I never paid attention to how much water I drank in a day.
I had heard the powers that be say I needed to drink 8 cups of water a day which would equal 64 ounces.
I drank water when I was thirsty and it sounded good.
This was my normal for 30 years.
Until this last summer when I realized that I weighed more than I ever have in my life (with the exception of two pregnancies).
I thought that the extra 10ish pounds were because I had turned 30. That somehow that magical number had transformed my body and that I would no longer be the same.
Well, I was wrong.
The number on the scale wasn’t a result of my age. It was the result of what I ate. And drank.
Over the winter I had become accustomed to drinking grande soy Caramel Brulee Lattes every. single. day.
I was also drinking more alcohol as I was researching new cocktail recipes.
Water was at the bottom of my list, especially because the water was cold and who wants to drink cold water in the winter. Brrr….
Once the winter months disappeared and the spring weather took over, I didn’t fit into any of my very expensive capris anymore. They were all too tight.
There was no way I was going to get rid of any of part of my denim collection.
Nope, it was time to make a change and lose some weight.
The first change was to eliminate the coffee drinks. I switched to tall soy chai tea lattes and only a couple times a week.
Then I got out the water jug.
And I drank.
Between 60 and 80 ounces of water a day.
Plus a cocktail a few nights a week. It is my job after all.
The result of more water, less other sugary drinks?
I am now back to my normal weight that I have been at for the last 10+ years.
It feels good and my jeans fit again (some are actually too big…can you say Nordstrom’s?).
Moral of the story…
Drink water. Lots and lots of water. It’s good for you.
Water keeps you healthy. Helps you lose weight. Helps you feel full so you don’t over eat.
And don’t forget the occasional pomegranate martini. It’s good for you, too.