Friday, March 23, 2012

What are you thirsty for?

Good Friday morning all. Wow, spring is sure a busy time of the year. This glorious weather is continuing here on the east coast. I just got back from walking my dogs, and it's almost a little too warm, with the projected high being 80 today. I’m enjoying a cold, icy glass of water with a cucumber slice right now. Perfect to cool me down.

I have had a busy week, and I think this will continue as we count down to the big July wedding. I am still keeping up my schedule of being at my brothers' two afternoons and evenings a week, trying to keep my husbands' practices running smoothly, and keeping my home and health a priority as well. Lots of balls to keep juggling, and I confess, sometimes I drop a ball or two. But I pick them back up and keep juggling. And so it goes. I am hoping to shed a few more lbs before I buy my dress for the wedding. So far, I am the same from last week. I am holding on and trying to follow the eating principles that I believe in. Still battle with too many carb, so keeping track is essential for me.

Since I started the Belly Fat Cure and a new way of eating, I really don't drink anything but water, coffee, tea and wine. Usually in that order too! I have not had a diet coke, or artificially sweetened drink in so long. I really don't miss it at all. And it is so much better for my body to have gotten rid of all those artificial chemicals.

When I'm in a restaurant, I order water with lemon. And I really enjoy some lemon, lime or cucumber slices in my water when I'm home. I'm sure you have heard that often times when we think we are hungry, we are really thirsty. People often mistake the two. I'm sure you've had those times, when you feel hungry for something, but you're not quite sure what it is. Sometimes you can go on a munching binge, looking for something to eat, but not sure what you want. Try a glass of water when this occurs. That will usually squash that urge to eat something. When you do feel really thirsty and get the signal from your brain that you are thirsty, you are really on the way to dehydration, so it's good not to let it get to that point.
So if I was asked how much water I drink, I would say a lot. But one day I realized that I may not be drinking as much as I thought. There are lots of little tips and tricks to make sure you are getting enough. Amber suggested on her blog that you leave a Brita water pitcher out on the counter and make sure to drink it all throughout the day. That's a good one, but for some reason that didn't work as well for me. I wanted to share a little tip that is helping me to make sure I get enough water every day. I  have a plastic water cup that I always seem to carry around with me. Actually I have three of them. I always keep them filled with water and ready to grab, in the fridge. On one of them I put five colored rubber bands at the top of the glass. As I empty the glass each time, I push one rubber band to the bottom. I can instantly see at a glance how many glasses I have consumed throughout the day. Often I see that I am way behind the amount I thought I had. It is helping me drink more water and keep better hydrated.
Thought for the day:  March 22, 2012 is designated as World Water Day.  We are lucky to have an abundant supply of fresh, drinkable water in our country. Take advantage of our blessing and drink plenty of water..



  1. I just drink coffee and usually water the rest of the day. When I go out - I always order water w/lemon also. Occasionally I have a stevia soda - maybe once or sometimes twice a week.
    I hope you have a great day and enjoy the weather :-)

  2. As long as you keep picking up the ball that dropped and continue juggling, you'll do are doing great.

    The rubber band idea is a good idea.

  3. I often think I'm drinking enough water, until my usual cup goes into the dishwasher, and then I get dehydrated until I get back into my routine. Great reminder - I'll go fill up now! Have a good weekend

  4. I thought I was drinking plenty of fluid, but the other night (after eating pistachios with salt in the afternoon) I had a dream that I was stealing everyones water/drinks. I woke up sooooo thirsty in the middle of the night! That was my A-Ha moment. I love my tea and my wine, but I may not be getting enough fluids that aren't dehydrating! Unfortunately, I'm in sales (as you know) and it's really hard to drink a lot when there's not a convenient bathroom around! (I feel bad asking all of the doctors and their staff if I can use their bathroom) I like your idea with the rubber bands. Is that a WW idea? I think I saw that in the WW magazine when I used to do WW.

  5. I drink a TON of water! I have a glass of ice water by me every minute that I am home. I always take my water bottle with me when I go places. That makes me have to go potty constantly, but I love my water!
    I used to tell women to put an 8 oz glass in their bathroom and every time they went potty to just gulp a glass down. That is a pretty clever trick with the rubber band. Have I told you how to use a rubber band to keep your toothpaste tube folded up? I am quite proud of my invention on that. Just criss cross the ends of the tube with the rubber band and wah more flat tube.
    Have a great weekend my friend!

  6. Great tip with the rubber bands! I have a cup like that. I find having a designated "water glass" helps me a lot. As does drinking it with a straw.
    Hope you have a fabulous weekend - xoxo

  7. Pattie I LOVE this water tip! I realized recently that I was not drinking nearly enough water again. And then I realized my brita was not even out. I had run it through the washer and put it up and forgot about it, or my husband did, Im not sure. So I pulled it back out and have been better ever since!

  8. Great tip Pattie...that was a new one for me. We are blessed to have plenty of safe water to drink. I think I'll go fill my cup up right now!
    Glad you're still juggling.

  9. What a great idea! I'm going to have to give that a try! :) Lana