Saturday, May 29, 2010

Only 584 glasses of water until school starts...hey, you use your calendar, I'll use mine

I am TERRIBLE at drinking water. I guess I'm just your typical desert rat. It's really bad...I will go days and days never drinking one glass. Which would be fine, I suppose, if I drank lots of juice and other fluids, but I don't drink much of anything at all. I always have a Carnation's chocolate milk with my hard-boiled egg in the morning, about a third of a bottle of Gatorade with lunch, and an iced tea with dinner. That is literally IT for the entire day. Whenever I go to an amusement park or some other physically taxing outing, everyone around me is chugging down bottled water all day long, while I, on the other hand, take a sip here and a sip there, nursing one bottle all day long. For whatever reason, I have a very lousy thirst response. This has never bothered me too much, because I trust my body--that is, I figure that my body's not going to let me DIE of thirst. If I were truly dehydrated, then my body will send me thirst signals, right?

But lately I have started to question the validity of this notion. Just about every related study in existence stresses the importance of drinking water. Clinton has also really been pushing me to drink more water in the last few months. He really thinks that if I were more hydrated, it could help my voice come back, make my skin less dry, etc.

I'm not sure if water is the magical elixir it's claimed to be, but for me, just the thought of getting my voice back to some small degree is enough for me to at least give it a try. The problem is I've tried in the past to drink lots of water, and it simply doesn't work. I'm sorry, but water is just BLAH. It has no flavor, which is just...well...BLAH. How do people guzzle down that stuff? It's just a bunch of blah-ness that fills up your stomach in an unpleasant, gurgling sort of way. In the past, when I've made goals to drink eight cups of water a day, I usually get to about cup #2 when I lose interest and forget all about it.

So this time, feeling really serious about my H2O goal, I set an alarm on my phone that goes off every single hour for eight hours straight to remind me to drink a cup of water. The alarm plays this obnoxious song that Clint found on the internet, with these loud lyrics that say "We need water...water brings life!" Ughh it's annoying, but it is very effective. I even have a plastic cup in my purse that is exactly one cup, so when my alarm goes off in public (as it has several times now), I can go to the nearest drinking fountain and fill up. Clint scheduled my alarm to continue on for the next 73 days, so that's only...hmmm...73 x 8= ....crap, let me pull out the calculator...584 more glasses to go to reach my summer goal.

So far the plan is working amazingly well. I haven't missed a single H2O appointment, and tonight, for the first time ever, I actually felt thirsty for a glass of water, of all things!

Now for my next goal: Growing a bigger bladder. Cuz the current one ain't cuttin' it.