Six Weeks ‘Til Summer – Hydration

hydration

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?