I'm always up for a challenge, especially one that has potential to make me stronger, healthier or even better at golf. After I reading an article that my husband sent me about a woman who attempted to drink a gallon of water a day for three weeks, it got me thinking that I could potentially do the same.
Without even trying, I've been really darn close to consuming a gallon of water a day for the last couple of weeks. So, I've decided to kick off my own challenge and treat this blog post like my diary to track the benefits and changes I go through along the way.
Jenny, the author of the article above, initially made it her goal to do four weeks. However, the challenge seemed too demanding for many reasons. With a little more planning and attention to detail, I think it should be pretty easy to drink a gallon, give or take a few ounces, a day for the next month.
Here is my schedule for spreading out my daily water consumption:
Before Noon: Drink (3) 16 oz. glasses. total: 48 oz.
Noon - 5 PM: Drink (3) 16 oz. glasses. total: 96 oz.
5 PM - 8PM: Drink (2) 16 oz. glasses. total: 128 oz.
My goal will be to stop drinking water by 8 PM, so that I'm not running into Jenny's issue of having to use the restroom throughout the night.
Tiny bladder in mind, a downisde I expect is to be needing to use the restroom quite a bit and I can already tell you that Day 1 is proving to incorporate a lot of walking. This challenge is also easy when I have time to use the restroom and to get water, but I can't imagine how difficult it will be to hit my numbers on days that I'm overwhelmingly busy. Plus, I'll probably have to plan around events that take long periods of time, like the road trip to Sedona I have coming up in a couple of weeks or a movie on the weekends.
It hasn't been tough to get the water down though. Somehow, I am still thirsty consistently throughout the day, which brings up a benefit I can for sure say I look forward to - being consistently hydrated, clear minded and able to get through a round of golf in the excruciating summer heat. With my high intake of water lately, I noticed that I didn't struggle as much as I normally would on my first hot day of golf. It was about 95 degrees on Sunday, but I didn't find myself completely worn out or dehydrated after. It seems hydrating steadily the day before and morning of golf can really make a difference.
A few of the other benefits of drinking a gallon of water a day, including some Jenny mentions in her article, also are clear skin, a curbed appetite, potential fat loss, help building healthy muscle and reduction in belly bloat. I'll let you know what really happens... Stay tuned.
Here I am on Day 4 of what I am calling the Gallon Water Challenge and I feel pretty amazing. Whatever you want to call it, drinking a gallon of water a day isn't actually as hard as you think and it has a ton of health benefits that I am sure I haven't even begun to realize. Surprise! I'm drinking more than a gallon throughout the day just because I continue to drink water when I'm thirsty. It really hasn't been that hard.
Three Changes in the First Three Days
1. My energy levels are way up. I am a huge coffee drinker usually and despite my craving to have my regular amount of coffee everyday, I've actually reduced my intake quite a bit. I'm talking taking it from about 24 oz. to about 16 oz. or less. In fact, I don't actually need the coffee to keep me energized, I'm mostly just drinking it because I love the taste. I will say that with all of the water I'm drinking, I'm also finding it hard to find time to drink coffee. Obviously, focusing on taking in 128 ounces of water each day is demanding a lot my time. But, the key here is that I don't need it. I feel clear headed and have been waking up feeling energized this week.
2. Restrooms are my new best friends. It is no doubt that drinking this much water is going to make you have to use the restroom A LOT. But, here is how I see it. The more I flush out whatever is in my system, the better I will feel over time. Timing out my water intake has also helped with not running to the restroom every five minutes or in the middle of the night, too. But, I have had to restroom breaks around crucial times of day and driving, so that's been fun.
3. I feel stronger and recover faster. This may be a bit of a stretch, but my gym routine hasn't changed and I am able to lift heavier and go longer without a pre-workout supplement. I've also noticed that recovery from lifting and cardio is taking a lot less time. I still feel sore the day after a workout, but my energy is not as drained and my muscles seem to be healing over less time. Perhaps this will be good to keep an eye on over the course of the 30 days.