I Drank A Gallon Of Water Every Day For A Week.

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Besides pee a lot.

Yep, you read that right. I drank a gallon of water every single day for a week.

& I didn’t stop after just one week… I’m now on Week 3.

 

We all know that we should drink a lot of water. We’ve heard it from our doctors… every fitness magazine & healthy blog out there boasts the benefits of water… heck, I’ve even written a blog post or two, as a guest blogger for fitness blogs, about how much water one should be drinking, & why! How many of us can raise our hands & (honestly!) say that we drink enough water every day? I know I couldn’t. So I challenged myself to up my water drinking game, & here’s what happened…

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I like to think that I’m pretty dang healthy.

I’ve recently come to the realization that I’ve been lying to myself… but, I’m up at the crack of dawn five days a week, hitting the weight room with my trainer. I’m pretty dang obsessed with my Peloton & have recently committed to sweating it out on the bike two or three times every week. I’m pretty good about getting six or seven hours of sleep every night. I don’t cook, so what I put in my mouth is typically fruits & veggies. Hubs does cook, & (because I don’t eat mammals…) we eat a lot of chicken & turkey. I love skim milk. I don’t drink soda. I’m not a caffeine person. & my alcohol intake is kept (mostly) to social outings, where I typically stick with vodka soda… but I have been known to overindulge on wine, occasionally…

 

I’m really bad with free time, however. So I like to jam-pack my days as much as possible with go-go-go. I keep a bottle of Tylenol in my purse, because I struggle a lot with headaches. I’ve talked with my doctor about whether or not it’s good to be popping pain killers like tic-tacs, & I always get the same response: Why don’t you try switching out that bottle of Tylenol with a bottle of water?

 

So I said I’d give it a shot. I stopped by the grocery store & snagged a few cases of bottled water, thinking this would be easier than lugging around a gallon jug. & I was working against the lazy girl inside me, that probably wouldn’t take the time to refill a to-go cup. The goal: 8 bottles of water. Every day. For a week.

Day 1:   Was a breeze. I was super motivated; drinking water was top-of-mind & I carried a water bottle with me every where I went. I finished 8 bottles by 6pm, & could have kept going. This is going to be a piece of cake, I thought. Why haven’t I been doing this all along?!

 

Day 2:  Good lord!! I can’t get anything done! I can’t leave the house! I can hardly leave the bathroom! I stuck to it, & tested the strength of my bladder along the way. I was that girl that pulls into Casey’s, just to use the bathroom. Every time I passed one. I was annoyed. I was inconvenienced. I was definitely grumpy about it. This $h!t is for the birds. How does anyone get anything done?! However, I had set a goal for a week. This was Day 2. Just cross your legs & slam another bottle of water, M.!!

 

Day 3: The thought of drinking plain ol’ boring tastes-like-nothing water, & 8 freaking bottles of it, sounds horrible. Yuck. I would do about anything to not have to drink any more f*cking water this week. There is just no way. OMG, just chug it. Get it over with, I tell myself. Bad idea. I learned pretty quickly that if I drank bottle after bottle of water too quickly, I’d feel sick as heck. I definitely wasn’t hungry. I was too full of water for there to possibly be room for food… so I’m sure my caloric intake was down… but my stomach ached. So I switched things up for the afternoon, & tried to just pace myself. Just sip it slowly, but consistently. Another bad idea: It was 9pm & I was only five bottles in. Seriously?! I have to drink 3 more bottles?! (Confession: I only drank 6 bottles of water this day. Also, I started adding essential oils to my water to give it a little flavor…)

 

Day 4: Alright. I need to get back on the horse & ride. One week. That’s it! I can do this! I noticed my skin on Day 4. My skin looked great! My skin was spotless! Now, I’m pretty fortunate… I’ve never been one that struggles with acne all that much. But, I’m telling you… my skin was looking GOOD. (It’s completely normal for me to run errands sans makeup, mostly because {once again} there’s a lazy girl trapped inside me. I love being a girly girl, & will enjoy getting all dolled up for a date night with Hubs. But if I’m just running around, getting things done & have no plans with anyone, what’s the point? Admittedly, every time I run into someone I know when looking like this, I kick myself however!) On this day, I didn’t care if I ran into everyone I knew. My skin was dewy fresh, blemish free, & those eye bags that I usually hide behind dark sunnies? Gone. Seriously. If this is what I can expect from drinking so much water, I’m in.

 

The Big Payoff: I won’t keep recounting every day for you, but I’ll summarize what I experienced the rest of the week. Turns out, more water does lead to fewer headaches. I was dehydrated, no doubt. &, it was just getting used to snagging a bottle or two every time I walked out the door, to make sure I stayed on top of my intake. Also, I really felt like I had more energy. It was shocking. I won’t say that I leaped out of bed without hitting snooze every morning, but I was ready to go as soon as my feet hit the floor. I was stronger in my workouts. I sweat more than I thought humanly possible during spin classes, but my stats definitely improved. & I sweat a lot. I’m going to credit this to toxins leaving my body, thanks to the increased water intake…

I found that I almost never snacked. (Who knows how many calories I cut from my daily intake!) I didn’t struggle with food cravings. & again: my skin was amazing! Is drinking a gallon of water the fountain of youth? Of course not. Does it cure dry, flaky skin? Not on it’s own, that’s for sure. But is it part of a healthy skin regimen? For me, the results spoke for themselves. &, last but not least: I jumped on the scale on Day 7… I was down 6 pounds.

So there it is.

I’m still drinking water like a camel. My body has adjusted so I don’t have to pee every five minutes. & this little change has definitely improved my quality of life. Rumor has it, 8-10 glasses of water a day improves your metabolism & I’m here to test that theory for the long haul.

The bottle of Tylenol is still in my purse… but that’s because I’ve been too lazy to take it out, not because  I still rely on it. I’m telling ya, friends… there’s something to this whole “drinking water” thing…

 

A little tip for you… I couldn’t consciously do the 8 bottles of water a day thing, & not feel bad about the environment. I jumped on Amazon & ordered a giant gallon water jug & filled it first thing in the morning & carried it around with me all day long. Also, the essential oils trick: I did not add them to my giant water bottle… just glasses of water OR a thermos that wasn’t plastic.

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