Water, water everywhere but neary a drop to drink...

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

My husband loves to recite that quote...Water, water everywhere but neary a drop to drink...can't remember what it is from, but it seemed like a great title for a blog on water, and drinking water.

I've been talking with my Team, the Menopause at a Young Age Team, about drinking water, do they find it hard or easy to get in the recommened amounts of water, and so on.

I, personally have found it hard, but not so the rest of my team, or at least those who weighed in on the subject. They all seem to be able to do it with no problem even going over the amounts recommened daily. So, now I am feeling pushed to keep up. I mean, how can I be the Team Leader and help encourage and support people if I can't do it myself.

So, I asked myself, why am I having trouble? I don't know, wait, let's be honest here, brutally honest, I do too know. It's my soda habit. Yes, I am addicted to soda, and I have a habit that I feed daily. Every morning I MUST stop at the Circle K and get a 32 oz fountain Big Red Soda, it only costs 74 cents and I can drink it pretty much all day. That is my problem, I am filling myself up on soda and not drinking my water. So maybe the fact that the fountain machine was OUT of Big Red today, and I HAD to buy a 20 oz bottle of Big Red (notice I said HAD, yes, I am that addicted that I am not sure what would happen if I tried to go a day without my soda...it was even the first thing I asked my Dad to go get me when I came home from the hospital after having my hyster) instead of my normal 32oz glass. So I drank it down, pretty fast, and have proceeded to refill the bottle with water, twice already this morning.

You know, there is something about the 20 oz bottle (or even the 16.9 oz water bottle), I seem to be able to drink it faster and more often. I have this big bottle that holds 32 ozs and I was trying to fill that and drink two of them each day, but it just seemed to take forever to get to the bottom of it once! When I am getting my water in, it is when I am drinking it from smaller bottles. Why is that? A big bottle that I only have to drink two of, is so hard to drink, but a little bottle that I need to drink more of a day, I can finish easily?! Maybe it is that small goal thing. You know how we are always encouraged to make small, attainable goals, break our large goal into little goals and that it works that way. Maybe water is the same thing, I need to break it into small attainable portions to make my goals.

I think I can do this. Spark wants me to get in 8 glasses of water a day, and the personal trainer would rather I get in more like 10 glasses a day. So to make them both happen, my goal is to try to work up to getting 10 glasses a day in everyday. It may take me awhile, but I know that I can do it.

Now, my soda habit.....that is another story, for another day.
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