I’ve always been a soda girl. It is my one true weakness. There’s something about the bubbles and sweetness that I have a hard time quitting. It wasn’t until I hit 30 and noticed the toll my poor habits had taken on my skin that I started switching to other beverages. I started drinking coffee in the morning, to give me a caffeine boost, and filling my afternoon with iced tea, both sweetened and unsweetened. I wanted to give myself something with flavor. The reality is… I hate drinking water.
Every website will blather on about the benefits of water. There’s no doubt that it’s great for you, but I have a hard time drinking something so plain. I’ve often said that water just tastes like the inside of your mouth, and frankly, if you’ve just eaten a burrito bowl, the last thing you want to drink is burrito bowl flavored water.
So, I decided to challenge myself. I’d keep the cup of coffee in the morning (I do love coffee so, so much and I consider it my treat every day), but I’d chug water all day while at work. I would let myself have something with a bit of flavor, like unsweetened iced tea or green tea, in the evening with dinner, but water was the number one priority. After roughly a month, what did I learn?
I got bloated, really quick. And then, I wasn’t bloated anymore.
- The increase in water, considering I rarely drank plain water by itself, made me incredibly bloated for about a week. My pants were uncomfortable and then one day, I wasn’t bloated anymore. I woke up, my pants didn’t dig into my stomach and my mid-section even looked flatter.
My skin felt incredible.
- Honestly? This is what I was going for with this little challenge. I’ve always been prone to dry skin. Not only did my skin feel more plump, but I also noticed that the dark circles under my eyes were starting to fade. They’re still there, but not nearly as noticeable.
I started eating less.
- I’m a snack-er to the core. I love snacks and would rather eat small snacks all day instead of 3 basic meals. With my increase in water, I was snacking less throughout the day and was eating significantly smaller portions at mealtimes, instead of habitually cleaning my plate.
I wanted more water.
- I seriously cannot drink enough water. Now I crave it. It is a chore sometimes, having to lug around a bottle of water, and I’m still a bit of a water snob (it has to be ice cold, at all times), but I would wake up each morning and want to drink more water. I would crave a big glass before bedtime. If I didn’t drink enough that day, I would notice immediately.
There are undeniable benefits of drinking water that should be enough motivation, but sometimes it just isn’t. Seeing the actual changes in my lifestyle really helped me see the big picture. You can read articles all day, but actually applying those principles to your life can be difficult. I challenge you to drink more water each day (and cut out all the other beverages) and tell me what changes you’ve noticed!