This is my Week 7 of #AskAwayFriday where I spill my guts to all of you!
For those of you who aren’t familiar with #AskAwayFriday it’s an amazing way to meet new bloggers, make friends and ask some questions to get to know them better! We now have four permanent hosts ~ Penny at The Real Housewife of Caroline County, Tiffany at Mrs. Tee – Love, Life, and Laughter, Amber at Bold Fab Mom and Stacey at This Momma’s Ramblings. 10 questions are exchanged and answered on your partners blog, you can get as creative as you want and even get into our purses!
This week, Mrs. Tee from LoveLifeLaughter.com and I switched questions. Tiffany is the mother of SIX children and married to soldier. She manages #TeamHaywood with grace and #828Blessings. You should take a look around and find out more about this awesome woman!
First let me say I admire all Moms who can keep up with the Kiddies and still find time for fitness. You say that you started because you were tired of the weight brought on by life’s changes and situations (paraphrasing 🙂 ) If it weren’t for that do you think you would have still started your fitness journey?
I think I’d still be on a journey, but it’d be more of maintenance. I was always on the heavier side, but within the normal range. When I was in college, before my first major bout with depression, I was a regular gym-goer. I rarely went to hit the treadmill or the weight machines, but I would go to the TaeBo classes, hosted by Mr. Billy Blanks himself (what can I say, I went to college in Hollywood). On the weekends, I used to run the basketball courts, which also included those college players and sometimes a few pros. I think I would have kept that up, playing and running. I love competition, and always loved to make sure that I was at least active, if not fit.
What would you recommend for a Mom who is beginning her path to fitness but still needs to maintain a home and Kiddies?
First you have to determine how much time you have to invest in you… you may have to give up some “me” time for it to be a workout instead. If you don’t get regular me time every day (we’re moms, so that’s very likely), find things to incorporate the kids. Kids like playing out doors and running around. You wouldn’t believe how long running around the yard lasts. You can do relay races (this also gives you a break), time at the park, or even (if you don’t mind running in your house) a circuit. Not only do you get in shape, but the kiddos can learn that exercise may be fun.
I am a heavy snacker…if I’m bored – snack, tired – snack, sad – snack (you get the idea). What healthy alternatives would you recommend to replace my chips, cupcakes and potato skins?
Girl, you are speaking my language. Snacking is so yummy. Chips can be replaced with Kale Chips or homemade popcorn, and cupcakes for actual dark chocolate (just a piece or two). I don’t know what to replace potato skins with. Quite frankly, there’s nothing that tasty. I suggest making them thinner, less potato, and leave off the cheese, load it with veggies instead, like spinach, bell peppers and zucchini. I’m not much for removing things from your eating habits, especially not immediately. It’s hard and you won’t stick with it.
If your best friend came to you and said she needed a break, what would you take her to do?
Well, since all of my besties live several thousand miles away, I’ll assume she came to town. We’d get a mani-pedi, eat a nice meal and find some nice calm activity like walking the beach so we could chat!
You are a licensed but non-practicing lawyer (for very good reason). If you were to begin practicing what area of law did you want to specialize in? Why? I want to clarify first, I’m not licensed. Unfortunately, I have not passed the bar in any state yet. There are SO many things I want to do. When I first went to law school, I wanted to be either an international or entertainment attorney. My bachelor’s degree is in International Economics and living in Hollywood, I met tons of entertainers. Then, once I got there, I liked criminal law because I spent some time at the public defender’s office, which I loved. It doesn’t pay much though and isn’t flexible. Ultimately, I was pretty indecisive…
You describe your son Mr. D, as an evil genius…
(a) What is the most ‘evil’ thing he has done? I don’t think he’s actually evil. However, if he were to ever harness his power, I’m sure he’d be able to do naughty, oh so naughty, things. In general, he gets people to do and buy things for him all the time. He doesn’t do mean things, but he acts extremely innocent and young. His voice goes higher, he bats his eyelashes, he smiles. Regularly, grandma comes over and cleans his entire room, and she leaves complaining that I should be doing it. He’s 10. Perfectly capable of cleaning his own room.
(b) Where do you think he gets his genius gene from, you or your husband? I would definitely say me. I asked my husband to describe me in one word, and he said the only word that came to mind was “conniving, but in a good way”. I guess I tend to do it too.
Pick words to describe your day today.
Pleasant ~ the weather (and Miss B) were extremely pleasant today.
Quiet ~ I didn’t have to fight any of my children today.
Productive ~ Because of the aforementioned, I was actually able to get things done.
Would you prefer to have a mani/pedi or a night out? Wow! That’s a hard one, as I stare at my toenail that desperately needs to be pedicured. Mani/pedi’s are more long lasting, but needing a break is always good. I’ll say a night out, because ultimately, I can always give myself a mani/pedi even if I hate doing it.
You daughter 4G was only 1 month old when you wrote your description of her, how has she changed since then?
LOL! Well, I’ll be updating their online names (calling her Butterfly) as well as their descriptions soon enough. She is a lovely child. I don’t think she’s changed from eating and sleeping, but her personality is definitely coming in. She LOVES to laugh, smile at her, and she’ll smile back. She’s a mommy’s girl, but that may be because she’s breastfed and spends basically 23 hours with me alone. She is already learning how to handle Bee (Miss B). She is very cautious when Bee comes around, then if she gets too close, turns her head and pushes her away. She’s already starting to fight back, which Bee doesn’t like, and yelling in her face (which is kinda the only thing Bee responds to). She loves to talk and I think will be my social butterfly. She normally talks herself to sleep.
Snap a picture of your Blog work space. What about it do you love and what about it would you change? Why?
Oh, I hate it. We bought a desk for my son, and have to use it a desktop computer. I’m much more of a laptop type of girl. I hate the confinement of a chair, sitting up and my posture tends to be atrocious. We are in the midst of decorating our new home, but haven’t gotten to the “adult” desk. Oh, and my laptop completely died a couple of weeks ago. Otherwise, it would be my bed, which I’m happy with (for now) as my workspace.