Healthier 2021: Laura’s Staying Hydrated

This article is part of our Healthier 2021 series, in which we follow three members of the WebMD team as they strive to improve their health this year. You can follow their travels here.

By Laura J. Downey

A few weeks ago, while I was sitting at my weekly WW (formerly Weight Watchers) “maintenance” meeting, one of the women in our group started sharing. She showed us this very pretty mint rose gold half gallon water bottle with inscriptions on the side like: “10 am – you got it” and “2 pm – halfway” and “8 p.m. – you did it!” Seeing the bottle immediately made me want to get one because it’s easy on the eyes. Plus, I know I need to drink more water every day. Normally, I probably drink, at most, two 16.9 fluid ounce bottles – far from the recommended four bottles per day.

So when my friend Centuria asked me what I wanted for my recent birthday, I told her I must have this bottle of cold water. When he arrived I was so happy. I filled it in and I was like “Whoa!” That’s a lot of H2O! I was in and out of the toilet several times during the day and night. And as boring as it may be, I enjoyed the fact that the water filled me up. Instead of looking for something sweet, I grabbed my brand new two-tone pink and teal bottle.

It’s crazy to think that putting water in a nice container would make me want to drink more of it. When I’m at home or at the gym in my apartment complex, I bring it with me.

If carrying a cute water bottle does it for me, I’m starting to wonder if I should take a track lap too! Maybe it’s time for me to ditch the workout outfit I’ve had for years (think loose white t-shirts with cutout sleeves and hole-riddled shorts) for a few trendy pieces! Then I’ll be really ready for any Peloton challenge that comes my way. And if I’m not 100% ready for a run, at least I’ll look good by getting past the pain (i.e. increasing the pace and resistance) on the bike.

A month later, I learned that this wellness journey isn’t all about eliminating sugar from my diet. There are several things that will help make me a healthier and happier Laura. And since my body needs water to survive, I will no longer deprive it of what it needs. I will drink every day. Cheers!

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