It can be hard to remember to drink a lot, can't it? I've found it helpful to drink from water bottles throughout the day for a couple of reasons:
1. I get a more accurate measure of how much I'm drinking. I know if I drank 3 full bottles worth of water and the bottle holds 20 oz, then I know I drank at least 60 oz of water.
2. Carrying around a water bottle and keeping one front and center at my desk reminds me to sip continuously throughout the day. Sometimes at work when I'm doing something repetitive I'll even make a point to take a sip every time I accomplish a little something. Before I know it, the bottle is empty!
I can't post a link, but the Mayo Clinic website has a nice article called "Water: How Much Should You Drink Everyday?"
that talks about how to determine your hydration needs, which foods can also make significant contributions to your fluid intake, etc. I started paying closer attention to my fluid intake a few years ago when I took a hot yoga class and was pretty much forced to drink a ton if I didn't want to pass out! Now it's become habit and harder to go all day forgetting to drink. Good luck, gracesmomma, you can do it!