Week 8

Weight Lost: 3.2lbs

Boom! That’s what I’m talking about. Or for you Despicable Me fans “That’s what I’m talkin’ bout!” You have to read that in Gru’s voice and inflection, though, or it just doesn’t make sense. Or just watch this if you are unfamiliar.

Anyway, that helped a lot. I’m not totally sure what happened or why I dropped that much in a week except I know that sometimes what you weigh one morning isn’t necessarily a good indicator of your current weight due to water weight and other things. I actually weighed on Wednesday instead of Monday this week too due to it being Fit Test day for #BBMC4 (main reason my post is late). Most of my measurements also went down a bit even though I STILL haven’t been counting points and I know I ate too much junk last week again. It’s hard when someone else is staying with you and you have party food leftovers and dinners/lunches out, etc.

I drank a LOT of fruit-infused water last week. I’m honestly wondering if that helped too. Either something about the fruit or just upping my water intake.

Not much else to report. I didn’t end up making up the days I missed from #BBMC4 from the previous week but I did do all my workouts last week even when I REALLY didn’t want to which I’m proud of.

Water and fruit and fun colors, oh my! A Cool Gear Review

One of the problems I have regarding weight loss is getting enough to drink. Water gets boring after a certain point when you are trying to drink half your weight in ounces. Which, for me is anywhere between 50 and 100 ounces. You thought I was going to tell you how much I weigh, didn’t you. Silly.

I don’t drink soda anymore (apparently one IBC root beer has 5 points and when you are only allowed 26 that seems like a lot) so I end up making unsweet tea a lot and turning to that instead of water. So I decided to reach out and see about reviewing a water infuser to see if that would help with my water intake.

Cool Gear was sweet enough to send me not just the water infuser I requested but another water bottle as well. These were the two I received: a 32 oz Rigid water bottle in a sassy hot pink (oh how did they know??) and a 23 oz double walled Infuser Chiller in a gorgeous blue.

We’ll start with the Rigid.

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It has a removeable ice core that you can freeze to help keep your drink cold. Seeing that I am trying to up my water intake I filled my Rigid with water, put it in the fridge overnight, and put the ice core in the freezer. The next day I took it out before workout time and spent several minutes struggling to put the ice core in. It takes quite a bit of force to lock it in place, assuming I was doing it correctly. I actually spent several minutes searching for the tag that I had thrown away to see if it gave me more instructions but it basically just said the core locks in place.

The spout on the Rigid is wide with a divider down the middle of it – I assume to keep you from choking on ice chunks. I’m not used to this style spout so it has taken some getting used to. But it’s nice to not have to struggle to get enough liquid out. The closure seems nice and tight but opens easily enough. The handle of the bottle is angled and has a spring opening so you can hang it from something, which is a nice touch. And, of course, I love the hot pink pattern and the fact that it is dishwasher safe.

As far as the ice core’s abilities to keep my water cold, well, I think I’d be just as good sticking with ice, but I did only use the core with fridge cold water – no extra ice added. It is not double walled or insulated so it does sweat and is going to be susceptible to whatever the outside temperature is more than an insulated bottle. I did not test the bottle’s ability to cool water that wasn’t already fridge cold but I don’t see myself using it that way. Tonight I filled it with ice and water and put the core back in the freezer to see how it does with the water being ice cold to start. Don’t get me wrong, it did help my water stay cool, just not as cold as I like it to be.

My overall rating is a 3.5 out of 5 stars. **Upon further research, this particular bottle isn’t available anymore but this (slightly smaller) version is.

Next up is the Infuser Chiller.

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Guys, I love this thing. I think my only complaint is it’s not big enough and that could be easily fixed by getting the next size up that Cool Gear offers. It’s a double walled cup with a screw-on lid, integrated (but removeable) straw, a removeable “basket” for adding in fruit (or whatever else you want to infuse your drink with), and a soft cover that goes over that so you can add fruit or water without removing the whole lid. Pretty awesome.

My first attempt at infused water was lemons and strawberries. I’m a bit anal so I rearranged my fruits a few times before I got them to fit in the basket just how I wanted. Don’t judge – I wanted maximum flavor infusing! I filled the cup through the hole in the lid and then popped the cap back on and put the whole cup in the fridge. I wanted to give it lots of time to soak up the fruit flavors. In the morning I pulled it out and took a big gulp and was pleasantly surprised at how much flavor my water had. It was a bit tart due to the amount of lemon but was still pretty good. I sucked a bunch down then popped the top cap off, filled it back up, and back into the fridge it went. I think I ended up filling it up 3 times total which I figure after taking out the fruit volume and what my kids drank was roughly 50 ounces. And it didn’t feel hard to do.

I do think that infusing the water overnight gives the best results. I’ve had some in the fridge for the last few hours tonight and it’s not quite strong enough yet. I layered my fruit this time and I think mixing it up in the basket would probably give better flavor. The only issue I really have with it is more of a user error and I have trouble getting the lid screwed on properly. I think there is a specific spot the lid needs to be lined up into to screw it on smoothly but I haven’t fully investigated that yet. I’ve managed to get it back on each time I needed to; it just took me a few tries.

Overal rating: 5 out of 5 stars. Seriously, this thing is great. I might end up upgrading to a pitcher.

Check out Cool Gear and see what they have. Their prices are reasonable and they have a TON of products and not all are beverage holders. Get yourself something to help keep your water intake up – I swear you’ll feel better for it. And if you’re feeling generous, get me one of these. 😉

**I received these products for free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All opinions and experiences are my own.**

Back on the plan!

After Brother Bear was born, I lost the (mumble mumble) pounds I had gained in the first 6 weeks. That was probably partly due to stress and the fact that I practically lived in the hospital. After Bitty was born… well… those pounds plus the extra 10 pounds I had gained this time around didn’t fall off quite so quickly. In fact here I am 11 months later and I’m still holding onto a hefty 15 pounds. I think I had been pretending I was eating healthy and doing well and then was somehow shocked when my pants still didn’t fit. I kept saying I was going to do better, eat better, etc and then would make a batch of chocolate chip cookies and snack on the dough all day long then eat 4 cookies for dessert. Yeah. Workin’ hard there, huh?

So now I’m back on Weight Watchers. I lost a bunch of weight on it a few years ago and I have to have something to hold me accountable. I can’t just “eat right”. I need something to follow that still allows me to eat a brownie every now and then but helps me put things in perspective. Such as the mug brownies I was eating for dessert every night. A single serve brownie can’t be all bad, right?? Well, they aren’t ALL bad – they’re pretty tasty! – but considering one of those is approximately 80% of my daily points value… that makes them mostly bad.

If you don’t know how Weight Watchers works, you get a certain amount of points per day to use on whatever you want. The points are calculated by fat, fiber, carbs, and protein. If you want to eat a mug brownie and have a glass of chocolate milk and then eat nothing else but fruits and veggies (most of those are “free”) that’s your prerogative. And by the way, I’m not affiliated with WW or getting anything special for my posts – they don’t even know me. I’m just letting y’all know how it works for me.

So last week was the first week. I can’t say I did super well on the plan; I had quite a few mishaps, but I did end up losing 4.6lbs. Which is the first weight I have lost in 7 or 8 months. Just goes to show how incredibly bad I was eating before. So each week I plan to post how I did and a few tidbits from my week.

Week 1 (4/20-4/26)

Weight lost: 4.6lbs (whoo!)

The first two days are the hardest. I’m pretty sure my body thought it was starving to death.

Unsweetened almond milk tastes like dirt. Seriously, I might as well go dig dirt out of the yard and add to my coffee.

Somehow 30 minutes of “laundry” gets you 2 activity points. I feel like I could only justify that if I was going up and down the stairs for each piece of laundry to put away.

2oz of noodles(serving size) is not a lot of noodles. It’s a serving size but I’m not sure for who. I know portion control is a big problem to overcome but I swear there were only 5 noodles in my bowl. That could also have been starvation talking. So instead of adding more noodles I got a veggie spiralizer (see my amazon review here) and made “zoodles” (zucchini noodles) and mixed them into my spaghetti noodles. Texture was a bit odd but I have to say the addition of the zoodles helped me feel like I was getting a full meal. Plus I got extra veggies. Win-win!

All in all I felt pretty good about the week. I lost more weight than I was expecting, especially with the “cheats”. But I did make better choices during my cheats than I normally would have, I think. There were very few instances I wish I had made different choices which is a pretty good improvement over what I had been doing. And gives me a bit of hope that I can continue this without hiding in the closet eating a whle pan of brownies.