How is that Water Challenge Treating Me?

So .. as I discussed in a previous post I am taking a 30 day water challenge. You may ask .. how is it going?

The first couple of days were miserable .. at one point I wanted to move my laptop into the bathroom to save myself the walking. The bonus in this? I easily hit my daily quota in steps walking back and forth again, and again, and again, and …

Taking a 30 Day Water ChallengeThings I’ve Learned …

  • Don’t drink massive amounts of water before you are going to be in a situation where you cannot go to the bathroom. Thankfully I ‘thought’ about this and tapered before I had to teach classes at the gym. That would have been miserable!
  • When you drink water more consistently that ice water really keeps your body temperature lower. I switched to luke warm water pretty quick
  • After a couple of days I started to drink it more consistently on my own (I was having an app buzz me every hour to drink water) .. it definitely feels both that my body needs it and wants it

Things I’ve Noticed …

  • For some reason my system feels cleaner, head to toe. I really don’t know how to explain it but I feel like I’m flushing myself out constantly.
  • I’m not as hungry as often as I thought I was … that is in part because we sometimes mix up signals of hunger and thirst and well, I’m definitely never thirsty! 🙂
  • My skin feels better .. I noticed today that some of my dark circles seem a bit better (and it’s not because I’m getting enough sleep at night because that is one of my issues..)
  • I am more alert during the work day, which is great because right now my job is slooooow

Are they related? I don’t know but they are different, and positive.

I’ll post another update on this soon but I’m pretty sure that 30 days will end up being a permanent change!

Happy day and thanks for reading!

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This is Good For Our Health – Taking a 30 Day Water Challenge

At times, I am fantastic at drinking water. If you count the water in my coffee then most days I’m great. Other days I really don’t drink enough. Part of it is that whole out of sight, out of mind aspect.

Taking the 30 Day Water Challenge
Water bottle in hand, ready to take this 30 day water challenge!

So .. I have decided to take a 30 day water challenge. That sounds easy, right? You would think so! For the next 30 days I’m going to make it a point to drink at least my quota of water .. and let’s see how life is when I’m done.

How much water? Well, I was doing a bit of research and there really is no straight answer .. so I’m going to go based on what the Mayo Clinic has posted

For females they recommend 74.4 ounces, and they say …

  • Short exercise sessions (but where you still sweat) increases that number by 1.5 to 2.5 cups (or 12 to 20 ounces). If it lasts longer than an hour (this is me a few times a week) it requires more (although they don’t specify how much).
  • During the extended exercise sessions they advise to drink sports drinks containing sodium to help replenish the sodium lost.
  • They also advise to continue drinking after exercising (<< — this is never a problem!)

Ok .. so I’m going to wrap my brain around this for a minute .. but I’m doing this! Let’s see what happens and feel free to join me if you are up for it!

Why drink more water?

  • It helps your complexion .. I know this because on consecutive days where I don’t drink enough water my complexion goes South. If for no other reason I’m doing this for my skin 🙂
  • Cravings control .. did you know that sometimes when we think we are hungry our body is actually just thirsty? Yep .. I used to think it was just because I was looking for an excuse to eat
  • It could give you that energy you need .. one of many signs of dehydration is becoming tired. This could cure that
  • It keeps your muscles hydrated .. when we sweat during workouts we are losing water from our muscles so definitely make sure you drink just enough to stay ahead of the extreme muscle fatigue
  • It keeps your internal systems moving along .. our body is made up of 60% water .. drinking keeps everything internally moving ahead

I’m sure there are a bunch of reasons but instead of looking them up I’m just going to find out for myself! See you on the other side 🙂

Thanks for reading!

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“Strive for progress, not perfection”

“Strive for progress, not perfection.” -Unknown

I love it ..

We are so hard on ourselves, which is something that I am definitely guilty of. We are our own biggest competition, which is good at times but other times it almost sets us up for failure.

We are not always going to be perfect. Heck, we may never be perfect. Instead let’s shoot to be better, make progress over who we were yesterday.

We get smarter every day. We get stronger. We change habits for the better (hopefully). We don’t go from 0 – 10, nor do we go from 7 – 10. My point is that we may never reach 10 but as long as we are going in the right direction that is all that matters.

Remember ..

“Strive for progress, not perfection.” -Unknown

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Work Out Rules for Home – 2 minutes towards Getting Stronger!

I occasionally implement workout ‘rules’ for home.

I write this because I am about to start doing them again 🙂

I noticed the other day that my biceps are not as strong as they were last month, which means I have been slacking off on them lately. So I’m starting my work out rules for home again.

Here’s how it works …

I have a pull up bar over the door frame in my bathroom. Every time I walk into the bathroom I have to do 5 pull ups.

Every time I walk downstairs I have to do 10 pushups or more and 5 one legged squats (on each side).

Here’s what happens …

You only have to do 5 or 10 so you knock them out in less than a minute each (except maybe the squats). Pull ups .. are hard .. but if you do them a few at a time and stick to it you will be AMAZED at how strong you get from them. They work wonders for my biceps too!

Work out ‘rules’ are great. Make a rule that every time you walk into a certain room you have to do certain exercises. Not many, but a few. Then, stick to it. Every day, every time. You will be surprised that a few times a day and a few minutes a day will give you an added bonus to your workout regimen!

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