Six Friends Take the 8 Cup a Day Challenge

On New Year’s Eve, my friend Cathy encouraged 5 good friends (aka “The Ladeez”) to join her in the 8-Cup-A-Day Water Challenge for January 2019. Of course, we all said yes! Starting January 1, we each drank a minimum of 8 cups of water each day. Cathy gave us daily inspiration via a Facebook group, and we shared our experiences. It was a bit different for each one of us, but we all agreed that the benefits were surprising and wonderful.

Have you considered taking the 8-Cup Challenge? If so, I hope that this article will provide you with some encouragement, and some helpful tips, from this group of now very experienced water-drinkers. I’m sharing a few of Cathy’s daily inspirational notes from the Facebook group, along with thoughts from all of the Ladeez, at the end of the challenge.

Day 1
Happy 2019! I’ve created this secret Facebook group for a 30 day water challenge. The challenge is 8 cups (64 ounces) of water a day, for 30 days starting on January 1.

Has drinking 8 cups of water a day been difficult? Or easy?

Cathy: It’s difficult at first, but after a bit, it becomes a habit. Work days were definitely easier than days off.

Heather: Easy for me as water is one of my favourite drinks.

Karen: The 8 cups of water, for me, wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be because to my surprise, I actually did drink that much without realizing it. I have a cup beside me at all times of my work day and on my counter at home, which I am constantly filling with water.

Sue: Easy on days when I am at home or at work; more difficult on days when I am out and about.

Day 9
We’re 4.5 gallons into the challenge!

What has been the most challenging part of the challenge?

Shannon: Trying to drink the last cup by 7pm, so I don’t get up too much at night.

Karen: Being aware of where I may be in the day, and if there is a washroom available to me, when I may desperately need one.

Sue: Remembering how many cups I have consumed – I think I drank way more than 8 some days, just to be sure!

Day 14
We’re almost halfway there. How is everyone doing with their water drinking?

Do you have any tips? What made it easier for you to drink your 8 cups a day?

Karen: My glass on my counter at home holds 3 cups of water. Because I only have to fill it 3 times in a day when I am not at work, it seems effortless.

Shannon: I have been participating in “Dry January.” It has been helping me realise I can easily have a glass of water, rather than a beer with supper.

Cathy: I found it easier if I used my 3-cup water bottle. I knew that I had only to drink 2 bottles, along with a glass of water with my morning vitamins, and a glass of water with dinner, and I’d be a bit over my 8 cups. It also helped me to have my water bottle “ready to go” when I woke up. Especially in the morning, I like room temperature water.

Kirsi: Counting your cups helps. When I used to say, “I’m going to drink more water,” some days I did, but mostly not. Counting helps.

Heather: Organize a pretty glass and pitcher that holds 8 cups of water, so your 8 cups is ready to drink at the start of your day.

Day 23
We’re pro by now!

Did anything surprise you as you engaged in the challenge?

Heather: Being aware of how great water makes us feel and move.

Shannon: I’m surprised how easily it became a habit to drink 8 cups of water.

Sue: I didn’t feel bloated or waterlogged at all – I felt great!

Kirsi: I drank 8 cups, plus, every day.. The plus us to make sure I haven’t lost count… It felt good!

Day 28
I’m hoping that I’ve formed a good habit… the challenge is almost over, and I want to keep it up!

What benefits have you discovered?

Shannon: More energy and better skin.

Karen: I think drinking a lot of water for this challenge has given me hydrated skin. The state of my skin has given me the confidence not to indulge in lots of makeup.

Sue: Even though I had to get up some nights, I slept better over all.

Kirsi: The biggest think that I notice is more energy… I am definitely going to keep this up forever!

Cathy: Less stiff, less painful joints, sleeping better, less menopause symptoms (brain fog, hot flashes), better energy throughout the day (no 2pm slumps), my legs in January are usually so dry… not this year, no need for lip moisturizers, less water retention, even my bloodwork was easier for the tech.

Is there anything else you would like to say?

Cathy: Another gain is never having to wonder if I’m hungry or thirsty. Less impulsive eating.

Heather: It was fun doing the challenge with friends.

Karen: I would lastly like to say how much fun it was to do this challenge with friends who encouraged each other, shared their experiences and peed as much as me.

Day 30
Woot! Woot! Woot! Woot! Four cheers for us! Here’s to hoping we’ve formed a good habit! By the end of the day today we will have drank 240+ cups of water (each) in 30 days… which honestly would have taken months pre-challenge. Thank you Friends!

Thank you to my friend Cathy, for leading us in the challenge, and to Heather, Karen, Kirsi, and Shannon for your participation, encouragement, and help with this blog article. Keep on hydrating!