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Challenge Eve: Wondering about Water

Friday, January 05, 2018

I don't consider myself a blogger, but here goes. The "Living the Good Life" goal for Week #1 is 8 cups of water daily. "Lions, and tigers, and bears, oh my!" Truly, it's the scariest goal of all for me.

Last summer during the 5% weight loss challenge, I made the goal for the two required weeks. After all, it was a really hot summer. I even wrote my first blog about it. I later deleted that blog because I felt like a fraud. I couldn't maintain despite my "just drink it" mandate.

I've tried it all: filtered water, sparkling, flavored, iced, and hot. It's always a chore. I hate sipping it, and I can't stand dragging a bottle along me, except to the gym or out into the field. I stand by the sink and chug it, just to get it down.

I don't drink sodas, juices, or high calorie beverages, unless I'm relaxing with beer or wine, but even sweetened cocktails rarely tempt me.

I like black coffee and black tea, the caffeinated variety, but can only drink small quantities. I can tolerate a cup, maybe two, of decaffeinated/herbal varieties. But without enjoyment, I'd rather not drink anything. I understand why it's a healthful behavior, but it will never come naturally to me. (Eating food, on the other hand, is wonderfully easy!)

I just don't get it. Why is it so hard?

I WILL give it my best shot; that's the point of accepting a challenge.
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  • RHOOK20047
    One way you can try is to drink a glass with each meal. Not only will you get your water in, you may eat less.
    942 days ago
    You can do this Nancy. I am lucky, I have always loved water and as I have gotten older herbal teas taste good to me. I am thankful for this part of the challenge because it isn't even a challenge for me. I have one good habit. Lol.
    It sounds like you have done a great job trying different ways to incorporate it into your life. I wouldn't beat yourself up on this one part. You don't drink all the sweet drinks that tempt the rest of us. You do a great job eating healthy foods and you will get your water as LOWFATVEGAN states. So after these 2 weeks try for 1-2 a day. Personally I have read many times that black tea should count and probably black coffee too. The caffeine thing may be overstated. If it were up to me I would say count the black tea at least. Good luck with your water and herbal tea! And don't beat yourself up on this. You are doing great!!
    942 days ago
    Lets make 2018 the best year yet. Sp is the way to do it. You have made a wise choice to use it.

    We find it amazing how great our results can be by following the suggestions of SP. Including the consumption of water. I know I have tried every diet plan there was for 35 years and it wasn't until I did SP and starting HONESTLY monitoring everything I put in my mouth, as well as drinking 100 OZ of water a day, that I got my results started. Even retired I lost 35 lbs in 2017 doing SP and the last 20 lbs will be off in 2018. It is encouraging to not walk past a window and not feel nauseous as what I saw.
    I have tried everything for 30 years and always yo-yo'd back and forth. 2017 was 30 lbs lost and it wouldn’t have happened without Sparkpeope and the Challenges. DO THE CHALLENGES.
    It all begins someplace and you just started there. Lets make 2018 the best year yet.

    942 days ago
  • MISSY455
    Nancy I can relate. Before I started w/SparkPeople the only water I ever drank was after I brushed my teeth. It took me a couple of years to make drinking water any where near a habit. Seems to be easier in the summer than the winter months. I have completely fallen off the water wagon again, so this week have started my mornings with a hot cup of water with 1/2 lemon squeezed into it. It helps. I hope you can find something to make the water easier for you.
    942 days ago
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    942 days ago
    Great attitude! Some fruits and veggies are mostly water, maybe slipping them into rotation can be part of the challenge, too. This list is from
    High Water Content Fruits
    Watermelon and strawberries contain about 92 percent water per volume. Other fruits with high water content include grapefruit with 91 percent, cantaloupe with 90 percent and peaches with 88 percent water. Fruits containing 87 percent water by weight include pineapple, cranberries, orange and raspberries. Apricots hold 86 percent water, while blueberries and plums contain 85 percent water. The water content for apples and pears is 84 percent. Cherries and grapes contain an average of 81 percent water. And, a banana’s composition includes 74 percent water.

    High Water Content Vegetables
    On top of the vegetables list are cucumber and lettuce, consisting of 96 percent water. Zucchini, radish and celery are comprised of 95 percent water. Ninety-four percent of tomato's weight is water, and green cabbage is 93 percent water. Vegetables that contain 92 percent water include cauliflower, eggplant, red cabbage, peppers and spinach. Broccoli is 91 percent water by weight. Additional healthy hydrating foods include carrots with 87 percent water and green peas and white potatoes with 79 percent water.

    Reaching for a watermelon or cucumber after finishing an intense workout may hydrate your body twice as effectively as a glass of water, claims a 2009 study by researchers at the University of Aberdeen Medical School. This is so because water-rich fruits and vegetables also provide you with natural sugars, amino acids, mineral salts and vitamins that are lost in exercise.

    emoticon emoticon good luck with your challenge.
    942 days ago
    I live water. For those who don't, I tell them to do what you do. Just drink a glass 8 times a day. Seems hard and like u can't. But it's not difficult and most people put more than a glass of waters with of food in their belly. You are doing great
    942 days ago
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