Hello! So I saw this survey on Hollie’s blog….and I can’t resist a survey, because it gives me a structure for telling you random things about myself. Who doesn’t like to talk about themselves right? (fear not, Once a Runner Part 2 will be coming tomorrow!)
What did you eat for breakfast?
A whole mess of stuff lol…blackberries, grapes, flax seed, Fage 0% plain greek yogurt, a little bit of almond butter, and a new-to-me cereal, Vans Gluten-Free Honey Nut Crunch. It tasted good but I felt pretty sick for a few hours afterward…not sure whether it was the food or just something not right with me.
kind of like this but with somewhat different mixins
How much water do you drink a day?
Uh…a lot? One cup of coffee in the morning, one to three cups of green tee in the afternoon, two cups of peppermint tea in the evenings….and a few nalgenes in between. Some people think I drink too much but I basically drink to thirst and….do the urine test.
What is your current favorite workout?
LOL this is a mean-spirited question at the moment….um….the 30 minutes I get to be on the stat bike, or the 10 minutes I get to walk on the Alter-G…but I wouldn’t call either of those a workout.
That said, I’m recovering from surgery, I’m not really supposed to be burning mad calories and sweating my life away. When I do train though, I like 1. running and 2. riding my road bike. I prefer to run OUTDOORS and I prefer to ride my bike on the trainer (because I’m terrified of crashing lol….so lame).
How many calories do you eat a day?
Well, like I said right now I’m not training at all so probably between 1600-1900 – some days I’m hungrier than others (if that sounds like a small amount to you, I’m 5’2 and 100 pounds – I don’t need as much food as taller people). When I do train though, I probably eat between 2000-3000 and that’s for either running 40-50 miles a week or for cycling 10 hours a week.
*I do track my calories every few days – i’m not saying that’s a healthy thing to do, I’m just admitting it to you. But honestly my hunger levels aren’t the same every day. So some days, when training, I’ll only want to eat 1800ish and then the next day I might want 3200ish. There’s no set number I have to reach or stay under every single day.
What are your favorite healthy snacks?
Pop chips, popcorn, clementines, strawberries, those Chobani Bites things, those Nut Thin cracker things….okay so I like my citrus fruits and processed carbs I guess LOL….
What do you usually eat for lunch?
Real easy: greens (either kale or spinach), avocado, tomato chunks, another veggie (asparagus, zucchini etc), a grain (usually quinoa, sometimes brown rice or amaranth or black rice), and shredded deli chicken all mixed up with a liberal amount of mustard (my fave condiment haha). This is really easy to pack in a tupperware container for when I’m at work, or to throw together when I don’t get home from PT until like 1:15.
What is your favorite body part to strength train?
Definitely my core. I’m not allowed to do any core work just yet though….can’t wait to get my abs back!
What is your least favorite body part to strength train?
Probably my arms. I build muscle in my arms really easily and I’ve always been self-conscious about them looking bulky…so I usually just do 50 pushups and call it a day (in sets of ten, I’m not a marine or anything lol)
What are your “bad” food cravings?
french fries and froyo. I never ever get french fries, but froyo I get on occasion. I wouldn’t call it “bad” except that I am lactose intolerant….so eating froyo or ice cream actually makes me feel like total shit for about two days. But sometimes I can’t resist.
so good….but it makes me feel so bad….
Do you take vitamins or supplements?
Women’s Multi, Calcium, and in the winter I take vitamin D as well.
How often do you eat out?
Oh basically never. I live by myself and don’t have many friends so I really never go out to eat in CO. At home I usually go out with a friend or with my parents once a month or so. Oh unless Whole Foods counts…I eat there on the regular!
Panera was a favorite in my pre-gluten-intolerance days
12. Do you eat fast food?
Nope. It skeeves me out big time. I like Wendy’s Frosty and Shamrock Shakes though, but I can’t justify getting them alone – it’s the kind of thing I’d rather get with friends which doesn’t happen often. On road trips I pack my own meals!
and if you’re gonna get a frosty, you have to dip some a fry or two in it!
(it’s not just about the skeeve factor either – being both allergic to gluten and lactose intolerant, there’s very little I can actually eat at conventional fastfood restaurants that will satisfy me and it’s hard as shit to eat a salad while you’re driving…)
13. Who is your biggest supporter?
My mom and dad obviously! And my best friends Meredith, Sydney, and Erin.
Mom and Dad at my William and Mary Graduation
Meredith and I a few nights before my graduation
14. Do you have a gym membership?
Yep! I’ve had one since senior year of high school (read my last post about how I used to dance 6 hours a day….no time or need for a gym), I go to LA Fitness at home (hate it) and the YMCA here in CO Springs….oh and I work at a place with indoor cycling CompuTrainers that I can ride my bike on fo FREE.
This is pretty much exactly what my LA Fitness at home looks like
But when I’m healthy and running, I never use the gym membership….maybe I should crosstrain more though and maybe NOT get injured?
15. How many hours of sleep do you get each night?
In my normal life, 7-8. In my current surgery -recovery life, I get 8-9 hours of sleep and take an hour long nap every afternoon. I know that makes me sound hella lazy but I do it on purpose – your body only actually makes physical repairs when you’re in stage four of the sleep cycle. Ok sorry I’ll stop before I get too far into nerd-land.
16. Do you have a “cheat” day?
Uh no lol. I do tend to avoid eating and drinking things that make me feel sick or make me feel bad about myself, but sometimes I do “splurge” (I’m MUCH more liberal with my eating when I can actually exercise). But no I don’t have an entire day where I go batshit crazy on foods that make me feel bad.
even homemade pizza sometimes has me a little on-edge….I’m working on it.
17. Do you drink alcohol?
YEP. I drank about 2-3 nights a week in college and now I have the occasional beer or glass of wine. I’m not so much a fan of wine, but I love microbrews! I haven’t had a beer in a long time though because, as with a lot of things, I don’t like to drink by myself. Gotta have a friend.
“Do you drink alcohol”….ahaha do I drink alcohol. 32 ounces of beer right here.
18. Do you have a workout buddy?
Nope, I’m a lone wolf. I kind of like it that way.
19. What is the best thing that has changed about your life since committing to a healthy lifestyle?
Like I mentioned in my last post, running is an incredibly empowering thing for me. A lot of things in life tear you down, but running builds me up and gives me confidence. Regardless of my weight, cardio exercise (be it the bike or running or the elliptical) and healthy eating have really boosted my confidence over the years.
20. What was the last healthy thing you did?
……I clorox-wiped my bathroom sink.
answer any of these questions for me!