In the quest to give my body a little love and affection, I decided last week to go on a small detox by watching my sugar intake and cutting out all drinks other than water. So this meant no pop, no juice, no tea (*gasp*), no coffee, no spirits, and no whatever else you can think of. I was only allowing myself to drink water and that's it.
Here's how my week-long water adventure went.
Well, aside from the fact that I almost forgot that I was on an a water-only regime twice today, the day wasn't bad actually. I went to the market and didn't get a fruit smoothie, and I even went to Starbucks and only bought a bottle of water! Overall it was a success with no cravings.
I thought maybe I should add some lemon to my water but, no, I decided to be a purist. Today I had cravings. I wanted tea soooooooooooo bad! I could smell it being made in the house and it was a bit sad when I couldn't have any. I found myself having to remind family that, no, I don't want a glass of pop with my meal or no, I can't have a cup of tea but thanks anyway. I'm definitely peeing more than usual!
WOW! It's like the magic skin fairy came and gave me great skin overnight! What. The. Heck?! In hindsight I should have taken a morning selfie with my amazing new hydrated skin so I can finally use the caption, "I woke up like this." I am utterly amazed! I groggily woke up in the morning, shuffled off to the bathroom, went to look at my usually tired face and morning hair in the mirror when I saw it! The skin on my face looked the best it has in YEARS! I cannot believe this drastic change. I'm more determined than ever, now that I can actually see evidence, that by just drinking your daily water your skin can actually look nourished. I'm in shock. All day long I can't stop touching my face to see if it's really real. Still no dry skin? Check! Wow...
Skin still looks fantastic! I'm downing water like it's a cure-all. Cravings be damned, water is the fountain of youth y'all! This water challenge is a lot easier than I thought it would be.
This has been a day. Work was very busy and stressful today and all I can think about is how badly I just want a cup of tea to sooth my nerves. I actually take great pleasure in the act of making tea. For me, the whole thing is like a ceremony. I have a certain tea I use, a certain tea pot, a certain tea bag holder, a few choices of pretty bone china mugs, and everything is in its place and well-timed for a perfect cup of tea. So, today I just sniffed the canister with my tea bags. Yes, I sniffed my Earl Grey tea. Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do to get by. I sniffed my tea and then I drank a lot more water. Surprisingly, I noticed that I had a bit more energy at the end of my work day than I normally would on tough days like this. So, difficult day but another successful one!
Home stretch! Turns out water is not that bad taste-wise, and today I found myself craving it like it was a sweet nectar that I couldn't get enough of. Skin still looking good and, in fact, seems to be improving all over my body. I didn't have as much energy as I did yesterday at the end of another difficult workday but at this point reaching for a glass of water rather than anything else seems to feel a lot more natural. I find myself taking a bit more time to get a glass down but that's because I think I'm really starting to enjoy it and want to take my time with it.
I made it! I'd say that, overall, this has been a good personal challenge and I feel really happy that I was able to complete it without any major hiccups. I feel good that I was doing something nice for my body. Now that I can see the results for myself, I know that this little week challenge has changed my views on what types of liquid I ingest. I can't quit tea forever so I know I'll be incorporating that back in but this has been really eye opening to me. Drinking my daily 8 glasses of water is now going to be a higher priority in my life. I think future me will really thank me for this. :)