Yay! Colleen at IRONDIVA tagged me to do a fun questionnaire post! If you haven't been to her blog, you should check it out! O-kay, so here goes!
1. If you could eat anything without any health repercussions or guilt, what would your meal be?
Out of all of the questions, this one was the hardest for me. I don't really know why, but it was really difficult for me to think of something. So, this answer may seem kind of lame, but whatever. I absolutely love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter or chocolate and caramel. So, I guess if I could eat anything it would be lots of goodies like samoa girl scout cookies, rolos, homemade fudge, Cold Stone's Founder's Favorite ice cream creation (sooo good!), reese's pieces, reese's peanut butter cups, chocolate chips with peanut butter (yes, I have been known to take a scoop of PB and load chocolate chips on top of it!), or any other thing you can think of that is pure chocolaty goodness! :)
2. If you could meet anyone living or dead, who would it be and why?
I've never really been into wanting to meet some famous or historical person. I don't know why, but I just never have. So, I think I'm going to
3. Why did you start blogging and what did you expect when you started?
I started blogging last fall because I think I needed some way to connect to other people who were going through this crazy triathlon lifestyle. I don't have any friends that are into endurance sports, so it was hard for me to talk to people about my training and what I was going through because they just didn't "get" it. I started following a couple of blogs, and learned a lot about nutrition, training, products, etc. I started wondering if maybe I had something to share with other athletes out there too. I decided to start my blog, but I didn't tell anyone, not even my husband. I was kind of embarrassed about it for some reason. But, I found that I really enjoyed writing about my training and life. I started connecting to people out there in the blogosphere that knew exactly what I was talking about, and it was awesome.
I honestly didn't expect anyone to follow me, but I found myself getting excited when I had 3 followers, then 5, then 10! My blog has definitely evolved since the beginning. My hope has always been that the things I share help others in some way, whether it be motivation, training tips, healthy recipes, or just support.
Like I mentioned above, I have learned so much and have gotten so much support and encouragement from all of you. I hope I've done the same for you! :)
4. What is the one book you could read over and over again?
I don't know if I can really pick one book that I loved so much to read over and over again. But, I do have an author. When I was younger, I was obsessed with wolves and would always pick books about them to read. I was introduced to Jack London and loved every book that I read. "Call of the Wild," "The Sea Wolf," and "White Fang" are some of the more popular ones. So, while I may not have a specific book, I do have a specific author that I could read over and over again.
6. If you could have a TV show on the Food Network, what would it be?
Humpastry Day TV! :) Ha ha. I would actually love to have a show on Food Network that talked about how easy it is to switch ingredients for healthier ones. Guests could email some of their favorite recipes, and we could work together to recreate their recipe incorporating better ingredients. I think the majority of people do not know how many different options there are out there to make their food healthier. I also think people assume that taking away the butter, sugar, and white flour will leave their food bland, but it's really not so. Anyways, I just think that would be awesome! :)
7. What was the best meal you ever had?
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8. Who has been your greatest influence on your love for food and learning to cook?
I would definitely have to say my mom. Growing up we almost always ate dinner as a family. My mom is an amazing cook and baker and she definitely had a huge influence on me. But, my father-n-law was the one that started me thinking about being a vegetarian. He recommended I read The China Study, which I did. One month after reading that book, we started transitioning into vegetarians and haven't really looked back.
Since then, I have taken it upon myself to learn how to cook and bake as a vegetarian (almost vegan). I got lots of great cookbooks and did lots of research online. I found that just because you're a vegetarian, it doesn't mean you eat "healthy." There are lots of vegetarians that are overweight. So, as an endurance athlete, and a mother to two boys, I then took it one step further and really started thinking about the food we were eating and how to make it as healthy as possible. We still eat pizza, Chipotle, and Jimmy John's, on occasion. But, for the most part, we eat home cooked meals almost every night. It can be a lot of work, but I have a system for planning meals and having certain ingredients on hand already. My boys love to "cook" and "bake" with me, and I love that! I can't wait until their older when I can start teaching them how to cook too. Hopefully, I can instill healthy eating habits in my boys for when they get out on their own. But, who knows. Only time will tell!
Alrighty, now I need to tag some of you! I know there are some of you that have already been tagged, so I'll try and pick those of you who I haven't seen posts from yet!
1. Cynthia at Balls in the Air
2. Kristin at Gotta Love Triathlon
3. Mark at Journeys of a Triathlete Father of Five
4. Alisa at Ambitious Aspirations Make Great Accomplishments