In the last year I have made SO many healthy changes in my life - from getting my eating under control, getting on schedule working out regularly - even teaching POUNDFit Classes at my local gym. But there is one healthy habit that I still struggle with every single day... drinking water.
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They say you are supposed to consume at least half your body weight in ounces every single day. The problem is the only time I ever feel thirsty is when I am working out. I do not drink sodas or coffee - only water - but I literally will go hours without taking a sip. A friend of mine suggested Plant Nanny - a super cute free app that helps you remember to drink water. I have to admit... it has really helped.
Plant Nanny is unlike typical apps that encourage you to drink water with alarms or funny water sounds that you can just tap off and go on with your day. With Plant Nanny you are growing a garden of plants - "watering" them every time you drink. If you do not water your plant, they can die... or at least get very very sad. You can set alarms to remind you to water your little guy every few hours if you need it. Plant Nanny was actually named a Best App of 2013, so I am not sure how I am just now discovering it, but it has certainly become one of my favorite apps in the two weeks I have been using it.
So the way that it works is that you set up your account and decide how much water you should drink each day. Plant Nanny helps you calculate what is best for your weight, body type, and activity level. Then you get to choose your first plant - who will need to be watered just as much as your own body does in order to grow - and what size cup you normally drink. You even have to name your little plant
I chose a Devil's Ivy and named her Jezzebelle. Isn't she CUTE?!
Now in full disclosure I have to admit, it took some time for me to get used to watering Jezzebelle - or even remembering to drink myself. And a few times she looked a little... umm... sad.
But I soon found my groove and not only remembered to water Jezzebelle, but remembered to drink my water every hour as well. And after just a few days I had a nice pretty little plant.
Once your plant is full grown, you get to plant her in your garden, where you can harvest seeds to help your new plants grow. As you go you unlock new plants and garden accessories to add to your garden and can earn extra seeds to help your new plants grow.
I have really really loved this app and I am doing SO much better with my water intake - way more so than with any other app I have tried. I still do not ever actually feel "thirsty" but I remember that I have to water my little plant to keep it happy. You can download Plant Nanny for free from iTunes or Google Play. Oh, and now that Jezzebelle is happily in the garden making seeds, I am now tending to Spike... the cactus.