100 oz. of Water a Day Challenge Update

by Damon on July 31, 2012

I have officially completed my first monthly challenge of drinking 100 oz. of water everyday for thirty days. If you haven’t already done so you can read more about the challenge here. Below are the details of how I fared during the month. Of the thirty days I only had four days that I didn’t make the 100 oz daily goal. The reason I didn’t get the 100 oz. down on those days is because I was traveling and I didn’t want to have to stop and pee while driving. Also on each of those four days I had a minimum of 75 oz. which is more than enough to keep my body adequately hydrated so I still feel the challenge was a success.

Pros of the Challenge

To me there were many good things that came from this challenge. I now know how it feels to not be chronically dehydrated which I’m now sure I was. As I mentioned in the original post drinking plenty of water can and did reduce or even eliminate some of my long nagging aches and pains. For example the fingers on my right hand always seemed like it needed to be popped but the more I popped them the more they became sore. After about a week and a half of drinking lots of water I noticed that this feeling went away. I also noticed that my “bad” knee aches a lot less often than before and when it does ache it’s not near as intense. This next thing isn’t exactly a good thing but it is something that I noticed and that is that before if I had more than a couple drinks when I went out with friends I would wake up with a horrible headache but since beginning this challenge that has not happen even once. Not even the night when my wife and I had one too many celebrating our fourteenth wedding anniversary at West Baden Hotel and Casino. That was a fun night!

Cons of the Challenge

Now there were a few minor things that weren’t exactly positives such as the amount of peeing I didn’t the first week and the headache I wake up with on the third day that just would not go away with no amount of Advil. Not really sure what that was about because I never get headaches, so I don’t know if it was the water or something else. The one thing that bothered me the most though was having to get up to pee in the middle of the night that sucks. But these side effects were short lived, the headache only lasted a day, the peeing well it seemed to lessen after about the first week and I haven’t gotten up in the middle of the night since that first week either. I’m not sure if my body got used to the amount of water I was drinking or if I learned to control my intake so that it was more evenly spread throughout the day.

As of the last few days I have noticed another change… I can’t seem to get enough water. I am taking in 125+ oz. a day and the more I drink the more I want. All in all I am super glad I did this challenge I have learned a lot about my body and know I’m doing something that improves my life. I plan to keep at it for the unforeseeable future and if you haven’t started your own personal challenge I highly recommend you start. I think in the end you’ll see how bad you were feeling simply from not having enough water in your diet which brings me to my last point that I almost forgot about. During the past month I have lost 9 lbs. Now I have been working out and eating healthier but all of this water I’m drinking is keeping me full for longer periods of time. Then when I do eat it I full up on a lot less food then before. So if you don’t want to try the challenge to feel better maybe you’ll try it to lose some weight ;) Here is an experiment for you, try drinking 100 oz. a day but make no other changes in your lifestyle or diet and see if you don’t lose weight. I bet you do! Good luck and take care.

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Danielle July 31, 2012 at 9:33 am

WTG! you did so well! I am quitting smoking starting tomorrow so that’s my next big challenge. Water is part of my plan!

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