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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

How I lost 20 lbs in 3 months-Water & Weigh-In's

  What do they have in common?  Humm, maybe they both start with "W", (giggle) no seriously,  either one of these subjects could have just been added to one of the other posts in this series but I believe they are both important enough to stand alone.


How much do you need to drink and why? 

  Every diet I have ever studied agree that you should drink plenty of water!  Plenty of water??  What does that mean?   We have all heard about the eight-8 ozs a day but now Medicine disagrees and there are a variety of different opinions. But they all are in agreement that drinking plenty of water speeds weigh loss. Some say it speeds up your metabolism, others say it just makes one feel fuller and eat less especially if the water is drank before meals.  I have heard that we confuse our signals and eat when we are really thirsty.  But regardless of the reasons, it helps weight loss and is also good for my skin and my brain (yes, plenty of water helps brain functions).   So I decided to just take a common sense approach and drink at least 64 ounces  (the old eight-8 ozs) a day and then judge.  I purchased a few cool water bottles that held 28oz (3 1/2cups) of water and drank 3 a day.  After a few weeks I was drinking almost 4 of these a day and I had cut out all those "other" beverages from my diet.  I was a total coffeeholic but now I really don't have a urge to even drink coffee.  It's not something I tried to do, it just happened. I have the theory that water has satisfied my thirst so I don't have cravings for diet soda, coffee or even tea.  I do drink those when I choose but just don't crave them.    So now I drink from 84-112 ounces a day or about 10-14 cups and I have noticed I do drink more water when I keep it cold in the refrigerator.  I have my bottle with me always, in the Gym when I work out, near me when I am watching TV or working on the computer and I never leave the house without my water bottle.  
Yes, I do numerous bathroom breaks but that just means I am drinking plenty of water and everything is working just fine:)))  Maybe that just gives me a little more exercise, walking to the Ladies Room:)))



I weigh in every morning, yes every single morning.  Most experts say only weigh in once a week but I can't do this.   My weight does waver, I usually hit a new low and  then go up and back for a few days then I either settle on the new low or go lower.  This keeps me focused and I can tell you every day exactly what my weight is.   One may say it is not helpful to be so focused on weight but I am on a healthy journey and I need to lose weight to obtain my goal of good health.  And I can't control and repair what I don't know and acknowledge.  So I face it every morning and I am able to plan my day with these facts in mind.   

I have a yellow legal notepad next to my scales and write down my weight, body fat % and water %  every day.  Anytime I plateau, I just review and regroup to make changes to the big PLAN to kick myself off that ledge:))    It works for me and even after I reach my goal weight I will continue to weigh in every day.  Need to catch those pesky pounds before the multiply out of control again.   

My Goal weight, you ask? 
 I am not sure, I am just giving myself milestones and when I reach my "goal weight" I will know.  Right now I have less than 9 lbs to go and I will have lost my 30 lbs that frighten me into starting this Healthy Journey.  I will see how I feel and how I feel I look at that time and decide on the next milestone.  

Next Week:   My Exercise Plan 

If you have missed any of this series

How I Lost 20 lbs in 3 months
Week 1- The Plan
Week 2- Menu Changes, Suggestions and Options
Week 3- Water and Weigh-In
Part 4-Exercise
 Part 5-Agua Jogging
Part 6-Arms and Abs

Life is Good!

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  1. Congratulations, Evelyn! I also weigh myself every day; keeps me "in-tune" a bit. I will try to do water in my days though. I have always a struggle with the water since I really do not care for it too much. Thanks for sharing.

  2. LOVE IT! I try to weight myself once a week...good bad or just downright FUGLY! But it keeps me in check and keeps me in tuned with my body. I'm working on the water thing. Sometimes, I just can't get it down. I need flavor. So, I turn to my Crystal Light Mojito and can down quite a few bottles. LOL

    Congrats and kuddos! It's not easy. I've been there.

  3. Good, good, good for you!!!! And water is such an important tip. I need to get back into the habit of keeping that water bottle filled and with me at all times.

  4. FANTASTIC post!!! Thank you for sharing it with us on our Brag About It Tuesday party. Stop by next week and share some more. ~~ Thanks, Sharon & Denise

  5. This is great! Water is something I know I don't get enough of... Soda, coffee and tea are faves for me. It's a goal - and you've inspired me to get it together! I'd love for you to share this at our Pinterest Power Party tomorrow night!

    Hope you have a great Tuesday!

  6. Congratulations! I know it takes a lot of work and discipline to lose weight. I agree that when I am more mindful of drinking plenty of water, I do better with weight loss. Inspiring post!

  7. Congrats! I am new from southern charm! I would love for you to check out my blog and follow me back! Nicole!That is awesome on the weight loss!

  8. Congrats on your weight loss! I agree that drinking lots of water is SO important. It was good for me to read this, because I have been slacking off a little bit. I'm going to get back to it today! I also weigh in every day. It just helps me stay accountable.
    (Found you from Adorned from Above)

  9. Oh I need to drink much more water than I have been. Thanks for the reminder :)) And thanks for linking up for WW!

  10. Yes that water is so important! I am a good water guzzler, but I am always preaching to my hubs and mom that they need to drink more... or course you can lead the horse but that does not mean they are going to drink! haha

  11. I love water, nothing cures your thirst like water. However, I still enjoy a could glass of sweet tea..... But that's made with water, so were going to count it. Haha

  12. Just downloaded MyFitnessPal to my phone and tablet and logged into it on my laptop. I started today to count Calories and keep track of exercising. I am over my goal today, but I figure I just started to really look at what I have been consuming.

    Over the summer last year, my company did a team competition where we were tracking miles. It lasted for a couple months. That and the beautiful weather we were having helped me log some good mileage every day. Of course, after the competition and weather turning, I stopped doing so good.

    I am hoping that this app will help me get back into it. Plus I like the Calorie calculator. Very easy to use.

    Thanks for the inspiration and tips!

  13. Congrats, I hope you hit your goal soon! I agree, water is a huge factor! And weighing in also helps me stay on track too. That and just not allowing any junk food in the house. My husband is supportive and keeps his junk food in his car. :)

  14. That's really wonderful! I drink a lot of water and have maintained my weight for almost 3 years now. I weigh every day, don't want those pounds to sneak up on you! lol You've done great! KUDOS to you!!!

  15. You are doing fantastic!!
    I have to admit I don't like to drink water very much. Too much makes me gag, lol. That is great that you can get in all of your water. Amazing!!

    Thanks for sharing all of your great tips!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Notions from Nonny
    Healthier Lifestyle with Nonny

  16. That's awesome! I notice myself when I drink ALOT of water, that the pounds come off naturally.
    Great job - looking forward to reading more!

    (New follower...found you on Truly Lovely!)

  17. Congratulation :)

    I need to drink more water, with all the running I only drink about 1 glass a day, I need to change my tea habbits :)

  18. Congrats on your weight loss, that's fantastic! It's amazing how one little change can make a huge impact. Looking forward to keeping updated on your progress.

  19. Evelyn,
    Way to Go Girlfriend!!! I'm so proud of you. Thank you for sharing with us and at Tuesday Trivia.
    You motivated me, I am drinking more water starting NOW! I'll let you know how it goes.
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

  20. Great job...I think the older we get the harder it is to lose weight, so after age 45, I think people deserve double cheers for losing weight, especially 20 pounds. I've also found that drinking more water is helpful for my overall health and weight if I would just keep doing it.

  21. Keep it up! You are just doing such a great job and I know it helps motivate all of us! I'm like you when I am trying to lose weight I HAVE to weigh myself everyday. Just have to! As for water, while I drink lots I haven't stopped having coffee in the morning -- just no longer 24 hours a day! Water makes me feel more awake!

  22. Water is so key! Good for you. I'm loving how pregnancy forces me to drink constantly and I feel so much better for it. Best wishes!!

  23. We are made with 70% of water. Our body can't function well if we don't drink up water. I am trying to loose weight too! can see a big difference on my belly, No more bloated belly and no body asking me if I am pregnant.
    Found your blog at My Favorite Posts SHOW OFF Weekend Blog Party #6 I am a new follower. I hope you have time to visit my blog too


  24. Thanks for the water reminder!!! Great job! laura

  25. I am so happy for you! I don't know if I could give up coffee or tea .... I don't really drink sodas. It's good that you just naturally didn't want all that stuff any more! Thank you so much for sharing at last week's All my Bloggy Friends :) I can't wait to see what you share this week!

  26. Way to Go!!! That is such a great accomplishment! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Thursday's Temptation. I am going to be featuring you at tonights link party!

  27. So awesome Evelyn! I am currently losing weight as well and I have found that drinking lots of water has a HUGE impact on how I do each week. Love all these tips! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

  28. That's great! I'm going to drink more water.

  29. Evelyn, that is so awesome!! I am so thrilled for you. All of your hard work is paying off big time. I try my best to get my water intake each day! Thanks so much for sharing your inspiration with us at A Bouquet of Talent!! Cheering you on!

  30. Very inspiring! I don't need to lose much by any means but I could spare 20 lbs to be at my pre-3rd child weight! :) That would be fun! So I think I will pin this as a reminder! Thanks for sharing at Party In Polka Dots!


  31. I'm not as vigilant about weighing in. I have a pair of pants that I try on every Friday as my "yard stick" of my weight loss success but I agree, drinking water instead of other fluids greatly attributed to my achieving my goals too. Thanks for linking this up and good for you. It takes a lot of will power but it so good for us mentally, physically and it doesn't hurt our self esteem to see the results. :D


Thank you so much for your sweet comments:)))