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liebster award // spread the blog love

liebsterblogawardBlogging has brought a lot of goodness into my life. Not only has it been a great creative outlet, it’s also opened a lot of doors and introduced me to some pretty fantastic people. One of them being Katie, who recently nominated me for the Liebster Award (thanks, dear!), an internet blogging award that circulates among bloggers.

Here’s how it works. The nominator asks you 11 questions, you answer, and then you nominate 11 other bloggers to answer 11 questions, and the fun continues :)

With that, here are my answer’s to Katie’s questions!

How did you choose your blog name?
I can’t exactly remember! I was in the midst of working a full-time job in communications, a part-time fun job at lululemon and attending grad school full-time, and I thought I could somehow fit in blogging (after three posts, it fell by the wayside). So, the name… I love alliteration, and find sweating pretty sweet, and somehow the name fell together. So there you have what I can remember!

What’s your favorite thing to write about?
Triathlon, obviously :) but, I also love writing about random things that inspire me in hopes of inspiring others.

What’s your favorite meal of the day and why?
Ooo… tough one! I love to eat… maybe that’s why I like to train so much?! ;) Currently loving farm fresh eggs over medium in coconut oil with avocado and crispy bacon. Because breakfast! I’m also loving my post-workout Osmo Nutrition recovery smoothie… vitamix a frozen banana, almond milk, a couple spoonfuls of PB2 and a serving of Osmo acute recovery. Pretty sure I could eat that for every.single.meal.

What pair of jeans right now in your closet do you wear so much you’re surprised they haven’t turned to shreds?
My current go-to: A pair of J Brand skinnies with a giant hole in the knee. Not kidding, until I recently bought a pair of J Brand boyfriend jeans (yes, this is my fave brand of denim), I wore them nearly daily.

What is your favorite quote?
I’m a big quote person, so it’s tough to pick a favorite. Narrowed down to four…

  • It always seems impossible until it is done. -Nelson Mandela
  • Comparison is the thief of joy. -Theodore Roosevelt
  • Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. -Helen Keller
  • She believe she could so she did.

Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging for a few reasons (working in comm at an electric utility didn’t leave much room for creativity!)… one, as a creative outlet; two, because I love writing; and, three, to share my fitness + triathlon adventures with others.

What kind of workout makes you feel the best after it’s over?
There is nothing better than time in the saddle. #happyplace #bikelove

What TV show can’t you get enough of right now?
Parenthood. We DVR it because Nick plays soccer Thursday nights. I usually watch it while he’s gone (shh… don’t tell him that!) and then watch it again with him.

If you had to pick a celebrity who looks the most like you, who would it be?
Someone recently told me I look like Malin Ackerman. Maybe I should dye my hair blonde? I’ve kinda always wanted to, at least for awhile! Other doppelgångers: Demi Moore and Courteney Cox.

If you could give your 16-year-old self a piece of advice, what would it be?
Never undervalue your contributions. Be brave. Don’t worry about what others think. Keep moving forward. Change is good. Take risks. Travel more. Kindness can change the world. Focus. Go the unconventional non-college route. Mom is usually right.

Are you going to pass the torch and nominate 11 other bloggers?
Absolutely! Here are my picks…

  1. Finding a Balance
  2. On a Fun Run
  3. The Change of Pace
  4. The Quest for Kona
  5. Triathlete Treats
  6. Mind Over Kona
  7. All Things Yogi
  8. The Fit Formula
  9. Defy Your Limitations
  10. Carrissa Marie
  11. LG Racing

My questions…

  1. What was the inspiration for your blog and its name?
  2. Why did you start blogging?
  3. What’s your favorite topic to write about?
  4. What keeps you motivated?
  5. If you could have a super power, what would it be?
  6. What’s your biggest fitness goal, or A race, this year?
  7. Describe your perfect day.
  8. Do you have a mantra, and if so, what is it?
  9. What’s your go-to dinner?
  10. If you could give your 16-year-old self a piece of advice, what would it be?
  11. Are you going to pass the torch and nominate 11 other bloggers?

The rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  • Answer the 11 questions given to you.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers (generally with the same number of followers, though it can be tough to tell; ideally less than 500).
  • Post 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
  • Comment on your nominees’ blogs to let them know you nominated them.
  • Have fun spreading the blogging love!

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    Danielle @ I Eat Therefore I Run
    03/31/2014 at 4:04 pm

    Cute! Your breakfast is kinda what I’ve been eating a lot of lately. Healthy fats are so awesome. And delicious :)

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      04/01/2014 at 2:38 pm

      Healthy (and tasty!) fats for the win! :)

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    Change of Pace
    03/31/2014 at 9:43 pm

    Thank you so much for the blog love, lady! That made my day!!
    Insane you worked a full-time job, a part-time job, AND attended grad school full time! No wonder you can rock out heavy training weeks while ‘just’ working full-time :)
    And I love the advice you’d give your 16-year-old self. Seriously brilliant!
    Hope you’re feeling better.

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      04/01/2014 at 2:41 pm

      You are welcome, dear! (I haven’t had a chunk of time yet to comment on everyone’s blog notifying them!) Thank you for all your inspiration… glad we found each other in the blogosphere :)

      Ha! It was a crazy couple years, that’s for sure! Definitely taught me a lot of about time management! Feeling much better, thanks! Antibiotics are magic :)

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        Change of Pace
        04/07/2014 at 9:40 pm

        I’m definitely glad we found each other, too! It’s too bad it wasn’t before Whistler!

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    Leslie @ TriathleteTreats
    03/31/2014 at 10:43 pm

    You are so awesome!! Thanks for the blog love!
    I had to look up Malin. I totally know who that is…and I think Demi is more a look a like than Malin (unless you dyed your hair blonde!!)
    Breakfast is my favorite meal too!!!
    Can’t wait to hear more about you running outside!!! :)

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      04/01/2014 at 2:43 pm

      You’re so welcome, Leslie! (I haven’t had time to comment letting everyone know yet!) Thank you for your inspiration (and tasty recipes!)! Hope IM Canada training is going well!

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    04/01/2014 at 12:55 pm

    Thank you for the blog love! It also made my day :) Also so neat to hear how your story started and that you were also a lemon! I will carry on the torch on this one and reply to all the questions. Happy training!

    • Reply
      04/01/2014 at 2:43 pm

      I’m so glad, De! You are very welcome! You were a lemon, too?! Fun! Some days I think about going back… :) Looking forward to reading your answers! Hope training is going well!

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    Kristin @SweatCourage
    04/01/2014 at 2:27 pm

    I just started drinking Osmo Acute Recovery… didn’t even think to add it to smoothies, yum! I also used to work at lululemon part time while going to school! AND one of your quotes is one my favorites, the comparison one. Look forward to following your blog as a fellow triathlete!

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      04/01/2014 at 2:48 pm

      Hi, Kristin! Thanks for stopping by! Looking forward to following your journey to your first IM! Hope training is going well :) Glad you like the acute recovery! I’m working on an Osmo smoothie post, too :)

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    04/02/2014 at 6:19 am

    Thanks for the nomination, Erin! My little blog is feeling the love :) Also…J Brand is my favorite for jeans too. I have one pair that were navy twill and are so faded now, but still my favorite!

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      04/02/2014 at 11:14 am

      You are so welcome, Carrisa! Hope you’re well and enjoying the Florida sunshine! Yes, J Brand for the win! :)

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    04/02/2014 at 9:56 am

    TOTALLY a breakfast fan here too! Yum. Great quotes and I wish I had the bike love you do. I’m working on it.

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      04/02/2014 at 11:16 am

      Keeping working, Beth! You’ll get there! Can’t ever go wrong with more time in the saddle :)

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    04/02/2014 at 10:28 am

    Thanks, Erin!! I love your favorite quotes.

    • Reply
      04/02/2014 at 11:22 am

      You are welcome, friend! Those quotes get me through a lot :)

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    04/03/2014 at 12:40 am

    I LOVE this! You are such a beautiful person – mind, body, and spirit! Thanks for sharing and answering all my fun questions :) I feel like I just got to know you even a little bit more!

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    04/03/2014 at 10:51 am

    Love the advice to your 16 year old self.. If only it was possible for our future selves to tell us our own advice when we really were young…! How different things would be. :) xoxo

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    04/08/2014 at 11:02 am

    I’ve definitely been feeling happier since starting #100happydays. Sometimes it can be as simple as being happy to be relaxing before bed!

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      Whoops! I meant for this comment to be on the post with #100happydays. Going to get more coffee now.

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