Fabulous Fitness Survey

Happy Friday everyone!

First, an update on my injury saga: I had my first physical therapy appointment on Wednesday. My PT determined that my right foot pain is stemming from a weak right hip. As Shakira said, “Hips don’t lie!” My right lower ab is also weaker. The bad news? No running for a couple more weeks. The good news? It’s totally fixable with strengthening and working on biomechanics. It all makes total sense to me. I’m kind of kicking myself for not having more hip strengthening exercises in my rotation given my structural makeup and injury history. I’ll share more info on Monday.

But since it’s Friday and I want to keep things fun, how ’bout a Fabulous Fitness Survey? This survey was floating around the blogging world back in June and I’m just now getting to it. I’m a sucker for these things so I had to do it.

So here we go!

1. What did you eat for breakfast?

breakfast 71113 -  happyfitmama.comScrambled eggs, mixed fruit (cherries, blueberries and watermelon), toast with sunflower butter. I rarely have eggs for breakfast but they sounded good.

2. How much water do you drink a day?

A lot. I’m always with a water bottle. I’m guessing at least 64+ ounces.

3. What is your current favorite workout?

Normally I would say running but *ahem* see first paragraph. Right now it’s the bike. Last week I even had the opportunity to go off road and get muddy on some single track. Haven’t done that in years!

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4. How many calories do you eat a day?

No clue. I don’t count calories. I’m guessing around 2,000 more or less depending on what kind of day it is and if I’m running more.

5. What are your favorite healthy snacks?

I just picked up Blueberry Hemp Superfood Snacks and I’m loving them.The kids and I were munching on them after a quick trip to the health food store.

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Other favorites are baked sweet potato with almond butter/cinnamon and apples w/ nut butter.

6. What do you usually eat for lunch?

Leftovers from the night before or a salad. I always bring my lunch to work so this makes it quick and easy.

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

Triceps or shoulders. I see the quickest results in either.

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

Back. I dislike the DOMS in my lats after a heavy day of lifting. Having a backache throws off everything.

9. What are your “bad” food cravings?

One of my biggest pet peeves is when someone calls food “bad” or says “they’ve been bad” because they ate something. Unless you are talking about pink slime or other junk, let’s get rid of that term, k?

If you are talking just cravings, then I’d say salty chips/crackers and brownies. I don’t discriminate between sweet and salty – I love it all equally.

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10. Do you take vitamins or supplements?

Just a multivitamin.

11. How often do you eat out?

We rarely eat out. If we do it’s maybe twice a month and usually it’s for lunch. Dinner out with two toddlers is always a flop. They are usually getting tired, don’t want to eat and want to run around instead. Not enjoyable.at.all.

13. Who is your biggest supporter?

My support crew of course!

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14. Do you have a gym membership?

Nope! Been membership free for over 3 years. I miss it at times but it just doesn’t fit in with my schedule right now.

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

Lately it’s been 6.5 hours. Even when I try to get more I naturally wake up at 4:30 or 5. Sick, huh?

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16. Do you have a “cheat”day?

Another one of my pet peeves. I believe in moderation and not deprivation. Every day is a cheat day for me.

17. Do you drink alcohol?

Not as much as I used to. Knowing that I’ll feel crappy in the morning even after 1 drink is enough to stop me. If I do drink it’s usually wine now. Although a nice salty margarita sounds really, really good.

cheesy anniversary pic - happyfitmama.comRon and I being cheesy last year during our anniversary date day.

18. Do you have a workout buddy?

Sadly, no! I’m still trying to find a replacement running buddy. I know there has to be  other crazy people out there in my neighborhood who want to run at 4:30!

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

My self-esteem. Being fit and strong makes me more confident. I’m willing to set the bar high even if it means I may not reach it all the time.

20. What was the last healthy thing you did?

Did my hip strengthening exercises! Three times a day, baby.

Your turn! Play along and answer any of the questions in the comments below!

41 comments on “Fabulous Fitness Survey

  1. Wow-three times a day to strengthen your hips is dedication. I hate being injured so much because it requires mundane exercise like strength work rather than the sweat and endorphins that running delivers. Good luck getting better; I am sure those 3 times a day will pay off soon enough :)
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        1. It’s a lot of basics right now – leg lifts, clamshells, hip hikes, etc for strength. I’ve never had hip pain at all but the hip weakness translates to imbalances in anything from the knees to feet.

  2. Great that you have a plan for getting back to full health! I hope it’s quick for you and since you did it 3x yesterday, I’m guessing it will be.

    The picture of you in that pose makes me jealous…so much flexibility. I have none!

    And yes, alcohol is quite different as you get older and become more responsible. Two drinks and I pay for it dearly!
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  3. These are always fun! I can’t believe you can go on 6.5 hours of sleep- I wish I could! I really feel it if I get less than 7.5-8. Love your moderation approach and no counting calories- I got into calorie counting in college and I’m so glad those days are behind me, it feels so confining. Have a great weekend!
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  4. LOVE your moderation approach! That’s how we roll in our house too. Isn’t it crazy how many injuries stem from your hips? When my knees start aching, I know it’s time to start working on my hips! I’m with Miss Zippy – that pose is incredible! I’m jealous of the flexibility and the gorgeous muscle definition. Talk about one hot mama!
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  5. Fun! Now I wish I had cherries for my oatmeal. I’m gym membership free for 1 full year now. Sometimes I do miss it though. I tended to want to lift weights a lot more than I do right now. And I like to work back – it’s legs that I’m hating right now
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  6. Yay for doing your hip exercises. That reminds me that I should do mine. And drink more water. Not surprisingly, we should very similar in our fitness/healthy living lifestyle. I get about the same amount of sleep. Wish it was more. I love that picture of you in the wide straddle forward fold
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  7. Love this! I wish I did strength training in my arms like you do, it looks great! Sorry about the injury and lack of running due to it but I love that you have been able to bike and still be active!

    “willing to set the bar high, even if I don’t reach it all the time”–you are true inspiration!
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  8. I’m with you on the alcohol thing. I used to be able to drink a lot more when I was younger and still get up the next morning and go hiking or skiing. Now it seems like just 2 or 3 drinks makes me LAZY the next day, so I’ve cut way back. If I were to miss a run or a workout because I had too much to drink the night before…not good!

  9. Fun survey!
    Too bad we don’t live closer – I’m a 4:30am workout/runner – we could partner up some!!!
    I’m happy if I get 6 hours of sleep in a night anymore – I would like more but it never happens.
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  10. I would totally be your workout buddy in the early morning!! I do much better getting up when I have to meet someone, but the girls I run with don’t like to go real early. And the heat and humidity right now are a b**** and I have to start even earlier than I am.
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  11. Cool survey!
    1. What did you eat for breakfast? Scrambled eggs, mixed fruit, cup of skim milk

    2. How much water do you drink a day? Minimum 8 cups, usually 10, more on hot days

    3. What is your current favorite workout? Cardio intervals. I know, I’m crazy.

    4. How many calories do you eat a day? 1800 to lean out, 2000 to maintain

    5. What are your favorite healthy snacks? Almonds, Greek yogurt with berries, Quest bars

    6. What do you usually eat for lunch? Usually leftovers, or anything light and healthy

    7. What is your favorite body part to strength train? Back, shoulders, quads, glutes, abs… okay, everything!

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

    9. What are your “bad” food cravings? Chocolate ice cream

    10. Do you take vitamins or supplements? Occasionally

    11. How often do you eat out? Once a week on average

    13. Who is your biggest supporter? My family, and my friends who are runners

    14. Do you have a gym membership? Yes

    15. How many hours of sleep do you get a night? Around 7-8

    16. Do you have a “cheat”day? No, but I allow myself something less healthy a couple times a week

    17. Do you drink alcohol? A little bit, but it’s hard when you workout all the time; no matter how little you drink, it has an effect!

    18. Do you have a workout buddy? I have a running buddy. We run at 5am.

    19. What is the best thing that has changed about your life since committing to a healthy lifestyle? More energy, less pain and aches.

    20. What was the last healthy thing you did? Had a super healthy protein smoothie, full of fresh produce!

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