Avoiding the Bedtime Water Binge

It’s 8:45 P.M.  In about three hours, I will begin my attempt to make up for all the water I didn’t drink today.  I’ll fill up the water bottle that I keep in my bathroom (there’s just something about bathroom sink water), stand by the sink, drink it quickly, fill it up again, and repeat several times.  Then I’ll be up at 2 A.M., 4 A.M. and 6 A.M. using the potty. 

Why is it so hard to drink water?  Water is essential for the body to function properly.  It flushes toxins out of our organs, carries nutrients throughout our bodies, and provides a moist environment for our insides.  Water is also an important factor in weight loss and maintenance.  Knowing how very essential water is to life, why is it so hard to drink throughout the day?  I’m not going to attempt to answer that question because I have no idea how to answer it, but I will give a few tips to help myself and, hopefully, others be better H2O guzzlers.    
 

  • Frequent Sonic between the happy hours of 2 and 4.  Instead of the usual Diet Coke with easy vanilla, try a large water and add your favorite flavor.  Cranberry and strawberry are my favorites.  You can’t beat Sonic ice, and it’ll cost you less than fifty cents.
  • Brew your own at home.  Grab a nice-sized pitcher and cut up your favorite fruit or veggie to throw into the pitcher.  Add water and refrigerate for a couple of hours.  My two favorite add-ins are strawberries and cucumbers.  Peaches would be tasty, too.
  • Measure out your eight (or more, depending on if you are pregnant, nursing, etc.) glasses the night before and pour into a pitcher or separate water bottles.  Having the visual of how much more you have to go before you’re “done” for the day might make the water go down more easily, especially if you’re the goal-oriented type.
  • Write down eight times during the day when you’ll promise to drink a cup.  Keep the times posted at your computer or on your fridge.  Better yet, set your phone or computer to alarm you at those eight times.
  • Retreat back to your toddler days and try watered-down juice.
  • Revert back to your elementary days and try a “water log” sticker chart.  Give yourself a sticker for every day that you meet your water goal.  After a certain amount of time (decide in advance) of no missed days, reward yourself with something that you typically withhold.
  • When you have a junk- or fast-food craving, down a glass of H20.  It will make you feel fuller and, if you’re like me who constantly craves junk, it will end up taking several cups off your water goal.
  • Freeze little pieces of orange, lemon, or lime to use as ice cubes.
  • Don’t allow yourself that diet vanilla Coke until you’ve drunk at least two or three cups of water.
  • Buy a fun cup.  Water tastes better when you have a cup that matches your personality.
  • If you prefer to drink from a straw, buy a pack of silly straws.

 

I’ll be bedtime binging tonight, but tomorrow I’ll make a fresh start.  I’m going with the sticker chart.  See you at the water cooler…

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