Healthy Living Survey

I snagged this gem from Tina at Carrots N’ Cake.   She always has great posts!

1.  What did you have for breakfast?

I had a protein shake (latte flavoured) with added instant Kenco Millicano and ice.  I also had 3 pieces of bacon.

2. How much water do you drink a day?

Tons!  I drink at least 3 litres, if not more per day.

3. What is your current favourite workout?


4.  How many calories do you eat a day?

Approximately 1600 and a little more on days I weight train.  I’m working on slowly reducing my calorie intake as I lose weight.  I don’t like to be hungry or feel deprived.  That’s how I lost weight the last time and was miserable and always hungry.  It wasn’t fun.

5. What are your favourite healthy snacks?

Rice cakes and sunflower butter, celery sticks and sunflower butter, Fage yogurt with a bit of honey, grapes and strawberries.

6. What do you usually eat for lunch?

Lunch often ends up being kind of random.  I didn’t get up today until nearly 1 (I had a difficult night sleeping) so I’ve only just had breakfast.  Lunch is usually a smaller meal like a protein shake, leftover chicken or turkey from the night before with some veggies, sunflower butter on rice cakes, or a combination of fruits, veggies, and another snack if I am out.

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

I guess my arms since I can see the most progress with them, as they are the weakest part of my body.

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

I don’t really have a least favourite body part, but I really dislike squats because I hate they way my body looks while doing them.

9. What are your “bad” food cravings?

Cookies and ice cream are my downfall.  Also Starbucks.

10. Do you take vitamins or supplements?

Yes.  I take a multivitamin and I also take a high dose of Vitamin D as I live in Scotland where there isn’t always a lot of sun and I tend to have really, really low levels as it is.

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11. How often do you eat out?

Once a week at the very least.  Sometimes it’s unavoidable, especially if I am on campus or out somewhere doing work.  I can’t exactly whip up an omelet at the coffee shop!

12. Do you eat fast food?

Not really.  The only time I ever splurge on that is if I am travelling and there are no healthier options like Subway.

13. Who is your biggest supporter?

Steph, since we workout together for weight training.

14. Do you have a gym membership?

Yup.  It’s far to cold/rainy/wet in Scotland to do consistent workouts outside.

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

9-12.  Seriously.  I need the sleep.  I used to run on 4-6 hours + Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks coffee.  Now that I have the luxury of setting my own schedule I can (95% of the time) sleep until my body wakes up naturally.  Of course this does make getting some things done difficult and I know I definitely need to start going to bed a little earlier so I can wake up earlier and get things done.

16. Do you have a “cheat” day?

Not really.  If I want something, I try to fit it into my allotted calories for the day or find an alternative.  If I really want chocolate, I have a piece of dark chocolate.  I no longer deprive myself because I do not want to become the calorie/workout obsessed person I was when I lost 85 pounds.  I didn’t enjoy my food and I was always hungry and felt deprived.  I don’t want to live that way, and I’d rather it take longer to lose weight than to feel miserable all the time.

17. Do you drink alcohol?

Not really. I may have a drink once every few months.  I don’t like the taste of most alcohol, and the things I like are really calorie dense (Cosmopolitans, Mudslides, Sombreros). I also don’t like the way it makes me feel, which is queasy.  I have major emetophobia so I tend to avoid things that make me feel that way.  Also alcohol and being around people who drink a lot (at one time) increase my anxiety levels into overdrive, so I tend to avoid it and places where it can happen.  I know that makes me sound a bit odd, but it really makes me uncomfortable.

18. Do you have a workout buddy?

Steph and I weight train together, but I spin on my own in a class, or literally on my own using an app on my iPhone if I want to spin, but there are no classes and the spin room is free.

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

I guess being able to do the things I can do.  I honestly don’t think people expect me to keep up with them in spin class or lift as heavy as I can.  Just because I am overweight doesn’t mean I can’t do what everyone else does.  I may not be able to run a marathon at the moment, but I can keep up with a spin class with ease.

20. What was the last healthy thing you did?

I had a good breakfast and now I am going to get ready for my first day of doing New Rules of Lifting for Women (we had previously been doing Starting Strength, and we decided we wanted to try something new and with variety) and run some errands!

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