Wow, the time sure does fly by! I cannot believe that it has almost been 60 days since I started my “Summer of Water Challenge” but it has! I was not very sure when I started this challenge that I would actually be able to do it. But it is almost over and I will tell you that my water consumption will not end. But my journey of drinking water this summer has led to a new lifestyle in more ways than one.
When I first started my summer of water, I went out and bought a lot from the store. Deer Park was always my water of choice. Normally I would by the individual bottles because it was also what I was putting in my son’s lunch for a drink while he was attending summer camp. I went into this challenge thinking that I would spend less money on drinks by simply buying water and not all of the other drinks I would frequently buy. However, that really was not the case. By making the choice to buy only water, and some apple juice for my son, I noticed that I was actually spending more money. I found myself going to the store more often just to purchase water. Now, no one really wants to drink the city tap water but it really did not make much sense to me to continue to spend all of this money on water. Knowing how much money I was spending and taking an environmental science class during my summer of water, led me to make another decision with how I obtain my water.
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Since I started the 60-Day Hydration Challenge, I feel pretty good about my progress. I have met my water goal of 60 oz every day. I did not realize up until now how little water I was actually drinking. When I mentioned to someone at a neighborhood party what I was doing, they asked me, “Is that a lot of water to drink?” They did admit to me that drinking water was never an issue for them. It was something they had been doing since high school. For me, it was a different story. At one point and time, I used to love water but over the past few years, I have just gotten comfortable with my juice, soda, sweet and green tea. I saw this as a challenge and approach it that way every day. » Read more..
I am normally pretty conscious about my appearance. I do try to work out and have recently become addicted to Zumba. Even with the exercise, I am not reaching the goals where I want to be. I think a lot of it has to do with my diet. I normally eat what I want to eat and then just try to work it off. One of the major things that I feel like I can not live without is my daily diet soda. On a bad day or on a day that I feel like I need a little more energy, I will have more than one. Since I know many people that drink soda all day, I did not think my one to two a day addiction was that bad. But, after a friend of mine that works with the health department started to tell me all of the negative effects of drinking sodas, I started to think about it a little differently. ”You need to drink WATER,” she said. I do drink a little water daily but I know it is not enough. What she said did not immediately make me stop drinking sodas either. But recently I ran across a local non-profit that I follow on Twitter that is challenging everyone to drink more water. This is the perfect opportunity for me to try and drink more water and less sodas! After they asked me if I was in on their challenge the other day, I decided to sign up. » Read more..