A new process for getting my water in each day had to be developed. The first thing I noticed after measuring out 80 ounces of water is that I didn’t have a container large enough to hold that amount. That’s a logistical problem that needed to be solved. After a few days of having multiple containers in the fridge, I went to Target and bought a glass container that holds about 75 ounces. Close enough. I just drank the other 5 ounces on the spot.
Next, I sliced up a lemon to make my water a tasty treat. Then, the containers for drinking the water are important to me. I have a large straw cup for home and a stainless bottle for taking on the road.
I’m happy to say that I’m back to drinking my recommended amount of at least 80 oz of water most days. If I don’t measure in the morning, I slip a little. So for me, filling my glass refrigerator container has become a critical step in reaching my daily water goal.
Re-cap of my water routine:
1. First thing in the morning, fill container with water plus drink about 5 ounces right then.
2. Slice a lemon and add to the container. (Hint: if you keep the container in the fridge you can use the same lemon for a few days).
3. Fill my straw cup with lemon water and sip, sip, sip! Re-fill throughout the day.
4. Before leaving the house, fill my stainless water bottle with lemon water from the fridge.
5. Plan to finish all the water in the container by dinner time, otherwise I’ll be up at night hitting the bathroom.
Want to know how much water you should be drinking? Well, the easy formula is half your body weight in ounces. That means that a 200 lb. person would want to drink 100 ounces of water each day. But, that’s just a guideline and there are other factors to consider like amount of exercise, climate, pregnant or nursing, alcohol consumed, etc. I found this nifty hydration calculator that takes all things into consideration to give you a good water goal to strive for.
Important: When increasing water, do it slowly! It can be bad to go from 1 cup to 10 overnight. It stresses the kidneys and adrenals to increase water this quickly. And, it will just make you pee a lot. So, take it slow and increase your water by 8-16 ounces every couple of days until you get to your goal.
How do you make sure you get enough water each day? We’d love to hear from you!