Monday, January 4, 2010

How to trick water

Is one of your New Years resolutions to drink more water? Water is amazing for your body, your cells need it to maintain your body, to regrow skin, to build muscle, to burn fat. Yet we just dont drink enough of it. Instead we turn to sodas and sugar laden flavored water. I can totally understand that sometimes water just doesn't taste all that appealing, in fact, it tastes a lot like nothing. Besides buying a Brita filter, here is my #1 tip on how to trick water into tasting a whole lot better: add citrus. You know those lemon shaped bottles with the green caps that they sell in the produce isle of the grocery store? The ones that are full of lemon juice and they sit in your fridge forever? Well a little splash of that into your glass of water will make a world of a difference. I like to add a ton into my water, but even a teaspoon will brighten up your water and give it a little zip and it tastes clean and amazing. Try this tip and let me know what you think, and if you are really feeling bold, the grocery store also sells lime juice :)

Sunday, January 3, 2010

New Year's Resolutions

Happy 2010 everyone! I am going to dedicate this blog to new beginnings. 2009 was not the greatest year for a lot of people, but lets face it, every time we come to the end of a year or the beginning of a new year, we always think about how much the year prior sucked and we want a fresh start.

So at first lets all think about the GOOD things that we got to do, the things we laughed at, the good times we had with our friends, our families, or just enjoying time by ourselves.

For instance, I was able to live in Europe for 6 weeks. It was one of the best decisions of my life. I was able to visit Paris, Prague, Salzburg, Berlin, Dresden, Weimar (as well as the Buchenwald concentration camp, which is horrible but eye opening at the same time) and a few other places in between. I lived in Germany and took classes 4 days a week and am now one class away from completing my minor in German.

I adopted my 2nd rabbit, as a companion to my first rabbit, Pucci. Her name is Viola and she is a great addition to my family. Pucci absolutely adores her :)

My parents adopted a great little puppy named Harley. I've mentioned him before but he's one of the good things about 2009.

I've kept in touch with my friends, my grandparents, got to see my aunts and uncles and little cousins on Christmas.

I got good grades all year, I worked pretty hard but probably not as hard as I should have.

I'm still with my boyfriend of 4 years, and he just got accepted into a Medical internship at a very prestigious hospital in the area. I am very proud of him.

I got a new car (new to me) this year (even though it was due to the fact that I totaled my other car, but hey we are looking at the positive, right?) and I like it a lot.

And to end this list, I lost 20 lbs. Which isn't a lot, but I'm trying to work at it.

And without further ado, my New Years Resolutions!:

1. Lose weight. I make this resolution EVERY YEAR. But it is imperative for me to feel better, look better and just be healthy. I'm thinking about joining weight watchers but I need to see how much time I have in between school because my classes are all over the place.

2. Floss every day. I did a pretty great job of this in 2009, I would say I managed about 75% of the days to floss.

3. Go to the dentist every 6 months and gyno once a year. I always keep the gyno but I don't really like the dentist, so I need to go.

4. Get back my youthfulness. This doesn't make much sense, but I'm so tired of being stressed out all the time and worried about grown-up things. I want to be happy about small things and do small things to make myself happy.

5. Save money. Money tends to burn a whole in my pocket, as well as through my debit card obviously. I also need to work more so that I can get more money to save. I tend to buy dumb stuff like candy (see resolution #1)

6. Put more effort and energy into my school work. After all, that is the reason I am going to college after all.

And so that is the end of my list. I'm sure there are plenty more rolling around in my noggin, but that is another day.