How to drink 2 litres of water a day & not drown!
Do you know how much 2 litres is?
This was one challenge that hubby could do as well. We did a little bit of research before starting and discovered that two litres are four of those small bottles. Now that I’ve written it down it seems daft but that is quite lot!
Note the initial on the lid. More about that later!
The daily intake
Most days, my intake of liquids consist of:
- a cup of decaff tea on waking
- a small decaff coffee mid-morning
- a glass of water with lunch
- a glass of water with supper
- a small decaff coffee before bed
We were now going to drink 2 litres of water a day on top!
Once hubby was involved, our challenge became like a military operation! First thing in the morning we got four bottles each out of the delivery we had been sent. We’d had fun storing it at first but soon had a system of moving from upstairs, to downstairs, to the kitchen.
The initial on the lid signified which bottle belonged to who! Yes, it had become a competition – not to drink more than the other but to empty the four bottles each day.
It was harder than it looked!
There were three factors that made this a challenge:
- The quantity
- Remembering to drink it
- Having it at the ready.
We thought we drank quite a bit of water daily but when we added 2 litres, it soon became apparent that we didn’t. We also noticed that some of our hot drinks were going by the wayside. We just reached for a bottle of water. Visits to the toilet increased but only for a short time while our systems were getting used to the increase in volume.
Remembering to drink it:
This sounds silly when you are taking part in a challenge but when you are busy, it is easy for time to pass and you do not have a drink. Remember, our usual intake was at set points during the day. We now needed to sip often.
Having it at the ready:
Sitting at home with a bottle on the table or by your side was simple enough to organise. However, when you are out and about, it becomes more difficult to make sure you have a ready supply.
I like to carry a small handbag which certainly would not be big enough to put a bottle in. On the days I took my bigger bag, I could pop a couple of bottles in and managed to drink both during the day. For some reason, I found it strange to carry a bottle in my hand on ‘small bag’ days but it did mean that I could share details of the challenge.
Drinking water made me feel brighter. It gave me energy. For instance, when I was flagging a bit, a good drink of water made me perk up even more than a cup of coffee.
I don’t possess any scales to weigh myself but feeling brighter did make me feel slimmer. Certainly having more energy meant I was more able to be up and about which is bound to help with weight loss.
Happily, I don’t suffer from spots on my face but at my age, my skin can look a bit grey and blotchy, particularly first thing in the morning. With the increased water in-take I did notice a difference to my complexion.
Overall, I think our challenge did support Highland Spring’s motto of
When you’re 100% hydrated, you’re 100% you
I certainly intend to try to keep up my water drinking especially over Christmas so pass my a bottle!