I was having difficulty drinking 8 cups of water. How about YOU? Here in Sparkdom, I found lots of tricks like keeping a wedge of lime in your glass, refilling the minute the glass empties, etc. to help me get the job done.
I didn't like to think of water as a beverage. It couldn't win when up against my sodas or McDonald's Iced Coffee.
So I switched my thinking. Since my body was 97% H20, I started thinking of it as food that my body required to keep my skin young, to carry all the great nutrients I'm now eating to all parts of my body in a swift bloodstream, to help all my brain cells remember.
I worked hard to melt away the fat. I followed Dr. Fuhrman's Eat to Live 6 weeks plan over and over and lost 45 pounds. I'm about half way to goal.
During the last 6 months as the scale went down a half pound or even a whole one, I have been visualizing 2 - 4 sticks of butter melting on a griddle and flowing down in to the bottom of the Grand Canyon where it could never flow back upstream and find its way back onto my body. And that visualization has worked for me.
But once I really thought about it, I realized that water that was carrying those wonderful fat and cancer fighting nutrients all over my body, was also the transport to move all of the unwanted fat molecules out. If I didn't provide the water, those fat cells just lined up at the corner of Overweight and Obese and yelled, "Where's the Bus??"
And then I argued with myself and said, "Well, they can just ride to their doom on my soda, or McDonald's Iced Coffee." But since I know a bit about how things work inside, I knew my body had to work hard to process the sugars or fats in those drinks first and carry those nutrients out to all cells in my body. More sugar and fat going to each cell before the unwanted fat molecules could board the raft that would float them to their doom.
I wondered if I was confusing my body. Probably not. It pretty much does all of its jobs without any thought on the subject. But still. It was ready to give up fat molecules, but I was sending it MORE unneeded sugars and fats. "What do you know that I don't know? Are they predicting a famine out there in the Junk Food Drive Thru?"
So I stopped Imagineering that quiet stream floating the nutrients to all my cells, and started Imagineering a raging flood of water clearing out the junk I had thrown out along the banks of the streams of unhealthy drinks I had been feeding my unhealthy body.
So I'm now thinking of plain water as an important part of my health program, NOT as a beverage.
At first I had to do little kid rules like, "No iced coffee until you drink 4 cups of water." or "Finish your 8 cups of water and you can have a soda."
My idea of beverage has changed and is pretty much iced or hot tea. This summer I might make an iced coffee as a treat on a hot day, figured into my snack for the day. I have stopped fooling myself. I know my body doesn't need those drinks, but it DOES need fresh water to stay healthy.
And if you still need help, the visual below might do it, because every glass of water is a rainbow of promise that you give to your body, a promise that you will never let it be parched again.