The Captain and I decided to finally pursue the path to wellness this past weekend. He really doesn’t have to lose any weight, he is just participating with me for moral support. And I don’t think of what I’m doing as dieting; I’m making a lifestyle change. I’m not doing this to have a bikini body, I’m not doing it so I look more attractive to other people (though I do have a pair of jeans that I love, and would be tickled to get to wear them again…) I’m doing this for my family; for my daughters, and my husband, and myself. I want to be healthier in my thirties than I ever was in my twenties. I want to be even healthier in my forties and beyond. I want to have the energy to keep up with two toddlers, and I want to have less back and knee pain for my next pregnancy, if we decide to have another child. I just want to be healthier.
I’m planning on blogging my way through my progress, though my time to do so is so sporadic, weeks will likely go by between the times that I’m able to update. I suppose that way, it will look like I’ve made a lot of progress! I’m planning on sharing tips and recipes throughout the process as well.
My first tip is related to water consumption; something that I don’t do nearly enough of. Even through two pregnancies with third trimesters in the doldrums of Southern summers, I didn’t drink enough water. Part of the problem, I think, is that I don’t really have a concept of how much water I actually need to drink. Recently, I read that you should divide your current weight in half, and that number is the number of ounces of water you should be drinking per day. The old rule is eight ounces of water, eight times a day, which adds up to 64 ounces a day. Going by the weight rule, the amount of water I should be drinking is…shall we say…a bit more than that!
In order to track how much water I’m drinking, I’m drinking out of ball jars that hold 24 ounces of water. I was inspired by the idea when a friend was drinking water out of an old applesauce jar at the Superbowl party we were at several weekends ago, so she would know just how much she was drinking. Thanks, Marilyn!