New Year’s Resolution Check In
I know we are barely two weeks into the new year, but according to this New York Times article, 1/3 of the people who make New Year’s resolutions will break them by the end of January. So, now probably is a good time for a New Year’s resolution check in. For me, that means providing an update on how I am doing with my Just 1 Thing Challenge goal and sharing my tips to drink more water.
The just one thing I decided to focus on is drinking at least 64 ounces of water a day, and I have been using my Waterlogged App to keep track of my water and hold myself accountable.
I am pretty proud of how well I have done. Since I started focusing on this goal on December 29, I only fell short of my goal once, on a Sunday:
I think it’s interesting that I drank a bit more water the next day. I do remember being more thirsty the next morning.
Over these past two weeks, I have developed some tips to drink more water.
- Keep track throughout the day. As crazy as it seems, I am realizing that if I don’t log my water as I drink it, I can’t remember how far along I am towards my daily goal. Did I drink one bottle of water or two since I got to work? Did I refill my water bottle once or twice since lunch? If I’ve had a hectic day, I really can’t remember.
- Set mini-goals. On weekdays, I try to drink 16 oz before I leave for work, another 16 oz before lunch, and another 16 oz before I head home. That leaves 16 oz for the evening, which can be a struggle, but is doable. On weekends my schedule is less rigid, but as long as I make a conscious effort, I can reach my goal.
- Alternate other beverages. I usually drink close to 16 oz water first thing in the morning (some when I wake up, some while I walk the dog. some during and after my workout), and then enjoy two cups of coffee with breakfast before I head to work. Instead of stopping t Starbucks on my way into the office, I try to put off my Starbucks run until I’ve had another 16 oz of water at work. Then in the evening, I hold off on pouring a glass of wine until I’ve had that last 16 oz of water. These self-imposed rules make sure I drink my water before I enjoy other beverages.
- Make drinking water easy. I am still amused and amazed by how much more water I drink when my cup or bottle has a straw. Some people like to drink their water from a special glass, or add a flavor like lemon, lime, or cucumber, but I’m fine with plain water. On the other hand, I hate how slow our refrigerator water dispenser is, so I started keeping a pitcher of water in the fridge so I can refill my water bottle more quickly.
- Appreciate the benefits of water. Before I started focusing on this goal, I probably was drinking 32-48 oz of water a day. I know it was impacting my energy levels and making me vulnerable to snack attacks. I definitely feel better and have been less tempted by mindless snacking now that I am reaching my 64 oz goal.
If you made a resolution are you still sticking with it?
Do you have any tips to drink more water?