See, the trouble with documenting your life on things like Snapchat is you get a good look at yourself
and right now I’m really noticing the wrinkles…
It’s not helped by my daughter looking deep into my eyes this evening and asking ‘mummy what are all those crackles around your eyes?’
Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while may remember that this time last year (when little lady L had first came out with the ‘crackles’ statement) I was gearing myself up for my big 4-0…
I was worrying about the ‘age’ thing and my increasing number of wrinkles
and so, I decided to embark on a little ‘water’ experiment – it worked back then but I’ve taken my foot off the gas and so it’s time to do it again.
I know, I know, “it’s a lifestyle, we don’t need to hop on and off” but c’mon I’m human too and, I too, fall off the wagon sometimes…
But I’m raring to jump back on and it’s time to monitor my water intake again – those damn wrinkles are back and they are back in force, something has to be done.
This time, I’ve got myself a little helper friend.
Seeing as it’s the age of the App, I’ve downloaded a water monitor, thought it’d be fun and keep me at it.
There are loads to choose from but I’ve gone for one simply named ‘Daily Water’
You simply click a glass of water every time you drink one and it logs it against your target. You can set reminders, look back at your history, there are charts (for those of you into stats) and you can change the settings to suit you i.e daily goal, glass size. It also links to your health app on your iPhone and works with the apple watch if you have one.
Does it really work…well let’s see. I’ve taken a picture of my face today (I won’t scare you with it tonight) and I’ll do it again in 4 weeks time and I’ll show you the difference. My goal is to drink at least half my body weight (in pounds) in ounces of water a day. That’s 56 ounces (1.6 litres)
If you are going to do this along with me, you need to remember that you should drink a little more water for every:
- time you drink / eat caffeine
- sweat a lot during a workout
- eat salty/processed foods
- eat sugary/ processed foods
- drink alcohol
It’s not just about the wrinkles either…
In order for a good diet and regular exercise to be truly effective, we need to maintain proper hydration. The body is made up of a lot water & many of the body’s daily functions need water to work properly, including metabolism.
Water transports nutrients and oxygen into cells, regulates body temperature, helps with digestion and constipation and drinking enough water can even help you lose weight.
Bottom line is that drinking a healthy amount of water is vital to our health not just our ageing skin.
So who’s ready to take the water challenge with me?
There’s not time to lose.
I’ll see you tomorrow