Insert fancy and outrageously witty intro here! We have just returned from our weeklong Wyoming stay, and my brain is the happiest sort of mush. It has been a whirlwind of a week, not to mention the drive home (have I told you yet that it’s 17 hours??) but I was left with lots of wonderful memories and mementos. Time to resort to the oldest blogging trick in the book–it’s SURVEY TIME! 😀 No, they never end up being as easy-breezy as they seem, but at least my frazzled neurons don’t have to bother with the creative strain of coming up with a post topic. I saw this healthy-living survey on Run2YourOwnBeat. But first, since we have just returned from Wyoming, the obligatory horse picture:
Whew. Okay. Onto survey! This is such a brilliant transition.
1. What did you eat for breakfast?
Grape-nuts and chia seeds. As I’ve said before, my body is shunning oatmeal lately and I woke up too late to really fix something “fancy”, so cereal it was.
Yay for recycled pictures! 😀
2. How much water do you drink a day?
Too much. A gallon or more, plus milk, fruit and veggies, etc. I’m not sure why I’m so thirsty (we’ve done the diabetes testing, yes) but it hasn’t had any adverse side effects so far. Other than constantly-full-bladder syndrome.
3. What is your current favorite workout?
Running medium-distance, around 3 miles—I just wish I was better at it and that my knees favored it more. I’m also looking into CrossFit…although at the moment, I am epically non-fit, cross- or otherwise.
4. How many calories do you eat per day?
Heck, I don’t know. A lot, probably.
5. What are your favorite healthy snacks?
Carrots + peanut butter, pita + hummus, fruit, air-popped popcorn, cheese sticks, nuts, nut butter, etc. The standard.
6. What do you usually eat for lunch?
Carrot & peanut butter sandwich? This seems to be my go-to lately. #thebomb
7. What is your favorite body part to strength train?
My wonderful legs, because cardio kind of counts as strength training them and also it hurts very much less than upper body.
8. What is your least favorite body part to strength train?
Arms. Back. I’m weak.
9. What are your “bad” food cravings?
I am woman, hear me roar.
10. Do you take vitamins or supplements?
Often a multivitamin, a B-12 occasionally, and an acidophilus/probiotic supplement ever since my trip to Costa Rica and the ensuing gut bug. 😦 Bleh!
11. How often do you eat out?
Rarely. I think this is more based on lack of planning on our family’s part than disdain for outside eateries, however.
12. Do you eat fast food?
Nope. Actually, wait, hold on, I can’t really say this, can I, when I stopped at Burger King on our road trip just yesterday?? I ordered a veggie burger, sweet potato fries, and a large water. So I guess I do—but once a year, or even more rarely than that. I was hungry, you guys–beyond that, I was hangry. You must really process this, understand how pressing the situation was.
13. Who is your biggest supporter?
Mah bad self.
14. Do you have a gym membership?
Nope. But I have a makeshift home gym in the garage! It suddenly occurs to me that I’ve never showed you a picture of this, so here you are.
It’s a bit roughhewn… 🙂 There’s a yoga mat in front of the TV for yoga DVDs, a few dumbbells/reistance bands, a dreadmill, a rowing machine, punching bag, weight cage, and pull-up bar. Plus…a couch…for the Y-chromosome-havers of the house to play video games on (sigh).
15. How many hours of sleep do you get a night?
Oh, 9, at minimum. Coffee the next morning is a given if I’m up past 10 studying or something. I sure wish I could be one of those people who just lights-outs for like four hours and then pops up ready for a new day (pretty much every other teenager I know), but I likes my sleep. I’m a zombie without it.
16. Do you have a “cheat” day?
Not consciously. I eat a lot of chocolate. I’m not cheating on anybody with it, though, so my conscience is clear…
17. Do you drink alcohol?
Hahahaha. I’m younger than you think I am. I have been known to get a little heavyhanded with the vanilla extract, though.
35%!!! What can I say, I’m just a rebel grrrl like that.
18. Do you have a workout buddy?
Mah bad self.
Also, as aforementioned, Daddio and I are running a 5k this month and participating in next year’s Seattle-to-Portland bike ride. We shall see how training intensively together goes.
19. What is the best thing that has changed about your life since committing to a healthy lifestyle?
To be honest–I’m still working on that commitment thing. I was really good for about two years, then with my knees, I fell off the bandwagon for 8 months and even though I’m not loving all the…changes…this forced exercise break put my body through, I’m finding it extremely hard to get back on said bandwagon. You feel me? I’ve tried multiple times to get back to my pre-fooey-knees exercise and health regimen, but no luck so far. Lately I have discovered some new highly inspirational healthy living blogs, though, and they’ve helped a bit–also, my
impending upcoming 5k is a huge motivator. (I’m a competetive chickie. What can I say.) All I know is that I definitely want to get back to my old level of fitness, but it’s going to require a lot of mental stamina to do so.
20. What was the last healthy thing you did?
Oh, I inhaled! Inhalation is actually a really beneficial practice, providing oxygen to your entire body and providing a low-grade ab workout, while also serving to calm the body by reassuring it that it is not in a state of suffocation. I jest, I jest. No, once I really get up and at ‘em this morning, I plan to incorporate some form of strength training into my workout. Been missing out on it lately in favor of running/exploring!
Your turn! Pick a question and answer it in the comments, or do the survey yourself! 🙂 Maybe you’ll be my healthy magic motivator. Also, does your brain tend to turn to mush after travel? I must confess I haven’t been exactly productive in the time we’ve been back…