weeks months ago Michele nominated me for the Liebster award and with all the holiday fun and my medical fiasco, I got side tracked and forgot to post this fun little survey about myself. Better late than never, right? Here are a few random tidbits about me. Thanks Michele for the nomination and if you haven’t checked out her blog, you should swing by it because she is hilarious.
1. What is your current health related goal?
To get back to my pre-injury fitness level and maintain my current weight. I maintained my fitness during my injury so my endurance is good, but I need to work on my pace and strengthening imbalances. Also get my hormones balanced. More to come on that.
2. What is your biggest irrational fear?
Getting stuck in an elevator. It’s happened to me at least twice in my life. Every time I get on an elevator, I freak out a little inside. I take the stairs or escalator if I have the option.
3. Do you enjoy wrapping presents?
I do like wrapping presents, but I like giving them more.
4. What’s your favorite cross training activity?
Swimming and weight lifting are my favs, of course I can’t pick just one!
5. If I came to visit you, what would we do?
We would go for a hike, shop and I would bake you muffins and other delicious food.
6. You have 2 weeks off of work and 2 round trip plane tickets to ANYWHERE. Where would you go and who would you take?
I’d go to Greece. I did a study abroad in Spain and backpacked everywhere except Greece and Italy. I swore someday I would make it back to both places. So far I only made it to Italy. I would take Jaime. He’s my travel buddy and if someday I ever got married my husband would just have to deal with me traveling with another man or come along.
7. What’s the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you during a run or race?
Last year I was doing my usual Saturday morning 12 miler. During the last 1/2 mile, I was completely zoned out and tripped over a speed bump and hand planted in the pavement. It was in front of a large group of teenagers doing a car wash. They all came rushing over to help. My knee and hands were gushing blood. I’m anemic so when I bleed, I bleed a lot. Being that I have an abnormally high tolerance for pain, I shrugged it off and kept going. I had 2 people stop me on the way home ask if I was ok. I had blood all over me. When I got home, road rash pain set in. I was so embarrassed. I mean if you’re gonna fall why does it have to be with an audience? This pic was after I cleaned it. It was still bleeding.
8. Tell me the 3 best days of your life. Or at least the first 3 that pop into your mind.
The day I decided to change my lifestyle and began walking on the beach every night. Except for my injuries this year, I haven’t stopped walking since. I lost almost all my 80 pounds simply walking every day. You don’t have to be a runner or hard core gym rat to lose weight, be fit or healthy. You just have to walk. Every day. Walk, walk, walk.
Completing my first half marathon. Crossing the finish line was the most incredible feeling of accomplishment. I can’t even begin to describe it. Hope I get to experience that again soon one of these days.
When I finally accepted that my weight loss made me a better person. I had better self-esteem and self-confidence, a new perspective on life and was no longer scared to live and experience what life had to offer. I was no longer timid of socializing with others either. Funny how small changes can add up big and really change you.
9. Okay, you HAVE to eat a fast food meal. What restaurant would you choose and what would you order?
Does Chipotle or Subway count? If not, then I don’t eat fast food.
10. Have you ever met a celebrity?
Yes, I met this lady last March and was in heaven. I love the Housewives of OC and she is my fav. If I knew I was meeting someone famous this day, I would’ve put on makeup and my fancy pants.
11. Share a picture of yourself in non workout clothes!
12. If you could choose to have a ‘do-over’ and switch careers, what would you choose and why?
I be a certified health coach, get my nutrition degree, develop more delicious food recipes & take a thousand pictures of all the food, do nutrition and weight loss counseling and become a full-time writer. I would sell my muffins and write a cookbook. I think about how I can make this happen all the time. I don’t want to end up having regrets.
13. If you won the Olympic Gold Medal – how do you think you would react?
I would cry.
14. What do you want for Christmas?
It’s already over, but my wish is to be free of injury, free of doctors and pain. Having endured so much this year, I just want to be healthy again. That’s all.
15. What skill do you lack?
I’m not a very open person when it comes to interacting with new people. I’ve had so many people let me down in life since I was very young. My natural instinct is to push people away and not let them in. As I’ve gotten older I’ve become more laid back about this, but it’s still something I want to work on.
So there you have it. All my deep dark secrets! Now I nominate the following bloggers for this fun survey.
Now it’s your turn. If you could choose to have a ‘do-over’ and switch careers, what would you choose and why? What skill do you lack? Have you ever met a celebrity? Ready, set, go!
Lots of Health, Food & Love,
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