My first order of business in the journey was to quit drinking Coke! I have lived in this delusional world where I was able to convince myself that if I only drank one can a day that wasn’t so bad. Especially in comparison so other people in my household that drink 3-5. See, what did I tell you? Delusional. Just because I wasn’t drinking as much as others, doesn’t mean I was doing the right thing. You can find thousands of articles and blogs telling you why you shouldn’t drink it. It wrecks your teeth, it puts you ar risk for a number of serious diseases, the stuff literally can eat through metal. But, I was able to happily ignore all of that to live in my happy world.
So, I quit drinking it. Okay, I made that sound so much easier than it actually was. The only way I was able to do it was to stop buying it. Out of sight out of mind. As the same time, I also got a kidney infection and I was able to substitute it with cranberry juice until that passed. But, alas, despite only purchasing “so sugar added” juices, fruit juice is still loaded with a tonne of natural sugar and is just empty calories that nobody really needs.
Bring on the water! There are so many benefits to drinking water.
- Prevent dehydration
- Promote healthy organ function
- Keep your muscles energised
- To keep your skin looking good.
- probably a million other reasons…
So really there is no reason to not drink it.
For years and years and years I have heard that a person needs to drink 8-8oz glasses of water or 2 Litres. So that’s what I did, I figured out how much my cup held and then I figured out how many of them I needed to drink to reach that goal. Easy Peasy! Until a few days in a friend told me that is totally out of date, and you actually need to drink much more than that in a day. Half your body weight (in pounds to oz) to be more accurate. So if you weigh 200 lbs you need drink 100 oz od water. Not the commonly heard 64 oz. – Apparently, this is all fields, not just water but when you’re trying to cut out the calories water is clearly (no pun intended) the best option. – I, weighing in much higher than I should need to drink about 115 oz, nearly double what I thought.
So that is my goal. Just over 3.5 Litres. Doable. I can probably manage this.
I can absolutely do this! By keeping a glass or water bottle full of water next to me always, I now drink an average of 4L of water a day. That and making the decision to actually drink the amount of water I need. It is harder when I drink other things during the day but I still manage to get it done. I do seem to spend an absurd amount of time in the bathroom these days though.
What are some of your tips and tricks to drink more water?