Friday, November 01, 2013
I've always been a person who constantly has a drink in hand, is always sipping on something, but I had to teach myself to like water. In my teens I drank Coke and tea with milk. In my early 20's I switched to Diet Pepsi, coffee with cream and sugar, and still drank tea with milk. I cut out sugar in my coffee when I was about 23 years old, cream when I was around 25. I started drinking black tea around the age of 28. Stopped drinking most soda pop around then too. But I never ever drank water until I was in my early 30's. And then it was really tough because I really just didn't like it. But it grew on me. I forced myself to do it until it did.
Now, it's just normal for me to always have water by my side, though if I'm not making a conscious decision to drink 8 glasses and tracking it, I'm sure I still don't get enough because I also always have a cup of black tea or coffee by my side too. Unless I'm tracking my tea and coffee too, then I cut back. I rarely drink any Diet Pepsi any more. Maybe once or twice a year I'll have a craving and get one.
I never dreamed I could ever enjoy water though. The 20 year old me who had open cans of Diet Pepsi in every room of her apartment to sip on as she passed through would not recognize this 44 year old woman with her pretty pink water bottle by her side. But if I've learned nothing else in my life so far I've learned that nothing is impossible!
So, I'm thinking a lot about water today and my relationship to it because yesterday we didn't have any at my house because of renos. I had the one 500 ml bottle I'd filled up the night before and that was it! I thought it would be okay, because I did have one bottle and I had a big pot of tea made, skim milk, fruit, veggies, and I never used to drink water anyway, surely I could slip back into my bad habit for one day without too much difficulty.
So I continued about my daily routine, meal and exercise plan like nothing was missing ... but it didn't take long to see that something definitely was! If you've been reading my blog you know I frequently struggle with eating enough to get my minimum daily requirements. Hunger and overeating aren't really my issue, being a couch potato on the Sumo wrestler diet is. But yesterday was different. I easily ate my way into my lower limits and still felt hungry. I ate my way into the upper end of my limits and still felt hungry. I stopped eating so I wouldn't go over, but went to bed feeling hungry. In the middle of the night I couldn't stand it any longer so I ate a fruit cup. I NEVER do that! It didn't help a lot.
And there it was, my own science experiment proving that everything I've read about hunger not always being hunger but rather thirst was true. If I had been drinking water I don't think I would have felt hungry at all. I really don't think I was hungry, but just thirsty and dehydrated. I felt more sluggish, less alert. I would have killed for a Diet Pepsi! I would have loved to have munched on salty potato chips while I drank that Diet Pepsi. I didn't do any of those things. I suffered and soldiered on instead. But today I appreciate my water bottle more than I ever have before and I'm very happy to say that after all these years, now I'm a person who truly enjoys drinking water.