I know that water isn’t a magic weight-loss elixir, but it sure does have a lot of valuable properties. For one thing, my experience is that when I’m hydrated, I’m less likely to overeat. For another, drinking lots of water helps me feel a little more awake and energetic. And of course it keeps my system running.
What’s funny is that before I started this weight loss journey, I never drank more than a few sips of water. Mostly I drank diet soda and coffee. Occaisionally I’d have juice or a smoothie. But I seldom drank more than a cup of actual water on any given day.
Even now, I need to have strategies in place for my daily consumption of H20, because the fact is, I’m kind of lazy about it. If I’m at home working on my computer, I might get up five times to look around the kitchen for a snack, but when I feel a little thirsty, I just put it off, telling myself I’ll get a glass of water ‘later.’ When I’m out walking around, or running errands, I’ll tell myself that ‘its a waste of money’ to buy a bottle of water when I can get it at home for free. Or else I figure if I drink too much water, I’ll be incessantly looking for a bathroom.
While I have complained many times here on the Skinny Daily about the atrocious eating environment at my office (ONLY THREE MORE DAYS!), there is one thing they do right, and that’s provide unlimited free bottles of water. Any time I get up to use the copier, check my mailbox, or use the restroom, I have gotten in the habit of grabbing TWO bottles of water.
When I see them sitting on my desk, its so easy to pop them open and drink them. They’re handy and in my line of sight. Some days I’ll go through eight or ten bottles like that! I’m often amazed to look at my recycling bin at the end of the day and spy a pile of empty bottles — I hardly think about it at all.
And, because I have an insatiable sweet tooth, I like to have some artificial sweetener with me (Crystal Light, for example). Somehow when I mix the color and the sweetness into the water, it can become just as satisfying as a cookie, or a candy bar. It often suffices as a late afternoon ‘snack.’
You’d think this was a no-brainer. Have water in front of you and you’ll drink it. Duh.
But the fact is, unless I’ve thought about it ahead of time and made plans, I can quickly revert to my old habit and go all day without a sip. I guess its just that the thirst mechanism simply isn’t as compelling to me as the hunger mechanism. Go figure. I’d walk three blocks for a piece of chocolate, but won’t go down the hall to fill my glass.
For now, I’ve planted bottles in my car, in my gym bag, and in my brief case. I find there’s often a source of water when I’m out and about, so even having an empty bottle on hand is useful. (And then I can’t talk myself out of the ‘expense’). At home, I’ve taken to leaving water glasses by my computer, and in the living room and in the kitchen. Just having the glasses out and in plain sight is a great reminder.
Water, water — its everywhere. So drink up!