Let’s play a game: since it’s almost the end of January, guess which of my New Year’s resolutions I’ve totally blown already?
The one where I promised I’d work out more? Nope — despite some travel, I’ve been pretty good about keeping up with exercise.
My commitment to make up my bed every day? Surprisingly, I’ve kept this habit going as well.
I promised myself I would drink more water. And I pretty much blew this one by January 2nd.
I drink so little water, people, it’s embarrassing. I can go days without drinking water. It is entirely possible I share DNA with camels, I drink so little water. The worst part of this? I have absolutely no excuse. It’s not like I don’t like water — I love water. I love being around water even grew up near water, there’s very little I like more taking a shower, so much so that sometimes I take more than one a day. Also? I actually find water kind of tasty, even tap water. Even more, it’s not like I’m substituting sodas or other soft drinks for water — I haven’t drunk a soda in close to 10 years.
It’s just that I’m rarely thirsty. And when I am thirsty, I’m illogically more likely to make a cup of tea than to grab a glass of water.
Normally, I wouldn’t really care: I mean, I generally eat well, stay away from junk food, and take pretty good care of myself. But this year, I’m turning 45, and this fact has hit me like a ton of bricks. All of a sudden, I’m concerned about my health in a way I’ve never been before. I’m researching my family’s medical history for things like heart disease and cancer. I’m noticing that my metabolism is slowing down (dammit), and that when I work out, my joints ache more than they used to. I’m noticing changes in my skin, and how getting enough sleep is becoming more mandatory.
And if you believe everything you read on the internet, guess what miracle elixir can help improve all of those things? You got it: water.
So I’m going to keep trying, but I’m going to need a few tricks to keep myself motivated. (My most recent one is serving myself water in a wine glass, as shown above. I figure if it makes me feel fancy, I’ll be more likely to drink it. Or something.) But I’d love your help: how do you make sure that you get enough water during the day? Do you keep a bottle on you at all times? Do you set alarms? Add lemon?
Inquiring minds would love to know.