Friday Favorites v. 72

TGIF! This work week was a mess and I so happy it’s *almost* the weekend! While I don’t have any big plans, I am just excited to get in some long runs and rest and relaxation.

Here are some of my favorites from this week:

1. I’ve signed up for a 5 mile race the Saturday before Thanksgiving!

2. Emma Coburn just had the wedding every running couple dreams of. I love Emma and followed her and Kara Goucher on Instagram, so I loved seeing all their pictures from the week!

3. If you saw my post on Wednesday this is especially funny.  img_2203.jpg4. Our local Apple Fest is this weekend! I’m so excited for apple doughnuts and cider.

5. There is a Facebook page specifically for UPS drivers and the dogs they meet on their routes. So cute and heartwarming. A good animal story (especially one involving dogs) always makes me smile.

6. Surprise, surprise, another heartwarming dog story 🙂 Stray dog crashes a wedding and finds his own happily ever after.

7. Four pasta alternatives to fuel your run.

8. Probably my favorite picture from the week. Check out Monday’s post for all the funny Murphy pictures.

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Chick-fil-A kind of day – WIAW

Well guys. I had Chick-fil-A for TWO meals today. Oops.

I didn’t even mean for it to happen this way. I had to take Murphy to my parent’s house this morning and on the way over there I realized I hadn’t eaten breakfast. Chicken biscuits are my favorite breakfast to splurge on and sweet tea is like my coffee. I love it and I need it every day.

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Lunch was pretty normal/healthy (thankfully! CFA twice a day cannot be great for me) Turkey sandwich and strawberries with lots and lots of water.

After work, I had about 15 minutes to get some food before I needed to head to campus to teach. Chick-fil-A is super close to the college, so that’s where I went + I could eat chicken all day, every day. #noshame

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What did you eat today? I love reading other WIAW posts. Feel free to share with me in the comments!

This post is NOT sponsored by Chick-fil-A. I just really love their food. 

Tuesday Tidbits

I started my day off with some light stretching. Our house was so cold when I woke up, we still have the heat and a/c off since the weather has been so sporadic lately, that I needed something to get my blood flowing.

I love when people at work bring goodies. This was made by a co-worker’s wife and it was awesome! It was basically like kitchen sink fudge? But a healthier version? It was made with dates and lemon juice and was only lightly sweet instead of overpowering and sugary. One piece was enough to hold me over, but this is definitely something I will keep in mind for our Halloween party in a couple weeks.

I’m more than halfway through teaching my college class and I feel like every week I am getting better. Yay for progress! Tomorrow starts the second half of the semester and I’m to read more of my student’s writings.

I got in a great workout after I got home from work and I alternated between the treadmill and weights. I loosely based my run off this workout and then threw in some arm curls, squats and abs. 

Wednesdays are super busy with work and teaching, so here’s to another cup of coffee! I’ll catch up y’all tomorrow!

Monday with Murphy 

I love sunny days with Murphy. He has all the energy in the world and would play fetch all day, every day if we let him. On Monday I spent almost my entire lunch break playing fetch with Murphy and his favorite red ball. Yay for being able to come home for lunch!

Someone was not very good at catch today. I love taking a burst of photos because I catch some of Murphy’s funniest moments.

Exact representation of how I felt today. It was busy, a mess and all around chaos. Here’s to a less hectic tomorrow!

But I am thankful for a pup who loves my unconditionally and listens to me rant about my work day. As long as he gets a treat and a belly rub, he is happy.
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Crazy weather, random tidbits and Halloween movie suggestions

This weekend was so random as far as the weather goes. Saturday was sunny and 85, Sunday was rainy and 62. Kentucky weather is crazy.

My workout on Saturday included a run at the park, an hour at the gym and mowing my yard (which is definitely a workout. Push mowing ditches is no joke.)

Sunday included watching football and taking Murph on lots of walks in between the rain. I also squeezed in a run late in the day! Fall running is the best. The leaves are starting to change and the park was so pretty! Even if it was a little chilly, at least I didn’t feel like I was dying five minutes into run.
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Other random tidbits from the weekend:
• Running is hard. Eating healthy can be difficult. But having the opportunity to do both of those things is a privilege. Sometimes I get so caught up in worrying about my times and my calories that I forgot that not everyone has that choice. I am thankful for the fact that I am able to fun. I am thankful for a job that allows me to buy healthy and fresh food (which is often more expensive). Trying to remember this next time I throw myself a pity party.
• Owensboro is #11 on this list of places where millenials are moving. So that’s neat!
• If you need inspiration for a race costume or something for Halloween, Janae at Hungry Runner Girl had a great post rounding up some of her favorites from her readers. There are so many good ideas!
What makes the Proverbs 31 woman so fearless. <– Such a great read!

How was your weekend? I want to hear all about it! Leave a comment of your favorite memory from this weekend. 

Also. I’m in the mood to watch ALL THE HALLOWEEN MOVIES. What’s your favorite? I need recommendations! I plan on watching Hocus Pocus at some point this week. 
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Friday Favorites v. 71

Happy Friday! I am enjoying a four day weekend, so no work for me today!

But to keep things running smoothly, here is my regular Friday series, Friday Favorites!

1. Jordan Hasay becomes fastest American woman to run Bank of America Chicago Marathon. <– She is killin’ it this year!

2. This rice and quinoa pouches have become a staple in our house over the last couple of weeks. They are cheap, healthy and filling! Perfect combo. I’ve been mixing half a bag of this with some grilled chicken nuggets and salsa for a perfect supper.

3. I gave my midterm to my students earlier this week, so I’ve officially made it half a semester as an adjunct college professor! I’ve learned so much and I can’t wait to improve next semester.

4. If you missed my post on Wednesday, be sure to you love your people extra this week.

5. This peanut butter and jelly smoothie recipe from Eating Bird Food. Just looking at the pictures makes my mouth water — it’s two of my favorite things mixed together! PB&Js and smoothie, you can’t get any better than that.

6. OH MY STARS. This is precious. 25 photos of dogs dressed as Disney characters.

7. Jax, the official stamp licker.

8. Murphy and his toys. This pup loves his animals so much. We literally find his toys hidden all over the house, it’s hilarious. img_2126

Love your people

Monday was C-R-A-Z-Y! Work was hard and I was there for almost 11 hours. I felt defeated and exhausted. When I got home, Ryan had cooked super and was there with a hug and a listening ear. I am thankful for him and the way he serves me. He is the best husband and I am so happy he is mine.
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Tuesday was sad. Not long after I got to work, I learned a coworker had drown in Gulf Shores after saving a young boy. The thing about working in the media business is that his death became a story. It was on the national news and it hit hard in our little Kentucky newsroom. My heart hurts for his family, friends and employees who got to know him during his 25+ years at our newspaper. I just talked to him Friday about his fall break plans and now he is gone forever.

Today started off with my scrolling through Facebook in bed. My heart sank as I learned that a friend from high school had lost her fiancee last night in a car accident. He was the same age as me and was on a road I travel every single day. They were getting married in a few months and now he is gone and she is left wondering, “Why God?”

My heart hurts for these people. For the ones I know and the ones I don’t. It’s crazy that your life can change in an instant. These things happen, but their not supposed to hit this close to home. Especially two days in a row.

I don’t know what the meaning of this post is, except love your people. Some days are hard and some days are worse. I’m extra thankful for my tribe this week.
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Shopping and game days

Happy Sunday! Popping in real fast for a quick weekend update.

While Ryan worked on Saturday I spent the entire day with my momma! We went to yard sales, out to lunch and had so much fun just having a girl’s day. We snagged lots of great deals and I finally found a pair of ankle boots for fall! I found mine at TJ Maxx and they are Dr. Scholls brand (random, but sooo comfy!) but I can’t find them online to link them for y’all.

Anyways, after lunch we met up with my best friend high school for some Goodwill adventures and I walked out with a shirt and some books all for less than $6!

Since it is supposed to rain ALL day on today, we decided to have a game day with my parents. We recently bought Ticket to Ride and thought it would be a good time to teach my parents how to play.
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I snacked on random fruit that was in my parent’s fridge. While I love fall, I am bummed for all this wonderful fresh fruit to go away. I could live off melons of all kinds. But since we have yet to have any fall weather yet, we have still had lots of “summer foods” in stock at the grocery!

*Note Murph in the corner always trying to sneak some people food.
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I work Monday – Wednesday this week and I am so excited to have a long weekend. I’m hoping these three days fly by! I have a whole slew of things planned for my days off, so I ready to get to them.

Friday Favorites v.70

Can you all believe this is my 70th Friday Favorites post?! That’s crazy to me! These are some of my favorite posts to write because they are always such a happy roundup from my week.

So let’s get it started!

1. Some weeks are so up and down with work and blogging and I feel like I’m treading enough water to keep my head above water. Anyone else feel this way? I wish I knew how to get more traffic to my blog, but I don’t have a lot of money to go to a domain name + I don’t have a ton of time to constantly promote my stuff and get my name + blog name out there. While I do like having the blog as an online journal, I do wish I had more readers and people to connect with.

2. Porta Potty Challenge. I feel like this is something I would have done in high school with my cross country team.

3. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays and with it just a couple weeks away, I have scouring Pinterest for ideas. This article is 12 costume ideas to make out of a big shirt. I love it! So simple but cute.

4. With all of the craziness that is my life (full-time job, part-time college teaching job, running, meal planning, social life and more) I love feeling like I have all my sh*t together. I’ve raved about my Simplified Planner before, but I want to bring it up again if any of you are looking to buy a Christmas present for someone who needs to organization in their life (you included)!
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5. Best girl squad movies.

6. Does anyone have any recommendations for super cute fall booties? I’ve been eyeing several pairs online, but I have to try on shoes before I buy. Any suggestions or sites with free shipping and return? Trying to dress cute is harder than it looks.

7. This is a super interesting insight on what a triathlete eats in a week. Triathlife with Jesse Thomas: I Eat A Lot And That’s OK. 

8.  Murphy and his toy mouse, Mick.

My Fitbit Flex — an oldie, but a goodie

In 2014 I bought my first Fitbit. It was the Fitbit Flex and I bought it with the hopes that it would remind me to move more during my 8-5 desk job. While I go through spurts of wearing/not wearing it, right now I pulled it back out of hiding and am wearing it again.

To be honest, I’ve fallen off the wagon. My runs have gotten shorter, I was eating more and not moving a lot during my work day.

 

I know it sounds like a glorified pedometer, but it’s so much more than that.
So here goes my unofficial (and super late) review of the Fitbit Flex!
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First off, they have several colors to choose from, but the default colors are black, blue, and green. If you want a different color such as red, pink, purple, teal, etc., then you have to purchase those bands separately. I chose black so it would match almost anything. I also like how it’s not big and clunky so no one knows I am wearing a piece of a technology.

I actually think they have more colors to chose from now and they are several different versions of Fitbits. I’ve mentioned this on here before, but I am debating on whether to get the Fitbit Ionic watch or an Apple Watch. But for now, my old Flex will do the job.
Screen Shot 2017-10-04 at 9.14.31 AM.pngTo start with, the Fitbit is super simple to setup. You click here fitbit.com/setup and it gives you step by step instructions on how to charge it, how to track, and how to change your daily goals like steps taken, water intake, etc.

It has lights to show you how close to your goal you are. So at anytime throughout the day, all I have to do is double tap the band and it shows me how close to my goal I am.

My main goal has been to reach 12,000 steps a day. The Fitbit Flex starts you off with 10,000 steps since that’s the recommended amount from the American Heart Association, but I wanted to try for something a little harder.

The band is also waterproof and Fitbit users are encouraged to wear it in the shower, out for a run in the rain and all over the place.

I was also curious to see how my numbers stacked up with me having an 8-5 office job where I am at a computer for most of the day.

My first full day of using the Fitbit this week was Monday, and I didn’t reach my goal of 12,000. I was barely over 9,500. Not good. This is a good visual reminder that I need to move more!

AND the thing is I ran almost 2 miles when I got home. That shows you how little I can move throughout the day. I am basically chained to my desk from 7:30 a.m. 5:10ish p.m. when I go home.

I love getting periodic updates on my activity level throughout the day. While it’s discouraging to see how much I don’t move at work, it gives me more motivation to make sure I do something active when I get off. I’ve also tried to incorporate laps around the office or a quick walk around the block during the day to increase my steps.

On days where I don’t workout or do something active for at least 30-45 minutes, I don’t even come close to my goals. Days where I make sure to run, play tennis or walk in the park, I hit my goal easily.

The Fitbit Flex also tracks your sleep pattern. You can start a sleep mode when go to bed and wake it up when you do. It monitors how long it takes you to fall asleep, the periods of restlessness and actual sleep time.

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So while I know this won’t magically help me lose weight or get faster, maybe it will at least encourage and remind me to move more at work.

Have you tried the Fitbit or other similar products? Let me know what you think!

All opinions are my own.