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A Month of Water and Cucumbers

February 1, 2015

Tanya's 101 ~ A Month of Water and Cucumbers ~ This helped me lose weight!

I have always hated water. As a beverage, I mean. Water is for taking showers, to swim in and to clean your clothes and your dishes with. But to drink? No, I never understood why people would like that. I mean, water tastes like… Nothing. Nothing interesting, at least.

Still, I know the health benefits it provides. I know I’m supposed to drink 1,5 l (50,7 fl oz) of this boring beverage every day. I never succeeded in doing this though. I’ve tried, multiple times in the past. But instead of drinking the water standing in front of me, I just refrained from drinking anything and get thirsty.

However, when I created my 101 in 1001 list, I decided I wanted to lose weight. And more importantly, I decided I wanted to be healthy. Getting myself used to drinking water seemed only logical. I would at least try it for one month. And not even the full 1,5 l, but just a jug. My jug contains 1 l (33,8 fl oz). That shouldn’t be too hard, right? Still, it seemed a lot for something I did not like. I figured if I would manage to drink an entire jug of water every day for a whole month, I could be very proud of myself.

So I started this goal on January 1. It helped that I stopped drinking soda at the very same time. After all, my daily soda intake had to be replaced with something, right?

But what helped me the most, was a new mindset. I figured, if I think water is not tasty, why not make it tasty, then? I remembered being in a spa once, where they put all these herbs in the water. I actually liked that! So why wouldn’t I just do this myself? I tried all kinds of water; water with lemon, water with lime and water with orange. They al were very nice and refreshing.

Tanya's 101 ~ A Month of Water and Cucumbers ~ This helped me lose weight!

But the kind of water I liked most, was cucumber water. Several people mocked me for putting slices of cucumber into my water. Ruud even refuses to try take a sip. But I LOVE it. It is absolutely heaven. I never tasted something so refreshing as this. It’s nice every moment of the day, but it’s absolutely the best right after a work-out. I can imagine it would be a very great summer drink, as well!

So with these small, inexpensive and easy improvements of my water, this goal turned out to be a very easy mission. I didn’t only accomplish it, I also discovered a new favorite drink! I can proudly say I still don’t drink soda and the water jug is glued to the table now.

If you have any suggestions of ingredients I can add to my water to improve its taste, please let me know in the comments below. I’d love to try them out as well!

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Hello there! I’m Tanya, writer, translator and blogger. I am doing 101 goals in 1001 days, because I want to turn my dreams into reality. I hope my goals will inspire you to live your life to the fullest as well!

Besides this blog I also write short stories, columns, plays, video scripts, subtitles and so much more. If you’d be interested in hiring me to write for you, please check out Typisch Tanya. If you’d like to read my stories, you can visit me on Tanya’s tales.

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[…] Goal nr. 45: Drink a jug of water every day for a month. This goal certainly helped me through those cokeless weeks. After all, if you drink water, you can’t drink something else at the same time! There was only one problem with this goal. I have never liked the taste of water. My solution: Putting slices of fruit or vegetables in the water to improve its taste. My favorite now is cucumber water! You can read more about this goal here. […]

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