• Stacia

Drink Up: A Gallon A Day

I drink about a gallon of water a day.

Yes, I have to pee a lot. I know that you were going to ask, so I figured I'd go ahead and get that out of the way.

So, how did I get to that point? I didn't just suddenly start drinking a gallon a day, but before I get into that, let's start with why. Why do I drink that much water? Well, I'm sure you've heard that water is good for you. Your body is made up of a lot of water, and drinking enough helps keep your body functioning. Your muscles, kidneys, brain, digestion, and skin all need water to keep up with their normal functions. Water is what's going to get those toxins out of your body, and if you aren't drinking enough, your body is going to have a tough time functioning.

I can tell when I don't drink enough water. I feel sluggish and just "off." I know that I'm not at my best. Last summer I was in a weird funk. I wasn't drinking enough water, and I knew I needed to get back into my habits. So, I started slow. Every morning, I would drink one glass (just 8 ounces) before ANYTHING else. Breakfast, caffeine, etc. Then, it went from one glass to one bottle. At the time, I had a 20oz water bottle, and I'd drink the entire thing first thing in the morning.

During that time, the 20oz bottle was perfect. Small enough that I could carry it in my work bag, but big enough that I didn't have to refill it every five minutes. I would drink one first thing in the morning, one before lunch, one at lunch, one in the afternoon, and one in the evening at home. Eventually, I was at those five a day - 100oz. That was my habit every day that summer, and it was great. It was also VERY hot during the summer, so it's a good thing that I was drinking that much water.

Now, 100oz was more than I should have been aiming for. At a minimum, the rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces of water. SO, if you weigh 180 pounds, you should drink 90oz of water. If you weigh 210 pounds, you should be aiming for 105oz.

Then, I ended up switching to a different water bottle. It's 52oz., and I love it. So now, I only have to drink 2 1/2 of them each day (eventually, I'll probably get one that's a half gallon). I fill it up in the morning and try to finish the first one by noon; I try to finish the second one by dinner, and then, I drink half of one between dinner and a bit before bed. This makes it so much easier because then I'm not having to count and wonder "how many times have I filled this up?"

With a smaller water bottle, it can also help to use something like Fitbit or MyFitnessPal to track your water. One more tip - if it's summer or you're working out a lot where you're sweating, you're going to be losing more than just water, so I HIGHLY suggest drinking more than just water. My favorite is Hydrate from IDLife. Why? No sugar, all the needed electrolytes, and coconut water. Personally, I love the fruit punch flavor, but I know others are a fan of taking the grape and pouring it into Popsicle molds to make sugar free frozen pops!

I hope this inspires you to try and drink more water and gives you some tricks to help you get to whatever your goal is!

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