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Karen Walrond is a (nonpracticing) attorney, writer, photographer, and creator of the award-winning site Chookooloonks. Karen is also the author of The Beauty of Different, a book that will convince you that the thing that makes you different might just be your superpower. She's also the creator of Lime Retreats, a retreat for that helps attorneys discover their superpowers, and use their forces for good, and not evil. She loves dark chocolate, a good rum, and she's wildly convinced you're uncommonly beautiful.

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i’m pretty sure i could survive a month in the desert

By Karen from Chookooloonks |

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.

Give up?

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.


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17 thoughts on “i’m pretty sure i could survive a month in the desert

  1. Kristina says:

    Just drink tea! I keep a pitcher of iced passion tea in the fridge at all times (buy the tea on Amazon in bulk, then keep it around iced) and it works for me really well. It also holds off some sweet cravings. If you like sweet drinks, try the Celestial Seasonings Bengal Spice tea. It tastes like the hot tamale candies.

  2. Kristina says:

    Also… Get a camelbak water bottle! I drink water insanely quickly with that thing :)

  3. Cindy says:

    I keep a water bottle at my desk at work. I’ve noticed that I tend to drink less water at home and on weekends. So, I guess what I’m saying works for me is to always be at work and that just sounds terrible.

  4. Janine says:

    I have glasses of water all over the house. ALL over the house. That way, there’s always a glass to remind me to drink whenever I walk into a room. (You’re going to need to ‘train’ the rest of the family to keep them filled for you, though!)

  5. Jessica says:

    You might consider a post-in on the tea cabinet: “Did you drink a glass of water first?” That way you’ll run smack into the reminder when you go to make tea.

  6. Maurini says:

    Perma-bottle on desk at work, pretty tall glass on night stand, roving-bottle on desk in den. It gets pretty addicting once you start, too – you’ll notice a difference in your skin tone and the dark-ish circles (it wasn’t extreme) under my eyes, vanished.

  7. Karen from Chookooloonks says:

    I LOVE these ideas, everyone! I don’t think I’ve had a glass of water (no, wait! 2 glasses!) since I wrote this post. SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE.

    I’m trying all of these ideas. ALL, I TELL YOU.

  8. Shosh says:

    I actually drink a ton of water, but in the winter I slow down (it’s cold, more tea). I found what really helped was to buy the small Camelbak bottle – I think it’s 500 ml. I’ve tried all sorts of different water bottles, but this one works the best for me, because the top has a straw. I find I drink way more this way…and they come in great colors. I keep it next to my computer while I work, and the second I finish, I refill and start again.
    Best of luck!

  9. Katka says:

    I am the same. Sometimes it’s 6PM and I realise I had one cup of tea in the morning and that’s it. I need to have a jug of water or tea around me at all times. I won’t go to the kitchen to fill one glass from the tap 8 times a day BUT if there is a jug/big bottle waiting for me on the table I will automatically grab a glass and drink it almost immediately. The other thing that helps is to keep one of those Starbucks tumblers around. I guess it all boils down to having a large volume of water available instead of getting 8 individual glasses :)

  10. Karen G says:

    I was in the same boat as you so this year I decided I would start with 5 glasses a day. I knew 8 would be too many. (I am a SAHM), so every night I fill a pitcher with 5 glasses of water. Then I know exactly how much I have already consumed and how much to go. Something about seeing what I have left when I go to the fridge or what ever is left in my large glass at the end of the day keeps me motivated to do it. I have only missed one day so far this year. If you are gone from home during the day, you could fill reusable water bottles with how much you want to drink. Seeing them emptying might motivate you. good luck.

  11. Robin says:

    I struggle with this too! I keep water at my desk at work and drink tea in the mornings, but the best advice I’ve ever received/read? Eat foods with water in them! Fruits and veggies, especially, of course. :) Good luck!

  12. Manisha says:

    I have major hydration issues! I finally bought one of those big nalgene bottles when I was told I need to drink half my body weight in water each day. I take this everywhere with me and sometimes (don’t tell!) I slip it into my camera bag. My goal is to finish two a day. For some reason 2 a day seems more manageable than 5 or 8 glasses a day.

    I feel much better when I drink the water. My skin feels better, I can think more clearly, and I have more energy. But then I am also hitting the bathroom much more these days.

    Good luck. I found this to be a difficult goal. I hope you have lots of success!

  13. Josie says:

    Try setting a timer on your computer to remind you to take a water break and then
    condition yourself to actually drink the water during that 5 min. break. You’re getting some water through your tea drinking. However, water is very good as it is for the body. I hope this helps you.

    Love the photos.

  14. Mika says:

    This may seem like a strange suggestion, but have you ever considered the temperature of the water you’re drinking? I’m a huge water drinker, but since I grew up outside of the States, I’ve never been able to drink cold water and often actually end up drinking hot water as opposed to room temperature water (much to the amusement of my friends!). I find it much easier to drink large quantities of hot water as opposed to cold water. I know it sounds kind of weird, but it’s really quite nice! (Although I suppose the winde glass wouldn’t work in this case!)

  15. Linda says:

    Like Mika, I also prefer drinking hot water during the winter. I used to need to put some lemon in it, but now I prefer plain hot water. After each cup of tea, I immediately fill it with hot water so that I have to drink that before I drink another cup of tea.
    My other suggestion is to start the day with a glass of water. I leave a glass of water on the counter from the night before and the first thing I do when I get into the kitchen in the morning is drink the glass. Good Luck!

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