THENEWMANDA's SparkPeople Blog THENEWMANDA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Maintaining & Weekend Pictures Ever since I strained/pulled most of my back muscles I've had to take it easy on the exercise. I mean, really easy. Walking on the treadmill and using the elliptical were still hurting me as of last week. It seems like just when I start to feel better and attempt to workout, the pain comes back with an intensity. I keep reminding myself that it takes time to heal and I need to be patient (which I clearly am not). It doesn't help that I've gotten VERY little sleep since Thursday night. I have ... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 11:27:28 EST Challenge accepted! My boss is quite the competitor, and I tend to like to compete as well, so we decided on an awesome challenge. It's the peaks to prairies run here locally. Well technically it's a triathalon with running, biking and Kayak'ing. I'm definitely signing up for the running portion but not sure of the others yet. I'm pretty excited. I'm doing my first 5k in March and then I have this challenge the end of April. I'm sure he will come up with a friendly wager and I will be sure to demolish it! Here's... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 17:16:46 EST New Rules of lifting & Measurements! I've been reading, 'The new rules of lifting for women' and I was stoked to get started on the workouts. Saturday morning I headed to the gym and did my first workout which consisted of: deadlifting (2s15r) which I managed to do only 75lbs. Then, standing shoulder press (2s15r) using 15lb dumbbells. Next was Wide grip lateral pull downs (2s15r) the first set I used 50lbs, second set I bumped it up to 60lbs. Then came lunges (used bw) (2s15r) and crunches on the ball (2s8r), on paper all of th... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 15:01:36 EST This is what happens when I'm bored and procrastinating... Wow-It's only the 9th day of the year and I'm already talking about procrastination, wtg Manda!! I've been swamped lately and I just need a break for a few so I thought I'd answer some mindless questions.... <BR> <BR> <BR> Where is my cell phone? <BR> Right next to me, as usual. <BR> <BR> Your hair? <BR> Ridiculous, naturally curly and a pain in the rear. (I know, I know "women would KILL to have your hair", I still hate it!) <BR> <BR> Your mother? <BR> Is amazing. I love my mommy! <B... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 16:33:02 EST A year in review and 2013 goals. I can’t believe 2013 is here already! 2012 was undoubtedly one of the hardest years of my life, and I’m so glad to kiss it goodbye. Amongst all the heartache, pain, and changes of the past year, I feel extremely thankful. It was definitely the year I took control of my life and stopped making excuses for myself. It was the year that I dropped 30 pounds, the year that I started running, the year that I ran my first ever 9 minute mile, along with many other firsts. I devoted myself to getting h... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 17:22:41 EST HELP! Heart rate monitor questions... I need to know what is best to get. I want something to track my heart rate, calories burned etc. I would also like it to track steps per day, and of course be able to sync it to the computer or spark. I'm overwhelmed in my google search. Do fitbit's track heart rate?!! Ahhhh, I'm lost. I want to get one ordered today so I can start using it next week but I am seriously clueless when it comes to technology like this. Fri, 28 Dec 2012 16:41:18 EST Heavy Stuff. While I may be super sore today, I am glad that I made myself go to the last weight training class of the year last night. I hadn’t been in the past two weeks after hurting my knee, so I knew it was going to be tough. Our trainer said, “Yay we get to do the 12 days of Christmas tonight.” What she really meant was, “Haha suckers, you are going to go through 12 days of Christmas hell.” The actual idea behind her madness was pretty neat. It was more of a circuit than anything but we weren’t lif... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 14:21:12 EST Birthday weekend, snowboarding & getting back on track! My birthday weekend went off with a bang this year! I have never celebrated as much as I did this past weekend and it was so much fun. I ate too much, drank WAY too much and busted my ass snowboarding for the first time. I expected to gain a little, and I was right, I’m up a pound. I guess it could be worse, but I deserved it. It’s definitely time to kick it into high gear again before the end of the year. I want to kick these last 9 pounds by the end of the month. That’s probably a little am... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 12:00:18 EST Shoes always fit. Starting from a young age, I had a thing for shoes. Nothing changed throughout time, in fact it might have gotten worse once I started being able to afford my own. When I was thin I had no problem buying clothes for myself and I actually enjoyed it. The past five years however, shopping for clothes had become a nightmare. My weight has been up and down, and back again. Nothing looked flattering on me plus I hated seeing myself going up a size (or 2!). The experience was necessary at times but... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 13:40:40 EST A new appreciation... I now have a new appreciation for food. I’ve always enjoyed it of course, but I think that I have to respect the process a bit more. Most people go through life never knowing the process that goes into making the food they eat. I was one of them up until this weekend. If I wanted a steak I went to the store, or ordered it at a restaurant, etc. Never once did I stop and think, I wonder how this food ended up on my plate? I just ate it and went on my merry way. Being a first time hunter I was e... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 13:48:09 EST 15lb difference *pix* I just noticed I have a picture of me in the same dress but in one photo I'm up 15lbs from the other. It's not a HUGE difference but I can definitely see it. When I put it on this morning I noticed it's alot looser than it was the last time I wore it. In fact, it's almost not as flattering now since the skirt is pencil style and meant to be 'snug' but not 'tight'. <BR> <BR> Here's me in it at 183-184-ish <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 13:47:03 EST My thanksgiving weekend (pix) Trying to get back into the grove of things after a four day weekend is tough. Losing 2lbs over thanksgiving weekend makes it a little less difficult. Stepping on the scale this am I was shocked! I’m officially 2lbs away from being within a “healthy” bmi range instead of the “overweight” category. How awesome is that?! I’m pretty stoked. I shouldn’t have been that surprised after four days of hunting, which meant four days of trekking through the mountains sometimes in the snow for at least a... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 17:09:10 EST Feeling like a fat kid... Normally I'm pretty positive and upbeat. Today, I'm having a 'feeling like a fat kid' kind of day. I don't even know why. I haven't gained any weight and I'm working out and eating right. Just one of those days where I don't feel like I look as good as I could, or should. It could be that last night we went and picked up my sister from the airport and the three of us took a picture together. It was a pretty decent photo, until my mom cropped it. The way it was cropped was just above the waist... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 10:34:03 EST I have hit 25lbs! (Weekend Pix) WOOHOO! What a milestone, 25lbs gone for good. I'm so excited that I've made it this far and can't wait to get to my goal. Although, I feel that I don't really deserve it since I ate TERRIBLY this weekend. I did work my butt off though trying to get a deer. I was unsuccessful, unfortunately. With only six days left in the season it's going to be a thanksgiving week full of hunting. Best thing about that is that it's TONS of exercise mostly in the mountains. Some pictures from this past weeken... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 11:17:48 EST Elliptical issues Anyone else have their toes go numb when you've been on the elliptical for awhile? Today is the second day this week that it's happened to me. Monday it was only one side, today was both. Wondering if I'm doing something wrong? Wed, 10 Oct 2012 16:43:29 EST Personal Best, Being an inspiration & hitting my goals Wow this week FLEW by! I'm so glad it did though. Not that I have a super exciting weekend to look forward to, but it's better than work right? <BR> The good part about helping your mother move her stuff from a 4000 sq ft home to a 2300 sq ft home is that you are moving things CONSTANTLY! They are downsizing and getting rid of things (SCORE for us!) and regardless of where things are going, there is ALOT to be moved. Alot of cardio with some ST throwin in right? <em>30</em> At least the su... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 17:25:01 EST Progress pix- Just thought I'd post a few for myself so when I'm down another 20 lbs I can see the difference <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Can't wait to see the pictures from 9 weeks from now!!!!!! Wed, 3 Oct 2012 15:53:11 EST Strength training Ok, This is a tall order. I need to get a routine set up for working out at the gym. Can anyone recommend websites, articles, etc? I've got the cardio stuff down but I want to really start strength training and need MAJOR help. I want to start out very basic, free weights and some machines...but without the funds to get a p.t. right now it's going to be very overwhelming. Any ideas/suggestions are welcome <em>30</em> Mon, 1 Oct 2012 15:58:55 EST 17lbs in 4 months As I looked at my ticker this morning and realized how much weight that actually is, I started to smile really big. Then of course, I looked at the time it took me and thought, well that's not a whole lot of weight loss in 4 months. I should have smacked myself then because: <BR> #1. I lost it in a HEALTHY manner, not in a fast and drastic way <BR> #2. Those pounds are more likely to STAY gone by losing slower <BR> #3. I have not regained, I have kept losing and stayed motivated <BR> <BR> Lo... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 13:47:12 EST Suprising weigh in results...SCORE After the dr telling me I couldn't run for 6 weeks and I needed to wait a few weeks before I could start walking again, I was pretty disappointed. I can't say I wasn't worrying that my weight loss would subside because of lack of that type of cardio, because I was a little nervous about it. However, suprisingly when I weighed in this am I was a lb lighter than last week. This seems like a small number BUT, once again I cheated all weekend and didn't stick with my plan AND I had pizza Tuesday... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 10:54:12 EST Last thing I needed less than a week from my 2nd 5k.... Saturday morning I got up and stepped out of bed, I immediately crumbled to the floor. What in the heck? The pain in my left foot was so intense I just collapsed. I gave it a good examination and with no visible swelling or bruising I figured I hit a nerve wrong or something..Pulled myself up and attempted to step on it again. The pain was still there, not as intense but still nagging me. All day it hurt, same with Sunday. It was more of a dull pain. This morning I thought I should attempt a ... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 10:31:23 EST Time to set some goals. Fear. This word is something I hate, I loathe the thought of it. That and failure are the worst feelings in the world to me and I get anxiety about both of them. It's getting better but it's stood in my way for awhile. It's time to break my old habits and step out of my comfort zone. Those words are the reason I've not set up time specific goals for my health/weight. It's just easier to not get disappointed when I'm not really working towards something specific. Yes, I've been losing weight a... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 12:17:22 EST Dirty Dash, Test and facing my fears.... Happy Friday!! I for one am so glad it's almost the weekend. I'll be even more glad this afternoon when my testing is done. I have 2, 2 hour tests that I'm praying I pass to get my life/health insurance license. It's stressful and there is SO much information but I'm feeling more confident than I was the last time (I only failed by a 1%!). So 1pm needs to get here so I can get it over with. <BR> The other reason I'm glad it's almost the weekend is because I am DEFINITELY still doing the dirty... Fri, 13 Jul 2012 11:25:23 EST Can I really pull this off? Dirty Dash in one week and one day... <BR> I'm starting to have second thoughts. I thought I could be there by now, be ready to kick butt and take names. My body is telling me other wise. I suppose I could go and attempt it, just for the sake of saying I did it, but I'm terrified of the embarassment of not being able to get very far at all. The registration email came over and the obstacles listed were enough to frighten me. I knew what it was about when I signed up but I thought I'd be read... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 16:11:57 EST What am I doing wrong?! *runners please help!* For the past few days after I run (even after just walking today) I have a TERRIBLE pain in my left hip/buttock/thigh down to my knee area only on the outside.. if that makes ANY sense at all. I can feel a knot a little below my lower back that is pretty tight. This pain is pretty bad and hurts to walk, let alone run. I'm guessing it's sciatica pain, and I've had issues with it before (not to mention I have a herniated disc on that left side right above my tailbone) but I'm wondering if anyon... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 15:16:49 EST 4 days until.. The weekend!!!!! And that means, HILLCLIMBS!!! <BR> <BR> I've always loved moto-x, anything off-road, etc.. therefore I'm so excited to be able to go to an event that involves all of it this weekend with my sister who's been gone for two weeks. <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> It's gonna be a blast! Fireworks, moto-x & hopefully lots of SUN..sounds like the making of a great weekend. I'm just praying the weather is nice. I don't even care if it's hot! Bring ... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 13:03:58 EST I can't help but be a little jealous... Let me explain a little further. This really is just to vent because I know I'm being ridiculous. A co-worker of mine is really into the whole HCG drop thing, she did it before and lost a ton of weight (yet gained it all back and then some) and she is doing another cycle. She's on the 3rd or 4th day and has dropped 5 lbs already. When she told me I was happy for her but of course, a little jealous that she could have lost that weight so quickly with such little effort. I mean I plug away at e... Fri, 8 Jun 2012 15:43:40 EST C25K Progress and tons of running ?'s..... UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!! I had a whole blog typed, I went to post it and of course there was an error and *poof* it was gone. Today is just NOT my day. <BR> <BR> we go again. <BR> <BR> Currently I'm training for a 5k run on 7/14, technically it's the dirty dash run that you see advertised all over the place now. It's for charity but it's through work so I don't want to be an embarassment. Therefore, I started the C25K program. Yesterday was Week 2, Day 1 and it hit me like a ton of bricks... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 14:46:36 EST Does anyone else.... .. put your food into your tracker BEFORE you eat it? I find that if I do this, I am more likely to eat what I have put in (and only that) and I'm very careful the whole day. I seems to me like my mentality ends up being, if I put it down on the tracker than it must be that way! Of course its not always going to work that way but it may just be a great way to plan my meals around what I should be eating instead of what I WANT to be eating. <BR> <BR> On the plus side, planning out my food (a... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 15:45:57 EST This is what my weekend looks like.... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Although we have the camper my sister and I are "roughing" it and sleeping in a tent! But it will be nice to have the kitchen/bathroom nearby! So excited, hopefully it stops raining but even if it doesn't it will be fun. The camper has an awning and we have a fire pit that we can sit around under it. We can take the prowler out in the mud and that's too much fun.. looking forward to it. Hopefully we get ONE day tha... Fri, 25 May 2012 10:57:39 EST Serious?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so over this. In 2008 I had emergency gallbladder surgery and they found that I also had pancreatitis. For the next few years I was fine, but in February of this year I was diagnosed with having acute pancreatitis. I was treated in the ER and released the same day with no further instructions. As of yesterday I started getting symptoms of it yet again. I'm in so much pain, I've lost 3 lbs overnight. I'm just over this. Having no health insurance is a problem. I've done tons of research on... Wed, 16 May 2012 12:09:02 EST Dirty dash... 7/14/12 So excited.. I'm officially signed up, in case you don't know what this is (cuz I sure didn't) here is the link: <link><BR>html </link> <BR> <BR> It looks like a blast, and I'll be doing it with a team of co-workers that are from other offices so I'm excited! Now... to get in shape for this?!!!! I know it's for fun and for charity and all but I would really LOVE to seriously KICK BUTT at this and show my family/coworkers/hubby/myself that I can be athl... Thu, 3 May 2012 15:21:27 EST The best way to start out a Monday morning is..... By trying on jeans that you are positive you will not fit into (because they are two sizes smaller than the last pair you bought) only to find out, they fit like a glove!!! Gotta say, that definitely put a hitch in my giddyup this morning. I'm more motivated than ever, mostly because I've been working out (but not near as much as I could) and watching my food (but treated myself a few times last week) and now I know I can double my efforts easily to see better results. Sometimes it just takes... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 13:15:09 EST Protein, Protein, Protein... UGH!!!!!!! I've been doing SO good with tracking my food and hitting my all my goals with the exception of protein. I have not ONCE made it to my goal (or even over for that matter), I've been under every time. Therefore, I need some suggestions (PLEASE) for what I can eat that has more protein! My only issue (ok not my ONLY issue obviously, but a main issue in this aspect <em>20</em> ) is that I'm kind of a picky eater and not always by choice. I have ulcer's and I had my gallbladder remove... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 11:02:34 EST Something to feel good about.... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had shared a few other photo's my mom took of my tat's and this one is my absolute favorite BY far. I don't really like much of my body right now but I have to say, I'm pretty darn happy with my legs! Gives me a little bit of positive when I can tend to be negative about myself. Just thought I'd share because it made me feel good.. Wed, 25 Apr 2012 12:13:53 EST Cool tattoo photo's... More picture's my mom took and then altered.. I love her vision!! And yes those are my legs/tats <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> She's so creative I LOVE IT. <BR> <BR> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 15:39:59 EST Seeing some progress. I'm excited. My co-worker looked at me today and said, you know you look like your losing weight you look good. Which totally excited me. I've lost about 4 lbs in about two weeks of not really putting my best foot forward and being as motivated as I should. However, I have lost inches! YIPPEE. Just in time too, I am now really motivated since my hubby will be home in a month. Going to kick it into high gear and hopefully get more inches/pounds gone. It just feels good to have someone notice (... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 12:31:14 EST No longer a prisoner of food... Dear food, <BR> You NO longer control me. In fact, after a few short weeks of eating the healthiest I've ever ate and then pigging out on a greasy cheeseburger, I'm officially disgusted with you. I feel sick (literally) and totally regret taking even ONE bite of your wickedness! You will NOT win, I am now in control and loving every minute of it. Eating clean (well cleaner) than ever has made me realize how healthy and happy I can be. I will no longer allow myself to pig out and I will contin... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 23:21:05 EST To audition, or not to audition? That's my question... I'm sure ya'll are about sick of my blogs for the day but this is something I seriously need advice on... <BR> <BR> I've been singing since I was 2, not even kidding my mom has it on tape, and it's something I love and am passionate about. However, I do lack SOME confidence when it comes to myself in any aspect and singing is no exception. I've sang in choirs in school, in pageants and most recently in church (which we had a band not a choir). That's the extent of my 'public' singing (with... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 17:41:58 EST Making the effort. So today, I made some serious progressive steps in the right direction. Namely, a gym membership and a tanning package. Ok so the latter isn't really anything that is really going to benefit me, and don't get me wrong I'm not one of those fake n bake people that NEEDS to tan and look unnatural. I am however, of Russian and Polish ancestry so to say the least I'm pretty darn white. I burn way too easy so I'm going to be going to tan only to get a base going so I don't burn in the up coming mon... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 16:05:10 EST Does the fighting ever stop? So this blog has ZERO to do with fitness or nutrition or anything of the sort. This has to do with my personal wellbeing and besides I just needed to vent! So here goes, I'm sure this will be long winded so please bear with me.. <BR> My parents got divorced when I was 5. My father was not a large part of my life from that point on, we saw him on holiday's and every Saturday night. As long as I can remember he has been a drinker. To get technical I do believe he is an alcoholic, although he do... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 11:42:47 EST Most productive & rewarding day ever.. Today has been great. I set a new goal of walking 3x's a week for 30 mins of my lunch (in addition to my normal fitness goals) and after my first day of doing it I feel great! I might even strive for 5 x's a week! Also, I started the couch 2 5k program and it was an awesome feeling when I finished. Mainly because I KNOW I can do it. My sister and brother are such inspirations and are taking on that journey with me! It definitely makes it more fun. Today I stayed UNDER my calorie goal, burned ... Wed, 21 Mar 2012 23:32:03 EST New goal set, positive energy is flowing! So this morning I had the bright idea that instead of using my lunch hour to waste gas driving around, sitting around on my rump or eating out (which is not healthy and it's expensive!) that I would start walking for 30 minutes of it at least 3 days a week. I started today and I have to say that I feel fantastic. Normally after lunch I get that groggy, no energy feeling and I start slacking. Today I'm sitting upright, drinking water and am FOCUSED and very much awake! That gives me SUCH inspi... Wed, 21 Mar 2012 15:39:18 EST Dear Mom, please stop baking!!!!!!!!!! Recently, as in about two months ago, I moved up to Montana to be with my mom. Circumstances beyond my control have left me husband-less until who knows when. I really have issues with discussing why, maybe one day I will be ok with it but until then I'll keep writing blogs and deleting them about an hour later for fear of judgement. My mom and my step family have been the rock that I have sought for the past year. It's amazing to be around people that love and support me and that make me LAU... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 17:52:59 EST Feeling a little defeated Ok, I know I'm not supposed to be negative or down on myself but lately I can't help but feel the burden of this extra weight I'm carrying around. I just want it gone! I know I have to work for that, and I am willing to do just that, but I'm feeling so disgusted with myself lately. I just HATE the sight of mirrors and seeing myself in them. Getting ready to go to my brothers wedding this weekend and instead of looking forward to finding what I was going to wear, I was dreading it. And then, I... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 12:52:01 EST Updated: O-Friggin-UCH Despite the fact that my arm is in a sling at the moment, I am still going to be re-dedicating myself to this site and to getting in shape. The pain sucks, I won't lie about that, but I know it will hurt worse if I sit around worried about it. <BR> What happened you may ask... well, my family and I decided to take our Artic Cat Prowler out for an offroad adventure..Oh FYI, this is what it looks like NO ONE seems to know what they are, including the ER Dr. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sp... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 17:18:44 EST 45 Life Lessons...Read once a week! This is something we should all read at least once a week <BR> <BR> Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio <BR> <BR> To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me.. It is the most-requested column I've ever written. <BR> My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more: <BR> <BR> 1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good. <BR> 2. When in doubt, just take the next small step. <BR> 3. Life is too short to wa... Wed, 14 Oct 2009 17:20:21 EST