Happy New Year!
Yes, I know we are half-way through January but I can still talk about my goals, right? This year my phrase is “surprise yourself!” I am looking forward to seeing how that happens but I have also planned to set myself up for success in little ways. The good, tried and true ways of being healthy…up before my kiddos reading scripture and praying, moving my body and drinking more water.
While all of those listed in one place does feel a little overwhelming, I know I can do it. To make sure it happens I have done some little things, like the project I am going to show you to make sure it is as easy as possible to make those goals happen.
I joked on Instagram that this is the easiest DIY you can tackle this year. I am not even sure it counts as a DIY, it is that easy. All you need is a jug and a sharpie. For mine specifically, I wanted a glass jug and an oil-based sharpie so it would be permanent on the glass.
You have all seen those jugs on the internet like this one, this one, and this one. I made my own version last year with a gallon water jug from the grocery store and a normal sharpie but as I mentioned earlier I really wanted mine to be glass. I often put oils, lemon juice or fresh fruit in my water and specifically the oils can draw toxins out of the plastic. That issue, among others, prompted me to get this glass jug.
I love this for many reasons. First off it is better for my overall health to use glass. Secondly, it is better for the environment that I can reuse this indefinitely as it will hold up longer. Lastly, it was nearly half the price of the less sturdy plastic options. So for less than $20 I had my own custom glass water jug.
The jug itself was less than $14 and shipped for free thanks to amazon prime. You can get the single marker at Walmart for $2.50 or a multi-pack online for around $7.
So for less than $20 and 15 minutes, it can be filled, chilling in your fridge and ready to point you to better health in 2020. Ha. Ok, so maybe that is a lot of pressure for a little glass water jug but I did say I was trying to make the journey to health easier for myself so I am claiming this little guy is going to help me in big ways.
My favorite part of this project was that could customize it to me. Call that selfish but I like that it has wording that fits my day in particular. For example, I know that all I want from 2-4 is sugar, EVERY SINGLE DAY, so my note on that hour reminds me that I am working hard to avoid that. For you after dinner may be the trigger time, or maybe you just need to be reminded that you are beautiful, strong and need to stay the course to better health.
Before I jump into the actual instructions here is a list of reasons to drink water. Of course this is not all of them, just a few! Better skin, less wrinkles and zits (I mean this alone is worth it), aids in kidney and other bodily functions, helps with weight loss (who doesn’t want this), lubricates the joints, delivers oxygen to the body, helps in digestion, regulates body temperature, maintains blood pressure, and did I mention less wrinkles and weight loss (just sayin’).
The only negative to drinking water is that nobody will ever see your beautiful clear, wrinkle-free skin, see all the pounds you are dropping, or know your bones aren’t creaking because you will spend your whole day on the toilet! Ha! All joking aside, of course you will spend more time checking out the local bathroom décor but it will be worth it to feel better in your own body.
Ok, we get it Abby, get to the point already and tell us how to make this thing.
There isn’t a tutorial for this y’all. It is that easy. You can use tape to mark it off or you can get really crazy and eyeball it all. Nobody will know the difference unless well you post it to the internet (which I would love for you to do, so I can see that I am not the only one using the bathroom ALL DAY LONG.) If for no other reason, I would love to see the messages you left for yourself throughout the day.
I kept mine very simple.
7 am- mornin’ beautiful
9 am- start with intention
11 am- nearly lunch
1 pm- drink up
3 pm- no sugar! Chug H2O
5 pm- stay the course
7 pm- almost done Abby
9 pm- Surprise Yourself!!!
Others I would include might be…
- Stop putting trash in your body
- Make better choices
- You have done harder things than drink this much water in a day
- Just keep swimming
- Do you like feeling crummy?
- Don’t take a nap, move your body and drink girl
- You have consumed so much water at this point, you are basically a mermaid (Yes I know mermaids, whom are not real-I might add, do not actually consume water. It is just a little silly to get you through the day. Just go with it folks.)
- I am so proud of you!
So what is something that you can do that will set you up on your goals for this year? I would love to hear what some of your goals are and how you are tackling them. Also, I’m not kidding, what are some of the phrases you would use on your jug to encourage you? I want to know!
Well, I am off to drink my water, sit in the bathroom all day and work towards being more healthy! I hope you have a joyful week!