Don’t you just love a good challenge? I’m a little obsessed with challenges and seeing the results of my effort. A week ago I committed to drinking a gallon of water a day. Sounds like a pretty easy one, right? Ha!
If there’s one thing I’ve learned so far, it's that drinking a gallon of water a day is SO HARD but that water makes a huge difference in my day and how I feel. I started this ‘mental toughness’ challenge to mix things up. I was feeling pretty stuck and in unfamiliar territory like so many of us treading through our “new normal”. What I didn’t realize is the impact it would make on me. I knew the basics of drinking water like being hydrated makes your workouts more effective and that our bodies function property when we hydrate properly. Did you know that when you actually feel thirst, you are already dehydrated? Dehydration can break havoc on our bodies.
Here are five things I noticed right away when I started drinking a gallon of water a day:
1- I'm not hungry. Like ever.
My stomach is never empty and growling because I'm always filling it with water. This means I'm snacking less and feeling satisfied more quickly at meal time, thus eating less. Weight loss wasn’t necessarily a goal of mine (tightening up, fo sho) but it’s been an added bonus. Side note: be careful here, there is such thing as not eating enough and that can majorly affect your metabolism, among other things. I had to force myself to eat a few times when I wasn’t hungry because I knew I needed more calories. I recommend using an app to track your food so you’re staying in a safe calorie range.
2- My skin is hydrated. My friend Elizabeth, an amazing esthetician is always telling me that my skin is dehydrated and she’s totally right. I mean, my face will suck up some moisturizer like a sham-wow. After a gallon of water a day for a few days, I could feel a big difference and after a few more days I could see a big difference. My skin not only felt different but it looks clearer and brighter.
3- I have more energy. I don’t know if science supports this theory but I’ll bet it does. I have so much more energy and I’m not drinking my mid-afternoon iced coffee anymore (another win=less caffeine!)
4- My digestive system is working better, and that’s all I’m going to say about that. 😉
5- I just feel good. Isn’t that the ultimate goal?! I literally workout, stretch, eat right, meditate, read, ALLLL the thing to feel good and love my life. Hydrating my body made me feel so stinking good. Could it really be that easy??
I absolutely recommend giving a #GallonADay challenge a try so you can enjoy all of the amazing benefits of living in a hydrated body with me!
Drink up friends,