Monday, May 11

Water & Weight

I have now gone 3 weeks without soda at work. I have broken my bad Coke drinking habit (I think, although I am likely to fall back into it again) by switching entirely to water. My boss and I made the switch together. It is nice to have someone everyday to remind you and keep you committed, a support for your good habits instead of the bad ones. We each have a large Styrofoam cup that doesn't leak or sweat all over my desk (I know it is bad for the environment, but one thing at a time please) and it sits on my desk full of nice cold ice-water to drink all day. There is something about a cup with a straw on my desk. If the water is in a bottle I don't drink it, but give me a cup with a straw and I will drink it all! I actually feel better, although I do miss the bubbles from the coke. I am consciously drinking more throughout the day to make sure I get enough water and actually feel a little better, although I really miss the sweet-bubbly Coca-Cola.

I was mentioning to a friend of mine that understands my addiction to soda that going from my Full of sugar, full of caffeine coke to plain ol' water was a little hard on me. She said "I wonder since you weren't drinking diet coke if you will see a drop in weight by going to water." To be honest, the thought had crossed my mind. Since I am still carrying around a little extra "baby weight" with me, it would be nice to drop some.

However, we do not have a scale at home. Our scale that we got for our wedding broke somewhere around my 2nd trimester. At first I was irritated, how would i know how much weight I had gained with my pregnancy?? but the dozens of doctors appointments I went to kept me pretty well informed. It was somewhat of a relief not to have that reminder of my constant gaining figure sitting on my bathroom floor. I didn't worry about it, I ate pretty well, was conscience of what I ate, but didn't stress about it.

Now, almost 10 months after giving birth, I have no idea what I weigh. (Well, to be honest, I do have an idea since I know what I weighed before I got pregnant, and I know what I weighed 6 weeks after delivery.) It is nice to be able to know that although I don't know how much I have loos, I do know my clothes fit better each month, and I feel good about myself. I don't need to worry about what the numbers are telling me.

My advice? Get rid of your scale while pregnant, it will only cause frustration and annoyance. Don't worry about the numbers, concentrate on the better foods. It worked for me anyway, I may not look the way I did before, but I do feel good!


Rebekah said...

I'll make sure to tell Rachel that :)

Random Thoughts said...

Wow, I'm impressed. kudos to you and your boss!

Elizabeth and Brandon said...

I say, everyone should get rid of their scale! I haven't lived with one since high school, and I've never missed it. Congrats on breaking your Coke habit!