In 2017, I decided I wanted to drink more water. I thought it would be awesome to see the benefits of staying hydrated every day! So I got to work, implementing healthy changes and finding ways that would help me to attain this new daily habit. After a few months, I no longer had to think about making sure I drank enough water – it was an established routine that basically did it itself!
Hello and welcome back to my blog! Today’s post is the first in a new series called ‘Pass-It-On Thursdays‘! I’ve been wanting to share experiences, tips, etc. from my life, so I’ve been looking for a way to do it regularly on maggie’s doodles. That’s how this series came about!
Today, as you saw from the title, is all about drinking more water.
For some reason, it’s a pretty tough routine to implement.
It sounds easy – just drink more water. Right? But it’s not. Because when you’ve been preferring lemonade and Sprite to good ole water for years and years, you associate drinking with deliciousness. And water’s only delicious after a workout. Or a big plate of pizza.
So when you go and try to drink water when you’re “not thirsty,” your brain’s like “alright enough of this” haha
What you gotta do is find ways to retrain your brain to see the health benefits of staying hydrated, which is delayed gratification!
You know how doing one sit-up isn’t gonna give you a six pack, right? Same thing with water. After drinking one glass, your skin’s not gonna glow, headaches will go away, the sun comes out from behind the clouds, and you’re living the healthy dream life. Nope! It takes weeks of drinking the right amount of water for your body. When you’re able to see THOSE results, it’s what keeps you drinking water.
So after maybe a month of being super motivated to drink water even when I hadn’t just eaten or worked out, I was able to see the awesome long(ish) term results! Once you can get past that first big hurdle, you’re left with an awesome daily habit that becomes quite mindless.
Of course, you still have to fill up your water bottle before you go somewhere, make sure you have access to bathrooms, etc., but it’s second nature at that point. (Have you ever wondered what first nature even is…? Because I have haha)
Now for the tips!
so you wanna drink more water
Here’s your first step: add two glasses
of water to your
usual daily intake
Here’s my sad water story: I went from drinking two glasses a day to seven. And you know what happened?
I turned into a whale.
Translation: I was bloated. I gained maybe an inch around my waist. I felt kinda dizzy and waterlogged. Not quite water poisoning, but almost. I felt like I’d drank an entire swimming pool haha
Nothing terrible happened to me, but I felt poorly because my body didn’t know wHAT to do with all that water it wasn’t used to processing. So take it slowly!
Wherever you are is a good place to start. If you’ve been drinking two glasses a day, drink four for a while. If you haven’t been having any water, drink two each day.
And it really doesn’t matter about the fluid ounces or anything. Whether your glass/cup is 7.5 oz or 11.75, your body’s not gonna notice the science behind it. It’s just going to go oh wow! There’s more water that I can now use to optimize performance! 😀 Yay!
Step two: after two weeks of those extra two glasses, start tracking your
daily water intake!
You can do this on a piece of paper, by using a water tracker printable (you can pick a free one on this website!), or by downloading a water tracker app!
There are two apps I loved using: Plant Nanny and Water Tracker Daily!
They don’t even have the Plant Nanny I used anymore. -_- But they do have Plant Nanny 2.0! Having cute little plants to water cheered me on in my early drinking-more-water days. (Wow I’m sounding old)
Water Tracker Daily was awesome and helpful once I was already on a roll. It’s quite boring and very basic, but useful! So I’d recommend getting that once you’re simply tracking the ounces, not in the first stage of boosting your motivation to get going.
Here’s one thing I want to make sure you don’t do, whatever app/printable you get: overdrink. The “eight glasses a day” thing is something to aim for, but please don’t jump right into that. My whale experience demonstrates what happens if you go too fast. I know your body will really appreciate it if you integrate one new glass a week, or something like that.
Some water trackers are customizable, so even if an app is saying it’s gonna penalize you or your plants if you don’t drink 80 oz or whatever, let it slide. Get a new app. Print a new tracker. It’s crazy to me that an app practically bullied me into drinking too much water too fast. hah like I know I was the one in control of the water I was drinking. But the app didn’t allow me to customize my daily intake when I was starting out. meh
Step three: by adding one more glass
to your daily intake each week,
build up to drinking
a good amount of water for you!
I don’t know if eight glasses is the perfect amount for everyone… I doubt it since we’re all different. lol but you’ll figure out what works for you as you go!
I know that infused water (like adding fresh fruit to your H2O) is quite popular, but I’ve never done it and I wouldn’t recommend doing it too much. You may already now this, but by drinking any sugary drink over the course of the day, it combats the body’s usual pH balance, leaving room for cavities. So if you’re gonna have a drink that isn’t water, have a glass of lemonade with lunch, or a Dr. Pepper in the late morning. Don’t make it an all-day event.
One thing that can be a great drinking water boost is having a water bottle you love! You’ll be able to take it anywhere, and if you get an insulated one, it’ll keep your water cool. I used to love getting LIFEWTR bottles since they’d come out with a new design every few months.
And if you can’ t afford/don’t want to pay (I’m usually the latter hehe) for a nice pricey bottle, another option is to buy different shaped bottles from the store! It’s surprising how bottled water brands find many ways to creatively package their water. lol so buy new ones with different ounces, logos, shapes, etc.
If you can, find a water-drinking buddy! Team up with a friend and you guys can keep yourselves accountable, swap tips, and build on this new habit together. It could be someone in real life or an online buddy!
Oh look! This bottle has its own tip 😀 ❤ haha set times for drinking! At intervals throughout the day, commit to drinking some water. Having a big bottle that stores your daily intake goal will help you to see how well you’re doing and how much you still have to go. To remind yourself, you can set a timer on your phone, which can be helpful. It may also be entirely too annoying, so don’t feel like you have to lol. Find what works for you and keeps you excited about pursuing this goal, because you will get there! (you know, as long as you keep doing it)
If you’re very accustomed to having yummy drinks throughout the week, don’t cut yourself off completely. Please don’t. Going all-out, cold turkey is admirable, but it can have the total opposite effect. You’ll drop water like it’s hot. Your body’s gonna miss coke and coffee. So here’s what you do:
If you’ve been having three cups of coffee every day, cut back to two, and then eventually one (whatever your goal is). If you’ve been going through the Starbucks drive-thru five times a week, go twice. If you have soda with your dinner every night, have it four times this week.
It’s all about moderation, taking things slowly, and changing your daily habits to reach your long-term goals.
Thank you sooo much for reading! Well I really hoped some of my tips helped you today 😀 ❤