Review Wednesday holiday roundup

For at least the past five years (maybe a little longer) Curt and I along with our families have stopped giving each other Christmas presents.

We have decided we all have what we need. This helps to ease the stress of getting each other gifts.

So instead of giving to others we give to charity.

Curt and I still give each other small gifts, aka stocking stuffers.

Over the past two years GFG! has occasionally had Review Wednesday, where I review items for myself and my readers.

Many of the items I have reviewed would make great stocking stuffers.

I am going to do a quick review on the Fuller Brush, which would fit in a  stocking just great, before I summarize items in past Review Wednesdays.

A friend gave me Fuller Brush’s Veggie Brush as a gift. Let me just say this thing is amazing. It cleans carrots and potatoes strongly and quickly.

It’s amazing how much dirt comes running into the sink compared to other brushes I have used to scrub my root vegetables.

I got this as a gift but the cost is reasonable at $7.99.

This would be a great stocking stuffer and it is … Continue reading

Keeping hydrated in warm weather

Being from Arizona I have always known how important water is to stay healthy and hydrated and safe. (Ever heard of heat stroke or heat exhaustion? That stuff is real.)

And now that I regularly drink at least 64 ounces a day (but usually more–today I have consumed almost a gallon of water) my body needs it. And I notice pretty quickly if I am dehydrated or haven’t had enough water.

For the past couple of days the weather has been exceptionally warm, especially for this time of year in the Bay Area.

I went to a Giants baseball game yesterday. I didn’t take my big purse, which I normally carry and can fit my Camelbak water bottle in quite easily.

I wanted to bring water with me as I would be doing a lot of walking and it was warm out. But I didn’t want to carry one of my Camelbak water bottles as they are a little bulky without my bulky purse to store them in.

I grabbed my foldable water bottle, filled it up and attached to my small purse. My foldable holds 12 ounces (or how I like to refer to it, 1 … Continue reading

Review Wednesday: Chico Bag

I try to be an environmentally friendly person.

We recycle, we compost, I shop with reusable bags, I rarely buy bottled water and instead have a Pur water filter on our kitchen facet where I fill up my Camelbak water bottle regularly.

Late last year I became an owner of my very first Chico Bag. I now have several.

The bag rolls up into itself into a small pack, which is easy to carry in a purse, backpack, glove compartment, etc. When opened up in full it becomes a good size sturdy bag. And according to the tag on the bag the Chico Bag can carry up to 25 pounds.

I like to carry the Chico Bag in my purse for unexpected shopping trips or when I don’t have my reusable bags.

I usually have two in my purse and have even lent a bag to a friend.

You can find a variety of Chico Bags in Go Fit Girl!’s Amazon store. There are a variety of bags to choose from like this one and these and even these.

Probably the only negative that I can think of is germs. That is likely the biggest … Continue reading

Review Wednesday: Camelbak water bottle

I have been using various Camelbak water bottles for years.

I like to call mine an adult sippy cup. The water bottle with the built-in straw for some reason makes me drink more water. I have a 16 ounce/500 mL bottle, which worked just great for me.

A few months back I decided to get a 24 ounce/750 mL bottle. And I have to say with that thing I drink even more water than I did before.

I monitor how much water I drink (well, to a point). My goal is to get in at least eight servings a day. After that I usually stop counting.

Most days without fail I hit that goal and beyond. But there are still days where I struggle. But that’s me not the water bottle.

The only negative with the bottle is that it is a pain to clean. You can buy the official Camelbak bottle cleaner at Go Fit Girl!’s Amazon store.

At first I just used a cotton swab to clean the inside of the nipple and used a regular bottle cleaner for the inside of the bottle. Then one of my co-workers told me she bought a baby bottle … Continue reading

Go Fit Girl! is thankful/grateful for many things

Today is Thanksgiving and I have many things to be thankful and grateful for.

This list is just some of the things Go Fit Girl! is thankful for. (If it was Ann … it would never end.)

I am thankful and grateful for:

Yoga.

Meditation.

Setting intentions.

In-Shape City Gym and teachers: Jenn, Jessica and Will.

Namaste yoga studio and teachers: Vickie, Baxter, Lily and Hannah and the occasional sub.

Being healthy all year long.

My supportive husband.

Grace and Gratitude Thanksgiving workshop.

Weight Watchers.

My readers, the regular and occasional, the new and the old.

My laptop in which I can write my posts and do my research.

The salad bar at work.

My gym friends.

Wellness plan at work.

My weekly weigh-in.

New spin bikes at the gym.

Exercise/health/nutrition challenges at work.

My friend Monica who is my Monday night gym class buddy and motivator.

That I can afford to grocery shop every week (or really anytime) and buy healthy food, especially fresh fruits and vegetables.

Namate yoga studio focusing holiday workshop proceeds on charity (and yoga mat rentals going to charity as well.)

My subscription to Yoga Journal.

My husband being my new-ish gym buddy.

My Camelbak … Continue reading

Can you drink too much water?

Years ago when I lived in Phoenix and worked at The Arizona Republic I was a unfairly unhealthy person. Having a job in newspapers makes it difficult to have any sort of healthy lifestyle.

I think that was also when I had my (regular, packed with sugar) Vanilla Coke addiction and I would troll the floors looking for the soda in the various vending machines. Eventually I quit that and just started bringing in my own soda, which just fueled the addiction.

I worked with a guy who regularly came in with lunch (we normally started our shift around 2-2:30) from some fast food restaurant. His favorite seemed to be fried chicken.

We’ll call him Enrique … Enrique was probably one of the the unhealthiest people I have ever known with his regular fast food intake, cigarette smoking, coffee and Diet Coke imbibing and pitchers of beer each night after work. (Sounds like a party, right?)

Enrique came in to work one day and announced that his doctor told him he was drinking too much water. We all, of course, laughed. I don’t think I ever saw Enrique drink water, unless ice cubes count.

Enrique definitely wasn’t drinking too much … Continue reading

Chugging water, practicing yoga

I meant to write this post on Monday. But this has been a crazy and exhausting week.

OK, how are you non-Facebook Go Fit Girl’s Monthly Challenge participants doing?

There are 21 people participating in the Facebook event.

One participant let the group know that she recently took a CPR class and was told my the instructor that we all wake up dehydrated. So drinking a glass of water before your morning coffee is recommended.

And without even trying I do that most mornings, especially on days that I ride into work where I slurp down 24 ounces of water (750 mL).

Another participant signed up for yoga in the park. What a great idea! Unfortunately the Bay Area had crazy thunderstorms that day. So she wasn’t able to attend. But it was a great idea.

This challenge is definitely encouraging people to monitor and increase their water intake. And make more trips to power their noses.

I recently upgraded my CamelBak water bottle from a 16 ounce (500 mL) to 24 ounce (750mL) container. I find using the CamelBak increases my water intake. It is easy to drink out of with very few spill mishaps.

Since my upgrade … Continue reading

Let’s play a drinking game … drink more water

One day on the shuttle bus on the way to work I said to one of my co-workers/friends, Let’s play a drinking game. Every time I drink water you drink water. For some time now I have been encouraging him to drink more water.

I mentioned this story to another co-worker. She said she wanted to play the drinking game, too. She doesn’t take the shuttle bus to work. So I gave her another hint: Drink water while driving to and from work. She told me the other day she has been doing that and has been drinking more water. YEA!

I have written about water in the past. But I feel like this is an important subject, which can be written and talked about over and over.

Another co-worker sent me a forwarded e-mail called Water vs. Coke. I am sure many of you have seen this in the past.

According to a Livestrong article, some of the water stats are proven below. I can’t find anything that proves or disproves this whole list. But from my experience and all the research I have done over the years I believe most of them. According to Snopes.com, we don’t necessarily … Continue reading

Rockin’ customer service

I have been using Camelbak water bottles for a little more than two years. The first one I owned just had a lid. It was a little difficult to drink out of because of the wide mouth. But nonetheless I liked the bottle and how easy it was to take to the gym, when traveling, in my purse, etc. I accidentally left that water bottle at a restaurant in Honolulu. (That water bottle made it to Budapest, Prague, Vienna, Munich and Stuttgart.)

Soon after losing that one I got a second one. This time with a straw and bite valve. I loved it even better than the first one. That one I left at a bar in Last Vegas.

The third one has lasted much longer. I have had it about a year. Recently the bite valve/straw broke. I went to the Camelbak website and found their warranty is 100% guarantee. So I sent an e-mail. A couple of weeks later I got a reply back that they would replace it. And I received it yesterday. Talk about great customer service to a really awesome product.

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This week I have been pretty tired. Work hasn’t been particularly tough, just … 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