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This week we’re talking about water drinking style. When I first read that, I thought “that sounds kind of silly.” But then I got to thinking about how my “water drinking style” has changed over the years, and how it has effected my attitude towards hydration and additionally how it has effected my overall health and feelings of wellbeing. And then it stopped seeming so silly.
So how have my water drinking habits changed? Well, for YEARS, years during which I was very involved in athletics and cheerleading, my water drinking style was NOT to have one. If I was thirsty during high school, I drank a soda. Water was for desperate moments when I did not have access to a vending machine. I literally never drank water, a habit that was surely handed down to me by my non-water drinking mother. The only times I had water during my childhood was when it was mixed with some kind of sugary drink. Not the healthiest way of being to be sure. Because of this, water was simply not something that even entered my mind to drink when I was thirsty. Thinking about that now, it is a little shocking.
When I went to college, my bad water drinking habits continued. Having access to a meal plan, and thus fountain drinks, I avoided water except when working out. And when I was done? Again, I rewarded myself with a nice icy soda from the snack bar right outside of the fitness center.
But when I got to law school, I decided that grown ups drink water. I know this sounds ridiculous, but that was really my line of thinking. I would try and drink at least two bottles of water a day, which in retrospect was still hardly enough, but it was a nice start.
When I got a little older I recognized that water was more important to me than just something to do for the sake of feeling like a grown up. It was important to my health. I started to drink a glass of water in the morning with my breakfast, water that was usually flavored with lemonade flavored Crystal Light because citrus seemed a bit more “breakfast-y.” Yep, breakfast-y. I would make an effort to go to the water cooler to have a few glasses during the day. I would take a bottle with me to the gym, a refill it at least once during my workout. I would have a glass with dinner, and a glass before bed. I became a hydration machine! The positive effects of my new water drinking style were felt throughout my life. Without getting too personal, my digestion was better. My skin looks more hydrated and healthy. I just plain have more energy. Drinking water makes me feel better and want to do better for my body. And because I occasionally fall off the water drinking wagon, I know that I have water to thank for all these good feelings. I can most definitely tell when I have not had enough to drink- I feel it everywhere.
So what about you? What is YOUR water drinking strategy? Has it changed since you got older? What do you like about yourself when you are fully hydrated? Share your secrets and get an opportunity to win a $100 Visa gift card from Crystal Light- the perfect thing to start your vacation fund! Wanna learn more healthy ideas? Visit the review and giveaway roundup page here for great ideas and many more chances to win! Get the official rules here and learn more about Crystal Light here!
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