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There has been interest in having this challenge revived. I didn't see one for 2014 ( maybe I overlooked it ) so I included this month, December, in the 2015 challenge.
The challenge has always been 100 ounces of water a day but everyone can set their own personal goals as they've done in the past.
Who all is up for the challenge!!!! :cheergrl:
 
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ME (waving hand frantically)!!!!! I've gotten very lazy about my water consumption and this challenge should help a lot. I think for me a goal of 6 or 7 glasses a day will work.
 

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Sign me up. My first baby step will be to have water before my morning coffee. I've developed a routine where I have two cups of coffee before anything else. I don't even think about water until I'm feeling dehydrated. If I could start my day with *any* amount of water, I'd be doing my body a favor.

Thank you for starting this thread!

Kind regards,

Sally
 
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I'm in too. I have recently started drinking one glass of water when I get up in the morning before coffee. I try to make it two, but have been firm on the one glass so far this past week.
 

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Then comes that awkward moment when you have to stop in your tracks and act on the new habit you wish to develop.... This morning I drank water as my coffee ran through the Keurig machine. I suppose 6 ounces of water is worlds better than my usual zero. It's bizarre how ingrained habits become and just how hard it is to do things in a different order.
 
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Little story here and maybe some food for thought.
A couple years ago I went in for a blood test. She stuck me and the blood just wasn't moving. She asked me if I'd drank water that morning and I said no. She said why to which I replied I didn't know I was supposed to...that I never had. She said so THAT'S why we have so much trouble getting your blood. That she couldn't believe no one had ever told me to drink a glass before coming in early because after no water/liquid all night the blood thickens. Drinking a glass about an hour before getting the test thins it out so it'll flow like it should.
She sat me in the waiting room with a big glass of water and had me wait about half hour to 45 minutes then took me back in and had absolutely no trouble at all. It flowed freely. She said I should always drink it first thing in the morning. In all my years no one had ever told me to drink water in the morning to get the blood flowing well for the day.

After that I was reading some health site and it said the same thing along with to always drink a glass sometime before bed. That it would help with lowering the odds somewhat for stoke or heart attack. Does it? I don't know but after seeing what I saw and went thru that day I have to say I believe it. I try to remember to drink SOME before bed every night.

Anyway, just something for you all doing this challenge to think about or read up on. It sure can't hurt :)
 

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Niko that's very true! I also work in a hospital, and draw blood sometimes. If I ever have trouble getting someone, the first thing I ask is have you drank any water today? More times then not, I get no. It makes getting blood very hard because you're dehydrated. Your blood is over half "water" or plasma, and it's important to maintain that.

I wouldn't put it past reducing risk of stroke or heart issues by drinking more water. Anytime blood is allowed to "thicken" it's harder for the heart to pump, and any pooling of blood can start the clotting process. I don't know what research says however.
 

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Sally I agree with you about habits. I'm also drinking a glass of water as the Keurig is brewing (good idea).
This has given me food for thought about the medical (heart/stroke) aspects of it too. All you ever hear is just that you should drink more water, not any concrete reasons for it.
 

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Day two of baby step one. I'm determined to finish half my 24 ounce water bottle before I press the brew button on the Keurig. Having coffee brewed so quickly is not helping my efforts to get some water into me before drinking caffeinated beverages. I'm just glad I got past day one.

In regards to the blood flow thing: years ago I had to go into the hospital for pre-surgical blood work. The gal who I spoke with when I set the appointment told me very clearly not to have anything the eat the morning of nor anything to drink. I double checked on having anything to drink. She affirmed that I was not to do so. When I got to the hospital for the blood work, it was clear that she was giving me the surgical instructions rather than the blood work instructions. It was a nightmare for them to get enough blood to do the testing.

Yep, my blood needs water.

Check off day two of baby step one. I drank 2/3 of my water bottle. Now it's time for coffee.

Good luck on your water drinking today!

Kind regards,

Sally
 

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Another thought on the medical. Blood carries oxygen to the brain ( and other parts of the body of course ) so if the blood isn't flowing well it isn't carrying oxygen to the brain...or elsewhere. Stoke??? Not a nurse here but to me it makes sense. Also harder for the heart to pump....heart attack??? The articles I read were very interesting.
 
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You can count the water in other drinks like coffee and juices. Just watch the sugar as it reverses the good your doing.
Since becoming diabetic I have been much more aware of dehydration and the headaches it brings. Also being dehydrated affects mood and higher brain function making you crabby and constipated (which also make you crabby!).
I drink about 3 16.9 oz. bottles of water a day regular. So about 50 oz. And then some in pop and some juice but i want more consistency.
IF WATER is super dull to you put a splash of juice in it or tea. I just feel so much more relaxed when I have more. If you drink water before a meal you wont eat as much. And seeing being dehydrated makes your brain think its hungry,that"s a good idea. I was part of the last challenge and want in again please.
 

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I'm already doing better with my water drinking since signing up for this challenge.

One thing I've found----I take morning meds and bedtime meds, and I make sure to drink a FULL glass of water each time instead of just a swallow or two. That's 2 glasses a day just by doing that.
 

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Another thought on the medical. Blood carries oxygen to the brain ( and other parts of the body of course ) so if the blood isn't flowing well it isn't carrying oxygen to the brain...or elsewhere. Stoke??? Not a nurse here but to me it makes sense. Also harder for the heart to pump....heart attack??? The articles I read were very interesting.
Interesting. I had a clearer head this morning after guzzling my water.
 
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I'm joining! My preferred liquid of choice has been diet coke for years, I've detoxed from it for short periods of time over the years but somehow get back to it. I'll also use this challenge to once again detox from the diet coke (I will not go cold turkey as I feel like I'm having a brain aneurysm when I've tried in the past.) I'm looking forward to the positive changes in my health that a hydrated body will bring! Thanks Niko for the challenge!
 

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40 oz of water tonight. It's a start. I still feel so thirsty. The water is just not the same as the sweet carbonation of the soda. 3 cans of diet coke this a.m. before starting the challenge. Will cut back to two cans tomorrow.
 

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Day three of baby step one: Water before coffee. I finished my 24 ounce bottle before starting my coffee.
 

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64 oz of water today and still drinking it now. Only 1 can of diet coke today. Feeling tired and would love to drink a diet coke but will not. I'll continue to sip on the water while watching the end of this movie. Was up twice last night to empty my bladder but slept soundly in between. Bought a 64 oz water bottle on sale for $4.99 , it will work well for me at work.I will fill it with ice water in the morning and keep it at my work station at work. Bought one for my coworker for a Christmas gift, mine is my favorite color pink and her's is purple. This way we won't get them mixed up. We can motivate each other also.
 

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Day four of baby step one: Water before coffee. I finished my 24 ounce bottle before starting my coffee again. Room temperature water is a lot easier to guzzle than water cold from my fridge.
 
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Day 3 of increased water consumption. About 50oz so far and drinking more tonight while watching a christmas themed movie with my son. I took long nap this a.m, believe it was from lack of caffeine. I told son I was detoxing from diet coke and limiting myself to 2 cans a day this week, 1 if possible. He came back home later today with a 16 oz can of diet coke for me, he thought I'd like it because it was 1/2 way between 12 and 24 oz. :)
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I'm looking forward to feeling these benefits of drinking more water!
 
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