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.  Winking smile  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). 

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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.

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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.

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That’s all I have time for today!  Hope you enjoyed!

QUESTION:  Answer one of the questions above (tailored to yourself of course)!

splendid…lindsay

  1. calee says:

    love you and travis’s story (I think you have written it out somewhere before? totally cute).

    I agree with you on the last point, but not just with religion. It’s just easier to make and keep friends who share the same beliefs (political, moral, etc.) as you. I do have a big post coming up about religion (the one I started forever ago and keep putting off). I was at a conference (for state-funded land-grant schools) where the guy in charge kept insisting that we pray before meals. To me, that’s not a good way to share your religion (if I was at your house and you asked me to join in and explained your tradition, sure, but not at a conference that you just happen to be speaking at for a secular event).

  2. Erin @ A Girl & Her Mutt says:

    A few interesting questions with really well thought out (and written answers). FUN! I also really enjoyed your answer to #3. Yes, we do tend to flock towards like-minded people. Nothing wrong with that, but its nice to know that you are open-minded enough to want to branch out to those that may not think exactly the way you do. I love this post!

  3. Domi says:

    1. Love this “ask me anything” concept. I’m nosy too, and you’re my enabler. Yes please.
    2. Travis-Lindsay love-story should happen asap. Preferably with photos of the aforementioned long hair! (I’m picturing an urban Tarzan.)
    3. “We exercise to STAY FIT and we DIET TO LOSE WEIGHT.” Amen. So true, but most folks have it backwards…which causes a LOT of frustration in the gym and leads to resenting their workouts.

  4. Kim says:

    Oh – I love this and can’t wait to hear more of the questions and answers!!!
    I guess I haven’t been around long enough for Trainer Tuesday but it sounds like fun – do you share a workout? If so, I definitely hope you bring it back!!!

  5. Lindsay says:

    Lindsay,

    I lovelovelove your answer about having friends who don’t make religion a big part of their lives – I feel the exact same way. As a Christian, God plays a HUGE role in my life, but I have people very close to me who have not found that sort of relationship with Him yet. I walk with faith in Him and know He will choose what role I play in their spiritual (and non-spiritual) lives! I try to fill my heart with God so that even non-believers will see the joy and PEACE that comes as a result of knowing Him. Thank you!!

    Another Lindsay :)

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