Thursday, October 22, 2009

No More Moody Manda

I am sooooo glad the treadmill was broken the other day because I had an AWESOME time dancing out my stress! I did the hip hop and cha cha sections of the So You Think You Can Dance Get Fit: Tone and Groove DVD. (Phew! Could they come up with a longer name?? Geez.)

The hip-hop dance is really fun, and it got my heart pumpin’ at the end when we (the SYTYCDancers and I) did the combo four times in a row. I’m STILL feeling it in my lower back today, so obviously I worked some muscles I haven’t worked in a while.

Regarding the broken treadmill in my gym, remember when I wrote that “it pays to be nice even when you don’t wanna be”? Someone from the main office of my apartment complex called me the next morning to tell me the treadmill was not going to be fixed. Rather, it’s been replaced! With a newer model!!!! I haven’t used it yet, but I plan on hittin’ it up this weekend.

On a completely unrelated note, I’ve written before about making black bean chili, but I’ve tweaked my recipe yet again and came up with something pretty darn tasty tonight.

OOOoooolala! Yummers.

I’ve added some more veggies and spices, which made it better than ever!!!! Want the improved recipe? You’ll be able to find it in Jen’s PriorFatGirl E-Cookbook when it’s complete :)

Something must have gotten into me because I’m also making totally-from-scratch guacamole for the first time in my life tomorrow! Liz and Cody are hosting a belated birthday get-together for me, and I can’t show up empty handed. (And guac is AMAZING!) I’ll share the recipe and results afterward. Let’s get real here: I don’t usually make stuff at all … but I’d like to. Maybe this will turn into a pattern? We’ll see.

Happy face!!!!!! I’m in a really great mood right now!!! I think it’s due to the pride in my recent cooking victory, tomorrow being Friday (woot woot!), eagerness to see friends (and have some drinkies) tomorrow evening, excitement for chips and guac, my breakfast date with Jen on Saturday …. and this:

!!!!A CONTEST!!!!

I’m giving away either a two-year subscription to Shape or (because I know there are a handful of male readers out there) a one-year subscription to Men’s Health!

And, yes you read that correctly: TWO WHOLE YEARS OF SHAPE-NESS! One year of Men's Health ain't too shabby either. The winner is free to choose which one he or she wants.

Here’s how to win:

  • Leave a comment and tell me something neat.
  • Add Amanda, another priorfatgirl, to your blog roll.
  • If you don’t have a blog, add this site to your internet favorites and promise to check back often.
  • Link back to this contest in your next blog post.
Note: You will receive multiple entries if you do more than one of these things, but you must tell me what’s up in your comment. Sad news, but because subscriptions to these mags are only available to residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and US Territories, this contest is only open to people who live in the aforementioned locations, too. I love everyone equally, though! The deadline for entries is 5pm on Monday, October 26. The winner will be announced sometime early next week.

Tell your friends! Good luck, everyone!!!!


  1. ooh this is awesome! something neat, hmmm.. okay, I just got a brand new Contigo water bottle and I really love it cause it keeps my H2O chilly and the name is spanish. Not that neat, but its all I could come up with for now :)

  2. sweet!

    i havent had a Shape subscription in ages!

    thanks for the chance to win!

  3. OOh I would love to win this subscription!

    I am currently on my 7th day of my new life! Something neat- I have Cystic Fibrosis (not so neat, more so a curse) but I have beaten the odds- they told my mother when I was born that I would die by 22 and now here I am 27. And I am sure with my new way of life (eating healthier: no soda, no junk, no fastfood, and daily walk or exercise) that I will now live past the expectancy age of 36.

    I have also added you to my favorites & started following you. As I dont know what "blog roll" means?? Haha. Im a newby.

  4. What a great giveaway!

    Something neat: I turned 28 yesterday. My husband got me flowers and perfume and a Snuggie (haha) and went shopping with me. Woohoo!

  5. Something neat...hmmmm-well I'm closing on my house in less than three weeks so that's neat to me! I'd come up with something more interesting, but that's kind consuming my thoughts.

    You're on my blogroll.

    Good luck with the guac recipe!

  6. Oh - love the "something neat" idea! Here's my go at it...

    Something neat: Somehow, I lucked out and although I have a birthday every year, I never seem to get a year older! Been at 24 for awhile now and totally not complaining! :)

  7. Hey Amanda! Great contest! I have to get in on this one. :)

    My something neat: My birthday is in 22 days and a subscription to "Shape Magazine" is on my list... hint, hint! Haha

    You are already on my blog roll, because you're fabulous, obviously. :)

    I will be linking this post in my post this afternoon!

    Thanks for the cool contest!

  8. How perfect is this! My Shape magazine subscription just ran out a few months ago and I didn't know if I would renew it or not. Maybe you could make up my mind.

    Something neat, well, it's the total opposite of neat but, my whole house minus my hubby has H1N1 right now and we feel like we've all been hit by a huge truck. Not good. Cross your fingers it goes away soon.

  9. I love magazines!! Congratulations on the yummy black bean chili. I'm about to make a baked egg for breakfast, and I'm ridiculously excited to eat it. I love cooking victories!

    Look at me, full of the love this morning.

    Adding you to my blogroll....

  10. Hi, Amanda! I've added you to my favorite bloggies for daily checks. And something neat: I found you via Jen's blog. I have lost 75 lbs and kept it off for a year!

  11. hmm something neat...
    i found you via jen's blog, and have been reading for three months now :) your progress is amazing! i'm also trying to lose more weight (i gained the college 42453563563) and have dropped 40 lbs so far with plans to lose at least 15 more :)

    you're already on my blogroll :)

    i will link you back on tonight's post!

  12. Oh I would SO love to win the Shape subscription!! Now to tell you something neat. I am an official member of the Cherokee Nation.

    And I'm goign to add you to my blogroll now...

  13. I have added you to my blogroll & blogged about your giveaway! Thank you for giving us a chance to win!!!

  14. Something birthday is on Halloween!

  15. And I added you to my google reader.

  16. What's up, what's up, what's up....hmm. Somehow I think the comment "the ceiling" isn't an appropriate enough answer. ;o) I'm training and plugging along at my race training (15K on 10/31) and had a blog announcement for National Love Your Body Day. Other than that, not much!

    I already have you on my blog roll (at least, I think you do)...and I'll definitely link to this in my next blog post.

  17. Neat? Hmm....well, my company just sent out an email about a series of 5k's they're sponsoring. There's 5, and I want to participate in all of them!

    (Here's to hoping that gets me the magazine!)

  18. Something neat? I'm going for a photo shoot for one of the magazines above tomorrow! I would love a subscription!!

  19. Something neat - I love homemade guacamole and am excit3ed to hear how it turned out!

  20. Thanks for the opportunity! In chemistry today(Friday)I learned that it was Mole Day! Really random, I know, but since a mole is 6.02 x 10 to the 23rd power Mole Day is celebrated from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m. on 10/23. We looked at a webiste for it and everything.

    I don't have blog but your blog is already on my favorites! I've been reading for awhile now and really enjoy it!

  21. I don't know if this is something "neat" but I am reading an awesome book AND, I am loving life. :)

    You're already on my blogroll :)

    AND, I linked to you! :)

    AND, I don't know why I went so smiley happy.

  22. Oooh shape! You are in my blog roll. And something neat...hmmm... the plan right now is to be a zombie gogo dancer for halloween unless I find something better. How's that for random?

  23. The DVD looks like fun!

    The chili looks amazing! Can't wait to see it in the cookbook! :)

    Have fun making guacamole. I love homemade guacamole, but I haven't made it in a while.

    Something neat: My toddler keeps saying "Mommy is nice." Yes, it may be manipulation, but it's nice.... :)

  24. K so something neat....Did you know that a firefly is not a fly? Its a beetle!

  25. OK something neat:

    My fitness journey actually all started with a 20 dollar space pen. Hmmm. to peak your interest I'll email you the story if I win the men's health mag thing.

    OK other neat stuff:

    The ancient wisdom of fitness guru:

    Until you master your food, your food will master you.

    Other neat stuff: How penguins slide down snowy hills on their bellies.

    At foolsfitness we think "men's health" magazine just might include a coloring section, stickers, and pop ups... for mental health and relaxation.- Alan

  26. Here's something neat: I have an identical twin! Although to me it seems pretty much normal, everyone else finds it interesting. :)

    Thanks for the opportunity to enter; this is a great giveaway!

  27. Something neat, something neat...
    Well I really dislike peeling bananas because I end up getting mad at the banana. Lol! I don't know what it is about banana peels but I think it's because of their slippery-ness?

  28. Mmm, chili is such a great dish on a cold night. :)
    I'd love to win a subscription to Shape. It's been years since I've read a fitness mag. Eek

  29. Hi, this is a great giveaway!
    Okay, something neat - I've been to the gym more times in the past week than I've been in the past 2 months! To me, that's pretty neat!

  30. Just added you to my blog roll!

  31. YAY! A brand new treadmill is such a good wending to that story!!

  32. something neat? hmmm... i'm working on a magazine with my dad... but it's a big secret (well what it's focus is top secret the fact that there will be a mag isn't :) lol).

  33. I'd love to win! I started my new job yesterday on little to no sleep, and I *still* went to the gym yesterday!

    You're on my list of sites to read on my blog!

  34. I love that magazine! umm.... I have an online bookstore and was recently given an EBay "power seller" status. That has rewarded all of my hard work :-)

  35. Hmm, something neat... I've gotten quite good at ignoring the candy bowl at work and now nothing in it looks good.

  36. I don't have a blog but you're in my faves.

  37. i ADORE magazines. but the subscriptions are always killer. a free one would be just lovely!


  38. I am late to the party. Something neat -- I was in a photo shoot for Shape magazine yesterday! How funny. I will add you to my blogroll now :)

  39. glad you are feeling better :-) that recipe looks delish!

  40. Hi, I just found your blog. It's great! I added you to my google reader.

    Something neat--I have a whole day to relax today. No work or obligations. Awesome.

  41. Hi Amanda,
    I'm looking forward to checking out the e-cookbook. I'm sure I would love a great bean chili.
    I was a little behind in checking out your blog, but I am all caught up now.
    I noticed the smaller shoe size/shoes feeling looser after only losing 15 or 20 pounds.
    It can be an expense to lose weight when you reach in your closet and dresser for an outfit to wear. Even undergarments need to be replaced sometimes sooner than you would expect.
    Keep smiling, you look great!

  42. it isnt neat BUT I like MENS HEATH waaaaaaaaay better than Shape :)
    Not sure WHAT that says about misfit me :)