I drink a LOT of Diet Coke.
This should come as no surprise to anyone who has been around me for more than 5 minutes, but for those of you who only know me through this blog, it is a simple fact.
In college, I went through a 12-pack a week, easy. And I’m not one of those people who opens a can, drinks a little, and leaves it sitting around either. If I open a can, a bottle, or pour myself a glass, I’m going to finish it.
These days, I’m averaging between 2 and 3 cokes a day. Thanks to a refrigerator full of drinks at work and my extra-large cup of crushed ice (yum!), it’s very easy for me to even go beyond my usual 2 and have 3, even 4 if I’m not careful. And that’s sometimes in addition to a cup of coffee in the mornings.
So it’s safe to assume that I don’t drink a lot of water.
Sure I have a glass every night with dinner (about 12 ounces) and, if I remember, I fill up my water bottle to take to work. But really, especially lately, I drink very little water. And I think it shows.
I’ve gained some weight, my face is constantly broken out, I have major caffeine headaches several times a week, and I’m not sleeping very well. Is this all due to not drinking enough water? I don’t know, but I’ve read enough studies and magazine articles that say not drinking enough water can cause weight gain, breakouts, and drinking too much caffeine is known to increase with your sleep habits.
So, I’m declaring this week to be water week.
Goal: Limit myself to one, non-water beverage a day. That means one cup of coffee OR one Diet Coke OR one glass of wine, etc. Everything else that I drink must be water. Starting today (Sunday, July 17) and ending Saturday (July 23). Let’s see if I can get myself drinking more water and less caffeine-laced high-fructuse corn syrup (as delicious as it is).
Anyone else want to join in?