Monday, August 3, 2009

Take this Ad and LOVE it!

Throughout high school and college my walls were FILLED with posters and ads from magazines!! I love bright colors and funky fun ads in general. A few years back, I had a couple of these Nike Ads hanging in my bedroom...and I LOVED them.

For those countless features we women tend to dislike, or wish were different(want flatter, want rounder, want perkier, want bigger OR smaller!), the women in these ads embrace that feature for what it really means-- how it portrays and embodies their true character.

Forget the skinny little figures or the perfect skin, these women love the space they take up! They love their hips and their booty, they love their thunder thighs that carry them through life, they love their scars because they are their stories. Who are these women with crazy love for the way they are?! These women are us! This is me!

Is this you?

Click to enlarge the bootyliciousness! (longest word ever!)

Water: No woman is an island

I start most days with a big tall, french roast with cream and cinnamon. Mmm. I love coffee like most people love their kids: unconditionally, with fierce devotion and franticly when missing. But being an active person striving towards athleticism...I have to drink water. Believe it or not, drinking water for me is a HUGE challenge. I have to have water with pizzaz! so I add flavor, sliced lemon, or buy sparkling water. On my really good days I can drink it plain, but usually only when I am up and at the gym early and am too tired to really notice.

So how much to drink? I shoot for half my body weight in ounces every day, which equals a little more than the old fashioned 8-8 ounce glasses. But with an active lifestyle and especially if you are trying to lose weight, water is your friend! Lets see what The Mayo Clinic advises:

Every day you lose water through your breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movements. For your body to function properly, you must replenish its water supply by consuming beverages and foods that contain water. Several approaches attempt to approximate water needs for the average, healthy adult living in a temperate climate.

  • Replacement approach. The average waste output for adults is about 1.5 liters (6.3 cups) a day. You lose close to an additional liter of water a day through breathing, sweating and bowel movements. Food usually accounts for 20 percent of your total fluid intake, so if you consume 2 liters of water or other beverages a day (a little more than 8 cups) along with your normal diet, you will typically replace the lost fluids.
  • Eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. Another approach to water intake is the "8 x 8 rule" — drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day (about 1.9 liters). The rule could also be stated, "drink eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid a day," as all fluids count toward the daily total. Though the approach isn't supported by scientific evidence, many people use this basic rule as a guideline for how much water and other fluids to drink.
  • Dietary recommendations. The Institute of Medicine advises that men consume roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day and women consume 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day.
Despite the fact that a number of sources lately are stating any non-caffeinated liquid will count toward some of the daily fluid, I think that plain old fashioned water is the way to go. True all beverages contain some water, but as close to the source as you can get is best! I always say closest to God or Garden is the way to go, meaning just go as natural as you can. I say drink up!! The benefits of water are astounding!

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