ask me anything answers (part 8).

by Janetha on November 3, 2012

in questions answered

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!

Qs~

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.

{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

Momma b November 3, 2012 at 11:11 pm

Great answers to some great questions!
Kudos on your small rant regarding compensation…it was perfect! I feel the same way. Wouldn’t it be awesome if we all would pay it forward?!?

I take Sunday off
I indulge and then get back on the wagon the next day.

I love you so much!!!
xo

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Monique November 4, 2012 at 12:44 am

I love the blurb you posted about GPP, makes me wish I lived in UT again so I could go!

And THANK YOU for being so real, sharing stuff you love, not caring what people think. It’s refreshing. :)

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Amanda November 4, 2012 at 2:03 am

On bottomless pit days I just eat… And eat…. And eat.

Anywho I find your decision to not have kids (right now!) so refreshing. It’s the same way I feel. I always feel so alone in that regard so thank you for being so honest! Xo

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jena November 4, 2012 at 4:49 am

I take however many rest days I feel like I need. No set amount – Last week I took 2.

I truly don’t understand people’s fascination with other people not wanting kids. Kids are not the end-all-be-all. I’ve been married 3.5 years and people were asking about kids the second the ink on our marriage license dried. We don’t have any, and probably won’t for at least another year. Kids are a lot of work, and I don’t care what anyone says, you do sacrifice. I like my life, and i’m not ready to sacrifice it just yet! — Good for you guys for standing firm and enjoying life w/o kids! (plus Dogs are enough work!)

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Emily November 4, 2012 at 7:41 am

I love your answer too about how it’s way more selfish to have kids that you’re not ready to devote yourself to than to wait, or not have any. Well-said.

I had to stop reading paleo blogs because they were getting to be super triggering for me, but the thing I took from Mark’s Daily Apple that has worked really well for me is the exercise blueprint. Lift heavy things 2 days/week for no more than 40 minutes. Every 10 days, do some sprints. The rest of the time, walk a lot, maybe light jogging a little, but DON’T spend hours and hours in the gym wasting your life away. I love GPP for the same reason and SO WISH we had one here!! Now i work out no more than four days/week, and walk a lot every single day, along with other functional movements like cleaning, riding my bike to work, etc. My workouts are short and intense, and if I truly don’t want to do them, I don’t. That happens rarely and I’m always glad when I listen to my body.

The same goes for bottomless pit days: I just do my best to listen to my body, and figure if it’s demanding more, it needs it. As long as it’s not all refined sugar and flour, and it’s balanced with fats and proteins and things I like to eat, I don’t dwell on it.

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Lindsay's List November 4, 2012 at 7:46 am

love these posts (and p.s. I didn’t ask the kid question. ;) )

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purelymichelle November 4, 2012 at 8:29 am

great posts as always girl! thanks for always being so honest.

my rest days vary every week depending on my work schedule, there will be weeks when I only workout once or twice a week and then next week I work 6 days. I just go with the flow with my workouts

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Anne November 4, 2012 at 8:56 am

I usually take one or two rest days a week, Friday and/or Sunday. For the bottomless pit, sometimes I give in and make sure I get back on track the next day, other times I remind myself that if I overeat I will not feel well after so I will indulge a little but not over do it.

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Carbzilla November 4, 2012 at 9:39 am

I have a question – Is GPP only offered at the place you go, or is it a franchise? I tried CF once, and I was nowhere near in shape enough to get through a class. I would have been able to at my peak, but not now. My bootcamp was more my speed – challenging but fun, and scalable for my level of fitness.

You have PLENTY of time to have kids. Don’t sweat it. The only time I regret not having them is when I’m wishing we had more of a community around us that we would probably have gathered through our children. Other than that, we spend our money freely on ourselves and all our parent friends are super jealous.

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Janetha November 4, 2012 at 10:42 am

Unfortunately, GPP is one of a kind. The owner created the programming himself and so there is no other gym like it out there. What a lot of my readers do, though, is follow the workouts from their own gym. My mom does GPP workouts in her home gym. They are free to anyone who wants to do them, so taking advantage of them is a no-brainer :)

I miss you, Tiff! I love you.

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Carbzilla November 4, 2012 at 10:56 am

Love you, sweets! Hope to see you in Park City or maybe we’ll meet out at Deb’s next year. It was so great to see her! (funny story – we met for a walk at my office, and we had no idea that Derek was upstairs meeting with another company in my building. Ha! I mean, Seattle’s small, but what are the chances?)

Ok – I’ll see if I can do GPP workouts in my garage gym. :)

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Neil November 4, 2012 at 6:52 pm

Carbzilla – If I can help, please LMK.

Please be careful. GPP workouts are potent. Their potency makes them very effective/efficient, but the efficiency can hurt. Start with about 1/2. Half the reps, Half the rounds. Half the weight.

Don’t forget to post. I promise it helps.

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Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) November 5, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Yes yes yes! Both you come to PS!

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Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) November 5, 2012 at 8:26 pm

and bring Momma B too!

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Christina November 4, 2012 at 10:31 am

I love the lululemon bang buster head band! I can’t thank you enough for getting me hooked on it. It’s the only one I’ve ever found that stays on my head, doesn’t hurt after hours of wear, and keeps my bangs in check!

Also kudos to you on addressing the kiddo issue. I just turned 26 and get that question very often, even though I’m not married! Super irritating. I think it’s great that you and Marshall are just taking time to enjoy being young and in love, so worth it :D

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Maren November 4, 2012 at 11:33 am

I love reading these! Mostly because I’m snoopy :) I sometimes take one rest day, sometimes three…sometimes none at all! It just depends if I run out of time (I’ve seriously been busy with all this wedding planning!) and if my body is not feeling a workout. When I have a bottomless pit day, I just go with it and remember I can just get back on track tomorrow. No use stressing!

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Janetha November 4, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Got your invite. Thank you!! I love you guys so much. Please come to Blend so I can finally meet youuuu.

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Maren November 7, 2012 at 9:40 am

Love you too :) I know I am seriously going to try and make it!! Keep your fingers crossed for me! The only way I won’t is if my gf decides to have her bachelorette party in Mexico. I’m sure it will be right around the same time, so I’m waiting to hear about that before I commit!! I really hope it works out!

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Heather (Heather's Dish) November 4, 2012 at 11:39 am

great answers girl!

after reading yours and Katie’s reviews about GPP i’ve started doing some of their workouts (modifying when needed) and I have to say that I really REALLY enjoy their outlook on fitness and working out in general. My life isn’t working out, but I need a workout that will serve my purposes in life and it totally does that! I think it’s great that you’re giving them some love – without your posts on it I would have just kept doing Crossfit style workouts and not getting what I need out of them!

also, i think you’re awesome. the end :)

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Meg November 4, 2012 at 11:57 am

Love the GPP description! I have been super curious how it compares to CF and I think he answers it perfectly :)

Bottomless pit days are the worst. I just eat whatever I crave and then make sure I have a big protein breakfast the next day. :)

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Calee (@chimes) November 4, 2012 at 1:28 pm

I try to take 1 actual rest day a week, and I typically have between 1-2 others that are “active rest” days — esp. now with an injury. When I’m in weight loss mode I workout 6 days a week.

Also … love your rant about promoting things you love. I see a lot of people endorsing things that they don’t love just because they can make a buck or get some swag. There are things that I had promoted to get the swag, and then when I tried them, I didn’t like them (cheribundi for example) so I gave them a fair review. I don’t like to lie on my blog, so if somebody sends me something and I don’t like it, they’re getting an honest review.

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Toronto Girl West November 4, 2012 at 3:45 pm

You know what I love about you!? That you’re so honest and straightforward. So many times bloggers are concerned with only portraying a certain image and sugar coating everything. You’re just you! And I love that! :)

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Janetha November 4, 2012 at 6:03 pm

Thank you for the feedback. I genuinely appreciate it! And I love you :)

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Sarah @ The Healthy Diva November 4, 2012 at 5:16 pm

I usually take at least one rest day a week. But my workouts are probably not as intense as GPP. I really love going to gym classes though…core class, pilates or yoga are my favourites!!!

As for those bottomless pitt days…..well I EAT. Usually I try to have bigger portions at main meals and a nice big serve of veggies. I also find snacking on nuts and having some BCAAs will really tone down the hungry monster as well :)

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Annette@FitnessPerks November 4, 2012 at 9:27 pm

I take 1 day off a week. ALWAYS. Very vigilant about that :)

Love your answers. You are awesome! And I really like Neil’s take on CF and GPP. Very cool.

As for bottomless pit days, I try to figure out WHY I am feeling like that. Usually it’s because I didn’t have enough healthy fat or protein, so I go for that. It usually fixes the issue! And/or I didn’t eat enough the day before, so I just roll with eating more. The body is smart!

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Lindsay November 4, 2012 at 9:52 pm

I take rest days based on what my week is like. I try to take them on Tues/Weds and/or Fri. It just depends on what I’ve done for the week.

Bottomless pit days are so difficult. Sometimes at work I don’t have any more food to appease the pit. It usually falls on a Friday, and I assume that it is my body’s way of telling me it didn’t find that I was fueling it enough for the week (even though I always eat until I’m full and always eat substantial meals). Sometimes its hard though because on bottomless pit days you just want ice cream, cereal, crackers, etc.

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Melissa B November 5, 2012 at 9:29 am

LOVE reading these! I love learning more about you – ha cause these are normal questions you would just ask your friends haha Oh and I LOVED Neil’s answer to the CF vs GPP question.

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Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning November 5, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Oooh I want to see Momma B’s dope gym….
love your answers- just makes me love YOU even more!! (now please go register for Fitbloggin’ so we can hang out in Portland together!)

I take 1 rest day a week- pretty much always Saturday, unless I’m subbing a class for someone that morning. And the only other day that I don’t teach is Thursday- I usually go hike or jog or do a super hilly walk with the dogs- something less stressful on the body overall and outdoors.
And I hate the bottomless pit days. I just try to stay busy and focus on things other than shoving food in my face. :)

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Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) November 5, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Interesting about GPP vs CF. I remember reading a blurb about CF in my area about 5 yrs ago when it was brand new and they said something about if you didn’t vomit, it wasnt a good workout. Um, yah, thanks but no thanks. Sounds like GPP would be way more my style. I’m not into vomit.

My workouts are totally dictated by my body when I wake up that morning. I may plan to go to combat and then wake up feeling like I was run over by an 18-wheeler…no combat that day. I’d say that I take 2 rest days totally off, and then another day where I just walk or hike. The rest are either weights, a class or HIIT depending on what my body tells me. I work out WAYYY less than I used to- when I look back at how much time Live Fit, I can’t believe I spent that much time at the gym!

Bottomless pit days only happen to me now when I fall off the carb-bandwagon. If I stay away from carbs, I have no out of control hunger. I may have cravings that are in my brain, but my body craves nothing if I’m giving it what it really needs.

Love you!

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Cassie November 6, 2012 at 10:47 am

$125 on yogurt each month?! omg! well now I feel much better about my “overspending” on healthy foods :) worth it!

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Janetha November 6, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Haha.. yep. Well when you figure one yogurt is $1.29 to $1.69 (depending what store I am at) and we eat a few yogurts a day…. it adds up! But you are right, it is so worth it.

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