Six Weeks ‘Til Summer – Hydration

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This week I kind of had a freak out. I realized we were sitting just outside SIX WEEKS UNTIL SUMMER.  Did you get that?

Six. Weeks. ‘Til. Summer.

Gah. I mean, overall I have made some amazing changes this year. I’ve made improvements to my diet. We workout several times a week with Camp Gladiator and find ways to get in additional exercise. I’ve maintained my goals I set back January. And I’ve even waved good-bye to several pounds and inches I no longer needed.

All good, right? Soooo, Why the freak out?  Simply this : I am not yet where I want to be. In six weeks I still may not be there, but I am determined to be closer than I was before. I was also kind of at a progress stall too. In fact, I was kind of moving backwards. I needed to do a little reevaluation of what was happening. It took me a few days to figure it all out but I discovered two things holding me back.  Hydration and Sleep. I’m still working to get my sleep schedule fixed up but for today let’s talk about the hydration issue.

I know all the benefits of drinking water and I even really like drinking water! ( Fun Fact: I haven’t had a soda in about 8-9 years and this year switched to green tea instead of black.) I had been drinking water every day but the key was how much water I was taking in.  The success key is making sure to drink enough water daily.  An easy way to estimate the number of ounces you should be drinking is to take your body weight and divide by 2.  Take that number and aim to drink at least that many ounces each day. Once I started doing that, I saw change take place fairly quickly.

Here are some other tips for getting in enough H2O every day:

  • Keep a bottle of water with you during the day. Bring a plastic or glass reusable water bottle everywhere you go and refill it throughout the day.
  • If plain water sounds boring, try infusing your water by adding slices of lemon or fruit to your drink. I will often add a few drops of Young Living essential oils to my glass water bottle.
  • When you are exercising, make sure you drink water before, during and after your workout.
  • Start and end your day with a glass of water.
  • When you’re feeling hungry, drink water. The sensation of thirst is often confused with hunger. True hunger will not be satisfied by drinking water.
  • If you have trouble remembering to drink water, try making a schedule. Make a plan to drink water when you wake up; at breakfast, lunch and dinner; and when you go to bed. Or drink a small glass of water at the top of each hour.
  • Only drink water when you go to a restaurant. It keep you hydrated and it’s free!

What are your best tips for getting in enough water every day? 

Comments

  1. I love water more than anything! I find that it makes me feel so much better than drinking anything else. I always drink a glass of water before, during and after my meals. I find that having a water bottle helps me get enough water, I always find myself mindlessly drinking out of it and before you know it, you’ve had a litre of water! Lovely post, really interesting!
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  2. Water. I’ve had a constant battle with getting enough water. Love your tips. Trying to add lemon to mine everyday so I have more incentive to drink it.
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  3. I use Green tea to drink more water,I always force myself to drink water but I make it a point to drink at least 3 glasses of water a day .
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  4. I used to be very overweight and since I lost it, I have made it a point to drink 120 oz of water every day. It has just become part of my life and I just spread it out all day long.

  5. I try to make sure I get 8 eight ounce glasses of water every day. For me it is easier to do in the summer than in the winter. It seems in the winter, I am not as thirsty.
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  6. The thirst/hunger confusion is so accurate. I can often keep myself from snacking just by pouring a glass of water.
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  7. I am so ashamed of myself. Every Monday I start with full intention of drinking a lot of water, and I do well till 10 am…. Let’s try to do better this week, shall we? Summer might start in 6 weeks, but I’m going to the pool THIS weekend! Let’s go hydrate now!
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    • That’s awesome! i love a day at the pool but I am really glad for this six weeks to work a little harder toward my goal. Have fun at the pool!

  8. Hydration! That is one of my goals for this summer! Get off the soda and drink a LOT more water! Thanks for these tips!

  9. I have beeen pretty good about getting my water in for the day. I guess you need four a day. I didnt know that you can confuse thirst with hunger.
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  10. Thirst and hunger do get all mixed up together. If I think I’m hungry but shouldn’t be, I go right to the water bottle. 9/10 times that’ll do it.
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  11. I’ve been trying to drink a lot more water by taking a water bottle with me to work daily. It’s so important to stay hydrated.
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  12. Great tips! I definitely need to drink more water than I do right now.

  13. I don’t have tips to share, but I do need tips! I’m not good at getting my water intake in at all. I’m super impressed that you haven’t had a soda in such a long time!
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  14. I love the start and end your day with water that ensures at least two glasses go in you. I’m not a fan f water much but kicked the pop habbit and working on the coffee habbit. 6 weeks yikes
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  15. I really need to try and drink more water – I live on tea – which while very tasty probably isn’t the best lol.x
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  16. This post just reminded me that I have not been drinking enough water. Could be why I keep getting headaches! I usually drink more water when I am at home but I started working outside of the house a few weeks ago and I always forget to drink water. Will have to change that!! Got all the winter weight to get rid of on time for summer!!
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  17. I know I need to drink more water. It is a goal of mine to increase my intake and decrease my intake of any diet soda. I am slowing getting there. I am ok with water, I actually like it. I just have a problem with how much it makes me want to run to the bathroom, LOL.

  18. I cannot wait for summer to be here!
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  19. To be quite honest, I’m thirsty ALL the time, so it’s not hard for me to drink water LOL I would suggest moving to a dry climate makes it easier too LOL
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  20. Great tip about figuring out how many ounces a day you need based on your body weight. I’ve never heard that before. 🙂
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  21. Water is definitely so important especially with the heat imminent. Great tips!

  22. I carry water with me every where I go, even if it is a quick trip to the store I bring along a bottle of water. I also use things to flavor it like Skinny Girl – they are the only ones I have seen yet that have natural sweeteners – I hope I read the label right!
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  23. I don’t like drinking water so I have to make myself drink it constantly. I try to stay hydrated
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  24. Definitely got to keep from dehydration this summer. Great tips!
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  25. I have a hard time with drinking enough water too! Definitely something I need to get better about. I try to make sure I drink as much water as possible while I’m at my desk all day at work since it’s a lot harder for me to remember to during the evening.

  26. I am horrible about drinking water. I know if I would just do it and make myself get in the habit it would come naturally.
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  27. I’m good about water when I’m working out (and for a while after), but that’s the only time. I need to work on this.
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  28. Great tips for staying hydration! It’s super important!
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  29. Visiting from The Tough Mommy’s Monday Mingle! I can’t believe there are just 6 weeks until summer. I am NO where close to my goals and have kind of given up on myself – which is so sad. So I sit on the couch and get more sad. I remember the month I did stick to my workout routine drinking water was a must – and although it means I make 235 bathroom breaks a day I know my body needs more h20!
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  30. I’m guilty of not getting enough hydration–especially when I was breastfeeding!
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  31. I made the switch to water a month ago. Now I couldn’t imagine how I drank so much diet soda. Combined with healthier eating and working out and I’ve lost 23 pounds in a month!
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  32. So important to hydrate! It’s going to be warmer here too, I keep telling the kids to bring extra water to school, you just just carry a bottle with you everywhere
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  33. a good tip that I found useful. I had an alarm go off every few hours on my phone to remind me to drink my water. After a few days it became a habit!
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  34. Annnnnd here we are…summer!! I am making a huge effort to drink more water. In fact, after seeing this post, I am going to go refill my cup!
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