Water, Water, Everywhere

Drinking enough water to remain hydrated is something every doctor and fitness source will tell you is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Many of the bodily processes require water to do their job well and dehydration has some nasty side effects. Drinking enough water will stop the body from holding onto so much water weight and you could actually lose weight by getting on track. Yet, even with all these important facts, it is so incredibly hard to get enough in my regular day, or it wasn’t enough of a priority to allow it to happen. There has been one other time I made a significant effort to drink enough water and what I learned was that when hydrated, I make frequent trips to the bathroom. So this becomes another deterrent for making the leap personally.

But if I’m really going to get healthy and turn this thing around, this has to be the first step

So here we go.

Women should drink about 88 ounces while men should get 128 ounces a day according to Jillian Michaels. She also mentions the need to drink an additional 12 ounces of water for every 30 minutes of exercise a day.

Also, caffeinated drinks like tea, coffee, and soda can actually dehydrate you, so I plan to reduce the consumption of these if I can.Herbal teas are great because you can get some additional nutrients through them, but water is best. Another interesting thing is lemon water, which aids in digestion, can liven up water if it becomes boring.

So my daily plan to get enough water in, but not too much so I can’t make it all the way home from my commute without stopping for a bathroom break, is as follows:

Morning:

16 ounces of hot water with lemon to sip on my morning commute

Throughout the Day:

23 ounces at my desk before lunch
23 ounces for lunch and after

Throughout the evening:
16 ounces for a dinner
16 ounces for after dinner, to have during the night, and for my morning meds

So this is about 94 ounces, and it’s over the average recommendation. I will increase this when I start my regular fitness plan.

I should also mention that the key way I like to currently drink my water is trough Starbucks tumblers, hence the very specific ounces listed above. I have a larger 23 ounce clear tumbler that lives on my desk and I can bring to meetings and a smaller 16 ounce one at home that I use with dinner and when generally hanging out at home. I find using these cups and specifically their straws helps me drink a lot more water, much more quickly! The only con with the straws is that you could also be sucking a lot of air into your digestive system by constantly using them, but this is not a real problem for me right now. Nalgene bottles are another great way to track your ounces as they are listed on the side of the bottle and you can take it wherever you go.

I’m not big on flavored water other than the lemon so I can’t comment on that but I think it can be a good option for others! Think cucumber mint water or those flavored MiO squeeze bottles in grocery stores.

My expectations: I think getting enough water will improve the quality of my skin, reduce headaches (no dehydration), stop me from overeating as I will be quite full from water all day, and hopefully some other wonderful things.

I’ll update after a few weeks to comment on any other improvements or issues.

Do you drink enough water each day?
What would it take to get you hydrated?

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Ideas for further investigation

This is where I plan to keep a running list of the categories I am trying new things in and then the list items in each category will hopefully link to their posts!

Any suggestions here are welcome as I am looking to extend myself in new directions.

Sleep

  • Adjusting time
  • Technological devises
  • Humidifier
  • Essential Oils

Health

  • Create a Medical timeline
  • Allergies

Mental

  • Start meditating
  • “Coping mechanisms” for clarity & stability
  • Mental exercises

Exercise

  • Snowboarding
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Kettlebell workouts
  • Ab workouts

Diet

  • Going Raw
  • Introducing Probiotics & fermented foods
  • Re-introducing inflammatory foods such as bread & milk
  • Smoothies
  • Drink more water

Creative

  • Create a portfolio website
  • Refurbishing furniture
  • Drawing/Sketching

The game plan.

Fat, Tired and Out of Control.

This blog is about the promise I have made to myself to change the things that are broken in order to feel better.

I sat down on New Year’s Day, 2015 and wrote down all the things I wanted to accomplish in the new year. Most of them have to do with my physical health and wellness but improving my mental health is also incredibly important to me.
My health and wellness resolutions are things like:

  • Getting back into shape physically
  • Having a focused and clear mentality, less multitasking
  • Eating healthy and adjusting my diet to find the inflammatory parts

I also have plans to up my creative endeavors. Expressing myself via this blog verbally is actually a great start to that goal, one that I have been thinking about doing for years but struggled to find a subject to write about. I worried about discussing things I personally didn’t know a lot about even though I was interested in learning them. Turning things inwardly and making this about my life and the struggles and progress it entails take the pressure out and makes this less about me telling others how to do something.

This blog is about my journey, how I have specifically chosen to do everything represented here and is by no means the exact way you should do anything. That being said, feel free to learn from my mistakes along with me and share your thoughts with me and other readers.

I will be taking things one week at a time. Currently I have several ideas of things I plan to try but this is a moving target and I plan to let it evolve as I go.