Twenty days to change: drinking 8 glasses of water a day

Someone once told me that if you can do something consistently for three weeks, it becomes habit. I’m not sure if that’s real or not, but seemed like trying to accomplish change over 20 days sounded reasonable. Now, that I’ve identified what are my main goals for weight loss/fitness improvement I will try to tackle each of these over the course of roughly 20 days. With seven goals to focus on, in about 6 months I hope to have developed some more healthy habits.

Recap of my fitness goals:

  1. Start taking a daily multivitamin
  2. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day
  3. Limit to only 2 cans of soda
  4. Eat at least 4 fruits/veggies
  5. Work out 3 x during the week
  6. Use a food diary to keep track of meals, eating patterns
  7. Complete three different races by June 2011

Goal:  Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily

Why I want to do this:  maintain good hydration, cutdown on sugary drinks

Progress:

During my first “Twenty days to change” post, I described my attempts to consistently use a food diary app called LoseIt.  Having now accomplished that minor step, I’m ready to start making progress towards my next fitness goal:  drinking more water.  I’ll admit it, there are days when I don’t drink any water.  It’s all coffee, soda, milk and that’s it.  As I’m increasing my activity level and watching the calories pile up on the LoseIt app, drinking 8 glasses (8 ounces) of water seems like a no-brainer way to keep fluids at a good level.  One can of soda can be ~140 calories.  Even if I replace one of those with water, seems like I break ahead.  I won’t keep as many details on progress on reaching this goal as the LoseIt app adoption, in the interest of sanity.  But I am raising a glass (of water) at the moment to cheer on making progress towards change….here’s to a great 2011!

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