Friday, June 21, 2013

Survey Says

I'm sitting in a spare chair at Sine Qua Non salon with my hair all done for Biggie's graduation show, might as well do this fitness survey from Peanut Butter Fingers.

1. What did you eat for breakfast?

Two hard boiled eggs, avocado and tomato, 16 oz water.

2. How much water do you drink a day?

It's basically a rule that I drink a 16 oz glass of water with breakfast, lunch, and dinner. So like, six cups? I also drink 8 oz green tea and lemon when I wake up, and usually 8 oz coffee after breakfast and 8 oz black tea midafternoon. And 32 oz coconut tart cherry water at practice.

3. What is your current favorite workout?

Third Coast practice!

4. How many calories do you eat a day?

Probably around 2000-2500? I don't count calories anymore, but I did for a long time and still have a decent idea about them. I'd guess that most of my meals and snacks are around 500 calories, I eat five times a day, so.

5. What are your favorite healthy snacks?

For my afternoon snack, lately I'm having a cup of black tea, a square of dark chocolate, and a palmful of almonds. If I'm home, I add a bunch of red grapes to that. For my post-workout snack, I'm having greek yogurt fruit chia smoothie. But I guess I don't snack in the sense that I don't really eat outside of my scheduled meals, two of which are called "snacks" for no particular reason; they're basically two extra meals.

6. What do you usually eat for lunch?

Lately, rotisserie chicken and artichoke pepper vinaigrette on mango and romaine.

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

Meh I don't train body parts so much, more movements. But I do lots more work on my lower body than upper. But like I love squats, and lunges not so much.

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

I do lots less work on my upper body, I want to work in more pushups and pullups this summer.

Actually you know what I do the most work on is my core, because I use it for everything.

9. What are your "bad" food cravings?

My worst dangerfood combo is coke and chex mix, which I will eat for lunch if I haven't had enough sleep or if I haven't prepared food for the week. See, why bother with snacks when you can wipe out a whole meal. My depression food is ice cream, never less than an entire pint of Ben and Jerry's Cherry Garcia. I struggle with chips on taco night, I used to make really good homemade chips from the tortillas that I don't eat with my tacos and share them with the sweetie man. They're really good but not good enough to blow my processed starch allowance for the week, so I don't eat them anymore. But I always think, how bad really are three tortillas' worth of chips every week. Compared to the vat of coconut-popped popcorn that I eat instead. Honestly I think, not that bad. But I still don't eat the chips because I find that exceptions make a slippery slope; the chips aren't bad, but the slope is bad.

10. Do you take vitamins or supplements?

No, I keep meaning to get organized about this and not.

11. How often do you eat out?

Well, there's taco night every Tuesday. That's about it, once in a blue moon we'll get pizza from Little Caesar or chili cheese dogs from Choppers. We haven't had Chinese in forever. And Dawnie and I have started going to Feed after Sunday practice.

12. Do you eat fast food?

Almost never, usually only when I'm on the road. Which is almost never. Or the aforementioned Little Caesar's or Choppers.

13. Who is your biggest supporter?

The sweetie man, obvs, and my shoalmates.

14. Do you have a gym membership?

Nope, I haven't had a gym membership since I was married. I mean, there's being a member of the Windy City Rollers. Last summer I had a groupon for Rowfit, which was great, and just a few weeks ago I did the Crossfit onramp at Chicago Elite Fitness and would love to continue if I could figure out where to fit it into my schedule.

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

I guess around eight, but lately my problem has been sleep quality. I have developed horrific sleep habits—i.e., going to sleep with Netflix streaming through headphones and waking up to advance to the next episode of whatever all. night. long. I seriously made myself demented doing this. I have been on the wagon for four nights now.

16. Do you have a “cheat” day?

I don't have a cheat day, I am allowed one alcohol, one sugar, and one processed starch per week. So it does require thinking ahead. Like sometimes I'd like to sit on the stoop with a refreshing summer cocktail; but if I know I'm going out with people later in the week, I usually need a drink for that. Ha ha, I didn't mean need. No, I did.

17. Do you drink alcohol?

See above.

18. Do you have a workout buddy?

See #3. Roller derby is basically the best workout buddies ever.

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

I got my ACE Personal Trainer certification and am working as a trainer. Here is my favorite story about that so far, Kris and I usually go on fitness walks as a warmup, and we were walking in the woods and we saw a deer and a fawn. And I was like, this is my job!

20. What was the last healthy thing you did?

Lunch, I guess. That was hourrrrrs ago, though.

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