an Insanity graduate! Pretty exciting considering I was a former couch potato <em>334</em> . <BR> <BR> I'm looking and researching for my next prog... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 15:28:53 EST Day 42..... Last week my workouts were a little screwed up. After getting my ear infection and taking a day off then trying to make up workouts and getting discouraged because they were hard I did my Recovery on my normally scheduled day, then went back and tried to make up other workouts. <BR> <BR> This week I decided I'm starting the week off like its scheduled. So today I start my week with Cardio Max. And I LOVE this workout! Which is weird because in Month 1 I hated Pure Cardio which is 30 mi... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 17:24:44 EST Day 39...I actually cried... So I'm feeling really discouraged right now. Maybe its just lady issues, you know that TOM etc. But last night I did Max Recovery and I felt so weak. Maybe I set my expectations too high for where I would be after the first month of Insanity. Or maybe I just underestimated how intense month 2 would be. Either way I couldn't hold positions for very long and then about half way through the workout the tears just started coming and wouldn't stop. <BR> <BR> OK time to take a deep breath and... Fri, 30 Mar 2012 11:45:33 EST Insanity Day 38...... So I know the point of a newer and harder workout routine is so your body does not get used to your workouts and to prevent you from platau. I also know that you need to work harder to get more results. BUT OMG month 2 is going to kill me lol. <BR> <BR> I did Tuesdays workout Max Interval Plyometrics yesterday, because I was sick Tuesday. And I felt like I spent more time on the floor gasping for breath than actually working out. I know that for a former couch potato, who up until Day 1 ... Thu, 29 Mar 2012 13:07:35 EST Missed yesterday's Insanity...stupid ear infection..... I decided to take a rest day yesterday. My ear was really bothering me by the time I left work. I think if I was still in Month 1 of Insanity I would have worked out because I know the routines. But being I just started Month 2 on Monday and I am not familiar with the routines yet I didn't want to injure myself. As in fall over because my equilibrium was off due to my ear infection. <BR> <BR> So I laid on the couch with antibiotics in my ears and took a rest day. I'll make up yesterdays... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 11:56:31 EST Day 36....OMG I'm walking funny..... So yesterday I did my first day of Month 2. To quote Shaun T from Pure Cardio "This sh*t is BA-NA-NAS". I was seriously dying lol. It's like Month 1 on steriods. I'm SOOO sore today. <BR> <BR> But the main thing is I did it. I took a LOT of breaks and paused the DVD a few times, but I finished it. And I'm going back for more today, so I must be sadistic lol. I'm just looking at it as though I'm starting month 1 over again. I'm taking it one day at a time, doing what I can, resting wh... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 12:42:02 EST Day 35 and Fit Test #3 results..... Today is the official day of Month 2 of Insanity!!! <em>244</em> <em>334</em> <em>104</em> Hehehe can you tell I'm excited? So today I'm supposed to do my Fit Test #3 and Max Interval Circuit which according to the DVD is 86 minutes of exercise. Well first of all I don't have 86 minutes after work to exercise, and secondly there is no way I have time before I go to work to do half of my exercise. So I did my Fit Test yesterday. I could tell my form was better so I was exerting more e... Mon, 26 Mar 2012 12:52:08 EST Day 32..... Getting stronger everyday! Yesterdays workout was a little bit easier in some areas but again in others it was just as hard. I have 2 more days of Core and Balance and then I will move on to my 2nd month. I'm excited and ready to move on to the next stage of my fitness. Fri, 23 Mar 2012 13:26:20 EST Day 31 Insanity..... No one said it would be easy, they just said it would be worth it. <BR> <BR> Thought I would keep it short and simple today lol. <BR> <BR> I am asking that people pray for my community though. There was a murder-suicide last night. Both the victims were co-workers of mine. It has really shook our place of employment and our community. It's bad enough something horrible like that has to happen in our small town but then for it to be a co-worker is really tragic. Thu, 22 Mar 2012 12:32:18 EST Day 30 of Insanity..... Oh its so nice to say I'm at Day 31 instead of I have 31 days left of Insanity lol. Boy that time seriously flew! I still can't believe I'm in week 5. But I'm loving it! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was my 2nd day of Cardio Core and Balance. Its like each day that I do the workouts the time goes quicker and quicker. The first day I do it, it seems like the workout is never going to end. Then the next day I think "Wow that didn't seem as long". Its nice to be able to know the point of the worko... Wed, 21 Mar 2012 14:40:13 EST (Long) You don't need to be in shape to do this..... So I had a busy morning yesterday as my long blog mentioned yesterday. I was supposed to have computer training last night as well and THANK my lucky stars my boss came in to tell me training was cancelled till further notice. I was doing my happy dance on my way home yesterday. <BR> <BR> I got home and seperated the children. I made my youngest son sleep in my daughters room on the bottom bunk. Even though everyone has been exposed to the strep my oldest son has. I quarantined my oldes... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 13:25:11 EST I DID IT!!!!! I finished the first month of Insanity..... I made it through the first month of Insanity! I'm in my recovery week starting today. And ok honestly I did skip my workouts this weekend, I was extremely busy but I did stay at least active by taking my kids to the park, playing frisbee, tag etc. I don't know if I'll make up those 2 last workouts of the month this week or if I'll just all together skip them. A few days is not going to kill my progress that I've made. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling great. I'm feeling unstoppable lol. And to to... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 16:20:52 EST Day 25..... I did my last Cardio Recovery last night. And today I'm a little sore so I must have pushed hard yesterday even though it was my "recovery" day. <BR> <BR> Today is Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs. I'm a little concerned I might not be able to do both workouts tonight. Its going to be a busy night for me after work, but I'll try my hardest. At least I know that I don't have to work tomorrow so even if my workout is done late I know that I can sleep in tomorrow. Which I'll be excited to do any... Fri, 16 Mar 2012 12:47:40 EST Almost half way done Day 24 down..... I feel great today. LOL I feel like I'm on a roller coaster. One day I'm so tired and the next I feel great, but I suppose that's exercise for you. <BR> <BR> I did my Plyometrics yesterday and I'm getting better each week. I noticed yesterday that I could do the whole first set without a break. Normally because I'm slower between the new moves I have to take a couple seconds break but this time I was able to jump right in. Towards the end I was able to do more pushups etc. I'm definite... Thu, 15 Mar 2012 11:54:17 EST