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Wow, what a week! Let's chat, shall we?
We're in Day 3 of our 7 Day Water Challenge. Everyone's been doing an amazing job!
I've had a few people ask me how I track or if there are any reminder apps I use to help me meet my goal. I know I need reminders to get to the finish line every day!
Here's a few ideas I wanted to share with you. NOTE: I have not used all of these methods, nor do receive any endorsements from any company. My job is to research and report to you all :)
1. Your smartphone's reminder and/or timer feature: All smartphones (Android and Apple) have these features. You can either enter a reminder in your phone or set a timer to go off at whatever interval you want (hourly, every 90 minutes, etc.) Easy peasy!
2. If you use a FitBit, SparkPeople or MyFitnessPal already, then you're in luck! All of these apps have a built in water tracking feature. Just go into any of these apps and enter how much water you've finished in a sitting. None of these have a built-in reminder feature, BUT the people at MyFitnessPal came up with a genius hack to create a water reminder in their system. Brilliant!
3. My Water app by Victor Sharov. This is the app I've been using for quite some time. It's free (my favorite!) and easy to use. You set up a profile that includes your weight and activity level. Then, the app gives you a recommended total daily intake (in ounces). You can adjust it, though, so no worries there! Then, as you drink, you can enter your totals and see your progress.
Another cool feature? It tracks all liquids. There's buttons for coffee, juice, protein shakes, tea and more. The catch? Unless it's water, you won't get full credit. For example, if you drink 8 ounces of juice, you'll only get 5-6 ounces credit. Yeah, not exactly fair. But they are trying to encourage us to drink more water, right?
FULL DISCLOSURE: Unless the drink has calories, I enter it as water. SHOCK, HORROR! Yes, I'm a cheater. But, it's my journey and I do my best to make sure the majority of my fluids are water. So, my flavored water (Crystal light or pre-packaged) and Coke Zero go in for full credit. If it has calories (protein shake, juice, milk) then I take the hit.
If you Google Water Tracking Apps, you'll can find a lot more choices. Let me know what you decide and let's keep drinking! :)
When it comes to water, I think I've heard it all.
Whatever you do, don't get dehydrated!
You can never drink too much!
You CAN drink too much!
Water helps you lose weight!
For God's Sake, avoid water retention!!
My head is swimming from all the water talk.
So, what's the deal when it comes to water? How much SHOULD you drink to stay properly hydrated?
Could it be as simple as a basic math equation? A U.S. News & World Report story claims the following:
Total Body Weight X .50 = Minimum ounces of water you should drink per day
Excuse me...but for me, that would be...let me see...315.8 X .50 = 157.9 ounces
If you want to find me, I'll be moving into the bathroom!
Ok, not exactly realistic, at least for me. How about you?
The classic six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water is a good baseline to start with for daily water consumption. But, the bottom line: EVERYONE'S NEEDS ARE DIFFERENT!!! No way am I going to recommend how much each person should drink.
For a while, I tried to drink at least 100 ounces of water a day. In the summer, it was a piece of cake. Once the weather got colder, though—damn, it got tough.
So, we know we should drink water and most of us can probably stand to drink more. That's why my first puzzle piece for February is a 7-Day Water Challenge.
The best part of this challenge? YOU choose how much you want to drink. Ideally, it should be more than what you're already drinking (unless you're water rock star...then I bow before you. For real!)
For me, I'm going for at least 80 ounces a day.
And, for the record, I count any non-calorie liquid as water. Tap water, bottled water, seltzer water, coffee, tea, diet pop/soda, Crystal Light. NO JUDGEMENTS HERE! The goal is to get hydrated. I don't give a drop about how you do it. But, avoid the high calorie and high caffeine drinks, because why waste your calories on that, right?
Are you ready to join me? It's only for 7 days! Leave a comment below or over on my pinned post on my Facebook Page. I want to cheer you on and we can help each other. Share pics of your amazing water bottles or what your drinking. Share ideas of how to make it easier to get that water in!
I'll be sharing some tips throughout the week! I know it's not easy. But you will feel better by getting hydrated!
Ok, so a couple of weeks ago, my editor at Simplemost.com asked me if I'd be willing to write a post about my weight loss experience, so far. Obviously, I have no issue sharing my thoughts since I post here, on social media, etc. I've been pretty open so far.
But this was something different. It's one thing to share your experiences in your own little corner of the online world. Simplemost has a big, national audience. People on the world wide web (is it even called that anymore?) aren't always the kindest souls.
Still, I don't know about you, but I get tired of reading about the latest/greatest celebrity-endorse diet. There's nothing wrong with them, but many of us just cannot relate to that. I'm not special. I'm just like anyone else out there. I wanted to share what it's like to fight this battle for "just anyone."
If my post helps anyone, it's well worth putting myself out there for comments and criticism. So far, the reaction has been positive. It may not stay that way. Who knows? But, if it can motivate someone to realize they're worth taking the time and effort to treat themselves well, then the haters can hate!
Hope you enjoy the post! Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments or on the FB thread!
I'm Marie. I'm working toward a 200 lb. weight loss goal. I'm doing it with baby steps. Follow my journey here.
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