Friend Makin’ Mondays: Quick and Easy Questions

I blogged last night and didn’t wait to see when Kenlie posted FMM!  So, I’m going to have a quick run at the questions.  Glad they are easy!

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!


1.  What time did you go to bed last night? Much too late!  2 AM!  My afternoon nap through me off so I stayed up later than usual.

2.  What is the last thing that made you smile? Last night my cat decided it was all-about-mommy time. I couldn’t get away from her even if I wanted to.  She was in my lap, sitting beside me, or following me in to the bathroom.  She makes me feel loved.

3.  What is the last movie you watched? On TV count?  The Help.  I stayed up to finish it.  Oh man, I loved it.  It was such a good thing to watch before MLK.  It’s easy to get wrapped up in yourself, your own life, your present, and not remember as much about the past and the struggles people had to endure to do the things you just take for granted.

4. What did you have for breakfast today? Nothing yet!  I rolled out of bed, drank my water, and hit the blog!  After I publish, it’s Shakeology time for sure!

5. Would you rather mop all of your floors or do laundry? By the state of my house currently, it looks like neither, ever.  Ugh.  But I’d rather to laundry. 

6. Do you drink coffee? I do, not as much as I used to.  I usually drink it once a week now.  We go to Starbucks once a week before TRX.  I stopped going because I’m cutting costs to justify my Shakeology usage.  We have a kick ass Nespresso machine and I make a mean cold press iced coffee, we just haven’t been on the train lately.

7.  Will you watch the Superbowl? Yeah.  My friends have a great Superbowl party every year.  For me, it’s social.  I’m not a football fan.  But she always has lots of contests SO I’ve decided that I’m going to study up this year and get a better score on the trivia part of the evening.  Memorize facts?  I’m all over it.

8. How often do you shop for groceries? Making a concerted run – probably twice a week.  Go to the grocery store and buy things to eat?  At least 6 days a week.

9.  What kind of workout will you do today? Today is P90X3 – again!  Week 4! 

10.  Do  you use a fitness tracker? I sure do!  I’m a Fitbit fan!  I’m happy to help anyone else get the most out of it.  They are fantastic and the company provides top notch customer service. 

This was my Shakeology a week or so ago.  Tropical Strawberry + a whole lot a basil and a little bit of lemon.

This was my Shakeology a week or so ago. Tropical Strawberry + a whole lot a basil and a little bit of lemon.

Fitbit love!

I’ve had my Fitbit since March 2012. I’ve almost killed it 3 times. It went for a ride in the washing machine twice, and once it got soaked (along with the rest of me) on a ride at Disneyland. Each time it lived for a couple days in a Ziploc bag of rice before coming back from the dead.

It’s been a good friend to me. I even wore it when going through the mm wave scanner at the airport and had to tell the TSA that it wasn’t a weapon, it was just my little Fitbit.

Fitbit Ultra

Fitbit Ultra

Kenlie’s step challenge has made me focus more on getting my own steps in. So once again, I’ve been wearing my Fitbit very dutifully. Then last week something strange started to happen. When I would have an exceptionally hard workout the display wouldn’t work. If I came home and put it back on its USB charger, it would come back to life but sometimes would forget part of my workout. Once this happened 3 times, I emailed the company.

Fitbit has a stellar customer service reputation and it’s well deserved. After a few emails exchanges it was clear my little Fitbit was at the end of its life. The Ultra isn’t a model being made anymore and because of that, they could not offer me a replacement. However, they did offer me 50% off the Fitbit One, which is the model that replaced the Ultra. I was toying with the idea of upgrading to the One of the Fitbit Flex anyway because they are more water resistant than the Ultra. So maybe I can retire this little bag of rice that I wrote “Fitbit Rescue Bag” on.

I love the little messages my Fitbit tells me when I pick it up. I actually DO find it really motivating. I also like that the Fitbit dashboard application shows how your steps are matching up to your friends. I’m really glad that I’m getting a Fitbit One instead of a Flex because I really like that it counts how many floors I’ve climbed each day.

Until I get the new one in the mail or this one stops working entirely, I’m going to keep wearing it. I’m kind of attached.

Drinking my morning smoothie, wearing my Fitbit and getting ready to work out.

Drinking my morning smoothie, wearing my Fitbit and getting ready to work out.

What’s Next?

That’s exactly what I’m trying to figure out. My Whole30 was so eye opening. It was successful. I made in 30 days staying as on plan. Whole30 is really, really strict – even for Paleo. I gave up chocolate for 30 days – that right there is a big deal. I lost 14 pounds. Even though in the midst of it all I didn’t feel like my GI symptoms improved – as soon as I had my first non-Paleo meal, I felt the difference. And, oddly, my lactose intolerance has been minimal since I finished the cleanse. That’s crazy.

I’m still doing my circuit training classes twice a week. Pretty soon it should be more than me and the trainer du jour. My main trainer – who is also the club’s fitness director, is going to really start pushing the classes and having some cool things going on. He wants to do one class a week out on the beach volleyball court. Circuit in the sand! So, it won’t be (basically) personal training twice a week anymore. But being with others will probably be really good for me. I’m pretty competitive, so this might really kick my butt.

I’ve started wearing my Fitbit again. I have yet to make it to 10,000 steps in a day but I’m easily getting in my 10 flights of stairs. I think that I just have to make a bit more effort with the walks. Fitbit is a really great way to see how you are doing. I’m a data person, so being able to look at a chart at the end of the day that says how I’ve been doing, it’s powerful.

Planning is something I pretty much suck at when it comes to meals. I don’t keep lists for shopping, I really go off my whims easily. I picked up a meal planning pad at Marshall’s the other day. I’m going to see if I can make it work.

Picked this up for $2.99 in orange.  It's on Amazon for $8.99! It's simple, but I think it could work for me.

Picked this up for $2.99 in orange. It’s on Amazon for $8.99! It’s simple, but I think it could work for me.

For awhile now I’ve been thinking about Shakeology. I follow a Beachbody coach named Jamie DeLorme on Facebook and she offered some free sample to try. It’s not bad, and I like how it’s pretty packed with nutrients. I think I’m going to give it a try, along with a 60 day challenge. One reason Weight Watchers worked for me in the past is the accountability – the support. So I think that this will fill that role for me. Especially now that my husband and I spend 5 days a week apart (and he’s totally on another fitness level as me, anyway!) and I really don’t have close friends around me that are in my same situation. It will be good to connect with others in my tribe.

We're doing fine with the distance, but that doesn't mean we don't have bad days, or bad weeks.

We’re doing fine with the distance, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have bad days, or bad weeks.

I’ve also decided to embrace obsession. I obviously want to keep a balance in all things, but I can’t deny that I could use some single-minded focus right now.