This topic seems a little silly. I mean, water is something we all drink – it’s a necessity of life. But nearly half of Americans aren’t drinking enough (including the 7% of those who don’t drink at all on a daily basis!). Drinking enough water is something I’ve always struggled with. Even before I became a mom and had the legitimate excuse of being busy with my little guys, I still managed to forget it.
And there’s the other little thing – I don’t like water. It’s not that it has a bad flavor (though don’t even get me started on water that *does* taste bad – like all city water, unfiltered water, and some bottled waters!) – it’s just not something I enjoy.
When I was pregnant with Justice, my husband made it his personal mission to make sure I at least didn’t have the excuse of forgetting. He made sure I never left the house without my bottle and that it was full at all times. It was annoying. So much harder to forget to drink something that was always in sight!
But even with all of his gentle reminders and water-drinking challenges (like keeping me from eating my chocolate cake until I finished my glass or daring me to drink a glass whenever he did!), I was still falling way short of my quota. It was not uncommon to realize late in the afternoon that I hadn’t even taken a sip of water.
Something had to change.
Enter Plant Nanny. No, this is not a spectacular app and truthfully, the only reason that I chose to use it was because it was the only one that didn’t require me to update my iPhone operating system. I’m a little behind on the times in that department.
The biggest thing that the app does to help me is to ding at me when I’ve gone too long without a glass. “Your plant is thirsty. Give it and yourself a glass of water”. It’s cheesy and a little weird and I really don’t care about growing a garden on my app, but it’s helping me. I’m drinking my quota more often than not.
(Also, the app has been downloaded more than a million times…I’m actually glad to find out that I’m not the only one!)
And the best part is that I’m not always waiting for the reminder anymore. I find myself wanting water. Once you start, your body realizes it needs more.
This is my water-drinking strategy:
- Just start. Even if it’s not what I want to do. Down a glass right away in the morning to get things going right.
- If I’m going to drink something other than water, drink a glass of water first. Orange juice with my popcorn (really, it’s a thing…a really good thing!)? Gotta drink some water first!
- Stop what I’m doing the minute I realize I’m thirsty. If I ignore it, the need dissipates and I don’t do it.
- Be accountable – What I’m doing now. Putting my problem out for all the world to know about. Because I know I’m more likely to stick to my new drinking habit (water, that is!).
My mouth is getting dry as I write this – time for a break!
What are your tips for getting enough water? Do you struggle with drinking enough? Shout out your encouragement in the comments!
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