I love water. It has been my drink of choice over soda or juice since I was young. In high school and college my room and car were littered with plastic water bottles that I was constantly reaching for, for a drink. When reusable water bottles became the craze, I bought four in one year! But even with this gusto for drinking water, I’ve never felt like I was drinking enough. Or at least I’ve never felt I was drinking enough, consistently. Recently I was chatting with a friend who drinks a gallon of water a day and I finally got the extra nudge of inspiration I needed to make more of an effort to drink more water. I did a bit of research to determine how much I should drink in a day because a gallon seemed like too much for me. I found this article on Web MD stating that we should be drinking .5 to 1 ounce of water per pound of weight per day. .5 ounces/pound is 70 ounces of water per day for me and that seemed like a more reasonable goal for me to start out at.
I knew I didn’t want to keep track of how many ounces I’d had each day by remembering or writing them down. I had planned to use my friend’s trick--fill up a clear water bottle with the amount of ounces to be drunk that day and use that as a visual guide to track my progress or lack thereof depending on the day. However, I love cold cold water and I couldn’t find an insulated 70 ounce water bottle. Instead, I bought a gallon jug of water and marked it where 70 ounces is. I fill it up every night to the 70 ounce line so it has time to chill and then, in the morning, I use the jug to fill up my 20 ounce insulated water bottle. Win win! (thanks for the idea Rob!) I can monitor how much I am drinking and have cold water all day long!
Day one of trying to reach this new goal was October 24, and since then I have reached it only 75% of the days. I thought it would be hard to drink that much water, but what actually hinders my success is when I am away from home all day or if my routine is altered at all (like on the weekends). I came up with a new plan yesterday to help me reach my goal 100% of the time. I divide my typical day into four four-hour segments. At the end of each segment my goal is to have finished 20 ounces of water. So for instance, by 2:30pm I know I should be done with 40 ounces and if I’m not then I need to step up my game. TBD on if this helps me drink 70 ounces more consistently.
In regards to effects on my body and health, I’ve only noticed a difference in two areas. First, my skin feels more hydrated than it ever has before. So much so that if I have drank 70 ounces consistently over 2-3 days, on day three or four I feel like my skin glows. Second, my snacking tendencies have become almost non existent and I am less hungry during the day. I definitely believe now that I confuse the hunger feeling I get for meaning I should eat something when in reality, a good portion of the time, it is my body telling me to drink something. I haven’t lost weight but I could see how simply drinking a lot more water during the day could be a great first step for someone who wants to lose weight.
I am going to keep working towards reaching this goal 100% of the time and I hope that other areas of my health (like my mood or my energy levels) start being affected as well!