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Alrighty, so let’s get right down to it. I did this challenge because I am a horrible water drinker- I have been my entire life so far. Lately, I’ve been making many changes in my life and one of the habits I’ve been wanting to nail is to drink more water. As you know water is the elixir for life and we all should be drinking more of it.
My goal during the 7 day challenge was to drink 64oz of water a day and incorporate it into my life. Which means I didn’t go out of my way to change how I ate, how active I was or my sleeping patterns. I wanted to assimilate it into my life. And this is how it went.
Day 1 and 2 of the challenge
Day 1 and 2 were HORRIBLE! I didn’t finish the 64oz of water until after midnight and I hardly ate a thing. I had 2 small meals and some fruit. I love food and I already live by a pretty restrictive diet so this was definitely hard. But, that didn’t stop me from wanting to eat. Over time we pick up eating habits so I would find myself wanting to eat something at certain times despite how full I felt. I think that was more of a subconscious automatic thought rather than my body telling me I was hungry. Obviously, I wouldn’t eat anything because I just felt so full and bloated. Now, it wasn’t a painful bloat or anything but my stomach did feel expanded and I felt like I wouldn’t get any relief from it.
As a side note, I didn’t pee as often as I thought I would. I went to the restroom as normal, so I thought I was saved from constantly having to relieve my bladder every 30 minutes. I was wrong.
P.S. Don’t start late, I did and I ended late. I found that if I started at 10am, I would also end at 10pm. I didn’t plan it that way but just as a side note start at the time you wish to finish.
Day 3 and 4
Still bloated. But, just not as bad. No physical changes so far.
I actually got faster at drinking water. I literally forget to drink water,I just don’t feel thirsty and yet, during this time I actually got better at drinking water. Before I would take small sips and that was all I could do at each moment but the more I drank, the better and faster I got. So, I am mighty proud of that.
I did begin to eat more. The earlier I started, the more I was able to stretch out my 64oz of water. I found myself eating two large meals a day and a fruit–which was disappointing. I eat a lot of fruit, I fit about four servings per day and being full of water prohibited me from eating my full servings. Which I was never able to fix by the way. No matter how hard I tried I was not able to eat more than two servings per day.
Don’t even get me started on waking up in the middle of the night to empty my bladder. I would wake up 2-3 times to go to the bathroom. I would have to go so bad my body would jolt me out of bed and pee out a waterfall.
Day 5 and 6
Still peeing out waterfalls at this point.
My cravings were not as strong, and I hardly snacked. Whenever I did want something sweet I was pretty satisfied with a few bites of ice cream.
I did realize that when I became hungry, the urge came on suddenly and very strong. I was either full of water or hangry. No in between phases. I could see throughout the day before eating my meals that my stomach area was getting a bit defined but nothing drastic.
At this point I started to realize that even after I finished my bottle I would still get thirsty. Now, mind you I wouldn’t crave coffee or soda or anything sugary, I would legit want WATER. Crazy right! After drinking water all day, you would think that would be the last thing I would want but nope. As a bonus I no longer woke up thirsty. My skin was starting to look more vibrant and definitely soft. Even my S.O. loved how clear and refreshed my skin was looking.
The last day of the water challenge
Besides feeling full with water pretty much every other hour and peeing out everything I was drinking throughout the day, nothing was any different from what I was already experiencing.
I was slightly disappointed that I didn’t see more physical changes.
This is definitely something I want to keep up, so I’m thinking I need to make my next challenge a longer one. I am currently mentally preparing for a 30 day challenge! I really wanted to continue from my 7 day challenge but I got a bit cocky and failed to drink my water consistently.
It does take some discipline, but after the third day you pretty much get used to lugging your bottle around– a constant reminder to drink your water.
I totally recommend that you try this for yourself. One disclaimer though, be cautious and do your research of how much water you should be drinking. Look at your lifestyle and how active you are. It is recommended you drink half your weight in ounces. So, 64oz is a bit much for my weight but I do live an active lifestyle so I felt really good about all the water I was drinking. Make sure you pay attention to how you feel along the way, you shouldn’t be experiencing any negative side effects, unless you count how often you will rush to relieve yourself.
Let me know in the comments if this is something you will try.
Until next time,