Sometimes we need to be THAT guy

How many of you use Snapchat? I use it all the time to send pictures to my family in Florida of my everyday life. I have a love/hate relationship with it. I love seeing my family easily throughout the day, but don’t get me started on their featured stories, which I HATE. (Okay, you got me started–they’re wildly inappropriate for young kids who have snapchat, and there’s no way to filter them.) Anyway, I use the “memories” feature quite a lot because I like taking pictures of my food and taking pictures of myself working out and being generally “THAT guy” on the regular.

The Snapchat memories feature allows me to do that without being THAT guy. I have a record of my workouts and can look at my accomplishments and feel good WITHOUT annoying everyone. Win/win. It also helps to motivate me to keep up my goals. No, seriously, I use it all the time:

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It’s nice to go back over the past week and give myself a pat on the back. “Hey, you did that. You can do it this week too.”

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Good Morning, Girls

GOOD MORNING GIRLS! You may have clicked on the “Blogs I Follow” links right over to the right. Good Morning Girls is an account on Instagram that I started following last year. They have daily Bible readings using the “SOAK” method (Scripture, Observation, Application, Kneel [in prayer]). I usually don’t do my reading in the morning as the name suggests, however, at night after dinner is when I get my “quiet time” in with God. I make a nice cup of tea, take out my contacts, and read my Bible. The reason I enjoy following the Good Morning Girls account is because the woman who created it makes time with God a priority. Seeing it on my Instagram timeline is just a helpful reminder of something I need to do every day.

In Acts, Paul visits the brethren in Berea, and Acts says of them: “Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so. Therefore many of them believed” Acts 17:11-12a (NASB)

I’ve grown up reading the Bible, so I’m not intimidated by it. I can totally understand if someone had not had that experience, it would seem like a LOT to get ahold of. So if you have the question, “Where do I start?” I would recommend starting in the New Testament book of John. If it’s your first time through, I would read that all the way through. I would probably keep a notebook with me, writing down all of my questions as I went through it.

If this is NOT your first time reading the Bible, what do you do during quiet time?

If you follow the model above, you can read the scriptures, write down the observations, and how you need to apply the lesson in your life today. Then say a prayer.

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.  The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:4-8 (NASB)

Focus on the good! And God is GOOD.

Kroger Clicklist

GUYS HAVE YOU TRIED KROGER CLICKLIST?!?!?!?!

It. Is. A. Game. Changer.

Basically the premise is that you load an online shopping cart with all your groceries. You drive to the store. They load it into your car. You drive home.

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YOU NEVER LEAVE YOUR CAR. AHHHH. I cannot tell you how much time and money I’ve saved by using their service. For one, you can plan out your meals, and not have to try to hunt down every single item in the store which saves me time and frustration. Next, you can budget out your purchase so you don’t buy any extemporaneous items in store (LIKE I ALWAYS DO). Thirdly, this service only costs 4.95. I’m sure they’re trying to get you hooked, and they’ll jack up the price once they’ve got you, but until then, this service is cheaper than a venti latte at Starbucks. And it saves SO. MUCH. TIME. My time is definitely worth more than $5/hour. If you’re really disciplined, or enjoy going to the store, you’re not going to like the service. I don’t possess either of those qualities.

What’s more, is that KROGER DID NOT PAY ME TO SAY ANY OF THIS. This review is just based on personal experience. So, try it! It’s only five bucks.

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Med School Wife Life (FAQ)

You may or may know know that my husband is in medical school. He’s a year two (MS2) and he really enjoys learning all kinds of stuff, and so I like to tease and call him a nerd when he tries to explain something medically to me. I really try to understand what he’s saying but he uses all kinds of medical terminology so it’s hard for me to follow. Wow, I really got off track here.

Anyway, he’s a med student, so we are part of a population that people like to ask a lot of questions about. Most common questions:

  1. What are you going to study?
    • Well, since Beau is only in year two, he has no idea. “They” (the all-knowing medical gurus at school) say you won’t know until you start doing your rounds in years three and four. You will hopefully be able choose what you really enjoy doing depending on the scores from the dreaded STEP ONE test (the test you take about everything you learned from years one & two. Also called “boards” that you have to pass in order to move on to see patients).
  2. Where are you going to do your residency?
    • Depending on your STEP ONE test score and interviews (completed to residencies you have applied to in year four), you will be picked by one program on Match Day. That’s where you will go to residency. You will not know where until March of your fourth year in school.
  3. Do you study a lot?
    • Yes, all the time. It’s a job.

And the number one question I get asked all the time:

  1. What do you do while he studies?
    • Basically just retreat into my closet until he’s done. HA kidding (only slightly), it depends on the day. If it’s a weekday, I usually work out, read my Bible, cook dinner, tidy up the house, and get ready for the next day. On the weekend, I do more deep cleaning, sometimes go shopping, or I watch Netflix.

There are questions people ask over and over no matter what stage of life you’re in. When I was in high school, it was “where are you going to college?” In college, it was “What are you studying? When are you graduating? Do you have a job lined up?” I’ve learned that people are just trying to get to know you, and though it may be slightly annoying to answer the same question over and over, there’s no need to be rude or unkind.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

What my fitness routine looks like TODAY:

At the beginning of the year, I got an email from Kayla Itines, you know, from BBG (Bikini Body Guide) to get her app for $1 for 12 weeks! I snatched up that offer, so I’ve been using that app consistently since Jan 9. I gotta say, I’m really enjoying it.

Primarily because

  1. I’m not chained to a workout video. One thing about me is that I really love a good workout video, and I’ve tried Insanity, P90X, T25, and the 30 Day Fix with Jillian Michaels. I really like mixing things up every once in awhile, but after killing my workouts, I start dreading them. This app has you specifically using iit for three days: legs, arms & abs, full body. The other three days you are doing “LISS” cardio on your own. From my understanding, you add “HIIT” cardio once you graduate from the first round, but I’m not sure.
  2. I enjoy running, and with the workout videos, the cardio is what THEY decide. I like running outside in the spring, summer, and fall, and so this is a highlight for me.
  3. The workouts are four repetitions of two seven-minute circuits. AKA it’s 28 minutes long, plus a cool down. I can manage to wake myself up earlier to accomplish this smallish amount of time. If it’s any earlier, forget about it. LOL. I value my sleep.

One of the downsides of the app is that while you can plan out your workouts from the planner screen, once you’ve done them you can’t move them around. For example, I completed cardio on Thursday, but didn’t have my app open & forgot to log it on that day. I added it on Friday, but on the calendar view, it had me completing it on Friday. I couldn’t move it. This likely is user error, but it should be easy to update the workouts, and times.

Overall, it’s something that I can easily do, and am motivated to get moving for 30 minutes a day. Easily better than not moving at all! I am interested in what you do to get moving. Would love to know in the comment section!

My new mantra:

I’m sure everyone has read my “Running” post, top to bottom, but I mentioned my favorite saying, which Tony Horton repeats in the original P90X workout series (on DVDs!! Yikes, how old am I?). “Do your best, forget the rest.”

I have developed this into my “mantra” for 2017. I have never had a mantra before, so this is very new for me and still weird. Last year was the first year I had a personal goal. I never wrote it down, and I only talked about it a few times, but I feel as though I had growth. This year, I have serious goals that I’ve written down and am (so far) clinging to. It’s only a few weeks into the year, but that’s still some progress.

Like I said in my “Running” post, I have some perfectionist tendencies (or control-freak issues, type-A personality, anything unflattering you can think of…ME). It’s very difficult for me to be open to change. As Queen Lorelai said, “As long as everything is exactly the way I want it, I’m totally flexible.” Logically, I KNOW that life cannot go my way 100% of the time or even 5% of the time. If you have the ability to go with the flow, I cannot stress to you how much I wish I had a little tiny pinky toe nail’s worth of “go with the flow.” Do I seem desperate to you? I am. HAHA *insert maniacal laughter here* Anyway, I am saying this to let you know how much I need this mantra. I tend to be pretty tough on myself and everyone around me. I expect perfection. But, that’s not something ANYONE can measure up to. Now, you’re like, “Um, no kidding. I wasn’t under the impression you were perfect.” LOL Neither was I! Lol. But if something doesn’t happen the way I plan it to, I kind of have the tendency to go, “Well if I can’t do this the way I think it should be done, may as well pack it up and go home.” Which is the WRONG way to go through life.

In Phillipians, Paul talks to the church and tells them to be aware of the false teachings going on, because they will be turned from their goals, and the prize he is also trying to obtain: his home in heaven. “Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

Paul had every reason to be held back by his past. As Saul, he killed Christians, persecuted the church, and did it all in the name of God. If he were applying my mindset, he would be like, “Welp, basically I shouldn’t even try. I’m done for.” NOT SO PEOPLE. 

SO not only am I applying this to my life spiritually, I’m taking this passage and applying it to my other goals as well. Basically, Tony is basically paraphrasing Paul. Do your best. Forget the rest. With everything in life.

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Cold, dark, & stormy

Instead of being at work eating canned French onion soup, this is where I wish I was:

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Home, in front of the fire & Christmas tree watching Elf.

I love Christmas (who doesn’t), but here are some of my MUST WATCH Christmas movies every year.

  • The Santa Clause
  • Fred Claus
  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Elf
  • A Year Without a Santa Claus
  • Santa Claus is Coming to Town
  • The Grinch (animated)
  • Various Hallmark movies (SO CHEESY & SO GOOD)

Love this time of year!