MyFitnessPal

There are things in life that I simply don’t like doing. Taking showers, for one. Doing dishes. Or folding laundry. But what happens if I don’t take care of any one of those items? Things start piling up. Grease on my hair, dishes in the sink, clothes in the hamper. All because I didn’t do something really easy that doesn’t take super long if I would JUST RIP THE BANDAID OFF ALREADY.

That brings me to the topic today. Counting calories. UGH. I used to hate, hate, hate doing this. In fact, I still don’t love it. But if I don’t do it, things start piling up. AKA weight on my body that does not belong there. I’m someone who loves food. I don’t know if you’ve gotten that impression from me, but I’m basically Liz Lemon.

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But, I cannot eat like Liz Lemon and maintain her lithe figure (because that’s not how real life works unfortunately). I’ve found that counting calories works for me for several reasons:

  1. I had counted carbs before and nearly killed everyone due to NO CARBS.
  2. I basically eat what I want and don’t feel guilty.
  3. MyFitnessPal does all the hard work for me.

Counting calories is an absolute necessity for me because during the day while I’m at work, I’m sedentary. When I graduated college and got my first desk job, I continued to eat the same way as when I lived off campus, and walked everywhere because I didn’t have a car. Which manifested in my gaining TWENTY POUNDS. This was not healthy due to my height and previous weight. I didn’t feel confident, I didn’t feel like me. I was also really sluggish and depressed (which is why I didn’t feel like myself). This past summer, I began counting my calories and running, and ended up losing about 10-15 pounds. Over the holidays, I have maintained my weight, which is what I wanted to do, and now, I’m trying to get back to my initial/regular weight from over two years ago. MyFitnessPal is awesome because you can set it to lose weight, maintain, or gain weight. There are a lot of things NOT verified, but you can eyeball close enough.

I love being active, and keeping up my exercise and healthy eating is something I plan to do for my entire life, not just now to lose weight. I’m concerned for my overall health because of family history, not just my appearance.

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NOT ME ANYMORE (ok sometimes aka I just demolished a meal at Chuy’s but it’s okay because I budgeted my calories and worked out today)

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!

So you want to “meal prep?”

Hello friends, I hope you’re enjoying your day. I know it’s still the beginning of the year, and tons of people are still really gung-ho about their resolutions! Which is great. I hope they keep it up. I know I am still working on my goals too. I follow a lot of people on Instagram who do meal prepping and I would love to get to that point. HOWEVER. I live in a smallish apartment with a TINY freezer. And I’m blessed to have a ton of frozen things. But I don’t have room to freeze 7 days of meals in my perfectly portioned containers. And I’m weird about letting meats sit in the fridge for too long.

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On Sunday, I make ahead two lunches for Monday & Tuesday. Those can sit in the fridge and not wig me out. Then, during the week, I just make a little extra at dinner time, and I put the leftovers in my lil container, and voila! Lunch AND no food waste. Like I said in my post yesterday, don’t kill yourself every week so that you just give up. This is your new lifestyle, make it work for your schedule.

If you’re short on time on Sunday, you can make a frittata/quiche that you can eat every day for lunch. That’s my “I’m too tired and lazy right now to go through this torture” meal. I actually really enjoy planning healthy dinners and meals, so I’m not the best person to commiserate with, but I definitely understand burnout. We don’t want that! Be gentle with yourself. YOU GOT THIS!

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Dinner today…
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Lunch tomorrow (or today LOL).

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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Happy happy 2017

Guys, Happy New Year! It’s been awhile since I posted on here, things have been crazy with the holiday season and various other things.

I’m excited today, because this morning I got my hair cut (well, I got a lot of them cut heh *cue cymbals*). Since you all haven’t seen me, my hair is was pretty long. I got a little more than twelve inches cut to donate to Wigs for Kids. I researched a little about this prior to my appointment. There are several places that you can donate your hair to, but it was very important to me that my hair would be given for free to the recipient. It just so happened that when I was looking into donation places, the salon I go to is partnered with them, so it just made sense. It’s the weirdest thing to have short hair! I haven’t gotten my hair cut this short since I was twelve years old (literally twelve years ago). And I hated it. This time, I like it a little more, and since I was able to donate it, I feel a lot better about my choice. With the new year, I know a lot of people are interested in setting goals and becoming better. I know I’m going to be trying to focus on how I can give back to others.

Any way, just a way to do something small. Hope your new year has started out well so far. Blessings!