Hey y’all! Have you heard of the gallon-a-day water challenge? Basically you just drink an entire gallon of water everyday for the duration of the challenge! I decided to try drinking a gallon of water everyday for a week after noticing that I had become very tired and lethargic. I was also experiencing more breakouts and often felt bloated. It took me awhile to even notice these things, but when I did it seemed obvious to me that I wasn’t getting enough water. A couple years ago I got more serious about drinking water and did pretty well with it, averaging 5-6 16.9 oz water bottles per day. Over time I guess I kind of slacked off and realized I had only been drinking about 3 water bottles a day. Shame! Once I made this connection I decided that starting the very next day I would drink a gallon of water, and keep doing so for a whole week. I wasn’t sure how much difference I would notice but I knew it would be worth it. It has now been over 3 weeks since I started the challenge and I don’t see myself stopping anytime soon. I think I have just developed a new habit. 🙂 The benefits of being fully hydrated are worth writing a post about! Here’s what happened!
I noticed from the very first day that I had more energy! I felt more motivated to get stuff done, and more excited for workouts. When I was drinking 3ish water bottles a day I would still workout and get my things done, but at a sloth’s pace. I dreaded working out and didn’t really push myself. I just did enough to make me feel like I had gotten in a workout and that was it. I didn’t have motivation to come up with new blog posts and be creative in the kitchen which are things I enjoy, I just wanted to do what I needed to do and relax and be lazy. Having more energy is the main thing I’ve taken away from being fully hydrated. I love it and feel like myself!
After about a week of the challenge I started to notice my skin was getting clearer. I wasn’t getting any new breakouts which was great. When I first started to get serious about staying hydrated a couple years ago I noticed a definite improvement in my skin. As I gradually started to slack off, my skin started to revert back to how it was before. I attributed my breakouts to other things, but now I can clearly see that the amount of water I drink plays a significant roll in the clarity and evenness of my skin! I can’t wait to see how much it improves as I continue drinking a gallon a day!
Other Perks Worth Mentioning
-Although I haven’t lost weight or anything, I FEEL lighter. My bloated tummy flattened up when I started drinking more water and I just feel lighter. I don’t know how to describe it other than that! It is nice. If you need to lose a few pounds then drinking enough water is supposed to really help with that, but even if not, staying hydrated will help keep the bloat down which can make you feel and look lighter.
-Hydrated skin. As the weather cools off, the need for moisturizer becomes more apparent. Staying hydrated will keep your skin looking and feeling better and it won’t dry out as fast.
-Happier! Not that I was unhappy before, but when I felt bloated and started getting more breakouts and felt unmotivated and lethargic, that’s not feeling like myself at all. I feel like myself when I’m hydrated which is typically pretty happy!
How I Do It:
I was pretty intimidated when I decided to try doing this. I thought it would be difficult to consume this much water when I wasn’t used to drinking nearly that much. Surprisingly it was incredibly easy. I found that the more water I drank, the more I craved. Especially in those first few days. I even used the bathroom less than expected. I think my body really needed that water and was taking full advantage of it! Once I got used to drinking a gallon a day I got into a schedule of sorts to help me keep track and keep up. Here’s the schedule that works for me. Maybe it’ll help you get started too!
-Wake-up/Breakfast/Get Ready for Work: Water bottle #1
-Morning at work (9-12 ish): Water bottles #2 + #3
-Lunch/Afternoon at work (12-5): Water bottles #4 + #5
-Workout: Water bottle #6
-After Workout/Making Dinner/Eating Dinner: Water bottle #7
-After Dinner Until Bedtime: Water Bottle #8
I didn’t start this schedule on purpose, but it just sort of developed on its own and it works really well for me. I try to drink the bulk of my water during the day when I need energy to get things done. At the end of the day I just sip water occasionally and try to not consume too much before bed because I don’t like waking up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. This works perfectly and keeps me on track throughout the day.
How much water do you usually drink in a day? Would you ever consider taking the gallon-a-day challenge? If you do I can tell you you won’t regret it and you will only feel better! Literally the only downside is how often you have to visit the restroom, but its a small inconvenience suffered in exchange of feeling much better!