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Water Water Everywhere

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

My knees are still hurting but not nearly as badly. We'll see what I can do today.

I thought I'd write about water. I used to HATE water. Honestly, it was like torture trying to drink it. DH would remind me to drink more I even admit to "accidentally" spilling some water so it looked like I had had some ... but only once in awhile!
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When I decided to get healthy this time around I knew I'd have to tackle this water issue. I would drink a glass or two a day and it was awful! lol But when I joined spark people and those 5 points were so easy to get I knew I had to drink my water!

Something funny happened. I started reaching for water before I reached for a diet soda. I started to crave a big glass of cold water. It was so weird, an admitted water hater becoming a water lover. It really took about a week to kick in, so once again that old saying that it takes a week to form a habit seems to be true for me.

So here's a few of the tricks I used to get myself to drink more water. I'm not saying any one else should follow them, just this is what works for me.

- Have a glass of water on hand at all times. If it's right there, you're going to drink more.
- Drink a glass of water before you drink any thing else in the morning.
- Drink a glass of water between other drinks, bites at meals, etc
- Take medications with water. I have to take a few a day so there's at least a glass.
-Have a glass of water on the bedside table.
-I know a lot of people add things to their water like fruit juices or vitamins or whatever but I just like plain cold water.

Basically what that all boiled down to was replacing diet soda with water. It was a bit of a challenge at first, but I'm really happy that I can drink my water!

(The only drawback is DH figured out I wasn't drinking nearly as much water as I had previously led him to believe because he has to replace the water jug more than once a week now! lol)
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GOPINTOS 12/23/2013 4:15PM

    You are doing great!! I keep a straw in my water also. Easier for me to drink, on my way to here and there even.

You can do this!

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ISLENAA 12/18/2013 10:32PM

  way to go!!. i'm at the computer most of the time and keep a small water jug close by. I try to drink half by mid afternoon (about 6c)..a mind game and keeps me on track with the water. i find myself also reaching for it unconsciously even when i'm not thirsty..or at least I don't feel like I am. You're doing great...keep it up!! emoticon emoticon

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ZAEMOM 12/17/2013 8:27PM

    Thank you for all the kind comments! I hope everyone has had their water today! ;)

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DIANAOR1 12/17/2013 5:26PM

    I drink lots of water but not as much as I would like to. I stopped drinking soda several years ago due to bloating and IBS. I just don't buy it except if we are having company. Great blog!

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JTREMBATH 12/17/2013 4:52PM

    emoticon it took me a while to drink the full amount of water but it is good now.

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ZAEMOM 12/17/2013 2:36PM

    Thank you! Honestly, it was hard at first. Maybe make it harder to get to the sodas than to the water? I put my soda in the garage, this obviously won't work if you're in a very cold area lol You can do it!


How about a glass of water while you're reading sparkpeople? Have you had some today? ;)

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ONTHEPATH2 12/17/2013 1:43PM

    Congrats! I hope it works that way for me! Those diet sodas always seem to find a way into my day! Thanks for the inspiration! emoticon

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