A blog about my life, fitness and fun! (...and maybe a few cat pictures...)

A blog about my life, fitness and fun! (...and maybe a few cat pictures...)

Saturday, August 3, 2013

A Fabulous Fitness Survey!

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I have seen this survey on several blogs I follow and decided it was finally my turn to take a crack at it!

1. What did you eat for breakfast?

In the summer I usually have two breakfasts- one right when I wake up and one right before I workout. Today I had Special K Protein Plus cereal w/ skim milk for my first breakfast (and coffee!), and then oatmeal w/ whey protein powder and blueberries mixed in for my second breakfast. I love to wake up hungry and EAT. Yum!

2. How much water do you drink a day?

Ever since I gave up fake sugar, I have been drinking a ton of water! 64oz+ I would say, but I never measured it exactly. It also depends on what kind of workout I do on a given day.

3. What is your current favorite workout?

It's so hard to pick because there are several things I love. I guess right now, I would have to go with weight training. I never thought I would like it, but I LOVE IT.

4. How many calories do you eat a day?

I aim for 1600, plus whatever I burn working out. So it usually is anywhere between 2000-2300. I am not trying to create a calorie deficit at this point.

5. What are your favorite healthy snacks?

I'm more of a "mini meal" person than a "snack" person. But I will stick with the question. Fiber One Caramel Protein Bars, almonds, protein shakes... that's all I got. Like I said, I like small meals!

6. What do you usually eat for lunch?

In the summer, my lunch is my post workout meal. I eat around 400 calories of any combination of the following foods: chicken breast, protein shake, sweet potatoes, omelette, some sort of whole wheat bread, or Greek yogurt with fruit.

7. What is your favorite body part to strength train?


8. What is your least favorite body part to strength train?

Hmmm... I guess biceps, because I don't know what else to do to isolate them except doing curls. If you have any ideas, let me know!

9. What are your "bad" food cravings?

Ice cream! And then afterwards I crave salt, so if there are buffalo pretzels in the house or Chex Mix (like there is now) I'm in trouble!

10. Do you take vitamins or supplements?

I usually have half a scoop of whey protein powder every day. I either make a shake or put it in my oatmeal.

11. Do you eat fast food?

No, I don't really crave it. If I want something like french fries I would rather have really good beer battered ones from a restaurant, not limp little fries from McDonald's or something.

12. Who is your biggest supporter?

Why my husband Paul, of course. I'm the luckiest gal in the world.

13. How often do you eat out?

We're cheap, so unless we're on vacation, maybe once or twice a month?

14. Do you have a gym membership?

Yep, Planet Fitness.

15. How many hours of sleep do you get a night?

Summer is so weird.... anywhere between 5-10! I get sleep deprived and then I catch up. When I'm on a more normal schedule during the school year, 7-8 hours each night.

16. Do you have a "cheat" day?

No, I incorporate "cheats" into every day.

17. Do you drink alcohol?

Yes. I used to drink a glass of wine each night, but nowadays it's my own cranberry-lime-vodka concoction. Did you know vodka has zero carbs!?

18. Do you have a workout buddy?

I have friends I run with, but nothing set in stone. Usually I do my own thing.

19. What is the best thing that has changed in your life since committing to a healthy lifestyle?

I am stronger, my mind is clearer, and I obsess less! (But I still obsess sometimes!)

20. What is the last healthy thing you did?

I ate a yummy chicken-cranberry-almond salad!

Readers, what is the last healthy thing you did?


  1. I actually decided to start taking better care of my teeth. I have been flossing every night. It has only been 2 nights, so far, but I want to take better care of my teeth.

  2. I need to floss! I just never do...

  3. Is your body making the most of all the protein you’re consuming?

    Let’s face it: No protein, no growth.

    And we’ve all been bombarded with the latest trends in protein powders, weight gainers, lean gainers, combined protein, plant protein, whey, and egg etc……and the list goes on and on.

    But one of the harsh realities I’ve learned from peak performance expert Wade Lightheart is this:

    Most of the protein individuals consume ends up in one of two places.

    One is your toilet bowl.

    And the second place is in a nice layer of sludge somewhere in your digestive tract.

    And that all adds up to one GIANT-SIZED WASTE OF MONEY AND EFFORT from all the food you’re eating — especially if you’re taking protein supplements.

    You’re absorbing and using only a tiny fraction of the nutrients you’re taking in.

    Enzymes digest your food, stimulate your brain, provide cellular energy, and repair all the cells, tissues and organs of your body.

    Enzymes are the sparks that make everything happen.

    AND HERE’S THE BAD NEWS: Our bodies have a LIMITED enzyme-producing capacity, which naturally declines as we age. (In fact, most individuals have only 30 percent of their enzyme potential by the time they are 40 years old!).

    Your body naturally produces over 3,000 different types of enzymes, yet our ONLY external source of enzymes comes from THE FOOD WE EAT.

    Digestive enzymes are found naturally in ALL food, whether it’s fruits, vegetables, or meats.

    However, most of the food we consume in our modern diets is completely devoid of enzymes, because of how we grow, prepare and transport it.


    In other words, all cooked food is deficient in digestive enzymes, leaving very little to break down your food.

    This means most of us are UNABLE to effectively digest the protein we eat.

    And that’s pretty shocking and scary when you think about it.

    But don’t be too alarmed, because some very bright scientist brains have thankfully figured out a solution:


    You see, it turns out that enzymes are perhaps the most overlooked component of digestive health.

    Not only are digestive enzymes required for the breakdown and digestion of food. But their benefits extend well beyond that too…

    World-renowned colon expert Dr. Hiromi Shinya suggests in his book “The Enzyme Factor”, that undigested protein — particularly from milk products, fast food and red meat — can become ‘food’ for “bad” bacteria.

    And these bad bacteria create all kinds of toxins that leak into the blood stream.

    Meanwhile Dr. Edward Howell, author of “Enzyme Nutrition”, has demonstrated conclusively that using digestive enzymes can improve digestion, regulate weight, and ease the symptoms of a variety of health conditions.


    If you take a look around, you’ll find a whole bunch of enzyme formulations being sold in the market. But they’re certainly not all created equal — especially when it comes to the enzyme that digests protein: PROTEASE.

    And there’s a big reason of this…

    Protease is the most expensive of the enzymes to make.

    And there are several kinds of protease enzymes.

    And while most formulations have high levels of amylase (digests carbohydrates), or lipase (digests fats), the protease (digests protein) tends to be LOW QUALITY and in low amounts with most formulations.

    And it’s called MASSZYMES: Masszymes digestive enzymes

    P.S. Did you know that taking a protease supplement can actually help reduce strength loss, and boost short-term strength recovery too when you train?

    And here’s where to go again to get your hands on Masszymes:

    ==> Wade’s digestive enzymes formula