For our first installment of “Respawn Point”, our New Years theme for the month of January, I would like to talk to you about a little thing called… water!
I had picked up a lot of bad habits in quarantine, so I decided to kick off this month with something so simple that I couldn’t really mess it up.
And “drink water” is as simple as it gets. Doctors recommend adults drink 8 glasses of water every day. We’ve all heard it. However, I could not seem to get my act together. By the end of 2020, I wasn’t drinking a single sip of water most days.
You heard that right.
I was filling my day with cup after cup of black coffee, or soda, or the occasional Starbucks. Not that there is anything wrong with any of those things. But if you looked at my Mana Pool, you would have seen that it was bone dry. I was walking around, looking normal, but feeling drained of all energy.
As a Christmas gift I received this SUPER CUTE motivational Harry Potter water cup. It is the kind with the times down the side to keep you on track throughout the day. It also has a strainer in the lid, if adding fruit to your water is your jam.
It was a game changer!
Now drinking water became a game. And I’m good at games. I wanted to win! So, I filled it up one morning, and made a very important decision…
I WAS NOW THE TYPE OF PERSON WHO DRINKS 8 GLASSES OF WATER A DAY.
And I did.
And here is how it went!
Day 1: “Finally got through all of that accursed water. I kept forgetting to drink it, or forgetting my cup in the other room and had to chug a bunch every hour or two to keep up. This afternoon I actually noticed that I was thirsty for the first time in what seems like forever. HAVE I BEEN LIVING MY WHOLE LIFE DEHYDRATED??”
Day 2: “I forgot the freaking cup at home during my morning errands so had to play catch-up all afternoon. I drank less coffee and soda than normal. Not because I am intentionally cutting down, but because I didn’t have time. Had to take an afternoon nap to deal with lethargy. How do people live without caffeine??? SO. MUCH. WATER.
Had to get up in the middle of the night to pee twice because I drank so much in the later part of the day. Lesson learned…”
Day 3: “Today, whenever I started feeling hungry, and I would normally grab something to eat, I would look at my water bottle and realize that I was falling behind on my drinking. By the time I chugged water to catch up to where I should be, 9 times out of 10 I wasn’t hungry anymore. Its weird how your body confuses the two.”
Day 4: “Not sure if I’ve lost weight (didn’t weigh myself at the beginning because that wasn’t really the point of this exercise), but definitely feel less bloated. Tummy feels flatter, and pants fit better. Actually felt like eating healthy and planning healthy meals for the first time in a very long time. Just generally feeling more motivated to be healthier. I have more energy today, even without my normal 3 cups of coffee and 2 sodas. This was the first day I finished my water EARLY. Honestly was not expecting to acclimate to drinking this much water so quickly. Also peeing, like, a lot.”
Day 5: “I drank all of my water by dinner time… then drank another half a bottle in the evening. Actually craving it for the first time. Its weird.”
Day 6: “Drinking all of my water is already becoming a non entity. Its just starting to happen naturally without having to think about it!”
Day 7: “I was planning on doing this day-by-day for 2 weeks, but I started feeling noticeably better much faster than I originally thought possible. I only had half a cup of coffee today, no other stimulants. And I had TONS OF ENERGY. I cleaned my whole house. And my skin is clearer as well, which is such a nice bonus! I wish I had started this sooner!”
That’s all it took to break free of my caffeine addiction and start drinking more water. And guess what? You can do it too!
Grab a glass. Start RIGHT NOW.
If you want a cute nerdy one like mine, here it is on Amazon!
Because here is the thing. A week ago, I was not the type of person who would drink 8 glasses of water a day. But today, I am.
And it doesn’t stop there.
What else does the type of person who drinks 8 glasses of water a day do?
That person eats healthy food. They take multivitamins. They floss. They go for walks. They encourage their family to drink more water too!
Its the Rube Goldberg Device of health! Start with one, small, seemingly insignificant thing. You might be surprised where you end up!