Why Water and Water Habits? December 7, 2018 This is my first email I sent to a group of 14 nurses at my place of employment. We all wanted to get healthier. Despite being nurses for decades, we all struggle with our weight. We feel we should know what to do but we just don’t do it. This blog is our work in the year 2019 to figure this out. Let’s get started!

Water is to humans as oil is to car engines – both are completely essential to keep all the working parts lubricated and prevent breakdowns.

Water is the PRIME reagent for our bodies to perform all metabolic activity, especially when we are trying to burn our own fat.

Many times dehydration is expressed as hunger; if we drink some water the hunger pangs go away!

Water with lemon or cucumbers in it replaces higher calorie drinks and gives our body the hydration it needs without the sugar.

Water can make us feel less hungry by physically filling our stomachs.

Your pee will be pale yellow when your body is well hydrated. The amount is different for each person.

Yes you will need to pee more but we are talking about BASIC self-care for you and we can always make time for someone to go pee at work!

You can easily create a water drinking habit by “stacking” your new drinking water habit with a habit you already do every day. For example I’ll tell you what I have done every morning since May 2018.

I get up at 4:15 am, pee, wash my hands, brush my teeth, get dressed in gym clothes I put out the night before and go to the kitchen to turn on my Keurig coffee maker. While I am waiting for the thing to heat up I drink down a 16-ounce bottle of room temperature water I always put by the coffeemaker the day before.

By the time my coffee is done brewing, I’ve hydrated my body, filled up the bottle for the next day and am ready to head off to the gym and work. By hitching my new water habit onto my old coffee making habit I now feel wrong not drinking my water first thing in the morning. It took me about a week to feel OK about swigging all this water in the morning but I haven’t had a problem in the 8 months since then☺

This week look at your morning and mealtime habits and find one, two, or three of your existing daily habits that you can stack onto your new drinking water habit! And next week lets share what works for us and what doesn’t!

Starting a Year of Weight Loss Blogging


It is so brilliant that you are here and willing to listen to what I have to say.

I’m not blowing stuff out of my ear, I have studied the concepts I want to share with you for the past year in my search to lose weight as well as feel happier in my life. I have tried calorie restrictive diets, low-fat diets, keto diets, Shake diets, vegan diets, Jenny Craig diet, Nutrisystem diet, Atkins Diet, diet pills, South Beach Diet, low-carb diets, and soup diets! I learned I couldn’t stay on them as a lifestyle. These diets and their imbedded marketing systems just want our money; they don’t care about our health. None of these diets addressed our emotional eating patterns!

The focus of this class is weight loss. I have lost 30 pounds and have 10 more to go to get to my target weight. I will teach you how to lose any amount of weight you want to lose and how to keep it off. We are not counting calories, we are not weighing foods, and we are not going to use a specific diet. The tool we are going to use is the one between our ears. We carry it around with us everywhere and it is easily accessible in any situation.

This class will not cost you anything except your time and commitment. It will save you money because you will buy less food. It will save you time because you will get organized and not have to make food decisions when you are tired and stressed.

I plan on holding the classes until December 2019.

During our first month (December) we will talk about the basics to do everyday.

By the end of the year none of us will be afraid to try, fail, try, fail, try again and fail again. Because not doing anything is failing and nothing gets accomplished. By trying we learn.