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8 Glasses Of Water Per Day?

Thursday, November 04, 2010

So, my husband has obviously taken notice to the pitcher of water I try to keep in the refrigerator daily to help me fulfill my eight 8 oz glasses of water. He thinks that is too much I guess because I seem to make too many trips to the potty. I received the following link from him in an e-mail:

Truth be told, eight 8 oz glasses does seem to be quite a bit for me, especially during the colder months. When it is hot out or I've done some tremendous exercising, it's obviously easier to drink more water. Six 8 oz. glasses seems to be a comfortable daily intake for me. Lately, I haven't been too hard on myself about it....just trying to get in the six glasses and I usually don't drink much else than the water.

So what is everyone's opinion on this and the link I provided above? Anxious to hear your thoughts! emoticon

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RCOMTE 1/15/2011 8:34AM

    I find it hard to drink that much water, so I put just a sprinkle of crystal light into it - it's very watered down, but some flavor makes me gulp it down easily.

I like the idea of that picture. I think I'm going to try that! Thanks!

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JUNEBUG160 11/9/2010 12:19PM

    I try to drink the 8 cups per day but I also will count my herbal teas in that total. Some days I just don't get there. I agree with the other comments of personal choice. I have to make lots of 'potty stops' no matter what I drink and how much, that's just how my kidneys work.As long as you're not washing out your necessary electrolytes ( I've seen people who have and they are sick) you'll be fine. emoticon

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INIT2LIVEIT 11/9/2010 8:21AM

    Personally my daily minimum in water is 12 cups a day. 15 when I work out. This is during the summer months. But I can still easily drink 9 a day even during the winter.
That is just me though. I do think it's individual based on size, geography, activity, etc.

But I also think that people have gotten out of the habit of drinking water and drink other liquids instead. 8 glasses isn't that difficult if we exchange the coffees and soft drinks for water.

I guess the already asked question comes back to - how do you feel?

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ROBYNROSE26 11/6/2010 1:51PM

    I try to drink 8-8oz glasses of water MINIMUM per day, but I am also on weight watchers and they recommend 6-8oz, so I think whatever works for you, I drink a lot because it really works for me!


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MOXIE-IN-MOTION 11/5/2010 9:43PM

    I "skimmed" the article from the link above; I had heard similar information before. I kind of think to each his own, but obviously water is a much better choice for obtaining fluids than say, soda.

I tend to drink around 12 8oz glasses of water a day, but on days where I am super active with workouts, I've been known to drink 18 glasses or more! It just depends on my thirst. Plus, I really don't drink much else, except for a coffee in the morning and maybe some unsweetened tea. Anything else is just too sweet for me.

But if six glasses is what you can manage, and it is working for you...keep it up!

(oh, and i LOVE your background! I have an unnatural obsession with turkeys!)

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SEAWAVE 11/5/2010 8:18AM

    I usually go by the colour of my urine. If it's clear or nearly so, I'm ok. If it starts going darker, I drink more water. Simple.

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EGRAMMY 11/4/2010 10:32PM

    I go to Dr. Oz or Spark People website and search for my topic. There is good info on water consumption. Mostly it is GOOD.
there is something on overconsumption by Dr.Dr. Michael Roizen Answered:" Water intoxication or sickness from drinking too much water occurs where you exceed your capacity to get rid of water. Your capacity to excrete water is normally about 1000 milliliters per hour (which is about 4 glasses), so if you drink more than this, you will dilute your body salts.

If the capacity to excrete water is impaired, then even lesser rates of consumption will result in low sodium concentration in your blood. Kidney failure is one reason for such an impaired capacity. The other, major reason for a failure to excrete a water load is the presence of a hormone vasopressin--the antidiuretic hormone. This last explains the frequency of low sodium concentration in the blood in marathon runners: marathon runners sweat and become volume depleted, vasopressin rises, thirst increases and due to the vasopressin, the water load cannot be adequately excreted and salt concentration falls. Michael Roizen on the Dr. Oz website,"

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CITYGIRL27 11/4/2010 9:28PM

    When I joined SP about a month and a half ago, 8 glasses of water seemed like sooooo much. But, I'm now drinking it daily and I feel so much better! I've cut out all but one Diet Coke a day (I used to drink it all day long), and still usually have a cup of milk or orange juice with breakfast, but the rest is water. Personally, I truly believe it's the best thing for you... even wrote a blog about it myself (see "Magic Potion" on my blog page) talking about all the advantages I've seen after just a short time. I'm with RONSIMPSONJR... you can find a web site to tell you whatever you want to hear. You just have to figure out what makes you feel the best!


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RONSIMPSONJR 11/4/2010 8:57PM

    well .. given that most blanket statements are meant to apply to the average, every person's personal needs will vary. However, that being said, 8 glasses of water a day is not a daunting task. I drink other things besides water and have heard the theories/arguments around them all. They include, but are not limited to:
1. It doesn't have to be water as long as it is liquid
2. It doesn't have to be water but caffeinated liquids don't count
3. Caffeinated drinks count, but only 2/3's (ie. a 24 oz soda counts as 16 oz)
4. The actual formula is 1 glass per stone of weight (stone is approx 20 pounds .. my weight 300 divided by 20 = 15 glasses .. uh no .. but I did hear this from my DR .. who upon doing the math decided it wasn't a good idea for me)

You can find a website to say whatever you want it to say .. put in in the search the way you want it to say it, and you will find sites that say it the way you want.

Someone (don't remember who) said, "Most people are not looking for the truth, just evidence of their own convictions."

I can give you 2 websites .. one says diet drinks help you lose weight .. the other says diet drinks impeded weight loss .. you just need to do what works for you .. and if 6 glasses of water a day works for you .. then so be it

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Airing Some Laundry

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Hi All! WoW, I haven't blogged since last Tuesday! Bad Me! (LOL!)
Last week I had to go through my almost 4 yr old's closet and drawers because she didn't have any Fall clothes to wear. Well, I ended up getting 3 bins of 4T clothes from the attic and washing it all/hanging it out on the line to dry. Then, I had to box up all the 3T clothes to save for either my niece or my sister's friend. That box has yet to make it to the attic. Then, I had to go through my closet and exchange the summer clothes for Fall ones, as well as swap out the shoes. And then the other day I had my 7 year old try on a bunch of pants because I had a feeling there was a lot she has outgrown....yes I was correct. So then a bin for size 7/8 clothes was created to save for my almost 4 year old. The vicious cycle of clothes, I tell ya!

So, all of that took up a good chunk of my week. I haven't stepped on the elliptical since 10/4. I need to get back on there and soon! I've been really good about getting in my daily eight glasses of water. Except for yesterday, which broke my streak, darn it! I've also been trying to turn to fruits and veggies as snack alternatives, which does not always work for me. Case in point, I tool a container of baby carrots, my water and a fruit & grain bar with me this morning while shopping-left it in the car. I bought 2 bags of Kit Kats as a back-up for trick or treat (I already bought individual pretzel bags for trick or treat). Anyway, I ate all my carrots and drank 1/2 my water in the car before heading to the next store to order my daughter's birthday cake. Of course, I opened that darn bag of Kit Kats! So, I am MAD at myself for falling into that trap, but will hide the bags so that I don't go back there again!

As I mentioned, my youngest daughter's birthday is next week. We are having her party (just family) this Sunday. I'm anxious about it just because I feel like there is still so much to do. On top of all the laundry, cleaning the house this past week, I had to buy my other daughter's Brownie uniform and iron on all the patched. She had her first meeting last night and they came home with a brochure of to sell nuts, chocolate covered pretzels (etc.) and magazines. Yeah. Tonight she is going to a bring-a-friend-night at her friends dance class. I am allowing her to try it out, but have already informed her that we do not have the extra money for dance class, so she understands. She is already in Brownies and church choir and wants to take piano lessons. I often wonder how work outside the home Mom's juggle all of this stuff! I am a SAHM (stay at home Mom) and I have trouble handling it all. My husband doesn't understand at all how I can't get it all done. And then we argue and, well....stress!

All I know is that I am doing the best I can. I am always trying to keep things clean around here (and losing the battle most days) and somehow trying to get healthy. I feel really bad that I haven't fit in my elliptical this past week. However, I had a follow-up Dr. appointment today and their scale confirmed a 2lb loss since a different Dr. visit last week. So maybe the housework is considered exercise after all? I never know how to track that here on SP? I am currently waiting for the Dr's office to call me back about my blood test results (cholesterol levels), which they never received from the place I had my blood drawn last Tuesday. I'm hoping I don't have to get my blood drawn again because I hate it!

Well, I've jibber-jabbered enough for today. I just wanted to let all my Spark friends know that I am still trying to move forward, even though I feel like I've sliiped backwards this past week. I hope to have some more computer time soon and get back to visiting the teams and blogging regularly.

Have a great week all!

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SMYLEERED 10/13/2010 10:07PM

    Moms are great at what they do, sounds like you're doing just fine juggling all the activities. It's good too that you can find time to fit yourself into the picture.

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LILIVW 10/12/2010 2:46PM

    Sounds like you had a very busy week! Cleaning is found in cardio under heavy cleaning. Housework certainly can count towards your exercise. Congrats on the 2 lb loss! Keep your head up, you are doing great. Eating a couple of fun size candy is not going to hurt on ocassion. I eat a small amount of dark chocolate/almond every day and it satisfies my sweet tooth so I don't feel deprived.

I am a SAHM too and it can sure get hectic sometimes! I joined the clutter free group because it helps me break down the BIG tasks into smaller more manageable tasks and helps me feel more successful.

It sounds like you have some fun activities going on! Have a great week!

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Holiday Weight Gain Strategies

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

So I went to get blood drawn this morning to have my cholesterol checked, among some other things. As I was sitting in the waiting room I read an article in Woman's Day magazine about avoiding holiday weight gain. I knew I had to share this with my fellow team mates doing the 12 Weeks 'til Christmas Challenge! Here is the link, tell me what you all think!

Here is bonus article I found online:

Halloween has always been a rough time for me because I am a chocoholic. (especially near that T.O.M.) A few weeks ago I bought individual packages of pretzels to hand out and decided that closer to trick-or-treat night I will buy a bag or two of candy to add to what I will hand out. That's all great and fine, but I have a 3 and 7 year old who will be trick or treating and bringing the candy home. And my 7 year old is allergic to peanuts, so all those yummy Reese's peanut butter cups usually end up in my tummy (or my husband's). So, this year I need a plan to stay away from the candy!

As for Thanksgiving, we usually have dinner at my parents house, so we don't have any leftovers around my house. Christmas, well, I just might not make cookies this year and try to find a healthier alternative. I've got to come up with a plan now, or by December 31st I will either be the same weight I am now, or gained more!
Let's all try to stay away from this holiday Bermuda Triangle!

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***LISA*** 10/6/2010 8:38AM

    LOL!! Love the triangle!! I am a chocoholic too and all the houses I clean have baskets of candy sitting out!! Even though I know NOONE would mind if I ate some, I tell myself over and over and over "That is theirs, NOT MINE!" LOL!!

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SMYLEERED 10/5/2010 9:30PM

    Great information about coping with holidays. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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EGRAMMY 10/5/2010 5:15PM

    Thank you for sharing the information

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GETFITNLEAN 10/5/2010 2:15PM

    I cannot take credit for the 'Holiday Bermuda Triangle'. Here is the original article:


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JAS1990 10/5/2010 1:45PM

    Love your Bermuda Triangle analogy! Too funny! Good luck avoiding it! :D

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JAVALOVERTOO 10/5/2010 12:30PM

    emoticon I love your Bermuda Triangle! That's hysterical!!!

Best wishes with your strategies. I need to start thinking about this!

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MRSMILLER777 10/5/2010 12:06PM

    I loved your blog and the burmuda triangle is perfect. I think you are right on track with making a plan NOW before it's too late. I have a difficult time around the holidays too and look forward to "Sparking" to keep myself on track!

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LILIVW 10/5/2010 11:50AM

    I love your Bermuda Triangle; that's exactly what it can be! I am also a chocoholic and can relate. I have 1 to 2 oz of dark chocolate with almonds every day. It totally satisfy's my cravings. Christmas is the hardest for me because of all the parties, treat plates shared, etc. I liked Joy's article referencing eating healthy "unlimited foods" and continuing to exercise during this busy time. I think that will really help to keep me focused during this difficult time. We can all help each other avoid that Bermuda Triangle. Thanks for sharing!

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ANITA012 10/5/2010 11:26AM

    Yes...Holiday weight gain is always on our minds. I like the suggestion that one member came up with and that was to come up with an alternative to candies for the kids. She likes to hand out something like stickers, small rubber stamps, pencils, etc.
The kids enjoy the fact that it is something different, and you are doing something good for them by not giving them more sugar. Another good alternative is handing out something apple, perhaps wrapped in pretty halloween paper or wrap. It will make that healthy apple more appealing.
Thanks for sharing your articles.

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KARBRUCE 10/5/2010 11:17AM

    Man- I don't buy my halloween treats until the 30th or the 31st at lunch! I just know that they can't be in my house.

Love that image of the holiday bermuda triangle!

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Today's Pros & Cons

Sunday, October 03, 2010

This morning I felt motivated and optimistic, so I decided to walk to the pharmacy instead of drive there to pick up a prescription I needed. It was a 20 minute walk there and back. As soon as I got home, I refilled my water bottle that I had taken with me and got on the elliptical for another 20 minutes. I was feeling pretty good. As the day wore on, my IBS was creeping back again, so I decided that I needed to tackle some paperwork, so that's what I did.

Today's Pros and Cons:

PROS~ Did 40 minutes of cardio, took my multi-vitamin, drank eight (8oz) glasses of water (that pitcher trick is sure working for me!), I went through paperwork on my desk and feel a little more organized and I gained a Spark Buddy for the next 12 weeks in the 12 weeks 'til Christmas Challenge!

CONS~ I wanted to do some strength training, but did not fit that in. I'm baking brownies as I type this, so I hope I can resist and use them for the reason I intended - to put in as a lunch snack for my kids & hubby's lunches this week.

Good Luck to everyone in the 5% Challenge on drinking their daily amount of water this week!
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Best Wishes to everyone in the 12 Weeks 'Til Christmas Challenge on pairing up with a buddy!

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LILIVW 10/3/2010 10:43PM

    Great job walking instead of driving and getting organized. It sounds like you had a successful day! We had family over tonight and I too had to resist the yummy smelling treats (chocolate chip cookies). Have a great Monday!

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SMYLEERED 10/3/2010 8:35PM

    The water pitcher is a good idea to get in your daily water. Thanks for sharing that. You're really motivated. Resist those brownies girl!

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TIGERJANE 10/3/2010 8:10PM

    Way to go on choosing to walk instead of drive to the pharmacy! Every bit counts!

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EGRAMMY 10/3/2010 7:08PM

    Thank you for the good luck wishes.

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Feeling Blechy!

Friday, October 01, 2010

Yesterday my IBS symptoms were acting up. This is why I did not get on the elliptical yesterday. Today, I am extremely tired because my husband was called into work at 3am last night and I had a difficult time falling back to sleep. I have a headache right now, so most likely I won't be stepping on Mr. elliptical again today. But, tomorrow, we must have a date! I need to lose at least a pound this week. I've started out so good and do not want to mess up! I want to keep looking ahead.

Tonight we are having pizza. And the kids will probably watch a movie with some popcorn. I will try to only sneak a handful, although the kind of popcorn I have right now is light and not real buttery, so I may be able to have a little more than a handful.

I want to wish everyone who is participating in a challenge to continue to look ahead and forget about and mess up's you may have made. Tomorrow is a new day and you can continue on in your team challenges even if you made a mistake. See you all tomorrow, when I hope to have a more successful day!

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2BEATIT1 10/2/2010 2:44PM

    I sympathize with your medical issues. It has a way to prevent some things we want to do. Hope you are able to do your walk tomorrow.

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KARBRUCE 10/2/2010 8:18AM

    Hope you feel better real soon and get some quality rest!

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ANITA012 10/2/2010 7:37AM

    Sending you wishes for good health too! Listen to your body and do what is right. Rest is sometimes the best medicine! emoticon

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HUNGRYWOMAN2 10/1/2010 7:50PM

I am sorry you are not feeling well. Sometimes it is necessary to take a break. My personal experience has been not to push too hard too soon-it simply takes longer to resume normal activity. Most challenges will allow for unexpected life events. Perhaps you may inquire. The pounds will come off. Be patient.
Take care of yourself.
Wishing you a speedy recovery. Good luck with your challenge and success if achieving your goals. emoticon emoticon

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EVILBUTTERFLY 10/1/2010 7:07PM

    Just wanted to wish you well in your sickness, and in the challenge : )

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JMCADE 10/1/2010 6:28PM

    Hope you get to feeling better. Thanks for the good wishes to us 'challengers' and the same is sent back to you.

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SAISHA100CJ 10/1/2010 5:35PM

    I hope you feel better soon. Have a nice weekend and continue to enjoy the challenge. It really is a lot of fun & a great way to meet others and stay on track. You are right... tomorrow is a new day. Keep up the good work.

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OKCPAM 10/1/2010 5:18PM

    Hope you feel better soon.

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KENDALL7261 10/1/2010 4:59PM

    Wishing you emoticon days!

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CINSROAD2HEALTH 10/1/2010 4:32PM

    I have IBS, and go through the belchy spurts every so often too, sometimes it gets to the point where my chest hurts...but, luckily it goes away. Anywho....I just wanted to say that I feel for ya, and I hope it goes away fast! Have a great first week with the challenge!!!

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EGRAMMY 10/1/2010 4:32PM

    Thanks for the best wishes in our challenges . That is so kind of you.

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