LA Weight Loss - How do you get your water in??
01-13-2006, 09:37 PM
Hello All... I need some help getting my water in. I work in an elementary school so I carry around a nalgyne bottle with me. I know that I need to get two of those bottles into me by the end of the day, but often I'm only down a little bit by the end of the school day (I'm on the move constantly from room to room so I usually put the bottle down somewhere and forget about it).
I try putting lemons in the water, and that helps a bit, but I still can't seem to get the water in me. I was using the Crystal light singles, but I was getting flack for it from some of the COD's. Some were telling me to go for it, and others were telling me that it didn't count as water intake. It wasn't something I was doing everyday, but it was helping me get the water in. One of the COD's...well she wasn't too bad gave me a box of the singles cause she said they were good.
Anyways, what helps you guys get that dreaded amount of water in? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
01-13-2006, 09:43 PM
On my non-WI days, I make sure I get a 16oz Poland SPring in before I leave the house...I always drink one or two in the car and one with each meal, etc. Im the opposite, a water junkie...
01-13-2006, 10:00 PM
I drink a 16 oz glass befor eI leave out the house in the morning. room tempature, I just gargle it down.
I then make myself drink 16 more oz before I can have lunch (ussually I am far past that notw that I am use to it)
I get another 16 oz in before I go home (about 5PM)
That leaves just one glass before I go to bed. and if I happen to get busy, I will gargle that one down right before getting in the bed like the morning one.
I carry my water bottle with me when I am running an errand at work also and many days I am pass my 64 oz by about 3 or 4 in the afternoon.
when I first started I would just have a 8 oz cup around and just fill it and drink all day long. Mayebe this is what you will need to ddo to start. Make a water schedule and stick to it. Don't allow yourself any other liquids until your water is down. make your food spicier to make you have to drink water.
I don't belive that there is another person who hated water as much as I did, I would NEVER drink water and would go without liquids if water was my only choice. I had to stick with it and I am fine now.
You can and will do it.
01-13-2006, 11:01 PM
I don't know how you do it as a teacher. When I was teaching, I'd try to drink more water and then I'd have to go to the bathroom all day long and I was miserable! Good luck!
01-13-2006, 11:05 PM
When I worked, I bought a keg of water with a tap to keep in my office (you could use your classroom). It really helped because I didn't have to remember to bring in bottles (I'm finicky). Anyway, I think 20 oz bottles help because they are a manageable, guzzle-able size. Three and you are almost home, ya know? I always had a full bottle on my morning commute and one before I would allow myself to take a lunch. I'd fill my bottle up for the afternoon commute (not long, thank God). Start drinking it and soon you will crave the hydration and it will be MUCH easier.
01-14-2006, 02:46 PM
Thanks for the suggestions! I think I'm going to have to sit down and make a water schedule and actually stick to it. I think I'm going to have to pour the water into a glass instead of drinking it from a bottle... that might help too.
And you're right about the bathroom breaks. It makes it hard when I can only use the bathroom during a scheduled break.
Thanks for the suggestions!
01-14-2006, 04:09 PM
Another idea is to try using a straw -- I seem to drink it faster that way!
Also, I drink some Crystal light everyday -- when I first started they told me that it was also a diuretic. (this may be more pseudoscience, though). . I just love the taste - I get the kind with calcium (tangerine something) and drink some every morning.
01-14-2006, 05:52 PM
Our tap water tastes awful so I have to drink bottled water. I add the generic Crystal Light packs for flavor. They have 0 calories versus the name brand! By adding the flavorings, Ive got my kids to drink more water.
01-15-2006, 10:42 AM
The easiest way I have found to get the water in is to have one 8 ounce glass immediately before and after each meal and one with morning and afternoon snacks. That makes 8 glasses and it is alot less intimidating than that huge 64 ounce water bottle that they sell at the centers. Good luck!
01-15-2006, 11:03 AM
i love the crystal light lemonade...added to water.. but in my mind that is'nt drinking water.. its cheating..so i need to drink plain old water... its not that hard to do in florida.. it gets som darn hot here.... i would rather drink water then Cola (Diet)
01-15-2006, 11:15 AM
I also teach in a special needs class and I have problems sometimes getting my water on in too. So I bought a big jug at Wal-mart and it is 64 ounces and I carry it around with me and it helps me get it in
01-15-2006, 11:41 AM
drinking sugar free gum helps me (I guess I am tricked into thinking it is flavored). Chocolate will help me drink more water, too...but that kinda defeats the purpose.
01-15-2006, 12:27 PM
Drinking sugar free gum? Like put a piece of sugar free gum in your water bottle?
01-16-2006, 11:34 AM
I drink my water lukewarm. It is a lot easier to get down than cold water.
01-16-2006, 12:45 PM
I've also been told that if you drink warm water, it is absorbed by your body easier than cold water.
01-20-2006, 03:40 PM
I drink my water lukewarm. It is a lot easier to get down than cold water.
it is easier to get down i also drink it in bottles with at least 2 servings cause it doesn't look like a ton of water. but now i am drinking a 33.8oz water bottle and all it takes is 2 bottles. Krista
01-20-2006, 06:13 PM
Krista- My COD actually decided I was drinking too much water, and had me cut back. With coffee and tea, I was over a gallon a day.
01-20-2006, 07:44 PM
I also have a huge container with a spigot that holds a week's worth of water! I have it in my classroom and fill up my coffee cup regularly! The other thing that has worked for me is to have two bottles. One on my desk and one at the front of my classroom where I tend to stand a lot!
01-20-2006, 08:47 PM
I carry around the 64oz jug and start at 530 am and by dinner it is gone. But I also take the cap off to drink it, my DH says I will get more water in at a time that way. I like water though and it has to be room temp never cold for me.
Hope it gets easier for you.
01-21-2006, 04:09 PM
Last year at the fair I got one of those 1 liter bottles of water (it was hot here...LOL) anyway I figured some day I'd find a use for it. Well, as it turns out 1 liter = 32 ounces... So I look at it this way... I only have to down Two of them a day and that's it. Makes it easier for me.
01-21-2006, 05:51 PM
Thanks for the tips ladies! I've tried pre-measuring out the water in my bottle and then pouring it into a cup. That seems to be working. Also drinking with a straw seems to be working.
I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one who has troubles getting in all that water!
01-21-2006, 06:18 PM
I also add the chrystal lights. It doesn't feel like cheating to me. I knew I needed to increase my water, but my biggest demon was sodas (diet). I was caffiene addicted. So I started out with buying caffiene free. After a while I lost the taste to want that too much. The water tasted good in a bottle, but I couldn't drink it all day. Now I have a different approach. Variety all day. I might drink a V8, Orange Juice (I usually just stick to raw orange), chocolate milk (cuz I hate milk and can't get my calcium in), chrystal light, water, and an occasional caffiene free diet soda. Having said that. I just drink 3 20oz bottles. By alternating them, I never felt like I was stuck with 1 taste all day. I know that sounds like a lot of beverages, but I was drinking 6+cokes per day and 2 glasses of water.