This is an old post from the archives, but is still relevant in my life today (at 34 years old).

So, you want to start drinking more water and less soda, huh?  You’ve wanted to do it for a while, but you weren’t exactly sure how to go about it, right?
Well, let me tell you what worked for me:  Personal Water Cup
Simple enough!  I bought three or four of these cups that come equipment with lid and straw, AND they are sweat proof! Two or more times a day, I refill my cup with water!  Keeping them on my desk and by my yoga mat for easy sip access!
My cup has become an accessory.  When I leave the house for the day, I grab keys, wallet and cup.
I found that if I took my canteen with me everywhere, I was less likely to drink from it.  This was due to a couple of issues:

  1. The canteen had an airtight lid, so I could toss into my bag and curse it all day for its weight, but getting it out of my bag wasn’t always the easiest thing in the world to do.
  2. This sounds ridiculous, but it is 100% true:  unscrewing the lid and screwing it back on added seconds to what should have been a simple sip.  Yep.  I love my canteen for camping, because no one wants anything getting into their clean water while they are hiking.  But, if I am driving around town, running errands for work or doing yoga, I don’t want to have to fight with a lid for some hydration!

With the clear cups, I can see the contents all day, and it is as simple as reaching and sipping.  Reaching for the cup has become habit.  I don’t even pay attention to how much water I’ve had during the day anymore.  I just know that I am getting clean water to my body daily.
And, on a personal note:  When I was 15 or 16 years old, I noticed that I was breaking-out a lot more than I had ever been in my life.  The only new edition to my diet was an excess of soda!  There was this neon colored, highly caffeinated soda that was out at the time, and I was into it!  I drank bottles and bottles of it, and as a result, I gained weight and my skin started a rebellion!
When I stopped drinking soda (which I did cold-turkey), I lost 15 pounds and my skin went back to its normal, healthy state. 
Now, I’m 29 years old, and I may have a soda once every two or three months.  Honestly, though, I am not a fan of how it makes my mouth feel after drinking one.
Make The Switch:
Just give it a go and see how you feel!

  • Pick out your favorite travel mug or buy a plastic cup with lid and straw.  (Sweat proof if you can find it!  Change your life!)
  • Fill it with clean, cold water first thing in the morning.  Have your coffee or tea or even soda if you start your day with one.  Then, sip on your water.  Try not to think about it as replacing anything.  Just add it to the mix.
  • Don’t be hard on yourself.  Make it simple.  On the first day and maybe even the second and third day, just drink one glass. 
  • When someone asks you if you want a soda or drink from a store or soda machine, look at your cup before answering.  Save them a trip, save them the weight of carrying the drink and save yourself a dollar or two:  NO, THANKS!  I HAVE SOME WATER. 🙂
  • As the days pass, write down the beverages you have taken in and make a note of how many cups of water you’ve had.  Make a note of how your mouth tastes and feels after drinking soda vs. water. 
  • If you are up for it, challenge yourself to a day of no soda.  Drink water and milk, tea (unsweetened – Yogi Tea makes a delicious green tea that has a natural sweetness to it) or 100% pure fruit juice.  Make a note about how your mouth felt and tasted after you accomplished this!  Write about your mood and your bodies reaction!

Good luck to you!

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