So, recently I’ve been waking up in the morning with my mouth feeling like a dehydrated loofah sponge. Ew. Gross. I know you didn’t want to hear that. But imagine how I feel having to experience it!
I know that it’s important for me to drink enough water everyday. I don’t drink soda, juice, coffee, lemonade, or anything else really. I mean, once in a blue moon I’ll have some oj with a fancy breakfast. (To be totally honest, ok, I’ll admit that I have a diet soda a couple of times a week, but all evidence seems to point towards the idea that this will be the one thing that actually will kill me in the end, so I’m not proud of it.) Generally speaking, I drink only water. But not enough of it.
A few years ago I had myself on a kick ass routine of drinking 64 oz of water a day ( a pretty standard recommended daily quantity) and I felt great. I stopped getting headaches, I had incredibly clear thinking, I never felt bloated, and I wasn’t nearly as tired all the time. I remember thinking to myself, “How did I function before without drinking all this water?”
Skip forward to my second pregnancy (which was three years ago) and I developed a bizarre aversion (did you know pregnant ladies get aversions in addition to cravings?). Well, it was more than just bizarre, it was potentially harmful. I couldn’t stand drinking anything. I had to force myself to drink anything at all and in the end I chronically felt like my mouth was made of cotton balls.
Now fast forward to present day. The really unfortunate part of all of that is that once my son was born (almost 3 years ago!) the aversion lifted but I’ve never been able to get back into the habit of drinking my water. Yeah, I drink some but if I get up above 20 or 30 oz of liquid a day it’s rare.
Weekly pledge: I’m going to drink my daily 64 oz of water this week. Everyday. I’m going to try to incorporate it on a simple schedule: 12 oz (that’s what one of my glasses holds) before each meal and another 12 oz thirty minutes following each meal.
If you’d like to join me in this attempt to drink more water put in your two cents in the comments section and let us know you are on board. Then you can give us and update on how you did next week.