Archive for the ‘Water’ Category

Trouble getting in enough water for weight loss?

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

I’m a health coach Natalie Jo and water is very important on this program.  You need a minium of 64 oz per day but half your body weight is even better. Many of my clients tell me they have trouble getting it all in.  They lose track or are too busy. Look what I just found.

The Sportline HydraCoach Intelligent Water Bottle is the world’s first
interactive water bottle that thinks while you drink! It calculates your
personal hydration needs, tracks your real-time fluid consumption, paces you
throughout the day and motivates you to achieve and maintain optimal hydration.
Doctors, Nutritionists and Fitness Trainers all recommend that we drink more
water yet there has never been a device to help individuals adhere to the
expert’s recommendations. The HydraCoach is a breakthrough in personal
hydration monitoring.

How cool is that? A water coach that motivates you to stay hydrated and tracks your progress. Check it out read the reviews and let me know what you think.

Let me know your tips and trick that help you remember to get in all your water.

Sportline Hydracoach-Intelligent Water Bottle (Blue)

 

 

My Weight Loss Journey Continues and new photo opportunity

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

The weather finally warm up and dried out here in Northern Wisconsin.

Here’s my new bike I got for my 50th birthday ready for it’s maiden voyage.  That’s a Flavor Infuser in that water bottle.

On Mother’s day my husband and I took a 13 mile bike ride out to Blue Gill park in Wausau, WI from a trail head near our home.


It’s NOT exercise It’s a Photo Opportunity

This week my husband and I took a 16 mile bike ride on the Mountain Bay Trail near our house. The weather was perfect 62 and sunny. I wore a thin knit jacket to cover my arms since I burn easily. I did get some color on my hands. With much effort I was able to pull on my old gel seat cover from my old bike. At first it felt great but after a few miles I was reminded that I still haven’t broken in my seat, if you know what I mean. Guess it will take a few more rides for that.

Heading out to Ringle seemed up hill and against the wind but the trees showed no breeze. Then I figured it was just because I was riding so fast. After we turned around to head back home the ride was a lot easier. I love my new bike it’s a great improvement over my last one. We discovered a new park along the river and I did have to stop to take some pictures.

My life is so much more active now that I have the excess weight off. I’m enjoying activities I never even tried before.

That’s 29 miles on the new bike so far.

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Weight Loss Journey -Snowshoe Winter Exercise

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Snowshoe adventure #3

On Sunday Jan 16th my husband and I tried another snowshoe trail.  Rib Mt is 5 minutes from our house and this trail my husband hikes in the summer but it’s a first for me. The picture was taken from where we parked the car. Unlike my other hikes this one was uphill most of the way.

Can you see the look of fear in my eyes? I’m thinking what did I get myself into this time?

By the time we got to the trail head I was out of breath and needed to stop for a drink of water. For our 25th wedding anniversary I bought us both hydration backpacks. I got a Camelbak and I got Jim a Northface.  This was their first test drive.  I had Jim wear his under his jacket and mine on the outside.  Guess who had water all two hours?  My tube and mouthpiece froze up so wear it under your jacket in cold weather.

OK… I know I look funny.  I look like I’m in scuba gear! The blue tube is my Camelbak water supply and I got goggles for eye protection, contacts and cold wind don’t mix and I got me a cool new face mask that can be worn many ways.

Here’s the map the small loop in the center was at the bottom of the quarry then we hiked up and around the top walls.

Note the uphill trail behind me.  This was starting out and I was not sweating yet.  Taking pictures gives me a great reason to stop and rest for a minute.

Made it to the quarry and walked all the way in.  Stopped for a bar break and a few more pictures:) Then up around the top wall for a great view.

That’s the best I could get for a sunset shot.  Up we go….

Made it to the top of the quarry wall.  Blue back pack is my Camelbak hydration pack.

Hey look you can see Russia from here LOL.  OK maybe Minnesota to the left and the UP of Michigan to the north on a clear day.

Here’s proof I wasn’t alone. My husband blazed the trail most of the way and got us back down safely. We only thought we were lost once and only for a short time.

Here’s a photo of the Knapp family who homesteaded this area of Rib Mountain in 1886.  We followed the Homestead trail back down to our car. If it was summertime you would have seen the foundations of their home and barn and shed.

That’s it for my latest exercise adventure.  It took 2 hours and was about a 4 mile hike with a lot of uphill climbs.  Still very enjoyable in 13 degree weather and no wind. It’s strange to be sweating in 13 degrees so I guess I was working hard.

Lessons learned.

  • Wear the hydration pack under the jacket so it won’t freeze.
  • Nuts are better than bars because frozen bars are hard to chew.
  • Need to find better poles now we each have a broken basket on one pole.
  • I can do more than I ever thought I could.
  • Carrying 2 liters of water uphill is more work but well worth it.
  • The metal cleats stop you from sliding when walking downhill.
  • Packed trails are easier than fresh powder.
  • The face mask is great.
  • Loved the goggles when they weren’t steamed up.

The next day once again I woke with no sore muscles.  I still can’t figure that one out.  After my bike rides and snowshoe hikes I have had no muscle pain at all.  Before I lost 88 lbs anytime I walked the outsides of my legs at my ankles would kill me and I would have to rest often.  Now no pain before during or after walking.  Thank You Lord!

Weight Loss First Now My Exercise Journey Begins

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

I lost 88 lbs and kept it off for just about a year now. I did it with no exercise. Deciding to do one thing at a time. Over the summer I wrote about my cycling adventures.  Saturday I wrote about my first time out snowshoeing. Last night my husband and I tried out a new snowshoe trail. I thought to make it more interesting I would show a lot of photos.  I also love taking pictures. So here it goes….

We have an old family friend Named Jim Adams back in ILL so I dedicated this hike to him.

Here’s the map almost a 4 mile hike.

9 Mile Forrest is located in North Central WI in Rib Mt WI.  It was snowing most of the way.  It’s very peaceful.  You do need to look both ways when crossing the cross country ski trails. We exchanged some friendly hellos as they passed by. We did move to the side as two young gals on snowshoes passed by us going up a hill. I thought I was doing good till I saw them.  Guess 25 years does slow us down some.

Here I am all bundled up.  It was 20 degrees and I was sweating.  My head and hands were very warm.

Using these signs and the map you follow the trail.  All I had to do is follow my husband.  He hikes Mountains in Colorado so I had complete faith we would make it out alive. It did get a little scary when we heard and then saw hunters shooting close by.  I’m thinking blaze orange may be my next color of choice for snowshoeing.

We got a late start and it was almost two hours long so it was dark when we made it back.  The white snow helps to light the way.

Here I am after 2 hours of snowshoeing with wet hat hair but still smiling.

What I learned… Bring water with even when it’s this cold we need water. We had it in the car and I chugged 16 oz when we got back.  We will come up with a way to easily carry it on us next time.  I did have nuts and a  bar in my pocket that I ate along the way also very important. I never leave home without some  food with me. It’s also best to get an early start so you don’t run out of daylight.

Happy Trails to you on your winter exercise journey.

Flavor Up Your Holiday 10% Discount At Capella

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

 

It’s been some time since I posted about this great Flavor inhancer by Capella for meal replacements and more.

First they like us meal replacement users and offer us a 10% discount just use  when you checkout.

I know when I started on the program my first disapointment was no more flavored creamers in my coffee.  Even the sugarfree ones are too high in calories.  So I had to search for some other solutions and that’s when I came across Capella Flavor Drops.

No Sugar

No Sweeteners

No Fats

No Carbs

No Calories

No Caffeine

No Gluten

They are perfect to use on THIS PROGRAM.  The bottles are so small you can carry them in your purse and be ready for a coffee break with friends anytime.

This time of year I start to crave Pumpkin Spice Coffee and Capella has Pumpkin Pie Spice Flavor Drops.  Just 3-5 drops per 8 oz of coffee.  One little bottle has 120 servings so you can treat your friends too. Now I don’t miss the creamer because I get all the flavor I crave without the fat and calories.

They have so many flavors to try.  How about Root Beer Float drops in your vanilla shake?  Or Amarreto Drops in your coffee.  Cool mint drops are great in the  hot cocoa. For the holidays try Egg Nog drops in vanilla pudding. All the flavors work great in the shakes too.

They also have flavor Drops for water in fruit flavors and mint.

If you want more sweetness you can add your favorite sugarfree sweetner too.

Click the banner  to go directly to the site

The picture is an affiliate banner so I will make a small commission if you purchase.
Thank You and enjoy your discount!

 

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I would love to work with you as a Free Take Shape Health Coach

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Weight Loss Without Exercise

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

I was so proud of myself today.

First some background history.  I lost -88 lbs with no deliberate exercise for 10 months. I guess I was just testing the program to see if it would really work and it did.  I averaged a 2.5 lb loss for 33 weeks and another 8 in Transition so far.
My husband is a real active guy, hiking, biking, the YMCA etc. He is very kind and asks me to join him but I have always said NO since I started my  journey.  At first it was because I can’t exercise for the first three weeks, good excuse.  Then it was just out of lazyness I guess.  I hate to exercise.  I kept saying I would start after I got done losing the weight.  Well I did make goal over 10 weeks ago and still never started to exercise.
So when I headed into the kitchen to make my meal for dinner my husband says how about going for a walk pause or bike ride? Hum OK how about a bike ride.  After all it was 60 degrees out and sunny.  So we went and dug out the bikes out filled the tires and I said oh wait we have to document this, my first exercise outing for 10 months.  I handed him the camera and told him to take a few shots.
Well the ride was pretty hard for me.  It’s up hill both ways from our house to anywhere. I felt much lighter on the bike and surprising to me my bony butt felt happy on my gel bike seat. I must have been going fast because it got pretty windy out there on the open road. We didn’t really go that far and I stopped twice once for water and once to eat a  bar because remember I was on my way to make dinner but never got to.
My husband road on further after I turned for home which was fine with me.  My ears were hurting from the cold wind.  I came in with shaky legs and layed down till I felt better.
So the moral of the story is yes this program will work with NO exercise but I don’t recommend it.  It is much better to have exercise as part of your weight loss journey like I teach my clients.  Then after the weight is gone you will be fit too. Guess I still have another journey to travel now.
Ok now for the funny part:)
I get home and recover and look to see how the pictures turned out and this is what my husband shot of me.
  • Do you see a bike anywhere in these shots?
  • Can you tell that I’m sitting on a bike.
  • Does this picture document my first exercise in 10 months?

No I didn’t think so either.

Now I know why I took all my other pictures by myself with my tripod.

Medifast Transition Day 7 Lean & Green Breakfast

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

 

Day 7

 
If you are following my blog then you know I’m out of town and heading out for breakfast with my husband and old neighbors. While I was getting ready I had a MF cappuccino made with coffee.  A few hours later we checked out of our hotel and walked over to meet our friends.  This morning I already planned to have my lean and green for breakfast which I never do.  I ordered an omelet with cheese, mushrooms, green peppers and onions. I gave the English muffin to my husband. It also came with roasted cubed potatoes my extra veggie for the day.  You know how long it’s been since I had any potatoes? Over 35 weeks. I shared half of the potatoes with my husband too. I also had another cup of coffee and water. I guess I haven’t been telling you all the water I drink everyday but I have no problem getting it all in.
 
After breakfast we walked back to the lake front to take pictures of the Ice sculptures. We went inside to warm up and sat and visited some more before to headed out for back home in different directions.  We took a walk along the frozen shore to our car and I snapped a few more pictures.
 
The rest of the day were all MF meals.  I had an oatmeal crunch bar in the car.  Then a bag of parmesan puffs for dinner.  Coffee with my Chocolate mint crunch bar in the evening and my chocolate pudding just before bed. Oh and I did have some baby carrots because my omelet didn’t have all my veggie servings.
 
That completes one week of Transition adding 1 cup of extra veggies to the 5&1 plan.  I weigh in tomorrow morning and then taper down to 4 Medifast meals, and a lean & green and 1 extra cup of veggies and a fruit medium in size or 1/2 cup of berries.
 
I did get in a lot more exercise walking than I’m used to this past weekend.  I still have never started an exercise plan.  I lost 80 lbs on Medifast without any exercise. But that all is about to change so stay tuned to this blog and find out what I just bought myself as my weight loss reward.

To learn more click here

 

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Medifast Weight Loss Meets Capella Holiday Flavor Drops

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

 

So I made it through Thanksgiving and next is Christmas and then New Years.  This time of year is usually a true feeding frenzy. But not this year, Medifast made it very easy for me to stay on plan, in fact the week after Thanksgiving I even LOST -3 lbs.

Want to know my little Secret for not feeling deprived this Holiday Season?  I still eat all my Holiday favorites.   I have eggnog pudding, pumpkin spiced coffee and mint chocolate shakes everyday.  OK, the Secret is that they are all Medifast foods with Capella Flavors Drops added. 

Capella Flavors Drops do not contain any calories, fat, sweetners or carbs. You can use them in any of the Medifast meals one at a time or even mix them up. You can flavor, coffee, tea and water too.

They are offering some Great Holiday Savings .

 

 

Order CapellaFlavorDrops and get 25% off orders of $75.00 or more. Use code: SPEND75

 

Add some variety to your Holiday Medifast Meals this year!

 

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Medifast Foods Get More Flavor Options With Capella Flavor Drops

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Medifast Members Special

10% off off with Promo code MEDIFAST10

Enhance the flavors of coffee, water and your Medifast shakes and meals with Capella Flavor Drops.

I know when I started on the Medifast program my first disapointment was no more flavored creamers in my coffee.  Even the sugarfree ones are too high in calories.  So I had to search for some other solutions and that’s when I came across Capella Flavor Drops.

No Sugar

No Sweeteners

No Fats

No Carbs

No Calories

No Caffeine

No Gluten

They are perfect to use on the Medifast Plan.  The bottles are so small you can carry them in your purse and be ready for a coffee break with friends anytime.

This time of year I start to crave Pumpkin Spice Coffee and Capella has Pumpkin Pie Spice Flavor Drops.  Just 3-5 drops per 8 oz of coffee.  One little bottle has 120 servings so you can treat your friends too. Now I don’t miss the creamer because I get all the flavor I crave without the fat and calories.

They have so many flavors to try.  How about Root Beer Float drops in your vanilla shake?  Or Amarreto Drops in your coffee.  Cool mint drops are great in the  hot cocoa. For the holidays try Egg Nog drops in vanilla pudding.

They also have flavor Drops for water in fruit flavors and mint.

If you want more sweetness you can add your favorite sugarfree sweetner too.

Capella is kind enough to offer Medifast Members a 10% discount on all their orders

just at Promo code MEDIFAST10 when you checkout.

Click the banner below to go directly to the site

 

Save even more if you spend $50.00

Order Capella Flavor Drops and get 15% off all orders at $50.00 or more. Use code: SPEND50

Flavor up your meal plan

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Medifast Weight Loss Vacation Eating

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

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When was the last time you lost weight while on a vacation?

Summer is over but my weight loss journey continues. Over the summer I went on a few camping trips with my husband in our travel trailer and one 4 day trip to MN living in a hotel room.  I’m happy to report that in all cases I had no problem following the Medifast Meal Plan.

While camping  for the first few times we didn’t have electricity.  I was able to heat water on the propane stove  for hot drinks, oatmeal and soup and I used bottle water for my shakes.  The bars were great on hikes and bike rides.  For dinner we grilled our meat and vegetables or  had and a salad.

The hotel room meals also worked out well.  I only had a coffee pot to work with and an ice machine. Pictured above is one of my hotel breakfasts, peach oatmeal and coffee. By running just water through the coffee maker and no coffee I was able to heat up the water for the oatmeal.  As you can see from the picture the supplied coffee cups were a perfect serving bowl.  The plastic spoon I brought from home.  Next I made the coffee.  I carried a bar in my purse which I was able to eat during a break and for lunch I went back to my room and had a shake I made with tap water and some ice form the machine down the hall. For dinner I sought out Wendy’s and Culver’s for a grilled chicken salads with low fat dressing.  The shaker worked great for my after dinner chocolate pudding I used the same plastic spoon.

Another trick that worked for me was when we took a side trip to an ice cream shop I would either have a bar to eat from my purse or just wait till we got back and then I’d  make my pudding for my sweet treat.

I have always been able to figure out something on a menu that I could eat that fits into the Medifast Meal Plan.  I love a lean grilled steak ever now and then. I say no to the potatoes and ask for steamed broccoli and a salad with low fat or fat free dressing on the side.

It’s been 15 weeks since I started the Medifast Plan  and I haven’t been tempted to go off it ever.  Never feeling hungry and the fact that it would take another 3-4 days to get back into fat burn really help me stay focused.  Every week I have lost between 2-5 pounds so I know it works, why would I want to mess that up?

You can learn more about the Medifast plan here