Hi friends! Writing all these vacation recaps has been pretty time consuming, so I thought I would keep things light today with a fun food and fitness survey! I always love reading these types of surveys on other blogs, and hopefully you like reading them too. 🙂 I can’t remember where I originally saw this one, since I have a whole bunch saved in my email. Oops!
Let’s get started!
1. What did you eat for breakfast? Like usual, my morning started with a glass of fresh juice as soon as I woke up. Lately I’ve been sticking with the same blend: kale, mixed greens, cucumber, celery, 1/2 a lemon, ginger, and 2 green apples.
It’s really tasty and I love getting in so many nutrients in the morning.
After I walked Jack and took a shower, I dug into my second breakfast which is also pretty standard: Quaker oatmeal squares, Life cereal, 1% milk, 1/2 a sliced banana, and slivered almonds.
I also ate the rest of the banana after finishing my bowl. Yum!
2. How much water do you drink a day?
A ton! I love water and most days it’s the only thing I drink (about three times a week I will drink green tea, which is still basically water). I have these cute Lilly Pulitzer cups at my desk at work, and I refill my cup a few times during the day. Drinking water out of a cute cup > drinking water out of a plain one. 😉
I’m very lucky that I’ve always loved water and drank a lot of it as a kid. I’ve never had a problem enjoying water or needing extra flavor or bubbles to get me to drink it. For that I am very thankful!
3. What is your current favorite workout?
I can’t say I have a favorite right now, but I am definitely taking a lot of the same types of classes over and over again: a mix of bootcamps, strength yoga classes, barre, and spin/cycling classes. Basically, I am just enjoying mixing things up! I have also been running a tiny bit, but nothing compared to how much I used to run.
Now that I’m back from my vacation I reactivated my ClassPass membership and have been loving jumping back into classes! Yesterday morning I went to a cycling class at Biker Barre, and although my last class there was just so-so, this class was SO amazing. My instructor for the morning, Allison, had a killer playlist and encouraged us to listen to the music to help guide our pace. She chose songs with a strong beat so keeping in time with the music was perfect! I loved it and felt like I totally lost myself in the music and also got a fantastic workout. I was dripping in sweat by the end.
I also wore my new clip-in bike shoes that Aunt CC bought me last time we were in Otis. (They have a bunch of bikes for us to use in Otis, but they all require clip-in shoes so she bought a pair for me. She’s the best.) This was my first time wearing the shoes and I thought they were great! I loved feeling so stable on the pedals even when we were sprinting. Thanks, CC!!
4. How many calories do you eat a day?
I honestly have no idea – I wouldn’t even be able to give you an estimate. I don’t count calories (anymore) and I like it that way. I aim to eat when I’m hungry and stop when I’m full.
5. What are your favorite healthy snacks?
Fresh fruit! I eat fresh fruit almost every afternoon, and although it’s usually an apple because it’s fast and easy for me to bring to work, recently I’ve been loving peaches.
It doesn’t hurt that they’re so cheap right now either!
If I don’t have fresh fruit available, I really like the bars and cookies from WB Kitchen (read about those here) as well as CLIF bars.
Crunchy peanut butter is my favorite!
6. What do you usually eat for lunch?
I eat a salad like this one almost every single day. Yesterday’s was made with mixed greens, grilled chicken breast, brown rice, shredded carrots, feta cheese, and Craisins. On Monday night I mixed together a big batch of salad dressing made with olive oil, mustard, lemon juice, honey, hummus, salt and pepper, and packed them up into small Tupperware containers to have throughout the week.
You can read more about how I pack my salads here. When I start to get bored with this salad I add other mix-ins like roasted sweet potatoes or summer squash. So far I am still loving these every day.
7. What is your favorite body part to strength train?
My arms! I love seeing the definition in my shoulders and arms, and showing off a surprisingly big bicep to Fabio can be fun too. 🙂
8. What is your least favorite body part to strength train?
My legs. I am lucky that I have always had pretty strong leg muscles, so sometimes strength training is boring for me. I also don’t usually see a ton of change in how my legs look after strength training them.
9. What are your “bad” food cravings?
All the chocolate! I don’t discriminate – chocolate cake, brownies, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate chips – I love it all. Right now I still have some chocolate that we brought back from Belgium, so that’s my current temptation.
10. Do you take vitamins or supplements?
I take a daily “Women’s Active” multivitamin every morning. It’s nothing fancy – just the CVS brand – but it supposedly helps support mental and physical well being. It has all the normal vitamins (C, D, E, K) as well as supplements like iron, calcium, and zinc. It gets the job done!
11. How often do you eat out?
I would say we average eating out around once a week, usually on the weekends. Some weeks it’s much more, but other weeks it’s much less. It usually depends how well I meal planned the Sunday before. 😀
12. Do you eat fast food?
Yep. Not often, but I will eat it. My favorite is Chiptole or Chick-fil-a. Yum.
13. Who is your biggest supporter?
I consider myself incredibly lucky to have a huge group of supporters in my life. From Fabio to my family to my fantastic group of friends, I know I have so many shoulders to lean on. I have so many people that I could call/text/g-chat/email/FaceTime if any little thing was bothering me – no matter how big or how small – and I know they would all be there for me.
Just look at all these ladies (plus Fabio who took this picture) who stood out in the FREEZING cold to cheer me on during my last half marathon!
I <3 them.
14. Do you have a gym membership?
No, but as I mentioned earlier I am a member of ClassPass! (You can read more about that here.) I never thought I would spend so much on a monthly fitness membership, but I absolutely love it and am not planning to stop anytime soon.
Megan & me at last year’s DC ClassPass launch!
15. How many hours of sleep do you get a night?
According to my SleepCycle app (read more about that here) I average between 7 and 8 hours of sleep per night. One big thing that affects my sleep is whether I work out in the morning. For example, today is a rest day for me, so I got to sleep in until 6:45 am. I also got into bed rather early last night, which is a little unusual (I usually am not asleep until around 10:30).
On Monday night however, I got into bed closer to 10:00 and stayed up reading for quite a while. I also had to set my alarm for 4:55 so I could walk Jack and then drive to my 6:00 am spin class. Oof. Waking up that early was NOT fun.
As you can see this number varies a lot, which is why I usually try to give myself a day to “sleep in” after a day of waking up so early.
16. Do you have a “cheat” day?
Not technically, but I usually wind up letting loose on the weekends and eating whatever I want.
17. Do you drink alcohol?
Yep! Some would probably say too much, but that’s just how I am. I like to have fun! I’m also young with no kids, so YOLO.
18. Do you have a workout buddy?
Yes! I used to always have a workout buddy in college (shoutout to Catrina for doing Insanity with me in her room!) and after college I used to run a lot with Fabio and Jack.
Now my friend Anne is my go-to workout buddy and we usually take some sort of class together once a week. I love it! Her friend Kathleen has been joining us lately as well, so I’ve made some new workout buddies along the way. 🙂
I also workout with my friend Jojo occasionally, which is also a ton of fun. I am a strong believer in having a workout buddy to keep you accountable!
Jojo is Portugal right now, the lucky duck!
19. What is the best thing that has changed about your life since committing to a healthy lifestyle?
I am happier with my body and am more accepting of myself. I used to be really bad about my body – I would often point out parts of it that I didn’t like and participate in “fat talk” with my friends – but I’ve mostly stopped doing that. Knowing that I eat well (most of the time) and workout often has helped me accept my body for how it is.
20. What was the last healthy thing you did?
Hmm this one is hard. I sort of think everything I do is “healthy” in its own way…whether its eating chocolate or getting in a great workout, it all leads to my overall sense of mental and physical health.
Question of the day: Your turn!
What did you eat for breakfast?
Do you have a “cheat” day?
How much sleep do you get?
Do you eat fast food?