Monday, April 22, 2013

Weekend Fun & Sparkling Lemony Water

It was a beautiful and hot weekend. And we found ways to stay cool.



Sparkling Lemon Water

Since I did the Conscious Cleanse in January, I’ve been pretty much only drinking water, with an occasional cup of tea once in a while. While I like plain water, I have to say that it’s been getting a bit boring, and I therefore decided to flavor some sparkling water with some NuNaturals Lemon drops, and it’s delicious. Sometimes, I add some fresh lemon juice as well. It’s a great drink on a hot day.

Yoga Challenge

The yoga challenge is going well, but it’s definitely a huge time commitment, and I feel some things don’t get done. I have also been sore for almost two weeks now (which means I’m using muscles I don’t usually use, which is a good thing). My goal is still to walk at least 70,000 steps per week. I had a few very low step days (mainly the days on which I took 1.5 hour yoga classes). But I have continued to walk and hike, and my overall step total is right on target. After the yoga challenge is over, I plan to continue to walk every day, hike several times per week, and take 3 or 4 yoga or barre classes per week.

Questions: What’s your favorite beverage? I like plain water and drink it a lot. But having a “fancier” drink once in a while is nice, and sparkling, slightly sweet lemon water fits the bill.

Be well,
Andrea

26 comments:

  1. water is also my favorite drink, but adding drops of lemon stevia sounds delish, especially as the weather gets warmer. :) Happy week.

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  2. I am so amazed at your dedication to the yoga challenge and cleanse!

    I am hooked on sparkly water with lemon or lime "essence," usually from Trader Jor's or Talking Rain brand from the regular grocery store. It's the only way I was able to get off diet soda! Now I drink it when I really want to be drinking wine (I even drink it in a wine glass at dinner!).

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    1. A pretty glass makes such a difference!

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  3. Aren't fountains the best for kids to play in? We have one (much smaller) at the mall near us and my kids love it! I grew up drinking mostly water (and milk), so after I have my morning coffee, water is my drink of the day, plus I do green tea or herbal tea later in the day. I love Ayala's herbal water for a special treat. Have a wonderful week :-)

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    1. I've never heard of Ayala's herbal water. I'll have to check it out.

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  4. Greta,
    I drink most mineral water,i change the quality.
    Here by us in Germany it is on the night very cold.We need warm weather for asparagus.Have a good week.

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  5. I drink sparkling water a lot- for some reason it's usually more appealing to me so I find it's often the only way I'll drink a good amount of water

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    1. I hadn't had sparkling water for a long time, but it's a really nice change and made things a bit more interesting...

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  6. I got sick of plain water about 6 months ago, and started drinking naturally flavored seltzer water. I love it. Lately I've also been into the La Croix coconut water. It's amazing.

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    1. I haven't tried the La Croix coconut water. My husband usually takes some to work; I'll have to check it out.

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  7. Looks like you all had a fun weekend! :) I like plain water a lot, too, although a little lemon in there is so nice. I heat up the lemon water because I like something hot to drink (regardless of taste!), even in the summer! I think it's just something I got used to growing up :)

    Have a great week, Andrea!

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    1. I drink warm lemon water every morning since the cleanse. It has totally taken the place of coffee. I would have never thought that I would look forward to warm water every morning!

      Have a great week, too!

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  8. Great pictures of your little one.

    I recently got a pedometer and have been tracking my steps. Now that we have a new dog, I find that I am walking A LOT more steps!

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  9. Hi Andrea! Very cute pictures of your son up above. My teen kids are in that ennui stage of their lives--so not many cute photos right now.

    I had a glass of water with the NuNaturals orange drops and it tasted quite a bit orange soda flavored. I'm having fun with those drops. It was a fun blog prize to win. Thanks. :D

    Oh, and the chocolate drops mixed with a few orange drops makes vanilla yogurt taste very good. I wish the yogurt companies just made chocolate/orange yogurt in the first place.

    :-) Marion

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    1. I'll have to try the orange drops in water next! The chocolate and orange drops in yogurt sounds good!

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  10. NuNaturals is my fav stevia - they have Orange too among others! Supposed to be coming out with a cherry vanilla but have not seen it yet!

    LOVE the pics!!!!!

    I love my flavored coffee - grounds that are flavored OR I add flavored stevia. I drink my water too! :)

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    1. I'd love to try the cherry vanilla. Sounds delicious!

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  11. Andrea, I enjoy the pictures of you son...he is sure having a lot of fun :)
    Hope you are having a great week!

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    1. Thanks, Juliana!

      Hope you are having a great week, too!

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  12. I'd like to do a yoga challenge too! My favorite beverage is water. I also love tea, water kefir, and home brewed kombucha. (I've tried bottled kombucha and I didn't like it.) These are beautiful pics. You are a wonderful mama!!! I

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  13. Your photos are really excellent. Yoga is such a cool way of keeping for and supple, but it does take a while to see all the results. Be patient with yourself.

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    1. Yes, it definitely pays off to stick with yoga...

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