Holy moly! My inbox exploded today! So many emails, not enough time!
I reply to every reader email that I receive in my inbox, so it might take me a little while to respond, but, I assure you, you'll eventually get a reply from me. Obviously, I love hearing from you guys, so keep those emails coming!
With that said, I'm going to start replying to reader emails in blog posts again, like I did with Three Questions Thursday. You guys seemed to find this blog feature helpful, so I decided to bring it back. Here are a few reader questions with my replies!
I am starting early in 2012 to accomplish my goal of a running a half marathon. I just signed up for my first one, for late April. Now I am trying to figure out what training plan to follow. There are so many different ones online, and then some that you have to pay for. What would you suggest for training for my first one? Is it worth paying for one or do you have a plan you would recommend?
I love SmartCoach from Runner's World for training plans. It's totally customizable, so you can select your distance training goal, average weekly mileage, intensity level, plan length, and even the day of the week you want to do your long run. And, the best part, it's FREE!
In one of your previous posts, you mentioned 2 NASM CPT apps that you used. I was just wondering if you would recommend one over the other if you had to choose between them? I am planning to take the exam in March but I'd rather not buy 2 apps.
I mentioned the NASM Personal Trainer and NASM Exam Prep apps in one of my previous posts. Both are good, but if you just want to purchase one, I'd go with the NASM Exam Prep app because the questions are much more challenging and varied, which will better prepare you for the exam. The NASM Personal Trainer app was developed by NASM, but I found the questions to be pretty easy and not entirely representative of what I saw on the actual test.
I notice that you like your coffee (me too!) and that you use soymilk in your coffee and iced coffees. I'm just wondering, what do you sweeten it with? Stevia, Agave, Truvia, sugar? I have to sweeten mine and just always trying to figure out the best way health and calorie wise.
I actually don't sweeten my coffee. I just add soy milk to it. Occasionally, however, I'll buy the vanilla-flavored soy milk, which adds a good amount of sweetness.
My Overnight Oats in Jar didn't satisfy me for long because my stomach started to grumble only a couple of hours later, so I nuked some frozen edamame in the microwave for a mid-morning snack.
A little while later, I threw together a quick lunch: avocado egg salad made with two hard-boiled eggs, 1/4 cup mashed avocado, garlic powder, sea salt, and pepper on a toasted whole wheat English muffin.
Yum! It tasted so delicious””even better than regular old egg salad made with mayo. Plus, of course, adding avocado was a much more nutritious way to eat it!
My egg-avocado sandwich held off my hunger for quite awhile, but I grabbed a banana to eat as an afternoon snack. Sometimes, I just need a little something to hold me over until dinnertime.
I'm off to cook dinner and then relax.
Enjoy the night, friends!