Frequently Asked Questions
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I have worked on a list of Frequently Asked Questions that I get on my blog. If you have any other questions please feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Weight Loss Questions
- Where do you shop for groceries?
- Do you count calories?
- How often do you step on a scale?
- How many days do you cook at home?
- How do you make smart choices when you are out to dinner?
- What it your height/weight?
- Do you blog every day?
- What’s with the name nHerShoes?
- How do you get so many wonderful things to review?
- How can you drink your coffee black?
- What type of French Press Coffee do you use?
- Do you always follow a recipe?
- What kind of dog is Bosco?
- What kind of heart rate monitor do you recommend?
- What is AKB?
- Do you run everyday?
- How did you get up so early to run?
- How did you get so fast?
- Are you always training for a marathon?
- What’s with the running skirt?
- What kind of protein powder do you use?
- Do you use Gels or Recovery Drinks?
- How often do you take rest days?
Weight Loss Questions
1. Where do you shop for groceries?
I try and only take one trip to the market a week and because I plan out all my meals. I first hit up Fresh&Easy and then for other items I still need I go to the local grocery store. I really want to join a co-op.
2. Do you count calories?
Not any more, when I was trying to lose weight I counted points (Weight Watchers Diet), but then I started to eat REAL food while listening to my body and stopped counting calories. I stopped eating empty calories, junk food, empty carbs and such. I now eat 5-6 small meals a day and try to consume plenty of fruit and veggies. In my training weeks, I try and consume more protein any way I can!
3. How often do you step on a scale?
If I had it my way, we wouldn’t have one in the house. I think scales are addicting and can become obsessive. My weight tends to fluctuate in the morning and at night so why get on it unless I am trying to lose weight. If you are trying to lose weight, I think that you should only step on it once a week on the same day at the same time, no more!
4. How many days do you cook at home?
On Sundays, I sit down and plan out our menu for the week and try to stick with that menu as much as possible, but things do come up. So I usually cook 4-5 times a week and would love to do it more, but teaching kickboxing at night limits my time to cook at home.
5. How do you make smart choices when you are out to dinner?
Haha! I don’t always make the best choices, but I do try and think about portion size. I try and choose one thing on the menu that I love and then I play with it a little; take off the mayonnaise, butter, dressing on the side, grilled not fried, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, etc.
6. What it your height/weight?
Funny question, well my height is 5’5 and my weight is between 124-128, it used to be 145-155.
1. Do you blog every day?
I try and blog once a day. I give mad props to the bloggers out there who do it two or three times a day!
2. How did you come up with the title nHerShoes?
Well I think the answer is in the name, lol… but seriously I am in running shoes in the morning, work shoes in the afternoon, kickboxing shoes at night, and date night shoes in the evening. I may not wear many hats, but I sure do wear a lot of shoes 🙂
3. How do you get so many wonderful things to review?
Most of the time people send me things to review so that I can share them with all of you, but if there is a product that I have been dying to try, I send them a letter asking if they would like me to do a review on my blog to get the word out on there product and they are wonderful to agree!!!
4. How can you drink your coffee black?
Well I recently gave up my creamer because of all the preservatives and junk that were in it( I might have it for a treat once in awhile). But I love the taste of coffee, good coffee, I spend a little more money on quality coffee because I do drink it black and it makes a world of difference!
5. What type of French Press Coffee do you use?
Bodum SHIN BISTRO Coffee Press
6. Do you always follow a recipe?
No way! Food is way more fun when you play with it. I am Emerald, I like to just take it a pinch in my hand throw it in and say BAM! However, when I’m baking, I have to follow directions. That’s why I am not much of a baker.
7. What kind of Dog is Bosco?
We adopted Bosco from the pound in 2007 and they told us he is a mut. Now that he is older, we think he is a Terrier / Dachshund mix… Oh and part human 😉
1. What kind of heart rate monitor do you recommend?
I use the Garmin Forerunner 310 to track my distance and the Polar FT7 to track my heart rate. I think the older versions of the Garmin are a lot more user friendly then the new ones. It really helps me with my pace, distance, HR, and calories. I don’t know how I ever lived without one.
2. What is AKB?
Aerobic Kickboxing. We do 30 minutes of aerobics and 30 minutes of bag workouts. That’s right we put on our gloves and go at it. I think the bag workout is what has made me stronger even though I am still working on my strength.
3. Do you run everyday?
NO WAY! I love running, but I believe mixing it up is the best way to stay in shape. You need to shock your body or else you will just stay at the same weight (if your trying to lose weight). I only lost weight when I started to do weights and AKB on top of running. Also, if your just run all the time, you are more likely to get injured in my opinion.
4. How did you get up so early to run?
Coffee… and going to bed early. In bed no later than 10pm on my early mornings.
5. How did you get so fast?
I started doing speed workouts. In my last marathon training plan, I was on the track at least twice a week doing sprints, intervals, strides and tempo runs. Tempo runs are workouts where you run at a steady pace that is around 70% to 80% of your max aerobic capacity. Basically just picking up the pace for some miles during a run.
6. Are you always training for a marathon?
No, not always… probably twice a year at the most. I am currently training for more triathlons than marathons.
7. What’s with the running skirt?
My new love is running skirts. I used to think they were so girly and made fun of women who wore them. I thought they were trying to be too cute or something. Well I was wrong. They are not only cute, they are also soooo comfy!
8. What kind of protein powder do you use?
I am currently using VEGA, best plant protein powder out there in my opinion! I am looking into some of the top brands and trying to find out what is the best for me.
9. Do you use Gels or Recovery Drinks?
Yes, Hammer Nutrition. I wouldn’t take anything else. I use there Heed sports drink for my long runs (mild melon is my fav). The gels are just as good on a long runs.
“HAMMER GEL is an easily digested, concentrated source of complex carbohydrates with four amino acids added to enhance performance and prolong energy levels during intense training and competition. HAMMER GEL has a syrup-like consistency that mixes easily with water if so desired.”
10. How often do you take rest days?
About once a week. I take a full day off of running and kickboxing. It’s usually right in the middle of the week so it works out perfect!