Water, floating

I learned a thing from the Internet (so please don’t take this as gospel) that you’re supposed to drink 1/2 your body weight in oz of water every day. (Have I mentioned this before? Please forgive me if I have.) So I’m giving it a shot.

At first it was really hard. I felt like I was floating and I wasn’t even halfway to my goal. You could literally (in my imagination, perhaps) hear the water sloshing around in my stomach, and I was in the bathroom every 30 minutes.

Really hard.

And I kind of gave up. Excuses were easy – my water bottle makes my water taste funny. If I don’t remember my water bottle, I go through entirely too much plastic with the single-use bottles at work.

I don’t really need all that water, right? (That’s another excuse, if it wasn’t clear.)

But I kept hearing the thing (because I keep listening to podcasts by the same person), and I don’t know – I decided to try again this week.

I didn’t realize – maybe you have – that drinking more water regularly makes it easier to drink even more water. Is that a thing? I mean, is it a stomach-stretching thing? I’m not sure (and I’m not really looking for an answer right now), but it was a surprise when I found it easier – like a lot easier – to drink more water this week. In fact, yesterday I managed to get 4 of the 5 water bottles down before going to bed. And today, I managed 4 bottles a heck of a lot earlier than I did yesterday. So it’s entirely possible that I’ll get the entire 5 done before I head to bed tonight.

I’m still in the bathroom all the time – that side effect just makes sense. But I’ve also noticed (after merely two days, y’all, so it’s entirely possible that this is unrelated) that I’m more awake. Have you ever read the thing that says you get tired when you’re dehydrated, so try drinking water? Me too. But I’ve never experienced water actually fixing the tired. I haven’t been getting more sleep. I haven’t changed anything else. But I’m so awake right now! I didn’t fall asleep during a kid appointment (which I have done before). I woke at 5 a.m. and could keep my eyes open! (Shortly thereafter I closed them again because I hadn’t gone to bed particularly early and I wanted the extra sleep, but still!)

At 300 lbs, drinking half my weight in water means I need to drink 150oz of water every day. That’s 5 of my 32oz water bottles (more or less).

That’s a lot of water.

Y’know, I had more to say, I’m sure. I’m going to rant about the loss of what else I wanted to say in another post.

For now, I’m just gonna finish off the last couple ounces of this bottle.

150 oz

Mason jar of water with ice on a table in the sunlight falling through a paned glass window

I don’t know if I told this story yet, so here I go from scratch.

So, I was listening to Girl, Wash Your Face, and Rachel Hollis (someone I’ve never heard of before being assaulted by her face as a recommendation after I listened to some BrenĂ© Brown) told me that I should be drinking half my weight in ounces of water every day.

Dude. That’s a lot of water.

And so I was like – Hell, I know I’m not drinking enough. I remember from years and years ago when a woman on Oprah saying your pee should be just the slightest bit yellow if you’re drinking enough, and that’s not the shade I get. So why not give it a shot?

150 oz of water is 5 of the 32oz bottles I have at home. It’s almost 8 of the 20oz bottles I have at work.

IT’S A LOT OF WATER.

When I drink a lot of water, it doesn’t take long for it to start tasting bad. I suppose it’s like anything you eat a lot of – at some point, it just gets disgusting, no matter how much you loved it to start with. And so not only am I trying to drink what feels like a sinking boatload of water, but I also have to find a way to make it palatable all the way through, because there’s no way I’m getting 150 oz down of just the regular stuff.

An additional issue has been an inability on my part to even manage to consume that much water in a day. My first day I got 64 oz, and actually felt like I couldn’t drink another drop. The second day I got into my 3rd 32 oz bottle, but not much further. I think the third day I just forgot to try.

I’ve managed to wrangle the taste thing, I believe. At least I’m trying. I’ve found that if I mix up my plain water with the fruit-infused water the office makes, a packet of Emergen-C (because my child has the flu and I’m determined not to get sick), or a Crystal Lite Lemonade packet, I have enough variety to get through more water without getting squicked out by the taste.

And this week I realized that getting 90 oz in isn’t so hard anymore. I can get about 60 oz in before lunch, and I think if I push that I can get to almost 80 by noon. That’d be a good start, because I really start to slow down how much I drink once I’m at home. The more I can fit in at the office, the better.

So I’m making progress. The more I drink, the easier it is to get it in. And with flavored water still counting as water, the taste is managed as well.

My only problem now is how often I have to pee.

Every 30-45 minutes. I should really start keeping track.

It’s a bit ridiculous.

Oh, and now you know about how much I weigh. đŸ˜›

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