Gotta love the crunch!
After filling up a decorative Tupperware container for Kaitlin, I still had a bunch leftover and enjoyed a bowl of it alongside a cup of pineapple Chobani Greek yogurt for breakfast.
A wonderful PBF reader emailed Chobani saying that they saw how much I enjoyed it on my blog, prompting the company to send mea big ol’ case of the delicious yogurt to enjoy. Thank you wonderful PBF reader and Chobani!
I really, really love the pineapple flavor. So tropical!
Though I most frequently purchase plain Greek yogurt, I have a strong affinity for Chobani’s strawberry, strawberry banana and pineapple flavors. They’re thick and sweet and almost taste like dessert. I wonder how they would taste frozen (after stirring them up, of course)?
Check out the pretty bowl holding my granola! I purchased it on our honeymoon in Cozumel. Oh, memories…
Moving right along…
Ask Me Anything Round 14
Now it’s time for long overdue Q & A session. Woo!
Let’s get to it!
Hey Julie! I always wonder whether you would consider yourself a fast eater or more of a slow enjoy-your-food type of person?
I wish I was a slow eater, but I am definitely a very fast eater. In fact, when Ryan and I go out to eat, nine times out of 10, our waiter will comment on how fast we both eat. Apparently we inhale our food.
When (if ever) do you think you and Ryan will think about having kids?
We both definitely see children in our future, but not for several years.
When do you usually have your evening snack?
I usually eat my evening snack between 8:30 and 9 p.m. Typical evening snacks for me include Greek yogurt, an apple with peanut butter, popcorn or a piece of fruit with a handful of nuts.
I think you seem like a very likable person but I know that you’ve also gotten hate comments. How do you deal with people who don’t seem to like you no matter what you do or aggressive people in real life?
Haters are gonna hate! I honestly had no idea what I was getting into when I first started my blog. When I received my first negative comment, it took me a long time to get over it. I couldn’t understand why someone would feel the need to try to hurt me. (Side note: There is a HUGE difference between a constructive comment that may disagree with something I say and a hateful comment that attacks me, my appearance, my relationships, etc.) What honestly helped me was getting my second negative comment. The second comment was, yet again, truly ridiculous and completely unfounded, which helped me rise above it and not dwell on the harsh words. It’s an unfortunate reality that there are people out there who want to see people fail. They wish harm and negativity on others and that is something that can be very hard to understand.
I’ve actually discovered the blog of one of the people who left me negative comments and it became very clear to me that they have a lot of things going on in their personal life. I truly believe that people and who leave comments that are purely malicious and evil have something going on inside themselves. They may feel the need to try to project this negativity onto others. When negativity enters my life, I always ask myself this: “Will this matter in one week? In a month? In a year?” Chances are, the answer is “no,” and it’s not worth dwelling on or getting yourself upset over for too long. Sadly, negative people sometimes want you to feel down, so don’t let them win. Rise above their hateful words and believe in your heart and in yourself and know that you are good.
What sorority were you in?
Would you recommend joining a sorority? I see that only one of your bridesmaids was in a sorority, yet sororities promise the best college experience and having a bunch of close “sisters.”
Though I know sororities are not the right choice for many, for me being part of a sorority was a wonderful experience. I made girlfriends during my time in Kappa Delta that I know I will have for a lifetime. Aside from the fun social events (Woohoo for themed parties!), I think sororities can offer many women a “home away from home” during college. I lived in the sorority house my sophomore through senior year and loved spending times with my sisters beyond crazy nights out. Some of my favorite memories from college involve lazy nights hanging out with my sisters in our Victoria’s Secret PINK sweatpants. (Seriously, we all had them. So cool, I know. )
As for my bridesmaid selection, I actually had a really hard time only selecting one of my sorority sisters to be a bridesmaid, but Ryan and I wanted to keep our bridesmaids and groomsmen limited. I am still extremely close with my core group of girlfriends from high school and always envisioned my wedding with them in it. Fortunately my sorority sisters were amazingly understanding and still unbelievably supportive and even threw me my first bachelorette party. My sorority sister Merri was the one who made our wedding video!
How do you start a new exercise routine? When you first start, how much time does it take you to get over the soreness and be able to do the whole thing?
I remember when I ran my first 5-mile race during the fall of last year. I was working out regularly, but hadn’t run more than 3 miles straight for several months. Tackling 5 miles during a race made me push myself more than I otherwise would have if I had been running 5 miles by myself. The very next day my legs were sore. I actually found this soreness motivating. I wanted to train myself to recover faster and feel less sore during my next race.
I must say that for me, soreness from running and soreness from strength training are completely different. When I am sore from a serious leg workout, my hamstrings are so tight which can make standing up feel slightly painful. To recover from soreness faster, I typically do lots of stretching after the workout. If it is time for my next workout and I am still sore, I will typically still workout, but I may decrease the weights or the level of intensity. For me, keeping up with my fitness regimen is the key to recovering faster and lessening the soreness after a good workout. Also, please remember that I am not a fitness professional. My thoughts expressed above are simply based on my experience and you may find that soreness and workout recover time varies for you!
What tips do you have for someone who isn’t sure they want to join a gym because it’s expensive? What total does your gym and fee come to per year (or per day you go)? What do you recommend for someone who doesn’t want to belong to a gym?
I don’t want to get into the specifics of my personal gym due to safety, but my advice for people who are not joining a gym due to cost is to shop around! There are two gyms close to my apartment that offer monthly rates of $25 (less than a dollar a day). If you’re moving, check out the gym at different apartment complexes. They may not be huge and glamorous, but many apartment complex gyms have free weights and several cardio machines which is more than enough to get in a good workout!
That being said, you do not need a gym to be fit. Running, biking, rollerblading and walking may all be done without belonging to a gym. Investing in some free weights to keep at home can help with toning, as can work out DVDs that focus on strength training, pilates or yoga.
Why doesn’t Sadie wear a collar most of the time?
Vizslas as a breed have very sensitive skin. Every collar that we’ve tried on Sadie has left her neck irritated. We’re actually in the market for a collar that doesn’t rub or irritate the neck of a dog with a very sensitive neck. Recommendations welcome!
Do you take it easy on your exercise routine or otherwise do anything different when you’re on your period? I’ve heard some of the high intensity exercises or certain yoga positions aren’t good for you when you’re on it.
My exercise routine stays the same for the most part. If I’m feeling particularly crampy or bloated, I find that workout out actually helps. My cardio workouts may be less intense if I’m simply not feeling it, but that holds true for me any time, not just when Aunt Flo is in town.
How do you get your exercise clothes to fit so flatteringly without unsightly bulges or the elastic cutting in? I’m a 4/6 and even when I try larger sizes the elastic still digs in and causes bulges!
I buy almost all of my running shorts a size too big! I seriously hate feeling restricted and can’t stand when clothes dig into my sides. I simply roll the shorts to make them fit in the butt and I’m good to go!
In one of your posts you mentioned that you were once injured and unable to run. What exercises did you do when you couldn’t run?
I love weight training and was fortunately able to continue with that when I had a bruised heel and hip bursitis. I also tried to keep my cardiovascular fitness in check by using the elliptical, the arc trainer and stair master. Spinning classes were probably my favorite way to get an awesome workout without putting stress on my hip when I had bursitis. Also, I want to make sure to say that if you are truly injured, sometimes NO exercise is best. Follow your doctor’s recommendations and do not push yourself. That will only lead to more injury and an even slower recovery. No bueno.
And that’s that!
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