Friday, June 27, 2014

I'm Blowin' Sunshine #3

Awhile back, I was asked to do some more Q&A type posts ...

Since I tend to get a little long winded (no - really?!), I decided to chop up some "typical" Q&A posts into multi part segments to make them a little more digestible.  In the next few weeks, I'll randomly be incorporating some of those questions into a post. 

Today, I'm continuing with the below.  I've taken my inspiration for this series from the Sunshine Award Q&A format (see part one of this conversation here, and part two here).  Below are questions 7-10 from that. 

Yep, 4 questions today.  You get a bonus!



7.     What’s the most worn item in your closet?
Speaking in terms of ... "costumes"... I think you've likely noticed by now  that I've worn my unicorn outfit quite a bit.

It's true, I always meant the unicorn for skiing - not running.
How nice that it's ended up being multi functional!

If you've got a keen eye, you've noticed I've worn just the skirt quite a bit, too.
Unfortunately I can only find one photo of me
wearing it as a non unicorn right now.
Aside from the unicorn stuff, I also love my Ink-n-Burn skull tee.

But I suppose the point of this survey is to expose me BEYOND working out, so we can talk my day to day fashion.
*Yawn*  Be prepared to be bored.  There is definitely much less glitter and sparkle in my everyday life.
This might come as a surprise, but I really love to wear dresses.  I didn't always used to, but when I started losing weight and changing sizes all the time, I realized the huge benefit in a dress that fit you in the shoulders and could be a little more free hanging around the waist (unlike pants, which become very obvious when they don't fit correctly).
A few of my favorite dresses right now are from the Jessica Simpson collection:
And the Free People collection:

Obviously not me in either of those photos.
I like that I can wear all these dresses with cowboy boots, since my runners feet don't exactly love high heels anymore.  (Which, btw, is weird that I love cowboy boots - since I really hate country music).
As you can tell from the dresses, I like a feminine / bohemian look.
8.    What’s your favorite breakfast food?

That all depends on the day and what I have going on afterwards.  For example:

If it's a race day, or a day where I am going to teach a morning aerobics class, I keep it light.  Bananas are my go-to, or if I'm tired of the same old I might do cantaloupe, honeydew or an apple.  Sometimes I'll add a regular cup of coffee (although less and less so these days since I quit drinking caffeine months ago - here's the before and after of that).  If I'm extra hungry, I might throw in a piece of whole wheat toast with peanut butter, too.

Just don't expect a smile that early in the morning.

If it's a normal day at the office, I might have a banana and a bag of instant oatmeal (low sugar or plain versions, since the other stuff can really be packed with sweeteners).  Sometimes I'll switch that out for a sliced apple with natural peanut butter smeared on it.

If it's a guilty day at home or if I'm out to brunch with friends, I have to admit ... I love me some biscuits and gravy.  Or corned beef hash.  Or, my husband makes a mean sweet potato hash brown with scrambled eggs.

And can't forget the SOS my FIL makes if it's a cabin weekend.  Don't judge.  (SOS = chipped beef on toast).

You might notice the obvious breakfast sweets missing - donuts, pancakes, French toast, etc.  I don't know why, but I've never really been a huge fan of sweet breakfasts.  The sweetness that early in the morning actually seems to upset my stomach, even.  So I usually avoid them.  Or eat them very rarely.

One last thing.  I go through cycles where I really love making green smoothies for breakfast.  I took a break on those for awhile because I felt like I had OD'd on them.  But now that I think of it, I'm kind of craving one...

9.    If you could live anywhere in the world right now, where would it be?

Oh man, this is so tough.  There are so many amazing places in the world.

For the longest time I really wanted to live in Hong Kong.  The fast paced lifestyle there mixed with being right in touch with the ocean really made me happy.  And I love riding the Star Ferry and the Peak Tram.  When you think of it, it's a good thing I like it there so much, since it wasn't uncommon for me to be there for weeks/months at a time while I was traveling for business.  I don't think I'd mind ending up there if it came down to it, but I doubt that would happen now, since I don't really do any work overseas anymore.

A close second might be the pacific north west.  Think north of Seattle, heading towards Canada.  I've done a handful of sailing vacations up there and really enjoyed the laid back lifestyle the locals seemed to lead.  I just don't know how the rain would do me ... but I think I could manage.

Regardless of fantasy, I actually like living in Minnesota.  Despite the cold, harsh winters filled with snow and ice, the metro has a lot to offer.  We've got some of the best bike trails and public parks of any metropolis in the USA, we've got tons of lakes within a stone's throw of any major city, and we've got a good balance of big city living with small town safety. 

It's true, there really is such a thing as Minnesota nice... in both people and surroundings.  And I like it.

10.   If you could do anything over what would it be and how would you do it differently?

The only thing I wish is that I would have found my joy in fitness years sooner.  It's an amazing feeling when you start to really enjoy working out rather than seeing it as a chore.  It really changed my outlook on life.


And that wraps up the Sunshine Award Q&A!


  1. I really do love learning all these new tidbits about you! I was surprised to hear that you like wearing dresses - but you are absolutely right about how they are more forgiving to changes in body structure than pants! I agree with you on how eating sweets for breakfast can put you into sugar overload, which isn't great first thing in the morning. And I think that Minnesota, despite its reputation for harsh winters, is an absolutely beautiful place to live!

    1. Ughhhh, I even had a donut today (for a wedding shower at a coffee shop) and I felt sick. I don't think I'm made for breakfast sweets. ;-)

      I take it you are not a dress person...