A gallon is a lot. Drinking that much milk will get you at least 100,000 YouTube views or more if you catalog the consequences of your attempt. Drink as much water as I’ve heard and seen many people try and all of a sudden you get exponentially healthier. At least that’s how it works, doesn’t it? Does massive water consumption correspond to massive health?
So far it has cost me around $ 45. That’s the price of a gigantic 1.8 liter insulated water bottle that I bought to drink more water because it got boring to fill a regular beer several times a day. As for the health benefits, I’ve tried drinking more water for the past few months, but I can’t say it made me feel less sleepy, acneic, or lighter. Ah, pandemic life.
And where did this fun challenge for Lifehacker take root? Thank you, Beth. Guess? Maybe I didn’t drink enough water so I’ll go with the “gallon” measurement you refer to on all SEO Health Spam and TikTok websites today (1 gallon = 3.8 liters). And I probably wasn’t very consistent with drinking either, so I challenged myself to make the wise decision to consume a gallon of water (regular, non-carbonated or thick) water every day.
I started this challenge on Wednesday and am happy to report that I have completely failed so far. Close, but that only counts for horseshoes and hand grenades, not water challenges.
Timing is essential for copious water consumption
Honestly, a gallon of water is a lot of water, but that can only be done by trying to drink it in giant syringes. Save your drink for the day like a college student at a music festival, and a gallon is quite achievable. Difficult, yes, but not impossible.
My problem? Over the past two days, I’ve found that moments of concentration make me forget to drink water. I worked on an item for a couple of hours or participated in a World of Warcraft heist and neglected my giant blue water bottle. Then when I tried to catch up, I found that it was painful to drink more water than I really wanted to consume at one time. I felt a little bloated (nothing wrong, just a little full), but worse, I started to get bored of drinking water. This mild mental fatigue was enough to slow my daily consumption.
The first day I got three gallons in a gallon. The following? Half a gallon only because I’ve had a busy day. I suspect part of my problem was establishing a new routine during the monotony of pandemic life (for most of us). I’m just not used to handling so much cash. In fact, as I write, I realize that I haven’t even filled my half-gallon container for that day. This is the first step in making sure I’m really drinking at my desk.
But timing is also important. I was so close to hitting that mark on the first day, but realized I still had a liter to drink around 8pm. When I was trying to cope, I also didn’t want to wake up at two in the morning to deal with the effects of all this fluid flowing through my sleep system. At least I didn’t want to risk it. The dream is precious.
I think the best way to overcome this challenge is probably to set measured goals throughout the day. For example, I could try to drink at least half of my water bottle before (and during) each meal. This already corresponds to three quarters; Letting the rest drip throughout the day shouldn’t be difficult. If I fall behind, I think the biggest struggle in this challenge is catching up.
What I hope for from this challenge is probably irrefutable proof that getting drunk in water for three weeks doesn’t mean much more than peeing a lot more. But who knows. Perhaps you have glowing, influencer-capable skin, a new outlook on life, and the ability to get through six hours of water sleep a night. Wouldn’t that be fun?