Friday Fun: Fitness Survey

So, I wrote a long post that actually had substance to it, but my computer deleted it last night. So until I have time to re-write it, let’s have some Friday Fun! Definitely stole this from Runner Ritsa

1. What did you eat for breakfast?

Today’s breakfast was three eggs and two pieces of bacon. Gotta love the protein and fat combo to kickstart your day!

2. How much water do you drink a day?

 I’d say about 90 oz. I’m trying to bring it up to 128oz (a gallon)!

3. What is your current favorite workout?

Some times I love HIIT ( CrossFit MetCon style) workouts with lots of sprints, box jumps, rope work, ball slams, etc. But I also love slower workouts where you just lift heavy and see how far you can push your muscles. I’m also a swimmer, so I love getting in the water, although I don’t do that nearly enough. It really just depends on my mood and how much sleep I’ve had.

4. How many calories do you eat a day?

I have no idea, I don’t count calories anymore. Listening to your body and determining when it’s hungry vs. when you are bored or thirsty is more important than monitoring your caloric intake. Also, satisfying that real hunger with quality foods.

5. What are your favorite healthy snacks?

Banana and Almond/Peanut Butter, Nuts, Cucumbers, Carrots, Apples, Cherry Tomatos (the yellow ones only), canned tuna etc. But to be honest I don’t really snack that much, usually just an afternoon one if I’m working out in the evening before dinner, and then it’s always almond butter.

6. What do you usually eat for lunch?

This changes on a daily basis. If I have leftovers from the night before, usually that.  A staple if there’s no leftovers is grilled chicken and veggies (lately it’s been squash and asparagus), or a jalapeno beef burger and veggies.

7. What is your favorite body part to strength train?

I love abs. I know most people hate them, but they are definitely my favorite. Planks, Sit ups, Grave Diggers, Mountain Climbers, Rock Sit Ups, Russian Twists – throw them my way. Even partner planks/pushups.

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Also, to be honest, my butt. Growing up getting made fun of for having a “pancake a$$” will do that to you.

8. What is your least favorite body part to strength train?

My shoulders, mainly because they are so weak. But I’m working on that shoulder cap!

9. What are your “bad” food cravings?

Ice cream and chicken wings are the top two. If I’m really craving ice cream and nothing will satisfy it, I usually go and buy these to at least have a “healthy” version of my craving.

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I also am obsessed with pickles, but I don’t consider that “bad”.

10. Do you take vitamins or supplements?

Nope, I feel you don’t really need them if you eat healthy with enough variety. If I’m in a jam I’ll use protein powder, but I’ve cut back on that a lot.

11. How often do you eat out?

Friday is date night, so usually we go out then, sometimes Paleo sometimes not, almost always there are chicken wings.Usually one other time during the week with friends or coworkers.

12. Do you eat fast food?

Nope. If I’m in a crunch and really need something, I will get a salad at Chipotle. But my days of McDonalds #2 Meals are long gone.

13. Who is your biggest supporter?

As far as fitness goes I would say my Dad, his mouse pad has a picture from my last 1/2 marathon printed on it and he always loves seeing pictures/hearing what I did that day; my boyfriend, he really helped me pursue my desire to be more fit and continues to educate me everyday on lifting/training; and my old roommate Rachelle who, when I stopped wanting to go out drinking/partying as much and focus more on being healthy, was one of the few people who whole-heartedly supported me and didn’t make me feel guilty about it. I am very grateful for that.

14. Do you have a gym membership?

I do, I currently have a membership to the Colorado Athletic Club, but I’m considering ditching that this fall when school starts again and trying CrossFit Sanitas more regularly. I also work out at my boyfriend’s gym 2-3 times a week.

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15. How many hours of sleep do you get a night?

I aim for 7-8, but usually it’s more like 6-7. One thing that Paleo definitely helped with was not being as sleepy during the day. I used to need 9 hours at least to not crash in the afternoon, but I noticed right away when I started Paleo that I didn’t have that afternoon crash anymore.

16. Do you have a “cheat”day?

Not a designated one, no. Like I’ve mentioned before, I try to keep 80/20 Paleo. If there is something I really want, like the above mentioned ice cream and chicken wings, I will have it as long as it’s not too much or too often.

17. Do you drink alcohol?

Occasionally. Probably two-three drinks every week, sometimes more sometimes less. I don’t go out to party at clubs like I used to, now I just hang out casually with friends, so it really depends on the week and what I have going on.

18. Do you have a workout buddy?

I train with my boyfriend 2 times a week and am joined by a friend on Saturday, but other than that I usually fly solo.

19. What is the best thing that has changed about your life since committing to a healthy lifestyle?

I’m happier. I’m sure that came about through a combination of things, but working out/competing in races/making goals definitely gave me a stronger sense of pride and respect for myself than I had before. Eating healthy/Pale helped me come to peace with my body, not constantly fighting it to fit a mold I envisioned for it. I found that doing those two things made me not want to go out as much, not want to drink. Partially because I wouldn’t be able to work as hard if I had drank the night before, but also because I didn’t need that buzz to feel happy and social anymore, that just came naturally.

20. What was the last healthy thing you did?

I chose to take the stairs when getting out of the bus terminal instead of the escalator. It’s a small thing, but making it a routine to always take the stairs pays off in the end! I am usually the only one who does it, too.

Fill it out and tag me so I know you did it and can check it out! Happy Friday everyone!

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Friday Fun

This is my first time posting from my phone, so I apologize for any possible typos. I got to leave work a half hour early due to Easter weekend, only to be stuck in traffic that seems to go on forever. Since I recently started taking the bus, I can now do things like repost Runner Rita‘s Friday Fun survey to keep me from smushing my face up against the glass window and  fidgeting while the person next to me wonders what my problem is.

a. age: 25 1/2

b. bed size: a full. I used to have a queen in LA but it was just too big for me, so I downgraded. There are definitely some days I regret that decision.

c. chore you dislike: dusting. It’s the most frustrating chore there is because the dust returns within 24 hours, but I hate super dusty surfaces so I can’t not do it.

d. dogs: I am the proud mom of this little nugget. His name is Poodle. Why yes, it is original. How many dogs do you know named Poodle?

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e. essential to your day: hair tie. very rarely can I make it the whole day with my hair down.

f. favorite color: light purple, or “lavendar” as some may say

g. gold or silver:  silver

h. height: 5’10”

i. interesting fact: I have an abnormally high belly button.

j. job title: Law Student/Law Clerk

k. kids: none that I know of! 😉

l. live:  Beautiful Colorado, by way of Los Angeles and Boston.

m. mom’s name: Robin

n. nicknames: Fi, Fifi (only my dad can get away with that one), Feezle (or if you are my mom Feezle Weasle), Fizzle (thank you Snoop Dogg)

o. overnight hospital stays: None when I was the person hospitalized, I’m fortunately pretty healthy.

p. pet peeves: when people leave the water running when they aren’t using it, the phrase “That’s gay”, drivers who come to almost a complete stop before turning

q. quote from a movie: “You’re not perfect sport. And let me save you the suspense. This girl you met, she isn’t perfect either. But the questions is whether or not you’re perfect for each other.” – GWH

r. righty of lefty: righty

s. siblings: Older brother and sister, and both of them are married so brother-in-law and sister-in-law!

t. time you wake up: varies, but during the weekdays usually 6ish

u. underwear: underwho?

v. vegetables you don’t like: somedays I tolerate tomatoes, somedays I can’t stand them.

w. what makes you run late: I’m a pretty punctual person, thanks to my Dad, but if I’m late it’s usually something related to my dog.

x. xrays you’ve had: teeth and ankle

y. yummy food you make: My favorite dish I make is chicken parmesan that sadly I don’t make anymore.  My favorite current dish that’s not a desert is probably my Spicy Orange Chicken

z. Favorite Zoo Animal: Elephants. Hands down. How can you not love these creatures: