6 Tips for drinking more water

WATER! Drinking water is so important. I know you’ve heard that a million times, right? But it’s true. Water helps your kidneys flush toxins out of your body, muscles need water to stay energized, it can help clear up your skin, help with digestion, and about a million other things. Basically, it’s super important.

water

What I’m sayin’ is…you need to drink your water! At least half your body weight in oz every day. Every. Day. That would be 90+ oz a day for me. Honestly, I could go all day with only the water used to make my coffee (which totally doesn’t count by the way. Boo.) and I know that’s not good! I just don’t like drinking water. It’s a major struggle getting those ounces in…and some days I don’t. But I try! That’s important. Some is better than none at all, right? Right!

Some people are just natural water drinkers. Good for them! But if you’re like me you’ll need all the help you can get to stay hydrated.

Here are a few things that I’ve tried that seem to help me:

Water bottles: I’m a bit of a water bottle hoarder. Same goes for plastic straw tumblers and to-go mugs. Every time I fall off the water wagon I buy a new water bottle and it almost makes me excited about water again, haha. Also, I try to think about how many times I have to fill up. With my Camelback I had to drink 3. Recently I just bought a 52oz (I think) Bubba mug. It’s ridiculously big BUT I only have to drink 2 of them to hit my goal for the day. Somehow, even though it’s the same total, drinking 2 is so much more attainable than having to refill 3 times or more.

Bracelets: A friend told me about this, and while I haven’t tried it, I think it’s genius. I just don’t have that many bracelets. You can also use rubber bands though which I believe was the original method she found. If you are shooting for 8 glasses of water put 8 bracelets or bands on one wrist. Every time you drink one, move a bracelet/band to the other wrist. It’s a nice visual to have right in front of you all day to remind you and keep you on track.

Apps: Like a good water bottle I’m a sucker for a useful phone app. I downloaded both Waterlogged and Daily Water on my iPhone. Daily Water seems really straight forward and easy. Little fuss, just click the glass as you drink and it tracks. It also makes some fun sounds when you track. Waterlogged seems to do a lot more but I haven’t fully dug into it. I think you can schedule water intake on both apps. Either one would be a good choice to try out if you love tracking things on your phone or ipad.

 Infusing: This is another great way to make you want to drink water. They sell fancy infusing pitchers and bottles but you could just buy any large water container with a spigot on it and it works just as well. Fill it with water and add chopped fruits, berries, herbs, cucumbers…anything. The options are really endless and Pinterest has about 9 million variations you can try. This really is good! I love naturally flavored water like this. It almost feels like cheating.

 Write it down: In my planner I make little boxes everyday (or draw little water drops if I’m feeling fancy) and color them in as I drink. You can even buy little planner stickers that are for tracking water on Etsy! If you’re writing it in put as many down as you need. I did have a lot before but now I just have 2 boxes. I get to check one each time I empty my huge 52oz mug.

 Plan ahead: This is smart too for the plan ahead types (which I am so not). Another friend of mine was filling large water bottles every night and sticking them in her fridge that way all day her water was there and ready. No refilling. Just grab and go. Finish them all and you’ve made your goal!

Are you good at drinking water? Do you like it? If you have any other tips that I haven’t mentioned please share! I can always use more help with it.

Pumpkin Protein Shake

I originally posted a pumpkin protein shake recipe on my personal blog in 2011. This is another version I decided to try.

Sometimes we go to the gym later and when I’m done it’s almost lunch time. On days like that I like to make some kind of meal shake. There’s a little shop in town that sells blended Herbalife shakes in about a million different flavors. Unless I start making good money to fund my addiction to them I need to make my own. Also, the majority of theirs use soy protein which I’ve been trying to avoid. So, I found some similar shake recipes online and saw they use a tablespoon of instant pudding mix. Um, yes please?! I’ve been making some shakes with Mounds pudding mix but changed it up with this one and busted out the cheesecake. OMG.

I’m not really sure the nutrition content in this. If you want to know you can plug it all in somewhere. I figured its going to be meal sized calories since I kind of just tossed ALL THE THINGS in the blender and turned it on.

pumpkin protein shake

Toss all of this in a blender until it looks like a hot mess- 

  • 1 sc vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1 sc vanilla meal shake powder (I use Nature’s Bounty but realized it has soy along with whey. I just cant win. I’ll just stick with the regular protein powder.)
  • 1 tbs ground flax
  • 1 tbs chia seeds
  • 1 tbs instant cheesecake pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • A couple shakes pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 big handfuls spinach (I keep a bag in the freezer for this)
  • 1 cup reduced fat milk (I’d usually use almond if I had it. But I don’t.)
  • ICE.

Blend all that goodness together. It was really tasty! When I made this one there was all the talk of pumpkin spice lattes floating around the internets…I needed something fall-y that wasn’t going to make me sweaty (because Alabama fall is still summer).

protein pumpkin shake

No Gym? No problem!

No Gym? No Problem!

Sometimes you can’t get to the gym, and that’s ok! Or maybe you don’t go to the gym at all and actually prefer home workouts. That’s cool too! No gym, no problem, right? I did this workout the other day when I couldn’t get to the gym. It’s easily modified so you can do as little or as much as you’re comfortable doing. I used 8lb dumbbells when I did it but you could go heavier or lighter. You could also just ditch the weights all together and do regular squats, lunges, and planks. Or you could kick that up a notch and go for jump squats and lunges. Maybe some plank jacks. It’s all what you are comfortable and ready to put into it.  If you need to take a breather or grab some water during this workout that’s ok, just remember to push yourself so you can get as much out of it as you can in the short time.

Go ahead and rest 1-2 minutes between rounds before starting back up again.

Here’s the break down:

~ Squat to press: If you’re using weights, hold them at your shoulders. Squat down keeping your butt back like you’re sitting in a chair. Make sure your shins stay in line with your feet and your knees don’t go forward over your toes. When you stand back up from your squat, straighten your arms and press your weights up above your head. Lower back to your shoulders as you go back into your next squat.

~Heel touches: Lay on your back, knees bent with feet on the floor. Straighten your arms down at your sides. Raise your shoulders off of the floor and rock side to side taking turns touching your ankles. Spice it up a bit and change the exercise each round. First heel touches, then crunches, reverse crunches, and flutter kicks.

~ Lunge to curl: Standing with feet hip width apart, arms at your sides holding your weights. Alternate lunging forward. When you lunge, do a bicep curl. When you stand back up, release the curl and put your arms back at your sides. Just like the squats you don’t want your knees going past your toes.

~ Plank rows: Get into plank position on a mat or towel. Keep your hands shoulder width apart and holding on to your weights. One arm at a time row your weight back close to your sides.

That’s it! I hope you all enjoy this one 🙂



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