Best Body Bootcamp: Week 3

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 | Posted under Health + Fitness

bootcamp_large_thumb1I completed my third week in the Best Body Bootcamp last week, and it was not pretty. I only managed to work out four out of the five required days to be eligible for the weekly drawing, and to also get an entry for the big grand prize at the end of the bootcamp. But not only that, I just feel like I didn’t manage my time very well. I think one of the hardest things about working out is actually finding the time to do it. Once I’m doing it, I feel like I’m in good enough shape that I’m able to accomplish something worthwhile and “get a good workout” as they say.

Wintertime is the worst. I have no problem finding loads of time in the summer when the sun is out until well past dinner, but in the winter, it’s difficult to pry myself out of my comfortable, warm apartment. Of course, having a husband who is also trying to lose weight has been really helpful. It’s fun going to the gym together, splitting up to do our own thing, and then come back and share what we’ve accomplished.

This past week, I even had him participate in a bit of my Best Body Bootcamp workouts, including wall squats and push-ups. I have never formally been taught how to do a push-up, and as far as I knew, I did them adequately enough. Apparently not! Erik basically told me I was doing them all wrong and tried to get me into the right position, which felt awful! Eventually I got to the point where I could do a couple before feeling like I was about to collapse on the mat, but I suppose it’s better to do a couple the right way than a ton the wrong way! I have a long way to go when it comes to my upper body strength!

I also found out tonight that the next Best Body Bootcamp will start on April 1st and registration opens February 25. I highly encourage you guys to join if you want to get a good workout and lose weight. I have loved participating in the private BBB Facebook group, I love that all the workouts have modifications so you never feel like you can’t do something, and I love that every two weeks we do something different in our workouts. It’s very easy to follow, has good diversity, and I personally think it’s making a difference. Of course, I won’t know for sure until the end of this week when I do my mid-BBB Fitness Test and take my measurements, so I’ll have more to say about my progress next week!

But one things for sure, by the time I’m done with BBB, I want to do at least one pushup.

 

Can you do push-ups? Do you like working out with someone else? How do you stay motivated in the winter?

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Whole30: Day 21-28

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 | Posted under Health + Fitness

Although I’m only three days away from finishing the Whole30 (rather successfully, I might add!), I’ve decided to still focus on my week-by-week recap and then I’ll do another week recap plus some of my overall thoughts next week.

The Food

imagesThis weekend proved to be a bit of a challenge as I went on my church’s Women’s Retreat. I wasn’t sure what to expect and I didn’t tell anyone that I was doing Paleo until I got there. I sort of assumed that I would more-or-less be able to deal with whatever food choices were available, and for the most part it was true. However, to feel more confident about not starving, I brought four Larabars that we bought at Whole Foods. It’s a good thing, because there were a couple of hiccups. When we arrived on Friday night, my friend and I had missed dinner so we ended up going to the hotel restaurant to get food. Pretty much the only thing I could eat were salads, because their meat entrees were really expensive! So I got a $14 Cobb salad with chicken, but had them remove the bleu cheese (which I don’t even like) and the bacon (because I couldn’t guarantee that it wasn’t made with sugar). It was a huge salad and I didn’t even finish it all. Success!

For breakfast on Saturday, it was your standard continental breakfast of pastries and fruit. I chose a banana and a Banana Bread Larabar. Whew. Totally safe. Except for one thing: no protein! At lunch, the only things that were safe was the salad, but I also decided to eat the almondine green beans and the salmon with mango chutney. Both of those may have had butter involved, but it was hard to tell. They also could have been prepared with oil, so I basically decided that I was safe because couldn’t readily tell otherwise (unlike the bacon, which I know from experience is made with sugar).

At snacktime I was starving because I had had such little protein that whole day. It was almost all carbs and vegetables. No wonder I was always snacking all the time! I had a Granny Smith apple, which did nothing and by the time it was dinner I was famished again. Dinner proved to be more trouble. Our options were a chicken parm (cheese!), a stuffed sole (grains!), a rice pilaf (grains!) and a vegetable medley. I told the server about my dietary problems, and asked if there was anything else I could have. So they offered the prime rib they had going on in the restaurant. Score! They also told me that the vegetable medley had butter on it, so they brought me steamed veggies. This is also why I figure that my almondine green beans probably were not Whole30 approved, but I didn’t know at the time.

For breakfast on Sunday, we had “go breakfast boxes” but they weren’t even close to be okay for Paleo. Yogurt (dairy!), a bagel (grains! — although they did have gluten-free bagels, which I thought was nice), and a fruit cup (processed sugar!). Sigh. I was totally out of luck, so I nommed on a Cherry Pie Larabar.

Another discovery I made this weekend: black tea! Turns out, I actually like the taste of unsweetened black tea, and it’s totally fine to drink. Whew! That was a main source of my caffeine and liquids, since I’m rather sick of water at this point.

The Feelings

One thing that I’ve noticed the last week is the energy I have when I wake up. Although I’m not exactly bounding out of bed, I’ve noticed that it’s a lot easier for me to just be, well, awake! Before I was always so groggy and foggy-headed and miserable. It was literally painful to be awake until I got some coffee in me. Now for the last week, since I started school, I’ve noticed that I can get up at 7:30 and I’m rather awake. It’s a really pleasant change. I’m not sure what to attribute it too, but I’m glad it happened!

The Diabetes

Oy, this one is getting a little more painful. I’ve had a lot more high blood sugars this week, and I attribute that to not working out as much. I only did four days, instead of my usual 5 or 6. I was also traveling, which always throws off my routine. In addition, anytime you start to make changes, there is a period of adjustment. Sometimes the adjustments take longer to smooth out. For the most part, my blood sugars are still wildly better than before. It’s just that now that I’m lowering my insulin intake to avoid low blood sugars, my margin for error is a lot smaller and if I make a mistake, it’s quite noticeable. I’m learning that although things are easier to manage, I still have to test often, do my best to carb count well and bolus early.

 

Caroline asks, “I’d like to know how things changed for you in terms of meal planning and cooking after you started classes again.” 

I’ve only been in school for all of three days, so it’s hard to tell at this point what things will look like at the end of my Spring term. Right now, I’m still doing my usual overeasy eggs, fruit and sausage, but I’m thinking that making an egg casserole over the weekend might be the way to do it. Our mornings are a bit rushed now with both Erik and I trying to cook, so I’m not sure how long we’ll last!

Meal planning is big in our house. We go through the week and I write down all of our meals in my planner so we have enough, and then we make our shopping list based on that. We usually go back out again toward Thursday or Friday to pick up something that we might have forgotten or that we ran out of early (usually fruit, but sometimes things like ghee or coconut oil). We rarely stick to the planner exactly, swapping meals around based on how long they take to cook and what we’re in the mood for. But we always have the food ready to go. It’s also great because we rarely overbuy. Everything we buy will at some point will get used, so even though we are spending more, I feel like we are really getting our money’s worth.

 

Next week is my last recap of the Whole30! Do you have any questions that I haven’t answered? Feel free to let me know!

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The Years of Kick-Ass

Monday, January 28th, 2013 | Posted under Diabetes, Personal Essays

As of yesterday, I have lived with type 1 diabetes for 19 years.

I wish I had something profound and wise to say. I feel like I should. I’m on this brand-new path to become a diabetes educator, where I will spend the rest of my career helping people fulfill their dreams by being the healthiest version of themselves. I plan to inspire, motivate, encourage, and comfort those who are struggling with the rigorous, frustrating and endless tasks that comes with managing diabetes. The disease that is never on auto-pilot, never on vacation, and never sleeps.

But this year, I don’t really feel like I have anything to add to the conversation other than to “Yep. Another year is in the books.”

January is depressing for me. Although a diaversary is (traditionally, I suppose, though I don’t know who created the tradition) a time of celebration that another year has been successfully lived and enjoyed, part of me is always reminded me that yet another year has been lived. With diabetes. And that so many more years with diabetes are ahead of me.

I like celebrating diaversaries, of course, which is why I created an entire line of Blue Cupcake Diaversary card. In honors my 19th diaversary, our whole inventory is 19% off all this week! Stock up now!

But my own diaversary has always been bittersweet. While I acknowledge the successes I’ve had with the disease, I also realize just how difficult it has made my life.

How it has warped my relationship with food, even more than it probably would have been had I only been a white twentysomething American woman. If you think your relationship with food is fucked up, try living with something that you need to survive but could also kill you. If I didn’t have to eat, things would be so much simpler. It’s rough.

How it complicates every aspect of my life, not just in food but in whether or not I can go for a run, or if I have to stop touring the museum to treat a low blood sugar, to whether or not I can even drive my car. Hell, it’s even stopped me from having sex!

It makes me sad, but I try to avoid letting it influence my day-to-day emotions. Honestly, no amount of whining or negligence is going to make it go away. It is what it is. I do what I need to do and I do my best to help others do what tey need to do, and that’s the long and short of it.

But then there’s the sweet part. All the friends I have made definitely tops the list. I swear to God, diabetes only affects the best people. If you have diabetes, chances are you’re also awesome. Diabetes has given purpose to my life. I have learned more about the human body, nutrition, fitness, psychology, economics, medical research and international relations that I ever thought I would.

Diaveraries are also a good time to reflect. It’s like a birthday or New Year’s or the start of a new season. Any anniversary is a good time to look back at the previous year and see what worked and what didn’t. For the most part, the past year didn’t really work. I was eating the wrong things, not exercising enough, and just kind of floundering around with my diabetes management. I mean, hey, it happens. But it’s sort of been a recurring theme for the last couple of years, truth be told. I’ll have a couple months where I’m awesome, but then even more months where I’m not awesome, and so the end result is generally just… Meh.

It’s been the Year(s) of Meh.

I’m so over Meh. Time to switch into Kick-Ass!

I have plans for the future as far as my health goes. The eating better. The exercising more. The monitoring blood sugars. The technology wearing (nope, still not on a pump, but I’m making headway on getting the new Dexcom!). The therapy going. All good things. All things that are definitely not Meh.

At the start of my twentieth year with diabetes, I have lived with diabetes for 70% of my life. And that percentage is only going to get bigger.

But I have a feeling that the Years of Kick-Ass will also continue to grow.

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Tell Me Something Good

Friday, January 25th, 2013 | Posted under Tell Me Something Good

It’s our first Tell Me Something Good of the year, my monthly series where I share something good that’s going on in my life and ask you to do the same!

My Something Good for this month is definitely the Paleo diet. I’m absolutely loving the impact that it is having on my diabetes, which in turn affects how I feel. I also love that I’m rarely hungry these days. I’m eating so much filling protein and healthy fats that my meals last me hours. Even though I’m not supposed to, I’m keeping tabs on my calories. I never eat for the sake of reaching my supposed “calorie goal.” I’m just doing it to observe how I feel versus what MyFitnessPal tells me to eat. Plus, with my diabetes, I have to look up stuff anyways to get the carb and protein counts, so I figured I might as well record stuff.

And it’s surprising how full and healthy I feel on fewer calories than before. When I first used MyFitnessPal in 2011 to lose weight for my wedding, it was definitely hard and I often had nights were I was starving, trying to eke out a few more calories. But I never have that problem anymore and I can definitely see myself not calorie counting anymore. You just don’t need to! Woohoo!

What’s your Something Good this month?

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Best Body Bootcamp: Week 2

Thursday, January 24th, 2013 | Posted under Health + Fitness

I have to admit, I’m definitely loving the Best Body Bootcamp! I think what I love most about it is the fact that I have my entire workout basically planned out for me, and so there’s very little that I need to plan out for myself. I also like that Tina continually mixes things up, so we’re not doing the same rotations or moves. She sends out a calendar with all of our exercises, and links to demos on YouTube and other websites. It’s been really challenging, with some moves being much harder than others. I always leave sweating!

The second thing that I’ve been enjoying, but find challenging, is our secondary goals. We’re asked to come up with two additional goals for the week, and completing them at least 5 days of the week gives us an entry into the weekly prize and the big grand prize at the end. My first week, I decided to start testing six times a day and turning off electronics at 10pm. It actually went really well. In fact, a little too well. Turns out, testing my blood sugar six times a day when I’m exercising is sort of a given, so that didn’t even take any effort. The second goal, turning off electronics early, actually worked really well too. But I attribute that to being really engaged in a couple of books.

Last week, I ditched the testing and replaced it with drinking a tall glass of water at every meal. The problem though is that I’m not always that thirsty at every meal. Sometimes I’ll eat my whole breakfast in one go — and then take a few gulps of water. That didn’t really work very well. I also got off track with turning off electronics at 10. I definitely did it a few nights, but not enough to get me an entry into the Grand Prize drawing. Whoops.

This week, I thought about just keeping the same goals, but then I realized that maybe I needed to ease myself into this. Maybe I was going about my goals the wrong way. First of all, drinking all my water at my meals isn’t necessary, so I’ve switched it up and decided that I just want to drink at least two full water bottles every day. I’ll probably drink more on days I exercise. For my electronic usage, I realize that my biggest problem is actually staying up on my phone when I’m in bed instead of going to sleep when I know I should. I also know that the light from the phone bothers Erik, so it’s really something I need to quit doing. So my modified electronics goal is to stop using my iPhone in bed. I’m either sleeping, trying to fall asleep or… ya know. Wink wink.

Then after that, I think we can start working on turning off electronics earlier and getting to bed earlier. But I find that sometimes the best ways to get goals accomplished is to do things incrementally so you don’t overwhelm yourself, and it also has to be a goal that is actually going to make a positive difference in your life. Not just doing it for the sake of doing it.

 

Are you an incremental goal-achiever or do you just go all in?

 

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Back to School!

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 | Posted under School

After a relaxing four and a half weeks off, I’m back at school! Spring term started yesterday, during one of the coldest weeks in recent memory. Ack! Luckily I barely have to be outside, but still. What are the odds?

My break from school was very relaxing, which means I didn’t get nearly as much done as I wanted, but it was still nice. I spent a lot of time focused on my Paleo diet and the Best Body Bootcamp, working on a few posts for DiabetesMine, kinda sorta working on my new book, and spending a lot of time reading and watching TV and in general wasting time on the Internet. It’s always hard to have a break in winter, I think, because most of the time I don’t really want to be outside in the cold. Plus, I’m also on my “no eating out” fast, so that really limits how long I can be gone before I have to come home and eat. So there were no big fun days in the city. But I also saved money, so there’s that.

I also find that I do better when I have a more set schedule, rather than whole open days of time for me to organize. I’m not always the most, um, motivated person and so it’s helpful to know I have X number of hours until my next scheduled activity. Keeps me focused.

This semester is looking to be quite busy, but I also have more consolidated breaks. Last term, I was only in school for about half the day, or even less, Monday through Friday. This year, most of my classes are on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. I only have one class on Mondays, and I have no classes on Friday. Yay! I’m hoping to use Monday and Friday to primarily working on my book and freelance assignments. On Wednesdays, I have a four hour block of time (I’m using that block to write this post) which I’m hoping to use primarily for homework and studying. I get done with class on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3pm, but since Erik and I are carpooling more this year, I plan to just spend a couple hours at the library to study and do homework. It’s only the first week, of course, but that’s kind of my game-plan to stay on schedule, get stuff done, but still have my evenings open for exercising and hanging out with Erik and my friends.

I’ll definitely need to stay on schedule because my classes are going to be intense. I’m taking Anatomy & Physiology II with a lab (so that’s 6 hours of class), Microbiology with a lab (also 6 hours of class) and Statistics (4 hours of class). Whew! I hear Microbiology is going to be the killer this term, so I’m really hoping I’ll be able to keep up. All my professors seem pretty decent this term though, which is good.

I also submitted my application to my top choice school this month. However, their minimum undergrad GPA is 3.2 and I only got a 3.03, so I was told I really needed to rock my classes. I got an A in math, but a B+ in A&P and a B in Chem. It meets their requirements, but I’m not sure if it’s stellar enough for them to overlook my undergrad GPA. Some students will be called to have an interview, and I’m really hope I’m chosen. Nursing schools are really competitive, so I guess I’m trying to play it down because I feel like if I don’t get in, the rejection won’t hurt as much. But truth be told, I’m a basket case any time I’m rejected, even when I see it coming.

Sigh.

 

Do you have any tips for handling possible rejection?

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Tuesday Wisdom

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 | Posted under Tuesday Wisdom

I hope your answer is never “Nothing.”

 

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Whole30: Day 14-20

Monday, January 21st, 2013 | Posted under Health + Fitness

Wow, halfway through the Whole30 Paleo challenge already! While I’m definitely looking forward to it being over (just so we can ease up a little on the rules), I do think that this has been a good change and has taught us a lot. Including a few new foods that we’ll be circulating into our menu more often!

But first, here’s a look at the latest:

The Food

Unfortunately, a few of our meals this week didn’t turn out quite the way we hoped. We made some beef shanks, which were good, but really difficult to eat because they were so bony. We also tried to make this broccoli-cauliflower soup, which just ended up tasting like mushy flavorless broccoli. It was really gross! Sigh. We also made some turkey burgers with Indian spices, which were good but it required a Portobello mushroom bun. And… yeah, it’s definitely no substitute for a hamburger bun. It was way too stiff. However, in our Paleo cookbook, Practical Paleo, there is another option to use a sweet potato pancake as a bun, which I think would work really well! I just need something softer. However, all of our meals had leftovers, and we didn’t need to do any cooking on Saturday! The only thing we had to go out and get was more fruit because we go through that stuff fast! Both of us eat about two pieces of fruit (sometimes three) a day.

The Feelings

I suppose I’m a little disappointed overall with the lack of a boost of energy for me. I feel almost the same as I did when I was on a regular Standard American Diet. I do feel like I’m less bloated on this diet, and one interesting thing I noticed — TMI alert — is that my period symptoms were almost non-existent! Hardly had any cramping at all. Not sure if it’s diet related, but it was a nice change! And finally, the constipation is starting to go away, which is nice. Again, sorry for the TMI. I’m just being honest!

As for cravings, I really don’t have that many although I think the closer we get to the end of the month, the more I’m thinking about what I’m going to eat when it’s all over. I think one thing I really miss is popcorn, which of course comes from one of the worst grains! Sigh. I also miss having Diet Coke or at least Crystal Light. Plain water is just boring after awhile. However, I’m not sure how I feel about artificial sweeteners, so I think I might be stuck.

The Diabetes

Since I’ve started lowering my insulin intake, the lows have dramatically stopped, which is nice. But it also means I’m having  a few higher blood sugars. I’m still trying to find the happy medium between the right amount of insulin and fewer low blood sugars. It’s kind of a bummer than my overall average might start creeping up again, but I also don’t have to have an A1C under 7% that is built entirely on hypoglycemia. That’s not sustainable! I still think I’ll be able to get an A1C under 7% this year, but it just might take a little more work than I initially planned.

 

My Favorite Foods

So I thought I’d do a run through of some of my favorite things that I’ve been eating on the Paleo plan. Obviously, this isn’t something everyone will want to adopt, but if you can start integrating healthier options, why not?!

  • Almond Butter: When I first tried almond butter, I really didn’t like it. I’m so used to the high-fructose corn syrup infused Skippy peanut butter, so this stuff tasted really bland. But the more that I ate it, the more I liked it! Plus, peanuts are not actually nuts, they are legumes. And legumes, from what research has shown, can be difficult for your body to digest. I highly recommend getting organic peanut butter if you are going to eat it (HFCS is bad), but you can also try almond butter, or even sunflower butter (I hear good things about that) if you want to start eliminating more legumes. Still packs plenty of healthy fat and protein!
  • Sweet potatoes: I’ve never been a big sweet potato girl, and honestly, I think I tried a couple of sweet potato french fries and really disliked them. I was nervous when I realized that this would have to become a main source of carbohydrates for me, in the absence of grains. But guess what?! I love it! I eat probably one sweet potato every day (or at least every other day) and they are so easy to cook. Five minutes in the microwave, or  you can boil them or whatever. And they pretty much go with any meal and they are super healthy.
  • Ghee: We’re not allowed to have dairy on the Whole30, so this is our substitute for butter. Basically it’s butter minus the milk, so it’s essentially just the fat. It’s smooth and spreadable, and tastes pretty similar to butter too. I eat it mostly with sweet potatoes. However, there’s no guarantee all milk proteins are out of ghee, so it’s not consider lactose-free. Just FYI.
  • Kale: We finally tried kale on the Whole30. I know, I’m so behind the times. We like it a lot and have been eating it for salad and also mixing it into egg scrambles. We finally bought a blender as well, and I’m planning on making some smoothies and juices out of it. However, drinking juices is frowned upon on the Whole30 so I haven’t done that yet.
  • Applegate sausages: These sausages are pretty much the only Whole30 sausages we’ve found. They’re totally organic, and they are delicious. Erik loves the Chicken & Apple sausages so much that he bought three packs of it because he was worried he wouldn’t find the flavor again!
  • Sugar-free bacon: We have only been able to find this in the butcher section of Whole Foods, but apparently they sell bacon that is made with three things: pork, water and salt. Nothing else! No sugar or anything. And I have to say: it is the best bacon I have ever had in my whole life.

 

These are just a few favorite so far! I’m sure I’ll have more to share as our adventures in Paleo continue!

 

 

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Friday Finds

Friday, January 18th, 2013 | Posted under Friday Finds

Find yourself a gratitude buddy to share the good things in life — brilliant!

The While House officially responds to a petition to build a Death Star (for reals)

The NY Times is on the love boat this week, with an article on the end of courtship

… and how to keep the sparks alive over the long haul

22 Things You’re Doing Wrong

A genius idea for a future get-together: a book exchange party!

A girl I used to know is featured on Healthy Happier Bear. When we were in small group together a few years ago, she was overweight. Last fall, she ran a marathon!

A great post on missing the bigger picture

Food for thought: on accepting blame and asking for forgiveness (and why is it always so hard?!)

Some great tips on living Paleo

Plus — a lot of people are interested in my journey to become a Certified Diabetes Educator, so I wanted to let you know that I have an update on my journey over at DiabetesMine

 

Tomorrow night, I’m hosting my monthly meet-up of PWDs in Westchester. We’re going bowling! Should be tons of fun!

 

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48 Things About Me

Thursday, January 17th, 2013 | Posted under About Me

Cherise Shockley, who runs the diabetes Twitter-chat DSMA (among other things), created this meme to help us all get to know each other a little bit. Since none of these questions have anything to do with diabetes, I’d say anyone could use the meme if you’re looking to share the little trivia facts about yourself.

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
My parents told me that they went to high school with a girl named Allison, who I guess introduced them to the name, but I’m not specifically named after her.

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
A couple days ago.

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
It depends on how fast I’m writing! But usually I like it.

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?
I don’t really like sandwiches, so I’m not sure I really have a favorite lunch meat. I love ordering pastrami and corned beef sandwiches at Junior’s in Grand Central. So I’ll go with that.

5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?
Nope.

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON, WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
You know, sometimes I think if opposites really attract than I probably wouldn’t be friends with me because we’d be too much alike. But then sometimes I think I’m overthinking the question. So I’ll go with yes. I’d be friends with me.

7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT?
I don’t trust people who don’t use sarcasm.

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?
Yes, I do.

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
I sort of have this irrational fear that the rope will break. So it’s unlikely. But I’d love to go skydiving. Tandem, of course.

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?
I don’t eat cereal, but if I did, it would be Honey Nut Cheerios.

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
I mostly wear ballet flats, but for shoes that I do have with laces, I don’t untie them when I take them off. But I untie them when I put them back on so that it’s tight around my foot again.

12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?
I can hold my own.

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?
My favorite ice cream is Raspberry Cheesecake from Prince Puckler’s in Oregon. But out here, there is a pumpkin ice cream at Longford’s in Westchester that is scrumptious!

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
Usually body language and demeanor.

15. RED OR PINK?
I like both, but I think I wear pink a bit more.

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
My body size.

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
My family. 3,000 miles is far.

18. WHAT IS THE TECHNIQUE THAT YOU NEED TO WORK ON THE MOST?
My running technique.

19. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?
They’re brown.

20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?
Three overeasy eggs with half an avocado and salsa, and a banana. Yay Whole30!

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
An episode of House Hunters International.

22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?
Purple!

23. FAVORITE SMELLS?
I’m not a huge perfume girl. So I’d say I like more natural smells… cut grass, smoke from a bonfire, anything baking.

24. HOW IMPORTANT ARE YOUR POLITICAL VIEWS TO YOU?
Very important, I’d say.

25. MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAY OR BEACH HOUSE?
Mountain hideaway. I dislike sand.

26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?
Gymnasticsand ice skating are my favorite.

27. HAIR COLOR?
Reddish brown

28. EYE COLOR?
Gray? Ish?

29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?
Yep. I’ve been near-sighted since sixth grade.

30. FAVORITE FOOD?
I don’t know if I really have a favorite food anymore, but I’d say I highly enjoy popcorn. Always have.

31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
Happy endings.

32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?
We saw Zero Dark Thirty over the weekend. It was incredible, although very confusing because I didn’t know half the people and organizations they talked about. But if you know anything about anything related to Al Qaeda, you can figure it out.

33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?
I’m wearing two t-shirt layered, one is yellow and one is purple.

34. SUMMER OR WINTER?
Summer, but only in Oregon. Summer in Oregon is why Oregonians put up with the weather the other 9 months out of the year. It’s that amazing.

35. FAVORITE DESSERT?
Ice cream. It’s pretty much the only dessert I eat on a regular basis.

36. STRENGTH TRAINING OR CARDIO?
Oh that’s tough. I enjoy cardio more, but strength training does more for my body.

37. COMPUTER OR TELEVISION?
My computer. TV is such a waste of time.

38. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?
I’m reading Little Women for Twookclub and I’m also about to start In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan.

39. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
It’s blue, but I rarely use my desktop set-up.

40. FAVORITE SOUND?
The ping when I have email. Hehe.

41. FAVORITE GENRE OF MUSIC?
Oh, I don’t know. Sometimes pop, sometimes adult contemporary, sometimes this electronic-dance-fusion mix thing that I found on Pandora. Sometimes classical. Really depends on my mood.

42. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
Paris.

43. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
Does an encyclopedic knowledge of diabetes count as a special talent? Otherwise, no. I’m pretty talent-less. I’m not even kidding…

44. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
Portland, Oregon.

45. WHERE ARE YOU LIVING NOW?
Westchester County, New York. It’s the county north of The Bronx. I’m about 25 miles from Manhattan.

46. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR HOUSE?
I don’t live in a house, I live in an apartment complex. It’s brick.

47. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR CAR?
Red.

48. DO YOU LIKE ANSWERING 48 QUESTIONS?
I haven’t done a meme in awhile! It’s fun!

 

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