One of my New Year's Resolutions was to drink more water. I want to look healthier, and I want to feel healthier. Yesterday I tweeted that I felt horrible because I hadn't drank any water, and I usually drink six glasses by four PM. This led to lots of questions about how I drink that much water in a day, which made me all excited because I love when people ask me questions. (They inspire the best blog content!)
I had planned on writing blog posts about how I'm tackling each of my resolutions, so it worked out perfectly! If drinking more water or getting healthier was one of your New Year's Resolutions, then I hope you find this post to be helpful!
Use a tumbler. This sounds crazy, but I drink so much water when it's in a cute tumbler. Maybe it's something about it having a straw? Or that it's 16 ounces, so I don't have to refill it as often? My mom bought me this one for Christmas, and it is basically one of my accessories at this point because I take it everywhere with me. If you're in college, I highly recommend this Camelbak bottle. It has a filter, so you can fill up with sink or water fountain water and not feel like you're going to die.
Infuse. The thing that has helped me the most is infusing my water. I keep sliced oranges and cucumbers and frozen cranberries in the fridge at home and at work, so that all I have to do in the morning is throw them in my tumbler, add some ice cubes, and fill it up with water. It takes the same amount of time it would take for me to make a cup of coffee on the Keurig.
Make drinking water convenient. I buy my fruit and cucumbers over the weekend, slice it all up, and store it in a container in the fridge so that whenever I need it, it's there and there's no work involved. I also don't keep soda in my fridge at home. I have a few Diet Cokes in the pantry in case I need one, but because they're not in plain sight, I'm a lot less likely to grab one of them.
Apps. I use apps to hold myself accountable and track how much water I'm drinking. Another awesome thing about using an app is that it helps to determine how much water you should drink. I really like Daily Water because I'm a visual person, and you just click on a glass of water after you've drank it. My friend Courtney told me about Plant Nanny, and it's cute because when you drink water, it helps your little virtual plant grow. It also sends reminders or tells you to slow down if you're drinking too much water at once.
By making this one change in my life, and actually getting into a routine and succeeding at it, I've been really inspired to take more control of my health! After some discussion last night, my boyfriend and I have decided to cut back on the amount of dairy and gluten that we consume and see if we notice any changes in our health.
How are you coming along on your New Year's Resolutions? I want to hear all about it!
Happy Friday! I'm so excited because Annaliese is coming to visit me this weekend!