Today marks two weeks since I challenged myself to drink nothing but water for the entire month of May and, to be completely honest, it’s not that bad. I don’t feel like this amazing new person or anything, but I do feel better, and there have been some interesting things I’ve noticed.
First, the amount of water that I have to drink to get that same “quenched” feeling is at least twice what it took with soda or other flavoured drinks. I don’t go anywhere without a bottle of water by my side anymore, but that’s really the only downside that I’ve experienced.
In the mornings I feel much more rested than I ever remember in the past. I feel like I’m getting deeper, more restful sleep – though looking at the graphs from my Fitbit don’t really show much change. Sleeping 6 hours feels better than getting a full 8 hours did before.
Speaking of mornings, though, I’ve become a bit of a morning person. This is the most surprising thing that I’ve noticed because I have always been a serial snoozer. I’d often hit “snooze” on my alarm app at least 5-8 times every morning before finally dragging my groggy ass out of bed. Now I only hit it once, if at all, and I’m pretty well up and ready to go. It’s crazy!
Finally, I just generally feel better. Emotionally, my moods seem to be more positive and levelled-out with less swings into negativity. I’ve got more energy and for longer.
All of this I am certain is because I’ve effectively quit caffeine entirely, so I think after this little challenge is over I’m going to keep caffeine out of my diet entirely.