A Day in the Life

My life has changed dramatically the past few months… in more ways than one. The best change that my husband and I are thrilled about is that we are expecting in February! All of the immediate family knows now so I can share the news on the blog too (officially). 🙂

So with that news, a day in the life has changed for me. A lot! But, not in a bad way. I am enjoying every moment that I can (even when nausea strikes) because I feel blessed to be the vessel for baby Kennedy.

Before I get to mine, “A Day in the Life” is the Fit Dish topic for this week. Jill Conyers and the Fit Switch host this link up each Tuesday.

Back to it… a day in the life for Bri Kennedy. Most of my days are somewhat different, but a typical work day where I get to work from home looks like this…

  • I wake up STARVING. Before I got pregnant, I was able to do a workout first thing in the morning on an empty stomach and then eat breakfast. Not anymore! I have to eat breakfast within 30 minutes of waking up or I grumble loud enough for the neighbors to think the tornado sirens went off.
  • My taste buds have changed dramatically so where I used to choose a healthy, hearty bowl of oatmeal, sunbutter toast, or some type of egg dish I now choose cereal. Currently, “I gotta have my pops.”
  • I have not wanted any sort of hot beverage lately, tea or coffee included. But, today I made a cup of Cinnamon Apple Spice herbal tea. Delicious!tea
  • I sit down to start work after breakfast, usually around 7:45 or 8:00. I almost always have a cat to pet before I get to work though. Cali wouldn’t have it any other way! So she jumps in my lap, I give her some attention, and THEN I start my work.cali
  • Around 10, I get hungry again so make a snack. I joke that it’s my 2nd breakfast, but it is usually not breakfast food at all. Today it is 3 chicken taquitos, but most of the time it is yogurt and a piece of fruit. I was EXTRA hungry today though.
  • Around 12 or 1, I take a break from work and try to do a workout. I am 2 weeks into my 2nd trimester so luckily the energy levels are back up. In my first trimester, it was hard to get a workout in for at least a month. Now I find it enjoyable to do a Cize workout or to go for a walk and follow it up with strength training and stretching. I need want more yoga in my life again so should be incorporating more of that, but will get to that soon. I am just happy I am active again! Here is me after a Cize workout…cize
  • I shower, get ready a bit, and eat lunch before heading back to my office upstairs. I work until about 5pm, but since I work from home I am sometimes guilty of working later. I make sure to have a fun or relaxing evening though when I do that!
  • My husband gets home around 5 or 5:30pm so we like to chit chat for a bit and then I make us dinner (on days I actually cook) or we heat up something already made.
  • Evenings vary from listening to the husband play piano/guitar to watching some TV shows to cleaning to getting outdoors. We are soaking up the time we have to do whatever we want in the evenings since pretty soon we will have a little one dictating our time.

All in all, a day in my life is not over the top adventurous, but I dig it. I try to take time to enjoy the little things, whether on my walk or sitting down at home. There is always something to be grateful for!

What is one thing you fit into your life each day?

Gratitude for Change

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Having gratitude for change can often be tough. Life is full of changes all the time, some we are ready for and some we just aren’t. But gratitude often comes from the change at some point. Hell, it may be ten years down the road and not right away at times, while other times the gratitude comes right away.

I want to tell a little story about my gratitude for change in one area of my life…. MY LOVE FOR CATS.

Would you believe it if I told you I went through a period of neutrality towards cats? My current self is shaking its head hell no. I love cats. I take pictures of my cats all the times and probably post way too many pictures on Instagram of them. But, I really did. I went through a period where I didn’t want to be a cat person.

It has its deep roots so hear me out.

When I was a young girl, I loved cats. I started collecting cat statues whenever my Uncle Jim would buy them for me at random places. I had quite the collection and a cat statue was always on my Christmas list. I am sure that made my parents happy since they really aren’t that expensive! I could have had the next biggest toy on my list, but no I wanted a new cat statue. I even got a real cat for Christmas one year and I named her Crystal. She loved me and hated my brothers so we were quite the pair.

My Uncle Jim passed away in 1995. My family was devastated. It was a major life adjustment. Death is a hard thing to overcome and I am not fully convinced we ever overcome death. I think we just decide to focus more on memories and the love we had for the one who passed.

But I was young when he passed. I was 11. One way I grieved was to forget about my love for cats. I got rid of my cat collection.

The interesting thing is that I didn’t realize it at the time why I got rid of my cat collection. Only now do I realize that the cat collection was something beautiful between my uncle and me and that getting rid of it was my subconscious protecting my sweet, little heart.

We got a dog later in 1995 and named her Daisee May. She was a blessing to our family after such a hard tragedy. I’ve always loved dogs too (I think of myself as an animal person in general.. love them all!), but I focused more on dogs after we got Daisee.

In 2008 I met a man who has an intense and admirable love for cats. He is not ashamed to admit it! Society makes it seem like guys are typically dog people, but I find it so sexy when a man can admit he likes other animals too. And perhaps that is why God gave me this man.

Anyway, my renewed interest for cats started to grow as our relationship grew. In February 2009, this man’s parents had a cat that started coming around their house. It had kittens, but was a young one herself. She couldn’t produce enough milk for the kittens so a local vet out of Terrell bottle fed the kittens. There were 4. And they were so adorable!

When they were old enough to eat cat food, we would go visit the kittens and one day, I took one home. It has changed my life for the better in so many ways!

I don’t have gratitude for death per se. I still wish I had my Uncle here on Earth as selfish as that may be, but I can find gratitude in the way that cats remind me of him at times. I find gratitude in the connection we had when I was a kid and one of those ways being with the cat statues. I also have an intense gratitude for the change in my love for cats. This change has opened my heart in more ways than I ever thought possible. I consider my pets family and the love I have for these four-legged creatures has shown me that I will also have love for a two-legged lil’ squirt someday and be a damn good mom.

I am linking up for The Fit Dish with Jill Conyers and The Fit Switch. This week is all about gratitude!

Six:02 6K in November!

I am not running these days. At all. I have no interest, especially in this Texas heat. But, I do always look forward to a 6K in Dallas in November because it is the most amazing fun run I have ever participated in. Yes, I am talking about the Six:02 It’s Your Time 6K run.

I plan to do it again this year and hopefully bring some work buddies with me. Two of my co-workers joined last year, as well as my husband. It’s definitely more of a female run so I think my hubby will stay home this year. The finish line gift was a necklace and the race shirt was a hot pink tight-fitted girl shirt. Hah! I laughed when he got his package and felt like, “Oops, sorry I signed you up for this babe. But, thank you for doing it with me anyway!” He was a good sport FOR SURE!

So this year’s race is on November 14th and if you live in or around Dallas I highly recommend it. No, I am not paid to say that. I just like this one SO MUCH because it is extremely female friendly, not uber competitive, and Six:02 spoils us after the race. Seriously I think we got a free massage or pedicure last year. And hot chocolate. It was a bit cold that day! And, as if it could get any better… the Charity partner for the race is The Family Place. Love supporting a good cause!

If you don’t currently run like me, don’t fret. We can be walking buddies or “walk-ish” buddies like me and my co-worker call ourselves. Walk-ish is when you jog part of it and walk part of it.

I am so excited!!!! Not only for this race, but also for the cooler weather. YES, PLEASE!

What are you looking forward to this fall?

Refreshing Pineapple Smoothie

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One day this week I was hungry ALL DAY LONG. I was actually getting sick of eating so I told my husband that I wish I could just drink food. I was literally sick of finding snacks to consume and just wanted a magic pill to fill me up.

Well, I didn’t drink my food that day. I ate regular meals and snacks, even if sick of them. And I think I was still hungry when I went to bed that night, but had given up so fell asleep to tummy growls.

What was the deal? Well, I have a current condition that I am not ready to share on the blog yet that keeps me hungry A LOT. So, it is time to mix things up and find fill-me-up drinks too.

Heyyyyyy smoothie! You’re looking pretty fine right now.

Yes, bring on the smoothie recipes. I have been going Pinterest crazy a bit lately to find some good ones. In fact, I think I shared a few faves on a guest post for Nature’s Bakery that should be up on their site soon. I haven’t tried them all, but it is my goal to!

Today I experimented with a refreshing pineapple smoothie! I rarely measure things, but here is what I grabbed out of the pantry and fridge:

  • Frozen pineapple
  • Frozen spinach
  • Milk
  • pHenOH 7.4
  • Chia Seeds
  • Shredded Coconut
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Mint Leaves
  • Sprinkle of Ginger, Cinnamon, & Cardamom

It is SOOOOOOOO GOOD! Definitely up my alley, but I am in love with mint and it definitely has a hint of it. If you are up for a similar smoothie, keep in mind you can take some of the ingredients off and it’d still taste the same I bet (like the pHenOH 7.4 since I doubt many peeps have this just laying around). Also, I start with just a little of the liquids and add more in if it is needed after I blend. I also use just a tad of spinach, because I am not into the very green-tasting smoothies.

I am joining in with the Fit Dish link up today with The Fit Switch and Jill Conyers. Do you like smoothies? If so, what is your favorite ingredient to add into smoothies?

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My Current Fitness Faves

Back to fit dish Tuesday today. Thank you to Jill Conyers and The Fit Switch for hosting. Today’s topic is full of fun, fitness fashion pictures from the #fitfam. Before we get to my three though, please note I don’t consider myself very fashionable. In fact, I used to ask my mother for advice in high school (she was a textiles and clothing major and I did not inherit her fashion smarts). Second, I am not a photographer. I consider myself a picture taker in training, always trying to learn new things by experimenting.

So take that into consideration as I share with you my current fitness faves…

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This first picture includes my new workout program I am trying out this month, Cize. I love Shaun T and I love to dance so figured why the heck not. And to keep my feet moving, I just got these socks and shoes from Six:02. I love that place because they have such a variety of brands that I love. These shoes are killer! I am so in love with them. It’s hot here in Texas so I like to go bright like the sun. This neon yellow tank pairs well with my new Nike capri’s. I will spotlight the capri’s in the next picture.

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I don’t currently run, but I do live FEARLESS. Heck yeah! I love it when workout wear has a fun or motivating message included somewhere. A great reminder to kick butt during your workout! So even though I don’t run, I love to wear these doing yoga. Meet my black yoga mat with grey and cream flowers. I got it at Target. Thank you Gaiam. They have cute options!

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I am sure many of you heard the news back in May about Texas’ flooding. We had some heartbreak in Wimberley so I found this shirt being sold to help with relief there. I love it! It is my current fave tank for working out or general wear. And it reminds me to stay strong during tough times! If you have ever worked out with me, you also know I LOVE Emi Jays or similar hair bands. I love this purple one.

What is one of your current fitness faves? Happy Tuesday!