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Sunday, July 09, 2006


"My Water Bottle" (The Creed of the Dieter)
rewritten by Sean Perkey

This is my water bottle.

There are many like it, but this one is MINE.

My water bottle is my best friend. It is my life.

I must master it as I must master my life.

My water bottle without me is useless. Without my water bottle, I am useless.

I must fill my water bottle true.

I must drink more than my fat who is trying to kill me.

I must out drink it before it out drinks me. I will...

My water bottle and myself know that what counts in war is not the brand we drink,

the cost of our water, nor the gulping sounds we make.

We know it is the volume that counts. We will drink deep...

My water bottle is human, even as I, because it is my life.

Thus, I will learn it as a brother.

I will learn its weaknesses, its strengths, its parts, its accessories,
its lid, and its capacity.

I will ever guard it against the ravages of weather and damage.

I will keep my water bottle clean and ready, even as I am clean and ready.

We will become part of each other. We will...

Before my Trainer I swear this creed.

My water bottle and myself are the defenders of my health.

We are the masters of our fat.

We are the saviors of my life.

So be it, until there is no fat, but rather a sexy and slimmer me.


We all know that water is one of the most improtant factors of getting a staying fit. It's simple math. We are made of water. We must drink water. Unfortunately it's not the easiest thing in the world to do. Take me for instance. For years I drank nothing but sugary sodas. Nothing else. And I don't mean just a couple of cans a day. I would seriously drink gallons daily. It took me developing diabetes to make a change and even then I just changed from sugar to diet and kept on drinking gallons of artificialy sweetned soda daily.

With the start of this process of losing weight and starting to exercise my trainer asked me to consider giving up soda all together and just drink water. Or at least cut out drinks with fake sweetner and caffeine. I can proudly say that for the most part I am drinking nothing but water now (I do have the occasional flavored water and sobe lean) and I'm finding that I really like it. As a matter of fact I sometimes get the same rush from a sip of cold water as I used to get from my first swig of soda in the morning. There was a transition, don't think it was as easy as that. For quite a while I could never quite quench my thirst no matter how much water I drank. Oddly enough my mouth would dry out soon after drinking which really made me doubt the whole water thing. But I stuck with it and now water is amazing...like nature's fruit juice! I get it now!

For those of you out there that need to drink more water. You should really give it a shot. Stick with it and you'll eventually be won over. Another thing you can do is get yourself a really cool water bottle. Something stylish or just fun to carry and it will encourage you to fill up! I, personally carry a Nalgene plastic bottle like you see below. It fits my hand well and has a great rubberized lid that makes it easy to open. Nalgenes are very durable and they don't retain odors so if you want to carry water one day and soup the next you can do it without worry! Plus I think they just look cool and I bet even your friends will notice and want one as well...you might even start a trend amoung your friends and then you will all be happier and healthier! How sweet would that be? And, all because of a kick a** water bottle!


Anonymous Benjamin Perea said...

Jarhead? Great movie.

Funny, I was going to mention how I was won over by water too! While I don't have a cool water bottle like you have its impossible to see me without a glass of water now...I must drink like 10 a day at least. It's like a ciggarette smoker chewing gum. Water stops me from eating food because its already in my mouth. Whenever I would go to the cuboard for a snack I would get some water instead.

Good job on giving up sodas too. I never actually went as far as you, I just switched to diet sodas instead.

4:16 AM, July 09, 2006  
Blogger Mike Falcone said...

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9:36 AM, July 09, 2006  
Blogger Mike Falcone said...

I used to drink way to much soda too. When I started drinking mostly water instead, I noticed that everything began tasting much much better because my tongue wasn't wrecked by the carbonation. Enjoy :)

9:37 AM, July 09, 2006  
Anonymous amy said...

Check the bottom of your favorite water bottle...if it's not a 1 or 2 plastic, it could be doing damage to your body b/c some of the plastics could leech into your water. I've switched to cups of water for that reason, but before I had TWO water bottles--one for home & one for travel!

7:30 PM, July 09, 2006  
Blogger Billy Guilfoyle said...

Full Metal Jacket, was shown this film at the end of basic training. I know, shocker, Billy was in the Army.

I'm all about the water, Perk. I'm tellin ya, it's necessary. My sister is a heavy soda drinker, my mom too. I'm the only skinny one out of the three of us, and I think maybe the soda/water thing is a contributer, but I'm no liquidologist.

I have been in deep communication with a guy who teaches as a meditation master in Japan and France, and now will be coming to Chico for a class in a few weeks with the assistance of yours truly. But what I feel is interesting is what he's been saying about anger. Anger isn't an emotion. It's a way to express pain, past and present. He said that as anger builds and builds and grows and grows the excuse for releasing it shrinks and shrinks. In other words, as our anger gathers unexpressed within us, the smallest of things can then set us off. At this point we transfer negative energies to others who do not have anything to do with the origins of our anger. And this can potentially create a chain reaction that affects the entire globe if we aren't mindful of our inner states and if we do not express our anger in a healthy and proper way.

I bring all of this up because there may be a ton of a lot of things stored up in the one who is now finally healing all of himself and writing this blog. One may be anger.

So, here is a way that was taught to me by another spiritual master long ago. She told me, "Just buy a tennis racket and go into your bedroom all alone and raise it above your head with both hands holding on to it like a club and swing it downward at you mattress while imagining whatever it is within that is the cause of your unexpressed and repressed anger. This action will allow us to release this pent up energy held in our arms, neck and shoulders, the very places that are usually responsible for expressing anger either through rapid arm and hand gestures or through fighting back in the days of fighting and other cave-man-esque behaviors. The biology has only caught up with us so far.

So that's it man, had to throw it out. It may only be relevant in the sense that we are referencing Full Metal Jacket. But it's definitely the kind of thing all should hear about, cuz once the long stored energy is released, the blocks are broken through in profound ways that allows life to finally flow creatively and spontanously. Peace and all kinds of nice words and meanings,
Billy G.

9:20 PM, July 09, 2006  
Blogger haggardmom said...

Actually, I think Amy might have it backwards, regarding the water bottle... 1 or 2 plastics are usually used on disposable bottles, not meant for re-use. Those will break down and start leaching chemicals if they are re-used. Water bottles meant for re-use should have the higher number, for example mine is 5.

10:41 PM, July 09, 2006  
Blogger Sean Perkey said...

Benjamin: I think it's the marine's code but I think you're right it was in Jarhead and movies like Full Metal Jacket.

Yeah the water is good! I'm begining to really like it a lot and my body misses it when I dont have it! Good job on going to diet sodas..It's a good step. Just getting rid of all that sugar is so much more healthy!

Mike: yeah, almost everythig tastes better although there are a few things that make me go hmmmm I sure wish I had a soda right now..mostly salty things I think...

You know...I have read the studies and you bring up a very good point thank you. However what I've read most is that the highest risk comes from plastic that is heated, scratched, washed with abrasive soaps or otherwise degraded in some fashion. I suppose there is some risk no matter what type of plastic I use but I don't see carrying around a glass bottle with me all day long and where I work we have strict rules about what type of containers we can have at our work stations so I'm gonna stick with the nalgene. I suppose others will have to make up their minds with regard to the risk. i guess the only other thing I can say is that almost everything we put into our bodies is going to have some risk attatched to it or there are going to be 2 camps on the issue so all we can really do is try to make the best decissions and hope that the good ones outweigh the bad. If having a plastic bottle with me at all times gets me to drink water like I should, I have to think that that outweighs the small risk of BPA contamination.

I do want to thank you for the info though. I don't want you to think that I don't appreciate your input just because i don't share your concern about plastic. Thanks Amy!

Billy: I'm gonna call you sometime this week to catch up...you always have the most interesting things going on! love ya man!

haggardmom: Hey! It's funny but I think that almost all plastics have been said to be bad at some point. I did some reading after amy posted and the concern with the 5's and 7's like Nalgene is that they leach BPA which can act as a type of estrogen and is said to be harmful to women of child bearing age and the unborn and has been said to contribute to prostate cancer. I think we're surrounded by so many things that are supposed to kill us that we have to pick and choose our evils...I choose not to worry about my trusty nalgene bottle until a better alternative comes along...

1:32 AM, July 10, 2006  
Blogger Robin said...

Hey -- thanks for the reminder. I have one of those bottles and I haven't started using it yet. I don't drink much soda, but I have struggled my whole life to like water. But I find the more available it is, like in a nice bottle, the more likely I am to drink it. Good to know these nalgenes don't retain smells. I've sure got some smelly plastics around my house.

6:56 AM, July 11, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I keep a huge pitcher of water in my fridge with fresh lemon slices. I drink the whole pitcher every day and fill it up at night so it's ice cold the next day. There's something about those lemon slices that really have me hooked! I drink a bottled water on my drive to work, one while working, one at lunch, and one in the afternoon. Once I get home that pitcher has to be emptied. Your bladder certainly does have to get use to it at first, but then you get to where you can't function without it.

2:29 PM, July 12, 2006  
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