Irving and I have been working on getting back to our pre-baby shape! Irving recently purchased a Fitbit Flex for me—he’s had a Fitbit for a few years now—so that we can compete and encourage each other. We check in throughout the day, bragging about how many steps we’ve taken, commiserating because we haven’t reached our daily goals, and planning late night walks around the block with the boys—past their bedtimes—so that we can get in our remaining steps!
It’s definitely working. Being more mindful of daily exercise helps me to be more mindful about what, and how much I’m eating. You could do this with any pedometer, but I have enjoyed being able to sync up my Fitbit with my phone—I am a phone junkie.
In addition to being more active throughout the day, we also hold each other accountable on the amount of water we drink each day. I usually aim for 3-4 big water bottles full—about 75-100 ounces. Some days this is really easy—it’s summer, it’s hot, and I’m on the go a bit more. Other days I get to about 2pm and realize I haven’t even finished my first bottle. One of the ways I try to encourage myself to drink more is to pace myself. I give myself deadlines—like drink one bottle by lunch, one bottle in the afternoon, and one from dinner till bedtime.
I also like to shake things up a bit and go beyond plain water. I’ve started making a quickie lemonade, and I’ve got Irving hooked on it too. He also enjoys it with lime juice! And I think it would be great prepared as a hybrid with my Chia Fresco Mojito!
My sources tell me—and by sources I mean Facebook and instagram—that it is best for your teeth to drink lemon juice through a straw. If you’ve got a water bottle with a straw top you’re all set! I also pick up packs of paper straws at Target because they’re just so cute and make every drink more fun!
Hope you find some time to enjoy this lemonade soon—like maybe tomorrow? I’d love for you to follow me on Instagram, and tag photos you post of my recipes with #frieddandelions so that I can see! I love to see your creations! Happy sipping!
On the Go Lemonade, serves 1
juice of half a lemon (2 T)
23 ounces of cold water (or water/ice combination)
stevia* to taste (start with 4 drops and adjust to your preference—I like 8 drops)
Juice your lemon directly into your water bottle (or glass). Add cold water, drops of stevia, and give it a shake or stir. Start sipping!
*I haven’t served stevia to my kids. I honestly have no idea if it is fine for them or not, but in the absence of doing my due diligence I don’t give it to them. If I find any compelling information either way I will share it. In the meantime, if you know the answer to whether it’s safe for kids or not, will you send me an email? Thank you! firstname.lastname@example.org