Saturday, May 5, 2007

SMART Habits - week 2

Are you drinking enough water?

My answer is a resounding NO! NO! NO! NO! NO!

I took the little quiz on the link above and learned that today - based on my weight, physical activity, local climate, etc. - I am to drink approximately 2.3 liters of water each day. How much water do I usually have you ask? Well let me see.........ok and then add that.........and add that.....carry over and the grand total is a big fat ZERO! Oh, but let me tell you how much Diet Coke I had yesterday

Let's see that's 5 12oz cans, plus 2 20oz bottles, plus a 32oz drink while I was helping my friend move and that adds up to...... 132! I am completely addicted to Diet Coke and I do not use that word lightly. I know its bad for me, I really do, and I know that I need to be drinking more water (a whole lot more) but there is a HUGE disconnect between knowing and doing in my world. However, recent health concerns (and a good talking to my best friend yesterday) have me thinking that I really need to take my health and what I put into my body more seriously and so I believe I have some good motivation.

Needless to say, my SMART Habit for this week is to drink water. I'm gonna jump right in and go with the ever popular 8 glasses of water a day. I bought myself a handy dandy 32oz travel water bottle. Its a cute pinky purple color so I will want to take it with me and I only have to fill and drink it twice to get my 64oz in! Sounds simple enough to me and yet, I am not so sure. What about my Diet Coke!?!

Well, I know that I cannot cut it out completely, I just don't have the will power. Therefore, I am going to allow myself to have it but within a few guidelines. I will not have a DC until after I have had 32oz of water. I figure, after having all that water, I won't really be thirsty and so maybe, just maybe, I won't want the DC so badly. I know I need to take caffine withdrawl into consideration but perhaps a nice cup of tea or even coffee to start my day will get me through? If not, I know that the suffering will only last a couple of days, I will get through it, and I will be much better for having made the change.

Last week my chosen habit was to plan my dinner menu for the week and have the shopping done by the end of day Sunday. I did great last week but ACK! just realized that my weekend is really booked!!! Now, I am not so sure I'll get the planning and the shopping done by Sunday night. Perhaps planning the menu should happen midweek......before the busy weekend.........yeah that might just be a good idea.

Thanks for reading! Wish me luck and get in on the fun!


Montserrat said...

I have a hard time getting all the H2O I need too. I just don't drink period. And when I do it's either milk or water. Good luck!

Jenny said...

Your post sounded very familiar, only I'm hooked on Coca-Cola Classic! If it's in the house I drink, if not then not so much... I'm trying to drink more water this week too. I calculated that I need just shy of 3L per day. Thanks for the link!

Thea said...

Good luck with drinking the water! I know I can always tell a difference in the way my body feels when I don't drink enough during the day.

Mercy said...

Yes, I'm not a water drinker. I'm not really a soda drinker either though. I just don't drink. :o)

I've tried on different occasions to do the 8 glasses thing, but it didn't work. Maybe I'll try to start small one of these weeks with maybe two bottles of water per day??

Anyway, I love the idea of not drinking your coke until you've had water. That's SMART. :o)

Have a great week!

An Ordinary Mom said...

Drinking water is so good for our bodies. The only reason I am in the habit is because it really helps to keep my headaches at bay. Good luck this week!

The Lazy Organizer said...

Good luck with your habit this week. It sounds like a hard one! I'm lucky that I have never gotten hooked on soda. I never drink anything but water because that's all we had growing up besides powdered milk and that was yuk! I love water and I know you can learn to love it too. Think of all the money you'll save!

Rebecca said...

Good luck with your habit this week. My husband has the same issue with coke, he knows its not so healthy for him but not quite ready to give it up yet. I think your two bottle a day approach is a good idea.

Andrea said...

I may be weird but I love water. Good luck with your water consumption. I love your plan.