▷ Frequently Asked Questions
NOTE: Please keep in mind that I’m just a teenage girl. These answers are based on my own knowledge (from research and experience).
Q: I’m just starting to eat healthy. What kinds of foods should I eat?
A: I would eat lots of fruits and vegetables, lean meat (if you’re not a vegetarian, of course), nuts, and whole grains. Eat lots of protein, as it aids in building muscle and keeps you full. And don’t forget to drink lots of water!
Q: I want to build muscle on my arms. What workouts should I do to help?
A: Pushups are amazing for your arms. Pull-ups are great too. You can also try bicep curls, tricep extentions, chair dips, bench press, and rowing.
Q: I want to have visible abs, but I have a bit of a muffintop. How do I get rid of it while working on the ab muscles at the same time?
A: You can’t spot-reduce fat-loss. If you want to lose that muffintop, you’ll have to eat well (meaning no greasy, fried, processed foods) and do some cardiovascular exercises. To strengthen your abs, you can do different kinds of planks and crunches, which are amazing for your core!
Q: What’s your CW/GW/UGW?
A: I don’t know. I don’t own a scale. Besides, I’m not trying to lose weight. I’m trying to gain weight in muscle!
Q: Do you have any advice on running?
A: Click here!
Q: What’s your intake like?
A: I used to obsess over every little thing I consumed. I used MyFitnessPal.com religiously. I’m doing my very best to stop these unhealthy habits. Therefore, I will try to avoid telling my followers what I eat every day. If you’re really curious, my daily intake mostly consists of fruits, lots of wheat products and either beef or chicken. That’s as specific as I’m going to get.
Q: I weigh x pounds and am x feet tall. I exercise x times a week for x hours. What should I eat? Will I lose weight this way?
A: Honestly, there is no way to know any of this for sure. My advice to you is to eat whenever you feel hungry and to eat whatever you want. Try to eat food with as many natural ingredients as possible, but if you’d like to treat yourself to a chocolate bar, go for it. Always eat more than usual on the days you exercise, and try to take rest days when you need them. Just listen to your body. If you do this, the weight will take care of itself.
Q: I have a unique problem and I’d like your help. Can I message you and explain the situation?
A: Of course. I’m always here. Never hesitate to message me because I will not judge you and I’ll do everything I can to help.
Q: I’d like to start running, but it’s just so boring and/or hard! Any tips?
A: Start slow. If it’s wintertime and you’ve never really run outside before, run on a treadmill - it’s better for you. If the weather’s nice, go outside. Run as long as you can (even if it’s just five minutes) and walk when you need to. It’s completely normal and totally okay if your run ends up only being ten or twenty minutes long. You’re a beginner! My first run outside was about twenty minutes and I walked half the time. Running takes practise, but I promise you, once you get into it, you won’t ever want to stop.
Q: I eat this, this, and this every day. Is this a good diet?
A: If it makes you happy, yes it is.
Q: Why do you want to go into the military?
A: I don’t know. I guess you could say it’s my “calling.” I’ve wanted this since I was about ten years old and I started planning it all out when I was twelve. I want to do something meaningful in my life. Even if my imprint is small, it’s still there. It’s all perfect for me and it’s the reason I get up every morning. I really don’t know how else to explain it.
Q: Is walking every day for x hours good exercise?
A: Walking’s great! I would try to put as much variety as you can into your exercise, as it makes it more fun. But hey, if you like walking, go right ahead - it’s cardio and it works.
Q: How many times a week do you run?
A: In the winter, at the very least twice a week: speed work on Wednesday and long distance on Saturday. When it’s warm out, though, I run as often as I possibly can.
Q: How often do you lift?
A: Usually twice a week. My lifting sessions aren’t very long. I tend to kill my muscles quickly rather than almost-kill them slowly.