Tuesday, July 06, 2010
I finally managed to drink eight glasses of water in one day yesterday (Monday 5th July 2010)! I am stunned! I love my mugs of tea so much I never thought I could do this!
I have never much liked drinking water. Never liked the taste, and when I quit smoking my taste buds became so sensitive that most water tasted absolutely horrible to me. The only one I could drink was Evian, which basically is about the blandest tasting water I could find. Even then, I tended to suck a mint to make it taste better! I tried a brita filter and even that didn't help last time I tried (Jan 2009). I thought I was weird (and so did others who knew me I suspect) until I watched a programme about someone else who could tell the difference between waters, and blind-tasted a selection and was able to say where every sample came from. I am not alone in being a fussy water drinker! Yay! LOL
So, with my return to SP, I was determined to try and fix the water problem. To drink the equivalent amount of water in bought bottles of Evian was going to set me back around £10 a week, depending on any special offers at the supermarket. That is a lot of money to spend just on water when you are on a low income, (and not exactly environmentally friendly either, though I do avidly recycle) so I needed to find an alternative.
Fortunately for me, my Littlewoods catalogue had a special offer on Brita jugs and filters. I got a brand new jug and ten maxtra filters for £50, which sounds a lot until you see that they are selling packs of six filters for £30! Basically, the jug was FREE! I was a little concerned because I didn't like the old taste much before, but the maxtra filters are newer (I had the old cylinder shaped ones last time) so I kept my fingers crossed. (Not easy to type with your fingers crossed ;-))
The jug came. The water does not taste as good as the Evian, but I persevered, and have adjusted to the flavour. I did need to throw the first five filtered jug fulls away rather than just the first two, and it tastes a lot nicer chilled than room temp, but it is ok.
So, how to make sure to make the investment worthwhile: Well, I set up two piles of coins next to the kettle. I have a pile of eight 2-pence pieces which I use to count my glasses of water, and a pile of pennies to count my mugs of tea. I had consistently been drinking about ten mugs of tea a day and only managing 4 glasses of water. At the start of this latest stint on SP last week, I managed to up the ante and drink six glasses of water a day, and I thought that was good, but yesterday.... Oh Boy!
It has been so hot recently that I have been really thirsty when I first wake up. A couple of mornings ago I was so thirsty that I couldn't wait for the kettle to boil, so poured myself a glass of water. You have no idea how strange that is for me to do that! Anyway, I enjoyed the water so much that I did it again the next day, and made a total of six glasses for the day. Then yesterday, I deliberately poured a glass of water in between making cuppas, and with the bottle of carbonated water I drank after my evening meal, I shot to EIGHT GLASSES in one day, and only drank seven mugs of tea! It may even have been six, I lost track a little in the evening. I am SOOO pleased with myself!
Then this morning I woke up from a bad dream and was so distracted I forgot my first glass of water! Shoot! Ah, well, I will try and make up for it as the day goes on.
See if I can make it two days in a row!