I thought I would just answer some random questions I have been getting recently in comments or emails. just for fun.
1. Do you really photograph everything you eat? Pretty much. Ask my family LOL! I don’t always take pictures of nibbles, although I usually mention that.
I am certainly not a ‘perfect eater’ – not by a long shot. I do try to be honest. Many times my evening snack isn’t pictured just because I blog before I have that. And also my pre strength protein drink. I don’t photo that very often anymore.
2. Do your legs hurt after a long bike ride? Not really – and neither does my butt LOL.
I have been distance biking for a couple years now and it takes an awful lot of miles for me to really feel it the next day. Like after last Saturday’s 50 mile ride, I was a little tired for the evening and felt it most with going up stairs or rising from a squatted position. The next day I was pretty much back to normal. Actually, when I say my legs are tired, what I really mean is my left thigh is tired – from the herniated disk. That muscle never regained all of it’s strength and it tires out with a lot of biking or heavy lifting. It’s just easier to say my legs are tired.
3. Do you get lonely working at home? No. I am actually a fairly solitary person and quite enjoy time by myself. That said, John also works at home, so it isn’t like I am alone, although we don’t talk much when I am steady working just for productivity reasons. And there is always the internet if I feel the need for instant people gratification! I also email and text my sister during the day (and my mom, although not quite as much).
4. How do you calculate your calories burned on a long bike ride? I have a bike computer that I use.
There are all kinds of computers with bells and whistles and can tell you all kinds of data. I got mine at either Target or Kmart and it was around $20. There is a sensor that clips on the spokes of the front wheel and the computer sits on my handlebars. I have input my age, height, and weight and it spits out calories burned. Of course, the computer doesn’t know if I rode 40 miles of hills or flats. I only use it as a ballpark, not a set in stone number.
4. Do you have children? Lots of variants on that question, usually by email. No, I am not hiding any children from the internet! John and I chose to be childless. And to answer the followup question, no we don’t regret that.
5. Do you think the bagels keep you from getting to your dream weight? Again, this question comes up in so many variant forms of questions or statements as to why I haven’t gotten to my dream weight. I suppose it could, but 2 bagels a week are so small in the whole scheme of a week’s worth of food. I could be anything (like said unpictured nibbles, perhaps??). While I am working on another push to see where I get on the scale, there are certain facts I am aware of. I lost 1oo pounds while eating bagels, so I doubt that is the sole cause. ’nuff said.
6. How did you learn to garden? I read a lot. Actually – for almost everything I do, I read voraciously. Whether that is roasting coffee, learning about nutrition, flipping houses, gardening. The library and the internet have been my friends for doing that. I also learn a lot by trial and error.
My garden is always a work in progress and there just is so much to learn and know. Luckily, in all my cross country moves (Colorado, Illinois, NY), I have been in the same growing zone (zone 5). That makes things easier LOL! My dream house some day will have a large yard that I can convert to gardens and maybe even a produce garden. I would like to do some of that, but our property is too small and I need to save what space there is for flowers since they are my favorite.
7. Have you ever thought about being a personal trainer? Nope. Not interested. I would hate having to find clients and then try to keep them motivated. Plus I think I would need to live in a bigger area than this one to do that. Now being a nutrition coach, that certainly is interesting to me.
8. Do you miss running? I don’t know. Maybe a little, but the way it was making me feel was not making me love it. I have thought about trying again and seeing what my leg/back does now that I have stopped running for a few months. I really would like to do a 5K at the end of July which I have done every year since 2008, but will have to see.
9. How much loose skin do you have? Does it bother you? Will you get surgery? This perhaps needs a long thoughtful post. This is probably the #1 question via email. Yes, I have some. Sometimes it bothers me. Unlikely I will ever have surgery for multiple reasons. One thing – don’t let the fear of loose skin keep you from losing weight. Loose skin is much, much better than having tight skin full of fat. Besides, if you find you don’t like the loose skin, just gain the weight back and problem solved 😉
That’s about all I can think of right now. Hope you enjoyed!