In my short time as a Sweat Pink Ambassador I have already had a chance to meet a ton of fabulous, dedicated, strong and generally awesome women. Today one of those women, Sara Stone of She cooks, She crafts, She Runs, is hosting a getting to know you Fitness Survey Linkup. Once you get to know me a little better be sure to follow the link below to get acquainted with some of the other Ambassadors!
1. What did you eat for breakfast?
For breakfast I had leftovers from last night. A green salad, an ear of steamed corn and some smoked pork.
2. How much water do you drink a day?
I shoot for a minimum of 2 liters of water per day. I fill a pitcher up each morning and make sure it’s empty before I go to bed.
3. What is your current favorite workout?
Since the beginning of the year I have been enjoying the Sweat/Cardio portion of Tony Horton’s Power 90 series whenever I can’t get outside. It’s short and effective at getting my heart rate up.
4. How many calories do you eat a day?
I used to be a major calorie restricter which worked fantastically but required a lot of oversight. Now I shoot for around 1500-1800 depending on my activity level but I estimate rather than keep track of every morsel.
5. What are your favorite healthy snacks?
I am a nut for jerky. The protein is awesome and in moderation I can deal with the sodium. Dried fruits and nuts are another go-to for me, but again, moderation is really key as these can be very calorie dense.
6. What do you usually eat for lunch?
I am kind of a grazer so I like to fill a plate with stuff I can pick at. I like to include some protein like shredded chicken, some veggies like cut up radishes, peppers or cucumbers with a dip like hummus or yogurt and sometimes I’ll include a fruit too, especially now that we are hitting the peak of good fruit season. I’ll also include some dairy like string cheese or yogurt.
7. What is your favorite body part to strength train?
I like to work on my back because it’s integral to my overall strength.
8. What is your least favorite body part to strength train?
I can’t even think of one! Every muscle and body part is so interconnected that I can’t say any part bothers me to train.
9. What are your “bad” food cravings?
I am a “sweet treat” monster. If I get a craving it’s typically for something with sugar. Cake is probably my worst temptation followed by ice cream.
10. Do you take vitamins or supplements?
Right now I am taking a multi-vitamin and fish oil.
11. How often do you eat out?
Probably two or three times a week and almost always on the weekends only.
12. Do you eat fast food?
Fast food is something that I will do maybe two to three times a month. I like a burger once in a while, but there are also some fast food options I don’t feel bad about. Wendy’s is one of my favorite fast food places because I can get a baked potato, salad or even a small chili and stay pretty well within my dietary plans.
13. Who is your biggest supporter?
My husband is very supportive and very non-judgmental. At any size or shape he has always been there telling me how sexy I am. I think every women needs to hear stuff like that.
14. Do you have a gym membership?
I have a membership to our local community center in Grandview which has an excellent fitness facility.
15. How many hours of sleep do you get a night?
I shoot for 8-9 hours every night. Less than that and I can be a fussy mess.
16. Do you have a “cheat” day?
I use Saturday and Sunday as cheat days. Since these are the days that I spend the most time with my husband or have other social engagements it makes it easier for me to just relax on these two days. I don’t plan to go to the gym and I don’t scrutinize my food and I don’t feel bad about it either!
17. Do you drink alcohol?
I don’t drink alcohol. As I’ve gotten older I have developed a severe intolerance for alcohol which is a shame because I love beer. When I could drink I would usually have one or two on the weekends, but nothing crazy.
18. Do you have a workout buddy?
I work out with my step mom nearly every day. This is great because even when I don’t feel like going, and believe me – I have those days, knowing that she’ll be there at a certain time keeps me in check.
19. What is the best thing that has changed about your life since committing to a healthy lifestyle?
Since committing to a healthier lifestyle my whole world has changed. I lost a lot of weight and gained a ton of confidence in making healthier decisions. Those changes led me to change my whole career and become a personal trainer. Becoming a personal trainer has been the best thing ever because I love helping other people reach their fitness goals.
20. What was the last healthy thing you did?
Probably working out. Today was weights day so I hit the gym with my strength plan in hand and tackled every body part with gusto.
21. What are your favorite shoes to work out in?
If I am just lifting weights without doing and cardio I like a nice flat-soled simple shoe. I’ve got a pair of slip-on Champion shoes that are gray and pink and I totally love them for that.
22. Photo of your favorite workout outfit:
Nothing too fancy for me when I work out. I love black on black because it makes me feel a little like a ninja!