On a Lighter Note....
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Borrowed from Saasha17 because it sounded like fun...
1. What did you eat for breakfast?
** Today, nothing, because I had my yearly doctor's check up today, which meant fasting for blood work. Most days when I eat breakfast I've been having yogurt though I just got peanut butter to eat with toast for breakfast as an alternative.
2. How much water do you drink a day?
** 8-12 cups, depending on how much I exercise and the weather.
3. What is your favorite workout?
**I love tennis, though I don't really consider it a work out per se. I also enjoy water aerobics and yoga.
4. What is your favorite fruit?
**Hard call. Tied between pomegranates and raspberries, I guess.
5. What is your favorite vegetable?
** Tied again between jicama and green peppers
6. How many calories do you burn a week?
** between 1145 and about 1500 a week (I'm such a slacker compared to my friends!)
7. How many calories do you eat a day?
** 1 aim for between 1360 and 1710, which is what sparks recommends for my activity level. And I hit it probably 70% of the time (would like to hit it closer to at least 80%--that's a work in progress). I rarely go above 2000, though I did today (2500 or so, despite the fact that I didn't eat breakfast. Or maybe because of?)
8. What are your favorite healthy snacks?
**Seasonal fruit (clementines at the moment), trail mix with a mix of dried fruit and nuts, and cheese and crackers.
9. What do you usually eat for lunch?
**Depends. Left overs are common, or canned soups, or eggs cooked various ways, with fruit or fresh vegetables. I'm need to get back to finding some really easy, quick but healthy lunches.
10. What is usually for dinner?
**Whatever my husband feels he can eat and feels like cooking--often beef or pork with rice or pasta.
11. What is your favorite body part to strength train?
** Upper body because it doesn't hurt and I feel strong
12. What is your least favorite body part to strength train?
**the side muscles in the legs (abduction muscles? the ones that lift the legs out sideways from the body). Those are the muscles that deteriorated the worse and even after years of physical therapy, the physical therapy for those muscles hurts. It sucks. But it works, so I keep doing them.
13. What is your least favorite exercise?
** Running. I hate running, always have.
14. What is your favorite exercise?
** Leg presses on the weight machine. I'm not sure why--maybe because it's often the first exercise that I do--but it's kind of fun.
15. What are your "bad" food cravings?
** The worst? Mt. Dew--loaded in sugar, caffeine, and yellow #5, it's my biggest addiction. After that, sweets in general, chocolate in particular, and salty foods like chips or crackers.
16. What is your go to workout song?
** I have a lot of them--something like 250 (I can't access the playlist, because it got lost when my computer died, whah! At least all the music itself was backed up). A good candidate would be Perhaps, Perhaps by Dorris Day and Sing Sing Sing, a classic swing song. Anything cha cha, salsa, or meringue is good also. And I have a special fondness for 80's music, like Girls Just Want To Have Fun by Cindy Lauper, because it brings back healthy, active memories (things like going rollerskating when I was young).
17. Do you take vitamins or supplements?
** Yes, flax seed oil and a multivitamin.
18. How often do you eat out?
**It really depends on the week. If we are away from home, which happens a lot, a lot. If we're home, very little. We don't tend to eat out when we're home because it's hard for my husband to eat out.
19. Do you eat fast food?
**sometimes--it's cheap and it's fast, and when we're away from home we don't necessarily have the time or money for a sit down place.
20. How do you stay motivated?
**Varies... I read success blogs and informationa articles and about what my friends are doing. I'm putting together a motivational collage and gathering quotes and reminding myself that I have to go stand up in front of all my friends this fall as a brides maid AND am going on a cruise (whoo hoo!) and I want to look awesome in my swim suit. Also, I try to remember how far I've come in terms of my hip and over all fitness and rediscovering things I enjoyed doing.
21. Who is your biggest supporter?
** My husband; after him my many friends. My friends have been great supporters. My dad has also been really helpful, giving me advice, equipment, etc.
22. How much weight have you lost?
**I need to weigh myself again--from my doctor's visit it looks like I've finally lost the weight I had put on over the holidays (grrr. And I was really disciplined during the holidays, too) so I'm back to 10-11 lbs lost at a guess. But I'm a lot healthier and fitter and my clothes are loose so I'm definitely seeing progress that isn't necessarily reflected in the scale.
23. How did you determine your goal weight?
**I split the difference between the upper healthy BMI for my height and the weight I was when I was an undergrad (which is at the bottom of my healthy BMI range) and split the difference. I figure when I hit my healthy BMI, I can rethink my goals.
24. Do you have a gym membership?
** No, though we have access to a community fitness center that's small but free.
25. How often do you work out?
**5-6 days a week, ideally, though the last few weeks have not been consistent. But I'm getting back into it.
26. How did you find Spark?
** A friend recommended it to me.
27. How much sleep do you get a night?
**8-9. Maybe I'm getting old but after seriously short changing myself on sleep for almost a decade, I jealously guard my sleep now. I really don't function well without at least 8 hours any more.
28. Are you a morning or night workout person?
** Strangely enough, a morning workout person. I'm a night owl, but our evenings tend to be really busy and chaotic and if I'm going to get it done, it tends to be in the morning. Though my husband is trying to go with me now 2 days a week, and those have to be in the evening because the fitness center is closed until after he's left for work (strange, but true. This may help explain why it's rarely busy when I'm there!)
29. Do you have a "cheat" day?
**Not on a regular basis, though I may have specific days (like my birthday) where I let myself have a little extra treat or something. But I don't have days where I eat whatever I want with no regard to calories.
30. Do you drink soda?
**My big sin :( Some day I hope to shake the soda addiction, especially since I can't stand diet soft drinks and each can is 170 empty calories. I was doing pretty well at paring back, and then the computer disaster hit and even though I restrained my caffeine/soft drink consumption, it did bounce up again. Sigh. But I'm getting that, too, back under control.
31. Do you drink alcohol? How much?
** Sometimes. I like a glass of wine now and then, or a shot of something like brandy or scotch. I don't drink regularly and rarely more than a glass or two when I do drink. Maybe I have a drink once or twice a month?
32. What is your favorite thing about Spark?
**I love sparks, but my favorite thing here is the friends I have made. You guys are awesome!
33. What do you not like about your body? What do you love about your body?
**At the momment, I hate my pudgy stomach and thighs. Seriously, my belly makes me look almost pregnant--a fine look if I actually *were* pregnant, but it's very unhealthy and I would love it to go away. What do I love? I like the fact that I have defined muscles in my calves again and I'm rather fond of my hair and eyes. Though I also get frustrated with my hair--especially right now, where it's in desperate need of a hair cut and not very cooperative.
34. Do you have a workout buddy?
**Not consistently, though my husband has been joining me more often and I have friends I walk with when we visit. Usually I work out alone, though.
35. What is the best thing that has changed about your life since committing to this Healthy Lifestyle?
**My hip doesn't hurt all the time. Seriously, I can't stress how liberating that is--and how encouraging. I was beginning to think that it would always hurt and I would never be able to do the things I used to love doing.
Second best thing? My husband has started taking better care of himself, too. He's exercising and eating better.