The Two Voices of AFC
As all of you know, Jon and I started this site because we both love to lead a healthy and active lifestyle, and wanted to share our passion with others. We include recipes, exercises and what we’ve been up to generally. AFC is our common project and aims to share all of the things that we normally talk about with each other.
Our conversations are not without a healthy dose of debate. Sure, Jon and I are committed to this fitness-based lifestyle, but we do have differences of opinion. We may disagree about the best type of workout, the appropriate number of times to eat out at a restaurant, the proportion of time to spend outside the house, the importance of owning a sofa, etc.
As you've been reading the blog, I'm sure you notice the different viewpoints, and this is why I want to acknowledge the discrepancy explicitly here. I love things like SoulCycle (which I discovered this summer in the Hamptons) and Orange Theory (which I’ve yet to try, but have heard great things about). If there ever came a point when Jon was getting ready to book a bike at SoulCycle (something I have to do when I want to make sure I can get into a class), I would know something had gone seriously wrong.
I love trying new and different workouts -- Pure Barre, Ballet Beautiful, ModelFit...you name it, I want to do it! Jon, on the other hand, is far more interested in having a competitive tennis match.
We both like eating healthy food but may sometimes disagree on what is healthy or not. For example, last year Jon was convinced that coconut oil was the best cooking oil. I held firm that I preferred to use coconut oil for my hair masks and exfoliating scrubs, NOT in my food. I also didn’t care for the taste.
I knew coconut oil -- with a high content of saturated fat -- couldn’t be that healthy. I would often use it as an ingredient when baking, and we all know that baked goods are not made with the healthiest ingredients (Hello, butter! More on that later). Eventually Jon came around and now agrees coconut oil has better uses than for cooking dinner (let's just say, romantically ;-)).
Other things we see differently:
1) The appropriate portion of carbohydrates to eat at any given meal. Jon says the quality of your workout is more important than the quantity of the food you eat. I say exactly the right amount is 1 cup.
2) I love going for a walk. Jon loves writing. And he also believes walking is bad for your body.
The purpose of this post is to recognize that as a couple we have two distinct voices that we blend together into this site. Like any two people we have our own preferences, biases, and opinions. While America’s Fittest Couple certainly holds values that we never deviate from (100% organic, 100% of the time) , we do have different personalities, and they will come across as we each contribute our writing on AFC.com.