Why is water so important in your weight loss and health?

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I’m always looking for tips to help my journey, and today I found some interesting tidbits… we’ve always heard that it’s important to drink water, maybe now we know why!

#1. …75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. (also applies to half the world population)
#2. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is mistaken for hunger.
#3. Even MILD dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as much as 3%.
#4. One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of Washington study.
#5. Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
#6. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
#7. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.
#8. Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79% and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer. Are you drinking the amount of water you should drink every day?

Where is Andy Tolbert?

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Wow, sorry I’ve been missing in action… but my 90 day challenge has taken on a whole new meaning. In February I tore my ACL and Meniscus in my right knee at an obstacle race, and the beginning of April I had surgery on it. So my 90 Day Challenge is to get through my recovery and physical therapy and NOT gain any weight! I’ve talked to lots of people that have had the surgery and the average weight gain is 30 pounds! Good news is… so far I’ve lost 5 pounds in the last few weeks.

I will be getting back to regular updates and tips for the 90 Day Challenge, and if you’re not on the challenge yet go to www.GetABetterBodyNow.com for more info!

28 Day Pullup Challenge: Gold’s Gym Training

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28 Day Body By Vi Pull Up Challenge (am I crazy?)

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I must be crazy… I set a goal for myself 2 months ago that in 90 days I would be able to do an unassisted pull up. Well, 2 months have passed and I still can’t do one, so now I set a REALLY crazy goal… 28 days! (starting yesterday!) so 27 days left!

Watch my progress as I train with different gyms and personal trainers throughout Central Florida to get their expert advice on meeting my goal.

Today’s start? (last night I did Wii fit yoga…day 1) Today started at FitN30 Crossfit in Sanford (www.Fitn30.com) where John Frederick coached me on what it’s going to take to hit this goal, and yes, he thought I was a little crazy, but whatever! He said “whatever work we do here, don’t go home and practice it more… your body will just get frustrated by the extra effort” and I told him practicing my pullups at home was NOT a problem!!! 🙂

We’re going to work on 2 different kinds of pullups, the “kipping” method and the “dead hang” method. Ultimately I would love to tackle both, but the dead hang is much more difficult and is pure strength and harder for a female, but I’ll still give it a go!

By the way, if I don’t reach my goal, my “or else” is to wear an FSU Seminoles shirt to the next Central Florida Gator Club event… (anyone have a shirt I can borrow? just in case…)

Ninja Warrior Training… see Tim & Andy in the Video!

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Here’s a fun little video with some Ninja Warrior action at a training day in December in Sanford. If you look closely you’ll see Tim & I in there too! I had some fun with the editing, I hope you enjoy it!

Andy does Ninja Warrior Steps… Hot!

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Yesterday the gym we go to broke out the BIG toys… some of the obstacles from the Ninja Warrior TV show… here’s me doing the Quad Steps… this was my first attempt, then David “Young Flip” Rodriguez from Miami Freerunning Academy and the TV show gave me some pointers and it was much smoother the second time… but nobody got video of THAT one!  I’d say my motto in fitness over the last few months has been “sure… I’ll try!” and I look forward to continuing that attitude into 2012!  More fun to follow… stay tuned!

New Year’s Resolutions… Can You Do It THIS Time?

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New Years Resolutions… Can you do it this time?

When I think of “New Years Resolutions” I have to giggle a little, because they’ve become kind of a joke “so, did you make it past the 2nd of January? Ha ha ha!” But if you’re SERIOUS about making a positive change in your life, it can be done… last January 1st I was in a size 20 jeans and today I’m sitting here in 10’s, so it CAN be done! Here are a few tips to get there this time, whether it’s weight loss, quitting smoking, getting your debt under control… whatever YOU want:

• Don’t set an unrealistic goal that is impossible to achieve, you’ll just get frustrated and quit
• Find someone that has already achieved what you want to do and follow what they did
• Find a friend that has the same goals as you and buddy up to tackle it together
• Tell the world what you’re doing… Facebook, a blog, whatever! Then you have some accountability (see www.AndysChallenge.com)
• Make sure it’s something that you’ll KNOW when you’ve achieved it, example: “I’ll get in a size 10 by November” not “I’ll lose weight”
• Plan a reward when you hit it… I’ve set a goal for January 31st and I’m not buying any clothes until I hit it! (rewards don’t have to cost money… get creative!)
• “Burn your boats” as clothes got too big, I donated them so I can’t put the weight back on (I wouldn’t have anything to wear!)

Hope this sparks something in YOUR life this year!

Barney to Barbie picture

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Ok, this is pretty funny, my friend Eric said this looked like Barney and Barbie!  What do you think?

Weight Loss, anorexia, and being thin… what I want to achieve

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Yesterday I found out that our friend’s teenage daughter was diagnosed with Anorexia. It really got me thinking about the state that America is in when it comes to body image and what is “healthy” and also how MY personal journey has progressed.

Anorexia is basically a misperceived body image where no matter how thin you are you still look in the mirror and think you’re overweight and you become so obsessed that you either cut calories to starvation level or exercise hours every day to trim down. (this is different from Bulimia where you vomit after eating.)

While I have always been a good eater, and throwing up is way nasty, I do understand. Even now when I’ve gone from a size 20 to a size 10 in about a year, I look in the mirror and don’t really see a difference. I KNOW I’m smaller, and when I look at an old picture and a recent picture side by side, I’m amazed at the transformation I’ve gone through, both inside and out. I KNOW this in my brain, but in the mirror I don’t SEE this.

But I don’t want to be “thin”

I want to be healthy. I want to be able to run, jump, and play.  I want to go on the roller coasters and not wonder if I’ll fit in the seat, I want to go on all the fun shore excursions on my next cruise and not have to see if there’s a weigh limit.  I want to do a pull-up, do Parkour, wear ridiculously high-heeled shoes and not worry about my feet hurting for a week, to qualify for life insurance at the good rates, be able to shop in the “normal” department, and get back the confidence I once had.

But I don’t want to be “thin”

When we see an extremely thin person, Tim & I look at each other and say “someone buy them a cheeseburger!”  It’s not attractive and it’s not healthy, but remember that person might be suffering inside too.

If you’re not happy with something in your life you have 2 choices: do something about it or don’t do something about it.  What’s your choice?

Me?  I look in the full-length mirror  (a recent addition to my life) and look for just one thing each time that I can compliment myself on, no matter how small a change, I celebrate it.


p.s.  Many of the “wants” on my list above have already been achieved.  I’ll keep you posted on the pull-up and the cruise, and life insurance is not at the top of my list, although now that I do Parkour, maybe it should be.  Everything else has a checkmark next to it as DONE!

Post Thanksgiving Update on the 90 Day Challenge

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Did you know that the average American gains 8-10 pounds between Thansgiving and New Years? I decided that’s unacceptable!!!

For our Thanksgiving we shook it up a little this year… on Thursday morning Tim & I ran a 5k race in downtown Sanford with some of our friends from Crossfit, yes, I said RAN! I ran about 75% of the race (by the way, 5k is about 3.1 miles) which is a LOT for this gal… and I finished in 37 minutes, so basically a 12 minute mile, Tim finished in 27:29 minutes, about a 9 minute mile. WOOOO HOOOOO!

And if that wasn’t enough, I did a 2 hour Zumbathon on Saturday morning!
Don’t think that you have to work out like animals like Tim & I do… remember, we weren’t ABLE to do all these things a year ago, it’s BECAUSE of the ViSalus 90 Day Challenge that we now CAN… and we LOVE IT!!!!