I was losing very slowly until I went alcohol free for 40 days. Weight came off much quicker then. Now I strive for balance. Drink alcohol only 2 days per week max. Amazing what this little change can do to speed up weight loss.
I drink a lot of coffee in the morning, so the rest of the day I try to drink lots of water to counterbalance the diuretic qualities of the coffee. To do this, I carry around a big plastic cup with a plastic reusable straw that's meant for iced coffee--but it's filled with water! I'm not wasting any cups and the big straw ensures that I drink quickly. I also bring this with me to the gym so I can sip easily during my runs!
Sometimes at night, I get a craving for something sweet. Rather than having a cookie or piece of pie or whatever other bad thing is around, I make a cup of tea. I use a sweetener that has probiotics in it, and I can add as much as I need to, in order to beat the craving. The warmth and extra sweetness of a cup of Vanilla Caramel hot tea really stop my need for eating junk!
Today is my ninth day without drinking soda. I was a Diet Coke addict and always HAD to have that fix. I unconsciously gave it up just after Christmas and haven't looked back. I feel better and my workouts (surprise!) are so much easier to complete.
I always make sure that I drink my water for the day before allowing myself any 'special' drinks such as flavored carbonated waters. If I start drinking other things, I don't always finish my standard water intake.
I drink my eight glasses of water a day, but sometimes I need FLAVOR. I am on a budget and can't afford to keep buying gatorade/diet drinks just for me.
While I am at work, I will have an occasional cup of coffee. However, I keep a tall mug of water on my desk at all times so that I can sip on it throughout the day. As soon as I have swallowed the last, I get up and go get more water. If I did not do this, I would not drink nearly as much water as I do throughout the day. A bonus is that the stainless steel inside of the mug I use adds no flavors to the water I'm drinking--I hate when my drink tastes like some other, absorbed flavor!
I have a terrible time drinking water because ever since I was little I absolutely hate the taste (or lack of one?). But I know I need that water, so what I do is alternate drinking water with something else. I have a 24 oz bottle (3 cups), so I'll drink one of those and then switch it out with maybe a glass of milk or a glass of juice or some Gatorade for a little flavor and something that I like. I find that, for me, hating drinking water as much as I do, it's an easy way to motivate myself.
I have two Thermos water bottles (made specifically for non-carbonated cold liquids) that keep my water cold for 12 hours! They're great whether I'm at work or in my car or working out or whatever! My water is always cold and ready to drink.
To get in the habit of drinking water, carry a water bottle with you all the time. Give your self triggers to sip on the bottle...every red light when you are in the car, sitting in a meeting at work, every commercial on TV take a sip.
So, I just started here at SP. One of the things that my Wife has encouraged me to do is to get a good water bottle and fill it before I go to work and drink from that. A HUGE secret that I've found about myself is that if I have the bottle of water at my desk but off to the side, I will drink very little - like not even touch it. The trick is to keep it in front of me, near my monitor so it's always within view. Instinctivly, I reach for it, take a few sips, put it back.
I bought a 40 oz stainless steel water bottle from Klean Kanteen. (They come in different sizes and fun colors too!)
I keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator, which stores my 8-a-day. It's easier to track because I can visually see how much more water I have left. Plus, I have a horrible memory so sometimes I forget which glass I am on.
My secret is to drink sparkling water when I have a craving. The bubbles make you feel full and the salt counteracts the craving. The best sparkling water, IMO, is Perrier, as it is totally natural, and so tasty. If you are going to try this, buy sparkling water that is naturally sparkly, not one with added carbonation.
It's hard to drink 64 ounces of water in one day! I've found that it's helpful to pour all my water into a pitcher at the beginning of the day. Then, when I'm watching TV, using the internet, reading, or riding the stationary bike, I pour the water into a glass and sip it. You'd be surprised at how much water disappears when you're concentrating on something else. We know that distracted eating is bad, but distracted drinking is great!
I add approximately 1 tablespoon of organic, unsweetened cranberry juice to 8 oz of water. Refreshing and pleasant change from plain water (which I enjoy too!) If this is too tangy, you can sweeten with 1 drop of liquid stevia. Enjoy!
I know I am suppose to drink 8 c. of water a day. IF I even get 4, it is a miracle! People say to flavor it, use lemons, etc. Those ideas don't really keep me going with the water. So, I learned that if the water is ICE cold, I will drink more of it!
I go out with my friends at least once a week for drinks. But upon seeing that a couple of gin and tonics are like 300 calories, I've put the brakes on. Now, I'm sneaking a water on the rocks with a lime (looks just like a gin and tonic), and my waistline AND my wallet are thanking me.
I had a hard time finding a way to drink 8 cups of water everyday. Then, I started using a huge water bottle that holds 3.5 cups of water. I easily down 3 of them per day which puts me over 8 cups per day! =) I think it's a great investment!
If you're having trouble keeping track of how many glasses of water you've had (or can't get motivated to drink enough), use a paper cup and draw 8 boxes right on the side. You'll get to check off a box every time you empty the cup, and you'll see exactly how many cups are left to drink that day.