Day Two: Drink More Water
Okay, you may be thinking to yourself, “Duh, Jennifer. I already drink a lot of water and I spend just as much as I ever did on groceries.”
But, are you being real about how much water you’re actually consuming each and every day?
This summer, at the encouragement of my uber thin hairdresser, Jonathan, I set a goal to drink a minimum of 100 ounces of water a day. A gold star day would entail drinking a gallon of water but:
- I’m not a giant person
- I’m 45 and I have the 45-year-old bladder to match
So, we settled on 100-ounces as a daily target.
And let me tell you, increased water consumption has made a big difference in my energy level and my snacking habits. Water has boosted my energy and reduced my snacking. (I know. I, too, am utterly amazed.) #foodloversunite
I’d been a 6-8 glasses of water a day drinker, you know, like all the nutrition books recommend. That equaled to about 64-ounces of water most days. But, the extra 36 ounces has made a huge difference. [bctt tweet=”Save Food Money by Drinking More Water: If I’m on track for ingesting 100 ounces, I have little to no interest in snacking between meals ’cause there just ‘ain’t any room.”] I’m sure I’m saving at least $1 or $2 by not purchasing workday snacks, you know, that 3 0’clock cookie or the 11 a.m. bag of popcorn.
Here’s how I’m drinking that 100 ounces.
First, I have a 25-ounce water bottle, which I keep attached to my side at all times. I get panicky if I can’t find it. In fact, I have a couple spare bottles. I try to down my first 25 ounces between rising in the morning–around 6:30 a.m. and getting to work, usually around 8 a.m.
I drink another 25 ounces by noon for a total of 50 ounces. I try to drink the next 25 ounces by the time I leave the office, which is difficult. I get really busy in the afternoon and I frequently work for a couple of hours without remembering to take a few swigs. But you know what? It’s okay because I’ve gotten a good base of hydration in the morning.
Whatever I don’t finish to get myself to the 75 ounces, I finish on the drive home from work.
That leaves me just 25 more ounces to drink by bedtime. If it’s a hot day or I’ve been really active I can usually get in another 25 ounces for a total of 125, but that’s a rare day.
Bonus, all that water is keeping me super hydrated, which leaves my lips smooth and kissably soft. Which is saving me money on lip balm! It’s just a giant circle, I tell you.
I know children and growing husbands need milk and fruit juice but offer water first. At least 3 times out of 10, they’ll agree to the water, saving you even more money.
How much water do you drink a day?