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post #1 of 23
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I NEED to start drinking more water. It's something I struggle with over and over ... how to get myself into the habit. If I buy bottled, I do okay. I'll pack three for the day and drink them at work which seems like a good start but it never fails that I run out or forget one day and then let it go for another week or two. I also HATE paying for water ... it seems silly.
I know some people carry around one bottle and refill it but I don't have a clean water supply to use at work for that.
How do you make sure you get enough water? Any tips on getting into the habit and staying on track?
post #2 of 23

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One thing that might help is to use those flavor packets that you can mix in to a bottle of water. I bought some sugar free Hawaiian Punch punch ones at WalMart for a $1.00 for a package of 10.
post #3 of 23

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Elaine,
I found an excellent article on how to stay on top of your water consumption. It's actually an article on how to get rid of puffy eyes, but it explains brilliantly how to keep yourself hydrated. Here's the link.
post #4 of 23
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Thanks for the article! I actually really like the rubberband suggestion!
post #5 of 23

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I have to drink my 8 glasses of water a day (at the very least) because as a type 1 diabetic I'm trying to keep my kidneys going and after 14 years they are still in perfect condition (OK the rest of me is cracking up and breaking down, but my kidneys are doing fantastic )

To start with I made it a rule that I cannot go to the bathroom without drinking a glass of water first, gradually increasing the size of the glass.

The more you drink, the more you go to the toilet, the more water you drink and around and around it goes.

One of the jobs I had was at a place with undrinkable water, really, really so I used to take 3 1.5 litre bottles of water a night (which is just over a gallon) but the trip home took an hour so I could drink one of those on the way home.

As you run out at work I would buy one of the large containers of water with a tap you can get at the supermarket and keep it in the boot of your car (or would that be the trunk?) that way if you realise you have run out of water you can duck out and fill them from the supply in the car. We keep one of those in the fridge at home it holds 10 L (about 3 gallons) and fill it from the tap every day or so (there are 3 of us who easily drink our 2 L a day ration and Des who tries his hardest - shame diet coke doesn't count, otherwise he would be winning the race

Then you can use the rubber bands as you go (only you would transfer the bands from one bottle to the other, rather than adding them as you emptied the bottle.

good luck elaine.
post #6 of 23

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Elaine, my friend Tisha (a paramedic) keeps a case of 1.5 liter water bottles in her car at all times. Then, if she is unable to refill the one she actually carries with her on the ambulance, she can just grab another from the back of her car. She drinks like 5 of these a day! But keeping them handy is how she finally got herself to drink more. She refills them from her house about once a week (she has filtered water at her house) and then just puts them back in the car for the next week. If you have a Big Lots near you, I know the sell the cases og 1.5 liter bottles, but I don't know how much they are. I know Tisha has been using the same bottle for like 2 months at a time, so the cost turns out to be pretty low. Either way, keeping some in the trunk will help keep you from buying all the time and keep them handy to use.
post #7 of 23

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Im very bad with drinking water too, and I am in hot ass 2nine which get up to 120 so I need to start drinking water myself. I think Im going to get me a lil water bottle that I can refill and carry that with me.
post #8 of 23
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Well day 1 I did awesome ... I think I drank a total of 4 16.9oz bottles and also ordered water with dinner. Then yesterday I didn't do as well but still made a point to drink 2 bottles of water during the day and a glass or so at home that night. Today, I've only had one big glass of water ... but I still have 5 hrs before bed!
post #9 of 23

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it works out even betta since you were starting tone up...
post #10 of 23

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There are many ways to get enough water from a combination of foods and beverages. In addition to pure water, the beverages can include most any liquids.
post #11 of 23

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I only drink water and occasionally juice, I drank only sodas back in the day and finally got tired of them. Once you get into the habit of drinking water it is so much easier to just do it. Maybe you can get a PUR water filter or another thype of water filter it is 30 something but it really is a lot cheaper then buying water bottles all the time.
post #12 of 23

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Originally Posted by Asiancracker View Post
I only drink water and occasionally juice, I drank only sodas back in the day and finally got tired of them. Once you get into the habit of drinking water it is so much easier to just do it. Maybe you can get a PUR water filter or another thype of water filter it is 30 something but it really is a lot cheaper then buying water bottles all the time.
I agree. Getting into the habit of drinking water is the hardest part. Now I love it. Or you can invest in a refillable water jug from a water store and have it filled when needed. They only charge 25 cents a gallon where I live and it tastes just as good as bottles water.
post #13 of 23

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Elaine~ I'm like you, I hate drinking not because I keep forgetting but because it's taste less .. you can try Crystal Light, It less calories mix drink, flavored your water so it doesn't taste boring
Oh, you can got to KraftFoods.com/SummerSavings, I know they have great coupons for Crystal Light and any other Kraft foods.. Hope you like it!
post #14 of 23
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I do Crystal Light on ocasion ... sometimes it helps and other times it doesn't. My biggest issue is breaking the caffeine addiction that keeps me drinking a few pops during the day. If I could get past the headaches and sluggish feeling when I skip them (who knows how long that lasts) I'd have a much easier time drinking more water. The only real habit that I've made with my water drinking is that it is the ONLY thing I allow myself with dinner. Other than that, I haven't made it very far. *sigh*
post #15 of 23

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I work at home, so it's easy to get glasses of water. I usually put some lime or lemon in my water, b/c it tastes better. Or I'll use those Crystal Light On the Go packets. I love those!!!!! Especially the one with the caffeine in it...that way I don't need to drink any soda to get my daily caffeine fix.
post #16 of 23
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I didn't know they had those! I'm going to have to look for them now!
post #17 of 23

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Just a word to the wise, if you are trying to drink more water to help with weight loss....SKIP anything with aspartame as the artificial sweetener(like the crystal light). All new studies I have seen indicate that aspartame actually stalls weight loss and in many people actually causes weight gain. Splenda (sucralose) has it's own negatives, but so far it doesn't cause weight gain or hinder loss. 4C makes the drink packets with splenda...and I believe they have a caffeinated one as well. I get mine at Wally-world.
You can also count ice tea,lemonade,and any non-caffeinated drink as your water intake if you are just trying to get in your hydration.....non-calorie versions(again beware of aspartame:ie Equal) if you are going for weight-loss.
post #18 of 23

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Drinking water is so important for good health.I drink eight glass of water regularly.it is good to drink eight glass water for our health.If you exercise you should drink another eight ounce glass of water for every 20 minutes you are active.
post #19 of 23

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I got one of these Camelbak bottles:


Seems the image is GIGANTIC.. sorry.

Anyway, it's AWESOME! I drink soo much water now. We now have around 6 for our houshold and got pretty much everyone hooked on them.

Works better than a nalgine because it's so convenient to just sip (you don't have to twist off a lid). I also carry a flat of normal "disposable" water bottles in my car in case I forget to refill it, or leave it at home.

But I drink so much, I find myself actually getting thirsty more.. which makes me drink more.
post #20 of 23
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Originally Posted by Lady Knight View Post

I have to drink my 8 glasses of water a day (at the very least) because as a type 1 diabetic I'm trying to keep my kidneys going and after 14 years they are still in perfect condition (OK the rest of me is cracking up and breaking down, but my kidneys are doing fantastic )

To start with I made it a rule that I cannot go to the bathroom without drinking a glass of water first, gradually increasing the size of the glass.

The more you drink, the more you go to the toilet, the more water you drink and around and around it goes.

One of the jobs I had was at a place with undrinkable water, really, really so I used to take 3 1.5 litre bottles of water a night (which is just over a gallon) but the trip home took an hour so I could drink one of those on the way home.

As you run out at work I would buy one of the large containers of water with a tap you can get at the supermarket and keep it in the boot of your car (or would that be the trunk?) that way if you realise you have run out of water you can duck out and fill them from the supply in the car. We keep one of those in the fridge at home it holds 10 L (about 3 gallons) and fill it from the tap every day or so (there are 3 of us who easily drink our 2 L a day ration and Des who tries his hardest - shame diet coke doesn't count, otherwise he would be winning the race

Then you can use the rubber bands as you go (only you would transfer the bands from one bottle to the other, rather than adding them as you emptied the bottle.

good luck elaine.

 

 

Great work! I agree, drinking liters of water helps to detoxify toxins on kidneys.
 

post #21 of 23

Hi
I fill up a two litre bottle in the morning and drink throughout the day.

And yes your skin will become clearer and your energy levels will soar,

and if you get headaches this will eliminate them.

 

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http://fitness2you.com.au/] North Sydney Personal Trainer


Edited by hilton - 5/26/12 at 5:25am
post #22 of 23

It also curbs hunger. Sometimes when we feel really hungry, we are actually thirsty.

post #23 of 23

Drinking enough water during the day is really tough! Especially as a busy mom. I have a water bottle I keep at work that I fill up as soon as I get into the office. When you have it there with you, you just end up drinking it. I really have seen an improvement in my body and energy after starting to drink a lot of water.

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