If you saw my 7 Goals in 7 Weeks for 7 Days post for the end of 2017, you know that my first challenge was 7 days of drinking only water. This means cutting out my beloved cup of coffee, my afternoon tea and occasional evening glass of wine, among other beverages.
The reason I decided to tackle this challenge first is because I knew it would be the hardest for me. I am someone who very rarely reaches for a glass of water. If I do, it’s because I am forcing myself because I understand the health benefits, like:
Throughout my week of drinking only water, I recorded briefly how I was feeling each day, and whether I saw any improvements. Here is what happened:
Day 1- Sunday, Nov 12
I chose the worst possible day to start this challenge, because today is the day my boyfriend and I have designated to treating ourselves. My idea of treating myself would typically include starting my day off with a giant latté, but no, I had a glass of water. I tried to keep my spirits up throughout the day while my boyfriend and I adventured a beautiful natural retreat called Blue Mountain Village but all I craved was coffee.
In total I drank 10 glasses of water on Day 1, and I had no trouble consuming that amount of water. I did, however, have a headache the majority of the day, probably due to caffeine withdrawal. I also needed to pee every hour on the hour, which was extremely annoying.
All in all, Day 1 was not fun. Hopefully the next few days will see more positive results!
Day 2 – Monday, Nov 13
Today was much better than yesterday. I had the day off from my serving job so I did some house cleaning and worked on my blog. Unlike yesterday, I didn’t get a headache from lack of caffeine, and I wasn’t craving it quite as badly, though still a lot.
I drank about 4 glasses of room-temperature water and 5 glasses of hot water. For one of the cups of hot water, I squeezed in a couple drops of lemon, but it didn’t really do anything for me so I stopped doing that.
Usually when I have the day off work I am constantly hunting for a snack. I feel like the water really filled me up and kept me busy, because I didn’t snack all day! Overall a much better day.
Day 3 – Tuesday, Nov 14
This was my first day at work since I began the challenge. This was difficult because as a server I am making cappuccinos and lattés and coffees all day long for my customers. Not to mention my co-workers and I get unlimited coffee and tea while we work which I typically take full advantage of.
What helped me through drinking only water (sounds dramatic- I know) was my new marble, stainless steel water bottle I bought on Amazon. Cheaper, yet quality alternative to those Swell bottles that you see everywhere. It kept my water cold all day!
The following link takes you to Amazon if you are interested in checking out this water bottle.
Day 4 – Wednesday, Nov 15
My skin is definitely clearing up. Full disclosure, I did have a facial 2 days ago so that is probably a huge contributing factor in addition to the water. On days like today, when I have the day off to work on my blog, I usually go to a coffee shop and work remotely. That would just be torture, so I decided to do my errands and then just work from home.
Before this week started, I bought some sparkling water in case I really couldn’t stand plain water. It was going to be my Plan B, as it is still better than sugary drinks. Since it does have a bit of sodium, I really didn’t want to have to drink it this week. Thankfully, plain water hasn’t been so bad, so I haven’t drank any sparkling at all! Hopefully it stays this way. I drank more hot water than cold water again today.
Day 5 – Thursday, Nov 16
By today I am actually so proud of myself. It might be my imagination, but I feel like my jeans are fitting looser and I don’t feel at all bloated. This is surprising because you’d think drinking more than 8 glasses of water would contribute to water weight, but surprisingly it doesn’t! That must mean all this water is actually needed for my body to function properly.
I worked again today, making coffees all day long and I’m beginning to crave it less. I think when I go back to drinking coffee, I might try to drink it almost black, as opposed to my usual double double. That is another goal of mine which I hope to conquer in the New Year. I had no problem drinking more than 8 glasses of water today, which still surprises me!
Day 6 – Friday, Nov 17
I think I drank the least amount of water today. I probably drank only about 5 glasses (oops). It wasn’t that I was tired of it, I just woke up later than usual and didn’t think about it as much during the rest of the day.
The only thing I did differently was added some mint to my water once, and put a couple drops of oil of oregano in another glass because I have caught a cold. Definitely glad tomorrow is my last day!
Day 7 – Saturday, Nov 18
FINALLY the last day. Not going to lie, I’m really glad this is almost over with. Today I drank some sparkling water as a reward for actually getting this far. By midnight, my challenge was over with and I cracked open a cider!
Tomorrow I start my new challenge: No Technology Before 10pm!
Before I do, here are my final thoughts from the Drinking Only Water Challenge:
In the end, drinking only water did save money, clear up my skin (a little bit), feel less bloated and more hydrated. I got a headache from caffeine withdrawal as expected, but got over it fairly quickly. It was difficult to stick to only water, but as a result I think I will more often reach for water, and drink less coffee as a rule.
I don’t necessarily recommend this challenge, I would say doing a “Drinks with no sugar” Challenge would be a better idea than drinking only water. Only water was a touch extreme, at least for me, but I am glad I got through it! On to the next week of the #777Challenge!
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