Thirsty Thursday: Fun Ways to Drink More Water!

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Water is a subject that hits a nerve with some people. UGH! I hate water! It’s so boring to drink or it’s hard for me to drink plain water. I hate having to go to the bathroom so often. There are hundreds of excuses people make on why they don’t drink enough water. I personally love to drink water. I always drink at least half a gallon daily.

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If none of this convinces you to drink more water, then nothing will. It seems obvious to me your body needs water. Seeing how almost 3/4 of your body is made up body then you really need to replenish your body on a daily basis. So you really hate to drink water but you can do more than just drink plain old boring water.

Add lemon slices, cucumber, ginger or fruit. You can either just slice it up and put it in your glass of water or use a Water Infuser Bottle or Water Infuser Pitcher! It’s super easy to use and will add some tasty flavor to your water.

You can also eat your water. Eat water soluble vegetables such as: cucumber, lettuce, celery, radishes, tomatoes, bell peppers, cauliflower, watermelon, spinach, strawberries, broccoli, grapefruit, apricots, cherries, grapes, and zucchini. Even broths and water based soups would help hydrate your body.

Also, you can keep a bottle of water with you during the day to sip on. I fill up my tumbler and drink it throughout the day. One last thought. How much water should you drink? Most health professionals agree on 1/2 your body weight in ounces. So if you weigh 120 pounds then 60 ounces, but some also agree everyone should strive to drink at least 64 ounces or half a gallon. If you weigh more than 240 pounds, then I would aim for a gallon of water. Starting with at least 8 glasses of 8oz daily is a great start especially if you are only drinking 1-2 glasses now.

Water really isn’t horrible and it’s quite refreshing. I enjoy drinking my water and I feel much better after drinking that first glass first thing in the morning.

To Cheat or Not to Cheat that is the Fitness Blogging Challenge

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The fitness blogging challenge for today is to cheat or not to cheat on your diet. First, I want to mention that I am not a health expert nor do I pretend to have all the answers. I am someone who struggles with weight loss and keeping it off. I don’t want to put labels on it but I am trying to get the word “diet” out of my mindset and replace it with “Lifestyle Change“.

Many personal trainers and nutritionists say it is a good idea to have a planned cheat meal. I found a great list of planned cheat meal articles that discuss this very topic. My personal belief is that no one is perfect and sometimes we are going to eat something that isn’t healthy. You know what, that is ok. As long as you don’t go overboard and binge eat, then it is a reminder of why you don’t want to feel like that anymore. Some people can’t handle eating cheat meals as it will make them very sick. You know your body best so you know if eating something once in awhile off plan won’t undo all your hard work. I know I can’t be too strict either as then I will binge eat.

It can be a slippery slope so this is why I have healthy alternatives in my pantry that will help if I get a craving. If I am craving ice cream, yogurt with some frozen fruit on top can give me that same satisfaction. Sometimes when I think I’m hungry, I’m actually thirsty so I try to drink a glass of water first. That usually does the trick. I know we are all so busy juggling jobs with family, again having a plan can help you not to cheat. You can already have all the ingredients for a healthy salad sitting in your fridge waiting for you and it’s quick to prepare. Or frozen meals ahead of time and just pop it in the oven. Ok, so if that doesn’t work then doing a rotisserie chicken is still better than eating pizza or at a burger joint. You can eat a side salad or fix some frozen vegetables to go with the chicken. We do that on nights when we really don’t have time or didn’t plan ahead.

I think most of it is a mindset. I don’t call it cheating anymore which has alleviated a lot of the guilt. I also try really hard to eat clean 85% of the time, and I can afford to eat 15% off plan as long as I don’t do it daily. The last important point I want to make is don’t beat yourself up either if you eat something you shouldn’t have. It’s ok and just dust yourself off and resolve to do better. Learn from your mistakes and sometimes eating a piece of cake is just what you needed.

My Top 10 FREE Fitness Apps for iPhone & Andriod

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My Top 10 FREE Fitness Apps for iPhone & Andriod



Today’s fitness blogging challenge is to post my favorite fitness apps. I included a list of my favorite 10 FREE Fitness apps for both the iPhone and Android or iPad. These are apps that I use daily or regularly and again all of these are FREE! These are not listed in any particular order. Some of these apps are a little more than just fitness but also health and wellness. I included a fun one to help train your brain as it also needs to exercise and not just your body. Let me know which one is your favorite.

1) MyFitnessPal: is a very popular app that many like to use to track your food. It is a great app that I do use not so much for counting calories but it keeps me accountable and is a great food journal. never been easier thanks to this robust app. It has an extensive list of foods you can add and you can also scan a upc code if you can’t find a particular food. It also allows you to input recipes you make from scratch and save them. iOS and Android

2) Water Your Body: This app helps you track your daily water intake. So many of us do not drink enough water daily so this is a great app to help you keep up. Track your daily water consumption in an intuitive way, and because not everyone needs to drink the same amount, it is designed specifically for you. iOS and Android

3) C25K: This app is perfect for beginners who want to train for their first 5K. It is an eight-week training plan which starts out slow with alternating walking and running. It will work you up to an advanced level. This app is perfect for even busy people. iOS and Android

4) MapMyFitness: This app has tracking activities and you can log your food. You can set challenges for yourself and friends. iOS and Android

5) Nike+ Training Club: The app has more than 100 workouts all designed by Nike master trainers and for people of all fitness levels. Just select your specific fitness goal (do you want to get lean, toned, strong, or focused) and follow the workout plans and they do have built-in rest days. iOS and Android

6) HealthyOut: Do you have trouble finding healthy options for dining out? Then HealthyOut App can help. Put in your address and you can even add filters like dietary restrictions, cuisine, ingredients, or even what type of dish you are looking for. Then the app will list all the available restaurants near you and it even notes the healthiest food on the menu. iOS and Android

7) ShopWell: This app helps you to take out the mystery of nutrition labels. App users can create personal profiles with your age, gender, health goals, any dietary restrictions you have or if you only want items that are gluten-free for example. While you are the store, then just scan the barcode. The app then gives that item a score. Low scores are foods you want to avoid while higher rated foods are the ones you want to buy. 100 is the top score meaning perfect. iOS and Android

8) Lumosity: This app is perfect for exercising our brains. It has lots of fun games that can help improve memory, attention span and even problem solving. iOS and Android

9) Sleep Bug: This app is great for people who have a lot of noise or trouble falling asleep. Some people can’t sleep if it’s too quiet and need a little white noise. Sleep Bug is your new white noise machine. Listen to sounds of the beach, a zen garden, or perhaps you like the noises of a jungle. You can even customize your app by adding on rain or the sounds of whales. iOS and Android

10) Charity Miles: This is a wonderful app that allows you to earn money for lots of different charities. Charity Miles donates 10¢ for every mile biked and 25¢ for every mile walked or ran with the help of corporate sponsors. Being fit is important but it’s amazing when you can get fit while helping charity! iOS and Android

November Fitness Challenge Goals

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The dictionary defines a goal as, “the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result”. So many of us make goals, but then we never stick to them. But why? Many of us make goals that are too vague or too long to finish and then we forget them. I am also guilty of making too many goals so I get overwhelmed and never even finish one.

I plan on making shorter and more attainable goals that I can finish in one month or shorter. It’s better to have goals that are specific and easy to finish and then work on another goal. It’s like a snowball effect. The more smaller goals you achieve, then you will continue to make more goals and your success rate will be higher. At the end of a year, you will be surprised at how much you accomplished. I have three main goals for the month of November I want to complete.

1) My Major Goal for November is to finish this Fitness Challenge by posting one new post each day on this blog. It’s a 30 day challenge and it will help me to have a lot of new and fresh content for everyone to read. It is a good idea to get into the habit of writing daily.

2) My Second Goal is to lose 5 pounds this month. Sounds easy enough right? That also means I have to get serious about eating clean this month and stop eating sugar. That one can be harder but doable.

3) My Final Goal for this month is to complete a third round of #21DayFix Exercise. I haven’t been as faithful the last couple of months and have gotten a little lazy. I did complete my first 5K in October and I am doing my second one on November 7th. I am proud for doing them as they aren’t easy, but I can do better with my health and fitness. I feel better when I am working out regularly.

I have lost 60 pounds so far this year which is amazing. It is taking me longer to lose the weight, but I am not quitting or giving up. Every setback I have just makes me more determined to lose the weight and become healthier. I am not in a race and I need to stop comparing how I lost 100 pounds in a year to this time. I’m five years older which doesn’t help, but I’m really trying to make this time a permanent change. I am definitely eating healthier than I had been and my whole family is on board now. That also really helps. What will your goals be in November?