This July I took on a big personal challenge– to drink just water for the whole month. Today is the halfway point of my water challenge and I thought I would check in and let you know how it’s going so far!
Soooo… I have a confession to make. I have NOT been doing well with the water challenge. I honestly didn’t expect it to be this hard, but summer is chock full of opportunities to have a fun drink… sweet tea while eating out, a wine cooler or a beer at a lake party, a soda with fireworks and a cookout. You get the idea. It’s really, really hard saying no to all the drinks when you’re trying to have fun in the summer!
On the other hand, I have been drinking a lot more water than I thought. My goal was to drink at least 8 cups of water every day, but drink more if I got thirsty. Well, I’ve been drinking at least 12 cups of water a day on average (not counting sweet tea, coffee, or other drinks). The summer sun and the heat has a lot to do with drinking so much water, plus I’ve been running a lot more lately (yay me!) so that adds to the count.
The first week
I’ll be honest, the very first week of the water challenge I did awful. That week there were a lot of 4th of July parties and birthdays, so I was probably drinking about 8 cups of water and 2 or 3 other drinks each day. I’m not sure how much water I was drinking because at that point I hadn’t come up with an easy way to track my water intake.
- drink only water- FAILED
- drink 8 cups of water or more every day- I actually don’t know, though by rough estimates I’m assuming I drank at least 8 cups
The second week
This past week was a lot better though. At the beginning of the week I started using my water bottle and discovered I’m actually drinking around 12 cups of water a day! Go summer! …but I also drank one other sugary drink almost every day. One is better than 3 though, right? And for the past 2 or 3 days I’ve been drinking just water, so progress!
- drink only water- FAILED
- drink 8 cups of water or more every day- AWESOME SUCCESS!!! 🙂
At the beginning of this week I started using my water bottle for the water challenge, and that move has made a big difference. Now I always have portable water on hand, so there’s no excuse not to drink it. Plus it’s an easy way for me to track how much water I’ve been drinking. I can remember how many times I’ve filled my water bottle (it’s 32 oz or 4 cups, so I usually only fill it 3 times), but keeping track of how many glasses of water I’ve had? Nope. Not gonna happen. So it’s great that I’ve found a way to make the water challenge a little easier.
Just in case you’re curious, I use a Nalgene water bottle. I think it’s technically a hiking water bottle (we bought it at Academy) and it’s kind of expensive, at least for me (yes, $10 is expensive). But I will say one thing about these water bottles- they are durable. You could probably drop it from a 5 story building and it wouldn’t break. I chose it for the screw-on cap (instead of a flip cap, since those always seem to break on me) and for the large size with measurements up the side.
Note: This is NOT a sponsored post. I’m simply sharing with you the things that have worked for me, hoping that maybe they will help you too!
I am still going to keep trying to drink just water for the rest of the challenge and not to indulge in all my sugary vices, even though I didn’t get off to the best start. I can tell you that I have been drinking a lot less of the other-than-water drinks. Before I started the challenge I drank a cup of coffee with breakfast, then another cup while working on my blog. Maybe a sip of water. Then sweet iced tea with lunch. Continue drinking sweet iced tea throughout the day until dinner. At dinner have… more sweet tea. After dinner have a glass of wine while working on my blog some more. You get the idea. Lots of liquid. Not much water. Now it’s the other way around. Lots of water, not many sugary concoctions. So that’s good.
Even though I intended to drink JUST water for all 30 days, I’m okay with how things have gone so far. It’s definitely harder than I thought it would be, mostly because of the parties and because I lacked a plan of attack. But I’ve learned a lot and I’m making progress, so I’m okay with that. My goal for the rest of the 30 days is to drink only water (now that I’m on a 2-day winning streak).
What I’ve learned so far:
- Use a water bottle. It’s easy to grab and go, as well as keep track your water intake.
- Track how much you’re drinking. You may have an idea how much you’re drinking, but once you start tracking you’ll know for sure. And you might surprise yourself with how little or how much you’re actually drinking.
- If you’re going to a party, give yourself permission to have one drink. Then it’s back to water. This gives you a chance to enjoy the party a little, but stick with the water challenge at the same time. I’ve discovered that if I try to go hardcore and not have any drinks, I usually get tense and grumpy, then crash and have a drink, then throw the challenge out the window and have 10 drinks! Yeah… so at least in the beginning of the challenge, it’s okay to have just 1 drink at a special event. (Just don’t make every event “special”.)
- You will start to crave water. I don’t actually want sweet tea as much anymore. Yes, this actually happened. This past week I had been doing really well and drinking only water for a couple days. Then I caved and bought a sweet tea and the weirdest thing happened… after taking a sip, I realized I preferred water! So habits can change!
That’s it for now. Whew. I did not expect to have this much to tell you guys about a water challenge, but there you go. I hope it’s helpful to you as you in your goals to drink more water and stay well hydrated this summer!
Are you a natural water drinker, a born camel? Or are you more of a dessert horny toad like me, and drink mostly fun drinks with a sip of water on the side?