Aquatober - 31 days of drinking nothing but pure water

You may have figured out by now that I love a challenge, but prefer them to be on a monthly basis (goals are more attainable for me that way) and this month is no different. Because it’s Aquatober!

When thinking what challenge I wanted to do during October, my first thought was for a month of detoxifying by drinking water only. But then I thought, “no, this month I’m going to join a challenge that others are doing too”. So to my good friend Pinterest I went, typed in OCTOBER CHALLENGE and what came up? Aquatober. That’s right, a whole month of drinking nothing but PURE WATER. Ermergaaard, it was like I had now developed a psychic connection to my Pinterest feed…

Alright, maybe not quite, but nonetheless I was pretty excited to find exactly what I wanted not only already existed, but also had a cool name (makes me wish I had named September (my 30 day vegetarian challenge) Vegember – but a quick search on my 2nd favourite search engine Google reveals that Vegember already exists for November Vegan month…).

So a little bit about Aquatober:

  • Created by John Petersik of Young House Life
  • 31 days of drinking nothing but pure water
  • Will (hopefully) reset the body from all of the bad things I’ve consumed throughout the rest of the year
  • Detoxify

There are so many benefits of drinking water, and I think for the most part, we all know what they are but would normally prefer a different beverage. My day normally consists of between 1300-2700ml of water, 1 cup of tea (with .5 tsp sugar), 2 hot chocolates (afternoon tea & dessert) and about twice a week I will have my fav drink – a skinny decaf iced latte. But not this October. That cup of tea first thing in the morning is going to be the hardest to give up 🙁 I’ll also have to change my breakfast from porridge with milk to something non-milky – toast and light cream cheese/avo sounds good to me.

Over the past month or two, I’ve often wondered if my weight has decreased on the days when I’ve drunk more water but haven’t sat down and monitored it. So with this challenge I’m uber curious to track my water intake and weight to see what, if any, impact large amounts of pure water will have on my weight. Part of me is considering  tracking the full effects here, but I’m just not sure if I’m ready to publicly share my weight and a chubby, full body photo – eek!

My aim will be to consume a minimum 3 litres of pure water a day, which I will track with my new Water Alert app (I have the free version).

Ok, you’ve read the rules, so who’s joining me for Aquatober 2014?Aquatober FB

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