Monday, July 26, 2010

How To - Healthy Living - Week 4 Link Up - Water, Water and More Water

Hi Friends,
We are starting week 4 here of our healthy living program.  You can jump right in today if you like.  Everyone is welcome.  The point of this is to work on changing our habits in order to live a healthy lifestyle.  You don't have to focus on exactly what I'm doing this week, but link up to your specific post as to what you are doing this week to improve your health.  Share your goals and accomplishments.  You can even share your challenges and we'll try to encourage you to get back on track.

This week I lost 2 pounds for a total of 5 pounds lost.
25 pounds to go to reach my goal of 30.

I wish I could say that I made it to the gym every day this past week, but I only made it three times.  We had company staying with us.  How do the rest of you keep your routines when you have company?  My routines go out the window and I hate that.  We have company often so this is a struggle for me.  One of the things I did at the gym this week was to go to a low impact class.  It was almost all weights.  My muscles shook for a couple of hours after the class.  Guess it was a good thing though because it pushed me harder than what I have been routinely been doing at the gym.  I found the class not to be so fun.  Perhaps it was because I got to look at myself in a mirror for an hour while we lifted weights.  These young chickies in class who don't have children had super trim bodies. (I used to look like that before giving birth three times to 9+ pound babies.)  Then there was me, the over 40 mom.  I think working out on the machines and treadmills with the other over 40'ers is more my speed.  I do think though it will be good for me to go to that class every few weeks just to push myself.  I just won't compare myself to the young girls.

I also wanted to say that this past week has been very difficult to cut out the sugars like I mentioned last week.  I've been trying and have cut back on them some but will continue to work on this.

My focus this week is on drinking water.  Water, water and more water.  When I used to work for Physician's Weight Loss Centers we would encourage our clients to drink an extra glass of water for every #20 pounds overweight that they were.  This is above their 8 glasses of water to start with. 

Drinking water has many benefits and it is one of the best things we can consume.  Here are just a few of the benefits we receive from drinking water.  Water flushes out wastes, transports nutrients, and regulates body temperature.  It supports the chemical processes in our bodies.  It keeps skin moist, energy levels up and alleviates some headaches. Being well hydrated often helps to regulate appetite. People often mistake thirst and hunger, and eat when their bodies are actually craving fluid.   (I know I do this one, eat when I should be drinking.)

Not drinking enough water can also lead to many problems.  A few include: developing urinary tract infections, fatigue, headaches, muscle cramps, dizziness and preterm labor if you are pregnant.  There are many more problems, but this gives you an idea.

As I said before, be sure to link to your specific post related to healthy living.  If you've missed any of the previous posts, you can find them here:
Week 1 - Introduction
Week 2 - Exercise
Week 3 - Eliminating the wrong sugars


Haupi said...

Great blog. I learned from Oprah and Dr. Oz the value of drinking water and immediately felt the difference in my life. This is really life changing information you have here. Congrats on the weight loss too. Smiles.


~Alison~ said...

I haven't been doing too good at drinking my water. Diet Pepsi tastes sooo much better! Bad, I know.

I didn't post this week. I'm thinking I need to take a step back and re-evaluate. No loss. No gain last week.

Congrats to you on the loss!!!!


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