August ~ 31 Day Water Challenge

Water. I know I don’t drink enough of it. So I figured this would be the best monthly challenge to get back in the groove of things. For the next 31 days the challenge is simple. Drink water ~ eight ounces, eight glasses per day. 
Comment or share this post if you’re in on the challenge. It’s summertime here in Connecticut and the weathers been hot, so drinking water should be no problem!

Week One…Complete

Well. Week one. Always the hardest when you’re making a change. Especially when you’re a foodie like myself and when I say foodie, I mean junk foodie. Guilty. I’ve been drinking more water, moving more and watching my portion sizes. Tough to do when you’ve been on a food free-for-all for the last month.  So after making just the one small change of being accountable for what I eat and sharing it with all of you, I lost 3.2lbs this week. I’m very excited and having such a great first week definitely gives me the motivation to keep going. 

I started a WW Active Link Challenge this week as well. This way I can get a clear picture of what my current activity level is and how to add more activity in. I can’t even wrap my head around fitting time in for exercise right now, BUT, if I want to be successful I will need to find time.

Today also marks the beginning of a new month and I’ll be starting a new challenge for the blog as well. I’m doing a 31 Day August Water Challenge. I need to drink more water. Plain and simple. This water challenge couldn’t be any easier. No squats required on this one. Join me, I’d love the support!

GET YOUR YOGA ON

Om time may help you gain control of your cravings.  Researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle found that people who regularly practiced yoga were more mindful of their eating habits.  While there is no guarantee that sun salutations will cure you of wanting seconds, doing a few moves can’t hurt.
FITNESS MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER 2011

HOW TO WIN AT LOSING

Here are some secrets from the Biggest Loser Couples winner Olivia Ward and her sister-teammate Hannah Curlee …
Secret #1 You deserve to be in great shape.  The first step in dropping the weight is realizing that you don’t like where are and know that you deserve to fix it.

Secret #2 Stop being so hard on yourself. Believing that you can do something will make you actually do it!

Secret #3 You don’t have to spend hours in the gym.  Try to find one favorite workout and squeeze that in daily (kickboxing class, spinning, yoga, Zumba)

Secret #4 Eat more, not less.  Start each day with a proper breakfast.  Ditch the deprivation diet and never let yourself get to the point where you’re famished with no healthy food around.  Carry a healthy snack with you at all times for that just in case moment.

Secret #5  Ask for what you want.  When eating out speak up for how you want your food prepared (hold the dressing, half the cheese)

Secret #6  Do the write thing.  Keeping a journal of everything that is going on while you’re losing weight is a great way to stay focused.  This way you can also go back and look at the entries to see what whet right and what went wrong.

FITNESS MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER 2011

TAKE A HIKE

Need a pick-me-up?  Getting active in the great outdoors is doubly good for your mental health.  “Nature protects us from stress and helps us think more clearly”  says Jo Barton Ph.D. a senior researcher at the University of Essex in the United Kingdom.  Her recent study found that 88% of people were in a better mood after walking on a nature trail, while 45% who walked in a mall felt worse.  Too busy for a hike?  Even five minutes of what researchers call green exercise will do you good.

Fitness Magazine October 2011