Chelsea asked, "If you could give one word of advice to us single ladies, what would it be?"
We broke up in February 2010 and our break-up was traumatic to say the least. I've never told the Lucifer/Lindsey story, but maybe one day I will. Since our break-up, I've really tried to not live my life worrying about the future, which is the advice I would give other single girls.
I don't hold the belief that once I'm in a relationship, I'll magically have life and myself all figured out. Because trust me, just because your in relationship, it doesn't mean you're happy. I don't think that once I have a wedding, all will be right in the world.
If you live in the future, you'll never appreciate the now. I try to enjoy the fact that as a "single lady" I get to do whatever I want when I want. If you let it, being single allows you the time and space you need to figure yourself out. I honestly think if you don't know how to be happily single and or how to be independent, then you shouldn't be in a relationship. Be content with you before you give yourself to someone else.
Jess asked, "What is something that we your readers would be surprised to know about you?"
"What is your favorite guilty pleasure?"
Jess is back with another good question. Hmmm ... what would you be surprised to know about me? I feel like I'm a pretty open book, so this is tough. You might be surprised to know that I won a cartwheel-a-thon in elementary school?? I really thought for days about this and I can't come up with anything good. I suck.
My favorite guilty pleasure has pretty much already been revealed via this post: I'm a reality TV addict. Although, I have no guilt about it. I own it! Being a wine-o probably comes in a close second.
Ashleigh asked, "If you could marry any celebrity (including married ones), who would you pick and why?"
I would TOTALLY let Bill Rancic or Jason Hoppy wife me up in a second. They are both funny, give their ladies a hard time (in a good way), are successful, tall, handsome, thoughtful and loving. I'm so jealous of Guiliana and Bethenny, but I'll find my Bill or Jason one day. Any man that will dress as a panda with his wife and baby is a winner in my book.
Lauren asked, "What school did you almost go to other than Texas Tech University. No I don't expect you to say OU, but I think it's cool to see how different things could have been especially since you are so hardcore TTU."
Oh Lauren! Definitely not OU, but I am not an OU hater. I save my animosity for all the bandwagon UT fans who never stepped foot in a college classroom. But that's another post for another day. Believe it or not, I almost went to my Mom's Alma Mater, Texas A&M.
and Lauren also asked,"You just had twins. A boy and a girl. What are their names?"
I have a plethora of baby names picked out for my future babies that don't exist. You know you do too. My names change frequently, but if I popped some out today, I'd go with these names:
Yes, I think I would. While no one is perfect, I do think I'm a very loyal friend and even provide a few good laughs every now and again. I'd totally give myself a BFF bracelet.
JennyBeth said, "I'm a fan of knowing people's daily routines."
I'm a scumbag, so try not to judge. I'm so NOT that girl that wakes up hours early, has some freshly brewed coffee and a hearty breakfast, spends time meticulously curling her hair and painting on a face of make-up. That being said, here is my routine as of late.
I absolute hate mornings. Despise them. I've never been a morning person and I never will. So in order to sleep in as long as possible, I shower the night before, and I put my wet hair in a big messy bun on the top of my head.
I set my alarm for 7 a.m. now that I live 2 miles from work. I typically press snooze until around 7:15 a.m. or 7:20 a.m. When I'm half awake laying in bed during the snooze period, I think about what I'm going to wear for the day. I force myself out of bed cursing the morning in my head. I pee (TMI?), wash my face and brush my teeth.
Next I do my hurr. I take down the big messy bun and my hair is still damp and very wavy. I try to tame it, add mousse to it and pin back pieces with bobby pins. Or, if it looks unsalvagable, I will put it back in a low messy bun leaving pieces to fall around my face. I will back curl these pieces with a 1.5 inch curling iron.
At this point I only have a few minutes to get dressed, so I scurry around my room trying to find all the pieces I need. Normally I won't be able to find the cami I need or the right cardigan, so I've grown accustomed to the playing hide-and-seek with my clothes. Eventually I'll throw the outfit together I picked out while half asleep.
Before grabbing my pink briefcase (yes, mam) and my purse, I put eyeliner and mascara on at the very least. If I have time I will do an entire face of make-up, but this rarely happens.
I am in the car by 7:50 or 7:55 and put my shoes on in the car. I work from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Now that I'm so close to work I come home for lunch every day, which is seriously heavenly.
I am home from work between 5:15 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at which point I eat a small meal or snack before getting changed for boot camp. My friend Courtney and I are in boot camp together, so we car pool. We leave around 6 p.m. for boot camp.
Boot camp lasts until 7:30 p.m. so I am home by 8 p.m. I eat another small snack or meal before showering (depending on how many Weight Watchers points I have left). After I shower, I watch a few of my shows, get on my computer to read blogs and/or write a post. I fall asleep between 11 a.m. and midnight normally. Sometimes later, but never earlier. Then I do the whole thing over again. It's an exciting life I lead. Are you jealous?
B asked, "What is your go to weight loss and workout routines?"
I was a competitive gymnast for 14 years, which meant 4 hour practices every day after school and 6 hour, 2-a-day practices in the summer. Gymnasts don't have an off-season, so growing up I was always in shape. However, I have never been a stick thin girl. I have a very muscular, athletic build. Even at my smallest, I will never be a size 0 or 2, which took years for me to accept. Another story for another day.
So college was the first time in my life I didn't have to be at practice every single day. I didn't know what to do with myself. It was so strange not having an obligation to work out and I took full advantage of my new found freedom. I'd go on work-out kicks now and then, but nothing serious until my senior year. After 3.5 years, I had put on way more than the "Freshman 15" and it was time to get rid of it. I remember when I decided to get back in shape, I told myself one day at a time is all you can do.
I started getting serious about working out and dieting January of my senior year. By August when I graduated, I was almost back to my high school weight. I hate to disappoint you, but I did it the old fashion way: working out and eating healthy.
I worked out about 5 days a week at our rec. When I worked out, I did a high-intensity, 60 minute step aerobics class. A few months into step class, I added interval training on the treadmill walking on the incline as high as it would go mixed with sprints on no incline. I would spend about 20 to 30 minutes on the treadmill before step class. I was hardcore, but it worked.
I also was very strict with my diet eating mostly only lean meats, vegetables, fruit, egg whites and turkey bacon. But trust me, I'd splurge, too. I would eat something "bad" at least once a week, and I think it's important to do that. You can't completely deprive yourself or else you'll end up binging.
So that is what I did and I ended up losing about 40 lbs in 8 months. You just have to be committed to changing your lifestyle and you have to recognize that you won't get in shape over night. It takes time, it's certainly not easy, but if you stick to it, it will pay off. I remember when my old "fat" jeans started falling off me and I had to get rid of them. Best. feeling. ever. It was crazy to think that at one point they were so tight I could barely button them. And for anyone who has ever lost a considerable amount of weight, you know that compliments are the best drug. That's when I knew what I was doing was paying off, when every one around me started to notice.
Chelsea asked, "Since you're in boot camp, what would The Bargain Blonde's go-to workout outfit look like? Favorite places to show for that attire?"
Probably no surprise here, but I don't get fancy to work out. I wear boot-cut black spandex pants or spandex capris and a t-shirt. Once I lose some lbs, I'll start wearing work-out tanks again. I love Nike and won't wear any other brand of running shoes. I buy all my athletic gear at Old Navy or for brand name gear, TJ Maxx is a must.
A few of you asked, "What boot camp to you go to?"
The boot camp is called Fit 30 and they have several locations in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Fit in 30 days ... get it!? We bought a Groupon for 16 sessions of this boot camp for $39.99. I really do love it even though I complain about it. It's a great way to get my big badonk back in gear and our trainer is very encouraging, but not annoying. He does not yell at all. He just pushes you, and that's exactly what I need.
Sweet (and Sour) Lou Lou asked, "What do you despise worst: working out or dieting?"
I'm not going to sugar coat this. I hate the thought of actually going to work-out, but once I'm there, I love it (for the most part). I'd say getting into the swing of working out is much more challenging than dieting, but the feeling you get after working out is the best. Dieting isn't easy by any means, but I probably despise working out more.
Leave it to Raven and Lauren to ask the random questions. Raven wants to know if I will wash her hair when I come to visit her. Yes Raven, I'll wash your hair, you weirdo. You know I mean that in the most loving way possible.
And Lauren asked what my favorite zoo animal was. Well to answer your very crucial question, I think I'm going to have to go with penguins. I love when they dive into the water and slide down the ice. Plus, I absolutely love Happy Feet. Cutest little guy ever:
Was this post long enough for you? I'm out of breath just reading it. Happy Tuesday!