OK I'm doing this because Rainbowcharmer commented that I needed to blog and this is a lazy way to do it. I am a total copy cat - got this directly from DaniellesAutumn. We've all had our ups and downs, but these 2 Sparkers always motivate me with their blogs.
Disclaimer: I am choosing to eat whatever I want right now, and my fitness is limited by the fact that radiation therapy is currently making wearing a bra painful. But I would say that, by and large, I am a healthy eater and good exerciser.
1. What did you eat for breakfast?
a banana and letover Buffalo chicken dip with 1 serving of Reduced Fat Wheat Thins - not a typical breakfast when I am eating to race
2. How much water do you drink a day?
8-12 in the summer but probably only 2-5 in the winter
3. What is your favorite workout?
good hard pound on the outrigger canoe
4. What is your favorite fruit?
hard to pick just one - maybe mango
5. What is your favorite vegetable?
hmm this is another hard one, but probably summer tomatoes
6. How many calories do you burn a week?
right now I'm probably only burning 800-1600 but when I'm in training I probably burn throgh 3000-4,000
7. How many calories do you eat a day?
right now I haven't been counting but if I had to guess, 3,000-5,000. When I am eating to get lean for racing, I try to keep it down to 1600-2000
8. What are your favorite healthy snacks?
fruit, cut-up veggies, Laughing Cow cheese wedges on RF Wheat Thins or AllBran crackers, Special K chocolatey-pretzel bars, cottage cheese with cut-up tomatoes and cuke, Fiber One 90-cal bars, small bowl of high-fiber cereal with berries
9. What do you usually eat for lunch?
veggie burger on toast or sandwich thin with pickle chips, ketchup, mustard and cheese + fruit + veggie. My fave veggie burger is the Morningstar Farms California Turk'y burger
10. What is usually for dinner?
I can eat nearly the same lunch day in and day out, but I have to mix it up at dinner...some faves include a turkey sausage with veggies and a salad, Hebrew National FatFree hotdogs, spaghetti squash spaghetti with turkey meatballs in red sauce, sandwiches on Bagel Thins, grilled tuna steak witha plateful of grilled veggies, light Caesar salad with chicken, faux-Greek salad with these turkey meatballs, feta cheese and all kinds of veggies in summer when they're fresh and tasty
11. What is your favorite body part to strength train?
this is a weird question for me because I like to gain strength by paddling, not by ST, ugh. I know ST is important though, so I usually do it pretty hardcore from Jan-April. My fave part hmm...maybe my lats?
12. What is your least favorite body part to strength train?
core - I know, I know. so important! but not my fave exercises to do!
13. What is your least favorite exercise?
Stairclimber. And I once had a strength coach who actually gave me a reason not to do it - he said a body type like mine would easily get bulky on it, so I got a free pass to avoid that machine in favor of the treadmill and bike
14. What is your favorite exercise?
anything outdoors is better than anything indoors, first of all. I would have to say that paddling dragonboat with my elite team in Philly would be my first choice, followed by paddling outrigger canoe with my local training partner
15. What are your "bad" food cravings?
greasy pizza, Ruffles chips with French onion dip, cheese with fresh bread, a giant bowl of guacamole with fried tortilla chips, pasta with heavy sauces like Alfredo or Vodka sauce
16. What is your go to workout song?
changes all the time but generally cheesy top 40 works -right now I'm digging Flo Rida's 'Good Feeling' and that ridiculous LMFAO' 'Sexy and I know It' and Dev's 'In the Dark.'
17. Do you take vitamins or supplements?
nope, I try to get everything I need from eating a variety of foods
18. How often do you eat out?
right now, a lot more than normal, as much as 3-4 times a week. usually, unless people are visiting us, I only eat out maybe once a week
19. Do you eat fast food?
not very often, usually only if I'm traveling and I'm in a big hurry/unprepared
20. How do you stay motivated?
thinking about tryouts or races or something coming up. my training partner and coaches and friends are also good motivators for me.
21. Who is your biggest supporter?
hmm probably my training partner - she is about to turn 50 so she knows how hard it is to remain competitive as we get older and it's harder to shed the weight. we just can't eat anything we want anymore!
22. How much weight have you lost?
probably at least 50lbs since 2005, although recently put 10-15 back on
23. How did you determine your goal weight?
I didn't really have a goal weight when I started losing weight (this was before SP) - I just wanted to be healthier and fit back into my smaller clothes. I never used to weigh myself before SP. With SP, I somewhat arbitrarily picked 130, I think. Then I realized that I could be even smaller and trimmer with my bone structure, so now I'd like to be no bigger than 125 for peak racing
24. Do you have a gym membership?
I belong to the rowing club a mile from my house, and it has a small weight room as well as rooms with indoor rowing machines. That's where our boats are stored, too, and there's a running and biking trail right outside the door. I can also go to a small gym at work for free but I don't use it very often because I don't like to work out indoors that much.
25. How often do you work out?
right now, 1-3 times a week but that's because it hurts to wear a bra (and I'm too busty to work out without one). when I'm training hardcore, I work out 5-7 days/week and sometimes do "doubles" (like, run in the morning and paddle canoe after work).
26. How did you find Spark?
one of my dragonboat team-mates recommended it, when I was complaining about how fat I got last year. He does it religiously and he's back at his college weight now (he's in his 40s, too)
27. How much sleep do you get a night?
I aim for 8 hours but this new medication I'm taking makes me wake up with hot flashes and night sweats (GROSS) a lot. Really hoping that goes away soon, especially before summer!
28. Are you a morning or night workout person?
I prefer mornings but I can work out in the evenings when I need to, which is often- when I train with Little Nat, she has to be at work by 6:30am and she lives farther out, so we can only train together after work and on weekends.
29. Do you have a "cheat" day?
I tend to eat and drink more over the weekends and on holidays, like everybody else.
30. Do you drink soda?
I'm a total Diet Coke addict, for over 20 years, even though I keep meaning to wean myself off it. I have cut down before, and I need to even just get back to that soon.
31. Do you drink alcohol? How much?
this varies widely with my social schedule. When I'm counting calories and focusing on a race and my performance, I drink very little but I do still drink a beer or glass of wine with my friends when we're out. I'm a social drinker but I try to stay away from the fruity mixed drinks unless it's a very special occasion
pretending to drink a magnum of champagne in Miami
32. What is your favorite thing about Spark?
the people and the way it allows me to be all OCD and track stuff and play with technology
33. What do you not like about your body? What do you love about your body?
even when I am thin, I am very self-conscious about the size of my thighs - they are always big - eevn when Im so thin you can see bones in my chest. What I love about my body is that even when I'm heavier, I am strong and I can run and ski and bike and paddle and my body just MOVES and it moves well. As for a specific body part, I've always gotten compliments on my forearms, of all things.
34. Do you have a workout buddy?
I work out alone when I need to, and sometimes I do really get into that groove, but I also have several workout buddies and teams for different activities and sports. Lil Nat keeps me honest on the canoes and Rachel keeps me running at least once a week - holla!
Turkey Trot with some of my fave running buddies
35. What is the best thing that has changed about your life since committing to this Healthy Lifestyle?
Well, before SP I never weighed myself or counted calories and that really helped me lose weight pretty fast. Because left to my own devices, I am a serious overeater! I'm also an emotional eater. Tracking doesn't always slow me down, but sometimes it does, and that is helpful. SP and tracking has also taught me about portion sizes, and now sometimes I can eyeball the right portion and I don't always need to count every potato chip and cracker.
And I'll close out with a random pic of my dog and cat: