Day Four: What are you drinking?
Okay, put the soda down. If you are over 30, the only soda you should be having should be mixed in your liquor. If you were truly tough, you would drink the liquor straight–but I digress. Our conversation is about water.
We have all heard the drink 8 – 8 oz glasses a day, but did you know your water intake should be dependent on your weight? The amount of water a person should drink varies on their weight, which makes sense because the more someone weighs the more water they need to drink. There is a formula that requires you to multiply your weight by 2/3. That is too hard to calculate. I only like to do math when I am trying to figure out how to pay a bill and still buy a new purse and six bottles of wine.
Here is a chart. I scratched through the skinny ass people’s weight and went straight to –oh, you are entering diabetes weight range.
|Weight||Ounces of Water Daily|
|160 pounds||107 ounces|
|170 pounds||114 ounces|
|180 pounds||121 ounces|
|190 pounds||127 ounces|
|200 pounds||134 ounces|
|210 pounds||141 ounces|
|220 pounds||148 ounces|
|230 pounds||154 ounces|
|240 pounds||161 ounces|
|250 pounds||168 ounces|
Yeap, you are going to be tinkling a lot! When I read it, I thought I was going to drown if I drink that much water! It is a whole lot to start, but that is good, You are cleansing. Cleansing that is streaming from your pee-pee place. I know, I should not write when I am sleepy, but here are some tips to help you swallow all that water.
Tips for Reaching Your Daily Water Goals
So now that you know how much water you should be drinking everyday, let’s talk about how to make sure you actually get enough. Drinking over 100 ounces of water may seem impossible at first, but with these easy tips you can reach your goal in no time.
- Drink 2 cups (16 oz) of water before every meal: Science has proven that drinking 2 cups of water before every meal helps you to eat less during meal time and lose weight. If you do this three times daily – at breakfast, lunch, and dinner – you have already consumed 48 ounces of water.
- Morning and Night: Get into the habit of drinking one glass (16 oz) of water when you wake up and another 8 oz glass before you go to sleep every night. This will add another 24 ounces of water to your daily intake. The easiest way to do this is to keep a glass or container of water at your bedside, that way as soon as you wake up and start your day, you can begin drinking water.
- Keep Track By Your Container: One thing that has proven to help people consumer enough water daily is to buy a special container for their water, like this one or this one, and set a goal of how many times they will fill and finish the container. For example, if you buy a 16 oz container and need to drink 80 ounces of water a day, your goal would be to drink 5 of those daily. Need to drink more water? Try a larger container.
- Infuse Your Water With Flavor: Infuse your water with fruit, herbs, and other flavors like adding cucumber, strawberries, lemons, limes, and fresh herbs to create flavorful water.
- Bubbles: Consider carbonated and sparkling water in addition to regular water.
Or, think that you no longer want to hasten your journey to the pearly gates and just drink the dang gone water!
Today, your goal is to monitor your water intake and write down how much you are actually drinking per day.
Weight loss, Excuses and Why I am so Hungry.
Why do we do these things to ourselves? It never fails that when it comes down to our weight, we never really work to keep it under control. We eat things we shouldn’t. We feel guilty for eating it, and then we torture ourselves as we head back for seconds on something else that should avoid our faces. Here’s the rub, not the spicy one you like on your steaks, but it is now time to wear something nice, and it doesn’t fit. So what do you do; a crash diet.
I went one worse, I went to see an Asian herbalist. Please, if you are drinking something, this is where you may need to put the cup down. I am going to make you cry.
I walk in and he tells me I remember your face. He mispronounces my name and calls me “Charille.” I am okay, he is Asian. Then he asks me to weigh in. He gives me the tsk…tsk…and asks the hard question, “Charille, why do you think you are fat?” I start my litany of excuses while he is shaking his head. He then, very loudly tells me, “Charille, you are fat because you eat too much.” I balk. My eyebrows shoot up and he is still saying something to my face, because my ears had stopped listening at “you are fat because you eat too much.” He points to his temple, “Charille, you must change the way you think.” He then asks me to say it with him, “Say it Charille, I’m fat because I eat too much.”
So there I am feeling like a dejected 12 year old talking to an Asian man, who is making me a concoction to make me poop out fat and I said it. “I am fat because I eat too much.” Three days into this weight loss excursion, I am so hungry. I am down five pounds, but I fit into my swimsuits and took out a few pairs of peddle pushers, that in 3 more days are going to fit nicely. I took out that dress, that five months ago, I looked as if I were five months pregnant. This roller coaster ride with my weight; it’s my fault, I know it is. I am here partly because I have been in a dark place for the past two years. I was eating my way through my grief.
But the other part of doing this to myself, and you do it to yourself, because we are lazy. Now, I cannot eat except in three to six hour blocks. I am home all weekend so I am cleaning and doing little things around that house that I let get out of hand because I was usually watching a movie and eating something else to make my ass spread. My house is clean, the laundry is folded, dinner is prepared and I am so hungry.
I am hydrated. My colon is being cleansed. I have lost some weight, but I must get back to something very critical to this conversation between us. I am fat because I eat too much. That is a powerful statement. So here I sit, with a very large container of water, nothing to snack on, and a minute with myself. There are no more excuses. I love my body, but would love it even more minus the extra pounds.
I have no more excuses.
I am hungry because I have been eating too much and I have to retrain my body to need fewer calories.
I am empowered to make some changes.
I am fat because I eat too much.
I have downloaded a hypnosis app to aid me on my quest.
I have no more excuses.
I am going on vacation and I will blog my way through my Central American vacation and keep you posted.
You know, I was just thinking that maybe you should step away from the snacks and join me on my quest to a healthier body.
- Boost Your Metabolism With Mini-Meals (everydayhealth.com)
- Stubborn Weight? Your Liver May Be The Problem. (ezdiets4u.wordpress.com)
- Herbal Weight Loss Product Available Now (Natures Remedies Ltd) (prweb.com)
- 7 health benefits of herbal tea (simplysupplementsblog.com)
- Save The Date: Why Your Upcoming Vacation May Be Your Best Motivation (blisstree.com)
Read the Label!
As we head into the second week of the New Year, many are finding that the weight loss battle is really just beginning. The gyms are now over crowded with people who have no idea of what they are doing and coworkers are walking about with gallon jugs of water. All of the cleansing and sweat beds in the world will not wash away the poundage of bad food choices.
Poor dietary habits are not only detrimental to the health of those who carry a few extra pounds; it can also be harmful for those who do not weigh enough. The BBC hosts a reality series of Supersize vs. Superskinny . This show contrasts the extreme relationships that people have with food. One of these shows showcased an 85 pound young lady who spent 3 hours in the grocery store, and no, she was not an extreme couponer. She was reading the labels on the food containers. Three hours in a grocery store just reading labels and she left the store with six items. Well, hell, I’d weigh 85 pounds too if I could be that discriminating. I then put it to the test, which things did I buy on a regular that I just did not bother to read the label.
Starting at the top of my day, I looked at my cereal. My whole grain partner that boasts 51 grams of colon happy fiber filling was labeled at 160 calories without milk. Adding skim milk takes my whole grain goodness to 200 calories. Not bad to start, but I also have coffee in the morning and orange juice. I will do 2% milk because skim milk looks like white water and is gross. The 2% milk weighs in at 160 calories alone and I am suddenly feeling fat.
There are so many calories and so little time, and even though we each try to watch what we eat, it is the portions that can really throw you. I never measure out a cup of the cereal; I pour a good measure into the bowl. I stop when it looks like the bowl is overflowing and I feel like I am being greedy.
The same concept applies to bag of chips. Even eating baked Ruffles, it is nice to know that the label says it is only 120 calories. Yes, only 120 calories for 10 chips. Who’s going to eat 10 when the company motto is “you can’t eat just one?” Or is that Lay’s? It doesn’t matter because I have never counted out and ate just 10 chips. But there is the rub; you have to read the label. Those labels will drive you nucking futty! I can now see why 85 Pound Lady she spent 3 hours in the store! I read the label on a boxed version of macaroni and cheese and nearly had an aneurism. I am not going to even discuss what I read because I don’t want you to panic. However, I was just thinking, if the caloric count is that high on the box, what is it when we make it at home from scratch and use four different cheeses? Again, I am feeling fat.
I am going to play this smart and work my way into my weight loss plan. First, I will make sure I understand what fuel I am putting into my Über sexy vehicle. I am going to register on my calorie counter. Next, I am going to get a gallon jug like my coworkers and start pumping in some pure water. Last but not least, as discussed earlier, I am going to get out into my yard and work on making my backyard a haven.
This only leaves one label left to read. If I may be so trite with the perfect label and quote Fred, “Right”.
- Counting Calories? Add In Fiber (everydayhealth.com)
- Calories and the Weight Loss Formula (fitsugar.com)
- What Nutrition Labels Should Look Like (friendseat.com)
- Extra Tastes Can Turn Into a Pound of Weight Gain in a Week (fitsugar.com)
- 3 Calorie-Counting Rules for Weight Loss (everydayhealth.com)
- Do You Read Nutrition Labels? (fitsugar.com)
- How to Be Calorie-Conscious Without Counting Calories (fitsugar.com)
New Year, New Resolutions
Every year we sit back and make those stupid resolutions to lose weight, eat better, save more money and be kinder to others. We never actually do it, and we are frustrated when our plans go awry. If we are to be perfectly honest with ourselves, our plans go awry because we are not perfectly honest with ourselves. If you lie to yourself then how can you expect to honor a promise that you never fully intended to keep? I am about to break the vicious cycle and start the New Year with some new resolutions. Follow along with me through my thought process.
First, I am okay as I am. I just told this to myself and I believe it. Yes, I could stand to lose a few pounds, but right now, it’s not going to happen. I am not going to beat myself up about it. I am not going to stand in my bathroom on my scale butt naked on one leg, holding my breath hoping that needle moves. It is not going to move in the opposite direction because last night I ate half the pan of brownies.I was stressed! I’m not unhealthy; I just weigh more than I should for my age and height. Hubby still likes it so I will work on making it tighter.
Next, I worked this year on changing my spending habits. I have a few bucks in the bank and I am not going to spend my money on stupid stuff I don’t need. I am not going to buy items for my friends that they don’t need so they will like me more. I am not going to buy silly crap, eat out too often, and this should save me money and also help that eating the pan of brownies thingy.
Third on my list is to find a new means to get out and enjoy the day. I am not going to say I am going to exercise more, but dammit my yard needs some work. I am going to work more in my yard which is going to tone my arms and my legs. I am going to walk around my neighbor and pick up some trash. I also have a Wii and I like to dance. Combine the two, gym membership goes away, I save some bucks, I am mobile, and again this ties back to number one.
And last but not least, I am going to finish some of these unfinished things in my life. I have started on this project, made this pile, moved this stack and created a new one. Forget this crap. I am going to buy one of those Neat Scanners. The cheapest I have seen it has been at Amazon.com. It is pricey but this will eliminate so many loose receipts, bills, stacks to be shredded while sorting it all for tax purposes.
I am just going to work a lot smarter instead of harder. I am not going to lie to myself to accomplish, achieve or attempt something that I know it is not my time to do. It is not my time because I have not done the leg work to put it into play. I am, strengthening my resolve to be better at what I do. However, in order to accomplish these things I just need to sit down and have a quiet moment.
I am starting my quiet moment now, but first, to the scale. After I finish this brownie.
- My head is telling me I don’t need that brownie but my PMS does (ask.metafilter.com)
- Resolutions for the New Year (xemion.com)
- New Year’s Resolutions 30 Day Trial (christopherspenn.com)
- I Do Not Believe in New Year Resolutions (socyberty.com)
- Pop’s Picks: The 15 Resolutions We Suggest For the Stars (popsugar.com)
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