I try my best to drink water during the day, I really do. Over the years I have kept numerous water bottles at my desk, but I either forget to drink from them, or if I do then don't have enough time (or willpower) to get up off my lazy butt and refill smaller bottles after I've finished one off. I routinely find myself at the end of the day never having refilled my water glass/bottle that I started at the beginning of the work day - not good.
Then I saw this post on Pinterest. What a great idea and easy way to make sure you get your daily 64oz! Measure and delineate the water levels in a bottle for every 8oz, then mark what time you should be at each level by! I pinned the idea months ago...and never implemented it. Doh!
Last week, with an 11-miler scheduled for a forecasted VERY warm Saturday morning, I really concentrated on making sure I was drinking a lot of water in the days leading up to it, and was constantly checking the color of my urine to make sure I was on-track hydration-wise (there's no such thing as TMI amongst runners, right?). The run was brutal, let's just leave it at that - I don't even want to think about what I would've felt like if I hadn't been properly hydrated.
I know myself well enough to know that I'm not always so diligent about getting all my needed water in while prepping for a run. And summer temps are certainly not going to get any cooler, so I definitely needed an easy way to keep on top of properly hydrating. And then the Pinterest idea re-surfaced...genius!
One thing I should note is that I am insanely picky about my water bottles - especially those I keep at the office. So for this project I had the following criteria:
- "Cute" enough to keep out on my desk all day, but cannot be unprofessional (no cartoon characters);
- Clear so I can see the water level inside the bottle;
- Big enough to only need to be refilled at lunch (at least 32oz.);
- Rigid straw (I despise sport-spouts when I'm in a non-sport environment, so it had to have a straw, but not a bendy-flex straw - those are just a breeding ground for gross things.);
- Dishwasher safe; and
I truly spent about 20 minutes at the store pouring over all my options (thank goodness it's summer - so I had plenty of choices). I finally settled on a clear pink one with cherry blossoms on it that has a straw that can be detached from the lid for thorough cleaning. Once I got home and cleaned it, I pulled out my measuring cup and a sharpie and got to work. Here's the final product:
It's working out really well so far! It's so easy to look at clock and then at the water level, and know whether I need to drink more or not. Plus I'm really loving the pink with the cherry blossoms - it's so cheery! I'd recommend this easy project to anyone (honestly the hardest part was choosing the bottle)!