If This Were Easy…



Filed under: diet, tracking, walking, water — Easy @ 9:48 pm

I haven’t been updating this journal in awhile, partly because I have a new blog that’s sucking up my time and attention, and partly because I’m just frustrated with this whole side of my life. I don’t feel like things are getting better, I don’t feel like I have any part of anything under control, and the whole thing just makes me want to pound my head against things.

I keep wanting to add new things (or, rather, old things back in), but I can’t even get my shit together to do the three things that are currently on my list — walking, water and charting my calories.

I’ve been getting my three glasses of water most days, but some days it is only two, and often those come late at night when I already feel dehydrated, and I’m not tracking it, so I couldn’t say for sure how many days it is of each. I haven’t been tracking my calories or measuring my food.

I have been walking, most of the days I’m supposed to — though not yesterday since there just wasn’t time other than in the heat of the day, and I had already spent an hour and a half on my feet at the farmer’s market anyway — but it’s really not going well. I seem to make it okay through the first lap around the house, but the second lap is constantly bringing with it problems — I can’t breathe or my feet cramp up or my sides cramp up or something. I don’t think I’ve made it properly all the way through any of my last 5 or 6 walks, and it’s pissing me off.

Add to that I just feel fatter than ever, even if I’m still hovering around 350, and I’m just not happy. I went to a plus-sized clothing swap today, and nobody wanted any of my stuff, because my skinny clothes from when I lost weight a few years back were too big for all the other women there. That was depressing. Even if I lose all the weight I’ve gained in the last 5 years, I’ll still be the fattest person I know.


Some days, I tell you.



Well Fuck.

Filed under: diet, water, weigh-in — Easy @ 7:54 pm

Yesterday, I met some friends for drinks and then we went out to a karaoke club (why yes, I did sing, badly, yet not so badly that I was the worst singer there). Then I came home on one of the last trains, and basically fell into bed.

And nowhere during all of that did I drink my third glass of water.

It was my unbroken streak, and I’m pretty bummed about breaking it.

On the other hand, I’ve lost five pounds since returning from Vancouver, without even trying, so that’s nice.



Filed under: diet, water — Easy @ 4:24 pm

I’ve been feeling out of sorts all day. I wonder how much of that is because it’s 5pm and I just started on my first glass of water?


My new water routine

Filed under: diet, water — Easy @ 9:00 am

One of my things with drinking water is that I don’t like it too terribly cold.

The temperature it comes out of the tap is just about right. Unfortunately, the flavor it comes out of the tap is not right at all, so I have a water cooler with a filter thing on it.

The filter makes for yummy tasting water and not chlorine. Unfortunately, the temperature it comes out of the water cooler is not right, so I tend to leave it sitting on my desk for hours to warm back up.

Leaving it on my desk gets it nice and warm. Unfortunately, unless I remember to drink it at just the right point, it gets it too warm.

It’s a problem, as you can see. Not, like, oh my god, a Lehman Brothers is going bankrupt problem, but still, a problem of personal significance. Fortunately, as problems go, this one is not NP-hard.

My new routine is thus:

I filled a glass of water 2/3 full and left it sitting on the cooler overnight. By the next morning, it was very warm.

Filling the glass the rest of the way to the top with icy cold cooler water made it just about tap water perfect.

As soon as I fill one glass up to the top and take it away, I fill another glass 2/3 full and leave it sit there to get warm.

Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

Thus, there is always a warm glass of water sitting on my water cooler, waiting to be topped up and made just right.

Sometimes the simplest problems have the most complex solutions… I mean … oh, never mind.


100 Days of Water

Filed under: diet, water — Easy @ 9:05 pm

Yesterday marked 100 days in a row that I’ve drunk 3 glasses of water. I didn’t even notice until I was looking at my Joe’s Goals page and noticed it.

Go me!



Filed under: diet, progress, water — Easy @ 10:22 pm

My knee is quite sore (hopefully not gym related), so while I’d already marked it off as drunk, I took my third glass of water and a novel off to bed with me with the intention of drinking it while I read and reading while I waited for my TylenolPM to kick in.

A giant bug was buzzing around in my room, and as I watched him, all of a sudden he plopped directly into my water.


So I had to get out of my nice warm bed and come in here to get a new glass of water in order to not make the ticky mark I gave myself beside ‘drink 3 glasses of water’ a lie.


Missed. Damn.

Filed under: cleaning, diet, housekeeping, life, progress, snooze, water, writing — Easy @ 11:57 pm

I missed two goals Friday. The first was no snoozing. That one is really one I’m finding insanely difficult. I’d probably find it easier if I didn’t so often start the previous day’s ‘write 100 words’ task at Midnight, I suppose.

I also missed writing 100 words that day. Just wasn’t feeling it at all, and couldn’t bring myself to do it.

Cleaning 15 minutes a day, on the other hand, is going quite well. Not that my house is, by any stretch of the imagination, approaching clean. But my laundry is basically caught up and several kitchen counters that I haven’t seen in months are visible. After only a week, I count this as significant progress.

I also wanted to mention something in re water drinking. Which is that I have a nearly full case of coke zero that has been a nearly full case of coke zero for over a month now. Admittedly, I have spent a not insignificant portion of the past few months away from home, but I’ve basically stopped drinking soda in the house entirely. If I go out to eat, or bring takeout home, I’ll generally get a drink and have soda then, but otherwise, I never quite get around to it.

I have my water schedule set up with the idea of drinking one glass in the morning, one in the afternoon and one in the evening. And if it’s the afternoon and I’m thirsty, I stop and drink my afternoon glass of water before I reach for a can of coke, with the thought that if I’m still thirsty after, I’ll have the coke then. And that never happens.

It’s really quite astounding that I’ve managed to basically kill a 4 can a day coke habit without even trying.


I haf a cole

Filed under: health, progress, water — Easy @ 4:16 pm


I’m trying to still get my water drunk, but the doctor always warns me about drinking cold water when I have a cold. She says that’s a big part of how I end up with bronchitis every fricking time.

So I’m leaving the water to warm up on my desk for awhile before I drink it. Or, at least trying to. I’ve kind of gotten into the habit of actually, you know, drinking it.


So, the water drinking…

Filed under: diet, progress, water — Easy @ 3:20 pm

…it’s about to get harder. For most of the past 2 weeks, I’ve been out of Coke Zero. But Shopper’s Drug Mart had it on for 2 cases for $5, so I bought a couple of cases this afternoon. We’ll see what that does to my chain.


A slight scheduling conflict

Filed under: diet, water — Easy @ 11:10 am

I think I may have to adjust the times of my daily three glasses of water on weekends. What with having the first one by noon requiring that I get out of bed by then, and all.


…I would just ask Alice

Filed under: diet, water — Easy @ 9:00 am

Ask Alice on Diet Sodas and diet.


Third time lucky

Filed under: diet, progress, water — Easy @ 9:40 pm

Three red Xs. Go me.

Plus, I changed the water filter, or, half of it, at least. It appears that they’ve changed the filter design so that part of it doesn’t actually fit the water bottles. I wonder if they’ve changed the water bottle design to fit the filters?

I’m finding that the key to drinking water is simple proximity. Back there behind me where the water bottle lives 3 feet from my desk is apparently not close enough. An actual glass of water sitting on my desk, though, tends to get drunk pretty quickly.

…I would believe

Filed under: diet, water — Easy @ 9:00 am

Slate on why 8 glasses a day is a myth.


…It would make sense

Filed under: diet, water — Easy @ 9:00 am

There’s a lot of information out there about the assertion that you should drink 2 litres of water every day. There are also a number of recent (and not so recent) stories about how that’s a myth.

Proponents say that drinking more water will reduce bloating, remove toxins from your bloodstream, fill you up without eating, burn calories warming up the water, minimize headaches, improve your skin and probably several dozen other things.

The myth side, on the other hand, says there’s no evidence for many of these claims, that the original scientist who suggested 2 liters of water a day meant that’s how much your body processes a day, but that you get most of it from food. They also say things like ‘Remove toxins? Toxins? Are they fucking kidding me? What is this? A Hammacher-Schlemmer catalogue? Are we going to start talking about ion purification now, too?’

I tend to side with the ‘myth’ view of things, but I’m still starting with more water for a variety of reasons that are probably no more logical than the usual 8 glasses rhetoric, but which make sense to me.

One is that a diet book I read long ago suggested that drinking diet sodas gives your body the expectation of calories because of the sweetness, and when it doesn’t get what it was promised, it throws a temper tantrum like a 2 year old asking for a chocolate bar in the express line at Loblaws and makes you hunger for those missing calories. And then you end up stealing that 2 year old’s chocolate bar just to make your body shut the fuck up about it. And now you’ve stolen candy from a baby, you baby-candy stealing fat ass.

And you can imagine what that does for your self-image. So, though it’s probably bullshit pseudo-science, it kind of makes sense to me on another, more handwavey sort of level. Replacing some of my diet soda consumption with water consumption thus, also makes sense to me.

Another is that it sure as hell can’t hurt. Unlike pulling muscles at the gym, or feeling hungry on a diet, or whatever else might come up, adding a few glasses of water to my day isn’t likely to have any noticeable negative effects. First do no harm, good advice for doctors, good advice for patients.

The main reason, though, is that I think I might actually manage to do it. Consider it setting myself up to succeed for a change.


Day one, day one

Filed under: diet, progress, water — Easy @ 9:10 pm

I drank all three of my glasses of water today, though, since I’d just had a diet pepsi with my dinner, I had to force the last one down.

I also bought a new water filter, though now I have to drink the bottle empty again before I can change it.

Well, that’s off to a good start

Filed under: diet, progress, water — Easy @ 10:59 am

I didn’t get my water filter changed yesterday, because I was sure I had an extra water filter on hand, and by the time I realized I did not, in fact, have an extra water filter on hand, it was too late on a Sunday to be running off to Canadian Tire to get on.

On the other hand, it’s 11:58, and I’ve already finished my first glass of water for the day.

…I would be hydrated

Filed under: diet, water — Easy @ 9:00 am

I’m starting with drinking more water. Or, to be entirely accurate based on most of my days, drinking any water at all.

I drink water in restaurants and other people’s homes, but even though I have my own personal water cooler located mere feet from the chair I sit in all day, I drink almost no water at home. I’m just not in the habit of doing it. Instead, I’m in the habit of drinking 2 cases of diet coke a week. That just can’t be good.

I’ve decided to start with 3 glasses of water a day. My water glasses are fairly large, so that should get me over a liter of water in a single day. Plus, it approximates how many cans of soda I drink in a day now.

I’m not forbidding myself Coke Zero. I likeses it, and I don’t want to start this effort off by taking something away. Plus, I once read some very interesting advice on Ask.Metafilter that suggested that one way to approach diet changes was not to forbid yourself unhealthy things, but to add healthy things to your diet. You might just eat more, but more likely the amount of unhealthy things you ate would drop somewhat to compensate for the healthy things. So, maybe I’ll still drink 2 packs of Coke Zero a week, in which case, well, at least I’m really hydrated. More likely, though, if I’m drinking 3 glasses of water a day, I’m not also drinking 3 cans of coke.

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