I do not drink enough water. That is all!
Jk, you know me better than that! I don’t drink enough water but I’m trying because I know I need it. I have Sjögren’s disease. My main symptom is extreme dry eye. So extreme that I had to stop wearing contacts when the eye dr told me that my blood vessels were started for tears and would grow over the edges of my contacts causing my eye’s to be irritated and red pretty much all the time. Even the contacts for super dry eyes did nothing to help so I became a full time classes wearer. I like to think it makes me look smarter!
Drinking plenty of water is by no means the quick fix for my eyes but I can tell a definite difference between them when I’m getting plenty of water and when I’ve been slacking. The proper amount of water depends on your weight.
Courtesy of Journey to a Fit Mom
You and I have learned since we were knee high to a grass hopper that water is healthy but here’s a few reasons why:
I have tried various different challenges to try to find my way in the water drinking world. The best that I have found comes from 30 Day Challenges Online.
As you know, I am a teacher, and finding the time to stop and guzzle water is not always a luxury I experience. Come to think of it, its actually not the guzzling that is the problem, its finding a second to run to the restroom!
A good schedule that has been working for me:
20 oz (or one Dasani bottle) when I am getting ready in the morning. I try to drink it all before my first sip of coffee because after that, it’s a struggle from there.
Some days, that bottle is all that I can count on but other days, when I truly focus on the bottle…no, not that bottle…get your mind right! When I truly focus throughout the day on that little bottle of goodness, I can fit it all in.
My next water session is just before lunch because, by then, my coffee well has run dry. (insert sad face 🙁
I drink approximately, depending on which bottle I refilled that morning, 11 oz atleast 30 mins before lunch. My favorite bottle to reuse is a large Fiji bottle because I only need two full Fiji’s a day and it makes me think of the beach and bikins’ and then it reminds me to drink water. Weird, I know!
I know some of you may be judging because plastic isn’t supposed to be reused because of whatever toxins they claim come out of the plastic. Here’s the deal, I get plenty of toxins walking outside, talking on my phone, using my microwave. I’m pretty sure they’ll get me before the bottle toxins will. Just sayin’!
During lunch with my crazy co-workers, I drink another 1/3 of my Fiji bottle which is another 11 oz. At this point, in my day, I am halfway through my prescribed water intake. Yay me!!!
So, the rest of the day can be smooth sailing or crash and burn depending on if I make a stop at Toot N Totum on the way home. I usually can fight the urge for a tea or coke, mainly because I don’t have cash on me. I get mad at myself when I use my debit card to buy a drink, just one drink, for $1.88 so I try to resist. When I am successful at resisting the devil, I consume the rest of my Fiji bottle, 11 oz, on my way to pick up the little one’s up from school.
Yay, so by now I have had 53ish oz of water. It’s time to cook supper and sip on, you guessed it, more water! I refill my Dasani bottle for this one and then drink it with supper. When that bottle is finally gone, I have consumed 73 oz of water, just a little less than half my body weight.
I do try to take into account that I need more water if I have caffeine throughout the day. A good rule of thumb is 8 for 8. If I drink 8 oz of anything other than water, I try to consume an additional 8 oz of water, almost like flushing the system.
On days that I don’t get close to my goal, I can tell. My eyes are itchy, my skin feels scratchy and my throat will hurt. I think there’s hidden body responses to tell you that your not acting right and I’m trying to learn to be still and listen. After you’ve gone through severe gut problems, learning to listen to your body is the absolute best healing factor I have found.
After you have listened to your body, DRINK MORE WATER!