Today on the blog I’m going to introduce you guys to my favorite person in the world: my husband Drew. May 10th was our 1 year anniversary, and we are currently in Lake Geneva soaking in time together + celebrating with massages, golf, lots of good food, arcade games, touring around the city, etc. I’m excited for you guys to meet him and get a peek into our marriage.
Ames: Hi husband. Introduce yourself.
Drew: Hey peeps, I’m the lesser half of my wife, Amy. I grew up on a dairy farm just outside of Wisconsin’s first city (alphabetically), Abbotsford, where I quickly realized small town livin’ and working every day wouldn’t be at the top of my priority list. Since a young age, I have been heavily invested in athletics, which has carried over into my adult life. These days I probably watch more sports on TV than I should (right, Amy?), but it’s something that will forever be a passion of mine. A: During March Madness I asked him how many games we wanted to watch (it was a Sunday), and he casually replied “like 7”. 😉 We are lucky that we both enjoy sports.
I work in the healthcare technology industry for a European based company called Wolters Kluwer Health, where I supervise an account management team. Other than work and sports, I keep myself busy with attempting to be an amateur chef, yard work, and spending time with Ms. Balanced herself. A: You and your yard work.
A: Happy 1 year! That sure went fast. What is your favorite thing about being married?
Drew: My favorite thing about being married is having the opportunity to share all of life’s experiences (the good and bad) with someone I care so much about. While some days can be difficult, marriage is fun! Rarely is there a dull moment or something not worth smiling about. A: 🙂
A: Any advice for couples that are about to take the plunge?
Drew: With the wealth of marriage knowledge I have accumulated after one entire year, I’m not even sure where to begin. But seriously, I think the biggest thing is for couples to be aligned on the sacrifices that will need to be made as well as the important elements worth prioritizing (both as a couple and individuals). A: Well put! Drew and I prioritize our relationship, but we also love spending time doing our own hobbies and hanging with our friends.
A: When this is published, we’ll be getting ready to host our life group (a group we met through our church) over for a grill out. How have Nancy + Gregg and the rest of the crew influenced your faith?
Drew: Our life group has been an amazing experience. Overall, it has helped me to more easily live in my faith as opposed to treating it like a “to-do” item. The variety of perspectives and motivations that makes up our self-proclaimed “Soup Group” pushes me to think about faith and life from different angles. When I take a moment to reflect, I can’t help but to think how incredible God is for putting these dynamic people in our lives.
A: From first- hand experience I know that you are super busy at work. Is it hard to get your workouts in?
Drew: It can be. Since I try to work out at the beginning of my day (knowing full well the end of the day would be more of a challenge), I find I am more successful with actually getting my butt to the gym by following two simple rules. 1) Prep the next day’s clothing and lunch prior to going to bed, and 2) Getting enough sleep! (Seven hours for me is plenty). I know it’s cliché, but it’s all about the routine…and not hitting “Snooze” more than once in the morning 🙂 A: It’s just as simple as that guys 😉 haha. Drew is very type A, so he is a disciplined guy. I’ve seen him snooze through a workout or two though.
A: What does your typical workout week look like?
Drew: Three days of strength training and two days of cardio. With strength training, I fit in one day of upper body, one day of lower body, and one day of plyometrics and core. On the cardio side, it’s quite varied. I enjoy playing basketball, so that makes up some of my cardio days. Other than that, it’s a combination of running and some elliptical work.
A: Your eating has really changed since we started living together + I know your dad’s second heart attack also had a big impact on you. What changes have you made?
Drew: I’ve stopped eating lunch meat, which has oodles of sodium. Also, beloved Mac’N’Cheese… be gone. I have replaced items like these (as well as other tasty treats) with more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Do I sometimes still eat sweets, fats, and just simply overindulge??? Yes, but on the norm I have made myself, along with the aid of my lovely wife, a more disciplined food lover.
A: Favorite healthy meal?
Drew: Does steak count? If not, I’ll go with salmon and rice. I’m trying to add different versions to my master chef repertoire.
A: Favorite unhealthy meal?
Drew: Does steak count? If not, pizza and ice cream call my name about 92% of the day.
A: What do I get on you the MOST for when it comes to health? I promise I just want you to be healthy for as long as possible 🙂
Drew: Even though I have improved my eating habits, this would still be the one. I know you have my and our best interest in mind, so thanks for having my back. 🙂 Why do PBR and chicken wings have to taste so good?
A: You are an AdvoHusband. Supportive of my side business + enjoying products yourself. Tell us about your favorite products.
Drew: I’ve taken many different products over the last eight years. In college, I consistently used five products and probably helped my distributor retire about nine years early. At that time, I was focused on enhancing my athletic performance as a college football player, so I was aiming for strength gains, mass gains (the good way), workout optimization/endurance, and heightened recovery. Muscle Fuel (pre-workout supplement), Post-Workout Recovery, and Rehydrate were my favs. These days, since I no longer need to worry about trying to play at a high level as a 220 lb. outside linebacker, I’ve scaled back my suite of products and now mostly rely on OmegaPlex (heart health and overall wellness), Meal Replacement shakes (for a quick, healthy, protein-filled snack), and still Post-Workout Recovery (which enhances muscle repair and recovery time – plus, the chocolate flavor make you think you’ve got the Golden Ticket). A: Drew is down about 30 pounds from college (where he used to eat for about 3 grown men for football). You can check out the products he mentioned here, especially if you want to look at studly as him 😉
A: You are also the most supportive person of BalancedAmes. What have you learned about me during the process of launching the blog/blogging?
D: What’s the right answer? Haha. A: There isn’t a right answer, I did set you up for brownie points all over this interview though 😉 I’ve definitely learned that writing comes naturally to you. Your passion for positively influencing the lives of others comes across clearly in your blog, which as a reader, makes each post easy and enjoyable to read. Additionally, I’ve been impressed with your dedication to the blog from day 1. I think Balancedames is here to stay 🙂 A: For sure!
A: You have been super clear that you don’t want any mid-drifts or bikini shots on the blog. Why is this important to you?
D: You’re MY wife – not anyone else’s. Bare mid-drifts and bikinis are for the beach, Noah’s Ark, and your husband. People don’t need to see most of you to comprehend the positive results of exercise and nutrition. Call me a traditionalist, but that’s just the way I feel. Okay everyone, please stop throwing tomatoes at me. And Amy, to demonstrate my marital duty, I’m even willing to mow the lawn with a shirt on (if you would prefer). A: I actually think this is adorable. Plus, it has made me think. A lot of the Instagram or fitness bloggers I follow do constantly have pictures leaving little to the imagination, which is their choice. BUT is it about their words, knowledge, and health expertise….or just about their body?! Do they know their stuff or do people build all trust in them because they look a certain way? Anyways, you can continue to mow with your shirt off, as long as you wear sunscreen! (I thought sunscreen was going to be the answer to what I get on you the most about).
Thanks Drew for taking the time to do the interview + being an awesome husband. I hope you guys enjoyed getting to meet him 🙂
The week off with Drew fed our relationship. We always make sure to take the time to nourish our young marriage.
I can’t wait to keep sharing health, fitness, + balance tips with you all! Another post coming on Friday! -Ames