Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Are You Sure You Want Me to Answer That?

Welcome, to the first edition of You Ask, I Answer. I'm not going to sugar-coat anything here people, that's not my style. If my opinion pisses you off, this is not the blog for you. And why the heck are you asking me for my opinion then?

I'm going to be real with you. 
That's why you love me, I know.

Priscilla asked:

"I love your blog but the exercises are so tuff for a girl like me who wants to start working out again. Not so much that I want to lose weight, I just want my waist to shrink (get the hourglass form). I would love a six-pack but don't plan on wearing bikini's anytime soon, thanks to c-sections from 3 kids."

Crossfit is tough. If it was easy, I wouldn't look the way I do. But, we all had to start somewhere. That's why we scale the workouts according to the experience level of the athlete. When I started, I couldn't do a single pull up or lift a 45 pound empty bar. Check out Brand X for scaling options. As for your waist, there is no such thing as spot-training, you can't take fat from just one area, or crunch away fat from your belly. I don't ever do crunches. I don't ever do any isolation exercises, that's not what I'm about. I'm not a bodybuilder. Crossfit is a total body core strength and conditioning program. I don't cherry pick my workouts, I just do them. Combined with a decent diet, my body has become stronger, I carry more muscle, have a higher metabolism, and have less body fat than I used to (when I was just running). 

Yvonne asked:

"How long have you been doing Crossfit? Are you at Fort Hood?"

Yes, my husband is stationed at Fort Hood, he's in the Army. I have been doing Crossfit for about a year now. I did take a break for about 4 months when I focused on running (long distance and endurance) but since about February, I have been pretty strict Crossfit, WODing 3 days on, 1 day off, and taking a Spin class on post Monday, Wednesday and Friday. 

Madeline Phelps asked:

"What is your daily schedule? Like when do you get up to work out?"

When my husband is home, I am in bed by 9:30-10pm, and we are both up at 4:45am. We carpool on-post, and he goes and does Unit PT, and I workout on my own. Traffic is terrible (there are only 5 entrances on-post, and thousands of soldiers trying to get on post for work at 6:30am. When I was in school and working, we would be home by 8am and I would go to work at noon, or go to the library and study. 3 days a week I would do my WOD and then head to a Spin class at 8 while my husband was in the gym, and then we'd come home together. 

Now that he is gone, I am waking up a little bit later, about 6:30am. We meet at 8am to workout, on M-W-F we go to Spin at 8am and WOD afterwards. We workout 6 days a week, usually rest on Sundays. 

I have to get my workouts in first thing in the morning. I also love doing it early, because I like being so productive when most people are still sleeping. It's important to get enough sleep though, or you will feel exhausted when that alarm starts going off. I am always tired when I first wake up. I just fight through it, after a cup of coffee, a little music in the car ride to the gym, I am always ready to go. You just have to GET UP AND OUT THE DOOR, I promise you will feel energetic the second you do! Also, have a plan for the gym. I lay everything out the night before, write my workout in my logbook, lay out my shoes, protein shake, etc. I wake up with a plan and a mission. It really helps!

Alicia Thompson asked:

"How come you are doing the Paleo Diet again?"

To preface this question, I was Paleo a few months last year, and I hated it. I also tried to do a "Paleo Challenge" a few weeks ago when my husband left, and about 2 weeks into it, was totally miserable. I don't have any leaky gut issues, psoriasis, acne, headaches, etc. I don't have IBS or any other health ailments that can be cured by a Paleo diet. I already eat pretty clean and pretty balanced. I watch my processed carbohydrate intake, and I don't shop the aisles at the grocery store very often at all. While I do read Marks Daily Apple and love a lot of recipes that also happen to be Paleo, I do not believe in the strict Paleo paradigm. Foods I love that are not Paleo: Peanuts, peanut butter, Greek Yogurt, Tofu, Soybeans, a lot of Morning Star products, turkey bacon, Pam Spray, Sugar-free syrup, steel cut oats, oat bran, bran flakes, rice cakes. 

This combination is one of my favorites. 
I toast a few almonds and walnuts in the microwave, then mix them with the yogurt, a packet of True Lemon and a tablespoon of SF Syrup. It tastes like Key Lime Pie!

I don't know how to define my diet. I don't count calories, though I used to at one point. I think it's important for people to learn about macro-nutrients.

I do watch my sugar-intake, and always look at the sugar content in anything that I buy that comes packaged. I don't ever like it to be more than 8g, for anything. No more than 6g for cereal or 6g for a protein bar. This is why I am not a huge fan of dried fruit, Odawalla products, flavored yogurts (even Greek, look at all the sugar in your beloved Chobani!) Larabars or most "healthy" cereals. They have so much sugar, you might as well be eating Fruit Loops.

I also limit my banana intake (no more than 5 a week) and stick to berries and honeydew for the most part. I aim for at least 15g of protein in every meal, and eat small, frequent meals throughout the day. I do watch my carbohydrate intake. I usually say no to rice, breads, pasta, croutons, and say yes to more fibrous veggies.

I listen to the needs of my body. On days when I do multiple WODs or a Spin class, I'll have a little extra oatmeal or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich (my favorite meal ever! I use 1 piece of 40 cal bread, sugar free jam and PB2). 

Performance in the gym and putting up good numbers during the WOD's are extremely important to me, and they fuel my eating habits. It's not just about food though. I stay well-hydrated, I drink a gallon of water a day, and make sure I get plenty of protein (about 100g a day), as well as 8-9 hours of sleep a night. 

I love my reader emails and comments. 
I want to thank Sarah for the awesome comment today,
"I just found your blog a couple weeks ago and it's amazing! 
You are such an inspiration to all women!"

Thank you! Readers like this are the reason I keep up with the blog. To keep me accountable in the gym, and to inspire and motivate others. 

Have a great night!


  1. Your dedication is totally admirable! You never stop amazing me! Love your blog & the passion you have for fitness & living healthy!

    & I was totally shocked the first time I read the amount of sugar in Chobani!! I didn't expect it to be so high!!

  2. Your honesty in your writing (and in these answers) is much appreciated. No sugar-coating needed! It is so helpful to have your insight, especially to someone who has just begun to delve into strength training and macro-nutrient focus for the first time. I've added you to my blogroll/pinboard as a must-read. Hope you don't mind! :)

    ps. I was completely sugarSHOCKED when I started paying attention, yes. But sodium has been another whammy - mostly in Boca products and cheeses (both of which I love)! Grrr!

  3. I love your blog and your photos, you inspire me to try and get up early!!

    I am also going to print out that motivation poster and stick it on my fridge so that when I'm tempted to snack on something I'll think of my longterm goals instead (abs!)

    Thank you :)

  4. good post!!! your dedication definitely inspires me :)

  5. Aww thank you! It means a lot to know that maybe I made your day a little better! Keep up the good work and posting! I love reading it while I'm at work! I wish I could be as dedicated as you are!

  6. Thank you for sharing your personal life and i have learn a lot from you. we eat very similar and i always have Morning Star products in my freezer. It's always good to read the labels before buying certain products.

  7. I discovered your blog about two weeks ago and, I'm not going to lie, I'm obsessed. You're funny, inspiring, and totes adorbs to boot! I, too, am a "get-up-early-and-go" kind of gal, but some mornings it's definitely a struggle. I'm working on making sure I get enough sleep and eat a more balanced diet. The details you share definitely help set a good example and give me something to strive for.

    Thanks a ton, girlie!

  8. Thanks for posting about Brandx! I'm excited to look through it. I always get bummed because I can't do pullups yet. Or quite a few other things. Lol.

  9. I just found your blog, and I have become obsessed! I love your attitude and how you view working out/eating. I cannot wait to incorporate many of the things you talk about into my daily routine. Thanks!

  10. You're giving Chobani a bit of a bad wrap here. The sugar content listed in the carbohydrate breakdown comes from the actual fruit. Add the same amount of fruit to a plain greek yogurt, and you're getting the same "sugar" content. Look at a box of raisins or a can of fruit in 100% juice. These will have grams of sugar listed in the carbohydrate breakdown even though all that is contained is fruit! Chobani doesn't add sugar as an ingredient the way that Dannon/Oikos and Yoplait both do.

  11. I've been wanting to get in shape before going to Colorado for school so I can board and run with everyone, and your blog was the inspiration I needed to get off my butt and start doing it! I have a semi-active job but haven't done anything outside that for months, and this morning (after finding your blog last night) went on a run with my mom to kick-start this business. I don't have the money to do any workout programs (all going to school), but we found some decent interval workouts on iPhone apps haha. We're also collaborating to go as "Paleo" as possible, so this should be fun.
    Thanks again, I haven't felt this "awake" in months!

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