When I Weigh Myself

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One of my favorite mantras is: “Scales measure weight, not worth.”  I used to get really wrapped up on the number on that dang digital display, so I don’t weigh myself anymore and try to go by how my “happy weight” jeans fit.  It is much more zen.  :) 


However, the scale has one very useful purpose for a runner:  checking for dehydration!  I almost always weigh myself before and after long runs to see if I’ve drank enough water during exercise.


I felt pretty thirsty during my run this morning, so I climbed on the scale and realized I’m down about 3 pounds since I last weighed myself (which was after my long run on Friday)!  That is ALL water weight, folks! YIKES! To me, dehydration feels nearly as bad as sleep deprivation (in terms of impacting my level of fitness and endurance).  So I guess I’ll be spending the rest of the day chugging, chugging, chugging good old H2O.


As mentioned, I did go on a lovely 5.0 mile run this morning.  It took me a while to get out of my house so I had to cut my planned run from 7.0 to 5.0 in order to make a hot vinyasa class.  I decided yoga was much more important than 2.0 more miles because my hips and knees have been feeling pretty tight.  I was SO glad that I rushed to make it to class because it was pretty wonderful.  But sweaty, of course, which just means more hydrating.


Drink up!


Post-run Green Monster (1 cup almond breeze, 1 banana, 2 cups spinach, 1 tablespoon chia seeds, and 1/4 cup raw oatmeal):


Adding raw oatmeal to a smoothie is a great way to make it “stick” to your ribs a little bit more.  It tastes pretty good, too! I promise.  :)  Trust me on this one.


And post-yoga, I ate a leftover veggie and bean enchilada with some parsnip fries.



How do you tell you are feeling dehydrated?  Are you good about drinking water throughout the day?  What tips and tricks do you use to ‘remember’ to hydrate?  I carry around a pretty Thermos, which keeps my water cool and reminds me to drink up!



  • Freya September 22, 2010, 2:15 pm

    I am soo bad about drinking enough..dehydration signs for me = headaches, achy when running and..uh…colour!?? I try and just sip trhoughout the day, but it’s so tough sometimes cos water fills me up, then I don’t want to eat!

  • Holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 22, 2010, 2:18 pm

    I drink a lot of water. I have a big camelbak bottle that I keep with me all day long. On the rare occasion I don’t drink enough water I can usually tell right away: I’m tired, sluggish and I usually have a pounding headache!

  • Crystal September 22, 2010, 2:25 pm

    I’m pregnant so if I don’t drink my gallon a day I get contractions and then I get really really crabby. Thankfully my toddler will drag my water bottle over and remind me to drink a few times a day 🙂

  • Erin September 22, 2010, 2:31 pm

    I have a pretty gross way of knowing if I’m dehydrated. I have this spot on my tongue that actually bleeds if I don’t drink enough water! Crazy, huh? I have a water bottle that sits next to my keyboard at work and that reminds me to keep drinking all day long.

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin September 22, 2010, 2:32 pm

    I keep a water bottle on my desk at all times and my goal is to drink at least 2 full (32 oz each) before leaving work each day. I try to have one in the morning and one in the afternoon, plus drink more during exercise. I’m very good about getting my water in!

  • Dev September 22, 2010, 2:33 pm

    I usually feel the same as Holly – sluggish, tired, and achy. I carry a 3L jug with me at all times – my goal every day is to finish it off (or more).

  • lauren September 22, 2010, 2:33 pm

    I always weigh myself when i first wake-up on my long run days. Then I’ll eat breakfast, digest, and go for the run. I hydrate during the run with water and/or gatorade and will weigh myself when I return. The deficit is obviously water-weight lost.

    I think it is extremely important to know your body, especially for physical activity. I’ve experienced dehydration once, one time too many!

    I will convert the pounds lost into ounces & ensure I drink that amount plus more to rehydrate!

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday September 22, 2010, 2:35 pm

    I don’t like to weigh myself. I broke up with my scale.

    Here’s why:

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite September 22, 2010, 2:35 pm

    I try to hydrate myself as much as I can. Its hard though! I don’t have any tricks so I’ll be interested to see what your readers say 🙂

  • Rachel @ Suburban Yogini September 22, 2010, 2:36 pm

    I’m pretty good at keeping hydrated and have a sparkly green canteen that I carry everywhere with me. If I get dehydrated though I feel hungover the next day (which is great for someone who doesn’t drink!) – when I feel like that I always add a boost to my water like electrolyte powder or coconut water and it always does the job!

    I got properly dehydrated when I was in Egypt years ago and that was enough for me. I’ve never been that sick in my life and the irony was I couldn’t even keep water down!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) September 22, 2010, 2:37 pm

    i can usually tell if i have a headache or just feel super thirsty and HUNGRY! i try to drink a gallon of water each day to be preventative though

  • Carrie S. September 22, 2010, 2:37 pm

    I have a 24oz water bottle that I fill at least 3 times during the work day, plus I drink several glasses right when I get up in the morning, so I’m usually very well-hyrdated. On days when I’m not, I can’t keep enough chapstick on my lips or lotion on my hands!

  • Tina September 22, 2010, 2:39 pm

    I don’t ever weigh myself anymore. Even pregnant…I refuse for them to tell me anything about my weight at the doctor. I don’t think the number means squat. I honestly don’t care about the number. It can just vary so much and isn’t necessary for me to know. I never thought about the dehydration thing though. I always guzzle water though. It’s one thing I have no problems keeping up with.

  • Heather September 22, 2010, 2:41 pm

    I don’t drink as much as I should but I have been getting better. I can def. feel a difference when I haven’t had nenough!

  • Heather September 22, 2010, 2:41 pm

    I don’t drink as much as I should but I have been getting better. I can def. feel a difference when I haven’t had nenough!

  • Sarah for Real September 22, 2010, 2:41 pm

    I keep an eye on my pee… haha. Gross.

    I also keep a water bottle on hand at work. I get bad migraines when I’m dehydrated so I have to make it a priority.

  • Liz @ LBBakes September 22, 2010, 2:41 pm

    I tend to feel sluggish if I’m dehydrated. I actually feel that way right now, so I’m sipping away!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg September 22, 2010, 2:42 pm

    I always do the “color” test with my pee! That, and any time that I actually FEEL thirsty, I know I’m dehydrated!

  • McKella September 22, 2010, 2:42 pm

    I start getting dizzy and headaches. I carry around a 32oz bottle, but sometimes I just forget until I get brain fog.

  • Dee September 22, 2010, 2:45 pm

    I agree that keeping hydrated is essential- I am passionate about it in fact. I’ve learned that when I feel worn out and am trying to pinpoint why, the first thing I should do is chug water. Often, I will start to feel refreshed and energetic soon after.

    I have found that my ideal amount of water (that results in having clear or very pale yellow urine- sorry!), is the equivalent of taking my body weight, dividing the number in half, and drinking that many ounces of water. I read once that it should be 2/3 ounce per pound of body weight, but I “went clear” well before that amount, so I adjusted to half an ounce per pound.

    When I workout, I drink about 16 oz of water spread before, during and after the (under one-hour) workout. I don’t count that in my daily total- I consider it “workout” water. I learned to do that because when I included “workout water” in my total, I sometimes ended up slightly dehydrated.

    I can’t say enough about how critical water is! But I’ll stop there. 🙂

    • Dee September 22, 2010, 2:49 pm

      Meant to add, that I achieve my daily total by getting a water bottle for the day, usually a 24 oz bottle, and then refilling it until I reach my goal number of ounces.I actually count and make sure, and whenever I miss the goal, I usually notice a difference in how I feel.

  • Clare September 22, 2010, 2:45 pm

    I make sure to drink a bottle of water BEFORE my coffee in the morning. The coffee doesn’t go to my head as much:) I also keep a water bottle with me during the day and drink LaCroix if I need to mix it up.

    I definitely can tell either through weird hunger that is usually dehydration..or through bathroom breaks!

  • Heather September 22, 2010, 2:48 pm

    I’m glad you are addressing this not only as a runner but also just in general. I suspect most of your readers drink a fair amount of water but in general people do not.

    I drink at least 80-100oz daily but usually more. I know when I’m dehydrated when I start feeling sluggish & headachy. I also use my Tanita in the afternoons to check hydration levels. If it’s not over 50% then I’ve not had enough to drink.

    And the best test is just as mentioned already…the color test 😉

  • Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks September 22, 2010, 2:50 pm

    Hydration is one of my big problems. It isn’t that I don’t like water…I really do, especially if it’s cold and/or fizzy. I just forget. Having a full bottle/glass next to me at all times doesn’t help either. I get caught up with whatever I am doing and I turn around 5 hours later and I realize, “D’oh! I forgot my water.”

    It’s easy to remember when I’m working out…but that is just replacing sweat. I need to drink more in general, not just when I’m bring active.

  • Mary September 22, 2010, 2:51 pm

    Like most everyone else, I carry a big water bottle with me during the day and try to fill it up at least twice. I definitely get lethargic and cranky when I’m dehydrated, but my biggest indicator is probably my skin! I can really tell in the morning if I didn’t drink enough the day before, I look pale and tired.

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman September 22, 2010, 2:52 pm

    I usually drink a ton of water during the day, so I’m really at no risk for dehydration. I might be at risk for that disorder–oh, I forget the name–where you drink too much water.

  • Kacy September 22, 2010, 2:52 pm

    I work at a desk (blah!) so everytime the phone rings (which is often) I take a drink of water. It helps a lot!

    • Caitlin September 22, 2010, 3:01 pm

      what a genius idea! so unique too.

    • Jennifer (keepitsimplefoods) September 24, 2010, 3:32 pm

      This sounds like a dangerously fun drinking game! But all kidding aside, dehydration is no joke. It can happen quicker than you think and land you in the hospital so fast it’ll make your head spin. Happened to a neighbor of mine just yesterday. Luckily, he recovered.

  • Victoria September 22, 2010, 2:54 pm

    I just always make sure to have water with me, whether I think I need it or not. A water bottle for class and work, always a full glass (with a straw!) on my desk when I’m studying or on the coffee table while watching TV. If it’s in front of me, I drink it.

  • yummiee cupcake September 22, 2010, 2:54 pm

    i was able to drink about 64 oz of water a day for a good period of 3 months, on and off for years. it doesnt last all year round though. sometime i’d leave a bottle of water in most of my purses (i changed my purses sometimes) so this way i’d drink it! i’d drink water when my lips/mouth are dried! i’m not great at keeping myself hydrated. maybe i could write an OB note and post it on the mirror to remind me! and incl. “you are beautiful!”

  • Erin September 22, 2010, 2:55 pm

    I have waves of good and bad when it comes to drinking wah-wah. Although, ever since I bought a cool tye-dyed Thermos I drink it a lot more. I just try to make sure I drink a full Thermos a few times a day and then when I go on my runs (I use a Camel-Bak) I make sure to finish all the water in there. I share it with my Boy, so that’s usually not a problem. 😉 I’m so scared of dehydration! I think I over compensate for it sometimes, but I think I do alright.


  • Ellie September 22, 2010, 3:00 pm

    I don’t have trouble drinking enough water to stay un-dehydrated as I LOVE water, but I sometimes can’t get it to “stick.” It’s also important to consume enough salt or electrolytes or whatever so that the water doesn’t just go through you. I think I have a higher sodium threshold than other people or something and sometimes when I get headaches I have to eat a little bit of salt while drinking water to get them to go away.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) September 22, 2010, 3:02 pm

    I am a huge water drinker! I can totally feel it when I don’t get enough. I drag so badly. I eat a lot of water filled foods too like cucumbers and melons!

  • Andrea September 22, 2010, 3:05 pm

    I don’t measure ounces or any of that numbers jazz. I just use the pee test. If I don’t have to visit the ladies’ room at least twice by lunch time, I need to focus my attention on water. Color is critical too for ensuring good hydration. So I keep a very tall mug on my desk and drink throughout my day. When I get home, we mostly drink water and occasionally my husband will remind me to drink more water. On weekends, we take at least three tall bottles of water with us before leaving the house.

  • Alicia at Poise in Parma September 22, 2010, 3:08 pm

    I’ll back you up on the raw oatmeal in the green monster. I just started drinking them. I used to HATE smoothies, but recently have developed a love for them. I love how the oats help to thicken it up a bit.

  • Lisa September 22, 2010, 3:14 pm

    I get dizzy and light headed if I don’t drink enough water. And I’m hungrier.

  • julia September 22, 2010, 3:16 pm

    whenever I forget to drink enough water, i feel like S! It actually happens a lot (bad, i know…) I start feeling woozy and headachey. Then I just have to chug chug chug. Its hard though when Im always on the go, and if I forget to bring a bottle, or have a too-small bottle…. oohh not good.
    Man I wish I could go to hot yoga too! Too bad it is so expensive where I live… Have a great rest of the day!

  • Sara September 22, 2010, 3:17 pm

    I drink a TON of water in different forms (plain, with lemon, Sparkling …) during the week (at least 8 glasses a day) but on the weekend, I’m out and about more and find I drink a little less. I’ve been trying to chug water in the morning too, Caitlin!

  • Daniella September 22, 2010, 3:18 pm

    I carry a water bottle with me everywhere I go! Keeping hydrated is not an option so much as a necessity for me. I get really bad headaches if I get dehydrated :/

  • Katie September 22, 2010, 3:18 pm

    A much better more accurate way to do this, and what collegiate runners do sometimes, is to weigh yourself before the run AND after the same run. If the number is significantly down, you need to hydrate!

    • Jen September 22, 2010, 3:28 pm

      Was about to post the same thing! 3 pounds down from your last run on Friday to today is not an accurate indication of dehydration. You need to weigh yourself right before you set out on a run and then weigh yourself immediately after the run to gage how much water you have lost.

      I admire your training and you inspire many readers, so please remind them that most of what you write about training is observation and not fact. I’m nervous you’re going to have readers following your marathon plan (such as only tapering for 2 weeks instead of 3) and trying to figure out how they lost 3 pounds in water over 5 days, etc. In reality, you are only posting what you do and none of it is from an “expert’s” view.

      • Caitlin September 22, 2010, 3:31 pm

        I think I remind readers of this all the time “This is what works for my body” or “This is what works for me.” My posts are based on personal experience and I’m not an RD or doctor. I definitely talked about this when I wrote about having a shorter taper. I have to assume readers are going to make intelligent decisions to fit their own lives. I trust them 🙂 But thank you for the chance to remind everyone to do what works for them!! That is what HTP is all about – learning from others and figuring out what works best for you.

    • Caitlin September 22, 2010, 3:30 pm

      That’s what I do before and after long runs. I just didn’t weigh myself before this run today because that would mean weighing myself five times a week and that’s too much for me.

      • Leanne @ Radiant, Balanced & Fit September 22, 2010, 4:21 pm

        Thanks for saying you trust us! I would go out on a limb to say that most bloggers know that what we each blog about are only suggestions… what works for one person may or may not work for someone else 🙂

  • Liz @ Blog is the New Black September 22, 2010, 3:23 pm

    I always drink a TON! To the point that’s a problem… I always have to pee!

  • Samantha @ Food Edu September 22, 2010, 3:24 pm

    Since I was a kid, I have always loved drinking water. I normally don’t have a problem staying hydrated and always keep a bottle with me so it is within arms reach–especially when working outside.

  • E September 22, 2010, 3:26 pm

    I weigh myself a billion times a day. I need to stop that, and get your mindset. Sometimes I have a spread of over 5 pounds a day. Must. Drink. More. Whater.

  • Ashley September 22, 2010, 3:28 pm

    I also just use the pee test. But I drink so much water that I’m never at risk for dehydration, apart from long run days. Sometimes I worry I drink TOO much water lol. Well over 100 ounces.

  • ashleigh September 22, 2010, 3:28 pm

    I drink SO much water. It’s just a habit. I have a huge water bottle at my desk that’s 34 OZ that I usually fill 3 times. So basically I drink 90 OZ at work and pretty much only drink water at home as well. I do find it much harder to stay hydrated when I am not working… I always forget to drink water on the weekends!

  • Katie September 22, 2010, 3:31 pm

    My metal water bottle is my constant companion. However, if a headache starts to creep into place, I know I’m running low on water and make myself drink more. Also, my tounge gets itchy before the headache appears, so the more signs you recognize, the more chances you have of being on top of proper hydration! Great blog by the way! I found it only a couple days ago, and I’m hooked!

    • Caitlin September 22, 2010, 3:32 pm

      yay thanks for reading!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing September 22, 2010, 3:35 pm

    I’ve been feeling super tight lately too! Maybe I should try yoga to help me out..

  • Michele September 22, 2010, 3:36 pm

    I have NEVER, EVER, EVER been able to run distances – even when I ran track in high school. I’m VERY short, they always teased me for taking 1,000 steps to make 1 lap around the track. I was very athletic back then, but again, long distance has NEVER been my thing.

    Of course, now I’m overweight, but really focusing on getting the weight off; although I’m having a horrid time trying to figure out WHEN to exercise. Long story, 3 kids, 4 different sports, work in one city, live in a different city, sports practices in a 3rd different city, etc.

    BUT how do you LEARN to run distance; how do you learn to LOVE exercise? I’ve read Ben’s blog; that was inspiring too; but YOU have inspired me more than anyone. I have tried several food dishes you have recommended and loved them.

    Any tips, tricks, insight, thoughts? Thanks Caitlin!

    PS – congrats on 365 days of pursuing your NEW dream!!

    • Caitlin September 22, 2010, 3:40 pm

      If you can’t get into long distances, don’t force yourself! You could become a Zumba maven or a spin class master. Do something that you can get into and stick with – that is the key thing!

      I would really recommend workout DVDs to you actually since your schedule is so nuts. Have you tried any of Jillian Michaels? She has some great ones!

  • christina cadden September 22, 2010, 3:37 pm

    I need to make a green monster. Everyone I see looks so good!

  • elyssa September 22, 2010, 3:39 pm

    i keep huge batches of iced green tea in the fridge!

  • AllieNic (Frisky Lemon) September 22, 2010, 3:39 pm

    I also have a metal water bottle that I keep on my desk in plain sight while I’m at work. Constantly seeing it reminds me to fill it up and drink it!

    I can tell when I haven’t been drinking enough when my tongue gets sticky…if that makes any sense…I feel like my mouth is pasty and it needs to be watered down.

  • Stacey (The Habit of Healthy) September 22, 2010, 3:40 pm

    I tend to drink tons of water anyway, so don’t often get dehydrated. However, I find that if I start to get a headache then there is no recovery! No amount of water can save me once a headache sets in.

  • Charise September 22, 2010, 3:43 pm

    I am a water fiend. I drink three refills of my 22 oz water bottle at work each day, plus at least another one during/after working out, a glass with dinner, and usually a glass while sitting on the couch at night.

    I feel thirsty really easily (headaches and such), and don’t drink many other bevs except alcohol on the weekends and hot tea or a latte once a week or so when I need a pick me up. Drinking water keeps me from eating more to fulfill that hand-to-mouth urge.

    It also means I am peeing like every 30 min by the afternoon!

  • Natalia - a side of simple September 22, 2010, 3:45 pm

    I’m constantly drinking water because I find that I’m prone to feeling lethargic if I don’t. I may run to the restroom more often than not but hey, even that’s some exercise for the day!

  • Amy September 22, 2010, 3:46 pm

    I have a metal water bottle for when I’m out and about, but at home (where I am a lot, since I work/school from home), I tote around this giant souvenir beer mug I got at an Octoberfest street fest one year. It’s HUGE, so I don’t have to refill it constantly, and it makes drinking water feel festive. 🙂

  • alli September 22, 2010, 3:46 pm

    i have a giant 64oz mug(?) at my desk. i always make it a point to drink it before noon. then refill it and drink it again by the time i leave work at 4. yesterday i was extra thirsty and drank almost 3!
    drinking ice cold water with a straw is what really helps me drink a lot, it tastes so much better, plus a straw is fun 🙂

  • eri September 22, 2010, 3:49 pm

    thank you for this post! while i’m not a runner…still working on being a jogger ;p i struggle with drinking enough water. i don’t think i get nearly as much as i should and i loved reading all the comments/suggestions! i work at a desk all day too, so i’m gonna try the one suggestion about drinking a sip everytime the phone rings!

  • Heather September 22, 2010, 4:00 pm

    I make sure I do at least 8 a day, and if by the end of the day I haven’t hit that mark I drink up to get there. I try to remember to do the assessment right after dinner though, otherwise if I drink too late my sleep is interrupted by having to go to the bathroom all night!

  • hippierunner September 22, 2010, 4:02 pm

    I am constantly filling and re-filling my water bottle because I drink lots! If I forget it or something, I can definitely tell I need water because I don’t look as alive, lol.

  • Leanne @ Radiant, Balanced & Fit September 22, 2010, 4:08 pm

    Halfway through this post I chugged 3 cups of water haha!

    Water definitly helps me stay alert and helps me to think clearly.

  • kate September 22, 2010, 4:09 pm

    I should be better about drinknig water especially since I preach to my swimmers all the time to drink, drink, drink!

  • Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries September 22, 2010, 4:09 pm

    I can tell by looking at my hands. If I can see my veins at all, I know I’m in need of some serious water. I also get dehydrated very easily, so I constantly have to watch myself.

  • Camille September 22, 2010, 4:10 pm

    I can tell when I’m dehydrated because I will start eating like crazy. I can’t stop. It’s almost like a binge! It stops immediately though as soon as I get some liquid in my system!

  • mindy @ just a one girl revolution. September 22, 2010, 4:13 pm

    Like a lot of people, I carry a water bottle pretty much everywhere. When I’m at work, I’ve got a couple different methods. If I’m really slacking, I schedule a reminder on my calendar to pop up every hour. Otherwise, I make an effort to take a drink every time I get up from my desk (which most days, is quite often)!

  • Megan (Braise The Roof) September 22, 2010, 4:16 pm

    I drink a TON of water at work- I have a BPA free water bottle that I keep at my desk and I get up to refill it every time I need a break (which is pretty often some days!). I’m not as good on the weekends or when I’m not at my desk but I think I’ve almost gotten addicted to drinking water…I can definitely tell if I haven’t had any for a while!

  • whitney September 22, 2010, 4:28 pm

    I never stop drinking water. I carry a cup around with my everywhere. I bring one in my car before I go anywhere, I carry one around the house, I bring one to work. It’s not just a tiny dinky cup either I carry a BIG plastic cup around with water!

    I can feel when I’m getting dehydrated and I hate the feeling. I get really irritated and my stomach starts to hurt.

  • Catie September 22, 2010, 4:32 pm

    I always have water with me. If I start to get a head ache or start to feel tired, I drink up. I am not good though at drinking enough water after a run. Because honestly, once I am done running I don’t feel like moving other than to stretch.

  • Kate@andwhenshesays September 22, 2010, 4:57 pm

    Ugh, I get so sluggish when I’m dehydrated. You just don’t feel RIGHT.

    Huge fan of raw oats right here! I love pouring green monsters over em and mixing it all up. Although it feels like more of a summery thing for me – I think I’ll be switching to all hot soon.

  • Jenna September 22, 2010, 5:14 pm

    Squeeze the skin on your knuckles, if it takes a long time to go back down, drink more H20!

  • Virginia @YtotheUmmy September 22, 2010, 5:15 pm

    ha, I just look at my pee! 😀 I also know if I’m dehydrated when I don’t have to run to the bathroom often throughout the day. Also, I’m really picky about waterbottles, so I don’t usually like drinking water unless it’s from a really big cup or my camelbak bottle that has this little straw thing that I bite to suck up the water. It’s definitely not the average water bottle, and it was kind of expensive, but hey, I love my agua 😉

  • Aj September 22, 2010, 5:17 pm

    Ugh, I hate dehyrdration and I struggle to drink plenty of water in the environment I work in…lots of people interaction (yay!) but I can’t be chugging water while meeting with clients and very few breaks for peeing (the unfortunate side effect of hydrating). I try and set water consumption goals for each day and I have a specific hydration plan I use for any runs longer than 6 miles or so. Otherwise I wind up headachy and groggy. Weighing myself is too hard because of feeling so attached to the number on the scale.

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine September 22, 2010, 5:36 pm

    I’m not a big fan of water (it’s just boring to me) so I always drink a full water bottle before or during my workout, and chug a 64 oz Nalgene after. I figure that + all the herbal tea I drink has to be enough…and I never feel thirsty, so I guess that’s a good sign!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) September 22, 2010, 5:49 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the idea of adding oatmeal to smoothies!!!

  • Laura September 22, 2010, 5:51 pm

    I’ll often put 8 jelly beans or yoghurt raisins or something small into a dish on the kitchen counter, then I just eat one every time I have a glass of water. Visual reminder. 🙂 And you get a reward for chugging your water, hee.

    • Carrie H September 22, 2010, 5:57 pm

      Awesome idea!

  • Amber K September 22, 2010, 5:53 pm

    I drink water with every workout, snack, and meal except for dinner (which I am trying to get better about). I get 12-15 cups a day, so I’m never that worried about dehydration.

    • Orla September 22, 2010, 6:03 pm

      Amber, I had been told to drink your fluids at least 30 minutes before your meal or an hour after. If you drink with your meal the water dilutes the enzymes that aid digestionand can lead to stomach upset. I think this is more for your large/main meals of the day. 🙂

      • Amber K September 22, 2010, 6:09 pm

        I’ve actually heard someone say that before. But I just can’t not drink with my food! I need at least sips of water. I actually crave water. I love the cold, fresh taste!

        • Orla September 23, 2010, 12:47 pm

          I know what you mean. I try very hard to drink when I start the dinner but it is hard to break a habit! I only ever crave water when it is too late – i/e when I am dehydrated!
          Trying hard to up the intake!

  • Carrie H September 22, 2010, 5:54 pm

    I drink A LOT of water throughout the work day too. I work in an office and try to refill my water bottle three times a day. This results in many trips to the bathroom throughout the day though, which means I have to pass my work’s business office and circulation desk, like, 5-6 times per day on the way to the bathroom. I used to be embarrassed about that, but now I don’t care. I’m healthy — if they think I have a bladder infection, so what!

    I also love that quote at the top of your post re: scales. I’ve posted it at the scale on my gym.


    • Carrie H September 22, 2010, 5:56 pm

      It’s harder to maintain on the weekends though, when my eating/exercise schedule isn’t so structured. I’ve been focusing on drinking water Saturday and Sunday lately. These tips will help!

  • Orla September 22, 2010, 5:59 pm

    When I’m good I’m very very good but when I’m bad my skin breaks out with blemishes, I get cranky, I get headaches and I bloat. I go through phases but there is about3 2 litre bottles of sparkling wTer in my office. They are full. I”m bad at the moment. 🙂 Need to get back into it.

  • Jess @ NZ Girl Runs September 22, 2010, 6:44 pm

    I can tell I’m getting dehydrated because I start to feel distracted and I go off task easily. I keep a bottle of water with me at all times so that I can constantly sip and keep hydrated all the time!

  • Wei-Wei September 22, 2010, 6:45 pm

    When my schedule is more structured, I tend to drink a LOT more water, just sort of mindlessly chugging it. But when I don’t have a water bottle around, I get really thirsty without realising it and I always have to get water from a store. Meh, but I’m thirsty almost ALL the time – I don’t know why!

  • Carlee September 22, 2010, 6:52 pm

    i barely ever weigh myself! i think its a bad habit and its a set up for a bad day if its not what you want to see. i know better than to know that im definintly not a number!
    And that is a good way to check hydration levels i never even thought about that! i drink a ton of water though!

    BTW you are one of the three of four people who totally inspired me to make my blog! you should check it out! i would love to hear from one of my top encouragers! lol
    since i know you i would like you to get to know me!
    and u have most definilty helped me with my eating disorder i previously had:)
    Go operation beautiful! lol

  • maria @ Chasing the Now September 22, 2010, 7:04 pm

    I don’t drink nearly enough water (it’s difficult because the taste just doesn’t do it for me), but I’ve been really trying harder. I feel dehydrated a lot. Especially earlier this summer when it was crazy humid in Japan.

    Also, love that you don’t measure yourself by the scale. I am learning to do the same. I’m not quite where you are yet, but maybe someday!

  • Laurie September 22, 2010, 7:17 pm

    Thank you for dinner. After I read your yesterday post this morning enchiladas popped into my head. I did add things that you wouldn’t eat (chicken, cheese), but they were delislh, and the kids LIKED them!!!1

    • Caitlin September 22, 2010, 7:22 pm

      oh i am glad they liked them!

  • Krystina September 22, 2010, 7:18 pm

    When I don’t drink enough water my mouth gets dry and I get a horrible headache. I carry a big canteen with me every day and make sure to drink about 2 of them plus glasses at home.

  • Jordan (Ciao Cow) September 22, 2010, 7:21 pm

    I love all these tips on hydration! I’m not a huge fan of water, and it seems like a huge burden to drink it all day, every day, but I also realize how important it is to being healthy. Like many of the other commentors, I try to keep a daily, running tab of approximately how many ounces I’m drinking, and if I have the option, I’ll add lemon or lime juice or drink tea (decaf) to mix it up a bit. I also take into account if I’m working out or if I’ve had caffeine, so I can adequately compensate.

    I also love the first sentence of your post. So many days, I find that my feelings of self-worth are tied to the number on the scale every morning. Low number, good day. High number, bad day. It is something that I’m actively working on, but it is a hard cycle to break. Tomorrow, I will definitely remember “scales measure weight, not worth.”

  • Mary September 22, 2010, 7:27 pm

    I am a really really salty sweater, I am almost always thirsty after long runs, regardless of how much I hydrate. I try to drink gatorade after long long runs, and it helps.

    I set a goal a the beginning of the day, I’m going to drink 2 litres of water today. That’s 2 nalgenes, so I have my pretty polkadot pink nalgene and carry it with me all day at work and drink up. I know I’m hydrated when my pee is completely clear 🙂

  • kwithme September 22, 2010, 7:32 pm

    Just wanted to say thanks for the Baked Tofu Recipe. I made it tonight and the whole family liked it. My daughters (5 and 9) asked that I please leave out the chili powder next time though. It is nice to have another option for meals.

  • Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) September 22, 2010, 7:37 pm

    I carry my camelbak with me every where I go. If I’m always carrying it with me, its easier to remember to use it! For some reason using a cute/ pretty bottle helps too.

    I know I need water when I feel sleepy/ have low energy levels when I shouldn’t. I sometimes even feel a little hungry if I need some H20.

  • Melissa September 22, 2010, 7:51 pm

    I get headaches when I do not have enough hydration, so it is easy to tell for me. I always bring a water bottle filled when leaving the house as well. Lastly, when home I try to make a point to get some water when going into the kitchen before grabbing something to eat because at times I think I am hungry, but really just dehydrated.

  • Emilie September 22, 2010, 8:06 pm

    Thanks for the tip about adding oats to a smoothie. I love smoothies but I feel like they don’t keep me full very long–I’ll definitely try this! It’s so funny that you’re writing about hydration! I just posted about hydration on my blog. It’s so important! I try to make mini-goals throughout the day: while I’m at work, I’ll drink all of my 27-oz bottle twice, when I get home I’ll have another X number of glasses, etc.

  • Laura (Starloz) September 22, 2010, 8:22 pm

    oats into a smoothie, hmmmmm, interesting.

    i’ve got a bottle near me all day & i refill it every two hours, i set an iphone alarm!

  • Christina @ Food.Fun.Fabulous September 22, 2010, 9:42 pm

    I go with the old tried but true method of checking urine color to see if I’m hydrated enough

  • Janelle September 22, 2010, 9:50 pm

    I fill my coffee cup up with water in the morning and don’t let myself have coffee till I’ve chugged the mug empty – it at least starts the day off right!

  • Ellen@FirednFabulous September 22, 2010, 9:58 pm

    What is the one healthy habit that I am really good about. I play little tricks with myself. Like if I’m watching TV I’ll say, “Ok, I need to finish this water bottle by the commercial!”

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey September 22, 2010, 10:03 pm

    As sick as it may sound, if my pee is a dark yellow, it is time to start chugalugging! If I can see through it, I’m doing good!

    I drink water CONSTANTLY! My water bottle is always getting filled throughout the day!

  • Peggy September 22, 2010, 10:49 pm

    Gah, those ginger cats are incredible. I’ve had to stop buying them, because that tub is just too easy to open and take another handful. And another. And another. Until I ruin my appetite for real food!
    I drink water all day. I’m a history PhD student, so I use drinking water as motivation while reading: “If you finish this bottle, you get to get up and walk to the water fountain!” (We don’t lead very exciting lives…)

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) September 22, 2010, 11:53 pm

    My head pounds and spins when I don’t drink enough water. Because I drink so much naturally it only takes a bit for me to recognize it. I keep both of my water bottles filled at all times so I have no excuse.

  • Tricia September 23, 2010, 8:51 am

    Thank you. I struggle with the scale and this is just what I needed to hear (or read) today. I often compare my weight with worth – not worthy of much when the scale goes up, etc. Short and sweet mantras are food for my soul! I can remember this one and will tell myself that the scale measures weight not worth each time I get on it! Thanks again!

    • Caitlin September 23, 2010, 9:25 am

      A scale cannot tell you how truly beautiful you are 🙂 Or how smart, funny, kind, interesting, or wonderful.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 23, 2010, 9:22 am

    I’m terrible at remembering to stay hydrated! I think my thirst signals are out of whack because I don’t really get thirsty that often, so I always forget to drink! 😛

  • Krista September 23, 2010, 12:59 pm

    I am not the type of person who ever feels thirsty (crazy, I know) so when I do feel it I know I need to start chugging. To be proactive I always keep a starbucks tumbler at my desk filled with water and sip all day. My goal is to have at least one (2 cupper) done in a 7hr work shift.

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