I hate using the word ‘journey’ when referring to this…
Habits are such funny things. The good ones are hard to keep up and the not so good ones are oh so easy and comfortable to fall back into. Drinking water and making sure I drink enough water is one of those good habits that I very easily fall out of. After my gastric bypass I was recommended to drink 2-3L of water a day and I’m sure we get those recommendations for good reason.
I have made a very conscious effort to try and increase my water intake this week. For the last couple of months there had been more days than there should be where coffee was the only liquid I drunk all day and I knew I could not continue like that. As well as the not drinking enough, or any, water I have also been snacking. I know I shouldn’t snack but I’ve fallen back into that habit and it has been so hard to break. So. Many. Bad. Habits.
I’ve started reducing the amount I have been breastfeeding and I know when I stop completely I will really need to get back on top of my diet again. My actual meals are pretty good but I need to cut the snacks out. I have been trying and failing not to snack these last couple of weeks but seeing my weight start to climb a little bit with the reduction in breastfeeding has made me really reassess where I’m at. It basically gave me a big kick up the bum.
This week I decided to really focus on water. I set myself a goal to drink at least 2L of water each day. I figured since I wasn’t having any luck with the no snacking that I should try and sort another bad habit out. Just making an effort to always have a water bottle with me and setting times throughout the day when I want to have drunk a certain amount by has made it so much easier. I’ve been getting my water in and I feel SO much better for it.
In a great coincidence because I’ve upped my water intake and have been drinking throughout the morning and afternoon I’ve found it so much easier not to snack. I find if I can get to lunchtime without snacking the rest of the day is easier and I’ve done it three days in a row now. I think I was mistaking thirst for hunger and I haven’t been needing to stop myself snacking, I’ve had no desire to. Why didn’t I think of this earlier!
I always find it hard to drink enough water over winter, it’s cold and I just don’t feel like it a lot of the time. Hopefully now that summer is on its way back I will find it easier to keep my water intake up over the next few months. I feel so much better for it and if it makes everything else easier then I have more motivation to do it.
Do you struggle to get enough water in over winter? Comment below and tell me your best tip that helps you drink lots of water!