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ESPN Body Issue 2014

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ESPN The Magazine released the 2014 edition of "The Body Issue" yesterday. I cannot get over how amazing each athlete looks! Athletes included in this years' issue are Michael Phelps, Amy Purdy, Danyelle Wolf, Venus Williams, Larry Fitzgerald, and many more.

The subject of today's blog is the most controversial pictured athlete, Prince Fielder. He's the 5-time MLB All-star and as revealed in this picture, a naked, much larger athlete than all the others.

He is being ridiculed by a select few people on social media with comments like, "I was going to have a donut for breakfast this morning, but after seeing the picture of Prince Fielder, I decided on a healthier option". Another post said, "I feel sorry for his tattoo artist." And another saying, "It's such a great week for fat people thanks to Prince Fielder's picture."

My personal comments on his picture: I think anyone especially an athlete who is already constantly in the media spotlight, who can pose nude for the cover of a magazine is a hero to us all. I applaud Prince Fielder and think we can all learn from his confidence and ability to embrace the type of body he has. He has NO shame in what his body looks like and is proud of the accomplishments it has helped him achieve.

The biggest of those accomplishments one could say would be making 24 million dollars a year in the MLB!!! WOW!

What do you think of his picture? What are you feelings about other athletes included in this years' issue? What athlete was your favorite picture?

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Grateful Tuesday

Staying with the tradition of my blog, today is Grateful Tuesday.

As many of you know I am recently engaged and in the process of planning a wedding. The most interesting part about planning our wedding is that we have decided to get married in October....of this year, 2014!! I know what you must be thinking, what a short engagement, only 4 months!?! This brings me to the main point of today's blog: Family.

The reason for such a short engagement and rather rushed large wedding is that my soon to be Father-in-law is not in the best shape. He has been struggling with congestive heart failure more seriously the last few years. He is currently stable and able to live a normal life, despite your typical hassles, walking long distance, drastic temps, etc. What I'm getting at, is that I'm extremely grateful we are centering our wedding around the involvement of both of our families.

I have heard several horror stories about blending families within a marriage, but I'm honestly just excited that I'm going to have a bigger and better one to share my life with! I know I may sound like every other young bride to be, but I can't help but be grateful for the family I am gaining. I certainly have already had sleepless nights full of tears and stress, but in the end I know it's all worth it. Some people don't have any family, but for me, I will choose to rest in the blessing of a growing one.

I encourage you to take a few minutes today and think about what your grateful for. It may just be for making it to Starbucks for a cup of coffee or like myself for beginning a new chapter of you life. We all have something we can be grateful for. :)

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Riddle returns to the bluegrass



Happy Monday to you all! After the extended holiday weekend it was very hard to pick my face up from my pillow this morning, but hey work calls.

Today's blog follows up with a headline and 3 part event that happened this past week. HIs name is a very familiar one we we both went to the same high school and both call Frankfort home. His name, you might recognize....JT Riddle.

He was selected as the 13th pick in the 2013 MLB Draft by the Miami Marlins, going No. 382 overall. He currently plays for the Greensborough Grasshoppers, a class A Farm Team for the Marlins. This past week he completed a 3 game series facing the Lexington Legends.

Listen to the attached audio to hear an exclusive interview with JT during the second game of the 3 part series. I didn't take a selfie with him, as we are good friends. JT's step dad, Buddy Ritchie is also the head coach of the girl's basketball program at Western Hills, where JT and myself both help coach. It was an honor and delight to watch him play this week. I am so excited that he is living his dream and the dream of thousands of young boys.

That's all for today. Have a great week!
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One thing you didn't know about Tim Howard

America's new soccer hero Tim Howard

After watching that game yesterday, even for those of you who are not soccer fans, can agree that Tim Howard is an amazing athlete and did a phenomenal job for team USA. He did such a good job that someone updated his Wikipedia page with "he is now the American Jesus". Those are big words from a nation that is not necessarily considered a dominant soccer nation.

I think it's safe to say that without Tim Howard being in the goal for team USA during this World Cup, USA would never have made it this far.

Howard, who grew up in New Jersey and played in Major League Soccer before moving to the English Premier League in 2003, made 16 saves, the most by a goalkeeper in a World Cup game since 1966.

Despite his record breaking performance the most interesting fact I found about Howard was this….He's a devout Christian

Faith is a key part of Howard's life and shapes who he is.

"The most important thing in my life is Christ," Howard said in a 2006 interview with Campus Crusade for Christ. "He's more important to me than winning or losing or whether I'm playing or not. Everything else is just a bonus."

For the same reason I'm a Tim Tebow fan...I love that Howard is open about his faith!!

Tim Tebow and Tim Howard, must be something about the name "Tim". I seriously need to consider this when one day naming my own children. ;)

I will leave you with this…Another interesting statistic I found: For the tournament's games in general there's been a 50% audience increase in the U.S.. from those of the World Cup in South Africa, 4.3 million against 2.8 million in 2010.

Hope you enjoyed my fun facts of the day!

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