This will be a very fluid list that I will add to as I receive questions.
Updated May 2015
What type of exercise watch do you use?
I’m asked this on almost a daily basis! I use the Polar FT40 and absolutely love it. You can see my full review here. When running I have been using the Garmin Forerunner 110 since December 2013 and I can’t imagine running without it now!
What is your diet like?
I have been a vegetarian for 8 years and try to eat whole, real foods and quality fats & protein. To find out how to calculate how many calories you need a day, and to take a peek at what my average day looks like in food, see this post. I don’t really believe in ‘dieting’ but you can see some of my tips on the basics of eating healthy here. I’m all about the 80/20 diet. 80% of my life I try to eat healthy, 20% of my life is spent eating nachos and chocolate.
What is your favorite type of exercise?
Right now I’m training for giving birth in September 2015 so my primary focus is just staying active however I can! At 24 weeks I’m running at least once a week, hiking/walking 2-3x a week, and strength training 2x a week. Before getting pregnant I was planning to train for my first ultramarathon! I completed my first marathon in November of 2013, my second marathon in April of 2014 and my third marathon the day after my wedding in November 2014 (hand-in-hand with my husband!) I love working out at home and my favorite DVD’s are Jillian Michaels 6 week 6 pack and the Booty Barre series.
How did you start running?
After spending years overweight and chain-smoking I never thought I’d become a runner. Two years ago I started doing a modified version of the couch to 5k program. You can read a bit more about that here. I did my first 5k in October of 2012, my first half in April 2013.
How do you stay motivated?
Being overweight and remembering what that felt like is pretty good motivation! I still struggle sometimes with making the healthiest eating choices and getting up at early to workout but I just love how much better I feel when I’m taking care of myself. You can read my top 10 tips for staying motivated for what works best for me.
What’s with the pink streak?
When I started teaching at UWF many moons ago I actually had bleach blond hair on top, and hot pink under! I needed to tone it down a bit so I went back to my natural color but kept one little strip of pink. I bleach it at home myself and use Hot, Hot Pink by manic panic. You can buy the ‘normal’ Hot Hot pink in Sally’s but I prefer to get the Amplified formula from Amazon as it stays much longer!