A Tale of Two Falls

Unrealized benefit of living in one state with my immediate family in another: I get to experience Fall TWICE.

Other than personal growth, getting to know myself, becoming more independent and working at a great place, I’d say the Minnesotan Fall is one of the best perks of me living in the North Star State. In fact, I never really appreciated Fall before I moved further East. Most likely because Fall in California is about one week before Thanksgiving to maybe the week before Christmas. Not a wide window. Definitely not enough time the leaves to get all beautiful-like. In the two Falls I have had in Minnesota, I’ve learned how beautiful the season can be. Crunching leaves, crisp air, hot cider, apple orchards, pumpkin spice everything, leather boots, light jackets and the list goes on. I’m basically a walking Starbucks ad come September.

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Beautiful Fall colors along the Mississippi River, mere blocks from my apartment.

So that’s my Minnesota fall. What happens when I go home to California for Thanksgiving, right around the time winter starts to gain it’s grip on Minnesota? Crunching leaves, crisp air, hot cider, apple orchards, pumpkin spice everything, leather boots, light jackets and the list goes on. ┬áSure, the colors aren’t as vibrant and I have to drive significantly further to get to an apple orchard, but it’s still Fall. If I’m lucky, this is still going on when I go home for Christmas, making getting the Christmas tree a very pleasurable experience.

So yes, probably the most unexpected benefit of living in the middle of the state with family on the West side is two Falls and, I must say, it’s pretty phenomenal.

Waterlogged – And Loving It

Everyone is always telling you – drink more water. It’s good for you. Blah blah blah. It’s basically a broken record. You drink two, maybe three glasses in a day, and you think you’re doing pretty good. And you are. But, what if you drank a lot more?

I got it in my head about a month ago to start drinking “more water,” whatever that means. I started keeping track of how many glasses I drank at work, trying to get to that magical 8 glasses a day. Never did. I didn’t really notice a difference either, so in typical Millennial fashion, I blew it off with a, “Whatever, I’m don’t need as much as other people.” Silly, silly me.

Two weeks ago, the trainer I do group training with told everyone that we needed to pick a new healthy habit, and stick with it for two weeks. I decided to once again try the “more water” thing, thinking that at least if I was concentrating on more water, I would be thinking less about Diet Coke. Also in typical Millennial fashion, I searched for an App that would help me out. That’s when I found Waterlogged.

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Find Waterlogged in the App Store!

Free app, let’s you customize your water goals and input the bottles and glasses you drink out of most often for easy tracking. It also helps you figure out how much water to drink. Me, I’m supposed to be drinking 120 oz of water a day. Yep. A gallon. Definitely nowhere near what I was drinking.

So I’m going to be honest – I have yet to hit my 120 ounce goal. The closest I’ve been is 110 ounces – those last 10 ounces were just not happening. But I have noticed some good things. My skin LOVES it – in fact, in the two weeks I’ve been pushing the water thing, I think my skin has gotten healthier than I ever seen it. I snack less – I’m too busy drinking water to find an afternoon treat. And that’s just what I noticed in the first two weeks. Basically, I’m sold on the drink my water gospel.