You Asked…

And you shall receive!

Here are the rest of the answers to the latest “Ask Me Anything” installment. These were some fun ones…have fun reading! 😀

Have you thought about giving Cody a sibling (of the furry variety)?

Haha, thanks for clarifying! Jay and I talk about giving Cody a friend quite often, but because of my already existing allergies, we’re a little leery about adding to the problem. Since I seem to have the allergies & asthma regulated, I would hate to mess with that. Plus, we both agree that Cody sheds enough fur and destroys the litter box enough for about 3 cats worth. 😉

How do you fit working out into your day? You must be so busy with working full time teaching! What does a typical day look like for you?

Some days, busy doesn’t even begin to describe it! BUT, that doesn’t mean it’s an excuse for not working in some exercise. You have to be organized, you have to have a plan, and you have to stick to it. For me, I really enjoy working out in the morning. Sure, nobody wants to get up at 5am to work out (well, maybe they do, but they’re crazy!) but I’d rather do that and know that my workout is done for the day. There are still some classes that I do enjoy taking at my gym, which are after school, but I work them into my daily schedule just like I would anything else. I also really enjoying throwing some yoga and/or Pilates into the mix at least once a week.

I’m still working on figuring out the best schedule for me this year, but last year I had things pretty well in place. On days I didn’t go to the gym for a class after work (which were usually Tuesdays, Fridays, & Sunday mornings for BodyPump), I exercised in the morning at home. Usually, it was a form of cardio on the treadmill or a video from Exercise on Demand; but now that my treadmill is broken, it’s making things a little bit more difficult to figure out! 🙄 Typically, I will get some form of exercise in 5-6 days a week.

My boyfriend and I are in a long distance relationship right now. I was wondering if you and Jay ever went through this and if you have any advice for making it work?

Jay and I were fortunate enough to never have to deal with a long distance relationship. We both attended college and proceeded to find work in our local area, so we were always close. I did, however, have numerous friends who did have to deal with long distance relationships, and judging from them, I know it’s not easy. I’d have to say three of the biggest factors that I noticed in their relationships were trust, honesty, and communication. Which really, when you think about it, is equally important in any relationship. Some of their relationships worked, and some of them didn’t; but the ones who wanted to make it work, and made the extra effort, are the ones who are still together today. If your man is worth it, go that extra step! Good luck! 🙂

How did Jay propose?

Awww, this is such a fun question! When we first got engaged, I actually created a wedding website for ourselves, which includes our proposal story, so feel free to go check it out! http://weddings.theknot.com/pwp/pwp2/view/MemberPage.aspx?coupleid=8925749141748920&pid=1832447

If you don’t mind revealing, what is your height and weight?

I am 5’7” and weight approximately 125lbs. Although I do own a scale, it’s super-ancient and I never use it. I actually had to make sure to use the scale at the gym the other day, just so I could have a number to answer this question! I have never been really big on scales. I’m sure my numbers must fluctuate all the time, which could be misleading and unnecessarily discouraging. Rather, I tend to go by how my clothes are fitting to determine when I need to back away from the ice cream. 😉

Do you count calories, and if so about how many calories do you aim to eat daily?

I do not count calories, but I am still very aware of the calories that are in many of the foods that I eat. If I had to guess, I’d say that most of my meals are probably around the 400 calorie mark, with two or three 100-200 calorie snacks throughout the day. That being said, there are always exceptions to the rule; for example, I almost always consume more calories on weekends and on days where I do more intense cardio.

I know that you are about to be doing a home renovation so I am sure that money will become a little tighter, so I was just wondering what you will spend a lot of money on no matter what the cost??

The house that Jay and I currently live in is not the house that we plan to stay in forever, so we aren’t planning on spending a fortune on any of our renovations. Sure, a kitchen definitely isn’t cheap, but we have been looking into ways to cut costs. It’s amazing how much money we can actually save by doing some of the labor ourselves – I’m sure you’ll be seeing me with a sledgehammer sometime soon! We also have some really great friends who have offered to help us out with different areas too. So I really don’t think there’s anything I’m super “gung ho” about – if I can somehow save a few bucks, I’m going to do it!

Do you put dressing on your salad? In this post it doesn’t look like it, so I was just wondering.

Most of the time I do add some sort of dressing to my salads, but it also depends on the toppings. If I’m eating leftover roasted veggies, a little splash of balsamic vinegar usually does the trick for me. But with a fresh veggie salad, some of my favorites are a simple oil & vinegar, Ken’s Light Balsamic Vinaigrette, Kraft Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette, Kraft Roasted Red Pepper Italian with Parmesan, & anything by Annie’s Naturals.

Do you think you will stay in NY forever? Do you and Jay see yourselves moving ever?!

Great question! There is a huge part of me that wants to say that I would up and move as soon as the opportunity presented itself. Not being a fan of the cold, I’ve always found some of the southern states to have much appeal; especially North Carolina. I also really like the idea of having the experience of living in another state and being out of my comfort zone. Jay and I talk about it quite often. Then again, we have so many supportive friends and family where we are, and have become a part of so many great communities, that it would probably take a lot to get us to leave.

What are the best and worst things about living in your area of New York?

Best: Living near so many friends and family, watching the seasons change, being able to travel to so many places (Lake George, Vermont, NYC, Massachusetts)  in less than three hours!

Worst: Dealing with cold, snowy, icy, nasty winters. I’m not a big fan of the cold, or snow. I would be beyond thrilled if it only snowed on December 24-25th for the rest of my life.

A Little Pokey…

Somebody is running a little behind schedule this morning… 😳

I won’t name names, but I’m pretty sure her name sounds kinda similar to Snortney… 😉

Breakfast

Quick and easy, to eat on the run while typing up this post:

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2 slices of whole wheat bread: 1 with some Peanut Butter & Co. PB, the other with some almond butter (which is absolutely DELISH by the way!) – both with some bananer slices.

Can you tell which one is which?? 😉

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Along with a mug of Pumpkin Spice coffee. The stuff just makes me smile, what can I say.

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Aaaaand, I’m out the door!

Check back this afternoon for the latest installment of your “Ask Me Anything” questions, answered!

Question for the Morning:

What are you making for dinner tonight?? I need some ideas! 🙂

Exactly What I Needed

After a Sunday full of indulgent football party food, nothing appeals more to my appetite than the “Monday Usual”. Boring as it may look, it will never get old. Ever.

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Some plain Oikos Greek yogurt, topped with a drizzle of honey, cinnamon & nutmeg. It makes all the difference in the world.

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Strawberries with another little dusting of cinnamon…because really, when you can ever have too much cinnamon? 😉

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Baby carrots + grape tomatoes. I know they look super appealing in that plastic baggie.

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And look what else I found this weekend at the grocery store…Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Larabars!!!!!! I cannot WAIT to sink my teeth into this baby. 😯

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And finally, here are some answers to some of the great “Ask Me Anything” questions I received from you guys!

What grade do you teach?

5th grade 🙂

What Redken products do you use? Do you use a straightening iron?

Well, here’s all the goods that I’ve acquired over the last couple years. I definitely don’t use them all at the same time, but I like to switch back and forth with a few. For example, one day I might just use the Body Full root lifer, and the next day I’ll use a combination of the Extreme + Align. Very rarely do I use the shine glosses, just because I hate getting my hands all greasy.

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I have a straightening iron and a 2-inch barrel curling iron that I alternate. My hair is naturally straight, so the only reason I’ll use the straightening iron is to smooth out the ends. If I feel like a little more curl & volume, I go with the curling iron.

How do you do red highlights without looking silly?

Yikes, this is a tough one! After talking to my mom a few times about it, I’d say there’s a few things you should consider: your natural hair color, your skin coloring, and the effect that you’re going for. For me, I wanted my color to have more of a red undertone, so my mom mixed a bright shade of red with a couple other shades of brown to neutralize it. I’ve always liked my hair colors better with a subtle effect, not the “WOW” your hair is red/blonde/etc.!”. But as always, just work with your hairdresser! And if you’re in need of one, and live in the Upstate NY area, I know a couple good ones to recommend. 😉

How do you plan on teaching your children to eat healthy when you start a family?

What a great question! Children learn so much about food, behaviors, really EVERYTHING through example. I will want my children to know that eating healthy doesn’t have to be bland or boring, and I’ll show them that. I will want to be a role model for them in the kitchen. They’re certainly not going to see me sitting down to dinner with a Hungryman frozen dinner, or watching TV with a box of Twinkies in my lap. But they will see me preparing healthy, nutritious meals and snacks. There’s always got to be a little wiggle room, so I’m not going to restrict them from many foods. But it will be my goal to get them to enjoy healthy foods and making smart choices, not just eating them because they “have to.” Now, does that mean that they won’t see me indulge in the occasional bowl of ice cream or chocolate chip cookie…probably not. But that’s ok! 🙂