It’s Monday – long time, no see!
I can’t think of a better time for another round of “Ask Me Anything” questions! I had a lot of fun answering this round and STILL haven’t gotten through all of the questions from when I initially asked for them back in June! Once I get them all answered, I’ll open up another post to get more. Nothing is off limits, except for things I don’t want to answer.
Here goes nothin’….
Ask Me Anything – Round 3
Q: Are you ever 100 percent happy with how your body looks?
A: I love this question because it brings so many thoughts to mind. Allow me to answer it with a few other questions.
Do I feel as though there is nothing left for me to improve? Nope.
Have I stopped working towards goals (fitness and vanity ones)? No.
But I HAVE come so far from where I once was regarding body image and body contentment. My blanket answer is no – I’m not 100% happy with the way I look. But I am pretty darn close – not because I think my body is a Perfect 10, but because my MIND has changed towards my body. I’m pretty content as is.
Q: During your eating disordered days, did you ever lose your period? If so, any advice for getting it back?
A: Yep. I was without a period for probably a year (maybe more). <-not cool. I also grew lanugo (fine hair) all over my body. <-not cool.
How I got MY period back (and this worked for me, might not for you): I started eating more food. More fat in particular. It came back within a few months of treating my body better. I’d consult a doctor or a registered dietitian if I were you.
Q: Are you single?
A: Ha! Who asked this???
I’m happily married to this wonderful fella (almost 9 years now!)
Q: How did you know when you were ready to start a family?
A: When Travis and I were first married, we KNEW we didn’t want kids quite yet. We were married for three years before we started thinking about getting pregnant. The thought went from abstract to real when we started to become more ok with giving up some of our time.
The thing about choosing to have children is this: You’ll never really wake up one day and have the thought, “I really just want to give up all of my free time” or, “I really want life to NOT revolve around me.” Those thoughts never crossed my mind. I DO think that slowly you become more and more aware that having children will make you a better person and that not having them could create a small (or big) void in your life. (side note: I also realize that not everyone will agree with me on this. That’s cool! You probably shouldn’t have kids – they aren’t for everyone – and that’s cool too.) I’ve made no secret of my love for kids – I think they’re pretty amazing.
Q: Do you notice when other bloggers exhibit unhealthy habits and disordered eating….low body weight and BMI? You are so well respected and just curious if you ever feel compelled to say anything?
A: Of course I notice!! And it bothers me. TRUTH: As mean and bitchy as this may seem, if I’m following someone on social media who makes me feel uncomfortable about food or exercise, I usually UNFOLLOW them. A bit of “out of sight, out of mind.” I know some might think that this is “judgment” on my part, but I see it as being responsible for what I put in front of my eyes (similar to pornography or trashy tv).
I often wonder if people unfollow me or think that I’m unhealthy in some way. I’m quite sure that someone out there DOES. And that’s ok – that’s a choice you have to make for yourself. If something in your life isn’t adding but subtracting and you can do something about it, then you probably should.
Q: How long did you wait to tell people each time you found out you were pregnant? Any differences/similarities with each pregnancy? I just found out I’m pregnant and I’m dying to tell people but scared!
A: As the years have gone by, we keep telling people EARLIER and EARLIER. With Henry, we waited the longest and I think I was around 9 weeks (?). I’m always SO sick in the first trimester and that makes keep the secret very hard.
Similarities: Morning sickness (the duration has been different with each one – progressively getting longer and longer), excitement.
Pregnant with Clara
Differences: Body changes (gained more weight with Clara, carried her a little differently), fatigue level (this pregnancy, I seem to be more tired. But that could also be due to the fact that I have two children to care for).
For more Ask Me Anything posts:
QUESTION: Make up a question for yourself and answer it! Or answer one of the one’s above!