This past month I decided to tackle a month long water challenge to kick some bad habits and improve my health. It’s been a hard but exciting month, and now I wanted to let you know how it went and what I’ve learned from it. Even though I slipped up a couple of times and indulged in sweet tea or a soda, overall the water challenge has been a huge success for me! I know that sounds a little contradictory, but let me explain.
At the beginning of the water challenge, I told you my reasons for taking on this huge personal challenge and why it was so difficult for me. At the start of July, I had a really bad habit of drinking mostly sugar. For every drink. You can call it sweet tea or Dr. Pepper or coffee, but it was mostly sugar in any one of its vastly delicious forms. Just thinking about drinking water sounded boring and hard. Yeah… I realized that wasn’t a good thing and decided it was time to make a change. So I decided to tackle 30 days of drinking just water, except for a few special occasions occurring during the month.
A Month of Water…
I only had two goals for my 30 day water challenge:
- Drink only water (except the 3 special occasions this month)
- Drink 8 glasses of water, since it’s the recommended amount for my weight!
How did it go? Well, I definitely indulged in my sugary vices a lot more often than just those three times. Many of them were related to the wedding at the end of the month. Who knew there were so many “events” just leading up to a wedding? Other times I was just having a bad day and I caved and got something comforting and sweet. And other times, I must confess, I just got frustrated with drinking only water and threw the whole thing out the window for a day. Overall, I drank just water probably 18 days out of the 30. (I was writing it down, but apparently I forgot to make a note on a couple of the days.) Sadly, I didn’t do as well as I had hoped with my goal of drinking only water.
On the other hand, when I began tracking how much water I was drinking (a few days in after I pulled out my water bottle) I discovered that I was succeeding and even surpassing my goal of drinking 8 cups of water a day. I was actually averaging 12 cups a day! Which is great since it’s summer and the Texas heat can be super dehydrating. So that was definitely a win!
Did I see any of my desired results for the water challenge?
You remember that I decided to tackle this month long water challenge for a couple of reasons, and here’s how they went.
- For better health. My health did improve, though it’s hard to measure. I lost about 3 pounds over the month (keep in mind I started a daily running habit about 2 weeks before I started the water challenge, so that also plays into it a little).
- For more energy. I feel much more energetic this month, even though it’s one of the hottest months of the summer. It’s been awesome! I’ve been able to do way more without feeling tired and fatigued.
- For a clear complexion. It hasn’t totally cleared it up yet, but drinking more water has definitely improved the overall tone of my skin.
- To hopefully
break my addiction to sweet teabuild a habit of drinking more water on a regular basis even after the water challenge ends. I have to say, the water challenge really worked for this. I’m super happy to add drinks back into the mix, but now I don’t crave them anymore. In fact, I don’t even want refills on drinks. Just one drink with a meal out is enough for me, then I want to switch to water. It’s so weird and so awesome! I don’t feel dependent on a sugar/caffeine fix for energy or motivation anymore! Yay!
Lessons learned from 30 days of water
- Summer is probably the BEST time to do a water challenge for your body to stay hydrated, but it’s also the hardest because, well, it’s summer and you want to have fun at parties and celebrations.
- I think this is one of the best moves you can make for your energy and your health. Seriously.
- Habits can change! It was super encouraging to me when I started to actually crave water instead of sugary drinks. Mostly because it means we can change our habits and improve our lives, one little habit at a time! (Sometimes it feels like you’ll never be able to change your habits.)
My absolute favorite part of the water challenge is that it’s over, but I still want to drink water instead of soda. I can’t tell you how encouraging it is to overcome a bad habit that I’ve struggled with for years, and to start a good habit in its place! Even though it was a hard month, it was well worth it.
I definitely encourage all of you to tackle a water challenge and see how it helps you!