A little over two weeks ago, I started an experiment to drink a gallon of water a day for 30 days.
Here are some tips I’ve found to make drinking a gallon of water a day easy for you…
1. Add some flavor. So far I have put either lemon juice or cucumbers in my water. If you haven’t tried cucumbers, do it. It’s so refreshing! Or if you want to get fancy, try this recipe for Strawberry Lime Cucumber Mint water.
2. Start early. If you get up at 6:00 AM, start drinking your water at 6:00 AM. That way, you can be done with 24 oz. by 8:00 AM. Maybe even 32 oz. by that time! But the later you wait to start, the longer it will take you to finish. (Duh.) This is especially important for those who work and can’t be running to the bathroom whenever they need to (like teachers). Get as much water down as you can in the morning.
3. Use an app to keep track of your consumption. I have been using Waterlogged on my iPhone and I believe it’s available on Android devices. It’s free and very helpful. You enter the water you drink and it keeps track on a cute little graphic. You can have the app send you reminders to drink. It also graphs your daily water intake for you, so even if you aren’t hitting your goal of a gallon, you can still track your daily ups and downs. Here are some screenshots from Waterlogged. You can see in the middle picture that I have my preferred glass (my 24 oz. Tervis Tumbler) saved, so whenever I finish a glass of it, I just hit “Record glass” and it knows it’s 24 oz.
4. Take pics of yourself to track progress. Selfie it up! Try to take the pictures in the same lighting/time of day each time. I admit, it’s kind of hard to get true comparison shots, but I’m trying my best. I do early morning in the same spot in my house with the same lighting. Along the same lines, weigh yourself each week to see if drinking so much water is helping you to lose weight. This does not apply to me because I’m pregnant, but if I wasn’t I’d damn sure be tracking my weight. Any positive changes you see will help keep you motivated! See my progress pics in my Week 2 Update post.
5. Be accountable to someone. For me, that’s you guys. If I don’t finish my 128 oz. of water each day, I feel like I’m letting down people who are curious about this experiment. And the results won’t be legit unless I am faithfully drinking a gallon of water each day. So that’s how I hold myself accountable. By sharing my progress on Facebook, Twitter, and in my blog posts. Maybe your accountability partner will be your best friend who wants to do the challenge, too. Just find someone that you can check in with and who will make sure you are sticking to it!
6. Drink your water from a big cup. I have two 24 oz. Tervis Tumblers, a Yankees one (mine) and a Phillies one (my husband’s). This cup is pretty indestructible, plus it is double-walled to keep your drink either cold or hot. The advantage to having 24 oz. of water in one cup is that you fill it up less times and you get more accomplished by finishing a glass. It feels great to finish one drink and check off 24 oz. in your water tracker! Yes, it’s expensive for one cup, but I think it’s worth it. I have also seen these at Bed, Bath, & Beyond with different sports teams on them.
7. Use a straw. An alternative to the Tervis Tumbler is just a big 24 oz. cup with a good ol’ straw. Slurping the water through a straw is quicker and more efficient than just sipping without a straw. You can find these cups all over the place. I always see them at places like Home Goods and TJ Maxx in the checkout line. Although if you want a 24 oz. one, you may have to get one online.
8. Drink water with your meals. Do you drink a beverage with your meals? How about with your snacks? Well that’s four or five perfect opportunities to drink a big glass of water at each sitting. For me, this means replacing the orange juice I have with breakfast and the milk I have with dinner. Although if I’m well on my way to meeting my goal, then I will just have the milk. And obviously you still have to have milk with things like cookies and brownies. Just make sure when the meals are appropriate to have with water that you don’t miss and opportunity to add ounces to your tally.
9. Add some spice to your life. Spicy foods make you want to drink water– fact. Add some crushed red pepper to your slice of pizza. Put some hot sauce in your taco. Buy some wasabi peas at the grocery store. Order hot wings. Anything that will make you reach for the water!
10. Remind yourself why you’re doing this. Drinking all of this water is a good thing! You WILL see changes in your body. Sure it can be a pain to be constantly drinking and peeing, but it gets easier. And it’s worth it!
Have you found any tips that are helpful when trying to drink a gallon of water a day?