My goal for January was to drink at at least 64 oz of water every day.
I put this as my first goal on the list this year, because I have been struggling with this for quite a while now and I feel it had priority over anything else. Sadly, I have to tell you that if I am completely honest with myself (and you), I am still majorly failing at the whole “drinking enough”- thing.
Great! I already failed the first monthly challenge. I am really not proud to admit that.
I knew this goal was going to be difficult for me; I knew that I still have not found a way to stick with the water drinking.
You must know that I loathe drinking. The physical act of pouring liquids down my throat does not excite me. Especially, if I am not thirsty at all (which I hardly ever am). I know that seems pretty silly, right? But I swear it is the truth and I go to great length to try and avoid drinking if I don’t have to. I guess, I am lacking a gene or something, but really only very rarely do I feel thirsty at all (and as you know, you should drink something before you even get thirsty). On top of that, I do a lot better with hot drinks than with cold drinks, which – can you guess it – is a problem when it comes to water (which doesn’t taste any good when it’s hot, unless it’s tea) and becomes a problem particularly in the summer. I think you can see, where this is going.
There were days this last month where I did really well. I started my day off with a big glass of water before I left for work and remembered to fill my 32 oz water bottle and make sure I drink and refill it one more time during the day.
Sometimes, I forgot to refill and was pretty much trying to gulp down another 32 oz before leaving the office. Hello, bloated belly. But hey: I drank my 64 oz.
Other days, I wasn’t so lucky. There were still days, not many, but still too many, where I basically forgot to drink anything at all (except for my morning coffee and a glass of water with dinner). Mostly, this happened on the weekends. You’d think that with only this one goal taking priority over anything else, I would have managed to come up with a fool-proof way to make sure I get my water in, but alas, I slipped up more times that I care to admit. Even if I remembered (I sometimes set myself reminders on my phone), I’d find “excuses” (not very good ones obviously, but still excuses) to postpone the drinking.
The bottom line is: I have to try harder. This is not something I am going to give up on, as it’s really critical health-wise. Hence, I will have to focus on not one, but two goals in February. Luckily, my February goal (more on that in a few days) will not take as much daily focus as the water drinking does and so I am hoping to continue to try and make drinking a habit to the point where I don’t have to constantly think and remind myself all the time and where I won’t despise it so much.
If you have any recommendations or tips on how to beat this problem, please do share. I am really a bit desperate at this point.
How did you do this month? Did you succeed or have a hard time, too?