Flavored Water

March 21, 2014
Flavored Water - A beautifully colored container graces on our kitchen counter .. a refreshing & delicious invitation to drink more water during the day

I'll never forget

the first time I attended an NA meeting .. 

Flavored Water - A beautifully colored container graces on our kitchen counter .. a refreshing & delicious invitation to drink more water during the day

A random weeknight in the dead of winter .. I found myself sitting along the back wall of a church basement .. on a hard .. beige folding chair .. wishing I drank coffee

The meeting soon came to order and for the next hour, I quietly listened .. as people from every walk of life told stories. They told stories of heartache as well as celebration .. of the urge to use .. and their often difficult relationships with friends and family

(the list goes on .. )

What struck me more than anything was their honesty. There wasn't a hint of judgment or pretense .. a sheer determination to live in the moment.

“This is who I am and where I am right now. I may not be perfect .. but I'm going to do my level-best today to be just a little bit better”

Flavored Water - A beautifully colored container graces on our kitchen counter .. a refreshing & delicious invitation to drink more water during the day

During every meeting .. time is carved out to celebrate sobriety .. with a colored coins or keychains given to mark the milestones.

That night I watched him walk to the front of the room .. the coin slipped into his pocket .. a white keychain quietly handed to me as he sat back down beside me

“White .. Mom .. the international color of surrender. It's given to anyone who comes to their first meeting .. is back after relapse .. or simply wants to give up their old ways for new.

Thanks for coming to support me”

The shiny gold letters read

“Just For Today”

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I pulled it out and hung it in my office today

I have a feeling I'm going to need it this week as I embark on a new challenge. This time not as a coach .. but as a participant in Mark MacDonald's 8-Week Run. Though I lead a healthy lifestyle already .. there's always room for improvement

A year or so ago I was in the best shape of my life and on my game. I thought .. it's ok to have this treat every now and again .. or maybe I won't need to be as diligent. Though my weight hasn't changed dramatically .. my body comp sure has.

Time to be back after it. It's fun to be part of a group from whom success stories for his upcoming book will be drawn from

(Much more to come)

Flavored Water - A beautifully colored container graces on our kitchen counter .. a refreshing & delicious invitation to drink more water during the day

In the mean time .. it's day 2 of detox.

Among the long list of no-no's? Caffeine and sugar. At the top of the yes list .. of course .. is water

I've always thought it boring .. drinking it more because I know I should .. rather than something to be enjoyed. That is, until I walked into my coach's house one evening last week. On her counter sat the most beautiful glass container .. filled with water, ice, fruit and herbs ..

One drink and I was hooked

She passed along her recipes .. and now these beautiful containers grace our kitchen as well .. a different flavor every day .. the goal to drink through the container by the end of the day .. 100 oz (just shy of a gallon)

It seems like a lot

Flavored Water - A beautifully colored container graces on our kitchen counter .. a refreshing & delicious invitation to drink more water during the day

Just for today, Mom. Only focus on this one day .. it's all we really have anyway”

My keychain is with me. I know how much better I'll feel. I want to be the best I can be. The awful feelings of withdrawal won't last forever. Ibuprofen is a friend

Enjoy!

xoxo

ps:  Life lesson #6789 .. a husband whose wife gives up sugar and caffeine (at the same time!) .. is worthy of incredible respect.

pps:  The following two recipes have been our favorites to date.

Flavored Water - A beautifully colored container graces on our kitchen counter .. a refreshing & delicious invitation to drink more water during the day

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~ Adapted from Goals in Motion .. who adapted the recipes from Why Should I Drink More Water .. here

5.0 from 6 reviews
Lemon & Thyme Flavored Water
 
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  • 1 lemon, cut in half or thick slices
  • 5 or 6 springs of thyme (** scrunched or muddled a little bit to release their flavor)
  • gallon of water
  • ice
Instructions
  1. (** Note .. our glass containers are a little bigger than a gallon in size)
  2. To the container add the lemon, thyme, and ¼ gallon water
  3. Cover with a thick layer of ice and put in the refrigerator overnight to steep
  4. In the morning .. fill the rest of the way with water & ice
  5. Enjoy!
 
5.0 from 6 reviews
Strawberry & Basil Flavored Water
 
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  • 3 cups strawberries
  • 4 or 5 leaves basil (** scrunched or muddled to release the flavor)
  • gallon of water
  • ice
Instructions
  1. (** Note .. our glass containers are a little bigger than a gallon in size)
  2. To the container add the strawberries, basil, and ¼ gallon water
  3. Cover with a thick layer of ice and put in the refrigerator overnight to steep
  4. In the morning .. fill the rest of the way with water & ice
  5. Enjoy!

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22 Comments

  • Reply Heydave March 21, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Wow.
    Thank you for the story and congrats on absolutely stunning photographs!

  • Reply Deborah Clark August 5, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Beautiful, meaninful blog. Brought tears to my eyes and then a smile to my face. Thank you.

  • Reply Riva February 9, 2017 at 11:43 am

    Beautiful, inspiring post! I’m saving these flavored water recipes to make soon…they look so refreshing! I never drink enough water; this will definitely help!

  • Reply Sarah @ Accidentally Crunchy February 9, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    so honestly written; beautiful post! (and stunning photos! I’m going to try the lemon and thyme water tomorrow!)

  • Reply Kristen February 9, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    I’m always trying to drink more water and those recipes look perfect! And thank you for the beautiful story as well.

  • Reply Jane Williamson February 9, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    I love flavored water! Can’t wait to try this!

  • Reply Sophie Gillum-Webb February 9, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    I need to try the strawberry and basil water I love both ingredients!!! Thank you for sharing I never drink enough so this will help!

    Sophie x

  • Reply Ana De- Jesus February 9, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    Good luck with the detox. I love flavoured water and this stawberry and basil version looks amazing nom nom! XX

  • Reply Keith Haney February 9, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    I hope your detox is a success. And what a beautifully written post.

  • Reply Ashleigh February 9, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    I have a major thing for flavored water and this recipe looks great! Lemon is my fav!! Thank you for sharing!!

  • Reply Melissa Chee February 9, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    Wonderful idea – I need to be drinking more

  • Reply hal February 9, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Looks so refreshing – & it would probably help me drink more water which lord knows I need help with!

  • Reply Ashley February 9, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    I love putting cucumber and lemon in my water! It’s so refreshing and helps me keep up on drinking water. I need to trying adding thyme!

  • Reply Elizabeth O. February 10, 2017 at 12:21 am

    How inspiring. I think it’s amazing that you have such motivation, I wish you good luck on that run! You’re going to be amazing for sure. The lemon water is always nice, I’ve never added thyme on mine, so this recipe is a keeper! Love that strawberry and basil combination.

  • Reply Ali B February 10, 2017 at 2:30 am

    Drinking more water is on my list of things I must do this year. I think the strawberry and basil would be an interesting combination to try. Thanks for sharing your story.

  • Reply lex February 10, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    who would think this was so good? now i know more effective ways to have water.. very resourceful. thanks.

  • Reply Anton February 11, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    Strawberry and Basil sounds like a terrific combo – two of my favorite foods! As an added benefit, I think the combo could also aid in boosting metabolism.

  • Reply Jennifer L February 12, 2017 at 1:46 am

    Wow I found myself so inspired reading your motivation. I’d love to do the flavored water in that lovely pitcher its such a genius idea and definitely more doable than just water in a regular bottle

  • Reply Alice Nettleingham February 12, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Your story is so inspiring, heart-warming and motivating. Hope you’ll be successful with your 8 week run. I love flavored water as well as they make it more appetizing and enjoyable to drink water. Thanks for your recipes, will be doing just that tonight.

  • Reply Mary February 13, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    I love flavored water. It’s one of the only things I drink. I used to be completely addicted to soda and highly caffeinated/sweetened drinks. Two years ago, I made the switch to get it out of my life. Since then, fruit and herbs are always in my freezer to be added to a pitcher or glass.

  • Reply Surekha February 14, 2017 at 10:15 am

    I follow a same routine but I used mint instead of thyme. It works great for your body. I will thyme a try this time

  • Reply Ana Ojha February 14, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    I liked your style of writing when you start your posts with stories in the beginning. Also, I love flavored water and I also make Strawberry & Basil Flavored Water on the weekends mostly!

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