Updated: Feb 11, 2020
...and, initially, I spent many of my waking minutes walking back and forth to the bathroom. I'd make a run to Target and find myself at the back of the store and suddenly needing to make my way all the way back up front. I started planning "potty breaks" (just like I would for our 2-year-old) before shopping, meetings, etc. Sleeping through the night was an issue the first few days as well. That issue, however, seemed to pass by around week 2, just in time for me to talk colleagues into ordering a different color of this water bottle (found on Amazon for about $20) and joining the bandwagon.
One particular colleague claims that drinking this much water each day is the "hardest thing he's ever done", but he's old and grumpy. The rest of the workforce here seems to be adjusting well. Said employee claims that a much younger colleague is making up for him by drinking 2 of these each day (we don't recommend this).
Seriously, though, there are SO many benefits. I've been on this water-filled journey for about a month now, and I've noticed that my sleep has improved, making the much-dreaded Monday morning just a bit easier to stomach. I also snack less, especially on sugary items...and i used to have one heck of a sweet tooth! I find myself reaching for lighter options now - probably because I'm so full of water. My skin looks and feels better. I've never been prone to breakouts, but I did have dry skin and, let's be honest, I've hit the age where I'm beginning to become concerned about wrinkles. While I still adhere to a nightly skin cream regiment, I can honestly say that the water alone has made a difference.
I initially told myself i was allowed to skip the gallon on the weekends because weekend beverages should be FUN; however, I find that I now crave the water and, although I'm not filling my jug, I am mixing in several glasses of water as I feel thirsty.
Getting started wasn't as difficult as you might think. I filled this thing to the top from the very first day and found that it was easiest to drink my way through it if I kept up with the time marks on the jug, line to line being 1 pint. The jug itself instantly sparked conversation and has become a built-in mechanism for accountability because people passing by the office tend to want to know "are you on schedule?". Some of my friends have tried flavoring the water with an additive (just make sure it's sugar-free) but I tend to have an easier time drinking a full gallon of just plain old water (not tap, it's filtered). I had to tell the old guy that bourbon was not an acceptable additive.
I can't tell you, yet, if I'm experiencing all of the following, but Medical News Today published the following health benefits from adequate water consumption:
1. It lubricates the joints
2. It forms saliva and mucus (gross but necessary)
3. It delivers oxygen throughout the body
4. It boosts skin health and beauty
5. It cushions the brain, spinal cord, and other sensitive tissues
6. It regulates body temperature
7. The digestive system depends on it
8. It flushes body waste
9. It helps maintain blood pressure
10. The airways need it
11. It makes minerals and nutrients accessible
12. It prevents kidney damage
13. It boosts performance during exercise
14. Weight loss
15. It reduces the chance of a hangover (especially important on Mondays)
If you're looking to make health improvements this year, it's probably the simplest and least-expensive thing you can do for yourself.