Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Curing #NOtivation Fitness Survey

Today I clicked onto Life: Oceanside & saw the fitness survey that the girls were featuring for their Curing #NOtivation series... I had to fill it out! 

Mal Smiles

#NOtivation Fabulous Fitness Survey

1. What do you eat for breakfast? 
During the school year, I eat yogurt or a Clif Bar as soon as I arrive for work. Right now, I'm eating 2 eggs with an egg white for breakfast. If I'm really hungry I'll add some turkey sausage or ham to the mix. I love being able to eat breakfast at home. It really helps me stick to protein & avoid carbs! 

2. How much water do you drink a day? 
Tons! You know the 32 oz. cups you get at Dunkin' Donuts? Well I chug those. Yesterday I drank at least 4 of them in water, let alone the iced tea I guzzle. I'm a very thirsty girl. 

once my iced tea is gone, it's time to refill with water!

3. What is your current favorite workout? 
I love to run. My ideal distance is 3 miles. I also really love walking with Ella in the stroller. It may not be the most intense form of exercise, but I love being outside with her  & she loves her stroller too! It's such a peaceful part of my day. 

4. How many calories do you eat a day? I've trained myself to eat between 1200 & 1400 calories a day. Are there days I go over? Absolutely. But if I'm at home or on my regular schedule, this is what I default to. Even on vacation, I rarely go over 1500 - mainly because I'm not a huge boozer. 

5. What are your favorite healthy snacks? 
- YoCrunch Yogurt 
- Bananas with Peanut Butter
- Small portions of SmartFood Popcorn or Pirate's Booty 
- 2% Mozzarella String Cheese 

6. What do you usually eat for lunch? 
This varies drastically. During the school year, it's either left overs from the night before or a sandwich with two of my fave snacks from above. Right now, I'm at home and can cook a real lunch. So, I've been eating more salads with grilled chicken. So fresh & delish. 

homemade buffalo chicken salad -my fave!

7. What is your favorite body part to strength train? 
I love to strength train my legs & booty. I love squats & all of the leg machines.

8. What is your least favorite body part to strength train? 
Abs... I never feel like I'm getting anywhere with them! 

9. What are your “bad” food cravings? 
Chicken fingers & french fries. They're my favorite foods & are so bad for you. I make the right choice 90% of the time, but I have to splurge every once in awhile - especially if they're waffle fries.

10. Do you take vitamins or supplements? 
I did while I was pregnant & probably shouldn't have stopped.... whoops!

11. How often do you eat out? 
We used to be awful about this, but since having Ella & tightening the budget we limit ourselves to once a week. The only exception is if my parents are in town, in which case it's more than that. They love to eat out.

12. Do you eat fast food? 
Yes, I know what I can and can't have when I go there. I also know which fast food restaurants are best to hit up & which are best to avoid. I did a lot of menu/calorie studying when I was on Weight Watchers, so they really don't intimidate me anymore. 

unsweetened tea & a crispy chicken salad from McD's
not healthy for you, but a hell of a lot better than a 10 piece with fries

13. Who is your biggest supporter? 
Hmmm.... I'd say my husband. He loves my body just as much as I do & is always supportive of my running schedule. He was amazing during half-marathon training. My mom is also amazing. We lost the weight together 6 years ago & have kept it off together. She was right next to Eric cheering me on as I ran the race in April! Love them!

14. Do you have a gym membership? 
Yes - I don't use it much during the summer, but it's more expensive to cancel it and rejoin than the just let it go through the summer! So, I hit up classes once a week or so & head there when it's just too hot to run outside. 

headed into the gym for a workout!

15. How many hours of sleep do you get a night? 
About 8 - it depends on Miss Ella. Right now, she's teething so it's less. 

16. Do you have a “cheat” day? 
Nope. I have cheat moments. I can't schedule my life around a cheat day. I exercise restraint 90% of the time & if the moment is right, then I splurge. It usually involves dining out, which we do sporadically. 

17. Do you drink alcohol? 
I used to love a good cocktail, but I'd rather eat ice cream than drink a Smirnoff these days. My one indulgence is frozen strawberry margaritas, but I have them so rarely it's a total treat when I knock one back. 

Strawberry Margaritas!

18. Do you have a workout buddy? 
Ummm... does Ella count? No, then no. 

19. What is the best thing that has changed about your life since committing to a healthy lifestyle? 
My body! I love my runner's body! I don't pay attention to the scale anymore & go by how my clothes feel. Knowing that so many of my shorts from 2 summers ago (I was preggo last summer) are loose is really motivating! It's such a self-esteem boost to be one of the skinniest/fittest girls at the pool & it gives me something to think about while I'm out sweating my ass off on a run. 

20. What was the last healthy thing you did? 
I walked 3 miles with Ella this morning to get my Dunkin' fix. She loves to be in her stroller & it's so peaceful at 7:30. It's something we both love doing & it gets my day off to a healthy start. 


  1. I love that you incoporate Ella in to your workouts! Sometimes I hate having to go to the gym and separating myself from the hubs, it feels like a hassle and that I am wasting valuable time! (other times I love the break)

    I love your dunkin' water idea! I get DD every morning so filling it with water once the coffee is gone is a great way to keep track of your water in take!

    Thanks for linking up with us my dear!

  2. Not paying attention to the scale is HUGE, but I'm just stuck on it right now. Ugh so frustrating! That homemade buffalo chicken salad looks amazing! What all do you make it with?? I need to be better with meal prep.

  3. A frozen margarita is all I read. ;)

  4. Hi! I'm going through a health change/livestyle myself. Loving Chai bars - organic section :) Thank you for visiting my blog!

    xo Lulu

  5. I wish I had a Dunkin [or any coffee place] close enough to walk to. We love the stroller here, too, so that would be fun.