Day in the Life — May 2017

It’s been five months since my last Day in The Life post so I thought it’d be fun to change things up today and share a glimpse into my Tuesday. If you want to peek behind the curtain more often, follow me (@megkayrich) on Twitter and Instagram!

6 AM: My alarm goes off. I debate sleeping in and just straightening my hair, but decide to get up and curl it instead.

6:30 AM: After my hair is fixed and I’m dressed, I take Murphy out for a little walk and for him to do his business. He is not a morning pup, so once he’s done, he gets back in bed with Ryan while I tidy up the house (wash any stray dishes, prep lunches, etc) and fix his KONG toys for the day.

7 AM: Finish up any chores, scroll through social media, get the paper and head out the door. Ryan works later in the day, so I leave him and Murphy in bed for a couple more hours.

7:15ish AM: Lately breakfast has been very grab-and-go. It’s a very busy season at my job, and I like to get to work early and get started on some of my big projects before the office gets really busy. 

7:35 AM: Get to work. It’s me, my boss and one reporter. It’s nice and quiet. I answer some emails and get started on work.

9 AM: Most of the reporters and my other co-workers are in the office by now. We talk about the local news, what’s new on Netflix and any other office gossip. I also try to take a couple laps around the building at this point. I hate sitting for so long. I really wish we could have standup desks.

9:30 AM – Noon: Work work work work work work. Lots of emails, phone calls, meeting, and writing.

12:15 PM: Head home for lunch. Let Murphy out of his crate, play fetch, eat lunch.
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1:30 PM: Back to work. More writing and meetings.

3:30ish PM: Snack time! Great Harvest banana chocolate chip muffins are the best afternoon treat.

5 PM: Leave work and head home!

5:15ish PM: Play some fetch with Murphy before starting my workout. Lately, I’ve been doing 2-3 miles on the treadmill, some free weights and abs.
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6 PM: Start dinner. Tonight is tacos!

6:35 PM: Ryan gets home! We eat dinner and watch some tv.

7:30 PM: We stretch and sometimes do pushups and crunches in our living room. We love some healthy competition. I also lose when it comes to pushups.

8:15 PM: Watch a few episodes of The Office, our favorite show. No matter how many times we watch it, it never gets old.
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9:30-10 PM: Get ready for bed. Lights out.

Pretty normal schedule to me, but I still love these posts. What did your day look like?

30 minute burn bootcamp

Even when I don’t run every day, I like to try and do something that makes me break a sweat. Lately. I’ve been into short and sweaty at home workouts. I try to get in cardio, upper body, lower body and core all in one workout — and this does the trick!

Give it a try and let me know what you think.

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One minute per exercise // x3

CARDIO
High knees
Jumping jacks
Squat jumps
Burpees

CORE
Crunches
Bicycle abs
V ups

UPPER BODY
Pushups
Arm circles

LOWER BODY
Plie squats
Squats

The workout will work your ENTIRE body by targeting your upper body, lower body and core but also includes bursts of cardio to keep your heart rate up and make you sweat!

Whenever I don’t have time for a run or am looking to mix things up, I love doing these simple, but effective at-home workouts.

 

Tips for healthy grocery shopping

Guys. I love a good planner. My day feels so much more structured when I put pen to paper and map out my day.

The same goes for grocery shopping. Because let’s be honest. If I don’t go to the store armed with my shopping list, this happens: 

So. To keep this from happening, as the week progresses I keep a running grocery list. Things that pop up while I’m cooking, toiletries I run out of and the staples we buy every week.

I also break the list up into what I buy at Aldi and what I buy at Kroger. If I have time, I try to buy produce from our local farmers market, but let’s be real, I don’t always have time for that at 7 a.m. on Saturday mornings.

No matter where I shop though, I always try to look at the ingredient list on the products I buy. The more real food, the better! Shopping the perimeter of the store really helps me make smart choices when shopping.

Now let’s take a look at some of what I buy weekly/monthly.

Aldi = chips, breakfast bars, lunch meat, cooking + baking essentials like sugar, flour, oils, etc, produce, milk, eggs, spaghetti, yogurt, protein powder and sometimes random pickups since their inventory changes from month to month.


Kroger = Suja, golden delicious apples, meat, pizza and toiletries. We have a few items that we prefer the name brand vs. Aldi brand.

I feel like I might be in the minority here, but Ryan and I eat the same five meals every week. Every Monday is taco night, every Tuesday is porkchops + veggies and so on. While sometimes it gets a little routine, it saves us so much money and hassle when trying to decide on what we are having for supper that night — we already know! We never go out to eat through the week and we save money and calories because of it!

This system works for us. But it not work for you and your family. Find what works for you and stick with it. Trust me, it took months and months of shopping at different grocers, meal planning and budgeting to get where we wanted to be.

Food should be fun! Even though we eat a lot of the same meals, we still enjoy them. Sitting with each other and eating a meal together is always one of my most treasured parts of the day. I hope it is for you too.

Good moves + eats

This week has been bananas.

So I’m popping in a quick hello and some of my recent workouts and eats.

Our home gym is coming together nicely! We’ve always had some random free weights and I got a treadmill for Christmas, but now we have an entire corner of our garage dedicated to our gym space.

A couple weeks ago we also bought a pull-up bar and cage (?) (similar to this one) for bench pressing and squats.

I’m so happy to have a place to workout at home. While it’s a large upfront cost, we’ve spread it out over the last two years and are able to use it a lot more than we would an actual gym due to our commute (we live out in the country) and wanting to be home with Murphy.

Also, I’ve been trying to complete this workout and it’s a killer. BUT I can tell I am getting faster (even if I do have to take some walking breaks every now and then)
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Now onto some food. I picked these up at Aldi while I was grocery shopping. Something small to crib my hunger + penguins are my favorite. 😍

Also. I have recently discovered Suja juices. OHMYGOSH, guys. I am in love. Like why did I not try these before?! I picked up the sweet beets and the strawberry/cherry vibrant probiotic Sunday when I was Kroger and now that I have tried them both, I want to shout it from the rooftops. (This post is in no way sponsored by Suja. I just really like this product and want to share with you all)
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That’s all for today. Happy hump day!

Mother’s Day Weekend

Our weekend started off nice and quiet and by the end of it, we were super busy! But it was a great weekend with family and I wouldn’t trade our time with them for anything in the world.

On Friday nights, Ryan and I prefer to stay at home with each other (and Murphy!). It’s our time to be with each other, unwind and hangout in our pjs. We ate tacos and watched a few episodes of The Office, before calling it a night and heading to bed.
Saturday while Ryan was at work, I was busy cleaning the house, buying grocers, taking Murph for lots of walks since it was gorgeous outside and finding time to get a run in myself.

Once Ryan got off work, we headed down to Tennessee to spend some time with his family for Mother’s Day weekend. We had lots of great food and a good time just lounging around the house enjoying each other’s company.

After a whirlwind visit we headed back home yesterday afternoon just in time to make a pizza for supper and get everything ready for another work week.

I hope you all got to shower your mom’s grandma’s and all the other women in your life with lots of love this weekend. I know I did and I am so thankful for all of the positive women role models in my life. 

Yoga for runners

If you’re anything like me then you probably don’t spend enough time with your yoga mat.

Usually I had rather be on the treadmill with my music than on a mat alone with my thoughts. While I always feel better (and more loose!) after a good yoga sesh, I don’t do it often enough. So in hoping that I will take my own advice, today I am sharing some of the best poses for runners.

Yoga for runners

Let’s start simple.

• Downward Dog
Benefits: Stretches hamstrings, calves, and foot arches; strengthens shoulders.

• Low Lunge (One of my favorite poses)
Benefits: Stretches hip flexors; strengthens hamstrings and quads.

• Reclining Pigeon
Benefits: Releases tension and tightness in the hips.
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• Spinal Twist
Benefits: Relaxes the lower back and stretches the glutes.

• Legs Up The Wall (another favorite! especially after a long run)
Benefits: Relieves tension in legs, feet, and back; stretches hamstrings and glutes.

Hopefully these poses will help you limber and injury-free while running.

Have another pose you love? Let me know in the comments below!

20 minute treadmill workout

Short on time but still want to get a good workout in? Try this 20 minute treadmill workout!

I promise it will make you break a sweat and get your heart rate up. So get ready to burn some calories!

Remember, done is better than perfect. I don’t think I have ever regretted a workout. So even a quick workout like this one will be beneficial to you. Enjoy!
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Friday Favorites v.48

It’s birthday month! I am someone who loves birthdays, so birthday month is a big deal to me! Plus Ryan and I take our yearly trip to STL in May. Go Cards!

This week was my first full work week in more than two weeks, so it felt super long — but also super productive! This time of year is super busy with my job, but I love feeling accomplished after a long day at work.

Before the weekend can begin let’s talk Friday Favorites and get through another work day.

1. I get to meet one of my best friend’s baby! My very first best friend had her first child a little more than a month and I get to meet him for the first time tomorrow. I am so excited for some baby snuggles and quality time with my friend.

2. This drink looks like perfect addition to any outside party! Sparkly and refreshing! Raspberry Lemonade Fizz recipe.

3. Is there really such a thing as too many shoes?! Even with running shoes, I like to have several pairs to rotate (plus I like to match my outfits) Currently eyeing these bad boys.

4. This was from @pbfingers insta story several days ago. These snack balls look delicious. Check out her blog if you haven’t already. 

5. Breaking 2. (which has a neat hashtag emoji on Twitter) The world attempt at breaking 2 hours in the marathon is taking place tomorrow morning in Italy (or roughly 10:45 p.m. Friday where I’m at in Kentucky)

Runner’s World has an entire page on their site dedicated to all the info you need to know for the sub-2 attempt. It’s pretty interesting stuff. Check it out here.

6. 2016 Road Race Trends. I love looking at all the nuts and bolts of running. Like how in 2016, there were 16,957,100 finishers of 30,400 running events in the U.S. So neat! How many did you finish?

7. YES YES YES. I am in love with these sandals from Draper James + Jack Rogers.

8. I love afternoons with Murphy. He still sucks at fetch, so I usually just end up chasing him around the yard while he holds a ball in his mouth. #dogmom

Monomeal for breakfast

So the other day on Instagram I saw a post from one of the healthy living bloggers I follow about the concept of eating a monomeal. It’s intrigued me, so I decided to do some research.

A monomeal is a meal comprised of one food, usually raw fruits or vegetables. Simple as that! For example, a bowl of fresh pineapple chunks or six oranges or a smoothie of just bananas and water or half a watermelon or a medley of bell pepper slices.

Basically, we have complicated our lives and our food. More is not better.

Think about a smoothie. Smoothies with 10 ingredients are usually unnecessary – try a smoothie with only 3-4 ingredients. Your gut will thank you.

Benefits to eating monomeals.

I’ve been trying a monomeal for breakfast a few days a week for about two weeks. Last week, I had a bowl of pineapple one day and then three apples on another day.

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Digest fully everything you eat. If there is gas or bloating, then you are not digesting your food properly. Simplify and see what foods work well for you.

While I don’t think this is some life-changing idea. I do like the simplicity behind it. I feel like it’s helping my gut and it’s easy to fix in the morning. Basically a win-win.

What do you think about eating monomeals?