Water is definitely one of those things I get into the mood with, or I can go days without getting any at all. Last summer, I was getting in a gallon a day — but once I stop, it seems ten times harder to get back into that amount. Lately, I have been drinking too much diet soda. I am not ready to give it up yet, so reading things telling me how bad it is for me just doesn’t matter. I love my Diet Dr. Pepper and Coke Zero and honestly, I am probably not going to be going soda free anytime soon.
What I do need to stop is drinking 2-3 cans of diet soda a day and getting more water in because I do know it cleanses and has obvious health benefits. I am an all-or-nothing kinda girl — it’s something I really need to work on. I attempt to go from no water at all to 100 ounces a day, fail at meeting that goal, and then give up. It’s that way with everything I do and it’s the reason I’ve packed on 90 pounds to my frame.
I came across this great entry today on Facebook, by It Sux to Be Fat, called ‘Make Small Changes.’ This week’s Weight Watchers weekly was about the small changes adding up and as I sat in the meeting I was thinking about the things I have done better.
- I switched to a lot more FF options in my cooking
- I’ve started to add more fruits and vegetables to my meals
- I make better choices than I did when dining out (most of the time)
- I’ve watched portion sizes and tracked (most of the time)
There are more that I can’t think of off the top of my head, but these little changes are the reason why I lost 31 pounds (then gained back 10 since). When I stopped doing some of the small changes, I gained the 10 pounds back. So really for me, it’s not about cutting out every food group and drinking a gallon of water a day — it’s making small changes that I can stick to as I build on newer habits.
I want to start drinking more water and the entry on It Sux to Be Fat gave me a great starting point — start small. She started out with 4 ounces a day, moved on to 8 and then eventually got to 100 ounces. Sometimes I need those lightbulb moments to get me focused and not so worried about breaking records for myself.