Thursday, January 20, 2011

I've Got a Drinkin' Problem

Uh, a water drinkin' problem.  I don't drink enough of it.

You see, last week, I joined up with some friends for a round of the Game On Challenge.  It's a way to incorporate healthy habits into your life, with the motivation factor of some friendly competition.  (I did this last year, and you can read a little more about that, here.)  I get points for drinking water, but in order to earn those points

I have to drink 3 liters every day!

That is approximately 101 ounces.  Which, for me, equates to about 101 trips to the bathroom each day.

Okay, I'm kidding about that.  But, really, for me, 3 liters is a lot of water.  I'm just not one of those gals who carries her water bottle with her everywhere she goes.  I rarely drink from public drinking fountains.  And when we go to a restaurant, I'm the only person at the table who doesn't need a refill.  I just don't drink much of anything.

I know, I know, that isn't something I should brag about.  I'm just lucky I haven't had any kidney stones yet, right?  I've probably been on the verge of dehydration for most of my life.  Obviously, increasing my  daily intake of water is a good thing.  But 3 liters is sooooo much.

The other day, right after polishing off my first liter, I took Superkid to a movie.  Do you know how many times I had to drag Superkid out of the theater so that I could use the restroom?  Four times: twice before the movie started, once during the movie, and once immediately after the movie ended!  

(Too much information?  Sorry.)

So tell me, water drinking blog-readers out there, how do you survive?  This is my first full week of 3 liters per day.  Is my bladder going to adjust?  Am I going to start seeing the benefits of a dewy complexion and increased energy anytime soon?  Am I ever going to actually enjoy drinking all this water?

FYI #1:  I rarely ever drink soda, either.  I kind of wish I had a soda habit, only because I'm always hearing people say that they lost 30 pounds when they quit drinking soda.  I'm sure it isn't easy for them, but goodness, I wish that was all I had to do!

FYI #2.  According to the National Institute for Health, you can safely drink up to 8 liters of water a day.    I checked, hoping they would tell me a number less than three.  

Alright, enough complaining!  I need to go chug some water.  Bon Voyage!


  1. I was SO hoping someone would comment a genius way of drinking more water. It must be that everyone who has read this post struggles to drink enough water as well.

    I am trying to drink more water as well. And like you, I don't drink soda.

    Hope you have another post on this subject.


  2. Love your blog, and I also have a drinking (ok well not drinking)problem. I know I don't drink enough but I'm not sure how to drink THAT much water. I'm glad I'm not alone.