Motivation Monday

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Working out and traveling

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I always do my best workouts on the weekends. I don’t have as many time constraints, I can focus on my workout and I have plenty of time to stretch, warmup and cool down. 

But when I travel on the weekends, I feel like I can’t get workout as well as I want.

 

* I had to include this hilarious picture I took of Murphy while we were traveling. 

That was the case this weekend. We visited my in-laws in Tennessee and had a great time, but my workouts suffered. 

Is that a bad thing? Not necessarily. My family is more important than any workout, but getting in one sweat sesh a day makes me feel better and helps me be the best version of myself. 

So while I didn’t get to run and have a killer total body workout, I did get it some solid movements and walks with Murph that worked up some endorphins.

So don’t beat yourself if you chose to spend time with family rather than working out. While I missed my workouts, I know they will be waiting for me Monday afternoon after work. 

Sick Day

I never missed a day of school from kindergarten until I went off to college. In fact, my senior year of high school there were only two kids in the entire district who had accomplished that feat.

Now, here I am at home with my first official sick day. I don’t like it. I hate missing work, I feel like it looks bad on me (maybe because I’m a young female and I feel like I constantly have to prove myself?) and I hate feeling awful and sleeping the day away.
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So while running is probably not in the cards for me tonight, I am hoping to do a yoga video to feel somewhat better and hopefully stretch things out and get some endorphins going.

Until then, I plan on laying on the couch and cuddling Murphy all day.
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Happy Tuesday!

5 Easy BBQ Recipes

With summer winding down, I thought now would be the perfect time to post some easy bbq recipes. For me, one of the best parts of summer is getting to grill out. Since KY is known for our barbecue, I thought I would share some of my favorites with you all.

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BBQ Shrimp Skewers. <– Perfect for your favorite bbq sauce!
Spicy BBQ Chicken Thighs.
Shredded Grilled Tilapia Tacos.
Neely’s Wet BBQ Ribs. STL-style ribs.

And last, but certainly not least, a recipe from my hometown. Owensboro Barbecued Mutton.

So grab your friends and family, a couple beers and a lot of food and fire up the grill. Enjoy the last few weeks of summer. I know I will!

Eclipse and Monday recap

Since I work in the media, yesterday was all about the eclipse. We’ve been covering it daily for the last two weeks and then today was all hands on deck with people running social media accounts, photographers and reporters on site in Hopkinsville (Eclipsetown) and people locally to get reactions of the event. It was a fun-filled day and a neat thing to experience.

While I didn’t get any pictures of the actual eclipse (I didn’t want to risk frying my phone) I did get some pretty funny pictures of Murphy in eclipse glasses.


He of course tried to eat them since he loves to chew on toys. So the glasses didn’t last very long.

After work I hurried home to hop on the treadmill and get in a couple of miles and some pushups + abs before I started dinner. Mondays are usually taco night in the Richardson household, so when I saw this on Facebook, I knew I had to share it. This is my life.

Did you get to view the eclipse? What were your thoughts? We were in 97% totality, so it got pretty dark. It was eerie and awesome all at the same time. We serve an awesome God.

I hope you all had a great Monday!

The Great American Solar Eclipse

If you’re in the U.S. then the day of the eclipse has finally arrived! That’s all I’ve been hearing about for weeks, and to be honest, I’ll be happy when today is over. Yes, it’s neat to be pretty close to a total coverage area for the eclipse, but I hear about the eclipse from the moment I wake up until I go to bed. We’ve been writing stories about it for the last 10 days at work and it’s all over the news.
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For those who don’t know about the solar eclipse, here are a few helpful links:
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The paper I work for did a specialow.ly/Umuy30evEjx all about the eclipse.

NASA will stream 360-degree video of the eclipse, and you can watch it live on Facebook.

If you’re viewing the eclipse today, be sure to be safe and enjoy this wonder of nature.
The eclipse returns in spring of 2024.

Be back tomorrow with my weekend running, workouts and eats!

The Real Neat Blog Awards

A big thank you to Liberty for nominating me for The Real Neat Blog Award. Be sure to check out her blog, Life in Liberty.

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I know these blog questionnaires can be silly, but what the heck. I love learning about you all and it was fun to answer some random questions.

1. What’s your most memorable moment so far this year?
There’ve been several! Our annual trip to STL, getting my teaching job, paying off my car and so many more. I love doing life with Ryan and Murphy.

2. Is there anything you wish you could have learnt earlier?
Get rid of the friends who don’t care about you. I rather have a small circle of friends that have my back, then a bunch of fake friends.

3. If you had a chance to live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Ireland!

4. What motivates you?
My drive to be better, my husband, my future family.

5. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for body positivity, but if you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
I don’t know if this really counts, but I really really wish I knew how to do hair. I know how to use a straightener and a wand, but that’s about it. I wish I could braid my hair, curl it with a straightner, etc.

6. What’s your biggest fear?
I have always had this fear since I was a little kid (I probably started watching Law & Order and CSI wayyy too early) but I am always afraid of someone breaking into my home at night. I triple check all my locks before going to bed.

7. What would your perfect day look like?
I wake up and run around the park before the sun is shining and too hot. Coming home to breakfast, then spending the day with Ryan and Murphy. Hiking, swimming, grilling out, playing board games with family and friends. Just being present with those I love most.

The rules are as followed: Put the award logo on your blog, thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs, answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you, nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs, let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog, etc). Then simply, ask your nominees 7 questions.

My nominees are: Tammi, Jenna and Constance.

My questions for you all:
1. Since you all are all runners — what is your favorite race distance?
2. Favorite song on the radio right now?
3. What accomplishment are you most proud of?
4. Do you read the newspaper?
5. Favorite social media app?
6. Wine or beer?
7. Favorite way to workout (besides running)

I loved answering your questions, Liberty.
Nominees, I look forward to reading your answers soon!

Health Benefits of Oranges

We all know the saying “an apple a day keep the doctor away,” but an orange a day could be just as helpful.

There are a ton of reasons why eating an orange a day is a good idea — not only are they low in calories and full of nutrients, they promote clear, healthy skin and can help to lower our risk for many diseases. Plus they are delicious!

Benefits of Oranges

A healthy dose of vitamin C—in which oranges are concentrated—provides antioxidant protection and immune support.

Can reduce the risk of colon cancer.

Good source of fiber.

One orange provides a range of vitamins and minerals and a staggering 130 percent of your vitamin C needs for the day.

Helps reduce your chance of stomach ulcers.

While all fruits and vegetables provide their own greatness, I love eating oranges in the summertime after a long run. Something about the sweet and tartness of an orange gets me every time. They are truly one of my favorites fruits.

I am not a registered dietician. This is all advice and facts I have learned through the years through my interest of food and nutrition.

Non-scale victories

While I am usually someone who likes to see hard and results, losing weight and getting healthy is teaching me a lot about patience and hard work.

I have a scale at home, but the batteries in it have been dead for months. I decided not to replace them because I didn’t want to let the scale define my happiness. I used to weigh myself every morning and if I was at a “good” number then I would be happy for the rest of the day. But, if I was unhappy with the number I saw then I automatically started my day in a bad mood. So instead of judging myself based on a number, I’ve been trying to look for and enjoy the non-scale victories in every day.
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This week I hit two non-scale victories and I was so proud of both. While I usually eat super healthy for breakfast and lunch, snacking at night has always been a problem. I could eat half a bag of chips without thinking about it and then feel like crap later. I felt like I had no willpower. But for the last three days, I’ve been eating healthy, saying no when I’m full and not eating a ton of chips every night. It’s a powering thing to take control of your life and what/how you eat.

My other NSV was one of my favorite pair of work pants being looser!

Sometimes it’s hard to see how far you’ve come, especially if you’re not keeping track of hard and fast numbers and facts. But these NSV are to be celebrated and used as a reminder that the work I am putting in is working.

So here’s to another day of working hard, running for fun and my health, eating some greens and loving my life. Happy Friday Eve!

Friday Favorites v. 62

FRIDAY FRIDAY, gotta get down on Friday. I am so happy for the weekend. Since we traveled and Ryan worked last weekend, I feel like we haven’t spent any time together lately. I am super pumped for date night tomorrow and being lazy together on Sunday.

Before I get into the work day, I want to share some of my favorites from this week with you all.

1. Just a few of the crazy moments from #London2017 Track & Field World Championships. I’ve been following a long on Twitter and even more craziness (like an unfair DQ) have happened since this orignal article was posted.

2. I love these spirit tassel earrings from Draper James. Now I’m just torn on whether to get UK Blue for basketball season or Crimson for Alabama football?! Maybe I’ll just get them both?!

3. On Wednesday I woke up super early for no good reason, so I decided to take advantage of the extra time and headed to Panera for some breakfast and blogging. I got a post up and several posts drafted and had a delicious everything bagel + cream cheese, a water and a latte.

I love having some time in the mornings to myself to accomplish some things before the work day begins.
4. Wednesday was also the first day of school around here, and while I am not in school anymore, I still love the hustle and bustle and excitement that comes with a new school year.

* I am actually teaching a mass communications at a local college one night a week for the fall semester, so I am excited to be back in the classroom.

5. I saw these super cute tumblers on Emily Ley’s Instastories and screenshot it for future reference. I wish they had a KY design, but Ashley Brooke Designs has lots of other cute ones to choose from!
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6. Tuesday I hit the trails at a local park for some trail running and it was awesome + therapeutic. The best kind of running.

7. I have been trying to have more of a grateful, open heart lately and I really think it has helped my mindset.

8. Murphy got another hedgehog toy since he demolished his last one, and for some reason he is a lot more gentle with Larry (every toy has a name). I’m a total #dogmom and I love it.
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