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#PropelFit Hydration Challenge

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on Behalf of Propel. I was compensated and all opinions are my own.

I can’t even believe how late I’m posting today. Can’t sleep. I had what might have been a total sugar bomb for dessert, so I’m pretty sure I’ll be crashing momentarily. Anyway, tonight we’re talking hydration. Fun fact: did you know that liquids are more hydrating if consumed in front of a camera?


Okay, that’s totally a lie, but I am going to touch the topic of staying properly hydrated. This month’s Propel challenge is to remain perfectly hydrated for an entire week to make sure you get the most out of each and every workout. I honestly think it sounds easier than it will be. I’m pretty scatterbrained (even more so lately) and there have been times where I’ve just flat our forgotten to drink any fluid during a run or group fitness class. Not smart. I do always remember the ever-important mid-workout selfie, though. Guess I need to work on my priorities.

selfie break

Selfies just aren’t quite as important as proper hydration when it comes to your health. Have you ever dealt with workout-induced dehydration? Symptoms range from grumpiness to nausea. Pretty sure I’ve been there. I think the key for me to finding success on this challenge will be understanding just how much liquids I should be consuming. Knowledge is power, am I right?

hydrate with propel

One way to learn more about your individual hydration needs is to conduct a Sweat Rate Test. Sounds intense, but it really isn’t all that complicated. I promise. If I can do it, you can do it.

How to Conduct the Sweat Rate Test

  • Immediately prior to exercise, record your body weight (in lbs) in minimal to no clothing.
  • Then measure the amount of liquid in your workout beverage (in fluid ounces or liters).
  • Begin your workout and record duration of workout (in minutes) upon completion.
  • Immediately after exercising, towel off excess sweat and record body weight (in lbs) in the same clothing as your pre-exercise measurements.
  • Measure the remaining liquid in your workout beverage (in fluid ounces or liters) immediately after exercise to see how much you consumed.
  • Plug your data into the following equations. (If you like math, this is the fun part. If you don’t, you could phone a friend.)

hydration needs calculations

I also found the following chart really helpful when tracking the changes and recording my results.

hydration challenge blank

Plus it comes with some nifty tips like how to check your hydration levels based on your pee. No big deal.

Anyway, the main thing to remember is that knowing your sweat rate for different workouts is ultimately just to ensure that you know how to properly hydrate yourself, especially during intense exercise sessions. The higher your sweat rate for a specific type of workout, the more liquids you should be consuming when you complete it. Simple enough, right? For example, I know for a fact my sweat rate for an outdoor run in the summer would be much higher than my sweat rate for a relaxing yoga session indoors. I would totally need to be chugging my Propel during the run, while it would take less of it to keep me hydrated in child’s pose. Speaking of child’s pose, isn’t that magical? Yes. Yes it is.

Proper hydration and fueling is critical to doing your best and feeling your best. Which means you’ll probably enjoy your workouts a whole heck of a lot more. So, moral of the story is that if you want to like working out, you should drink Propel. And drink it often.


It tastes amazing, so you don’t even have to worry about reminding yourself to get your chug on. In fact, with flavors like Kiwi Strawberry and Cranberry Lime, I’m willing to bet you’ll choose the sweatiest of workouts just for an excuse to drink up.

For the next week, I’m going to monitor my sweat rate and make sure I’m doing the best I can to crush my hydration goals. I’d love it if you would join me! I’ll also be playing along with the Propel and MapMyFitness Workout With Propel Challenge. Until August 6th, log up to one workout a day and one Propel to have it count towards your chances to win an Under Armour gift card! Once you enter the challenge, workouts done on MapMyFitness, MapMyRun, MapMyWalk or MapMyRide will automatically be entered onto the challenge board. You do have to manually enter those Propels you chug on the website, though. You in? I don’t know about you, but I could definitely use a few bucks towards some new Under Armour gear.

Question 1: What’s your sweatiest workout? Mine is most definitely hill sprints in the heat. I’m sweating just thinking about it.

Question 2: Have you ever felt the effects of dehydration? I’m willing to best many of us have at one point or another. It’s not fun.

Wednesday Rambles

This is kind of like Thursday Thoughts, only it’s not Thursday and I can’t guarantee that I’ll be forming coherent thoughts. By the way, thank you to everyone who reached out after my last post! My mom’s surgery went well and she’s looking super fly, so I think that’s a good sign. She’s now gearing up for chemo and radiation, which is what I like to refer to as the one-two cancer punch.

Anyway, here are my half-thoughts-half-rambles. It’s all I have the brain power for right now.

1.) Sometimes coffee mugs just say it all, don’t they? I feel like, all things considered, I’ve pretty much nailed it this week. Well, I did get lost driving to my CPR class yesterday, arrive late, and then realize that I was actually just shy of about 24 hours early. Maybe I don’t deserve to have this mug after all.

like a boss

2.) Am I the only one that should absolutely just stay in bed when I’m preoccupied with a million thoughts? I put trash in the sink and a dish in the trash, I don’t even want to get into all the things I’ve spilled or dropped, and I clearly started getting my days confused. This is troubling.

3.) Back to that CPR class. I didn’t realize it was going to be five hours long. I ate breakfast beforehand and grabbed a snack from the vending machine during class, but I still could have eaten this rubber dummy if we had been in there much longer. I’m just saying. That should have been in the course description. On the plus side, I am now prepared to save lives but only if you aren’t bleeding. No amount of training will make me not faint.


4.) I only have a few days left to study for my NASM test. I’m laughing thinking about it because I have been doing worse when it comes to studying this past week than I have the entire time I’ve known about the test. I hope I can pull it together. I have actually been working out some this week, so hopefully that’s totally the same thing as studying to help people work out. I realize it’s not, but I’m just trying to soothe myself.

5.) This week also marked my baby’s first week of actual daycare. Monday morning he was so excited to go to “skoo”. He wore his backpack, picked out his “boo shoos” to wear, and clapped his little hands the whole way there. Now when I ask him if we wants to go to school, he looks at me like I’m an idiot. I guess the novelty wore off. He’s only two and he hates school. I can’t wait until he’s a teenager.


Coincidentally, that is the same exact face I’m making right now thinking about how much of a mess I am. Tomorrow, I’m coming for you. I just have to figure out what day you actually are first.

Just A Little Request

Will y’all do me a favor? Say a prayer for my mom because she’s having surgery tomorrow. She’s totally got this, but extra prayers never hurt anything now do they?


PS: I guess now you have to start liking the color pink, Mom. And rhinestones. I’ve seen a lot of pink rhinestone ribbon-emblazoned stuff online, so you better just accept the fact that I’m buying you all of it. I love you, but it’s happening. I think I’m also going to bedazzle your new blender, for good measure.

PPS: Cancer, you suck. You’re tacky and I hate you.

Allergy Face: The Struggle Is Real

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of ZYRTEC®.Tracking Pixel

Remember how I thought I had a cold and it just ended up being my allergies? Yeah, that was lame. Apparently it wasn’t just me and there was some sort of freak outdoor allergen wave hitting the country. Frightening. Thankfully relief was just a pill away. I’m kind of mad it took me so long to realize I wasn’t actually sick, because I basically did nothing with my life all week. To top it off, most of my “outfits” were really just mismatched pajamas. It happens. Ignore the missing drawers. File that under projects we’ll never finish.


Anyway, I’ve dealt with super-cool allergies since I was a kid. I distinctly remember having to call my Memaw from school in the 6th grade because my eyes wouldn’t open and I sounded like Darth Vader when I could actually force some words out. Side note: I’m no longer allowed near Bradford Pear trees when I haven’t taken my meds.

After some trial and error in the medicine department, I found ZYRTEC®. Finding something that worked for me really has made a huge difference in my life, especially during the spring and summer months. I mean, I like to be able to see out of my eyes. Breathing is cool, too. I want to keep doing those things for as long as possible.


I continue to purchase ZYRTEC® because it lasts for 24 hours and it starts working within an hour of taking your first dose. I basically couldn’t go outside half of the year without it without wanting to curl up into a ball and die, y’all. I’m a little dramatic, but my fellow seasonal allergy sufferers know just how bad it can be.

ZYRTEC® doesn’t just keep you from feeling like death, though. It can also help keep you from looking like it, too. What? It’s true. It is an awesome resource for those suffering from ALLERGY FACE® beauty challenges like watery eyes, a red nose, and a puffy face. Yep, I’ve been there. The struggle is real. Remember that swollen eye story? Well, I can’t imagine that my looks that day had the boys lining up for a date.

In an effort to help allergy sufferers combat these beauty woes, ZYRTEC® has teamed up with celebrity makeup artist Jamie Greenberg. She has created six makeup “looks” perfect for allergy sufferers.

makeup  tips

She has some pretty great ideas that I’m sure I’ll snag the next time I forget to take my allergy medicine. Or just when I haven’t slept enough. I look pretty rough then, too.

So, tomorrow, armed with my beauty tips and allergy pills, I’m going to make this week my… best friend. I think that’s how that quote goes. Who’s with me?

Question 1: What’s your absolute, all-time favorite beauty tip? Mine is to just not look in the mirror. Voila. Problem solved.

Question 2: Do you suffer from seasonal allergies? My biggest issues are trees and grass. I know. I’m allergic to Bermuda grass and that jank covers our entire yard. Fun times.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of ZYRTEC®.

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