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30 Before 30: #11

by Megan

One of my goals for this month was to cross two more things off my 30 Before 30 list. Hmm, I made a goal to complete some goals… Anyway, here is the first one!

#11. get into a routine of drinking lots of water every day

Simple solution to this one: drink ONLY water! Truth. I have been drinking only water since May 24th. That’s almost 7 weeks, and I plan to continue.

I am super addicted to soda (Coca Cola, I love you and hate you), and if I have one, I will have several, so in order to reach my weight loss goals, I had to cut it out completely. And if I’m not allowing myself to drink soda, I will OD on sugary juice. So that had to go too.

I have never liked drinking water, but now that it’s the only thing I’m drinking, I drink lots! I have a water bottle that I love (enough to write an ode to it), and a fridge that supplies crushed ice and cold water.

I never used to like crushed ice, until I was pregnant with Vanessa and very low in iron. It was the highlight of my day when Carter took a nap, and I would pour myself a tall glass of Coke with crushed ice and watch Lost. I’m not as obsessed with it as I used to be (crushed ice, not Lost, though that’s true too), but I still enjoy lots of crushed ice in my water bottle!

Whereas before I would just drink soda all the time, I have to remember to drink my water. Otherwise, I get dehydrated, and I can feel that happening very clearly now. As soon as I start to feel weird or anxious, I usually realize that I’m just thirsty, so I fill up my water bottle and enjoy the icy water. I always feel better right away!

I know I will not drink only water forever, but hopefully when I do add some juice and soda back into my diet, I will continue to drink plenty of water every day!

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Brighton Harper July 13, 2012 - 1:49pm

I salute you because I have not been able to do this no matter how I try. I LOVE my Coke and sometimes after a long day I need a tall glass (and some chocolate)!

Julie Rogers July 13, 2012 - 1:15pm

I NEED to do this!!! I think I am dehydrated most of the time—because I hardly drink liquids and I tell myself everyday to drink more water:) Maybe next week??? When’s your 30th—mine is coming up this fall, EEK!

Tricia Tennery July 16, 2012 - 1:24am

Wow, so that’s the secret! Hmmm, I have tried to lose weight and do the water thing, but then I start thinking well one isn’t bad… then that turns into another and then another, then I’m off my diet and two weeks of trying hard are down the drain. I’m your newest follower via Mom’s Monday Mingle. I hope you can visit me as well.


Mel S. July 16, 2012 - 2:36am

I did the same thing to cut out soda. I had to cut it out entirely. I am happy to say that it has been 10 years since it has been a main staple of my day. Now, I can have one here and there for a treat and not worry about falling back into the addiction. Good for you!

Following from the Monday Mingle.

Mel S


Eschelle July 16, 2012 - 4:40am

water sure is a HUGE key I still battle it, I HATE pop though so I am lucky in that regard for me it is coffee/tea and water. Can’t seem to drop my coffee though!

New follower from the Monday Mingle Hop (getting a head start!)

Brooke @ Covered in Grace July 16, 2012 - 7:22pm

That’s awesome Megan! I’m so glad for you. I need to follow suit and cut coke and juice out of my diet. =(

Mom of A and a July 16, 2012 - 9:12pm

Hi, coming over via the Monday Mingle bloghop! I also have this issue of not having enough water and then feeling dehydrated at the end of the day. Seriously, I should have an alarm ringing every hour to remind me!

Chatón July 16, 2012 - 9:31pm

best of luck on your journey! i swear by the benefits of drinking water. –your newest follower from the hop. (hope you stop by http://chatonsworld.blogspot.com)

Brittany T. July 20, 2012 - 3:53am

oh i admire your strength and determination! i SOOO NEED to drink more water too. i drink coffee & water the most, but the thing is i dont drink as much as i need to of anything…and i do crave coke sometimes too ahhh.

Kristina July 25, 2012 - 3:09pm

Thanks so much for linking up! Yay!! Water is so gooooood for you! I remember Howard it was to break my soda addiction too! Good for you! Xoxo