I’ve never had a hard time with water. Lately, though, I feel like I’m drowning in it.
I’m really bored with drinking H20 all of the sudden and finding it difficult to get my daily recommendation. Some people hate drinking it, but I’ve actually always preferred it over sugar soft drinks or juices. I’m not sure what’s going on. It seems lately, after adjusting my diet and working out a bit more, I’ve been getting weird cravings for all kinds of other drinks. I’ve been especially craving sugary ones like lemonades and even worse, diet sodas. After some research, I learned this can be normal if my body is craving carbs (sugar equals carbs). So I had to find another plan, FAST.
It’s a known fact that calories can easily sneak in with what we drink. Seriously, a lemonade at Starbucks has as much sugar as eating a bag of Skittles! Even a diet soda’s harmful chemicals, sodium and basic lack of nutrition has it effects on any diet. The wisest thirst quencher is water, but what happens when you need something more?
Please congratulate me on entering the unofficial “bubbly flavored water” club!
As a kid I was never a fan of “fizzy” water, so I avoided it as an adult. But I was at a local organic grocery store and had that insistent thirst and decided that I should give it a whirl again. I checked the labels: no sugar, barely any sodium and all natural. I thought, “great this is gonna taste exactly how it sounds.” I was SO wrong. I’m proud to announce that I’m back in the water game, and it’s been a blast.
Something to keep in mind is that so many low calorie (or calorie free) flavored waters use harmful chemicals to sweeten their waters (just read the side of the bottle, it will terrify you!). Like I mentioned, though, this particular water is all natural. My favorite thing to do (to occasionally replace a cocktail) is to cut up fresh fruit and add it to the mix. It’s perfect after a work out or just to have with dinner. Plus, it’s really pretty to look at. The best part, it’s kicking that sugary lemonade craving I’ve been having! (Fun tip: Put the drink in a cocktail glass — it’s just classier that way.)
And now that my love of water is back on track, we decided to celebrate by wading in it! With the fall season in full force (Do seasons really exist in California, though?!), we hit up Santa Monica beach for one last swim in the chilly Pacific Ocean. Aside from feeling a bit of nostalgia that summer was ending and that official beach season is coming to a close, I have to say, I also felt OK to be back in a swim suit. I’m slowly and surely losing the weight, and my swim suit was fitting a whole lot different. I haven’t lost anymore more pounds, I stayed steady this week (I blame a recent calorie splurge during our first-time visit at Los Angles County Fair. You have to go all out, it’s a fair!), but I can feel my clothes fitting better and I feel better.
We have four weeks until our big paradise getaway where we will be surrounded by even more water. If I can keep up this success, I think it will be smooth sailing the rest of the way to weight loss.