Monday, March 8, 2010

Quenching My Thirst

Fact: I am always thirsty.
Fact: I don’t like water.

The two statements above have created some serious problems for me throughout the years.

I hate water. I can’t stand the way it tastes. I don’t even like tea, because it tastes too much like water. For as long as I can remember, it has been this way. I have been strongly opposed to drinking any kind of water. As a result, when thirsty, I will drink anything (and everything) BUT water. I will drink Gatorade, I will drink Vitamin Water, and regular coke has always been a vice of mine. I will drink flavored bubbly water, I will drink juice, and I have even been known to steal the Capri suns from my little brother's lunches.

The past few years have been the most problematic for me, as sugary juices and sodas have been slowly replaced by a steady flow of, well, booze. A mimosa with breakfast is always fabulous, a cold beer (or beer. or beer.) will always help wash my lunch down, and I can’t imagine having dinner without at least a couple glasses of wine (or wine. or wine.) I’ve mastered the art of gettin’ low on the dance floor with a ketel cranberry in hand, I love tropical summer drinks, and I handle my jello shots with style and grace.

Oh, and did I mention that I have gained 20 pounds over the last two years?

Obviously, something needed to change. So in starting Weight Watchers, I also decided it was time to reform my water-hating ways.

Luckily, Jen helped me come up with a workaround. Knowing that I will only drink water when it is ice cold and lemony, she bought a big nalgene, filled it halfway with water, and froze it over night. The next morning, she sliced fresh lemon wedges into it and filled it the rest of the way with water.

Success! That day at work, I refilled my 750ml nalgene 4 times! And now I drink it everyday.

Fact: My skin looks better.
Fact: I have been getting less headaches.
Fact: I have lost 9 pounds in three weeks!!

This is not to say I’m going to give up other drinks, by any means. I guess I just need to get good at double fisting.


  1. Oh. My. God. Ohhh girl, you put it all out there! A bladder of wine? A 40 of OE? Ahh, youth. ;)

    My mission is life is to get you to drink more water, I am happy you're on your way.

  2. You can try Crystal Light too-low in sodium, masks the water taste and mixes well with booze for a low-cal cocktail :)

    Also, the diet Hansen's sodas (at TJ's) have no sodium, preservatives or calories so as far as I can tell it's practically water.

  3. Um, I can I just say that I think you're weird. I mean, water doesn't taste like anything so how can you not like the taste? Freak ;)!

  4. Always thirty! You're barely in your late twenties.