Parched

by Ginger on June 12, 2014

in Get In Mah Belly

I’m a terrible water drinker. As in, I mostly don’t. No, really, except for my pregnancy/nursing days, when I have ice cream, and….that’s about it, I will admit most days I don’t drink a single glass of water. I drink other things (tea, lemonade, diet coke), but not so much on the water. I know. I KNOW ok?

But some digestive issues, plus some skin issues, plus some “oh for heavens sake Ginger, just be a damn GROWNUP & drink your water” issues have led me to attempt to try and drink more water. I realize that a lot (most?) people are probably going to think I’m ridiculous for even needing to “try” but here we are.

So far, I’ve been meeting my goal (+/- a few oz) every day this week, which I know isn’t very long, but is still a pretty good run for me.  Here’s what I’ve been doing:

Plant Nanny

Plant Nanny

Awww, isn’t he cute?

Plant Nanny is an app (obviously) that sort of…incintivizes water drinking in the form of this plant that you either grow or kill based on whether you drink enough water. You can set reminders throughout the day to push to your phone notifications (which I do), and I guess you can try different plants as you water each one enough for it to grow. I’m trying the free one for now, but may spend the buck for the regular version if I keep using it because 1)yes I find the ads annoying and 2) it has history & charts & stuff that I tend to find interesting.

There are some things I don’t love–there are limitations on the ounces they list mostly, so they don’t like my 44 oz cup at all–but so far it’s helping to get me in the habit, so I’m going to keep trying it.

Pretty New Cup

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Yes, I bought myself a “special” water cup, even though that’s never really helped me before. There are a few reasons for this. First, I wanted some pretty visual cue to drink my water. Second, I wanted something that my cat couldn’t drink out of.

So far, this succeeds on both counts. It’s a 24 oz. Tervis, which I’m liking pretty well, even if I don’t really need the insulation part of it since I drink my water room temperature most of the time. But it’s pretty, and easy to drink out of, and the cat can’t get in it, so all that is a win.

A Plan

To anyone who drinks water easily and regularly, the fact that I’ve set a schedule/plan for how to get myself to drink water probably sounds asinine. But I’m trying to make it into a habit, and the plan has been helping. It’s pretty basic.

I fill my cup up with water before I go to bed, then put it somewhere the cat hopefully won’t knock it over during the night when he’s being a jackass and trying to get my attention. Then in the morning when I get up & while I get ready, I drink that whole glass. I can’t have my morning diet coke until I’ve had the whole thing, so I finish it before I leave for work.

I have my morning Diet Coke for the next couple of hours–it’s a big cup, 44 oz, though I fill the sucker so full of ice that it’s probably only 24-30 oz of soda. After I finish it, which is usually about 1.5 hours before I have lunch, I fill that cup up with water, using whatever ice is left. Something about the ice and the straw make it easier to drink water at work, even though I don’t usually like ice water at home. Weird. I make myself finish that before I can have another Diet Coke. Which I usually HAVE to have sometime around 3pm if I want to make it through the last bit of the work day, so that’s my absolute finish line.

Then, at night, I fill my Tervis up one more time, this time usually with a little squirt of lime or lemon juice. I finish that before I go to bed so that I can fill it up and start the whole thing over again in the morning.

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I don’t know if this is more or less water than I should be drinking for my body, but this is where I’m starting. Again, I want to make this a habit, more in the “I need to drink water throughout the day” way than in the “I need these specific many ounces” way. This makes it easy–two of my Tervis cup, 1 of my Diet Coke cup. No other futzing around necessary.

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I don’t know why I’m so bad at drinking water, but I really hope I can get better. We’ll see how long I stick with this!

 

 

Leah, agirlandaboy (@agirlandaboy) June 13, 2014 at 12:29 pm

I’m kind of in love with that app. And I have the same issue with needing to remind myself/reward myself to drink water. If I don’t, I’ll go all day without drinking anything other than one cup of tea, and I know that can’t be good.

What’s worked for me: (1) always ice water because room temp is gross, (2) straws when available, (3) carry a bottle of water in my purse, (4) always have water before I allow myself to drink anything else. Some days are better than others, but it’s silly how proud it makes me when I do a good job. (My life is thrilling, obvs.)

Nanette June 13, 2014 at 9:40 pm

Giirrrrlll, I am right there with you. I’m awful at drinking water. I can finish a bottle while I’m working out, and my husband and I both like to chug sparkling water at night, but during the day? Meh. I like my cups of coffee. That app sounds helpful (and looks adorable). I’ll try it out.

Tragic Sandwich June 14, 2014 at 4:33 pm

I try to drink a lot of water (kidney stones), but sometimes (often) the day gets away from me and I try to catch up once I’m home. I’ve found that it can help to put some fruit in the water–sliced oranges and lemons are good–if I get tired of the regular water.

The app seems fun, though.

Nonsequiturchica June 16, 2014 at 2:31 pm

You sound like my husband while I chug water like it is my job. Good luck with drinking more. I like to put cucumbers and lemons in my water for a different flavor.

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