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I am the first to say that I don’t like drinking water. I can’t stand it. In honestly though it is pretty important. Your body is 60-70% of water. Blood is mostly water, and your muscles, lungs, and brain all contain a lot of water. Proper water intake allows your body to function more easily in very important ways. Staying hydrated allows the body to get the nutrients from the food you eat through your system so you can use it for energy. Water also transport oxygen to your cells, removes waste, and protects joints and organs. Proper hydration helps the body to digest and metabolize food and nutrients. Some of the water you drink is transformed into sweat which allows the body to regulate its tempter. 

The fact is your body needs water. The amount of water you need can change every day, based on your physical activity, weather, current health condition. Experts believe you can estimate the amount of water you need by taking your weight in pounds and divide that in half. For example if you weigh 160 pounds you need to drink at least 80 ounces of water.  At least 20% of the water you need comes from foods you eat. The rest comes from the beverages you drink.  The best beverage to drink is water. Especially if you are trying to lose weight. It’s because there are zero calories PLUS it’s free. 

If you sweat a lot you need to drink more. With normal living drinking when your thirsty is okay, but if your athletes or workout excessively it’s important to drink before you are thirsty. 

You need to know your body. Pay attention to how much water you drink and how your body reacts to it. Then come up with your own drinking plan. 

Drinking too much water at once can be harmful. It’s rare but it does happen. So watch out for it. When drinking water it is more productive to drink a few gulps at a time instead of downing a whole water bottle every hour. Drinking a little water often is much more effective because your body is able to metabolize the fluids and use them more efficiently. 

Tips to Staying Hydrated: 

1. Drink 15-20 ounces, 2-3 hours before exercise 

2. Drink 8-10 ounces, 10-15 minutes before exercise

2. If you work out more than 90 minutes add a sports drink

5. Water and sports drink in 2 hours after work out to replace

Believe me I understand what you are thinking. Water is no fun to drink. It has zero taste. I hate drinking water just as much as the next person. But as I mention above it is clearly important and we should try. Drink a 20 ounce glass of water with each meal and before bed time. Then have your choice drink in between. That way you are getting at least 80 ounces.  That’s what I am going to do to try to incorporate more water in my day. What are you going to do to increase your water intake? Or do you drink plenty of water now?


Weigh In Week 2

That time of the week again. The dark dreary day I call Weigh In day. I feel a little bit better this week, since I did exercise twice this week. All though my exercise wasn’t as long as they should be.  I hate exercising.

Here is what the scale told me this week :

Weight- 282 (down 2.6pds)

BMI- 48.1 (down .5) (yeah!!)

Body Fat- 64.2 (up 2.7 -not sure why)


Calorie Intake- 2508

Week- 82

Most things I was down in. So that’s great. Every pound counts! My goal for next week is still to exercise three times a day for twenty minutes. I want to lose 5 pounds.  I am also going to do some research about why my weight was down from last week but my body fat was up. Doesn’t make sense to me.

My question for you guys is what do you do to workout? How do you make it fun?

By now you guys know that my husband is a coach and we are always on the go. I usually bring my own drinks and snacks to the game. It’s a lot cheaper that way. There were always one problem. By the time it got towards the end of the game the drinks were getting hot and stuff were melting. I didn’t want to bring a bulky cooler to the games, so I just dealt with it. Finally I found something that works great for games and quick trips to town.(I live 30 miles away from a Wal-Mart)

What is it you ask? Thirty-One carries a thermal tote. It’s a small bag that has the lining you need to keep things cool. I love it. It works great. It’s small but convenient. I don’t have to worry about carrying around this big thing along with handling the kids and all their stuff. Plus, it keeps are drinks cool for the whole game or drive.

Right now they are doing a special promotion called “Thirty-One Gives”. It’s about empowering women, strengthening families, and changing lives. Here is what they say: “we believe in her-women and girls. We embrace her inner beauty and celebrate her natural gifts. It is our mission to celebrate and empower her, helping to strengthen her belief in herself, strengthen her family and lead a purposeful, thriving life.”  In other words encouraging you to be you!!

In honor of this promotion my sponsor, Kim Rumback,  is giving away a URU Thermal Tote. It isn’t the same color as the one in the picture, but it’s the same size. The URU Thermal Tote is mainly pink with a white floral pattern.


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Winning Is Not Everything

I remembered in middle school I loved playing Volleyball. Did I play on a team? No.    “You loved playing it, so why didn’t you go out for the team?” you asked. The answer is simple sportsmanship. My school was full of kids that ruined playing sports for me. They were all about wining so much that it made it no fun for me. I didn’t even want to try. I hated it. I had lost all interest in sports.  I married a guy who is all about sports. Sports is his passion, he is a coach! Go figured! 🙂

Keeping that in mind leads me to what I think is important to teach our children, and that’s sportsmanship. First thing we need to teach our children is how to be a team player.

A Team Player:

  • is nice and  respectful to his/her teammates
  • shares the ball
  • says positive things( I think this is very important, you need to encourage each other to get better instead of putting them down)
  • forgives mistakes (mistakes are their so we can learn from them)
  • doesn’t cheat
Sportsmanship is:
  • be fair and follow the rules
  • respect all players: your teammates and the other team players, the referee, coaches! Everyone. (I think it’s important to remind the kids that it’s just a game. Have fun!!) (To put it simple, remember the golden rule)
  • Be a good winner, be humble, and tell the losing team good job!
Most important thing we got to remember as parents is that we got to lead by example.  Time and time again I see parents get upset and yell at their children when they make mistakes. It’s important to remember that all though your children are older there are little eyes watching you at games. Instead of yelling at them, encourage them to do better next time. Teach them to learn from their mistakes.  Just encourage them to have fun and enjoy playing sports and being active. The more they are having fun, the more they will want to do it and improve!

Set still. Stop wiggling. It hurt’s. No mom. These are all words we say or hear when dealing with our kids hair. You know the fight I am talking about. How they scream and cry because they don’t want you to fix their hair. You are getting upset because a process that should take a minute is taking forever. I discovered the best solution for that problem! Knot Genie. What’s Knot Genie you ask?

It’s exactly what it says. It’s something that works magic on those knots. The Knot Genie works great because of the different lengths of the teeth on the brush. When you are brushing,  the teeth bend just right to untangle the hair and get those nasty knots out.

My hair is long, thick, and curly. I hate brushing my hair after showers. It’s the worst mess every. I was very impressed with how quick and easy it was to brush my hair with the Knot Genie. It went through my hair like nothing. I had my doubts when I opened the box, because it looked nothing like the typical brush. But trust me it works great! I would suggest any mom that has had this battle with their kid or themselves to get one.

You can buy one for yourself or find more information about the Knot Genie at:

CDC- (free)

Spark People:

Fit Day- (free)

Ediets- ($40/month or $140/yr)

Diet Watch-

Weight watchers- ($47.90 1st month, 17.95 after, and 23.95 start up fee)

Nutrition- (free)

My Fitness Pal- (free)

3 Fat Chicks- (free)

Zone Diet- (179/ 2 wks for program)

Active Log- (free)

Calorie Count- (free)

LiveStrong- (free)

Daily Plate- (free)

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As promised here is some more information on what BMI is. BMI is short for body max index. It is a calculated number that is used as a screening tool to identify possibilities of a weight problem.

BMI is NOT a diagnostic tool. It is a very small part of figuring out if there is a weight problem. BMI is a popular way to measure body fatness because it’s one of the less expensive way and just about anyone could do it. You don’t even need the “Health O Meter-The Doctor Scale”  to tell you.  All you have to do is take your weight(lb)/[height (in)(squared)] x 703. For example lets say your weight is 150lbs and your height is 5’5″. You take [150 / (65)squared] x 703 and that equals 24.96.

You ask is 24.96 good? A standard weight status for adults (anyone above 20) is:

BMI                     Weight Status 

under 18.5           Underweight

18.5 – 24.9                  Normal

25.0-29.9                Overweight

20.00 – Above          Obese

So the answer is it would be normal, but barely. BMI is a pretty reliable way to give you an insight if there is a weight problem. The formula and chart I told you today is only for adults above 20. There is a whole different way to calculate for children. They consider the sex, weight, and height. 

Want  more information about body max index? Here is a great link…

It was that time of the week. My weigh in day. I didn’t work out at all this week. Every time I had said I was going to work out something always came up. I need just to get up and do it first thing in the mornings. Mornings are always the busiest time for me. Seeing Bryson off to school, seeing hubby off to work, feeding Carly that by the time I think about it something else is going on. When do you work out? What time of the day to find is best? Well, I need to just get it over with. I stepped on the scale and this is what it told me….

My weight last week was 288.  Here are my stats

Weight: 284.6 (down -3.4)

BMI: 48.6

Body Fat Percent: 61.7%

Hydration: 27.9%

My daily calorie intake: 2523

I should reach my goal in 85 weeks.

I want to lose 80 pounds by May. My ultimate goal is to lose 138 pounds. Although I didn’t lose the 5 I wanted too, I lost 3.4. That’s better than nothing!   Lets see if I can lose the 5 pounds this week and workout 3 times this week? What are your goals for the week?

I am going down this dark scary road called weight loss. We all have been there at some point in our life. It’s no fun, but needed. What’s the one thing that you need to do this? A good scale! I found one that I love. It’s my record keeping buddy. What do I mean by that? This scale does a lot more than a “typical” scale. What’s the name of this magical scale you ask; it’s the Health O Meter: The Doctor’s Scale.

It keeps records for up to four different users and stores their last five weigh-ins. You can also tell it weight your weight loss goal is. The scale keeps track of your weight and body fat percentage for the last five weigh-ins. At each weigh-in it will tell you your BMI, Hydration Level, Body Fat Percentage, you Daily Calorie Intake and how many weeks it would take you to lose the weight healthy. Having it in Athlete mode will account for the muscle mass when figuring out these details.  Knowing all these details about your body will help you in your weight loss journey, and having the scale takes all the hard work out for you. Well at least for knowing where you are at in your journey. You still got to do the no fun part of it: eating healthy and exercising. But you can do it!

Outside of it telling you all these factors it also looks stylish. It has a tempered glass platform that will hold up to 400 pounds. Although it doesn’t look that sturdy believe me it is! I was very surprised at how sturdy it felt to me.   The display is large enough and bright enough that it makes it really easy to you.

I would recommend anybody that is going down their own weight loss journey to get this scale. It will help you out a lot.

Want to know why knowing your BMI, Body Fat, Hydration Level, and why it’s good to have a daily caloric intake is a good idea keep an eye out for upcoming posts. I will tell you each week what this magical scale tells me!