I learned a thing from the Internet (so please don’t take this as gospel) that you’re supposed to drink 1/2 your body weight in oz of water every day. (Have I mentioned this before? Please forgive me if I have.) So I’m giving it a shot.
At first it was really hard. I felt like I was floating and I wasn’t even halfway to my goal. You could literally (in my imagination, perhaps) hear the water sloshing around in my stomach, and I was in the bathroom every 30 minutes.
And I kind of gave up. Excuses were easy – my water bottle makes my water taste funny. If I don’t remember my water bottle, I go through entirely too much plastic with the single-use bottles at work.
I don’t really need all that water, right? (That’s another excuse, if it wasn’t clear.)
But I kept hearing the thing (because I keep listening to podcasts by the same person), and I don’t know – I decided to try again this week.
I didn’t realize – maybe you have – that drinking more water regularly makes it easier to drink even more water. Is that a thing? I mean, is it a stomach-stretching thing? I’m not sure (and I’m not really looking for an answer right now), but it was a surprise when I found it easier – like a lot easier – to drink more water this week. In fact, yesterday I managed to get 4 of the 5 water bottles down before going to bed. And today, I managed 4 bottles a heck of a lot earlier than I did yesterday. So it’s entirely possible that I’ll get the entire 5 done before I head to bed tonight.
I’m still in the bathroom all the time – that side effect just makes sense. But I’ve also noticed (after merely two days, y’all, so it’s entirely possible that this is unrelated) that I’m more awake. Have you ever read the thing that says you get tired when you’re dehydrated, so try drinking water? Me too. But I’ve never experienced water actually fixing the tired. I haven’t been getting more sleep. I haven’t changed anything else. But I’m so awake right now! I didn’t fall asleep during a kid appointment (which I have done before). I woke at 5 a.m. and could keep my eyes open! (Shortly thereafter I closed them again because I hadn’t gone to bed particularly early and I wanted the extra sleep, but still!)
At 300 lbs, drinking half my weight in water means I need to drink 150oz of water every day. That’s 5 of my 32oz water bottles (more or less).
That’s a lot of water.
Y’know, I had more to say, I’m sure. I’m going to rant about the loss of what else I wanted to say in another post.
For now, I’m just gonna finish off the last couple ounces of this bottle.
I have a difficult time remembering to drink if I don’t actively think about it. Oddly, that isn’t true with coffee or teas. Those mugs empty so quick that I wonder if I filled them at all. I have no idea why this is. Much luck with the drinking!