Quick Fit Tip: Drink Water; Pee All Day Long

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Seriously, is there a spot open in the Guiness Book of World Records for someone who pees the most in one day? 

Okay, okay, so I’m exaggerating…

Okay, No. I’m Not.

Not saying that there is anything wrong with some one on one bonding time with the Porcelain Goddess herself….

Drinking a lot of water can become tedious and mundane for most. I can’t help but automatically envision myself running to the bathroom more times than there are commercials in between shows! I have a DVR so I get to pause it if I have to escape to the bathroom…and that’s a lot of pausing.  I’m kind of like the dog in Pavlov’s experiment, I drink so much water that now when I even see, think, hear, water or even a glass, I have to rush to the bathroom. And I pee so much that I often don’t even bother turning the light on in the bathroom when I’m home. I’ve become a pro. But drinking water needs to be done.  However, I’m going to spare you the details on the benefits of drinking water everyday.  

To prevent getting a stomachache, try not to chug water, instead drink it gradually throughout the day. I find the easiest time to drink water is first thing when I wake up before I eat anything. Sometimes, I wake up feeling hungry, but as soon as I drink water (sip not chug), the hunger pains go away. Also, drinking water before a meal or a snack can prevent you from overeating. And of course, we can’t all be perfect and we may indulge in some higher than normal sodium foods, find it hard to eat all the “right” things, drink too much caffeine; coffee, tea, soda, etc. or even if you’re following a high protein diet, you’re putting additional and unnecessary stress on your body if you skip the water.

 Helpful tips for “getting it in” (Yes, I just went there. I went all the way back to Jersey Shore) For those of you who don’t get the reference; consider yourself lucky.

 Include about an eight ounce glass of water before you even begin to eat a meal, perspire, and for every cup of coffee /tea you put down the good ol’ watering hole. As coffee and tea work more as a diuretic than an adequate source of hydration, it’d probably be a good idea to plan on drinking extra water to keep your body in hydration mode. (Or maybe more to give a nice fine swish to keep the mouth a bit clean too. It’s just an idea. )

 The next time you go out to eat, ask for a glass of water in addition to whatever else you order to drink. (I feel bad for the server when I tell them all I want is water,

Me:  “Water..oh and a lemon too please” [eyes darting away in the other direction]

Server doesn’t even really seem to mind though but then there’s me again: [of course this time saying inside my head] “You can charge for the lemon?”

  Anyhoo….

 Eat fruits and veggies; they contain water too!

 Try to be mindful of how much water you’re drinking. To do this, you can purchase a water bottle; you can find most that hold 24 oz or more and make it a point to refill. (It’s the little things…)

 The normal recommendation is at least 8 ounces per day, but I prefer to use the method of dividing half my body weight and drinking that amount of water and then some. I tend to be a water hog. (Or a water buffalo?) Hehe.

Try to taper your water intake the closer it gets to bedtime to prevent you from turning the bathroom into a place to sleep.

  And of course, feel free to add some flavor to your water! You can use just about any sugar free/low sugar drink flavors.

 Overall:

 Workouts are less effective (and even if you don’t exercise, your overall day will be less effective)

Coffee may make your day more productive, but it also dehydrates you at the same time. (I know this is debated, however, I find it to be true because I have to run to the bathroom even more than if I just stick to water)

Water hydrates your entire body; muscles, skin, organs etc. Without it, you’ll start to look more like last week’s coffee grounds.

Your body has to work harder, which overall means your day is that much more exhausting.

You shower in water to clean the outside, why not drink water to clean the inside?  Come on! Give your insides a bath!

 Think about it.

How to Keep the Weight Off This Fall Season

Ah! The Fall season is among us. It’s in the air, outside your window pane, on your window pane, and of course! How can you not notice the beautifully colored leaves that float to the ground with every breath a tree takes????

 By now, Halloween has already filled your house with an abundance of sugary treats; temptation lurks everywhere, and I can only imagine that your scurrying around the house trying to hide the devilish little treats before your brain realizes what you are doing. And maybe you’ve even tried to give it away to someone; anyone. I mean, seriously, let someone else buy new pants. Not you…(insert evil laugh here)

 So….Halloween may be over, but that was, of course, just the kick off to the winter blues and the nostalgia that forces us to surrender ourselves every season as we revisit old memories as well as create new ones over and over again with similar aromas, traditions and even the popular flavor of pumpkin (my favorite!) that can still be linked to the Fall season time and time again.

 For some, (or most), however,  it may be a more depressing time; colder weather, less energy, lack of Vitamin D, darkness shields the daylight earlier; faster. And to most, it’s a time many stress and worry about finances; about making it through the holidays debt free and to some it’s about trying to making it through the holidays with a smile on their face, joy in their heart, and light in their soul. It’s also a time to start covering up in multiple layers to outsmart the chill in the air, and psychologically prepare our bodies {and digestive systems} for the overconsumption of treats, food, and bellies that represent an overstuffed turkey on Thanksgiving.  And who doesn’t enjoy pumpkin spiced coffee, pumpkin pie, the sweet aroma of pumpkin, and other yummy sweets and treats? Of course, with Christmas fast approaching, who has time to think about exercising or spending extra money on healthier food choices?  Not to mention, it can be challenging to avoid pumpkin pie, turkey and all the fixings when everyone else has bellies full of joy, comfort, and well, probably lots of gas.

 (Ironically, all of these big meals, comfort foods, goodies, come at a time when people are the most stressed because their wallets are being stretched farther than their paychecks)

 Well, guess what? It’s actually okay to indulge in some goodies and revel in the traditions that surround Thanksgiving and Christmas. And it’s okay to have a piece of candy every now and then too.

Hey. I’m going to enjoy some pumpkin pie.

And no. I’m not going to count the damn calories.

I’m going to sweat, and make my muscles so friggen sore that I won’t be able to move the next 24-72 hours without having to make some minor adjustments, (like have my daughter go upstairs and get me stuff because my legs are too sore to walk up the stairs).  I’m going to laugh about it too. Yep. I’m going to have my cake (pie) and eat it too. I’m going to work for that damn pie. And I’m going to do whatever it takes to get to that slice of pie.

This all probably sounds painful and silly, right?

 But….It’s Fall y’all!

And the holidays are quickly approaching. It’s not an excuse to eat like shit and unravel the tight ball of thread I’ve been carrying around up until this point; this day-this season. But with the aroma and flavor of pumpkin pretty much throwing itself down my throat and into my stomach, how can I resist?

 So how can you enjoy the seasons and the many aromas/flavors that linger and are literally RIGHT IN YOUR FACE???

 Besides Willpower?

 Eat smart. Don’t say, “It’s the holidays, let’s go shove everything down the pie shoot and pray to God that we don’t gain one pound…okay ten pounds”! Or pray to God that we’ll have the strength to burn it all off with some hard work or maybe that you’ll just be able to have the strength to pull one pant leg over one slightly overgrown thigh and hope that your ass cheek will cooperate to let you button it up. But if all else fails, and you really can’t resist binging, eat the pie, keep your ass on the couch, and I don’t care if you don’t even button your pants. Buttons can be a tad overrated anyway. Invest in some leggings. I do. At least leggings stretch and don’t serve as a constant reminder that your waist has expanded a couple inches or so. Besides your ass will look AMAZING in leggings anyway because leggings don’t have obvious seams outlining your every line and curve on your body. Oh! And leggings don’t come in number sizes. That’s pretty friggen’ amazing too.

 Don’t over-indulge. Remember, everything in moderation. And for cripes sakes throw some heart pumping exercise in there somewhere…you know, for balance.

 Also, make sure it’s worth it. If you’re going to indulge, make sure that it’s at least satisfying. And for real, if you work for it, you will feel so good when you’re enjoying all of the flavors of Fall. And without getting all technical on you, if you’re going to enjoy a sugary treat, I say work for it, and I mean it. Following intense exercise, devour your sugary treat without guilt. As long as you worked hard and aren’t overindulging or double dipping all day, every day, that sugary treat will be less likely to get stored as fat and instead will be used for repair and recovery for your body.

 Timing I’ve said it again, and I’ll say it again! While exercise can produce aesthetically pleasing results, the right kind of training for your body as well as proper fuel, will allow you to burn more calories at rest in the long run.  

 See! It doesn’t have to be all work and no play. Especially when it’s fall. Especially when the holidays are approaching. Especially when money is tight.  

 As always there are, however, ways to participate in the Fall Season and be on your BEST behavior (hehe)

 Here are just a few tips I use (Note: If you can’t already tell, I really love pumpkin a lot):

 Green Mountain Pumpkin Spice Coffee (sadly it doesn’t taste like pumpkin spice, it does have a great aroma and makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside) I drink my coffee black.

 As for the canned pumpkin that I rejected earlier today, I do use it to make certain meal options (and that’s not saying a whole lot). Calm down. Don’t get all giddy. I’m not referring to recipes here; I’m just talking about opening up a can of pumpkin puree and adding it to other edible things. After all, pumpkin does have a pretty good nutritional profile; it is a great antioxidant as well as a great source of fiber, and because it doesn’t have much flavor, it can actually be added to pretty much anything without altering the taste. (But as I mentioned earlier, when it comes to something like pumpkin pie, I’m going for the real deal. But first I’m going to work my ass off for it and eat it only AFTER)

 So…go to your local grocery store or health food store and buy organic/regular (whichever fits your budget) 100% canned pumpkin puree and enjoy the health benefits I mentioned earlier by just adding it to sauces, pancakes, oatmeal and anything else you can think of. One way I like to add pumpkin is by adding pumpkin puree to diced tomatoes, low sodium tomato sauce, various spices and then serving it over brown rice, brown rice pasta, or spaghetti squash. (It’s not hardcore or anything, but it’s tasty and does the job).

 Buy a pumpkin candle (you could also purchase other scents reminiscent of the fall season) and place throughout the house.

 Fill your house and/or your work space with fall décor, winter décor.  

 I work hard in the gym and I refuse to be a slave to the kitchen. Some may enjoy baking and coming up with alternatives to food otherwise known as “junk food” but I can’t be that fancy and complicated. Nope. The only thing I can do is make suggestions, don’t expect fancy- schmancy recipes here. To me, chicken is chicken, and a potato is a potato. Mix it together and BAM! There’s my “recipe”! If I have a craving for some damn pumpkin pie, I’m just going to go to the store buy it and eat it. Hey, in my defense, it did have “no sugar added”, ignore the fact that it still had about ten different ingredients or chemicals in it that I had no idea what it even was. Not cool. Not fair. But on that note, I would like to also share with you that I did notice that the canned pumpkin I have at home had a recipe for a healthier version of pumpkin pie; no added sugar, very basic ingredients, but I placed it back and shut the cabinet door. You see, I’m tired. I have other things to do other than bake a pumpkin anything with fewer ingredients. Besides, a lot of alternatives can be just as unhealthy as just eating the actual product itself (For example, a lot of artificial sweeteners cause stomach/digestive issues for me.)  It’s not just a tight budget, it’s also time consuming. I just want to eat. I don’t want to bake for cripes sakes.

 There are times I stumble upon recipes that are on various websites/blogs, and admittedly they look so damn delicious, but for some reason I can’t ever find the “place an order” or shipping/billing information. Sigh. BIG SIGH.  I guess I’ll just stick to leaving my ass on the gym room floor and indulging every now and again. God help me.

 For ways to save money on healthier eating, look for that in an upcoming blog post!

 Have a good day everyone!