time for another round of answers! you guys ask me anonymous questions using the box in my sidebar to the right, and then i answer them publicly… when i get to them.
so, some people have wondered why i haven’t answered their question yet. to be honest, i do have a back log of questions to answer that require either a whole post or i am waiting until i have time to elaborate on the question. the simpler questions get answered quicker because they are easy to knock out all in one post. if i haven’t answered your question yet and you asked it awhile back, that’s probably the reason. slowly but surely, i will get to all of them.
also, i get a lot of repeat questions or questions that are very similar to ones i have answered in the past. make sure you check past answer posts to see if i answered your question there. i won’t be repeating answers for those duplicate questions. clearly i can barely manage to answer the single questions as it is.. ha. but, as always, you can ask me anything using the box to the right. i promise i will answer… one of these days ;)
now, with all that out of the way, here is today’s batch of Q&A. no pictures, because sometimes i am lazy.
Q: do you tend to eat .9 grams of protein for each pound of lean body weight? If so, how to you accomplish getting that in?
A: i don’t calculate my macros or my calories or anything of the sort. i honestly could not tell you how much protein i eat in a day these days. i do make sure to get an adequate amount at each meal (meaning around 25 grams) and if i have a snack i try to include protein. when i did body for life, i was eating 125 grams of protein each day (25 grams at each meal, 5 meals a day) and so i learned how to include protein without really being tedious about it.
but, these days, i really don’t pay attention to my protein, carb, or fat intake. i eat intuitively and i definitely don’t count calories. luckily i have learned healthy eating habits over the years and getting enough protein is second nature for me. i am sure if i added it up, i would be right around 100 grams a day.. give or take.
Q: do you have a criminal record?
A: yes, i sure do. i have a few minor misdemeanors on my record. i used to do a lot of drugs, i used to drink before i was 21, i used to do a lot of stupid, careless things. i got caught a few times. i am not proud of my criminal record, but i also am not ashamed. it’s part of my life—but it’s in the past. live and learn. glad i have loving parents who helped me get through that rough patch in my life. thanks, mom and dad.
Q: Do you not take any rest days or why do you need a special gym membership for Sundays?
A: i take at least one and sometimes two rest days every week. the problem is, the latest GPP class on saturday is 8:45 AM. i like to sleep until 11 or noon on the weekends. if i don’t get up in time for GPP on saturday, i will take the day off and go to gold’s on sunday (or later in the day saturday.) if i didn’t have the gold’s groupon membership, i would go up to momma b’s and work out. she has a dope gym.
Q: do you think you got such awesome results from GPP (visible sixpack, etc) is partly because you were already in such awesome shape from BFL, Jamie Eason, etc? Or could that happen for anyone, do you think, if nutrition is in order?
A: no, i don’t think it has anything to do with the fact that i was in good shape already. i think the GPP programming works for everyone. i think ANY fitness program can work for anyone.. the trick is to stick to it, give it 100% AND have proper nutrition. i firmly believe it is 75% nutrition and 25% exercise, if that.. maybe even more nutrition. i always say abs are made in the kitchen! i had great results after all the programs i did.. body for life being the first and jamie eason being the last. i had BETTER results after body for life because 1-it was the first thing i ever did and it SHOCKED my body.. it was easier to transform my body because everything i was doing was new.. it’s always easier when you first start. and 2-with body for life, i focused on proper nutrition.. i did not do this with jamie eason’s plan.. i just did her workouts.
GPP is different because it is not some 12 week or 60 day or limited amount of time program. it’s just my life now. it’s my daily workout, i am not striving for some before and after results at GPP. i just want to be fit and strong and healthy and happy and also have time to live my life. GPP lets me do all of the above.
Q: Do you ever find you can’t control your appetite and feel constantly hungry? If so how do you manage it?
A: haha, yes! i call those “bottomless pit” days. i typically will just eat more food until i am full, and make sure i have had plenty of water. if i am snacking nonstop to avoid having something i REALLY want.. like 3 bowls of mixed cereal or some milk & cookies ben & jerry’s.. then i will just have the damn cereal or ice cream and finally be satisfied. but if i really am hungry and not just craving something, then i will eat until i am full. i do try to take it slow because usually my brain and stomach don’t realize how much i have eaten until a few minutes after i’ve eaten it. although i will get overly-full once in awhile!
Q: do you ever feel that you just need to keep eating even if you’re not hungry?
A: sometimes. this goes along the same line as the last question. i do love food and i often eat just to eat, not out of hunger.. some days i really check myself and stop. other days i don’t even care and will eat half a box of cereal after a stressful day at work. emotional eating is a thing. it happens. sometimes you just have to give in, brush yourself off, and move onto the next day. no big deal.
Q: What is the difference between GPP and crossfit?
A: i get this question a lot. i will copy and paste what neil, the founder of GPP, says about it:
I’m not sure how to answer this without setting off a firestorm. Crossfitters are notoriously defensive of their methodology. Rightfully so. It is amazingly effective for it’s intended purpose. CrossFit has taken techniques once considered stupid, useless and even dangerous by the mainstream “fiteratti” and marched them upstream against a tide of criticism and backlash only to be proven right time and time again. They deserve a lot of credit for what they have done. We admire them. But GPP purposes, techniques, intentions and our focus is VERY different from CF.
Crossfit is about, “forging elite fitness.” Every year they hold games to crown the “fittest man and woman on the planet.” They are all about finding the limits of human capacity within all time and modal domains. Their programming is about the economy of this maximum capacity experiment. You will not see them doing movements that do not add directly to their maximum capacity. Therefore biceps curls are OUT. Triceps extensions are OUT. Crunches are OUT. Instead they use multi-joint movements (squats, snatches, cleans, jeks, muscle-ups) that simulate their competitive environment. Did I mention “their competitive environment?” They use points and times to “score” workouts.
“Men will die for points.” Greg Glassman (Crossfit’s co-founder) told me in a radio interview I had with him years ago.
This highly competitive atmosphere helps to stimulate gains for their purpose of forging eliteness. They are very good at what they do.
By contrast GPP cares not one whit about your elite fitness. We only even address your fitness as it applies to your over-all health. We believe fitness is a PIECE of your health. Some of the fittest people we know are the least healthy.
Here are some of our overriding principles and philosophies from the GPP website.
“GPP is about getting you healthy. Period.”
“We believe the only worthy reason to exercise and eat right is so that we can lead richer, fuller lives. Lives not limited by capacity and/or self-induced disease.”
“At GPP we realize that health isn’t about who the fittest person in the world is. It isn’t about who can lift the most weight, have the biggest muscles, run the fastest, or obtain the highest work capacity imaginable. These have no meaning. They serve no purpose.”
“Instead, get your workout in and go home. Go be a human. Do things that interest/edify you. Contribute to your family, your community and/or society.”
“Staying at the gym and pounding out more workouts, so that tomorrow you’ll have more capacity to perform even more working out, so that then, you will be able to do yet ANOTHER even more difficult workout, only serves the workout. It can also become a black hole of intention, focus and purpose. This black hole is filled with everything which is opposite of health.”
Since GPP is not limited by the economy of “maximum capacity,” we do a lot more exercises that are minimalist in nature. We blend things like biceps curls, triceps extensions and crunches into our programming which also includes cleans, jerks, kipping pullups and other multi-joint activities. Our programming is much different. In general CF goes much, much heavier for a given exercise than we do. They also do many more reps for a given exercise.
Please don’t get me wrong. We like CF. We just differ. Once GPP gets you more functional, healthy, stronger, and leaner than 90% of society…we suggest you stop. Go be a human.
Doing this at a local CF affiliate might be perfectly feasible. Then again, you wouldn’t be doing CF.
well put, neil.
Q: I see you’re pinning a lot of low carb recipes. Are you trying to reduce your carb intake? On that note, about how many calories daily are you eating these days? I hope you don’t mind these questions.
A: i don’t mind them at all. two reasons on the low carb breakfast pins. one, i have a fruit and vegetable juice every morning that clocks in around 250-300 calories and is made up of entirely carbs and fat… so i like to eat a protein-rich breakfast shortly after. however, that breakfast always includes carbs as well as protein.. so it’s not a no carb thing. it’s just sometimes a low carb thing. but not even always… like i said above, i don’t count my carbs. or my calories, so i can’t answer that if i had to guess, i’d say around 1800 on a good day. more than that if the sugar monster in me comes out, haha. the other reason for the low carb breakfasts is my coworker is really into eating low carb, and we eat breakfast together.
Q: Does you promoting GPP mean that you do not have to pay the monthly membership (or at least not the full price)?
A: when i blog about GPP, i am NOT promoting them. sure, i link to their site and talk about them a whole lot.. but it is not because i am sponsored or compensated or required to promote for any reason. it’s because i flipping LOVE that place and that community!
i may go off on a tangent here.. and to the anonymous question asker, please know this is not directed toward you. it is just a general thought that i had when answering your question.. so your Qjust triggered my words below.
WHY do people think you can only do something in life if you get something out of it? what happened to spreading the love for something simply because you are passionate about it and want to share it with others and hopefully help others? i do not blog for my job. i have a full time job and that is where i get my income. i don’t blog for money or freebies. yes, i do get a minimal amount of revenue from ad income and i get free products to review, but that is not my motivation behind me blogging.
i know many bloggers blog as their full time job and they are driven by dollar signs, but i still think these bloggers blog out of passion and because they care about the content they are posting. there are good people in this world that just want to share their message with everyone.
i love life. i am passionate about many things. i enjoy writing. i enjoy helping others. SO I BLOG. i blogged about body for life, shaun T’s insanity, jamie eason’s livefit trainer.. and that was not promoting. that was sharing my experience because i was doing it at the time, enjoying it, and wanting to share it with my readers. same goes for GPP.
anyway, sorry to go off, i just had a discussion with my friend the other day about how irritating it is that people are so concerned about cashing in for every little thing they do or say. it’s silly.
Q: You’ve mentioned a few times that Chobani sent you some yogurt. How often does that happen?
A: this was a weird question. i am not sure why people care about me getting yogurt sent for free? but i will answer it. they’ve sent me free yogurt maybe six or seven times. additionally, i have won a few giveaways from other bloggers. i have purchased cases from fundraisers and auctions. they only send it to me when there is some cool campaign going on for their new products, like the 16 oz containers, new flavors, or other similar occasions. i LOVE chobani—both their awesome products and their community support. they are always quick to help out with fundraisers, contributions, or other community events. i scream praise from the rooftop about them because i love them as a company and i love their yogurt, not because they send it for free. in fact, i spend around $125 a month on chobani–out of my pocket.
Q: I have a question that is not fitness or blog related. :) I love your bangs so much!! I’ve been thinking about getting some for a while now, but I have never had bangs so I’m quite nervous about it. Not only I’m not sure if they’ll suit me but also if I’ll find them annoying. Do they bother you during your workouts (sweating)? Have you ever regretted getting them (ie. they were not done well or got tired of them etc.)?
A: I LOVE MY BANGS! seriously, love. my hair stylist convinced me to cut them in 2008 and i went THICK—go big or go home, right? i would never, ever not have bangs. sometimes i cut them blunt across my forehead and other times i let them get a little shaggy and swoop them to the side, but i always have them. it’s the best because i will often throw my hair into a pony and just wash and dry my bangs.. then i look good as new without washing my whole head of hair. it’s a trick of the trade, haha.
for workouts, i pin them back with bobby pins or use a lululemon bang buster to hold them back (this is the only headband i have found stays on my head!) so they don’t bother me while working out. i think you should go for it.. because you can always grow them back out! you have nothing to lose, try it!
Q: Did you lose weight while on the GPP 2 week diet? Did anyone else who did it?
A: i will be honest, i don’t know of a GPP 2 week diet. i never did a 2 week diet with GPP. i did a FIVE DAY diet during Rx+ week. but i don’t weigh myself, so i don’t know if i lost weight.
Q: Are you still following Body For Life eating wise? I followed it forever ago and it’s amazing and I’m trying to get back into it to clean up my eating. Do you still take a free day? Oh and your body is rockin! You go girl.
A: thank you! so kind of you to say. i don’t follow BFL eating. i don’t follow any eating plan right now, actually. (well, aside from my turkey day challenge.) i just try to make nutritious choices and focus on clean eating. i would say i fall short about 35% of the time.. i eat out quite often and i eat a lot of treats. when i am on my “best behavior” i would say i eat clean 80% of the time.. but that hasn’t happened in a long time, ha. i really am not the poster child for perfect nutrition, but i try my best. i agree, though, BFL eating is amazing. it works so well and i always fall back on it when i want to get my eating in check. i love the balanced macro options and, of course, the free day. helps keep you sane! best of luck with cleaning your eating up.
Q: why dont you want kids or arent sure you want them?
A: i don’t want kids right now. i have only been married for two years and i don’t want the responsibility of children at this time in my life. i have lots of nieces and nephews as well as friends with children. i know it is a lot of work and it is a big life changer. some people think it is selfish of me to not have children, but i think it is more selfish to have children when you are not prepared to care for them properly. i know i am not prepared to have them at this time in my life, but maybe one day. we’ll see. marshall feels the exact same way, so that’s good!
whew. that is a lot of answers for today. i’ll stop there. more answers next week!
1. how many rest days do you take? is it always the same day of the week?
2. how do you manage those bottomless pit hunger days?
xo. janetha g.