Q&A's – Round 1

Have you thought about giving Cody a sibling (of the furry variety)?

Haha, thanks for clarifying! Jay and I talk about giving Cody a friend quite often, but because of my already existing allergies, we’re a little leery about adding to the problem. Since I seem to have the allergies & asthma regulated, I would hate to mess with that. Plus, we both agree that Cody sheds enough fur and destroys the litter box enough for about 3 cats worth. ;)

How do you fit working out into your day? You must be so busy with working full time teaching! What does a typical day look like for you?

Some days, busy doesn’t even begin to describe it! BUT, that doesn’t mean it’s an excuse for not working in some exercise. You have to be organized, you have to have a plan, and you have to stick to it. For me, I really enjoy working out in the morning. Sure, nobody wants to get up at 5am to work out (well, maybe they do, but they’re crazy!) but I’d rather do that and know that my workout is done for the day. There are still some classes that I do enjoy taking at my gym, which are after school, but I work them into my daily schedule just like I would anything else. I also really enjoying throwing some yoga and/or Pilates into the mix at least once a week.

I’m still working on figuring out the best schedule for me this year, but last year I had things pretty well in place. On days I didn’t go to the gym for a class after work (which were usually Tuesdays, Fridays, & Sunday mornings for BodyPump), I exercised in the morning at home. Usually, it was a form of cardio on the treadmill or a video from Exercise on Demand; but now that my treadmill is broken, it’s making things a little bit more difficult to figure out! :roll: Typically, I will get some form of exercise in 5-6 days a week.

My boyfriend and I are in a long distance relationship right now. I was wondering if you and Jay ever went through this and if you have any advice for making it work?

Jay and I were fortunate enough to never have to deal with a long distance relationship. We both attended college and proceeded to find work in our local area, so we were always close. I did, however, have numerous friends who did have to deal with long distance relationships, and judging from them, I know it’s not easy. I’d have to say three of the biggest factors that I noticed in their relationships were trust, honesty, andcommunication. Which really, when you think about it, is equally important in anyrelationship. Some of their relationships worked, and some of them didn’t; but the ones who wanted to make it work, and made the extra effort, are the ones who are still together today. If your man is worth it, go that extra step! Good luck! :)

How did Jay propose?

Awww, this is such a fun question! When we first got engaged, I actually created a wedding website for ourselves, which includes our proposal story, so feel free to go check it out! http://weddings.theknot.com/pwp/pwp2/view/MemberPage.aspx?coupleid=8925749141748920&pid=1832447

If you don’t mind revealing, what is your height and weight?

I am 5’7” and weight approximately 125lbs. Although I do own a scale, it’s super-ancient and I never use it. I actually had to make sure to use the scale at the gym the other day, just so I could have a number to answer this question! I have never been really big on scales. I’m sure my numbers must fluctuate all the time, which could be misleading and unnecessarily discouraging. Rather, I tend to go by how my clothes are fitting to determine when I need to back away from the ice cream. ;)

Do you count calories, and if so about how many calories do you aim to eat daily?

I do not count calories, but I am still very aware of the calories that are in many of the foods that I eat. If I had to guess, I’d say that most of my meals are probably around the 400 calorie mark, with two or three 100-200 calorie snacks throughout the day. That being said, there are always exceptions to the rule; for example, I almost always consume more calories on weekends and on days where I do more intense cardio.