Thanks so much for all of your congratulatory wishes on my news yesterday! Your excitement for us means a lot. Since a few of you have asked, the home is currently vacant so we’re hoping to close on it and move in within the next few weeks. I’ll be sure to share some photos once we get a little more settled.
This past weekend we were over at our friends’ house, and another couple was there that we hadn’t met before. We were all chatting, and the couple I hadn’t met before was asking me about this little blog of mine. When I told them it was what I would consider a “healthy living/lifestyle” blog, they had several questions about my thoughts surrounding various food and fitness trends as well as what are my favorite types of workouts and foods. I’m pretty sure another one or two “healthy living surveys” have gone around the healthy living blog world before, but I decided to create my own with some of the questions I was asked during our conversation the other day. (I also added a few random questions that I’ve been asked in the past by other people.)
Do you follow or believe in any sort of special diets or food trends?
Nope! I’m an everything in moderation kinda gal. I don’t have any sort of allergies, so I just do my best to keep everything balanced and in moderation. My main focus is consuming REAL foods with minimal preservatives, but I don’t fret if they’re occasionally in the food I eat. I think if I were to restrict something or get caught up in a specific “diet trend” that I’d get too obsessed about it all. I want to treat my body well while still enjoying myself and having fun, so this is what works for me.
Are there any foods that you don’t eat?
I can’t tell you how many times I get asked, “Do you eat _________?” Because for some reason, people assume I don’t eat X/Y/Z because I’m health conscious. To be honest, I eat pretty much anything. I don’t love fast food and I rarely eat it, but there’s a time here or there that it’ll happen. Other than that, I try not to rule out certain foods. Like I said above, everything in moderation for me.
How do you feel about organic food?
Well, I just recently wrote a post about it. In a nutshell, I try to buy organic where I can, but I’m not willing to blow our budget or get too crazy about it. You can read more in detail about my feelings on it HERE.
What is your favorite dessert?
Oh goodness, I have a hard time choosing just one! Brownies are definitely up there. I also love underbaked chocolate chip cookies, Paradise Bakery sugar cookies, and my new favorite – Nothing Bundt Lemon Cake. Seriously, it’s made me rethink my feelings about cake. If you can’t tell, I have a little bit of a sweet tooth.
Do you think eating a healthy diet or exercise is more important in maintaining a healthy weight?
Hmmm, can I say both? If we’re talking strictly weight here, I would first say that it depends on my how much exercise you’re doing. If you’re running several miles multiple days per week, then you’d probably be able to get away with eating more of a relaxed diet while still maintaining a healthy weight. But if you’re getting in a low to moderate amount of exercise per week, then I’d say a healthy diet is more important. When it comes down to it, I’d say diet outweighs exercise though. I would like to say a healthy balance of both diet and exercise are super important though.
What does a typical day of food look like for you?
This totally varies, but I’ll try to give an example of a fairly average day. Breakfast is typically oatmeal with fruit and nut butter; I usually have a small mid morning snack that is a handful of almonds, a yogurt, protein bar, or whatever I am feeling; lunch is either leftovers, a sandwich, or a salad; I almost always have to eat something mid afternoon to tide me over until dinner – it’s typically peanut butter toast or a bowl of cereal; dinner is whatever I decide to make – usually some sort of protein, carb, and vegetable; and dessert is pretty much always a must for me – mug cake, leftover dessert, or some chocolate.
What kind of workouts do you do?
It really just depends on what I’m feeling. I go in phases with various workouts so I can keep my body guessing and so I don’t get bored. I typically will rotate among running, strength workouts, and group fitness classes. Sometimes I run more for several months and then I barely run for awhile, or I’ll do lots of group fitness classes while other times I do more at-home workouts. I always try to have a good balance of cardio and strength training involved in whatever “phase” I’m going through though.
Do you ever do any races?
I just did my first half marathon in March! It was quite the experience and I’m so glad I did it, but the longer distances definitely won’t become a regular “thing” for me. I’ll occasionally sign up for “fun runs” or 5k’s with friends and/or family, but I’m far from a regular racer.
Are you a personal trainer?
I did get my personal training certification from NASM back in 2011, but I am technically no longer considered a personal trainer since I chose not to do any continuing education credits. (I suppose I need to change my disclaimer, eh?) I still provide some workouts on my blog since I feel like I have enough education and experience to safely create a workout, but I no longer create workouts for specific clients.
Do you workout at home or at a gym?
It just kind of depends on what season of life I am in at the time. I did a lot of at-home workouts the first several months of Hunter’s life because it was more convenient and a gym wasn’t really a priority to me at the time. Once Hunter got a little older, I was at the gym several times a week. It was a nice break to get out of the house, and it gave Hunter exposure to other people in a new environment. I loved the group fitness atmosphere and was a regular attender. Since we’ve been in Arizona the last few weeks, I’ve been doing all of my workouts outdoors or in the comfort of our bedroom at my in-laws’ house. I plan to get a gym membership when we move, but I wanted to wait to see where we’d be before I signed up.
What are some pieces of at-home gym equipment you’d recommend?
I would suggest a medium set of dumbbells (5-10 pounds) and a heavy set of dumbbells (10-20 pounds), a stability ball, and some resistance bands. Other convenient equipment would be a yoga mat, kettlebell, or a piece of cardio equipment like a treadmill or spin bike.
What’s your favorite kind of group fitness class?
I love a lot of them, but my favorite is Les Mills Body Pump or other strength training classes that are similar to Body Pump. I also enjoy bootcamp style classes and spin/cycle classes!
Hopefully that answers some of your questions!
Have a fantastic Tuesday!
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