why i am trying not to try.

You read that right. I’m not trying anymore. See, the problem with trying is, most of the time, I don’t care what the outcome is, because, at least I “tried.” Have you ever tried to lose weight? How about tried to meet a friend for lunch? Did you try to wake up early this morning? So, how did that work for you?

I’ve noticed with myself saying I am going to “try” and do this, that, or the other often. You know what else I noticed when I say this? I don’t do it. I’m going to try and go to the gym 3x per week turns into, “It’s day 2 which is close enough to day 3, so… I tried.”  Sometimes only trying means only setting yourself up for mediocrity or even failure.

So, my challenge (here I go again, with the challenges), don’t try to do anything this year. Go do it. Start today. Start this week. Start now.

I changed my thinking from, “I’m going to try and workout at least 3x per week” to “I’m going to try and workout at least 3x per week.” And guess what? I did it.

“I’m going to try and meet a friend for lunch” becomes “I’m going to try and meet a friend for lunch.” Check.

I’m going to try and wake up early.” You’re crazy, check back later.

But, fo’ realz. Stop trying. Just do. You’ll thank me later.

 

choosing grace.

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I’ll be the first to admit. I’m critical. Of myself. And of others. I judge myself based on my intentions and others on their actions.

I preface most of my criticism with, “I know I’m not perfect but [insert hateful remark to crush anyone in the path of this message].” (I think I say something similar to this on the daily.)

I want grace from others but, I’m selective in giving it.

I drown out grace in gossip, temper tantrums, and sometimes swearing silently in my head.

Yeah, I’m a punk sometimes. I know I’m supposed to love people, but how can I when I don’t like them?

I was challenged today to choose grace. For myself, and especially towards others. I am selfish, broken, prideful, grieving, shameful, and most of all human. This makes it so hard to choose grace.

Abraham Lincoln once said, “Those who look for the bad in people will surely find it.”

I think this is exactly right.

With the new year only days away, my challenge for myself and all of my friends is to choose grace.

I choose grace because I don’t know the struggles you’ve faced.

I choose grace because you don’t know your battles ahead.

I choose grace because I don’t know how far your road is ahead of you.

I choose grace because I don’t know how far you’ve already traveled.

I am not perfect, and I don’t claim to be. But, I can choose to forgive and merciful. I hope you can do the same.

Happy New Year.

<3 Krystal

 

>>–> follow your dreams <–<<

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I am still coming back to reality from the last week. I guess I graduated last weekend. Milestones such as this sneak up on me so quickly. Plus, it has been a difficult concept for me to grasp, since 1) Commencement isn’t until May and 2) I still need to take my board exam.

Last Friday night, I was able to celebrate the marriage of two friends in Oklahoma City. Then, I rushed back to Texas on Saturday morning to take a cat nap, study a little, and head to my final exam for my Anatomy and Physiology II class.

When I finished my exam, I called my mom to tell her how it went. I cried in relief of it being over with. I also began to cry about all of the life events that have transpired in the month and days prior. It was finally a chance for me to be still(ish) and absorb the moment.

Once I approached my neighborhood, I told my mom I would have to call her back. I walked in and to my surprise, my mom was standing there waiting for me. However she pulled this off, I do not know. But, all that mattered was my mom was here. I gave her a huge hug as I cried like a big 28 year old baby.

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I want to thank all of my friends and family who have supported me over the last two years:

Josie and Dennis D: Thank you for the room and board, delicious food, shoulders to cry on and listening ears. Thanks for checking my car for flats and making sure I bundled up when I weather got cold. Thanks for celebrating my promotions and giving me advice on approaching serious subjects. I love you both and thank God for you both.

Rachel W: Thank you for the text messages and phone calls throughout this time. You always lift my spirits. You are a great friend.

Libby D: Thank you for the beer and/or wine and pep talks. Thanks for helping me pronounce all those stupid medical words and visiting me on my coffee breaks. Thanks for telling me like it is and keeping me grounded.

Carrie H: Thank you for the continued encouragement throughout this entire journey and reminding me that not everyone can do this. Thanks for listening to my blubbering tears through the phone and letting me know that it was going to be okay. I love you so much, sis.

Stephany P: Thanks for being my voice of reason. You are always there to help me think out loud and really dig deep. Thank you for your support, emails, text, and calls.

Brent and Kyle: Thanks for being my study relief with good laughs and company. I needed that.

<3 Krystal

good things happening in november: nothing.

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Lauren and CJ’s Wedding, May 17, 2014.

To put it lightly, November turned my world upside down. 17 days ago, I received the worse message I could ever imagine. My friend, Lauren, and her husband, CJ, were involved in a terrible accident. Neither of them survived.

Up until then, I can’t say I have ever experienced heartache to this capacity. Still in the days following, I’m trying to make any type of sense from these broken pieces.

I’ve sat and asked God in hundreds of ways, “How can this be happening to ME?”

I’ve struggled with selfish thoughts of, “Why couldn’t this be anyone else?”

This year, I have made an effort to jot down Good Things that have happened to me this year in the back of my daily planner. This month was no exception. Although, after the accident, I found myself writing the word “nothing,” for the month of November. How could anything good come from this awful event in MY life?

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Dinner with Lauren and CJ at Blue Sushi. I introduced them to this restaurant and they were both hooked. Lauren decided to have her birthday dinner at Blue a few weeks later.

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Lauren and I had been planning dinner for weeks. In between my internship and her softball schedule, we finally had a chance to enjoy dinner with Bella. CJ was so sweet to make dinner for us before he had to go to class.

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Today, I don’t know why this happened. I can guarantee you that I won’t know the answer to this tomorrow, nor the next day.

Many times I have said, “my comfort comes from knowing they are with my Savior.” I believe with all my heart this is true. This eases some of the pain. Some of it, for now that is.

After losing a friend, some of the thoughts of I “Shoulda, woulda, coulda” begin to flood your mind. To the point that many waking moments are filled with them. It’s so difficult when there seems to be no answer.

The church was packed at the memorial service for Lauren and CJ. People gathered from far and wide (as far as Chile), to pay their respects to my friends.

I was overwhelmed with tears seeing how many people they touched in the short amount of time we had with them on Earth.

One pastor spoke about how fragile life is and how it can be gone like a vapor in the wind.

Seeing what Lauren and CJ accomplished as far as leading people to Christ through their actions and relationships, the pastor said something that will forever change me- “If you don’t like the way you’re living, you can change it, today.”

You have one life, are you living it well?

Lauren and CJ radiated love in everything that they did. It’s difficult for me to even think back of my friendship with Lauren before CJ, even though I’ve known Lauren and her family for many years.

As of now, all I have left are memories of Lauren and CJ. Times we laughed until our stomachs hurt, prayed together, and sometimes even cried together. Heart to heart discussions about life and living. Conversations about plans for the future, and the paths to get there.

“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9

Until we meet again.

Please keep the Davis and Benthall Family in your prayers.

Be kind, be gentle.

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”  Revelation 21:4

<3 Krystal

dietetic technician program

I am going to be short and sweet, because I am studying for a test and just finished a case study.

It occurred to me that I never post about projects, reports, or case studies I have worked on or completed in my Dietetics program. This is such a disservice. When making the decision to return to school, I followed tons of RDs, DTRs and dietetic student bloggers, which helped tremendously in deciding to return to school.

I decided that I would create a new tab on my page dedicated to some of my case studies and projects I’ve completed during my program. It won’t be for everyone, but for those that may be considering going to school for Nutrition or Dietetics.

Hope this can shed some light and guidance for those pursuing this career.

<3 Krystal

product review: bulu box

I always say that being a Sweat Pink Ambassador has its perks. I never thought that being accepted to the community would teach me so much about myself and others, in just two short years. Enough of the sap.

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Bulu Box. Is the jam. Really it is. I first heard about Bulu Box two years ago when I first became an ambassador. I love the idea of this company. How often to you go into a store and buy a product a friend or blogger has been raving about, and once you commit to purchasing a giant tub of product, it get home to find out you don’t like it? Bulu Box is your solution.

Each month you receive a box of sample products in the mail. A try before you buy deal. Who doesn’t love that?

Bulu Box is the first health, nutrition and weight loss discovery box designed to help you feel your best. Each month, you’ll get a custom box filled with a new mix of 4 to 5 premium samples from top brands to try. Every sample is sufficient enough to decide if the product is right for you. Of course, shipping is always free and you can cancel anytime. Share your thoughts about each product in our sample surveys and you can earn 50+ Rewards Points (that’s $5!) each month! Use your points to purchase your new favorites in full size at BuluBox.com! Here you’ll also get expert tips, tricks and a supportive community of Bulugans! Join the discovery and find a healthier you!

Each Bulu Box is unique. Here’s what I got in my box.

Quest Protein- Peanut Butter
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This was what I was the most excited to try. I’ve put off buying an entire container due to the commitment issue thing. I hit the jackpot with this one. Blended it up with some milk, a little chocolate powder and ice. Score.

MovIt Energy Gummies
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Just what you’d expect. I’m not in training for anything now (or probably ever again.) But, for what it is, these little gummies pack a punch. Easy to chew and flavorful.

Mediterra Nutritional Bars
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I can’t even. Like really, I can’t. From the birdseed appearance of it, I didn’t think I was going to be a fan. Then, it touch my tastebuds. If you like birdseed, you’ll love it. If you like birdseed, that taste like Olive Garden. This snack is for you. I for one, will pass.

Earth’s Care Anti-Itch Cream
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This cream is a lifesaver. I live in the South and being in the South we have mosquitoes. This cream provided the most relief to itchy mosquitoes bites. Thank you Bulu!

Yerba Prima Daily Fiber Formula Orange Flavor
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I can’t say I didn’t try. I couldn’t do this either. Something with flavored fiber makes it difficult to mix into smoothies or other foods that should not taste like orange. I tried, but I can’t. Gritty, orangey. I rather consumer fiber from fruits and vegetables.

Now the fun part for you:

Use the code SWEATPINK for 50% off a 3-month subscription to BuluBox.

<3 Krystal

freekeh foods review and giveaway.

What the Freekeh???

I know, I thought the same thing. Being a nutrition student, I am always on the lookout for some new, interesting food finds. But, sometimes, as a Sweat Pink Ambassador, those foods find me. I was given the opportunity to review a new (but real old) food. I’ll talk more about that in a second. Let me introduce you all to Freekeh!

Cue Missy Elliott!!!
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Freekeh is a process which means “to rub” in Arabic. Freekeh was created by accident nearly 2,000 years ago when a Middle Eastern village was attacked and their crop of young green wheat was set ablaze. Most folks would sulk over their misfortune, but the crafty villagers rubbed off the chaff, cooked it up and “Eureka!” Freekeh was created. We’re proud to offer you this tasty, nutritious ancient grain with a funny name.

Freekeh has up to three times the fiber and protein found in brown rice, and fewer calories than quinoa and white rice. Freekeh is a great choice to use in recipes you already enjoy, from salads, to soups, to main dishes—the cook times are comparable to brown rice, so it’s easy to choose Freekeh! Unfortunately, it is not gluten-free.

Enough about that. Now, how do you make it?

I was a little bummed the package said “Cooks in Minutes,” when the reality was it cooked in 25-30 minutes. Okay. Similar to cooking brown rice, 2 parts water to one part freekeh. Simple.

I was wanting to try out a BuzzFeed video recipe of Vegan Mac and Cheese, with a few modifications, such as sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes. I figured this my ideal time to try my Freekeh.

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Although my “cheese” recipe was a totally fail, I ended up with a puree of carrots, sweet potatoes, cashews, and onions which made a new dressing for my freekeh.

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Freekeh on its own is very bland. It has a gritty texture. When cooked, it’s similar size and shape of steel cut oats, but a hearty and more filling. I cooked the freekeh as directed, but next time would use a chicken or vegetable broth to add a little more flavor.

If you’re looking for a new food to add to your dishes, Freekeh is an excellent choice. I am still unfamiliar with it’s properties to try anything much more adventurous than the package instruction.

It is super pumpkin season, so I would like to gift one of my readers with Freekeh. Maybe you can revamp a pumpkin dish with your new Freekeh. Contest ends Saturday, September 12 at 11:59 pm EST. Sorry, US residents only.

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