Mandy Moore's New Year's Challenge


This past year was a big one for Mandy Moore: Not only did she get married, she also released her sixth CD and made a romantic comedy. The New Year promises to be even busier for Mandy, 25!

The problem, she says, is that when she's consumed by her career, she tends to let her health-and even her happiness-fall by the wayside. "I need to be more consistent about taking care of myself no matter how busy I am."

To accomplish that, she's come up with a to-do list of changes she'd like to make in 2010 that will help her feel stronger inside and out.

Hit the farmers' market every week

"I'm going through a phase where I'm kind of bored with food," says Mandy. "I'm just tired of relying on takeout and restaurants." To spice things up, Mandy and Ryan want to start eating at home more often. "Ryan is an amazing cook, and there's a farmers' market about a mile from our house," she says. "I love the idea of getting up early on Sundays and walking to the market to pick up fresh fruits and vegetables. It's a good way to start my day, and it makes me feel like I've accomplished something before other people are even awake."

Actually use my home exercise equipment

For the last year, Mandy has been splitting her workouts between three 45-minute Pilates classes and three 45-minute hikes per week. "I've always had bad posture, and Pilates makes me feel taller and reminds me to keep my shoulders back," she says. "And hiking isn't just about doing cardio, it's also when I can get my 'me time' to be alone with my thoughts." This year she'd like to pump up her routines for a more balanced workout each time. "After Pilates I should do some cardio, and after hiking, I need to do some resistance training," she says. "I have all the equipment in my house, and it's just collecting dust. So after I get home from Pilates, I'm going to jump on my mini trampoline for 15 minutes. And after a hike, I'll do some weight lifting or get down on my mat and do a set or two of crunches."

Step outside my comfort zone

One of Mandy's most embarrassing confessions is that she's never really learned how to play the guitar. "I can plunk out enough chords to write a song," she says, "but I'm completely afraid to play guitar in front of other people. It's a fear of failure, I guess." She wants to begin taking classes with a guitar teacher. "I've started and stopped lessons a million times," she says, "but I'm less likely to cancel or make other plans if I've made the commitment and am paying someone."

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