It’s September! The days are getting cooler, the air is getting fresher, and the days are starting to get shorter.
But it was only a short time ago that the air in Ottawa was muggy, the heat was intense, and I was constantly dehydrated. That’s why for my August challenge, I set out to drink three litres of water every day. To put it in perspective, that’s about an extra litre compared to the recommended eight cups per day. That’s a lot of water.
To build this habit, I broke it down:
I was to drink at least six 500 mL bottles of water per day. I have massive mugs at home, so any tea or coffee would be considered as a bottle of water. (I didn’t want to get bored with only drinking water.) This way, it was much easier to keep track, I could stash my full bottles anywhere I needed them to be – like my bedside, in my backpack or in the fridge – and I could see visible progress every day. A growing pile of empty water bottles strewn across my desk and in my bag became a common sight throughout the month.
I kept track of how many I drank throughout the day in my notebook, checking off each bottle as I downed it. At first, it was tough. I didn’t feel like drinking so much because, truth be told, I wasn’t sure I even needed so much. People are always advised to consult a doctor or health professional before making a radical dietary change… but I didn’t do that. Oops.
I dropped the habit of tracking each bottle by mid-month. I was travelling and busy and lost the discipline to keep it going. Instead, I did mental calculations to keep myself on track, which is why I’m very confident that I achieved my goal. I only wish I had kept track at the end to know for sure.
Drinking extra water is meant to boost mental clarity and alertness, flush out toxins, and clear up your skin, among other benefits. By the end of August, I was feeling bright, alert, and less hungry, despite the fact that I felt a bit bloated when I started the challenge.
I’ve been keeping up the habit of drinking more water in September. I want this to be a healthy habit I integrate into a healthier lifestyle!
Here’s to September – where healthy living is really getting a boost.
High fives and good vibes,