Last week, I began a little experiment with myself. I’d read recently that drinking 16 oz. of cold water first thing in the morning helps wake you up, flush out the toxins, and could even help you lose weight. Hey, I think, why not try it? If nothing else, it’s good for rehydration after a full night’s sleep.
It started out easier said than done. The first couple mornings I found myself practically forcing the water down. Sip, sip, sip, put the bottle down for a few seconds, sip, sip, sip, sip. I was taking deep breaths before a round of sipping, as though I was about to dive under water. I seemed to slosh with each step for about an hour afterward. Ugh!
By the third morning, my body seemed to decide it didn’t mind this new practice. I drank my bottle of water quicker and didn’t feel so sloshy. The fourth and fifth mornings were the same.
Confession: This morning I wasn’t thinking and drank half a cup of coffee before remembering to grab that morning bottle of H2O. Guess what I’m drinking now?
Have I noticed any weight loss? Nope, not yet.
Does it help me wake up? It seems to. Granted, I follow the water with coffee, but the caffeine in coffee has never really been much of a stimulant for me in the mornings.
Is it flushing out toxins? Well, it makes me pee more, so I’d guess it’s helping to flush out bad stuff! It’s definitely helping me with rehydration in the morning. I usually just go with coffee in the morning, but I can feel the water perking up my brain (or maybe I’m just imagining that!) after I drink it.
As it’s only been six days so far, the jury is still out on the continued benefits of this practice. Plus, since I dislike really cold drinks, I’ve only been using cool water and not the cold water that’s recommended. I don’t know how much difference that makes, if any.
For the beginning of my water experiment, I wanted to wear something classic on my nails, with a name that matched my hopes. Why? Because it makes me feel pretty! It also gave me a reason to redo my nails, as though I really need a reason to do that, right? Grasping a water bottle a couple days ago, my nails are sporting Dior’s lovely Bouquet from their Spring 2014 collection. Bouquet – flowers blooming in water. Okay, so it’s a stretch…
It’s a beautiful sunny day with the high nearing 70° later on. There is a nice long weekend coming up, and I have some laundry to do. Another thing I’m incorporating into my daily routine: wearing my pedometer again! The laundry room is a nice walk – far enough to get some exercise in, but close enough to walk back and forth and not just sit there while the machines are going.
Here’s to a great day for everyone!