Drinking More

In the past I didn’t have any issues drinking water, however, lately, this has been a challenge. I’m a sucker for apps, gadgets and anything that can help in my journey, and because of my lack of water, I knew I had to do something.

I tried an app called Water Drink Reminder. It was fun, every time I needed to drink water, the sound of pouring water on a glass came up. My co-workers always looked at me strange… Even though I liked that, I soon stop tracking my water intake.

I bought cute cups to encourage me to drink more water, but then again, soon I stopped. I put reminders and this was kind of successful during the week, but then during the weekend, I feel out of the routine again. I really needed help with this.

I live in Texas, and during the summers, I need something that keeps my water cold for longer and that it is easy to carry, I really dislike room temperature or hot water, UGH!

Enter Hydro Flask!

This my water bottle and I love it!

This my water bottle and I love it!

This is one of the most amazing bottles I’ve tried. It keeps my water cold for a long time, and ice doesn’t melt. I bought the 40oz bottle because did I mention that I have an issue with drinking water? 😉

But as you might off picked up, I’m not good with the tracking of the water. So I needed something else to accompany my 40 oz bottle. And there I found Plant Nanny. I know, if I didn’t use the other water app, how come I’ll use this one? Well, that’s easy…

It is a plant!

This is my favorite App to track my water intake!

This is my favorite App to track my water intake!

Well, at least, a virtual one. Looking at my plant’s sad face makes me drink water because I don’t want it to die. I saw the sad face once and that was enough for me to drink more water. I love that I get to have different plants, so far I only have one and another one in progress.

I’m not saying that I have been successful at drinking the 129 oz of water, but at least, I’m drinking more than before, in average, in the last 14 days, I have drank about 110 oz., that’s an improvement from before, where I spent days with only 40 oz of water or less in me.

The increment in water intake has also shown to be a solution or aid to my weight loss. I always heard about it, but I wasn’t sure of how much of an impact this has in the weight loss process. Drinking more water, has curved my appetite and cravings. And although I’m still struggling to keep within my Weight Watchers points – this is for another post – I know I’m eating less and making better choices.

I’m looking forward to see how many more plants I can grow and at the same time spread the love for Hydro Flask, so far I have two, and I’m sure that I’ll have many more.

Do you track your water intake? If so how? Do you have a favorite bottle? Share what you love!

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Review: Against The Grain Gourmet – Baguettes

Can I get a HIGH FIVE! Or a lifetime supply of the amazing Against the Grain Gourmet Baguettes? – I’ll take the second one please! 😉 In my quest to find GOOD GLUTEN FREE BREAD, I came across to most amazing, delicious baguette, and I have to be grateful to Against The Grain Gourmet for this.

I have to confess, I was really scared, because in the past, I’ve tried different kinds of Gluten Free Bread, and some of them were good, some were strange, and some were really bad. So when I came across this one, I grabbed but with a hesitant hand.

I love making sandwiches, I really do. It is one of the most fun foods in the world. You can do so many combinations and be creative. I love SANDWICHES! And good bread is key in this process. If your bread is so, so, your sandwich will be only so, so. If your bread is delicious… then BOOM you got a delicious sandwich!

That was the case with Against The Grain Gourmet Baguette. It was like an explosion of flavor in my mouth. The main purpose was to make a tuna melt and it served that purpose. It was strong enough to hold the tuna and the cheese and at the same time crunchy – not hard – but crunchy, just like a fresh piece of French baguette.

Against The Grain Gourmet Original

Against The Grain Gourmet Original

At that point, I thought that it made sense that it tasted delicious because it had tuna, mayonnaise, and cheese, what taste bad with all that? So I put it to the test… I ate it with butter only and guess what!? It was AMAZING!!! The flavor that jumped to me was cheese… and when I looked at the ingredients, that was part of it. WINNING!!

The funny part of all this is that I recently bought their book and it was when I was looking at the website to learn more about the products and saw the book. So naturally, the Hallelujah song started playing with an orchestra of angels playing harps…(too much? well I want you to get the point 😉 )

To say the least, I’ll be a consumer for life – that’s why I need an unlimited supply of the products -. And, now more than ever, I’m excited and eager to start preparing some recipes from the book and make my gluten free meals more delicious.

Find them in a store near you. I know you will be happy you found them, and you can say like Oprah say in her Weight Watchers Commercial…

Have you tried this bread or any of the other products? Do you have their cookbook? If so, have you made any of their recipes? How did it turned out? Tell me everything, I want to hear your experience. Did you hear angels sing like me?

Happy sandwich eating!!! 🙂


Better Late Than Never…

It is February 1st. Time is flying… but it is never too late to recap 2015 and 2016 so far.

2015 was a great year. I’m so grateful for all the blessings and all the amazing things that happened to me in all areas of my life: personal, work, family…

Hope is the word for the year!

Hope is the word for the year!

Why was 2015 great?

  • Walked my first half marathon: this showed me that I can do whatever I put my mind to.
  • Joined Team in Training and signed up to do Disney’s Half
  • Went to Denver for the first time to participate in Fitbloggin
  • In Denver, I got to see a friend of mine after almost 15 years.
  • Went to New York and got to hang out with amazing friends.
  • Saw Shania Twain in concert
  • Went to DC for the first time and had a blast and I walked so much… my feet still hurt when I think about it 😉
  • My best friend came to visit, making him the first visitor in 3 years (since I moved to Dallas)
  • Participated, for the second year in a row, in the Gluten Free Expo as an official blogger 😀
  • Danced the night away during Ricky Martin’s concert in Dallas
  • Got a new car – after my old one gave up on me 🙁
  • Went to Las Vegas and met with a dear friend of mine
  • Saw Celine Dion in Vegas – what an amazing experience!
  • I was chosen to speak at a conference in March
  • Got promoted at work
  • Won the first prize in the company scavenger hunt
  • Surpassed my Fundraising Goal
  • Received the second round of visitors!
  • Spend an amazing time with my family in Puerto Rico

So far in 2016, I’ve had so some up and downs… but all is part of the process and as such, I accept them. After looking back as to how amazing 2015 was, I’m looking forward to 2016 with excitement, hope and faith!

So far in 2016…

  • I was showered with love and support from my family
  • I experienced the kindness of a stranger during a sad situation
  • Completed Disney’s Half Marathon an accomplishment that I was really nervous about it
  • Visited Disney World for the first time and it was Magical!
  • Rejoined Weight Watchers: this time in determined to track and stick with it, even when I go over or when “I’ve been bad”.
  • Returned to work, it has been busy, but I wouldn’t change it…

As you can see, 2015 was amazing and 2016 is shaping up to be great too. How is your 2016 so far?



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