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Still not yet a habit

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

OK -- I won't give up, but I'm beginning to doubt my need for 8 whole glasses of water. My body just won't let me swig that much. Even with my reminders, I still got only 6 glasses yesterday. I'm going to count my 2 cups of green tea. There! 8 cups--I'm good!

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SKEEWEE2MEK 3/7/2013 10:40AM

    Whatever works for your body! emoticon

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LINDAF49 3/6/2013 6:12PM

    YES!!! Green tea counts as long as no calories in the sweetener...
I try to use tea for #9 and 10 and Crystal lyte for # 3and 4, the rest iced water

I set mine up in glass pint jars in the fridge and make sure I get in at least one pint every 6 hours and the rest whenever. you can do this!!!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 3/5/2013 10:28PM

    GREEN TEEA COUNTS!!!!!! So it has become a habit!!!!

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ADRIENALINE 3/5/2013 2:58PM

    Green tea certainly counts. You can do it!

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BRAVERUDE 3/5/2013 1:27PM

    Half your body weight, in ounces... (might actually be more than 8 cups!)

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WILSONWR 3/5/2013 1:06PM

    It's hard for me also - especially if I get behind.

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SFENNER 3/5/2013 11:04AM

    My issue is not with drinking it is the results of drinking...

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TIG123GER 3/5/2013 10:47AM

    It is really hard but I was able to get them in by always having a glass of water beside me so that I see the water all the time. Tea does count so you did it...success!

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KIMBERLY19732 3/5/2013 10:46AM


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    Green tea counts!

Make Today a Great Day!

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Exercise-water habit

Monday, March 04, 2013

Yesterday I was home all day, and my computer reminders worked fine since its loud alarm "found me" wherever I was in the house. Stop drop, give me 10 and drink your water! That's the way it made me feel after a while. Today I'll try to view it more as a friend than a drill sergeant.

After my company leaves, I'll download the StanApp to my cell phone.

I can do this!

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PDIMITRIO 3/5/2013 8:32AM

  I had the same problem, that's why i developed the "Water Habit" application for iphone. It reminds you to drink water during the day and keeps track. Just say how many glasses of water you want to drink and when you want to drink the first and last glass of the day. The rest is automatically calculated. Feel free to try it out and give me feedback so i can improve it. More info at www.waterhabitapp.com. Thanks emoticon

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SONYALATRECE 3/4/2013 8:19PM

Drill Sargeant barking at me, too!

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SPARKLE1908 3/4/2013 8:09PM

    Hey...whatever works, right?! emoticon

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LASARRE 3/4/2013 12:24PM

    You are doing great!

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HEALTHYBARB1 3/4/2013 12:04PM

    Go Jonnie!!! You can do this...timer is a great reminder...I might try that too!!
Smiles Barb

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LYNCHD05 3/4/2013 10:12AM

    You bet you can!

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PAMDAQTPI 3/4/2013 9:38AM

    In the beginning, and sometimes when we get off track, we need reminders to keep us focused. But after a while it'll become second nature to drink that much water. After the initial 'drink more' phase I found that I just craved water more often and I always kept some on hand.

What worked for me was carrying around a 1 liter bottle of water and I made sure (still do) that I fill it up in the morning and then one more time during the day and I empty it before bedtime, so I get 2 liters of water in me each day. I like it better than drill sargent alarms but my approach doesn't work for everyone.

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YOSOYLINDA 3/4/2013 8:59AM

    Drinking water (or at least sugar-free liquids) is easy for me, and I'm working on doing more plain water! Maybe I should put reminders on my phone.

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JUSTME29 3/4/2013 8:53AM

    Sometimes tough love is necessary. emoticon

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WILSONWR 3/4/2013 8:37AM

    At least you're getting your water in! (Even if it does feel a little like Basic Training (lol).)

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The StanApp

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Thanks for all your suggestions to help me remember to exercise and drink water at intervals throughout the day. I've decided to get the StanAPP for my Iphone to remind me. Thanks to MarciaC10 for alerting me to her blog that gives a wonderful description about it. I've got company this weekend, so I'm just using a timer on my computer to remind me. That works although it's super loud, but I have to keep resetting it, so I think I'll like the phone reminder better.

Because of various activities with the company, I did get my exercise in, but I wasn't able to drink the water each time because we weren't home (excuses, excuses), but I just chug-a-lugged when I returned.

It's going to take a while to become efficient at this new habit. But I CAN DO IT!

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_RAEVEN_ 3/3/2013 9:10PM

    YES YOU CAN!!!! emoticon

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ADRIENALINE 3/3/2013 3:58PM

    Yes you can!

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LASARRE 3/3/2013 1:07PM

    I know you will get it!

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ANDYINBC 3/3/2013 12:29PM

    I will have to take a look at the StanApp! Thanks for sharing!

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MUSIC2HISEARS 3/3/2013 9:31AM

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WILSONWR 3/3/2013 8:44AM

    You certainly can do it - you seem to be able to achieve any thing you set your mind to!

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A New Habit

Saturday, March 02, 2013

A new habit that I will implement this week and hopefully make a lifelong habit is to exercise in spurts throughout the day and tie drinking my water into those short exercise sessions.

From what I've read, exercising throughout the day should help to keep my metabolism revved up, and any of you who know me, know that I have a heck of a time getting 8 glasses of water a day. So I'm thinking if I can tie those together, I'll be reminded to do both.

Now the trick is, how do I remember to do those extra bouts of exercise? I'm working from home, so I could have an alarm go off for each one, but I'm thinking that could get annoying after a while. Any suggestions?

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BRAVERUDE 3/3/2013 1:19PM

    I love the alarm idea (and the working from home!)

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SVELTEWARRIOR 3/2/2013 10:34PM

    What a great idea!!!! I agree with others although the alarm may be annoying it does make it seem more like an appointment. Let me know what you decide to do.

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IMIN2GENES 3/2/2013 9:41PM

    I like the idea of an appointment reminder. That's a good one. I love your new habit too. That's a great way to amp up your workouts and keep your metabolism revving!

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KATHY1204 3/2/2013 1:52PM

    You CAN do this, Jonnie!! I'm rooting for you! :-)

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MARCIAC10 3/2/2013 1:38PM

    If you have an iPhone or iPad, there's an app called StanApp that does just that. I wrote a blog about it, so if you're interested check out the blog on my page.

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MMHELGESON5 3/2/2013 1:03PM

    Sounds like a great idea. I hope it works for you.

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TEDDYBEAR662 3/2/2013 1:00PM

    Good idea... best of luck! emoticon

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KSW1963 3/2/2013 12:37PM

    There is a spark team called Quickfire that challenges each other to do these little 5 minute burst of exercise. You might check it out.

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PLUMSHORT 3/2/2013 10:57AM

    I keep my favorite water bottle handy and filled up wherever I go in my house or out! It helps to remind me to get my water in. When I am on track, I drink 2-3 cups of water before I eat anything, and try to do the same before each meal or snack... I like some of the other ideas other people have suggested for exercise like setting things up around the house, and using bathroom breaks as also fitness breaks. I hope you find a great new routine and make a healthy habit out of it!

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_RAEVEN_ 3/2/2013 10:50AM

    I set my house up like an obstacle course...
Weights in the kitchen, aerobic step in the hall, jump rope in the bedroom...
Every time I go in the kitchen I'll do 25 reps with the weights.
Every time I walk down the hall I'll do 50 step ups, each side.
30 jumps with the jump rope in the bedroom.
And every time I go to the bathroom its 20 squats....

I always want water after doing these things emoticon

Good luck. emoticon

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JUSTME29 3/2/2013 10:31AM

    That sounds like a great idea. Maybe each time you go to the restroom you could do a short burst? That way you'll be on nature's timer instead of a mechanical one. If you're drinking the water this should result in plenty of short bursts of exercise.

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MSCARCHICK 3/2/2013 9:34AM

    Good idea! Water and workouts are tried together for me. I can drink a little throughout the day but most of my water intake is with my exercise.

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MIATIA1 3/2/2013 9:33AM

    Great Idea for both exercise and water for a lot of us have been sluffing emoticon

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GINGER_BEAR 3/2/2013 9:33AM

    Good idea to tie drinking water in with those short exercise sessions. emoticon

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LYNCHD05 3/2/2013 9:22AM

    I like the comment from Wilson.......putting it on your computer would certainly help with the scheduling. Good luck.

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WILSONWR 3/2/2013 9:02AM

    Although the alarm might be annoying, I'd still suggest scheduling your workout on the computer in Outlook (or your phone). If you treat it like an appointment, you're more likely to do it! Good luck!

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Down with the scale!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

On the TV show, "The Talk" today, they were discussing whether they were slaves to the scale. I liked what one viewer tweeted (paraphrased closely): "I won't be a slave to the scale; I know I'm overweight--I don't need a reminder."


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COLUMBINE2 2/22/2013 2:11PM

    When the scale went up & I was exercising my brains out, I just couldn't deal with it. So.....for the first time ever, I've stopped weighing in daily. In fact, I'm not weighing at all. Watching for non-scale victories & I'm starting to see them!

My current plan:
I'm eating better than ever. Have given up(again!) the really bad "old" habits that caused me to regain so much last summer/fall, doing ST frequently & increasing weights steadily and exercise of some kind at least 30 min. every day with 1 day of rest/week.

So if I saw the scale go up (even water retention) while I'm working this diligently...I'd probably shoot the scale (or whomever was standing nearby). The only thing I'm not doing (which I read is ineffective anyway) is excessive cardio.

I wish there was ONE truth for everyone about the effectiveness of mega-cardio for weight loss. But there are dozens of theories. Guess we just have to find what works for us, personally. emoticon

Of course, I'd prefer a "simple", clearly-define way to lose weight! Silly me! emoticon

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SVELTEWARRIOR 2/13/2013 7:01PM

    I have a love/hate relationship with the scale. I think NSV may actually be a more accurate barometer of how you are doing.

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WILSONWR 2/13/2013 4:27PM

    The scale can be a good thing -- it can gauge the progress you're making. It can be a bad thing, though, if that's the only thing you look at!

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MERRYMARY42 2/13/2013 4:24PM

    I am almost a slave to the scale, I seem to have to weigh myself 3 or 4 times a week, silly I know, and seldom is there a change, but I keep hoping emoticon

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ADRIENALINE 2/13/2013 3:59PM

    Everybody has their own personal needs for weighing or not. The main point is not whether or not you weigh, it's about how it affects you when your weight goes up or down. I weigh every day. It's a habit I got into years ago. But I only count what I weigh on Tuesday, after yoga class while I'm still in my yoga clothes. Weighing helps to warn me that I'm going off my eating or fitness plan and tells me I have to ratchet up how much I'm paying attention, but the only thing that would scare me is if my favorite jeans become uncomfortable.

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ANDYINBC 2/13/2013 2:42PM

    Because the NSV aren't always apparent I like to use the scale to help keep me pointed in the right direction.

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SNP_27 2/13/2013 2:33PM

    Well I like weighing myself and now it has become a habit...
I weigh myself now just to make sure i'm still on the right track
As long as you know how to use it, you won't be a slave to the scale emoticon

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