Friday, September 20, 2013

The Easiest Way to Lose Weight Ever Is to Drink 8 Glasses of Water a Day

When it comes to my thoughts about weight and dieting, I am really proud of the way that I've grown since high school. It used to be about the number, and now it's about what I can do and how I feel when I'm at various weights. I'm not usually one to try fad diets, or to go into survival mode to lose a couple.

I'm usually not. But you see, the other day I officially signed up to attend my high school's 10 year reunion on October 5. (WHAT? 10 YEARS? HOW IS THAT EVEN REMOTELY POSSIBLE!?) And I had a bunch of old high school-style insecurities wash over me, and even thought about doing a number of weird diets just to feel better about "my number" come the 5th.

I have been looking for an opportunity to reset my expectations about healthy portions, and this seemed like as good a time as any. So I'm using MyFitnessPal to track my calories, and I'm committing to drinking 8 glasses of water a day.

Tracking calories is important, but I think it's the water that is changing me for the better. Here are the pros and cons I've been experiencing:

Cons of Drinking 8 Glasses of Water a Day
  • I have to go to the bathroom once every 1-2 hours (this never would have worked for me while I was working at Starbucks)
  • I wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom
  • When I get my reminder to get another glass (I have it set up on my Google calendar), I usually haven't finished the last one and have to gulp it down

Pros of Drinking 8 Glasses of Water a Day
  • My skin already looks brighter, especially under my eyes
  • My mind is clearer
  • I feel less sluggish, more energetic, even with the calorie-cutting I'm doing
It really feels like the easiest thing I have ever done to feel better immediately. So now I'm shouting it from the rooftops. Drink. More. WATERRRR!!


Emily A said...

I pee like CRAZY when I drink a lot of water and I'm embarrassed to admit that I'm lazy and the washroom is really far from my desk at work so it's almost a disincentive.

Why must we feel this way about Highschool reunions?! Is it like some right of passage for adulthood that we have to go through?

I'm happy to have found your blog via !! I'm gonna go and blog-loving add you right now!

Helen said...

Ha, yes I totally understand the whole "but the bathroom is so far away" feeling. It can definitely be annoying to need to go so often!

Thanks for visiting, hope you stick around.

Brittany said...

Adding it as a reminder on your Google Calendar is such a good idea.

Helen said...

It's a good idea, but also a little crazy-making. Take a look at my calendar (I had to put it on a separate calendar called "Health Reminders" so I could hide it ... the reminders are enough.)

Helen said...

"chugging the volume of a small pond" <-- ha!

Amen! Headaches gone, undereye circles gone(ish), rando cravings more gone than not! It's kind of absurd how easy and amazing it is -- as long as you're willing to be no more than 100 feet from a bathroom all day.

Brittany said...

You're drinking 10 glasses, not 8? #impressed

Helen said...

Eh, more wiggle room that way. :) I usually average 8 glasses a day.

Kim's Kitchen Sink said...

Kaeli and I had a water-drinking competition of sorts going on for a while...we haven't done it in several months though. Might be high time to start up again! I am admittedly terrible at remembering to keep drinking, and I have the bladder of a mouse, so I am constantly peeing.

annecast said...

Google calender? Why not your alarm. I have it set to take my evening meds or I my miss them when I get busy, much simpler.

maya said...

Well I will give it a try