Help me easily track my water intake
November 11, 2019 3:41 PM   Subscribe

I need something that will stick on the side of my refrigerator, and allow me to track the number of glasses of water I drink. What is that thing?

I already have an app that'll do this, but it turns out I often don't have my phone with me when I'm in the kitchen, filling up a glass of water, so I run into that thing of needing to remember to log the glass later, and then not remembering if I did or I didn't, or accidentally did it twice, etc.

I could just use pen and paper, and tally my glasses. I could get an extra large water bottle and fill it up at the beginning of the day. But I feel like there's just some tiny little easy thing that'll be more convenient -- some little thing that's magnetic, so it sticks to the fridge. And maybe has a little counter that I can easily reset each day?

I feel like this thing exists. Hope me?
posted by BlahLaLa to Grab Bag (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
A whiteboard.
posted by Autumnheart at 3:52 PM on November 11, 2019 [5 favorites]

Write the numbers zero to fifteen in a four by four grid on a piece of paper. Tape the paper to the refrigerator. Place a small fridge magnet over the zero and move it to the next number whenever you fill a glass to keep track of your water consumption.
posted by RichardP at 3:58 PM on November 11, 2019 [8 favorites]

It’s not magnetic, but something like this?
posted by Segundus at 4:07 PM on November 11, 2019

20 little magnets; every time you drink a glass of water you move one from one side of the fridge to the other. In the morning you move them all back to the original location.
posted by mskyle at 4:20 PM on November 11, 2019 [1 favorite]

I did it a little different. I was dehydrated from diarrhea and was instructed to drink a gallon a day. I filled a half-gallon pitcher I already had and put in in the 'frig. Only filled my water glass from that pitcher. So I knew how much I was drinking. To me that was easier than marking a chart or paper.
posted by tmdonahue at 5:24 PM on November 11, 2019 [2 favorites]

Go to the dollar store and get a fridge poetry magnet set. Move them. Or any magnet for that matter. All good ideas above. I was on a 16floz/day water restriction for a while and just wen the 500ml water bottle. Best wishes.
posted by zengargoyle at 5:25 PM on November 11, 2019 [1 favorite]

Dry erase marker (magnetic cap or cap tied to a magnet), writing directly on the fridge.
posted by momus_window at 5:52 PM on November 11, 2019

Glue a finger counter to a magnet.
posted by snuffleupagus at 6:09 PM on November 11, 2019

This is what pace count beads and other abacus-like devices were made to do.

Alternatively, put a rubber band around your cup and roll it up a bit every time you refill the cup.
posted by meaty shoe puppet at 6:09 PM on November 11, 2019

Thanks for the ideas. I'm going to go with the simplest, though I do like the idea of a finger counter. I don't have room for a large water bottle to fill up first, alas.
posted by BlahLaLa at 7:31 PM on November 11, 2019

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