The Fitness Gypsy


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

10 Tips to Drink More Water

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I am doing the #last90day challenge from Rachel Hollis. I'm not trying to do more than the Five to Thrive. One of the 5 things is to drink half my body weight in ounces of water every day.

I struggle with getting in my water intake. I am not a water drinker. There is only so much flavoring you can put in it. I know you're probably thinking how am I trainer if I don't like water. Just because I don't like water doesn't mean that I don't still try to get my water in.

1. Drink water first thing in the morning. 
I have a water bottle on my nightstand and drink a little bit right when I get up.

2. Drink water from a straw.
This is one that I have heard both ways. Don't drink from a straw. Drink from a straw. To me, I think I drink more from a straw. I have a hard plastic bottle from Starbucks that I use around the gym.

3. Add fruit/veggies.
My favorite combo is cucumbers and lemon. Cassie Ho from Blogilates has a few recipes that I have tried too. I also like just straight lemon water. NO, not lemonade but water and with a lot of lemons.

4. Set an alarm. 
I use my fitbit and set several reminders throughout the day.

5. Tracking the intake. 
I use either MyFitnessPal or my water intake download from passion planner. It's great to say we are going to drink so many ounces but how do we know if we don't actually track it.

I have notes through the house and my phone reminding to do things.

7. Stock Up 
I drink only bottled water. The water where I live isn't always the best. So we do filtered water at home, but mostly bottled water. Sometimes I get gallon jugs and take with me to work.

8. Community
Let someone know your goal to drink more water. I know for me if I don't say anything to anyone then it is easy to fall off. No one knew I was doing it anyway so it's not that big of a deal. WRONG!! Tell someone. Tell me. Send me a message. I will help you!! We've got this!

9. Water Bottle
Drinking more water will be easier if you have something that you want to drink from. For me I use my starbucks hard plastic because it's something small and easy to carry on the gym floor. I also love my bkr water bottle.

10. Drink water before you eat
I remember reading a while back if you drink before a meal you are going to eat less. So if hungry try drinking some water before you eat.

11. Invest in a filter
In the past few places we have lived the water quality hasn't been that great so we do bottled water but filters are great too. We go back and forth on purchasing a filter pitcher but we are horrible on replacing the filter.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Y'all I'm Sorry

Apologizing to my readers

I'm Sorry! I have been inconsistent with this space when I told you that I was going to be consistent. I know that most of you will tell me it's ok because it's my space. I can do what I want with it. I appreciate your grace and margin.

But I was listening to Taylor Bradford's Boss Girl Creative podcast. I am not sure what episode it was but I remember her talking about the readers and we need to accountable to y'all. I have been a bad friend. I have been that friend that says sure I'll meet you for coffee then either cancels or doesn't show up. 

If I didn't show up for our coffee its probably my own insecurities of that I am not going to live up to what I think you think of me. Does that make sense? Probably not, but it's what's going on up there. 

Trust me it's not you!! It's totally me!! It's not like I don't have enough to talk about or I'm not a good listener. I let my emotions get the most of me a majority of the time. I am also AMAZING at worry about things that don't even happen. 

I haven't talked too much about it on my blog or social media. I have depression and suffer from anxiety/panic attacks. Last week I couldn't break out my depression and own anxiety. It's really hard for me to talk about me because I can't explain it. I can't explain what's going on in my head. Then when I can't explain I get myself worked up into an attack. The other day I was talking to a co-worker about this and they mentioned what's one thing I am grateful for. The only thing I could think of is my job. 

But I promise y'all I will be better. I will be here for you. I will show up for our regular coffee date three times a week.
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