I've never been a water drinker. The only water I get in is in my coffee and food. So starting this challenge shocked my system BIG.
The first week, weird things were happening to my body. Like everyone else, the first couple days I felt foggy, bloated, and a bit snippy. I was not feeling like myself. But, I had some experiences that nobody else did. I'm going to get probably a bit too real with you right now, so brace yourself.
One was that I did not go number 2 for the beginning couple days. Normally, doing my business is somewhat of a regular and healthy occurrence for me, so it was extremely surprising.
Another, more hopeful, surprise was that the headaches I usually got before bed were gone (probably from previously being dehydrated...lol).
The second week was definitely the best. I felt so energized and focused. My appetite had lowered and I felt like I was craving water. This was definitely the stage I got emotionally connected to Stephanie, my gallon water bottle. This was also the week I peed my pants when I laughed a little too hard. Yes, you heard that right, I peed my pants. Practice your kegels.
Around the third week, I started craving water when I woke up in the morning, a feeling that I can't say I've ever had before in my life.
While I had my ups and downs in this challenge, I wouldn't say that I felt significant changes overall from drinking a gallon of water for a month (other than the increase in bathroom breaks and a slight decrease in my appetite). I was expecting crazy positive results like all those influencers claim it to have, but overall didn't recognize much.
I am planning on continuing this challenge into the future but I have decided to decrease my water consumption to about 2 L. I just don't think I need to consume a full gallon based on my size and exercise level.
From my experience and non-medical opinion, if you are considering trying this challenge, I recommend:
Playing around with the amount of water you drink: Everyone's necessary consumption is different so change up the amount you're drinking to figure out the right amount for your body.
Get a water bottle with times markers on the bottle: One of the main reasons I previously didn't drink much water was because I would just forget or didn't feel like anything was holding me accountable. Having the time stamps on the bottle, keeps you drinking consistently throughout the day.
Practice kegels: You already know why...lol.