Friday’s Fit Fact #2

Happy Friday everyone!
Another reason for celebration – an appointment with the massage therapist this afternoon! A good hammy rub down with some ultrasound is reason to sing!
Not to happy about the two shots I’m getting this morning….ugh kinda forgot about them. Dread.

Ooh! But is it rest day Friday and I’m off the hook until long run tomorrow! (Oh the internal struggles I have with myself lol)

Last Friday I started Fit Facts about myself since many people ask me how I went from point A to point B, wellness-wise. I love learning that about others I know who’ve gotten fit – crazy how many trials and tribulations others went through and how that can be motivating for us all!
Friday’s Fit Fact #2:  Water is your friend.
Way back when, I used to drink everything other than water. I hated it. When I was a kid, we always had Tang or Koolaid (the kind you mixed like 6 cups of sugar with – you know what I’m talking about) in the house along with juice, so it was never part of my daily routine to have water – other than in P.E. class. When I graduated high school and a few years went by I started to notice my body change…and expand. And when I finally made the decision to lose weight, I learned how high of an impact sugar had on your diet; especially when it wasn’t burned off. I realized, by tracking my daily intake along with liquids, that I was consuming way too many carbs compared to my physical activity. So, I cleared out my house; all juices and sodas (which were all I drank a few years back) out of the house – I made water the only thing I could drink. I dropped 10 lbs in one month with that and a combination of 30 minutes a day/3 days a week of activity. Amazing! Today, I drink water all day long. I don’t ‘over drink’ but I don’t wait until I’m thirsty to drink it either. I’ve learned that thirst is your body’s emergency signal for water; you shouldn’t wait that long. I carry around my pink water bottle all day at work; everyone knows it’s mine because I tend to leave it places and people bring it back – aw. On average I drink my ‘required’ 8/8 oz. servings a day – more on long run days. Especially if you are very active, you need to replace what your body lost – and replacing it with sugars isn’t the key. I even stay away from artificial sweeteners for the most part unless it’s once in a while which is okay for me. Your body needs water, pure water, to handle normal bodily functions smoothly. I feel a difference in my overall health, skin, and hydration when I’m working out or running (I am sure to add in electrolytes when on long runs too.) Water is lovely, Drink it!

Good luck to everyone on their races & long runs this weekend! Happy vibes!

HI! I'M KAT - I am a pug-mom, wife, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, & Fitness Coach focusing on living the fit life while tackling work, coaching others - doing it all! My blog is to hold me accountable for all the goals I plan on accomplishing and also a way for me to try to inspire others through my own experiences - if I can do it ANYONE can! Fitness is a huge part of my life as well as travel and seeing all that life has to be lived! PAY IT FORWARD!

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    September 28, 2012, 1:17 pm

    Thanks for the water nudge, hehe! *goes and refills glass* I try my best to stay hydrated throughout the day by drinking water when I wake up, before and after any activity and before every meal. The only other beverage I consume now (unless I’m celebrating :P) is orange juice. 🙂
    I just feel so much better when I’m well hydrated and that’s part of my motivation to stay healthy!

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      September 28, 2012, 1:20 pm

      It’s so funny thinking back to when I didn’t like water at all, I’d be lost without it!

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      September 28, 2012, 1:27 pm

      I fully agree and saw similar results when I cut out drinking Soda as much as possible. I found while sitting at my desk at work, if I have a water bottle in front of me, I sip from it around ever 5 minutes at the most and never go thirsty during the day.

      I also noticed that if I left that water bottle home and didn’t buy a new one, I’d have a crazy thirst for a coke at lunch instead of my water.

      One thing that is still tough for me is drinking water during meals.. I like a little flavor for meal drinks. I usually do some sort of lightly mixed Crystal Light fruit punch type thing. I know it’s not *the best* but it sure beats Soda and one packet a day I don’t think is too bad.

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      September 28, 2012, 3:01 pm

      It’s SO good for you! thanks for visiting the blog Kevin!

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    September 28, 2012, 2:39 pm

    Best of luck w that needle today!! Ick!! I’m glad u are spreading the word on h2o! It’s so important to stay hydrated! Happy Friday!

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      September 28, 2012, 3:01 pm

      Thanks girlie, happy Friday!

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    September 28, 2012, 10:10 pm

    Hope your massage went well! And the shots..yikes! And I LOVE water!!! Soo good for you!!!

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    September 29, 2012, 10:43 am

    I know I need to drink more water on a regular basis! I don’t drink enough!

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    September 29, 2012, 10:29 pm

    So true! Water is the key. I still struggle to get the balance right – yesterday I under-did it. A week or so ago I was drinking far too much! Massage is a reason to celebrate if ever I heard one 😉

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