Healthy Living Survey

Amanda posted this survey over on Eat to Live, Live to Run and mentioned she hadn’t blogged in a while, which reminded me I hadn’t blogged in a while, so I read through her answers, liked the questions and decided to post my answers to it as well.

1. What did you eat for breakfast this morning?

An apple cinnamon Nutra-grain bar and a banana.

2. How much water do you drink a day?

I quit tracking it.. but I know I get my recommended 64 ounces and then some.  I keep a cup constantly full at my desk at work and I drink water at night (instead of soda).  I drink 3 caffeinated beverages a day.. Coffee in the morning and a 12 oz diet soda with lunch and dinner.. the rest of  the day I drink water.

3. What is your favorite current workout?

Running is obviously what I do the most of, but sometimes that still feels like “work”.  The workout I absolutely love, that kills me and destroys me and then I beg for more is the Les Miles RPM spinning class I take at my YMCA.  It shreds my quads (in a good way) and I love the music.

4. How many calories do you eat a day?

My suggested daily intake from MyFitnessPal is 1620, but I do eat back most of my exercise calories, so I probably average 1800-2000 a day.

5. What are your favorite healthy snacks?

Well this is gonna depend one what someones definition of “healthy”, but I would say probably the thing I like to nosh on the most is dry roasted, sea salt seasoned almonds from Costco. (Very high in fat, but the good kind).   I also like several of the Kashi brand crackers including the farmhouse cheddar, whole grain and pita crisps.

6. What do you usually eat for lunch?

Well, this is an easy one since I tend to eat the exact same thing every day.  A turkey and cheese sandwich, tortilla chips, an apple and a 100 calorie pack of cookies.

7. What’s your favorite body part to strength train? 

Um… I guess legs? I don’t do “strength training” in the traditional sense, other than some light weight lifting for my upper body, but I guess the cycling and elliptical counts as strength training (cross training).

8. What’s your least favorite body part to strength train?

Well… I can’t say “least favorite” but how about what needs the most work? That’s defiantly my “core”… as yoga reminds me every single time I practice.  Sooner or later I’m gonna have to start paying some attention to it.

9. What are your “bad” food cravings? 


10.  Do you take vitamins or supplements? 

Other than the occasional protein shake (which I suppose is a supplement), no.

11. How often do you eat out?

Once every couple of weeks.

12. Do you eat fast food?

Very very very very rarely… literally once in a blue moon.

13. Who is your biggest supporter? 

I can’t narrow it down to one, but the list includes Amanda (who started this crazy distance running thing), my parents, and my girlfriend Lisa.

14. Do you  have a gym membership? 

Yes, to the local YMCA.

15. How many hours of sleep to you get at night? 

Shoot for 8.

16. Do you have a “cheat” day? 

I do occasionally have a day where I just blow it out, but it’s never planned like “every friday” or “every other saturday” or anything like that.

17. Do you drink alcohol?

Yes, in moderation.  A couple beers or a few glasses of wine never hurt anyone.

18. Do you have a work out buddy?

Yes, I’m very thankful that I do, or I know I’d be hard pressed to keep going. Jennifer and Laura are crazy enough to run long distances with me, and Cathy helped me get over the awkwardness of being the only man in Yoga class, and also dragged me kicking and screaming into RPM class only to get me hooked on it.

19, What is the best thing that has happened in your life since committing to a healthy lifestyle?

Coming out of my shell and being a little bit more social, which helped me break out of the dark grips of depression and also led to me meeting my wonderful girlfriend.

20. What was the last healthy thing you did? 

Ran 4 miles earlier today and then sat down to a dinner of baked fish, corn and salad.

Ask any other questions in the comments!


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  • About Me

    I am a recent graduate in Food Science (NC State, 2009) and I work for a major food manufacturing company. I love food, but I can no longer eat anything that crosses my path. About 24 months ago I begin a serious struggle to get my obesity under control and reduce my chances of developing Type II diabetes. Since September of '09 I have lost 50 pounds and I still have a long ways to go. I've started eating better and exercising more, including taking up running.