Lent : The Final Week

I figure this will be my final post of this amazing Lent series I'm sure everyone is talking about. Well...here we are. One week left of no beer, and no social media. What will I do to integrate myself back into the real world? I'm sure it will be a tough transition working my way back to reality, but it must be done. 

Honestly, with social media, I don't miss it. I've realized more than anything I used it all as a time waster. Especially Facebook. I can't think of the last time I posted something onto Facebook that wasn't just a picture from Instagram. All I used that for was to scroll through and see what other people are doing while I'm sitting around scrolling through Facebook. Instagram was no different. Other than my occasional picture with what I find to be a clever caption, it's just a way for me to see what other people are doing and feel bad for myself because I'm not doing anything interesting. Don't get me wrong, I didn't do anything more interesting not being on Instagram, but it was nice not to see what everyone else was doing. "Oh don't fall for the comparison trap! Blah blah blah." Shut up. There's no way to scroll through all of that and not compare yourself to at least one thing. And if you're me, that one thing likes to stick with you for the whole day or at least until the next picture. Now, how will I go back once Lent is over? I plan on getting back on Instagram but drastically changing how I use it and maybe even some kind of time limit...you know like a parent gives a child...woof. Facebook, I will use strictly for my work's group page to stay up to date with things there. If that wasn't the case, I may as well deactivate it. 

Now for the good stuff...beer. This one is pretty simple. Of course I'm going to drink beer again, don't be silly. But one thing I did notice in this time is how much I was spending on beer. I would usually buy one six pack a week. Sometimes more depending on the week. Usually around $8-$10. That means, at the end of this forty days, I would have spent at least $60 on beer. Not that that's going to break the bank or anything, but just seeing that made me want to take it down a notch. Simply because I'm incredibly cheap. Also that's not even including going out to get a beer, don't even get me started. No really don't, I don't want to know that one. So what's the answer to this one? Cheaper beer? Don't be silly. Less beer? I guess. But I love beer, and I don't see that changing anytime soon. I've got a six pack of Austin Beerworks waiting for me in the fridge that will surely be gone come Sunday afternoon. 

As I said in my last post, I've got a lot of work to do. Spiritually I've slacked big time. I feel good about cutting things out, but that's where it stopped for me. I don't have a plan or anything. I guess I should have thrown something together for this post to seem like I have something I'm actually doing to better myself (please refer to my previous post "The Art of Laziness). Instead all I can say is, we'll see what happens next year.

Lent 2017 : Week Four

Well here we are. Week four. This feels similar to week three, in that nothing has really changed. Now I understand beer and social media aren't the hardest things to give up for 40 days. I've heard about people giving up their beds, which is much harder, and also just plain silly. Is okay for a grown man to use the word silly? Well if it isn't, I apologize. Silly, silly, silly, silly. Alright now that that's out of my system.

I think I've been missing a big part of participating in Lent. I've got the cutting something out part down. But I realized something today as I was praying. I realized, I think this is the first time I've intentionally sat down to just pray in the past couple weeks, if not the whole 40 days. Sure I've had some drive by prayers. "Thanks for...." "Please help..." "Why God whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy". Typical prayers I'll throw out during my commute to work and pat myself on the back for keeping my prayer life in tact. But what's missing is the intentionality behind it. I've only got a about a week and a half left. I guess better late than never to figure that out. All of that to say, my focus this week is prayer. Until next week.

Peace and chicken grease

Lent 2017 : Week Three

I've completed the third week of Lent. I think. I honestly haven't been keeping track of how many days it's been outside of knowing that once it's Easter I can finally drink beer again. O what a glorious day. I mean also Jesus...he makes Easter cool too.

I don't really have anything to say for this week. I just figured the least I could do after not posting since September of last year was keep up with a weekly post for Lent. Which is really more for myself than anyone else. Except you, person reading this. I do it for you!

On a Scale of 1 to...How High Does This Thing Go?

This can’t be right. I thought I had more time. Something’s wrong, very, very wrong.

I’ll never forget that day I stepped on the scale. My whole life they told me, and I never believed them.

“Yeah you can eat whatever you want now and stay skinny but just wait til you’re 30. That’s when it hit your dad too.”

Well the day seems to have come, and about 6 years too soon. My wife insists it’s nothing. That I’m not in the early stages of a beer belly, but the waistline of my pants disagree.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m still scrawny as could be. But there’s definitely a change. I’ve heard myths that there’s a freshman 15 sort of thing that comes along with the first year of marriage. What am I just going to be another statistic? I’ve spent countless minutes looking up ways to get into shape.

So what are my options?

1.     Stop drinking beer

Impossible.

2.     Drink less beer

Probable.

3.     Eat healthier

I guess I could stop going to Taco Bell as often as I do.

4.     Exercise

This one’s tricky. I could exercise, but I also just started watching old seasons of Fixer Upper on Netflix and that sounds more enjoyable.

One day you’re sitting around enjoying life, eating a burrito or two and the next thing you know, you’re sore two days after doing a 30 minute workout on Daily Burn. I have a problem. I started writing this after making a decision between going for a run or sitting down and writing about how I don’t run. This is just so much nicer. And I live in Texas, so it’s crazy hot right now. What am I gonna go outside in this heat? Or go into my apartment complex’s gym? Like I remember the code to get in. You know what, you’re right! I don’t need to be out there doing any of these things. I’m perfect just the way I am. You guys know just what to say….sorry I guess I got a little carried away. I'm by no means going to become some kind of fitness snob. And I don't plan on counting calories. But I definitely plan on making some changes, and following three of those four steps listed above. The first one was just outrageous. 

You know what…I’m going to go for a run* now.

 

*-walk

The One That Got Away...again

"MORE! MORE! MORE!" The people yelled after reading the critically acclaimed "The One That Got Away". Alright, so maybe it was one person. And maybe they just said I should've made it longer. Well thanks to this person, I will make it my duty to expand on the story of Trac and his adventures in cart life. Stay tuned.

Self Help-less

I’ve recently found a new love. Jon Acuff. Okay maybe love is a little strong, and really it’s more of a love for his writing than him as a person. Not that I couldn’t love him as a person, I’ve just never met him, and don’t want to go around saying I’m in love with the guy. Because I’m not…yes I am.

My brother in law recently let me borrow a book he had called “Quitter”. The tagline for it is “Closing the gap between your day job, and your dream job”. I was immediately sold. Talk about relatable! I’m pretty sure I read this book faster than any book I’ve ever read. I was mesmerized by it, how to work toward your dream job, what to do to get there, how to “hustle” your little heart out. After I read this book I used the word “hustle” about every other word I spoke. Don’t worry, I’ve since calmed down. Now it’s only once a sentence or two. I felt great after reading it, I was motivated and had all the information I needed to start working toward my dream. And I did. For about a week.

The excitement from the book wore off. Now that’s nothing against Jon Acuff, it’s just me being lazy…It was time for something new. What’s the next book I can get? I could go to the next one by Jon Acuff. Maybe something else with an equally awesome tagline to get me pumped up about how to make my dream happen. I fell right into a vicious circle of self-help. Actually it took my wife saying, “You know you can read all of those, but you actually have to DO what they say if you want to change anything.” Ouch…it was too true! Wives are smart you guys, or at least mine is. I had all the information, but none of the action. I could read these books non-stop and get all kinds of ideas, and ways to get my dream going. But until I do something about it, I’m just wasting time. Maybe it's because I’m actually afraid to pursue my dream, instead of just reading about how I could do it and feel good enough about myself to get by on that. AHHH too deep!

Well, this blog is actually one of my steps in actually doing something about my dream. I wanted to write more, and that’s what I’m doing. I may not write the most interesting things you read. In fact, sometimes I wonder who besides my mother would actually enjoy reading what I put up on here. But I can say it feels immensely better to sit down and do any work instead of doing nothing and thinking of the work I could be doing. These dreams and ideas have been building up long enough, and I’m thinking it’s time to act. In fact, maybe my next step will be writing a book. I’ll call it “How to Stop Being Lazy and do All of the Things You Just Read About in That Motivational Self Help Book” Okay maybe the title needs some work…but it’s a start.