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What’s with the Water?

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Drinking water

As you may know, the recent change in my employment status has interrupted my routine and one of the things that is suffering is my water intake. Instead of equipping myself with a large water bottle and brining it to work or having a case of water in the office, I’m home all day juggling toddler, client projects, my sites, my house and the array of everyday chores that seems to never end.

You would think that by being home everything would be more accessible and I’d more apt to drinking my 8 glasses, but it’s not the case. My routine is so out of whack sometimes I don’t even realize I haven’t had a drop to drink until lunch.

So I set out to do what I do, look for motivation online, find a link or an article that would kick me in the arse and post it for me and, coincidently you!

Well, what I found surprised the crap out of me!

…drinking “lots” of water apparently is a waste of time (and money if you’re a fan of bottled water) unless you’re an athlete or live in a hot climate. Water may be more essential to life than oil, but tanking up doesn’t necessarily curb hunger pangs, reduce headaches, improve skin tone or keep organs healthy by flushing out toxins, the University of Pennsylvania researchers said in an editorial in a medical journal.

That was from an article entitled Those urban water stories are all wet, doctors say.

"Hmmmmmmm Interesting" she says, reaching for her recently poured ice cold glass of water.

In the same sweep of sites I find this 9 Great Reasons to Drink Water, and How to Form the Water Habit.

In-ter-es-ting, very interesting.

Now, I realize one is a blog post and one is a published article but still, it cracks me UP that no one agrees on this topic.

I don’t know who’s right and frankly, I don’t care. Here’s what I observe about myself, learned from experience and my overall thoughts on water…

  1. Water does not help you lose weigh in and of itself. If this was the case I would never have had a weight problem to begin with. I have always drank hordes of water. At my heaviest, friends would laugh at me at restaurants because I’d be on my 3 tumbler of water before we even placed out order. This obsessive drinking did not prevent the mozzarella sticks, bacon cheeseburger and chili fries from attaching themselves to my ass. Now, this is not to say it doesn’t help you feel full or stop you from munching when you’re thirsty, not hungry. I’m just saying water is NOT a weight loss miracle drug.
  2. I love water, and I feel better when I do drink it and stay hydrated. Right now, I’m trying to catch up on my water consumption today. I didn’t drink as much as I normally do and now my lips are dry and I feel, well, blah.
  3. Water helps me not retain water. I know, I know sounds counter productive but being the swollen retaining water queen that I am. When I don’t drink water my body holds on tight to the water it has, big time. It may sounds strange but I feel thinner and less bloated when I’m on the water bandwagon.
  4. Water is/should be the go to drink for everyone. I never really understood peoples obsession over drinking soda with dinner or having fruit punch at a BBQ. To me, these things are habits that can be broken. Water really is the only drink we need, isn’t it? I don’t know about you, but I only have but so many calories I can eat in a day and I’m not wasting any on miscellaneous drinks when I could just drink water. Now, as always I will contradict myself, I do enjoy some tea, chocolate milk, wine or beer occasionally but I consider these treats not “go to” beverages when I’m thirsty.

Ok, this is becoming long enough. I set out to inspire myself to start drinking more water and now I’m off on a tangent. Push me off the soapbox, please, and join me in a toast to water with water!




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Discussion

There are 26 comments so far.

    Michelle Trif

    June 5, 2008

    I loved reading your take on water and how it effects you. I am terrible about getting in my daily water, but lately I have been much better about it.
    I am also a ‘water retaining queen’ and must drink lots to keep from feeling bloated.
    I tell people all the time “why waste points/calories on a drink? I’d much rather EAT than drink! So, I am totally with ya there!
    Also, I find that my workouts are much more productive when I am properly hydrated. I went for a run this morning, and just couldn’t get myself in gear. I realized afterwards that I hardly had any water today and that had to be the reason!
    Some days I have to chug to get it all in and some days I have a unquenchable thirst. Listening to our bodies is so important.

    Slim

    June 5, 2008

    I don’t know where this 8 glasses of water myth came up but I find it pretty useful. Or the one that you have to constantly drink water because once you’re thirsty it means you’re already dehydrated. I believe the body has perfected it’s ‘ways’ of detecting a fluid imbalance so drinking water when you’re thirsty seems great to me.

    Personally I love water. A toast to water!

    Nellie

    June 5, 2008

    Interesting, isn’t it? The more
    water I drink, the slimmer I feel.
    I like it over ice, especially now
    since the weather has become hot
    very quickly. It is not a magic
    “weight-loss potion,” but it is a
    good diversion whenever I have an
    urge to eat just about anything. I
    try to refrain from buying bottled
    water due to ecological concerns, so I begin the day with a cup of ice water handy after breakfast and
    refill it during the day.

    Caroline

    June 5, 2008

    I am right there with you, Roni. I have had different doctors tell me the different sides of the spectrum with water (it’s ESSENTIAL to weight loss, and it’s all a myth), but I just feel better when I’m drinking it. Soda makes me feel crappy. And most everything else has empty calories in it, so it’s water for me! Luckily, I have also never had a problem getting my water in. It’s pretty much all I ever drink.

    IzzyBeth

    June 5, 2008

    I recently read that article about water intake as well, and I was floored. I can’t see how drinking water can harm you – and I know I always feel better when I’m ‘on the water bandwagon’ as you so eloquently put it!

    I know the water isn’t what is going to help me continue to lose weight – but I do believe that if I grab a glass of water instead of food when I think I may be hungry – that it does seem to help.

    Hmmm, I’m thirsty now . . .

    LMGIVES

    June 5, 2008

    I am the same way! I drink more at work than while working from home or on weekend while at home. Makes no sense whatsoever too. I only drink water 95% of the time. Now I have noticed if I drink my water in wicked groovy bottle or glass/cup I will drink loads more. GOOD LUCK!

    Michele

    June 5, 2008

    I love water! I drink water because it’s the only thing I like. I don’t drink soda, juice or anything else. I tend to drink a lot of water at work and it does make me feel full. I find I won’t munch or snack if I’m drinking lots of water. I don’t drink much water at home or on the weekends but whenever I go out shopping or running errands I throw a bottle in my purse and make it my goal to drink it while I am out so I will at least get that in.

    Mindy

    June 5, 2008

    I grew up in the desert so I can survive for quite a long time without water. I am like a saguaro cactus. :) I really have to force myself to drink it and it takes serious planning. But I do like it when I get on a water kick. It makes me feel good about myself. That’s probably just psychological though. Who would have thought drinking lots of water would add to my self esteem.

    Laura Brandon

    June 6, 2008

    i’ll drink (water) to that! i honestly don’t even pay attention to studies on water, because i know that i feel better when i get what i think is enough. and i’m the same as you, roni, i retain less water when i drink more of it! cheers to water!

    MizFit

    June 6, 2008

    I was far better at drinking water when I worked outside of the house. Now, since my office is in the domicile, I just procrastinate with that….figuring Ill work when I can and drink later :)

    this all made me smile as my freebie today is OWater.

    Im bad about drinking the semi-flavored but my doctorcrush (mehmet oz) said it’s ok :)

    MizFit

    Anonymous

    June 6, 2008

    “My routine is so out of whack sometimes I don’t even realize I haven’t had a drop to drink until lunch.” That and going pee! LOL

    I work from home too and have found the same sort of juggling. I am CONSTANTLY struggling with the division of those tasks. I use the “scatter gun” approach. Meaning, whatever needs immediate attention, gets it first and then I spread myself over the rest a little at a time.

    As for the water thing. Here! Here! I’ll join you in that toast! Water IS good and it IS harder to get it all in when we are home all day. I suppose when we go “away” we plan for it. When we are “home” we take it for granted that we can help ourselves any time and tend to neglect it. Sometimes (when I remember!LOL But, it works when I do!) I fill a pitcher with a days portion of water and keep it in the fridge. That way I can tell how much I have had and it also reminds me to have a glass whenever I see the pitcher sitting there! And, it’s already nice and cool! Yummers!
    Drink up me hearties! Tammy

    Vickie

    June 6, 2008

    I too am a creature of habit. And when my schedule recently changed – I had days where I would suddenly realize I had nothing to drink. And on my old schedule, I would drink 2-4 liters with no effort what so every (depending on the weather/season).

    It is amazing how easy it is to fall out of habits.

    Alisha

    June 6, 2008

    I totally agree with you on water being the only drink we really need. I can’t stand that DH drinks like 6 cans of coke a day!! But that is how he was raised and is not something that he will change even though I try to get him to drink water to be a good example to our boys….he just will not drink water. I don’t feel good when I drink too many sodas.

    Oh and welcome to working from home. Before I got on a good schedule there would be times where I didn’t even get to eat until 2:00 pm. That is really NOT GOOD!!! UGGG. But it was happening because I had three little ones who needed me! Now it’s easier! :) HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!!

    totegirl

    June 6, 2008

    I’m with you on the water consumption. My skin always looks better when I’m drinking lots of water. Unfortunately, coffee has been my go-to drink lately. Must get more sleep!

    ...to Lose 80 Pounds

    June 6, 2008

    I returned from vacation last week and was up almost 4 pounds from the time I left and admittedly, didn’t do so hot on the water front. I drank water like crazy the day after I returned and the following day and guess what? That 4 pounds was gone so I know it was just water retention from all the cr*p I ate. I feel much better on the days when I drink lots of water, so even if it’s just a mind game or whatever, I’ll keep on playing! =)

    The Sugar Preacher

    June 6, 2008

    I only drink water and occasionally juice. I look 10 years younger than my real age. Also, water is evey food from crackers to dried fruit. Water is essential for life!http://www.sugarshun.com/

    Leah

    June 6, 2008

    If you’re trying to hydrate but don’t love plain water, try this ‘recipe’!

    One of my favorite drinks on a hot summer day is an Arnold Palmer (half iced tea, half lemonade). It’s supposed to be 85 and humid here today, so I just made myself a “Passion Palmer” (I made that up, I know it’s a dumb name) and it is so flippin’ good!

    First I made a pitcher of Crystal Lite lemonade. Then I made a batch of iced tea using Tazo “Passion” Herb Tea (yummy and a gorgeous pink color!). Pour equal amounts of both over ice and sip away! If I’m trying to be fancy I would garnish with a slice of lemon and a mint sprig. ;-)

    They have this drink at Starbucks (using real lemonade, of course) and they charge big bucks for it!

    Heidi

    June 6, 2008

    Hey Roni, I totally relate! I am a graphic Designer and a Sales Rep. working from home! I have worked from home for 3 yrs now and it was really hard to start a routine. Once I had one down tho, it was easy to stick with it. One rule I had to implement is- NO housework unless it’s 10:00, 12:00, or 2:30! Those are scheduled break times, and also water refill times. I would catch myself constantly battling with doing the dishes or designing the next hat. I made a pact with myself- dishes are to do when I “get home” or on break. WOrk is to be done during “work” hours! That works for me! I was driving myself nuts! I also use those scheduled break times as water refill times. I may not always drink it all, but it’s in front of my for the choosing! Hang in there, you’ll get a routine figured out- just remember to do whatever works best for you!!

    Anonymous

    June 6, 2008

    I, also, have a hard time with getting my water down each day. But I have found out that if I was some flavoring with my water then I can handle it. I have found that “TrueLemon” that comes in three flavors really helps me. Also, on their web site you can send for a free sample. That way you don’t spend your money then decided you don’t like it. Also, they have sent around 1,000,000 packages overseas to the soldiers. To me that is a company to deal with.

    deanna

    June 6, 2008

    I am all for water, I push everyone to drink it and feel it is essential to weight loss -despite what the experts say! When I drink my 8 glasses, I feel great. My OB, when I was 7 months pregnant (in August) said the only way to get the swelling down was to drink more water. I think it does the body good, and always report a good weight loss when I drink a lot of water in the week! Now, if I could just get to the bathroom before I start doing the pee pee dance, that would be great!

    Jennie

    June 6, 2008

    First- Water on the East coast is amazing! I am envious, being a San Diego girl means you need to filter the tap with a great filter or reach for bottled, my house has both :) Maybe you could get a plastic gym water bottle to have with you during the day, so it won’t spill and you can get a sip when you need it. I always have a full water bottle in my purse when I am out (and when its empty I crush it and recycle them). I can’t even drink sodas anymore ick.

    *clink* “to water”

    Kit

    June 6, 2008

    I am all about water, I love it. But I guess I’m a water-connoisseur because I was in Utah all last week at my sister’s. She has a water softener now to help her hands and it made the water give me the ‘moments away from a sore throat and cold’ feeling. I don’t know why but I didn’t know how to counter it until I found some of those Crystal Lite mix-ins. I still missed water like crazy but at least I didn’t wind up feeling on the verge of illness the rest of the trip.

    Tina

    June 6, 2008

    I LOVE water! It’s pretty much the only liquid I drink besides iced coffee and wine. :)

    Dyanne

    June 6, 2008

    I recommend getting yourself a really cute Sigg bottle. Carry it around with you always and keep filling it up! i find that having a pretty bottle makes it easier to remember for some reason lol

    Anonymous

    June 6, 2008

    One other random reason for drinking water: it’s better for your teeth. Apparently, drinking other beverages ups the acidity of your saliva, slowly breaking down the enamel on your teeth, causing cavities.

    Thought I would share what the dentist told me!

    ratmammy

    June 10, 2008

    I’m new to your blog but noticed this post about water… i agree.. water is really the only thing i drink (except decaf coffee and teas)… i do not drink soda, have not in over 25 years (it makes me ill – i throw up due to too much carbonation and sugar!)… and yes, more water you drink the less you retain water. on days i consume a lot of salt and forget to drink a lot of water is when i retain. water is good for you!!

    i also got laid off last year and noticed that it’s harder to do the water at home. i forget! at work i brought with me a huge jug of water. it’s a reminder to drink! now, i have a glass of water always filled in the kitchen. i go in there often and i drink when i see it. still, i dont think i’m drinking enough…