Category: Fitness and Health

Detox Water: How and Why?

Hey Guys! As promised here is the post about detox water. These have been one of the keys to my current weight loss. So to start off.

What is Detox water?

Detox water is water that has been infused with different foods, mostly fruits and herbs, that helps your body in different ways. What ways you ask, well it depends on what you infuse your water with. So, I’ve included a list of some of the most popular ingredients and how they help your body.

Apple

  • Flushes toxins
  • Aids weight loss
  • Boosts immune system

Basil

  • Flushes toxins
  • Fights inflammation
  • Contains antioxidants
  • Antibacterial properties
  • Fights depression

Berries (Raspberries, Blueberries, Strawberries, etc…)

  • Flushes toxins
  • Fights inflammation
  • Rich in antioxidants
  • Boosts immune system

Cinnamon

  • Speeds up metabolism
  • Aids digestion
  • Improves brain function

Cucumber

  • Flushes out toxins
  • Fights inflammation
  • Aids digestion

Grapefruit

  • Flushes toxins
  • Aids weight loss
  • Improve digestion
  • High in antioxidants
  • Helps lower cholesterol

Lemon & Lime

  • Flushes toxins
  • Aids digestion
  • Boosts immune system
  • Rejuvenates skin

Mint

  • Aids digestion
  • Eases stomach aches
  • Fights depression

Orange

  • Flushes toxins
  • Boost immune system

Watermelon

  • Flushes toxins
  • Fights inflammation
  • Improves blood flow
  • Boosts immune system

What now?

Well now is when you choose your favorite combination. There are many other ingredients, as well, that can be used such as ginger, pineapple, melons, etc… Here are some of my favorite flavor combinations

  • Apple Cinnamon
  • Watermelon Mint
  • Lemon/Lime and Cucumber (add some mint, YES Please!)
  • Strawberry Lemon with Basil
  • Orange Blueberry
  • Raspberry Lemon with Mint
  • Lemon Grapefruit (also add strawberries YUM!)
  • Strawberry Kiwis with Lemon
  • Strawberry Kiwi with Cucumber
  • Pineapple Mint
  • Orange Blackberry with Mint
  • Ginger Apple with Lemongrass
  • Rosemary Grapefruit
  • Berry Lemon

Also consider adding a green tea bag to your water while it infuses. That helps with mental awareness and overall alertness and energy levels.

How do we infuse the water?

Well, It’s pretty simple, The amount of each ingredient depends on what flavor you are going for and your personal taste. I typically use about a cup to a cup and half of ingredients to a quart of water. From there it is really up to youDetox Water

  1. Gather, Wash, and cut your ingredients as needed
    • With herbs wash gently as to not wash all the oils of the leaves.
  2. Muddle all the ingredients to release all the good stuff and fill with water
    • For a pitcher I use the back end of a wooden spoon
  3. Leave this in the fridge for about four hours to overnight
  4. You can use the fruit mixture 2 to 3 more times.
    • Don’t use it more than that or it can become bitter (don’t ask me how I know)

 

You can also make a single glass at a time. I use much more fruit to lower the infusion time and just refill as necessary. I usually let it sit about 30 minutes with this method. Here’s Pictures of my process for a single serving.

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What I do daily:

  • I make a pitcher before I go to bed each night
  • In the morning I strain it into my water bottle then refill the pitcher
  • I repeat this until that night when I’m going to bed and make a fresh batch
  • I’ll make single severing when I want a different flavor in the middle of the day

Tips:

  • I know I don’t always make it through the fruit in time. When it starts to go bad freeze it. The mix the frozen berries with milk, vanilla, and a touch of sweetener to have a nice smoothie.
  • Drink your water cold, It help burn more calories that way
  • If you use a green tea bag, replace it each time you refill the pitcher.
  • Make water YOU like. If you don’t like it, you probably won’t drink it.

What do you infuse into your water?

Let us know below!!

-Katy

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Getting Healthier, Getting Fit: Part Two

Guys, Guys, Guys….Guess WHAT! I’m down to a size 10 jeans from a 14!!! I’m so happy and excited. It’s working. So You’ve read Getting Healthier, Getting Fit. I’ve stuck to it.

Getting Healthier, Getting Fit

The Workout:

I’ve changed my workout up recently so that I have three days of grouped muscles (Arms, Leg, Core) and then in-between each I do cardio day. I’ve been doing Zumba for my cardio and absolutely love it, but you should find things that you like to do. I love dancing so Zumba is perfect! On the weekends I simply do yoga to restore my body and give it a break from the rough week. Having something to do everyday has been great for me. Since it something I do everyday I don’t forget to workout nearly as much. When I have done workouts that are three days a week or such, I forget them…..a lot. It’s almost embarrassing how many times I would go to bed and just have it dawn on me…”You didn’t workout today” and then being in bed already, I would rationalize why it was okay. Another thing I’ve done is include it in my to-do list daily in my bullet journal. I consult this list anytime I don’t know what to do. It’s a great reminder.  This isn’t to say that I’ve been perfect these past couple of weeks. I have fallen, forgotten, not wanted to, found myself going without. However, I forgave myself and kept going. I didn’t allow the thoughts that rationalized missing multiple days in a row.

What else have I been doing?

Well, I started counting my calories. For my height, size, and bone, structure I consume 1,500 calories a day. (I am not a professional and these numbers change for every person. We are all unique, just like everyone else. See out disclaimer for more information.) I haven’t consciously changed my eating habits though. Not yet. That’s in a few more weeks. I have noticed that I’m craving healthier foods more and the sugary sweets less. When I first started I went to bed starving because I had a candy bar that day and it was more than half my calories for the day. OPPS. Subconsciously remember that and don’t eat candy bars. However, I will dig into way to many carbs on a daily bases still. (I’ma fix that soon) Counting Calories was simply my next step. Actually changing my diet is next.

One Other Change:

I have made one other change. For New Years I gave up soda and coffee (I put way to much sugar into it) for tea (iced and hot). For ice tea I use 1/4 cup sugar per gallon I make, and I use no sugar in hot tea (occasionally Honey). Well, I’ve taken this a step further. I make sure to consume two cups of Matcha Green Tea a day for a metabolism boost (Plus it helps brain function), One cup of chamomile tea to help with my insomnia, and then I consume one glass of ice tea with dinner. Other than that I drink WATER! This has cut my calories for drinks down to almost nothing. Now, if you’re like me you can’t stand plain water. So, I use water mix in’s that are sweetened with Stevie. No aspartame here please! These are around 5 calories a bottle and I water mine down just a bit so that the water just has a taste on it. It makes the packs last longer and less calories per glass of water. Don’t like the idea of the water mix ins? You can easily flavor your own water, check out  this post on Detox Waters: How and Why and Megan’s Berry Lemon Water.

Overall, I feel great and once I got over a hump of: I don’t see results, I wanna quit, It’s not worth it, It’s been amazing. And I’m down TWO pants sizes!!

I’m doing this for me and it’s great. I stopped worrying about what others thought and went for what I want in my life. I want knees that don’t hurt and the ability to look at myself in the morning and love myself. This is just one thing I’m doing to help my future self out.

What are you doing to help your future self?

Let us know below!!

-Katy

Getting Healthier, Getting Fit

The start of this adventure

Wanting a smaller waist

Has anyone else just gotten feed up with the way they feel, see themselves, etc… Megan and I made a decision to be accountability partners and work towards a fitter, healthier life for us. She helps by finding ways to make healthy, wholesome eating easier. While, I looked into workout routines and ways to help us succeed in fitness goals.

The Past Me:

In college, I never made working out a priority. That is not to say that I never tried a routine or tried working out, nothing ever stuck though. I always reassured myself that it wasn’t necessary because I constantly found myself walking, or running, across campus between classes. Also, as a technical theater major I had to take several acting classes, bleak *insert unenthused emoji*. These classes often included workouts at least twice a week. I found that I was often telling myself that work counted as working out; since I was constantly running up and down ladders, stairs, etc. This isn’t my life anymore though.

So why start working out now?

  1. I’ve graduated, and I am looking for a job

    • Aside from general cleaning, cooking, and such I sit in front of my computer working on this blog and applying to various jobs. Since this is the main content of my life I am sitting a lot more than I did in school. Therefore, I need the workout in my life a lot more than I use to.
  1. Tight muscles and Stiff Joints

    • The more I sit the stiffer I get and the more uncomfortable I feel. From trial and error I’ve found that mild yoga and basic work outs such as: squats, lunges, and anything that works my legs helps a lot with these discomfort.
  1. I’m not happy with what I see in mirror.

    • Yeah yeah yeah, I’m “beautiful” and “I don’t need to change”. I’ve heard it. While that all can very well be true, I’m not happy and so I want to change for me. No one else.

The current plan we’re using:

Through this process I’ve done tons of research for what would work for me and my end goals. There is a lot of information out there! There are certain things I knew for sure while I was looking: I want to be able to stay in my Livingroom. I had to find or create routines that worked well for my current fitness level, or lack of I should say. I used these thoughts to help narrow down the information I was looking at.  So through Pinterest I found a four week beginner’s workout schedule. It starts with low reps of a few exercises and slowly increase the number of reps each week. The target with this is to build basic muscle groups, and to just get used to having a new part to my daily routine each day. I’m trying not to make mistakes that I have made in the past when I started a fitness kick. My biggest problem each time I’ve tried this in the past is:

Trying to doing too much at once:

  1. Long Work outs

    • I would try long, intense work outs for quick results and often found myself extremely unhappy every day, and often dreading the work out to come. This defeated the entire reason I was even working out.
  1. I Changed EVERYTHING at the SAME time

    • This probably has been my biggest downfall. I start working out. I Complete change my eating habits. While this is something I need to do I will go from the worst of habits to the healthiest I know, count calories, no sweets, etc….. ALL AT ONCE. This just does not work for me. I find myself overwhelmed with it all after just a few days when the high of doing things for a better me wears off, because yes it wears off.

How am I fixing these issues this time around?

  1. I’ve told several people about it to hold me accountable, and now all of you as well! (Don’t let me quit!)
  2. I’m starting with the smaller workout, getting use to putting it in my day and have my plans to increase all of it slowly through the next couple of months
  3. In a few weeks when I’m used to having the workouts each day I will start counting calories. I’m adding things in slowly instead of trying to do everything all at once.
  4. After that is well established, a week or two, I will start on improving my overall eating habits.
  5. The biggest thing I’m going to try and do is forgive myself and keep going if I mess up one day because no one is perfect and that’s okay.

What are your tips for getting and staying healthy? Comment below!!

So here’s to being happy, healthy, and safe in our goals.

Thanks for reading!!

Katy

Want to see what happened next on this crazy journey? Check out Part Two!

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