Take care, love you this month

This month’s Go Fit Girl!’s February Monthly Challenge is about the No. 1 person in your life.

It’s not your spouse, partner, kids, parents, boss. It’s YOU.

In honor of this month’s Love of Reading Month and that other silly celebration that happens in the middle of this month the Monthly Challenge is about focusing on No. 1.

You have to love yourself and take care of yourself before you can love or take care of anyone else.

You have to decide what is best for you.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important for you and all of those you have in your life. You can’t take care of anyone else if you aren’t taking care of No. 1.

Nutrition: It is important to eat healthy regularly, drink lots of water, minimize the soda intake (including diet) along with limiting the alcohol intake as well. Make that your focus for this month with the nutrition challenge. But you are also the best judge of when you need to indulge: eat some chocolate, have two glasses of wine … You can also judge when you need to eat more vegetables or have a piece of fruit instead of another cup … Continue reading

Minus 1 drink, abs/core work are featured in this Monthly Challenge

The first Go Fit Girl! Monthly Challenge seemed successful. Trying to increase or get your water intake to at least 48-64 ounces a day and either trying yoga for the first time or if a regular yogi, trying a new teacher or new kind of class/practice.

Today launches Go Fit Girl’s October Monthly Challenge.

And the challenges are:

Nutrition: Minus 1.

Do you drink more than one cup of coffee a day, how about numerous Diet Cokes? Do you have more than one glass of wine or beer when you get home at night?

If you are a regular soda drinker, whether regular or diet (I know there are a bunch of Diet Coke heads out there) or caffeine or booze … try to eliminated just one a day every day this month. If you want to cut the amount down by more feel free.

If you normally drink 10 Diet Cokes a day, try to just have nine. If you have three cups of coffee each morning, try to just have two. For booze, either try to just drink on the weekends (my normal alcohol intake is Friday through Sunday) or if you regularly drink during the week … 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

Get your water, yoga in for this month’s Monthly Challenge

OK, GFG! readers, today marks GFG!’s first Monthly Challenge.

There will be two challenges. One focused on exercise and one focused on nutrition.

In honor of National Yoga Month I thought I would make the first exercise challenge about yoga.

If you have never taken yoga before, try a class. If you occasionally or regularly practice yoga try a new teacher, class or type of yoga.

Because it is National Yoga Month gyms are likely offering more classes (I know mine is). Yoga studios may be offering something in honor. There could even be free yoga in the park. Check with Parks & Rec schedules in your city/town.

The nutrition challenge for September will be about getting your daily water intake in.

If you don’t drink much water every day (like you love the soda or Diet Coke, etc.) try to double your water in take every day for the month. If you drink a reasonable amount of water already try to get in six to eight 8 ounce servings in every single day.

The event invite has been posted to Facebook. Click here to view. Don’t forget that you can still participate in the Monthly Challenge even … 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