Blogger Exercise Q&A

3rd March 2015

I have always been a fan of reading Q&A sessions that other bloggers have posted.  I love the glimpse inside of other people’s lives that they provide and the helpful tips and tricks you can get from their answers.

Since we are in the final stretch of winter and are ALL looking for a little exercise motivation right now I thought it would be fun to do a little Blogger Q&A centered around exercise. Hopefully you will learn something new from one of these bloggers and get motivation to go out and run, lift weights or do an exercise DVD.

First let me introduce the bloggers that participated in the Q&A.
www.meganspotted.comwww.meganspotted.comwww.meganspotted.comQuestion 1: What is your typical running schedule? Describe a typical week for you in terms of running & exercise.

Amanda: I usually run 3 days/week, or every other day. Twice during the week and once on the weekends. I trained for 2 full marathons this way and had no injuries. I feel like this is the best for my body and my schedule so running doesn’t take over my life!

Erin: Right now I’m training for a half-marathon, so I’ve had to stay pretty disciplined. Usually 3 runs, 1-2 speed training days and 1-2 days of hitting some weights. When I’m not training for a race, I tend to lift weights 2-3 times a week and run twice a week.

Sarah: (When I am not injured…) approximately 3 days a week. 3-5 miles during the week and 5-10 on the weekend.

Question 2: What running/exercise gear (shoes, watches, etc.) can you not live without?

Amanda: Obviously, I can’t live without shoes, but I’m in-between brands, so I can’t recommend anything in particular. Two things that are on my list of must-have running gear: my Moving Comfort sports bra and Bondi Band headband.

Erin: I’m a huge Nike fan, even though most “real runners” say that Nikes aren’t good for racing. I can’t help it- my shoes are Nike and I love my Garmin Forerunner watch!

Sarah: My Brooks shoes, cute, tight fitting running pants, music, FlipBelt, Garmin watch

Question 3: Describe how you fuel your body before, during and after your runs/workouts.

Amanda: I try to stick to the rule of eating something within 15-30 minutes after a workout. Even if it’s just a piece of bread with peanut butter on it, I want to get some protein quick. During workouts, I really don’t fuel much. I try to drink water every few miles, but otherwise unless I’m doing a really long run I don’t eat anything. I can’t eat too close to a run or I have serious stomach issues.

Sarah: Before I make sure that I eat a bar, usually a Clif bar and after a banana or bar and lots of water.

Question 4: How do you stay motivated in the winter to continue running/exercising?

Amanda: Mostly I just think about how much it will suck once winter is over and I haven’t been running at all. That and I guilt myself into running so I can eat some ice cream after without feeling bad. … But I don’t really recommend that as the best method for motivation!

Erin: It’s tough! I’m very guilty of eating more junk in the winter months, so I try to remind myself that I need to keep up the intensity in my workouts if I want to actually be happy about putting those shorts on come Spring!

Sarah: I make sure I have cute clothes and warm gear!

Question 5: What type of cross training exercises are you favorite?

Amanda: To be completely honest, I am not great about cross-training. I like working on my core and upper body by doing pull-ups and push ups.

Erin: I love Zumba! It’s a great way to get your heart rate up and work some different muscle groups!

Sarah: Bootcamp, strength training, lifting

Thanks so much ladies for sharing some of your exercise tips and tricks! I find it so fascinating to read how others stay motivated.  I also love reading about how other people cross train and get a good workout in when they aren’t running! Be sure to check out Amanda at The Lady Okie, Erin at Love, Fun and Football and Sarah at Total Basset Case to keep up with their workouts and daily life adventures!

You can check out some of my winter weather exercise tips here.  What are some ways you stay motivated to exercise in the winter?

DIY Thumbtack Monogram

2nd March 2015

I’m sure many of you have seen projects all over Pinterest using paper mache letters.  I am always inspired by the many ways that people have transformed the letters and used them for a variety of purposes.  Check out my tutorial below for a DIY monogram project using the paper mache letters from Jo-Ann Craft Store.
1. Paper mache letters
2. Paint
3. Paintbrush
4. Thumbtacks www.meganspotted.comDirections:

1. Paint the front of your paper mache letters.  I did not paint the backs but depending on where you are placing them this might be necessary.
2. Once the paint dries begin putting thumbtacks around the sides of the letters.
3. Display on mantle or around the house.

This is one of those projects that is super easy to make, is fun and will leave you wishing you had more letters to poke with the thumbtacks! I did this project one night while watching TV and was surprised at how quickly it all came together.

I am already dreaming up my next project with paper mache letters.  Check them out on my DIY Craft Ideas Pinterest Board.  Do you have any fun paper mache letter projects in the works?


27th February 2015

I can’t believe it is already Friday and February is coming to an end! While I am glad that March & Spring are on the horizon, I am sad to see my birthday month go.

Today I’m sharing five things from my week that include one thing I’m loving, one thing that makes me happy, one thing I want to try this weekend, one thing I’m reading and one thing I’m making.

one thing I’m LOVING
I am loving that our bedroom project is finally moving ahead and that progress can be seen! This project started about a year ago when John and I decided that we wanted a true master bedroom and to do that would require us to remove the wall that created the second closet in the bedroom.  We did most of the demo ourselves but quickly decided that the rest of the work we would leave to the professionals.  Well a year later and those professionals have done a lot in the first week!
www.meganspotted.comone thing that makes me HAPPY
Change can be a hard thing sometimes even when you know it is for the best.  This week I had to tell the coworkers that I have shared so much with over the past three years that I had accepted another position elsewhere.  While it was a tough decision I know that in my heart it is the best thing for me and my family.  I was so nervous telling everyone but they were all supportive which makes me happy that I was given the opportunity to work where I have for three years and that they are a part of my life!

 image via death to the stock photo

one thing I want to TRY this weekend
I have been trying each weekend to be better about meal planning for the week.  I know how important it is and how much time it would save me during the week but for some reason the weekend passes by without me doing it.  This weekend I want to try really hard to sit down on Saturday/Sunday and plan out meals for the upcoming week.  Then I can go to the grocery store and buy the necessary supplies.  

one thing I’m READING
I have always been very fascinated with social media and learning new techniques and strategies.  My new position requires me to use social media quite a bit so I decided to get a jump start and read a book on the topic.  Currently I am reading The Art of Social Media by Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick.  This book is a wealth of knowledge on all things social media.  I highly recommend downloading the ebook as it contains links that take you to examples of what they are talking about.  I am only sixty or so pages in but already have learned so much.

image via death to the stock photo

one thing I’m MAKING
In late 2014 I purchased a sewing machine because I wanted to learn/relearn how to sew. By this point in 2015 I figured I would already be well on my way to a sewing master but alas I am still a rookie! Truth be told I have only used the sewing machine a hand full of times since I got it and this is largely due to the fact that I don’t have anywhere to put it and keep it up.  Lazy me wants to have a place to keep it up all the time so I don’t have to lug it around in its original box and set it up each time I want to sew.  Lucky for me my dad agreed to build me a sewing space in the basement as a birthday gift.  You can check out my post about the plans for this space here.  This weekend though I have vowed to dust off the machine and try my hand at one of the projects I have pinned to my sewing board.

image via The Purl Bee

How was your week? Share some things that you are loving, that make you happy, that you are reading, making or trying in the comments below.

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