Healthy Living Survey

While visiting some of my favorite blogs, I came across this Healthy Living Survey over at Carrots n’ Cake. Tina had stumbled upon it at Lindsay’s List. It looked like fun and I decided to take the survey and here are my answers.

1. What did you eat for breakfast?

Two egg whites, half an egg yolk with spinach on multi-grain bread.

2. How much water do you drink a day?

Around 48 ounces a day.

3. What is your current favorite workout?

My treadmill. I’m totally into walking these days and I get to watch television. That’s a two’fer I can’t pass up. I look forward to my walks and I’m using the incline feature to help power-up my time walking. But the best time I have when walking is when I’m out with the pups.

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4. How many calories do you eat a day?

I don’t know. I stopped counting calories and now eat based on hunger.

5. What are your favorite healthy snacks?

Depends on the season. I have an apple every afternoon with plain greek yogurt. But now, I’m enjoying clementines.

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6. What do you usually eat for lunch?

These days I’ve been eating sandwiches. Honey-maple chicken with a slice of American cheese.

7. What is your favorite body part to train?


8. What is your least favorite body part to strength train?

I really don’t have a least favorite body part to train. But I think the upper body is the most challenging part for me to train.

8. What are your “bad” food cravings?

Great question. These days I’m not eating a lot of Frankenfood (processed foods loaded with chemicals to make them tasty) so I don’t have a big list of “bad” foods. In fact, what I am reaching for these days is pretty much healthy. Now for cravings? I usually like salty when it comes to cravings. So, it would be potato chips.

9. Do you take vitamins or supplements?

I used to. Religiously. Then a report came out about the potential dangers of taking a multi-vitamin and I watched a Dr. Oz show. I’m confused about vitamins and supplements. It’s something I want to figure out so that I’m making a knowledgeable decision.

10. How often do you eat out?

Does take-out count? Maybe twice a month. We really don’t go out much. I like to cook.

11. Do you eat fast food?

Rarely. I can’t remember my last fast-food meal.

13. Who is your biggest supporter?

My husband. The G-Man.

14. Do you have a gym membership?


15. How many hours of sleep do you get a night?

7-8 hours. Sleep is important.

16. Do you have a “cheat” day?

You mean days I eat things like this? My cheat days are when I bake.

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17. Do you drink alcohol?

No. Sometimes I’ll have a glass of wine if I’m using wine in the recipe. Why let it go to waste?

18. Do you have a workout buddy?

No. I’m pretty much a workout loner. Though I am apart of an online community of exercisers and I get great tips and new workout suggestions from them. Shout out to VFer’s.

19. What is the best thing that has changed about your since committing to a Healthy Lifestyle?

There are so many things, but I think the best thing is that at over forty I’m moving without any creaks or aches.

20. What was the last healthy thing you did?

A yoga workout yesterday.

That was fun!



Shih-Tzu Saturday

Susie manages to squeeze herself down between the sofa cushions and the back of the cushions. She’ll sleep for hours there.

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Billy chills on the sofa, too. But he prefers the cushions to tight spaces.

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Lemon Bars

The other day I arrived home and found a package of lemons in my mailbox from a friend who lives in California and has lemon trees. Opening the box was like getting a little bit of California. The fragrance that came from an ordinary cardboard box had me thinking of lemonade, flip flops and straw bags. I couldn’t wait to dive in and pull those lemons out. Since I don’t want them to go to waste I immediately started using them.

Aren’t they beautiful?

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First up was a batch of Lemon Bars. Since I didn’t have a recipe I went searching and found one. So I tied on my apron and got to work.

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I zested the lemons.

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I squeezed out 6 tablespoons of lemon juice.

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I measured out all of the ingredients.

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Then I baked the crust. Once that was out of the oven and cooled, I topped with the lemon mixture and baked. Finally I had perfect little lemon squares and each bite was like a little burst of California sunshine.

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The Gingered Lemon Bar recipe came from Fine Cooking. (I have a personal relationship with the magazine.)

Excuse while I serve myself up another Lemon Bar.


Today I Am…

Looking forward to sleeping in late tomorrow.

Recovering from Ilaria’s Powerstrike 6.


Reading the February issue of Fitness magazine.

Resetting my iTunes password so I can start using my new iPad. I hate passwords.

What about you?