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What Happened When I Drank A Gallon of Water Every Day.


Besides pee a lot.


Hey, you Dolls! I’m Meegan of SignedM., a life + style blog, and I’m taking over the Dollup Blog with this post, and it’s a personal one! I actually did drink a gallon of water every single day for a week. And honestly, I’m still doing it. I’m now on week number four!


So we all know that we should drink a lot of water. We’ve heard it from our doctors… every fitness magazine and blog out there boasts the benefits of water… heck, I’ve even written a blog post or two for Burst about how much water one should be drinking, and why! How many of us can raise our hands and (honestly!) say that we drink enough water every day? I know I couldn’t.


I like to think that I’m pretty dang healthy. I’m up at the crack of dawn five days a week, hitting the weight room with my trainer. I’m making it to Burst Studios to sweat it out on a bike two or three times every week. I force myself to slow down and find my zen once a week during a yoga class. I’m pretty good about getting six or seven hours of sleep every night. I don’t cook, so what I put in my mouth is typically fruits and veggies. My husband does cook, and we eat a lot of chicken, fish, and turkey. I love skim milk. I don’t drink soda. I’m not a caffeine person. And my alcohol intake is kept (mostly) to social outings, where I always stick with vodka soda.


I’m really bad with free time, however. So I like to jam-pack my days as much as possible with go-go-go. I keep a bottle of Tylenol in my purse, because I struggle a lot with headaches. I’ve talked with my doctor about whether or not it’s good to be popping pain killers like tic-tacs, and I always get the same response: Why don’t you try switching out that bottle of Tylenol with a bottle of water?


So I said I’d give it a shot. I stopped by the grocery store and snagged a few cases of bottled water, thinking this would be easier than lugging around a gallon jug. And I was working against the lazy girl inside me, that probably wouldn’t take the time to refill a to-go cup. The goal: 8 bottles of water. Every day. For a week.


Day 1:   Was a breeze. I was super motivated; drinking water was top-of-mind and I carried a water bottle with me every where I went. I finished 8 bottles by 6pm, and could have kept going. This is going to be a piece of cake, I thought. Why haven’t I been doing this all along?!


Day 2:  Good lord!! I can’t get anything done! I can’t leave the house! I can hardly leave the bathroom! I stuck to it, and tested the strength of my bladder along the way. I was that girl that pulls into Casey’s, just to use the bathroom. Every time I passed one. I was annoyed. I was inconvenienced. I was definitely grumpy about it. This $h!t is for the birds. How does anyone get anything done?! However, I had set a goal for a week. This was Day 2. Just cross your legs and slam another bottle of water, you sally!!


Day 3: The thought of drinking plain ol’ boring tastes-like-nothing water, and 8 freaking bottles of it, sounds horrible. Yuck. I would do about anything to not have to drink any more f*cking water this week. There is just no way. OMG, just chug it. Get it over with, I tell myself. Bad idea. I learned pretty quickly that if I drank bottle after bottle of water too quickly, I’d feel sick as heck. I definitely wasn’t hungry. I was too full of water for there to possibly be room for food… so I’m sure my caloric intake was down… but my stomach ached. So I switched things up for the afternoon, and tried to just pace myself. Just sip it slowly, but consistently. Another bad idea: It was 9pm and I was only five bottles in. Seriously?! I have to drink 3 more bottles?! (Confession: I only drank 6 bottles of water this day.)


Day 4: Alright. I need to get back on the horse and ride. One week. That’s it! I can do this! I noticed my skin on Day 4. My skin looked great! My skin was spotless! Now, I’m pretty fortunate… I’ve never been one that struggles with acne all that much. But, I’m telling you… my skin was looking GOOD. (It’s completely normal for me to run errands sans makeup, mostly because {once again} there’s a lazy girl trapped inside me. I love being a girly girl, and will enjoy getting all dolled up for a date night with the hubs. But if I’m just running around, getting things done and have no plans with anyone, what’s the point?! Admittedly, every time I run into someone I know when looking like this, I kick myself however!) On this day, I didn’t care if I ran into everyone I knew. My skin was dewy fresh, blemish free, and those eye bags that I usually hide behind dark sunnies? Gone. Seriously. If this is what I can expect from drinking so much water, I’m in.


The Big Payoff: I won’t keep recounting every day for you, but I’ll summarize what I experienced the rest of the week. Turns out, more water does lead to fewer headaches. I was dehydrated, no doubt. And, it was just getting used to snagging a bottle or two every time I walked out the door, to make sure I stayed on top of my intake. Also, I really felt like I had more energy. It was shocking. I won’t say that I leaped out of bed without hitting snooze every morning, but I was ready to go as soon as my feet hit the floor. I was stronger in my workouts. I sweat more than I thought humanly possible during spin classes, but my stats definitely improved. And yoga was easier for me, too… and really, folks, I struggle to get into this yoga thing! I found that I almost never snacked. (Who knows how many calories I cut from my daily intake!) I didn’t struggle with food cravings. And again: my skin was amazing! Is drinking a gallon of water the fountain of youth? Of course not. Does it cure dry, flaky skin? Not on it’s own, that’s for sure. But is it part of a healthy skin regimen? For me, the results spoke for themselves. And, last but not least: I jumped on the scale on Day 7… I was down 6 pounds.


So there it is. I’m still drinking water like a camel. My body has adjusted so I don’t have to pee every five minutes. And this little change has definitely improved my quality of life. The bottle of Tylenol is still in my purse… but that’s because I’ve been too lazy to take it out, not because  I still rely on it. I’m telling ya, friends… there’s something to this whole “drinking water” thing…


P.S. I couldn’t do the plain water thing. I discovered Hint Water, and couldn’t be more obsessed. All natural, vegan and free of calories, unsweetened with just a “hint” of flavor. Extra bonus: I can order whatever flavors in whatever capacity I want, and it’s delivered right to my doorstep. The UPS guy will even bring it inside for me, if I happen to be home when he drops it off! Check them out: www.drinkhint.com

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