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Things I'm Loving Lately & Thoughts

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Happy Tuesday!
The weather here the past few weeks has been so nice, so we've enjoying being able to finally do some things outside besides just float in the pool. ;)
I'm loving...
Taking walks through the park...

Family Jeep rides...
Cooler walks with our boy...

Eating dinner on the river...
Coffee on the front porch...
And play dates with Celeste!

Matt finished his 6 week dose of chemotherapy yesterday! He now gets 23 days off and it will then be 5 days of chemo followed by 23 days off each month, and I believe the dosage of chemo will be higher. 
He is still doing really well. He's going into work more often, upping the intensity of his workouts, and sticking to his keto diet. The Optune is also going well. We've gotten into a routine of changing out the arrays so that he gets a few hours break without wearing it a few times throughout the week.
People ask how I'm doing...and I'd say that I'm good 95% of the time. That's only because I try to be than…

Bible Reading and Study Tips

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Many people think reading the Bible isn't necessary because it's "old fashioned" and not relevant to this day and age or to their lives. But that couldn't be further from the truth! The Bible is just as relevant today as it was when it was first written. It is still useful and helpful to us in so many ways today.

I have read through the Bible multiple times since I was in middle school, and I credit that for helping me to have the strong faith I have today. Reading the Bible is how I learned about who God is and what He wants for my life. So many people who say they're Christians struggle with their faith and with living a godly lifestyle...because they are not in God's word regularly. If we don't know His word, how can we truly know God? If we are supposed to be like Jesus and follow his example, how can we do that if we haven't read about Him?
On the other hand, there are people who do want to read the Bible, but they just find it overwhelming a…

My Favorite Protein Powder Concoctions

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I eat a LOT of protein. I usually get 20-30 grams at every meal and snack, and I eat 5-6 times a day...so that's like 150-180 grams of protein. I probably don't even need that much...but what can I say? I like protein!

To get in all that protein, I pretty much eat eggs, ground turkey or beef, chicken, and cottage cheese or Greek yogurt every single day. You should be getting most of your protein from real food sources, and you do not NEED to use a protein powder.

With that being said, for me personally, I really look forward to my yummy protein powder concoctions. They satisfy my sweet cravings and help me get in protein without eating more meat...because sometimes that gets old. I'm not about to eat chicken 2 or 3 times a day because that be cray cray.

So that is why I loooove me some protein powder. Protein shakes are great...BUT...I rarely actually just drink my protein. Here are some of my favorite ways to use whey protein:

Protein oats
I have this for breakfast every s…

Dumbbell Only Leg & Glute Workout

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I've still been enjoying my garage/driveway workouts at home, especially now that the weather has gotten cooler! And even though I have limited equipment, there are lots of ways I can change things up and make exercises harder, so that I don't get bored.

Here's a leg workout I did last week in my driveway with just a set of 25 pound weights and a mini band. 

1)Step ups: 3x10-12/leg
Make sure that you lower yourself down slow and controlled on these! Try to pretend that you're stepping on glass. Also, don't let the knee cave in.

2)Single leg Romanian deadlift: 4x12/leg
Focus on keeping your hips facing forward, not letting them cock to the side. Think about reaching the hips back, feeling tension in the hamstrings, and NOT reaching forward with the dumbbells.

3a)Single leg ball curl: 4x6-10/leg
Keep the hips up, squeeze your butt, and really focus on using that hamstring to pull your foot in towards you.

3b)Dumbbell one and a half rep squats: 3x10
On these, you will go into …

To The Self Love & Body Acceptance Haters

I think there are some people who are confused about what the "self love" and body acceptance movement is about.
Self love and body acceptance ISN’T at ALL about excusing unhealthy actions or behaviors. It's not about justifying not being healthy or taking care of your body. What it IS is knowing that health is about MORE than just the physical stuff-building muscle, losing fat, getting stronger and fitter,etc. It's about mental health as well. It's about not spending your life hating your body and chasing perfection or trying to fit a certain image...and exhausting yourself mentally in the process.
It's knowing when enough is enough and when it’s time to stop the striving and the self hate that’s getting you nowhere. It's loving yourself enough to want treat your body right through exercise and good nutrition in a healthy and balanced way, NOT just to fit society's standards or to have the perfect body so that you'll finally be "happy". Be…

First Week of Optune

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Matt started his next phase of treatment last week, which is a fairly new device for glioblastomas called Optune
Optune works by creating low-intensity electric fields, called Tumor Treating Fields, or TTFields, which help slow or stop glioblastoma cancer cells from dividing and may also cause some of them to die.
He has to wear these transducer arrays on his head, which are connected to a battery pack. It has to be worn at least 18 hours a day. It was a bit of a hassle at first having to carry the pack around constantly and all the cords and everything, but now that it's been over a week he's getting used to it. The arrays have to be changed out every 2-3 days, and his head has to be shaved bald so that the arrays will stay on.
Even though it took a few days to get used to, he's still able to go about his daily activities and live life without it being too much of a hassle. So far in this first week we went cruising in the Jeep...


Out to dinner at Qdoba (for a keto approved…

God is Good...Even in the Bad

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(Note: I wrote this in bed at 11:30 pm on my phone's note app...and purposely didn't do much editing.) 

God is good. 

We always hear people say that. But do you really BELIEVE it? 

It's easy to say that when things are going great. It's easy to be thankful and joyful when life is good. But can you still say that when you're living your worst nightmare? 
You know why I can still thank and praise God even during the hardest time of my life? Because I know Who God is, and I know that He doesn't change. Regardless of my circumstances. Regardless of my feelings and emotions. God is God. And He is always good. Always.

You know what else doesn't change? The fact that he saved me by sending His Son to die a brutal death on a cross to give ME life. If that were all God ever did for us...it would be enough. That alone would be worthy of lifelong praise and worship and devotion to our Savior for saving us when we did nothing to deserve it. But the fact is, He did that, and…