#Fitmom Friday ~ Baby Step #2

Good Morning and Happy Friday all ya’ll beautiful people!


Welcome to week two of Baby Steps to becoming a #fitmom! Last week we covered the importance of realistic goal setting, if you need to catch up click, I want to start being awesomer from the beginning!

Are you ready for Baby Step #2?

It’s a big one.

It’s what keeps us alive.

It helps you lose weight.

It helps keep all your systems functioning at a high level.

You are mostly made from it.

Yes, that’s right!

#2 Baby Step to Becoming a #Fitmom is…

I’m sure some of you are rolling your eyes and are thinking, I know that. I’ve heard that so many times…blah.  I think I might drink enough water…maybe.

But do you? Really? Think about it. I had always thought I was at least, okay, with drinking enough water. Until I tracked it over a week and discovered I was getting less than half of what I should. Mind Blown! Holy crap! I hated drinking water, anything without flavor for years. Still to this day, I’m not a fan of lukewarm or room temp water, it needs to be icy cold for me. But after many years, I figured out my system, and successfully drink about a gallon of water a day – that’s on top of coffee, diet coke (shush…I know it’s bad for me but you know, suck it, we all have our vices), tea, or whatever. But in the beginning, I had to teach myself how to drink more of the stuff.

It started with meals, and no, I still don’t drink water with my meals. I find it unpleasant to my palate. It’s weird but whatever, I’d suggest drinking it with meals if you like that kind of thing. I approached it differently, I drank a glass immediately before my meal or while I was cooking. Back then, I would down it like I was chugging a beer. I just wasn’t a water drinker yet. But there was a duel purpose for drinking it then; it helped with weight loss. I had just had baby number two and had about 50 pounds to lose. My stomach was already a little full, and I didn’t eat as much. I stayed full longer and would know that if I did decide to eat something, I’d have to drink another cup of water. LOL. Sad but true.

To get the other 5 cups I was aiming for back then, quite often I’d drink Zero Calorie Vitamin Water or would infuse my own using my favorite Infuser Water Bottle.

I also would fill half of a reusable water bottle and freeze it, then fill the rest when I was taking the kids for a walk or had one in front of me if I was doing a workout video. I still do the freezing thing, only now it’s a reused milk gallon. I fill about ¾ up and freeze overnight, fill the rest and leave it on the stove all the time. I don’t even realize I’m drinking it half the time. I just grab it take a swig as I’m passing through. I also love these, perfect for long car trips and I’ll throw one in my shaker cup (minus the wire ball) to keep my intra-workout drink refreshing.

My whole thing is, find what works for you. You know what is good for you, figure out how you can drink more. Hopefully, I got your wheels turning on how to incorporate more of it in your life!

I have a couple of tasks for you this week!

Today – Figure out how much water you should be drinking.

Saturday, Sunday, and Monday track your water. Just stick a piece of scrap paper on the fridge and do a hashtag every time you have a cup. It doesn’t need to be fancy or overthought. Then figure out your average.

Tuesday on – If it turns out your intake is low, pick one habit to start and go from there. If you have a water aversion like I did, try the guzzling it like a beer before you eat. It worked for me! An easy way to figure out how much water you should be drinking, take your weight in pounds, divide by two, add 12 for every 30 minutes of exercise, and that’s how many ounces you should have daily.


That’s it for this week! Next week we’re going to walk to the beat!

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Have a Wonderful Weekend!


Meet Emmy Gatrell

Hi! I’m Emmy, a 42-year-old Stay-At-Home-School-Mom to two teenage boys, nine dogs, and a husband. I write and publish fiction in multiple genres including epic fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, dystopian, speculative fiction, and supernatural horror ranging from young adult through four-flame +18. As you can tell I love all things that go bump in the night ;) I also love food. I’ve published the first five cookbooks of my No Frills Cookbook Series. My first coffee table cookbook TACO FREAKS (52 Recipes and Thoughts about the Best Day of the Week) publishes soon!