The amount/variation of “Ask Me Anything” questions that you guys threw at me were GREAT! I had no idea that I’d get so many – you guys ARE really nosey. And I love you all the more. There were simply too many questions to put in one (or even four posts), so I’m going to take my time answering them, writing posts when I have time. Perhaps I’ll make it a “theme” like Tina’s Three Question Thursday, but probably not. I’m too flakey with my blogging these days to promise that. So without further ado, here’s the first round of questions, answered with as much honesty and thought as I could muster. Some were easy one-sentence answers, others took a little more thought.
ASK ME ANYTHING – Episode 1
Q: How did you meet your husband?
A: This might be my favorite story to tell. Travis and I met in college (UNC) when I was a sophomore and he, a freshman. Common enough, right? Well, the fun part is that we both grew up in the same teeny tiny town in Western NC and never met. I knew EVERYONE in town (related to most actually!), but I had never met Travis (he was homeschooled – I attended public school).
We met through my roommate (hi Laura!) who would invite Travis over for dinner since he had no money. Travis came over for dinner one night and I immediately noticed his LONG shoulder length hair! I vaguely remember a conversation about coffee and that’s about it as far as our first encounter goes. The rest of our love story will take much longer to tell….perhaps another post?
Q: How many calories do you eat in a day?
A: I have no idea. I stopped counting calories, eh, probably 9 years ago. After God saved me from my eating disorder and after several years of tracking every single thing that went into my body (counting sugar-free gum!!), I have absolutely NO DESIRE to ever count calories again. Even when I’m trying to lose pregnancy weight, I don’t track calories or macros or anything. It’s just not for me. It took me a long time to figure that out.
Q: Are you going to bring Tuesday Trainer back?
A: I really want to. Would you guys be interested???
Q: What is your advice to the person who has a sedentary desk job and is looking to lose a few pounds? I already work out 5 days a week and eat healthy 90% of the time, but the scale doesn’t seem to budge.
A: If you were my client, I’d look at your diet first thing. What does your daily “healthy” intake actually look like? Are you getting enough protein? Veggies and fruit? What does your water intake look like? Are you simply counting calories or do you hit your macronutrient goals for the day? Diet plays a HUGE role in weight loss – far greater than exercise. We exercise to stay fit and diet to lose weight.
After looking at the diet, I’d encourage you to sneak extra activity into your day. Invest in a stand-up desk or a stability ball to sit on while at work. Get up 10 minutes early and do one of the many bodyweight circuits that are floating around the internet. Incorporate walking into your day (park farther away, take the stairs everywhere you go, etc). Make small changes over the course of a month or so and you should see some results!
Q: As a Christian, do you find it hard to be friends with people who do not have religion as a part of their life?
A: Blanket answer – NO. Salvation answer – Absolutely NO and I see it as a great opportunity to share my testimony.
BUT when I think about it, it is a bit easier for me to make and keep friends who share the same beliefs as me. I’d venture to guess that this is true from the other side too – nonbelievers might feel more comfortable around other nonbelievers. Birds of a feather if you will. But when I first meet someone, I don’t assume anything about their faith. If they’re nice or they want to workout or they belong to the same women’s group as me, I like them not because of their faith but because we have other things in common. I have many friends who aren’t Christians. I fully trust that God will use me actively or passively in their faith walk. His call – not mine.
That’s all I have time for today! Hope you enjoyed!
QUESTION: Answer one of the questions above (tailored to yourself of course)!