Water… So much water.

Water is the best drink you can give your body, I’m sure most of you know that already. Have you ever thought that might be the key to weight loss?

I recently (ok, a year or so ago… But that’s recent in the life of a 30-something) learned that you should daily drink at least half your weight in ounces… So a 100-pound person should be drinking 50 ounces of water a day. A 200-pound person needs 100 ounces. I am not a fan of drinking water, generally… And if weighing less means I don’t need to drink as much water, that is great motivation right there!

I am a pop drinker. (Or soda, if you rather.) I only like diet, always have although not because I was “on a diet,” and generally Diet Pepsi or Diet Dr. Pepper… There was a brief stint where I drank Diet Coke because the husband didn’t want to buy 2 different brands and I switched for him… Although he drank Coke Zero, so we were still buying 2 different pops… But he quit the pop and I switched to the aspartame-free Diet Pepsi. Aspartame, if you didn’t know, is a neurotoxin, which is something I’d rather not poison my body with (but who has time to get into that when this post is about… Water!)

I also have self-control issues. If pop is in the house, I will choose to drink that. No matter what my noble goals may be.

I also am known to put that water flavoring/”vitamin drops” in my water. Big victory recently, as in the past few days, I have been drinking water straight from the bottle… Well, the bottle poured into my mason jar glass, but close enough. (Why bottled? Ask my husband… He does not want the fluoride in the city water to get in our bodies. Our toothpaste is flouride free too, although we do cook/boil things in the sink water…)

But I have found one trick, and it seems weird… I’m going to give away personal information (if you choose to do the math… I’m not doing the math for you) that a lady generally doesn’t reveal. Drinking 3.5 24oz glasses of water is way easier than drinking 6.5 16-oz bottles (because the bottles we buy are 16.9 ounces, which seems like a really weird number to me, but it is what it is.)

I can drink 3 24oz glasses in a day no problem *insert finger snap here* yet struggle to drink the same amount, volume wise, in smaller bottles. 

Some say drinking out of a straw helps, some say having a “special” cup makes it more “fun” (which it does… Especially for my children then stealing drinks out of the special cup, making it difficult for me to keep track of my hydration!) Different strokes for different folks. Find what works for you and stick with it!

If you thought pregnancy was the only reason a lady would visit the bathroom so frequently, think again! I hope my body adjusts, sooner rather than later. Or I just might float away…

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“It’s Good For You”

Way back when I was just a little bitty boy living in a box under the stairs in the corner of the basement of the house half a block down the street from Jerry’s Bait shop

You know the place

Well anyway, back then life was going swell and everything was just peachy

Except, of course, for the undeniable fact that every single morning
My mother would make me a big bowl of sauerkraut for breakfast

Awww – Big bowl of sauerkraut
Every single morning
It was driving me crazy

I said to my mom
I said “Hey, mom, what’s with all the sauerkraut?”
And my dear, sweet mother
She just looked at my like a cow looks at an oncoming train
And she leaned right down next to me
And she said “IT’S GOOD FOR YOU”
And then she tied me to the wall and stuck a funnel in my mouth
And force fed me nothing but sauerkraut until I was twenty six and a half years old

I am currently trying to convince myself to cut carbs out of my life. I did it before I got pregnant with Ezekiel, and lost 20 pounds in 2 months. Then I learned of the pregnancy and decided to eat what I want because I’ll be gaining the weight anyway…

I gained and lost the same 40-50 pounds with my first 4 babies. Babies #5 and 6, however… Have added about 10 pounds each. And I wasn’t skinny to start with.

Not only is it scientifically proven that low carb, high fat, and moderate protein is a successful and sustainable way to eat and live, my husband has been eating this way for a year and a half (we started at the same time, January 2016) and he’s lost 50 pounds. (It’s not quite Paleo, not quite Trim Healthy Mama… It’s a Ketogenic diet, if you want to look it up)

The only problem is I love carbs. I love candy and chocolate and cake and cookies… but that’s really not that hard to cut down on. The problem is I also love bread and rice and noodles and pretzels and all sorts of carbs! The hubby eats corn chips and potatoes, which technically are no-nos… And he enjoys a few beers on a regular basis, so I’m sure I could introduce carbs back in at a very low level once things get going… But I am not a veggie lover.

(And I. Hate. Sauerkraut.)
So… Living with Tim is something similar to the Weird Al lyrics above (from the hit track “Albuquerque”)… All with the rhetoric that “it’s good for me.”

 

Adulting isn’t easy, and I know it will be worth it. But hopefully it will get easier as I go.