Last week I said I would do a Q&A post, so here it goes. Before I answer any questions, I must remind you that I am not a professional anything (except maybe procrastinator...money spender...Reese's Blast eater). These are all my personal experiences and should not be taken as medical/health advice. Pretty much, you do you at your own risk, ok?
Q: robine182 "Future plans? Kids? Work? Stay at home? Favorite socks of all time?"
A: Probably definitely done having babies. I don't know that I could go through an infertility battle again with two little ones who need me to be present emotionally. Work? Stay home? As long as I can, I'll probably stay home until the babies are in school for a few years. Favorite socks of all time?? Now that's a tough one. Probably these right now, though it'll probably change once I bust out the Christmas socks...
Q: raelynmc "What are the two most important things you did to kick off your weight loss at the beginning? Also how did you change your frame of mind to keep going?"
A: Two most important things would be finding my inspiration, instead of trying to force it like so many times before, and setting mini-goals and rewards for meeting those goals. How did I change my frame of mind? This would have been easier for me to answer in my first year of weight loss. I found my inspiration and I decided I was going to do it this time, and I did. I was motivated and dedicated. I'm struggling a
Q: kinni4673 "What did you typically eat in a week? Did you still have success when you had slip ups with eating along the way?"
A: In the beginning, I ate a lot of frozen "lean/smart/healthy-whatever" meals. They were easy and the calories were right on the package. Also, HERE's a food post I did about a year and a half ago. I still eat lots of salads, chicken, sweet potatoes, turkey hot dogs, and I still like my Pizza Lean Pockets. I'll also make a recipe and eat it until I'm tired of it. Slip ups...in the beginning, when I had more to lose, they slowed me down, but didn't often set me back. These days, one day of "bad" food can set me back a week or more, depending on just how bad.
Q: zainabraazi "What did you snack on? How many calories did you eat in a day and what all did you eat?"
A: Turkey jerky is a favorite snack of mine. Calories: in the beginning I ate 1200 (I don't recommend this) I stopped losing weight and had nowhere to go but up from there. I moved up to 1500 calories, then again up to 1700, again to 1800 (where I stayed for a long time), and now I'm back to
Q: ashlee0288 "How much exercise did you do when you first started losing weight and how long until you noticed a difference?"
A: When I first started losing weight, I tried to burn a minimum of 200 calories almost everyday. I did this by using my Wii Fit, Dance Central, and I had an elliptical for a while. I did not have a gym membership for quite some time. It was probably about 4 months until I felt a real difference. That'll depend on your weight/goals though.
Q: tifokon "Plan on having anymore babies? Do twins run in your family?"
A: Probably no more babies for us. Twins do not run in my family. We went through fertility treatments and had a litter :)
Q: kgoggans2 "Top 5 fave tv shows of all time"
A: Ooh I like this question! I Love Lucy is always #1, The New Adventures of Old Christine, The Walking Dead, The Big Bang Theory, Golden Girls.
Q: noni611: "I know you are against 1200 calorie diets. I bumped my calories up to 1400 in mfp, but I want to know how you feel about eating back calories burned during cardio."
A: I do not have a strong opinion about this because I don't know that there is a "right" answer. Personally, I don't eat back my exercise calories. In my, completely unprofessional, opinion, if you're burning a crazy amount of calories most days of the week, it might be a good idea to eat back some or all exercise calories. Sometimes you have to play around with your calories and see what works. If you do this, I would personally give each change a full month before changing again. Remember...I'm not a professional. This is all just from my personal experience.
Q: yourmom581 "Weight loss story, exercise you did, how often, what you ate, how long it took"
A: You can find a lot of my weight loss story in my guest post on SkinnyMeg's blog from April HERE and also HERE from my 2 year anniversary post. I've already talked a good bit about my exercise and food in the beginning. Currently I do go to the gym and my favorite workout is Group Power (a group weights class). How long it took: 2+ years and counting. I'm still about 20 lbs from my goal weight.
Q: jessidavis23 "How do you cut your calories, yet still manage to make your coffee enjoyable?"
A: Oh, Jessi, a coffee girl after my own heart! I do not sacrifice my coffee to save calories. I drink 2 large cups of Dunkin Donuts Pumpkin Spice coffee each morning. Each cup gets 3 Mini Moo's (individual half and half), 4 packs of Splenda, and 2 Tbsp of Extra Creamy Cool Whip. That's 117 calories for both and worth every one!
Q: nadinerkdale "I wanna hear about how you met your husband! You guys seem like such a great match, I would love to hear your love story!"
A: You're sweet! We are a great match, and it's mostly because of him :) He's so very easy going (read: puts up with me). We met across the teller line. I was 19 and working as a teller at a bank. He was a manager of a fast food restaurant and brought in the deposits regularly. We flirted across the teller line a bit and passed a money strap back and forth a couple of times with notes on it. One day, he passed his number on it. I wrote my number on it and passed it back (hello, I'm a girl, you call me). He called me that night and we went out the next night. I told him I wasn't looking for a relationship, but we could go out if he wanted. I wouldn't hold his hand (because that's for relationships), but we kissed (Way to keep those priorities in order, self). We went out a few more times and just kind of fell into that relationship I said I didn't want. We moved in together a few short months later, were engaged a year later, and married a year after that. Nothing according to (my) plan, but all so right. He's really wonderful.
Q: jessicarhea56 "How do you not give into craving sweets? (I LOVE chocolate)"
A: I do give into sweets. If it fits in my calories, I eat it. Everything in moderation is ok, in my opinion. (Moderation is what I need to remind myself of lately!)
Q: Sarah "you probably already wrote this somewhere, but how did you and hubby meet? And if you had to get a job (full time or just for fun), what would it be?"
A: See two questions up for how we met :) If I had to get a job, I'd probably go back to being a teller. I actually enjoyed my job and loved my customers/members.
Q: Drea "As a fellow running hater myself, what kind of workouts will you be doing in place of running?"
A: Girl, I feel you! I'll continue to go to Group Power 1-2 days a week and will be walking. My gym is also adding in R30 (a cycling class) to the schedule and I'll be doing that 1-2 days a week as well. That's the plan for now, but I'm sure it'll change over time.
Q: MaddieMom110 "You may have answered this question before (I'm sure of it), but what workouts did you start out with at your heaviest? Did you do "X" for a certain amount of time, distance, etc.? Thanks!"
A: I first used my Wii Fit and Dance Central on the Xbox. My goal was to burn at least 200 calories almost everyday. Instead of a time limit, I had a calorie goal in mind. 200 was my minimum goal and I'd burn more if I felt like I could go longer.
Q: Samantha "How did you stay motivated when you were losing weight? What were your typical meals like during most of your active weight loss?"
A: Motivation: I set prizes for certain goals, I posted pictures around the house (above my TV where I worked out, on the refrigerator, on my bathroom mirror) of things that motivated me, and browsed Pinterest A LOT for motivational sayings. Early on, meals were lots of "lean/healthy/smart" frozen meals. I moved on to more "real" foods, but I'm no clean eater by any means. I eat a lot of chicken, salads, sweet potatoes, eggs, frozen sides, and I still like Pizza Lean Pockets :)
I hope I didn't miss anyone's question. If I did, just let me know and I'll answer you personally.
Y'all have a good day!