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After a weekend out of town visiting family, my life is finally settling down again. Between too much birthday cake (I of course had a small slice with each meal Saturday night – Sunday morning)  and not a lot of time for exercise, I immediately wanted to get back on a healthy schedule yesterday.  But this new pantry find didn’t help.

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Yes, you read that correctly.  Sugar is the first ingredient on the list.  Before popcorn.  Scary.

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This popcorn is awesome.  It was hiding in my pantry (I think someone gave it to us a few months back), and I found it Sunday night when we got back into town.  Must practice moderation when sugar is the first ingredient on the list. 🙂

In my last post, I announced that Nick and I will be taking a vacation in the middle of April.  Because I will be on the beach for 4.5 days, I’ve decided to jumpstart some health goals to feel my best.  These are health-related tools that I take for granted.  I really want to focus on one per week for the next six weeks.

Week One – Water Consumption

I definitely don’t get straight A’s in the water department.  I usually get enough fluids during the day, but I don’t drink enough plain water.  I love coffee, juice, tea and Diet Dr. Pepper, but in the afternoon especially, I don’t get the water I should.  I will be working on upping my water intake this week.

Today, I’m happy to report that I had probably double the amount of water that I usually do.  I have a large 32 oz. water bottle with a straw spout that set at my desk all day.  The upped water consumption is all in the straw.  For some reason, I drink a lot more and a lot faster through a straw.  Whatever works!

I was lacking in motivation to cook anything for dinner, so I turned to my inspiration – Google Reader.  Heather inspired me to make roasted sweet potatoes with salsafied kidney beans.

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I roasted the sweet potatoes coated in a mixture of maple syrup, a touch of olive oil, chili pepper and salt.

My latest dinner drink obsession – 1 Part Black Cherry Goji Juice to 3 Parts Lime Soda Water.

For dessert —

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Coconut Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal with a side of the Census
1/4 oats
1/4 almond milk
1/4 tps baking powder
1 tbsp coconut
chocolate chips (which are hiding on the bottom)

So good!

Do you think you drink enough water?  Have any tips for me?

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