One of my goals for 2013 was to drink more water. That sounds so simple and easy to do, yet it’s something I’ve never been able to manage. I can’t recall a time where I ever drank the recommended amount of water per day or even came close to it! I know you’re supposed to drink at least 8 cups a day, but on a good day I manage… oh, maybe 4. I’ve also gone days where I’ve just forgotten to drink water and don’t even realize it till I’m in bed for the night (don’t ask me how because I can’t really answer, it just kind of happens).
It’s not that I drink other things instead of water regularly, either. Tea is my drink of choice. I drink milk from time to time (soy or almond) but I usually only have some with cereal and rarely on its own. I don’t drink coffee and I rarely drink soda. I drink wine or cocktails on weekends, but even with all these other non-water related drinks I don’t even hit 8 cups of liquids a day.
(I was reflecting on this with G the other day and joked, “How is it that I’m basically like a camel? Am I going to start growing a hump?” I’d like to think I was particularly out of it that day, as why on earth I thought it was a good idea to suggest to my boyfriend WHO IS IN TAIWAN AND THEREFORE FAR AWAY FROM ME that I might start growing a camel hump is beyond me.)
I’m not an idiot and know that drinking water is great for you and I need to do it more often. So! In light of this, I have decided to create what I will term a “water drinking challenge” for myself. The challenge is to make sure I am never without water. I have a mug of water at my desk at work and drink out of my Google+ tumbler at home. If that mug is empty, I fill it up right away. If there’s always water in the mug, then I know I will drink more water than I usually do. I do actually like drinking water, so if I always have water near me then that naturally leads me to drink more of it. This is not hard at all to accomplish, so I’m hopeful that this will get me in the habit of upping my water intake!