Saturday, February 18, 2012
Still Struggling to Sleep
Another restless night - I'm not sure if I even got 3 hours. I'm very frustrated. I know that I have a lot of things on my mind and my stress levels are quite high at the moment ... not being able to sleep just adds to the frustration and stress. So much for having a restful weekend ...
Each week I'm trying to figure out how to make simple changes to my lifestyle that will enable me to get healthier. This week my goal was to increase my protein intake. Since I don't eat meat - red or white, it does become a bit more of a challenge. I do eat fish, and I know that fish is a great source of protein ... it's just that it can get a little bit tiring. In any case, I definitely upped my protein intake this week, but it is still a work in progress.
This week my focus is going to be on making sure I'm drinking enough water. I think I'm quite
lucky in that I don't struggle to drink water as many people seem to do. I drink at least 3 liters (100 ounces) of water a day without a problem at all. However, I do think that with the amount I've been working out lately, I should try and increase it to 4 liters (135 ounces) on a daily basis.
Recommended water intake on a daily basis (drink more when exercising):
2.7 L (92 ounces) per day for women
3.7 L (125 ounces) per day for men
If you are overweight, you should drink an extra 8 ounces for every 25 lbs. of excess weight.
These are just recommendations. The numbers will vary depending on your daily routine, your nutrition, the climate you live in, etc. I would just use these as a rule of thumb rather than a strict guideline.
Still unsure of how much water to drink? You can use an online calculator to help you out:
Something I read that I really took to heart: If you're thirsty, your body has already started to become dehydrated.
This week I'm going to try to drink at least 4 liters (135 ounces) of water per day [pure water, not fluids, e.g. coffee, milk, juice etc. ... just water.] We'll see how it goes!
A few articles I read on water & weight loss: