Drinking More Water

I decided that I should be drinking more water and so I started logging my water consumption on my Fitbit app.

Last summer, I posted about hydration guidelines so I went back and reread what I wrote. I really should listen to myself more because I had good advice there.

When I first started, I realized that I wasn’t drinking nearly as much water as I thought. Drinking more water was going to take some planning.

One thing I realized is that I dislike drinking water in the morning. I don’t know why but I’ve always felt that way. If I don’t start early in the day, though, I end up either being short on my goals or of drinking a lot of water right before bed. You know what that leads to…trips to the bathroom during the night.

In fact, just sitting here writing this made me realize that I’m way behind on my water consumption today. If I don’t get some water quickly, I’m going to be chugging lots of water this evening.

You can find all kinds of recommendations for how much water to drink but I decided to just go with the standard recommendation of 8 servings of 8 ounces of water. In other words, 64 ounces or one half gallon each day.

Logging my water consumption makes it easier for me to see what I’m doing. I’m using my Fitbit app for tracking. I like seeing how many ounces I still need to get and how many days in a row I’ve met my goal. As you can see, I don’t make it every day but I’m doing better than when I first started to track.

I guess there’s not much these days that can’t be quantified.

Drinking water is supposed to be good for you though I haven’t noticed any real changes yet. I’ve only been working at this for a couple of weeks so perhaps the improvements are not really visible yet. I do notice that drinking water reduces my hunger during the day.

How about you? Are you tracking anything new? Do you drink lots of water? Maybe more than 64 ounces? Let me know in the comments.

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