By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer
It all started on Facebook.
One day, as I was reading through my newsfeed, I came across a conversation about drinking 100 ounces of water every day.
The conversation talked about all the benefits of drinking 100 ounces of water. Everyone in the conversation claimed better health, successful weight loss, and radiant skin. All the comments were positive and there were exclamations of how adding 100 ounces of water to their day was life changing.
These comments were made by friends of mine, so there had to be some truth to what they were saying, didn’t there? After all, we all know that drinking more water can boost your health.
And if it’s on Facebook, it has to be true, right? *wink*
After reading this newsfeed thread, I decided this was going to be it. This was going to be the healthy habit I would adopt for 2015.
I sipped on water throughout the day. Since I normally drink coffee or tea, I find I really like the taste of water again. It’s so refreshing. I find myself wondering why I don’t reach for a glass of water more often.
Up to this point, my daily beverage consumption looked like this:
- 2 cups of coffee in the a.m.
- If I exercise in the morning, I drink another cup of coffee after exercise.
- At lunch I don’t bother with a drink at all.
- About 3 to 4 in the afternoon, I brew a cup of herbal tea.
- At dinner I may drink some water. Otherwise, that cup of tea in the afternoon is the last thing I drink.
There is no doubt that adding water to my diet is a good thing.
I decide to drink two glasses of water one right after the other in hopes that I diminish the number of trips I need to take to the restroom.
I knew that drinking more water would necessitate more trips to the restroom, but sheesh! This is ridiculous!
The numerous trips I’m taking to the bathroom have me wondering if I should be limiting the number of squares of toilet paper I’m using each trip. At this rate, my water consumption is going to necessitate an extra Costco size pack of toilet paper.
Discouragement is starting to take over. I feel like I’m having to arrange my whole day around knowing where a restroom is and trying to limit the times I drink my water to periods where I will be home.
First day of feeling success. Drinking water is becoming a habit. When we made a family trip to Starbucks, I skipped the coffee. I brought my reusable water cup and had them fill it up for me.
Not only did they fill my water bottle, but they gave me a $0.10 discount for bringing my own cup. It’s like they paid me to drink my water. Happiness in a small victory.
I can’t do it. There is too much on my plate today. I know that drinking 100 ounces of water will lead to too many restroom breaks and I simply don’t have the time.
I don’t want to quit just 5 days in, so I drink about 32 ounces of water that night.
Big mistake. After 2 middle of the night restroom runs, I decide I need to set a time after which it is impractical to drink any more water. I decide 6 p.m. is it. If I can’t drink all my water before 6 p.m., I won’t reach my daily goal.
Day 6 -9
These days all look the same. I try to figure out how I am going to schedule my day so I can drink my water and have a restroom available to me. Nothing up to this point has struck the right balance.
I’m a quitter. This doesn’t make sense for my life at all. I can’t drink this much and be productive. It’s not working.
It takes me 10 days before I start to research – why 100 ounces of water? Why was that a magic number?
You know what? It’s not a magic number. In fact, I can’t figure out why it is a number at all. When you read how drinking more water can boost your health, you find the formula for drinking the right amount of water.
The healthy amount of water you should be drinking is one-half your body weight.
For me, that means my correct amount of water is only 72 ounces of water a day. That is a HUGE difference from the 100 ounces that all my friends were drinking.
Based on this information, I made a new healthy goal.
Drink. More. Water. Period.
I simply wasn’t drinking enough water and was definitely drinking too much coffee.
I’ve adjusted my healthy goals. Now, it’s simply to add more water to my day. I’m adding a glass of water before I eat lunch and a glass of water before I eat dinner. I’ve also stopped drinking coffee after I exercise and have added a large bottle of water instead. I love cucumber mint water, so I’m no longer saving making a batch for special occasions. Every day is special.