Comment Contest Tuesday

Comment Contest Tuesday is back, at least for today.

Keeping with the water theme … tell me how you get your daily water in. Do you have tricks, ways to make it easier, enhancers? Or do you just down your daily water with ease and grace?

If you haven’t quite mastered getting a healthy amount of water in every day, how much are you drinking? Why are you struggling?

To participate in Comment Contest Tuesday answer the above question(s) in the comments below. You can comment as much as you like. The comment has to be relevant to the actual question(s). For every time you individually (one comment per reply) comment your name will be thrown into a hat three times. Up to three comments will be counted. So you could have your name in the drawing a total of nine times. Just make sure each comment is in its own reply. Does that make sense? I just don’t want people writing the three comments all in the same reply–I can’t always tell if I should count those once or more than once. Winner and prize will be announced sometime next week. So you have a whole week to come up … Continue reading

Adding a little flavor to that drinking water

OK, so it is looking like this week might be a water theme. Maybe.

I forgot to mention in my post last night that when I exercise I drink about 16 oz. of water. That is in addition to the roughly 80 oz. I get in on an average day.

When I was doing Weight Watchers a lot of women found that drinking water with a straw seemed to help them drink more water. I used to use a Weight Watchers 32 oz. mug with a straw. That worked for me for a while and then it didn’t.

I am finding my sippy cup Camelbak water bottle is working pretty well for me lately. As is my acrylic cup with a straw at work. Room temperature water is best for me when I am just sipping water. If I am having a meal or working out I tend to like my water colder.

Sometimes water can get boring. So far I am not bored … yet. But when I was at the grocery the other day I sampled water flavored with MiO Liquid. And it was pretty good. So I got the Strawberry Watermelon water enhancer. I tried it … Continue reading

Getting in my daily water allotment

My friend Erica was recently told by her midwife that it was recommended that Erica drink 100 ounces of water a day. That is about 13 8 oz. servings of water. That’s a lot of water.

For today’s post I decided to track how much water I have consumed today. I am on my 12th 8 oz. serving for the day and it isn’t even 7 p.m.

I recently had a doctor’s visit and my doctor and I did discuss water intake. At the time the water bottle I was using regularly was a 20 oz. bottle. (Photo on the right.) My doctor told me three bottles a day was what I should at least be drinking. Anything over that was great, but not necessary.

I used to struggle with getting enough water in me every day. Now it seems so easy. Here are my tricks. First, I switched to a different kind of water bottle. I call my Camelbak water bottle my adult sippy cup. It seems to make me drink more water and it makes it easier. I don’t feel like it is a chore to drink water. I drink water on the way to work and … Continue reading

Improving yoga poses, practice

Yup, another yoga post. Who knew I could write so much about yoga?

I have been practicing yoga semi-regularly for about four years now. There are poses that I feel I have made vast improvement with and others that come more easily. And there are those that are still difficult for me to do.

Until yesterday I didn’t realize I had been doing Upward Facing Dog incorrectly this whole time. Once Kristin, my Forrest Yoga instructor, pointed it out I made the correction. And I have to say it is much more intense and difficult than it was before.

I love that I am always learning something more about the practice of yoga, myself and my capabilities. I credit this to taking a variety of yoga classes with a variety of instructors.

The classes I am regularly taking right now are Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga and Forrest Yoga. I would also like to regularly add the Restorative Yoga class as well.

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Setting an intention

Keeping with the yoga theme this week, I want to talk about just one of the many things that I love about yoga … setting an intention at the beginning of yoga practice.

According to the Yoga Journal web site: Setting intention, at least according to Buddhist teachings, is a path or practice that is focused on how you are “being” in the present moment.

Many yoga instructors will have you set an intention during mediation at the beginning of your yoga practice.

Sometimes I set my intention toward someone else, sometimes to myself and sometimes to my actual practice. When I set my intention for someone else I feel that the energy of my practice sends healing energy to my family member, friend or myself.

Help me, please

Don’t forget that you can help me review some toner shoes by “donating” and voting for a shoe or shoes. Please see the post from Sunday.

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Yoga questions with answers

Two of my readers, Jen and Regina, had some yoga questions for me. I punted them to Hilda, who has trained in yoga, is a yoga teacher and a yoga studio manager at the Yoga Connection.

Jen’s first question:

I work out hard all week with weights, treadmill and high-impact Zumba. I’d love to find a yoga class that was just gentle stretching. Do you recommend a particular kind?

Hilda’s answer:

Yin Yoga is the perfect counter practice to the workout you’re doing during the week.

Yin Yoga is a type of yoga practice based in concepts of Taoist Yoga. It emphasizes the connective tissues of the hips, thighs, pelvis and lower spin. It is characterized by the relaxed practice of floor asanas for three to five minutes at a time. Yin Yoga provides the space needed to practice mindfulness by connecting with the breath move inward and reconnect with our center.

Jen’s second question:

I love Bikram Yoga because it helps get the deep stretching in my neck/shoulders that I haven’t found anywhere else, which really helps an old whiplash injury. Unfortunately, Bikram aggravates a knee injury terribly. Is there any class that might work my neck … Continue reading

Restorative Yoga … yes, please

Last night I took a full hour and a half of Restorative Yoga. It was amazing. And it was a great way to ease back into exercise after not working out for a week because of my cold.

According to the Namaste Yoga web site, Restorative Yoga is: Gentle yoga and passive restorative postures to open the body, quiet the mind and move into a deep sense of relaxation. A meditative time to cultivate awareness of body breath and mind, this class is recommended for those experiencing stress, recovering from injury or illness, and anyone seeking a gentle class to unwind, relax and renew. This class is appropriate for beginners.

In class last night, we did three poses in an hour and a half and they were all on our back. We used lots of props: blocks, blankets, sandbags, bolsters. It was truly amazing. This is similar to a pose we did last night, but with many more props.

The instructor talked about the class being a reset button. It was a great way to end the weekend and prepare myself for the new week.

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Get a tight, fit butt with toner shoes

Last year (yes, it has been many, many months) I asked my readers what they wanted to know or any questions they had for me. I am slowly researching and getting through the questions. And if you asked me a question, I haven’t forgotten and I will get to it.

Penny wanted to know “if those funky tennis shoes–the ones that are kind of curved on the bottom, so that your heel goes really far down as you walk–really work or not?”

I am willing to try out a pair of “toner” shoes to see if they really work or not. But they are spendy and not something I would normally want to buy on my own.

So, my dear readers, I have done a little research and have come up with four possible shoes to try out. But I need some help to buy the shoes.

Here is what I propose: Read the minor descriptions of the shoes I have picked out. For every dollar you donate to me you get a vote on a shoe. For example, you donate 5 bucks you get five votes and you can use those votes all on one shoe or more than … Continue reading

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Healthy effects of music

Don’t stop believin’ … music can make you happy.

I keep hearing this Kaiser Permanente commercial on the radio, which talks about how music makes us happy.

And it does. A song can come on and totally change my mood. I can be driving to work early on a Monday morning tired and kinda bleh and then all of a sudden a fun and good beat comes on and I am rockin’ out. There are the few songs that I hear that make me sad or really reflect about something in my life. But for the most part, most songs put me in a good mood or keep me in a good mood.

And since I am on the this mini research kick I thought I would see what I could find online from some experts. (This is what happens when I am stuck at home recuperating from my mini cold.)

According to WebMD, if you make music, that can help you reduce stress. Apparently casual music-making can short-circuit the stress response.

According to eMedExpert, music can have positive effects on pain management. The article also states that music is one of the few activities that involves using … Continue reading