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My February Health Goals (Just Two ... Hold Me Accountable!)

February, a short month! And hopefully a month to achieve two new health goals that I'm setting for the next few weeks.

First Goal:
Start each morning with a mug of hot lemon water.

Some mornings I just want a cup of coffee so badly. Or my bowl of cereal. But since the start of this month, I've made myself finish one mug of hot lemon water before anything else.

In order to make this feasible (our workday mornings are a little hectic), preparation is key. I bought some large organic lemons and quartered them and stuck them in a Ziploc. That way, all I have to do is squeeze a cut lemon wedge in a mug and stick it under our Keurig with no coffee pod inside. Hot lemon water in about fifteen seconds.

The below graphic gives some great reasons for starting your day with lemon water; the biggest draws for me are the boosted immune system, the healthier and brighter skin, and the improved digestion.

Reasons to drink lemon water in the morning. Freedom Massage, 610-644-9003 or freedommassage.com

Second Goal: 
10,000 steps on my pedometer at least twice a week. 

I've really enjoyed my Fitbit Flex and the awareness that it brings to me about my daily activity level (ahem, or lack thereof). Most days, I'm only getting 3000-6000 steps in. I'm vowing for February to meet the 10,000 step goal at least two times each week. I know this is not a lot, but I want to start with a goal that is a good balance of achievable yet challenging.


I'd like to participate in the "Goal Day" Fitbit Challenge tomorrow. In this challenge, you aim to get 10,000 steps along with all of the other participants in the challenge. This is all about reaching your own personal step goal of 10,000 amongst friends -- not really beating each other in overall steps like the Daily Showdown challenge. We can have up to 10 participants ... if you have a Fitbit and would like to join me in the challenge tomorrow -- Friday -- please leave a comment here with your email address (or FitBit username if we are already friends). Let's do this!

I'm putting these goals out there in an effort to hold myself accountable. I'll report back with how I do. 

What are one or two goals you'd like to work on this month?

36 comments:

  1. I know lemon water is go good for you, but I cannot stand lemon in anything but vodka :)

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  2. oh too funny- I started putting together my five on friday post last night and one of my shares is my new obsession with my morning hot water with lemon and ginger. It makes me feel so good and YES, amazing health benefits!!

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  3. I have a fitbit! My email is Ihearturhonda@aol.com and my fitbit name is Niksynik

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  4. You can totally do it! Cheers to a new month pretty lady! xoxo

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  5. I'm loving the hot lemon water in the morning idea. I'm going to have to try that.

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  6. I'd love to participate in the challenge tomorrow! My e-mail is kLvanfossen@gmail.com

    Definitely going to give the lemon water a try as well!

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  7. Ok I am sold. I think I need lemon water in my life on the daily.

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  8. April! I love my fitbit! Add me to the challenge!
    Justine.leshikar@gmail.com
    Also- I am going to start the lemon water in the morning...anything to help feel better and fresher at the start of my day- I am ALL about:)

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  9. I love when I get on a lemon water kick- maybe this will encourage me to do so again!

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  10. I would love to participate. My email is jessica.blakewood@gmail.com

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  11. I would love to join your fitbit challenge! villarreal.sg@gmail.com. You've got me rethinking my daily morning coffee!!

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  12. I use my Young Living lemon oil. 1 drop in a big glass bottle and drink it throughout the day. I've lost weight doing this already! Plus it's helping me to drink more water! I would love to share more testimonies with anyone interested in Young Living oils! workman06@charter.net enrollment/sponser # 2428130 I so want a Fitbit too! Good luck on your goals!

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  13. I have a fitbit too and love it.. I am down for the challenge .. cardiacrn9@gmail.com

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  14. make a calendar to check off!! it'll help!

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  15. I'll do the challenge! We are already Fitbit friends! tinatnvol@gmail.com

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  16. I really need to start drinking lemon water in the morning - so many benefits!

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  17. You sold me on the lemon water...going to try it tomorrow morning! :)

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  18. love love the lemon goal!! i have been trying to do lemon in my water every day! i am horrible at sticking with it, but love this boost of encouragment!!

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  19. Love love my fitbit. My email is amwalk2@gmail.com

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  20. I'm Christi but it's under my husbands email kkeenerpe at yahoo dot com

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  21. Cheering you on in your goals! You can do it, sweet girl! And totally planning on joining you in the lemon water daily. I've heard the benefits of it, but never took the time to try it. Well, that ends now. Can't wait!

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  22. Beth.Schoenbach@gmail.com. Let's do it!!!

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  23. I'm in: sconnelly717@yahoo.com or laxmom717

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  24. I love my FitBit! And I totally need to get better about my steps., I'm in rotzeb@gmail.com

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  25. I've heard so many great things about lemon water! Count me in too! smwhite4@gmail.com

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  26. You can do it! And you've motivated me to try some lemon water tomorrow morning :) I'd love to link up on FitBit! My email is colleenpsullivan@gmail.com.

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  27. I've been drinking lemon water in the AM for months and it really does make a difference. I also drink it at night after dinner and I feel like it keeps everything moving along!
    Ally - Life as I know it

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  28. I had no idea how many benefits there were to lemon water. I'm in for this challenge too!

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  29. I have a Fitbit! katywillis2011@gmail.com

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  30. I love my FitBit!! my husband and I have weekday and weekend challenges going on to make sure we keep up our steps. I would love to participate - JackieHFoster@gmail.com

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  31. I've been slacking lately...this is great motivation! mfitch13@gmail.com :) Happy Friday!!

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  32. I'd love to join the fitbit challenge, great motivation! my email is brittanybraig at gmail.com
    Thanks!! And I am going to try starting my day with hot lemon water, intrigued to see if it really makes a difference! Have a great weekend!

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  33. I have a fitbit too and am shocked how hard it is too get to 10000 steps!! It definitely makes you more aware!

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  34. I too have started to drink warm lemon water each morning. I can totally tell a difference in my skin! I didn't really like lemons when I first started drinking it, but now it has become a must for me each morning. Best of luck with your goals!

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  35. Umm I had no idea lemon water had so many benefits. I need to start!

    Also, you can always add me to a fitbit challenge! Always! I regularly need the motivation!

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  36. Love your February goals! I love drinking lemon and hot water when I have a cold, except I add honey. It really helped on those days when I could barely speak because of a sore throat. I had no idea it had so many other benefits though! Thanks for sharing :)

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