I have an amazing community in a Facebook group who are positive, motivational, inspirational, supportive, and all striving to become a better version of themselves. I started the group 4 years ago and it is one of my favorites groups.
It’s a safe place to share struggles and triumphs and we always encourage every member to be open and honest. We also don’t judge or discriminate as we are all such different people.
Since health and weight loss are highly affected by nutrition, every week we run a nutrition challenge as a group. There are 8 challenges that run a total of 9 weeks. And then we repeat.
The best thing about this process is that you can see progress from one challenge every 9 weeks. For example, one of the weeks is AVOID DAIRY. When I first started the group, I wanted to be dairy-free, but was still having it 2-3 times each week. Even though my goal was always 7 days dairy-free, I would still have it a few times a week.
After a few 9 week rounds, my dairy started going down to 1-2 times a week, and then to once a week. I eventually succeeded with my goal of 7 days without dairy!! Baby steps (of course) but in the end I accomplished what I set out to do. And as most of you know, I am now 100% dairy-free and have been since the beginning of the year.
Now if you don’t WANT to do all 7 days, you can set your OWN goal. For example, one of our weeks is AVOID SUGAR. I for sure want to cut down on sugar, but I like to have a treat now and then, and I love oatmeal with PB and Grade B Maple Syrup. So my goal is for sure to cut down, but not necessarily to cut it out. So I look at my week ahead and my activities and decide how many days I want to aim for. It’s usually 5.
I like to do the challenges from least to most difficult for most people so that we see some successes before the struggles set in.
Today we will talk about WEEK #1: DRINK MORE WATER
I chose this as the first week because it is easy for most people to drink more water…when they focus on it. Yes we all need reminders and accountability, but that is why the group is so beneficial. If you have your notifications turned on, you will get notified every time someone posts in the group. When somebody posts an article, tip, or pic of them drinking their water, it reminds everyone else to grab a drink!! It works!!
So why do we want to drink more water anyway???
1. Our bodies are 60% water. So water helps with all the primary bodily functions…including my fave…pooping!
2. Many times when we think we are hungry, we are actually just thirsty, so we eat instead of drink! If we drink more, we eat less, and BOOM! Weight loss! BONUS!
3. Water helps your kidneys clean the rest of your body for clear skin and effective removal of toxins that build up in your bod.
4. Our cells need water to perform at an optimal level which will help combat fatigue.
5. Most importantly, we will die without water…bummer!
And how much do we need to drink???
Recommended is half your body weight in ounces. So if you weigh 150, your goal is 75 ounces. For simplicity, I go for a gallon. I like to fill up a gallon jug each morning and have a goal to empty it by bedtime!
This is the article that ALWAYS makes me want to drink more water…
Here are a few words from our challengers…
The water challenge is great. Drinking a lot of water in the Florida heat and humidity kept my skin from drying out and cooled me down. -Michelle
Drinking a quart of water as soon as I wake up like you suggested has cut my breakfast calories in half AND I get in my gallon way more easily than I used to. -Jesse
To get my gallon in, I have to drink a giant glass of water before and after each meal and snack. In the week we did this, I lost 2 pounds changing nothing else! -Sarah
AWESOME RIGHT!! And nothing to lose for sure!
Thanks for the reminder I need to drink more water today…join me!
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