25 ways to eat well on the go

I found this graphic yesterday on different ways to healthy while you’re on the go and found it to be SO helpful. I hope you do too!

Original article + graphic can be found here.
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Friday Favorites v.75

Good morning, my friends! How are you today? I am so pumped for this weekend because we are heading to Nashville for the weekend! Lots of shopping and good food are in our future!

1. I went rock climbing Tuesday. It’s become one of my favorite activities, but since our closest indoor place is an hour away, I don’t get to go as often as I would like.

2. I love fancy, expensive coffee. 😂 I don’t drink it very often, so it’s a treat when I do. I went to Starbucks on my way to work and had planned on ordering a regular caramel macchiato (I’m not a pumpkin spice girl), but when I saw they had their seasonal Christmas drinks on the menu, I quickly changed my order. Something peppermint coffee makes it feel so much more like the holidays!

*From 2-5 p.m. until Nov. 13 Starbucks has buy one, get one free on all holiday drinks. 

3. Why you love Honeycrisp apples, hate Red Delicious and know their names.

4. Ryan and I paid off out bedroom furniture! We had scheduled to pay it off in at least two years, but paid it off in six months! Being debt-free is very important to us, so we try to pay for things outright or pay them off as soon as we can.

5. Has anyone given this Vega protein powder a try? I’ve read about it on some blogs and from reading the label, it looks safe, but I’m still worried about dropping $40 on something I’m not going to like.

6. Slow cooker caramel apple cider cocktail. This looks perfect for the holidays!

7. Work (both jobs) is going well and I am so excited. I love advancing and doing well in my career. #girlboss

8. Snuggly pup. By now you all should know I’m obsessed with my dog. 

Blog Roll

Hi guys! I wanted to pop in today with something a little different — my blog roll.
A photo by William Iven. unsplash.com/photos/GANqCr1BRTU

I started reading running and healthy living blogs in the summer of 2011. I was a new intern who didn’t always have work to do, so I decided to Google myself (this is going somewhere, I promise.)

I found a Meghann Anderson who lived in Florida and spelt her name just like mine! I also saw she was a runner! Like what are the odds?!

Meghann’s blog Meals and Miles was the first blog I started to read regularly. From there I started reading Daily Garnish and a few others (that no longer exist/update)

I loved that I found these normal people who went through the same emotions I did with running. From there my list of blogs I check regularly has changed some over the years.

I thought I would share my blog roll with you. These ladies are badass, way smarter (and faster!) than me, but I love reading their content. They give me ideas and inspiration for my every day life. From new recipes to motivation to make it though a race, I think there is something for everyone who like healthy living blogs.

And while I’m not a mom yet, a lot of these women are and their stories about balancing work, fitness and being a mom are inspiring! I’m taking notes for the future 😉

RUNNING/HEALTHY LIVING
Meals and Miles
Daily Garnish
PBFingers
Carrots N Cake
FAnnetastic Food
Hungry Runner Girl
Preppy Runner
My Healthy, Happier Life

LIFESTYLE
Emily Ley
Lara Casey
A Beautiful Mess
Pizzazzerie

What are some of your favorite blogs to read? Let me know in the comments below!

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

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.

Friday Favorites v. 69

I am off work today and I am so excited! I plan on spending my day running errands, cleaning the house and packing for our weekend trip to St. Louis! I have been looking for this trip for months and I so happy it’s finally here!

But before I get started today I wanted to share with you all some of my favorite things from this week. This week was fantastic and I think the post shows it! I have so many favorites from this week, it was hard to only chose eight!

1. Kelly Clarkson’s new song is my JAM. I swear every time it comes on the radio it makes me just want to dance.

2. Vegan Cinnamon Rolls (with make ahead option!) from Oh She Glows.

3. THIS WEATHER. Our heat wave finally ended and on Thursday and started to *almost* fell like fall. I am so excited for the cooler weather and all the cute fall clothes! Plus I run 10x’s better in cooler weather. Bring on the fast(er) times!

4. This week was all about green smoothies. I think I drank one almost every day. While they weren’t all picture perfect (read: Instagram worthy) smoothies, they did the job! I was feeling gross, so I made up the most basic green smoothie to help my stomach even itself out.

Recipe: half a frozen banana, handful of spinach, two or three pieces of frozen fruit (pineapple, mango, etc), lime and lemon juice and water.

5. I’m 1-2 in Fastasy Football this year (NOT a favorite), but I am getting so much better about learning the rules of the sport, the players and the lingo. So I’ll take it! Let’s hope I can snag a W this week!

6. I am slowly crossing items on my to-do for my biggest project of the year. Our first big deadline is Monday and I am already ahead of schedule on most of the work for it! This magazine is the biggest project I tackle every year and it takes about five months from start to finish. I can’t wait to see the final product at the end of the year!

7. Buffalo Cauliflower Wings from Eating Bird Food.

8. Afternoons with my favorite pup. After my workout, Murphy and I run sprints in the yard. He always wins and is never tired.