Tiffany, Week 5: My Best Tips for Drinking More Water

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People often ask me: “How do you drink so much water?”

I started increasing my water intake in 1997 when Andy and I were engaged. Ladies, if you’ve planned a wedding, you know how stressful the time before the big day can be. Everything has to be perfect and all eyes are always on the bride. I remember reading something that said drinking water would help cleanse, detoxify and distress my body and make my skin glowing for the big day. That’s what I needed! I wanted less stress and flawless skin for my wedding day and the ceremony pictures. (Funny how vanity will always win! Ha!)

But I was a big diet cola drinker. I would drink about four 12-ounce cans a day along with my coffee in the morning. Needless to say I was pretty dehydrated and at times my skin would look dull because of lack of proper hydration.

So I used a reward system. I decided to only allow myself 8 ounces of coffee in the morning and a 12-ounce can of diet cola with lunch. I told myself I had to drink at least three 8-ounce glasses of water between my coffee and noontime diet cola. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t allow myself to drink the diet cola.

You know how soda can make you feel bloated and gassy? Well within just a month of doing this, I got to a point where I just didn’t want the diet cola anymore but I wanted water. I’ll admit, in the beginning I was always visiting the ladies room but it didn’t take long for my body to adjust and my body to need the water so I’ve just maintained my consumption and increased it. Today it’s normal for me to drink at least a gallon a day. If I’ve had a hard core work out about a gallon and a half.

Here’s my best advice on how to drink more water:

  1. Always have a bottle of water with you and keep it full.
  2. Take a drink between every bite during your meals.
  3. At work, keep a tally of how much water you’ve had on a Post-it note at your desk. Make it a goal to leave the office at the end of your day with 4 to 6 hash marks.
  4. If you have to, set an alarm that reminds you to drink water.

I hope I’ve helped. Post a comment and let me know what you do to drink more water each day.