I don’t know if I told this story yet, so here I go from scratch.
So, I was listening to Girl, Wash Your Face, and Rachel Hollis (someone I’ve never heard of before being assaulted by her face as a recommendation after I listened to some Brené Brown) told me that I should be drinking half my weight in ounces of water every day.
Dude. That’s a lot of water.
And so I was like – Hell, I know I’m not drinking enough. I remember from years and years ago when a woman on Oprah saying your pee should be just the slightest bit yellow if you’re drinking enough, and that’s not the shade I get. So why not give it a shot?
150 oz of water is 5 of the 32oz bottles I have at home. It’s almost 8 of the 20oz bottles I have at work.
IT’S A LOT OF WATER.
When I drink a lot of water, it doesn’t take long for it to start tasting bad. I suppose it’s like anything you eat a lot of – at some point, it just gets disgusting, no matter how much you loved it to start with. And so not only am I trying to drink what feels like a sinking boatload of water, but I also have to find a way to make it palatable all the way through, because there’s no way I’m getting 150 oz down of just the regular stuff.
An additional issue has been an inability on my part to even manage to consume that much water in a day. My first day I got 64 oz, and actually felt like I couldn’t drink another drop. The second day I got into my 3rd 32 oz bottle, but not much further. I think the third day I just forgot to try.
I’ve managed to wrangle the taste thing, I believe. At least I’m trying. I’ve found that if I mix up my plain water with the fruit-infused water the office makes, a packet of Emergen-C (because my child has the flu and I’m determined not to get sick), or a Crystal Lite Lemonade packet, I have enough variety to get through more water without getting squicked out by the taste.
And this week I realized that getting 90 oz in isn’t so hard anymore. I can get about 60 oz in before lunch, and I think if I push that I can get to almost 80 by noon. That’d be a good start, because I really start to slow down how much I drink once I’m at home. The more I can fit in at the office, the better.
So I’m making progress. The more I drink, the easier it is to get it in. And with flavored water still counting as water, the taste is managed as well.
My only problem now is how often I have to pee.
Every 30-45 minutes. I should really start keeping track.
It’s a bit ridiculous.
Oh, and now you know about how much I weigh. 😛
Photo by Ethan Sykes on Unsplash
Yeah, peeing is one of my water issues. I did start out with flavor water, then added tap to… water down the water? And eventually my body adjusted to this crappy city water (which is 100% different from the well on the mountain where I grew up). But yeah, I refuse to get up every 30 minutes or hour. I finally get my groove on, I don’t move. Yeah, that’s bad for me. But it happens. So I drink less when I’m focused. Which is bad. But there you go. Wanna be healthy and hydrated or still and productive– guess those are the choices and I tend to make the second.
Also, drinking a lot of water very fast drops my sugar and I pass out. Which is not ideal when one is alone. So, there’s that.