I’m a compulsive snacker, especially as I’m making holiday goodies. And that sometimes gets me cushier than I’d like to be.
This time of year especially, my finger goes to wagging: You missed your last workout, Kathryn dear. The between meal “little bits” have piled up like falling snow, making your belly look an aweful lot like (Jaws shark music here)…muffin top!!
Eek!! I wake in the dark early morning hours, shaking my head and making requests of my celestial Genie: Flatter belly please. Just ten pounds lighter? And remind me to eat only when I’m sitting down–not standing at the break table or grazing through the Costco Sunday buffet!
Then I thought: Could I be thirsty, not hungry? Could it be that simple?
I see my lean, fit friends with their water bottles. My sexy yogi friend Clair chugs from a giant white Hydroflask with a travel sticker from South Africa. Very cool. My ripped guy Lance always sets his hydrating, sparkling glass of water on the floor, beside the bed. Hmmm.
How about trading that muffin-top producing snack compulsion for a water habit? Would it make a difference? It’s a start. It can’t hurt. Just the opposite: Pure water is simply a life giving necessity. Every cell requires it. Organs need water to function. The brain shrinks with even mild dehydration. Low blood pressure, constipation, false hunger, lack of clarity–all can be symptoms of inadequate hydration.
Also, drinking water could be a snack replacement; a consumption activity without the calories! And I could add some lemon, or green tea or even chickpea miso!
Now drinking more water isn’t some panacea for all that ails you, and you can over do water consumption, but for most of us, I think there’s a sweet spot a little further from where we are.
I do have a Hydroflask, from when I volunteered for Tedx or one of those cute canning jars that used to hold Grandma Ramona’s jelly!
That’s it! Muffin top out. Water in!
I haven’t told anything you don’t already know. It’s true. Maybe I’m just reminding myself, thinking up easy ways to be healthier and more beautiful and have more clarity and inspiration. Maybe I’m thinking my every-woman, regular folk kind of story, can awaken a life changing “ah-ha” that creates a shift for you, or someone. You never know when that magic moment will happen, or what will trigger it.
Cheers lovelies, lifting my water glass, my water bottle, my canning jar AND my Hydroflask high! To our capacity to make little changes, that somehow add up to a life we love.
Love and lettuce,