Betterment Plan 2016: Setting Goals 128oz of Water a Day

Good Morning Everyone!

I am so excited to share with you my progress this month pertaining to my goal : To Drink a minimum of 128 oz. of water a day.

Yes you read that right, 128 oz.

So far, I have been working on this goal for 15 days, and boy have I experienced some changes. One of the biggest accomplishments since starting this goal is I no longer need coffee in the morning to function! I used to get to work, and drink a minimum of 2 cups of coffee to get me going, but for some reason I no longer need it. I find myself wanting the cold water first thing.

The second change I have noticed is my stomach is feeling better. Before I started drinking my water every day, my stomach almost always was upset by bed time. Now I am not having digestive issues and feel so much better. Also, to make things even better, my pants are fitting better. I do not know if this is because I am not bloating or if the water intake is causing me to loose weight, but either way I like it!

The third change I have noticed is my skin. I have always had acne and oily skin. However, since drinking my water, my skin is clearing up and seems to have a better color to it. Now I hardly wear any makeup. It is amazing and my morning routine is that much quicker!

So big changes are happening, all I believe for the better. The only downside is I go to the bathroom more often, but I am not always in the bathroom. It is not inconvenient or a problem.

So at this point you may be wondering how I am keeping track of my water intake. Some of you may know about this app, but I did not. It is called iHydrate. You can download the app here. I love love love this app. It is super easy to use, and you can link it up with other apps and fitness software. This app allows you to set a goal, and plug in your beverage intake. It then color codes your progress in a pie chart and list the times you drank what in a list below the pie chart. Also another great thing this app does is it will place your weekly or monthly progress in a line graph. You can see this in the picture below. See super easy and very helpful. It even allows you to share your progress in Twitter or Facebook. Or you can email your results to yourself to keep a working spreadsheet. (My inner organizational monster cheers!)

128 oz of water

I am so excited to continue to use the app and continue drinking my water. I really am looking forward to see the progress I have had by the end of June.

I have a challenge for you! Give it a try. We we call it The 128oz Challenge! So the rules are that you have to try to drink 128 oz of water daily for at least 2 weeks to 1 month. Once you have done this, then share your progress and the effects of drinking 128oz of water in the comments below, and hashtag it #128ozchallenge. I look forward to hearing from you, and also to see how 128oz of water effects you!

Until next time,

Momma Rae

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Chicken flautas with Knock-off Chuy’s Jalapeno Rance Dressing

Good Morning Everyone!

Here is my latest recipe! I hope you enjoy.

What you will need:

For the Flautas:

Original recipe can be found here!

2 cans Chicken Breast in water, drained (you can also use fresh chicken, cooked and shredded)

1 package Cream Cheese, room temperature

3/4 cup shredded cheese (I used Fiesta blend but whatever you prefer)

1/2 cup Salsa

Salt and Pepper

10 flour tortillas, at least 8in diameter

Cooking Spray

Butter, melted

For the Dressing:

16 oz Sour Cream

1 package Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing

2 Large Jalapenos, De-seeded and chopped

2 garlic cloves, chopped

1/3 cup cilantro, washed and stemmed

2 TBSP lime juice

1/2-3/4 cup Organic Milk

 

Directions:

For the Flautas:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Combine Chicken, Cream Cheese, Shredded Cheese, Salsa in a large bowl . Stirring until mixed well. Salt and Pepper to taste. Set aside.

Cover a baking sheet with tin foil, and spray with cooking spray.

Place a couple spoon fulls of mixture into center of each tortilla, roll tightly.

Place tortilla rolls evenly on baking sheet, baste tops with melted butter.

Cook for 15 minutes or until edges turn a golden brown.

For the Knock off dressing:

See the original recipe here.

In a food processor, finely chop cilantro, garlic, and jalapenos. Add, Lime juice, Sour Cream, and Ranch mix. Blend/pulse until combined well. Add milk, a little at a time, until desired consistency is reached. Serve on top of the flautas or on the side.

This was my first time to attempt the Chuy’s dressing, but I might consider next time adding more milk, or maybe some premixed ranch dressing to make it less thick and not so spicy. (I am kind of a wimp)

Chicken Flautas with Knock off Chuys jalapeno ranch dressing

I hope you enjoy!

Until next time,

Momma Rae