Which Would You Choose?

by tinareale on August 9, 2012

Recently Courtney shared a fun post with a  “This or That” type of fitness survey. I don’t know about you, but after having a sick kid since last Friday, I could go for some fun today and this fits perfectly. So, I’ll share my answers and then hopefully you’ll share your answers in the comments below! Smile

1. Run/workout in the heat and humidity or freezing temps and snow?

FREEZING TEMPS! I find it much easier to layer up for running than to cool down. Then again, I live in the South so snow is never really an issue. That could very well change my opinion between the two.

2. Have washboard abs or flat abs?

Flat abs because it’s much more realistic…and healthy is better in my opinion anyways I have previously made my thoughts on washboard ab goals well known.

3. Dr. Oz or The Doctors?

Definitely The Doctors! They always have such interesting topics with useful, reputable information.

4. Cardio or strength?

This is like having to choose between my first and second child. Strength training and I go way back and it is my first fitness love…but running is cardio and it gives me a workout endorphin rush like no other. I guess I will have to go with the running. Or I always like a good mix of both, you know. Winking smile 

5. Cravings: Protein or carbs?

I enjoy both…but carbs. Hands down. Give me my oatmeal!

6. Jillian Michaels or Bob Harper?


I’ve only done Jillian’s workouts and I really enjoy them, so I will say her. I also always preferred her tough love style over Bob’s on The Biggest Loser.

7. Frozen Yogurt or Ice Cream?

Frozen Yogurt if we’re talking a self serve option. I like getting to choose a mix of flavors and toppings. Oh, buddy, do I! No shame that I go for the chocolate over the fruit toppings.

8. To train: Upper body or Lower body?

Full Body. I really prefer full body workouts. Between upper and lower though, I guess I would have to say I like lower body moves more. That shocks me since I have always thought I hated leg day at the gym!

9. Protein powder or food with protein?

FOOD! While I do use protein powder (about 1/2 scoop in my smoothies), I would much rather eat a natural option for my protein consumption. Eggs, beans, yogurt = my favorites! Want to know more about protein? Check out my Why Protein Matters post!

10. Lunges or squats?

Lunges because there are so many variations – front, side, curtsy, reverse, walking, backward walking! Oh, the list could go on and on!

11. Sweet or salty?

Do you know me at all? SWEET! I was blessed with my mama’s sweet tooth. And have apparently passed the gene on to my kiddos in full force.

12. Workout attire: cute or comfy?

Comfy. My workout attire is typically a pair of running shorts or plain capris plus a wicking tee. No lululemon here, friends. I like to think I at least look a little cute, though.

13. Body Pump or Heavy lifting?

Heavy lifting. I actually can’t stand Body Pump. Mainly because you can do so much more in the gym when not limited to mostly the same series of exercises class after class after class.

14. Yoga or Pilates?

Yoga because it involves many areas that perfectly complement running.

15. Nike or Adidas?

I have quite a bit of Nike stuff, so I have to go with Nike. And I’m anxiously awaiting my new Nike LunarGlides that I got to custom design!

16. Running on the treadmill or outdoors?

I would rather risk running in a storm than on that dang hamster wheel.

17. Whole Foods or Trader Joes?

Well, Kroger is honestly my favorite because a) deals and b) it always has some of my favorites on sale. Gotta get that Love Grown and Chobani!

Otherwise, Trader Joes, since I’m too cheap for Whole Foods and it’s too far away.

18. Summer or Winter Olympics?

I hate to admit that I rarely pay much attention to Winter Olympic games, but can’t get away from the Summer games. I just love the gymnastics, swimming, running, volleyball, diving…

19. Wine or beer?

I used to be way more of a wine girl, then I started running longer distances. I don’t quite know why…but when I run I crave beer something fierce. Now, I’m a big beer fan – especially a good craft beer on draft!

20. Steamed or roasted veggies?

Depends on the season, actually. I’m all about steamed during summer and roasted during the fall/winter.

Your Turn – Give me a few answers of your own in the comments!



1 Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life August 9, 2012 at 7:42 am

Great responses! Loved your comment about the hamster wheel ;)
And those beer samplers look miiiiighty familiar!!! We need to do that again. SOON. Miss you! xoxo

2 tinareale August 10, 2012 at 7:32 am

I know! I miss you too!!!!!!

3 Katie @wishandwhimsy August 9, 2012 at 7:51 am

This is a fun post. Like you, I prefer to incorporate BOTH cardio and strength together. And LOVE Jillian Michael’s tough love, too.

4 Lori Lynn August 9, 2012 at 8:00 am

I’m a total Olympics junkie- I grew up watching them, and probably get into all of the sports, but I think I do like the summer more than the winter. Although I like Whole Foods, the products there are just so expensive, so I tend to get more at Trader Joe’s. I love their Margarita pizza.

5 Lauren August 9, 2012 at 8:11 am

I am so glad you said protein with food! Me too! I don’t mind powders but I think too many people assume that PT’s live off of protein powder and supplements which isn’t the case.

Hope all is wel with you love!

6 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama August 9, 2012 at 8:15 am

How fun!
-Protein in my food but like you I add powder to smoothies.
-Yoga all the way baby!
-Trader Joe’s – we are finally getting one in our town in 1 month. I’ll no longer have to drive an hour for the nearest one. Woohooo!

7 tinareale August 10, 2012 at 7:34 am

Oh yay for a close TJs! Our closest is still about 30 min away but at least it’s right by Peter’s work…so I send him often. ;)

8 Heather (Where's the Beach) August 9, 2012 at 8:18 am

Fun post. I agree on the cardio vs weights. So tough b/c they’re such different workouts and I have a soft spot for both. Roasted veggies all the way (or grilled). And I would have said squats first but then your reasoning for lunges makes perfect sense.

9 Lori August 9, 2012 at 8:40 am

1.) Freezing temps and snow. I die in the heat and humidity.
6.) Bob Harper
7.) Frozen yogurt
12.) Comfy
14.) Both!
15.) Nike
16.) Outdoors
17.) Trader Joe’s
18.) Summer
19.) BEER!
20.) Steamed

OK, I think that’s enough. :)

10 tinareale August 10, 2012 at 7:36 am

I loved reading them all! Looks like we have a pretty good bit in common. ;)

11 Alex @ therunwithin August 9, 2012 at 8:46 am

Those sneakers are awesome! I love wearing bright gear whenI workout.

12 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey August 9, 2012 at 8:48 am

I’m a salty AND sweet girl – all at the same time!

PS – Thanks for the emails the other day. Thankfully we’re down to 63 days (if I counted right) until we can really actually hug! :) lol

13 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries August 9, 2012 at 8:54 am

Oh yes, I’m all about the chocolate fro yo toppings myself. Who needs fruit anyways?! Just kidding. Love all of your answers!

14 Steph @fitmomtraining August 9, 2012 at 9:38 am

LOVE this post! I will need to do one and link back to you and Courtney! Especially since I too have had sick kids and sometimes you just need some fun writing.

I would much rather run in the cold…and it gets to -40 here in the winter, sometimes colder so that should tell you how much I dislike running in the heat/humidity (we get to over 100 with the humidity in the summer…I live in the extremes of the prairies…we get about 3 months of ideal running weather per year!!)

15 Mellissa August 9, 2012 at 9:42 am

I am such a salt eater that I so rarely touch frozen yogurt or ice cream. I just don’t crave it!

16 Yellow Haired Girl August 9, 2012 at 9:42 am

I’m a Jillian girl … I love Bob, but I love him WITH Jillian.

And I’m a salty girl! Although, I can overdo and then need something sweet to “balance it out” ;)

17 Rachael @ Happy Healthy Runner August 9, 2012 at 9:42 am

I always crave a good craft beer after I run long distances… it doesn’t even matter what time it is when I finish, a beer is just what I want. And then an ice bath. And then a nap. :)

18 tinareale August 10, 2012 at 7:37 am

Ditto to all of that for me!

19 Abby @ BackAtSquareZero August 9, 2012 at 9:55 am

I prefer running in the cold to the hot… you can always put more on, but you can only take so much off. I crave sweets more than salty and love carbs too much. All things I am working on. Plus I am a cardio addict, but learning to add in strength stuff/

20 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More August 9, 2012 at 10:08 am

I love this! I may have to do my own in the coming weeks.

Anyway, I definitely say NIKE! Such amazing products that really power me and I think a great company too. And YOGA! I must consistently practice to help keep my sanity. ;)

21 jobo August 9, 2012 at 10:20 am

What a great idea for a post! See, I’d so much rather run in hot temps…and I can’t believe I am saying that! but since there are so few months here where it is truly hot, and WAY more cold months, I try to embrace it :-) I also love the summer olympics more! And Trader Joe’s over Whole Foods, though Whole Foods has a great meat and fish section and lots of goodies, just pricier ;-)

22 Heather (Heather's Dish) August 9, 2012 at 11:28 am

definitely flat abs because the super strict diet for washboards just ain’t happening around here!

and i have to say that although Jillian’s workouts are good and everything, i HAAAAAAAATE how she hardly does them and spends her time repeating herself a billion times. Bob seems like the kind of trainer who can actually DO the things he makes you do!

23 [email protected] August 9, 2012 at 11:28 am

Cold temps for me too, you can always layer clothes, but there’s only so much I can take off to cool down :)

24 Stacy @ Stacy Eats August 9, 2012 at 11:42 am

I totally agree about the treadmill! Ughh it’s the worst.

25 Maria August 9, 2012 at 12:00 pm

“Heavy lifting. I actually can’t stand Body Pump. Mainly because you can do so much more in the gym when not limited to mostly the same series of exercises class after class after class.”

Amen! I’ve always felt like there was something special about Body Pump that I was missing…but nah. I was just bored in the classes :)

26 Julie @ Better Life with Burgers August 9, 2012 at 12:04 pm

You are so adorable! I totally crave beer when I run, too, and it’s great for cold or warm temps! Is there a lot of good beer in Georgia?

27 tinareale August 10, 2012 at 7:39 am

We have some good local breweries and places with lots of beer on tap. Although we don’t go to them near enough!

28 Allison @ Running Through Red Lights August 9, 2012 at 12:09 pm

After the brutally hot and humid summer we’ve had, I would much rather run in the cold, even in Wisconsin! I can always add layers, but I can only strip down so far.

I agree, comfy over cute, though I like to try to coordinate with what I’ve got. I love your no Lululemon comment–I’m the same way!

I will always choose squats over lunges.

29 Bethany @ Accidental Intentions August 9, 2012 at 12:32 pm

I’ve seen a couple people do this survey, and you’re one of the few who seem to prefer freezing workouts. I’m completely with you on that. This summer had taught me that!

30 Lisa August 9, 2012 at 12:56 pm

I love these surveys, so fun.
Love all your answers. I am MUCH more a sweet girl over savoury. I could make every meal and snack sweet and be happily content for the day!

31 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles August 9, 2012 at 1:43 pm

I can’t stand beer…so basically I should try upping my running distances and seeing if that gives me a taste for it? Sounds like an interesting experiment, don’t you think?

I did the survey myself (except I got it from Ashley at My Food N Fitness Diaries) a while back. I love surveys!


32 [email protected] August 9, 2012 at 2:25 pm

I like weight lifting more than cardio now :) ANd also, I am more salty than sweet now too. It’s kinda odd and funny b/c I love my ice cream, but usually I crave salt.

33 Cat @ Breakfast to Bed August 9, 2012 at 7:04 pm


34 Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons August 9, 2012 at 7:08 pm

LOVE THIS POST!!! We have so freaking much in common its ridic! I agree that the colder temps are way easier to run in — I can run so much further/longer/harder when its cold outside versus crazy hot days where I just want to lay on the pavement and cry. Hence why you wont find me running until the fall… its not cute lying in the middle of your street whimpering. [or so i've been told..] :)

I’m with ya on flat abs and lunges too. squats killlllll my knees!

35 tinareale August 10, 2012 at 7:40 am

I bet you still look cute whimpering in the middle of the road. ;)

36 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning August 9, 2012 at 8:58 pm

Okay, I love you but WHOA on the hating on Bodypump! BP is amazing- and being an instructor has made so many positive changes in my life! If you do it right- and challenge yourself it can be the most amazing full body, sweat-inducing workout! It’s a great PART of my weekly routine (I teach it 3x a week) combined with several other types of workouts. People who don’t sweat in Bodypump just aren’t challenging themselves enough!
You should totally check out Bob’s Inside Out Method DVD series (you can get like 4 of them for $20 on his site). He is KILLER. I have his DVDs and Jill’s- and he makes her workouts seem like a warm up!

37 tinareale August 10, 2012 at 7:41 am

I knew I was gonna get something for the BP comment! ;)

I still think it’s a solid workout…but definitely not for me. I have exercise ADD to the extreme, though.

38 Lee August 9, 2012 at 9:13 pm

I just filled this out on my blog!

39 Christine @ Love, Life, Surf August 9, 2012 at 9:54 pm

This is such a fun post. I definitely prefer run/workout in the cold, flat abs, carb cravings, upper body training, yoga…and roasted veggies! I’m curious to check out both Jillian’s and Bob’s DVDs.

40 Laura @ Mommy Run Fast August 9, 2012 at 9:58 pm

So fun! I was thinking of doing a similar blog post soon, too! I’m a cardio girl all the way, but am getting better at s/t and learning to enjoy it more. I think carbs go hand in hand with all that running! Love my oatmeal, too!

41 Heather @ Better With Veggies August 9, 2012 at 11:30 pm

I just did this post for tomorrow – I love that you did it too!! I want those awesome lunarglides. You’ll have to check out my Friday post for answers to these questions though. :)

42 Julia H. @ Going Gulia August 10, 2012 at 11:19 am

Haha, I practically cringed at that first question. Where I live, it’s VERY humid (and hot) during the summer, and I’ve been having to get up at 6 am to run just to run in slightly less hot weather (it’s still not even that nice at 6 am!). But I go to school in one of the snowiest places in NY, so the idea of running in the heavy snow and sub-zero temperatures is painful to me. No idea which I would choose!

43 Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) August 11, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Cold weather definitely preferred over hot weather, even if snow is involved! Unless it’s a downright blizzard, but there are only a few people crazy enough to run in blizzards (and I may or may not be one of them!). Excited to be able to do your style of cold weather running this winter though in Florida!

44 Bonnie August 14, 2012 at 5:47 pm

Love this idea! Need to remember to give it a shot for a blog post (great idea to Courtney and great post and responses, Tina!). :)

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