Day 1: Stay hydrated

The first step is always the hardest. If you’re reading this, you’ve already taken that step.

Kathy just wants you to drink eight 8 ounce glasses of water today. That’s only 64 ounces. She doesn’t even say no coffee, juice, soda, or alcohol. Nothing is off limits. You just need to have 64 ounces of water first.

In The Lean, she gives great tips for how to accomplish this, including front loading, and how staying hydrated helps your metabolism.

Some people might curl their nose. I did when I was younger. I worked on getting over the water hump in my teens; being able to drink water, in general. Yes, I know that sounds weird, but addicted to soda didn’t give me a real fondness for bland, old H2O.

If you’re not a fan of the taste of water, or lack of, you can add lemon. Rich Roll, an ultra-marathoner, has written that he likes to add lemon to his morning to water to alkalize his body. So that’s an option.

For me, I drink just a little at home, then make a point of chugging through my 20 oz reusable water bottle 3 times throughout the work day, refilling it a fourth time before I leave for the night.

My biggest pitfall comes on the weekend, when I’m at home or on the go. Essentially, when the monotony of the work week is disrupted.

I’m fortunate that my company has a water cooler. For those whose do not, it might be a bit more challenging. Water fountains are always good. Also, a filter on your kitchen facet is a great idea. Fill up a few reusable bottles and put them in the freezer over night. Toss them in the car in the morning, to have throughout the day.

I encourage using reusable bottles. Ditch the aluminum cans and plastic bottles.

Remember to grab your badge from Kathy’s site.


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2 thoughts on “Day 1: Stay hydrated

  1. Wow, three bottles while at work? How are you not constantly peeing!! I get through one, maybe two, at work. I personally believe that vegans need to drink less water due to consuming more fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables naturally provide water to our diets. So I drink when I’m thirsty, but not until I explode!!

    1. Haha! You make a good point. I don’t disagree. The 64 ounces is really if you’re trying to lose weight. Fill you up with water so you don’t reach for something else.

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