Monday, March 31, 2014

Outdoor Bike + Grilling

I have decided that I have a highly selective memory.  I completely forgot how hard riding a bike is.  

Yesterday I biked for 10 windy miles, and about a mile in I had to stop myself from throwing my bike in the ditch and running the darn thing.  

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My miserable workout was mostly my fault, because I did zero maintenance on my bike after it sat in the garage all fall and winter, other than making sure my tires weren’t flat.  Apparently my seat could have used some TLC because it wobbled back and forth between me falling over forward or sliding off the back.  

Either way, between the T25 workout on Saturday and the bike ride on Sunday, my legs are in a world of hurt and I still have 16 miles to bike today to complete my IronMan March challenge.  It amazes me how people do this distance in one day, so I know I can do it in one month!

A few other pictures from yesterday:

The whole family wore Sperry’s to church.  Yes, we are that cool.

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We grilled dinner outside.

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I have to mention that grilling dinner outside versus cooking dinner inside is much better as far as entertaining Ina goes.  Usually, while I am cooking dinner inside, I am also trying to keep her out of the pantry, fridge, and cabinets, or from going up the stairs.  She is usually cranky because I am paying attention to something else other than her.  However, when we grilled dinner outside, she walked around with a twig in her hand and the biggest smile on her face and was completely satisfied.  

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She also really enjoyed eating the meal outside and ate twice as much as she usually does.  So, we will likely be outside every night when the temp is between 70 and 90 for the rest of the year.  

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[grilled pork chops, zucchini, and squash and Mediterranean quinoa salad

I hope you have a fantastic week!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

My Food and Fitness Plan #31

Good morning!  I hope you have had a fantastic weekend!  Mine has been amazing and has left me feeling incredibly blessed.  

Here are just a few pictures to sum up the weekend:

Family dinner to celebrate my aunt’s birthday

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Coffee with my grandpa

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Cuddles with my Hallaway

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Playtime with my babies

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Lots of play time.

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Followed by story time.  

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My sister and I did a T25 workout that kicked my booty and left  me very sore today (my plank form could use some help).  

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We took a family break to go to my friend Taryn’s bridal shower.  

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And that is where my pictures end.  Today we are going to church and then winding down from the busy weekend.  



  • Sunday: 13 mile bike
  • Monday: 13 mile bike
  • Tuesday: 4 mile run
  • Wednesday: rest
  • Thursday: 4 mile run
  • Friday: 1300 yd. swim
  • Saturday: rest
Running with Racheal
What are you up to this week?

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Power of a Compliment

If you don’t have time to read this post today, just read this - do a good deed and compliment someone today.


 Now for the long version:

I consider myself a fairly secure person in most areas of my life.  However, every once in a while, an insecurity pops up.  The past few days I have received compliments in the area of my insecurities, and it has been amazing how much those few little words brighten my day.  Two stories:


Yesterday morning, as I was swimming laps at the pool, a class of middle school aged girls (like 30 of them) came in and sat on the bleachers right next to my lane.  While the teacher was taking roll, they had nothing to look at but a big empty pool of water and my very uncoordinated swimming form and gasps for breath.  As as I completed lap after lap I was imagining all the ways they were making fun of me.  I do not take any pride in my swimming / flopping in the pool, so I was happy to provide them some early morning entertainment.  

After I finished swimming, I went to take a shower and get ready.  I didn’t have Ina yesterday morning, so I just went straight from the gym to work.  As I was getting out of the shower, all 30 of those girls came into the locker room.  In bikinis.  All 30 of them started stripping down and getting ready for the day in their trendy clothes and fancy hair styles.  All of my middle school body image insecurities came rushing back to me.  It was silly really, I haven’t felt like that in years.  

I was getting ready to leave, thanking God for getting me through that stage of life, when one of the girls smiled at me and said,

“That is a pretty dress."

I gushed thank you to her as I practically skipped out of the locker room.  Those five little words put me on top of the world for the entire day.  


To say I am the low-man on the totem pole in my department at work is quite the understatement.  All the scientists who work with me are my senior by at least 5 years, but most of them have at least 20 more years experience than I do.  

I recently started working on a project with 3 of the most senior scientists in my department, which has been intimidating at times, but a very good learning experience.  Part of my help was to review some of their work, which can be kind of tricky.  Many times I feel silly suggesting something to someone who knows so much more than I do.

So, you can imagine my surprise when one of them said to me,

"I am impressed with your review comments.  Thank you, they helped a lot."

Now, either she thought they were good comments, or she had such low expectations of me that what I did impressed her.  

I am going with the former, because I could use a boost in the work-esteem department. Again, that statement put me on top of the world.  


My lesson from these experiences is that I am going to compliment people more.  If I can help another person the way these people helped me, I am all for it.  

You should too.  Let’s start a compliment revolution.  

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Thankful Thursday: The Pout Pout Fish

I am thankful for the book, “The Pout Pout Fish.” 

However, after watching that video, I am considering changing my career to “YouTube book reader,” because there is obviously a giant need.  

My friend Liz gave that book to Ina for her birthday, and it is one of our favorites.  So much so that when I ask Ina if she is the pout pout fish, this is what I get:

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Her pout from her pout pout fish imitation is good, but small is comparison to her real-tantrum warning pout.

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My aunt and uncle are in town and watching Ina today, and because I have an early meeting, we did the drop-off thing last night and of course squeezed in some time for dinner and swimming.  

I can’t remember where the pout originated, but I think it had something to do with this hug.  

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and then quickly turned into a full blown tantrum.  

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Didn’t you know?  It is soooo hard to be an Ina Mae.  

The tears mysteriously dried up as soon as she saw the water.  

Other things from yesterday:

- A breakfast fritatta made with greek yogurt, asparagus, cheese, tomatoes, and eggs.

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- Kale salad + chicken and rice for lunch

- Biked my heart out (13 miles!)

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- Mexican + gummy worms for dinner

Have a good one!

What are you thankful for?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

I've Become that Girl...

I’ve become that girl who:

- Eats lots of vegetables for breakfast (green juice / smoothie - not for the faint of heart)

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- Has snot / milk / mysterious substances from her child’s mouth on her shirt and makes very little attempt to get it off.  

- Works out over lunch (another 11 miles down!  Have I told you how much I miss running?)

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- Microwaves fish at work (sorry co-workers)

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- Lets her daughter smack her in the face in front of many people and does absolutely nothing about it.  (I didn’t really know what to do, so I just said, “that wasn’t nice” and moved on.  She’s a feisty one, that Ina.)

- Lets the buzzer go off in her hand during Catch Phrase (seriously, never would have happened before I had Ina.  We had small group last night, but instead of the usual bible study, we had a break and played games.  So much fun!)

- Goes to bed at 9.  No wait, I’ve always been that girl.

Have a good done!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Out of Vacation Mode

I tried really hard to get out of vacation mode yesterday.  

By 10 am, my stomach was like, “that spinach and eggs on a brown rice tortilla was fine, but where are the steak and eggs we had all weekend?”

I quieted it with a kale salad the size of my head.  So crunchy and delicious.  

I decided I was going to try not to eat any added sugar for a few days, do a little detox.  That lasted until someone offered me Cadbury chocolate at work.  As the only chocolate I buy is from Aldi, I thought I really couldn’t miss out on that opportunity.  

I wanted to run, until I realized that I am right on track with my IronMan March goals with running (already past the 26.2 miles for the month) and swimming (one swim away from being at goal), but I am seriously lacking in the biking department.  I discovered that I still had 74 miles to go, so I put 11 in over lunch. 

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I really have no idea how the indoor bike compares to the outdoor bike, but that is my only option right now, as there is snow on the ground.

Speaking of snow - 

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Ina was a fan of yesterday’s precipitation.  That “no” was awfully tasty.  

Roasted chickpeas for a snack.  [Drain and rinse one can of chickpeas and mix with 2 T of EVOO, 1 t of chile powder and 1/4 t cayenne pepper.  Salt to taste.  Roast at 400 for ~40 minutes.]

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Salmon, burned brussels sprouts, and very lemony rice for dinner.

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Ina ate 10 bites of her dinner great, and then decided it would be more fun to spit it out than swallow it and even more fun to throw it on the ground.  I look forward to sitting down with Dan and Ina at the dinner table all day long, so it stinks when we have to use the time to discipline Ina.  

No matter what we do, she still throws her food on the ground, even if it is something she really likes.  I am hoping it is a phase.  Aumlette and Lilly are hoping it lasts forever.  

Have a great day!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Home Sweet Home

There really is nothing better.

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Being away from home makes it so much more special when I get back.  

I was totally fine on Thursday and Friday, even when my mother-in-law called to say that Ina was sick.  

However, on Saturday morning when I saw Ina’s face and heard her sweet little voice on FaceTime, I got a serious case of the home-sickies.

Four nights is one night too long to be away from my baby girl.  However, it was still a fun trip.

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It is interesting though, how Vegas changes once you become a parent.  Many times the “mom” in me came out and I wanted to shield a child’s eyes or cover up a girls behind.

I didn’t take many pictures of the trip, but that is mostly because I spent the entire 72 hours sitting at the Pai Gow table.  I didn’t win big, but Chessa had an awesome hand - the best I have seen yet.  

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My eating plan was to enjoy vacation but eat as little gluten as possible, which I mostly stuck to, expect for the last night when I ate pizza and drank a beer.  We had sushi one night, which was delicious.  I repaid my stomach with a kale smoothie the next morning at the airport.  

We arrived home just in time to eat lunch with Ina before she passed out for a 3.5 hour nap.  Poor girl was exhausted!

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The rest of the day was pretty low key - grocery shopping and then Mexican for dinner.  

Who was I kidding when I thought I was going to swim and make dinner the same day I flew half way across the country?  

I hope you have a wonderful week!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

My Food and Fitness Plan #30

Good morning!

Pre-Vegas Racheal here, creating this post a few days in advance.  As you are reading this, we are on the plane home.  I already can’t wait to sleep in my own bed again and get the smell of cigarette smoke out of my hair.  

You better believe I will be staring at this picture for the entire 3 hour flight.  

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I will be back at it tomorrow with a full recap post, but for now here is my plan to come back from vacation ready to roll.  I have family coming in town towards the end of the week, so meals will be up in the air, but I can still squeeze in a few workouts. 



  • Sunday: 1200 yard swim
  • Monday: 3 mile run + arms
  • Tuesday: spin class
  • Wednesday: 4 mile run
  • Thursday: spin class
  • Friday: 4 mile run
  • Saturday: rest

That is obviously pretty intense, but I need a week of good workouts after a week of practically nothing.  I might miss one, but hope to get all of them in!

Running with Racheal

I hope you have a wonderful week.  How do you plan to make it awesome?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Thankful Thursday: Ina Guest Post

Hey guys!  This is Ina Mae.  

Or as I like to say, “IIIIOOOOONNNN Mae."

My parents are living it up in Vegas right now, so I thought I would help Ma’ out with a guest post.  

Summarizing what I am thankful for right now is difficult because, let’s be honest, I’m living the dream.  I pretty much get what I want, when I want it.  Except for that dang iPhone that continues to evade my grasp, I have it made.  

However, there are a few things that come to mind, so here goes.

I am thankful for food.

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When I say I am thankful for food, what I really mean is I LOVE FOOD.  Kind of like my mom, I love it all.  Vegetables, dessert, Indian, french fries, etc. bring it on.

I am thankful for music.  Whenever music starts playing, my hands and feet come alive and I can’t help but jam.  Singing a song stops my crying, even though I try really hard to stay upset.

Seriously, my dance moves are sa-weet.

I am thankful for my grandparents.  

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I am blessed to have so many of them, and hugs and kisses are my favorite things to give out.  They take care of me when my parents cannot and that is when I get to have cake for breakfast.  

I am thankful for my babysitter.  My mom is okay, but Danielle is awesome.  In fact, if I am in a room with my mom and Danielle, I hang on Danielle’s legs about half the time.  I can’t help but smile when we get to her house everyday, because I know I am going to have a great time playing with the dog, cats, and other kids.  

I am thankful for the little deck outside my parents bedroom.  

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Every night we go outside to say goodnight to the moon and every morning we go outside to welcome in the day.  My mom even started keeping a coat next to the door, so we can go outside in a moment’s notice, which is usually how long I give her to get out there.

I am thankful for my mom’s blog.  It is good for her to have a creative outlet and get some alone time every morning so she is in a good mood when I decide to wake up.  So, thanks for reading!

Now it is your turn.  What are you thankful for?


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Vegas Bound

Good morning!

How did you sleep last night?  

Me?  Not too well.

First I was busy making packing lists,

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and then Ina woke up.  I am crossing every finger, toe, and eye hoping that it wasn’t from ear pain, as she is now on her last dose of her second antibiotic.  

However, because Dan and I are getting on a plane tonight, I plan to have Ina’s doctor look at her ear today to confirm that the infection is gone.  The sweet people at that office are going to get to know me pretty well.  

In other news, I have decided finding time to swim or bike during the week is going to be difficult.  

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So, Ina and I busted out 3 miles, enjoying the beautiful weather.  

We leave late tonight to go to Las Vegas and we don’t get back until Sunday morning.  Obviously, this will be the longest I have ever been away from Ina, and so far I think it will be OK.  I know I will miss her terribly, but she will get some quality time with her grandparents and it will be a good test for me.  We plan to take an entire week vacation without her in July, so this is a perfect trial run.

The last time we were in Vegas was 2 years ago, a few weeks before getting pregnant with Ina.  


 I can’t believe I blogged everyday I was there!  This time will be different - a guest post from Ina tomorrow for Thankful Thursday, and a guest post from Dan on Friday, for a product review.  

I hope you guys have a good rest of the week!  I will see you on Sunday with my meal plan for the week and Monday with a full vacation recap.

I will miss you!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Blogging from My iPhone

Good morning from my iPhone! 

(Ina's cute little leprechaun)

The internet at my house is currently not working, so instead of pulling my hair out or having an anxiety attack, I am talking to you.  On a tiny qwerty keyboard.  With autocorrect.  I already feel like I am writing a really long text message and I should just call you instead. Ha!  

Dan had to work late yesterday, so most of the night was girl time.  An almost 4 mile run,

Followed by facetiming my sister and her kids,  followed by an awesome dinner (loaded sweet potato with roasted green beans) 

and dancing (pretend like I inserted the link to my Instagram account here). 

I better stop typing, I will be lucky if my phone uploads those 3 pictures.  

I hope you have a blessed day!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the Kendricks (and our photo bombers)!

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Doing anything fun to celebrate?  I plan to wear something green.  Does that count?

Yesterday was a really good, relaxing Sunday.  

Church, then lunch with Dan’s dad, step-mom, sister, and her boyfriend.  It was our 3rd Mexican meal in a row, so I neglected to take a picture.  After lunch they came back to our house to chat / play with Ina.

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So fun.

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We also had a very brief visit from my sister and her kids while they were in town for a few minutes.  It was just enough time to make me realize how much I miss them.  

We made a simple dinner, gave Ina a bath, and said goodnight.  

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I meant to run 3 miles, but it just didn’t happen.  So, I am going to try to get that done first thing today.  

Have a great day!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Jam Packed Weekend + My Food and Fitness Plan #29

Good morning!

I hope you have had a fantastic weekend.  Our has been bursting with activities in the best possible way.  So much so that showers have been a luxury and our lunch from yesterday is still on the table.  Well, the parts that the dogs wouldn’t eat.  

Now you know.

After work on Friday I immediately changed into my running clothes and met Kim for a 6 mile run.

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It was so nice outside, we couldn’t have asked for better weather.  After we snapped that pic, I ran inside, quickly changed clothes, and hopped in the car to go to our friends Nick and Michelle’s house for dinner.

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[smoked chicken, lemon rice, and zucchini / squash - so good!]

After dinner we played with the kids.  So fun to see Ina actually playing with other children instead of just staring at them.  

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When we got home, Dan and Ina went to bed and I watched Veronica Mars (the movie). It was awesome.

Saturday morning I worked for a few hours, then Ina and I headed to the community center where I took advantage of the $1.50 daycare while putting in a few laps.  

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Next was a little pedicure / make-up testing at my cousin’s Mary Kay party.  

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I may or may not have spent 3 months of our toiletries budget.  

I walked in the door just as Ina was waking up from her nap and we went to Target.  (Raise your hand if you wait until the last minute to buy birthday presents too.)

We stopped by our town’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, which we all loved.

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Ina loved seeing the people, Dan loved all the motorcycles and old cars, and I loved having my family together.

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This was the first time we have busted out the wagon and it worked well.

Lastly, after the parade, we went to Danielle’s (my friend / running buddy and Ina’s babysitter) birthday party.  

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We had met a few of Danielle’s friends / family before, but I must say that I have never walked into a place where I really knew almost no one and felt so welcome.  We all had a great time, especially Ina, who found many stairs to go up and down and many people who would pick her up and take her outside.  

Oh, and the food was amazing.

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Today we are going to church, going out to eat for lunch with Dan’s dad, step-mom, and sister, and then crashing on the couch.

Oh, and cleaning up yesterday’s lunch.


This is a very short week due to our mini-vacation!


  • Sunday: roasted sausage with peppers, onions, and potatoes
  • Monday: smoked corn beef with roasted green beans
  • Tuesday: small group - my mom is making corned beef and cabbage
  • Wednesday: Leave for Vegas
  • Thursday: In Vegas
  • Friday: In Vegas
  • Saturday: In Vegas


  • Sunday: 3 mile run
  • Monday: bike 12 miles
  • Tuesday: 1200 yard swim
  • Wednesday: 5 mile run
  • Thursday: In Vegas
  • Friday: In Vegas
  • Saturday: In Vegas

I have decided that I am not going to bring workout clothes to Vegas.  

Running with Racheal

What are you up to this week?

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