There are three of us in the Behavior Blast Challenge and all three of us are doing great and on the road to being hydrated well. Paul, Jill, and myself are changing the behaviors that lead to weight loss. This first week has been to drink 64 oz. of water per day, more is great, but 64 oz. is the goal and all of us have reached our goal each day. Next week we will build on this and add exercising 3 - 5 times each week to drinking the 64 oz. of water each day. The third week will be "coasting". We are going to continue with exercising 3 - 5 times that week and drinking the 64 oz. of water each day. This is to create the habit, the new normal - something we do as a part of our lives. Weight is not a part of this challenge. We feel that changing the behaviors will change our weight. Beginning with week 4 each of us will declare what behavior we will work on. Jill is going to work on tracking her food/drink intake and will report that each day. I am going to work on slowing down as I eat. I will completely chew and swallow each bite and take a drink before taking another bite. It's going to be tough. It may take me two weeks to get that behavior changed. We will continue on like that. The nice thing about this challenge is that anyone can jump in at any time. Let me know your blog address and your email address and you will be added to the spreadsheet that I email to everyone each day with the success of each of us. We aren't aiming for perfection but progress. If you want in for the next two days you will report your water intake to me and then you will be ready to start the week beginning Thursday with continuing with the water and add exercising 3 - 5 times.
On to the miscellaneous part. I have completely stopped taking my blood pressure medication. I am so tired of the side effects. The first family of meds I was prescribed (beta blockers) caused such a cough I couldn't even carry on a conversation. The second family were called calcium channel blockers and my feet and ankles swelled up. This last attempt caused me to black out and my heart would beat so hard and fast it would hurt. These episodes would last about 15 minutes. ENOUGH. I have started juicing. If you have not watched "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead", please do so - I have a link in an earlier post. I had the smoothie for breakfast today made with the Mean Green as the base and added a banana, peeled orange, green grapes, and some protein powder. I am taking an herbal formula from our local health food store for BP. I am taking zinc and CoQ10 and drinking beetroot juice. My blood pressure is much better. I am losing weight, exercising, and drinking water.
Have you ever heard of the health benefits of apple cider vinegar? It is also good for blood pressure as well as arthritis, cholesterol, and many other things. Here is my "tonic" recipe from my cousin who takes it and reports of the improvement in her arthritis. Mix on high in a blender 1 C. apple cider vinegar, 1C. honey, and 8 cloves garlic crushed for 1 min. I buy the jar of garlic in the produce area. 1/2 tsp. = 1 clove garlic so I use 4 tsp. of that. Place this in a jar in the refrigerator for 5 days to cure and then 2 tsp. in a glass of orange juice twice a day. Straight orange juice was a little much for us so we use 1/2 c. oj and 1/2 c. water and we like it better. You can use grape juice as well. It's not bad at all. I am using it for blood pressure and my husband is using it for his arthritis.