Hey Ya’ll! You may remember that I did a water challenge way back in July, and it went pretty well! I’m often curious how people do after a water challenge ends. Did they keep drinking just water? Did they go back to their old ways of drinking? But you don’t often hear the rest of the story. So I thought it would be fun to check back in with you a month after finishing my water challenge to let you know if any of the changes stuck.
When I started the water challenge I did not expect to change my “drinking” habits ;), though I was hoping for it. I mean, I was a die-hard coffee for breakfast, Dr. Pepper for lunch, sweet tea for dinner fan. Or some combination thereof. The month of just water was really hard, and it wasn’t perfect, but I made it through!
Did anything stick? Yes, it did! I used to be able to drink 7 or 8 cups of soda in a few hours visiting with a friend at a coffee shop. Now I can barely get through a whole cup. It’s almost sickeningly sweet! I usually go for the soda at first, but now I find that I want to switch to water right away, or forego the soda all together.
I used to drink 2 cups of coffee with breakfast almost every morning. The caffeine and sugar high from my daily coffee indulgence used to wear off by midmorning and my energy levels would start crashing… until lunch when I had a tea or a soda… which lasted until about 2 or 3. You get the picture. It was a vicious cycle of sugar/caffeine highs then exhausting energy dips. Now I drink water. And I don’t miss the coffee. At all. It’s awesome! And I find that by 10 or 11 in the morning I’m not dragging like I used to. Now I just coast along all day at a high-ish energy level with very few dramatic dips in energy levels.
On the whole, I might have one sugary drink a day. Most of the time I drink water, but sometimes I’ll have coffee with breakfast. And when I do, I usually don’t finish the whole cup of coffee. I’ll sip it for 30 minutes while eating breakfast or doing bloggy stuff, then I’ll end up switching to water. The rest of the day it’s just water. When we go out to eat, about half the time I’ll order a drink and the other half I’ll order water. I mean, Mexican food needs something to complement (or cool) the spice!
I’m sure once the weather gets colder this will change a little bit, since hot drinks are a wonderful way to warm up, and they’re very seasonal. Who passes up a chance to have a cup of hot cider or cocoa in the fall or holiday season? Plus I love hot teas, like Earl Grey. But we’re not there yet. We’ll have to see!
Have you ever tried a water challenge? How well did the change stick for you?
If you would like to read about my month long water challenge, you can find everything here!