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I cannot seem to get enough fruit and veggies lately. They are fresh and colorful, I’ve been eating cataloupe like candy lately. And that’s a good thing. A cup of cantaloupe is around 60-70 calories. It’s a yummy thing to fill up on, and it’s packed with vitamins! Since I’ve been incorportating more of these items into my diet (and less complex carbs) – I have felt more energetic, less “heavy” (more “light” – i.e., less weighed down), and seen healthier changes in other aspects of my life.

Incorportating these fruits and veggies have been relatively easy for me. It was just a matter of having them in my house. They are so easy to grab now that I have a variety of fruits and vegetables around my house. And every week I have something new and different (there is so much variety!). It makes packing a lunch a breeze, and the tastes are vibrant and fresh.

Just cutting up an apple for a side dish with dinner, grabbing a bagged salad for a fast pairing, throwing copped up peppers and corn into beans for zesty burritos, throwing sweet peas into a fresh potato soup, or roasting veggies to add to pasta. The possibilities are truly endless!

I have also been enjoying (and pushing myself to) drinking more water. It’s not always easy, sometimes I just want flavor. So I throw a slice of lemon, cucumber, or even melon. It’s refreshing, and I’ve noticed how much smoother my body functions when it’s well hydrated. I still enjoy my coffee and tea, but nothing hydrates the body like water. By making it a priority, I’ve made my health a priority.

Start your love affair with fruits and veggies (and water) today! I guarantee you’ll thank yourself for it (and your body will too)!

Tips for Eating More Fruits and Veggies, just click here.

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I ate lunch early. Consisted of a PB&J and just a few carrots. I was satisfied, so I broke open a Lit and Fit Yogurt (which was only $0.25 at the store yesterday!). Yummy!

Water drinking is going well too, just polished off Nalgene #1! Halfway to my goal before 3:30pm. Think I might squeeze some green tea in there as well. 😀

Last night was full of delicious food and lots of little noshes. I finished off work with a giant pear and an Oatmeal Raisin Quaker Chewy Bar. I then met my sweetie at the food store for the 12 hour produce sale! We got lots of goodies – bananas, onions, potatoes, apples, cantaloupe, peppers, butter, tofu, yogurts, frozen tater tots, frozen peppers, plus other munchies for under $20!! It was fabulous and now my fridge and counter are stocked with fresh veggies and fruits, and lots of healthy ingredients here and there. Love that feeling! Money Saving Tip: go online once a week and read the circulars from your local food stores, you can get some STELLAR deals for healthy items that normal might be a little pricey!

Last night I made Mac and Cheese, which I had with a huge side salad drizzled with balsamic! Mmm! I forgot to snap pictures, which I really need to be more diligent about, it’s good to see what I am putting into my body. We then went on a short, but speedy walk. I then made some homemade Salt & Vinegar Chick Peas – holy yummy! I think I will top my salad with these tonight. I felt rushed last night because we had to make it to a concert last night, so my exercise wasn’t as good as it could’ve been. And then I found myself noshing when I got home, with a big cup of camomille tea. I am heading to the gym today for a nice, long workout! And boy, am I looking forward to it. Tonight’s dinner will be a big salad, with some cheese, basalmic, chick peas, grated carrot, and who knows what other goodies I will throw in there! 🙂

This morning started out with Overnight Oats (HUGE scoop of PB, I LOVE that stuff)  like yesterday, except I got a picture before I dug in! I am so happy it’s Friday and I am enjoying my coconut coffee as well. My goal is trying to drink 2 nalgenes of water before 3:30 today (That would be 64 oz of water). I need to get more water in my system! I am working on incorporating more healthy habits into my life. I’ve read that it takes 30 days to form a habit. Here are some habits I would love to form:
1) Drink more water.
2) Eat more whole grains, less refined products.
3) Keep active (do something active every day).
4) Continue to cook more homemade.
5) Keep workouts fun!

Slowly but surely, my body has felt so much better eating the way I have and exercise. I think it’s been worth it so far! 😉

I do not know how some people can work 4 ten-hour work days every week. Godspeed to ya if you do! I am so happy this week is coming to a close. I need to great organized. I am still nursing my coffee from earlier and am about half way done with my Nalgene.

I am trying to track my food differently now – with the times. I will try to take pictures when I can, I just haven’t been as focused on that as I should be. For the rest of the day I will be snapping pictures.

My sweetheart stopped by my work today to say hello. He then ran some errands for me because he is the best! We are going to play one of the best games for the Wii. I asked for it for Christmas and my honey never disappoints. This game is FUN and makes you sweat a little. For those days when you don’t feel like exercising…this is perfect! It’s called Just Dance 2 and I adore it. You can have fun and burn a few calories. It’s fun, gets you moving, and is an easy “exercise” to do on your off days. There is also a “Just Sweat” setting, where you have a goal of a certain number of songs per day to reach a certain number of “sweat” points a week. Check it out! It’s worth it!

11:20am: Ate my PB&J for lunch

I seem to suck at tracking my food intake so far. My days are so busy and full of meetings, and work, and after work meetings and life in general gets in my way. But this who getting into shape thing is really really important to me. Lately I have been busy and tired. So I feel like I just keep making excuses for myself. It’s easy to not exercise when I am tired. It’s easy not to eat 100% right when I am feeling burnt out and grab what is easiest. But is this helping me reach my goal? No. Is it good for my health in general? No.

Today after work, I am heading the store. To pick up some needed items as well as to get a bunch of fresh vegetables and fruits. If I have that stuff in the house. I eat it. But when I don’t. I reach for the chips or pretzels or carb loaded snack item. Tonight when I go the store, I am picking up the vegetables and fruits – I want to get carrots, celery, apples, bananas, sweet potatoes, etc. etc. etc. I am doing myself a disservice – and I don’t feel as good as I did when I was exercise 4 to 5 times a week, eating veggies and fruit everyday. I am just in a rut. Time to get that fixed.

I have also be super dyhrdated too. I drank over 2 Nalgenes and I wake up with a horrible feel in my stomach. I have NOT been taking care of myself . IT’s been work and go, go, go, for 2 weeks now. Time to get back on track. Not a good formula for the content life.

7:00AM: Cup of coffee with coconut creamer and overnight oats with chocolate peanutella.
9:30AM: Second cup of coffee with three vanilla creamer cups.
10:34AM: Hunger strikes. Eating a banana. Drinking more water.

Yesterday. I kinda failed at most things. Ha! I worked so hard yesterday and I had a killer headache. So I failed at tracking my meals, at being super productive, and at exercise. I mostly just went through coupons and crashed on the couch. My head was pounding when I got to bed around 9ish.

I woke up this morning, and my head is still a little poundy and I felt SO dehydrated. Why can I not get enough water in me??

This morning I drank water while I got ready for the day, and then had my usual cup o’ coffee. I am not drinking my water and a cup of green tea. I had my lunch. Which consisted of leftover pizza with pesto sauce, and a chocolate mint square. It was an early lunch, but my body needed the food. Lately, I feel like I can’t get enough to eat, I’ve felt weaker, and just plain RUN down. I am thinking I need to recoup from travel and then non-stop work weeks. This weekend is my time to recoup – it is my birthday and then we are going to the Bridal Expo here in town. Then I am taking Sunday to just SIT, and probably hit the gym. I need to get back into that habit…and I also want to incorporate more FRESH fruit and vegetables in my diet. When I am at the store, I want to spend at least 50% of the time I do in the produce section.

This got me thinking? How does tiredness and exhaustion play a part in the content life? To some, probably not at all. BUT, if I wasn’t so tired I wouldn’t take the time to just sit. Which I have been doing. Also, I don’t worry as much as I usually would…because I am frankly too tired to worry. Some times things come into my mind, but they just kind of come and go. I think it helps unwind people when things are go, go, GO! I am getting through today, have a meeting from 5:30 to 7pm tonight. And then I am going to sit. Recoup. And exercise tomorrow.

Lunch came early today- I ate at about 11 am. I had a PB&J on homemade honey wheat bread (made by my sweetie’s grandmother!). I also had a palmful of dry roasted Starbuck’s cashews (that were super expensive! Almost $2.00 for a small bag). I think I am going to have a little bit more in just a tiny bit once the hungries comeback. I am still drinking water, slowly but surely. I finished most of my second coffee but the exhaustion is setting in. I am frustrated with all the work I have to do and so here are some tips for getting through the work day, ’cause let’s face it – we aren’t all cut out for a desk job. Sometimes I feel downright lethargic, and worn out (from sitting!). Here some things I do to make the day go a little better when I am ancy and tired.

Desk Ridden Tips:
1) Take a deep breath, when things are not “fun” – think about something fun upcoming in your future that you are looking forward to.
2) Get up and move! Jog up the stairs (if you have them) or take a walk around the building. The fresh air will wake you up and give you that extra jolt caffeine can’t/won’t give you.
3) Listening to music. I wrote a report in college about how music can help with productivity and calm people down. Listen to your favorite tunes!
4) Chat with a co-worker – it’s good to talk about “reality” sometimes outside of “work, work, work” chat.
5) Drink water – it helps you feel…fresh! When you’re feeling sluggish, chug some water. Always keep a (full) water bottle on your desk.
6) Dealing with a cranky co-worker? (I do quite a bit!) Try to look at things from their perspective (maybe they’ve got something hard going on in their personal life? Or they are feeling ill?) Take everything with a grain of salt and thank God for your blessings!

I am so hungry today! [Unhealthy] afternoon snack (leftover greasy pretzel from the airport:

Water check-in:
64oz goal
28oz consumed
36oz remain

Back from my whirlwind trip with 90% of wedding decorations, 50% of vendors figured out, and a wedding dress! Also…I ate A LOT this weekend with my family and going to all the fancy restaurant. And guess what’s coming in the mail today? My bikini’s. Guess who needs to hit the gym? This kid.

Want to see some of the things I ate this weekend? Totally tasty, not so good for the waist line. 😦 Did exercise one day with my sis, and then we did do A LOT of walking. So I think we still were pretty active.

Homemade pizzelle from my sister!

Veggie sandwhich with Sugar Free Soy Coconut Latte.

California Burritos from Jalapeno’s!

Mac and Cheese dinner with pretzel from airport, for dinner last night.

Today started off with a cup o’ coffee with coconut creamer and a Peanut Butter Chocolate Zone bar. Not my first nutricious choice, but I forgot I had a meeting from 7:15 am to 8:15 am, so I scarfed it down! I am not on my second cup of coffee and I just realized it some how became 10 am. So I am hungry again. I need to start eating well again, this weekend – I ate out so much and I did not hold back! I think I may have gained about 3 pounds. So let’s get this thing going. I am now having a second cup of coffee with vanilla and caramel machiatto creamer, plus drinking water (gotta stay hydrated), and about a 1/2 cup of apple sauce. Mmm! So tonight is going to be tricky – got a late flight in last night and early morning at work (doing for ten-hour shifts again). Tonight I wanted to exercise, but on 5 to 6 hours of sleep – my body needs rest and I think we might do a frozen pizza for dinner.

Speaking of water – I do not drink enough of it. I am going to log my water throughout the day to reach a goal.  
+ 10:00am: 4 oz (out of my goal, 64oz)

A long day ahead of me.

It’s lunch time! On the menu today is another banana the size of Florida and a PB&J. Quick and easy. I ate the banana and only half of the sandwhich – and for some reason I can’t finish the other half. I think I will save it for a little bit later!

I also need to start drinking more water – some times water just doesn’t sound great. But I know for health benefits, I should drink more. I have a tendency to drink just enough…and then I feel super dehydrated for the next day. Goal: drink two water bottles a day (that’s 8 glasses, the daily recommended amount).

Ok, so now I am finishing the other half of the sandwhich. 😀

My fiance got stellar scores on his Praxis test! I am going to take him out to dinner to celebrate tonight. He really exercised his brain, so he did an amazing job (as I expected)! It’s just a matter of finding something yummy and cost-effective for dinner tonight. I am thinking soup and sandwhich (yum!) – but knowing my fiance – he’ll probably want pizza (which is a-ok with me 😉 ).

Speaking of exercise, I am finding my motivation is nill today. I am exhausted. And it’s only Tuesday. I will probably do a circuit that I do sometimes when I am in trying to squeeze something but don’t have the ideal amount of time or energy. You don’t need a gym or any equipment – just some music, 30 minutes, and a tiny bit of motivation.

It’s a ten-minute circuit that I do three times:

1. Butt kicks – 1 and 1/2 minutes
2. Squats – 1 and 1/2 minutes
3. Lunges – 1 and 1/2 minutes
4. Reverse crunches or toe reaches – 30 seconds
5. Leg lowers with oblique crunch – 30 seconds
6. Flutter kicks or cross over crunch – 1 minute
7. Push-ups – 30 seconds
8. Lotus pose – 30 seconds
9. Donkey Kicks – 30 seconds
10. Jumping Jacks – 1 minute
11. Skaters – 1 minute

Drinking some green tea – ready to finish off the day strong!

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