Thank for the reminder. I love using straws for drinking. It helps me to drink more.
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1 1/14/13 11:22 A
I bought a water jug from walmart called "H2o on the Go" for roughly $2. It holds 74.4 oz of water. I use it at work.... I make sure I drink all the water out of it daily then refill it at the end of the day in put it in the fridge at work for the next day. For some reason I feel MORE thirsty when I drink a lot of water so I have found that I'm drinking water all day, everyday. Although I have more bathroom trips, I stay full! I eat a spinach,ham,cheese & boiled egg salad everyday about 9am and I guess since I am drinking soooo much water I'm not hungry until dinner! I sometimes need a little Oral stimulation so I chew Orbit Peppermint Sugarless Gum and it does the job for me! Can't wait for Summer to enjoy my new wt loss! :)
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105 1/14/13 10:42 A
Thanks for all the tips posted here ... At work I am more of a coffee drinker all day. I am trying to get in the habit of drinking water instead of me second cup of coffee.
I have to vary my water - infusing pitchers are GREAT. Sometimes I put in mint, sometimes fruit, sometimes cucumbers. It adds flavor to the water with no calories and it doesn't feel like a chore to drink it!
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77 1/14/13 7:58 A
I measure out my water for the day. Since I want it room tempature it's easy to glance and see if I need to chug more. My coffee mug holds 34 oz so that is my goal everyday for work. It's half gone. Pretty easy. The straw helps too. Bigger drinks. Drink up!
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13 1/14/13 6:28 A
Have a straw actually helps! I just keep sucking the H2O down all day. Perhaps it's the inner baby in me.
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45 1/14/13 6:17 A
Squeezing a little lemon into it helps for me. Also using large glasses with tons of ice. I need my water to be very cold!
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44 1/14/13 3:10 A
The water in my city (in New Zealand) is really cold and yum out of the tap, so im lucky.
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4,570 1/13/13 10:39 P
prepare a big bottle is the only tip of me. in winter I will prepare a heat resistant one.
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843 1/13/13 4:52 P
I have a 24 oz bottle at work and I drink at least 3 if not 4 bottles a day. I like my water icy cold, and as a treat I like soda water with some lemon in it. I drink probably 12-13 servings of water most days, and I find that if I skip it for more than a day I am headachy and my skin gets kind of unhealthy looking.
I also try to get water in with my food as well. I make a pineapple "sorbet" out of fresh, frozen pineapple and ice cold water tossed together in the food processor. I make a big batch and put it into smaller containers in the freezer. When it is very hot, sometimes I just eat an entire pineapple's worth for dinner. Making soup is another good way to add extra water to your meals. I feel fuller longer when I have food that is "wet" rather than dry.
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2,353 1/13/13 4:28 P
I keep cold water in fridge at all time since I like cold water. I always keep my water bottle full (which holds 3cups). I make a habit to drink a whole water bottle at my breakfast and dinner (so 6 cups total) and then I drink during my workouts
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55 1/13/13 4:02 P
I use the SparkPeople water counter to help track and motivate me.
I have no problem drinking water, love it, don't need to add anything to it. I haven't had a sip of pop for 3 1/2 years and let me tell you, it feels great.
The only tip I could add to all these great posts is for those who like cold water, fill a large water bottle to the brim with ice and fill w/ water, works great for work, you can drink cold water all day and have some ice to munch on.
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163 1/13/13 3:41 P
Have fruit squash - loads of water and a little bit of flavour.
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103 1/13/13 3:04 P
I really struggle with drinking enough water. I am a diet soda junkie,and have gone off of it for a couple of days; but never longer than that. When I do drink water, I really like sparkling water. I have to use my soda stream more, so I have the flavored seltzer water that I like. Thanks for all the hints.
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202 1/13/13 2:56 P
i always have a bottle of water near me and sip on it through out the day
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1,497 1/13/13 2:47 P
During the summer we make cucumber water and have it ready in the frig. Just a nice little extra for cooling. My Mom thought I was crazy when I would be home from college (a million years ago) and would heat water for tea but not put any tea it it. When we redid the kitchen I required a hot water tap that ran through our filter. Now I get a mug of hot water almost as much as I get water for tea out of the hot tap.
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24 1/13/13 2:16 P
My Walmart water helps a lot with getting those 8 cups in. Have to restock this week :)
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90 1/13/13 1:58 P
I always have water with me, in the car, by my bed, in the living room...everywhere! I used to drink soda, diet soda but I have not had any in over four months. If you don't like the taste of water try taking a little juice (maybe 2oz) and add seltzer or club soda, limes, lemons, or oranges. Adds great flavor and a bit of vitamin C!
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1 1/13/13 1:39 P
I just drank 16oz while reading all about water tips...made me thirsty...must reload my cup!!!
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32 1/13/13 11:39 A
I like to keep a pitcher of water in the fridge and add different fruits to it on different days. Some days I'll add sliced lemons, oranges, limes, even berries, like raspberries or strawberries. It gives the the water a nice subtle flavor and just makes it a lot easier to drink 8-10 glasses a day.
It has been entirely essential for my water habits (over 260+ day streak of 10+ cups per day!) to have a "fun" bottle to drink out of for out of the house and at work.
I also fill a 3-Cup glass of water when I am prepping food, cooking, cleaning, anything! Reading a book or magazine? Flip the page, take a sip!
Additionally, I never leave the house for errands/shopping without a full water bottle (mine holds 3 cups), so every time I get in and out of the car, I have to drink from it, and I just leave it in the cupholder. I'll have to come up with a new strategy for the summer though, ew!
Edited by: GRACEMCC45 at: 1/13/2013 (11:31)
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57 1/13/13 11:27 A
drinking enough water has always been a struggle for me. i always say that i'm going to track it on here, but then i don't keep up with it.
in any case, i've found Crystal Light flavoring, flavored sparkling water (especially the kinds at Walmart that have no calories, no sodium, etc), and the Camelbak water bottle to be helpful.
i spent some money on a lululemon water bottle that i LOVE! that way i am far more motivated to drink from it regularly... and the double bonus is that it says "i love running" on it, which reminds me on the days that i'm less motivated to get up and run
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122 1/13/13 10:22 A
My Camelbak bottle with straw has really been the trick for me. The sipper/bite valve on it is rubber and I find myself drinking more water just because chewing on the bite valve is a boredom buster haha.
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20 1/13/13 9:31 A
thanks everyone for the good ideas, im going to add lemon and sit some water bottles around, that way i wont forget to drink my water.i usally drink one first thing in the morning and a big glass after exercize but thats it and i know i need more so i think this will work for me.
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7 1/13/13 9:26 A
I keep a glass near my kitchen sink and before and after meals I have a glass of water. Not only does this help me get the water I need but it also helps me feel full.
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60 1/13/13 9:11 A
I drink 24oz on the way to work in the morning. Then I refill when I get to work and that has to be done by lunch and I refill again and that has to be done by the time I go home. That way I get most of my consumption out of the way before I go to bed.
I have a brita water pitcher on my kitchen counter (room temp my preference) and a couple of different water bottles...like one sparker posted the variety of vessels to drink from makes a huge different.
Actually this post inspired me to start using my water tracker to get my 8 glasses in.
I read somewhere, that one person drinks 2 glasses as soon as they wake up.
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16 1/13/13 2:07 A
Thank you all for your great ideas. Choking down 8 glasses of water a day is my biggest obstacle.
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91 1/12/13 11:54 P
i switch my water up from lemon water to putting a pitcher of water in fridge with orange slices in it. different taste
I drink 2 cups of water at each of my 6 small meals daily. I track it by using 2 cup sized bottles and line them up at the start of the day as a visula reminder and automatic counter of how much I have drunk. I aim for 12 cups per day.
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190 1/12/13 11:01 P
I'm a Diet Coke girl, so to get more water in I make myself drink all my water before I can have a coke. Two things happen as a result: I rarely even want the coke and if I do have it, it tastes so good, like a treat instead of something I mindlessly guzzle, and I enjoy it more.
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113 1/12/13 8:40 P
I have started keeping three full bottles in the fridge. I'll take one out to drink it. Then refill it and place it back in. Then drink the other. That way, I always have a cold and full bottle throughout the day. I use the Camelbak bottles so they are very portable.
I just started a pretty good system at work. I input appointment reminders throughout day "are you drinking water?" At least every 30 minutes I am reminded. It's really working! It's very easy for me to get all my water in before I leave work at 2:00 pm. Weekends I have glasses of water throughout my home. When I enter a room, I take a huge sip or two. This really works too!
I like the dehydrated packets of crystalized lemon, lime, and orange. I also like crystalized ginger with honey crystals, it only takes a couple 1/4tsp to make the water taste wonderful.
At work I HAVE to have ice in it or the taste of city water is like sucking on metal to me. As soon as it gets close to room temp, I can't stand the taste. I received one of the fit & fresh filtered water bottles as a gift, I'm hoping that helps with the taste.
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855 1/12/13 5:18 P
The temperature doesn't matter to me unless I am really hot and sweaty after a workout. If my core temp is really high, and the water is ice cold, my stomach will reverse engines and the water will come back up like a fire hose!
Remembering to take my water bottle to work is my problem. When I was laid off, drinking water was not a problem. I need to go buy one and just leave it at work.
I think just like with healthy food, the more water you drink, the more you crave it. It might not work for everyone, but just make a commitment to try drinking it, even if you don't like it much at first. I was absolutely addicted to regular pepsi since childhood. I gave it up cold turkey (any attempts to wean down just resulted in going right back to it) and took up water instead. Over two years later, and I haven't had a sip of Pepsi, and I really don't drink much other than water at all (and like it that way).
For a lot of people it is hard to adjust to drinking water after allowing themselves sweet and sugary drinks. Try putting a slice of either lemon or orange in your water. It will get it some flavor and trick your taste buds.
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1,181 1/12/13 3:06 P
If I have to get up in the night, I replace what I have just lost, so that's 1 before the day starts. Always 1 or 2 after exercise. I or 2 with a meal, sip water in the evening (which is why I need to get up in the night.
If I think I'm getting behind (I like to have had 4 by the end of lunch) I'll drink 2 glasses instead of 1 - just stand at the sink and knock it back straight out of the tap.
I agree, water should be cool not cold.
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6,716 1/12/13 2:49 P
I agree with the last poster... ice cold water gives me a headache, so I'll drink more water if it's cool-ish, but not cold. Hot tea is also a way I get more water in.
I made drinking more water (the recommended 8 cups a day) my New Year's resolution. Making an active commitment like that is helping me to be more aware of how much I am (or am not) drinking. I keep a large (24 oz.) water bottle with a straw at work; the straw helps encourage more consumption than sipping - bad for sodas but helpful here! Lastly I agree on temperature; I like mine cool-ish but not ice cold as it gives me headaches.
For a healthy flavor enhancer, I use a squirt of lime juice and a drop of Stevia.
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393 1/12/13 1:30 P
I too have found that the temperature of the water really makes a difference for me. I rarely need it to be ice, ice cold, but if its been sitting at room temperature, I won't drink it.
The biggest "aha" for me was trying different water bottles. I have a collection of 3-4 bottles which over time have become my "thing". When I first started, I figured a water bottle is a water bottle. Not true. The vessel in which I am constantly reaching for has to be something I *want* to reach for. And I've found that when my water intake starts slacking, its because I've become "bored" with the current bottle. Thus the need for me to have a few different ones!
The bottles I have are also different sizes. I have a SP cup that's about 16 oz. Another tumbler with a twirly straw that is also 16 oz. A screw on cap bottle that's 20 oz., and then a couple that hold 24 oz. Sometimes its a mental thing to say "I only need to drink 3 of these", or "I need to drink 4 of these today".
Speaking of which I am really bummed that I can't find the bottle that has been my current favorite. I recently decorated it with some vinyl and now I can't find it! I really hope its in the bike room of my condo building on my bike.
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131 1/12/13 1:23 P
I use "flavor enhancers" like mio. I know the water isn't as healthy that way but I find I will drink almost double with a little dash of flavor. I also use fresh fruit when I can in the water.
Having the water cold always helps me, from the tap just seems a lot harder than a really nice cool glass full, so I fill a bottle of how much I need to drink and put it in the fridge.
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169 1/12/13 9:40 A
Drinking plain water has not been my favorite thing to do, so here are some tips I do to help me get it in: 1. I bought a water bottle with a filtering system. This makes the water always taste good. Big helper for me!
2. I love hot drinks, so I experiment with a lot of teas. Most times I drink them plain, but sometimes i will add Truvia, agave nectar, honey or splenda if I need an extra boost of sweetness. My fovorite is Lipton's Super Fruit, Blue Berry.
3. I started out sipping on it, and work on slowly taking it in throughout the day, rather than guzzle.
4. To wean myself off other drinks, I started slowly diluting them with water until I no longer desired them.
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