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“There are only three things women need in life: food, water, and compliments.” Chris Rock

Ugh, I am so sick of drinking water. Anyone else have this dieting problem? I always do great for 7-10 days, then I’m just so sick of it I can barely choke it down. The good news is that I am not craving pop (#dontcallthepopsoda), I just want ANYTHING with some flavor. As you all know from earlier blogs, I am a tea junkie, so I always have my large stash of teas to fulfill my flavor cravings. I will also add a scoop of my Hydrate to my water bottle 2-3 times a day. I know I need to be drinking as much water as possible to keep everything functioning properly during weight loss, but still…blaaahhhhh. I like big, bold flavors — water has none.

GREAT, great, great news from the scale this morning! I have managed to get all the extra pounds off that I had put back on since Thanksgiving. I wasn’t a ton (11 lbs to be exact), but still enough to make clothes a little tighter, make me a little more sluggish and tired, and (as always) make me want to cry. BUT THEY’RE GONE! Now, I can get back on track where I left off.

Today, I thought I’d attach a few links if anyone else may need help calculating things. As my weight changes, whether up or down, I always like to have a good idea of where I stand on my BMI (body mass index) and BMR (basal metabolic rate). Also, we all know what we should be eating on a healthy diet, but sometimes it’s a little confusing as to how much in each of the three main categories: protein, carbs, and fat. Here are the calculators I use to calculate various things:

Ideal weight

BMI (body mass index)

BMR (basal metabolic rate)

Body fat

Carbohydrate intake

Protein intake

Fat intake

*DISCLAIMER: every body is different, no one looses weight exactly the same, everyone has unique needs and medical issues, please consult your doctor on all these calculations to come up with your best diet and exercise plan!*

There are so many other calculators on Calculator.net, play around on there and see what you get!

Today, my youngest and I made a trip over to Home Depot for our annual flower shopping to fill out giant planters on the front porch. I carefully planted, adjusted, replanted, balanced colors and heights in my pot — my 8 year old threw all the rest in the other 3 pots in the amount of time I did one. 😄 Hers may not be as carefully thought out as mine, but I’m going to resist the urge to go back and dig them all up to start over, they’ll all grow and fill in just fine so I’m going to let the imperfections be.

But when we were out on the front porch, that’s when it happened. The same thing that happens every year around this time. My allergies finally hit. I’ve been taking my Claritin religiously for the last 3 weeks in anticipation of the arrival of these lovely late-spring allergies, but today there is no over the counter medication to combat them. As I was cleaning up and sweeping the dirt of the porch, I started sneezing and my throat started itching, the itching in my throat always intensifies with every sneeze. Within a few minutes I had that old fashioned feeling…like I wanted to literally scratch the skin off my face and neck…so miserable. I put everything away and ran to my bathroom to dig out my nasal spray and take my contacts out to put in the eye drops — the spray and drops took the itching down a few notches, but not 100% relief. I just wish I knew what it was that sets my allergies off, it’s not the typical pollens that most Kansans are cursing every spring, it’s something highly specific that blooms for about month, beginning late spring/early summer. Welp…here’s an itchy next 4-6 weeks for me, looks like I’ll be walking inside on the treadmill until this passes.

In 2 days, I will be in Kansas City at the Sprint Center to see New Kids on the Block, so I feel it’s only appropriate to chose a NKOTB song for today since I need to brush up on my lyrics. 😏 I’m going with the 1988 hit “You Got It (The Right Stuff)”. They better do the whole dance, exactly the same, 30 years later, or I will be so disappointed!

Tonight, I’m rewarding myself with one drink, so I need to make it count! My latest favorite gin is made right over in Kansas City by J. Rieger & Co. Let me tell you real quick why this has quickly taken over as my favorite gin. First of all, it has a mellow, smooth finish, no burn. Second, it pairs so well with my favorite tonic water, and my favorite orange juice (if I’m ever feeling the need to revisit my go-to college drink — and shut up, yes, I do have a favorite OJ). But third, and most significant, it leaves the most delicate little sweetness on your lips so that when you lick your lips after you drink, it’s like the tiniest taste of dessert. Mmm, so good, so so good. You all have a great rest of your Sunday, and I will be looking forward to my drink in a few hours while jamming out with Danny, Donnie, Joe, Jon, and Jordan.

~~ Amie

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