Are you up for a challenge? My sister, daughter, and I are participating in an ultimate water challenge this summer, but this is not any water challenge. This challenge is to drink the recommended amount of water for your body weight plus more if you are doing any other demanding physical activity. So each person will have an individual goal. This challenge idea came about after I was scrolling down my personal Facebook page and came across a link that one of my friends posted. This post reveals a woman’s individual results after drinking 3 liters (12.6 cups) of water a day for a month. I became intrigued as I was reading the amazing outcome of this woman’s self experiment. I quickly called my sister and asked her if she was up for a challenge because I want these results, not only for myself but for every women. I mean, what women doesn’t want to loose a little weight, have more energy, rid the body of toxins, reduce a little cellulite, reduce stretch marks, and overall improve their skin? Increasing your water intake can also help lessen the appearance of dark circles under your eyes, and help regulate your digestive tract. As women we spend a great deal of money on beauty products that helps reduce the signs of all these concerns, but what if there is an easier answer and a less expensive way to achieve these beauty goals inside and out, would you been in? We are inviting you to join us in this month long challenge and share your results, so we can encourage each other daily. Just #thirstyforlife on your social medias so we can encourage you today!
After doing a little research I found that the recommendation of drinking the average eight cups of water a day is out, but instead how to calculate the water you need for your own personal water intake is calculated by dividing your body weight in half and the number you get is the number of ounces you drink daily in water. For example I weighed myself at the beginning of week one and I checked in at 123. So I divided 123 by 2 and get 61.5 ounces (approximately 7.6 cups a day). If you are working outside, doing house work, exercising, hiking, soaking up sun, or doing any other demanding physical activity you should increase your individual water input an additional four cups. In addition, a great way to knowing you are hydrated is the color of your urine. The color of your urine should be clear. Please do not guzzle all your water at once, rather the safest route is to drink it throughout the entire day. (link source)
This is our results and photos after week 1. These photos were taken with iPhones, make up free, and untouched.
When I first started this challenge I knew I was going to limit my beverage choices as I increased my water intake,and decided NOT to give up my cup of coffee in the morning, but I chose to drink water for the rest of the day! For those of you that don’t know, I am 36 years old and the first day of starting this challenge I weighted in at 123. The first day I was working outside, so I drank a full 3 liters, but by day 4 I was capping my water intake at approximately 10-12 cups of water. I really didn’t see a difference the first 3 days other than increased bathroom breaks! Although, on day 4 I noticed I woke up with more energy than I normal have in the mornings and the increased energy levels have continued throughout the week. Also I noticed that my eye puffiness has decreased and my end of the week weight decreased to 121.6 with no specific diet change other than increasing my water intake. I did experience one headache, but it was not severe. I am completely happy with my results and will continue to week 2. I hope you will join us in this #thirstyforlife challenge.
Alike my mom I am a coffee enthusiast, and realized that there would be no way my bladder could handle coffee, water, and soda. Therefore, I have chose to only drink one cup of coffee along with my water. I am 17 years old and when I started this challenge I weighed 109. Meaning I should drink at least 54.5 ounces (6.8 cups) daily, and I have been capping my water in take off at 8-9 cups daily. Throughout the week I have noticed less headaches, less puffiness around my eyes, lessened desire to snack, and more energy. When I weighed myself this morning I weighed in at 108. I have really enjoyed feeling renewed and healthy and will continue to drink and drink and drink more water.
Ashley is in the middle of redoing her kitchen, but is still competing in the water challenge! If you are interested in keeping up with her kitchen remodeling project check out the posts below and follow along on instagram for her soon to come reveal! We are so excited to see the finishing results!
Follow along with social media for our before and after pictures of #thirstyforlife challenge week 1! We hope you will join us and remember it is never too late to join!