Thanks to everyone who submitted anonymous questions via my new ASK ME! Page. I am going to be answering all the questions every Friday so keep them coming!!
Question: What do you consider to be your most annoying habit?
I would say my lack of self confidence. I tend to doubt myself A LOT! It completely surprises me when people say they are inspired by me or that they admire me. The first thing I think is, Why? I am just really bad about giving myself any credit and I tend to consider myself a failure if I am not “perfect”…I am working on it…with a lot of supportive help from the hubs.
Question: Do you and Keith have any pets?
We do! We have a very old dog named, Kodi. He is actually Keith’s dog and he is 14!!
Question: How long have you and Keith been married?
We will have been married 4 years on April 30th! I can’t believe it has been 4 years!! WOW! But I have enjoyed every minute of it!
- I just LOVED our wedding cake! I wish we still had some…although it would probably be quite freezer burned after 4 years!
Question: You reference your mom’s cooking a lot, do you have a favorite mom recipe?
My mom is a GREAT cook! She has so many great dishes it is definitely hard to just choose one. Um…I guess if I HAD to pick I would chose her shrimp creole (although she does make a mean King Ranch Chicken). This past January we went to the beach and she made it for us! Isn’t is it pretty?
Question: What is the one kitchen accessory you can’t live without?
Ooh…I am going to go with my toaster oven. I know that sounds crazy but it is a lifesaver! I don’t use the microwave a whole lot and this is so much better for reheating things or cooking for just me and Keith. We have a Black and Decker
TRO651. (Picture below)
Our Toaster Oven
Question: What type of running shoes do you wear? Do you run and workout inthe same shoes?
I wear Kswiss. I like two different styles: the Kanejo and the K-Ona. The K-Ona are lighter and so I typically like those for my races and the Kanejo’s are typically what I use on my cross training days. Both are awesome! I do NOT wear the same shoes I run in to lift weights or do cross training. So I have like 4 or 5 pairs of shoes all the time. I have my Kswiss Kanejos for running and then another pair for cross-training and weight lifting. This extends the life of your shoes and I think it is important to keep your running shoes as truly running shoes…that way you can see the patterns of your foot strike and get a good idea of your stride pattern.
Question: Here’s a question from some of the ladies in our body pump class. It seems as though all of us want to increase our weight during the squat track. However, it just adds more pressure on our back and we end up with a sore lower back. Not from the back track! Is there any postitioning tips you can give us? Our instructor just said not to use as much weight. But we all feel like the weight we are using is too easy. What do you or your husband think?
When doing any kind of squat movement your stance and posture are the MOST IMPORTANT. I think you can add more weight as long as when you do you still maintain proper form and technique. Really focus on the following things:
- Keeping the core tight and locked in. Always!
- Sitting WAY back into the squat. Pretend you are sitting onto a chair that isn’t there. The more ridiculous it feels the more right it is! Really push that booty back!
- Make sure your knees are at a 90 degree angle. You should always be able to see your toes. If you can’t then your knees are too far forward.
- Push through the heels. You should be able to lift your toes in your shoes while squatting.
- Control the squat descent and don’t just drop into it.
Hope these help…and keep me posted!
Question: Do you always take a rest day? What are yours thoughts on overtraining? I want to push myself but am afraid of going to far…
Yes! I always take Sundays completely 100% off. I sleep late, relax and eat! I have found that my body works really well with one day of complete rest. That doesn’t mean I don’t do anything…but I don’t do any form of traditional exercise. For me, Sundays are a natural rest day. But I have friends who take a rest day every 10th day and that works for them. Personally I think rest days are important and beneficial. I think once you find a pattern that works for you and your body you need to honor it and do what is best for you! My advice would be to experiment with different intervals. Some people need a rest day every 3 days, some every 6, some every 10…just play around with it and see what makes you feel the best and allows you to have optimal performance.
Question: Two questions, do you do your long runs on the treadmill or only outside? Also do you ever workout with kettlebells?
I do my long runs both places depending on 2 things: the weather and the time. First I need to say that I HAVE to do my run first thing in the morning. That is just how I roll. So, if the weather is pretty and I can run after it gets light out (around 6:30 – 7:00am) then I definitely prefer to be outside. But if the weather is gross and if I need to run early (like around 5:00 – 5:30am) then I stick to the treadmill. With that said I have never run longer than 14 miles on a treadmill. Anything longer than that…I just suck it up and go outside!
As for kettlebells…yes I have done them and HOLY WOW they are a sick workout! Oh my gosh I have never been more sore than after a kettlebell workout. Keith is an awesome instructor and his classes are hardcore! Keith loves kettlebells so we have a set at the house and we take them with us on vacations…haha!
Question: Do you do core work/abs? Everyday? What typically?
I don’t do specific core work everyday but I do try to get in core workouts at least 2-3 times a week. But I also always try to engage my core when I am doing other things. When I run I keep my core pulled in, when I lift weights I make sure the abs are tight and alot times when I am working at my desk I will sit on a stability ball instead of a chair. This forces me to have good posture AND it engages the stomach and back muscles! When I do core work I do a lot of planks/hovers and more functional exercises with medicine balls versis traditional sit ups or crunches.
Question: Do you strength-train?
It is no secret that I HATE lifting weights but I know it is important. I have started doing Body Pump twice a week as a way to get my weight lifting in. Truthfully this is the only way I will do it. (Yes…even though my husband is a personal trainer and I am also certified…crazy I know! haha!)
Question: What do you think of soy products? Seems like a lot of controversial research.
I agree that there is a lot of controversial research regarding soy. But this is true for almost everything on the market (diary, organic foods, kombucha, teas, caffeine, etc…) I treat soy like I treat everything else…everything in moderation. I don’t eat it all the time…maybe like 2 or 3 times a month. But honestly, I found that cutting out soy really helped with my digestion. About a year ago I was eating it like 2 or 3 times a week and once I cut back things go a lot more smoothly…shall we say! So as a personal choice I don’t eat it a lot.
Question: Two things – what taco shells did you use in last nights dinner and when and why did you choose to eat gluten free?
The taco shells are blue-corn shells from a company called Garden of Eatin and they are both gluten-free and organic.
As for going gluten-free. I do not have Celiac disease but I do think I have a gluten sensitivity. I do not have very good digestive system and I always noticed a slight bloat in my lower abs. So I removed gluten (about a year ago) and here is everything that got better almost immediately:
- My skin cleared up! I have never had acne but I always thought my skin was a little dull and after removing gluten my complextion brightened and I NEVER get pimples anymore!
- I used to always get canker sores inside my mouth and I just thought it was normal. Since removing gluten I haven’t had them. Whenever I do go off the wagon and have a gluten-fest I will immediately get a canker sore.
- I had lines (ridges) on my teeth and nails…remove gluten…ridges gone!
- NO MORE LOWER AB BLOAT! AT ALL!
- I have more regular bowl movements. This might be TMI but I used to only have a bowel movement about once a week and now I have 3 or 4. (still not great but getting better)
With that said, I am only about 90% gluten-free but it has changed my life! And now that America is becoming more health savvy there are a lot of gluten-free options and resturaunt menus now available!
Question: What is your favorite run distance and have you always been this fast?
Oh too sweet…I am blushing! My favorite distance is without a doubt the half marathon. I love it. To me, it is the perfect distance to really push yourself and also allows for some slight error. Meaning if you get stuck behind a slow pack, have a bad start or stop to grab water you still have time to make up lost time. As for my speed…I ran competitively in high school as a sprinter but didn’t have much endurance or long distance speed. That has taken a lot of training and work to get to where I am today. But I love it and sometimes wish I could afford a professional coach…just to see where that could lead me. But then I fear the “fun” of running would be lost. I don’t know…it is something Keith and I often talk about.
Great questions this week! Thanks to everyone and keep them coming! With that, have a GREAT Friday night everyone!!
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