Last week I kind of swore off stepping on the scale so I don't have an actual number for you today, but now that I'm part of the link-up again I will be sharing my loss or gain with you on Wednesdays starting next week.
Today I want to talk about drinking your calories and how it can affect your healthy living. For me, drinking my calories is quite often more of a struggle than the actual food I eat. My old habits go like this... stop and grab a coffee on my way to work, sip on that coffee all morning long, have a Diet Coke with my lunch, and then I'd sip on that all afternoon long. By the time I'd leave work at 5pm, a good 11 hours into my day, I'd have drank zero water. Zero.
We all know that water is the best option to keep our bodies healthy, and for me it's absolutely a key piece to losing weight. But just how bad were the coffee and Diet Coke for me? Well, I'm no nutrition expert but I'm smart enough to know how they were affecting my body.
My two problems with coffee are that I'd have it with cream and sugar, and let's be honest, even though coffee isn't big on calories, no one's going to lose much weight adding that extra junk to their morning Joe every day of the week. I also don't drink my coffee very fast so I'd sip and reheat that bad boy all morning long meaning that I wasn't taking the time to drink any water. For me, that's just the way it goes.
Diet Coke is a different story. When I joined Weight Watchers a while back I remember being relieved that Diet Coke had "0 points." Diet Coke was my vice, my favorite little addiction. And the fact that it wasn't making me gain weight? Well, that was a total score! But the more I paid attention to my body, the more I realized the DC wasn't doing me any favors. I'm not much of a sweets person at all (give me all the salts!) so I didn't know why every afternoon after I'd take my first few sips of DC that I'd run to the store and get some candy. Every.single.day. It's true folks, artificial sweeteners in things like Diet Coke make you crave more sugar. And you don't need to read the 8894516 articles to prove it. Listen to your body, that's your best resource. Aside from the sugar cravings, DC was making me so bloated and I didn't even realize it. It wasn't until after I started drinking a lot of water every day that I noticed a difference. About 10 days after making the switch, I couldn't believe the changes I felt in my body.
Add in the numerous and immeasurable benefits of drinking water and I'm here to tell you, from my own personal experience, that there's no way you're going to achieve your fitness goals if you're drinking so many calories each day. And just because your diet soda doesn't have any calories, you're still doing your body plenty of harm by drinking it. You're not fooling anyone by drinking "diet" soda, except for maybe yourself.
As my girl Jennie Finch says, embrace, love and respect your body, it's the most important thing you will ever own.
So tell me, are you having trouble drinking your calories? Is soda still an everyday part of your life even though you're trying to get healthy? I know it's a struggle for SO many people and I'm certainly not judging you. I just want to help you put down the crap and pick up the water, 8 oz. at a time.
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