So the first challenge in the 52 small changes is to make sure that you are drinking enough water.
There are all sorts of different ways to determine how much water you should be drinking. The author (and I know other people who follow the same pattern) talked about drinking half your body weight in water. This has some benefits–you would probably always be getting your 8-10 glasses of water a day (unless you are super fit and light weight)–but it can get tiresome drinking (what seems like) endless glasses of water all day. And lets not forget the bathroom breaks then (which may be problematic with certain jobs, having to constantly go to the restroom); or waking up in the middle of the night due to that last 4 oz of water before bed.
I’m actually going to meld two guidelines together for myself–1) I will try to drink almost half my body weight in water (since I’m heavier than I’ve been for awhile, this would equate to about 100 oz of water a day), but I’m also going to go with the rule of urine color–the lighter the color, the more hydrated you are. Yes, this is weird and gross looking in the toilet after having done your business, but it also gives you a snapshot of how hydrated you are.
Water is good for you, it keeps your body going, flushes out impurities and toxins, and it keeps you alive.
Today’s goal has been to get close to 100 oz, and I’m at about 82oz right now. My urine is a nice pale color, so I’m not going to sweat it if I can’t finish off the last 18+ oz of water tonight.