There are things I am good at and there are things I am not good at. Hydrating is one of the ones I am not so good at.
This may make no sense because I have been running races for over ten years now, marathons for over 7 years, am running Hood To Coast on the nuun team, yet I can not keep myself hydrated. One word: nursing.
Whether you run or not staying hydrated is important. If you do run you need to drink even more water and make sure you are replacing electrolytes. For me, nursing a 9 month old, being a runner, and running in the summer heat of Northern Virginia, has caused it to be very hard for me to keep up with staying properly hydrated.
nuun is helping because I actually want to drink the stuff, but I am still not drinking enough to perform well [hence Sundays lack luster race performance].
My friend Jessica at Pace of Me, suggested that I write it down each time I drink a bottle of water. Great idea – right? So I would get to #1 and then forget to write down anymore and to be honest I was not drinking much more than a bottle or two anyways. The amount I was drinking in a day was not even enough to keep me hydrated if I was not a runner.
Jess then said that she had another suggestion that she just started doing, measure your entire fluid intake for the day in the morning. So I did it.
I woke up and filled up all the bottles of water I needed to drink for that day. This did not include the nuun I would drink, my coffee, or any herbal teas I had.
I know it may be hard for some of you to believe but I have a problem with overeating. I do it almost every day of my life and eat a sickening amount of calories a day[the amount I eat is equal to or greater than my husband some days]. If I was not a runner, I would be overweight.
I am convinced now after almost a week of measuring my water intake, that part of my overeating is due to being under hydrated. My body craves food because it needs the water from the foods. I am proud to say that yesterday was the first day in a very long time, that I ate a normal amount of food, and that I did not gorge on cookies, chocolate peanut butter, gluten free animal crackers etc. right before bed time.
I took Jess’s awesome idea, one step further. I am now measuring out the fruit I want to eat for the day. Every time I get hungry and want a snack, I see the pile of fruit that needs to be eaten and I grab an apple rather than reaching for something else. I have to pace myself because I know if I do not eat the fruit or drink the water through out the day, 8pm will role around and I will have 2 apples and 3 bottles of water to finish, which is impossible.
It may seem completely type A but I feel like this is one of the best ideas ever for staying hydrated and making sure you eat healthy throughout the day. This keeps me accountable.
How do you make sure you stay hydrated? Do you drink nuun? How do you stop yourself from overeating?
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