Making Drinking Water an Easy Habit

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For most people, well for me, and I have to believe a few others, establishing a new positive habit can be hard! Drinking the suggested amount of water in a day was one of those hard healthy habits for me to establish.  When I first started out I made it a goal and had weekly check ins with my accountability group to be sure I was getting in 64 oz. of water a day. I did it, but I complained A LOT. My method was to keep count of the 8 glasses throughout the day.  The problem: it would be evening I’d have only drank 2 glasses of water and then I’d be guzzling h2o before bed to meet my goal and you know what happened next. I’d wake up multiple times in the night for drainage. 

That was clearly not working.  Instead of giving up, like I really wanted to, I came up with a different method.  

                                                       SAME GOAL, DIFFERENT APPROACH!

I figured if I filled a water bottle with the amount I need to drink, when it was done I’d be done. Visually helpful!  The problem, carting a 64 oz. bottle around is heavy. Solution: I broke the amount in half and filled a 32 oz. Nalgene water botte. This was the game changer.  Here are 5 things I did to EASILY and successfully drink the recommended amount of water each day without struggle!

FILL A 32oz NALGENE REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE:

I fill a 32oz Nalgene water bottle with water before I head to bed.  In the morning I drink room temp water when I first wake up as I make my coffee.  There are apparently a bunch of benefits to water when you first arise, including waking your body up.  I consider this is my “bonus water”. I drink some quickly without concern about how much.

THE LUKEWARM TEMPERATURE HELPS IT TO GO DOWN FAST. 

Post coffee, I fill the Nalegene bottle back up and I carry it with me when I leave to take the kids to school. I drink it with my breakfast {that I often eat in the car}. I drink it with my vitamins {that I keep in the car #lifehacks}. My goal is to drink all 32 oz. by the time I’m done with school drop off and I’m entering the gym for my morning workout.

I USE A FLEXIBLE SILICONE STRAW:

Utilizing the science from a study McDonald’s did regarding soda consumption, I learned that you drink more when you use a straw.  If a regular straw is good, a large circumference smoothie straw is even better for getting the job complete! So, I stick one of those in my water bottle.

REFILL A 32oz REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE:

When I reach the gym I fill my water bottle back up.  I sip it as I workout. On my drive home I drink it with my post workout snack.  I sip it with lunch or as I run errands. I’m usually done with the suggested amount of water by 1pm.  

DON”T ALLOW YOURSELF TO DRINK OTHER BEVERAGES:

Until the necessary water consumption is complete, don’t drink other beverages. It’s a motivator to complete the water goal. {This does not including morning coffee, no one messes with the morning cup of joe.

BONUS: Make your water bottle fun! Add cute stickers to your water bottle like a middle school girl!

I now successfully drink an adequate amount of water each day without struggle and without middle-of-the-night trips to the bathroom.  I’d love to hear what tips you utilize to drink enough water. One thing I can attest to is that my body craves water now. I can clearly tell if I haven’t had enough to drink.

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