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Water, water, and more water.  I can’t stress enough the importance of drinking enough water.  Even still, I have to remind myself, and force myself, to drink enough.  Sad, but true.  After everything I have read over the years about how important water is for our bodies, you would think I would be chomping at the bit to get enough.  But, like all of us, I have to consciously remind myself “oh, it’s time to make my water”.  I fill a 20 oz. glass with ice and clean water.  I drink 5 of those a day.  Yup, five.  That’s 100 ounces of water per day – or just under a gallon.  I just recently read somewhere that to find the amount of water we need to drink per day, you take your weight (207), cut it in half (103.5), and that’s how many ounces of water you should drink per day.  So I don’t get that 3.5 ounces… hey, I’m drinking water aren’t I?

The list of benefits of proper hydration are endless.  Considering our bodies are made mostly of water, it’s a no-brainer.  With proper hydration; your hair, skin and nails will be stronger, healthier and more vibrant.  Your digestive system will function at its optimum level so you will be an optimum pooper (very important!).  Provided you are getting enough fiber in your diet (also very important), water is even more important to keep things moving.  Water is key in removing waste products from our bodies, including fat.  Getting enough water keeps our joints lubed, our muscles from getting as sore after a workout, and helps us get better sleep.  Water plays a part in the proper function of every single cell in your body, and when you think about that, since our entire bodies are made up of nothing but cells, then our entire bodies will function better in every single aspect.  And for the women – the reason we bloat during that time of the month is because our bodies are storing water.  Drink more water and experience less bloat!

Trying to lose weight?  Then water is even more important.  If you’re trying to lose the fat, where is it going to go if it doesn’t have a water highway to be carried out on?  Not to mention water-soluble vitamins.  Where would they be without water?  And don’t even get me started on exercise and how much more important water becomes then!

One of my excuses when I was young and dumb was “But it makes me pee more!”  First off, that’s kind of the point.  Secondly, at first yes, drinking a bunch of water will make you pee more, but it’s because your body is adjusting, and it’s removing all the toxins and sludge that have built up in your system from being dehydrated for so long.  Oh, and ya, water helps the lining of your bladder regenerate more frequently causing less frequent urges and a healthier elimination system.

I could ramble on all day about the benefits of water, but I won’t.  Water removes excess sodium.  Just keep in mind that with anything we do with our bodies, water is the most important thing we can put into them.  We can only live a few days without water.  You can’t get enough hydration from the water that is in your beer, soda, tea, coffee, or juice.  Water is good.  In fact, these things will dehydrate you, not hydrate you.  Water is great.   You have to drink pure, clean, filtered water.  Water rules!  And you have to drink plenty, and every single day.

Still not convinced?  Think of it this way… water is the source of all life, without it, there would be no life.

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In my opinion, one of the hardest obstacles to any healthy diet program is outside influences.  They come in all forms;  that snack machine that stares you down each time you enter your office break room, the fast food place that is so conveniently located on your route home from work when you haven’t eaten in hours and you’re starving, or it can simply be the “impulse buy” section at the grocery store that is loaded with nothing but sugar and carbs.  For me, it’s my neighbor.

Bless his heart — he’s a pastor at a local church that runs a food bank — and when they have leftover food he brings it to us – his neighbors.  Some of the food is healthy, but the other half is not.  I am so thankful for this food.  He has saved me so much money in food bills that if I had to count, it would probably knock me out of my chair.  The only downside is the cakes, pies, donuts, and other super delicious, and super-bad-for-me items.    So the key, for me, is to get rid of everything that is not diet-friendly as quickly as possible. 

I have a small network of families who I share this food with, so I email them and they come pick it up.  On the days they can’t pick up right away, this junk food calls my name like a foghorn, “SHAAAAANNNNNOOOONNNNN, I’M IN HEEERREEEEEE…. YOU KNOW YOU WANT ME!”  It takes every last bit of self-restraint not to go dive into each and every one of the awful treats and gorge myself until my eyes pop out, especially when it’s PMS time!  UGH.

I haven’t found a tried and true method of avoiding the “cave”, but I try different things each time.  Sometimes I will picture myself when I was thin, and that will be enough to keep me away.  Other times I will think about how hard it is to walk now with the added weight, and that will be enough to piss me off and make me hate the naughty food.  Then there are those few times, like when I have PMS and a major case of the “fu*k-its”, that I say hell with it and have no will power to control myself.  It’s those times I am trying so hard to work on, and find a button to press that will keep me away.  Those buttons are hard to find when you’re craving sugar and salt and you’re cranky and just don’t care.  “I’ll stay fat, I’ve been fat this long, who gives a crap if I stay fat another day!  I don’t have a boyfriend anyway so who’s going to notice besides me?”  — And it’s that kind of thinking that is why I am still overweight.

Even though I might be the only one who notices when I eat the wrong foods, I am not the only one who notices I am overweight.  Besides, I am the one who counts anyway, and even if I truly was the only one who cared or noticed, that is enough.  If I know, that’s what matters, and aren’t I doing this for myself anyway?  Yes, I am.

Still, it is so hard to hold back at that crucial moment when I’m full-blown PMS, and I’m craving chocolate cake, and my kind-hearted neighbor shows up with a box full of it.  I just have to keep repeating things like “mind over matter” and “nothing tastes as good as thin feels”.

I guess there is no miracle cure, or one way to avoid the cravings and hold back, but I sure wish there was.

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