I will admit that this is perhaps the biggest struggle in my life. I often feel week, tired and over consumed with things and I believe strongly that this is much to my own doing. I seriously know that I should not be this way. I should drink my water but something in me just doesn’t want to and I just do not want to make it. I am honestly not a big drinker of anything but I do have my favorites. So what I do now is make myself drink a bottle of water when I first wake up. Some days are easier than others. Then I get ready and while I am getting ready I work on my second bottle of water. After these two bottles of water I drink a smoothie or iced coffee. I then sip on another bottle of water and have breakfast.
After this I have a little bit of down time and am working on my fourth bottle of water. I finish this up and allow myself a snack only after I have drank four bottles of water. I drink the fifth with the snack, taking a drink in between each bite. Not only does this help me feel fuller longer from my snack but it also helps me to enjoy my snack for a longer period of time so I feel like I am eating more than I actually am.
After snack time it is back to drinking and I drink my sixth bottle of water. After I have drank 6 bottles of water I will allow myself a calorie free/low calorie sports drink. This is tasty and one of the things that I love. I actually have a favorite diet drink that would be preferred if I could afford the high cost that it has.
It is generally around lunch time now and I allow myself to eat my lunch. If I am having a busy day or working I am eating one of the portable bars and some lite yogurt and/or a protein bar. While I am eating I am doing the same water thing that I did before. I know that I should be eating more veggies and stuff at this time but seriously protein bars are so easy to tote around that it is just the best choice for me.
I drink an 8th bottle of water in between lunch and afternoon snack time. By this time I have all of my water in. This means that I drink whatever I want for the rest of the day although I try to stay away from soda or anything carbonated for reasons having to do with bloating. If I want to have any alcoholic beverages I drink a glass of water after every two. I also make sure to drink at least 10 bottles of water the day that I am drinking and the day afterwards.
So as you can see it is possible to easily and quickly get in as much water as you need. The fact remains that if you make excuses like I did then you will never get anywhere. A great thing that I do for myself with all of this is make sure that I am tracking myself and keeping myself accountable. I know that I can do it even if I feel like I can’t. The best thing for me are groups that require me to account for my actions and what I am doing.