I need to drink more.

Happy FitFriday!

Last week I talked about the importance of realistic goal setting. I set some of my own; failed, succeeded, and started over. Sometimes its so freaking hard to start, right? But I did, and I’m proud to get back to health finally! I gave myself another new challenge this week and you should too! This week I’m going to…


I haven’t been getting anywhere near what I should be for the last couple of months and I know it has contributed to how crappy I’ve felt. So this week my old good habit came back into play, my trusty frozen water bottle sitting out on the stove and I take a drink every time I pass through the kitchen (which is a lot). It’s been working, it was pretty easy to slip back into the habit and I’m feeling better (and peeing way more) already!

If you’re starting your fitness journey now, this is how went about teaching myself to drink more water by creating the habit to do so.

I started with meals, and no, I still don’t drink water with my meals. I find it unpleasant to my palate. It’s weird but whatever, I’d suggest you drink it with meals if you like that kind of thing. I drank a glass immediately before my meal or while I was cooking. Back then, I would down it like I was chugging a beer. I just wasn’t a water drinker yet. But there was a duel purpose for drinking it then; it helped with weight loss. I had just had baby number two and had about 50 pounds to lose. My stomach was already a little full, soI didn’t eat as much. I stayed full longer and would know that if I did decide to eat something, I’d have to drink another cup of water. LOL. Sad but true.

To get the other 5 cups I was aiming for back then, quite often I’d drink Zero Calorie Vitamin Water or would infuse my own using my favorite Infuser Water Bottle.

I also would fill half of a reusable water bottle and freeze it, then fill the rest when I was taking the kids for a walk or had one in front of me if I was doing a workout video. I still do the freezing thing, only now it’s a reused milk gallon. I fill about ¾ up and freeze overnight, fill the rest and leave it on the stove all the time. I don’t even realize I’m drinking it half the time. I just grab it take a swig as I’m passing through. I also love these, perfect for long car trips and I’ll throw one in my shaker cup (minus the wire ball) to keep my intra-workout drink refreshing.

My whole thing is, find what tricks or new habit that will work for you. Hopefully, I got your wheels turning on how to incorporate more of it in your life! And here’s a little graphic to figure out how much you should be getting!




Meet Emmy Gatrell

Hi! I’m Emmy, a 42-year-old Stay-At-Home-School-Mom to two teenage boys, nine dogs, and a husband. I write and publish fiction in multiple genres including epic fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, dystopian, speculative fiction, and supernatural horror ranging from young adult through four-flame +18. As you can tell I love all things that go bump in the night ;) I also love food. I’ve published the first five cookbooks of my No Frills Cookbook Series. My first coffee table cookbook TACO FREAKS (52 Recipes and Thoughts about the Best Day of the Week) publishes soon!