July 8, 2013 by The Lupie Chick
Ok guys, its time I get serious and take my health back! I’m not with the fad diets/eating plans, the (weight loss) body wraps, or (weight loss) shakes/pills. I’m doing it the old fashion way. I know what I need to do-and I recognize that I need to take it slow and do a little at a time. Shocking my system and making drastic changes all at once, has never worked for me (long term), and depriving myself certainly don’t work. I’m on a self imposed #BootCamp! I will post my weekly recaps of the good, the ugly, and the downright ridiculous!!! (I’m learning that my love for food is obsessive and I’m attached emotionally). In one week I’ve realized that I have some ridiculous habits. Who’s with me?? Feel free to follow along and SHARE YOUR JOURNEY!!! ** I’m looking for an accountability partner (can be virtual) and a work out partner (I live in Atlanta) to help on this journey-if you’re interested-feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org) **
WEEK 1- DRINK MORE WATER
We all know we need to drink more water-but we don’t. I’ve listed 6 reasons why you should drink more water-starting T-O-D-A-Y!
1. Drinking Water Helps Maintain the Balance of Body Fluids. Your body is composed of about 60% water. The functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature.
When you’re low on fluids, the brain triggers the body’s thirst mechanism. And unless you are taking medications that make you thirsty, Guest says, you should listen to those cues and get yourself a drink of water.
2. Water Is Essential For Proper Hair Growth. Be sure to get plenty of that H2O for growing healthy hair that is soft, supple and lush. Water makes up approximately one fourth of the weight of a strand of hair and when hair has the proper amount of water, it will respond by being supple, and shiny. Drink a minimum of 8 to 10 glasses (8 ounce serving) of water a day to get gleaming healthy tresses.
3. Water Helps Energize Muscles. Cells that don’t maintain their balance of fluids and electrolytes shrivel, which can result in muscle fatigue. “When muscle cells don’t have adequate fluids, they don’t work as well and performance can suffer,” says Guest.
Drinking enough fluids is important when exercising. Follow the American College of Sports Medicine guidelines for fluid intake before and during physical activity. These guidelines recommend that people drink about 17 ounces of fluid about two hours before exercise. During exercise, they recommend that people start drinking fluids early, and drink them at regular intervals to replace fluids lost by sweating.
4. Water Helps Keep Skin Looking Good. Your skin contains plenty of water, and functions as a protective barrier to prevent excess fluid loss. But don’t expect over-hydration to erase wrinkles or fine lines, says Atlanta dermatologist Kenneth Ellner, MD. “Dehydration makes your skin look drier and wrinkled, which can be improved with proper hydration,” he says. “But once you are adequately hydrated, the kidneys take over and excrete excess fluids.” You can also help “lock” moisture into your skin by using moisturizer, which creates a physical barrier to keep moisture in.
5. Water Helps Your Kidneys. Body fluids transport waste products in and out of cells. The main toxin in the body is blood urea nitrogen, a water-soluble waste that is able to pass through the kidneys to be excreted in the urine, explains Guest. “Your kidneys do an amazing job of cleansing and ridding your body of toxins as long as your intake of fluids is adequate,” he says.
When you’re getting enough fluids, urine flows freely, is light in color and free of odor. When your body is not getting enough fluids, urine concentration, color, and odor increases because the kidneys trap extra fluid for bodily functions.
If you chronically drink too little, you may be at higher risk for kidney stones, especially in warm climates.
6. Water Helps Maintain Normal Bowel Function. Adequate hydration keeps things flowing along your gastrointestinal tract and prevents constipation. When you don’t get enough fluid, the colon pulls water from stools to maintain hydration — and the result is constipation.
“Adequate fluid and fiber is the perfect combination, because the fluid pumps up the fiber and acts like a broom to keep your bowel functioning properly,” says Koelemay.
Water is a Natural Headache Remedy. Studies claim that drinking water regularly can reduce the severity of headaches and migraines. Dehydration is one of the significant factors in the build-up to attacks that can leave the sufferers incapacitated for days
CLICK HERE to read more on the benefits of drinking water
Week 1 Recap: Drink (1) Cup of Water Every Hour.
- · My body is hydrated-my “pee” is clear and running freely!!!!!!! (hooray for properly functioning kidneys).
- · I noticed that my face looks a little brighter after my morning session with my clarisonic facial brush
- · (Probably my imagination) but me hair is growing in!!!!!!!-I feel peach fuzz and I can see baby hairs growing around my hairline & edges (fist pump)
- · I’ve mixed up a natural flavored water that taste like a mojito ( without the alcohol and sugar)- using fresh fruit and mint-so freshing
The Bad (Habits)
- · I suffer from migraines, and this week, I had intense migraine headaches. I could not put my finger on what the issue could be-until this morning. I think I was having caffeine withdrawals!!!! Caffeine can be both beneficial and harmful for a headache sufferer. It can serve as a treatment or, in some cases, can cause withdrawal or headaches. I haven’t had any caffeinated drinks in a week. Once I took an over the counter pain medicine, the headaches would subside in 15-20 minutes. I think the “worse” part is over ( as far as withdrawals)
- · I noticed I could drink the water every hour while at work but I wasn’t successful doing it at home. I would pour a glass of water and 2-3 hours later it’s still there and the cup is full. I’m not really sure what the mental block is-but I will need to figure it out and break through it.
- · The bathroom breaks… lawd hamercy… I was in the bathroom more than I was at my desk! My commute to/from work is approximately 40 minutes; therefore I do not drink ant water at 4:00pm (that would make for an awful ride home doing the pee-pee dance in my car). I’m hoping that the urge to go to the rest room every 15 minutes will soon subside.
The DOWN RIGHT RIDICULOUS!!!!
- · Drinking a cup of water every hour should have been
easyRight? NOT!!! I realized that I’ve associated certain food with certain drinks-and water wasn’t on that list. Typically, with breakfast (bagel, donuts/pastry, grits/eggs/bacon) I would drink coffee, lunch/snacks (sandwich, hotdogs, burgers, occasional salad, chips, candy) I drank a soda (or two), and dinner (something deep fried & smothered) I drank kool-aid, or soda, and before bed, a cup of hot tea (with lemon and honey) with a handful of Pumpkin Seeds. Well this week I only changed my water intake, I was eating the same foods. I didn’t enjoy NOT ONE MEAL- I actually skipped lunch on Friday because I wanted to get a Tuna Sub, lays potato chips and a ice cold (semi frothy) PEPSI (in the can)!!!!! I could not imagine eating my sub without a soda. My mind wouldn’t allow me to embrace that concept. My inner girl was in my ear saying “WHATS UP WITH THAT??”, “You can’t be serious”. So with that being said, I skipped it all together (bad, I know).
Check back next Monday for Week 2 recap- No fast food!
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