Epic Fail

Alright, it’s official. I suck at this blogging thing and REALLY suck at this healthy lifestyle thing. I’ve fallen back again….waaaay back. I want this so bad yet I ALWAYS self destruct. As soon as I have a bad day I turn right to the food. I will say, in my defense, there have been a lot of bad days lately. So…a run down of my life for the last 6 months:

  • Boyfriend left
  • Finally found a rental…2 hours north of where I lived and away from everybody I know
  • Second job ended
  • In December boyfriend and I decide to try to work it out, but at a distance
  • Nothing changes….I end it (last week)
  • Ex decides he wants custody of my son
  • He loses, but there’s a ridiculous visitation schedule I have to abide by now (he lives a few states away and is known for not showing up when we’re supposed to meet or forgetting him at daycare)
  • My parents sell their house and buy one in Arizona (we live in NH), which leaves me pretty much all alone in New England
  • My daughter hates living here and her school, because it’s too easy

Alright, that’s enough bitching. I’ve been stressed, lonely, and snowed in. And you know what makes it worse? I know that despite all of it there is NO excuse for allowing myself to be a fat ass. So, here I am once again. Third time’s the charm? Maybe? I hope….

We’re going to start with baby steps.

I’ve posted before about how important water is in A Sea of Coffee. Knowing this I still don’t remember the last time I had an actual drink of water. So I went out and bought a package of Poland Spring sports bottles. Did you know I should be drinking 5 and 1/3 of these per day? I know I’m dehydrated. My body has been hurting, I’m always thirsty, my skin is dry and breaking out (I’m in my 30’s damn it I shouldn’t break out), and my brain is just a fog. So I’ve decided I’m going to spend the next 3 days focusing on drinking enough water before jumping into a diet regimen. I’m not going to change too much on how I eat because I want to see the actual results of just the water being added.

Once these three days are up I’ll be going hard with a 7 day cleanse diet before hitting the 21 Day Fix again. I love the 21 Day Fix and it really helped last time. I think I need a 7 day cleanse in the beginning just to give me a bit of a boost.

Need to know how much water you should drink? Take your weight in pounds and divide it by 2. Now turn those lbs to oz. That is how many ounces you should be drinking.

Bottoms up!

 

A Sea of Coffee

I have an obsession.  A high caloric obsession.  To hell with Dunkin Donuts and their yummy French Vanilla iced coffees.  Why is it that my one weakness shall stare me in the face at every red light? Taunt me from every corner I drive passed?  Sure…people tell me to get it with skim milk and some sugar…but it just doesn’t taste quite the same.  Although I was extremely tempted and nearly frothing at the mouth I am happy to say I avoided the temptation…although tomorrow I can’t promise anything!

Every time I drive by I have to take a chug of water to remind myself that water is all. Water shall cleanse my body of the impurities. Water shall push this fat out of my system. If only that’s all we had to do, huh? Actually, if you’re well hydrated water won’t really help too much with your weight loss efforts. However, chances are that you are dehydrated at some level. Most of us don’t drink enough water in a world of coffee.

How does water help? From what I’ve been told and read water is involved in every one of your body’s functions, including your metabolism. You know, that thing that we complain is too slow and that’s why we have an extra tire or two around the waist? According to doctors (and other people who study this sort of thing) even being 1% dehydrated can negatively impact your metabolism. That’s like….a quarter of a cup of water. I don’t know, I’m just guessing. It’s not much though!

So, what else can we do with this magical clear fluid? Drink a full glass before a meal to feel more full. That makes sense. A study was actually done showing that people who did this ate an average of 75 calories less during that meal. Alright, 75 calories doesn’t seem like much, but think how many it is if you did this at 3 meals a day. That’s 225 calories a day less, plus you’re making sure you take in more water for the day helping to keep you hydrated. If you did this every single day for a year that would be 82,125 calories. OK, maybe the calorie number doesn’t mean that much to you. Think of it like this….3500 calories is equivalent to one pound of body weight. That means by drinking 1 glass of water before 3 meals a day could possibly help you lose 23 pounds in a year. Sounds like an easy way to shed a little bit of weight!

Alright, so I bet you’re preparing to drink your eight 8oz glasses of water today? Wait just a second. Did you know that recommendation is outdated? Maybe that’s what you need, but probably not. New information is out about how much water you need, and it’s not a one size fits all number. The actual requirement depends on a few factors. Where you live, your activity level, and your weight (I feel like this has to do with almost everything in my life) determine how much you have to drink to stay hydrated. If you’re in a warmer climate or are exercising you need more than somebody that isn’t sweating and is sitting around on their computer writing a blog. You should be drinking a half an ounce to 1 ounce for every pound you way. If you’re laying around on a couch in Alaska you’ll need closer to 1/2 an ounce per body weight, if you’re framing houses in New Mexico you’ll need closer to an ounce per body weight. 20160817_084128(1)

So now that I know that I have to drink 120 ounces of water each day minimum I feel the urge to pee. Speaking of which, did you know a sign that you’re well hydrated is clear or very light yellow, odorless urine? Check out the bowl.

New goals for today. Drink a glass of water before every meal. And make sure I drink 120 ounces of water minimum. I just measured my glass. It’s a 16oz glass, but I actually get about 14oz in it when I fill it for a drink. So that means I need 8 and a half of these bad boys. Can I do it? We shall see!