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Hydro Flask, Yeti and Ozark Trails

I drink a lot of water, and I should probably drink more now that we’re in the hottest part of Summer in New Orleans. The heat slaps me when I walk outside, so I never go too far without my Hydro Flask. I love it!

Hydro FlaskIt’s pink, it holds 32 oz of water, and it keeps water cold for 24 hours. What’s not to love about it? It doesn’t fit into my car’s cup holder, but the tight lid keeps me from worrying about that. It also fits into the cup holder on the elliptical at my home gym, so I’m a big fan.

I don’t put anything in my Hydro Flask except water. I used it for iced tea once recently, and it just felt wrong. No matter what I’m eating or drinking water is still my go-to, and that’s the only thing you’ll find in this bottle.

Nearly 8 years later I still don’t drink soft drinks. I like sparkling water (plain, unflavored and extra bubbly is my favorite,) but I also drink tea and coffee. I’m obsessed with protein shakes right now too, and I love drinking them on-the-go. Of course, when I learned about the Yeti last year I wanted one, but I didn’t get one until my friend, Ann, gave me a gift last week.

Yeti TumblerI got the Yeti 30 oz Rambler on Thursday, and I love it! Later that day the order I placed for a 30 oz Ozark Trails tumbler arrived. The Yeti, which I bought at Academy, was $39.99. (Thank you, Ann!) And I love it!

The Ozark Trails 30 oz tumbler that I purchased from Walmart was $9.74. They look identical, apart from their logos. I decided to keep them both, so I gave the Ozark Trail to Michael after doing a little side-by-side test. (He wouldn’t use the Yeti anyway.) They both hold ice for hours, and they fit in out car’s cup holders.

They both do the job they claim to do, and I can’t see any reason to spend $40 on the Yeti (unless a friend gives you a gift and demands you to get the Yeti. hehe) I haven’t tried anything hot in my Yeti yet, but I doubt I will while it’s over 100 degrees everyday.

The Yeti Rambler is awesome, and the Ozark Trail tumbler seems to be equally awesome. Neither of them compare to the Hydro Flask though. It’s not even close. My water stays ice cold in the mid-afternoon heat of Summer while it stayed cool in the Yeti, but they’re made for different things.

It’s easier to carry my water bottle to the gym, but it’s easier to keep my protein shake ice cold in the steel tumbler. There’s no way I’d put a shake in my Hydro Flask.

Do you own any of these products? If so, which one is your favorite?

Water? Exercise? Both?

I’m in the mood to host a challenge, and I want to hear your thoughts.  Is anyone interested in doing a water challenge with me?  Is anyone interested in doing an exercise challenge?

I’m doing my best to push myself in both areas right now.  My workouts and water consumption are both pretty solid, but I could always use an extra push.

What do you think?  Do you want more details?  Care to join me?

How Much Is Enough?

First, I have to say…It’s weigh-in day, and this week I’m ready.  I’ve been mindful of my food (tracking everything, eating fruits and veggies, dairy, etc.) and working out (almost daily) for the last 10 days, and I feel like I’m in a healthy groove again.  The scale should show a loss this evening because I have done what it takes to see to it that it will.  And speaking of healthy things we do, I’d like to discuss water intake.

I stopped drinking sodas in April of 2009.  And as I’ve said before, it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done for my body.  I’ve never been a coffee drinker either though I drink a latte from time to time, and I don’t drink tea or juice or hot chocolate (though I like all of them) on a regular basis either.  I drink water, and I don’t mind.

And when I feel like mixing things up, I drink sparkling mineral water.  (Daring, I know.)  So because I don’t drink anything else on a regular basis, I consume about 10 glasses of water per day.  Sometimes I drink more (like 16ish) and rarely drink less than 8 glasses which begs the question…

How much water should I really be drinking daily? 

Like most things, it’s different for all of us. Weight Watchers thinks I should be drinking at least 6 while other ‘experts’ believe I should be drinking half of my body weight in ounces.  I’ll let someone else try to drink about 17 glasses of water everyday…Thanks.  I try to listen to my body, and on an average day 10 glasses seems like enough.


What do you think?  How much water do you drink on an average day?  Do you feel like you’re drinking enough, or should you be drinking more?





One Day At A Time Started Today

Today was a much better day than yesterday. I felt hopeful all day, and I’m looking forward to getting some things figured out in the coming week.

I ate well today, drank a lot of water and exercised too. I tracked everything I ate, set goals for the week and starting accomplishing them. I just have to say that my Weight Watchers tracker makes me want to journal my food. It’s so easy. I can’t believe that it took me so long to remember how much I love writing everything down. I also noticed that I ate more fruits and veggies and drank more water because I enjoy filling in the boxes inside my tracker. 🙂

Earlier this evening I told Dad that I needed to have sushi. I eat sushi a few times per week when I’m at home, and I had not had it since I arrived in Oklahoma so we had sushi for dinner. Well, I had sushi and Dad had a beef dish. He’s not a fan of sushi, but he went because he knew I waned to go. It’s been nice spending one on one time with Dad…just saying.

Following dinner, I ate a junior frozen yogurt cone from Braum’s which was only 3 WW points and so satisfying. It’s amazing how much I can eat and still lose weight with a little planning.

Dad and I had lunch together today too. And I ate the first few bites of my salad before lunch quickly ended because I noticed a black bug on my fork. Dad watched me put my fork down. He examined the bug and said “you’re done, aren’t you?” Yep..I was definitely done. Ewe.

After “lunch” I headed to the YMCA and worked out for 40 minutes. I hit the elliptical hard and burned 400 calories while I was there. I plan to do the same tomorrow, but I’ll bring my swimsuit so I can swim laps as well.

I made my first pita pizza tonight after eating Sean‘s last week, and I have to pat myself on the back because it was incredible. The whole pizza, including the turkey pepperoni, was was only worth 4 WW points! It’s an excellent point value and definitely my new favorite snack/meal. The next one I make will have onions and mushrooms on it as well which will make it more filling without adding points. Don’t ask me why I put only 3 pieces of pepperoni on top when I placed 5 pieces under the cheese. That makes no sense. =)

As you can see, I felt more satisfied and focused overall today. Jill left a comment on my last post that really made me think about the importance of concentrating on the present. She said “I think that the key to success is to be in the present. You can’t change the things you’ve already done, but you do have the power to make good decisions right now.” Thanks friend – for reminding me that long-term success happens step by step.

I made good choices today, and I’m going to rest then do it again tomorrow because making those good choices one day at a time adds up to big success long-term. I’ve experienced a great deal of success so far, but I have a long way to go. And while the scenic route has been nice, I’m ready to start experiencing real progress again. Wish me luck please…

Just Thinking Out Loud

I’ve been losing weight pretty consistently for over a year, and I’ve made a lot of progress so far. But on days like yesterday I find it hard to accept that I still have so far to go. I mean, I’m not interested in quitting. There is no option in my mind except to continue moving forward. But it’s tough to know that I’ve come so far and still have so far to go.

Then I remember how easy it was to jog on the treadmill at 4mph for 8 minutes yesterday. To some that’s no big deal, but to me it’s an awesome accomplishment. I also remember how hard it was to shop for clothes only a year ago because I had to squeeze into the largest sizes in the plus-size stores.

I think about how I used to long to ride a bicycle and how I can now ride mine anytime I want to. I also think about April of 2009, shortly after it all began. I was traveling to meet my niece who would be born hours before my arrival. I remember walking back into the rental car company (in the snowstorm) to ask for a car that had more room in the driver’s seat because I just didn’t fit. I remember the anxiety I used to feel each time I stepped foot on an airplane…and how awful I felt every time I had to ask to be seated in a different spot because I wouldn’t fit into the booth at a restaurant.

(Reading to my newborn niece in April of 2009 – 12 pounds into my weight-loss.)

I think about how hard it used to be to walk – waddle is a more accurate description. And I remember the constant anxiety I’d feel because I fell so often. I even fell down the stairs more than once.

(Now I don’t think twice about carrying her around the store because I’m strong and my balance is good.)

I think about how hard it used to be to walk – waddle is a more accurate description. And I remember the constant anxiety I’d feel because I fell so often. I even fell down the stairs more than once.

These are all things that no longer happen because I’ve lost over 100 pounds. Life is better; I am better. I control my habits, and I own them. Whether my choices are good or bad, I take responsibility for them. And I take pride in that.

So while I still have a long road to my goal, I am so much closer than I imagined I’d be when I started. I hoped I’d do well on this journey, and now I can look at myself and say that I have.

I’m proud of who I am today and confident in the person I’m becoming. Today I know that my goals are within reach. After all, I’m almost halfway there! It’s not just a wish anymore…it is my reality. Weight-loss is a mental challenge so instead of thinking about what I have not yet accomplished, I choose to be proud of everything I have accomplished. And just like that, I feel better again. 😉

I drank 18 glasses of water yesterday, and I’m feeling pretty good about that too! =) Check out this photo of Sean’s adorable mom as she rocks the water challenge. Isn’t she cute?! I can’t wait to hug her! 🙂 And don’t forget to send in your own water photo so we can show the world (or, ya know, the people who read our blogs) that we are committed to staying hydrated.

And because the PEWC is going so well Sean jokingly suggested that we consider having an ice cream cone challenge. I think we’re already all over that challenge Sean. Ha.. Our photos are proof. We should probably just stick to the water challenge, at least officially, right? 🙂

(I would guess that this cone was closer to 180 calories than 150. It was bigger than usual – and sooooo tasty!)

How’s everyone doing today? What’s for lunch? And what will you do to burn calories today? I hope whatever you’re doing, you’re making the most of your Tuesday!

Bottoms up Friends…

Just Wow..!

These water photos are awesome, but what’s more awesome is what Annie has learned through the challenge so far. Visit her blog at Annie Weighs. Here’s what she had to say about her water intake:

Drinking water has been so great! I’ve had at least 64 ounces each day so far and I am feeling good! My water bottle holds 24 ounces and I have just under three a day. I’m working up to the full three! I have more energy and I just feel better all around. I was having some…ahem…backup issues…and those are now gone and I’m regular again. I’m feeling fuller throughout the day, so since I’m working on weight-loss, that is a great thing! If I’m wanting a snack, I drink water first and only once this week did I end up eating a snack after drinking the water because I was actually hungry and not thirsty. I realized that I was often eating when I was thirsty because I mistook the thirst for hunger. Whoa!

Wow Annie! These realizations are life changing. I agree in that often times we mistake hunger for thirst, and it’s important to learn the difference. For the fourth day in a row I felt fuller and more satisfied throughout the day. And, of course, it makes perfect sense! Thank you for sharing with us!

And I have to say that I’m pretty excited that this water challenge has gone global! 😉 I’m a nerd, I know..Rachel whose blog can be found at http:/cornwallfitgirl.blogspot.com/ lives in the UK. And she is rocking the water challenge across the pond. 😉

If you’re participating in the water challenge then we want to hear from you. Send us a photo or leave a comment about how the challenge is working for you. Sean and I are definitely feeling the positive effects, and we hope you are too!

Week One of the challenge will be over before we know it. Does anyone have a fun weekend planned?

If you’re drinking a healthy amount of water everyday then congrats to you. If you’re struggling then do your best starting now. I’ve said this before, but it’s so true. Forming healthy habits isn’t always easy, but the rewards are definitely worth the effort.

Bottoms up Friends…

Day One: Completed

It’s Day 2 of the PEWC. (Seriously Sean..we should have considered the acronym. hehe) Regardless, Day 1 was a good day for me, and I hope it was for everyone who participated! I’m happy to report that I drank 13 glasses of water. And I can honestly say that I felt fuller and more satisfied all day.

I started the day with a Special K shake – sometimes that’s all I can stand to have in the morning. Then I had a lunch filled with vegetables, lean protein and one ounce of potato chips. I eat potato chips, yes. Nothing is off-limits in my world because I’m in this for the rest of my life, and I think it’s important to eat things I enjoy. I just eat one serving of chips now instead of 3 or more. 😉

(Lunch – pork sliders (3 WW points each) with veggies and an ounce of chips.)

Dinner was the same – vegetables, a little lean protein and multi-grain chips and amazing salsa. I continued to drink water throughout the day, and I did the 30-Day Shred then walked a couple of miles with a friend. I feel like a health nut today, and it feels good. 🙂

I’d love to hear how Day 1 went for you. I’d also love to know what you all eat for breakfast every morning. I plan to eat 6 egg whites with veggies tomorrow, and I’m going to attempt to cook tilapia and a corn salsa for dinner. My new friend, Chef Dave, seems to think it will be easy. We’ll see how that goes. 😉

Positive Effect Water Challenge

Most of us know how important it is to drink water, but many of us don’t drink enough. So Sean from The Daily Diary of a Winning Loser and I have decided to challenge each other to drink at least 8 glasses of water everyday. We will begin on Monday, July 12 and end on Sunday, August 1st. Three weeks is long enough to form a positive, healthy habit – and that’s the goal.

Staying hydrated is important – especially during the summer. I love spending time in the sun walking/jogging, swimming and relaxing – all of which requires extra hydration. It’s good for our skin. It’s good for our blood flow, and it helps wash out toxins. It also helps me feel fuller throughout the day! Sometimes I think I’m hungry then I realize that I’m actually just thirsty.

I’m pretty good at drinking at least 8 glasses a day because I drink about 32 oz. during an average workout so my goal is to stay hydrated throughout the day even if that means I need to drink more than I do now.

Water is essential to good health so we’re going to drink more of it. And we’d love for you to join us. One of the reasons I love this blogging, weight-loss community is that we are in this together. If you want to be part of the challenge then leave a comment on my blog or Sean’s before Monday stating how much water you’d like to drink each day. If 8 glasses seems too hard, try 6.
We will post our updates on Sunday evenings, and we want to hear about your progress as well!

If you’re ready to form healthy habits then join us. If you already rock your daily water intake then please share your tips and tricks with us..

One more thing…

This message is for those of you interested in joining us for this challenge. Before we begin please be aware that there is such a thing as drinking too much water. Please understand that our personal goals are to drink 64 oz. per day which is widely accepted as a healthy amount of water consumption. Sean and Kenz are not medical or nutritional experts, they are just really cool weight loss bloggers. Please consult a qualified physician before starting any weight-loss regimen.