Lemon Water to the Rescue

I just read this article in Shape Magazine that states the following: 

Drink water with lemon:

You already know drinking water is good for your overall health, but fitness expert, celebrity trainer, and star of “Personal Training with Jackie: 30 Day Fast Start” Jackie Warner has a tip to take it up a notch in the weight-loss department. She recommends drinking 3 liters of water with lemon each and every day.

“Adding the lemon helps to detoxify the liver and metabolizes fat, so this can speed up metabolism by about 33 percent,” Warner says. “That burns about 100 extra calories per day!”

I don’t know about you – but I’m willing to throw a little lemon in my water and give it a shot!  🙂

5 Ways to Increase your Willpower

I finally got up the courage to join a gym this weekend!  A real live gym…not like the faux gym I have set up in my house.  There’s nothing wrong with a home gym setup, but I’m so close to the finish line and felt like I had to up my game to get there…so YouFit Health Club is my new home away from home. 

Gotta say – I’m in a lot of pain, but it’s so worth it to know that my body is being pushed to the next level.

In order to keep up and work through the pain with no excuses, I thought I’d share these 5 ways to increase your willpower, by Stephanie Booth.

  1. Eat a turkey sandwich.  We spend 4 hours each day actively resisting things we desire.  For example:  every time we refuse to succumb to washing the dishes before watching TV, our bodies draw on our store of glucose, which carries energy to the muscles and brain.  When our glucose levels get low, our willpower weakens.  To keep it high, eat regular meals that are full of protein and good carbs, like a sandwich of meat and cheese packed between 2 slices of whole-wheat bread.  And NEVER start a challenging task on an empty stomach (including workouts).
  2. Anticipate Roadblocks.  When you start pursuing a goal, consider what might interfere with your plans and make a backup plan.
  3. Do the opposite of what you normally do.  Anytime you modify your routine, you’re developing self-control.
  4. Choose a reward in advance.  When changing your behavior (like trying to workout every day), pick something that you’ll treat yourself to once you’ve accomplished your goal.  It could be months before you enjoy exercise on it’s own merits – so in the meantime, eat that piece of dark chocolate or relax on the couch for 30 minutes as a reward.  It’ll keep you motivated to reach the finale.
  5. Chill.  Don’t beat yourself up – it doesn’t help you stick to your diet.  In fact, you may have even made the situation worse!  Instead, ask yourself this:  When am I likely to err again and how will I prevent that from happening?  Once you’ve figured out how to avoid the problem in the future, let it go.



Just a quick note to say that the juicing is coming along VERY nicely.  I’m getting more creative with my recipes and definitely feeling the effects of all the extra fiber, vitamins, and nutrients.

Here’s my favorite morning juice recipe – Enjoy!

4 green apples (skins scrubbed clean)

1 lemon (keep the peel on if it’s organic)

2 handfuls of spinach, kale, chard, or collard greens (or a combination of all 4)!

Blend, Stir, and Drink! 😀

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