Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Frequently Asked Questions: Running, Overnight Oats & More Randomness

Huge thank you for all the support and well wishes in regards to my blogaversary post! WOWZA ya'll are seriously awesome! After posting yesterday, it came to my attention that it's been a while since I've done a frequently asked questions post and there's lots of new readers round here lately (Thanks Holly!)

If your name isn't Elle, how do you come up with the name Elle Noel?

In detailing how my blog came to be, I revealed something that was news to a lot of people, which surprised me! My name is not Elle. WHOA.

Elle Noel is a moniker I use as the title of this blog. The name came about as the area of Louisiana that I am from, has a large Cajun French speaking population. I'm from the heart of Cajun Country, where we are rich in Acadian culture. I have been taking French classes since fourth grade. My husband's grandparents were mainly french speaking. My friend Kate, that frequently talk about, and I actually met in an undergrad French class in college, etc. French, both the language and the culture, have always been a big part of my life.

Anywho, Elle very roughly translates to She/ Her in french. Additionally, my name is Leigh Ann so Elle also represents my first initial. Honestly, I didn't put a lot of thought into the title of my blog, it just sorta popped into my head and I rolled with it. Random factoid- I have a very close friend that we have always called Elle,  IRL (there's that phrase again) so now I call her The Real Elle. Ba dum CHA! I'll be here all day!

How did I first start to lose weight?

This question is always prevalent. In the beginning, I ate a lot of processed foods, ie Lean Cousine, 100 calorie snacks, pre-made foods, and strictly counted calories. That did work for a time! However, eventually I had to make the switch to careful meal planning and a balanced diet. When one method stopped working, I moved on to the next! I've had more set backs than I'd care to count, however I always picked myself back up and kept moving forward! Never give up on yourself. Treat each day as a singular effort. Have a great day, AWESOME! Have a bad day, that's ok, it was yesterday so now move forward!  Eventually...this happened:

What's one exercise that you get the most results from?

RUNNING! When I started to run, my entire body composition changed. Running is the only activity that produces the results I desire. A lot of things started to happened when I began running, mainly I fell in love with running. I didn't love to run in the beginning. I actually hated it. Prior to Fall of 2012, I always thought I couldn't run. Flat feet, bad genetics, any excuse I could think of- running was NOT for me. People who liked to run were clinically insane as far as I was concerned.

How did you start running?

I didn't wake up one random morning and completely change my thought process. I didn't go out and purchase running shoes. I didn't have a running Ap. I thought Garmin only made a GPS system to stick on the dash. I didn't have a clue what fueling for a run meant? I just started doing it. I started running because I wanted to lose weight. Period. I started running to and from my gym to work out. 1.5 miles round trip. I wore my old nasty yard shoes. I carried a bottle of water. I frequently had to walk. I thought I was going to die. I hated every second of it. But I kept doing it. Best thing I have ever done for myself was to start running. Eventually, I began running two miles on Sundays because my gym was closed. Then I transitioned to challenging myself on the treadmill. I didn't fall in love with running, until I began training for a race. Training gave running purpose, other than I want to lose Weight.  Now I run because I enjoy challenging myself, and I can't get enough!

How tall are you?

I am 5'11 and 3/4 inches tall. I stand out in a crowd ;)

Over Night Oats: What are they, what kind of oats do you use, what does it taste like, how do you log....

Over night oats are simple. Don't make this complicated ya'll. Pick out what oats you want to eat. Presently, I use Quaker Minute Oats because Mr. Noel bought a box large enough to feed to the Duggars breakfast for a year. Thanks Sams. I'll be eating that for awhile. Any type of oat you choose will work just fine! The oats soak overnight which substitutes the "cooking" process. I soak mine in unsweetened almond milk and protein powder with half a banana slices. Sometimes I'll use Greek yogurt. Sometimes, I'll mix in peanut butter powder. Sometimes I'll use blueberries instead of banana. Endless possibilities! Get crazy! If I have a near empty peanut butter jar to overnight the oats in, I'm in heaven! To log the peanut butter, I simply estimate one serving into my day. This is a great early morning post run breakfast, or just cause you want it breakfast. These can be served cold or hot depending on your preference. I personally like them cold as it makes my breakfast seem more parfait like!

That about rounds out yesterday's FAQs! Got some more? Fire em off at me! 

FYI- I'm behind on emails again. Womp. I promise to get caught up soon! This weekend, I will be stuck in the car with jack to do except to warm up my mad karaoke skills. I'll get caught up then!
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  1. I love your name. I like Elle Noel too :)

    Q+A posts are always super fun. Congratulations on all your success. Super inspiring!

  2. You are adorable. happy blogaversary and I want to try those oats.

  3. Those oats sound delish and I must have them in muh belly soon!

  4. Youre awesome, Im giggling over here - thanks for the overnight oats recipe...havent gotten into them yet, but I feel it's about to happen :) Running is the best drug ever...period.!