#SOL16 Day 28

Water is the driving force of all nature. ~ Leonardo daVinci

I have found the answer to all my problems in life – WATER! Yes, you heard me – WATER!
You see I was checking my AOL mail (don’t be judgmental!) when I began perusing the “news” highlights (there use to five, today there are 41). The caption – “Hidden signs you are not drinking enough water” – caught my eye. What are these “hidden” signs you ask? Well here we go.

5. Tired ✔
4. Dry skin ✔
3. Joints hurt ✔
2. Immune system is weak ✔
1. Gaining Weight ✔

I am so relieved that I now know why I am so tired. I thought it could be that I wasn’t sleeping well at night, too many trips to the bathroom, over worked, not enough exercise, or that I had been drugged. No, it is because I am not drinking enough WATER.

I thought my dry skin was due to washing my hands so much, lack of attention (aka not using hand lotion), forgetting to wear gloves this winter, I was in desperate need of a pedicure, or heat that was too dry. No, it is because I am not drinking enough WATER.

I thought my joints hurt because I need knee replacements, I am getting older, I inherited my mother’s arthritic body, or we were going to have rain. No, it is because I am not drinking enough WATER.

I thought I have been so sick this school year because I wasn’t getting enough sleep, I didn’t get my flu shot until March, my desk was positioned too close to my students, or I was just having an unlucky year. No, it is because I am not drinking enough WATER.

I thought I was gaining weight because I wasn’t exercising enough, I wasn’t sleeping enough, I was eating too many carbs, or I was just a victim of the “menopause fifteen.” No, it is because I am not drinking enough WATER.

OK, so I have been treating this whole idea of not drinking enough water rather flippantly, but maybe there is something to it. When I think about it, I only drink about eight to sixteen ounces of water on a good day. That surely can’t be enough. It is easier to drink more in the summer when the weather is hot, but the rest of the year it can be a chore.

My goal for this week (besides finishing the #SOL Challenge) is to increase my water intake. Now, I am not going to hang an amount over my head which will only serve to set me up for failure (see yesterday’s post). Instead, I am going to try and be mindful of how much water I am actually drinking and try to increase it each day.

If my theory is correct, by the end of the school year I will:

  1. Have more energy and be less tired
  2. Have the soft supple skin of a toddler
  3. Be able to walk without hearing the sound of bone scraping against bone, or cracking joints
  4. Have not been sick in months
  5. Will be down about 10-15 pounds.

I wonder if you can believe everything your read? Cheers!

9 thoughts on “Water

  1. I loved your sarcasm, but also think there is something to drinking more water. I sure wish it was a miracle cure to everything. I have tried two things since the new year that I think are helping me drink more water. I like coffee in the morning, but mostly because it’s hot. I started drinking hot water with lemon (lots of lemon) instead of coffee and I DO feel better in the mornings. Then I got one of those large plastic cups with a straw and I fill it every chance I can. Drinking with a straw seems to make me drink more. I’m not sure I have baby-soft skin or more energy, but I haven’t been sick…although, I do get up in the middle of the night more to go to the bathroom…hmmm.

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  2. I, too, feel better when I drink a lot of water. I’ve been intentional about drinking more water lately for health reasons. It’s amazing how much better my joints feel. (I mean, I eat gluten-free, too, so that works in conjunction with the water).

    Speaking of which, I’m off to fill up my Klean Kanteen with water before I head upstairs for the night.

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  3. It really is amazing what a difference drinking more water can make. I’m trying to be more conscious of that, too. Good luck!


  4. There you go! “Drink plenty of water.” I think that’s good advice, Rita.
    I just found you on SOL. Happy Monday (or what’s left of it).


  5. Your post make me think. I am not a big water consumer. One small Nestle bottle is enough for me at school. Then, I try to drink more when I get home but I know it’s not enough. I have very dry skin that I consume more lotion than anybody else I know. I always have two or three bottles of lotion in stock. Maybe, drinking more water will help my skin but not when I wake up at night for bathroom trips. That I have to think again.


  6. Good luck with that! Teaching sure makes it hard to stay hydrated, right?! Today I found myself literally running for my only break during a two minute video clip the kids watched for a lesson. And I made it back in less than two minutes! 😉 I enjoyed your piece! I wish you the best of luck with your new goal!


  7. I bet it works for you, if you get into it!
    I enjoyed your piece today, the repetition, the sardonic tone, even the disbelief…but I know it will work. You will have smoother, clearer skin. You will drop some weight. You will feel better. Try green tea (hot green tea) too, if you can find a brand that you like!
    Have fun and happy bathroom running!

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