Tag Archive: dehydration


If you’re feeling rundown and sluggish or have a headache there’s a good chance it’s because you’re dehydrated. An adult of normal weight needs about 8 – 8oz cups of water everyday. If you’re overweight, exercise or live in a hot, dry climate you need more. I struggle to remember to drink enough and wanted to share some great tips I’ve come across to help get it all in. These came from a recent FlyLady newsletter.

1.  Put up post-it notes to remind you: Bright red or neon. Any color to get your attention. Set up a reminder on your phone.

2. Get 4-16 oz bottles of water and set them out each morning. Refill each night.

3. If you have a hard time drinking water, use a pretty glass or favorite cup. You can also drink out of a straw. Try it. Water goes down much faster when you suck it up.

4. Keep a bottle of water in your car, by your chair, and by your bed. When you think you are hungry, drink a glass of water first.

5. If you can’t keep up with the number of bottles you are drinking then use rubber bands on your water bottle. Each time you refill your water bottle roll one up the bottle.

6. Drink water at the top of every hour and at the bottom of the hour. Set your timer to remind you to drink up!

I like to use a refillable bottle. No reason to create more waste. Find one that makes you smile. One of my favorites is from Old Navy and says “Caution Extreme Awesomeness” on yellow police tape all over a black background. I’ve also got the TurboFire one that they use on the workout DVDs.

Try and avoid drinking coffee, soda, energy drinks, alcohol, etc. as they can dehydrate you and give you a bunch of unneccesary extra calories. If you want some flavor in your water try adding a little lemon or lime juice. Figure out what works best for you and drink up! Have more ideas? Leave a comment!

Back on Track

Ever had one of those days where you just totally blow it? That was yesterday for me. It started off ok. Well, I didn’t get my Shakeology made until after 10. Got distracted and finally realized I was getting a headache from low blood sugar. Once I had my shake I immediately started feeling better, but then my whole eating schedule was off. Made rice cake soup (it’s a Korean thing) for my family and was going to eat something different, but there ended up being a lot of soup (there’s no recipe, just dump in ingredients) so I decided to just have that. That was the beginning of the end. I find that when I eat processed foods, like the rice cakes in the soup, I don’t feel satisfied and end up wanting to eat more and more. I also didn’t drink enough water and thirst can be mistken for hunger.

So, I ate way too many calories, felt sluggish all day (except for the few hours between my Shakeoloy and the soup) and skipped my workout. Not good. At least now I can look back and see where the train started to derail so I can avoid another day like that. It’s all about learning from our mistakes and moving on. There’s no point in beating ourselves up and wasting time feeling sorry for ourselves. We all slip. The ones who are successful in the end are the ones who get back on track and don’t give up. We don’t fail unless we quit trying