Gallon a Day Challenge – week 2

wpid-20150205_103809.jpgSo, it’s time for another fun installment of “Scary Jen With No Makeup On”! Ha! So, it’s been two weeks of drinking lots, and lots, and LOTS of water now. I pretty much grab a glass of water and drink it every couple of hours without even thinking about it. It’s almost habit. Again, here are some of the things I’ve noticed since beginning this challenge:

  • My sweet cravings are still much, much less than they were before the challenge. I’m not reaching for the chocolate bowl much at all.
  • I do feel full a lot. All that water in my stomach keeps that full “satisfied” feeling more stable throughout the day. I think now when I feel hungry, I’m really and actually hungry and not possibly just thirsty, stressed, bored, etc.
  • I’m averaging about 6 hours of sleep a night with the baby and I’m surprisingly not overly tired. Now, don’t get me wrong, after a long, hard day I’m still exhausted come 9:00 p.m. But, most days I wake up easily and have a good, decent amount of energy throughout the day.
  • I’m down one pound. Not sure if that’s water consumption or just natural weight fluctuation.
  • The most significant thing I’ve noticed is I get less sore after a hard workout. I ran 6 miles this weekend with a friend, the longest I’ve run since having the baby. I truly expected to be sore the next two days. I was a little tight but very little to no soreness. I was shocked! My joints didn’t ache.

Several of my friends are doing the challenge too and here’s what they’ve noticed.

From Addie (@Baseballwife1):

Definite changes include tons of energy and a huge decrease in snack cravings. My fingers don’t swell as much when I run. Skin isn’t as dry and my complexion has cleared up. I actually wake up in the morning wanting a huge glass of water instead of coffee, which is a miracle in itself.
From Sarah (@iSarahtheQueen):
For me, the #1 thing I’ve noticed – no headaches and no need for ibuprofen. I used to get a headache almost everyday and would go to bed with my knees all achy. Now on day 16 of a gallon of water and I think I’ve had a headache once (and it was PMS related.) So I think I’d had it maybe once? Like Addie, my fingers are a lot less swollen. I’m sleeping better at night. Oh, no heartburn either!
I haven’t noticed any huge change in my appearance. Mostly my skin feels less dry. Time to go run to the bathroom (again) and drink another glass of water (again). Until next week, stay hydrated!
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5 thoughts on “Gallon a Day Challenge – week 2

  1. I should really get on this bandwagon! I’m terrible at getting water in, most of the time I blame my job on it. I’m in a busy environment where people depend on my presence, I can’t be running to the bathroom every 14 minutes! But a goal of more water should be doable! Thanks for the motivation!

    • Girl, I understand! Before this challenge I barely drank any water during the day. Any increase in water consumption is a win in my book. After the challenge I will probably fall back to about 100 oz. a day. A gallon is difficult to keep up with and consume and I feel 100 oz. is a good hydration compromise for me.

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