Drink Up – New Water Goals

I’ve always been a water drinker. My (reusable) water bottle is constantly by my side.

That said, there are days when I’m laser focused on design work, or I’m running around to different jobsites, and suddenly I’ll realize that my water bottle is still full and hasn’t been touched in three hours.

Trusty Water Bottle - Very Small Bites

My water bottle, my friend. (Photo, Jaime)

It is also summer, which is the season when I am most susceptible to being distracted by more exciting drinks like beer. Or anything involving rum and pineapple juice…

So I made the decision to set a 3 liter a day water goal. I did some research and found that the official recommendation for women is 2.2 – 2.7 liters per day (according to the Mayo Clinic and National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine). Of course, varying factors come into play (activity level, etc), so each woman’s needs are different. But I am going to shoot for the 3 liter goal with the intention of being active/working out everyday.

I’ve made it through week one, and honestly, I can’t tell any difference (other than taking waaaaay more potty breaks). Though the change is not yet obvious, I know that improvement must be happening somewhere somehow.

***UPDATE JULY 23RD***

I have completed week two, and the last two days didn’t quite make the three liter mark. We traveled (by car) two days in a row (to NYC and back), and I realized that hitting my three liter goals that day would mean too many stops along the way, so I intentionally cut back on my water. A few things noticed these two days: my feet swelled up, I had unexplained heartburn, and I was definitely thirsty. Back on the water tomorrow!

Stay tuned for updates after week three. Cheers!

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