My Failure in the 1 Gallon of Water a Day Challenge

17 Apr


I started the 1 Gallon of Water a Day Challenge over a month ago and I can’t believe it has been that long since I posted. I know I said I wanted to post once a week but I started working at Popeye’s on my local Army installation and while it is only part-time (23 hours a week MAX) it has been tough making sure I had time to see my husband, relax, work, apply for IT jobs, play video games (current favs are Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds and Planet Zoo), and go to therapy. My head hasn’t been in the game for the last month but I have gotten through it and it is all going well. I have a few callbacks for jobs and everything is good thus far, even during the Pandemic.

Anyway, I am going to come out and say it. I lasted a horrible 3 days on this challenge. With the pandemic, all gyms are closed so I haven’t exercised in about a month (with the exception of 2 days max) and I can’t get myself to drink even 50oz of water due to the trying times we are in.

To be completely honest (trigger warning for some people), I have been depressed for a while now. At first having a job pulled me out of it. It was good, I was getting out of the house, meeting new people, making the money we seriously needed and I was happy. Even before I started this challenge, my mild depression was acting up and It has been hard.  I was hoping this challenge would bring me out of that funk, same with this blog, but it hasn’t. It didn’t make it worse, but it most certainly did not make me feel better.

The biggest reason why I have failed at this challenge is because 1 Gallon of Water is A LOT of water. That is more than most people need in a day and caused me (during the 3 days I did it) to be sitting on the toilet peeing every 30 minutes… like clockwork. Even when I was trying to sleep. It kept me awake at night so I was peeing instead of getting the restful sleep I needed. I understand now why the inspiration videos I have watched (primarily this one) had people doing it for a week. Though I’m not even sure how they did that. Were they not sleeping? Like I got tired of water and I know I need it more than most people because I live in Arizona. It is very dry here and you get dehydrated FAST. So here in the desert, we have to drink more water than most people.
I posted other benefits of the water in my last blog and one benefit I don’t understand is this: Better Sleep/More Energy. How does one get better sleep/more energy when they are up half the night peeing? This doesn’t even make sense. I do notice that when I drink more water, I am happier, less tired, and overall better, but I wasn’t during these 3 days because I was miserable from drinking so much water.

Back on topic, yes, I failed at this challenge. I wanted to post this blog for a while but I couldn’t bring myself to admit it to the world but we are not all perfect. Some days we fall down, some months are harder than others. That’s okay. As long as we pick ourselves back up and keep moving.

Did you try this challenge? If so, what happened? Does this challenge seem difficult to you? I’d love to hear it in the comments. 🙂


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