Hi FAB-O Friends! How are you holding up in the Summer heat? This year, our temps are not as brutal as last years. Thank goodness, but still in the triple digits. I am still getting up around 4am on some days to get a run in, before the heat kicks in.
I don’t know about you, but my body loves to retain water when I get warm. It’s plagued me since childhood and Doctors have also found that my core temperate raises danerously high I am outside in the heat. I can handle it, when it is dark, but once the sun appears, I am toast. Literally.
A few weeks ago, I noticed my water retention was worse than normal. Not alarming, but sure was annoying. You know the type, the puffiness in your hands and feet.
On August 1st, I ran a 5k race in town and my Brother and I had our typical post race pictures. I immediately noticed my face looked puffy. That was on a Saturday, by the following Monday, my water retention was at it’s worse. It hurt to type on my laptop and it hurt to wear shoes. Not uncomfortable, but it physically hurt. My stomach was bloated and I felt like I was 5 months pregnant.
I went into immediate action to reduce the water retention and puffiness. I upped my water intake. I already drink 8 bottles of water a day. I drank 10 on Monday and included one dose of apple cider vinegar. (Be sure to goggle to see why I chose acv.)
Within a few short hours, I was peeing, like I was a farm animal. I knew I had gained a significant amount of water weight, but I didn’t want to hop on the scale, just yet.
By Wednesday (2 days later) I was feeling relief. I finally could type on my laptop without pain in my fingers and I could wear shoes without discomfort. I weighed myself to see how much water I would lose the rest of the week. Ugh!
I kept up this routine through the remainder of the week. By Friday, my son made the comment my face no longer looked puffy. By Saturday, I no longer felt 5 months pregnant and I could wear my running shorts. Another weigh in, and I had lost 6 lbs of water in 2 days.
Below is a picture of the Saturday, when I could see the puffiness in my face (jawline and cheeks) and a comparison of a week later. One could say I lost weight, not water retention. I don’t think so. I didn’t change my nutrition, my running, my workouts – I did not lose fat weight, it was purely water.
For now, I am keeping the higher intake of water, though the Summer. My mileage is higher and my body just need more fluids. This is an experience I don’t want to repeat!
Charlene L. Ragsdale – Las Vegas, NV
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