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Five Reasons to Drink More Water

Happy Friday! Guess what? I’m hooking up with Cynthia, Mar and Courtney again for their Friday Five linkup. I’m kinda excited to be linking up for the second consecutive week. Whoop Whoop! I’m making progress in my scheduling and tasking. You can join the party too! Make sure to check out their blogs for all the details. Today I’m talking about 5 reasons to drink more water. We all know water is a vital part of our body’s needs. Drinking water helps the balance of bodily fluids and water is crucial to those of us who participate in strenuous exercise. With the hottest season fast approaching, it’s even more vital that we are consuming enough water to balance out the body’s loss during sweat sessions.

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  • It will wash away your stress – Okay, maybe it won’t completely wash away your stress, but it will give you more energy, ease tension, slow your breathing, and reduce the strain on your heart.
  • It helps to manage your weight – When you are well hydrated, your body performs closer to maximum efficiency, so aspects of your body, like your digestion and muscle function, are enhanced.
  • It will keep you cool in the summertime. – Did you know that water helps regulate your body temperature? Just think of it this way. The evaporation of water (sweat) from your body lowers the temperature of our body.
  • It lubricates our joints. – The cartilage tissues at the ends of long bones & between the vertebrae of the spine hold a lot of water; this acts as a lubricant during the movement of the joint. When the cartilage is will hydrated, the two opposing surfaces glide freely, and friction damage is minimal. If the cartilage is dehydrated, the rate of “abrasive” damage is increased, resulting in joint deterioration and increased pain.
  • It keeps your face looking fresh – Water helps to keep the skin moisturized. This results in a fresher looking face, with smoother skin, and a nice soft glow. Drinking plenty of water isn’t the only factor that can help with improving your skin. Many people may decide that they want to use a purifying face wash (available at reneerouleau.com) alongside drinking water to help prevent the skin from getting dry, as well as giving them a refreshing look. It’s definitely worth a try if you want to make your skin feel smoother and healthier.

For some even more incredible reasons to drink more water, visit this page, I’m sure you’ll be amazed at how beneficial this incredible fluid is to our daily functions. Also, here are some guidelines to assist you with keeping up with your daily water intake:

Drink half your body weight in ounces (If you weight 140 lbs that equates to 70 ounces of water each day)

You can gauge your water intake by the color of your urine. If it’s bright yellow or darker, you’re most likely not drinking enough. You should aim (no pun intended) for a light yellow color.

Eat lots of water dense fruits and vegetables. Not surprisingly, watermelon has a large quantity of water. (duh)

Carry a water bottle around with you throughout the day. You’ll be more inclined to drink from a conveniently placed source, rather than opting for purchasing a soda or other carbonated beverage from a vending machine.

What are some other great tips or facts that you know about drinking water?

Good News

Monday I ran 3 Miles!!!!

Woo Hoo for a Healthy

Mamma!!!

Monday morning, you should have seen the grin on my face as I laced up my Brooks running shoes and set off to the gym to tackle a few miles. I cannot begin to tell you how happy I was that my foot was miraculously feeling well enough to attempt to run on it.  Monday was going to be the first time I’ve ran since the sprain, so I thought the treadmill would be the best way to ease back into a routine. I took it really slow and let the speed creep up gradually. I started with just 10 minutes of walking at a slight incline, then took it down to flat and began slowly adding speed. I peaked at 6.5 mph because I didn’t want to push my luck, but I felt really good the entire time. I didn’t experience any discomfort or pain, so that means that I’M BACK!!!! I ran/walked for 3 miles and would have loved to have gone for longer, but the responsible adult inside my head encouraged me to stop there and cap off the hour with some cycling instead. So you know what that means???? I’ll be good as gravy for NorthCal Ragnar!!!! I cannot wait to get that tattoo back on my leg. (don’t worry mom, it’s a temporary tat)

Speaking of Ragnar, I’ve got my hands full for the next week while I prepare everything for our traveling arrangements and packing. The one thing I don’t like about race-style vacations is the anxiety I get from packing and preparations. I’m always worried that I’m going to forget something so important. Thankfully, I have this guest post from Raffi that I can reference while I gather my gear together. Being the team captain for this relay, I’ve got the responsibility of printing and organizing our race “bibles” and paperwork, along with coordinating our economy van rental pickups and hotel arrangements. There’s twelve of us on our team, plus two tag-a-longs (my husband and our friend Meghan), so that’s a lot of people to coordinate information and details to for traveling and race requirements. When it all comes down to it, it’s going to be an absolutely fun weekend. We have our wine tours and tastings set up already for the days after the race. Luckily, we were able to get a group tasting at one of my favorite wineries. That is going to be a really nice treat for this gal here. Not to mention, I’ll be tasting it with some of my favorite people on the planet.

In the next following days, I’m trying to maximize my fitness schedule as best I can. I know I just started running again, but I plan to tackle at least 6 miles this weekend, I’d like to get up to 8 if I’m feeling strong. I know that the stamina is still there, I just want to keep myself safe and not risk injury by pushing forward too soon. I’m waiting to hear back from my coach to see what she recommends as far as a safe mileage. I’m just too excited to sit and wait…….

Have you ever been so excited to get back to your training?

Marathon Training and Goals for August

First of all, I cannot believe that we are already into the month of August.  This year has flown by.  More than anything, I can’t believe that my little baby is going to be turning two years old in four months.  WOW!  It really makes me want to cry.

 

This is one of the pictures from our family photo shoot last month.  I <3 her!!!

This is one of the pictures from our family photo shoot last month.

   

Okay,  enough with the pseudo sadness.  Let’s get on to my goals and marathon training schedule for August.  

Something that I’m definitely amped up about for this month is my increase in mileage for my long runs.  Yay!!!  I haven’t run more than 7 miles at a time since the Iron Girl Half Marathon back in April.  That’s three very long, and very hot months that I have been absent from the long distance running.  You might guess that I did that on purpose to avoid the sweltering heat, and I did, mostly.  But even so, now we are entering the worst month for outdoor training.  Between the daily thunderstorms, funnel clouds and hurricane season upon us, I’m going to have to be careful not to slack off and over sleep on my run days.  Afternoon showers are inevitable during this time of year, so I want to avoid the evening runs and stick to the early a.m. if at all possible.  Otherwise, I’ll end up like this gal.  

Found this picture on Weather.com from last year during the Hurricane before the Republican National Convention

Found this picture on Weather.com from last year during the Hurricane before the Republican National Convention

 

Another thing about  this upcoming month’s marathon schedule is that I’ll be adding a fourth day of running into my weeks.  So instead of only running Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturdays, I’ll now be running Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.  This is something that my coach and I decided was best, since I had taken the time off during my INSANITY Challenge.  

Here is what my weekly training schedule will look like for the month of August.

 

Mondays: 5-6 Easy Miles

Tuesdays: Cross Train  

Wednesdays: Tempo Runs and Speed Drills  

Thursdays: 5-6 Easy Miles  

Fridays: Yoga  

Saturdays: Long Runs

Sundays: Rest Days

In addition to the added day of running, I will continue to incorporate the hip exercises that were prescribed by my physical therapist.  I’m also going to resume my #Plankaday challenge as well.   I’ll have plenty of pictures of me planking away on my {Instagram} page.

With regard to my diet, I’m going to continue to follow along the same plan as previously.  However, I am planning on joining my fellow blogging friend Meghan in her challenge to eliminate all dairy from her diet.  This is going to be extremely difficult for me with regards to two items:  Coffee creamer and Greek Yogurt.  I am not a very excessive cheese lover, nor do I drink milk, but I have been known to chow down on some Chobani Yogurt once a day and I’m also a HUGE fan of the Greek dishes that include Tzatziki and Hummus.  And it’s not a secret that I’m a coffee addict.  I typically drink flavored creamer in my coffee, so I might be switching to teas for the month, or I’ll have to learn to drink it black.  So it looks like this will be the most challenging aspect of my diet for the next 31 days.

What are your goals for the next 30 days?  Do you think you could go dairy free for a whole month.  

Keeping Mommy and Baby Healthy on a Budget

Please enjoy a guest post from Katie Moore today. Katie Blogs at Moore with Katie.

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As a new mother, nothing is more important to you than your baby’s health and safety. Part of keeping your baby healthy is staying healthy yourself. As a new mom, it was very important to me to choose products that would minimize dangers to my daughter, and I wanted to keep myself in shape to look after her, too. I also needed to do all this on a budget, which is no easy task! Here are some things I learned from my experience as a new mom that just might make your decision-making process easier. If you’re trying really hard to spare as many pennies as you can, you can look into which bank would best for you to open bank account online no deposit needed, as a savings account.

Healthy Mommy

While safe fitness was very important to me during my pregnancy, I found out quickly that I didn’t have to break the bank to stay in shape. Yes, I invested in double strollers for jogging because I couldn’t face giving it up; it has always made me feel great and I knew it would be a great opportunity to get the kids out and about, but when it came to the gym I had to start thinking differently. Prenatal yoga is a great way to stay lean, strong, and relaxed during pregnancy, but classes can get expensive fast! I found that my prenatal yoga videos cost much less and were available whenever I was ready to use them. I even found some new ones at my local public library! As always, check with your doctor to make sure your exercise program is safe for both you and your baby.

Stroller shopping, on the other hand, is a place you don’t want to skimp. A quality jogging stroller is sturdy, and it’s also easier to maneuver and store than a traditional model. Whether you’re a regular runner, you walk a lot, or you live in a city where you need to be able to maneuver your baby around other people, a jogging stroller is worth the expense.

When it came to eating healthily during my pregnancy, I was often tired and didn’t have the mental capacity to plan, prep, and cook meals as I was so focused on everything else that needed to be done to prepare for the arrival of my daughter. Meal delivery services were my savior as it meant that I ate healthy foods without the hard work required. You can find some great Meal Kit Deals out there.

Healthy Baby

I love to cook and eat fresh, healthy, organic food, and I wouldn’t feed my baby anything less. Procuring organic food has been less of a hassle, especially due to the advent of e-stores like Sibarita and similar others, which tend to deliver quality organic products at your doorstep. I prefer organic food over the ones which have a lot of chemicals in them, and if you are anything like me, you’ll find that you can make your own baby food easily and for less money than you’d spend on jarred baby foods. Making baby food is simple, especially for fruits and vegetables: a blender is all you need. Be sure to make a little extra and freeze it for those days when you are just too tired or busy to make a fresh batch.

As moms, we want to do everything we can to help protect our little ones, and after my daughter was born I learned more about cord blood banking. Every day, researchers find new medical uses for the stem cells found in your baby’s umbilical cord blood. There are options for what you can do with your baby’s cord blood,, including public and private cord blood banks, and your doctor can help you find the one that is best for you and your family.

You’d never skimp on your baby’s health and safety, but there are ways that you can keep yourself and your child healthy without breaking the bank. It’s all about knowing where to splurge and where to save. Follow these tips to be a healthy mommmy with a healthy little daughter on a healthy budget!

Katie Moore has written and submitted this article. Katie is an active blogger who discusses the topics of, motherhood, children, fitness, health and all other things Mommy. She enjoys writing, blogging, and meeting new people! To connect with Katie contact her via her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter, @moorekm26

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Last Week’s Workouts

{The following has the potential to be the shortest workout post I’ve ever logged.}

This week was extremely quiet in the workout department. Of course, I took it very easy since I had a little hiccup with my long run last weekend. The good news is that after a full week of rest, I was able to get back on track with my training without any pain or discomfort. As difficult as it was to abstain from all exercise, I actually managed to not do anything at all until Saturday morning; I didn’t even do yoga. So this is going to be very boring for the most part.

 

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: Rest

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: Rest

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 7 easy miles {I had to take a few walk breaks after the fourth mile because I’m pretty sure I over did it on the first three, especially seeing how I didn’t have any other cardio during the week…. oppsie}

SPLITS FOR SATURDAY

Sunday: Rest, did some light stretching and used the bands that my awesome neighbor showed me how to use and I ended the day with some bedtime yoga.

 

I’m glad that the week is over and I’m looking forward to resuming my marathon training next week. I’ve got some good training runs scheduled on my calendar and I’m feeling good after yesterday’s long run. So there’s a lot that I’ve got to make up for.

 

Hope your week was fun filled and healthy. What did you do?