Drinking water

For comparison, the bottle on the left holds 24 ounces of water, and the bottle on the right holds a gallon of water.

I’m once again trying to put myself and my health first — not an easy task, especially since I still have leftover Christmas stocking candy calling my name on a daily basis.

Stay away from the miniature Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Tia! Ugh!

But, I’m not getting any younger, so I’m trying to embrace a healthier lifestyle. First up, drinking more water (after my morning coffee of course).

I came across this bottle that holds 128 ounces of water — that’s right, a gallon of water. And what’s neat about it? It has an inspirational countdown:

• 7 a.m. — good morning

• 9 a.m. — hydrate yourself

• 11 a.m. — remember your goal

• 1 p.m. — keep chugging

• 3 p.m. — feeling awesome

• 5 p.m. — don’t give up

• 7 p.m. — almost finished

• 9 p.m. — you did it

Get yourself a filtered pitcher and use it to fill your gallon container every night before bed. It takes several refills of my pitcher before I fill the gallon container, but trust me, it just tastes better. I am on my third day of drinking water with this system, and it’s helping. I’m usually done with the whole bottle by the 5 p.m. mark, and I don’t have to stop and fill up my water bottle anymore. I do, however, have to stop and go to the bathroom a lot more, but it’s worth it.

On top of drinking more water, I’m forcing myself to check my blood sugar every morning and weigh myself at least once or twice a week. I had already been losing weight throughout the year by just doing little things, but I’m hoping what I’m doing now will start showing up on the scales even more.

My sugar? The numbers are steady going down — those sugars are being sent out of my system with all the water I’m drinking. It makes sticking my finger every morning worth it if this continues.

My goal is to lose weight, get healthier and hopefully get off a lot of my diabetes medicines, heck even all of them if possible.

A quick internet search showed this: “Although there’s no cure for Type 2 diabetes, studies show it’s possible for some people to reverse it. Through diet changes and weight loss, you may be able to reach and hold normal blood sugar levels without medication. This doesn’t mean you’re completely cured. Type 2 diabetes is an ongoing disease.”

I am pretty sure I have this terrible disease because of the way I DIDN’T take care of myself as I got older. However, it could be hereditary, since my brother on my father’s side also has it.

Regardless, I must just do better. There’s always room for improvement in one’s life, right?

And my journey this time all began with an inspirational bottle that holds a gallon of water.

Hey, it’s a start!

Editor Tia Bedwell can be reached at tiabedwell@rrdailyherald.com or 252-410-7056.

Editor Tia Bedwell can be reached at tiabedwell@rrdailyherald.com or 252-410-7056.