Join me for a 10 Day Water Log Challenge
I am taking a nutrition class which is actually a chemistry requirement to finish my 30 year bachelor degree at Indiana University. I love learning about nutrition and was happy to see that nutrition study could fill a chemistry requirement. I have never really measured what I have consumed before so this should be an interesting class. The professor promises us that we will never look at nutrition the same way again after this class!
One of the extra credit assignments is to track our water intake for ten days. To calculate the requirement for our body all we had to do is divide our weight in half and drink that amount in ounces every day. I typically drink two to four 20 ounce bottles of water a day, but that is nowhere near the 150 ounces I need to keep my body properly hydrated. I sometimes get a headache and brain fog which is one of the first signs of dehydration. I know that dehydration is behind a lot of my junk food cravings.
I am excited about this assignment. I have known for a long time that I need to step up my water intake and this is the perfect opportunity. Along with the log, we have to take a photograph of all the disposable water bottles we use during the ten days. That got me to thinking about how big of a carbon footprint that is. I have purchased reusable water bottles before but I have often forgotten them at home and then resort to using plastic again, which I know isn’t good for my body or the environment. So, I purchased a reusable water bottle with a sports cap. I don’t really like the sports cap because only a little bit of water comes out. I ended up twisting the cap off so I could take big swigs to reach my water intake goals.
Logging the amount of water I am drinking every day is making me more aware of the need to drink water. I have been tempted to drink sweet tea which is one of my biggest weaknesses, but I have made a deal with myself that I can have some tea or whatever other drink I want AFTER I drink my daily requirement. So far, I’m not thirsty after I get all that water in. I guess that’s the name of the game. I am on day three and already noticing more bathroom breaks which helps me get up more. Win. win!