I’m so proud of myself to even being writing this post. June 1st I made a promise to myself that I would drink more water. I made sure to be more conscious of how much water I was drinking. On June 4th I decided that I’m going to push myself to drink AT MINIMUM a gallon of water a day. A gallon of water is 128 ounces, which seems like a lot of water, but I took it day by day and I’m happy to say,as of July 5th,
I accomplished my goal of drinking a gallon of water a day for my 30 day water challenge.
There are 2 crucial tips that got me through this last month…
Take it 1 day at a time
I would be lying if I said it was easy. The 1st couple of days drinking a gallon was definitely hard. I pretty much needed to force myself to drink enough water to reach a gallon. The key is focusing only on each day and that particular gallon. I didn’t think about reaching July 4th. I didn’t want to overwhelm myself. I took this process one day at a time. Which became easier as the days went by.
Keep track of my water
I kept track of my water intake using my Fitbit app. Every time I finished a cup or a bottle of water, I automatically recorded it in my fitbit app. We’ve all heard this concept before of tracking what you eat so you can see where your calories come from. It’s the same idea. The Fitbit app helps add my ounces so I know the exact amount I’m drinking per day. I set my daily goal at 128 ounces and when I hit that number or surpass it, a green star pops up.
The effects of drinking so much water everyday definitely showed up from day one. The glowup of my skin has been on 10. I see a real difference in how lively my skin looks and feels because of my water intake. I’ve also coupled this water challenge with a rigorous skincare routine, both of which is helping fade my hyper-pigmentation. It has been a very slow process with getting my skin under control, but I’m seeing results and I need to keep going. I did a blog post about 3 years ago; Talking about My Skin. You can read about my history with my skin! I’ve been using a lot less makeup, a lot less lotion and oils because my skin is uber hydrated.
I was running to the bathroom ALL THE TIME. I felt like a toddler and a pregnant woman all at the same time. My bladder was out of control. I had to really plan out my water intake especially if I knew I would doing a lot of moving around NY. The last thing I wanted was to finish my 50 oz. water and 15 minutes later clamoring to find a public bathroom. Which New Yorkers know, finding a public bathroom is never easy.
Early on, I had serious caffeine headaches. While taking in more water, I slowly removed coffee from my diet. Going from having at least one large ice coffee a day, to no coffee was rough. But the more I focused on drinking my water, the headaches went away on their own.
My nails are growing for the 1st time in a very long time and they’re growing strong. My hair isn’t as dry as it use to be. My skin (other than my face) has always been soft, but with me drinking so much water, it’s definitely softer to touch.
I have a lot less headaches. Prior to this challenge I was having headaches 2-3 times a week and it use to drive me nuts. Aside from my caffine headaces, I haven’t had a single headache.
All in all I’m so happy that I got through these 30 days and because I’m loving the results I’m seeing, I’m going for month number 2. I’ll be sure to check back in with you guys August 4th.
See you in my next post.