I thought it was weird that even though I ate a huge bowl of oatmeal around 10:30am, I was hungry for lunch at 11:30am?! Then, I realized it’s because I ate breakfast so late that I was hungry again. I had been up since before 6:30am, ran 5.8 miles and didn’t eat a full meal until 10:30am = a very messed up blood sugar.
I was still hungry after this and ate half a SB bar and a cookie. Okay, that was enough finally. I actually was overly full after this – obviously this is because I didn’t need all this food right then, but my body was confused. Lesson: If I am not going to exercise within 1 hour of waking then I need a full breakfast (and a little cereal doesn’t cut it). Like I said, I’m still figuring out my meal plan to fix this.
More Ask Me Anything Questions!!! This is a fun game 🙂 Sorry if it’s boring to anyone that doesn’t care about the mundane details of my life…
Question: Who’s blog did you first read that introduced you to the blogging community?
Monica: I stumbled upon Eat Like Me on Self Magazine’s site and read that for a while before discovering the blog world. From there I was obsessed since it was great to find so many people with similar interests/problems/learning experiences.
Ben and I actually met online. Yep, we are one of those couples. We both signed up for eharm after going through break-ups and realizing neither of us had friends that were into being social. This meant we weren’t in a place to meet new people and move on with our lives, so we had to do something about it. It’s funny that we signed up for similar reason 🙂
Anyways, we emailed back and forth only a couple of times before he gave me his number and I called. He was really weird on the phone and I almost canceled our first date 🙁 Thank God I didn’t!
We had a great first date on a Friday night. We both were at the same place in our lives and it just felt good. I remember going for a run the next day with a smile on my face the whole time. I was running on air.That following Monday we went to the movies (date #2).
Later that week we were talking about going to the Grand Canyon. He told me he would pick me up Friday night and we would drive to Las Vegas and visit the Grand Canyon on Saturday. I was trying to call his bluff so I said okay.
He wasn’t bluffing…
Our third date was to the Grand Canyon. He was a complete stranger that I met on the internet and less than a week later I was letting him drive me to some remote location in the desert. I do not recommend anyone doing this, ever. Don’t do it. It could have turned out badly. But (maybe it was my red head luck or something) I got a ring out of it 😉
Question: When you first started running, were you ever worried about “over doing it” and injuring/tiring yourself? How many days/miles did you run on average when you first started running?
Monica: I wasn’t worried about over doing it when I first started running because I only ran on a treadmill and wasn’t training for anything. I just started running because I got tired of walking and only did as much as I could. I wasn’t keeping track at the time so I don’t know how long it took me, but eventually I got up to 6 miles a day. I ran that for a long time before I even considered racing.
Question: Do you ever wonder what life would be like if you didn’t blog? Would you eat differently if people weren’t watching?
Monica: I think my life would be exactly the same without the blog. I’m not successful enough to have blogging as my job – it think that would give it more of an impact on my life.
I don’t think I would eat any differently if I didn’t blog either. I read a lot of blogs and I feel like I keep it real and very open with you guys. I have days where I eat things I would rather not blog, but I do. This blog isn’t about how perfectly healthy I am, it is about how real I am. I really try hard to lead a healthy lifestyle by example. I am a girl who wants to lose weight, loves running and has issues with food. My eating is less than ideal, but it’s me.
Question: Why did you move across the country and what does Ben do for work?
Monica: Ben and I moved to Maryland from California for a job opportunity I got. It ended up not being at all what I expected and subsequently fell apart.
Question: Where are you going to move to when your lease is up? Do you regret moving?
Monica: I totally do not regret moving. It has been a huge learning experience and I’m grateful for it. I also think it’s opened up new opportunities that I wouldn’t have pursued otherwise.
We don’t know where we are going when the lease is up. Half of us are voting for California, half of us are voting for Florida…